Sunday, March 20, 2016

Happy Spring!

Finally! Spring has arrived!
We've been having some beautiful weather this past week. I'm loving the sunshine.

this is a beautiful magnolia tree we saw at the Biltmore House last weekend!

a sweet little wren has built a nest on top of my husbands utility building. I love hearing wren's sing. One of my favorite birds.  

my husband has started doing more wood working. He made this cute birdhouse! I  love it! He has hung it in a tree in our back yard. I'm watching it to see if we have any occupants. 

I've been trying to take time to just be still. Not just in body but in mind and spirit as well. It's not an easy thing to do. 

I tend to have an anxious mind. Thoughts are going everywhere.
I think of this scripture

casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

2 Corinthians 10:5

I found this "be still" magnet at a local business that is housed in an old building. They have booths for consignment-there is most anything you want! Antiques, oddities, crafts...I get lost in places like this. 
This is just a small oblong piece of glass tile with the paper and a magnet glued onto the back. 
here is just one of the tutorials I found on how to make them. 
~~til later

Thursday, January 21, 2016

my word of the year

I'm seeing alot of people choosing a word for the year and I got to thinking about that.
Through several messages/devotions, etc that I've read, one thing kept sticking out in my mind and that was ABIDE. 

Full Definition of abide

abode play\-ˈbōd\ or abid·edabid·ing
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1:  to wait for :  await
  3. 2a :  to endure without yielding :  withstandb :  to bear patiently :  tolerate abide

  • 3:  to accept without objection abide
  • intransitive verb
  • 1:  to remain stable or fixed in a state
  • 2:  to continue in a place :  sojourn
  • from the Merriam-Webster dictionary

    1. I will be writing more about that in later posts--still thinking about what it means for me and how I need to apply it to my life. 


    I love this quote! And it is so true. I don't think I've ever slept a night without it being under a quilt---unless it was in a hotel.

    I've always loved quilts/quilting. I have several that my grandmother made and my mom finished. I have a Double Wedding Ring that my mom made me as well as a Steps to the Altar.

    My sewing room is a work in progress. Think it always will be.

    So we are preparing for a major winter event.

    I'm somewhere in the 2 darkest blue 8-18+ inches of snow!  I just pray we keep power.

    I know it causes a lot of problems for those who have to get out in it to get to work--I think of the home care clinical staff I work with...and the ones at home who are depending on them, some with serious health issues. Praying they will be safe. 

    how is the weather where you are and how are you preparing for it?

    ~~til later

    Saturday, December 26, 2015

    Do I dare?

    even think of starting this blog back up?

    I miss blogging but really feel that I'm talking to myself.
    But maybe that is ok.

    Maybe I need an where I can get my thoughts out of this mixed up head that doesn't make sense most of the time.


    ~~til later

    Friday, April 3, 2015

    March'n into April

    I think that winter has finally loosened it's grip on the mountains here. April has arrived and the weather has been AweSome!!  I love this time of year (I think I've said that before). Spring and Fall-just the right temps, nice breezes blowing. Spring time things are waking up, Fall things are preparing for rest.

    I sat outside yesterday for over an hour in the warm sunshine. Listened to the birds, watched the bees. Aw! It was so nice.

    I between jobs right now-last week was the end of one and I start anther on Monday. I'm excited and a bit anxious about this new journey.

    My son and I perused some antique stores this morning. We both love doing this and it has been awhile since we've been able to. He found some cool things like tools and fishing stuff. I found cool things like vintage linens, crochet bedspreads and quilts. Oh and the cutest little sewing machine! This is not it but is just like the one we saw today. Case and all!

    Isnt' this quilt top gorgeous? I think it's rather "Easter-y" in it's colors too. The price on it wasn't bad but it was more than I had to spend on a quilt. I think tho that I'll have to keep a check on it, maybe it will go on sale.

    I could easily get into some serious trouble in an antique store.

    ~~til later

    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    another bite of winter

    There was snow in areas around the mountains here. Temps dropped into the 20's. Which is usual for March. Winter doesnt' give up easy.

    Aren't these sweet? When I got home from work yesterday they were laying on the table in a bouquet. My husband said our elderly gentleman neighbor brought them over for me! He is a sweetheart. He brought me a bouquet of them last week when hubby and I were out in the yard. I never knew there were so many different varieties of daffodils. I love the yellow against the blue of my grandmothers old ball canning jar.

    My husband is out in the yard early again today. He is a worker for sure!
    I'm taking it easy this morning, got very little sleep last night and my body aches. I need to make a visit to my chiropractor.

    I gave my notice at work last week, this Tuesday will be my last day. I'll take a few days off before starting a new venture the next Monday.
    I have stressed and prayed about this and it was time.
    I'm a little anxious but looking forward to starting this new journey.

    My sewing room is still a work in progress but it is getting to where I want it...I think. Still may move things around before I start unpacking and putting things where I need them. I plan on working in there while I'm off next week.
    I'll post some pics of it when I get it situated.

    ~~til later

    Saturday, March 21, 2015

    Beautiful Spring morning!

    The sky is so blue, the birds are singing, I have the window open a bit to let in some fresh air.

    I. Love. Spring.

    We've lived in our home for about 10 months now. My hubby has been outdoors working every chance he can get. We had a hedge of yellow bells (forsythia) that a former owner had planted along the front fence near the road- a privacy fence I guess.
    Hubby has been busy getting those out of the ground. Do you know how hard it is to kill a forsythia bush? Almost impossible. But he is a determined fella.

    I'm finally getting to where I'm enjoying my new home. I know that sounds odd but after living in one place for 28 yrs, it's hard to get used to another. And last yr, on thru the winter was a tough one for me, But I've pushed thru and now with the warmer temps and the warm sunshine, I think I'm going to make it.

    One room in my house that I've fallen in love with is the bedroom. We finally, after all these yrs, have a matching bedroom suit!
    I don't have any pictures up on the wall yet but I have some of my favorite things in there.

    This pillow was given to me years ago. It had a beautiful crochet cover on it, front and back were an Irish Rose pattern. The rose was big! But is was so old and was disintegrating. The cover is satin. You can tell in the pic the true color of it, and the inner pillow...I love that fabric!! It is filled with down. The last pic in the collage are a couple pillows I found at a yard sale.


     This is what I'm making to recover the pillow. I'm not sure it's going to be big enough. I'm thinking I may make it bigger by adding a linen sashing around it and for the back. I have a piece or two of old linens that has 'issues'-spots, holes, etc. I may repurpose one of those.
    its sideways but this is the source for the pattern

    I've been working off and on on this piece for over a year. I'm using size 30 cotton and size 11 steel crochet hook!
    It's tiney and hard for me to see at time, unless I have the right lighting.

    I love doing this type of crochet. I'm half way thru on it. I try to do one row each night.

    Well, time to get busy doing some housework.

    ~~til later