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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

christmas memories ~ wild and sweet montana

hello!  our christmas ~ full of all things bright and beautiful, with the love of God and family making it always extra magical and sweet... 

we headed out to the swan ranch once again, and enjoyed a treasured day among friends and family. although the snow storm made things "interesting" {always!} it was breathtaking, per usual amazing creation by God's hand...

i've been enjoying being able to get out and about and take a few photos... especially when the frost hit a few days ago, and of course, always a treasure for me to get out to the ranch and take a few photos.

i made a first-time ever new appetizer, in the pretty deliciousness of a handmade pomegranate cheese ball, and it was fabulous!  {i got the recipe from pinterest ya know}.  totally worth it, and we loved it enough, i think it may become a new traditional favorite!

and a new baby this year to the swan family, with a bit of a cowboy flair and ride on his new pony!  he's only four months old, but of course, he commands quite a bit of attention {and a photographer, too!!}

brian and i headed west to visit family in washington, and battered down and through a few more snowy storms, and many icy snowpacked roads, but it was a good trip, and we enjoyed our trip together tremendously.

so ... i've compiled a bit of a photo journal of our christmas days together {and in all kinds of montana weather!}...  

i hope and pray your days were all wonder memorable, quiet, wild, and sweet and filled with treasures of time with those you love.

i love the old cottonwoods against the dramatic beauty of the evening's setting sun on the mountain peaks

brian "breaking the trail" for his photographer wife!  what a guy!! xo 

not a bad view of the rocky mountain front through the car window!
our lovely and dramatic roger's pass of montana.  temperature?  -6 with a windchill of about -25 i'm guessing.
it was rockin!

a bit of a stretch break at lookout pass
happy new year!
be blessed each and every day.
with much love,

Thursday, December 25, 2014

sweet christmas blessings ~

dear merry christmas friends ~ 

here is my blessing for you this Christmas... and beyond.

may we all experience God's love in a fresh perspective that fills us full, to overflowing, as a refreshing drink for all those who are living in the dry desert of their lives.  may not only the birth of Jesus be a gift this season, but also the reality of His Second Coming, compelling us to live generously and with joyful expectancy in all the seasons we have left.  may we have His compassion and discernment, for all who are lost ~ who do not know His Peace.  May we be the necessary miracle for someone who needs the hope and confidence of life in Jesus, for we have all abundance in Christ.  and may the Lord of Light shine through in all of us, for all the world, and all of our days.

"in Him was life, and the life was the light of men. the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."  john 1:4-5 esv.

Merry Christmas 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

good tidings of great joy ~ a quilted wallhanging

dear friends ~

Merry Christmas from the depths of my heart, and i pray you the angel's tidings for your hearts, that are for all men.  Amen.

Luke 2:8-14: "now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. and behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, "do not be afraid, for behold, i bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. for there is born to you this day in the City of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you:  you will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men."

Soli Deo Gloria

Monday, December 22, 2014

true spirit of Christmas ~ wallhanging

merry morning to you all ~

i thank you for your sweet comments, your gift of time spent here on the blog with me.  and so, it lifts my heart up, as i lift it up to the Lord, in thanks and blessing for the gift of Christmas.  a gift that transcends fear, grief, and the untold, and told ~ tragedies of this world.  

may the Holy Spirit come and lift you up, make you and me brave, holy, and mighty in His love, and help us to live it out each and every day!  {amen}.
as you know ~ i love to write, and to quilt it.  and then paint it!  so this is a creation from my head, and it combines some of the sketchiness i've explored in watercolor, cards, and the sketchbook, of course, as well as some bobbin play with pretty iridescent thread.  
i wanted to keep it red and white, but in the end, i decided it needed just a small spark of green in the "framing" of it, so i added a beautiful green wool yarn, couched into the binding seam, using of course... the wonder #43 free motion couching foot.

it's been a big blessing to my heart to create this piece as i've been quilting and sewing while listening to christian radio, sermons, and of course, christmas carols in the studio.  a most wonderful time of year!

Merry, Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2014

christmas zinnia ~

good morning y'all ~

i've so enjoyed mixing up new modern fabric prints with this sweet new pattern i purchased recently ~ "zinnia." {click the zinnia link for the post and details of pattern}

so ~ who knew?  gray for christmas?  yup!  i love it!

what a fun background for christmas red and green.

i added to each piece, a sweet water label, for some design punch, and a very festive christmas touch. after quilting, i squared them up to sixteen inches. they are such a fun and beautiful possibility for decorating, but also of course, as placemats, if you wish.
love the snowman label!

and the car.  definitely a classic 60's theme {in my early growing up years!}
yup.  i love that gray and white mixed in christmas kind of feeling.  and i love straight lines... that aren't perfectly straight!  makes it much more fun to stitch, but even moreso, it's more visually interesting!  yay.

it's a very merry one!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

christmas plaid ~ april cornell fabrics

hey folks ~ greetings!

as i was tidying up a few weeks ago, i took some minutes to go through the ufo stack.  it's probably... about fifteen quilts deep.  this runner, just simply pieced squares has languished because i have just felt it was "blah."  so it goes! i decided it was past time to "just do it" and get it finished, regardless.

a time for everything {to be finished} in the winter sun ~ eh?


a very simple finish... quilting on the diagonal through each of the squares.  i think it lingered so long because i just wanted to do more... but the fabrics in this piece, from april cornell, really don't need much quilting, although that would have been fine in the end as well.   
the back is a sweet christmassy word print!
and no, i did not measure or draw a line.  i've sewn enough bindings on the diagonal, so while it may not be absolutely straight in each and every square... it's perfect for a finish, and ready to come out and play!

looks pretty on our dark dining room table, and a very festive one, too.

merry christmas days to you all.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"joy" coasters with snowflakes ~


it's a simple formula.  red christmassy print meets silver white snowflakes in a joyful match.

this pretty red christmas fabric was quickly fused, and even more quickly cut with a round 5" die shape from the accuquilt "go" system.  round two; repeat with white christmas fabric for snowflakes and the word "joy" and there you have it...

joyful red and white.

and it becomes a simply charming set of coasters:

 "quilt as desired."

fast and sweet.
blessings on your day~

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

a big sky christmas ~

good morning friends,

ahh... the sweet gifts of family, food, and fellowship. 
Son Doug with "Stanley" {named after the Stanley cup award for Hockey} yes, my boy is a big sports fan!

Georgia!  Border Collie intensity for a treat!
beautiful place settings for a Christmas table at the Swan Ranch

Two sweet girls with their "favorite" Christmas sweaters!! lol
a dining room and kitchen filled with the sights, sounds and blessings of His love ~ it's heaven everywhere
sweet Kirsten!

Grandpa Miles Swan

so good to see family together, and to have this awesome gift
Me and my youngest son, Adam.

Sweetest Daughter-in-Law, Monica, married to my son, Doug, then Adam, {being a goof!}, Brian and Me.

Big blue skies... the snow has mostly melted

a big sky clear day where you can see the rocky mountain front in the distance
 Happy New Year!  
we are looking forward to all kinds of new adventures in 2014.  saddle up with me? 
soli deo gloria
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