I Cor 16:14

"Let all that you do be done with love." I Cor 16:14

Monday, January 30, 2012

Football Baby Hat

I just couldn't resist buying this pattern and making it (do you remember it from my previous post?  Te he!!)  As soon as I hear of a little boy being born it will go to him!  I purchased the pattern from ravelry.  

After making a few notes on it I decided to laminate it for future reference.  I thought it would be a nifty way of keeping track of patterns I want to re-use.  After punching a hole in the corner I put a ring with ribbons tied to it.  It makes it kind of festive I think :)

So with the big game coming up it seems everyone is planning a p-a-r-t-y!  What about you?  I doubt I will be watching any of the game since I am not a football fan.  Perhaps a bit of sewing is what I will do!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Baby Hats

My fingers have been crocheting these cheerful baby hats for a little girl about to turn "1!"

Isn't turning "1" so fun?  Carters logo is "just one year"  I remember reading that on my boys tags when they were little and feeling so sad because those first 12 months just fly by.

These little hats will adorn a cute little baby's head and dress up her sweet little outfits.

What about boys you say?  
Isn't it so cute?  There aren't a lot of accessories for boys but I think this one is adorable.  My sister is due with her 4th baby next month and we don't know yet if it is a boy or a girl.  If it is a boy you can guess I'll be making him this!  Wouldn't it be perfect for the Superbowl?

Blessings my dear friends!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Baby Linens

I found my sewing groove again!  I spent a couple of days sewing some baby things for the new nursery at our church.  I started to add the looped ribbon to my soft blocks and I think they look so much more inviting now!  If you pick them up they rattle thanks to a bell inside!!

These soft cloths can be used to burp many a baby.

But these I did a bit differently and I like them so much better.  Just doing a wee bit of applique with the ribbon down the sides makes them look almost too cute to use.  Wouldn't they be cute draped across a tiny clothesline in a nursery with some matching onesies?

Blessings dear friends!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Winter Scenes

 A winter storm came upon us yesterday and the wind has been pushing the fine white snow into drifts.  
My front porch is under a blanket of white!  The snow is a pretty contrast to the red throw pillows on my chairs and the red roses on my wreath.  Recently, I took down my Christmas wreath and finally made a yarn wreath I had been wanting to do for awhile.  I found having an extra pair of hands when wrapping the wreath with yarn makes it go much faster!

My latest drawing is quite fitting for the wintry scenery just outside our windows. 
My boys are hoping there will be enough snow to go sledding. 
Their Christmas sleds are ready!

After getting all my boys off to school with a delayed start this morning I plan on doing some sewing.
It's been since Christmas I've used my sewing machines so I ready to find my sewing groove again!
 This cheery safari flannel is what I will be working with.

 I am making linens for the new baby nursery at our church.

Hope this day finds you well!

Friday, January 6, 2012


With the sunlight streaming in my dining room this morning I take advantage of the quiet moment and am inspired by the picture on my shower gel bottle.  Using my sons rainbow colored pencils I recreate the winter scene as best I can.  One of my earliest memories is standing over the easel in kindergarten adorned with a painters smock.  They were watercolor paintings with broad strokes I am sure but oh how I loved it!  In this new year of 2012 I am hoping to devote more time to drawing and see what becomes of it.

My thoughts drift to yesterday when I walked through the Cancer Care doors with a friend of mine and it was a sobering moment.  I, a healthy mom, her a mom with a lump in her breast.  Although this is her second time with the cancer diagnosis, it is a daunting road ahead of her.  She fought the giant and won over 20 years ago.  Now, she is faced with this other giant.  On the drive home with talked about everyday life and laughed over the challenges of raising kids.  As we neared her home she pulled out a white paper from her purse and read out loud the lab report of her lymph node.  A lot of technical words that went on and on but left such a heaviness in her and my heart for amongst the technical jargon we knew it wasn't good.  What can you do but pray and love one going through such a battle?  I don't know, but I do know this, I want to be by her side supporting her along with her other friends and family.  Back again at her home,  I took her hand and prayed for her and then she prayed for me.  A woman faced with such a battle found the words to pray for me.  Me?  I. was. shocked.  

Oh, Lord, how great your love is, for words can never express the height, depth or width of it.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Show and Tell

I wanted to show you my doll's new Christmas dress!  While I love to sew for dolls it's a treat to buy something new, out of fabrics not easily found.

The red sweater dress is a discontinued American Girl outfit I purchased from ebay back in November.  

Aren't the silver glitter tights and red patent shoes too cute? 

Changing topics now . . . amongst the busi-ness of Christmas I didn't have time to post about a Christmas party my church puts on every year for the moms and children who are a part of our local transitional housing program.  This year my part was to do a craft with the older children.  What an honor it was to do so.

They made cards for their moms along with these simple wreaths constructed from strips (2x7.5") of red organza.  They are simply tied onto a coat hanger shaped into a circle.  The children really enjoyed tying the strips and watching the wreath fill out. Some kids made them more full than others but either way they turn out really cute.

This is one I made as a sample.  Topped with a green satin bow they are very festive looking and can adorn a door or wall.  The coat hangers were generously donated by my dry cleaners.

No party is complete without gifts, right?  It was so much fun to watch the kids open theirs.  If you look closely on the girls shirt you will see her name "Miracle."  What a beautiful name don't you think?  Children are indeed such a blessing and miracle from the Lord.

Thank you for reading and may you be blessed by heaven above!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with our families in Minnesota and just returned home.  It was an unusually warm and brown Christmas, but perfect weather for traveling!  During the ride back I read out loud to my oldest son, who was driving, the book, "Heaven is for Real."

If you haven't read it yet I highly recommend it!  It is a story about a 3 year old boys experience in heaven while he was being operated on.  My, oh, my is it ever a good read!  He talks about seeing Jesus and the "markers" He has.  Through his young eyes and limited vocabulary he describes heaven exactly like the Bible does.  At times we all feel as if our prayers don't matter but this book will chase those false thoughts away.  It has whetted my appetite for more of heaven.

With each passing year we draw closer and closer to our real home which is heaven.  Our life here on earth is just a vapor and we are only passing through to our eternal home.

My prayer is you know Jesus so that you too can go home to meet His Dad.

Blessings in New Year!