Sunday, November 19, 2017

Saturday's Songs. Slow Stitching. Stash Report.

Saturday Song
Tonight I feel led to share two songs.  The first one was playing as I sat down to write this post tonight, the second I came to me late this week.  

This first song is for the person who is estranged from their parents or perhaps from God.  You are precious and loved.  Again:  You are precious and loved.  

Consider calling home.
Consider reaching out to God.
You, my dear, are loved.
Reach out and receive your love.  
It will take courage.
It will take trusting God.
But do it.
Reach out.
You are precious and loved.

I've shared this second song before, but it's time to share it again.  
Sometimes life knocks the air out of us.  
Sometimes life is too painful for words.    
But God still sits on the throne!  We can trust Him and watch His will unfold.

Today our sermon was on "Dreams Delayed".  (The audio file is available.)  Has your dream taken a hit?  Remember this:

God bless you, my dear reader!

Slow Stitching
Guess what!  I've finished 8/25 pieces of the Felt Advent Calendar!  Yea!  

I also finished Prayer Shawl #5!  

Fiber Stash Report:  November 19, 2017
(started 6/11/17)
Fabric used this week
3   5/8 yds
Fabric used to date
45    ¾  yds
Fabric Added this week
4  1/6  yds
Fabric Added this year
41  2/3  yds

Net Fabric
4  1/12 yds

Yarn used this week
2 oz  
Yarn used to date
124 oz
Yarn Added this week
7 oz
Yarn Added to date
149 oz
Net Yarn
 25 oz

Yarn is so hard to resist!  I picked up this at a local craft fair!

I also picked up this fabric on sale.  I figured it was a pretty neutral....

I finished a quilt.  I'll be sharing it soon!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Finding His Peace. Slow Stitching. Stash Report.

Philippians  4:10
Remember the lesson from Philippians 4:9?

Learn from our mistakes - as Paul did.

Turn it around - as Paul did.

Find God's peace - as Paul did.
I'm working hard to find God's peace with the "new" me.  Yesterday's "Survivor's Rant" is definitely true - frustration and grief abound.  (To understand this post, you might want to read yesterday's post.)  But, I trust God's plan for my life...even this different life post-cancer.  I just need to make peace with it and His will.  

Funny, it seems like an oxy moron - trusting God yet needing to find peace with His plan...

Yet, that's where I am right now.
As I write, these words keep coming to me:
"He knows the way that I take."

After I searched for them online, I found this verse from Job:

And this my dear reader, is my peace, my smile, my hug from my Abba Father!

You see, during my initial treatment for triple negative breast cancer, I was strong enough to walk 2 miles twice a day.  The LORD prompted me to begin my walk with praise and worship music.  Then, He asked me to listen to the book of Job EVERY DAY, twice a day.

I did this for a at least 8 weeks: for such a time as this.  Chemo brain has made me fuzzy, but these words keep coming to my mind tonight.  

I have found peace as I'm writing this post.

It's ok if I'm not the same strong and healthy child of the King anymore.  It's ok.

Because, He knows the way I take and I shall come forth as gold because even though I didn't have peace, I still trusted Him. 

And so can you.  Whatever you are going through, whatever you have lost, whatever your heart's cry is, you

Slow Stitching
I'm hoping to make mor progress on Prayer Shawl #5!

I'm using Yarn Bee's Sugar Wheel in Bubble Gum Trail.  These "wheels" of yarn are a nice change from our traditional variegated yarns.  Thus far this is one skein.  I'm thinking this shawl will use about 1 1/3 skein of yarn.  

I'm also looking forward to some down time to work on the Advent Calendar for my grandkiddos!  It may not make it for this year, but we'll see!
Here's what I was able to accomplish today!
I have 1-8 embroidered and hopefully by the end of the week all of these will be joined by a blanket stitch.  The back stitch, Thread Heaven and shorter strands have been working well.  These just may be done on time!  

Stash Report
I bought two yards of beautiful gauze on sale to make some infinity scarves.  I also purchased this kit to learn paper foundation piecing!  

The class was fun!  I'm hoping to finish this project before Christmas!
Fiber Stash Report:  November 12, 2017
(started 6/11/17)
Fabric used this week
3   5/8 yds
Fabric used to date
45    ¾  yds
Fabric Added this week
4  1/6  yds
Fabric Added this year
41  2/3  yds

Net Fabric
4  1/12 yds

Yarn used this week
2 oz  
Yarn used to date
124 oz
Yarn Added this week
7 oz
Yarn Added to date
149 oz
Net Yarn
 25 oz

Looking at my numbers, I wonder if I could use 100 yards of fabric in 2018?  if I could use 200 yards of yarn?  Hmmmm.....

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Survivor's Rant + Saturday's Song - . Another Finish!

A Survivor's Rant Saturday's Song

In two days I will be celebrating my second anniversary of my final treatment for Triple Negative Breast Cancer.  

Let me be clear: I'm so grateful to be alive.  I praise God for this life He has given me!
Praise the Lord Free Photo
I did imagine life would be different on this day...I thought I would be myself...healthy enough to 
walk four miles a day with my Mia, 
keep up my weekly 2 hour round trip drives to see my parents, 
clean my own house, 
run with my grandchildren, know?  
Healthy enough to live life.

