June 11, 2010

Fun With Burlap....And Other Things..

For so long I have been wanting to make something with burlap. I love the texture and the monochromatic color of this fabric, also I remember when my mom would buy potatoes in burlap when I was young. So, it's kind of new and old for me. Yesterday it was raining so I got out my burlap and made this pillow! It was fun and great to get back into handcrafting.

Now for the big news! My hubby and I have a little over 2 acres here in Iowa, and it is all grass. It has been on my heart lately that we should do something with it. For many years I have grown lavender, just a few plants here and there because I love the rich frangrance, and the delicate flowers. I also use it for my garden, keeping the insects, deer and rabbits out. They dislike the fragrance of lavender...poor dears, they just don't know a good thing when they smell it! I also use it for sachets, cleaning, and candles. Anyway, hubby and I have decided to plant a lavender farm! This week I will have several plants coming in and we will be tilling and preparing the ground for the new little lavender plants! Doing what you love is a wonderful thing, no matter the hard work, it is enjoyable! I can just picture the beautiful slim purple wands swaying in the wind! Now it is time for the work however...we just need mother nature to comply. It has rained for 2 weeks now...and we need a nice day to begin our lavender garden. This time, I will take before and after pictures!!

Also, in the coming week I will let you in on an exciting venture that we are undertaking...that's the "wind" part of yesterday's post...Hmmmm...what could it be??

Hugs to you all, enjoy the weekend.

June 10, 2010

What a Beautiful Sunrise this morning! Below: A new Rag Quilt...finally!!

Good Morning Friends! Well, it's been an amazing last few weeks for us! Hubby's job is going better and better, and he is more relaxed than he has been in a year. It's so nice to have him back to his old self! We came to a breaking point...and realized that what we were lacking was faith. Faith that the Father knows in advance what is going to happen, and that He will see us through. We got so caught up in the tension each day, that we were beginning to stress out BEFORE my husband even left home in the morning! We are believers, and we love the Lord...but sometimes we forget to let God handle the hard stuff, the stuff I can't even understand! So for the last few weeks we have returned to the basics, we are reclaiming our lives, and rededicating our hearts to the Lord.

I have re-learned some valuable lessons amid the turmoil of this last year. 1. Let go and Let God. 2. When I am in a messy spiritual place, my creative spirit is non-existent. And 3. My memory is in dire need of a little Ginko!

Yes, it must be memory fade that is causing me to forget the basics! Ya think??? Let go and let God. Easy right?? Sheesh!

I have more wonderful news which I will post in the next few days and weeks. It has to do with Lavender......Wind.....and Farm.....Can you guess??? Hugs everyone and thank you so much for hanging in there with me throughout this difficult period. Blessings~~