Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Psalm 8

A few hours before the "Blood Moon" occurred on 4/14/2014 

"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 

"For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. 

"Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: 

"All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. 

"O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!" Psalm 8:3-9

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Growing Things

(Hyacinths, tulips, daffodils are beginning to burst forth in vibrant, happy colors while the lilacs and berry bushes are starting to bud. I'm thrilled that my little gooseberry bush, the middle picture above, survived the winter after being given to me by a friend who claims the mother-bush has a history of somekind.)

Over the last several  weeks I haven't sewn a thing, much less walk into the sewing room, but for a few moments. It may continue to be this way for an unknown amount of time. If you read my blog solely for my projects, let me apologize to you!

But all is well. I've been getting more hours at work, I've been getting more violin students, and I've been reading in my quiet moments the words of Elizabeth Elliot on the topic of suffering. She write so pointedly yet her words are full of truth and grace. Spring time is my most favored time of year, and this year I'm vividly seeing the real and very raw beauty of life that follows death.

No coward soul is mine,
No trembler in world’s storm-troubled sphere.
I see Heaven’s glories shine,
And faith shines equal,
arming me from fear.
~Emily Bronte

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Beginnings of a 1930s Frock for Spring

For Christmas my parents had given me two 1930s patterns, one of them being a cute dress with all the fun details that often ascribe that of the 30s. The other was a slip pattern which will come in handy now that I have a few patterns in this era.

It wasn't that long ago that while thrifting, my eyes caught a cute print with enough yardage for a dress. There is no name on the salvage, and the polyester-feeling fabric is of higher quality than that of Wal-mart's, and it's not as heavy as JoAnn's silky prints, so I'm not sure if it's vintage or not.

Some vintage buttons from my stash should help give it a vintage vibe. Since when did Sears sell buttons? Note to self: check with google as soon as this post is finished!

Now if I can find the time to sew, that would be nice... :) It's almost as much fun to plan for something as is the fruition of it.

Friday, March 14, 2014

More Signs of Spring

About a week ago I began my seeds in my little plastic planters. Nothing expensive or fancy, but oh so exciting.

Does anyone else watch for the seedlings to emerge out of the soil? A few anxious ones just popped up the other day

My shamrock is still producing blossoms. Such a cheery sight! 

I spotted this befeathered courting couple the other day and they were singing songs to each other (or at least it sounded like it!)

Have a lovely weekend, friends!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Inspired by: Victoria Magazine

Did anyone else's mom get the Victoria Magazine when it was in its prime years of publishing (late 80s to mid 90s or so)? My mother's best friend would always get a subscription of it as a birthday gift for her. It wasn't until I was old enough to be trusted to not color in it, or tear out pages for paper airplanes that I remember Mom letting me look through it. The timeless and romantic elegance, the savory recipes in the back, and the inviting scenes of rooms or meadows belonging to a cottage certainly had a way of "pulling me in", even as a young girl.

Not long ago when I picked up a fabric at the store, it was certainly "apron material" but it wasn't until I after cut it out and started finding trims in my drawer that it seemed to remind me of those old magazines.

Between work shifts and a few free moments here and there, I've been working on it and just finished it. It's up in the shop tonight.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

A Bit of Spring and Hope

With working lots of hours at the coffee shop I've barely stepped in the sewing room, let alone turn on the machines. It may be this way for an unknown amount of time as I race to save up for college this fall. Transferring to a college that is 4x more expensive than the last is no easy task, but I have hope in "Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us" (Ephesians 3:20, emphasis mine).

Saturday, March 01, 2014

On C.S. Lewis

"God has not been trying an experiment on my faith in order to find out its quality. He knew it already - it was I who didn't. God always knew that without Himself at the center, my temple was a house of cards. His only way of making me realize that fact was to knock it down." --C.S. Lewis