Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Sunday, April 27, 2014

~UPDATE NOW OPEN~

Hello, dear friends!

My newest album, GARDEN GOODES, is now open!
I hope you can take a moment to drop by for a visit!
  You can get there by clicking HERE!


  I also have selected a number of my other hand mades and put them in an album titled,
 MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS, 
  and I hope you take a moment to visit there as well by clicking HERE!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, for your lovely encouraging comments, and for supporting my work!!  I truly value each and every one of you!!

Wishing you a most special day, my friends~~

Julie

Saturday, April 26, 2014

~GARDEN GOODES UPDATE~

Hello, dear friends and Happy Saturday to you!!

It is a cooler day here in sunny SoCal and we got some much needed rain last night!!  Our temps will be climbing back up into the 90's again by next week, but for now we are enjoying these 60 and 70 degree days! 

 I hope you are having some lovely weather where ever you are and that the sun is shining!  As that old John Denver song says, "Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy!"  How very true that is!!!

I am finally ready to release my new album, GARDEN GOODES, on my Picturetrail and wanted to let you know that it will be open tomorrow, Sunday, April 27th, at 2 PM, EST, (11 AM Pacific Time).  I hope you will be able to stop by for a visit and see what I have been creating!  The album will be closed till then in order to upload all the information!  You can visit my Picturetrail by clicking the button on my side bar! 

I actually finished a few more things for the update and here is a little peek at them!

Linen Carrot Bunch and Early Cloth Rabbit

Thank you for stopping by today and hope to see you tomorrow!!

Wishing you a "Sunshine on my shoulders" kind of day~~

Julie

Monday, April 21, 2014

~GIVEAWAY WINNER~

Good morning, dear friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!  We certainly did!  The weather was beautiful, the Easter service we attended was so moving and inspirational, and our meal was delicious.......a PERFECT DAY!  I hope yours was as well!!!
  
Of course, Easter would not be complete without flowers, so I wanted to share with you my Easter bouquet........lovely roses, picked fresh from my rose bush!!! 

simple and beautiful

 I love them tucked in this old Ball jar, don't you?  Wish I had a "scratch and sniff" button so you could enjoy their fragrance!!  It is DIVINE!!!

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Now on to the purpose of this post......the GIVEAWAY!!

Without further adieu, the winner is:

Nan, of Threadwork Primitives!  

Congratulations Nan!  Please email me your mailing address so I can get this in the mail to you!!

Many thanks to all of you who entered!!  I loved reading about your love of pincushions, your collections, and even the few pictures you sent!!  It is wonderful to know that so many of you love and collect these special new and old pieces of history and handwork!!  I so appreciate your kind words and the desire to add my handmade piece to your collection as well!!  It really touched my heart!!  Thank you to all the new followers....and to all of you who faithfully stop by and leave sweet notes under my door!!  You are all appreciated, truly!!

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Also, just a reminder that I am still planning on doing an update soon so please stay tuned!  

Finally, I had to share this photo of my two darling Sweet peas, Bella and Sophia, all dressed up for Easter!!! 

Sophia and Bella

 They are both growing up so fast and this Gramma is sure proud of both of them!!  They fill my heart with joy and bring a smile to my face!!!  Precious gifts, indeed!!!

Wishing you a day filled with happy smiles and all that brings you joy~~

Julie  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

~BLESSED EASTER WISHES~

                                                                                 
"Now let the heavens be joyful,
Let earth her song begin.
Let the round world keep triumph,
And all that is therein;
Invisible and visible, 
Their notes all things blend,
For Christ the Lord is Risen,
Our joy that hath no end." 
 ~Saint John of Damascus

Wishing you all the deepest joys of this Wondrous Easter, my friends~~
Julie

Sunday, April 13, 2014

~ I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE ~

Hello, dear friends!

I have had a miserable case of the flu and am finally feeling almost human again!!!

There is nothing worse than feeling sick when it is warm and sunny out!!!

Thankfully, I am on the mend and decided to take a stroll in the back yard, just to look at all the lovely growing things and bask in a bit of sunshine.

peek-a-boo!
 
Looks like someone is spying on me!!!
  
you want me WHERE?

Meet my sweet next door neighbor, the sweetest orange tabby cat!!

She LOVES to come for a visit and is always seen wandering among my little garden area!!

Isn't she sweet?
 
I'm busy looking over here!
 
She does NOT like to look at the camera though!!!
 
this is the life!

Laying on my old bench, catching some rays!!  Nope, I will NOT say cheese
 
totally absorbed

She just saw a bird!  Now if I could just get it to fly behind me, she might look this way!!
 
did she say BIRD?

Maybe not little bird!!
 
guess I had to humor her!!

Okay, CHEESE!!!

Thank you for cheering me up, sweet kitty!!! 

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fuzzy little orb of deliciousness

A few posts back, I mentioned my peach tree and wanted to share what I also spied yesterday......a baby peach!!!!  Can't wait for these!!!

Also, in case you missed it in my last post, I am having a Giveaway for all my followers and hope you will enter!  You can do that  HERE!  Some of you follow via Bloglovin, Blogger, or Email and it can be a bit confusing for me to know who you are if it is just an email address! Or if you are no-reply, I have no way of contacting you!!  Please be sure I know who you are as I don't want to miss anyone!!  If you are not sure about this, please send me an email!!

Lastly, I wanted to share a little "sneak peek" of some new items I will be offering soon!  Perhaps you might "spy" something that tickles your fancy!

handmade garden goodness
 I'm calling these "GARDEN GOODES!"

Be sure to be watching for my update soon!!  I may even have a few more things added!

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Thank you for sharing your lovely words of encouragement with me and for following along!!!  I truly appreciate each and every one of you!!!

Wishing you a day filled with sweet delights and unexpected joys you spy along the way~

Julie

Monday, April 7, 2014

~HAPPY SPRING GIVEAWAY~

Happy Monday, dear friends!

For many of you reading this, you may just now be having some actual spring weather, and I know it could not be more welcome!!  There is nothing so lovely as warm sunshine, sweet birdsong, and signs of new life everywhere!!  It truly makes one happy, yes??

Another thing that makes me happy is all of you who faithfully follow me here on my blog!!  Your kind and encouraging words do much to lift my heart and put a smile on my face!!  I am truly grateful for that!!

To show my appreciation to all of you who follow me, I have decided to have a Giveaway........


...this sweet Make Do Pincushion, in lovely shades of green, red, and tan......the perfect colors for Spring!

 If you would like to be entered, here are just a few little guidelines for you:
- Please be sure you are a follower of my blog! 
(If you are not sure you are following me, please email me!)
-Please leave a comment about why you love pincushions, and share if you have a collection!
It is always so fun to hear about what others love to collect!!


I will draw the winner on Monday, April 21st, and will need all of your mailing information, so please be sure I can contact you!!

(On a side note, I am hoping to do a small Update of some new hand mades soon, so please stay tuned!!)


Thank you for how you have touched my life with your kindness and friendship and best of luck to each of you!! 

May you be blessed and encouraged today in a most special way!!

Julie