03 June, 2020

Beauty Shots, Life Here at Home and a Prayer Request

I've got a new spot for quilt beauty shots, the porch; it's perfect, I can set up the stand without dealing with wind, weather and other outdoor hazards. If you've ever tried to set up a quilt for outside photography you know that even the slightest breeze will turn your quilt into a giant sail!

The location is perfect but the time of day wasn't-- I'll need to be careful in the future to make sure the sun is directly overhead and not back-lighting the subject (but, I have to admit that the stained-glass effect with the sun coming in from behind is pretty!). 
This might be one of my very favorite scrappy quilts of all time. The porch was a beehive of activity over the weekend. 
Not only was it the site for meals but for another another Chinese Checkers challenge (with yet another grandson!)...
...but it was also a bedroom for the night! Ever since the porch construction began, Gregory has been begging for a chance to sleep out there! Saturday night was his first chance, he told us that the birds were his alarm clock! So sweet. 
We watched this movie together on Friday night, I was unaware of the Brandon Burlsworth story until seeing this; what an inspiring story! I can recommend it, just know that you'll need Kleenex nearby. 
Sweet Sixteen ~ completely finished at last, measuring 65" X 80". 

Adapting in an upside-down🙃 world: I got my hair cut; (that was cause for celebration!) my dear stylist had advised me to wait in my car when I arrived, I sent her a text and she texted back when it was okay to enter. She met me at the salon door to take my temperature before I was granted entry! Life goes on~ one step at a time; and it's good, it's all good. I've seen plenty of blog posts and social media entries commenting on the state of the world, political and racial unrest, so many that I cannot even count them. You're not going to find that here; I do truly believe that there is good in the world, love and grace exist in abundance and that we have a faithful and loving God who's in control. This blog will continue to chronicle what goes on here, from our little corner of the world, a day at a time; without judgement, bias or political opinion from me-- not now, not ever. Now, a personal favor from me: would you please remember my mother in prayer as she recovers, in the hospital, from pneumonia? Her name is Harriett. She's doing well, praise God, but this is such a difficult time to be hospitalized and to be separated from loved ones, especially from my Dad. Thank you! In the meantime... 
...I'm working on a sundress for Lynnleigh from some super-cute Riley Blake Girl Scout fabric that her Mom  had sent to me; I'm using this pattern. I have made this for her before, this year I've had to go up a size, to a 7-- she's growing (they all are-- much too quickly!).
 I've found a wonderful chocolate chip cookie recipe! Here's the link, it's from Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Table cookbook; it meets my desire for a cookie that doesn't spread too much while baking. It just so happens to be delicious, too; pass the milk! 

  "...so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless." Titus 3:7-9

Life is Good!



Paula, the quilter said...

I love that Chinese Checker board! I don't know what happened to the board I used to play on (my brother, maybe?) but I have the marbles. I need to see if I can find one for sale online. The grands do grow so fast, don't they? We have another on the way in November.

cityquilter grace said...

omigosh your grandson has grown so much....and a lovely scrappy quilt indeed....will certainly lift up your mom in prayer...hoping she is home soon...thankful as you that i know who is really in control...

Janet O. said...

Any more shots of your wonderful screened in porch and I may just come move in! It looks like such a wonderful extension of your living space.
What a sweet sundress that will be for your little Girl Scout. I'm sure she will be thrilled! Does she know about it, or is it a surprise?
The cookies look so good! Just the way I like them.
Of course I will keep your dear mother in my prayers. It is such a hard time to be in the hospital.

jude's page said...

I certainly will pray for your mother, love your porch, you will wonder how you ever did without it. Love your scrappy quilt, there are LOTS of scrap squares in the drawers I can use. Thinking of you all in your country at present, and glad that we know who is in control and that we can trust in Him.

Tanya said...

Dear Lord... We just need you to be with Harriet and to let her FEEL Your presence. When she can't be with her loved ones and is in a scary situation, Your comfort and peace is so needed. Please help her to heal quickly and be returned to her husband and home. Put an extra banner of protection around her during her hospitalization. Fill all the family's hearts with peace and certainty in Your goodness for them. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen