Thursday, April 23, 2015

Howling and Singing

I missed my morning time in the Scriptures because I wasn't focused and was running late. So I took my Bible to work with me to read on my lunch break.

As I sat in my car, eating my lunch, rain gently fell giving a rhythmic beat on top of my car and I enjoyed watching a few pretty little birds play in the rain.

The rain eventually stopped and I lowered the car windows to let the cool breeze blow in.  As I read my Bible, I heard all kinds of birds singing and chattering among themselves.  I even heard what sounded like an owl hooting.  It was very peaceful.

Then the blare of an ambulance's siren began to wail as it raced down the street that runs along the parking lot where I was parked.  The dogs in the surrounding neighborhood began to howl and they sounded so sorrowful as if they knew something bad had happened.

I said a quick prayer for the emergency response crew and the people they were going to help.

As the wail of the sirens faded the dogs stopped howling, I started writing all this down on paper and the birds continued to sing.

Microsoft clip art
Hugs,
Sonia

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Music to my ears...

I love the sound of rolling thunder and rainfall.  It is music to my ears.

We had a heavy shower move through this afternoon and I had to go outside.  I can't help but step outside when it's raining to listen to the symphony.



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tar trails and dandelions

I woke up hungry.  So after my morning time in the Bible, I decided to make pancakes. I had bananas, raisins, and pecans... so I came up with a recipe for banana pancakes.

These are hearty pancakes and I made them big, using 1/2 cup of batter for each pancake.  Two pancakes will fill you up.

Hearty Banana Pancakes
by Sonia Parham
  • 3 bananas mashed, they should be ripe but not over ripe
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose white flour
  • 2 heaping teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, or the amount needed for the batter consistency you like.
In a bowl combine mashed bananas, egg and brown sugar.  In another bowl combine flours, baking powder and salt.  Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture, add the milk and blend well. Stir in the pecans and the raisins.  Cook the pancakes on medium heat until done.

Try out different toppings to use.  My daughter ate hers with nothing on them, my husband tried a little strawberry jam on the bottom pancake and a little syrup on the top one.  I ate my pancakes with a little peanut butter and strawberry jam.  They are yummy.  :)

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I got a few pics this week that I thought were good.  You never know what I might take a picture of,  new blooms, what most people call weeds, tar trails in the road...
First Iris bloom

dandelions

tar trails
Went to a flea market today and had a good find.  A pattern book for quilting with the folded star, for $0.50 and a book on gifts from a jar.  It is like new, with the raffia, fabric and all the printed recipe cards. I got it for $3.50.



Hugs,
Sonia

PS, I updated the Quilts tab.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Echos of Friendship



This wall hanging is in honor of the friendships I have.  I was inspired by a card of encouragement I recently received from one of my friends.

Monday, April 6, 2015

An update and a peek of what's to come...

finally finished... that is what I can say about the small quilt I've been working on.


That same day, in the evening, the moon was beautiful in the sky with a halo around it.


The next day I rearranged my sewing room a little more.  I took the two tables that were turned, sitting the northeast corner of the room, to the center of the north wall so that both tables can be used for sewing.
BEFORE

AFTER


















I like this new setup better.  I can have both of my machines set up for sewing and now have room to set up my Serger when I need to use it.





I have started a small wall hanging.   A friend gave me an inspirational card and I thought the picture would make a pretty wall hanging.

Here's a peek at the start of it.  I have the fabrics I want to use picked out. I was working on the butterfly wings this evening to see how I would do them.  I will most likely cut out wings that look more like the Monarch's than use the wing shapes I already have.



Until next time, have a great week!

Hugs,
Sonia

Friday, April 3, 2015

Just in time...


The other day I saw dandelions and thought "so the war begins, between weeds and man."  But that thought was quickly overtaken by the other signs of Spring.

Like this cute little squirrel scampering about.






Then these little beauties bloomed just in time for Easter.                                  






New blooms, new life.

Like when you believe in Jesus Christ.  Your life is renewed, you are made new in Christ.

Take time to remember the reason we celebrate Easter.  It's not about the bunny, the colored eggs, or those cute little peeps.

It's about the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  Who loves us so much He sacrificed His life on a rugged crossed. Who died for our sins.  Who laid in a tomb for three days, then conquered death, rising again completely justified.

It's all about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the great thing is, He's coming again.   Are you ready?


Hugs,
Sonia

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

This and that


I took this picture Sunday night after church.  I thought it looked pretty cool with the clouds highlighted by the moon.   As a matter of fact it put me in mind of how God is always watching.

