Friday, September 23, 2011

a new pyrex find and some new reads

I was so excited to find this orange pyrex casserole dish! When I bought it at my local thrift store the lid was turned upside down and taped to the dish. I didn't realize how cool the lid was until after I bought it and brought it home! Not too bad for $1.99.

Was glad to get home yesterday to see that my amazon order arrived. These are a few books I have been eyeing for awhile. Not much better this time of year than coming home from work and sitting on the deck with a cup of coffee and a good book! The weather here has been absolutely amazing! I have been getting outside every chance I get.

Finished my second Swoon block today, and have a few more cut out. More pics to come.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fall Projects

I like to work on projects with Christmas trees and snowmen in the winter time and those with pumpkins and leaves in the fall. I don't like the idea of working on Christmas projects in July. So, every autumn for at least the past three I drag out this cross-stitch project. I am slowly making progress. I was a little worried when I ran out of the black over-dyed floss I have been using. Luckily they still make the black coffee color.

This oak-leaf table topper I started before I even had kids, so at least 11 years ago. This just may be the year I get it quilted!

I started a new fall project last week. This is Thimble Blossoms' Swoon pattern. Each block is 24 inches. I am using my stash of Kansas Troubles fabrics. I am excited about how my first block turned out. Eight more to go! I have all of the background fabrics cut and fabrics for a few more blocks ready to go. This one should go together fast!

We enjoyed a great weekend of apple-picking and attending a fantastic car-show in Ottawa! It is finally feeling like autumn here, my favorite season!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

What are you reading???

I love to read! Unfortunately I don't have a lot of extra time during the school year to read, but I make up for it during the summer time. This summer my two favorite books were Gray Matter by David Levy and The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain.

Dr. Levy, a neurosurgeon writes of his experiences of praying with his patients before surgery. To me, this story spoke of what amazing things God can do in our lives and in the lives of others if we step out in faith and do what He asks us to do. This book also made me think about what I should be doing in my sphere of influence to spread the goodness of God. I rarely read a book more than once, but this one I will read again.

The Paris Wife is a novel about the first marriage of Earnest Hemmingway. Even though this is a novel the author did extensive research on her subject and much of the story is true. Hemmingway lived a very interesting life!

I am in need of another great book to read. I read all types of books. What do you recommend?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Vintage sheets

It has been awhile! I forgot how crazy busy I am the beginning of every school year and how wiped out I am when I get home. Our schedule is finally starting to look somewhat normal and my body is getting use to a little less sleep than it has been use to this summer. It feels good to be back into a routine. I am currently working on a couple of projects using the vintage sheets I have been collecting this summer. Here is a pic of a few of my favorites. Stay tuned for project pictures and more regular posting.