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Thursday, June 28, 2012


I'm almost as crazy about pillows as I am about aprons!

Linda's blog "it all started with paint" is hosting a link party. I just couldn't resist joining in on the fun! 

I made these little pillows from vintage quilt blocks & linens.

There are two rooms in my home that are painted in soft pastels...our master bedroom and guestroom.

As much as I love the color RED...I enjoy peaceful pastels to slip away to for a pleasant nap or a good nights sleep.

Very inexpensive project...Made from a drapery sample & thrifted vintage crochet.

I was blessed to attend a Martha Pullen Heirloom School and learned wonderful sewing techniques.

Soft blue silk ribbon
A fun project that I made at Martha Pullen's Heirloom Sewing School.

Another inexpensive project...Made from a well worn table cloth.

A bolster that I made from drapery scraps...

Bluework embroidery on linen...Don't you love these two little sweethearts?!

Thank you, my dearest friends, for stopping by and for your kind comments!
You are all such a blessing to me,
Carolynn  xoxo

Please stop by and join in the fun at Linda's "Pillowpalooza"!
Linda's blog address is

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pumpkin Bread

Today was such a beautiful day...with blue skies and cool breezes!

I am going to visit my Mom for a few days and I wanted to bake something special for my hubby to eat while I'm away.

Sweets for the Sweet!

"Recipe for a Good Marriage" 

5 cups Love
4 cups Understanding
4 cups Kindness
3 cups Forgiveness
5 cups Patience
3 cups Tenderness
1 cup Laughter

Put them all together and they spell "Happiness."

"Somethin Lovin from the Oven!"
Oh, the sweet smell that greeted my husband when he walked through the door this afternoon...The look on his face said it all!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, my dear friends, and I'll see you when I get back from visiting my Mom.

Carolynn  xoxo
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice!"                 Philippians 4:4

Do you love the color RED?
Have you visited "Rednesday" at

Every week I love popping over to visit Sue's wonderful blog.
I hope you will do the same thing!

Monday, June 18, 2012

I love Mondays

Welcome, My dear friends...

Yes, I really do love Mondays!

Mondays are special to me because they are the beginning of a brand new week. Fresh laundry, fresh ideas, a list of fun sewing many things that I am yearning to get started after a busy weekend.

My darling granddaughter, Lilly Kate

I had the joy of making this for Lilly. I wanted her to have her very own Dorothy costume from the "Wizard of Oz".  Having been the Mother of two sons...It was a dream come true to be able to sew this for her.

And, the final touch...A big fluffy bow!
Made with Love by Grammy
I don't get to see my grandbabies very often, but they are always in my heart.

Thank you for popping in for a visit! I'm so happy you came...Thank you for your many thoughtful comments. They mean so much!

Carolynn  xo

"If you don't like something change it;                  
         if you can't change it,
                    change the way you think about it."  
                                                                        Mary Engelbreit

I've posted at   www.suelovescherries...  for Rednesday

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Red Barns

Welcome to the county where I was born...The area is a charming little farming community. It has an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables...tiny farmhouses and quaint little quilt and antique shops sprinkled throughout.

When I was born my grandparents had a tiny ranch they called "Yamhill". They raised bright red chickens called Rhode Island Reds.

Welcome to my kitchen...I have brought a little bit of Yamhill County home with me.

RED Barns...and, one contented cow!

Here a Chick...There a Chick...Everywhere a Chick Chick!

And, of course, lots and lots of RED!

Summertime in the Willamette Valley is a time of abundance...A time to be thankful for all that God has blessed us with...

Thank you for popping in and visiting the place where I was born...and, now, the place I call home!

Have a blessed day, my dear friends,
Carolynn  xoxo

"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name."      Psalm 100:4

Monday, June 11, 2012

Patti Play Pal

Would you like to take a trip way back to 1960?

     I received so many wonderful comments on my last post! Thank you to each one of my blog friends for your interest and sweet comments.

