Saturday, June 27, 2015

from May in June

This is the mini fabric sampler that I received from May for the June swap. I just love the heart, and it is so nicely done. May has a very special talent that is evident in everything she creates! She also spoiled me with some fabtastic London inspired fabric (swoon!) and a tag. She also sent such a pretty butterfly applique. May lives in the UK and she knows I am obsessed. Her parcels always say "Royal Mail" on the envelope when they arrive, which I just love! It is a dream of mine to visit England some day. I watch BBC shows more than I do anything else, so you know I'd be searching for that precious blue police box on every street! I like to joke that if I had a proper British accent, I'd never shut up! Thanks, May! I adore it all!

Monday, June 15, 2015

my june sampler

This is the mini fabric sampler that I made for the june swap. I loved working with this image and these colors so much! I mailed this to Bev along with some fun goodies: a domino charm that I made and a coordinating tag. I also sent her a little hula dancer that is solar powered and dances when the sun shines on her. I have one in my kitchen window and she really makes me smile!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

this girl

My beautiful, sweet baby daughter turned 20 years old today. Happy Birthday, Mary Grace! You light up my life!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

from Bev

This is the delightful package I received from Bev for the May Swap. I am delighted with the fabric sampler! It really is me. The quote sounds like something I would say! (And I have a few stamps in that line, but had never seen this one.) The colors are perfect and that little charm she made is adorable. (It's a button!)

As you can see, she also spoiled me with a great assortment of goodies. Bev makes jewelry, so I'm sure she made the bracelet herself. And of course, I just love buttons and trims! She topped it off with a beautiful handmade card and wrappings.

Thank you, Bev. I couldn't love it more!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

vintage chic

This is the mini fabric sampler I received in April from Heidi. Every single little thing about it is fab...and those buttons! Are you kidding me? They are so great I could eat them!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day

This is my dad in the South Pacific during World War II when he was about 17 or 18 years old.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

for May in May

The mini fabric sampler I sent to May in the UK for the swap. I really wanted to use this beautiful fabric one more time!

Friday, May 01, 2015

Happy May Day!

This is a cute thank you card that I got from my swapping friend, Deb. She used some of the goodies she received from a giveaway that I hosted on my swap blog. I just love it. It's the perfect image for a lovely May Day!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Happy Birthday to my Andrew


I made this little book from a deck of cards for my son Andrew's birthday. The idea of course came from Pinterest. It was fast and fun to make. It made him smile, which is the best part.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Thursday, April 02, 2015

something sweet from an old friend

My swap friend, Linda made me this sweet fabric brooch for me. I just love it. What a nice surprise! Thank you, Linda! What would we do without our friends?

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

to heidi with love

This is the March sampler that I made for my friend Heidi for the swap, and my first attempt at applique. It was a fun project, but I've decided I'm not a huge fan of working with lots of teeny tiny pieces. My hat goes off to those who do a lot of applique and sew things like Barbie clothes. I think I would lose my mind...and what's left of my eyesight!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

from Elizabeth...a mini fabric sampler for March

I have yet another gorgeous addition to my (future) garland of mini fabric samplers. Elizabeth had my name this month in the swap.

I love everything about this sampler. The soft colors, the background fabric, the quote, the trims....and especially the love that she put into not only the sampler, but the entire package. Look at the pretty wrappings!

She made the beautiful cup of tea tag, and sent along some delightful buttons with my initials on them! Elizabeth always makes it a point to send unique and special things that she knows you will especially love. She is a very special person. Thank you, Elizabeth! I hope I get the opportunity to make a sampler for you sometime this year!

Monday, March 16, 2015

on St. Patrick's Day...

I often think about an old Irishman. One that I happen to look quite a bit like. This is my dad. He had auburn hair (that never grayed), and pretty green eyes. As many an Irishman from his era, he was somewhat prone to shenanigans and often full of malarkey! And I miss him.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields,
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

another sign of spring

For the A Swap For All Seasons February swap, I received this mini fabric sampler from Pam in Arizona. She sent a note saying that she thought I could use a little bit of Spring. Indeed! I really like the vintage fabric she used and she told me that it was from vintage curtains that "didn't wash well". Now I like it even more! She even embroidered the word SPRING~ such a sweet touch. It's a lovely edition to the banner/garland that I'm making from the swap samplers.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

My February Sampler for the Swap

I made this sampler for Jan in England. I made it with a pocket so I could add a few valentines. I hope she will like it!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Monday, February 02, 2015

Happy Groundhog Day!


It's the day to watch one of my favorite movies!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The January Mini Fabric Sampler Swap


One down, 11 to go! We've completed the first month of our year-long swap over on my swap blog, A Swap For All Seasons. The first picture is the fabric sampler that I made for Pam.

The second picture is the bea-u-ti-ful sampler (with a matching tag) that I received from Jan in the UK. I absolutely LOVE it! From the sweet baby to the hand-stitched shoes, it is just perfect!

Jan also sent along a few pretties (the 3rd picture) which was so very sweet! She included a note on her very own postcard- created with a photo of one of her creations, a few of her favorite things, and a quote- so cool! It was all wrapped so nicely and the package from the UK had the "Royal Mail" stamp on the outside, which I always love. The contents definitely lived up to the term! Thank you so much!

The last picture is a lovely hostess gift that was sent to me from Elizabeth. She is a member of the swap group and truly one of the dearest people! She sends little thoughtful gifts to me throughout the year, and they mean so very much to me. They have often cheered up an otherwise a dreary day. I love the "L" buttons and the lace is gorgeous! She really has a knack for packaging too- always such a treat to open. Elizabeth, you are a blessing!

Friday, January 16, 2015

my new craft digs!










One of the few upsides of my youngest (daughter) graduating from high school and moving into the lower level "college pad" vacated by her brothers, is that another main floor bedroom opened up! My husband helped me turn it into a wonderful sewing/craft room. I absolutely love it! A place for everything and everything in its place! (well, almost!) I made the patchwork valance and curtain from the fabric scraps I've been hoarding saving, collecting for years. I stole borrowed Mary Grace's childhood bookshelf unit, added another tall one, and purchased an Elfa desk and a small sewing table. I put an old second hand glider in one corner (that I am dying to recover in vintage chenille!) so my husband has a place to sit and read and visit with me. I found an old metal laundry cart at an estate sale that is perfect for my vintage linens and fabrics.

The best part of my new room is the closet. I made use of the built in shelving that was there by filling it with labeled plastic bins to hold all of my crap junk supplies.

I finally have a place to hang many of the wonderful gifts, swaps and handmade goodies that I love so much. And most of all, a bright, happy, inspiring space in which to create. Here are a few pics.

Thursday, January 01, 2015