I have shared in previous posts what a talented quilter my mom is. She has made some amazing quilts for me that I will treasure forever. Most recently she completed a quilt for me that I could hardly wait to share with you all. It is perfect for the coming Valentine holiday and looks so sweet in my red kitchen. I placed it on my table and took lots of pictures to show you. However the lighting in my kitchen is not the best and with another cloudy day on the way I just could not capture all of it's beautiful detail. A dilemma for sure for this blogging girl. Then the idea came to me. I should take the quilt outside where the lighting is much brighter. With the temperatures reaching a high of 11 degrees today, I grabbed my coat, my furry boots, and with camera in hand headed outside. I only hope the neighbors didn't spy me in all this silliness. I was freezing but I finally captured some pictures for you to see.........
Can you see the icicles hanging from my neighbors house. I think I must be crazy :) I took some close up pictures as well so that you could really see just how fun this quilt is.
The last picture is of the back of the quilt. I wanted you to see how fun this fabric is and the whimsical way she quilted it. I also wanted to share with you this simple table decoration that I put together. It keeps with the theme of my quilt.
Just fill a vintage ball canning jar with your favorite Valentine candy.
****HINT****buy extra bags to allow for taste testing :)
Top each jar with a "clay pot" shaped glass votive. Add a little tea light and there you have it. I made three and arranged them on top of my vintage milk glass cake stand.
(Thank you to my wonderful friend, Joyce fromScrap for joyfor sharing this "sweet" idea with me)
About Dandelion Wishes--Why a Dandelion you ask???
As I was contemplating starting my blog and opening my etsy shop, many thoughts swam in my head. What would I write about, what would I sell and what in the world would I call my blog and shop? Oh I had a list of names--which one should I choose? I finally decided on Dandelion Wishes. Why that name you ask? Why a dandelion--they are such a nuisance poking their little yellow heads right out into the beautiful green grass. Then there are those little white seed parachutes floating over my lawn just looking for a place to land and grow more little yellow heads in my beautiful grass. If I would have stopped at that thought I never would have choosen the dandelion to represent my blog. Who want's to be known as a nuisance?? Not me. As I stopped and really looked at the little yellow flower, I discovered that it is really quite beautiful. With it's many petals and it's happy yellow color I found it to be really very cheery. And then the thought struck me. There are many things that come into our lives that at first we consider a nuisance. But if we really stop to think about them, often they can become a thing of beauty--teaching lessons and helping us to grow and mature in our lives. I couldn't think of a better name for my blog and shop. It helps to remind me to stop and see the beauty in all situations, to ask myself what lesson I am to be learning, and how does this situation help me to grow into a better person. I wish that for all of you my friends as well. Thank you for visiting Dandelion Wishes. I hope you enjoy your stay.