Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

I hope all of you are able to welcome the New Year in as happily as we have, as we were blessed with a new little granddaughter that was born this week! 

May 2012 be a great year for you, and I wish you a year of good health and much happiness!

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Encourage one another!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

I hope everyone has had a blessed Thanksgiving Day with loved ones and friends. And, that you've had a few laughs and full tummies, and a day of giving thanks to the ONE who gives so generously, including the gift of His Son.  His Grace is immeasurable!


Now, that the "gobble, gobble" is gone, you might want to stop by my shop and "gobble" up some savings on fabric and patterns. You will receive a 10% discount when you use the Discount Code HB2011 when you check out. This sale is for full yards, continuous yards and patterns only and does not apply to shipping charges.

I just wanted to show my gratitude to all my customers for their continued support of my little shop. I'm so thankful for each and every one of you!

Please don't forget to type in the Discount Code HB2011 at checkout.

Encourage One Another,


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sarah Jane's Children at Play

Hooray! It's on it's way!

I know everyone has been anticipating the new Children at Play by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics. And, it's finally on it's way to my shop.

Something for little girls.

And, something for little boys.

And, if you're really "itchin'" to start some embroidery...
Something for you:)

So, keep checking in at the shop.  I'll get it listed as soon as it arrives.

But, in the meantime, you might like to browse through my shop and see some of the other new fabrics, including charm packs, that I've recently listed.

And, always remember...

Encourage One Another.♥♥

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Strawberry Fields Is On It's Way!

Okay, I know I've been a little AWOL.  I've actually driven over 3400 long distance miles since the beginning of May.  I will have to share all my travel adventures with you in a later blog. 

Anyway, Fig Tree's Strawberry Fields by Joanna Figueroa is shipped and on it's way to my front door.  It was supposed to arrive in May, but there was some kind of shipping problem from the printers.   
Just like all of Joanna's collections, this has a soft, vintage look that you will love!

You, also, might like to visit a darling, new Etsy shop named Little Ticket with her vintage-inspired girl's dresses. Here's just a sample of what she has in her shop. So cute! There's nothing better than handmade and I love to help support these shops:)

Also, if you've visited the shop lately, you might have noticed that I have listed a lot of older fabrics from some of your favorite designers. My daughter closed out her Etsy shop after having another little one to care for and with their move from Arizona. So, I bought what she had left in her shop. If you don't see what you're looking for, keep checking back as it's taking me awhile to list everything. There are some hard-to-find fabrics listed that you may have wished you'd bought when it was easily accessible. So, you have another chance to buy:)

I hope you're staying cool in this very unusually hot "Spring"!

Encourage one another!


Monday, May 30, 2011

Thank you to all the men and women that have served and sacrified for our freedom!

♥♥Encourage One Another!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Day and Rain, Rain Go Away!

I want to wish everyone a Happy May Day!

We actually had some sun a few weeks ago, and I was able to capture a bit of Spring in Arkansas.
Our Rock and Roll roses were blooming.

                                        Our Japanese Maple had budded out.
Unfortunately, this beautiful Spring weather has been short lived.
This is what things have looked like this week.

Clouds were beginning to look pretty ominous.

Then, the wind began to really blow.  I decided to go to the basement, when the weather sirens went off.

This picture was taken from our basement window.

I wish I'd been able to capture the water from the pond blowing in one direction.  It could only mean one thing.....a tornado!! Actually, the spotters saw it before it showed up on the radar from the tv weather station. 

We had hail the size of a quarter.  Something I just learned...When there are threats of a tornado, it usually hails!!

We were so fortunate not to have any major damage or anyone hurt in our little town.  But, others in Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia were not so fortunate.  Please be in prayer for those that have lost so much from the tornados that touched down.  Also, please pray for those that have been flooded out of their homes in Arkansas, and for the farmers that have lost their newly planted crops.  The flooding is the worst ever recorded in Arkansas history. Weather predictions are for more rain for the next 2 days.  We may be building an ark fairly soon.

In the meantime....

♥♥Encourage One Another

Sunday, April 24, 2011

                                                              "He is not here;
                                                                 He is risen,
Just as He said." Matthew 28.6

                                   May you know the Blessings of HIS Resurrection!

♥♥Encourage One Another!

Photo used under Creative Commons francesco sgroi, dorena-wm

Thursday, April 7, 2011

It's Here, It's Here...Sherbet Pips is Here!

