Winter daybreak at Longsmith Cottage

winter daybreak


I’ve spent the first week of the new year taking inventory, both figuratively and literally.  Believe me, it took a bit of time to figure out just how much fabric, thread, and batting I had in stock at the end of 2017!  As I was working, I came across a bunch of hexagons, leftover from a quilt made this past summer.  Just enough to make a pretty table runner for the cottage.  Here it is — grandson Damien had his own idea of properly staging the photo, complete with his favorite dinosaurs, PJ Mask characters, and of course, candy.  Gotta love it!

table runner

Birds in the Bush

Happy New Year.

The weather is frigid, and I’m glad I filled the bird feeders late last week.  We’ve had flocks of cardinals, doves, blackbirds, and sparrows gathering together for a nourishing meal of sunflower seed.

There are three shrubs that frame the front of the cottage. They are over 15 years old, and I’ve pruned them over and over, to keep them shapely and controlled. If you peek past the outer growth of green leaves, you’ll find a mass of bare branches and limbs inside.

Yesterday, Mark and I observed many tiny sparrows flitting in and out of the bushes.  Even inside the house, we could hear a chorus of little chirps as the birds congregated within their shrubby havens of warmth and protection.

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”  Webster’s explains this phrase:  used to say that it is better to hold onto something one has than to risk losing it by trying to get something better.

I’m thinking about fresh starts and new beginnings and resolutions that I think can only be attained through my own discipline, self-control, and smart choices with little risk.  Play it safe.  Don’t make any mistakes.  Mark and I enjoy watching Jeopardy, after the evening news. When someone hits on a “Daily Double”, Mark yells out “Let’s make it a true daily double, Alex!”  and when the final round comes up, he advises the contestants to “bet it all!”.  Needless to say, Mark’s comfort level for risk is much higher than mine.

So here goes.  Resolved – to take more risks –  to heed the promptings of the Holy Spirit – to go after those birds in the bush.


Christmas morn at Longsmith Cottage

He is the Light of the world!

christmas morn

Fall Fodder

Well, my attempt at Fall Decor on the front porch has apparently met with everyone’s approval – especially the squirrels!  So much for the indian corn…

indian corn

End of Summer Quilt Sale!

Picture2Yes, I know – summer ended almost 3 weeks ago.  But here in Tennessee, we’re just now beginning to enjoy fall weather, with temps in the 50’s at night.  The meteorologist (weather person) on the news this morning advised us that summer weather was still hanging on for a couple of days, though.  So to call the quilt sale an end of summer sale is not really too far-fetched.

If you’re in Nashville, stop by the Gaslamp Antique and Decorating Mall – the Longsmith Cottage Quilt Shop is on the corner of Tulip and Walnut Streets in the Gaslamp Too location at 128 Powell Place.

25% off on select quilts – original prices ranging from $30 to $200.  Don’t miss it!

shop sale

Call of the Wild

I’ve been patiently  waiting for Chip’s birthday.  He is a dear, dear family friend, and late this summer his mom Carroll commissioned me to make a very special My Comforter weighted blanket for Chip, for his birthday on October 7th.  We collaborated secretly on just the right fabrics, and I finished it a couple of weeks ago.  But I didn’t dare post pictures of it until today, for fear of spoiling Chip’s surprise!

Chip has an affinity for foxes.  And he (along with his wife and his mom) live on a mountain in the middle of one of North Carolina’s beautiful forests. So when we ran across this gorgeous fabric panel of a fox and mountain ridge from the Call of the Wild collection by Hoffman Fabrics, Carroll and I knew it would be perfect for him.  Happy birthday, Chip!

just for today

Daybreak at Longsmith Cottage, and Godspell’s Day by Day playing in my head.

The Avengers

I worry sometimes that my 4-year-old grandson Damien is exposed to too much violence in this world.  He already talks about the “good guys” and the “bad guys”, and he wants to dress up like Spiderman for Halloween (for the second year in a row).  I think part of this fascination with superheroes and the like is a desire for control in our lives, sprinkled with a little bit of fairness – and maybe just a little bit of that “you’ll get yours” feeling to boot.

I just shipped out a really fun My Comforter weighted blanket, composed of Thor on the front and Captain America on the back.  Needless to say, this customer is a big fan of the Avengers!  Each side features a large fabric panel of the superhero, with a surrounding border of corresponding comic book strips to make up the extra large size.  I think that this customer will be in the Avengers’ mighty hands to control that anxiety and provide peace and security!

Bless the beasts and the children

Yesterday morning, my sister Ann sent me a text that read “I awoke this morning with this playing in my head! Bless the beasts and the children

The song played in my head the rest of the day as I packaged up an order of six My Comforter weighted blankets for a foster mom and her five foster kids. Blessings.