Saturday, February 16, 2019

Goals update

Goals for the week of February 11:

UFO Challenge
# 10 - Sheep quilt
- assemble the  blocks into a top DONE
- sashing DONE
borders;choose fabrics from what I have. in progress
- sandwich
- quilt
- binding

15 minute stitch challenge
- continue stitching daily Girls Getaway in progress, almost done

The Art of Gentle Domesticity
- read next section(s)
- post thoughts on discussion questions DONE

Crabapple Hill - Stitch Along (Facebook)
This is a free download. It's linked if you are interested.
- draw off design
- begin stitching one block per day


12 Things Challenge
#3 - Sunflower Doll (January)
- cut out everything needed
- begin to assemble
and 
#10 - cross stitch to be framed (February)
- choose frame
- frame stitchery
- find place to hang

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Goals for the week of February 18:

UFO Challenge
# 10 - Sheep quilt
- assemble the  blocks into a top DONE
- sashing DONE
- borders, continue sewing scrappy border
- sandwich
- quilt
- binding

15 minute stitch challenge
- continue stitching daily Girls Getaway, finish the block

The Art of Gentle Domesticity
- read next section(s), pages 44-51
- post thoughts on discussion questions 

Crabapple Hill - Stitch Along (Facebook)
This is a free download. It's linked if you are interested.
- draw off design
- begin stitching one block per day


12 Things Challenge
#3 - Sunflower Doll (January)
- cut out everything needed
- begin to assemble
and 
#10 - cross stitch to be framed (February)
- choose frame
- frame stitchery
- find place to hang

Doll gowns and quilts
- sew gowns
- sew quilts

Thanks for stopping by.
Wishing you a day filled with things that make and keep you happy.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 NIVUK


Let Us Become Weary in Doing Good, February 17, 2019

Update for February 17, 2019

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no-one to help them up.


Eccles. 4:9-10 NIVUK




1000 Hearts This charity makes and distributes "pocket hearts" made from wool felt. They are about an inch big, so they are small enough to carry in a pocket, but big enough to know it's there to serve as a reminder. 

Here's what the home page says:

"1000 Hearts is a kindness project based in Hobart, Tasmania - offering people a symbol of compassion and care through handmade pocket hearts."


A simple little project. It's great for a take along when you are sitting and waiting for an appointment, or in line at school, or a couple of idle minutes.



Project Linus - This one is for baby quilts. They can be knit, crochet, quilted, or fleece. I'm jumping on this band wagon. I'd like my goal to be at least one per month. There are patterns and resources on their web page. Just follow the link.

A Doll Like Me  You are linked to find out more about this organization and what they do, but let me just tell you it's incredible and Amy is a hero in my eyes. She makes these amazing dolls that have the same physical differences as the children who receive them. How cool is that !!! What we are being asked to do is make tiny hospital gowns and doll size quilts so the children can dress their dolls so they are having the same hospital experiences the children. The gowns only use a fat quarter and some bias binding. Easy enough. I'm jumping on this band wagon as well. You can also follow Amy
on Facebook.



From My Carolina Home  Quilts are being collected for victims of last year's double-whammy hurricanes.



American Hero and Quilts of Valor This is an on going, never ending need for quilts for military veterans and their families.

2019 Hands to Help

This effort is hostessed by Sarah. The link will take you to her blog where you can read about five amazing charities and you can sign up if you are ready to participate.


Local quilt shops - are always doing something charitable. Collecting pillow cases, quilts to be bound, quilts to be quilted, etc.


There are other things we can do. Donations of all kinds are need in various places:

- donate money to your favorite charity
- donate food to a food pantry
- donate fabric
- donate time


I have chosen the charities that I will be supporting this year. I sincerely hope that you are able to join us. If not, please do what you can because the need is great. And if not us, then who?

Going forward I will update this post to include what I've done and to whom I shared my efforts. Please know, that I'm not doing this to brag or guilt anyone in participating. I am doing this strictly to help a cause and to encourage us to help where and when and how we can. 

Here's what I accomplished this week:


I cut out a couple of doll gowns and several sets of doll quilts. These will all be sewn this week.




Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with things that make and keep you happy.

Let us become weary in doing good.

Galatians 6:9

15 Minutes to Stitch


The guidelines are very generous and include any crafting we find ourselves drawn to at any given moment.

