Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Scripture ~ 1 Peter:24b-25...


In a world that keeps changing I sometimes get lost in what is acceptable and right 'today', as it can be quite different to what was right five, twenty, fifty, or two thousand years ago.
Society makes it's own mold by evolving an ever widening brand of right and wrong according to what the majority dictate as normal and acceptable. 
The bottom line is that we try to get away with what we want to do and how we want to be in order to avoid adverse consequences or punishments. We want our way to be right.

A key change I've noted over the last couple of decades as a Christian, is the increasing number of fellow believers and denominations who have decided to delete much of God's Word from their vocabulary and lifestyle in order to embrace the views of those who do not know Jesus as Lord and Saviour  - even though those beliefs clearly contradict Scripture. They make God small by making themselves of greater authority than His Word.
And I'm sure I've been just as guilty of this as they on many occasions.

With 2014 winding to a close and as the celebration of Jesus' birth draws nigh, will you join me in praying that in the year ahead we take to heart this Scripture and allow the Lord to awaken our spirit to Truth, that we cast off the beliefs which have steered us away from Him, and instead draw closer and closer to Jesus that our minds may be renewed and our vision cleared once more?
You see, it's us  that changes, not Him. 

I'm praying His unchanging Word is once again my standard for the years I have left in this earthy life, and I know beyond doubt that He will gently help me along the way...

God bless you,

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas break-up with the girls...

 On Thursday I added the finishing touches to my gifts for our sewing group girls - Michelle, Heather, Barb and Wendy...


 Though we've only been able to meet up a handful of times throughout 2014 our annual Christmas break-up lunch at Palmetum Tea Rooms was not to be missed - except by our Wendy-friend who was off helping her beloved with a long distance work run. We hope to catch up with our dear Wendy early in the New Year as she was missed. x
The remaining four of us - Michelle, Heather, Barb and myself - gathered for coffee, cake, laughter, and a present exchange.

We had one secret swap where we made something extra special for our partner, and there were some smaller gifts for everyone.

Michelle made for Barb.
Barb made for Wendy (but she wasn't there)
Heather made for me.
I made for Michelle.
Wendy made for Heather (but she'll post the pressie to her)

Enjoy our pics.



From me to Michelle...


From Michelle to Barb...

 From me to Heather...

Waiting to be opened!

From Heather to me...
 
 Barb, me, Heather...

Michelle made one of these for all of us...

From me to Barb...

Michelle playing with her new camera...

Michelle and I...

A special day with very special friends.



I'll share my regular "20th of the month" Rosedaisy tutorial on Monday...

May you have a blessed weekend!
My husband is finally home and will no longer be a traveling man, so I'm going to enjoy every moment with him while we wait on God for 'what comes next'...

hugs

Thursday, December 18, 2014

2015 free BOM preview...

I'm stitching with red thread, and I can't stop smiling.

Why?

Because I'm working on the free BOM I'll be sharing with you in 2015!

"My Vintage Kitchen"



It's all a part of...

...and I'll have a small number of kits for Australians to purchase in case some of you are interested in using the same fabric as my original.
It's an old line by Michael Miller, "Home Ec", and was the inspiration behind this design.
It is still available in the USA from HERE...

(can't tell you exactly how much of the feature fabric you will need as I'm still working out the final display and I'm fussy cutting the borders, but if you are in a rush to get some I'd say 1 yard will be plenty for the two fussy cut sections and for binding the small wall quilt)
What do you think?
Will you be stitching along?

Starts in January.

hugs


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Life in a zoo and making gifts...

We live a quiet life - Mr E, Princess Sophie and I.
Well we did. 

On Saturday Bob-the-dog moved back home so our numbers increased, and though Princess Sophie was a little miffed at having to tolerate him in our midst once again, all-in-all she remained relatively laid back by assuming the Royal position across the dining table...



 
Bob-the-dog chose the lounge rug, just outside her gaze, to be the safest position during her mental adjustment phase...




Next morning all was well. She knew she was boss, and he knew she was boss.
But a few hours later along came a new visitor to stay for a few months and challenge her imperial feline disposition.
Meet Private Charlie...




His owner has been deployed to the Middle East so we have taken Private Charlie in for a while.
He is an outside dog, so is sleeping up on our large deck amongst the trees, close to us. 
His regular visits to the kitchen door have not yet met with Princess Sophie's approval ...




