Thursday, April 24, 2014

I've Been Playing





I've been trying to decide what to do for Shylee's second baby doll quilt and I think I've settled on an idea.  She likes to draw pictures of the sun and flowers so I thought I would go in that direction. The colors might change for the border.  It will depend on my mood when I get to that part!!

I got a new toy!  It's the AccuQuilt Go fabric cutter.  I've wanted one for a long time and it finally went on sale at JoAnn's.  Gotta love those sales!  It came with a square and triangle die, and I got the rose and a bird die.  I can't wait to play some more and get started on the doll quilt.

Have a great Thursday!

xo Annette xo

112.  spring
113.  people who make me laugh
114.  memories triggered in unexpected ways

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tea Party



I was so happy to have Erin and Shylee spend last week with us.  It's always fun to have them visit.  We shopped, fixed new recipes, watched movies, ate dinner out, and ended the week with a tea party.  We were working on Shylee's good manners so we can take her to Tea By Two now that she is old enough. (the tea room only allows children six and older)  She was enthralled with that for all of three minutes!  In spite of that, we had a fun time and I wish they could have stayed longer.

Have a great week!

xo Annette xo

109.  tea parties
110.  Easter
111.  forgiveness and redemption

Friday, April 18, 2014

Focus On Life Week 16 ~ A Moment Best Captured in Black and White

Sometimes, when there is no distraction of color, the image is no longer just a photo but a clean, honest, deeper look at life.

I wasn't sure what I was going to photograph after reading the prompt, but then my girls came to spend the week and I wanted to capture a moment between them.  The two of them adore each other and there is always a lot of laughing going on.  Trying to get a shot without one of them moving proved to be quite difficult.




But then I got this shot and I couldn't have been happier!

Click on the links below to see more moments captured in black and white.

Have a happy and blessed Easter weekend!

xo Annette xo

105.  a week with my girls
106.  listening to Shylee read stories
107.  seeing more signs of spring each day
108.  using my phone for discounts at stores



Friday, April 11, 2014

Focus On Life Week 15 ~ A Moment of Focus

This week we're focusing on one moment, one subject.

Shylee turned six this week.  It was the best moment of the week as she proclaimed, "I'm six.  I'm done with five".


You can see other moments of focus below.

Have a great weekend!

xo Annette xo

103.  still celebrating
104.  perfect spring days


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ Spring



Happy Wednesday!

xo Annette xo

99.  wisdom
100.  Shylee's 6th birthday 
101.  chocolate birthday cake
102.  making memories

Friday, April 4, 2014

Focus On Life Week 14 ~ Morning

Can you believe it's April already?  I'm so glad it's finally beginning to look and feel like spring.  This new month brings a new topic for Focus On Life.   We're going to be capturing moments.  Moments frozen in time that years later, with a glance, will trip the trigger of memory.  Memories, bits of time saved from forever being lost.  This week we will focus on our morning moments.

After breakfast every morning, I fix a cup of tea and spend time on the computer checking emails, catching up on Facebook and playing Scrabble, reading blogs, and hanging out on Pinterest.  I spend way too much time doing this, but I enjoy it and I have the luxury of time at this point in my life.  It's much less stressful than the days of getting kids up and off to school and then going to work!



You can see other morning moments below.

Have a really wonderful weekend!

xo Annette xo

96.  the blooming flowers and trees
97.  running errands without a coat on
98.  a new great nephew


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Little Doll Quilt



As I said in this post here, Shylee loved her baby doll quilt!  I sure enjoyed working on it.  It was a great way to use scraps, although I didn't make a dent in the scrap box!  This one went home with her and I'm going to make another one for the baby dolls here at Grandma's house.  I'm thinking about doing an applique quilt although I've never done applique before.  Actually, I tried applique once before, a very long time ago, and it was just a mess.  There are so many ways to do applique now that I'm willing to try it again.  Maybe.

Have you tried anything new lately?

xo Annette xo

96.  the blooming flowers and trees
97.  running errands without a coat on

Friday, March 28, 2014

Focus On Life Week 13 ~ Eye Level

This week we're checking out what's going on at eye level.  From where you stand, sit, kneel, or lay, take a look around at your surroundings and capture what's at eye level.

