Sunday, October 4, 2015


My church, First Baptist in Branch, Ar., is having a revival.  It started today.  It goes through Wednesday, starting at 6:30 each night, if you'd like to attend.

Tonight's message was from the book of Revelation, chapter two.  It is about the church of Ephesus.  It was a church who was gung-ho for God, so to speak.  They were committed and effective in the sharing of God's Word with others, but then they got complacent to the sins and worldly things around and lost their effectiveness.

As I listened I realized that I have done the same sort of thing, by letting circumstances with my dad and my job be a damper my effectiveness.   Yes, I have cried out to God and given these circumstances to Him in the past few months, but tonight I realized that though I did so I still hung on to them enough to let them continue to hinder me.

There is a scripture in Romans that I'm reminded of.

  • Romans 12:1 ~  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

This tells me each day I must die to self, take up my cross and trust God.  And I have to be reminded, from time to time, that I don't always die to self.  I'm not always willing to completely hand it all over to God.

God's still working on me.  Thankfully He loves me enough to show me where I falter, where I tend to stray.  Thankfully I know His voice, His guidance, His discipline, and His love.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

2015 Quilt show with demos

Hello.... wow what a busy day!

The Logan County PieceMaker Quilt Guild held its annual quilt show today.

We gave away our 30's themed quilt today.
Ms Chappel was the happy recipient of the quilt

We had a good show today, with antique and modern quilts.

There was a sewing demonstration and a hand quilting demonstration.  We gave people the chance to sit down put a few stitches in a quilt.  I was happy with the number of people, both male and female, who were willing to give the hand quilting a try.

Antique quilts 
Modern quilts
Hand Quilting demo

Sewing demo of the Jelly Roll Race

Finished Jelly roll race quilt top

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Leaves

Mmm... the smell of breakfast cooking...

My daughter and I decided breakfast would be good this evening.  So I cooked a small batch of scrambled eggs and four slices of bacon.  We split it between the two of us.   I added a piece of toast with strawberry jam to my plate.  It was a nice way to round the meal off.

I'm glad the week is almost over... though, there is no rest for the busy.  :)  Tomorrow evening (Friday) we (the Logan County PieceMakers Quilt Guild) are setting up for our annual quilt show this weekend.  It will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m to  5:00 p.m. during the Frontiers Day Festival.  Quilts can be checked in on Friday (10-2-15) from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Paris, AR.   I hope to have some pics from the quilt show to share with you soon.

On my way home this afternoon, I noticed some of the leaves are beginning to change color.  I hope we get a good color change this year.    

Are the leaves beginning to turn in your neck of the woods?

Until next time,

Monday, September 28, 2015

To Try Out

I had the house to myself for a few hours this evening. What did I do with my time?

basting stitches
I basted a quilt.

 Last night I pieced a backing for it so that I could baste it tonight.

ready to baste
This quilt will be used at our quilt show this coming weekend.  It will be a place for individuals to try out hand quilting.

I've been working on a small afghan to use when I get chilled during my Bible time in the early morning.   I hope to have it done later this week to share.

 Did see the blood moon eclipse last night?  I went out to try to get a picture, but the clouds were getting in the way and my camera isn't strong enough to get the moon when it is darkened red.  This morning it sure looked big, low on the western horizon.   If you have followed my blog for very long you know I think the moon is a beautiful part of of God's creation.  It was certainly a beautiful sight as I drove to work this morning.

I guess that's it for now.

Hope all is going well with you.


Thursday, September 24, 2015


This morning was cool and the world was waking when I left for work.  I was greeted by birds singing and a cow in a nearby pasture mooed as if to say "good morning". 

I was greeted by frogs this morning, just singing away.  On my way to work I saw one of the prettiest sunrises I've seen in a very long time.  I was so excited about it, I called home, woke David up (not meaning to) and asked him to take a picture for me.  

This week has just been full of beautiful skies.

Fall is in the air and I'm feeling it for sure as is evident of late.  This time of year is when my mind is in overdrive on quilting, sewing and crafty projects.

as I wait on software at work to download
practicing stippling as I wait...

Autumn wind chime

my front door
I plan on decorating the inside of home for Autumn this weekend.

One last thing before I go.  I want to share with you a garage sale find.  Friday, one of the ladies I work with was having a garage sale with her mom and grandparents.  She and her mom love to scrapbook and they decided it was time to cull some stuff out.   Here's what I found.

  1. set of six glass Christmas ornaments
  2. scrapbook magazine
  3. two albums
  4. two packs scrapbook papers
  5. pack of autumn leaves
  6. two packs of decorative ribbon
  7. two packs of rub off decorations
All items, except the magazine and the ornaments, were unopened packages.

total cost = $10  I thought that was a good find.

Blessings come in all types of ways. You just have to take time to notice.  :)


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rainbow colors and Spider lilies

Yesterday my dad wrote his name for the first time since he was infected with guillain-barre syndrome on June 4, 2015.  He was able to stand very briefly on his own too.  These two small things are big accomplishments for him.  Every small improvement is a step closer to his recovery.

I've started sorting out my scrap fabrics for Audre's scrappy rainbow quilt.  I will collect them as I go and hopefully I will have enough to start on her quilt in the next few month's.  I'm thinking it will be after Christmas before I can get started it though, as this time of year always gets very busy for me.

I know fall is near when I see the Lycoris radiata plants blooming.  Otherwise known as the spider lily.  I have called them naked ladies in the past but have recently learned this type is the spider lily.

As the spider lilies bloom and the weather gets cooler, my project list grows. It has grown with quilting projects, fleece blankets, bookmarks, painted figurines, etc.

Also with the cooler morning temps my head has started feeling stuffy, like it's going to explode if I don't do something soon.  This afternoon, my left ear started hurting so when I got home I took some olive leaf extract and drank hot tea. That seemed to help. I will continue the olive leaf  until this is kicked out and it usually is within a few days if I catch it soon enough.

...  I started writing this blog about 2 hours ago, then got side tracked.  Guess that means I need to sign off.  :)

Until next time,

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Quilts, etc.

Took a little road trip today, complete with road construction, a beautiful car and a symbol reminding how God watches over us.

My friend Kathy and I went to a quilt show in Eufaula, OK.  All the quilts were beautiful and there were vendors, a quilt auction of antique quilts, a tea room for lunch, and a quilt giveaway.  All the proceeds went to "God's Helping Hands".   I took a total of 70 pictures but I will just share a few with you.  Here are some of my favorites.  You can see several more on the Quilts, etc. page.

I bought a set of mini rulers and a couple of magazines full of quilt patterns for the holidays.

It was a good day.  :)


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Quilt Show

Just thought I'd share with you a quilt show coming up.  The guild I belong to is having its annual quilt show on Frontier Day.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015


 "Mom, you got a package!"

Those are the words that came down the hall to my sewing room yesterday afternoon.

A package from my Fat Quarter Swap partner came in the mail.

Aren't the fat quarters pretty?  I think so. There is also embroidery thread, a cute strawberry needle book, a sample of hot iron cleaner, a sample of Sugar shower gel, Blistex, and a package of gum.  This was all inside the cute bag.  The bag had a panel of sayings in the bottom.

I visited a new quilt shop (for me) this weekend.

Cozy Quilts and Things is located in Mulberry, AR.  I will be visiting that shop again.  There is a good selection of fabric and the prices are good too.  The owner of the shop, Linda DeWater, makes you feel at home and is very helpful if you have any questions. Here is a link that tells about the shop.
She helped me get my brain wrapped around doing a scrap quilt, which is totally out of my normal quilting frame of mind.

My daughter has decided on the type of quilt she would like.  She picked a modern scrappy quilt in colors of the rainbow, so I was glad to have some instruction and inspiration on how to go about making one.

Until next time,

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Blossoms of light..

It was good to be back in my sewing room this week.   It all started on the weekend when I made this small baby quilt and large receiving blanket.  These two will go the our local COS.
30" square

 I started working on this little quilt a week or so ago.  I finished it this evening.  It is 8" x 12".
It is a representation of what's been going on with my dad.   Though there have been dark days, there has been small blossoms of light along the way.
I have added three beads in each block, representing the Holy Trinity and how God has helped each of us through this long process.  I quilted it in a way that represents the roller coaster ride we have been on with the good days and bad days.  :)  I used metallic thread to quilt it, representing dad's strong will.
 Dad is beginning to have more good days and is getting stronger.

~ Sonia

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Scrappy Beauty

Happy Left Handers Day!

I helped host the Logan County Fair last night and thought I'd share the Grand prize quilt with you.

Isn't this a scrappy beauty?  It is hand quilted.

Judging started yesterday and I think some continued today.

The "Bargains Galore on 64" is in full swing through the weekend.  Hwy 64 runs through the town I work in, Ozark, AR, and the traffic was very busy today.  I saw a beauty today though as I walked back in after lunch.  I saw a vintage pink Cadillac with tail fins and rag top.  I found out later, when telling a friend about it, that the car is owned by a lady who works in Ozark and she drives it every day.  How have I missed that beautiful car all this time?

The garden has done pretty good this year.  The squash is done but we still have peppers, tomatoes, carrots,watermelons, etc. growing.  We have two raised beds.  Here is the last "big" harvest I did.  David has harvested more, since this picture, but I thought it made for a pretty picture.  There's kale, jalapenos, banana peppers, okra, cherry tomatoes, pearl onion, squash and eggplant.  I took this picture right after I washed them.

The weekend is drawing near and I hope to be able to work in my sewing room this weekend.  There are so many things I want to get done and I just haven't had time, of late, to do them.