Now, don't faint! I know this is a record for me blogging 3 days in a row! But, I just had to let you know that in the dead of the night....OK after 8:30 p.m., the UPS man snuck up on our porch and delivered the boxes that I had waited for all day. I was getting a little edgy, as I didn't think they were going to be delivered....but
There they were. I guess they deliver rain, snow or sleet AND after hours:)

Anyway, they were filled with my order of Sherbet Pips fabric by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics. As soon as I saw the fabric swatches at Quilt Market last Fall, I knew I had to have it.

You will have to check out Aneela's blog to learn the creation process and the sweet stories behind the designs and development of this wonderful fabric line. She also has some great projects and tutorials that she provides.

There are 27 different fabrics in the Sherbet Pips collection, and I have all 27 in my shop.

With color names such as Vanilla Ice Cream, Pink Lemonade, Cotton Candy Blue, Bubble Gum and Cherry, who can resist! Also, I've had so many customers requesting grey fabrics...Did you know that grey is the new black.  Anyway, Aneela has also included Scooter Grey they looks just "yummy" with the sweet pinks and blues of the other fabrics.

Here are a few samples of what you will find in my shop:

                                             Girl in a Tree Swing in Pink Lemonade

                                                 Puppy Dog Tails in Cotton Candy Blue

                                                           Scoot in Scooter Grey

                                                            Scarf Stripe in Cherry

There's also some wonderful coordinates like Square Dot in Bubble Gum, and

                                                        Square Dots in Blue Grey.

You better shop soon, because I think this fabric is going to sell quickly!

Until next time...which may be soon now that I'm on a roll:)

Encourage One Another♥♥ 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Customer Showcase

I want you to meet Helen. You may have seen her shop on etsy named Jack and Eleanor. If you haven't, you really need to check it out. Helen has the most adorable little girls dresses and outfits that she's sewn with meticulous workmanship. And, to top it off, her prices are so reasonable.

Helen has had plenty of practice sewing for little girls. She has 4 grown daughters, and is a young grandmother to 11 (yes, I said 11) precious granddaughters. Yet, she still has time to sew all these precious little girl dresses.

If you are in need of a sweet little Easter outfit for a little girl in your life, stop by Jack and Eleanor and just tell Helen that I sent you.

Here's only a few samples from Helen's shop.

Have fun shopping:) And, just to let you know that Sherbert Pips by Aneela Hoey for Moda is due to arrive today!!

Till next time...Encourage One Another♥♥

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

It has been a busy few weeks for me, personally.

Mr. T and I flew to Arizona over a week ago to help our daughter's family pack up and move to Oklahoma. I actually was born and raised in Oklahoma and my family still live there, but never did I think any of my children would go back to my roots. I can't tell you how excited I am to know that I can just get in the car to go visit...I don't like flying!

Good-bye Arizona.
Mr. T and LJ (our son-in-law) got to drive the trucks. That dinosaur on the big truck is there for a reason. It was a dinosaur to drive! Between driving the mountains of Arizona and through the windy plains of Texas, they were both pretty white-knuckled by time we got there.
Here are the beautiful mountains. I had to shoot these pictures while we were driving.
And here was Mr. T and LJ driving up those beautiful mountains. They were much prettier to look at before we had to start maneuvering the curves and the inclines and descents!

Oh yes, I forgot to say we also had our 2 grandchildren ages 3 and 1 that were traveling in the van with MJ and myself as we followed the moving trucks for 2 very long days. They were pretty happy when we first started out on our journey.
Here they are by the second day.
They were, actually, real troopers on this trip.
We were never so glad to see this sign! I was ready to start singing the musical rendition of "Oklahoma", but nobody would let me. Hmmmm...I wonder why??

Of course, once we arrived, the unloading and unpacking had to begin, and Mr. T and I then headed back home to Arkansas. Pure exhaustion!! I think we are finally feeling our age:(

One more piece of good news that we received while on our trip:) Our son and his family are moving from Minnesota to Arkansas!! Yeah!! His company will be moving them:) I cannot tell you how long I've been praying for our children and their families to live near us. GOD is SO good!!

Till Next Time, Encourage One Another♥♥

Monday, February 28, 2011

Max and Whiskers

For all you animal lovers, Max and Whiskers by Basicgrey for Moda just arrived in the shop. I can see this fabric in so many projects...quilts, children's clothing, dog collars, and bags to name just a few. This fabric is available in yardage, half yards and fat quarters and comes in wonderful colors like Blithe Blue, Fandango Orange and Fur Brown. And, if you're not so much into the animals, there's some wonderful non-animal (if that's a word) coordinates that would look really great, also.

Encourage one another♥♥

Thursday, January 20, 2011

When It's a Snow Day...

If your day looks like ours today,
You might want to check out this Quick and Easy CrockPot Carmel Apple Cider recipe by Stephanie O'Dea. Ummm....delicious!

