Thursday, 4 February 2016

Homemaker-in-Training


I am delighted to share with you all some of the things that my homemakers in training are doing lately.  They have been busy this winter sewing and crocheting things for themselves and others.  
I found this sweet sentiment online and it's what my girls are striving for.  

Titus Chapter 2: 3-5
 "The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."


My oldest has said for a long time that she doesn't enjoy sewing AT ALL.  Then after looking through fabric she decided she'd like to try making a quilt.  WOW! So after making the beautiful lap quilt above she jumped into making this fun dog bed cover and learned how to sew an invisible zipper seam.  Now she has changed her mind about sewing. :)


My other daughter loves sewing and now has her own machine that she can work on anytime. She likes to make aprons and other things like it.   


Both of the girls love to crochet (grandma got them started).  I love it when younger women can learn skills from older women and not just on youtube.

They make lots of blankets and pillows and hats and mittens and other odd things like hearts. :)  It's fun to see the Lord teaching them through it all and creating opportunities to use these gifts to benefit others.






Thank you for dropping by!  May your day be blessed.

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Lace Holders


Hello Friends!  Today I have a bunch of lace holders that I made.  My stash had gotten a bit messy so I wanted to tidy it up a bit.  I came across the above vintage boards from the Shabby Art Boutique where they're a freebie download.  I printed them off and then cut them out and inked the edges of them.  I stuck them to some old file folders with craft tape for added strength.  Then added the ribbon secured with a pin.


I love how these boards are beautiful and practical at the same time. :)



I also found these lace boards on Pinterest....yes I joined just so I could get these!  There are lots of interesting things on that place, but I am determined that I'm not going to loose my days there.   I've been warned. LOL
They are boards made by Un Boudoir Dans Un Tiroir.  I thought they were pretty.  My printer didn't cooperate and printed them out kinda pink instead of brown...so I inked around them with some extra pink ink.


I then took a ribbon holder from my stash and used it for a template to trace out on some patterned paper I had and then taped them with craft tape to the folder board like I did with the others. Some fun colours to add to the basket.  Now I have a delightful basket of lace on pretty boards that is much easier to use then what I had before. :)


Thank you for dropping by to see me!  I hope you liked the boards and you can click on the links if you'd like to try them to!
I love all the fun little things we can all do to beautify our working spaces.


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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

A Lovely View From My Kitchen


Hello! Today I'd like to share with you a lovely view from my kitchen.  The snow outside was falling softly and coating the trees again with a lovely white softness.  I just sewed some new curtains with some lovely vintage fabric that a friend had given me.  I love how the material really brightens up that section of the room.  I chose to go with a simple panel style with tabs on top.  I'll be adding a tie string to so that more light will come in during the day.

To me a bright inviting room is a must for a kitchen as I and my family spend lots of time there.
How do you like your kitchen?


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Planner and Pillowcases


Hello!  Today I have a couple fun things to share.  I went looking this year for a new planner and couldn't find one that I liked.  So I went to Staples and found this sweet journal and decided to try using it.  I have drawn lines on the lined insert paper to make days of the week and bought some colourful pens to use for different needs (meals, lessons, apt., journaling).  It has an interesting way of binding and the pages can be taken out and inserted easily.  This way I'm hoping that if it works well I can just take out the old sheets, pop them in an envelope and file them away.  Then I can refill it and use it again next year.  I started with just one pack of the dividers, but they are great for separating the months, so I'll go and get some more of them.

Then my kids have been doing some sewing projects.  My young boys wanted new pillow cases, so they helped me sew them.  It was so fun to watch them enjoy using the machine....Mom helped with the alignments, and of course the ironing part. :)


Then with the machine out and ready, I made another sweet pillowcase for me. :)
The fabric is quite white, so in real life, the lace blends in quite well (not so in the pic.).


Do you like doing sewing projects with your children?  At times I am nervous about letting them use certain things, but am usually pleasantly surprised at their capabilities.  It is a sweet thing to be able to teach our children in even the simplest tasks.

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Monday, 4 January 2016

Mittens and French Tarts


Hello!  How many of you like mittens and french tarts...not necessarily together like little naughty kittens?

I've was given some wool and thought that it would be best used as mittens due to the fact that they're warm even when wet.

I used a half-double crochet pattern for the mittens and made them to fit my hand size.  But they'll fit any of us that need it ok.  For added warmth on really cold days an extra pair of mittens can be tucked overtop or inside.


My family has been enjoying some french tarts and they are very simple to make and are like little mini fruit cheesecakes.
The recipe is all in grams and such and since I don't have a scale, I just made it up as I went along. :)
So my recipe is:
1 package softened cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbs butter
1 egg
3/4 cup whipping cream
2 big tablespoons flour
*I mixed it all up together then spooned it into pre-made shells. Then bake at 200 degrees for about 10 minutes.   Above I used homemade pie shells and below I used store-bought  tart shells.  Both were delicious. :)


For this set I made two mittens from wool I'd been given and then I made a cowl in the v-stitch pattern.  It's very warm and I love how the v-stitch is so stretchy and just about anyone can comfortably wear it.  Also it could be worn over the head and not just around the neck.


It's amazing how the Lord provides for what are at times the most simple things.  I cannot count the times that the Lord has brought wool/ yarn to my door for projects...some for my family and some to give away.  He is so good to me and I'm so thankful that the Lord Jesus cares about even the simple things in my life!

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A Quilted Table Runner


Hello! :)  I hope you are all doing well today.  I'd like to share with you a project I just finished.  No I didn't do the top rag quilt piece...I was given the top part.  I love the look of the rag style and thought it needed to be finished.  SO, since it offered a chance to learn something new, I thought I'd play with it.   I took and made a quilt sandwich and then took out my Bigfoot free motion quilting foot and tried it out.  It took a bit to get the hang of it, but it was interesting to be able to make all those little squiggles.  Now I have much practice to do to make it look just right, but it was fun and I'll be doing it again.  Then I cut some binding material and sewed that on.  This time I did much better with the miterer corners. and also using the binding tool I made (using measurements off a video tutorial)  I was able to make it smooth and perfect all the way around.  Now you can see in the picture that the edge kinda scallops a bit.  I think that'll lay nice and flat after ironing and using for a bit. (I hope)

I love the homy feel this has and I'm very glad I took the time to finish it.  Are there projects that you get from others that you finish, just because you would like to see how they turn out?


Here are some more pictures of the piece and a better look at the details. :)


I love the softness of the ruffles and the sweet floral prints.  Once it's washed it'll be a bit more fluffy.


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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

A Patchwork Quilt


Hello!  Today I have a quilt to share with you.  I made this quilt out of lots of different pieces of material....some were sample swatches of upholstery fabric,  and some old jeans and shirts.  The backing is an old duvet cover.  As you can obviously see, I'm not good at getting them to match up right, but it is colourful and very cozy.  I had pieced all the middle sections together, and then decided to make the quilt larger so then I added the extra sections to either side of the middle one.  It is a large queen size quilt and is the biggest I've ever made.

I borrowed the walking foot attachment from my daughter and then did my best to sew in the ditches.  In the areas where the pieces didn't match up it was interesting to turn the fabric just right to make those little detours.  I ended up rolling the material into the throat of the machine and that worked quite well.  Then I wanted to make my own seam binding for the outside so I went online and found a great video on how to do that.  HERE!   It was quite simple, but I do need lots more practice. :)


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