Monday, April 27, 2009

Blessed!

Blessed is not a word that I use very often when speaking but I realized this weekend, that it is a word that I feel....

What a wonderful weekend I had!!!

In this part of Upstate NY, we had some wonderful summer-like weather, so Nature Boy and I biked over to a nearby park on Friday afternoon to check on the flora and fauna..... and we were not disappointed so early in the season!!!
Hovey Pond 4/24/09

I was also fortunate to have time to myself this weekend to sew!

So, I got back to my Dear Jane blocks and started some hand applique...
Block E-10
including my first ever reverse applique (thanks to Sarah and Anina).....
Block C-9
I still have so, so very far to go....
slow progress on my Dear Jane block chart
but that is okay, I have lots of polka dot fabrics left!!!
polka dot fabrics
I made 7 more scrappy log cabin blocks....
up to 86 blocks!
to bring my total to 86 blocks!! Still hoping to make over 100 blocks (not sure when to stop yet) and then piece them with white sashing to fit our bed (we are the only ones in the house without a homemade quilt gracing our bed... why is that?!)

Lastly, I took some time this weekend to reflect on the past 47 years of my life, as I enter my 48th year today....
me 4/26/09
I have many trophies of a good life....
my trophies!
Muscles I have acquired from my frequent early morning workouts, a few gray hairs, a couple of crow's feet, and the remnants of carrying three babies (8lb 4 oz, 8 lb, and 7 lb 15 oz) in my belly.

I now embrace these parts of me and know that life has given me so much!

I am so lucky to have such a wonderful family and great friends, like you, who are a part of my life!!!! Thank you all!!!!!!

And now for present time.... in honor of my 47th, I am giving away this mini which will be bound in red later today....
a mini that is going to be bound today...
with a close up of the quilting...
close up
Leave me a comment before May 1st, 8 AM EST and this present can be yours!!!!

Have a great week!
my very own bus
Upstatelisa

51 comments:

Sarah said...

happy birthday friend! it's been a pleasure getting to know you this past year. i hope you have a wonderful and special day!

Sylvie said...

Happy birthday Lisa!
I am a great fan of your work, so I wish you still have as much inspiration for many many years!
Love from France.
Sylvie

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday. I hvae only recently discovered your blog but it is always a pleasure to see what you are doing.

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday. I'm headed in exactly the same direction at the end of next month -- same age too! I don't see any signs of aging in your pix -- just signs of a life well-lived. Thanks for a fun and lively blog. That little quilt would be happy to live at my house!

LauraJ said...

Happy Birthday! I hope I look as good as you do at 48. I can't believe you are that age! You're beautiful! :)

Deb C. said...

Happy birthday, birthday girl! You look Ma-va-lis dahhling!

lesthook said...

Happy Birthday!It looks good on you!

MichelleB said...

Happy Birthday! You have some fabulous trophies. Love your new blocks, too!

Beth said...

Happy Birthday! what a wondeful, uplifitng post! I would love to win that gorgeious mini, I love the colors and the quilting!

Just Me said...

You continue to surprise and entertain me...with your blogs, your activities, your quilting, your exercising..just all your accomplishments! Never would have guessed your age. Thanks for everything! Oh yeah, love the scrappy quilt. Whoever is lucky enough to have it will love it for sure! xoxo Judy

Nancy said...

Happy Birthday Lisa!! You are so brave to show your belly....

Love the little quilt.

BarbB said...

Happy Birthday OLDER sister!

Jamie said...

Lisa,

You look great kid and Happy Birthday!
Now how do I win me one of those minis?
Jamie

quiltinkimmie said...

I love your red and black quiltie! So that means you MUST send it to me!!! LOL I see its your birthday!! Awesome!! Celebrate to the fullest!!

ccmommy said...

Happy Birthday. I love seeing all your quilting adventures. Your pictures are beautiful. I especially like the one of the turtle.

Laurie said...

Happy Birthday! I turned 48 last week and it was wonderful. With our oldest going off to college and the other one heading into Junior year in the Fall, I understand now when my Mom always said "don't wish time away"! It sure does go by fast.
Have a Wonderful Day!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday to you!

Sara said...

Look no further. You found your winner!

Happy (belated) Birthday, Lisa! Hope the next year is happy, healthy and full of creativity!

Let's hope the nice weather stays here in CNY.

The Calico Cat said...

Love the log cabin, so drop my name in the hat.

Happy Birthday!

Kathy said...

