This is an invitation to join with me as I share with families the Importance of their role as the foundation for happy, healthy children. Children do not come with an instruction manual. Every child is a unique individual with temperamental characteristics that are theirs alone. It is my desire to spend the remainder of my years delivering an understanding of child development into homes with children. I bring compassion along with a depth of hands on experience and education. I want to offer encouragement to caregivers of young children. The tools I will use will be varied and fun. Your support means I can be there for others and you will be a part of my work.My heart and my home will be open via the internet. I will share my love of my husband of 50 years, my son and my home. A strong foundation of education and years of working with young children and their families will enable me to outreach with understanding. The format of all my offerings will be love. As I developed my lesson plans while teaching, I will plan in co-ordination with the seasons and holidays. The range of my interests is vast, but all will be offered with joy!
Christian wife of 50 years
Retired from Healthy Families Lower Shore serving as home visitor to families living on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland
Experience presenting “Growing Great Kids” curriculum
Experience presenting “Parents as Teachers” curriculum
Opened and directed a Christian Child Care center
Preschool Teacher of children aged 2 to 5 years.
Degree in Early Childhood Education
Recognition and Certification of Achievement Maryland Child Care Credential Level Five
Hobbies and Interests:
Fabric arts including quilting, hand-spinning, applique, crochet and sewing
Baking and cooking
Reading including my Bible, mysteries and love inspired suspense
I have lots to share with you. As you can tell from the photos, I have been happily stitching. I will start with the wreath on the font door. I bought the twig wreath at a thrift shop. I wrapped it with some lace. Since our anniversary is coming up, I used the strand of pearls and gold ribbon from the crown made for our fiftieth anniversary. Some baby’s breath and forget-me-knots from my wedding flowers. The pretty cross was a gift. The little cross stitch heart I made has two wedding rings and our Initials.
Joy! Next I found some old cushion covers and took them apart and made seat cushions for my porch rockers. I cut my geraniums that had overwintered in the kitchen. Putting the cuttings in some of my bottles with a little plant food and they all rooted. I filled my 3 window boxes with fresh potting soil and the cuttings. I set them on the porch. I found a white rabbit pillow that I made last year. I next took some scraps left over from the church quilt and made a strip pieced heart. I appliqued the heart to a white pillow. I had enough fabric to make a square table topper. The last piece was not big enough so I sewed a border to each side and made a rectangle table topper for the small table by the front door. The cost was to purchase some potting soil for my window boxes. JOY! By the front door is a flower pot of spring bulbs. These were planted last fall and I am so happy to see this touch of spring! For the small entrance table I brought out my apple bird house from the kitchen.
Lastly, the very first pictures show how I made a fabric daffodil. The library offered a class on making flowers from fabric. I took pictures for you as I went along. Patrick picked a flower from the garden for inspiration. I wanted a smaller circle so I traced a little tea cup. I cut out five circles which I folded into triangles. Knot a long piece of thread and sew a running stitch through each triangle base. Use the same thread for all the petals. When you pull on the two threads they will gather. Knot the thread. The next part was my own idea. I cut a rectangle, gathered it then sewed the two ends together to form the center if the flower. If you want a yellow daffodil, use yellow for the petals and make the rectangle a little wider. This will create the trumpet. I made leaves from green scraps. The secret here is to make the base of the leaf wide enough so you can turn the leaf to the right side. Sew the center to the petals then sew the leaves. A circle of felt tidies up the back stitches and lastly sew on a little pin. These make nice thinking of you gifts.
I want to share with you that it is possible to do a lot if you play with ideas. If you do not have fabric, visit the thrift shop. I have used men’s shirts to create with. Think about lace or buttons you could salvage from other things. Table cloths are another fabric source if they are cotton. Even if there are stains, you can use the good parts. It really is fun. The only caution I share is not to go overboard. Use what you have so there will be room in your scrap basket. Happy Spring!
Happy First Day of Spring! Sunday I took miniature daffodils to church and I came home with a bunch of the taller ones. I enjoy putting flowers from our home on the alter. I then give them to someone after service. This time I received flowers. I have had fun as I continue to freshen our home. Mr. Pat took me to the thrift shop and to Michael’s on Saturday. I got three things at each place and was delighted to spend only the amount I had planned on. At the thrift shop I bought a small plate. You know I love dishes with roses, a little tin and a book on machine quilting. At Michael’s I got a tiny bird’s nest, tiny little eggs and a tiny little birds. I couldn’t wait till I got home. Remember the little branches I used for my Loving Tree? I used them again, this time in a blue bottle. Little silk blossoms had been hot glued on. I added the nest, eggs and two little blue birds. Joy! I had put aside earlier a piece of blue denim fabric. I used this for my table cloth.
A friend from church had given me some had stitched treasures. One was the round table topper you see on the table in this video. Another was a runner with baskets of blue flowers stitched at each end and a edge of blue crochet. I placed this on top of the denim cloth and covered both with a clear plastic table cloth. I used some blue bottles for flowers. I filled a little wagon with carrots and added a rabbit and two china ducks. A sprinkle of blue silk flower petals completed my table. Joy! I looked among my rose dishes and found three tiny tea cups. I will fill this with jelly beans and set one at each place. I think I will tie a ribbon on the handle. The little tin I purchased is just the right size to hold all my sewing machine accessories. The little plate was a special surprise. I placed it in the center of the kitchen window and wow – it has cut work on the rim and when placed in the light it sparkles, truly! I place the book on machine quilting in my sewing nook. Both my menfolk checked at our local shelter today. We miss our little dog and we hope to find a rescue that we can spoil.
