June 24, 2014

Sewn Gifts

I have many nieces and I miss them each so much!  I am always on the lookout for cute things to make them, so much so that I started a Pinterest board for ideas.  Recently I was reading Tea Rose Home and saw her tutorial for these cute little quiet book pages and decided to make a couple for my youngest nieces.

I made mine scrappy and used a different method to finish them off with no raw edges (the tutorial did not specify how to accomplish this so I made a sandwich and sewed them right sides together and flipped them out).

Then I made backpacks for them to carry around some summer stuff.  (The bigger one is for the big sister!)

And of course, they have to be stuffed with summer stuff!  I love giving to these littles and I sure hope they enjoy it all!  I miss you girls so much!

  Linking up to Fabric Tuesday and JAQ's Made by Me!
*Edited to add:  Linking up to Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, too.
One last thing...I feel so lucky!  I have been able to get organic produce for $0.50 per pound and have been making some wonderful lunches/dinners.  Today was this soup...Yumm!  (As with my sewing, I made just a few changes and did things more my way but it turned out great!  Everyone loved it and that is saying a lot around here!)

Can't wait to see what tomorrow's fruits and veggies turn into!  Have a nice night/day and God bless!

O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for You.  Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.  ~Isaiah 33:2 (NKJV)

love, Lisa

June 20, 2014

Something Worth Mentioning...

Hello!  How is your summer going?  Busy?  I won't bore you with all of the "lots of this and so busy with that" words!  Suffice it to say that summer in California has been wonderful!

I've been following along with Sherri's Summer Organizing Series and it has been a huge help to get me back to my machine!  I have not done all of the organizing she suggested and I don't plan to but just doing the few things that I have chosen have been sufficient to get me back in the sewing groove.

Today was a big finish for me.  There was this little bench at a garage sale from about 3 years ago that I bought because I fully intended to re-do it someday.  This project has been on my Quilty Bucket List since I bought the bench!  Someday turned out to be this week and now I have a new (to me) bench!

The Quilt Gate + Clothwork Calico + linen were recent fabric purchases and were exactly what I was going for...a bit old fashioned and a bit Victorian.

We have a beautiful light that comes in through the back of the house in the early morning and it gives the dining area in the front of the house a warm, soft effect that I love.  I could not adequately capture it on my camera in a hurry when I came in to get the sandwich from the table to finally quilt it.

All over stipple made quick work of the quilting process and gave it the pucker-y goodness I love.

 The beautiful fabric ended up as a table runner, too.  The vanity needed something and a quick patchwork was all that I could muster this morning.

What a relief to have that bench covered and painted!  Really it was such an eyesore but I continued to use it knowing that it would one day be transformed.  I'm so happy that "one day" was today!  I'll be linking up with Finish it Up Friday and I'm looking forward to spending some time catching up on blog reading.  Have a great weekend and God Bless!

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  ~James 1:2-4 (NIV)

love, Lisa