Monday, May 28, 2012

Sometimes you just have to start over

Recently I asked my mother to bring me the little white table that was in her basement. I thought it would be perfect to put my sewing machine on, especially when I get a room to put it in.

Me: "Can you bring me that little white table that is in the basement?"
Mom: "You mean the sewing table?"
Me: "That's what it is?"
Mom: "Yeah, it's a sewing table."
Me: "Perfect! That is actually what I want to use it for."

I didn't know it was a sewing table and it had been in and around the house since I was little. I even painted it white the first time around. I thought it needed updating and my mom let me. After I went away to college it kind of got neglected and was left in the basement, with no purpose for the future.

When the grandparents came to visit the kiddos they brought the sewing table with them. I figured a couple of coats of fresh paint and it would be ready for use. It needed a lot of love. I didn't know how much until I put a couple of coats on paint on it. I had some white paint leftover from when I painted the bed frame to my son's big boy bed.

(Ignore my shoes)

Apparently, the paint had gotten mildewy or moldy since I used it last. This project was going to take a little longer than I had planned. I had to start over. So I stripped all of the paint off and got it back to it's original state. That also meant a trip to the store for a small can of new paint. After some scrapping and wiping and labor it was ready to be painted again.

It looks so pretty after several coats of paint. Nice and clean. Ready for use.

Now I can't wait to get my sewing room built around it.

It will go approximately in this spot with a window above it. Just imagine walls, ceiling, roof, two windows, and a door on the left hand side. It'll be great, and hopefully big enough for all of my sewing, crafting, and scrapbooking stuff. I can't wait to have a space to be creative in again. I've been trying to get my husband to let me make it a little bit bigger, use of more of the additional parking space in our driveway. I don't think he is going for it though. I can continue to hope though.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Whispers From God

Have you ever heard or felt something and not known exactly where it came from and then never really gave it much thought? You thought you did it yourself, that you were clever enough to make that decision on your own, you took credit for it. You are not alone in what happens in your life. Ever hear this saying, God answers all prayers but sometimes the answer is no.?

This story could be really long, but I hope when you read it you will not feel that your time was wasted. I will try to keep it short though. You are welcome.
One of my goals as a child was to marry someone who went to church on a regular basis, every Sunday. I wanted that to be a part of my new life. I wanted to have someone who would help me to learn more about God and Jesus and to guide me in this new territory. I’m still a long way away from knowing everything, or anything really, but I am off to a good start. I married a church going man. I am learning. There hasn’t been too much guidance on his part for me but maybe we can work on that.

I’m going to change thoughts processes here, but stick with me; it will all make sense in the end, hopefully.
I get bored at work sometimes. I needed something to keep me occupied so a friend of mine gave me some books to read. Karen Kingsbury writes Christian fiction. I think I have read almost every book I could get my hands on that I wanted to read. There are still some out in the library system, I’m sure I will get to them at some point. In her books the characters struggle with their faith and beliefs and life in general. It makes for a good story and makes them more human. They are not perfect, but in the end they all have a strong faith in God and His work. They pray a lot. And sometimes she writes little snippets of God’s words, like little whispers to the heart of the characters. They feel God and hear His voice. As a reader, you get to hear His voice, too. I am aware that people who have faith can feel God working in their lives. That is not something I have really ever experienced until this year, so hold on and I will get to that. I always sort of knew God was working on me and my life I just couldn’t see it, hear it, or feel it. I never really understood what people meant when they would say something like that. After reading some of Karen’s books I knew I wanted see, hear, and feel God the way her characters and other people did.

Changing thoughts again. Hang in there.
My sister found this community church through a friend of hers. Their goal is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus. That’s a great goal for a church to have! She would tell me about certain sermon series’ they would do and the best part was you could watch them online or download them to your ipod and listen to them whenever you wanted, you know, at work. Arthur is one of the pastors at this community church. He did a series on men and women. My sister kept talking about it and I wanted to listen/watch it as well. I got the website from her and listened to the series, which was excellent. From listening to Arthur and learning from him, I too wanted a relationship with God and Jesus. Arthur would say things that stay with you and help you grow as a person with faith. Things like, you believe in God/Jesus but do you follow God/Jesus? People believe in lots of things but do they follow those beliefs? Just something to think about. Arthur is pretty cool and his series on men and women was awesome. His parenting series he did with his wife is pretty good too. It’s not a sermon series just a series he did for anyone interested in their thoughts and views on parenting and what the Bible says on how to raise children. I’m learning a lot.

So far I have seeing, hearing, and feeling God and obtaining a growing relationship with God. I’m getting there.
I recently joined facebook, mostly so I could get on Pinterest, which has cut down on how much I read at work now.  I picked up a few friends and have used facebook more than I thought I originally would have. This story picks up with one of those friends. Her name is Autumn. She married a wonderful man named Will. A few years later they have a baby girl--Aurora (Rorie). A couple years later they are blessed with having another baby--Arianna (Aly).

