Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Inspirational Friends are a Blessing!

Today ... the day before Thanksgiving ... I find myself reflecting on the blessings in my life.
Eight years ago ... when I began this dillydally journey ... I made many important "lifestyle" decisions.  One of the most "life altering" decisions ... was to surround myself with those who have a positive impact on myself and others.
1987 - Northwind Quilters Guild's First Anniversary - Sharon is on the right.
Thirty years ago, when I moved to Cordova, Sharon was one of the first people I met.  We immediately became fast friends and shared many common interests!  We had such fun!  A friendship built on the trials and joys of everyday living.  I can't believe that it has been nearly 20 years since she and her husband left here to return to their childhood home in Orofino, Idaho.
They purchased acreage near their hometown, and immediately began turning their dreams for this phase of their life together into reality!  A rural home surrounded by pasture ... a yard filled with fruit bearing trees ...
... and a small barn to raise and train National Award Winning Welsh Ponies!  Yep ... their ponies are the top of their breed!  Such an amazing accomplishment!
Meet Howard ... the ever diligent supervisor of all the ponies and any other barn activity!  I loved how he was on task and posted himself outside the barn door!  Too cute!
Two of the pretty mares and their spring foals!  It was difficult to get good pictures of the horses as they were not interested in standing still!  Imagine that?  It was so fun to see them ... they are such beautiful animals!
Their pup, Lacy, watched as the 20+ ducks came by to say hello and receive snacks!  Endless entertainment!
This is Thumbsie ... see her six toes?  Such a cutie!  She was a stray that adopted Sharon and Mike several years ago ... and she is a lover!  She and two other kitties are in charge of the household.  A barn and pasture filled with ponies, a garden, an orchard, a pond of ducks, an occasional deer or elk in the pasture ... all things that dreams are made of ... a busy and wonderful life.
But Sharon's dreams didn't stop there!  Five friends and she opened their own quilt shop!  Talk about creating your own vision of heaven on earth!  Material Girls Quilting is a must stop if you're in northern Idaho!
You can feel the fun and creative energy as soon as you enter!  It is a busy and vibrant shop for a community this size!  While there, many customers had traveled from the surrounding area to get supplies for their projects.  There are samples everywhere to inspire shoppers!
Not only did they have a wide selection of fabric ... their range of pattern choices was off the charts!  I spent most of two days in the shop ... it is a busy place ... filled with happy customers!
I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am for Sharon and her husband.  They truly are living their dream.  I am so grateful for the week I spent with them.  She is such an inspiration as I begin the next phase of my life ... what a blessing to have a friend whose life serves as a wonderful example for us all!  That is why I wanted to share a bit of Sharon's story with you ... the life she has built, based on her passions, encourages us all to pursue our dreams.  Thank you Sharon ... you are a blessing!

Do what you love.  Pursue your dreams.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally


  1. A beautiful way to honor your friend <3

  2. Mrs. Dilly Dally
    I think you are the inspiration for all of us.
    I especially like your very scenic photos.

  3. Thank you dear friend for the beautiful tribute. Had it not been for the pictures of our place, I would have wondered who you were talking about. Loved having you come for a visit, it was so awesome to get caught up and spend the time together. Miss you lots. Thank you for being an inspiration and a dear friend and for sharing Mike and I's story-not too exciting, but we love our lifestyle.