Monday, October 27, 2008

Smile, It's Monday!





















As I was slogging through sewing triangles together for this quilt, fussing with pressing little seams open and dealing with the frustrations I feel with precision piecing, I took a little break and headed to Ellen's blog, growing gills. Ellen's is one of those blogs I head to first. She's not a quilter in the traditional sense. She quilts with words and pictures. She inspires me, and this morning she reminded me to look around and again count my blessings. There is beauty around me, I am blessed in so many ways. I abandoned my feelings of frustration and started again refreshed. I plan to have the top pieced by the end of the day.
















When I'm finished I'm going to reward myself with some time to play with scraps from these pillows. I think they might turn into something for the kitchen.
















So, what's putting a grin on your face today?

32 comments:

Alissa said...

Monday... hmm... smiles? Having the freedom to read crafty blogs while I'm at work! That makes me smile!!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Smiles . . . the routine that Monday brings. I have a bit more time to create :)

Can't wait to see more of your Monet!

Marie' said...

Love your decoration. So different and cool.
What makes me smile today?

-Seeing the witch costume for my sister on my sewing table, all cut out and ready to sew.

-Kitchen floor freshly mopped after the messy weekend.

-6 piles of laundry, sorted, stains treated, and ready to go.

-Seeing fall leaves out the window.

QuiltedSimple said...

Love your decorations. And I can't wait to see the completed quilt top. It's Monday.....
Kris

trashalou said...

That last picture? Is that The Count from Sesame Street?? B/c it looks a lot like him ;-)

Michaela said...

This is hard. I don't like Mondays. I am looking forward to tonight - big plans on sewing. Otherwise I have to agree with Alissa. Yep, I am at work too.
Can't wait to see pics of that quilt.

Cheryl A said...

I found the perfect fabric to send you... and bought a little for myself. That put a smile on my face!

nicolette said...

I love Mondays. It always feels like a fresh new start, making plans for the rest of the week and still hoping to have the chance to achieve them...

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Love the decorations. There is more to be thankful for than complain about that is for sure. I've grateful for the little strawberry fabric squares you gave me. I worked on them this weekend and they are turning into a couryard steps quilt. I love the red and white. It makes me smile.

Victoria said...

Life has been a bit hectic lately and creative time has taken a back seat. However I am smiling today because I finally felt some new creative inspiration yesterday. (I will be smiling more when I finally get a chance to actually sew!)

Fran said...

Mondays to me are always a new begining. That's the day I always start something new. A quilt, a diet, spring cleaning, etc....Smiles.

I just love your decorations, I used to decorate a lot when the kids were small but not so much anymore. A few pumkins, and a wreath that's it.

Good luck on that quilt, and can't wait to see it.

~~Fran...:c)

ellen said...

You are putting a grin on my face, that is for sure. Thank you for such kind and generous words. You are definitely part (a big part) of my looking up, down and around. I am truly blessed by your presence in my life (tho. it is far away and not truly "here"..it is truly here for me.)

amandajean said...

a hard day of housework with a lot being accomplished behind me and a relaxing night of quilting ahead of me is making me smile. :)

I have a strikingly similar bag of fabric scraps. can't wait to see your quilt top.

Amy said...

An intriguing new blog to check out! And new friends across the country.

susan said...

hehe cute skinny dudes!!
hmm i missed my wee little childs chair that i was sitting on in class today and made a roomfull of 9 yr old girls laugh silly....

em's scrapbag said...

Looking at your Halloween decorations made me smile. Those skinny guys are great!

Exuberant Color said...

I like Mondays. I'm smiling about having a studio full of other quilters today who are as enthusiastic as I am.

Thanks for the link to Growing Gills. She certainly does have some beautiful photos.

Alice Grace said...

YOUR BLOG makes me smile! It is always a pleasure to vist here. You inspire me!

HomespunMary said...

Wow, these pics definitely put a smile to my face :-)

I adore the figures in the last pic! They're so cool! Where did you get them?

Yummers! said...

I do have a grin on my face! I love Mondays at home. I've been scrapping most of the day and took a nap and watched a DVD with my husband as we drank mugs of hot vanilla Chai with low-fat whipped cream and cinnamon.

I'm also grinning at your Halloween tree. It's so cute!! As are those spooky characters.

Enjoy your week,
Joni

Katherine said...

I'm smiling today after receiving my first online order of designer fabric. Smiles and a happy dance over it! LOL

Happy Monday, Jacquie!

henny said...

I'm trying to smile every morning after I wake up, Jacquie.
Thanks for the haloween little creatures picture, it had made me smile :)

Ellen's blog is really inspiring for me, too.

MightyMom said...

oooooooooo

I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT!!!!!!

jacquie said...

mary,
if i remember right, i got these little guys in a shop on mass street in lawrence, ks. (after halloween sale a few years ago)they're candle holders. their little faces get so eerie when they are lit up.

audreypawdrey said...

I am smiling due to reading all the fabulous things everyone is up to! I love those decorations as well.

Janis said...

Mornings make me grin. Thankful for the gift of another day and all the possibilities that await. I especially love Mondays, it gives me the feel of rounding a corner and starting anew.

You make me grin Jacquie with all your inspiration. Thanks!

Wendy said...

Your little Halloween tree put a big grin on my face!

Rebekah said...

your little halloween decorations are so cute! I've been very productive today and am working ahead on projects and I'm excited to have some stuff crossed off my list :)

Molly said...

I meant to tell you how much I like Steely log cabin quilt! Loved the assymetrical-ness of it and it's so modern and masculine, too--really nice!

Tine said...

I like mondays.... I like having a quiet house, getting some work done... I love the weekends, I love spending the days with Charles and the children, but I also love having time to work. I guess to me, being a mom means being a little torn between my prof. ambition and my ambitions as a mom... Really, I would like to stay at home! But then I think it's important to show my children, that mom works too -and dad helps do the laundry the cooking the cleaning etc... Torn.
But I guess that's why I'm smiling on monday, because I just had a great weekend, and now I have time to work!

jovaliquilts said...

Love your Halloween stuff!

Thanks for the link to Growing Gills. I've never been there before, but it's wonderful to browse through.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

your wonderful halloween decorations are putting a big grin on my face!