Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blooming Tuesday...


I think spring has finally sprung in Colorado. I have a few beautiful blossoms coming up. From our rock garden...


I think I can assume we are going to have a bumper crop of pears this year...


It's no wonder the Columbine is the state flower of Colorado. Look at this beauty...


We're gearing up for our son's wedding this Saturday. I'm looking forward to showing you the beautiful flowers that the bride and groom chose for the bridal bouquet, centerpieces, etc!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Finds...


I spy with my Etsy eye...
Easter morning.


Clockwise, starting top left:
Nest Print
Rabbit Print Pillow
Bunny Brooch
Linen Blanket
Felt Lambs

Wishing you a meaningful Easter.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bloomin' Tuesday...


Geesh! I am so fragmented these days. We have a wedding in 11 days and I keep getting sidetracked! Does that happen to you? I'll go into a room set on performing a certain task that needs to get done, and I'll get totally sidetracked and lose an hour...or two...or five! It's 10am and I haven't crossed anything off my list. I did, however, decide where to plant these beauties...


Their new home will be a "birdbath" in our flower garden. I don't feel too obligated to fill this particular birdbath with water, because we have other birdbaths for birdie hygiene!

Here's one little birdie that is perfectly content to be surrounded by flowers...




Monday, April 14, 2014

Because of Him...




He lives. 
He suffered and atoned for our sins. 
He is my Savior and Redeemer, and he can be yours.
Wishing you a meaningful Easter. 

 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Finds...


I spy with my Etsy eye something... 
verdant. 


Clockwise, starting top left:

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Thankful Thoughts...


Yesterday, while it was still early and few people were out, I went on a long walk near our home. I never get tired of this view. Our town is situated just east of Longs Peak (the snow-capped mountain in the distance). Winter, spring, summer and fall the view of this beautiful summit never disappoints...


Like many places in the U.S. we've had a cold winter. We're just beginning to see green grass and buds on trees. It'll be weeks before all the trees have blossomed and leafed out, but spring is in the air and with it a sense of renewal and optimism.


As I walked I could hear the trill and chirps of a variety of birds. They are busy feathering their nests and preparing for good things to come.



Like many families we've faced some hard challenges the last few years, but individually and as a family we have been blessed in many, many ways. It was easy to relax and count those blessings as I took in these beautiful scenes.


One of my favorite sayings is...

Work in place of worry, 
faith in place of fear.
                  Lucile Tate

 I love the hope and conviction those words give me.

Sometimes our lives get tangled up and messy, but even in those times one can find beauty.


Wishing you a wonderful day!



Friday, April 04, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Finds...


I spy with my Etsy eye... 
a hint of spring green.


Clockwise, starting top left:

Wishing you a warm weekend.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Placemat Pillow...


I've shared this idea about five times already on my blog, but here I go again! For the last few days I've searched for a new pillow that would add a touch of color to our recently reupholstered glider rocker.  I couldn't find anything I had to have. I eventually found myself at Target looking in their pillow aisle. When I can't find a pillow that I like in the pillow aisle, I go to the linens. There I can often find a placemat that can easily be converted to a pillow, and this was no exception.


This placemat is from Target's Threshold line. It's the perfect placemat to convert to a pillow because it has a lining on the back. In other words, it is two pieces of fabric sewn together -- the front piece of the placemat and a back lining.


You'll need 15 minutes at the most to make this pillow. Use a seam ripper or sharp pair of scissors and open a hole in the bottom seam of the placemat that is large enough to fit your hand through -- about 5 inches. This particular placemat had topstitching and the seam, so I had to go through both of those stitches to create the opening.


Then, fill the placemat with Poly-Fil Fiber or another filling of choice. In my opinion, there's nothing like the feel of a down feather pillow!

Hint:  Sometimes I will buy an inexpensive Aller-Ease Down Alternative Pillow at Target, cut it open, and use the filling for my sewing projects. It's messy, but it makes a beautiful down-like pillow.

When you have it filled to your liking, simply stitch the seam back together. You can do this with a sewing machine or by hand.


What you have left is this beautiful pillow...


Cost:
Placemat: $3.99
Filling: $2 - $5
Needle & Thread