This little poem came to me this evening.
Rushing here,
Rushing there,
With no time to spare,
Sewing machine is collecting dust,
Afraid it might begin to rust,
Fabric waits and thread looks on,
Beads, buttons, and yarn wonder where I’ve gone.
Need to slow down and relax,
Bring out the fabric and thread packs,
Put that machine to use,
Bring out the yarn, beads and buttons too.
And don’t forget the scrapbook pages,
To share all the wonders in life,
A sunrise here,  
A flower blooms there,
When you slow down you see beauty everywhere.

                                                    SParham 08-13-15

I guess that's it for now.

Chat with you soon,

Monday, August 10, 2015

Three stages... :)

Have you ever had a day where you experienced three different stages of tears?

Today, I did.

My son came home for a visit this weekend and had to leave this morning.... tears of sadness.

About mid-morning I was working on something that really stresses me out... tears of stress.

Then about thirty minutes before leaving work I and two ladies I work with, received some very good news.... tears of joy.  (I can't go into it but in regard to the thing that brought on the tears of stress, this was actually an answer to prayers)

Talk about a roller coaster day, at least it ended on a good note.    


P.S.  Hope to have something "crafty" with you soon.  :)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Been Awhile...

Hi, it's been awhile since I last wrote.   It's been awhile since I was in my sewing room too.  Earlier in the week, I made a commitment to myself to get back in my creative space and dedicate at least an hour of my time each day.

So I bought a tool to help me stay on track.  I set it for an hour and when the alarm goes off, if I decide to continue that's fine, if I'm ready to stop that's fine too but at least I get an hour of creative time.

Today, I made long sleeves to wear when I crochet for long periods of time.  I made them out of an old t-shirt I no longer wear.  The reason I did this is because a rash develops on top of my arms when I crochet for longer periods of time.  Its not on my hands or forearms.  So I was thinking maybe it is from lint or fuss that might come from the yarn.  So I'm going to try this and see if it helps.  If it doesn't then I will try switching to a crochet needle made of a different material than the ones I use now.

I've entered a Fat Quarter Swap! 
Check it out by clicking the link below.

So what else have I been up to?  I found this cute little guy and cross stitched (or made an attempt at it) the bib he is wearing.  This was part of a baby gift.

You know I like to go to flea markets and such and last weekend I found this little treasure.  It's an instruction book from 1941.

Yesterday I cut some roses from my ground cover rose and took cuttings from one of my philodendron plants and made a small arrangement.
I think the major change from bringing them in from outside was to hard on the roses though because they were very wilted this morning.  So I took the roses out but left the philodendron cuttings as they will root.

 It's been very hot and humid here in Arkansas.  When I went outside somewhere between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. it was 95°F, this after it had started cooling down.

Yesterday was the first day, my dad sounded like himself in some time.  He has been in the hospital since June 4th, trying to recover from Guillian-Barre Syndrome.  He has been moved around so much, from facility to facility, that it has affect his dementia. He's tired of being in the hospital; he's tired of the time it is taking for him to recover and regain strength and mobility, but he is determined.

Okay... well I guess that catches me up with you all.   I hope all is going well for you and yours.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thursday Favorite

As the 4th of July approaches, I'm happy to know my dad is getting stronger every day and my niece Chloe is on the way and is scheduled to be born tomorrow.

New beginnings, new birth... isn't that what our country is all about?  The freedom to worship when and where you like; the chance to start all over again, learning from your mistakes and making better choices; the right to have your own thoughts and to agree or disagree with what's going on around you and the right to voice those thoughts.

Ben Franklin said "Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature".

So as you spend time with family and friends this weekend, whether grilling out and shooting off fireworks, or just chilling out watching a fireworks show, remember to thank God for the freedoms you have.


Monday, June 29, 2015

One day down...

Hi, hope you had a great weekend.   Weekends never last long enough for me.  :)

Friday evening I caught this picture of the beautiful sky.  It was as the sun was setting after a storm.


I tried out a recipe for Caramel Rolls.  I had to tweak it a little as I didn't have all the ingredients, but they turned out good.

Here's the recipe.

For Caramel:
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, cut in slices
36 pecan halves
For Dough:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
For Filling:
2 Tbsp soften margarine or butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Heat oven to 450°F.  Place 2 tsp brown sugar, 2 tsp butter and 3 pecan halves in each of 12 muffin cups; place in oven until melted.  Mix ingredients for dough, pour out on a floured surface, forming a ball and knead about 5 times.  Roll dough out into a 9" x 15" rectangle.  Spread the softened margarine/butter, brown sugar and cinnamon on the rectangle except for about 1/2" around the edge. Roll tightly from the long edge and pinch closed.  Cut into 1/2" pieces.  Place each piece on top of the melted caramel mix in the muffin cups.  Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. When rolls are done, immediately turn pan upside down on a heat proof serving dish. Leave pan over rolls for 1 minute, then remove and serve (Remember leave pan on rolls only 1 minute, I left mine a little longer and some of the caramel wanted to stay in the pan).


There's a great opportunity coming up for you to share your creative space with other bloggers.




One day down... only four more days until the weekend.  :)

Until next time...