“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
Hello. There is a lot of discussion in state legislatures recently concerning prenatal and new born babies. I believe all life is precious. It is important to me to act on my beliefs. Scripture tells us “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Jeremiah 1:5 and “Children are a gift from God.” Psalm 127:3.
Maryland has a program called Safe Haven. This program allows new moms the option to give their newborns to a participating hospital, police or responsible adult within 10 days of birth. The mom says this is a “Safe Haven Baby” and no questions will be asked. I have a Safe Haven sign on the front of our home. I would accept the new-born and then take it to the proper authorities explaining that this is a Safe Haven Baby. It is my hope that this program may prevent a newborn from abandonment. You can find out if there is a program like this where live. Maryland’s program is under the department of health and human resources.
I have created a prayer for new life. I have printed out copies of this prayer and shared it and the Safe Haven information with my church family. I hope you will join me in praying for new life. Thank you and God Bless, Miss Trudy
Dearest God, Maker, Creator, Father of Life. Please hear my plea. Protect the precious newborns and babies-to-be. Let life unfold as it is meant to be. In Jesus name, I pray to Thee.