It's been one of those weeks that was really good and at the same time stressful, sad, and frustrating.  So many different things going on that are out of my control and I can only sit back and watch and pray for the best.  A bouquet of flowers on the coffee table was eye level while I was sitting on the sofa.  I took several pictures but this one, after playing with it in Picmonkey, made me feel calm and peaceful.


Check out other eye level photos below.
Have a great weekend!

xo Annette xo

93.  a wonderful week with Erin and Shylee
94.  pretty pink flowers
95.  the power of prayer



Friday, March 21, 2014

Focus On Life Week 12 ~ Expression

This week we are focusing on expression.  Whether it's someone by themselves, interacting with others or with their animals, the way a person expresses themselves is interesting.  I was looking forward to this prompt because I could think of all kinds of shots I wanted to get.  It just seems like when I'm looking for a shot I just don't see it!  It came right down to the wire with my granddaughter.  I made her a baby doll quilt and an apron and she came this afternoon to spend the weekend, so I was able to give her the gifts.  I think her expression shows how she felt about the quilt.


I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Please click on the links below to see more expressions.

xo Annette xo

89.  persevering when it would have been easy to give up
90.  so many wonderful blogs to read everyday
91.  happy tears
92.  happy emails from my son


Friday, March 14, 2014

Focus on Life Week 11 ~ Beauty All Around

This week we are checking out the beauty that is all around us.  The beauty that we sometimes miss because we are busy with the daily activities we "need" to accomplish.  So we were supposed to slow down and smell the roses, feel the sunshine, and enjoy the beauty that abounds in our world.

There was no snow this week but a lot of rain and now everything is muddy.  While we still don't have the beauty of spring, we have the beauty of the water.  The county we live in is a peninsula and there are lakes and rivers everywhere.  I never get tired of seeing the water.  Especially at sunset.


I hope you have a fun weekend!

xo Annette xo

Click on the links below to see more beauty in the world!

86.  eating dinner while it's still daylight
87.  the promise of spring
88.  having a hard conversation that wasn't so hard



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Getting Started



I pulled out some fabric scraps and cut 120 squares for the first baby doll quilt.  It won't be anything fancy, just a scrappy patchwork.  Except maybe I'll add some lace or ribbon or buttons, because I don't think I'll be able to resist!

What are you working on?

Happy Thursday!

xo Annette xo

83.  protection from the crazy wind
84.  another doctor visit done
85.  checking things off the to-do list

Monday, March 10, 2014

A is for Apron



Shylee's apron is finished and I can't wait to give it to her!  AND my sewing room is still clean and organized!!  The next project will be the baby doll blankets Shylee asked for.  I wonder if I can get those made before I see her again in less than two weeks.  Maybe if I get started right now...

Have a great week!

xo Annette xo

80.  creating for Shylee
81.  shopping with Erin
82.  good dreams


Friday, March 7, 2014

Focus On Life Week 10 ~ The Big Picture

Our March theme is "checking out" and last week we checked out things up close with macro shots.  This week we're checking out the big picture with wide angle shots.

This was another week that the weather kept me from getting out like I wanted to.  While looking through past pictures, I realized I don't take too many wide angle shots.  I really like to zoom in and focus on something close rather than far away.  This one I took two years ago when we had a picnic at the park.


Check out the awesome photos below.
Have a great weekend!

xo Annette xo

78.  weekends
79.  melting snow


Friday, February 28, 2014

Focus On Life Week 9 ~ Macro Photo

Sally, from The Studio Sublime, has given us the topic "checking out" for the month of March. She says, "March for me is the beginning of spring and a good time for checking out!  There are many definitions of checking out, but I'm talking about checking out and exploring the world around us.  Sometimes when we are checked out of life and checked into technology we tend to not focus on the amazing things that are happening around us every minute of every day.  This week we are going to get up close and really check things out!"

