Thursday, May 26, 2016

Big Star Quilt / Memorial Day


    Memorial Day/Big Star Quilt

    There is a beautiful National Cemetery where
     I grew up in Southern Illinois. 
    It is called the Mound City National Cemetery.
     I thought I would take this time to share some
     memories of the services there and a quilt 
    that I made for my husband.



    The Mound City National Cemetery Memorial
     ceremony is among the oldest in the region
     and dates to the years right after the Civil
     War.  Each year Memorial Day is celebrated
     with a service to honor the fallen.
      We have many friends and family that are 
    buried here.

    I am sharing some pictures of my Big Star 
    Quilt. This is my first big star quilt and I did
     not have a pattern. I followed instructions
     that were published online.


    I chose two reds and two blues and white to produce a patriotic pattern.
    This block is one of four that are created when you put your stars together.


    The quilting was even done in stars and 
    stripes.


    There are three big stars across and four big
     stars down for a total of twelve.

    I embroidered my husbands service record
     and gave it to him as a gift.
    The quilt is banded with a red, white and blue
     border.


    My husband spent two years in the U.S.Marine Corps and twenty five years in the Illinois National Guard.





    I was very pleased with the way this tuned
     out. It is one my favorite quilts. Thanks for 

    stopping in. Have a safe week!

    Linking to:

    http://www.frenchcountrycottage.net/2016/05/feathered-nest-friday_26.html


    The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog
    You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E



    Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home on Thursday evening


    Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme


    Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings


    Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane


    Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch


    Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner


    Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life


    Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday


    Inspiration Thursday @ In The New House


    Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage


    Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm


    The Bouquet of Talfeent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday


    DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista - SaturdaySundays at Home @


     Love of Home on SaturdayTable It Link Party @ Life and LindaInspiration


     Monday @ Our Southern Home Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays


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    http://www.sewcanshe.com/blog/2016/5/21/show-off-saturday-spring-quilt-market-2016 

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    My Little Garden

    I wanted to share the flowers in my garden with you.



    This is my Savannah Bird Girl. She is the watcher of my double Knockout Roses. There are six rose bushes, three on each side.  



    They are beautiful this year. We have had lots of rain and warm weather this spring. 


    Six more Knockouts in the front. 




    Only one lonely pink knockout rose bush.
     It was tagged wrong.




    A pair of Whippets stands watch over 
    the front flower borders. My son bought these for my birthday about twenty years ago. They have traveled to three states and watched over four homes. 
    The Poppies  are in bloom but not the Shasta daisy.




    The Nikko Hydrangeas are just staring to bloom. I have four planted on the north side of my home and they love it. 

    I have three types of Hosta planted. Blue Angel , Patriot, and Empress Wu 



     The Japanese Iris is just about finished for the year.



    The purple sage  is also tall this year.

    I also have a purple sage bush
     but it has not bloom yet.


    The yellow day lilies are just starting  to pop.
    Hope  have you enjoyed  my little flower garden.


    This is called Kentucky Bluegrass. 
    It is a fine bladed grass.
    Thanks for stopping in!




    Linking to:

    A Garden Party @ Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson on Monday May 23
    Blue Monday @ Backyard Neighbor
    Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
    Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch
    Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
    Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
                                                                              
    Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
    The Scoop at Stonegable Blog
    You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
    Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
    Swing into Spring at DIY By Design


    Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
    Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
    Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane for (Wednesday evenings) 
    Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olsen
    From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

    Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
    Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
    Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
    Inspiration Thursday @ In the New House
    Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday
    Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme


    Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm

    The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday




    Sunday, May 15, 2016

    Florida Condos - Tablescapes

    This past fall and spring, I have been spending time in Florida. I wanted to share some tablescapes from Orange Beach and Destin.  

    I spend the month of October in Orange Beach and enjoyed 


    the sunrises  . . .




    and the sunsets.



    This was the view outside my condo.




    The peninsula was set for breakfast in the condo. The centerpiece was an aqua blown glass vase and flowers. 








    I went to Destin, FL, for Thanksgiving and again in the Spring. Here are a few pictures I want to share with you.

    The condo view. 



    Sunrise from the condo.



    Sunset from the condo.



    The dining room table was set with a bird of paradise centerpiece for dinner. 




    You can see the island in the background is also set for breakfast.







    I found this cute pillow to bring back home for a keepsake. Thanks for stopping by - JoAnn.


    Linking to:

    Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
    Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch
    Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
    Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
                                                                              
    Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
    The Scoop at Stonegable Blog
    You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
    Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
    Swing into Spring at DIY By Design


    Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
    Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
    Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane for (Wednesday evenings) 
    Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olsen
    From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

    Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
    Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
    Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
    Inspiration Thursday @ In the New House
    Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday
    Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme


    Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm

    The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday

    Dishing and Digging @ Rustic & Refined

    Monday, May 9, 2016

    Lipstick on a Pig

    Have you heard the expression of Lipstick on a Pig? 

    As I was touring the downtown today, I ran across this cute little pig dressed up for spring.

    Many of the merchants decorate the entrance to their stores by dressing up pigs.





    This particular pig inspired me to prepare a light luncheon for me and my husband.




    I decided to use a small pig for a centerpiece. 
    I purchased this pig at Cracker Barrel. 



    I thought a red flower tablecloth would brighten my table. 


    I also found the red salad plates from Cracker Barrel that match the pig.  I paired it with white napkins and matching rings from Pier One.


    I cooked some low calorie cabbage beef  soup and served it with pink lemonade.

    Oh, Yes the pig came out in me ! I made some cornbread to go along with our soup.





    It was a delicious lunch! 




    Hope you have a great week and get inspired from your surroundings!

    Thanks for stopping in - JoAnn.



    Linking to:


    Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
    Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch
    Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
    Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
                                                                              
    Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
    The Scoop at Stonegable Blog
    You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
    Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
    Swing into Spring at DIY By Design


    Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
    Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
    Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane for (Wednesday evenings) 
    Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olsen
    From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

    Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
    Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
    Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
    Inspiration Thursday @ In the New House
    Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday
    Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme

    Feathered Nest Friday @ the French Country Cottage
    Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
    Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
    Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
    Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
    Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
    Weekend Retreat @ AKA Design & Life

    The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday


    Sunny Simple Sunday at Sunny Simple Life
    Dishing and Digging @ Rustic & Refined