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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I Won!

Recently, through Tammy's Recipes, I happened upon a delightful blog by her sister, Bonnie. It's called Recipes Happen and if you head over there, you'll see that Bonnie is happy to share her cooking successes, while equally willing to share those inevitable kitchen failures we all experience. Check out a mouth-watering recipe for Roasted Chicken and Veggies, and smile along with her over a failed attempt at Peach Pancakes. Bonnie recently shared some ways to save space in a small kitchen, and you won't want to miss Kitchen Tip Tuesdays.

Bonnie recently held her first giveaway, and I won! Coffee--hot or iced--is my beverage of choice, so I'm super excited to brew up a pot of Gevalia Traditional Roast. And no kitchen is complete without a nice, flexible cutting mat or two. Thanks, Bonnie! Best wishes, and keep blogging!

Monday, August 20, 2012


I was nominated by Stacey of Embracing Change for The Sunshine Award! I'm honored. Thank you, Stacey.

Now for this award, I am to answer 10 questions about myself, so here goes:

1) Favorite color?
Blue, any shade
2) Favorite animal?
Dog, hands (or paws) down, especially our sweet lab mix, Sheba
3) Favorite number?
4) Favorite Drink?
A nice, hot cafe mocha from just about any coffee shop, with the cold version running a close second
5) Facebook or Twitter?
6) Good Book or Good Movie?
Book, although I only read at bedtime or on a long trip
7) My passion?
God's Word, my family, sewing and creating in general
8) Giving or getting gifts?
9) Favorite day?
10) Favorite flower?
Lilac, as well any wildflower that grows on our hill

Now the rules for the Sunshine Award are:
1) Thank the person who took time out to give you the award - and link back to them.
2) Answer the 10 questions about yourself.
3) Forward this award on to 10 other bloggers - and let them know you have done so! (Sorry, until yesterday my blogging activity was sadly neglected, so I couldn't come up with 10 gals I felt I knew, or would know me, well enough.)
4) Copy and paste the award onto your site.

I am choosing the following gals and their blogs for their inspiring, encouraging posts. Their entries bring sunshine to my day. My nominations for The Sunshine Award are:

Tina of Hands On Home Arts
Georgia of More Like Home
Kristine of The Thomas Family Chronicles

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Better Late?

Well, this is embarrassing. It's been almost a year since my last blog post. I can't even come up with a good excuse. I do apologize.

Let's see, where to start? Perhaps by sharing a few summer sewing pics.

In June, our church gave a shower for an 'en route' baby girl. I decided to stitch a few burp cloths as part of our gift to her. Fun!

Here's a little tote bag I made as a 'happy' for a friend.

A few pretty fabric scraps turned into reversible table napkins. We're trying to go greener around here.

New throw pillows to freshen up the great room. Incentive for this project? I invited my Bible study group over for brunch. There's a second floral pillow at the other end of the sofa, and I have yet to make the final tan print pillow.

Master bedroom throw pillows and master bath curtains, completed recently as part of the never-ending bed and bath redo. There are still pillowcases to be made and a small storage chest to paint, and now I think I'd like a deeper hue on the bedroom walls.

Here's a laundry room valance I promised a sweet friend back in twenty eleven. She didn't receive it until July of twenty-twelve. Apparently friends do let friends procrastinate. It's fun to write 'twenty eleven' and 'twenty twelve.'

I like to call this the 'Anybody missing a tablecloth?' skirt. Seriously, I washed the water repellent out of this rummage sale home dec print to add a summer skirt to my wardrobe. You can find the Favorite Things Cute Skirts pattern here. It's easy to sew and offers several variations. I plan to make a few more.

How about this 'Who stole the curtains?' top? I had tucked away a pair of unusable voile curtain panels awhile back and recently pulled them out to sew, a la Scarlett O'Hara, a wearable muslin. Remember when Scarlett made herself a dress out of the drapes? Anyway the popular, free, downloadable Sorbetto pattern from Colette can be found here. Google 'sorbetto' for inspiration; there are some creative sewists out there.

A skilled sewist drafted and generously offered online a sleeve pattern for the Sorbetto, found here, so you know I had to try a second, sleeved version. This was made from a cut of thrifted, vintage-ish cotton.

And what kind of grandma would I be if I didn't add this unrelated but timely gem? Our son-in-law's sister had a beautiful Georgia wedding last month. Grandkiddos Ethan, 6 and Ellie, 3, made a pretty cute ring bearer and flower girl, don't you think? It was a most wonderful celebration!

I'm excited to tell you in my next post about a favorite blogger of mine, Stacey from Embracing Change. What an honor to be nominated by Stacey for a Sunshine Award! And can you believe it? She named one of her darling furniture redos after me! She called the piece Red Hot Rhetta, hee hee. It's just one example of her many amazing furniture redos, detailed on her blog. Check it out!