Saturday, May 08, 2010

My Nest...

A little finish....
that I stitched up as a gift to myself for Mother's Day....
"The Nest"
Designer: Lisa Bongean and Carole Charles
found in the "Summer Gatherings" book
*Wool Applique on primitive dyed Muslin; framed by me*

I loved this design....
from the moment I first laid eyes upon it. The quote on the piece is a perfect representation for my life, for the greatest deed I have ever done is being open to God's blessings in my life and being responsible for the four small souls He's entrusted to my keeping. It is an awesome responsibility and one that I knew I was called to from a very early age. I am blessed.

are my very favorite bird and I have a little, well we'll call it a "ritual", that I do every fall and every spring. I write down the date when I notice the robins have gone for the year. And then I anxiously await their return back home in the spring and write it down. It varies by a few days each year. I don't know why I started doing this, I just do. :)

you'll notice that I put 4 little chicks in my nest (there were only supposed to be 3). My kids have had fun figuring out which "chick" they are. You'll notice I have chick number one with a big mouth...that's for Katie cause she's always bossing....ummm I mean advising someone (and I mean that in the best way possible)! The boys are the nestlings made from the same color textured wool. You'll notice one of the brown nestlings is sort of tilted sideways kind of dreamy looking....well that's my Jake. And the littlest nestling. Well we all know who is represented by that one, and here she is with her own nestling from the Children's Farm Festival that we attended on Thursday this week:

Ellie with the duckling

Mother's Day.....
couldn't have come at a better time for me, because I wanted to rearrange my finishing "studio". Plus I wanted to organize my reserve skeins of DMC in a workable way for me. My "studio" is in our basement and I've re-purposed a lot of drawers, desks and tables for my little area. So for Mother's Day I asked my husband for those little nuts and bolts drawer sets from the hardware store and he mounted them on the wall for me. Yesterday I spent making little placards for the inside faces with all the DMC numbers on them. I also rearranged and organized my trims, material, sewing machine, etc. (and made a cat bed in the window sill for Chatty and Red - they like to help me finish and sew). My sewing machine is a newbie too, I got her for Christmas - it's a Janome Magnolia 7330 and sewing with her is a dream.

I guess that does it for me for now. Please know I'm terribly, terribly behind in reading and visiting blogs. It isn't because I don't want to, it's because many times I meet myself coming and going. I also want to thank you all for you continued visits and for especially the comments that you leave to me. You don't know how much I appreciate them and how they fill my heart. Thank you! Happy Mother's Day to all the Mommas in blogland. May your hearts be full and contentment be great.

Until next time....
keep your "hands to work and hearts to God"!

Love and Hugs,


  1. Love it and the way you personalized it! Nice organization, too. Have a great Mother's Day!

  2. My hun;you've been busy. :)
    I love your robin picture; it's so pretty and I know it'll hang in your home for years to come. It was sweet to add a 4th robin for your son. And "your" room is very nice; I have a spare room and after seeing yours and Beckys I have some ideas. LOL Have a wonderful Mother's Day and I hope when things slow down for you; we can get together for a private exchange.

    Hugs, Sharlene

  3. have a sweet mothers day celebration-
    love the craft station-so neat!

  4. Such a lovely & nice realisation.Love.Couson

  5. YOu just inspire me with your great ideas and creativity! Eye candy for sure. Happy Mom's Day, a great time to remember our blessings. Gwen

  6. Your workstation is so organised Vonna :) I love all the table space you have - I'm planning to extend my (IKEA) table soon, as my current one just isn't big enough for working comfortably.

    Enjoy your Mother's Day - I hope your little chicks spoil you rotten!

  7. I love it! I've been drooling over the designs from that book -- I think I need it. lol! So you like your new sewing machine? I keep dreaming about a new one, but I don't know when it will happen. Have a great Mother's Day! Redoing your sewing room is a great way to celebrate!

  8. Vonna,

    Your wool applique piece is just precious.

    Have a very Happy Mother's Day.

  9. The Nest is beautiful Vonna, and what a perfect gift to yourself! Ellie looks adorable holding that little one. Frame worthy in my opinion!

    Have a very Happy Mother's Day!

  10. What a sweet & moving piece for yourself as mother of your wonderful children.

    Your room looks great.

    Have a great Mother's Day.