But as cancer survivors we spend some of our "aftermath" of treatment learning and accepting our new bodies:
scarred, burned from radiation, weaker and immune compromised.  

In the last six weeks I have had the flu, two colds, two sinus infections and terrible fatigue.

Yes, I've rested and done all the doctors suggest.  But I have a life to live.  

I can't be sick on days I'm observing my student teachers...they count on me to be there.  And I am.  Even if afterwards I come home and sleep for a few hours.  They bring me such joy as I watch them grow and develop!  But, that's a whole other post.

I'll be seeing an ENT next month and I'm working on building up my immune system. 

Another after effect of chemo is chemo brain - forgetfulness.  One doctor told me, "There's no such thing, the chemicals are out of your system."  I beg to differ.  

Please understand, I'm so happy to be alive, but I also long to live.  

I know a few of you out there are also survivors or know a survivor.  Maybe you can share your stories and/or your thoughts in the comments?  

For now, I listen to Even If by Kutless and know that He has a plan...I'll trust His plan over my own.  
For I Know the Plans I Have for You Bible Verse Wall Decal

Another Finish
Guess what!  I finished the potholders that go with these tea towels!  
 My favorite from this set is 
"El gran amor" 
(The Great Love)!
Isn't the ballerina 
so cute in these?
It feels good to get some projects out of the way!

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Saturday's Song. Slow Sunday Stitching. A Finish! Stash Report

Saturday's Song
Friend, Jesus has you.  He really does.

If you are at the end of your rope...
if you are hurting...
if you are seeking...
give Him a try.

Slow Sunday Stitching.
I almost gave up on my Advent Tree Project because I was rally struggling to work with gold metallic embroidery floss.  A friend had suggested it and boy!  I fell in love with the look of it!  Little did I know how hard it would be to work with.  

But, I prevailed and learned a few lessons along the way.
1.  Use shorter strands - no more that 15" folded in half.
2.  I was trying to use the blanket stitch and stem stitch on the small detailed parts.  This thread does not curve easily.  So I switched to a simple back stitch.  Tada!  Magically my stitching became so much easier!  
3.  Use Thread Heaven!

Here are the finished/semi-finished decorations!
A Finish!
Here it is!  I finally finished Wild Olive's Stitching Around the House Embroidery series!  

It's all hand embroidered,
 hand pieced,
 and hand quilted.  

The only part of this mini quilt that is machine sewn is the flange binding.
Janice from Color, Creating and Quilting gave me that great suggestion - and I love it! 
Thank you, Janice!
I used Missouri Star's tutorial and it was easy peasy!

This little baby will go into our guest/play room.  Hopefully, other minis will join her!

Stash Report
Here are the numbers!
Fiber Stash Report:  November 5, 2017
(started 6/11/17)
Fabric used this week
5 1/4 yds
Fabric used to date
42 1/8 yds
Fabric Added this week
4 1/2 yds
Fabric Added this year
37 1/2  yds
Net Fabric
5 5/8 yds

Yarn used this week
2 oz  
Yarn used to date
124 oz
Yarn Added this week
7 oz
Yarn Added to date
149 oz
Net Yarn
 25 oz

Here's my new additions!

Kate Spain's Fat Eighth Early Bird bundle!

Some Caron Simply Soft yarn!
I've started a scarf with this beautifully, sparkly soft yarn!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Thoughtful Tuesday. Fiber Finishes. To Do Tuesdays.

Thoughtful Tuesdays

I have a new blog to feature for Thoughtful Tuesday.  It's Laura Rath's post called Less of Me on her blog Journey In Faith.  She shared this phrase:
Nature | More of you, less of me -Laura Rath LORD | image tagged in nature | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
God's timing was perfect...
We all have troubling, personal issues crop up.  During a professional conversation, someone said, "'s not all about them!"

And it hit me.

It's all about our Savior and LORD!  
If we pray for 
more of Him, 
less of us, 
we can gain clarity and peace. 
Laura wrote it so eloquently, I encourage you to visit her post and be blessed!

Fiber Finishes
How I've missed my sewing studio!  We had a joyful reunion this past week and I finished these tea towels!
Just in time for Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead).  This is a time when we remember with warmth and laughter our deceased loved ones.  

Here is a closeup of some of the Bingo style trimmings.
 The last picture of the miner reminds me of how hard my step-grandfather worked to support his family.
 The first picture reminds me of how all of our grandmothers/mothers almost always had a freshly cooked "sopita" (Mexican pasta), beans and chili on the stove whenever we visited!

Crocheted Scarves and Hangers
I finished this cowl for myself in honor of Breast Cancer Month!  I used Crafty Begonia's pattern.  To make it a bit longer, I chained 36", used double strands of yarn and a K hook.

The leftover yarn (and some stash yarn) combined to make two more crocheted hanger covers!

To Do Tuesday
Last Week's List
Finish 3 more Covered In Love blocks. Done!

Make progress on Prayer Shawl #5 as well as the Pink Hanger Covers. Done!

Slow Stitching
Make progress on the Felt Advent Calendar.  Done!

This weeks list:
Complete Dia de los muertos pot holders  Already Done!
Finish Binding on my Around the House Mini Quilt

*Make progress on Prayer Shawl #5
*I really feel like making progress on my Hexagon Afghan.  

Slow Stitching
Make progress on the Felt Advent Calendar.  

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