Thursday, December 13, 2012

Glitter ~ Sparkle ~ J-O-Y

The sun is shining brightly today and I grabbed the opportunity to take some pictures of the dining room in all it's Christmas finery.  I have been collecting the retro deer for the past couple of years. They are hard to find.  The large one is reproduction, the other is vintage, flocked.  I took some Christmas sheet music to Kinkos and had it made into 24 x 36 inches and then cut it into snowflakes. Three of them fit my 72" round table quite nicely.

This is a picture of the back side.  Lots of glittery, snowy wonderfulness (how is that for a description?) Oh, how I love this time of year.  I would wear glitter and sequins daily if I could!

My little vintage silver tree is in need of a tree skirt, for now a lace tablecloth does the job.  I either need to make one or find a vintage one thats not very big.  I add a couple of new vintage ornaments every year. 

This little tree I decorated a few years back.  The garland is sheet music.  The ornaments are old pieces of jewelry, buttons,  tiny ornaments and even the ballerina from a music box.  The star I made with felt and an old beaded applique from a long ago garment.

The pillows are new this year.  I bought them on sale at Pier 1.  They sit next to a wonderful snowman that I purchased at a craft show when my kids were little.  The church pew is the very first antique I ever purchased.  I have often thought of painting it a different color but in the end I love imagining it just as it was in the church it came from, with another traveler through life praising God at Christmas time.

Lastly, my favorite nativity, the one my Mom cross-stitched for me years ago.  It is the most important decoration in the house, the reason that we celebrate this Christmas season.  God coming to earth, to his people, to gather us back to himself.  Oh how precious he is, our Lord and Savior!

Tidings of great joy,

Monday, December 10, 2012

O Christmas Tree

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here.  Saturday I was able to finally get the main tree up.  I have been so busy sewing that I haven't had time to even think of decorations.  I still have more to do this week before Taylor gets home from college.

I have a new white tree this year.  It was a great deal on Cyber Monday.  I was so happy to find one that was unlit.  I weaved 500 lights onto this tree.  I love sitting in the room with the lights out.  I am always thrilled to add the dancing ladies and gentlemen garland to the tree.  It was made by my Mom years ago with a Martha Stewart pattern featured in her magazine.  It always draws a lot of attention.

The kitchen tree is up in all its dessert finery.  It goes rather nicely with my Great Granny Along quilt.  It makes the kitchen so festive.

I had so much fun making the cupcake liner garland last year.  If I could squeeze more ornaments on this tree, I certainly would.  There are so many cute dessert ornaments in the stores.  I think my little tree has all it can hold, well maybe a couple more…

Have a good start to your week!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Giveaway Winner & Art Hop

The winner of the December giveaway is Brenda from Quilting Along Life's Way.  Congratulations!
I took some pictures at Art Hop last night.  I was able to complete five quilts this month and added two from my quilt stash.

I had a small space to work with so I thought going vertical would be the best idea.  I found this ladder at a resale shop this week and Maddie painted it for me.  The lights are a vintage strand I found on a recent thrift outing.

I had some fun with the tags.  Keren from Free Pretty Things For You designed the tags for me when she designed my blog.  I used a recycled measuring tape and button pins to complete the look.

I made two extra buntings when I was making them for the cafe and had them for sale as well.  I don't know what it is about bunting that makes me so happy.

There were lots of fun and pretty treats for customers and Christmas carols never stopped playing. Lots of twinkly lights and laughter, the best kind of Christmas merriment.

Vintage Santa mugs kept winking at me all night long.  They are just so adorable.  In the end, I didn't sell as much as I would have liked, but I know that purchasing an expensive quilt is quite a commitment for people.  Today we have a showing on our house and I plan on spending the day with my husband who is home from work for the weekend.  Maddie has her Christmas formal so hair and makeup are on the agenda.  Have a blessed day, friends!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December Giveaway

Today I bring you giveaway number 12, the last of my monthly giveaways for 2012!  I have so enjoyed giving to all of you this past year.  It is so fitting to have this last one during the Christmas season. One winner will receive:

The book, "Quilt Love" by Cassandra Ellis
Six fabulous fat quarters
One set of six #8 Perle Cotton variegated thread
(oh, and the candy cane too!)

