Monday, March 30, 2009

Blue Monday

Today is Blue Monday hosted by Smiling Sally

If you visited me very often, you know I have plenty of blue around here!
In my garden in the spring...In my garden in the summer...
In my house all year long!
To see lots more "blueness" click here and visit Sally.

I am very excited because tomorrow I am going to visit another blogger. I won't tell you who it is. You'll have to come back Wednesday to find out!
Rhondi xo

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Every Thursday I take the day to post about something I am thankful for. Today I am thankful that I live in North Carolina because spring here is so beautiful. Plants are popping up everywhere. Everything is so green and I think to myself, "What a wonderful world"! Many of the streets are lined with cherry trees which are in full bloom. In another few days the dogwood will be out, then the azaleas.
Today it looks like this.

Deb, Jeanne, and April have also posted for Thankful Thursday, so take a few minutes and visit them too.
What are you thankful for today?
Rhondi xo

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


On Tuesday night a small group from church meets at our house. There are 14 of us and we sit down and share a meal together. It's too crowded at our dining room table, so we usually put a leaf in our breakfast table that is in my studio and the rest of us sit there. That means that whatever things I have arranged on the tabletop get removed. After they leave we put the table back the way it was before. Today I decided it's time for some bunnies. The two large ones were a gift from my husband when I got my Master's degree.
I found this pair at a yard sale.

This little one with the holes in her back was also a yard sale find. I'm really not sure what the holes are for, but they're perfect for flowers.

So this is how our breakfast table in my studio looks this morning.

Hope your day turns out to be as beautiful as this tulip.
It's a dull day here and rain is forecast. I am off to Wing Haven to volunteer in the nursery and if the rain holds off I'll be digging in my garden for the rest of the day.
Rhondi xo

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Quilt Show

This weekend was our guild quilt show. There were some amazing quilts in it. Unfortunately I didn't get anything ready in time to enter! My friend Susan took a lot of photos so if you'd like to see some beautiful quilts visit her blog. She took some great pictures. Susan is a very talented quilter so you quilters out there will enjoy her blog.
Rhondi xo

Friday, March 20, 2009

First Day Of Spring

Happy first day of spring! Finally spring is officially here. For those of you who are still experiencing signs of winter, have faith, spring is on it's way!
If you live near Charlotte NC you might like to come to the Charlotte Quilters Guild Quilt Show. It's on Sat & Sun at The Fletcher School on Sardis Road. If you come, stop by and say hello. I'll be at the table selling raffle tickets for a sewing machine.
Have a happy weekend.
Rhondi xo

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I lived in Canada most of my life and now I live in North Carolina. I love to garden , so one of the things I love about living here is that the weather. Because of the milder weather the spring plants come up so much earlier than I am used to.

This is what was in bloom yesterday in my garden.

The following blogs will also be posting for Thankful Thursday. Take a minute to visit if you can.

So today I am thankful for the mild weather and my garden and all the promise they bring.

What are you thankful for today?

Rhondi xo

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Playing With Color

This morning I had fun just arranging some of my yellow things and taking pictures of them.

I tried a couple of different ideas.

Whenever I group yellow objects together it's like the sun is shining inside our house. Grouping objects that are similar in some way makes such a bigger impact than scattering them around the house.
It's been very dull here for several days, so I put some sunshine in my banner.
Hope you have some sunshine in your day!

Rhondi xo
Anyone participating in Thankful Thursday tomorrow please let me know today.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Gift In The Mail

My prize from Beverly's giveaway arrived yesterday, carefully packaged and sent priority post. Sometimes the US Mail amazes me. Beverly mailed this on Saturday and I got it Monday. When I sent a giveaway to Heidi in the Netherlands. I mailed it Monday afternoon and she got it Thursday morning, which was still Wed. night here!
The first couple of photos are a little blurry. I had drops in my eye from an eye appointment so when I was takings the pictures I saw the blur but assumed it was my eyes. When I went to upload the pictures this morning they had that blurry spot but it was too late to retake the ones of the prize wrapped. I wiped the lens and retook them. So some are blurry and some are clear.

The box was loaded to the brim with goodies.

Everything was wrapped so beautifully, in pink of course! It looks so pretty that I'd like to just enjoy looking at it for awhile. Who am I kidding? I want to see what's inside.

Look at it all!
And this is what was inside. I am one lucky girl! There was a sweet book in honor of the front porch party I had last summer. A box of truffles and mix for a gourmet mocha drink. My hubby and I sampled the truffles..... yummy! There was a bar of sweet smelling soap in a beautiful box.
A cute little notepad which will be perfect in my pink purse that I carry with me everywhere.A beautiful green serving size bowl.
Red and white towels for my kitchen.