Some of you know how much I enjoy taking macro shots, so I got really excited about this week's prompt.  As each day passed, I became more and more frustrated because I just couldn't think of something to take a picture of.  This has never happened before and I didn't quite know what to do about it.  I took pictures of things in my sewing room, crayons, Annie dog's face, but everything was turning out blurry or not macro enough or just not turning out the way I wanted it to.  So I went through past photos and came up with this one.


Sometimes, tulips are prettier on the inside than they are on the outside!  "Check out" some really great macro shots by clicking on the links below.

Have a great weekend!

xo Annette xo

72.  accepting what I can't change
73.  unconditional love
74.  feeling safe and secure



Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Best Kind of Snow Day




We haven't had nearly as much snow as many others have, but we've had more than what is normal for this area.  Yesterday and today it snowed in the morning, didn't stick to the roads, made everything pretty and was melted by lunch time.  That's the best kind of snow day!  I'm really glad we got out and enjoyed the beautiful spring like weekend when we did though, because it's really cold again.

While Shylee was here that weekend, we talked about making her a new apron since the last one I made her is too small.  We settled on the fun candy, cupcake, and ice cream cone fabric with the pink fabric for the ties and pockets.  It was so nice to have the fabric where I could see it and not have to open bag after bag to find what we wanted!  So the pieces are cut out and I should have it finished in a couple of days.  She also asked me to make a baby doll blanket AND teach her how to sew!  I'm one happy Grandma!

I hope you're having a great week!

xo Annette xo

69.  getting back into sewing
70.  finding shoes that fit
71.  bonding with Shylee


Monday, February 24, 2014

An Afternoon At The Park











It was a most glorious weekend full of blue skies, abundant sunshine, and spring like temperatures.  Shylee was staying with us so a trip to the park was in order.  It's clearly still wintertime, but a day like this goes a long way to relieve cabin fever.  It's going to get super cold again this week and the white stuff is supposed to fall, but I can handle it after this weekend!

What did you do over the weekend?

xo Annette xo

66.  a springlike day in February
67.  watching Shylee run and play
68.  feeling hopeful

Friday, February 21, 2014

Focus On Life Week 8 ~ Capture Color

This week we are to capture color in all it's vivid brilliance!  I turned to my sewing room for this one.



Click on the links below to see how others captured color.

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo Annette xo

64.  family and friends safe after crazy weather
65.  sleeping in


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My Sewing Room Reveal

My sewing room is finally done!  This has been so long coming and I am so relieved and so ready to start sewing again.  There are still some things that need to be done.  I need to make curtains, hang a vintage milk glass lamp, hang a few photos when I find frames I like, paint the black desk and a few other pieces, and find a small table to put by the chair.  I guess it will always be a work in progress!

These 'before' photos are really scary.  I don't blame you if you close your eyes!  I had very little storage and everything was in plastic bags and/or piled on every surface.  It became harder and harder to find inspiration to be creative and to find what I was looking for when I needed it.   Remember, I warned you!





You can open your eyes now!  With the help of my family, we transformed this room into an organized space that has plenty of storage and is inspiring to be in.

I have another warning.  There are a LOT of pictures!  This is what you see when you're standing in the doorway.  I'll take you around the room first and then show you some of the details.









The chair is a new recliner so I have a comfortable place to sit while I do hand work.  The wall is bare because I want to fill it with art and things I make.  It also gives me a place to add shelves if I find I need more storage space later.  The white table is my cutting table.  Two leaves drop down and I can open out one or both depending on the size of the project I'm working on.  I love that there is plenty of room to walk around it when it's completely open like below


This is with one side open.  There is enough room that I could leave it like this if I want to.  I love that!










A drop leaf table that extends the sewing table and gives me a place to work on something other than sewing without moving the sewing machine.












If you stayed to the end, thank you!!  I could show you so much more, but I'll do that a little bit at a time!  All the boxes and tins and jars are filled with vintage laces, linens, and buttons, and I found a cool way to store my spools of ribbon.  I'm going to be spending a lot of time in this room so I hope to have lots to blog about in the future.  Thank you for sticking with me!

Happy Wednesday!

xo Annette xo

61.  my sewing room
62.  feeling inspired
63.  family willing to help