Friday, July 25, 2014

friday find ... a little hollyhock

I love Friday finds with Kim Klassen ... "it is a place to gather and share ... a place to cherish life's simple pleasures" ... doesn't that sound like such an inviting place?


"as for hollyhocks ... we shall never have a garden without them ...
both for their own sake ... 
and for the sake of old~fashioned folks
who used to love them."
~henry ward beecher"


I found myself lost in my garden once again this week ... always discovering something new.  My hollyhocks made their debut ... and this double really took my breath away!  I guess i am one of those "old~fashioned folks" who loves old~fashioned flowers. 

 I so hope you do not grow tired of my flower photos ... it is just that i can not get enough of them.  
Maybe it was the long cold winter that seemed like it would never end, that makes me appreciate my flower gardens even more this summer.

 Everything is alive with color ... such a good thing!  So i try to get out and enjoy each precious sun filled day ... and let it soak in.

If you have a few moments, be sure to click on Kim's adorable button that will lead you to more delightful finds!



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until next time ...
nancyjean

Friday, July 18, 2014

friday finds ... ta da!

I love friday finds with Kim Klassen ... "it is a place to gather and share ... a place to cherish life's simple pleasures" ... doesn't that sound like such an inviting place?


"it was not anyone's birthday, 
but Bramwell Brown had a feeling
 that today was going to be a special day"
~old bear by jane hissey"

Guess what ... it is such an exciting day ... i completed my very first quilt!  Ta Da!

I found that i just love to quilt ... the exciting fabrics to touch and discover ... the precise measuring and cutting (measure twice, cut once) ... the pressing that gets the fabric nice and crisp ... the sound of my new bernina humming away ...  All such fun!
  
I decided to tackle just a crib size for my first quilt ... i thought that with a smaller project, i might just get it finished and not find it lying in the back of workroom.

Good decision!

Now i wonder who will have the next baby shower?


~old bear~

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until next time ...
nancyjean

Friday, July 11, 2014

friday finds ... a beautiful surprise


I love Friday finds with Kim Klassen ... "it is a place to gather and share ... a place to cherish life's simple pleasures" ... doesn't that sound like such an inviting place?


My find this week was a beautiful surprise ... a bouquet of loveliness from my wonderful son.  And it was for no reason ... it was one of those  "just because" gifts. 

Isn't that unexpected gift the best kind?  


"nearly all the best things that came to me in life
have been the unexpected ...
unplanned by me"
~carl sandburg~


If you have a few moments, be sure to click on Kim's adorable button that will lead you to more delightful finds!

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Until next time ...
nancyjean

Friday, June 27, 2014

friday find ... a whole lotta peony love


I love Friday Finds with Kim Klassen ... "it is a place to gather and share ... a place to cherish life's simple pleasures" ... doesn't that sound like such an inviting place?

It seems like ages since i wrote my last post ... well maybe only three weeks ... but a whole lifetime of "stuff" has happened in a few short weeks... and not so good stuff.  
There have been days that i have been completely overwhelmed ... 

I have been trying to practice all the goodness that Kim has been teaching us in her wonderful Be Still class ... breathe, be mindful, be grateful ... and you know ... it does help.

Okay ... enough about me ... let's get on to my friday find!

the flower of the spring ...

Summertime means one thing here in the midwest ... Market time!!  I just love our farmer's market ... full of all kinds of fresh organic goodness. 

One of my favorite farmers drives all the way from Michigan every friday to sell her fruits and flowers.  She has over two acres just filled with flowers...can you imagine?
This week her booth was brimming with these beauties ... peonies of every colour... mixed with the baby's breath was just too hard to resist!

You can bet where you will find me every friday morning ... at the market deciding which lovely will find its way back to my home!

If you have a few moments, be sure to click on Kim's adorable button that will lead you to more delightful friday finds

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Until next time...
nancyjean


Friday, June 6, 2014

friday find ... a spoonful of lovliness



~a spoonful of loveliness~

I love Friday Finds with Kim Klassen ... "it is a place to gather and share ... a place to cherish life's simple pleasures" ... doesn't that sound like such an inviting place?

My find this week is actually a refind ... a rediscovery ... a "oh, that is where you have been hiding" kinda find.


My microfleur ... a wonderful flower press.  

It has been years since i bought it ... i loved it back then ... but then it got tucked away and never found its way out until this week.  As i was looking for props around my house that i could use for Kim's Be Still class ... there it was waaaay back in the corner of my craft closet.  

As luck would have it ...my pansies i bought in April are now all starting to fade  ...  i have been busy replacing them with my summertime favorites.  But i just hated to hank them all out and throw them away ... they are THE perfect flower to dry. 

So i got busy and in just an hour i had dozens of these beauties all preserved ... just waiting to be photographed.  

 


So as i finished up pressing my flowers, i put my microfeur away ... this time front and center in my craft closet ... making sure it is not years till i use it again!

If you have a few moments, be sure to click on Kim's adorable button that will lead you to more delightful friday finds!
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until next time ...
nancyjean





Friday, May 16, 2014

friday finds ... the 5.16 edition



I love Friday Finds with Kim Klassen ... "it is a place to gather and share ... a place to cherish life's simple pleasures" ... doesn't that sound like such an inviting place?

I need to confess my guilty pleasure ... my weakness ...my want NEED.

Starbucks ... but not just any liquid beverage ... a skinny Chia Tea Latte.  I try to limit myself to one a week ... but usually i cave before three days have slipped by.  

It is my pick me up on a stressful day ... my reward on a fabulous day ... or my "just because"...

My find this week was on the sleeve of my starbucks cup ...


"Steep Your Soul"

Oprah has teamed up with Teavana and Starbucks ... wow what a perfect match.
Their mantra ...  
"take a few moments to pause and reflect each day ... your own personal 'steep time' ... love it!
And Oprah's quotes on the sleeve ... perfect ...

My personal "steep time" is my time behind my camera lens.
 It is my time to breathe deep ... slow down ... and reflect ... 
And then a little magic can happen!

If you have a few moments, be sure to click on Kim's adorable button that will lead you to more delightful friday finds!

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until next time ...
nancyjean