Saturday, January 26, 2008


Amy dressed for the wedding we're going to today and the detail of the skirt.

Friday, January 25, 2008

New skirt

Here's a picture of the skirt bottom. I turned out pretty well and I really do give all credit to God! I hope to post a picture of Amy wearing it.

Knitted Dishcloth/Potholder

My Sew Crafty Project for this week (just barely slipped it in!):

A knitted dishcloth (actually more potholder size), this one made out of cotton so it's actually useable.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Another zipper

Today's project was Amy's new skirt.
I have been in fear of sewing lately, fear of failure, I guess. So I prayed my way through this skirt. As you see it's plaid. Thankfully, it's matched up everywhere it's supposed to be. The skirt also has a lapped zipper. I prayed through that especially. Tomorrow I plan to put an organza type ruffle around the bottom edge along with velvet ribbon trim. I think it's going to look darling, but I'll keep praying as I go. And I hope to post more pictures tomorrow. Any prayers for sewing success will be greatly appreciated!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Restful yo-yos

This afternoon one of the few restful things I did was learn to make yo-yos. Amy took a couple great pictures of them. I also started another dish cloth knitting project. This time I'm making it out of Sugar & Cream cotton in ecru so it will actually be useful.

I did several non-restful things today also like make turkey sausage, salad dressing & tuna salad. These are things I prefer to do a different day, but when you run out, you gotta do what you gotta do.

I should also say that the high for the day was around 11 degrees. My favorite kind of weather! I should also say that I'm very thankful for warm clothes, warm car and a warm house. God is good all the time!

Saturday, January 19, 2008


One of the games we played tonight as a family.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Back to orange

I really like the orange and was in the mood for a change...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Knitting Project

Here's my Sew Crafty Friday project for this week.

Here's my first knitting project. From the DVD "Learn to Knit Lesson 1" I learned how to increase and decrease with this dishcloth project. I've got Lesson 2 on hold (from the library), so there's more to come.

Baby Ruby

Amy's birth-sister, Ruby.

Here she is in one of the dresses we bought for her.

Traveling and quoting

I didn't realize it had been so long since I posted. Amy & I went to Omaha to visit family this past weekend. We really did have a great time. There was lots of baby cuddling with her new birth-sister; there was lots of laughing and game playing with my parents. We even went to the Country Sampler, which I've decided is my new favorite quilting/fabric store. Thanks to my sister for sharing that one! It's probably a good thing for our budget that we live so far away from there. I did buy one thing, a tie pillow kit. So when I get that made I'll post the picture.

Speaking of pictures, I hope to get some posted tomorrow or the next day.

Oh and thanks to my parents for picking us up from the airport, taking us back there, housing us and feeding us, especially at the odd times of day to accomodate my food needs; and thanks for all the stress-busting laughter!

And finally a quote from Anne of Ingleside:
"The big fireplace was the centre of the home those evenings. It was the high spot of the day when they gathered around it after supper. Anne sewed and planned little winter wardrobes...and sometimes thought of Hannah weaving her little coat every year for the small Samuel. Mothers were the same all through the centuries...a great sisterhood of love and service...the remembered and the unremembered alike."

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Taking down the tree

We took the Christmas tree down yesterday. Notice all the needles on the floor. I don't remember having a tree shed quite that much.

While we were a bit sad to take it down, it's nice to have the room put back in normal order.


I have finally learned how to knit. I've been wanting to know how for years and years, but never thought it was something I'd be able to do. Amy taught me how to do the knit stitch, then I found There are videos there that show the knit stitch, the purl stitch as well as increasing and decreasing. So far I've learned the knit and purl stitches. The above picture is my practicing.

Birds in the snow

Amy took these earlier last week. I thought they were especially good.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Nightgown pattern

This is the pattern I used for the nightgown. It's from 1980. I made a collar to go with it from another pattern. I just traced the neckline of this pattern to make it fit right. I also added cuffs instead of the ruffle on the sleeves. It goes all the way to the floor on my tall dd and is very warm.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Today's accomplishment

I finished a nightgown for Amy today. It's the same style as the Addy American Girl nightgown. It took only 4 trips to the fabric store to get everything needed for it. ; ) First I bought fabric, then after starting the cutting I discovered there wasn't enough. I forgot I needed the trim for it, so we went back. Later Amy reminded me we needed buttons...

It actually only took an afternoon to sew once I got all my ducks in a row. Next project I'll try to make a better list.

The next project is a swing coat from dark orange corduroy and a coordinating lining. Hope it goes well, especially the fitting.

This blog has a weekly post called Sew Crafty Friday. I'm including this nightgown on there this week.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


Do you ever read something and say, "Yes, I have wondered that."?

Here's a quote that struck me that way.

"We may wonder why God doesn't just give us the ability to obey perfectly and train the next generation without repeating our own childish mistakes. But this is the whole point: God gets all the glory when weak and frail sinners succeed. The Scriptures give us practical steps for discipline and training, but we cannot leave grace out of the equation. God works through humble sinners. Yes, we must be faithful to do what God says. No, it does not all depend on us. God is faithful."

Jennie Chancey--in Passionate Housewives Desperate for God

I'd like to just have the ability to do lots of things, like be patient, be consistent, be diligent, be purposeful instead of reactionary, etc. But thank God for His grace, mercy, patience, love, etc.