Sunday, September 30, 2007
After draping the top I laid out the muslin to make my pattern.
I even eeked out enough time to prepared dinner for my husband and myself. We had grilled shrimp and pasta, roasted sweet potatoes and a vegetable medley (corn, broccoli and spinach).
Here is the top so far. I think it's coming along pretty well.
Monday's Meditation (today really is Monday, but I started this post yesterday, that why it says Sunday in the heading)
We are in a very interesting study series at our church. The topic is anger. Last week we mostly talked about controling our anger. This Sunday we looked at some of the things that anger God. One of the things really hit home for me.
Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased. Numbers 11:10
If you read the entire chapter you will discover the people's weeping was really complaining. I think we (I) sometimes complain to the Lord more than we (I) praise him. To know that complaining actually makes God angry, makes me want to guard my thoughts even more.
Learning to be content,
Monday, September 24, 2007
"Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath।"
Ephesians 4 :26
This is a pretty well known verse of scripture, but I think it is often misquoted and misunderstood. Many married people will say it means "if" we get angry at our spouse we should make sure we have resolved the matter before we go to bed at night. I'm sure this approach can be very beneficial for a marriage, however this verse is saying more than that.
First, notice we are being told to "be angry" and to "not sin". We need to be angry at the same things that anger our Lord. However, we are not to sin. Scripture tells us that the Lord is angry with the wicked everyday; yet we also know that he allows the sun to shine on the just as well as the unjust. So we should never cease being angry at sin, but we should never allow it to cause us to sin. Stay encouraged.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I did however, pack up my summer clothes and put them away. Yeah, yeah, I know, I am just procrastinating.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I am thankful for:
The fact that the top I'm making doesn't require very much altering/adjustments. I have only done the muslin so far, I will make the real top in a green, silk paisley print. I will post a photo this weekend.
The fact the sewing isn't fattening. When I think about it, many of the things in life that I enjoy are very fattening. So I am thankful that I can sew all I want and not gain an ounce.
Living in a country where I am free to practice and live out my beliefs. I am glad that this holds true for every citizen in this country. Even though we don't all believe the same thing, we can all openly express what we do believe.
I thank God for each and every day, but I seem to thank him more for Fridays. So thank God tomorrow is Friday.
Have a productive and wonderful weekend everyone.
Monday, September 17, 2007
I mentioned earlier that I am working on a crocheted dress or skirt. If the work moves along fairly quickly, it will be a dress, if it's slow and I begin to get bored, it will probably be a skirt. Here is a single square and a group of squares abutting each other (click on the image for close-up view).
I also did a "practice" bag like the one in the current (and unfortunately the last) issue of Sew Stylish magazine. I did this one in a faux suede cloth, but the next one I will do in a gorgeous soft real hide/suede. I am also contemplating embroidering a design on the next one.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
As my mom gets stronger and stronger I will be able to devote more of my "spare" time to sewing/knitting/crocheting/crafting/creating.
As today's title indicates, I am moving on to Plan B. Plan A was to complete my Fall/Winter Wardrobe storyboard. Then I would organize, arrange and schedule my sewing in a logical sequence. Then I would carefully go through all the fabric in my stash. But I've no time for that now - I must now proceed to sewing. The temperature here (Chicago, IL) dropped significantly over the weekend and I am just itching to get my mitts on some fall fabrics.
Even though at last count I had over 700 patterns in my arsenal, I have to go to Hobby Lobby after work and after preparing dinner for my parents but before going home (I have one very patient husband) to pick up the McCall's pattern below (click in the box). McCall's patterns are .99 this week at Hobby Lobby. Need I say more?
So here's the new plan:
9/10 - 9/15 - cut out a muslin for the jacket, skirt, top and pants this week. Find appropriate fabric in my stash.
9/17 - 9/22 - take care of fitting issues for all four pieces and complete the top since it will probably be the easiest to fit and to construct (yeah, I know I could have simply said "sew" but "construct" sounds like I'm really working hard and not just being a big ole slow poke).
9/24 - 9/29 - complete the skirt and pants. Start on the jacket.
Notice I don't include Sundays in my sewing schedule. That's because I'm in worship services most of the day and spending time with my family the rest of the day. So I don't even anticipate getting any sewing done on Sundays. If all goes as planned, I will have just about 25% of my entire fall/winter wardrobe completed by the first week of October. I think that's a pretty good for such a late start.
One last thing, it's not sewing related, but interesting nonetheless. I thought it would be a good thing to include a short snippet of the previous Sunday's message each Monday.
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. Romans 4:20
God had made Abraham an incredible promise, and Abraham never stopped believing in what God had said he would do. We should practice that same attitude when we look through the scriptures and see all of the many promises God has made to all his children. Stay encouraged.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I worked on the clutch style handbag in the current issue of Sew Stylish magazine (page 33). It has to be the simplest design I have ever seen, but I can't get the pieces to come together. After working on it for about four hours today, it's still not together. I must be experiencing some sort of mental block.
I have managed to complete a total of nine squares for my crocheted dress (or skirt, depending on how long I am able to stay focused). Yes, that's right, I have completed nine squares - only about a million more to go.
I intend to post some photos of my progress this weekend. This is assuming that there will actually be some progress by week's end. I can dream.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
First, I am playing nurse to my mother who recently had open-heart surgery which resulted in five (5) bypasses. She is recuperating at home and doing quite well. Thank the Lord. This has prompted my entire family (more about them in the uncoming days and weeks) to change its eating habits.
In terms of sewing/crafting, I am working on a planned (make that a "well- planned") fall wardrobe. The color scheme will be grey, black, navy, brown and cream along with some bold accent colors. I am also working on whittling down my UFO pile. Then there's the crochet dress or skirt (depends on how much stamina I have) that I'm working on.
Now that I have put it in writing here, I have to get cracking on cranking out these projects.
Thank you for looking and photos are soon to come.