Friday, September 9, 2016

Five Things Friday ~ #5

All kinds of things can rob us of our joy. Sometimes it’s our health, sometimes it’s our attitude, other times it’s a lack of sleep, or a feeling that we’re not appreciated and loved. Regardless of what situation we’re in, we have the ability to stop right where we are, give thanks to God, and find a reason to smile.

This week my allergies flared up and I wasn't feeling 100%, but I still smiled!  And here are the top 5 items that made me smile =D

1)  Home-made salsa - made with the fresh produce that we bought at the Farmer's Market.  It has been a number of years since we made salsa.  But, oh, the delicious smell as the tomatoes, chilies, onions and garlic all simmer together to develop the flavors. MMMM mmm mmm!

2)  My first attempt at fabric dyeing - though it is really tie-dye, the plan is to turn into a quilt top with a 24-inch peace appliqued on it.  The irony of this is that it is the same customer with whom I worked with a year ago on a different project and our ideas and designs for the finished project were so far apart the project was abandoned after I had spent two days working on it. It was from the first project that the block I submitted to Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, volume 14 came about.  And now we both at "At Peace" with this second project.

3)  The time spent together with Dave at the Farmer's Market last Saturday.  I just love hanging out with him and so appreciate the fact that he quickly and easily agreed to another day at the market just one week later.  He even made the call to make arrangements to borrow a small canopy for the event. Tomorrow is the Artocade Parade in Trinidad that will be bringing lots and lots of out-of-towners for the event - the perfect audience for my items.

4)  The leaves on our maple trees are just beginning to turn. I love the fall colors.  They are so vibrant and brilliant.  While I grew up in Colorado and have lived here for the bulk of my life, the fall season has always been a highlight of the year.  However, in the 9+ years of living in the Mid-west I learned to appreciate even more the brilliance of colors bursting.  Colorado has some beautiful yellows and golds, but there is just something about the bright reds and oranges that I missed.  Therefore, when we were considering what kind of trees to plant in the front yard I insisted that we have something that turned red in the fall!  I just love them...

5)  The Studio Tour linky party was so fun!  Thanks to everyone that participated.  If you haven't had an opportunity to see all the link-ups - there are 15 of them - be sure to check them out.  The link button has expired, but you can still participate by leaving a link to your Studio Tour in the comments. =D

Be sure to stop by Gypsy Moon Quilt Co. to see what others are smiling about.




  1. I'm in Colorado as well and Fall is my favorite season here. There's so much to love. I bet your salsa is amazing! I roasted Hatch Chiles last week and made green chile for the freezer. I bet your salsa is delicious!!!

  2. I always love your perspective and positivity, Melva! Sometimes we might need to do a bit of searching to find things that make us happy, but they're always there. Hope you had a great turnout at the market! Now that the Cloud9 blog hop is over (for me anyway) I can hopefully get around to linking up my sewing space! Looking forward to checking out all the studios!