Even though the name of this post is “In the studio this week,” I have to confess that most of what I am sharing is from outside the studio… there has been so much going on the homefront. And, about 90% of the actual work that I’ve done this week has been on the computer… and that does not make for very pretty photos… so here’s what has been going on in our family:

Last week, our son-in-law became an ordained minister. The ceremony was held on Tuesday evening at a church in Ocean City, NJ, and then a reception followed at the old and grand Flanders Hotel. We are so very proud of the work that our daughter and her husband are doing!


We spent the night in Ocean City, and the next morning we went out to breakfast and walked on the boardwalk. The weather was perfect! It’s still not “in season” yet, so the town and boardwalk were pretty empty and quiet:

Ocean City- Jacquelynne Steves

Then, we took a ride down to Cape May to see the lighthouse and saw lots of swans- seeing these magnificent birds taking off was a really spectacular sight.

Cape May Lighthouse- Jacquelynne Steves

The weather here continues to be glorious! Alfie can’t get enough of being outside:


Saturday afternoon, youngest daughter returned home from college- yippee! So happy to have her home. Saturday night, we attended a food truck festival in Philadelphia to support the food bank there. We enjoyed great live music and too much good food!


We spent Mother’s Day here, eating pizza in the backyard with all of the moms in our family.

So now, back “in the studio”:

I’ve managed to start on a new embroidery project. Not quite sure what I’m going to do with it, I just needed to get some hand work going. I spent Mother’s Day evening working on this, watching Jane Eyre (Mother’s Day means that I get to pick the movie!!!)

Embroidery- Jacquelynne Steves

Most of you probably know that I held a giveaway last week. Holy Moly, folks! Over 900 of you commented to win the box of fabric! I was completely overwhelmed! I guess you really like fabric???? The lucky winner, chosen at random, was Sherry:


Finally, due to the popularity of my last potholder tutorial, I am doing another one! It will post tomorrow, so be sure to stop back to find out how to make these little cuties:

Easy Pocket Potholder Tutorial- Jacquelynne Steves

Thursday, I leave for Quilt Market in Minneapolis! Can’t wait to get there!

Beautiful Day Bird Floral Art- Jacquelynne Steves