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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sunday Morning - 2.9.14

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

Psalm 63:2-5 NIV



Oh, I do love the Lord - He's seen me through so many challenges, trials, heartbreak - as well as successes and joys. So thankful for the privilege to know Him and serve Him.

This blog, my blog, Ms. Redo, is coming up on its third anniversary. It's been a fun three years - I've learned so much and made so many friends. But it's time to shut down the old blog and move on to the next step in life.

I'll still be around to visit those of you I've come to know so well. I'll still be pinning, still be visiting sewing blogs for inspiration and tutorials.

And so ... I feel a little like Jay Leno here :) ... I wish each of you the very best -



Blessings ~ Mary

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Happy at Home Copycat

The other day I shared a picture of a Valentine plaque Robin at Happy at Home made. As soon as I saw it on her blog, I knew I was going to have to copy her :)

(mine is on the left, Robin's on the right)

I like hers best because she made her heart longer (and managed to center it on the board, unlike mine which is a wee bit low) plus she rolled book pages, which gave it a lot more 3D beauty. I rolled four book pages and decided my impatient self wasn't going to finish, so I just cut out the shape from one page. But I'm really happy with mine, it's now on my Valentine mantel and I think it's quite charming.


 I so love a simple, cute, holiday, RED decorative item - total cost was around $4 for the scrapbook "Be My Valentine" pieces. The wood had been sitting on my office shelf for over a year; I'm glad to finally find a happy use for it.

Thanks, Robin, for the inspiration!


Blessings ~ 
Mary

Monday, February 3, 2014

10 Pretty, Delicious, and Fun Valentine Ideas

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year because it combines so many things I love: red, chocolate, and hearts. So let's get started!


1. Robin at Happy at Home shared her book-page art and the simple tutorial for making it, so cute!




2. For you quilters, The Sassy Quilter put together the cutest wall hanging, again with the tutorial.

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3. Rebecca Cooper Photography shared this picture - this would be a fun fast banner project requiring no sewing ~
  beautiful garland

 4. Dots and Spots shared this gingham wreath, and while there's no tutorial it looks simple to make ~



5. Uncommon Designs made this Valentine tea towel made with ribbons. It's an Anthropologie knock-off, such a great way to get the look without spending lots of money   -

anthropologie-inspired-valentine-tea-towel

6. One of the most popular Valentine mantels, according to Google Search, is this one from Remodelando la Casa - the blog post is loaded with knock-offs, painting tricks, pillows, and more ~




7. Here's a cute and simple heart cookie idea from Lisa and Sarah at A Spoonful of Sugar (loving their new web design, too) ~




8. Want to go healthier with your Valentine's chocolate? Here's a recipe from Eat Good 4 Life that is right up your alley  ~




9. Huffinton Post has a lot of great ideas for a romantic dinner for two, I'd love to do something like this for Mr. Redo ~




10. Visit antique shops and collect vintage Valentines like Penny has done - see more at Penny's Vintage Home ~




Well, there are lots of great ideas here to add to your Valentine beauty, deliciousness, and fun. Let me know if you try one of them.

Blessings ~ 
Mary

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sunday Morning - 2.2.14

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. 
He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 62:5-6 NIV

 
 Blessings ~ Mary

Friday, January 31, 2014

Block of the Month January

I've wanted to join an online quilting party where you make one block a month. Sugar Block Club, led by Amy at Stitchery Dickory Dock, seemed like a great place to start.


I love using my Bake Sale fabrics by Lori Holt (the pieces with cherries) and think they're a great choice for this quilt project. Since I hadn't made a quilt block with such detail for many years, it was quilt a challenge, but once I got the hang of it, it went right along quickly.

Can I just say it's so much fun piecing quilts?! Seeing the pattern emerge, sewing the pieces together, ironing them into smoothness - and then a completed block. A great feeling of accomplishment.

 Sugar Block Club

Next up: starting work on my Quilty Fun quilt, hope to make at least one block this weekend.

Weather Report: we've had two weeks of snow here in central Virginia, interrupted occasionally by 50 degree days. The weekend promises to be lovely, possibly followed by more snow on Monday. The schools have only opened two days in the past two weeks, and mid-term exams were completely cancelled because they've all gotten so far behind schedule. I know that made for lots of happy students.

Stay warm wherever you are!

Blessings ~ 
Mary

Thursday, January 30, 2014

January 2014 Book List

I've been reading a lot ... but then my goals for the year are to read and sew. It's great to only have two goals on which to focus!

