Friday, October 09, 2015

Friday's Fabulous Finds...

I spy with my Etsy eye some...
 soft gray and blushing pink.

Clockwise, starting top left:

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Fall Table Runner...

I'm always on the lookout for fabric, and I find it in unlikely places. I've mentioned that I make curtains out of tablecloths and pillows out of placemats. Last week I found a dish towel at Hobby Lobby in their Halloween/Fall aisle. I loved the colors and style, so I picked it up {at 40% off}, not necessarily intending to use it as a dish cloth.

Instead, I'm going to use it on my kitchen table in November as a table runner. I paired it with my favorite linen-look muslin and created a very simple pattern...

And I did something that I've never done before. I used one of the hundred decorative stitches on my machine to quilt it...

The stitching isn't perfect, but I like the look of the fallish leafy vines running up and down the rows of fabric. I also put a little dark brown ric-rac in the outside seam to give it a little pizzazz!

{May I interrupt this blog post with this important message. 
Take a look at this mum. Gorgeous, isn't it?}

I won't be using this runner for a couple of months, but when I see a little fabric I like, I pick it up because you never know how or when you can use it!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Textile Tuesday...

Today on Textile Tuesday, I'm featuring these fabulous fall-ish fabrics.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Thankful Thoughts...

What surprised me this week?

Last Monday I got an unexpected call. My eldest son had become ill Sunday night and had spent the night in the ER. He had been treated with antibiotics and released, but still needed rest and recuperation. When I called him on Monday afternoon he still sounded groggy and sick like he was still quite ill or like I had just woken him up from a deep, much needed sleep. So, I went into my "just-keep-breathing-till-I-get-there-mode", and I promptly booked an airline ticket. When I flew into San Jose Wednesday morning, said child picked me up at the airport looking fabulous and fit as ever. I asked my previously sicko son, "How do you feel?" He said he was feeling great other than being a little tired. {Dang antibiotics. How's a mother supposed to take care of her kid if antibiotics can do the job faster and better!*+#*~!}  I went through the checklist: Do you have a stomach ache? Low blood sugar? Headache? Cuts or bruises? Indigestion? Sniffles, constipation, or hangnails? No, no and no. Shoot. I couldn't save the day after all. {Disappointing.} 

When all was said and done, however, I had a wonderful time with my son this week. It's surprising when a mother gets one on one time with an adult child -- especially when she is a mother of many. We had so many meaningful and sweet conversations and discussions. He is someone I admire so much for so very many reasons, and I was able to express that love and admiration to him in many ways. I'm so happy he's feeling better, and so grateful that I felt prompted to go out and spend some time with this boy of mine. Feeling grateful.

What moved me this week?

My husband and I celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary this week. I met him when I was 18 years old, and he was 19. We were so young. Shortly after we met, he left on a two year mission for our church. Two and a half months after he got back from his mission in New Zealand -- even though we hadn't seen each other or talked on the phone with each other for those two years -- we got married. I'm still a proponent of writing letters to the one you love. It's an amazing way to truly get to know someone without the physical part of a romantic relationship "getting in the way." He is such a good man. I'm so grateful that he is mine, and I am his. Even though we were apart for our anniversary, our children got together and made a timeline of our years together. Each one adding memories and highlights. Their reminiscences -- both funny and touching -- moved both Mark and I. It was definitely one of the best presents we've ever received. 

What inspired me this week?

Twice a year our church -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- has a two-day conference where leaders of our church speak on a variety of gospel and spiritual subjects. In one of today's sessions, during the opening prayer, this thought was expressed... "May we balance our lives according to thy will..." Life can be hectic and unpredictable. Sometimes the most important things get put aside as we turn our attention to more trivial matters. 

I've gotten in the habit of looking words up in the dictionary. Sometimes, especially when a word is used in a spiritual context, a definition gives me insight. One definition of "balance" is to arrange, adjust, or proportion the parts. I love the thought of relying on the Savior to help me adjust and arrange my life best, so that I can tend to those things that are most important to him. I think I'll include this thought in my prayers more often. I love it when the Spirit works on me to listen carefully, so I can receive inspiration.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Friday's Fabulous Finds...

I spy with my Etsy eye...
blue sky and brown leaves.

Clockwise, starting top left:

Wishing you a beautiful fall weekend!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Thankful Thoughts....

What surprised me this week?
I've been missing family lately. We had a wonderful reunion with all our children and grandchildren in August at the wedding of one of our sons, but, as great as it was, it wasn't long enough or relaxing enough to get a really good visit with each one, so my heart has been a bit empty lately. I was surprised the last couple of weeks when some of our kids called and plans were scheduled for some visits in the next few months. I love these kinds of surprises!

What moved me this week?
I've watched and read a little this week about the Pope's visit to the U.S. I'm not Catholic, but I can appreciate people of faith coming together to worship and be strengthened. I loved the instances where the Pope stopped proceedings and slowed down schedules to give a blessing or comfort to a particular person. Obviously the demands of administration for Pope Francis are great, so it's especially moving to see those moments when ministering to the individual took precedence over schedules and events. Along those same lines...

What inspired me this week?
Sometimes it's pretty obvious to me when the Lord is trying to teach me something, and lately I've been schooled with "personalized instruction" on the subject of charity. I won't go into the details, but it's become clear to me that I could do better. Today in Sunday School our lesson was on... {you guessed it} charity. In the beginning of the lesson, we discussed the parable of The Good Samaritan. I'd like to think I would stop if I saw someone who was hurt or in apparent pain, but in other less obvious circumstances I fear I've seen myself turning away and not giving attention where it was needed. I want to be better and more compassionate. During the lesson we watched this inspiring video -- "What Matters Most."  I loved the statement at the end of the video... "Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved." Inspiring words to live by.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday's Fabulous Finds...

I spy with my Etsy eye...
a weekend at home.

Have a relaxing weekend!