Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Scrappy Trip Along

I thought I could resist the temptation to start this quilt since I have happily been piecing Hill Farm.  I kept seeing blocks popping up in blogland and knew I was in trouble.  Apparently the block took off on Instagram and before you knew it a Flickr group was formed and blocks were being made from this tutorial from Quiltville.  It's a great stash buster and is made using a really neat sewing trick so I'm hear to tell ya, it's a bit addictive.  I stopped at four blocks this morning because I've got things to do.  Stop by to see Trish, Amy and Rita's blocks and then head over to Flickr.  My oh my is it fun!


Monday, January 7, 2013

Piece by Piece

I was able to complete four blocks, over the weekend, in the Hill Farm quilt I am making.  The pattern is called "Carousel" from the book, Simply Fat Quarters by It's Sew Emma.  This is going to be a twin size quilt.  I'm really enjoying the process of making this quilt.  It's a great book if you are looking for some new patterns to try.

I want to show you the quilt that I put the blocks on to photograph.  I made this quilt a few years back. I'm sorry that I don't know what the snowman fabric is called.  I was just so thrilled to find snowman fabric in pink!  This stays on the couch in the living room all winter.  The sun is shining brightly today so I was able to take these pictures on the porch.  I love it when the sun is shining on the snow, it's all sparkly.  You know how much I like sparkles!


Friday, January 4, 2013

Hill Farm

I've been an absent blogger this week.  My daughter and I went to visit my husband for a couple of days.  We visited a college, saw where Paul is working and living, met with a realtor and got the whirlwind tour.  I feel like I have run a marathon.  It is good to be home.  Today before we left, we looked at an 1880 Colonial with a barn and tiny cookhouse out in the middle of the countryside.  The only evidence of life were the hundreds of deer prints and the many birds that greeted us.  I think this one may need too much work even for me, but boy was it a beauty.  What would a post be without a fabric picture?  I cut this pile of goodness on New Year's Day when I was home by myself all day and night.  It just about took that long too.  With the exception of the grey floral print (which is from the "Old New Collection" and the white floral and pink polka dot - all fabric is "Hill Farm" by Brenda Riddle for Lecien.  Brenda's blog is here.  The fabric is just gorgeous.  I can't wait to show you what I'm doing with it.  Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013


My husband and I had a wonderful dinner with friends last night.  I laughed so hard that I gave myself a tummy ache and almost couldn't eat my food.  They live in a loft in downtown Kalamazoo and the energy of the city last night was magical.  Near midnight we walked over to the park to watch the ball drop with hundreds of people.  We have a ball like the one you see in Times Square, just much smaller. Maddie was somewhere in the crowd with her best friend.  Taylor was celebrating in the Dominican Republic having left yesterday for a month of cultural studies.  As the new year began I thought once again about what this year will hold.  So much to be thankful for…

I had to show you the little box of ornaments I found on Etsy for my dollhouse.  Can you believe it? It is so delicate and so small.  I just love it!  I'm trying to finish this sparkly scarf today for myself.  I think one of my new year's resolutions will be to wear sparkles every day.


Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

Wishing you and your family a blessed New Year!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

For Today

The Christmas Amaryllis put on quite the show this year.  I'm always amazed at what beauty can come from a bulb.  There is so much going on inside of that bulb that we don't see until just the right time. Flowers are such a metaphor for life in so many ways.  As we are on the cusp of a new year, I wonder what is ready to burst forth.  There will be good with bad, joy with sorrow, happy with sad.  I'm so thankful that all of it rests in the hands of our all-knowing Savior who did not give us a spirit of fear. Let's go boldly into the new year with a thankful and trusting heart.  Blessings!


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Pairs of Mittens

With the whirlwind of festivities over, I sat down to do some sewing of my own today.  It started snowing yesterday and we are now covered in a blanket of white.  I made some hot chocolate and got to cutting and sewing row 8 of Lori's Row Along.

It was fun picking out the different fabrics for each pair of mittens.  I am so happy to be caught up with my rows.  I am enjoying the much needed slower pace with the Christmas rush over.  The snow is keeping me inside and I've been able to try to get organized again.  I hope that you all had a Merry Christmas and are having a relaxing day of your own.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

O Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ The Lord!
Merry Christmas!

With love,

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Tree Love

Oh my word!!!
I am in love with this quilt!
It is a work in progress over at Crazy Mom Quilts
You can view it here

Time to get back to our regularly scheduled Christmas duties…


Thursday, December 20, 2012


Popping in to say hi!  I know we are all on the mad dash to get things done before Christmas.  I'm sewing and knitting up a storm on my end.  I'm making a special quilt for a friend who just had her home burglarized and I'm determined to get it done in the next couple days.  Yesterday I went down to the cafe to help the girls get 178 snowflake cookies decorated for a special order.  I took this picture with my phone.  It was a lot of fun decorating them, but a lot of work!  There are rumors of snow for our part of Michigan in the next day or so.  We may have real snowflakes by Christmas.  Would love to hear what you've all been up to.  Blessings!


Monday, December 17, 2012

For the Graduate

On Saturday I celebrated the college graduation of a special girl.  I was inspired to create this little collage box by the adorable graduation figurine.  I have had it for some time, not knowing what I would use it for.  She makes the perfect focal point along with a Christmas tree and vintage embellishments.  The gift will be a reminder in years to come of a special graduation day during Christmas time.  Have a blessed Monday!


Sunday, December 16, 2012

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!