Friday, May 11, 2012

May Window







































Looking back through my pictures caused me to realize that I forgot to show you the May window at the cafe that I completed last week.








































I went with a vintage bridal theme using some dresses from my collection.  I made tons of paper flowers to hang on the pretty eyelet paper lanterns as well as from ribbons and even on the sash of the bridal gown.








































I stitched up some fabric cupcakes from one of the "Tilda" books that I have.  The blue glass cake stand is very old and one of my recent finds.








































I'm certainly having a good time decorating the window each month.  Happy Friday!


Smiles,

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

In The Garden







































It's my favorite time in Spring when "Josephine" Clemantis is in bloom.  With each passing day another layer of beauty unfolds within each flower.  Eventually, right before she leaves, those center clusters will open like the last chorus of a beautiful hymn.








































The spring quilts have made their way out of storage and are gracing walls and backs of chairs.  The colors are so soothing and reflect the garden so well.








































The Virburnum is a good eight feet tall by my back door.  Oh how I love this time of year!


Sweet joy,

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sitting Pretty








































Oh, how I love little sewing ~ sewing child-sized things.  This little chair is a redo for the cafe.   It was dark red/pink before.  I hope a little one takes a seat in it to eat a cupcake!  Happy Monday!


Hugs, 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday Scripture





"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  
Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but
does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his 
face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away 
and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But the man 
who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, 
and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard,
 but doing it - he will be blessed in what he does."

James 1:22-25

Joyfully,

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Giveaway Winner!



Congratulations to Diane N. who said:
"One of my favorite gifts was the AccuQuilt
my husband got me for Christmas a couple years ago."
I have sent you an email, Diane.

Have a wonderful Saturday, friends!

With joy,
Renee



Friday, May 4, 2012

Last Day For Giveaway







































Hi friends, sorry for my absence this week.  It's been a busy time for me.  Today is the last day to sign up for the giveaway.  I'll announce the winner tomorrow.  Have a great day!


Smiles,

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Giveaway








































Today marks the 700th post here on Sewn With Grace.  I cannot believe I've had that much to say and what's even more unbelievable is that you have read these posts and have come along side me on this blogging journey.  I am humbled by this and grateful for the many friendships I have made.  You have added much to my life and I've learned a great deal from all of you.  It seems so very appropriate to have the monthly giveaway on this special day.  Here are the items included in the giveaway:


2 1/2 yds. "A Stitch in Time" by Robert Kaufman (Button Fabric)
3/4 yd. "Wild Rose" by Blackbird Designs
1 yd. "Tangled Threads" by Red Rooster Fabrics (Blue Floral)
1/2 yd. "Tangled Threads" by Red Rooster Fabrics (Brown Floral)
1 yd. "Tangled Threads" by Red Rooster Fabrics (Words)
3/4 yd. "Tangled Threads" by Red Rooster Fabrics" (Images)
The Book, "Tangled Up In Thread" by Terri Degenkolb

To Enter:
Be a follower of Sewn With Grace
One Comment Only
What is a favorite gift you have received?

The giveaway will be open until Friday at midnight
and the winner chosen by random generator
and revealed on Saturday~
With love,

Monday, April 30, 2012

Crafty Weekend







































This past weekend found me pushing pause on the quilt making and picking up a paintbrush for the Cafe.  This little cupboard was the ugliest rust brown.  Several coats of white breathed some new life into it.








































The decals were made using vintage "Happy Birthday" wrapping paper.  I lined the cupboards with scrapbook paper and some crochet trim from an old piece I had in my scraps.












































The bottom half is lined with the vintage paper.  I left the corner that gives the copyright of 1962, the year I was born.












































The biggest project of the weekend was this cut out cupcake.  I had fun using my jig saw and drill.  It took a few hours to complete.  I hope the little ones that visit the cafe will enjoy peeking through to get their picture taken.  Tomorrow marks the 50th day of the cafe opening and we are celebrating with an icecream social.  Everything is better with icecream (and sprinkles!).


Smiles,

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday Scripture


Source: etsy.com via Renee on Pinterest



"But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you,
then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,
whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the river,
or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.
But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

Joshua 24:15

With joy,

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Making Memories







































It's that time of year when the t-shirt quilt orders start coming in.  It's a fun quilt to make and let's me go on a little journey of a person's life.  Most of them are for graduation but some are for those who have already graduated, like this one above.  I have six custom quilt orders to complete.  Five before the end of May.  Time to put the pedal to the floor!


Smiles,

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Peek-a-boo








































This photo was taken last spring at the farm.  This past Sunday I was there for a meeting with a client. What occurs every year is a spring gathering of local barn cats who come to the farm to have their babies.  While taking a stroll around the grounds on Sunday I stooped to talk to Frannie who was weaving in and out of my legs.  Frannie is a black cat and the only cat who belongs to the owners.  I looked up to see pairs of eyes looking at me from inside the barns.  Three different pairs of eyes.   Looks like there's some kitties in hiding.  Gosh, I hope those eyes were kitties…


With joy,

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Not Any Bag




Source: modcloth.com via Renee on Pinterest



I want to show you these two adorable bags I saw on Pinterest.  The top one is Cath Kidston and the bottom one is Modcloth.  Both are sold out ~ of course!  I wish more designers would make items like this for those of us who craft.  Have a great Tuesday!


Smiles,

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Moments


Simple knitting
of a flower washcloth
the size of a placemat
grr…

Smiles,

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sewing Room







































I tried to get some good pictures of the sewing room but the sun was not cooperating with me.  I snapped a few anyway.  I also avoided the mad dash around the room to clean up.  It is what it is, as the saying goes!








































This room is located off the kitchen and is separated from the dining room by french doors.  Actually, this used to be the dining room.  It's pretty small though, so after some room swapping it makes for a sunny (on a good day!) spot to sew.








































I have some wonderful storage, thanks to my friend, Keith, who took vintage windows and built the cabinet around it.  For being on fabric lockdown, I still have much to use up!








































I'm very happy for my own space to create.  Everyone should have a little spot of their own.  For me, that has sometimes been a corner of the family room and that's okay too, as long as you've got a place to dream.  Blessings!


With joy,



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sunlit Rooms








































The sun was coming in so pretty tonight that I thought I would show you some of the rooms in my house.  This room is called the "pretty room".  Boys are not normally allowed but they tend to sneak in anyway!








































This room was sage green until recently.  We don't get much sunlight in here so the blue makes it much brighter.








































I really do enjoy decorating and nothing stays the same for very long.  Things often get moved from room to room.








































I have always wanted a round dining room table and found one earlier this year.  It was made by Amish men and is 72 inches round.  It seats eight comfortably.  It is screaming for a quilt which is on the never ending list of projects.  Maybe a rug too!








































This piece was purchased at a resale shop for under $250.  I have found many of my pieces from resale shops, flea markets and garage sales.  There are some wonderful bargains out there.  Oh, and I would wallpaper every inch of my house if I could!








































I thought I would throw in a picture of the kitchen, post dinner, lest you think that the rooms are always clean.  If I can make the sewing room presentable, I will show you that tomorrow.  Blessings!


Joyfully,

Monday, April 16, 2012

In The Yard







































I was able to get some yard work done this morning before the rain set in.  I even managed to get a little Preen on some of the flower beds.  Although last years hydrangea flowers are dry, they still look pretty to me against the black of the wheelbarrow.  I hope you are having a productive Monday!


Hugs,