{ spring inspiration board }

Welcome Spring!

Here are some photos of an inspiration board I created to usher in warmer days and the greening of the earth.

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Bye bye Winter!

March 20, 2015 - 11:42 am

KarenLR - Still snowy and bitter cold here in Vermont. This post has lifted my spirits, and I may create an inspiration board of my own. Thank you for the pretties!

March 20, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Linda - What an inspiration! I’m sitting here this morning, cup of coffee in hand, looking out over my meadow which was covered with snow in the night. Again. I must work on some kind of project today that brings spring into the house, even if it is still cold and snow in the outside world!

March 20, 2015 - 2:26 pm

Helen - Beautiful, just beautiful. Has made my day so much brighter! Thank you!

March 20, 2015 - 5:21 pm

Kas - ‘Oh Rebecca ~ your work here is so very lovely! Thank you for sharing and Happy Spring to you too :) kas

March 20, 2015 - 7:20 pm

Dawn - Love this! Always inspiring….

{ quilt inspiration }

My first-ever hand-quilted quilt is finished!  It was a labor of love, and by that I mean I loved every minute of the process of this quilt.  If you’ve known me even a little while, you know I am pretty much daily inspired by my late maternal grandmother (my granny).  She was a quilter, seamstress, creative spirit.  I think I probably am her all over again.

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So with inspiration from granny and fellow creative soul Pam, I took a deep breath and pulled together piles of little fabric scraps that have been collecting.  And began.

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Setting out with a plan or vision is much scarier for me than to just begin and watch what happens along the way.  So my plan was no plan.

And bit by scrap, my quilt started to look like something I thought I might really like.

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The machine piecing was a lot of fun.  I love the hum of the sewing machine.  I love hand cutting little squares and rectangles.  I love pulling colors and designs together.

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When it was time to start hand quilting, I was a bit intimidated and started to think this project might fall to the wayside like many do.

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But as I began to pull needle and thread, little by little it started to look like a real quilt.  And that kept me moving.  I did catch a vision then, a glimpse of the finished piece that was made by my own two hands, with much love.

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Before I knew it, I was tying off the last thread of the binding.  My quilt was finished.  And love it I do.  It makes me happy.  The worst part?  Wishing I could go back up to my studio and begin a brand new one.  But not just now.  There’s no time.  Did I tell you we’re having a wedding at the homestead this Summer??  So much to do…stay tuned!

March 11, 2015 - 7:23 pm

Ingrid - What a beautiful quilt. I love your soft colour palette. How well it matches to a softly (hand) quilted quilt. It’s inspired me to try making one. Thanks.

March 11, 2015 - 7:49 pm

Debbie - Oh Rebecca…I love this quilt! I find hand stitching & quilting to be very relaxing & comforting…and it’s amazing to see a quilt come to life in your hands. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous quilt with us.

March 12, 2015 - 2:05 am

Ginny Worden - Rebecca, what a lovely quilt, and a great tribute to your “Granny”.Enjoy!!

March 12, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Julie - Such a lovely, lovely quilt. You and Pam sure have me inspired. I’ll make one. I know I will.

March 12, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Betsy Kimbrough - I cannot tell you how much I love your quilt. I have several from my grandmother and other long gone relatives and your quilt reminds me of the old fashioned ones. It is amazing. I am sure your grandmothers spirit was beside you guiding your creativity the entire way.
I have been a fan of your work and you for years. Keep it up.

March 12, 2015 - 7:09 pm

Sheila Rumney - Your quilt is gorgeous! What a beautiful work of love! My my hand quilts and has for years. What an exciting time for you and your family as the wedding draws near. Enjoy!

March 14, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Dawn - Love the quilt, Rebecca! Wedding coming up!?! Enjoy that process, too. <3

March 19, 2015 - 5:43 am

Shelly - Lovely! What an inspiration, I am intimidated to start a quilt. As a child my started at least 3 and has yet to finish one (I’m 46)… Maybe someday :)

March 31, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Kendra - Rebecca,
Your quilt is lovely! I love the soft colors and the handmade, home-y look. We are truly kindred spirits. My maternal grandmother was also “Granny” and it sounds as if they were very much alike. And yes, I am my Granny all over again as well. I am the only grandchild who truly looks like her and I love it!
Many blessings to you, my friend!
Kendra

{ paper hearts blog tour & giveaway }

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I love love!  And this week of celebrating love is the perfect time for me to tell you about my friend Courtney’s new book “Paper Hearts”.  I can tell you it’s been a crazy long time since I’ve read a love story, but I smiled through every page of her sweet novel.

