Thursday Favorite

As the 4th of July approaches, I’m happy to know my dad is getting stronger every day and my niece Chloe is on the way and is scheduled to be born tomorrow.

New beginnings, new birth… isn’t that what our country is all about?  The freedom to worship when and where you like; the chance to start all over again, learning from your mistakes and making better choices; the right to have your own thoughts and to agree or disagree with what’s going on around you and the right to voice those thoughts.

Ben Franklin said “Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature”.

So as you spend time with family and friends this weekend, whether grilling out and shooting off fireworks, or just chilling out watching a fireworks show, remember to thank God for the freedoms you have.

Hugs,
Sonia

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Something New…

Hello, earlier in the week one of the ladies I work with brought a wreath she created for another lady to work.  I was inspired.

The wreath was made with deco mesh.   So I decided to try my hand at using the new (to me) wonderful product called deco mesh.

Here is my first deco mesh wreath.

This wreath is on a single round frame.   I’m thinking of making a Christmas wreath with a round frame with two or three levels.

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This month is full of birthday’s in my family.   This past week my granddaughter turned six and my husbands parents each had a birthday.   My mom-n-law loves to read, so I made her a bookmark.
Next week is my sister and husband’s birthdays.   
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My son has been practicing his violin for the past hour.   That’s how it is at my house, if it’s not guitar, it’s drums, violin, keyboard or piano.  It is usually guitar music though.   I can’t imagine not having music in my life.
I believe music is a gift and talent from God.  I also believe God enjoys music and that is where we get the joy of music from.   Here is a verse from the Bible on using music to praise the Lord.
~ Praise the LORD!  Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!  Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!  Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!  Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!  Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!  Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!  Praise the LORD!  Psalm 150:1-6 ~
I think there will be music in heaven.   What do you think?
God bless and keep you,
Sonia

Catching up…

Hello!

It’s been a few days.  There has been a lot going on.

This past weekend was the Frontier’s Day Festival.  It started with a parade.  It was a breezy but muggy morning.  Later in the day, it rained hard and the temps dropped.

The Paris Eagle Band

As the wind blew her hair, Audre played the snare.  🙂

The quilt guild I belong to, The Logan County PieceMakers, had a quilt show.

You can view all the quilts at http://aquiltingsouthpawsthoughts.blogspot.com/p/quilts_28.html 

We had a good show and “People’s Choice” winners for the best wall hanging and best quilt.

Kathy’s quilt got People’s Choice Wall Hanging

Marcellas’ quilt got People’s Choice Quilt

A couple of our guild members had a booth at the quilt show.  They own the Crooked Creek quilt shop in Greenwood, AR.  You can learn more about them at http://crookedcreekquiltshop.com/

We also gave away the beautiful butterfly quilt.  Elda, a co-worker, won the quilt.   It was fun anticipating her reaction to winning the quilt, over the weekend.  Kathy and I presented the quilt to her on Monday morning.  We set it on her desk with the ticket she had purchased, and then we waited in the next cubicle for her to arrive.  Suddenly we heard “Gasp, oh my goodness…”

Elda told us the quilt had been on her mind all weekend and she wondered why I hadn’t called her yet.  I had to chuckle at that.  

I had a pleasant surprise on Friday.  I received a book, book mark and a book of comic postcards in relation to historical events and quilts.  I won the book in a giveaway Carla Gade had on her blog.  You can learn more about Carla at http://www.carlaolsongade.com/  Carla sent the book of postcards as a little something for my birthday, which I thought was very nice.

On the way to work this morning, just as the sun was rising, I topped a hill on 309 overlooking a valley where you can see farm land and the Arkansas River.

This morning I saw nothing but fog filling the valley.  It was like a lake of fluff.  The fog was so thick you could see nothing else and as I drove down into the valley and the fog I realized that anyone topping the hill would not be able to see me either.   It was as if I had the road all to myself.  🙂

That catches me up, I think…

~Families are like quilts,
Lives pieced together, 
Stitched with smiles and tears, 
Colored with memories,
And bound by love. ~
unknown

Until next time…

God bless and keep you,
Sonia

Camera Ham…

Hello,
I trust you have had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend. 🙂

I have certainly enjoyed the long weekend and the awesome thing is I’ll have another long weekend next weekend too.

