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Reflections: God’s Heart

By on December 8, 2008

*this is the beginning of a series of reflections from a retreat that I went on this past Friday and Saturday.*

I went for a walk on Saturday on this trail that was right outside our lodge. I had no idea where I was going or where the trail led, if anywhere. I’m not really a huge photographer, but I made myself bring the camera and if I saw something that seemed interesting to me, I took a picture. I ended up being really captivated by trees. (I’ll share more of those pictures later).

But the most amazing thing happened to me on this little walk. I went down the path a little ways and came to a fork. Something in me was stirring me to take the right fork. But I looked at it and thought, that goes up hill and who knows how far and I just don’t feel safe going that way. So I kept on going straight. I went on a little further and came to a real trail head. At this point I thought, I really can’t start climbing up a trail to somewhere I really don’t know where it goes. So I turned around and came back to that original fork. I started up that hill and as soon as I breached the top I saw this:

heart tree

The whole thing reminded me so much of what the Lord was teaching me this whole weekend. I so often look at the direction that He wants me to go and say “no way!”, “that hill is too big and I don’t know where it leads” or “I’m scared of going that way”. Yet when I do go down the path that the Lord is leading, it leads me straight to His heart. Often not without a climb and not without fear and not without my sinful heart saying “no”, but always with blessing along the way.

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boutique | sewing

Princess Capes

By on November 30, 2008

Princess capes

A friend commissioned me to make a princess cape for a Christmas gift. I ended up having enough to do one for her and one for the boutique.

princess cape jewel close up

Instead of a snap or velcro like I had done in the past, I decided to get some jeweled buttons and add those to close the neck…to add that little glitz every princess must have.

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embroidery | sewing

Christmas Project #1

By on November 27, 2008

coffee cupholders

This is the first of two projects for friends that I’ve gotten completed this week. They are cupholders for your coffee cup. The tutorial is here and it is a great, easy project that what really fun to create and customize. I ended up using some of my very special wool felt to embroider some words on to add to the front. I think it really added that last little spark. I had to take a special trip to Starbucks to get a cup of coffee to have a cupholder to use as the pattern (so sad!) and washed it out to keep it so I could take this great picture to show you these “in action” but my sweet hubbie thought it was just trash and tossed it…crazy man.

Can’t wait to pass them on!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

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embroidery | sewing

Embroidery Updates

By on November 24, 2008

I finished a couple of projects this weekend:

mexican boy towel

First, was the first of two tea towels for a Christmas gift. This is a vintage pattern from Pattern Bee. It is probably the biggest embroidery project I’ve done to date (and I’ve got one more to do!!) but I love how it turned out.

boy/daisy chain close up

I learned how to do a new daisy chain stitch with this project too and it’s a lot of fun!

christmas tea towel

Second, is a Christmas towel for a friend. This is a vintage pattern from Floresita. I experimented a bit with threads on this one. I used 2 strands of regular embroidery floss and one linen for the tree and love the mix of colors, very subtle.

snowflakes close up

Then I used the linen thread for the snowflakes and absolutely love how they look.

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cooking

PSF: Success in the Kitchen aka English Muffins

By on November 20, 2008

english muffins1

When I was in college I lost my head for a semester and thought I would major in Hotel and Restuarant (isn’t that one of those mail order diplomas? was the joke I often got). During that semester I did take a cooking class that was probably the hardest class I ever took (and I took Medieval Philosophy if that tells you anything). We made lots of different things, but the one thing that always stuck out in my mind were the English Muffins we made…they were heavenly.

english muffins1

I printed off this recipe many, many months ago and have had it set out for me to tackle for about that long. I finally did it yesterday. They are amazing! Even warranted a note from the hubby on the coffee pot about how good they are!

english muffins1

But, they were time intensive and not something I would want to get into the habit of making weekly. When I was looking back for the recipe online, I did come across this one that uses your bread machine to knead the dough. I think I might be trying this one next time.

Until then, we will be living it up for breakfast!

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