Saturday, April 30, 2022


 I have noticed several quilters posting Tulips on their blogs. I made this wall hanging several years ago and always enjoy it during spring.

I think it might have been a Debbie Mumm pattern.

Happy quilting and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

My weekend

 Over the weekend my hubby took me out to lunch and we visited a local Quilt shop.  All of our quilt shops have slowly been disappearing. But this little shop has managed to stay open.  They moved to a  smaller place in the same shopping center. I wanted to go in April because they offer a small discount in your birthday month. So even though one handed I wanted to take advantage.

They don't really have a very large selection of fabric, but the fabric they do carry is very nice.

And they have some funny items too.
My main goal was to get the fabric adhesive spray with my discount.
And of course I couldn't leave without a little bit of fabric :-)

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Words of Wisdom


Do not keep the alabaster boxes of your love and tenderness sealed up, until your friends are dead. Fill their lives with sweetness. Speak approving, cheering words while their ears can hear them and while their hearts can be thrilled and made happier by them. The kind things you mean to say when they are gone, say them before they go.
--George William Childs

Friday, April 22, 2022

In Honor's Defense


Wow! Karen Witemeyer certainly knows how to write an exciting novel.

Damaris Baxter receives word that her brother has died, leaving 14 year old Nate in her care. When she travels across the country to Texas she expects a sad but happy reunion. What she gets is an angry, wild boy bent on breaking all the rules.

Luke Davenport, one of Hanger's Horsemen, is called in to look into the rustling of Mr. Grimes cattle. Grimes is sure Nate has been a part of the thieving and Nate feels Grimes had something to do with his fathers death.

And so begins a most amazing adventure. I have enjoyed the other Horsemen stories, but this one has to be my favorite. Luke's past haunts him, but he clings to the scriptures the Captain encourages him to memorize. When he meets mild shy Damaris his whole world tips on its axis. A sweet romance ignites between them, as he feels led to protect Damaris and Nate. There is a very intense ending, which makes you want to keep reading to the end.

Witemeyer is such an outstanding author. Her stories are full of believable characters. Romance, drama, adventure, self forgiveness.  I have read many of Witemeyer's books and she never fails to bring an element of faith that is not preachy.  Just good story telling. 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in clean Christian historical romance. Beautifully written and inspiring.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Signs of Spring

I hope it is spring time wherever you are.
                                                       Saturday Sparks

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

The best present

This year has been off  to a rough start. Started out hurting my back. Then had a UTI!  When I went to the walk in for antibiotic, I'm sure I picked up Covid from the nurse or something there. Because three days later I came down with it. And now I'm dealing with broken bone in my shoulder. 

So when my birthday rolled around I was wallowing in a good case of "woe is me." No cards, no presents........... Just feeling sorry for myself.

Sunday I was not able to attend the Easter family gathering. I just moped around the house when my hubby and daughter went to the picnic.

But then you know what happened? People started texting me saying that they missed me and had been praying for my recovery :-)  It was such a good feeling that they cared enough to let me know. 

It was the best present that anyone could give.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Muscle men

 My son and grandson striking the pose :-)

They are so much fun!

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Words of Wisdom


Wishing you a very blessed Easter.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Wordless Wednesday

Beautiful Spring flowers 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Here I sit


Yes that's me in my sling. I have been parked in my chair for two weeks now. It's been pretty painful, even with pain meds. i am weaning myself off of prescription meds and trying to maintain with OTC. 

But the flowers I was given for my birthday, which was a week ago, have maintained their beauty.

Not exactly the most fun birthday, but I have enjoyed the flowers.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Sea Glass Cottage

 I have been doing a lot of reading during my down time with a broken shoulder. One of which is Sea Glass Cottage by Irene Hannon.

The small town of Hope Harbor finds Christi Reece desperately seeking help. She is sure Jack Colby can help her. But Jack has built a new life and doesn't expect to see the girl who broke his heart ever again. 

 I found the secondary characters, Beth and Steve, added a deep heart part to the whole plot. 

Hannon writes with such depth. Her stories always wrap around your heart. Forgiveness and restoration added with tenderness throughout the story. A very inspiring emotional read. 

It is a nice clean romance, with humor and the struggles of life. Well written and engaging, Irene Hannon once again brought us a heartwarming story about second chances.

This is the eighth installment in the Hope Harbor series. But you can read every one as a stand alone. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Thursday, April 7, 2022

All That It Takes

Wow! An amazing contemporary romance. A tender story that is inspiring and beautifully written.

Val is such a wonderful character. So true to many as she blossoms from an insecure, cautious girl into a brave overcomer. 

Miles, an outreach Pastor, finds himself out of international work and placed in a run down ministry that he feels is his  exit door from the Salt and Light church. 

Val rents Miles' upstairs apartment and so begins an opportunity to get to know each other. Tucker, Val's exuberant 10 year old son, plays a significant role as well.  

I have read Nicole Deese's other books, one of which ties in with this one, but All That it Takes is a stand alone story. One that you will not regret reading. The characters, plot, and humor are full of courage, forgiveness, love, hope. A story that brings full circle lies we believe into the light of truth. A heartwarming, clean story. I could not put this one down. 

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

Monday, April 4, 2022


 Easter is approaching. So here are some fun projects for the littles in your family.

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See Kate Sew has the cutest little bunny slippers.

How about this cute Sock Bunny from Craft Passion  


 I think this adorable Bunny Pillow from Fab Art DIY is just about my favorite.

And wouldn't you love to have a Mooshy Belly Bunny by Chez Beeper Bebe? 

Have fun!

Friday, April 1, 2022

True Confessions

They say confession is good for the soul. I'm not sure quilting confessions is part of that equation, but as some of you know I've been reluctant to make quilts lately.

So what is the beef. I have been considering why I'm no longer inspired to quilt. There have been a couple of factors. First my hubby has had some heart issues which started about two and half years ago. Big time worry for me. Taking him to Doctors, tests, and some minor surgery has really taxed me out. Adding to that, very expensive medicines have added to the stress. 

Secondly, I have lost my love of quilting. And I think it is mostly because I find myself thinking, WHY am I doing this? I have been quilting for a longtime. Over 30 years! I think it all started when someone I know, who is a great quilter, would make quilts for friends of mine who I had planned to gift a quilt. Pretty frustrating when she asked me if I was planning on making a quilt for my DIL who was expecting a baby. OF COURSE I was! I think she did end up making a quilt for them anyway. 


Thirdly, I have made quilts for people and have witnessed the quilt not being loved. I love every quilt that someone made for me!  But once, my daughter saw online someone selling a quilt I made for, get this, $15! A quilt that was made with $10 a yard fabric, and all the love that went into it because it was for a special girl. 

In a way it has really hurt my heart to not enjoy the hobby I loved most. I am not a fancy quilter, but it would give me pleasure to give a quilt to someone and hoped they liked it. Because I don't want the quilt I especially made for someone to end up as a dog bed!

Please don't think I am being vain. I just hate to think that all that labor and time spent is just for someone to think it is a bunch of rags. I was making baby quilts for Hands2Help , before my mishap, because I think they will be love, at least for a little while.

If you would like a simple pattern, Mari offers one HERE!