  11. I love "your nest" Vonna. It's such a beautiful tribute o your family. And the work space is awesome. Great job!

  12. What a beautiful tribute to you and your little ones :)

    I love your wrok space, one could get quit creative in that space, no wonder your finishing is fantastic.

    Take care and have a VERY happy mothers day!

  13. Aww, your robin applique is how you adapted it to represent your four! Hope you have a nice Mother's Day!

  14. I love your piece and the personal touches you gave it!!

    Happy Mother's Day to you!

  15. Perfect workspace!

    Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

  16. Beautiful finish! I love your little chicky interpretations of the kids. And your workspace is fantastic!

  17. What a great piece, Vonna,
    I love it!
    Have a wonderful Mother's Day!!!!

  18. Anonymous1:14 PM

    What a gorgeous and personal gift you made for you!! You deserve it, enjoy!! My goodness, your studio is a dream with all the trimmings... LOL!!

  19. Everything's looking great Vonna! Beautiful finish and wonderful finishing studio, good for you! Wishing you and yours a lovely Mother's Day my friend:)


  20. That is SOOOO cute!! I love it--great job. I had to laugh at the bird with the big beak because she's always bossing--er, advising--people. My, how that reminds me of my oldest daughter, too! LOL Love the pic of Ellie with the duckling, too. Nice organization, too!

    Happy Mother's Day!

  21. Your 'Nest' is so sweet!

    What a lovely stitching studio is lovely - I so wish I had my own little studio!

    Happy Mother's Day Vonna

  22. I love it love it love it !!!!!!!
    What a cute pattern ("The Nest")
    You did a great job on it too :)

  23. Your picture is just perfect~~ And I love your crafting area... You are "making it your own" and that is the way it should be~~ Nice job, Faye PS--A very Happy Mothers Day to you also~~ Faye

  24. Lovely "Nest" finish! I'm working on that one this weekend as well... Robins are my fav bird as well ~ they always make me smile. I love the photo of your daughter and duckling ~ so sweet!

    Happy Mothers Day!

    Blessings, Patti

  25. I just love your piece Vonna! It's so cute.

    You certainly have been keeping yourself busy. Love your craft area. Aren't those drawers a wonder for organizing floss? You room looks great!

    Have a wonderful Mother's Day Vonna!

  26. Love your little "nesting" pic. And it does look like something you would cherish. Family is so precious! Darling pic of your daughter with the chick...Wow, nice sewing room for all your crafts. I asked my hubby for those nuts/bolts holders too but nothing has shown up here yet. I want my own "room" too some day. Happy MOther's Day to you! hugs, pam

  27. What a sweet finish (and fabulous frame!). It's so you, and I love the way you've personalized it. :D Happy Mother's Day to a truly inspiring mother!

  28. Yep, those are some wonderful nests! Loved visiting them all.
    Have a wonderful Mother's Day. You are an inspiration!

  29. I love this!!! What a great way to celebrate mother's day!!!

  30. A beautiful finish and so lovely to make it personal to your family. Love the other pictures too, your craft room is looking good!

  31. Your 'nests' are both lovely, congratulations

  32. That turned out cute! Good job!

  33. I love your wool applique picture. What a nice tribute to you and your children.

    Great finishing area. Very bright and organized.

    Have a wonderful Mother's Day.

  34. Oh my, your little nest is so beautifully made and presented. I just love it.
    We also have a couple of redstarts coming every year into our garden and nesting there. Well, I'm not sure if it's always the same couple but I just love the idea, lol.

  35. Anonymous5:23 PM

    What a darling gift to yourself! I, too, knew that motherhood was my calling from a very early age. :)

    Your craft room is lovely. I love organizing and rearranging!

  36. My son and I saw the funniest slogan the other day - "I'm not bossy, I just have better ideas". You can choose to share that with Katie, or maybe not? Anyway, hope you've had a great mother's day!

  37. Anonymous6:40 PM

    Yourlastest finish is truly a is wise of you to treat yourself by stitching this litte often we are so busy taking care of others, that we forget to "feed" ourselves.
    Enjoy every moment spent in your new sewing room!
    Happy Mother's Day!!!
    Busy Hands...Happy Hearts

  38. That's such a great finish! I love the look and the frame...perfect. As always, you are so creative!!!

  39. What a wonderful post. Happy Mother's Day to you!

  40. Happy Mother's Day to you too Vonna! I love your little nestling with its chicks. I also feel very blessed to have been given the responsibility of raising my three sons. Now I can rest some and enjoy watching them as they each come into their own.
    Your craft room looks very neat and organized. It looks like a great spot to work on your finishes.