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PROJECTS

In a couple of blogs back, I posted just pictures and one of the pictures was of yarn.

Here is what I made with it. I used only a single crochet through out the body of it, then a double crochet for the border.
 

It was so cuddly the young lady I gave it to, truly liked it.

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FROM THE GARDEN
A batch of banana peppers and a few bell peppers.  
I took a nap yesterday and when I woke, I found this beautiful bouquet of flowers in the living room.  David had picked them from the flower bed and put them in a vase. 
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FAMILY

Today, my side of the family had a cookout.  I got spend some time with my nephew and niece.  I took a few pics.   My nephew has a scraped up nose.  When I asked him what happened, his eyes got big and he told me “I was pushing my red truck real fast and then I fell down”.  I learned that while he was pushing the truck it got away from him and he landed face down on the concrete.

Poor kid… but he is doing fine and has not slowed down any.


My niece was bashful at first, but then she realized I was taking a picture of her and she posed.  The little camera ham.  🙂

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I’ll leave you with a quote.
” Take time to laugh.  It is the music of the soul.” ~ Anonymous

God bless and keep you,
Sonia

Jewel in the sky…

I’m going to try to catch up a little bit… just a little.  🙂

Today was “one of those days”.  One of the ladies at work suggested ice cream…and before I knew it there was a bucket of ice cream with chocolate syrup and a jar of caramel sauce.

Yes, this chick had a bowl of ice cream with caramel sauce.   I got busy and the ice cream melted a little but it was like having a vanilla caramel shake.  YUMMY!

After getting my vanilla caramel buzz, I was ready to face the rest of the afternoon.

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Yesterday the Logan County PieceMakers had our monthly guild meeting.   Our program consisted of preparing items for the upcoming Quilt Congress.

We pressed fabric…

We cut fabric…

We bagged 5″ charm squares…

and we bagged jelly rolls…
When I left, as I stepped out the building going to my car, I saw this beautiful jewel in the sky and snapped a picture.
Then this evening, my hubby comes in tells me the moon was very orange.  By the time I got out to take a picture it had lightened up.
O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! ~ Psalm 8:1


God bless and keep you,
Sonia

Did I really see that…?

It has been a couple of cold and dreary days but that doesn’t mean they have been blah and mundane.  🙂

Here are some new blooms I have in my flower bed.

I was able to work on the Log Cabin quilt today.  Little by little (literally) I’m getting it done.

I heard on the radio last week about a new thrift shop in our area.  The Mustard Seed thrift shop in Ft. Smith, AR.   So, we went to check it out earlier today.    Little did I know I would see an unusual site on the way.

What?  Did I really see that…?

This car passed by and this is what we saw.  I, of course, couldn’t pass up taking a photo.    David was able to get along side of them and get their attention.  They pulled over to take care of it.  There’s no telling how long they had been driving like that.

One of the places we went to today was Books-A-Million and lo and behold there was a Star Wars promotion going on.  We were greeted by these Storm Troopers and Jawa.  🙂

Finally we made it to the Mustard Seed thrift shop.   I found two blouses and a set of rubber stamps, all for under $10.

Later, after arriving home, I noticed the sun going down and the rain was moving out.  So I stepped outside and took a pic.

A nice end to the running around.

There are a couple of projects I need to get done within the next couple of weeks to take to the next quilt guild meeting.  The guild I belong to, The Logan County PieceMakers, is helping out with this regions Quilt Congress this year.   Here’s what I have to get done.

  • 4 Wool felt needle cases 
  • One door prize (I haven’t decided, but I think I will do a tote bag, maybe using one of the wool felt bags I found at Hancock’s a couple of weeks ago)

I guess that’s all I have for now.

I leave you with a quote from Henry Ward Beecher.
~This life is not all.  It is an “unfinished symphony”…with those who know that they are related to God and have felt “the power of an endless life.”~
God bless and keep you,
Sonia