The story includes an inspiring tradition of writing love notes on paper hearts and tucking them here and there for your special people to find.  What a great idea!  And I don’t care if he’s a 17-year-old high school guy, I’m writing a little paper heart love note to my son and tucking it in his room somewhere.  Our teens might be the ones who need love notes the most, right?:)

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And here is something you will love.  Courtney is hosting a fantastic giveaway package including one of my love-key necklaces…

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To participate in the #shareyourheart campaign and to enter your chance to WIN a pretty awesome prize, all you have to do is find Courtney on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/courtneywalshwrites), and SHARE the Paper Hearts Book Trailer with your friends.  Then enter the giveaway on her facebook page to win.  Fun!

For bonus entries, create your own paper heart and share it on Courtney’s wall and tag your post with #shareyourheart

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You can watch the adorable book trailer here.

And here’s a link to Courtney’s blog where you can see all the other Paper Heart tour participants.

The perfect book to snuggle in and read on this weekend celebrating LOVE!

{ read something }

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I’m a reader.  I love books and am in love with books.  I read a lot.  Think of the sheer privilege it is to be able to read!  Think of the privilege it to be able to read and to have thousands upon thousands of books at our disposable.  There is no time or place in history where so many books have been so easily accessible.

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Learn to fall in love with books.  Read current books, read books written long, long ago (this is my current to-be-read stack).  You don’t have to believe everything you read in every book.  You don’t even have to like them all.  But love the process.  Snuggle in, hibernate, with a good book.  Savor the feel of turning a new page, the satisfaction of closing the book when you’ve read the last chapter and sighing over it.

Yay for books!  We should read more.  Let’s read more.

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January 30, 2015 - 7:07 pm

beth p. - I am doing a little happy dance over here because … about 3 years ago I saw this book in the library but already had a huge stack to check out so I figured I’d get it another time. But, much to my chagrin, I couldn’t ever remember the title. I searched in a variety of sources but I’d only read a little blurb so didn’t really have much to grasp. And then, I forgot about it. Til today. Thank you, Rebecca for including The Blue Sweater in your stack. I have just looked online and it is currently checked in at my local library branch. Heading over there to check it out. Thanks to you :)

January 31, 2015 - 6:01 pm

Fonda Rush - I wonder if the accessibility of books will be threatened by the technological age. Already, some books only come electronically. Ebooks require computers or readers which may reduce the number of people who can access them. I can imagine that the blind have a limited number of books written in Braille or made into audio books available to them.

February 2, 2015 - 5:48 am

Lorrie - There are stacks of books on shelves here, too. Reading is as essential as breathing and prayer to me. I love looking at what other people are reading.

{ just rise up }

I’ve been reading an inspirational book by Sarah Francis Martin titled “Just Rise Up”.

Sarah encourages us to do a lot of things in her book.  Good things.  And I’m inspired on so many levels by this young lady’s boldness to put herself out there and write about her faith and commitment to living her life for God.  And so there’s much you could take away from her writing.  Sarah has encouraged me to…

{1} Rise up.  Literally.  I’m an early bird anyway, but sneaking out from under the covers even earlier carries its rewards.  The still-quiet house, the calm before the day, the feeling like I’m stirring around while the rest of the world sleeps.  I love that feeling.

farm-april-2014-i{2} Journal intentionally.  My one little word for 2015 is ‘write’ so it’s something I’m focusing on anyway.  But Sarah prompts us to write responses specifically to questions and thoughts she shares in each chapter of her book.  Putting thoughts, prayers, questions, etc., down on paper is always a good idea.  The written word remains.

IMG_1322_2{3}  Get serious about reading and meditating on God’s Word.  I love to do this anyway.  But it falls away sometimes only because I let it.  Because I nonsensically think I don’t have time or can’t allow myself that luxury today.  Bad idea.

IMG_1309_2{4}  Live a life of praise to God, no matter what.  I am convinced there is not any situation we find ourselves in where we can’t find something to offer up praise over.  And this can circle back to the journaling.  Write out your praises!  It solidifies them and makes them feel more real and true.  Give it a try.

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DIVIDER-BRANCH-MUSTARD copyThank you, Sarah, for this little gem of a book.  I am encouraged to rise up!

January 28, 2015 - 3:22 pm

Sarah Martin - Rebecca, friend. You inspire me. Thank you for these kind words. Your art blows me away. I heart you!!!

January 28, 2015 - 11:57 pm

Mary Lydia - thank you for your post… very reflective….. hit home for me.

January 29, 2015 - 12:04 am

Jeanette in Illinois - Rebecca,
I have my copy ordered and can’t wait to read it!!! Thanks for sharing this with us. I think it will be a wonderful accompaniment to the Documented Faith project and Bible Journaling too!!
Hugs & Blessings.
So looking forward to meeting you in person in VT!!!
Jeanette

February 11, 2015 - 10:56 pm

Cherie Wilson - oh very sweet to know! I have my copy……….. and now your encouragement to stop the busyness of the business and read this little gem by sweet Sarah! xoxo