Sunday, September 25, 2011


Pretty Pumpkins mean FALL!!!!!!

This pretty one to "Wanny & PawPaw" was painted and delivered by Wendy Rayne~
She hasn't quite got the hang of a "G" for Granny yet so amusingly enough I have become Wanny!

I LOVE repurposing fabric of every kind and these folk art pumpkins are the perfect way to re-use sweaters and other" Fall-ish" fabrics.
They  have become a yearly project and one that I look forward to-at least until the first few bunches of them sell! I make a LOT of these -but only until I get tired  and then it's over till next Fall!!!!

Fall means another thing- Round Top Texas Flea Market Extraordinaire!!!!!
 I'm heading out to get a Texas sized dose of inspiration and fun too!!!! 
See you there!!

Friday, September 16, 2011


My oh my what a summer! The heat and drought have been nothing short of oppressive!
This morning it was clear that we were given a little reprieve from all that heat-there was a crispness in the air- a hint that the heat and all that goes with it is beginning to make it's exit-FINALLY!

We can FINALLY go outside and enjoy the front porch swing again! Sit by the pond- laze in the hammock and yes-just relax and take a break.

Here in Louisiana ,we spend lots of time outside-lots of time! On the front porch-by the pond or lake, in the woods - just outside. Why leave the fun stuff inside?

I LOVE these burlap pillows on the porch swing, in the hammock and in the lounge chairs.
Burlap is THE fabric you want outside -its durable and it just screams FALL-cozy, comfy Home -and sometimes it just says it real quiet-hand stamped with Antique rubber stamps-which I will never tire of! :)

So get on outside and enjoy the crisp fall  moment- hurry- cause we'll have lots more heat before this weather is permanent!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New Beginnings...again!!!

This past few weeks have been challenging to say the least. I've endured things I had never hoped to and experienced things I never dreamt of.

I suppose that the lesson in all this is today- don't borrow trouble from tomorrow...enjoy the surprises along the way.... and trust God to get you through the impossibly difficult times-one day at a time.
In fact I think thats biblical-

25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifeb?

28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
 And so today, I begin again. Somehow ,even the grace to "begin again" is a blessing to me. The things in my life that have changed  have changed ME-I will never be the same person again.
Even the smaller  things,like my daughter and her husband moving out of our guest house has seemed truamatic just now-but in reality I KNOW that it is but a small thing and not so bad.

My heart is wounded by grief and so these things seem huge~ the void left by the change seems a gaping hole. I vow each time not to hold my children and grandchildren so tightly-but alas it is beyond my control!
And I do believe I would rather hurt deeply because of it than to be disconnected from any of them! :)

In the short two weeks past I have kissed my sweet grandbaby Declan Jace goodbye from this world, welcomed his grieving parents back closer to home, flown for the first time ever, rushed to the scene of my mom's auto crash( a head on collision!) , helped my kids move  an hour away and been published in a magazine!!!
See? I told you I've been busy! My heart is conflicted and my body is tired- but I know I am blessed and so I begin ...AGAIN...right back in the sewing room ....creating fun things to wear.

If you're tired and weary too...please get back up with me...and start again....we can help each other and enjoy the day before us, only casually looking back to remember.....but always moving forward!

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