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The Little Guy

these are a few of my favorite things

~smiling faces~

~hugs and kisses from grandchildren
and hearing the name Nanny from far away places~

~mostly old sometimes new~

~quilts with love stitched through and through

~Babies and butterflys and all things created~

~To know you are loved makes life sweet with grace traces ~























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Monday, October 6, 2014

The sweet and sour of life...






Last week was hard.
We had to say good-bye to two people in our lives.

Last week was beautiful.
It seemed like the most beautiful day to go to heaven.

I hope I fly away to heaven in Autumn. 





Last week was sweet.
My dearest friend came for supper.
I love old friends.
For us, there is always
 some distance between visits.
It makes the reunion all the sweeter.


I wish Life were all sweet.

But in this world there will be sorrow. 

Creating beauty around me helps lift the sorrow.




I helped a friend decorate a couple of weeks ago.
She shared some of her garden goodies.





The leaf plate has found a happy home.





I transformed some coasters in to something more appealing to me.
The leaf has danced right off the plate behind the bear.



The before......  fabric is kind of ho hum...


This little coaster makes me a little dizzy....  
but it is happy here.  
The coasters are stuffed with some crushed cinnamon and cloves.
I just made a pattern from a leaf in the yard.
Fused it on with some Heat N Bond lite
 and did some primitive stitching around the edge.
Zig-Zagged over some twine  for the stem.(first step)
I used some old shirts to remake the tops of the coasters.

Makes me happy.  



Even in sorrow......God is still good.




I made another sweater pumpkin :)

(The stem might be too much over the top)

It was a long sleeve on that sweater!

My daughter called it Whimsical. 
I guess it will stay for now.

That is the beauty of creativity. 
You can express yourself any way you want. 







She  fits in with my other sweet pumpkins.
Emmy and Addilyn.

I try to make the house fun for my grandkids.



 The joy and blessings of Grandchildren always lift my spirits.



The best therapy when my spirit is low...
 piece my way to 
A finished quilt top.

I started this in April of this year.
.... just started with some inspiration from here and there. 
It is my own design I didn't follow a specific pattern.

Where would I be without my sewing machine????

The rhythm of the machine soothes my soul.


 This quilt started with a layer cake of
Sweetwater's fabric line
"Mama Said Sew"

 I needed a little bit of extra yardage to make it all work.
Now to get it quilted :)



Teach me to number my days..... 

Life is short.

Make it beautiful.

A special welcome to all those visiting from the Quilting Gallery 

I invite you to follow along on Bloglovin

Janita
























































Saturday, September 27, 2014

September smiles ..... Beauty takes time.






For what ever it is worth I am going to go through the process
 of what it takes for me to create a home that makes me happy. 

FIRST...

I head to the basement and pull up my tote(s) of Fall things.

Then I begin to arrange and rearrange.

It may seem effortless
 to just show you one picture of the finished space
Lets talk REALITY here..... 

It may take days or weeks to put the space together....

It is a process of 
arranging.....

and
Rearranging....

walking away.....

Coming home and walking by....

Sleeping on it....

Asking my girls what they think of the space...

Life is not fancy here....

But I want it to feel special.


This picture is Take #1


It is pretty but it doesn't make my heart sing.

Not loving the clock on the plate so much.





I start to ask, ok what do I love about the space?

I love the little pumpkins on the plate.




What seems to be to much? 


Though I always love a candle by the front door.... 
I have two in this space.

I love the wire pumpkin but it seems to be too much here.
You can  see through it but it still seems too big and too much.





You never know unless you try it.
So let the rearranging begin.

I know I am dating myself here....

The Yankee candle shade and plate are old.
But I love bittersweet.... So I'm keeping it :) 

I think this candle works better in this space.





Now that I have moved the candle.....
 I need something for the basket plates
Feeling like I want a little more orange to tie in the orange table runner.

I just happen to have an orange sweater....
Picked it up last year for a project that never happened

Perfect project for a rainy day....

And I know the plans I have for you:)








Hello Sweater Pumpkin :)







Looking yummy....

but still don't have a good feeling for the two similar shapes of the 
gum ball machine and the Yankee candle lamp.



Little Putka Pods  come down off the picnic basket.

Love in a bowl. 


I like the texture of the sticks and the little pumpkins together.

I like something that smells good to welcome me
when I don't have a candle burning.






The wind up clock from my husbands 
childhood has been moved up.


Feeling a little too much shine.... 
need  to take something shiny away.




The wind up clock has been moved back down.

Did I tell you it is a process of rearranging :)



Still not feeling the two tall skinny shapes and
because you never know unless you try it .... 

I replaced one tall skinny shape with another.

Yes I really did think the pineapple might be kind of fun.

Because I like the unexpected to show up now and then. 


It was a NO.


This is how it stands.......  
Until the end of Fall or until
I get another creative light flash in my brain :)

Then again Real Mini Pumpkins in the house
 could change everything.


Welcome Home!


I love the homemade touch.... Fall Quilt I made

I love Creativity.....Sweater turned Pumpkin

I love Memorabilia..  Old Clock

I love White Plates:)

I'll take a picnic any season.

I love Sticks!

I love Layers of YUM!

Hope your house has a smile in it this season :)




A special welcome to all of you who are visiting from the Quilting Gallery.

Hope you will follow along by way of email. 



Janita



















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