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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Little Things Make Me Smile

Frequently I find myself marveling at the little things in life and my heart begins to  sing.  The little  thing I found recently is a toy sewing machine.
I found it at a resale shop while burning 15 minutes before an appointment.  It was cheap and I thought it would go nicely with this little toy iron I found at a garage sale a few years ago.  I need to find a place to put my "little" toys because I also have...
a little wooden ironing board with a cloth cover and a wooden iron.  Awe...miniatures can be so cute.  Too many little things that catch dust isn't a good thing...guess I better keep this collection small.

Then there are those "Big Things" that also make me smile...this time it is my oldest co-worker receiving his Arrow of Light, the highest honor in Cub Scouts.
Aaron is no longer a Cub Scout, he is a Boy Scout...booo baby is growing up way too fast.  Mr. McSteamy looks very proud of our big Boy Scout in this photo and I was smiling big behind the camera. 

Having so much snow and now rain...can you believe it?  It is pouring outside right now all over our snow...and you know what that means...slush and muddy brown stuff where our beautiful snow used to rest.  YUCK!!  I'm forced to find inside things to focus on ....and one of those things  is my new quilt project.

When I was in PA for my retreat I was gifted a big bag of blocks from a block swap that I was not able to participate in.  My girlfriend, Eleanor (not Lady Eleanor...but PA Eleanor) has already made two quilts using her blocks and she didn't want to make another so she gave these to me.  I just love this project and I'm using my Featherweight because its so fun to sew on.
There are about 36 little blocks assembled so far and I know it will look great when I'm finished.  I think I'll even hand quilt this one.

YES, I do look at other things each morning coffee, my breakfast plate, my lunch plate and my dinner plate...oh yeah...and then those late night snack plates too.  Way too many late night snack plates around here this winter I"m telling ya.  Oh yeah...and I also marvel at icicles since we have so many these days...
This was a huge collection that hung outside my guild meeting last Thursday.  If I could have, I would have climbed into the snow bank and took close up pictures because it was so pretty.

Snow sculptures in my front yard also catch my eye....
Last night the boys all went out to sculpt a big alligator head in the show...he looks menacing doesn't he?  I wouldn't mess with anyone living in house with a huge alligator in the front yard would you?

Still smiling,


  1. Tell your eldest congrats! How cool that you're going traditional with the machine on those traditional blocks!!!! Fun!

  2. p.s. I hear ya about those snack plates!

  3. What a cute little machine. I have a few toy machines in my collection, too. I well remember when my boys earned their Arrows of Light, too. Such a long time ago now. Enjoy it while you can, they grow too fast! Hope you are healing well.

  4. That alligator head is scary. Could gobble someone up. Be careful to not slip and fall!!!!!


  5. what a great find, that cute little sewing machine.
    Congrats to Aaron.
    Wow! those icicles are big and yes, that is a scary alligator.

  6. I love your mini "find". Enjoy the trip through the Scouting years-it was very meaningful for us as a family.

  7. Nice buy on the little machine! It's really cute!! Your quilt is beautiful. Love the snow sculpture!!

  8. Congratulations to Aaron! He's going to be asking for the keys to the car soon. Does that little sewing machine actually sew anything? Looks like it might.

  9. Congrats to the oldest young 'un...I guess that makes y'all just a little older too, eh? I won't tell! Those icicles look even more menacing (to me anyway) than that alligator - I guess I've seen too many alligators? Can one ever see too many alligators? That's really kinda funny, because the first night we spent here (in FL), I had a nightmare about us (Driver & me) and an alligator. I woke myself up from it at 3 am and was too scared to ever go back to sleep! And now we are ummm...mere FEET from a pond...with an alligator.

    Your little minis are cute, I have to admit, but boy, would the dust bunnies at my house enjoy piling up around 'em. I think I'll just admire them from afar, so thanks for sharing!
    Love ya!

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  11. YEP... it is the little things/moments that make life worth living. Its not the new cars or the new house or the shoes... Oh, and collections need to be dusted!

  12. I like your toy sewing machine, but I LOVE your Featherweight. I really should pull mine out and use it.

  13. I have a little machine like that too - and you are does seem to collect plenty of dust! Congrats to your co-worker - I bet that was a fun night! Your weather sounds just like ours. Snow, rain, wind, snow...repeat.

  14. What a great find! I love little treasures like that and like to think about the lives of the girls and women who owned them. Love the little quilt of gifted blocks!

  15. I love the little machine, but I really love the alligator, tell the boys "well done" from someone who lives with alligators. :)

  16. Congrats on the boy scouts and I love that alligator!

  17. That little sewing machine is so perfect for your collection of little sewing toys. Those blocks your were given look wonderful all sewn together, such lovely colours. Those icicles are amazing, and the alligator made me laugh, what a fun thing to make in the snow!

  18. That ice is awesome....

    Congrats to you little man....

    what fun, now your iron has a companion...I wonder who sews on that at night while you are asleep?? Do you ever wake up and find a small finished project? (smiling here)

  19. Wow Kelly, your "toy" machine sure looks cool, she would look awesome in my glass cupboard *wink wink* and is that a featherweight I see lurking under the quilt (which is very pretty).
    Congratulations to your eldest...I used to love being a girl guide (uk scouts) but the younger population dont seem to be into anything like that its not as popular anymore.
    Have a great day hunny :)
    Heather x

  20. I love your it sewing machine and iron, but the biggest smile is the snowgator.....:)


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