And a green platter.
I love all of it. It was like Christmas getting such a big package in the mail and filled with so many wonderful handpicked goodies. Thank you Beverly.
Rhondi xo

Monday, March 16, 2009

Blue Monday

It's Blue Monday compliments of Smiling Sal. I love blue!
When it was my 100th post I gave away this blue plate and pillow that I made.

It's fun to make little arrangements on a theme. Here are hearts and checks.
Tea is always nicer in a china teacup.
I have lots of plates. This is a pile of them before I hung them on the wall. I like them arranged like this, but then if I left it this way I can't sit in my chaise lounge!
Happy Blue Monday. Make sure you visit Smiling Sal to see all the others who are "blue" today.
Rhondi xo

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tea Anyone?

Most of you know that I like nothing better than a nice hot pot of tea with a friend. I found these wonderful teapots by
Julia Roxborough online. Aren't they beautiful? The pink ones would be perfect for Pink Saturday wouldn't they? Which one do you like?
Hope your weekend was good. Ours was dull and rainy!
Rhondi xo
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Just Had To Freshen Up A Bit

Good morning friends
Like many of you I am often re arranging things in my home, giving it a fresh look, removing some things, adding others. Sometimes I leave it for awhile but then go back to how it was before, but it's always fun to have a change .
This is our front hall yesterday.
Here it is now.

I made these slipcovers for our wing chairs several years ago and they have been in our living room all that time with a ragged unfinished edge at the bottom. So I added this pleated skirt to finally finish them. (Karen K, if you read this, you'll be proud of me!) I also flipped the seat cushion over because there is a different pattern on it, just for variety. I love lots of different patterns mixed together. Do you?
I think my furniture would look right at home in this house don't you? It's new but has lots of charm. I took a picture of it when I was out and about yesterday.

We had a wonderful visit with our son and daughter in law. I've missed my visits with you!
We're having a painting party at a friend's house on Saturday to paint all the walls and trim on the first floor of her home. What are your plans for the weekend?
Rhondi xo

Someone asked me about the quilts in the pictures today.
The first one is from a pattern by Maggie Walker. I appliqued it by hand and quilted it by hand.
Inspired by Maggie Walker, I designed the blue and white one myself. I drew things from our home: teapots, teacups, roosters, planters etc and tried to use fabric that was similar to the patterns on the actual objects. It's all done by hand also. I'll do a post on it sometime and show you more.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful that our son and his wife who live in Boston are coming to visit for a few days. I am very excited because we haven't seen them since July. I am going to enjoy every minute !What are you thankful for today?

Rhondi xo

I'm going to take a break from posting for a little while. I apologize to those of you who usually particpate in thankful Thursday. I just didn't have the time to get you listed this week.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I'm Not Addicted, I'm Really Not

Yesterday Linda at Linda's Blue Gate blog gave me this Dishaholic Award. It got me thinking that maybe there needs to be a group for dishaholics, not an award.... So the rules were I am to show my favorite dishes, tell the dishes I'd love to own and show my favorite accessory.
This is our everyday blue willow. Every time I see a piece of it that is $2 or less I pick it up, so I have enough to feed at least 30 people. These have been our everyday dishes for over 30 years and I never tire of it!
This is my favorite set, Dainty Blue by Shelley. You've seen it before if you visit very often. It's a tea set. I used to have 8 cups and saucers but over the years they have broken and I still have 8 saucers, I only have 4 cups now. I just love to serve tea in it.

The dishes I'd love to own are red transferware.
My favorite accessory is any kind of blue and white china.
This is the china that I picked out as a young bride. My mother said to get something classic, so I chose this Wedgwood set, plain white with a gold edge. It is so boring looking but food looks great on it!

This is the oldest set of dishes I have. My mom bought it at an antique store years ago . It's well over 100 years old, made by Royal Worcester. I don't know the pattern name.

Here is a close up.
I have lots of odd bits and pieces.... Lots of mismatched plates..I like to display my dishes in this red hutch in the kitchen.
On the wall and shelves in the kitchen.... On lots of walls...the dining room....I hide, I mean, store extra dishes in bedroom closets. So as you can see I have quite a few dishes, but I don't think I'm a dishaholic. I mean really, I can walk in to any china department in a big department store and not buy a thing. I can pass by a display of dishes at a thrift shop and not buy anything. Well maybe if it was blue and white and very cheap I'd have to buy it. I mean it would be a crime to let someone else get the deal wouldn't it? And what's one more piece of china, now really! No I don't think I'm a dishaholic. I can control myself. So Linda I think I should return this award because I really don't qualify. Guess I'm just in denial!
Rhondi xo