...in fact she hisses and spits, and Private Charlie runs away in fear. 
Very strange, she has this power over him but is yet to understand she can wander around outside freely if she chooses. Instead, the litter tray is back inside and she's not budging from the table.

Bob-the-dog enjoys some play time with Private Charlie...




...but only whilst Mr E or I am around to supervise. He was mauled a few years back and is hesitant to get too close to big dogs. 
But Private Charlie really is a softie, so in time Bob-the-dog might not fret so...




Of course, number 1 priority is loving all three, giving them individual attention, and allowing each their own space so that they feel secure and safe.

I don't think I've ever been slobbered on so much. Love is messy, yeh?





Between playing Pet Mama to three very different personalities at the moment, I've been working on some Christmas gifts...



...and a dozen or so of my "Stitcher's Friend" needle-books to post away in cards.




If you missed my tutorial for making these needle-books it is HERE and there's a free downloadable printout for the cover...



Month 3 of the Stitchery Club has been emailed to all subscribers, but if you're not a Club member you can still grab this pretty set of patterns HERE in my shop until December 31st. 




I think this afternoon I might sew the final border around the quilt I showed you yesterday, and then do some hand stitching whilst watching another episode of 'Kirstie's Handmade Britain'.

What about you? What are you making at the moment?

hugs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

UFO Finish Tuesday - well almost...

Remember HERE, back in June when I spent a few days sewing the first six blocks from the Fat Quarter Shop's free 'Wishes" quilt?
My plan from then on was to sew each month's block as it was released and I'd have a pretty sampler quilt by Christmas. The best laid plans, right? 
 
Well, it's six months later and with Mr E away for a few days I decided it was time to roll up my sleeves, change the blade on my rotary cutter, and get to work!

Friday night I made block 7...

'Court House Lawn'


...and on Saturday the final five blocks were finished.

'Mrs Taft's Choice'


'Dove In The Window'


'Idaho Beauty'


'Stair Step'


'Grape Basket'


To finish this quilt I've added a white border...


...and today I'll decide on the final border.
Hopefully I can show you a true UFO 'Finish' next Tuesday.

 The full pattern is still available as a free gift HERE on the FQS blog.
The pattern was shared to raise funds for the Make A Wish foundation by individual donations, so consider doing that if you choose to download the patterns. 

God bless you all,
 


Monday, December 15, 2014

Getting some order and Blossom comes to visit...

Mr E was away this weekend so I spent Friday night and most of Saturday working on a rather large UFO.
After sewing six, 14" patchwork sampler blocks (for a total twelve) and adding the first border, my sewing room was a mess...

...and I don't like messes. 
It totally causes my head to spin and and fill with confusion. Not a good thing for this Jenny-girl at all!

So yesterday I switched on some music and for seven hours worked my way through everything in my sewing room. The rubbish bin overflowed more than a few times as I threw caution to the wind and tossed out all those things I'd stored away this year just in case one day they prove useful.  I decided they'd had their chance and had never proved themselves useful, so not even a tinge of regret crossed my mind about showing them out the door.
And you know, that was liberating!

Would you like to see my peaceful sewing space now?
Welcome in...





It's all neat and orderly...like my brain. 

I've also been able to display some of the gifts friends and acquaintances have sent me over the years,
the newest being this precious ornament that Shez surprised me with this past week...

The peace of my refreshed room is glorious, and there's nothing more special to me than looking over at my mama and daddy on their wedding day. She was not long for this world, just 21 when she died, but in their 4 years of marriage mama made daddy very happy...

Just as I was taking these photos my sweet Blossom arrived for a visit, and with her was Bob-the-dog who has come back to live with us for a while....
She also brought her crochet bag to show me! My dearest friend Ruth made me a purple one like this for my birthday and Blossom had been eying it off so much that one day she came straight out and asked if Auntie Ruth would make her one too.
Well, she's a very blessed girl because Ruth did, and Blossom takes it everywhere with her!
Isn't it beautiful...

For the rest of the afternoon we lounged about watching episodes of this...



...whilst drinking tea and nibbling on Christmas cake.

And that UFO?
You'll have to wait until tomorrow.

Enjoy the new week!
hugs