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 ~


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tip - Toe through the TULIPS with me!

This is
little miss EMERSON
and this is a yearly tradition with her nanny.
Taking Time for the Tulips!
I think this was after the SNOW on May 3.
just in case you missed Tulip Time
because of the unusual weather,
let me make it up to you.
Peppermint Pink

Pink and Purple


In the Garden

Pink and White
I  love PINK!
Emmy's Favorite Pose 
Sunshine on a misty day.
In the Square
Purple with fringe
Tulips at every turn.
Spunky with orange in the mix.
Precious pink
Touching tulips is allowed!
Girlfriends in the Garden :)
A little bit Dutch!
 Follow the Yellow brick road.
 Peppermint Pink In the Sunken Garden.
with a stuffed horse named
More peppermint.... I think these were my favorite
Catching a Ride!
These are for you Opa.... Go purple and gold panthers.
Tulips courtesy of Pella, IOWA
Where anyone can be Dutch for a Day!
Dutch letters and donut holes were the treat of the day.
Back home to my Back yard Tulips.
Not quite as bountiful but still make me smile. 
front door welcome....
And I wish spring would last a bit longer...
but Summer is nipping at our heals.
Do you love Tulips?
It is my favorite spring flower.
Have a wonderful day!
Thanks for sharing the day with me.
Leave me some comment love down below.
I would love to stop by your blog and get to know you :)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Low tech woman in a high tech world.

I wonder how so many of you keep up with it all??? 

Wow it has been a long time ago since I really posted.   The last time I posted  was in January ...... where there is always a Fresh New start  filled with new motivation to do better and be better.  I was going to try and be FAITHFUL in so many ways.   Now it is MAY and I am not so fresh and motivation seems to come and go. I have been FAITHFUL in a few things but finding it hard to be faithful in all the areas in my life where I need to be faithful.  If I focus on one thing then something else lags behind.  For now getting more exercise has taken over as a priority.   I have been faithfully exercising but it has been hard.  I have let this old body go for way too long because exercise and I have never been real  buddies. I would rather do anything besides exercise.   Are you young?????   Let me encourage you ,  find time to exercise today, tomorrow and the rest of your life.  It may not see important today but  when you are 54 you will be greatful you did not let yourself go.   Stay Strong your whole life long!

FEBRUARY, MARCH and APRIL......I know you were here but how did you pass so quickly.  This is the story of my life; living the days , weeks and months wondering how to slow down time. There are always so many things I want to do  but find I just don't have time or energy to do it.  

This is what has been filling my days for the last 3 months.

EXERCISE:  It's happening only because someone is keeping me accountable.
I have been swiming, riding the exercise bike , and walking.   I am feeling stronger, the old, granny syndrome is somewhat lessened (I don't feel quite as creaky and stiff all the time) and my husband is proud of me that I am actually exercising but the excess weight is not coming off as quickly as I would want so that has been a bit frustrating.   But rather than be discouraged I am fighting on and not letting the fat win.  I am able to swim 20 laps in the pool without feeling like I am going to die!! For me, that is an accomplishment!  And thank you Pat Sloan for your weekly interviews,(listen here) without you and my I-pod  the fat burning miles on the bike would be pure torture.

I have memorized 8 verses in Romans 12 .  Slow and steady wins the race right :)

DRINKING MORE WATER: It is a constant effort to remember.

REACHING:  We are sponsoring a compassion child.  http://www.compassion.com/
I have found it to be enlightening.

Everything else...... keeping my kitchen clean, reading my Bible, OPAM(one project a month)  etc..... I have been on and off the bandwagon... I have not been faithful.  Life pulls me in so many directions daily.  I will Always be a work in progress and will continue to keep trying.  Thank you God that you love me anyway.

sweet little Addilyn Grace
And now lets have a little fun catching up with photos.

addilyn and emmy

I made valentines day pillows for my daughters....  this is how Ariann has hers displayed.  I am a pinterest copy cat..... I created my own pattern.  They were a huge hit with the girls.  I made 4 total.

I made one for myself  :)

I love the ticking back
Happy Easter

MARCH....   trying new things.
STRING BLOCKS for the 2012 Craftsy BOM

Made mine mini.
 Lets just say it was a learning experience. 
I am not totally happy with it.
  I tried to conserve on fabric and the star is a little puckered. 
 From a galloping horse no one will notice so it will be used in the quilt.
I tried to make others and they didn't exactly turn out either.
I forgot one minor point in the directions when I was marking my lines to sew on.
I didn't allow for the seam allowance.  OOPS!
So for now I am not planning to make a big quilt in the
 spider block pattern any time soon.
I like the look but I am a bit frustrated by the process.

The little blocks are my little oopsie- daisies

You can see the seam allowance is a little chunky.
Which makes the webs overlap a bit.
And I've still got puckers :(
I wanted to use 4 little spiderweb blocks together in one block.
 Looks like I'm going with plan B! 
Might use them on the back or in the border as cornerstones.
These are the blocks I have made so far.
Jan, Feb, March
APRIL ...... UFO Busting
I finished the top of a charity quilt.
I hope they like penguins..... cause there are some in this quilt. 
Unlovelies turned lovely. Anything goes.
Fabric is donated to my quilt guild.
I started this a couple of years ago.
(So much more fun to start a project and much harder to finish Projects)
I think I might be a Queen Candidate for UFO's :)  (Un Finished Objects)
I decided it was time to clean out the sewing room
and get some projects out the door.
SO......HURRAY for a finish!
I designed the lay out.
Used lots of charm squares.
It fits a queen size bed.
and Now it is  
Unbelievable!!! SNOW!!!  That was a first for me. 
Thankful it didn't last long.

Stay tuned for tulips!!!!   HURRAY!
Thanks for stopping by :)




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