"We write to taste life twice - once in the moment and in introspection."

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Finish That I Really Like

Yesterday I had some time to sew, so...I did. And I finished this fun market bag that will fit right into a purse. With one of these tucked into my purse, I'll never forget my bag!

While I really like it a lot, I have decided to put this one in my Etsy store and I'll make myself another one later. For all the size details, check out the store.

Then today I got to help my 11 year old work on an apron, but pictures of that will have to come later because it didn't get done yet.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

April Goal - Calendar Wallhanging

Ok. I've got my April goal already.

Several years ago I started this project with the idea of helping my kids learn the months of the year as well as the seasons. (One of the joys of homeschooling - you get to combine interests.)

It's a wall-hanging with buttons at the bottom on which to hang each month's block as the months change. The season blocks are colored with crayon and then ironed to set. The April block features embroidery and hand-quilting of an umbrella (April showers), large raindrops, and a flower quilted in aqua quilting thread.

And...(wait for it) I hoped to do each month-block different, learning new techniques as I went along so that I would have a small project on which to practice. Or at least showcasing different fiber arts.

So, this is what I have done so far:

The May block is a machine-felted piece of wool sweater with a flower my daughter had needle-felted and letters cut from another machine-felted sweater. The March block was an orphan block that needed lovin' with a large pearl button sewn in the middle.

January's block is embroidery as is February, but the colors are different. :)

So, my goal for April is three-fold:
               1. Finish the January block - batting, binding, button-holes
               2. Finish the April block - binding, button-holes
               3. Find a good place to hang the whole shebang.
I also hope to spend some time thinking through and planning the rest of the months.

Happy stitching!
Happy Resurrection Day! He is risen!

Wedding Quilt Finished

Though I've not blogged about it (because I just haven't blogged lately), my recent goal has been finishing this queen-sized quilt for a wedding gift. Just this week it came back from the quilter and I was able to do the binding during family reading times since Sarah has been doing the read-aloud lately.

So I'm happy to report both my goal and my finish in the same blog post. :) 

I will, however, come up with another goal soon to keep moving forward and to participate in A Lovely Year of Finishes.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

On Faithfulness

Sometimes we have a shallow idea of what faithfulness is. Having recently seen the effects of unfaithfulness, I want to explore some ideas of what it is and isn't.

Faithfulness must go on till the job is completed. 

In the Bible we see examples of people starting out, looking faithful, but not carrying on in the way of righteousness for the long term. Perhaps "well-begun is half-done," but staying at it till done is faithfulness. So, though you may not cheat on your spouse during the early years of your marriage, if you do cheat later, you're not faithful. Faithfulness is till death do you part. And faithfulness is more than just sexual - it is also loyalty, self-giving, total commitment.

Faithfulness is cultivated in the tiny, mundane things of life.

When the first seeds of discontentment arise, "nip them in the bud!" Give thanks instead. Because, it is in the nurturing of the little evils that the big evils have their start. Replace arguing and grumbling with kind thoughts and deeds; replace laziness with hard work; replace discontentment with gratitude. So frequently marriages break up (or are a living hell) in later years because wrong thinking, attitudes, actions have been nurtured and allowed to fester and grow over many years till they are the dominating feature of the marriage. Again, they usually start small, almost unnoticeable. 

Watch little things like your tone of voice, whether or not you're willing to do kind things for each other, whether or not you can read God's Word and pray together (which is actually not a little thing), how you talk about each other and/or tease each other.

These thoughts also carry into other areas, like your relationships to your siblings, friends, church elders, or other Christians. 

Be careful of the little things, and the big things will fall into place.

Be honest with yourself; don't try to justify sin.

Be humble and correctable. 

Be humble and not so eager to correct others.

Be vigilant and relying on the Holy Spirit. 

Be faithful.