Monday, May 23, 2011

May Day Giveaway!!!!!

It's here! My first every May Day Giveaway! It's a zig-zag doll quilt-printed on one side, solid white on the other.

To win:

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I'll let my 7 year old daughter pick a number which will be the winner. Thanks so much for visiting. Please come back again.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Simple Gifts

My daughter's are blessed to have many talented teachers in their lives even though they are homeschooled. Every year I like to show my gratitude by giving a small, handmade gift to these ladies. The hard part is finding something that I think will be practical and not just another something to sit on the shelf. This year the girls suggested I make little bird sachets for their dance teachers. They thought they'd be nice to slip into their dance bags to keep their ballet and jazz shoes smelling fresh.

The girls picked out the fabric, cut out each piece then after I sewed them together, they stuffed them. Each had a couple of drops of lavender essential oil (my favorite). We placed them into clear bags along with a poem and note from the girls. Today I let the girls hand them out at rehearsal. All of the teachers seemed thrilled with their little gifts.





There are little eyes upon you

And they're watching night and day.

There are little ears that quickly

Take in every word you say.

There are little hands all eager

To do anything you do;

And a little girl who's dreaming

Of the day she'll be like you.


You're the little girl's idol,

You're the wisest of the wise.

In her little mind about you

No suspicions ever rise.

She believes in you devoutly,

Holds all you say and do;

She will say and do in your way

When she's all grown up like you.


There's a wide eyed little girl

Who believes you're always right;

And her eyes are always open;

And she watches day and night.

You are setting an example

Every day in all you do,

For the little girl who's waiting

To grow up to be like you.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Giving Back

My girls have been taking violin lessons for about 2 1/2 years. They have the cutest little teacher who is amazingly talented. She's in her 70's and has taught music most of her adult life. Every week we spend 1 1/2 hours with her. Through that time we've gotten to know her pretty well. She's spunky and full of life with her feet deeply grounded in her faith. She's such a positive role model for our family.


The month of May is winding down and soon violin lessons will stop for the summer. The girls and I wanted to give Mrs. Lizanne a little something to show her how much she means to us.

I made this little quilt to match the pillows I made for her for Christmas. If you look closely at the fabric you'll see music notes, composer's names, etc





One day in class as we talked about sewing (we do manage to get music lessons in among all our visiting!), she mentioned something her grandmother made. The grandmother would sew tiny strawberries from fabric and place them in a strawberry basket to decorate her kitchen. Mrs. Lizanne said she loved seeing these at her grandmother's and even now it was such a pleasant memory. Shortly after our conversation I came across this tutorial. I knew I had to make them.





I know without a doubt that Mrs. Lizanne will love her gifts. She's such a dear person. It's just a small thing we can do for her after all she does for us.

(updated May 21, 2011) She loved her gifts!

A Gift for me

For my birthday this year I received the most lovely gift in the mail...all the way from Utah to the deep south. Joy is the wife of one of my Army buddies. She's a southern belle from Kentucky who moved to Utah for her true love. She's super creative-loves to scrapbook and quilt. I was speechless when this package came for me. She combined 2 of my loves-quilting and Auburn University (War Eagle!).


I'm still in awe of all the time and energy she put into this precious gift. No one has ever made a quilt for me. What makes it super special is that Joy and I have never met face-to-face. She married my buddy and automatically became my 'southern sista'. :) Everytime I wrap up in my quilt I think of her and how much she loves me. What a special gift from a special person.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Giveaway-soon!

I'm so excited! I'm having my first giveaway! I'm participating in the Sew, Mama, Sew Blog May Day Giveaway. You can check out the blog to find out who all is joining and possibly sign up yourself. I'm totally floored every year at how many talented, creative people there are out there. Even when I don't win their items, I get inspired by all the projects that are posted. Lots of these end up becoming favorite projects of mine.

What will I contribute? Hmm.. well, it will be something I sew. That's all the hints you get for now. Check back on May 23 to see what it is and also sign up to win it. :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things...



A bag I purchased in Austria, a quilt I'm almost finished with and the beach. What you can't see is my girls running and laughing in the edge of the water, the sun beginning it's descent and that wonderful salt-air breeze. Life is so beautiful in our little corner of the world.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Garden

There are many things in my life that I'm passionate about. I enjoy my hobbies-keeping my hands busy. When I was growing up my parents always planted an incredibly large garden. We picked peas for hours! I recall hating that part. LOL! On the other hand I thoroughly enjoyed all the jars of green beans, peas, butter bean, pickles, etc that we had to eat all year long. One problem was that although I worked in the garden days on end, I never really learned what it took to raise a healthy garden. Therefore when I grew up, I had several gardens fail (not always totally). This year I decided to change things. I started out reading this magazine. That was a good first step. Then I decided that maybe what I needed to do was take baby steps-start with a tiny garden. It is really small! But, when I look at it I don't feel overwhelmed. I feel content. I can do this!

I'm happy to say I have lots of baby squash growing..



And some grape tomatoes...





I have dill, rosemary, onions, carrots, chives, garlic, lettuce and cucumbers (my dream is to make dill pickles!) . So far the bugs have stayed away, except for some nasty black grasshoppers. I found a tea to brew to keep them long gone.

I'm not just growing veges though. Emma and I started a small flower garden. We have a rose bush that was once just a cutting from my Granny's bush. It's moved three times now. Every year when it blooms I can just see my Granny. She was a wonderful gardener. One of the reasons I garden is to be more like her. She was (and still is) one of the most special people in my life.




What's funny about this lily is I know someone gave it to me...I just can't remember who! Isn't it beautiful?




Emma has 2 Gerber daisies of her own planted (one white and one pink). We have a bleeding heart that was a cutting from my great aunt, some pretty red petunias (my Granny's favorite), sunflowers that are really getting tall and of course lots of zinnias. Even on my worst days I can't help but smile and feel God's hand upon me when I walk and gaze at my garden.


Friday, May 6, 2011

Our Daily Bread


It was a gorgeous day outside today but....we stayed in. What could possibly tear us away from the gentle breeze and all the blooming flowers? It was bread baking day. Recently I went to a bread baking class. Not your typical class. Not only did she show us the proper way to make a perfect loaf of bread, she also told us exactly why this type of bread was so nutritious. I learned the importance of milling my own flour and making my own bread. Whole wheat bread provides 4 main benefits that are essential to a healthy lifestyle: Vitamin E, Insoluble Fiber, 40 of the 44 essential life nutrients and Convenience!




From that day on I embarked on a journey to learn more about bread baking. Thankfully all of my close friends bake their own bread and have graciously helped me. We have a grain co-op in our area (group of families that order wheat once a year and save on freight costs). I ordered my grain (hard white wheat, spelt and kamut -a gluten free grain). Then made a few purchases from Pleasant Hill Grain. (btw they had great prices and my things were here within 4 days!).


All that was left to do was actually bake the bread.




And of course...enjoy!