Friday, September 30, 2011

Another Special Package

Kim at Savy Southern Style has a wonderful blog with a ton of ideas and inspiration.  She had a giveaway recently and I won!
 Ann of On Sutton Place has a great blog also.
As the winner of the giveaway I could visit Ann's shop Sutton Place Designs and choose a gift. 
It was not easy to choose with so many great items in her shop.

My package arrived.

This is what was inside.

The pillow cover is 20" by 20"
I thought it would be a nice gift but it is such fun it may have to stay with us, it would brighten up our family room.
Thank you Kim and Ann.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

More Fall Decorating

Once I started putting out the fall decor I couldn't stop until I had everything placed about the house.

Our entry bench has new pillows and pumpkins.

My pumpkins were made last from a tutorial Karen shared on her blog, My Desert Cottage

Two of the pumpkins I crocheted last fall.

I love the table runner I made last year with the help of Tonya's stitch a long on her blog
Our coffee station

Tempting caramels, my favorite, on a pumpkin plate.

                             Many of my fall decorations are from swaps I participated in last year.
Thank you Marsha and Doris

We have several large maple trees in our yard so the piles of leaves like in this Mary Engelbreit picture will soon be with us.

It was sunny and warm today but I felt the welcome crispness this morning.
Take time to enjoy the blessings of Fall

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Autumn "Mantel"

We do not have a fireplace so we use our oak bookcase as our mantel. 
This is how it is decorated for fall.

I found the acorn runner on clearance last year.
The little sign was a gift in a swap from Pamela at From My Front Porch To Yours.

This fall arrangement was also a clearance item from last year so this is the first time I have used it.

I always seem to take pictures of myself with this mirror hanging above the bookcase but I like it hanging there.

These hand made wooden boxes my husband ordered for me many years ago when we were attending bible college.  We didn't have much money but he found a way to surprise me and order them.

I will be linking with
Show Off Your Cottage Monday at The House in the Roses
Amaze Me Monday at Dittle Dattle
Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming
Metamorphasis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch
Ideas for Fall at The Lettered Cottage
Bunny Hop Party at Bunny Jean's
Fall Party at Decor to Adore

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Gift From Far Away

I have shared in several posts the blocks I completed for my Vintage Nine Patch quilt.  It was a block of the month created by Lyn of Bluebird Quilts.  Lyn lives in Australia and it pretty amazing how people can share there talents and help teach others all over the world through their blogs.  When I completed my little quilt I sent Lyn pictures of it and I received 2nd place in the judging of the 4 quilts completed and shared with Lyn.

Just a few days ago I received a package from Australia

All of these nice gifts were inside the box.

I am already thinking about what I should create with this l930's print fabric.

I am amazed by all of the generous people who are willing to share there talents and expertise to help others learn and enjoy a new skill.  Thanks again Lyn for Vintage Nine Patch.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Blogger's Block of the Month

I have decided to try another block of the month.  This one is sponsored by Canton Village Quilt Works and is called "Bloggers Block of the Month" and you don't have to be a blogger to participate.  The Block of the Month will begin in September 2011 and go until October 2012.  Each pieced 8.5 inch block  will be designed by different designers.

I have a button on my sidebar that looks like this that links to Canton Village Quilt Works.

I had these fat quarters that I purchased for another project that I didn't get to.
 I think they will work fine for this new Block of the Month.  Visit Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works and see if you want to join in.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sew Pink Stitched In Blue

I have mentioned before that We Love French Knots is a blog written by Bari J Ackerman and I always enjoy visiting.  Verna Mosquera of  The Vintage Spool  was a guest stitcher on Bari's blog .  Verna is a fabric and pattern/quilt designer and she shared this embroidery design called "Sew Pink" Visit this page at We Love French Knots and scroll down to read the article about Verna and check out the free embroidery design.

I loved the design right away but my sewing room is going to have a blue and white focus I chose a different color for my stitching.

This picture was taken outside in the sun.

A closer picture taken inside.

This picture is closer to the true color of the off white linen I stitched on.
It is ready to be hung in my sewing room.
Maybe I should wait until I get the walls painted, hm mm way too much to think ab0ut.
In the meantime I will lean it up against the wall on my work table.

I Love Weddings

There are many blessings that come with being a pastor's wife. 
My husband is often officiating weddings and attending rehearsals and sometimes the rehearsal dinners and I often tag along.  These times are an extra blessing when the bride is someone you have known since the day she was born.

The grooms mother added many wonderful details to the table to make the rehearsal dinner a special time.

Menu with a picture of Brandon and Makayla

I tried to get pictures of all of the special touches.

The bride and groom look pretty happy and relaxed.

Patti, the brides mom and a dear friend.  We met when my husband became the pastor here over 22 years ago.

Makayla and her dad Randy

I pray that God will bless this marriage as they follow Him every day.