Keep Smiling

Keep Smiling

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Welcome Spring!

We were blessed 11 years ago on 
 "The 1st Day Of Spring"
with the birth of our first granddaughter.

This year I made her this quilt . . .

and matching pillow case:)

 She is the sweetest little girl
and brings so much joy into 
our lives. 

She loves bicycling,



and soccer, among other things,
like camping, swimming, kayaking, climbing trees, and gardening.

She is one of those kids that never stands still, LOL.

I think that I nailed her gift pretty well . . .
They live 12 hours away,
so this is how I send her a 
Birthday Hug:)
I just got off the phone with her,
She loves it.

That's my post for today . . .
I hope that you are all enjoying a beautiful
Spring Day!

Keep Smiling!
Your blogging sister,
Connie :)  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Jelly Rolls & Pillow Cases

Last year my neighbor and I
decided to do an interesting project with "Jelly Rolls".

We each had the same Moda Jelly Roll
without sharing ideas 
or seeing how one another would use theirs,
 until the finished quilts were completed.

Here are our finished quilts.

Shirley made this lovely baby quilt.
It is resting and waiting for a 

This was my quilt.
Same Jelly Roll.

I love how Shirley made a boarder 
with small square blocks.
That had to be time consuming,
but turned out so sweet :)

I used machine embroidery
to enhance my quilt. 

I am sure that if you gave 50 quilters
all the same Jelly Roll,
they would come up with 50 different
This was a fun project:)
I am blessed with a lovely neighbor
who has so many common interests with me.

She is a blessing in my life:)

I have been enjoying doing hand embroidery
this week. 

And made some pillow cases.  

I have a sister-in-law
that loves yellow roses . . . 

So I made these for her. 
I just need to get into town to the post office 
and get them on their way:) 

I do hope that you are all having a 
lovely week.

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :) 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Fireplace Transformation

This dough bowl filled with pine-cones
is sitting on the mantle. . .
quietly waiting to be put away
so that the mantle can be  
decorated for Spring :)

but this post isn't about spring decorating,
it's about transformation
from a 1970's fireplace
to a fireplace,
better suited to our 1905 home. 

When we moved in the only thing that I did
to change the fireplace was to clean it 
and remove two round crackled glass globes on 
the sconces and replace them with lampshades.

Then a year later
Steve built me this new mantle.

I think it made a big difference

This is the fireplace today.
 We plugged the fireplace hole with insulation
because we were still losing heat up the chimney.

   Then built a surround 
and installed this thermostatic 
real flame fireplace.

What do you think,
Does it say Cottage, now.

 I love the new look :)
Before I end this post,
See what my Steve was doing this weekend.

 Six smoked chickens . . .
two to keep . . .
and four to give away :) 

Have a lovely week
Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)