Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday Times

or*ga*nize: to arrange or form into a coherent unity or functioning whole

Today has been a bit different. Look what just fell about 30 minutes ago....

Looks like snow, but it's HAIL. Sure we have gotten hail before, just not that often. It was a sight, and then it got quite cold. Now it's sunny and pleasant.

Last night found me sewing more of the little pincushions. I tried something new, too....with a little saucer from an estate sale for $.25. I got the idea for the rosettes, here.

I love making the square pincushions, but if I make any more of the rosette type, it will be in the future. Things are getting a little busy around here and now is time for prioritizing. If I'm not careful, my to-do list could make me crazy.

A short post today. I miss writing more, but I'm off to check the list. Until next time, I hope you are exactly where you want to be, with someone you think the world of, and not worried about crossing off another item on your to-do list.

"For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is."

~Colossians 2:5~

Sunday, October 19, 2008

There Was An Egg, A Pincushion, and An Award, But Not in That Order

A big thank you to Susie for the Best Friends award. I "met" Susie through blogland and we have much in common. New friends are the best! These little buttons tickle my fancy. I'm sending my love and this award to some new friends with blogs that I really enjoy...Kathryn, Lace Hearts, Sher, and an "old" friend whose blog I have enjoyed for some time, Connie.

This sweet pincushion was a quick and easy project. I hope to make a few more for the gift stash. The best parts are picking out the color combinations and finding a cute button. Since this was a test for the pattern it's not too exciting, but the ideas are flooding my brain for future pincushions.

Emily, Sherry and I spent all day Saturday at an antique flea market/Joann Fabrics excursion in Ann Arbor. No pics of the roadtrip, but a few good buys and three tired girls. I found three vintage knitting books and an old darning egg. I've always wanted a darning egg...not sure why, I haven't darned a sock in a while. This one looks relatively smooth...I don't think the former owner darned many either.

Thrifting has never been my cup of tea, but I have a daughter that, literally since she was a very little girl, has loved anything old. As my sister-in-law held Emily for the first time at just three weeks old, she said, "this baby has such a nice aura." She was right, and Emily's love of vintage is just another lovely quality about her.

Sweet Susie has also book tagged me. I am supposed to turn to page 56 of any closeby book, start at the 5th sentence and post the next couple of paragraphs. Here goes...

"How are you, Syd?" he asked. "It is a veritable age since I saw you last. We have brought a stack of messages from home, some from Lauren, a dozen or more from your mother, one or two from Kit, one from your father-but I cannot for the life of me recall a single one of them. Can you, Ralf?"

"Something about wearing woolens in the damp weather, at a wager," Ralf said with a grin. "Of course I do not remember. The ladies will, though. You had better come and meet the people you do not already know, Syd. Ah, here comes Christine. Have you met our formidable duchess?"

As a sidenote, I would love to know how to change the color of my text while posting (I know how to change it for the whole blog), and also how to get my text centered on the page. I have looked in all the different places on the "dashboard" and such, but still I'm in the dark.

**New Edit**
Well dear friends, I managed to figure out the problem I was having with some help from Susie and Emily. Now I am able to post a little more efficiently. I won't go into all the details 'cause if I did you may think I don't have all my marbles :)

or laundry and catch up. I'm working four days this week and have two doctor appointments for Mom. Until next time, I wish for you peace in your soul and a good project in your hands.

May the peace of the Lord be with you always, Amen.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Little Whine With That

“It takes a genius to whine appealingly.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

I've been indulging in a little whine lately. I'm talking "attitude" not "alcohol." Mostly it's all been a mental vs. verbal whine. I'm back on the wagon now, and still feeling so grateful for all God's blessings.

The fall decorating around here is complete. Time and money were the ever-present factors that dictated the extent of my effort, but I'm happy with the results nonetheless.

Mums are a favorite of mine. There are so many varieties to choose from. This year I went rust-colored with white. They are lovely.

My aforementioned project with the Mod Podge didn't materialize. Turns out that it smelled too strong for me....headache and all. So I switched gears when I found this little metal vase for $4.19 and used that to arrange the flowers. My original plan was to decoupage fabric onto tin cans and hang them on my porch. I think I like this just as well.

This little towel is the only sewing I've done lately....for the gift stash.

Here's a knitted cloth....such an easy little project, and I love the round shape.

I picked up this sweet magazine...I love every project in it. There's even a pattern for crocheted socks, which I've never done.

This Austen Lace Muffler may just be the first thing I try. Isn't it darling?

I love the colors....the ruffles.....the buttons......the whole package.

For all you apronistas out there, check out this cute apron that was on display at Macy's. It's made out of satin that has the Macy's name in it, with tulle around the bottom. Wouldn't that be fun for the holidays?

It sure is good to be back here blogging....such a balm for a gal with a grateful heart that's hankerin' for a good whine :)

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.”
~Lionel Hampton