Happy Happy B-day! You look great!
I love black/white and red quilts, this one especially!

Chocolate Cat said...

Wishing you a Very Happy Birthday! I would be more than happy to receive a present to celebrate !!!!

FrancisMoore said...

Happy Birthday. I have made a couple of white, black, and red quilts. Love those colors together. Francis C. Moore in Indy

lil said...

happy bithday my dear
that quilt is so spectacular, especially love the unusual quilting

Sandi said...

Happy Birthday. Gorgeous qulit.

Calico Road said...

What an awesome attitude to have when growing another year. Happy Birthday! I love the quilting you did on the mini. Did I mention my favorite color is red? (wink)

Sarah said...

Happy birthday! i can't believe it's teh 27th already! hope you had a good one!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

Happy Birthday lady! Nice arms, gal!
;-)
the quilting is super cure on the mini! I gotta try that...

Lorraine said...

Happy Birthday Lisa......I was just catching up on some blogs and am in awe of your Dear Jane blocks....I am not going to even think about that journey...! (and am therefore in awe of those of you who do embark on the DJ trip!) Hope you have had a fab birthday.....I love it when my birthday comes around....getting older is WAY better than the alternative!

Helen said...

Happy Happy, happy birthday dear Lisa! Can't believe you are 48! I'm 10 years behind you exactly, hope I am as hip and groovy as you and I would love your arm muscles!! I love reading your blog and I love your work too, proud to call you my blogging buddy! x

Kellie said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!
I wish I could give you a hug ... just know that I would if I could!

Poerava said...

Happy Birthday!!!
You look fantastic.
Love your work too.

Sue said...

Happy Birthday Lisa. I hope I look as good as you when I hit your age.

Bernadette said...

Happy Birthday! I have recently discovered your blog thanks to Jodie and I love your work. I have made one scrappy log cabin, you put me to shame. I also love your "spotty" DJ. Very unique!

Joyce said...

Happy Birthday. Oh to be that young again! Lol. Love the quilt so count me in.

Rebekah said...

Happy Birthday!

pattynubs said...

What guns (slang for bicepts) you have! Happy Birthday to you. Love the quilt.

Pamela S. said...

Happy birthday, Lisa!! Count me in- I'd love to win this charmer :)

Barb said...

Happy Birthday Lisa! I always enjoy seeing what you are up to. You "almost" make me want to do a DJ quilt.

Katy said...

Great guns!!! You put me to shame, especially looking so fine for 47. I'd have never guessed you were even close to that, 37 possibly, but not 47.
I hope you had a great day yesterday, I am loving getting to 'know' you better.

Pat said...

Happy Birthday, Lisa! AND...always remember....you are only as old as you feel and I believe YOU will always be a young-at-heart, joyful gal...so you will never be OLD...you may age in years but OLD??? Nope...that will never happen with you! I'd love that black/white/red mini to live in my home, so please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!

goldenbird said...
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goldenbird said...

Happy birthday! I just found your blog (Saw the link on Not-So-Plain Jane) and got such a kick out of your birthday post. The mini-quilt is so cute-- I want to learn to make those. Please include me in the giveaway! Thanks ...

RachelJane said...

Happy Birthday Lisa! What a great post - I hope you celebrate in style. You are excellent proof that age is only a number!!!

Mal* said...

I love the quilting on that baby. I'd love to see it up close and personal. You post pictures of yourself and it inspires me to work out more! Thank you!

Digital Misfit said...

Happy Birthday.
Your quilting is beautiful - and it is well past time that you made one to enjoy yourself!
hugs,
Heidi
heidig@gmail.com
http://myhidingplaceincyberspace.blogspot.com

jacquie said...

happy birthday to you!!! love the attitude...so many blessings!

Kathie said...

Happy Happy Happy Birthday
ah this past weekend was just beautiful and yes isn't it wonderful to start seeing the flowers and green popping up?
oh numbers , just that ...
heres to another wonderful year...
Kathie

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Hope you had a wonderful birthday Lisa!! Best wishes for the yar ahead. Your scrappy cabins are growing. Love the pile of polka dot fabrics.

lattermild said...

Happy birthday!

The quilt its gorgeous *swoon*

susan said...

happy birthday!! what a fabulous post! i love your pix! your scrappy log cabins are so yummy. and that giveaway one is adorable!!! hope you had a great day and many more!
smooches

JWhit said...

Aha, I found the correct comments page! Hope you had a great b/day. Jen in Sydney