Tutorial Links

Happy New Year and I’ve already marked one big project off my resolutions list…the tutorial links page.

My bookmarks for tutorials was getting a bit out of hand, so I decided to just post them all as a seperate page on my blog in lists. Hopefully this will be a better reminder of things that I would love to make and also, in some way, hold me accountable to making them.

If there was one sewing resolution that I would make for myself this year, it would be to learn how to quilt. Obviously the main reason is to learn how to make Little Chick’s quilt!

Enjoy!

Loving the Child Who is Most Like Me

It has been nearly two years to the date that I had my second child and quit my full time job. While transition for my little Chick was easy, the transition for my first child was a little harder. He had been in some form of full time care (at least during the school year) since he was 8 weeks old and while we had summers off together, it was a limited time and usually really full (our first summer together we ended up moving states!)

It’s been a rather tumultuous time. We’ve had some really, really special times together since I’ve been home full time, but there have also been some of the hardest times with him I’ve ever had. I have blamed this trouble on so many things: his age, the mere change of being home all the time, his preschool etc. And while those surely played a role, a wise friend revealed to me one day that the struggle is because he is exactly like me.

We butt heads and struggle with each other so much because he is me in personality. We are both very independent, focused (don’t disturb us!), strong willed and sensitive (dealing with criticism is something I’ve had to learn to respect) kind of people. While this was brought to my attention many months ago, it’s been so heavy on my heart the last few weeks.

So as I’ve struggled with him and with loving him well, it’s just been so hard. It is like loving unconditionally and dealing with all the parts of me that are so sinful. The pride, the selfishness, the strong will, the need to be “right.” When he is sassing off to me, it is hard because he is slamming my sinful nature right back in my face! And so it is hard to find that restraint, that mercy, with my immediate defensiveness.

If there was one major resolution for this new year, it would be that the Lord would show me how to love this child, so like me, well.

Merry Sewing and some funnies

Here’s what my sweet hubbie (and mom) stuck in my stocking and under the tree this year. Now if only we can get out of debt so I can up my fabric budget to do some of the many awesome projects in these books!

merry sewing

And here are a couple of funnies that I saw on the kid’s toys this year.

This is from a bucket of animals we got. It says “do not allow your child to put the bucket on his head.” Funny that they assume it would be a “he” that would do this and not a “she!”

bucket ha ha

This is from a grocery cart. This one reminds us that “This is a toy. NEVER allow an infant or child INSIDE the basket.” Like we would be confused that this tiny shopping cart is not meant for us to take to the grocery store with us! đŸ™‚

cart ha ha

When I read these things it just makes me realize that these silly warnings are on there because you know this happened and someone sue crazy sued over it. Just made me smile amidst all the paper and bow clean up!

Merry Christmas!

village

Here is wishing everyone a super blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! I’m taking a blogging break, but will be back in full force (sewing and random thoughts and all) in 2009.

From the book of Luke:

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

*Like the header? I got it from Delicious Design Studio (after a google search). I’m always on the search for something new, different, pretty and free!

PJs, Sew Tired and a Family Christmas Gathering

PJs & Sew Tired:

Thanks to my friend Emily, I was able to try my hand at an Oliver + S pattern for the Little Chick’s Christmas pajamas. I can’t say that they turned out perfectly (hence the sew tired…I’ve pretty much reached my capacity for sewing lately) and I’m not crazy about the kimono shirt, but overall I think they turned out pretty cute. Hope the Little Chick likes them.

Oliver + S PJs

A Family Christmas Gathering:

We trekked up to my cousin’s house this past  weekend for our annual Christmas gathering. She truly is an amazing decorator. She has an amazing eye for antiques and just putting things together. Here are a few shots of her vintage Christmas collection:

Becky's decorating

Becky's decorating

Becky's decorating

The ladies have started a tradition of visiting the local antique stores while we are up there and this year proved to be no different. I found this really cool set of dutch children fabric (they are actually curtains) that I just couldn’t pass up for $5. A great find indeed.

dutch kids fabric