Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tragic Day in Alabama

In my last post I mentioned we were expecting bad weather this week.  Well it hit Alabama yesterday.  There have been numerous tornadoes in our state ...one after the other.  Storm sirens going off ... the weather people were on television all day long warning of the storms.  So many people do not have power or water.  We are so lucky to have power and survive the brunt of any of the tornadoes.  We have found debris from houses in our yard.  The huge tornado that tore across the state was south of us by several miles.  Tornadoes were north of us also.
Dozens of people are dead ... people missing. The last count I heard was at least 162 dead here in Alabama, more I am sure to be found. So many more injuries. Homes and entire towns destroyed. In Tuscaloosa where The University of Alabama is located, businesses, homes and apartments destroyed. Students killed and missing. So sad. I watched the tornado on TV as it made its way through homes and businesses. Twisted metal everywhere and cars tossed upside down. Some towns no longer exist.

We were so lucky here in my town.  People are coming from surrounding towns to our local gas stations. Walmart is packed with people buying water and food.

Yesterday morning my husband and I received a call from my aunt (who has been like a mother to me since my mother went to Heaven years ago) that my sweet precious uncle (who was like my dad) was not doing well in a Birmingham hospital.  He had fallen last week and broke his hip.  He passed away as tornado warnings were going off in the hospital.  We were standing over his bed in ICU as the first of the storms passed through.  Another of my family members gone to Heaven with Amber.  I can just see my Amber and uncle reunited again!

The sun is shining here today as I help my aunt with funeral arrangements for my uncle.  It has been a sad couple of days.  A sad day for my family and other families who have lost their loved ones from the tornadoes.

Please pray for the families of our state and surrounding states.

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Donna

Monday, April 25, 2011

Pink Blooms ...

  Spring has "sprung" around here!  We've had beautiful weather the last few days with temps in the 80's.  Severe weather is predicted for tomorrow and Wednesday :(    April showers does bring May flowers!  I just don't like the tornado warnings we have here in the South.

Easter Sunday was quiet around here.  It was just me and my hubby.  We went to church services on Friday evening with Jennifer and Jeremy.  The church is so large they had nine Easter services ... we went to the first one held Friday.
Saturday evening Jennifer and Jeremy came here and we had an early dinner.  I prepared our traditional meal and later in the evening we roasted marshmallows and made s'mores. 

I had to show Jennifer my first peony of the year!  I actually remembered to take a picture of my first pink bloom from this bush.  It's special to me ... the bulbs were transplanted from my mother's peony bush.  My mother passed away 30 years ago this year. 

And speaking of pink blooms ... this is just one of twelve pink rose bushes I have at the lower end of our driveway.  They are full of blooms and buds.  I can look out our bedroom window to a sea of pink!

And finally my clematis.  I snapped this picture before dark and the storms pass through.  It is a purple-pinkish color.  I planted it last year and was afraid it would not survive the cold winter we had ... thankfully it did. 

Well gotta go and open up a package I received from the Fat Quarter Shop today ... that's exciting!

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Donna



Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!

May you have a blessed day!

Hugs,
Donna

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Burlap Easter Egg

I have seen these painted burlap Easter eggs
around area gift shops for at least $40. 

I thought to myself when I saw the price tag .... I will make my own. I had everything I needed to make one ... the burlap, paint and brushes. If I had to go buy everything it would have just cost a few dollars.  It's just the time involved that raises the cost.
I am not sure how the eggs in gift shops are made but here is how I made mine.
First I made a pattern out of newspaper in an egg shape.  I cut out two burlap pieces so that when it is painted the egg stiffens and holds its shape.  The burlap does soak up the paint!  I basecoated the entire egg and let it dry overnight.  I hung it from a clothes hanger to dry quicker.  The next day I freehanded the design and painted the other colors.  I love polka dots so I used my old stenciling brush for the dots.  After the paint was completely dry I took a black Sharpie and outlined everything.  I was afraid the edges would fray so I took Elmer's glue and mixed it with a little water.  I went all around the edges to seal the burlap.
It was a fun project. 
I only made one but you could make a couple at a time ... the one I made is hanging in Jennifer's house :)

I am joining Susan for Met Monday and Linda at Coastal Charm for NTT.

Thank you for visiting!
Donna

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Callaway Gardens

My husband and I met Jennifer and Jeremy in Pine Mountain, Georgia this past weekend at Callaway Gardens.  It is a beautiful place to visit.  We have been there a couple of times before in the Spring.  These are just a few pictures I took while there.
I wish I could say this was my garden!

