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 ~


Monday, April 21, 2014

This is a Pink Post with a Smile.

Reporting in on Operation "Move It" Monday.....  this is where I Post my progress on what it takes to get an old sewing project out of the Bag and on to the Bed.
It all started Here

This  is my FIG in a bag.
Project # 2
FIG= Fabric In Gestation and has been in a bag for longer than I care to admit.
This quilt is for my Granddaughter, Addilyn.
She was so sweet when she saw it on the arm of the chair.
She said, 
"Nanny who is that for?"
I said, " It is for you, but it is not finished yet."
I opened it up and showed her then folded it back up .
Later I was feeding her little brother in another room
and she came in the room
 with the quilt all wrapped around her
with a sweet little proud grin.
 Walking in like the queen.
When I told her she couldn't play with it until it was finished.
She said," Can we finish it today".
I tried to tell her that it couldn't be finished in one day.
But she always came back with a time later in the day.
"Can we finish it after we pick up Emmy"
"Sorry honey it will take more time "
Such a disappointment.
"I will finish it, but not today."
She was totally bummed!
This quilt reflects my love affair with the churn dash block.
It went into the bag because I needed time to think.
I wanted to add some words but I wasn't sure what words.
And so the thinking has come to this.
I have one word on  and working on the second.
I think I will like it........
but not exactly sure right now.
It is the beginning of the doubting stage because I can't see the end.
I am making it up as I go and that is risky.
And soooooo..... today the applique continues
Trying to learn needle turn applique and it is
slow going.  If you like to do needle turn applique I salute you.
I love Pink Yes I do!
Too many girls here to not like pink.
Miss Emerson, my little first grader, and...
The tale of the missing teeth.
She couldn't be prouder!
We have been patiently waiting for this toothless grin.
The tooth fairy has been good to her.
And on the home decorating front...
 Taking this from
To Beautiful :)
Just need a little courage to push the pink button.
If I do it then I probably need to paint the end table white or grey.
And that is another project all for a little bit of pink!
Decisions...... Decisions.....
I can see buds on the flowering almond bush
More pink coming soon!


Friday, April 18, 2014

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

The blood of Christ shed for  my sins so that my relationship with My Heavenly Father could be restored.   Amazing Love..... How can it be... that he would die for me.

Sometimes it is hard to grasp the depth of it fully.
My love for Christ seems so shallow in comparison.

I will be Forever grateful that someone cared to share the story of Jesus with me.

Faith comes from hearing the Word of God. 

When I was a young girl my boyfriend took me to church over and over again. There God's spirit began to turn my heart towards Him. As I heard the Word of God I became thirsty and wanted to hear more.  Believing and receiving Christ as your Savior doesn't mean all your problems will go away but it is wonderful to know that what ever problem I have I can take it to the one who cares for me and together we will get through it.  There is nothing that can separate me from His love.

"Father the time has come. Glorify your son, that your son may glorify you.  For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.  Now this is eternal life that they may know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do and now, Father glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. " John 17:1-5

We will be Celebrating the Savior Resurrected on Easter Sunday.

How about you?  Can you take someone with you when you go?



Monday, April 7, 2014

Operation "Move It" Monday...

I am going to try something.   It may not be too exciting to you if you are visiting but for me it is going to be thrilling!    Because hopefully I will see a bit more progress on things around here  AND a few more finished projects in my sewing room.

Here's the motivation....
It's Monday Morning.....well actually Monday evening now.
I love the fresh start of Mondays.  I don't feel bogged down with life.

I love to be creative with my sewing machine. But I am feeling bogged down with projects in my sewing room.  I don't love that I have an unmentionable number of sewing projects in bags.  Unfinished.  UGH!

I am not sure who coined the term.... UFO
UFO is (UnFinishedObject) for those who craft/sew;
probably stored in a bag for longer than you care to admit. (At least mine have been).

I think I need a new term. For me the term UFO is intimidating. There is probably a good reason it is unfinished.  If you are brave enough to pull it out of the bag.... very soon you remember why you put it in the bag and why it is unfinished.  There is little incentive to finish it. Either you don't love the fabric any more, it is not turning out how you hoped,  something needs to be ripped out... etc.
It Seems destined to forever be an UnFinished Object.

How about calling it a OLO (Once Loved Object). At least if I don't love it any more I can find someone else who will love it. Goodwill is good for that!  Or how about a FIG (Fabric In Gestation) patiently waiting for it's day of celebration.   Ha- Ha,  now those are terms of Hope!

