I do believe it’s the little things that make life fun. Hubby and I took a ride to Philadelphia last week. On our drive, once we broke free from the rain, we had a chance to see a fantastic double rainbow. I was not driving so chanced a few shots thru the wet glass.
And just when I thought we wouldn’t see it any longer, we went around a bend and I got this –
The rest of the drive was without rain, for which I was thankful. I called this shot God’s Promise! It did help me to find a bit of calm to get through the next few days. (Boring medical stuff ….insert sigh here). (No you can’t see those pictures!)
Once back home, we got ready for the arrival of the grandkids along with their parents for the weekend. Coming home from an outing on Saturday, we had a visitor in the driveway. My observant daughter saw the visitor, and I was able to encourage him into the lawn to avoid being run over.
Since the kids were visiting on the first day of fall, I decided to put my Autumn Jubilee placemats out on the table. Early one morning the 6 year old was playing with legos at the table, and making a little vignette. I reached into the china closet and pulled out some extra “goodies” to help decorate her lego village.
These little pumpkin candles and cornucopias were favorites of my husband while he was growing up, and he cherishes them. Vintage bordering on antique! His mother carefully packed them away every season into a “cheese box” and into the china cabinet they went. My 6 year old granddaughter loved the little girl witches and the pumpkin salt and pepper shakers. They are fun to take out and have on the table for a little while!
I wouldn’t be surprised to find a 29 cent price sticker on the bottom of one from the 5&10 store! (Circa 1950).
My 6 year old granddaughter needed a little extra grandma time on Sunday morning, and asked to go to my quilt room. Once there, she decided she just LOVED a block on my design wall. Well, she loved 2 blocks, but narrowed her choices to one. In no time at all, we had a little 15″ envelope style pillow case made and stuffed with a pillow form. She did all my pinning, while I chatted with her about what I was doing. She wanted to make a gift for her big sister, and in under an hour, we were finished!
We got the pillow form stuffed in and into a gift bag just in time for departure! (No the pillow didn’t get quilted, but I think the recipient didn’t mind or notice!) The funny thing is, she was drawn to the colors of the blocks that my friend had “handed off” to me as UFO’s. Thanks for the blocks Pam!! The block went to good use! The little things…
Before you knew it, the weekend was over and the house settled into quiet again. I miss the little voices when they leave. It was wonderful to have both daughters and all 4 grandkids and 2 son-in-laws around the dinner table on Friday night and to listen to the laughter and the chatter and the stories.
I have continued to play with my embroidery machine as time permits. I had fun working on dish towels –
These 2 designs are from Oh My Crafty Supplies website. I have a special person in mind for these. I did two other designs, but won’t show them quite yet…because I forgot to photograph them!
I did a little more quilting on the never ending placemats —
This is the end of the line with 18 placemats. These need trimmed and they all need squaring up and binding. I did all the quilting with ONE of my favorite Superior Threads –
Batik Blue #5021
It’s the little things…..I finished my machine quilting with thread left on the spool and 1/2 a bobbin full. I usually shop for thread at quilt shows, and will have to keep my eyes open for someone vending Superior Thread in the next month or 2! Otherwise, an order will have to go out. This is the 2nd spool of this thread that I have used and I just love how it blends!
I brought home a quilt to bind, from the assisted living facility where I have volunteered for the last 9 months. I made the binding 2 weeks ago, and this afternoon got it trimmed and bound. I think the “first time” quilter, Trish, did a fine job. I will deliver it on Thursday to her when I go to volunteer. I used “Susie’s Magic Binding” and love the little pop of color the flange gives the edge of the quilt. This method is done all by machine, no handwork, which is why I love it. It’s the little things…
I’m feeling grateful for the new members of Ocean Waves Quilt Guild who have come the last 2 Monday’s to help me with 2nd Time Around prep for the Quilt Show. And for my co-chair who keeps taking home large quantities of fabric to prep! I love that people are so willing to volunteer. And I love that people in the guild are willing to donate their “scraps” and unwanted fabrics. We had the most BEAUTIFUL batiks come through the donations!! (No – my placemat batiks did not come through the guild…they came from a friend at my church!)
The rest of this week is busy busy busy, with the Queen Bees gathering on Tuesday, and hopefully a bike ride on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning! I missed riding in the last 3 weeks! Another fabric donation pick up on Wednesday morning, a few appointments scattered in, and more 2nd Time Around prep for the guild meeting next Monday.
In the coming weeks, I am not going to be going at my normal pace. I need to have 2 surgeries on my right hand; so my involvement will be limited to doing what I can with the “other” hand. For a 2 handed typist, my blog posts will be scarce, projects limited etc. For 2nd time around, I will be restricted to folding and pressing with “the other hand”. I guess I can sort and price buttons!! And boy, do we have some awesome buttons! Like I said, it’s the little things.
As you go through your day, look for the little things to find joy!