Monday, April 23, 2012

Antique Roses

This week, my antique rose bush is in full bloom. 

Its fragrance is lovely. 

Sweeter than any hybrid rose you can purchase from the florist. 

Unfortunately, the blooms do not last long once cut...but its scent wafts through our entire first floor if I open up the widows along the south side of our wrap-around porch.

This particular rose bush came from a cutting from Chris' great-grandfather's rose bush.  

Unfortunately, I do not know the name of this rose, but we call it the "Grandpa Victor" rose. 

It is hardy to say the least... has lived through extreme heat, drought, blizzards, abnormally cold temperatures....with little care on my part.  In fact, I noticed that it is beginning to spread on its own.

Did you know that antique roses can live for hundreds of years? 

According to The Vintage Rosery antique roses have been found in old cemeteries and abandoned homesteads dating from the 1800s!  Amazing!!!


Friday, April 20, 2012

Homebirth Funny on David Letterman

Caught this snippet from David Letterman on the website Faith & Family. I think it is just hilarious! Personally, I'm envious of all my blogger friends (sadly, I have none in real life) that have experienced home birth(s). While it was a never a medically-safe option for me, it doesn't mean that I don't think it wouldn't be a fascinating and peaceful experience. But then, I'm not a screamer! HA! Wishing you a wonderful weekend...hoping to get some sewing in on Saturday when I'm a NASCAR Widow.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Pretty Springtime Apron

Happy Monday! 

Just thought I'd quickly share my most recent creation... 

...a pretty apron for Spring! 

Yes, I realize my 5-year old cut off my head!  That's what I get when I ask a preschooler to focus the camera on the apron!

I started with a pattern from Busy Bee Quilt Designs called the French Flea Market Apron,  (I think the pattern name itself just screams FUN) and then picked four (4) coordinating fabrics from my local quilt shop.

I used Philip Jacobs' Pom Pom Dahlias (pastel) as my inspiration piece coordinating the ruffle (middle layer) and apron top panel (the green "Paperweight" pattern by Kaffe Fassett for Westminster Fabrics and Rowan) with the sassy pink apron waistband/tie.

I was going for a "spring" look for my new apron and think that I hit jackpot with these fabrics!  It looks both cute on and hanging from a hook in my kitchen.

I found this pattern exceptionally easy to follow, especially for a beginning seamstress, and think that the overall style of the pattern is flattering on most any figure!

I only struggled with a couple things...pulling my gathering stitch to create the ruffled look...and stitching the two ruffled layers (bottom and middle) to the flat, front/top panel.  I did make a couple of mistakes (not visible in picture) that I will now be conscious of in the future. 

I am anxious to make several more of these as gifts for some special ladies in my life and can not wait to experiment with different fabrics. I think that this apron can take on such a different feel depending on the personality of the chef wearing it!  And I already have a vision of holiday fabrics spinning in my head for a mother/daughter set (child directions included with the apron pattern...yippee!).

And yes, I wear my new apron!

Saturday, April 7, 2012


"Silence give us a new outlook on everything.  Listen in silence, because if your heart if full of other things you cannot hear the voice of God."

~Blessed Teresa of Calcutta~

Wishing you and your loved ones a most blessed Easter! 

Friday, April 6, 2012

A Child's Crucifix

A simple wooden crucifix.  

Created with clothespins, tongue depressor's, and paint... 

...lovingly fashioned by my 5-year old's tiny hands at preschool.

He couldn't wait to get home to hang it up over his bed.

His nail hanger (the metal part from the clothespin) popped off.

I'm not quite sure why this craft project has touched me so deeply...

...perhaps it is my overwhelming love for the little one who created it,

or maybe the symbolism behind it...rough-hewn wood...innocence...a mother's loss...

We are unplugging for today...baking, crafting, reading, meditating, reconnecting as a family and with nature...all in the quiet.

I invite you to do the same...if not all day...for a few hours.  

Perhaps between Noon and Three O'clock...

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Holy Thursday/Fabric Lined Easter Baskets

"The world is lost for want of sweetness and kindness. People are starving for love because everybody is in such a great rush." 
~ Blessed Teresa of Calcutta~

Love, love, LOVE this quote from Mother Teresa!

As I prepare for Easter Sunday (outfits, home decor, meals, etc.), I must also prepare my heart and mind for this most sacred and holy day.  I need to slow down, being kind and generous of spirit toward those most in need of my little spouse. 

As in years past, we are planning to unplug tomorrow on Good Friday.  No television...basically no electronic entertainment.  My mother started this tradition with my siblings and I when I was growing up and I continue to uphold it.  Traditionally, I've avoided the above-referenced activities between the hours of noon and three, but for the first time, tomorrow, I am implementing a totally electronic-free day...all day.

A personal sacrifice, not just for the children, but for me too! 

So, before I sign off I'll just share with you a couple of sweet pictures of my little ones with their Easter baskets.  They are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Easter Bunny with visions of chocolate bunnies and jelly beans dancing in their heads.

This year, I decided to create my own fabric liners for their Easter baskets.  I've never been a big fan of the plastic-y, pastel-ish Easter baskets sold at the big box stores.  Rather, I love the look of natural-woven baskets. So, to add a pop of color I created my own liners.  I think they turned out cute and the kiddos love them.  I still have to make Luke's liner, but now that I've made two, I've begun to figure out some tips and tricks that make the sewing go quicker.

For this project I purchased fabric from Hobby Lobby (waaaay cheaper than from the quilt shops!) including ready-made ruffle.  That ruffle is truly a time saver.  While I wanted to make their basket liners reversible, I couldn't find coordinating fabrics that I like and so I just used the same fabric on both sides.  I love the look of the crisp, white ruffle against the bubblegum pink and royal blue fabrics.