The term UFO is making me feel really guilty. (remember my unmentionable number of UFOs... it is embarrassing. ) I have good reason to feel guilty but it is not helping me to overcome the problem that happens over and over again.  I get stuck or I loose interest or life takes over, or a new pretty project comes around the corner.  What ever the reason.... I am overcome with bags of UFO's.... and bags of," I want to be a quilt someday" fabric. 

Several times a year it seems I hear of pleas for quilts to give to comfort others.
I want to have quilts ready so that I can give to those in need as the need arises. 

I'm tired of always feeling embarrassed by my old unfinished projects .

I'm tired of bags scraps that would be loved if they were in a quilt.

I'm tired of someday quilts in a bag.

I want to be a better finisher.
Not just with sewing but with life.

I just finished a UFO and it was so satisfying!  Why did it take so long?

I was definitely a HURRAY moment.... but now  the rest of my UFO's are mocking me in their plastic bags..... remember me....  how long ago did you start me???? I bet you will never finish me. 

Every time I think of something I have started and not finished it is like this huge wave of, oh you naughty girl, comes over me.
A project abandoned. It creates a sick feeling in me.  I hate that it is not finished.

I want the joy of more finished projects.  More quilts that I can share with others, more quilts to make my family and home cozy..... My children do not want to inherit fabric!

and sooooooooo.....  Here are the details for Operation "Move it"

Mondays here have now been declared

" Move it" MONDAY!

 On Mondays I'll be working on a bag project.
The plan is to......
Move it out of the bag
 and on to the bed.

The pattern will probably be old but maybe timeless. I am not going to tell you how long ago I started the project,  if you are good at dating fabric you will be able to guess how long the project has been in the bag:). The fabric will probably not woo you and you won't be able to buy it any more. Remember the project is old.  But most important the fabric will be in a quilt, and in the quilt the fabric will then be loved.

The purpose of Operation "Move It" is to move a project forward to the finish line or let someone else love it to the finish line. 
I am saying good-bye to the bag-gage......

Since sewing is a sit down operation there has also become a bit of bag-gage on me.

I have been working on getting healthy, exercising more for over a year...

It is slow going.  Sort of depressing actually, but I need to keep moving. Keep working at it.

 I want the joy of a healthier me, a stronger me,
so in addition I am making a more intentional plan to
Move it physically .... and get MORE exercise.

Breaking it down so I can be accountable ......

1. I am going to work on a project that has been in a bag for a while and see what I can accomplish between loads of laundry from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed each Monday. I might work on it for an hour or throughout the day it just depends on the task. But some progress needs to be made on Monday.

I might be able to show you a few pictures or it might be a list of the things I have gotten done for the day.  I don't expect a lot of jumping up and down on your side of the screen.  Save that for the final finish celebration. :) Progress could be slow at times.

2. I will make a commitment to walk for at least 30 minutes and make use of my YMCA membership and go swim laps and do water aerobics for sure on Mondays. I am thinking if I get off to a good start on Monday the rest of the week will follow suit!

I'm kind of excited  because I know little by little things will get finished.  I'm excited  for all the bags of OLOs and  FIGs who will soon have their day in the sun :). As for me Getting some fresh air and exercise that will do me a whole lot of good!

I can hear my little granddaughters singing.... I like to Move it , Move it!  Just like this.... over and over.  Sorry today you will be singing it too :)

Ha- Ha they bring such joy to my life.

Progress for todays Bag of scraps:  I made a quilt block for a baby quilt with scraps of flannel. Now have 4 blocks in total. It will be a charity quilt someday.

Worked on some applique for my granddaughters quilt.

Prewashed some fabric for another Charity quilt for my quilt guild.

And I went to the Y for swimming and walked outside in the rain with my pink umbrella !   Yea for Spring weather!

And that girlfriends is the first episode of "Move it" Monday! 




Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Celebrating with Pink


          As in PINK Lemonade Frosting.....  YUM!

Add 1 teaspoon of
 Unsweetened Pink Lemonade Kool-Aid
to one container of Vanilla frosting.
(the cake mix box said to add the whole package of Kool-Aid
but I did not.... It had plenty of pucker with 1 tsp.)
Stir it up.  Watch it turn a lovely pink
Spread on top of a Vanilla-Butter Recipe cupcake.
Add the sprinkles that come with the frosting.
A happy feeling will come over you :)
Now  find someone to share them with
Create a happy day with the ones you love!
Easter is just around the corner...
I think these would be perfect for our Celebration.


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