Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Friday, November 01, 2013

12 / year

Well, so much for 12 / year. I totally blew off the month of September, and if you are my one reader following me in this photo diary, my apologies {wink}.

~~ September ~~

 I started September with many craft projects and many rosaries to repair. My parish puts a notice in the bulletin once a month with my offer to repair rosaries for free. People also find me on the internet. This one pictured I was working on was from California. At one point I had several bags -- gallon-size zipper bags -- on my dining room, table full of broken rosaries. They are finally all finished. I actually love working on these old rosaries -- I love the feel of the beads and the crucifix -- ones that have been prayed and prayed and prayed. I love that Mary uses me for her work.

The little girl quilt I sent to my younger cousin Amy for her baby Margot Jillmarie.

I started with the red, green and pink butterfly fabric and built around it. I was going to just go with pink, green and white, but Noah said I had to use red because she's a Cincinnati baby (Go Reds!).

And this is the baby mobile I made for Margot. It's kind of quirky, but I love the little birdies. The colors match the colors of bedding in Margot's room, but I think they are good colors for any baby's room, even a boy (Margot's future siblings).

I finally took photos of the living room (post new wood floor and new upholstered furniture).

It looks kind of crowded in these pictures, but I don't think it feels that way. 
More like cozy.

You can see in this photo, in the corner of the adjacent dining room, I placed a matching chair, so when we need more seats, we can pull it in. This is a huge increase in seating for us, as before we had two chairs and one love seat. It will be great when we have family over.

~~ October ~~

Our field trip to the Velvet Ice Cream Mill.

My oldest -- 24 years old. Unbelievable that I have been a mother for 24 years. My mother-in-law reminded me on his birthday that when she first saw Geoffrey, she thought it was funny how Doug and I handled him like a little, China doll. He was my little doll, and I was terrified of hurting him. I guess I think that's the way it should be.

Fall upon us

Three ordinary jack-o-lanterns (no parental supervision involved).

The third one got a little lot sick -- too much candy, I think.

One of the three Musketeers, before she got soaked. The wettest Halloween on record, I believe.

And that's all for September and October. (I promise to be timely in November, Ana Maria.)


  1. Hahaha I forgive you! I'll post mine shortly too, I feel like September and October got away from me too quickly. Gabriela made the same vomiting jack o' lantern. My husband couldn't help them carve their normally elaborate pumpkins. Love all the projects especially that sweet mobile. You've been busy!

    1. Ana Maria, the mobile was fun. And I am always busy (not always doing what I SHOULD be doing)! ;-)

  2. Your photos are beautiful. And I LOVE your gorgeous home!!!!

  3. Love your home and love reading anything you have to offer. Some of us are not as motivated or able to do all that you do, but you are always inspiring. I think you keep it real.

  4. Done! - http://bottledponderings.blogspot.com/2013/11/123-september.html

  5. The living room is pretty. And look! You have stuff on your walls! ;-)

    1. I do have stuff on my walls, Jennie. In fact, I'm running out of wall space for all I have to hang.

      Do you not have stuff on your walls?

  6. 3 muskateer, homemade costume!! I love it!! I like the kitty pumpkin!

    I love your room, and I think it looks homey. I can just see you in there praying...

    Oh, that quilt, just beautiful, and I love the red in it! That mobile, wow...you are so talented and I hope you know how much your homemade gifts mean to those you give. (a ton)

    Love how you wrote about your "china doll" so special.

  7. Faith put that whole costume together, Jamie, from bits and pieces we had. That's a dance costume, and an old cape and sword from St. Joan of Arc. This was the first year I didn't do a thing! Yey!

  8. These photos were worth waiting for! I love the little glimpses into people's homes, and I've always loved yours especially. I think our tastes are very similar, because I always look at your pictures and think, "yes, that's exactly how I like it!" Funny. :)

    My guys wanted to do the "puking pumpkin" so badly, but we only had one pumpkin this year and Daddy was in charge, so he decided on a carved pumpkin.

    And I love that little mobile -- it is so perfect and sweet! That's just the kind of mobile I'd have used for my babies.

  9. The sick pumpkin totally cracked me up!
    I love that you shared pics of your home. I've always wanted the built in bookshelves like you have there. Not crowded at all and VERY cozy I would say. You do a lovely job with your decorating, Barbara. Your quilts are SO lovely and I still feel very blessed that our little girl received one. It is always in her crib with her and is much used, especially with the weather turned so chill. I'm freezing right now as I type this actually. Must get another hot cuppa soon!

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  11. It posted my first comment twice, so I deleted it. Odd.


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