March 25th 2012 Autumn is in the hospital giving birth to their second daughter. Her husband updates her status. She is one month early in her delivery but all seems to be going well. The baby is healthy and small, but a fighter. Then the unthinkable happens.  Autumn is rushed into emergency surgery for a ruptured liver. Barely two days have gone by since the birth of a baby and mom is fighting for her life now. Will asks for prayers. This is when it happens. I feel something, I hear a whisper. The time is 2:38pm on March 27th. I remember praying for Will and his little girls. That God will stay close to them and comfort them. I think this is weird because I should be praying for God to save Autumn’s life, to have her come through surgery just fine and raise her girls alongside Will. So I try again. I can’t seem to pray for Autumn the way I think I should be praying. I keep praying for God to be with Will and his girls. Then, just like in a Karen Kingsbury book, almost written in italics, I hear/feel someone say something like the prayer has been answered. Wait. What? Which prayer? Whose prayer? I now know that my prayers and everyone else’s have been heard by God. I also know that what I have been praying for has an answer. I feel that. There is this prayer and there is an answer. I didn’t make a lot of sense because my particular prayer didn’t exactly have a specific answer. It wasn’t like I had this question-prayer and God answered the question. It just felt more like there is this prayer and here is an answer, not the answer. I am slightly confused by this answer. Something doesn’t feel quite right. Then this thought comes into my head, a very quiet whisper, sometimes the answer is no. Then there is this sense of peace I feel. No more worrying about the situation with Autumn.
At 3pm Will updates Autumn’s status. She had passed away. Everyone is devastated by this news. Autumn is my age, slightly older, and her birthday was coming soon. She was one of those beautiful people that you meet in life. So kind and helpful to everyone. She had qualities that I want in my life, which I want to pass on to my children. She was so wonderful. Her girls will always know the kind of person their mother was because anyone who knew Autumn will tell them so. Will will make sure they know. They will be constant reminders of her in his life. He has to navigate the world of parenthood without a wife, but with God. He is now the sole parent of two girls. My prayer is answered and will continue to be answered. God will hold them and comfort them, even though we are heartbroken.
 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)
I have read this passage in Karen’s books and through the lives of her characters I see how it works in their lives. I better understand what it means when I see an example of how it would be applicable in everyday life. I get it now.
I look forward to feeling, seeing, and hearing God work in my life, and meeting the people that He will bring into my life so that I can continue to grow in my faith and help my children grow in theirs. I want them to believe and follow, and one day lead their children the same way I am leading them. I hope the results are good ones. “God blessed you with these children. You have everything you need to raise awesome kids.” –Arthur Mace (This is not an exact quote but it is what I picked up from his parenting series and absolutely something he would say).
See, feel, hear, grow. Keep on going.
Listen to Arthur Mace online. His sermon series on Men and Women can be found at the link below. Starts on date 2/8/2009 and ended on 3/1/2009. This is mp3 format only. His later sermons can be viewed as videos or you can just listen to the mp3. You have options.
The parenting series can be found on
In the search box type in: Parenting 101 week 1 (or 2,3,4,5 or 6). If you have watched any of Arthur sermon's you know you have the right ones because you will know what he looks like. Or just look for his picture on the church website.
Oh I can hear 'em playin’ / I can hear the ringing of a beat up old guitar / Oh I can hear 'em singing / Keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart
“Even if it Breaks Your Heart”-Eli Young Band

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Easter to Birthdays

Sorry to be gone so long. I've been busy with Easter and three birthdays, then my hubs and I went on a weekend trip, back to work, starting/completing other projects to share later, and finally have time to put some sort of post together.

Today I will share two outfits I made for the girl. One for Easter and one for her birthday. Both of which were inspired by Pinterest. Check out my Sew Cute Idea board to see more wonderful ideas. **WARNING** cuteness overload may occur while on Pinterest.

I will also share the birthday cake/cupcakes I made for my kids' birthdays.



I saw this Fabric at Joann's and knew I had to get it for this particular project. It's Springy and colorful but not too Easter-y. It's something she can wear again.

                              Love that dimple!  (Hubs took pictures and did the hair).


I loved this angled stripe fabric. I had the perfect shirt to match and added her age to it.

I made a matching hair clip with a rolled fabric flower. My technique still needs some work, but it still looks cute in her hair.

On to Birthday treats...

Birthday cake and Cupcakes

Once I saw a pin of a Robot Cake I knew it would be perfect for the boy. It was fairly easy to make and assemble. The part that gave me the most trouble was the icing. I got the color I wanted but making sure I had enough to cover the whole thing and making sure the points were pointy was time consuming and time was something I did not have. That is why the feet look different from the rest of the body. I do not yet have the patience, or skill, and had not alotted enough time, to do it perfectly the way I wanted. But it was made with love.

When it came time for the girl's birthday, I kept it simple. She likes Minnie Mouse so I made her cupcakes with simple icing that doesn't require perfection and some oreos for ears. I used the wrong tip to make bows - but again, didn't allow enough time to do it right. Both of them enjoyed their birthdays and are young enough to not really care about my mistakes. They got presents and got the eat cake, or lick the icing off the cake and that is all they really care about at this point. It was their special day and they knew it.

The end. More to come later as I finish up another project.