There's a wonderful Christian video/audio called "Sunday's Coming" and all through it the reader says, "It's Only Friday." It's a pre-Easter video that reminds us that no matter how bad things were/are "It's Only Friday" and "Sunday's Coming." If you haven't seen/heard it go here and listen; it's amazing. I don't know why I thought of that this morning when I realized that today's Friday except that it's kind of become my mantra - Sunday's coming and what a great day that will be. But when I started downloading pictures for this post I thought to myself, "it's only Friday and I've already been to one quilt shop this week and am going to another tomorrow - I could get in trouble quickly!" I'm sometimes off on Wednesday afternoon and that was the case this week so I made a quick trip to Lafayette. I confess my primary purpose was to pick up some Tazo Chai Tea from Barnes and Noble, the only place around here I've found to buy it. I brought a couple of boxes of the liquid concentrate that I
exist on love with me but I knew I would need some soon. And, of course, on the way I stopped at The Borne Quilter, one of my favorite shops. I picked up this Riley Blake Hooty Goes Night Night quilt kit and I have a really good excuse. These young people, they keep having babies! I'm going to need a baby quilt or two in the very near future.
I browsed the patterns and ran across this one - The Bungalow Bag by Abbey Lane. I confess I skipped over it. I'm not a brown person and the fabric they used in this picture didn't hook me. But then when I was looking at fabric I saw the shop sample made up in this fabric:
It was love at first sight. Now ya'll know I didn't bring my sewing machine with me. What in the world am I going to do? I want this purse! Do you think if I hand stitch it that it will be strong enough? Or must I go down to the sewing room and push aside one of the ladies working on school bags? I don't think my boss would approve of that. :)
Aren't these gorgeous? My boss/friend Dianna had these on my desk when I arrived last Sunday and they're still pretty today. They make my office so warm and inviting.
And look at these beautiful, and very fragrant, gardenias. There are several bushes of these outside one of the buildings here. It seems to me that I used to root these just by sticking them in water. I hope I'm not mis-remembering because I'd love to have a start from them. How about it some flower person out there - will this work?
And look at this cute addition to my kitchen - a steal for $5 at the dollar store. Our facilities manager came and hung it for me after I took this picture. Perfect for a retired educator, don't you think?
That's pretty much been my week. Not one stitch taken. :( But this weekend, which for me starts about 2:00 this afternoon, I'm going to start the hand quilting on my jelly roll quilt. I'll show you a picture next week. I haven't tried to hand quilt in a long time so I'm going to load up on Ibuprofen before I start...we'll see how far I get.