Saturday, June 28, 2014

Another First... Part One: Projects and Details

My son got married on May 31st! I helped make much of the decor as my future daughter in law was living here in St Louis, and her family was back in Kansas. The ceremony was in a beautiful little church in Kansas and the reception was held on her family's farm in Kansas. It was such an honor to be involved! I loved every minute of it. She picked things out and I tried to make them! Julie and Justin both cut burlap, wrapped wine bottles, and whatever else I could delegate. Julie learned to make some of it herself! (She swore she wasn't crafty, but she's catching the bug now!) These are some of the projects and details.

The gift table
Vintage suitcase for cards
Justin's cousin in Indiana and her husband make wine.
They made a special wedding blend for the couple with customized labels.
It was kept in ice in an old water trough. Perfect.

Julie's dad was about to move this old trailer out of the way
until everyone decided it would make the perfect photo booth.
Julie's old wagon was filled with the props.
Table Decor: burlap & lace runners, yarn & pearl wrapped wine bottles
filled with paper roses, decorated large jars filled with baby's breath, lace wrapped votives,
and painted tins filled with mints.

Julie and her dad made the cupcake stands with wood from their property.
I made the burlap banner, and many others scattered throughout the reception.
Julie's bridal bouquet included one of her grandma's earrings,
one of my mother's (Justin's grandma) brooches, some of Julie's
broken jewelry pieces, a tiny bunny brooch hidden in the back to make her smile
and relax, a few miscellaneous brooches/earrings, and Julie's grandma's rosary
wrapped around the base. (not visible in this picture) I used lace and feathers to add some dimension.
This was kept a surprise for Julie until the wedding day.


The bunnies are a ring holder that Justin bought for Julie for Christmas because she loves bunnies.
I saw it used as a cake topper on Pinterest, and sent the Pin to Julie. Serendipity! We dolled up the couple
with bowtie, pearls, a bit of old lace and one of Julie's broken earrings. Her Grandma made the cake.

Mason jar drinking glasses with thank you tags attached
doubled as drinking glass and take home favor.

The Programs


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

be still my heart

It is indeed a grace filled moment when your youngest graduates from high school. Bittersweet.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

my baby girl's prom

She was just 3 years old wearing big hair bows and carrying a baby doll... what happened?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


It's been so very long since I've posted here on Grace Filled Moments. I guess it's because I've been busy living them, but not posting about them (the "grace filled moments" that is).

The Mary Englebreit  illustration, "Time flies whether you're having fun or not" comes to mind. Oh how true that is! Since my last post I've had surgery, planned a wedding, my youngest daughter attended her first prom and then promptly graduated from high school, and my oldest son got married. And in between, lots of life was going on. Career adjustments for me, facial shingles (my 2nd son), an accident on the job resulting in broken ribs (my husband), and hosting monthly swaps! (Actually the swaps have helped me keep my sanity. Why? I have no idea!)  Some of these things were great fun, some were absolutely no fun at all. Yet time flew by.

I've promised friends that I will eventually post and show some pictures of some of the wonderful parts of these past months. The dust is finally settling and life is back to its usual pace, so I better post while I can, before...well you know...before whatever comes next starts coming!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

ornament swap

My first swap with my Red Lead swap sisters in a long while. Head on over and read the details if you want to sign up!

We are swapping 2 of these wooden ornaments sold by Red Lead. I'm not thrilled with these, but I sure do enjoy the playing time in my studio.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

not scary at all

my friend heidi made this tag. she really doesn't like halloween or making scary looking things, but this one is decidedly NOT scary! i think it is a little slice of heaven! i love it!

Friday, October 04, 2013

Isn't this awesome? I saw this on a friend's blog and just had to share! I love the images on vintage patterns, and this is just a hoot! Don't miss the best part... the girl in the background bopping her head to the music!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

one more lantern

I made this as a gift for my friend Cathy. The colors are much more vibrant than the pics show. This one consists of 160 2" circles punched from my handpainted papers and coordinating scrapbook paper. Very fun to make and she really loved it.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

SEWN paper lantern

My first paper lantern, using several of the SEWN paper strips that I made. Very fun to make. I can't wait to make more!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

more SEWN class play

flowers and pinwheels... fun!

