Monday, January 31, 2011

Light makes everything just a little bit brighter...


The weather around here's been gray and dreary...  
                                        ...other than Saturday and Sunday!

The weekend was so beautiful! Sunshine, warm temperatures; that light made the day so much happier. It's amazing what lighting can do to a day.

That's why my word for 2011 is Light. 
Many people I know have captured their year with a one word resolution and goal.
(Most had decided theirs' earlier in the year, but there are still 11 more months to live through, in 2011.)

I decided on the word light, because it reflects God himself. He's the light of the world and therefore I want to reflect Him this year. In my attitude, my actions, my very being.

So my year goal is being pinned to the word...
                  light.

What's your word for 2011?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Musings


  
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."
- Martha Washington

 Our attitude is so significant in each situation. I discover this daily.
I am always amazed how my attitude effects a problem.
If I become angry or frustrated it makes it a lot more difficult to handle the circumstance.
Even if we are feeling emotions that we can't stop we can at least hide our mood and pray that God would gives a better attitude.

But if I truly want to be happy I need to first be content and delight in the Lord... :-)

Take delight in the LORD,
   and he will give you the desires of your heart.
            Psalm 37:4

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The reveal!

 I did give you some hints by the pattern picture on my last post. It says skirt on the pattern piece and even the pattern number.           
Here is the pattern that I used for my project, the one I bought last June. It has taken me quite a while to start on it. :-) I bought the fabric and other notions before we were snowed in and finished the dress last Tuesday.
                                     I decided on view C. (The middle picture.)

And here is how it turned out...

I made it out of cranberry colored corduroy and wore a black top underneath. I added a scarf -which I've had for years and was surprised it matched the dress- and black heels. This pattern was fairly simple and other than the darts, I was familiar with most of the instructions and pattern pieces. It's very comfy and warm, too!



So...what projects are you working on? :-)
                 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sewing

I've been busily sewing the past week and have finished my project...



::The reveal is coming soon!::     


                          Can you guess what it is?...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Words


 Words are a incredible thing.

You can create so much just by using words. You can create a beautiful painting. Vibrant and bright with strokes of color and detail. The paint brush working hard to make an outcome of pure loveliness.

You can create a photograph with words.A snap shot, real and life-like. Crisp and clear.
A luminous memory of vivacity and life. A reflection of times and events.

Words can be created and imagined into a intricately embroidered quilt; stitched with care with small and large threads each adding expanse and character to the special fabric as the needle stitches carefully.

Words can be written to form a picture of musical notes gracefully dancing, singing out and creating a soft melody that gives depth and emotion. 

Words give and show so many different feelings and descriptions. With them we can picture almost anything.
With them we can express our mood, thoughts, opinions and over all perspective of any issue or environment we live in. This gets me all thinking once again of the creator of words and language itself : God.

We can do some much good with our words and just as much evil.
We can show encouragement and discouragement.
We can share love and dispense hatred.

I truly need to think before I speak (and write) if I'm striving to honor God with my tongue. It's so crucial what comes out of my mouth.

  Ecclesiastes 5:2
 Think before you speak,
       and be careful about what you say to God...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Oh, The Weather Outside is Frightful...!

We've had snow big time. It started snowing at around 10:00 on Sunday night and the ground was covered, like I haven't seen before. It was amazingly beautiful! We couldn't help but go out in the snow. So my sisters and I bundled up and headed out. Our neighbors were just as excited as we were and we all had the best time. We tried sledding on the road which was piled up with fluffy white snow. Everything was covered. We went for a walk in our neighborhood and stayed out in the snow until midnight, enjoying the heavy white flakes falling on us. My hair was a thick sheet of ice when we went inside. It took some time getting it all out of my hair!
Then the next morning we did our school and went out once again. It had started raining freezing rain before we went out and there was a thick layer of ice on top of the snow. Crunching it was so much fun... We experimented by putting maple syrup on the ice and eating it. And we even tried chocolate syrup! Some of the roads were closed and almost all the roads are iced over and slippery. Most schools are out, too. (Not ours!)
We've been enjoying our snow and we got a total of six and a quarter inches of snow! We've been very thankful for our warm cozy home.

                                              Our neighbor's tree...


                                                   Our car....
                                        

                                             My brothers' toy helped clear the ice. :-)



 
 
 



I hope your having a lovely day!!! 
How's the weather at your house?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Books and Reading

Through 2010 I read some very memorable, thought provoking, inspiring books. I hope to top it this year with an ever more abundance of good reads. There are several books which I read last year that I have been meaning to write reviews on.

There are so many books out there that I have yet to read and dearly want to read. And some I am sure I haven't heard of and would most likely want to read. :-)

Books are a wonderful tool if you want to learn about something. There seems to be at least one book out there on any subject your interested in.

At the moment the most encouraging book I am reading now is Joyfully at Home. Some books have several popular quotes, this book is quotable in it's self. I am not done with the book yet, but have fully enjoyed Jasmine Baucham's humor, insightful, descriptive thoughts and beautiful way of phrasing and defining each topic in her book. Her book is definitely inspiring, delightful and refreshing.I couldn't decide which snippet to share, but I finally decided on this quote from her book.

"Home-making is a ministry, not a fantasy. A realistic picture of marriage shouldn't put a damper on our prayers for the Lord to prepare our hearts for whatever the future might hold; rather, it should give us a true vision for what we should be praying and preparing for, and how we should view the season that we already occupy: Singleness is a ministry, too. Every season is an opputunity to glorify the Lord in the difficulites and in the triumphs."

 Miss Jasmine's book is great and I highly recommend. Although I am not fully finished reading- I'm on chapter nine- It's a great book!


 What books have you been reading?

                        Any one's that you recommend?  :-)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sweet sixteen: { Snow, Sewing, Sisters}

 ...And yes; Sweets.
 On the 26th I enjoyed a quiet beautiful snowy birthday. The lush blissful snow made it extra special and a first. I've never had a white Christmas or birthday. I had a relaxing day with laid back meals and schedule.Other than being sick I had a great day. I was able to work peacefully on my birthday sewing project... I finished it the day after. I had some quality time with my sisters enjoying the snow and playing my recent favorite game: banana grams, which I received on my birthday.

                                   {My skirt before sewing.}

                                                                          And after!
                                          


                                              A fun project finished.


{Some snap shots of our beautiful snow and ice}



                                                  Ice encased leaves

                                              
                                                    {One of my birthday gifts.}
                          

I think next on my sewing adventures will be that dress pattern I've been meaning to make for so long,- before I make this.


So that sums up my special day. Beautiful, relaxing and stress- free. I ended my day with dinner at Olive garden and eating some of their yummy sweet desserts.




* I wanted to thank you all for your kind comments on my birthday post and on this post. I appreciate all your encouragement!



Did you all get any snow? :-) How did you enjoy your holidays and after holidays?
 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

It's a new year...



...A fresh new year with no mistakes {yet}and twelve whole months of adventures to come! How exciting.

2011 is here! Are you ready? My list is made out of plans and resolutions...now time to follow through.

Thank God for a new year. May you have a beautiful new year!  God bless you all.