Blessed by everyday blessings

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 ~


Friday, October 7, 2016

A little pumpkin YUM YUM.

If there ever was a pumpkin heaven..... I'd want to go there!

Just can't get enough PUMPKINS.

I'm trying to savor each season but
Life is still clicking along lickity-split here.  

I spent many days of summer with my little pumpkin peeps.
They bring JOY to my days.

so THANKFUL to be present in their lives weekly.

We had many chats... her in the tree me in my lawn chair...

talking about favorite things and playing Would You Rather... 

 This little bug in a rug is now 8 mos. and crawling. 

Outside is our favorite place to be.

We have created memories ... pretended we were pioneer women.
making do with what we have. 

 We didn't plan to do this we just did it !
Now fire baked and ready to eat !  
 Finding out an oven is a blessing : ) 
It would have been so much easier to bake it.

Life at home .... is where I want to be. 

Here and there I've cozied up the nest taking trash .....

..... turning it into TREASURE !

I've wished I had a barn.... 

I've thought about the past 

Lived in the present.... 

 Not knowing really where to start,
  I decided one day to just take the first step 
to make this flea market treasure into something.....
this has been patiently waiting for sometime in my sewing room.
Years upon Years actually.

Each day I'm learning that in life...
one step leads to the next, be patient, take it step by step.
Hurrying only leads to worrying.  It all works out in the end.
Everything is falling into place.

Once I got the front figured out
 the back of a thrifted shirt became the perfect back.
In one day it all came together beautifully
because it was the right time!! 
I love Adding JOY to the world in little ways.
When it all comes together.... you can't believe how
Homemade makes me giddy with excitement !!

Life seems to go round and round but much stays the same. 

If you want life to be different you have to do things differently.

I have been wanting
 to make this little wall hanging for a long time.
I don't know why it took me so long ....
 just could never find the time.
but last month I decided to do life a little differently.
I made time.... 

And it finally happened!!!
A little happy birthday present to me! 

Pattern " Be Thankful"  Pam Puyleart
Backdoor Quilt series 

It is not a fancy life but it is a good life 
And for that I am THANKFUL !!

Hope your fall days are filled with pumpkins !!


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mama Said Sew

Some things  amaze me....  one of those things is how quickly weeks and months fly by.    Goodness!

Life has been busy....  It is a steady rhythm everyday of things that need to be done.   I have been working.... taking care of grandchildren...  enjoying grandchildren growing up... Dance recitals, ball games...  and in-between trying to focus on matters of the home front that have been neglected for a while.  I have a new strategy for life this year.... Instead choosing one word I have chosen three...

LIVE WITH LESS.    Less Mess... Less things that don't bring joy to my life....  Less things to manage.... Less projects undone.... Less unhealthy food... Less extra weight....You get the idea.

I have parted ways with a few things.... HURRAY!

I have rearranged my dinning room so we can all fit around the table without feeling like sardines....JOY, JOY, JOY.   Everyone is coming for supper on Mother's day.... can't wait to try it out.

I have lost some extra weight....Now that is a Great big Hurray!  I went on a green smoothie cleanse for one week with my daughter....  Interesting.....  But so good for me.  
And can I just say that eating Pink Grapefruit like you would eat an orange has done me  so much good.  I have been eating them since January and I think that is what finally helped me get off the weight plateau that I have been at for years. I have been doing more walking because of work.... but rest assured sweating workouts have not been a part of my days.  Go figure.  So thankful since I hate to workout.  

On the home front I have divided the house up so that each day of the week has a certain room to focus on.  So what ever day it is,  that room gets a little extra attention to clear the clutter or focus on a project for that room.  Then I spend a hour or two focusing on that room's task.   I wouldn't give myself an A+ for effort (hard to teach an old dog new tricks)  as I haven't followed through everyday but I can say it has made me a little more accountable and a little more intentional with my days.  We'll see how much progress I make through the year.  I've been known to start with a lot of gusto and then fizzle soon after.  I love clean but I hate to clean.  Anybody get that???

So that's my itty bitty life story....  now here is what I have been working on in the sewing room.

My "Mama Said Sew" quilt.  Fabric designed by Sweetwater.
Made using a layer cake plus a little extra yardage.
 Started in 2014.....  It is time to finish!
Ideas for this quilt began here.

Fun quilt blocks in each corner...
Churn dash block .... Favorite 

I have been pondering what this block needs.
 I don't know that it has a name. I just made it up.

I can be so indecisive at times...
Finally took the plunge and decided
to appliqué a heart in the center of this block
reflecting my love for gingham. 

Broken dishes or pinwheels.... Love

Flying dutchman ... or Dutchman's Puzzle ???
Always wish I were a little more Dutch in the month of May.

I made some pieced stars using leftover HSTs from the front corner blocks.

  These stars with be part of the backing.

Using the selvage  edge  : ) brings JOY! 

And that my friends is the End of my story....
Well besides a lot of dreaming about all the quilts I want to make someday...

Busy or not I must always squeeze in a little sewing time.
I had hoped to finish this quilt in April.
Sad that it is still not finished but
Finding Joy in Moving it Forward...  

 Less Guilt...More Joy in the Journey.

May your May days be Happy days. 




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