This week lent begins. I open with some thoughts from the Sermon on the Mount. As we journey together towards Easter I will offer some thoughts to reflect on. I hope you will walk with me in scripture and prayer.
I searched my fabric stash and found a piece of lavender pin dot that was enough to sew my Easter jumper. I am not a seamstress. I have really bad memories of Home Economics. In 1960 a new self healing zipper came out and so did the back of the jumper I was wearing. How about a fashion show modeling a blouse with front facing buttons down the front – yes another cause for blushing, truly! So I avoid zippers and more than one button hole in my sewing. Well I had to come up with a solution because I really like wearing jumpers and folks who know I sew share fabric with me. My answer is “Two Tops”! This is how I do it. I cut out the jumper pattern. Next, I mark with a water erasable pen transferring guides. I cut out the front and back pieces. (This pattern did not have a separate skirt). I unpin the pattern and set aside the fabric. I then lay out the fabric for the lining. I pin the pattern pieces onto the lining fabric. This time I want only a top. I cut out the pieces allowing enough length for a hem. Taking the lining fabric to the sewing machine I hem the front and back pieces. Next the main fabric (the lavender) is sewn wrong up any darts, tucks etc. The front and back pieces are joined at the shoulders. The lining is also joined at the shoulders. Now lay out the front and lining wrong sides together and pin. You will stitch the pieces wrong sides together starting at the under sleeve across the top and down to the under sleeve of opposite side. Leaving the side and back open. Turn wright side out. Now you sew the side seams and the back seams. A hand turned hem completes the jumper. This technique works on one piece and top and bottom jumpers. JOY!
When we last visited I showed you a picture of a nest I found. Well there are so many wonderful ideas for Spring decoration that I got inspired. I decided to add texture to my nest. I had saved some dried lavender and a dried rose. I crushed these, painted the nest with white glue and began to add these to the nest. I even had a few feathers I could add. I am happy with the result. I used what I had and had fun. Joy!
“Forsythia is pure joy. There is not an ounce, not a glimmer of sadness or even knowledge in forsythia. Forsythia is pure undiluted, untouched joy.” A. M. Lindburg
February draws to a close and my thoughts turn to adding touches of Spring to my home. In the kitchen I changed my table cloth to a blue fabric with yellow roses. I placed my favorite blue bottle in the window with the forsythia flowers. My valences and sink curtain are blue gingham. I plan to use the old milk glass bud vase with the small branches from the back yard as a carrot tree as Easter nears. I made blue and yellow patchwork potholders. My tray has a piece of blue cloth with a blue and white doily on top. These are covered with a plastic piece cut to cover the inside of the tray. I found a picture of a nest with little blue eggs and put it on the shelf Patrick made for me. I found a dear little bird at the thrift shop and placed him in front of the nest. I hung a Miss Indy quilt. I will take a picture so you can see. Miss Indy told me that the little stitched pansy was her signature. I am thrilled to have one of her quilts.
This brings me to today’s topic. I share with you an idea to turn a plan pillow cover into a seasonal touch in the room. I stitched a chocolate bunny that I will button to the plain pillow front. I hope to make another topper for my pillow for summer. I will take pictures of the topper as I create it just like I did for the bunny. I will also change my old postcards for antique Easter ones. If you get to an antique flea market look at old postcards that were sent as greetings long ago. Imperfect ones are really affordable and truly delightful. I use the same frame and change them out. If you want one for Halloween that will be more expensive because fewer were sent. I really enjoy collecting them because they are affordable, beautiful and my entire collection fits into one small box. Joy! Have fun and think spring! God bless, Trudy
Place pattern on paper side of fusible web.
Trace pattern and cut out.
Remove bottom layer of paper and place onto fabric and fuse with iron to wrong side of fabric. Remove paper.
You now are ready to applique by machine or hand and add finishing touches.
Hello. Today I introduce you to my spinning wheels; Jenny and Patience. Mr. Pat bought Jenny for me before we were engaged. My Dad was reading his evening paper and when we arrive home bringing in the wheel, he hid his amusement behind the paper. Mr. Pat and my Dad both took me to festivals to learn how to spin. Years later as a young family we participated in groups recreating the fur trade era. Patrick had a skunk skin hat, Mr. Pat had buckskins and I wore a prairie dress and poke bonnet. We camped in a Sioux lodge. Picture if you can an old station wagon with lodge pole pines on the roof, our gear in burlap sacks, my wheel, and us in our outfits. It made quite a picture I am sure. What a great time we had! I encourage you to watch a good demonstration of spinning with a hand spindle. The one on yarn.com is great. My drop spindle came from fibermillbob.com and was very affordable. If you have an old spinning wheel be sure to oil the old wood. I use lemon oil. Many old wheel are not complete. If you are considering investing in an old wheel, search for clear pictures of complete wheels so you will recognize if a part is missing. To be of use the wheels that you sit at need three bobbins. I was able to find a woodworker to make Jenny bobbins using her original as a pattern. You see when you spin, you only spin one strand at a time. I spin two full bobbins and then put an empty bobbin in and ply the two strands by spinning counter-clockwise. This makes a yarn that you can knit with or weave with. Wool is a true miracle fiber and a gift from God. God bless, Miss Trudy