Manufactured by Ideal from 1959-1961

 **My dear friend, Shirley, at shared that she had a "Patti Play Pal" when she was a young girl. Do you still have her, Shirley? Does anyone else have a Patti Play Pal doll?

 **My darling friend, Vicky, at asked if I knew anything about the doll that modeled my toddler apron. Vicky shared that she has one that has dark hair...

     And, so....I thought it would be fun to do a little looking around...
            And wouldn't you know...

     I found a vintage commercial for this charming little playmate.

I hope you enjoyed stepping back in time and revisiting (or, maybe, visiting for the first time) the sweet little dolly,  "Patti Play Pal".

Have a wonderful week, my dear friends!
Carolynn  xoxo

"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago."     Ephesians 2:20

Friday, June 8, 2012

Vintage Aprons

You can never have too many aprons!! 
      For all you Mommies and Grammys....
           This applies to the children in your life, too!

This is a Toddler Size 3
I love making aprons for the little ones in my life!

I adore rickrack! It adds a sweet touch of charm.

A tiny pocket to hold treasures!

And, now...A little surprise!!!

You guessed it.....!

Yes, It's Reversible...
For a little one, I think two sides are better than one!

The sweetest little nursery rhyme print!

And, finally...I just have to share one of the child's aprons from my Vintage Apron Collection!
The vintage pattern I used for my child's apron project.

Well, that's about it for this weeks sewing projects. Now, it's time to pay some special attention to my laundry, housekeeping, gardening....and, especially, my darling husband, Mark.

Thank you for popping in, my dear blogging family and friends!
Carolynn xoxo

"This is the day that the Lord hath made; I will rejoice and be glad in it."    Psalm 118:24

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rickrack, Polka Dots & Paisley

       What a busy week it has been and I have loved every minute I've spent in my sewing room!

             So many fun things to SEW...
                                                        SEW little time!!


An apron without a pocket....Would be like a bird without wings!

Making "Chenille Cottage" garment labels

And now for my inspiration for the rickrack bedazzled, paisley and polka dot apron...

This vintage apron is from the 1920s and is referred to as a "flapper apron".
    Isn't it wonderful?!

I have another sweet little project nearly finished that I will be posting...once I sew a button on it. :)

Thank you, my dear friends, for stopping by and for your many thoughtful comments!

Blessings and fond friendship,
Carolynn  xoxo

Hint about my next post:   One can never have too many _ _ _ _ _ _????? 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Monkeying Around

Good Monday Morning....My sweet family and friends! Many people don't like Mondays...but, I do!

Today, I have the pleasure of spending the day hanging out in my sewing room...or, as I like to call it..."My Sandbox".   (I'm like a child who, once I start sewing, doesn't want to stop...No matter what!)

Can you hear me singing..."The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Music"?

Whatever in the world made you think that RED IS MY FAVORITE COLOR?

I hope you will come back in a few days...I will be posting some of the sewing projects that I have had the fun of stitching up.

Have a great week, sweet friends!
Carolynn xoxo

I posted my Red Sock Monkeys on REDNESDAY...

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Bungalows by the Sea

How I have missed you, my dear blogging family and friends! I've been away at the coast. I hope you enjoy some of the lovely cottages that dot the landscape in the tiny village of Neskowin. It is snugly nestled on the beautiful Pacific Ocean along the coast of Oregon.  


Scenes from where I grew up as a child...It's always so wonderful returning to the area where I spent most of my childhood. I love visiting special places that take me back to my early days in Oregon.

***Sweet Ocean Breezes...Ahhh!
***Seagulls flying overhead
***Strolling along the waters edge
***Salt Water Taffy
***Searching for Seashells
***Sea Lions basking in the sun
***Seaweed washed ashore

It's good to be home, again...Back to the other side of the mountains where the snow is still glistening on high and lofty peaks.

My darling friends...I have some visiting to do...and, oh, how I look forward to popping in to see what you have all been up to!

Blessings and hugs,
Carolynn  xoxo