Appreciating the Ordinary

Life is beautiful . . .

. . . when you see butterflies dancing across a colourful quilt

. . . in that moment when you finish a task and are pleased with your work

. . . when a project comes together the way it should, and it was easier than you'd hoped!

. . . when you return to a work in progress and realize how close it is to being done

String pieced pillow cover, waiting to be quilted

. . . when your tomato plants produce a bumper crop, and you get the fruit before the frost gets them

Fresh off the vine!

. . . when an invitation to come over and make salsa arrives at the perfect moment

Pickled onions, peach habanero hot sauce, and green tomato salsa - yummm!

. . . when the doughnuts are so good they start to disappear before you finish making them!

My husband took his "quality control" duties seriously!

. . . when the opportunity to mentor a new quilter arises, and you say yes!

Latifah, getting to know her Singer

Make the ordinary come alive 
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life,
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
           ~ William Martin, The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents

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Linky Tuesday, at Freemotion by the River
Let's Bee Social, at Sew Fresh Quilts

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  1. It sounds like you are savoring a lot of life's delicious moments right now. :)

  2. This is a wonderful time of year isn't it. Full of abundance. I've been at meetings away from home for three days and this morning I was up early and took in the early morning sunshine while walking by the edge of Lake Ontario. Wonderful.

  3. What a lovely poem, and your life looks full of good things at the moment. Some beautiful quilting, and I'm intrigued by the one that was easier than it looked - certainly looked quite tricky and very impressive. And talking of impressive - those doughnuts! They look amazing! I've never made them, are they tricky? Do you have to deep fry them?

  4. :) Here's my favorite poem, which I think goes with yours quite nicely (feel free to remove it or let me know if you'd rather I didn't post it):

    Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child,
    Listen to the DON'TS
    Listen to the SHOULDN'TS
    Listen to the NEVER HAVES
    Then listen close to me-
    Anything can happen, child,
    ANYTHING can be

    ~Shel Silverstein

    I love this post, it's definitely a great way to set Wednesday up for success :)

  5. What lovely thoughts, projects and pictures! The thumbnail of your pieced leaf drew me in, and I'm glad I clicked on your site.

  6. Life IS beautiful! Love all your projects and I love that poem. I am making the same leaf pattern so I was intrigued when I saw yours. Lovely posting!

  7. Thank you for such a lovely post. You've ended my day on a very positive note.

  8. I always say: with a little bit of extra effort and attitude strive to make the ordinary extraordinary! Thanks for a good read today!:)

  9. What a special post. You really made me think.

  10. Lovely post! So many beautiful quilts and such yummy looking food. How nice that you are able to help a new quilter get to know the ropes!

  11. It is wonderful to appreciate the little things we have and do - and to remember how big a thing they can be when we do them for other people :)

  12. What a great thing to do. We often forget to stop and smell the roses. I'm so glad you are appreciating the simple but fun things. I always love teaching new quilters.

  13. Everything looks wonderful and is beautiful!

  14. So much goodness!! The leaf is incredibly beautiful!


  15. Love all the goodness. Can you tell me the pattern name of the leaf? It's beautiful and I'm new to paperpiecing and it looks like something I'd like to try.
    Thank you, fellow Canadian

    From New Brunswick

    1. Verna, I don't have your email address, so hopefully you will check back here some day! The pattern is called Tea Time placemats, by Happy piecing!


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