Jacquelynne Steves

In the studio this week!

What glorious weather we are having here! It’s been in the 70’s and low 80’s for several days, and we are expecting more of the same over the next several days. But I’m thinking of and praying for those of you braving Hurricane Harvey down in the Houston area! I can relate- when we first married, my husband and I were living down on St. Croix where my husband worked for an oil refinery. We were there for Hurricane Hugo. It was really scary- our house was spared (though we had quite a bit of damage), but many of our friends lost everything. There were bare slabs of concrete where houses once stood, and palm trees were sheared off in half. The local firehouse served as a shelter that night, and we listened to the wind whip through- and start to pull the roof off while we were inside. To this day, I hate extreme winds, I’ve seen first hand what they can do.

I realized that I forgot to share these shots my husband took in our back yard several weeks ago- 2 little spotted fawns appeared one Sunday morning, and happily munched on the grass. Mama was no where to be seen. So cute and sweet.

It’s starting to feel like fall, and I found a 50% off fall decor sale this past weekend while I was out shopping! I picked up this beauty… I know it’s a little early, but I figured, why put it away and then have to take it out in just a couple of weeks?? So it is happily displayed on our front door (on the interior side). I love how that yellow pops against the dark door!

I managed to get my embroidered block #2 for the I Love Home BOM done. The pattern will go out on September 4! I really need to get to work on block #3 if I want it to be done by the beginning of October! I’ve been really busy getting our giveaway prizes together for the blog hop. You’re going to like it :)

My favorite color palette of late has been red and gray! I was working on this tote bag for The Art of Home Club last spring, and ever since then, whenever I go out shopping, I’m on the hunt for the “perfect” red and the “perfect” gray fabrics! I’ve built up a nice little stash of those! I can’t wait to put my red and gray quilt together. The tote and finished embroidered BOM quilt are going to coordinate nicely, don’t you think?

I’ve found a little time for “doodling” with my brushes and watercolors:

Have you noticed that whenever I show you a photo of a painting or hand stitching “in progress,” I always include a pair of glasses? And they’re always different colors?? Are you thinking, “She must have a hundred pairs of glasses”?? I can’t see a thing without my magnifiers. Problem is, I can never find them! So I have a huge collection. Also- my eyes keep getting worse, so just when I get a nice supply of one strength, it seems that I need to go to a higher magnification, and I start all over with another collection! I keep a little bowl in the family room, and a cup on my desk. They migrate all over the house, and every couple of days I need to walk around and gather them up again. If you are struggling with your sewing and not happy with your work, it may mean that you need glasses (or a stronger prescription.) Sometimes I start to get frustrated, try a stronger magnification, and Voila! I can see again!!! (Luckily, they are inexpensive and I often find them on sale or on clearance!)


  • Susan
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Go to Dollar Tree for glasses. I’m waiting to go back to the only neuro opthamologist in the state and I’ve lost my glasses and I’m having to wear cheaters to see. I need prisms in my glasses. So I go to Dollar Tree. They often have lots of colors. I don’t know where you live. If there are several, try the different stores for different styles in different colors.

  • Barbara Macey
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    I too am in the ” magnification” camp & am forever losing mine. I’ve had a Waterford glass that was left behind in one of our homes in France & with good memories, it now holds 5 pair of reader..

    Jacquelynne, You are so very talentend & your enthuiasiam is sometimes contagious into Knoxville, TN. Where all the local talk & s 5 more days to wait for our UT to play.

    Thank YoU for this lovely blog.

  • Patty
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    When you change out of one strength of glasses, save those old glasses and donate to the Lions Club International. They refurbish them and send them to countries where glasses are desperately needed.

    Love your red & gray tote!

  • Posted August 30, 2017 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    The spotted fawns are lovely, and your autumn door wreath looks great.
    I recently discovered your blog and I am really enjoying it.

  • Peggy
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    I love the glasses AND the sweet bowl you’ve put them in! What is the name of the china pattern?

  • Joyce Stratton
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    The photos of the fawns are so sweet and I love your red and gray tote. I am a great lover of tote bags and have made myself quite a collection. I recently bought some spruce green with black bears canvas fabric and I’m sure it’s going to end up as a tote. Waiting for block 2.

  • Monica Kostak
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful fawns-how nice to share. We have coyotes! Love your artwork it is always nice to see what you are creating. I had a recent quilt challenge from our guild and I had to buy cheaters. I hate to admit but i think i need stronger ones now. I only use for small stitches and binding.

  • Karla Berg Walker
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I have also found the eyeglasses at Dollar Tree to be perfect for my sewing and reading needs! The lower powers work well for driving!

  • Mary
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Love the red and gray. I was into red and black last year and now yellow, gray and black. Looking forward to block 2. Love the fawns, so cute! We get hummingbirds sometimes in our backyard.

  • Debra Ingle
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    my eyes change twice a year and have for the past 5 yrs, and it is time for a new pair, but I try to put it off only getting one pair a yr, I can tell especially this time because it is my reading that has changed, I am having to use my bi-focals to see my computer now instead of the middle for computer lol.. doctor told me I was also already forming cataracts, but said it would be a while before they are mature, I am only 56 lol. The deer are so cute.

    • Sandra D, Joliet
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

      I had cataract surgery on both eyes when I was 53 :( I wore glasses most of my life and was extremely nearsighted. I would always get up close to my paper to draw or whatever. Now I can’t do that! I have a light with a magnifier but it’s not really long enough and I’m always hitting the darn thing when pulling my stitches up. I still wear bifocals even though I passed the drivers test with out them. I think I feel more confident wearing them since I always did. I do need them to read the menu board at fast food places or fine print at the store. I still cannot see well just to put readers on so I wear my glasses and slip on the readers closer to the end of my nose. My hands don’t hit any thing and I can see up close. It may look silly but I don’t care. You do what you have to do. Plus I love all the different designs and colors. P.S. I have some larger prescription frames and the readers don’t fit well over them but they fit fine over smaller frames.

  • Posted September 2, 2017 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Love your glasses! I have the same situation regarding— “Oh my—- now where did I place my glasses???” I also have a few pair too! I think I will take one of your followers comment advice and visit the Dollor store!!

    Looking forward to your next adorable house block! Thank you for sharing your many ideas and talents with all of us!!


  • Posted September 2, 2017 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    After i wrote my comment i Noticed that your site said it couldn’t find my profile, wonder why?

    Thanks for looking into this.


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