  41. How fun to see what you've been up to! And I love your studio. :-) I think I'm going to start your "ritual" of jotting down the day we see the first robin. We're always so excited when it happens!! :-) Thanks for the shop info, too!

  42. Your wool piece is gorgeous! Love how you personalized it! And the photo of Ellie with the duck is sweet.

  43. Happy Mother's Day to you! I like the idea of making something for yourself :)

  44. Love your wool applique piece - it's perfect for Mother's Day! And love your space too!!

  45. What a special piece, Vonna! I love how you have 4 little birdies in the nest--just perfect for your own four little chicks.

    The photo of Ellie and the chick is priceless--you really feel that sense of wonder and amazement that you only see on the face of a child!

  46. Vonna: it is positivly beautiful. I really like hand stitching a person puts so much love in every stitch.
    I now have two Robins nest's a red crested nuthatch and a swallow nest under my deck, hi up from the ground.
    The Robins are my favorite.
    Its so much fun watching them look or should I say listening for worms.
    Peace to you and your Family.

  47. Anonymous5:47 AM

    Lovely!!! All!!!


  48. Love the pattern and how you made it your own! What a great little tradition for the Robins. Your room is great!

  49. That is a sweet little nest.
    I think my blogger is working again ...yippee!

  50. Ellie looks so sweet holding that little critter!

    You did a nice job on your Mother's Day very you.

    Thanks for sharing your very neat and organized work area; it looks awesome! :)

  51. Love the Nest! And I especially love how you made it symbolic of your 4 little "chicks". So sweet!

    Thanks for the glimpse of your studio!! The place all your finishing goodness and fabulous tutorials happen... :-)

    Have a great week!

  52. I love your little stitching area set up. So neat and tidy. Want to come to New York and take care of mine? LOL

    I love your finish. It is absolutely lovely.

  53. I absolutely love your nest Vonna! The saying is so true.

    Your workstation is fantastic!

  54. What a beautiful robin picture! I think it's so special that this ties to every corner of your heart and family. I just LOVE your room - wanna come do mine next? I'll make goodies (weight watchers approved!!) :)

  55. As usual everything you have created is gorgeous!

  56. Hi ,
    lovely ,inspiring blog,and belated happy mother's day to you .
    I am just loving the birdy family you have made for mother's day.
    Greetings from India

  57. Sorry I'm so late to comment! I love your new studio! I would love to have my own room - maybe one day.... :) Enjoy!!

    P.S. great finish and Ellie is so sweet with the baby duck! :)

  58. Wow-nice room there-with that big window! My basement is truly a dungeon basement from 1960.
    I love your Robin's nest and babies. So nice to make it all your own.

  59. Love the finish and I am jealous of your studio space! It looks great!

  60. Vonna, what a wonderful gift you made for yourself for Mother's Day! How representative of yourself and your family.

    Looks like you had a fantastic Mother's Day!

  61. Anonymous6:07 PM

    Love your latest finish - and love how each little chick in the nest is one of your own chicks :D Of course I adore the photo of the 'real' chick too ... I'm just a sucker for little chicks, and birds in general :D

  62. Vonna - I'm behind on blog reading and commenting too - your little applique piece is darling. I LOVE your studio - what an efficient and organized work space - beautiful! Thanks for inspiring

  63. Hi Vonna, I love your blog, I´m Meire from Brazil, I love cross sitch and patchwork too. I have 43 years-old, i´m married and i have a litle girl ( 3 years-old)I liked to make a new friends. Sorry about my A big hug for you.

  64. Love the finish and the pictures are great esp the one of your little chick with the little chick! Very cute. I have also been very behind in blog reading hence the lateness of this comment :(


  65. What a great finish, I love the saying, and the nest with the little birds is so cute. They way you have it symbolizing your family makes it a perfect mother's day gift for yourself.

  66. Vonna, your robin piece is as adorable as your tracking their yearly arrival!

    I love your finishing organized...good for you!!!


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