To Enter:
Be a follower of Sewn With Grace
Leave one comment on this post telling me your favorite Christmas Carol

The Giveaway will be open until Friday, December 7 at midnight
Winner chosen by Random Generator and announced on Sat., December 8

My favorite Christmas Carol is "O Holy Night".  Have a blessed day!


Monday, December 3, 2012

Holiday Tag-a-long

The blogs, Pretty by Hand and NanaCompany are hosting a holiday tag-a-long.  I decided to join in on the fun to see what I could come up with.  I'm so used to following a pattern that I thought it might be good to stretch my creativity a bit.  Here is contribution to the tag-a-long.  They have started a flickr group and Amy's blog is here and Kristyne's is here.  Come back tomorrow for the December giveaway. It is the last of the 2012 monthly giveaway.  Happy Sewing!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Little Trees

The Christmas decorations are slowly making their way out of storage.   I have ordered a new white unlit tree.  I'm done with prelit trees from companies that promise if one light goes out the rest will stay on - oh and impossible to remove from the tree once they quit working, but I digress.  I stopped by one of my favorite stores, Bella Patina, last week and picked up this trio of trees for my mantel.  The largest jar is about 5" so imagine how small the other two are.  I love supporting local small businesses.  Check out Bella Patina's amazing pinterest boards here.  Have a blessed day!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012


I really enjoy a one dish meal.  The house smells wonderful and it's not a ton of work to prepare it.  I have tried two from pinterest and love them both.  I must have a thing for garlic and lemon because both recipes use it.  I made the above dish twice in one week - it was that good!  I liked it best made with chicken thighs instead of breasts and less lemon, more garlic than called for.  It was delish!

My son loves shrimp and this recipe did not disappoint.  I would double it next time, it went fast. Right now when sewing takes precedence over everything else, these dishes are perfect!  Let me know what you think if you try them.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Santa Baby

I finished a quilt for Art Hop.  I'm on the countdown with Art Hop on December 7.  This is a crib size quilt.  One of the reasons I like sewing for Christmas is that I use colors and fabric patterns that don't normally show up in my work.  This retro Santa fabric came from JoAnn's and is so stinking cute.  I wish now I had purchased the whole bolt.  I'm off to quilt another top.  Have a great day doing something you love!


Monday, November 26, 2012

Comfort Sewing ~ Row Seven

Good morning, friends!  I hope that you had a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.  It was so good to have our family together.  Its pretty quiet here, this morning, with the kids back to school and my husband making his drive back to his new job.  My heart is full and I'm thankful for a few days with all of them.  I was able to finish row seven of Lori's Row-a-long the day before Thanksgiving but never got a chance to post it.  These leaves were so fun to make!

I want to thank Lori again for all the time and work she has done to make this free Row-a-long available to us.  I think of how busy she must be with family, new fabric lines, pattern writing and more and yet she has taken the time to create this for us.  It is truly something I look forward to every other week.  I think this quilt holds special significance for me because our family is in a season of transition and when this quilt is complete my family will be together again.  In a comforting way, it feels like a traveling companion who will be there through the spring.  I'll be able to hang this in my new home and reflect on the journey it took to get there.   Thank you, Lori, for giving me this.  One of these days I hope that I get the chance to thank Lori in person.  Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

On This Day

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bright Christmas Cheer

The ground was covered in sparkly frost this morning as I took Maddie to school.  It won't be long until snow.  We had a few flakes leisurely falling from the sky the other day.  Winter seems to come out of nowhere, one day you wake up and the grass is covered.  Today the sun is shining brightly.  I've got spaghetti sauce and meatballs cooking on the stove and the house is already smelling good at ten in the morning.  

I have three quilt tops completed for the art hop next month.  I plan on making one more with the fabric above.  Bright colors are speaking to me right now as well as retro Santa's.  I need to get busy quilting these as I hope to make a couple of pillows, some elf dolls and tote bags.  Its crunch time but I'm not concerned.  Whatever is done is what I'll take to sell.  Are you working on anything for Christmas?


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Work in Progress

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?…