Friday, July 20, 2018

Babies grow up so quickly

Not a whole lot of sewing going on around here.  I did make a little pillowcase for Jonah for his first birthday. It matches the quilt I made when he was born.

Here's the little guy, all ready for a birthday party.

They grow so fast!

Monday, July 16, 2018


I'm not really a knitter. I've made several scarves but I've always wanted to make a shawl. I only know the basic knit and purl stitches and I'm not very good at following a pattern. So I tackled this easy shawl with a full skein of yarn. And this is the progress so far.

It's clustered onto circular needles, but I think it will spread nicely. Not sure if I will keep going and make it wider. It can be relaxing to do mindless knitting in the evenings. Anyone else a novice knitter?

Saturday, July 14, 2018

It's hard to believe....

... but 45 years ago today, I walked down the aisle and became wife to this man I love.

Through happiness, and heart aches, we have been best friends. We really have grown up together.

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Hope of Azure Springs

Wow, wow, wow! From the opening pages to the end, I was totally caught up with this new novel by Rachel Fordham. The Hope of Azure Springs was masterfully crafted, bringing to life the struggles and loves of a young orphan girl.

Em and her sister Lucy ride the orphan train, seeking a better life after they are left homeless in the big city. But they become separated in different towns. After Em's guardian is shot and killed, her only hope is finding her sister.

Sheriff Caleb Reynolds takes it upon himself to solve the puzzle of Em. He is drawn to Em by his own insecurities. And the tender story envelopes the reader and touches your heart.

With the element of hardship that was common during the 1800's, Rachel Fordham, with her unique writing style, wove a compelling story that kept me turning pages. A beautiful story about a plain girl, rejected by many, finds friendship and love by her kindness and determination. A wonderful book I thoroughly enjoyed.  I would highly recommend it.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Saluting the Red White and Blue

Red, white and blue.  This time of year brings out the patriotic colors.
We start off with Memorial Day, then Flag Day and then our American Independence Day.

Do you use these colors only at this time of year?

Do you use quilts to decorate for the different seasons?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

So... yesterday

...was our granddaughter's second birthday.

Isn't she a cutie? She moves so fast it's hard to get a good picture.

She has the prettiest smile and an adorable belly laugh giggle.

She looks so much like my son when he was that age. Curls and all.

Now we have a house full of young people that are passing through Florida. One from New Zealand, three from Australia, one from Mexico and two from Chicago. A truly international visit. So not much sewing or quilting going on  this week. I'll be glad to have a normal week return. But until then...

Happy Quilting!