Never Prepared


There are things in this life that you can simply never be prepared for.  One of them is a phone call from your child that starts with “Mom, are you sitting down?”  Instinctively your stomach knots as you wait for the next words.  “I’m in a hospital in ICU.  I’ve had two strokes.”  My daughter said my response was “No.  That can’t happen.  That can’t happen.”  I don’t remember saying those words, or even all of the conversation that followed, but I do remember shaking uncontrollably for the better part of the next hour.  I had to rouse my husband from sleep and tell him what had just happened, and quickly prepare to fly out of town.  You see, I am in Texas and my daughter (my only child), is 1,000 miles away in Minnesota.  And yes, it’s just too far from home!

The last several weeks have been a blur of hospitals, doctors, nurses, insurance paperwork and appointments, and trying to assist my daughter after she was released from the hospital.  And I was dealing with extreme temperature changes (below zero most days), and learning to drive in the snow and ice.  The very GOOD NEWS is that my daughter doesn’t seem to have any lasting effects from her two mild strokes.  Still, as she is only 29 years of age without other risk factors, the neurologist is puzzled as to exactly what caused them.  The determination is arterial dissection with stroke. and she will be on blood thinner medication, which requires close monitoring,  for at lest the next 3-6 months. These medications also require dietary changes.

I have been home now for one week.  My daughter will be going back to work next week, which is also good news since she had just graduated from the University of Minnesota and started a new job.  I have a deep faith and believe in the power of prayer, and can honestly say that we have found many blessings in this trial.  For one, I have to say that all the staff at the Fairview Southdale Hospital where my daughter was treated, and all the other medical and insurance personnel we worked with were simply amazing!  I can honestly say that I think she received the very highest level of care possible.  To the folks of Minneapolis and Edina, you have a piece of my heart.

“Though they are grown and flown
Never does a day pass
without the same worry
how are they, where are they
though they may be grown
In your eyes the child never ends nor should it”

Bill Mitton



Color Inspiration


Design Seeds “Puppy Tints”

As we head towards a new year and new beginnings, I wanted to introduce you to a (new to me) design site for pure color inspiration!  It is called Design Seeds, and I actually came across it via Pinterest.

At first, and probably like many, I thought that the color swatches beautifully matched with photography were paint color cards.  Instead, they are the creation of designer Jessica, who states that her color cards “are a modern interpretation of her original color journals.”  I think they are just brilliant!  And I suppose that if you wanted paint colors to match, you could easily take one of these color cards to your local store, choose your paint brand, and have the color “matched” that way.  I think these little bits of color inspiration could be used in SO many ways throughout the home, garden, and for craft creations.  I have certainly used photographs before to pull colors to create my pet products.  Here are some beautiful samples of Jessica’s color swatches.


 Feathered Hues
 Berried Palette


 Flowered Palette


 Color Fresh

Visit Design Seeds to see all the many beautiful color palettes.  You can search by both color value and by theme.  And the “Fresh Hues” link on the site takes you to the blog for even more color inspiration.  Here’s to a colorful start to the New Year!

Christmas Pictures


I have not been posting much this past couple of weeks; I have been staying very busy here working on custom sewing orders, many that have to be shipped to reach their destinations by Christmas.  I have managed to do a little Christmas decorating, although have yet to put up my tree.  And the weather has been so cold here (ok cold for a southern girl), that it has made me quite happy to be indoors sewing and sipping warm apple cider!

Here’s one simple and inexpensive idea for Christmas decorating that I tried several years ago.  I happened to be shopping in Target and came across some really pretty Christmas gift bags.  I thought they were so pretty, with all their sparkle, that rather than use them to hold gifts I chose to frame one of them instead.  A 50% discounted black frame from Michaels was all I needed to have the perfect Christmas themed picture for my mantle.  So quick and easy!

Etsy Shop Sale


After a couple of inquiries from customers on my Etsy site, I have added a ‘BlackFriday10’ discount coupon for 10% off on anything in my Etsy shop!  This discount is good through the end of the day on Monday, December 2nd.  You may follow the link here to my Etsy shop, or click on the “Visit my Etsy Shop” link in the sidebar.  Enjoy shopping!

My Favorite Things


In thinking about Thanksgiving Day tomorrow and all the many blessings I have to be thankful for, I am also reminded of a wonderful little song from the “Sound of Music” movie.  Some of the lyrics go like this:

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

In thinking about all I have to be thankful for, I too am reminded of a few of my favorite things, like:

Homemade chocolate pie
Grass blowing in the wind
The contagious laughter of children
Scruffy little dogs
Music of Andrea Bocelli
Crisp autumn days
White clapboard houses
The midnight blue of stormy skies
Rummaging through antique stores
Deep purple iris flowers
The antics of squirrels
Snow-covered mountaintops

These things, and so many more, are guaranteed to put a smile on my face!  So, what are a few of your favorite things that you are thankful for?  Leave me a note in the comments and let me get to know you better!