new shop: St. Peter's Bookstore

Monday, July 29, 2013
I am happy to say that I have a few necklaces for sale at the St. Peter's Bookstore.

I am into the random little animal thrown into a necklace. Isn't that donkey cute and unexpected?

May the Lord show you His beauty today!

purple: the beauty of the Lord in a quilt

Thursday, July 25, 2013
I am working on a quilt for a dear friend for a new baby. She and I have talked at great length about the color purple, not the movie, the color. The regal, royal shades of purple. Lilac, Lavender, Plum, Aubergine, Mauve, Violet, Periwinkle. 

I love to see the beauty of the Lord reflected in the colors He has created. And just to think, we are seeing a poor reflection. What it will be like to see His face.

To see more purple pictures, fabric, things check out my pinterest board called A Study of Purple, Lilac and Lavender. 

rainy day ice cream social

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
During the rainy season aka this whole summer, we were bored. We had ice cream leftover from the night before and we had some spare toppings in the pantry. Therefore, we created an ice cream social. It was a delightful pick me up for a long afternoon. We started with the fabric and then built a turquoisey/blue and orange theme. It was happy and a bright break from the gray outside.

Pony Party

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

We had a happy pony party for my daughters birthday. We surprised her with a real live pony who came to visit Saturday morning and we took a few rides near the pond across the street from our house. It was an event! It was a super special memorable soiree. 

The cake. I used flowers from our yard along with plastic ponies I bought online. The icing was a pale pink and the turquoise cake plate was a birthday present I hadn't used yet. I am thinking of when I can use it next.

Isn't the cake pretty? I also created a lei for my daughter. The flower necklace was made from 2 different colored carnations. I strung the carnations together with a needle and thread. She had been asking for one and it went along with our fresh flower theme. 

The inside of the cake was a surprise. And surprise! It was rainbow. It really was a beautiful cake. 

 My daughter and I worked on the decor together. We painted styrofoam cups and then I strung them together with thread. I hung them from the doorways, mantle and large mirror over the buffet where the cake lived. 

just now saw the plastic bin in the fireplace- we had a leak, might have been nice to move it.

I used 2 extra cups for small flower arrangements for the table. The fabric on the table was glorious and super happy. I got it from Hawthorne Threads. Love those people- quick and great selection. 

I dyed coffee filters and let them dry. I then sewed them together to create the runner seen below and on my kitchen island. Surprisingly, it went pretty quick. 

We were able to squeeze in our rides in between the rain. It certainly kept the heat away and the bugs. This was the view from our front porch although you can't see the horse in this shot. He was there though!

Here was the spread plus a dirty counter in the background. Whatevs.
We had fruit, donuts, egg casserole, bacon, cereal and breads. It was fun to have a breakfast party. We had just our family so the pressure was off to have it all ready when they arrived and have a clean house:)

For drinks, I had different types of juices in little sippers. And of course, pink chevron straws. 

 Happy Pony Party! We all had a really nice time and it was a special party. My precious little girl loved it and my husband commented on a job well done and he is usually happy with a Pepperidge Farm cake. So hooray! 

embracing the rain

Thursday, July 4, 2013
With this rain, I think we are all going crazy. I think every conversation I had yesterday began with talk about this weather. It reminds me of hurricane weather where you just hunker down and know that is how you are going to live for awhile. Sort of like a cold sore or blister. This is the way it is. Let's get over it and move on. 

peaches and hydrangeas from my yard back in May

However, I think the process is really important. The Lord can do a mighty work when we allow it and we don't kick and scream but let God in His tenderness wrap us with soothing ointment. Rain, in our case right now. 

Supermoon a few weeks back at St. Teresa

Rain is healing. Its making my flowers grow. Reminds me of these verses:

10 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
    will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
    will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
    and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
    for an everlasting sign,
    that will endure forever.”
Isaiah 55: 11-13

Put away your umbrella. Embrace the rain and let The Messiah flood your heart with heaven. 


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