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New Fall Decor


I've been working on a couple of new fall decorations recently. This first one was an idea I found on Pinterest. Do you pin? I wanted something new for on the mantel and this was quick and easy. I found all the supplies at Hobby Lobby and at the grocery store. All the items at Hobby Lobby were on sale for 50% off and I figure I can cook and eat the grocery items after a quick rinse when it's time to replace fall with Christmas. 🙂

picture of Dried Bean Vase

I started working on this table runner a couple of weeks ago. I found the pattern up at the Cherry Pit Quilt Shop in Seiverville, Tennessee the last time we were up in that area. It is an overwhelmingly beautiful shop. I bought this pattern thinking that it was time to replace the fall table runner that I have used for many, many years. When I dug through my stash I was able to find enough fabrics to make the runner without having to buy anything. This was the first time I have tried to do the buttonhole stitch applique on the sewing machine--I have always done it by hand on past projects. It was a lot of fun to do. Here's a picture of the applique portion:

picture of Gobble Table Runner AP

Here's a picture of my helper, Adelaide, while I was refilling a bobbin:

picture of Table Runner Help

I'll try to post a picture of the finished product soon--that will be a good incentive for me!

How about you--any new fall projects in the works?

Becka


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Glimpses of spring


We are seeing a number of signs of spring here this week and I thought I'd post a few recent pictures from around our house and yard today.

Don't you just love the smell of hyacinths? One flower can perfume an entire room for several days.

picture of Hyacinths 2011

Rob planted Hellebores on one side of our house which is very shaded. We have several varieties in shades of white, green, and purple. They are a bit tricky to photograph since the flower heads often hang downward.

picture of Hellebores 2011

Here are a few different varieties:

picture of Floating Hellebores

Our lot is pie shaped with the back of the lot the widest part. There is a drainage ditch that runs the entire width of the back of the lot. Rob and a couple of friends and neighbors have spent many hours hauling rocks and pouring cement. Rob also planted Liriope, Daffodils, and Daylilies in the back of the ditch closest to the fence to beautify the area. He has chronicled some of this project on his blog.

picture of Daffodils 2011

In our front yard we have a large flower box which has some pansies which have overwintered. There are also a few tulips and some hyacinths in there which haven't bloomed yet.

picture of Flower Box 2011

I know some of my readers live in areas which are still snow covered. My desire is that these pictures will give you hope that spring is on the way.

Another thing that is fast approaching is Nora's wedding. Here are a couple of glimpses of things to come:

Here's a little peek at her gown:

picture of Noras Gown

And, finally, here's a peek at the final bridesmaids dress. My sewing machine has been getting quite a workout for the last few weeks.

picture of Final Bridesmaid Dress

I hope you all either are or soon will be enjoying glimpses of spring in your neck of the woods too.

Becka


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Another quick sewing project


The last time we were up in Ohio visiting my MIL in the nursing home I noticed that she was one of the few who didn't have some kind of cute bag that she could hang on her walker to hold her essentials. I guess they are kind of like a purse for most people.

I filed the idea away in the back of my mind and recently when Hobby Lobby had their Simplicity patterns on sale for 99 cents I purchased pattern 2822 which has a variety of bags for the walker, wheelchair, and even a caddy for on an armchair.

picture of Walker Bag

The directions were very clear and this bag went together quickly. She loves purple and I hope she will find this little bag useful in the future. I hope to make a few more of these for others I know who use a walker and might find them handy.

Becka


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Sadness for those who sew


I was saddened a couple of weeks ago when I strolled through our local Walmart and saw that they were taking out the fabric department. We have lots of stores here in the area where you can buy drapery and home decorating fabric and several small quilting shops but now the only stores with patterns, notions, and fabric are Hobby Lobby and Hancock Fabrics.

We are fortunate to have an absolutely wonderful fabric store — Mary Jo's — about an hour and a half drive from here. Here's a picture taken just inside the door:

picture of Mary Jo's

Mary Jo's has a wide variety of fabrics including drapery, upholstery, bridal, quilting, etc. In fact, I remember being very overwhelmed the first time I went there by the vast selection. I have since learned that it's good to have some specific ideas of items that I am looking for before I go.

Here's a picture of some fabric I got the last time we were there to make a quilt for a baby girl:

picture of baby quilt fabric

Mary Jo's is located in Gastonia, NC (near Charlotte) and there are several stores nearby that husbands would find more interesting, such as Home Depot and Office Depot. So, for those who enjoy actually handling the fabric rather than ordering from a website if you are ever in the area I would definitely recommend that you plan to stop and check it out.

Becka


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We’ve had a busy week


It's been a while since I have posted, but hopefully I will get my act together and be more faithful now that the school year has ended.

We have been keeping busy around here the last week or so. Last Saturday we participated in our subdivision's yard sale. Rob and I are not very good merchandisers - we never make much money from our yard sales, but we do clear out a lot of stuff that we no longer need or want. I took the leftovers out to Miracle Hill thrift store after the sale.

We also participated in some end of the school year activities and have been cleaning up and preparing the house for an upcoming visit by our DD and our grandson. Can you tell I am excited?

I had a wonderful mother's day yesterday with our local family members and I'm thankful that we could spend part of the day together. We had a nice dinner together and I received some very thoughtful gifts.

This week I made a dress for a little friend at church who will be celebrating her second birthday soon. The pattern is from a site called The Handmade Dress. You can either download the pattern or have it mailed to you. The designer has several cute patterns available and she is selling the patterns to help finance a foreign adoption. Here is a picture of the version I made:

picture of Miss Mary

I hope all of you who are mothers had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Becka


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