Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Please join us for shopping with a twist on Friday July 24, 2009 as we present "A STITCH IN TIME – ALL THINGS QUILTED AND STITCHED "
Hand-stitched quilts, detailed hand crafts and keepsake needle arts stitch us together in place and across time. Regardless of century, country or kin, we're unified by our love of all things handmade. Stacks of gorgeous quilting fabrics remind me of Saturdays spent with my grandmother, my eager little hands anxious to just touch the color fabrics tucked in every nook and cranny of the small sewing room. I'd watch her hands and as she worked her fabric like magic and turned floral pastels, ticking stripes and colorful plaids into prized treasures. Stitched treasures are beautiful as well as practical. Hand stitched sachets filled with the sweetest lavender - tucked inside a special drawer of an antique dresser or washstand. Whimsical quilts, using the newest techniques mixed with treasured old quilts tattered with age. Each one is beautiful in its own right, but the centuries combine to create something truly exquisite.
Embroidered table linens can become the finest heirlooms. Many have been passed down from mother to daughter or are looking for new homes to create new traditions. Today, machines can replicate those delicate stitches to create heirlooms for our own grandchildren. Pink flowers embroidered on vintage tablecloths, carefully scalloped edgings, delicate stitches on kitchen towels and napkins.
Photo Contribution 1: The Quilt Shoppe Photo Contribution 2: Beloved Creations
Photo Contribution 3: Kitty Kitty Designs
Posted by Janet's Beloved at 11:28 PM
Sunday, July 19, 2009
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Here is what I have been working on this week. I have made several of these scarfs now and feel I have the pattern down pat. Each scarf will be made of wonderful soft yarn such as bamboo and angora, bamboo and silk, cashmere, maybe even mohair. I will let you know as soon as I finish each one and list them on my website http://beloved-creations.com/
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Please join us for shopping with a twist on Friday July 10, 2009 as we present "SUMMER PORCH AND GARDEN"
There’s nothing more inviting than a summer porch and garden. It can be a source of shade when the temperature gets too warm, a place of shelter during a gentle summer rain, or just a place to sit with someone special on a lazy summer day. It can be a welcoming start your day with your favorite antique tea cup in hand or a front row seat to watch the sunset from the weathered oak rocker, that in it’s day sat proudly in your grandmother’s home.
A welcoming porch and garden can create a friendly entryway to your home. A welcome sign hand painted with pink roses perched against the railing or a lilac berry wreath with a scent as inviting as it looks, letting guests know that you're glad they're here before you've said a word. If entertaining guests, perhaps vintage chairs, refinished and made comfortable with dainty floral needlepoint cushions, or a white painted table set with a vintage lace-tablecloth like your mom and before her - grandmother used.
With the right accessories, a porch and garden can even become an extension of your home. For candlelit evenings, a candle inside a topiary lantern casting a romantic glow. For lazy afternoons, a daisy metal basket filled with fresh cut flowers, a knitting project, or even as cliche as this sounds, a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade and a favorite books. Tucked in the corner, a vintage pink metal watering can kept handy to water the flowers in the window boxes while the lace curtains on the windows gently sway in the afternoon breeze. As much comfort as your home, with the right accessories.
You can add a cottage touch to your garden with decorations like ceramic garden mushrooms and inspiring garden plaques sprinkled with just the right amount of glitter. Tea cup bird feeders, handmade birdhouses, and antique iron birdbaths are all welcome sites for feathered friends. Remember to add a touch of whimsy just to make you smile - like a basket of flowers placed on a pink bicycle.
No matter what your summer days hold, a porch and garden can provide the ideal setting for friends, family and even a private retreat. Won’t you join me for a cup of tea as we help you design your summer porch and garden.
Photo Contribution 1: Camelia Cottage Photo Contribution 2: Shabby Shan's Cottage
Posted by Janet's Beloved at 11:10 PM
Monday, July 06, 2009
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Tonight we had another line of thunder storms roll through Clarksville, bringing with it several tornado's and lightning. Right over our house we had a funnel cloud form. I watched it form and start to drop -- it was huge. I ran into the house and my new neighbors were so scared they asked to come over too. My new neighbors are from Michigan and do not have the storms like we do here.
So as the storm raged we got to know each other and I explained some of our weather and what to do. She told me she was in the middle of baking pies and turned them off before running over here.
After the storms they went on home and about an hour later she brought me the most wonder piece of sweet potato pie I had ever eaten. So here is to my new neighbor.
Posted by Janet's Beloved at 9:59 PM
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Thursday, July 02, 2009
An angel food cake atop a favorite white cake stand, topped with fresh summer blueberries and strawberries. Red sugar-coated candies in a white candy dish hand painted with blue forget-me-nots. Hanging nearby, white and blue checked kitchen towels decorated with shiny red apples Placed somewhere you didn't expect, red, white and blue can create a burst of color in any corner. Red roses on canvas and hung on a freshly painted blue wall. A piece of broken china jewelry - tiny blue and red roses against pure white china. A white lace sun catcher, with a red and blue design, hanging in the window. In the guest bathroom, a blue tissue box holder painted with white and red flowers. Tucked into a corner of your purse, a blue hanky trimmed with red and embroidered with white daisies. And dangling from your wrist, a bracelet made of cinnabar, turquoise beads and bone.
For a special touch of whimsy, plug in 4th of July light bulbs in red, white and blue. Use a white table runner with appliquéd blue rabbits and red rose buds. Display faux strawberries dipped in white chocolate placed in a blue cake box that looks pretty enough to eat. You can wear a soldered charm of red breasted robins against an azure sky, sprinkled with white German glass glitter or write on the white pages of a notebook decorated with red roses and blue ribbons. With shades of red, white and blue surrounding us, celebrations of life can happen any day.
Posted by Janet's Beloved at 5:24 PM
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Posted by Janet's Beloved at 3:57 PM