The local library provided all of my reading material, thanks Tuckahoe Public Library! I'll break it down like this:

Juvenile fiction (books I'd gotten to have easy reads thru the holidays):

The Vacation - Polly Horvath
When the Circus Came to Town - Polly Horvath
Minuk - Ashes in the Pathway - Kirkpatrick Hill
Dancing at the Odinochka - Kirkpatrick Hill
Tough Boy and Sister - Kirkpatrick Hill

Adult Biography (my favorite genre!):

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake - Anna Quindlen
Choosing to See - Mary Beth Chapman
Kitchen Privileges - Mary Higgins Clark
Camilla and Charles - The Love Story - Caroline Graham
The Boy at the Gate - Danny Ellis
Strength of a Champion - O.J. Brigance
7 Men and The Secret of Their Greatness - Eric Metaxas
Moving Miss Peggy - Robert Benson
Operation Christmas Child - Franklin Graham
A Day at the Beach - Geoffrey Wolff
His Oldest Friend - Sonny Kleinfield

Adult Fiction:

The Town That Came A-Courting - Ronda Rich


Total books read:  17

Top 3 favorites:

3rd favorite:  Camilla and Charles
2nd favorite: Choosing to See
#1 favorite book for January: The Boy at the Gate

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From Goodreads re: The Boy at the Gate

Danny Ellis is a survivor, strong and resilient. An acclaimed singer/songwriter, he is proud of the way  he handled his difficult past: poverty in the 1950s Dublin slums and the brutality of the Artane Industrial School. He felt as though he had safely disposed of it all, until one night, while writing the powerful song that would launch his highly-praised album, 800 Voices ("A searing testament." —Irish Times), Danny's past crept back to haunt him. Confronted by forgotten memories of betrayal and abandonment, he was stunned to discover that his eight-year-old self was still trapped in a world he thought he had left behind.
Although unnerved by his experience, Danny begins an arduous journey that leads him back to the streets of Dublin, the tenement slums, and, ultimately, the malice and mischief of the Artane playground. What he discovers with each twist and turn of his odyssey will forever change his life. Elegantly written, this is a brutally honest, often harrowing, depiction of a young boy's struggle to survive orphanage life, and stands as an inspiring testament to the healing power of music and love.


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Excited to find great new books for my February reading list! Stay warm, y'all, and read on!

Blessings ~ 
Mary

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Scrumptious Quilt Completed

I gave a little peek at my new quilt on Sunday ~



It's now hanging in the dining room, completed and oh so pretty.



Love the Bonnie and Camille fabrics, love the colors. Someone asked me the other day, "Aren't these January days dark and depressing?" Not too much when you're sewing with fabrics like these!

After being inspired by Helen Philipps this morning here, I've ordered a set of fat quarters in the Pam Kitty Picnic line - can't wait for them to arrive so I can begin a new quilt. I'll be sewing along with Lori Holt at Bee in my Bonnet from her book, Quilty Fun, using my Pam Kitty fabric.

It's so exciting to be on the internet to discover these fabulous ladies who design and sew and patchwork and quilt - my kind of people :)



Blessings ~ 
Mary

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday Morning - 1.26.14

I can do all things through [Christ] who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13 NIV



While working on this quilt - my first in nearly 20 years - I kept saying to myself, 'I can't put the edging on.' Or, 'I can't quilt this.'

All the 'I can'ts' made it take three times longer to complete than if I hadn't let myself think negative thoughts. All lies, I might add!

Since completing the quilt, I've realized, 'I really can.' Because God's word says, "I can do all things through him who gives me strength."

I can. Through Christ. In his strength.

What encouragement!

 Blessings ~ 
Mary

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday Morning - 1.19.14

"I was glad when they said to me, let us go to the house of the Lord!" 
 Ps. 122:1 





I can't wait to get to church this morning - I've been out sick the past two weeks. That has made me more thankful than ever for our church television ministry, but there's nothing like being with your church family in person worshiping the Lord!

Blessings ~ 
Mary

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Monday Dose of Red

Perhaps someone invented Valentine's Day because they weren't ready to let go of the Christmas red? Well I like to think so anyway. I'm starting to make a few little things for the occasion. This week I sewed this heart from Helen Philipps'  book Simple Sewn Gifts, which you can find here.



You know how much I love hearts, they're everywhere in my house, hanging here or sitting there.



The book page tree I made before Christmas is still out so I topped it with a Valentine - theme roll of Washi tape ~


Before Christmas I made so many mug rugs as gifts and wish I'd gotten pictures of them, but in the hurry-scurry I forgot. Right after Christmas I made one for myself using these fabulous fabrics from Pam Kitty Morning. I love the piece with letters. I love how the mug goes along with it, this mug I found at a thrift store a few years ago. The other night Mr. Redo turned it upside down to see what it said on the bottom - it's the 2004 Starbuck's mug! 


My mug rug was featured at Brenda's Cozy Little House: Tweak It Tuesday!

 


I am still working on this Scruptious quilt, finally got the binding partially attached. I'm a little anxious about the quilting part but that must be done next. It'll be all downhill once I get that done. I hung it on the dining room display just to see what I thought ... I think it's beautiful, and it brightens up what has been a rather dark room.


I've been incognito for a while, battling a respiratory virus (not flu, but close), battling the little wire that is supposed (supposed being the operative word) to transfer pictures to my computer, battling my header which went completely wonky. Finally went back to this simple version. Just very glad to be feeling much better now, glad the pics are up, and at this point just glad to have a header :)

Blessings ~ 
Mary

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