Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday Praise

Good Morning!  Praises for our Lord above and many blessings to everyone that passes this way!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Blue and White or White and Blue?

My middle daughter has started buying and selling antiques.  I love it that she is so excited about this new venture for herself.  She has four sons, is a stay at home mom and up until a few months ago hardly went anywhere except school functions, Dr. appointments and to the grocery store.  Now she has been studying antiques, finding them at wonderful prices and working with the owner of a local antique mall.  And I am loving it too, because I get sweet gifts.  This past Christmas I received this basket.  Sorry to say I took other items out of it before I thought to take a picture.  Now I do not know if the basket is old but it sure went with what was gifted inside it.
Check out this wonderful tag, love it.
This is what came in the basket along with some other treasures.
Pretty handle
So I was inspired to raid my little hutch where I keep my teapots, cups and saucers along with other pretties.
This cup and saucer I bought new the tea pot was a gift I am pretty certain it  is older.

Now I am ready for company, who wants to join me?  And even though hardly any of these items belong in the same set they all go together so pretty.
I also have some Blue Willow and some other Flow Blue dishes which I think my tea pot is, but I will share those another time.  Linking up with Common Grounds Vintage Inspiration.
There are always some wonderful inspirational posts to take in.  Hope you will all join me there! Blessings!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Praise


Have a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday Night Sew In Results

Here I am with the Friday Night Sew In results.  I did not accomplish as much as I intended.  If you remember how long the Pearl Harbor movie is from a few years back (two discs) that is how long I spent sewing before I called it a night. 
 Was able to get the boarder on the wall hanging.  It is a Bloom Creek pattern call ""Charm Sampler".  I did not use a charm pack though, instead I cut all my squares from the fabrics I wanted to use.  I had planned on getting it ready to quilt but the backing I planned on using was just a smidgen to small.  I have decided to hand quilt this project.  I would love some comments with suggestions on how you would quilt it and with what color and or type of thread.
The above picture is the flannel I chose to make the baby buntings out of.  Oh my, do not forget to check the width of the fabric if you do projects out of the book I showed in the previous post.  I did not and it was to narrow to use for the pattern that takes every bit of a 44-45 width and I only had a 40 width.  But it is washed and ready for another project.  I am sure I will use it.
I also started quilting the fabric for the notebook covers.  Was not able to get very far with this project though because it was getting late and Ladybug was barking upstairs every time I made a little bump downstairs.  I hope to work on it later today and tomorrow afternoon.  But right now I am off to spend time with my youngest daughter and mother in love for a few hours.  Have a wonderful day and blessing to all of you!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Night Sew In

It is Friday!!!  The weekend is finally here and it is also "Friday Night Sew In" night.

Handmade by Heidi

I have not participated for a couple of months and am looking forward to the incentive to get something done, so I have something to share tomorrow.  The heater is warming up my creative area and I have the following things lined up for my evening.
The pink and black strips are cut for the boarder of the wall hanging I have been working on and last showed you here.
The two above pictures are fabrics cut, sewn and the iron on fleece has been applied and ready for quilting.  These are going to be notebook covers like I made and showed you here.

And I have some flannel in the washer for this project.
It is a baby bunting for grand number seven that will be making an appearance in May.  The pattern is from this book which has tons of projects I would like to have time to make in the future.
Happy Friday everyone!  Blessings!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Book One What's In the a Name 5

I have finished the first book for the reading challenge that I joined.

The first of five categories is "A book with a topographical feature".  I have picked Patterns in the Sand, by Sally Goldenbaum.  This is the second book of the Seaside Knitters Mystery series.  I talked about the first one here.
I love a good series and this one fits the bill.  There are a lot of characters with such great personalities and there has been a new character to love added to each of the last two books.  As I mentioned when I shared the first book with you the author conceals the bad guy rather well.  I did not figure out who did it until almost the very end of the book and I only knew it was one of two people.  I also love that the books take place in a seaside town which is one of my favorite sites for a books location.  The main characters are Izzy Chambers who owns the Seaside Knitting Studio and her aunt Nan who is the main sleuth in this book.  Lovely characters that made me want to go out and pick up the next book in the series just as the first one did.
 I am not a book reviewer but wanted to take this challenge to add some new content to my blog and something fun for me to participate in.  Hopefully I will become better at describing the books as the year goes along.  And perhaps my friends that visit will find a new author to read along the way.

