Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thirty Two Years

December 1978

It's been thirty two years since Michael and I vowed to love each other for the rest of our lives.  What an adventure it has been!  It hasn't always been easy, but it has definitely been worth the ups and downs and the tears and joy.  There is no greater blessing than to have someone to share your life with.  And that includes the good, the bad and the ugly!

Happy anniversary to my wonderful and amazing husband!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

A Dish Towel Dress

Isn't she just the cutest?  And she's not even made out of a dish towel!  The customer wanted the skirt to be made of denim and it will be solely for decoration.  I love the ideas customers come up with!

Doesn't the top just look yummy?  It is "Juicy" from Alexander Henry.  It looks so fresh and clean and pairs perfectly with the denim.  This sweet little "dress" will be on her way to her new home later today.  I'm going to miss her!

Have a marvelous Monday!!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award For You

A few days ago, Janet, from Nana's Sweeties, surprised me with the Stylish Blogger Award!   Thank you so much Janet!  Before passing it on, I'm supposed to tell you 7 things about myself.

My husband and I will celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary next week
The first concert I went to was Olivia Newton John
I am NOT a morning person
I was born on Mother's Day
I quit smoking 18 years ago this month.
Being a grandmother is so worth raising kids for
I've had a crush on Jon Bon Jovi for 25 years

I'm supposed to pass this on to 15 of my favorite blogs.  I read and follow so many wonderful, funny, touching and inspiring blogs and they are all deserving of this award.  So I'm passing this on to all of you.
Please visit Janet at Nana's Sweeties.  She is a grandma raising two of her grandsons and she has the most wonderful stories to tell!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Windmills of Change by valleykatdesigns
I haven't done this feature in a long time and when I found this quote on Facebook, I knew I had to share it.  Of course it might not mean as much to you as it does to me, but it's a good reminder for me since my word for the year is 'change'.

The 3 C's of life:  Choices, chances and changes ~ You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

One of My Favorite Things ~ Jigsaw Puzzles

For as long as I can remember, I have loved working on jigsaw puzzles.  My mother does too, and I can remember long periods of time when there was always a puzzle to work on.  My husband and daughter don't enjoy it but my son does and he gave me this one for Christmas.  It's from a painting by Carl Larsson.
There's just something therapeutic about working a puzzle.  I think it's because you have to focus on what you're doing rather than what you're thinking!  Sometimes, I can spend hours at a time fitting pieces together, and sometimes just a few minutes is all I can take!  And then there's that feeling of satisfaction when it's completed.  I'm almost there with this one.
And when this one is finished, there are plenty more to work on!

What's one of your favorite things?

Have a terrific Tuesday!!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Be Yourself...A New Sachet

I've been in the sewing room again and created this new sachet.  I used what I had and chose simple muslin for the front and back .  A gauzy type fabric chosen for the embroidery with pieces of lace, old and new, vintage buttons, a sheer piece of aqua fabric, lots of beads and a bird charm make up this pretty and feminine lavender sachet.
This is my favorite part.  I love how the beads seem to spill out from the buttons and the bird looks as if it is soaring towards a cloud.

The darker vintage lace gives contrast and the vintage buttons seem right at home there.

This corner has a combination of hand and machine stitches and is accented with seed beads.  The sachet is filled with French lavender and smells divine!

So what have you been working on?

Today I'm joining in Show and Tell Friday over at My Romantic Home

Monday, January 3, 2011

Keyword: Change

The holidays with all their busyness are over and now it's time to settle into winter and back into a routine.  The beginning of a new year always brings thoughts of setting goals, making resolutions, making this year better than last year.

I started thinking about this several weeks ago when I realized just how ordinary and mundane my life has become.  Don't worry.  I'm not going to dwell on my unhappiness or bore you with details.   But I will tell you that my keyword for 2011 is 'change'.

Many changes  need to be made to bring me back to a happy place!  Changes in my lifestyle, my attitudes, my home, my workspace and my relationships are going to be my focus this year.  Changes that can only be made by me.  Changes that are necessary to my health and well being.  I've known for a long time that these changes need to be made but I wasn't ready.  I am now!

Will you be making any changes for the new year?

Saturday, January 1, 2011