Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thoughtful Tuesdays. Crocheted Hangers. To Do Tuesday.

Thoughtful Tuesdays
I enjoy joining several faith-based link ups that have amazing posts filled with great wisdom.  If you would like to check them out, there's a list at the end of this post.  ;)
I've decided to dedicate one post a week to highlight an author a week.  It will be called "Thoughtful Tuesdays"!  

This post from Crystal at Encourage Your Heart.  She actually hosts the link up.  

Crystal's last sentence:


"The message of Fiercehearted (by Holly Gerth) is the reminder that we can be both weak and strong, messy and beautiful, afraid and courageous. I don’t about you, sweet friend, but that’s a message I need." From Crystal @ EncourageYour Heart

really spoke to my own heart.  We can indeed be weak and strong, messy and beautiful and afraid and courageous - and that's ok, my dear reader!  

For example, there were times during my cancer journey that I was physically and emotionally weak as a kitten, but I was strong enough to love on my grandbabies.  

The year after chemo, I felt like life was so incredibly messy in that there was so little I could do for myself, much less others.  Also, I looked strange: no hair, no eyelashes, no eyebrows, swollen with steroids.....but all who love me thought I was beautiful!  And I was - because I was alive loving and praising my LORD for helping us thrive during those years of treatment and recovery.  

And talk about being afraid and courageous!  My dear sisters and brothers who've faithfully - and perhaps through tears of confusion - gave and continue to give up their own will and accepted God's will for their lives might be so very afraid and are certainly so very courageous!  We knew our LORD could heal us in an instant, but for whatever reason he had, we accepted that He wanted us to go through chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.  

For me, that's ok.  He sees the big picture and I, like so many of you, trust Him.  

It was messy.
It was complicated.
It was far from perfect.

Perfection is overated, but being a real bunny (vs. a velveteen rabbit) who loves God is indeed strong, beautiful and courageous!  

Heart Encouragement Thursday @ Crystal Storms
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Crocheted Hangers
I had some yarn left over from this scarf + boot cuff set, so I also made some crocheted hanger covers.  I was able to make three of them, but only photographed two....
They were inspired by this pattern by Love Crochet!  
I used a HDC instead of DC and skipped the accent simply because I wanted to make as many hangers as possible. I loved how she crochets a strip first and then attaches it to the hanger!  Much easier to do!  

Usually about two ounces of yarn will more than cover a hanger!  

To Do Tuesday
Wow!  Life has been busy with my husband, family, grandbabies, my daughter's move into a larger house, church, weddings, minor illnesses, student teacher observations, family, blogging, starting a new Bilingual Cancer Care Group, friends, crafting.....such a full life! 
Sometimes, I'm exhausted, but so grateful to have the opprotunity to live a full life.   

I imagine you all are just as active!  Here is what I believe was my last To Do Tuesday list:
Last Time's List
Finish 
CIL Blocks making progress!
Boot Cuffs Done!
Quilty 365 Done!
Make Progress 

Drunkard’s Path
Dish towels
RSC 2017–Low Value
Advent Calendar Done!

This Week's List
Quilting
Finish 3 more Covered In Love blocks.
Crocheting
Make progress on Prayer Shawl #5 as well as the Pink Hanger Covers.
Slow Stitching
Make progress on the Felt Advent Calendar.

I believe in being gentle with others and myself.  So, I've decided to create a more simplified and reasonable list.  My breathing has already slowed down!  :)


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Philippians 4:8 Part 3.. Chili Contest Anyone? Covered in Love Progress. Book Date.

Philippians 4:8 Part 3
Part 1  Part 2
Scripture
Observation
This verse remains in my heart.  Paul is making some serious assumptions about what is true.  After all, we all have different truths, right?  Believing lies about ourselves have become our truth.  Aha!  But, we can find truth in God's Word.  You see, Paul is doing what he always does - pointing us to God.  We should be thinking on God's Word, HIS truth.
Application
So, I've taken some of the verses from Part 2 and went from this:

to this: 

 During a sermon, Pastor said it was easy for him to find time for Scripture memorization.  He decided that every time he looked at his Smart Phone, he would look at his verse.  Then he asked, "Do you realize how often we look at our phones?"

