Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I Am A Disciple

No pictures of sewing today.. just thought  I would share something I heard on a cassette tape well over 25 years ago.  As a young mom of seven kids, it simply broke my heart to hear this letter being read.  And as  I listen to the daily news and hear about so many who are being persecuted and killed for their faith, this letter comes quickly to mind.  Please keep our brothers and sisters who are facing the real possibility of martyrdom on a daily basis in your hearts and in your prayers.  Thank you.

I Am A Disciple Of Jesus Christ

I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast.  I have stepped over the line.  The decision has been made--

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ!
I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still!
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure!
I am finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals!
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity!
I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded!
I live by faith, lean on His Presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer and labor by Holy Spirit Power.
My face is set! My goal is heaven! My road is narrow! My way rough, my companions few,
My Guide is reliable and my mission is clear!
I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed!
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy or meander in the maze of mediocrity!
I won’t give up, shut up, let up or slow down
Until I’ve stayed up, prayed up, paid up, stored up and preached up for the cause of Christ!
I am a disciple of Jesus! I must give until I drop, preach until all know and work until He stops me.
And when He comes to claim His own, He will have no problem recognizing me, my banner will be clear!

(This letter was nailed to the door of a young pastor’s home in Zimbabwe, Africa who had suffered severely for his faith. and who was later martyred)

“With His Finger God wrote on the stone,
None could change it
None erase it.

My sin smashed the stone
broke His heart
impaled the Author on a cross-beam

Now His Finger writes again----------
again on my heart.”

Hermom Pettit

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Holden's Onesie

I thought that you needed to see Holden's onesie since I shared Hudson's.  You didn't see what I had embroidered on the front of Hudson's little outfit....under the shirt portion...I embroidered,  "Two words come to mind...Stud & Muffin"  Whenever John or Michael wanted something from their dad or me they would begin "kissing up" to us something horrible! , I would always respond with, "Hmmm, two words come to mind, brown and nose."  One day when I began to say that phrase to Michael,  he quickly interrupted by finishing the phrase with, "I know mom, stud and muffin."  We always laughed over that, so it was completely natural for me to embroider that new phrase on Michael's first born's outfit.

With Holden, I embroidered something entirely different.  The whole time that my daughter-in-law was pregnant, my grandson Logan called the baby Chewbacca or Chewy for short.  He seriously wanted my son and daughter-in-law to call the new baby by that name.  It was so ingrained in their minds when Holden was born, that John and Lindsey had a difficult time coming up with a real name...they still called him Chewy.   FINALLY they settled on the name Holden.....praise God.  I was fearful that I would have a grandson by the name of Chewbacca!!  So on Holden's little outfit, I embroidered :

Two words come to mind.....Chew & Bacca.  I HAD to do that...... for Logan of course!

Lift that little shirt up and you will see the embroidery.  I decided to make Holden's with green batik instead of the brown that I used on Hudson's, plus I made his in a 12 month size instead of a 6 month size like Hudson's.  I'm thinking Holden is going to be a big boy!

Until next time.....

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Where I Live

I love living out here in the country...it's the place where my husband built us a home and it's the place where we raised our children.  Being together out here with our children was simply perfect for us.  We felt God's favor and have been blessed to watch life grow all around us.  Our children had the whole 'world' to play in...at least that's what they thought at the time.  We would get the perfect amount of snow in the winter, and the heat didn't overwhelm us in the summer.  Spring and autumn will forever be my personal favorites.

Here's what I wake up to in the mornings.....


And here's what I take in before the sun tucks away for the night....breathtaking!

Just felt like sharing other parts of my world today..

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Holden & Hudson

Each of my twin boys recently delivered a boy of their own....Holden and Hudson or H & H.  How sweet it is to be a grandma!  Even though I shared that I wanted a girl in a previous post....and I still do...I love these precious little guys.  Since I had made the little girl onesie, I knew that I had to now make two little boy onesies.  Below is a picture of my boys, their new little treasures and one of the onesies.

My own little angels when they were young......... 

and now....

Their own little angels.  Holden (John's) on the left and Hudson (Michael's) on the right.

And the onesie that matches their dad's shirts that I shared in a previous blog.

My son shared these photos of him in the morning vs. his new little one.  Hilarious!!

Love it!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Christmas 2014

Coming up with a new and fresh idea for Christmas projects this year, was exactly what the shop owner where I work wanted each of us to do this past weekend.  The store holds a huge Christmas workshop this time every year for our customers.  We work hard at trying to find something new to perk their interest so that they will want to buy everything we demo.   I had way too much going on this year with the unexpected death of my father, my uncle's passing and two cancer scares from two of my daughters.  I participate every year but this year I had decided to bow out.  Rather than not have me participate at all, the shop owner asked if I would at least make a simple bag out of our Christmas fabric.  I hesitated, but eventually gave in and  made a tea cozy as well.  Below you will find the bag that I made using an Atkinson Design pattern along with the tea cozy.  The bag pattern includes 3  sizes, SML and includes incredibly easy to follow directions.  I made the medium size bag and included pin tucks on each side along with one of my many decorative stitches sewn right down the middle.  I decided to use metallic thread and was hoping it would hold up without constantly breaking.  It actually did pretty well.  I, of course, had to embellish the bag with lots of crystals and due to the simple style of the bag,  was able to finish on time. Below is the bag:

And here is the pattern that I used.  (FYI..we use this pattern to teach our newbies how to sew.)

Next, I tackled making a tea cozy..again, using our beautiful Christmas fabric.  This is such an easy pattern and a great gift idea too! Since this tea cozy is reversible, it's like giving a two for one gift.  I always start looking for unique and/or unusual tea pots at either Marshalls, T.J. Max, or Ross at this time of year.  You can always find something just perfect at one of these stores. When looking at the  embroidery portion of my cozy you can easily see the huge mistake that I made.  In my choice of thread colors, I really missed the mark.  You can barely notice that I even embroidered let alone read what it says.  Next time I will use a much brighter color.

Here is a wonderful pattern to use when making a tea cozy.  The instructions are real colored pictures that are in step by step order.  You hardly have to do any reading due to the wonderful pictures.  Best pattern ever for that reason!  This is a Pink Sand Beach Design.  Fabulous company.

 Get busy!  Christmas is nearly here!

Until next time..........

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wanting a Girl

Now that I have 15 grandchildren, with another one on the way,  I have been pleading with each of my children that they need to balance out our tally.  The score: 10 boys opposed to 5 girls.  I showed this little outfit that I made to my daughter Rebekah, who I  pictured in my last post.  She is the one who made an announcement last Sunday that she is expecting again.  My response?  I told her that she simply must  have a girl!   She tried to explain to me that since she already has 2 boys, her chances of having a girl are only 20%.  I told her I don't care about statistics.... I want a girl.  I have a box full of items that I have already made and some purchased that are girl specific.  Since she doesn't like to find out what she is having, I do feel that I need to be prepared.....for a girl!  

I used a pattern by a designer that I have used several times in the past..this is one of my faves.   

Here's the pattern:

As you can see, the pattern is well loved!

Until next time!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Another blouse

Since my daughter Rebekah and her husband are going to Hawaii in a couple of months, I decided to make her a blouse using the same, easy pattern as the one from a previous post.  I used a beautiful batik that had come into the shop, that I thought had an Hawaiian flair to it.  Since I am making her husband a shirt, I thought it only fair that I make her one as well.  I think they should take me don't you? ;-)