Monday, May 30, 2011

Wonderful, wonderful aprons!

Feed Sack Aprons

Look what I have been up to lately!

  I had these wonderful old feed sacks that I have had for close to twenty years. 

 They were basically new and had never been used before. 

 It was really a challenge to try to figure out what to do with each one. 
I have the most of the flower seed sacks.  I even reserved five for later use. 

First I washed and pressed them.  They shrank a little and faded a little.
Next I ripped them across the edges to even them up.  I am a great fan of ripping.  It straightens the fabric and usually gives you a wonderful straight edge to work with.  Depending on where the design lay, I then ripped enough off the edges to make sashes and sometimes waist bands.  Of course, there are fabrics that just won't rip.

I used reproduction Civil War fabrics for most of the pockets.  Pricey, but worth it!
(At ten dollars a yard, these I did not rip.  I cut them verrrrry carefully.)

I would be hard pressed to choose just one favorite.  I like them all for different reasons.

But, I do love the flour sack aprons.
They have a ticking waistband and a ticking pocket.
So cute.

I have twelve half aprons that are gathered at the waist with great feed sack sashes.
I wish you could see them all.
They are just too cute!!

I even have three great full aprons that would make great barbecue aprons for dad!!!

Well, got to go, I have 48 tomato pincushions waiting for me. 
They are turning out great.  I almost have them finished.
I'll show them to you soon.

See you soon,

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


I am burdened with great sadness for all the people who have lost their families, their homes, their jobs, and any means to make a living.  So many tornados in our country, destroying entire communities.  How do you recover from destruction and tragedy so great? 

There is a hymn entitled Peace, Be Still.  The song says that the wind, the waves, and the storms will obey your will, Jesus.  I pray dear God, dear Jesus, let the winds be still. 

Let us all lift those families and communities who are suffering so much up to God.  Let us pray for their recovery.

Your friend in Christ,

See you soon.

I am joining Kathleen at Faded Charm for White Wednesday.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Things are blooming in the garden!

My very first long stemmed roses.  I planted them in the late winter.  They were bare roots.  I never thought I could have success with them but the first blooms are gorgeous.

The blooms are about 5 to 6 inches across.

They just opened today.

This one is peach and beautiful.

This rose is also a long stemmed rose.

It is white with the faintest tinge of pink near the outside of the petals.

This rose is a medium pink.  It has not bloomed in years.  I have tried a great new (for me anyway) rose food.   It feeds and protects from insects for six weeks.  This bush has lots of buds and is just waiting to show off.

This rose was my grandmother's rose it is the palest of pink, fades to white, and blooms only once a year.  The bushes are huge and getting ready to explode.

Pink peonies

White peonies.

The garden is just beginning to have it's second blooming spurt after the buttercups and irises.
I just couldn't wait to show you a few blossoms.

See you soon,

Come see my roses!!!!!