Here's my new lock screen:





Friends, so many times it's easier to believe those negative thoughts that have been pounded into our brains.  Let's reverse this by filling our brains with whatever is 
true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy!
Prayer
LORD, thank You for this post.  I am hoping and praying that not only will my mind be filled with these thoughts, but also healed from the negativity that can rear it's ugly head.  Let us all be filled with whatever is 
true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy!  Amen.

Chili Contest Anyone?
A friend of mine needed some bibs for a chili tasting contest.  She made the pattern, cut out the fabric and I offered to sew a few up.  Here's the first two!

Thankfully, they are pretty basic and easy to sew.  Pretty cute, don't you think?

Covered in Love Progress
Kat @ Kat and Cat Quilts has a wonderful charity sewing opprotunity called Covered in Love.  She provides quilts for people who pass away in the hospital.  They are "transition items" to bring some comfort to the families.  This opportunity immediately grabbed my attention because we have the quilt that covered my mother-in-law during her last days.  Ten years later, it still brings great comfort to my husband.  


Remember this fabric pull for the August/September Covered in Love blocks?  Well, I feel like the LORD wants me to make 20 blocks.  Here's my progress thus far!

Book Date
I'm still reading/studying Own It by Michael & Hayley Di Marco.  It's quite an interesting read.  Usually I read non-fiction books rather slowly so I can really digest them.








I'm also still enjoying The Red Tent by Anita Diamant!  




I'm linking up to


It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading? @ BookDate  (This link up actually has me reading more!)






I love reading and responding 
to your comments!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Saturday's Song. I Win - PERIOD! Slow Stitching Sunday. Stash Report.

Saturday's Song
I've never done this before, but I am posting a really long song this week.  It begins with Bart Millard's testimony - it's real - no velveteen rabbit stuff here.  I listened.
I cried as I thought of my cancer, my beautiful grandson's lungs (damaged by RSV) and his life threatening, environmental and ingested nut allergy and each of you and your various challenges.
So here it is.

I sent it to my kids and husband.
I sent it to a few friends.
I cried as Jesus touched my heart.  
Tonight, I praise God for MercyMe and will lift them up in prayer.
Please take a few moments out of your life to listen with an open heart.  Your life may just be changed.  

I Win - PERIOD!
Bart (the speaker on the video) mentions an aunt with cancer.  You know, God chose to use doctors, nurses, techs, chemotherapy, radiation, and surgeries to heal me.  And that's ok, because I win.  

I was winning when 
I was on my knees throwing up.
I was winning when 
I was too weak to bathe myself.
I was winning when 
I scared my (third) grandson with my bald head.
I was winning when 
I could't walk 3 feet without assistance.
I was winning when 
the pain reduced me to a bowl of Jello.
I was winning.
I still am.
Period.

Slow Stitching Sunday.
Today has been jam packed with cleaning after babysitting my three grandbabies for two days straight.  It was wild, fun and exhausting!

Tonight, after dinner, I'm looking forward to relaxing with these projects!

My invisible thread tested my patience and ended up in the trash.  Instead I'm using gold metallic embroidery floss to stitch up the Nativity Advent Calendar.

See this ball of yarn?  
It's roughly 2 ounces of yarn.  
But, after tonight it will be a hanger cover,
God willing.
I just love using 
covered hangers 
for my sweaters and nicer tops!

Stash Report
Very little sewing time this week, so numbers are the same.
Fiber Stash Report:  October 8, 2017
(started 6/11/17)
Fabric used this week
11 yds
Fabric used to date
33 1/8 yds
Fabric Added this week
3 3/8  yds
Fabric Added this year
20 ¼  yds
Net Fabric
12 7/8  yds

Yes, I had so much fun petting and bringing home some yarn!  I'll be sharing next week!
Yarn used this week
12 oz  
Yarn used to date
116 oz
Yarn Added this week
48 oz
Yarn Added to date
142 oz
Net Yarn
 26 oz
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Philippians 4:8 Part 2. Craft Project Management System. Quilty 365.