Over the weekend, I went on a shop hop with two of my quilting friends.  I forgot my camera so I don't have pics of the shops we visited but I did come back with some goodies.

Each shop gave away door prizes for visiting and then I had to buy some stuff too.  :)
The top row, in the picture below, has the giveaway items and the bottom row has what was bought.


Each shop sold a block/patterns and if you buy one from each shop, you then have all the blocks for a quilt.  I took some pictures of quilts using the blocks in some of the shops with my phone.  They aren't the best pictures but you get an idea of the fabrics used and the block patterns.





I was in Ft. Smith this evening and stopped by a second hand store before I came home.  I found this cute little music box and thought it would go nicely in my sewing room.


It is very humid this evening.  A sure sign rain is on the way.

Until next time, 
Hugs,
Sonia

Monday, March 23, 2015

Oh My!...

I went to my fabric cabinet to get scraps for a few English paper pieced flowers. I opened the cabinet, pulled out a tote filled with fabric scraps, opened it up to find I had put felt material in it and had moved the fabric scraps to another tote.... Oh my!  I searched and didn't find them.  I was on the phone with my Mom and told her it was going to take me longer to find the fabric scraps than it would take to hand sew the flowers.

After I found the fabric scraps, in a bigger tote than the previous one, I decided to make a list of where everything is in my cabinet.



So, now that I have that addressed I can focus on the paper pieced flowers.  They will be appliqued to the small quilt I've been working on.

I'm in the middle of rearranging my sewing room too.  I have moved the t.v. and the small cabinet it was sitting on out of the room and moved the Yarn dresser and the quilt rack.  Now I need to move the sewing tables.  I plan to keep them on the same side of the room but will rotate them so that lengthwise they will be going north/south instead of east/west like they are now.  By rotating the tables in the new position I will be able to have both of my active sewing machines set up at all times and I think I will have room for my serger too.  This will create a more efficient and productive environment.

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I've said it before and I'm going to say it again.  I'm so glad Spring is here.  :)

There are blooms everywhere.  All the daffodils in my flower bed are now bloomed.  I think the reason I like them so much is each year when they bloom to new life, it makes me think of how my life became new when I trusted in Jesus Christ as my Savior.  

Here are some shots I've taken in the past few days.  The days have been overcast so the color of the flowers and trees blooming gave the gray days some cheer.  :)


this stem was laid over, so I cut it and put it in some water in this little bottle.
hyacinths among the dead winter grass
  
new growth on the climbing roses
  





Sunday, March 15, 2015

Creepy crawling things...

You know how I'm always amazed at the beauty of God's creation?  Well that goes for the creepy crawling things too.  :)

Here are some pics I caught during this past week.  Everything from a beautiful sunset to spider webs.

I also worked on a small project for my car.

 
Attack of the earthworms!

Spiders everywhere!  these were all over the bushes.
Handsome fellow

first blooms in my flowerbed
stray kitty chilling out in the flowerbed

I usually have something hanging from my rear view mirror in my car.  Just as recent as last week, I had a stained glass cross hanging from it, but the cross broke.  So I went to my bead and craft supplies and found this stained glass angel I've had for several years.  It only had the pale read beads and a cross on the front.  So I added blue and red Swarovski crystal beads and smaller yellow beads.  Then I added jingle charms and another cross on the back of the angel.

Front

Back

 That's it for now.

Wishing you all a beautiful week!

Hugs,
Sonia

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Focus

Who's ready for Spring?

I sure am, thus the change to my blog background.


I knew I was going to have very long week, while walking up the stairs at work this morning thinking "Thank the Lord it's Friday".

"Heavenly Father, help me through this week, help me to keep my days in order, help me to stay focused on the things at hand.  Thank You for the help You have provided in the past, present and future.  I ask this in Jesus's name, Amen!"

Until next time,
Hugs,
Sonia

Sunday, March 8, 2015

My Walk

Just a note to let you know I've updated the My Walk page.



To you all, may the Lord give you peace and happiness this week.

Hugs,
Sonia

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Yeah... think I'll wait...


I woke up this morning and what did I see,
A lot road warnings screaming at me,
Very dangerous drive!
Slick roads!
If you're out and about, go slow!
So I peaked outside and decided to say,
"I think I'll go in late today".
                            SParham 2015


Yeah... think I'll wait...

The good news is, it's suppose to start melting by mid morning and then we have sunshine and temps rising for the next week.  Yes!

I just went outside and took these pics.   The sun is rising and when I stepped out I heard a lot of bird chatter.  I found them high in a tree close to the house.



Be safe and have a great day!

Hugs,
Sonia