Friday, December 31, 2010

Friday Pretties

Friday Pretties today come from the very wonderful and talented Loreta of, "All The Beautiful Things".  Her photos are just dreamy...

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

There Are No Silly Questions

Thank you for all of your kind comments over the past couple of days.  It was fun to write a post for Stash Manicure and Madame Samm.  A couple of questions came up that I would like to answer.  The first is the dimensions of the scripture scarf I shared with you.   It measures 6"x72".  I like my scarves long.  The scripture fabric comes on a panel and you cut it out between the lines provided.  I let that be my guide for the width of the scarf.  Then I started cutting pieces of fabric in different sizes (such as 6x6 and 6x10).  I wanted to use up scraps and have a patchwork look.  When the front was done I cut a solid piece of fabric 6"x72" for the back.  Right sides together, I stitched down both long sides using a 1/4" seam. I then turned it right side out, pressed it, pressed the fabric under on each end, and stitched them shut.  It's as simple as that!

The second question is how to copy the button onto your blog.  That IS NOT a silly question!  It's how all of us have learned to blog, by asking questions.  Here's how to copy the button:

1.  Go to the "Sewing Christmas" button on the sidebar.  Right click on the code below the picture, and copy the code.

2.  Scroll up to the top of the page and click on "Design".

3.  Decide what column you want the button to be in and click on "Add a Gadget" at the top of that column.

4.  Scroll down to "HTML/Javascript" and click on it.

5.  Paste the code in the large "content" box and click "save".

6.  The button will now appear at the top of the column you chose.  Point and drag it to the spot where you want it and click on "save".

It should be on your blog now.  If you have any questions, leave me a comment or send me an email.

With joy,

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sewing for Christmas 2011

Today you will find me over at Stash Manicure where I am the guest blogger.   I would like to thank Madame Samm for this fun opportunity!  Stop on over and take a look then come back here and read on...

I am on a mission this year to sew for Christmas each month so that I'm not making myself crazy in the weeks before Christmas.  Would you like to join me?  Here's the plan:

1.  Grab the cute button "Sewing Christmas" from my sidebar and add it to your blog.
2.  Stop in here the third Monday of each month where I will be featuring a gift you can make.
3.  Share your own project that day through the link provided.  It does not have to be a sewn item, it can be any great gift idea you may have.
4.  Rejoice with me in December 2011 over all the gifts we have created and the fun we will be having with all of our free time!

A big THANK YOU to the very talented, KEREN at
for designing a wonderful button!
Be sure to visit her for some beautiful, vintage freebies! 


Monday, December 27, 2010

A Few Favorites From 2010

So many ideas and so little time to do everything that we want to do.  We give our love to others through the gifts of our hands and hope they find as much joy in receiving as the joy we experience in the making.  Each project satisfies the craving to create, but not for long, as we move on to the next idea already forming in our minds.  I'm so glad that God gave me something to do with my hands and I'm ready to see what creations await you and I in the new year.  Blessings!

With joy,

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"This is how God showed his love among
us: He sent his one and only Son into the world
that we might live through him.  This is love;
not that we loved God, but that he loved us and
sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought
to love one another.  No one has ever seen God;
but if we love one another, God lives in us and 
his love is made complete in us."

1 John 4:9-12


Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

C is for the Child born that night to be our light. (John 8:12)
H is for holy is His name. (Rev. 4:8)
R is for rejoice with gladness & joy. (Luke 1:14)
I is for Immanuel, God with us. (Is. 7:14, John 1:14)
S is for the star that led the Wise men to Him. (Matt. 2:2)
T is for the truth and grace that was sent our way. (John 1:14)
M is for Mother Mary laying Him in the manger. (Luke 2:7)
A is for angels singing songs of joy. (Luke 2:14)
S is for salvation. (John 3:16)

Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas!
Thanking the Lord for the gift of your friendship
and the joy it has brought me this year!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Making Progress

Christmas preparations are winding down at my house.  I've baked Cranberry Almond Bread and made one delivery already.

Shann over at Daisy's Are My Favorite Flower shared the recipe for this Vanilla Snack Mix which I believe may be our new family favorite.  I also made toffee bark but alas, not one single cookie yet.   Hope your day is filled with sweet treats!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Don't You Love Linus?

Every time I watch this I feel like a child again, laying on the floor in my living room, manually turning the knob to the channel, all excited because this show was on, the one you waited for all year long!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Words of Promise

I would like to share with you, today, an excerpt from the devotional, "Grace for The Moment" by Max Lucado.  May you be blessed by it!

Every Christmas I read this reminder that came in the mail several years ago:

If our greatest need had been information,
God would have sent an educator.
If our greatest need had been technology,
God would have sent us a scientist.
I our greatest need had been money,
God would have sent us an economist.
But since our greatest need was forgiveness,
"God sent Us a Savior", by Roy Lessin

He became like us, so we could become like him.
Angels still sing and the star still beckons.
He loves each one of us like there was only one of us to love.

"God has given a son to us...
His name will be Wonderful Counselor,
Powerful God...Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6


Monday, December 20, 2010

Joy-filled Fingers

Today finds me finishing up a gift that has brought me great joy to make.  I've used pieces of a vintage quilt, a fragment of an old lace trimmed pillow case and some lovely cream buttons.

There are some gifts that just seem to sing from your finger tips as you create, and this was one of them.  I'll show more pictures later this week.

We are expecting more snow as the temps remain frigid.  A good day to look through my recent finds, bake cookies and enjoy the sound of laughter coming from a family all together again.

May today keep a prayer of thankfulness continually flowing as I remember the reason for this Christmas season and the blessings I have received.  Have a joy-filled Monday!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday Scripture

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"In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel
to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged
to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant
of David.  The virgin's name was Mary.  The angel
went to her and said, "Greetings you who are highly
favored!  The Lord is with you."  Mary was greatly 
troubled at his words and wondered what kind of 
greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her,
"Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with
God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son, 
and you are to give him the name Jesus.  He will 
be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
The Lord God will give him the throne of his father 
David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob 
forever; his kingdom will never end."  Luke 1:26-33

How He loves us so,

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday Pretties

A Christmas present from Diane

A newly acquired vintage bride doll

A pretty Christmas corsage

A Christmas gift to myself

For more Friday Pretties visit Joyce


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tell Me Why

Tell me why...

I said yes to two custom order quilts in December?

I wait until the last minute to decide to knit some 
Christmas gifts when I had the whole year to prepare?

I haven't figured out, after all these years, that skipping
my morning devotions to "get to work" is never a good idea?

my immursion blender decided to start smoking and melt
while I had it in a pot of potato soup?

we, as women, think we have to do it all in order for our
families to have the ultimate wonderful holiday experience?

there's never any chocolate in the house when you need it?

Off to grab my Bible,