Encourage One Another!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Lots of Dots

My UPS man just brought me some new bundles of Ta Dot fabric by Michael Miller in some wonderful new colors.

We have been in a deep freeze here in Arkansas, and these Spring-colored Ta Dots definitely make me happy.

With names like Candy, Berry and Minnie Red, this grouping could fit the bill for that Valentine's Day dress or project that you may be getting ready to work on.

So, grab your cup of hot chocolate, sit by the fire, get comfy in your sweats, and stop by the shop and see all the wonderful new fabrics that I've got listed. You don't even have to leave the comfort of your home!

And, think Spring!

Encourage one another!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Birthday Surprise!

You can only imagine my surprise when I saw that my sweet daughter "hijacked" my blog yesterday. As a mother, I couldn't have asked for a better birthday present... to have such sweet words come from my grown daughter and, of course, my picture with my precious granddaughter.

I was, also, really surprised by the new look that my daughter gave my blog:) I have to say, she is pretty talented, even if I am a little prejudice. I know it took a lot of time that she doesn't always have with 2 it is SO appreciated. I hope you all like it as much as I do.

I usually don't let birthdays bother me, but this one was a little tough. It's the last year before I enter another decade. I'm not going to tell you which one...I'll just let you guess:) But, I started thinking, hey, Moses was 80 years old when he led the Israelites out of Egypt!

We also have a friend that's 89 years old, and he quite often drives a Red Cross van to pick up blood from the blood bank in another city, when needed. Now, I'm not quite there, in age yet, but it definitely gives me hope.

I've decided, as long as the Lord allows me, I'm only going to let age be a number, and not let it limit me to what I can do. So, overall, I had a wonderful birthday with lovely wishes from family and friends. How blessed I am!

I saw this poem, recently, and I got quite a chuckle from it. I thought it might give you a smile, and I certainly thought my daughter and son might enjoy it..hee hee!

When I'm An Old Lady
by Joanne Bailey Baxter

When I'm an old lady, I'll live with each kid,
And bring so much happiness just as they did.
I want to pay back all the joy they've provided.
Returning each deed! Oh, they'll be so excited!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids...)

I'll write on the walls with reds, whites, and blues,
And bounce on the furniture.....wearing my shoes.
I'll drink from the carton and then leave it out.
I'll stuff all the toilets and oh, how they'll shout!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids...)

When they're on the phone and just out of reach,
I'll get into things like sugar and bleach.
Oh, they'll snap their fingers and then shake their head,
And when that is done, I'll hide under the bed.
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids...)

When they cook dinner and call me to eat,
I'll not eat my green beans or salad or meat.
I'll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table,
And when they get angry...I'll run....if I'm able!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids...)

I'll sit close to the TV., through the channels I'll click
I'll cross both eyes just to see if they stick.
I'll take off my socks and throw one away,
And play in the mud 'til the end of the day!
(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids...)

And later in bed, I'll lay back and sigh,
I'll thank God in prayer and then close my eyes.
My kids will look down with a smile slowly creeping,
And say with a groan, "She's so sweet when she's sleeping!"

Encourage one another:)

Friday, January 7, 2011

To my mom on her birthday

I've managed to hijack my mom's blog today to wish her a very Happy Birthday! Don't worry mom, I won't share how old you're turning.

While searching for a photo of my mom to share, I discovered just one I have of her by herself from this past year. And since I think she'd kill me if I shared it, I thought I'd be nice on her birthday and instead share this one of her and my sweet baby girl from this past summer.

During childhood I think one barely realizes the blessings they've been given. While I've always been thankful for my mom, it wasn't until I entered the adult world that I realized not everyone had it as good as I did.

I had a mom who wanted to be a mom. That's what she was meant to do.

I had a mom who sewed beautiful clothing for me to wear, often topped with a matching bow.

I had a mom who paid attention to what I was interested in, and encouraged me to pursue those interests.

I had a mom who stayed up half the night helping me with school projects while I was fast asleep.

I had a mom who taught what it means to have a relationship with Jesus, and how that relationship will be the most important relationship I'll ever have.

I had a mom who came in an instant when my world would seem to be crashing down.

I had a mom who taught never to settle. To pray for the man that God had for me, and wait for him.

I had a mom who I could call to talk about anything. Even if it was nothing.

I had a mom who flew across the country to be there for the birth of my children. And I am forever grateful.

I have a mom who is my best friend. I love you Mom. Happy Birthday.
Love, Marianne

Saturday, January 1, 2011

HAPPY 2011!!

Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.
~Martin Luther~

Encourage one another in this new year♥♥
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