Philippians 4:8 Part 2
Part 1
Scripture
Observation
A list of what to focus on, what to think about.  Each attribute is considered excellent and praiseworthy.  
Application
So, lately I've been pondering this verse - a lot.  It would be wonderful if we could always think on these things, but the truth is we can't.  
Life happens.
Consequently, 
our thinking gets distorted.  
So, what do we think then?
That's what I've 
been thinking about.  
What do we think then?
What do you thinkthen?
What do I think then?
Sometimes, 
my thinking is just the opposite of this verse.
I've decided to combat my 
negative thinking 
with God's Word.  
A quick search of 
"You Say, God Says"
showed many cool printables.
Here are links to a few.
(with a cool mini tutorial on making your own Scripture cards)
May I encourage you to memorize Scripture?  Friends, I firmly believe that, combined with praise and worship music, this is one of the major ways to encourage ourselves, to fight the enemy and to live out Philippians 4:8 victoriously.  

Prayer
LORD, I need a way to live out Philippians 4:8.   For so many of us, it's so much easier to negative, ugly thoughts.  Help us to fill our minds with Your Word.  Help Your Word come to our minds in ALL times that we may live victoriously all the time.  After all, I've believed for many years that 
You are good all the time and
all the time, You are good!  
Amen!


Simple Minds
Here's a funny story.  I used this mind map - Simple Mind+ - as my craft project management system.  I worked my way from 0% to 33% finished WIPs!  I don't know hat got into me, but I forgot about it and used a different system this year - 
with no way to track my progress.  I've decided to go back to Simple Mind+ again starting September 25, 2017. 

Very Happy CatI was able to go through all my projects - again - and found a bunch more WIPs!  I've also decided to be happy about them - even though my WIP now number at 63!  Remember Philippians 4:8?  God's timing is perfect.  
I already finished a boot cuff set, so my completion rate is a whopping .015%!  I have a long way to go, but it's better than 0%!  (All encouragement is gratefully accepted!)  :)

Quilty 365
Well, on September 11, 2016 I started quite accidentally the Quilty 365 journey.  I finished it this month.   It's been fun and I look forward to making a quilt out of all my squares.  Here are August's and September's blocks!
How exciting it that?  It's been a real journey as this was the time I was recovering from chemotherapy during this time and sometimes it was really hard to keep up.  

But I did it.  
Sure enough, I did it.
By the grace of God, I did it.

God is good all the time; 
all the time, God is good.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Saturday's Song. Imagine This. Slow Stitching. Stash Report.

Saturday's Song.
Do you ever wish you could go back to that faith you experienced as a child or a new believer?  Perhaps, then, you can relate to this song!


Imagine This
Imagine you get "the" call that a loved one is ill - seriously ill.  You quickly pack a bag with a few essentials and head to the hospital to be with your loved one.  You don't take your Bible because you have it on your phone.  You end up staying in the hospital for days
with no Internet,
with no access to the Bible
on your phone.

via GIPHY
This happened to me, 
so here's a suggestion:
Please go to your Bible app,
and 
download your favorite version of the Bible.
Go ahead.
I'll wait for you.
Done?
Cool!
http://zaazu.com

Slow Stitching
Time for slowing down and enjoying some slow stitching!  
I'll be working on two projects:

 (you can purchase here)
and my 
(pattern here)

Stash Report & 15 minutes of Quilting
I finished my daughter's boot cuffs!   They match this scarf!


So, I got to take 2 oz off my yarn stash!  Yea!
Fiber Stash Report:  September 30, 2017
(started 6/11/17)
Fabric used this week
11 yds
Fabric used to date
33 1/8 yds
Fabric Added this week
3 3/8  yds
Fabric Added this year
20 ¼  yds

Net Fabric
12 7/8  yds

Yarn used this week
2 oz  
Yarn used to date
104 oz
Yarn Added this week
0 oz
Yarn Added to date
94 oz
Net Yarn
 10 oz
Julie at Julie's Quilts and Costumes  participated in a 15 Minute Challenge (by Kate at Life in Pieces).  I managed to quilt 15 minutes for 3/7 days, however one of those days was an entire hour!  Yea!  My sister-in-law was visiting, so I did more crocheting than sewing! 
These types of "tracking tools" really help keep me focused and on task!  :)

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