Friday, February 27, 2009
I designed them using Publisher and a template for labels that are 1/2"x1 1/2". The font had to be about 7, but they are completely readable (maybe with a magnifying glass for some of us over 40!). I also used a design that Publisher has included and modified it to suit me.
I printed them on printable fabric from Electric Quilt Company. The fabric is a good tight weave and is adhered to a plastic backing and feeds through the printer just great. Now, I am cutting off rows of labels as I need them. I am not going to worry about the raw edges, because if I cut them straight, they stay pretty much on grain and will not fray much.
I thought I would sew them onto the bags, but really hate that kind of hand sewing, so I remembered I had some narrow Steam a Seam fusible on a roll (which I could not find on their website, so they may have discontinued that product, but other companies make fusible strips sold on a roll). After removing the printable fabric backing, I used the strips to make my little labels fusible!
I feel so accomplished today! I applied about a dozen labels to the bags I have made lately in the short hour I was able to be in my sewing room this afternoon. Every little bit helps!
Monday, February 16, 2009
Dear Susie, I wrote this in a hurry, while chasing little boys, so I hope it makes sense. While we don’t talk often or much, I have always cared about you since you were in my four-year old class, all those years ago!
I was thinking what I could put in this bag to cheer you up, so I looked for some scripture that had the word bag in it. When I came across David and Goliath, I thought about how you have been facing giants lately.
1 Samuel 17:48-49 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
Satan tries to come as a giant to scare the wits out of us. Sometimes, he whispers giant lies to us. Sometimes he uses other people to create giant situations that are beyond our control. Whatever he does, he does to try and make us afraid or angry and unable to function as God intends.
When we are scared or angry, we do foolish things, make bad choices and sometimes blame God for not protecting us. I know that I have done that, even very recently. But fear and anger can drive us to God if we let it.
To be honest, I have been angry with God for not doing things in my life to suit my idea of what should be happening. I wanted Him to change Travis and Sarah and He didn’t. I wanted Him to give us custody of the grandkids and He did. So now, I take care of the kids and I find myself angry with God because I had to leave a job I loved and I feel out of control. I got some of what I wanted and now I find it all frustrating!
My point is that we all struggle with our emotions and Satan does his devil best to widen the gap between us and God as we struggle.
Psalm 145:8 The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
God is slow to anger, even when we are angry with Him. He is faithful even when we are unfaithful. He loves us unconditionally and just asks us to love Him.
Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? T o act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
That’s it, Susie…walk humbly with God and He will lift you up!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Last week, I was able to get a quilt top sewn together using my Wordle fabric that I had printed by Spoonflower a few months ago. It is the berry colored fabric with the words from Isaiah 40 printed on it. I think it turned out great! The pattern, called Garden Melody, is one my mom and I designed last winter for her poppy fabric printed by Andover Fabrics. Stop by her shop or Andover to see the fabulous fabric. They don't have it up yet, but her latest line is of Tulips and we spent the last couple of weeks designing new quilts for that fabric. I do the beginning rough work in EQ6 and then she begins in fabric and makes design decisions as she goes. She called me frequently to consult and ask questions. It seems to work pretty well for a long distance relationship! BTW, she's in Oregon and I'm in Tennessee, nearly 3000 miles apart!
I wanted to make something else with the Wordle fabric, so I made this cute bag. It's not very big, but I like it!
Friday, February 6, 2009
This one is Psalm 40. Click on this image to see it larger:
Here's another from the words to "Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble?":
Now anyone who has a little one understands how difficult it is to do anything but care for and play with them. Little D is being a pill today...into everything, not necessarily being naughty, but exploring things he is not supposed to. Right now, he has climbed up into his empty high chair and is yelling at me. I'ts not that he's hungry, he just got down from there a little while ago. Five minutes ago, Middle D kicked him off the couch where he slammed into the coffee table. I have yet to figure out what made the huge noise was when he fell. Can't find a bruise yet, it's too early. Can't wait for nap time!
My project today will be to finish the quilt top that I started on Tuesday. I decided to make up the pattern Garden Melody that Mom and I designed last year for her poppy fabric. It's really turned out well, purple, green, gold, berry...a sorts of colors. The impetus was that I had a fabric printed by Spoonflower that has words from scripture on it, the background is berry and the words are black. So I found a print that had the right color in it and then chose coordinating fabrics. It is a very striking combination. I will post a pic as soon as I can, maybe later this afternoon!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I have to admit that it is really a good batch of soup, using leftover cheese sauce and broccoli from dinner the other night. I thinned down the sauce with chicken stock and milk, added a few dried onion flakes, garlic powder and then chopped the broccoli really fine. I heated it for a few minutes then served with goldfish (to swim in the soup) and whole wheat toast. The boys ate it up!
Monday, February 2, 2009
I designed a really cute bag recently. It's tapestry in a funky circular pattern. I used a shape I have seen a lot recently and attached straps with D rings and used a magnetic snap, making it look quite professional. The lining is cotton, with pockets on both sides. It is approximately 12"x6"x2". Great for a daily handbag. You can view at my Etsy shop.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
From birth, our desire is to be great, to be noticed or to be first. I see this in our boys. They always want to be served first, have the most of something or to get the last word. If I am focused on one, the others will vie for my attention.
Unfortunately, I see those same qualities in myself. I want to be first, best and greatest, too. I want the last word. I want to do what I want to do, when I want to do it, not when someone else says so. I hate it when someone interrupts what I am doing. Christ would have it otherwise. Dying to myself, denying my desire to be great, becoming a slave to others is how Christ expects me to live.
I've been struggling with my feelings. I expected to be doing other things at this time in my life. I had my children when I was very young, raised them and expected them to lead their own lives so I could do things I had never been able to do. But, one son cannot handle his life, so we are raising his three children instead.
This is not where I thought we would be. And yet, it must be where God wants us to be, because only by his will do we have custody of the boys. Things sailed through court in a way that no one expected. That had to have been God.
A friend once told me that most anger stems from blocked goals. Meaning that some people who don't get what and where they want, become angry. Between blocked goals and hormones, I seem to get pretty angry. However, I cannot take that out on the little boys. They are the innocents in this. When we see them do things that come from the lack of parenting in their lives, we get angry. When they do things that copy the things that they saw in their family, we get angry. When they just act like little boys, we get angry. We want them to be great. It's a real struggle.
So, Pastor hit it on the head when he said we must die to ourselves and serve others. Christ died serving us and the least we can do is to do the same. Does that mean I will be a perfect servant now? No, but it means that I will try to do better, listening to Him and letting Christ live through me, because I can't do it alone.
Mark 10:43-45: "...Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."