Hope you are having a great week so far!  Blessings!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Working on the Wall Hanging

Before the holidays I was working on a wall hanging for my creative space.  I posted last about it here.  I put it away for a bit because I needed to finish some gifts that I shared with you a short time ago.  Pulled it back out yesterday and finished the last two blocks.
Finished the embroidery in the center of this block.

Learned to paper piece hexagons.  It was the first time I had paper pieced anything.  The above and below photos shows them with the basting still in them.
The finished appliqued block.
 This evening I sewed the all the blocks together and now I need to cut the boarder strips and decide if I am going to hand quilt or machine quilt it.
Below is a  pretty picture I took outside our back door a couple of days ago.
 Wishing you a joyous week!  Blessings!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Praise

This was my pick this week.  Have enjoyed it quite a few times this past week.  Love it!

I have decided to share two songs this week.  The second is Cindy Bee's pick that she sent my way a couple of days ago.

Enjoy and blessings to everyone that stops by!  

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thank You Cindy Bee

I received the Liebster Award from Cindy Bee The Bee Lady from Hilltop Farm.  Leibster means favorite in German, I found this description from a comment left by Fiona on Cindy Bee's post about the award.  I want to thank Cindy for the award I truly am grateful.  I am to pass it on to five bloggers that have less than 200 followers.  Here is the thing.  I am sure I visit at least five blogs that have less than 200 followers when I am hopping around blog land. Often.  But I like to follow the rules and it seems you should have a close blogging relationship with another blogger to give an award.

Cindy and I have been visiting each other almost from the time I started my blog.  She even commented that I was the first person that had left a comment on her blog, which I do not remember, but I believe her.  I enjoy her truthfulness and the way she tries to get us to think about what she is posting about.  And she is a Bee Keeper, I do not think I have ever met a Bee Keeper that I did not like!  So Cindy would be one of my picks.  Back at you Cindy Bee!

I also have two other blogger friends that have been wonderful to spend time with since we began our blogging time together. Happy Mrs C who is a faithful friend and wonderful teacher and I Wish I Were a Walton who always comes by for a visit and I love seeing her gardens, antique and flea market finds, and she always goes on the best girlfriend day trips.

I would love to meet each of you in person and expect someday I just might.  I drive right by Cindy Bee's home place when I go visit my family and expect the next time to "make time".  Mrs C and I have talked often about meeting up somewhere and I would love to travel to the state of Washington to meet Holly and do some junking together.  So ladies here is your award.
Since I did not follow the exact directions you do not have to pass it on.  Just accept it and know how much I appreciate your friendship!

Here I am back to make a revision.  I want to share this award also with Bonnie at City Home/CountryHome where I come across some of the most fabulous recipes.  You must be ready to print out or pin each one she shares because they all sound so good and need to be tried!  She has four daughters and I think that is what drew me to her because I raised three daughters myself.  Mothers with daughters we have a bond. 

I may be revising this for days!

Blessings from our house in the woods to yours!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sunday Praise

As most of you have done in the last week I watched some of the past years highlights on my favorite morning news show.  There was so much more heartache then happy things to look back at that I kept thinking of this song i wanted to share.  I love it, it makes me smile and sing in my car every time I hear it.  I think I will be listening to it each time I open my blog up in the coming weeks.  Enjoy, smile have a wonderful Sunday and a good week!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Reading Challenge

Trying something new, since I read a lot I am hoping to complete the challenge in the next year.
Here are reading categories listed at Beth Fish Reads.

 Between January 1 and December 31, 2012, read one book in each of the following categories:
  1. A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title: Black Hills, Purgatory Ridge, Emily of Deep Valley
  2. A book with something you'd see in the sky in the title: Moon Called, Seeing Stars, Cloud Atlas
  3. A book with a creepy crawly in the title: Little Bee, Spider Bones, The Witches of Worm
  4. A book with a type of house in the title: The Glass Castle, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Ape House
  5. A book with something you'd carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title: Sarah's Key, The Scarlet Letter, Devlin Diary
  6. A book with a something you'd find on a calendar in the title: Day of the Jackal, Elegy for April, Freaky Friday, Year of Magical Thinking
The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category.

Happy Saturday evening!