Monday, July 22, 2013

baby steps and how art imitates art

First of all, I want to make about a bajillion pairs of these adorable socks for my favorite babies and toddlers, present and future. I think they are stinkin' cute. So I ordered the specified yarn and it came today. I opened the box on the dining room table right next to my SEWN class fabric paper that I was photographing and lo and behold! Matchy matchy! It certainly was not my intention to create matching socks for my fabric paper... but those are obviously the colors I am drawn to work with right now. Such fun!

making paper fabric... part two

Next in our SEWN class, we cut our sewn paper strip into strips and sewed those together to make this nifty paper "fabric"... Oh lordy, I can feel an addiction coming on! I have drawers FULL of unused, forgotten, yet still very lovely scrapbook papers getting their hopes up- just longing to become part of a beautiful tapestry of paper fabric! My poor sewing machine will be smokin'...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

making paper fabric...step one

next in our SEWN class adventures... taking our patterns that we painted, and cutting them into strips...adding a few favorite or coordinating papers, also cut into strips... and sewing the strips together to make pretty sewn fabric paper ... these are just the first 2 that I made. there's more more more... stay tuned! I took these pictures out on my deck in my flower pots... my flowers are looking so pretty this year!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

SEWN class project #1: pattern book

This was fun. I don't sew much anymore, and as much as I love the look of sewn paper, I just never sit down and do it. So this class has given me the opportunity and motivation to sew on paper! I did not use any of my painted papers, just some scrapbook paper from my enormous stash. It was fun! A new project will be introduced tomorrow. In the meantime, I think I'm going to do some more of the random painting... I really enjoyed that!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

painting patterns... big and small

So fun! I really enjoyed painting the big, random patterns. I found it harder to be spontaneous when painting the smaller ones. The dots were spontaneous, then the flowers started getting a little more detailed. When I made the rectangles, I decided they reminded me of the row houses in Washington, DC and then I just lost my mind making doors and roofs and windows ...I felt like a little girl again! I had a ball painting again! Can't wait to see what the next steps in the SEWN class will be!

Sunday, July 07, 2013

SEWN class prep

Finally ready to get started on this fun class! It is offered by Mary Ann Moss, who has already gone above and beyond in prep work for this wonderful summer adventure! I've been joining the related flickr/pinterest/yahoo group/instagram groups and gathering necessary supplies (almost everything I already had in my studio). Just bought a couple of brushes and paint colors. I cleaned off my work table, set it up with a few personal necessities (like my favorite Raggedy Ann studio lamp and a cup of hot coffee,and last but not least, my favorite tunes to serenade me, and I'm ready to dip those paintbrushes in the paint and get started! We're starting off by painting patterns- big and random, and small and detailed... I'll show you when I've finished!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

the engaged couple!

My wonderful son, Justin and his sweet fiance Julie! We're so excited! Maybe next summer, but no official date set yet.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 23rd

Wow, I've been planning to update and work on my blog and when I finally logged on today I realize that this is only my 2nd post this year. My blog has become "semi-annual" this past couple of years. Where has the time gone? I'm so out of the blog "loop" that I couldn't even remember my Blogger password. My my. So here it is June 23rd. Today would be my mom's 87th birthday. The picture on this post is my mom when she was young- it's one of my favorites. She's been gone for 15 years now, yet sometimes it still feels like yesterday. I still miss her everyday. Oh what I wouldn't give to hear her voice... oh well. I know many of you can relate. For those of you who still have your parents... give them a hug today. So much has happened since my last post in January. My niece Kathryn Rose got married and I got to help plan her wedding. It was perfection! Another niece, Christine had her first baby. My oldest son, Justin got engaged! No date is set yet, but we are so excited! My 2nd son, Andrew is in grad school; and my sweet baby, Mary Grace will be starting her senior year of high school in August. Most of my crafting has continued to be knitting, with a few other little projects here and there. Finally this past week I began digging my studio out of the hot mess that it has been in this past year. I'm beginning to make progress... So I will end my rambling update. I just wanted to say hello to my old blogging/swapping/art friends, and to let you know that I believe you will be seeing more of me... I am beginning a new artsy adventure, at the urging of my good buddies and my sister... the online SEWN class by Mary Ann Moss. (see the button and link in the left column.) I am so excited to start painting and sewing and creating again! I plan to blog along with the class and show what we're creating. I can't wait! It begins July 4th. You really should check it out- there may still be time to join. See you soon! (I promise!) Linda

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Welcome 2013!

Happy New Year! One of my resolutions this year is to reconnect with people. So I'm back to my blog to say hello and to wish everyone the very best in the new year. I want to share with you 3 wonderful creations that my dear sister made for me this Fall. My birthday gifts included this handmade birthday book, which is precious beyond words... each page a treasure. This hootingly fantastic owl pillow which she made- she even drew and created the pattern! And then this collage she made for me for Christmas. "Playmates, come out and play with me..." was a song that we sang as little girls and holds a special place in our hearts. The image of the little girl with her "dollies three" is one of my favorites! Oh how difficult life can be sometimes, and this year hasn't been the easiest. But these wonderful handmade gifts made just for me by my one and only precious sister remind me to be grateful for the many blessings in my life... the most important blessing being my family and friends. So Happy New Year to you, dear blogger friends! I hope to see more of you in 2013