I love bunny rabbits and this one is just the cutest with his Easter basket.  If only I could have brought him home with me :)
Chicks covered with some type of moss ... adorable!
Not sure what this flower is ... it was labeled but forgot!
The chapel...

Inside the chapel.
Beautiful azaleas everywhere you look.  They were past the peak during our visit ... but beautiful.

Camelia ... it is Alabama's state flower.  I really need to plant one in my yard.  Think I will look for one to plant.

We had a wonderful day trip.  I love gardening and it is such a beautiful place for inspiration.

We have had a tragic death in my family this week.  On Tuesday my nephew (my oldest brother's son) who was nine months older than Amber passed away.  He has two little girls and my heart breaks for them.
Please pray for his family.

God Bless...
Donna

Monday, April 11, 2011

Milk Glass and Glass Buttons

I am joining Linda at Coastal Charm for NTT.  Go by and visit her and see what she is giving away this week.  I won an adorable apron last week and received it in the mail today!  I will have to get my hubby to take my pic with it on ... minus the headshot!!
I found this milk glass candy dish at an estate sale for $2.50.  It has the grape and leaf design on it. 
I needed something to put a small bouquet of flowers in so I decided it would work.  I rarely use anything intended for what it was made to be used.
Here is a better picture of my tiny little roses and little snowballs.  The roses smell so good!

I adore old buttons!  I found these glass ones in a flea/antique store in Marietta for $3.  I am not sure what I will use them for ... it will be something special.  I have seen beautiful jewelry made from old buttons. 

We had a beautiful weekend and now we have severe thunderstorms passing through.  One good thing is ... April showers bring May flowers!

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Donna

Friday, April 8, 2011

I Have to Make This Egg Before Easter!

I have been so busy this week making new bedding for Jennifer and her husband's master bedroom.  Oh what a chore!  I have made my share of bedding over the years but I have never made a king size coverlet and bed skirt with pleats.  I don't know how many hours I have worked on it but has been so time consuming!  It is finally finished with the exception of pillow shams.  She still has to decide on her fabric choice.  But they will be very simple ... thank goodness!  I am delivering it to her house today!!!

Now I really want to do something fun and this is what I want to make before Easter!  It is an egg runner for the table.  When I was in a quilt shop in Marietta, Georgia a few weeks ago quilters were making these and they were adorable!  They were making them with all colors of fabric and rick rack of every color!  So cute!
This is the pattern by Pieced Tree Patterns. 
I posted this carrot last year I made and love it.  It was fun to make.
I have lots of scraps I can use from my stash to make the Easter egg!
As soon as I get it made I wll post it ...I can assure you it will have purple in it!

I am sorry I haven't gotten around to responding to all my comments this week.  I've read them all but I have been so busy with sewing I have yet to respond to all of you ... thank you for being patient!  I noticed I have new followers and thank you!

Thank you for visiting and God Bless!
Donna

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Flowery Easter Eggs

I was in PB recently and saw Easter eggs covered with flowers.  They were adorable but I was not going to pay $6 for each egg. 
I made my own version and I like them just as well.  
I covered a styrofoam egg with small silk flowers.  I took each flower apart and hot glued them to the styrofoam.  Super easy!  The little centers fell out of the flowers so I had pretty pins I put in the center of each flower.
Here are all the supplies I needed along with a hot glue gun.
Here is the finished product and I didn't pay $6 a piece!

I am joining Linda at Coastal Charm's NTT for her weekly party.
Thanks Linda for hosting this party!

Thank you for visiting and God Bless!
Donna

 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Quilts in Progress ...

I have so many quilts that I have started and have yet to complete.  Many of them I packed up and put away after Amber went to Heaven and I just didn't want to do anything.  Now I am upacking some of them and here are just a few.
Mariner's Compass
BOM from my local quilt shop.

Another block that goes with the one above.  There are several that goes with this quilt.  It is all about a tea party.
Hand applique by Verna Mosquera ... it's called Amelia's Rose Garden.  I have the overlay bunched up to see the roses.
Overlay back in position ... that's why the little blue dots. 

Sorry about the bad pic ... it is gloomy here this morning.
Jacob's Ladder with machine applique border.  It has been packed away and needs a really good pressing!  I have to finish stitching down the applique.

These are just a few of my WIP's.  I will post more next week.
I am linking up to Susan at Blackberry Creek for the UFO Challenge.

Thanks for visiting and God Bless,
Donna