Tuesday, March 19, 2013

For the love of Quilts. (Part 1)

My Grandmother, known lovingly as Mamaw Mary Helen recently celebrated a birthday. We had a VERY small (relatively speaking) gathering of some of her handy work to honor her. Wanted to share some of this with you. I will follow up with more  of her quilts later in future blogs.

The Raggedy Anns & Andys are just a few she's made through the years. We have been blessed with gifts of her handiwork. The traditions are that her grandbabies & great grandbabies receive a handmade stocking the first Christmas, a Raggedy doll the 2nd. She has 12 grandchildren & 24 great grandchildren. (That's a lot of stitching with love!!!)
Also, she's made each of her grandchildren a full size quilt as we graduated from high school. Each great grandchild has received a baby quilt. All of those until the most recent baby quilts were quilted by hand.

She would set the quilting loom up and whomever stopped by would add a few stitches as they talked. I am the oldest grandchild so I received the first one. I cherish it. It's not included in these photos but, will be in the future. Several of my great aunts, my Papaw, my mom, aunts & several of my cousins took time to quilt a bit of my quilt.
My original Raggedy Ann is bald from being loved to death. She's the second from the left. And, YES, Mamaw made me a new one. :)

This is my niece's Dutch Girl baby quilt. This pattern was handed down to my Mamaw from her Mother.

Ethan's Nine Patch Cowpoke.

Caden's Robot Nine Patch.
My cousin Angela's (designer of my logo & background) Ohio Star full size quilt.

Brother Matthew's Lone Star Quilt.

Brother Jason's Double Irish Chain full size quilt.
Nephew Garrett's simple white fabric with quilted sailboats.

Hope you enJOYed!!! And, hopefully, we don't need the quilts for warmth too much longer here in the Bluegrass State since we are seeing signs of Spring. However, they are always great to spread out for a picnic beside the lake in the Summertime!!!!
Joy, Amy

Monday, March 11, 2013

Handmade Gifts.

Recently celebrated a birthday. Handmade gifts are always a favorite when they come from my talented family. It's so special when someone not only takes time to think of you but, hand make a gift for you. Wanted to share a couple pretty pictures with you for inspiration in your endeavors.

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Cherry Pie from my Mamaw. She makes the BEST pies!! I don't eat anyone's apple pie but hers. Period. And, apple is the favorite of most of the family. But, she knows cherry is mine. She rolls the crust so thin and bastes it with milk and sprinkles with cinammon and sugar. So, yummy!!!! 

And, my talented sister-in-law Tina made this wreath. She's always so creative. I love the combination of colors she used. It will be a nice transitional piece for my front door between  late spring and early summer.

Hope this inspires you to make something for someone special!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

If Lovers Place a Lock on a Bridge....Would You?

Who isn't a romantic at heart?!? Between my love for reading the romantic writers and dreaming of travelling to fabulous places, I am!!! The other night, my husband and I were watching a show on tv where a couple went to the Lover's Bridge in Paris. I teared up and said "that is so sweet!!! I've always wanted to go there one day and do that!!!" I've read articles about this bridge. I've posted photos on my online travel pinboard. Knowing that was a dream for now but, one day we could, that was the last I thought of it.

The idea of the Passerelle des Arts pedestrian bridge is that you and your lover place a lock on the bridge and throw the key in the Seine River. Here's a link to some photos of the bridge: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/lovers%20bridge.

Well!!!! My amazing husband never misses an opportunity to let me know that he listens and I had a birthday coming up!!! So he made this piece for me. I LOVE nothing more than homemade presents that let you know the person gets you!! Since we couldn't physically go there now, he brought the sentiment of the bridge to me!! I've shared photos below. :) <3

Friday, March 1, 2013

You're a birthday boy, Dr. Seuss!

Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss?!?! NO ONE!! :)  Saw a picture on Pinterest of "Thing 1" cupcakes. Wish I knew who thought of them first to give credit. But, I made these "pinspired" by that picture. I used red velvet cake, cream cheese icing, and blue raspberry cotton candy. They were yummy!! Just used cake mix and canned icing this time. Though, I have made these items from scratch before. I think either way is perfectly acceptable!! Just depends on your mood and time. At least it does for me anyway.

What are some of your favorite Dr. Seuss books and quotes? Here are some of mine:

"Adults are obsolete children."-Dr. Seuss

"In my world, everyone's a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!"-Dr. Seuss

"What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."-How the Grinch Stole Christmas (a favorite Christmas quote of mine!!)
"When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad... you should do what I do!
Just tell yourself, Duckie, you're really quite lucky!
Some people are much more... oh, ever so much more...
oh, muchly much-much more unlucky than you!"
-Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

One more thought for the day & my wish for you: "Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered."-Dr. Seuss