Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Christmas is coming

 Together with my quilting buddies, we decided to make Christmas boxes :-)

And me, I'm just prodding along. But I will get there.
Have you started any Christmas projects yet?

Happy Quilting!!

Saturday, August 27, 2022

I'm inspired

 Last weekend we visited one of my favorite quilt shops.

Inspire in Plant City Florida. And oh my did it inspire.

There were so many beautiful samples made up.

Gorgeous, gorgeous quilts.

And did I buy anything. Well yes :-)

I just loved these panels.

Have you made many quilts using panels?

Happy, happy quilting!

Monday, August 22, 2022

To make a quilt


Quilting, quilting, quilting.  I've been working on getting this quilt finished.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Once Upon a Royal Christmas


Once Upon a Royal Christmas by Teri Wilson was such an enchanting story. The perfect Hallmark story.

Gracie Clark, Princess Snowflake, is a Party Princess who wants to take her business to the next level. But no bank will loan her the capital that she needs. Claire, her best friend, finds the solution. She enters Gracie in a contest to help a small European country wanting to boost tourism. With a hefty prize money, Gracie wins and sets out for the San Glaceras Christmas Festival. 

Prince Nikolas is reported to be a prince with no heart. He cares for his people and his country, so when his sister announces this contest, he protests. Feeling that is more of a gimmick. When Gracie arrives, he meets her but, they each mistake the other. He thinks she is a real princess, and she thinks he is the actor to portray a prince.

Very entertaining. I loved the banter between Nick and Gracie. And the sweet way they fall for each other. Although Gracie tries so hard not to. This is a delightful story, clean and wholesome. Terri Wilson has a beautiful way of engaging the reader into her story. I could envision someone like Fiona Gubelmann or Jessy Schram playing Gracie in this Hallmark movie. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via Hallmark Publishing and NetGalley. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

My Anchor Man


"Now this is the commandment, the statues and the rules 
that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that 
you may do them in the land to which you are going over, 
to possess it. that you may fear the Lord your God, you 
and your son and your son's son, by keeping all his statures 
and his commandments, which I command you, all the
 days of your life, and that your days may be long. " 
Deuteronomy 6: 1-2

Recently, when I was driving, I heard a message on the 
radio. It was about the Anchor Man. The more I listened
to this program, I was hearing about my Anchor Man.

My admiration goes beyond understanding. I've seen 
this walked out in the life of my own Anchor Man. A man 
of integrity and honesty and faithfulness.

God always has His men. He always has a remnant of 
faithful men who love God and are anchored on Jesus 

An Anchor man is a man who will have no other gods 
before them.

Men who will not make graven images. They love the 
Lord their God with all of their heart, soul and mind.

Men who will not take the Lord's name in vain.

Men who are motivated to work, but not so much that 
they won't take one day of rest.

Men who honor their fathers and mothers, and are
 helping to care for them.

Men who will not murder.

Men who will not steal things, whether it is 
possessions or someone's character.

Men who will not bear false witness.

Men who are a one-woman man.

Men who do not covet but are content and thankful
for the blessings God has given them.

I am thankful for the covenant relationship I have 
with my Anchor Man. I have been blessed to learn 
from this man who places Christ first in his life every 
single day.

So this week I am wishing him a Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

What goes around

  Have you noticed the new fashion trends? If you are older, like me, you will certainly notice that many of the "new" styles are reminiscent of the 70's. 

I remember having a shirt very similar to this one.  The white eyelet was very popular.

Many of the tops were loose and flowing. The peasant look.

(courtesy Kohls)

And of course the mini dresses (and skirts)

What goes around, comes around again. Many years after.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Words to Live By


"In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation."

Psalm 5:3

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

South Korea flooding

 Yesterday I posted about my daughter teaching in South Korea. She has since told me about the flooding in parts of SK. Thankfully it is not in the area where she is located. Apparently it is in the lower parts of the country. 

You can read about it here -


Tuesday, August 9, 2022

World Traveler

 My daughter is a world traveler. She has been to many different countries. Her most recent being South Korea where she is teaching English.

The Korean "White House" where the president lives.

My daughter says Seoul is a very large city.

With some of her students.

Have you ever traveled out of the country? I have only been to Canada and to Belgium. What places have you traveled to?

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Friday, August 5, 2022

Crafting is Therapy

There are so many different aspects to crafting.  I think we all need some kind of creative outlet.  Whether we are good at something, or just enjoy the process.

Are you a sensitive person?  Do you notice fine scents, sounds, tastes or works of art? I tend to notice sensory changes.

 For so many years I would stuff it down, and try to conform to what everyone else was doing.

Then I read an article on how crafting can actually advance healthy living along with  joy and creative satisfaction, I stopped to ponder about this.

Whether it is cooking, gardening, knitting or sewing, crafts have become a proven way to bring sanity and calmness in a sometimes hectic world. You see apparently the brain cannot dwell on stress when it is engaged by the repetitive movement of your chosen craft. 
 Sometimes you come up with a solution to a problem when you give your brain a break.

So is that the reason we should cook, garden, knit, or quilt?  No I think the reason is that we enjoy it. And in turn that becomes our "therapy".

Crafting makes us happy, and we can also make other people happy, by making gifts for our family, friends and charity.  

So let's think of it this way.  The quality may not be perfect, but in the end, you have gained a healthy attitude and you have not wasted your time :-)

To find out if you are a highly sensitive person, you can do the self test at this website Highly Sensitive Person.   

Enjoy, and Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

What I am working on

 Since taking up the Dirty Dozen challenge, I have unearthed some long forgotten quilt blocks. They were from this Bunny Hill pattern.

My daughter had started these blocks years ago, and never finished putting them together.
It still needs the border, but I was able to find some fabric in my stash to make the alternate blocks.

And this one was one I started but never sewed them together.

I love the blue and pink combination. 

Keep the needle going up and down ;-)  Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 1, 2022

The Dirty Dozen #10

 I wasn't sure when I was to post my quilt, but today a new one will be online. So the quilt for July was #10.  Here is the one I completed for July.

Did you complete the challenge? 

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