"If you want to play along, just keep up with how many days you find time to stitch and then link up each Sunday to share how well you did that week."

That's it - that's all the rules.

On all my qualifying days, I know that I worked a minimum of the required 15 minutes. I don't keep exact time cards 😉 I just know what my habits are and can go from there.



I did lots of sewing on my UFO project for this month.



I did some embroidery . . . This will be done this week. There are only a few flowers left to stitch.

It doesn't look like a lot, but something everyday.





Here are my statistics:

January:  
26 of 31 days 
83% completion

February:
16 of 16 days
100%



The button at the top of this post will take you to Life in Pieces and you can see how everyone else is doing or sign up yourself. If you are struggling for some motivation, this might just be the motivation you need to get back in the game.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.


For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 NIVUK

Week 5: The Art of Gentle Domesticity





"This week I’d love for you to share (in the comments below) the domestic themed movies or shows which have touched your heart over the years, the ones you go back to or have taken inspiration from. It may be an entire movie or a television series, but perhaps it's one special episode or scene - what was it that made such an impression on you?"




This is the list of movies that were mentioned in the book. And Jenny commented on them as well.

Little Women (1949), the version with Elizabeth Taylor and June Allyson. I've enjoyed every version of Little Women that I've watched.

Sense and Sensibility (1995) with Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman. I've never been able to watch or read Jane Austen. There are people who absolutely love her. I wish I were one of them, but I'm not. There are other period pieces that I have and enjoy very much.

The Sound of Music (1965) with Julie Andrews Absolutely LOVE it !!! One of my all time favorite movies. I remember learning some of the songs in elementary school.

Houseboat (1958) Another great movie. I too have an on-going crush with Mr. Grant :)


 Brief Encounter (1945)
Young at Heart (1954)
I Capture the Castle (2003)
These three movies I haven't seen or heard of. I could try and find them, not sure I will though.

Amelie (2001) (French film)
Brodeuses (2004) (French film)
These two I have no interest in as I don't watch foreign language films. I hate reading captions and don't speak a foreign language so I end up missing too much trying to keep up with what's being said.

Jenny mentioned several others that I didn't remember, but all good examples.


So that brings me to what movies or shows have inspired me . . . 

I'll be honest, when I watch a movie or television show it is strictly for entertainment. That's not to say that I won't watch something educational once in a while. I watch to relax, to change my mood.

Having said that, thinking about things that are domestic, here's what I can bring to mind:


The Help - the struggles are real, for all the women in the household. 

 
Downton Abbey - the camaraderie among the staff, even the dissension


Upstairs, Downstairs - same here


The Durrells in Corfu - Getting creative after loss and relocation. Sometimes really sad, sometimes really funny. Always creative.


The Brady Bunch - bet you didn't see that one coming, but how often the children were in the kitchen and talking to Alice, as was Mrs. Brady :)

I do enjoy watching shows about home renovations, gardening and cooking.

What I'm seeing in my choices is that all the domestics are hired. I grew up with a Mom who cleaned other peoples' houses for a wage. Mom had an eighth grade education. She worked as a nanny, baker, housekeeper, whatever anyone needed done.  She's where most of my inspiration for domesticity comes from.

What I find is the lack of teaching and handing down to the next generation. Even in my own home, I don't feel like I do enough of that. Realizing that I have a son and he really isn't interested in anything domestic - except the eating part. I do make sure that we have conversations about what he should know to be out on his own someday, how he should treat a girl/future wife. The reminder that it's not just "woman's work". He has to know how to do things and what things take to get done in order to appreciate it when someone else does it for him.

I know that I have raised a courteous son because he tells me on a regular basis when something was good, really good and to thank me for making a good meal.

That means a lot !!!

Next week's study covers pages 44-51. I hope you can join us.

Make sure to go back to Jenny's site (you've been linked) and see what others have said in the comments or on the linked blogs.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with things that make and keep you happy.


Though the fig-tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the sheepfold and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Saviour.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIVUK






FNSI


By the time I realized it was time again for FNSI, the day had arrived. I haven't been on Facebook as much this week and that seems to be where most of the info is these days.
So apologies for not spreading the word.

Here's what I got up to on my day and evening of sewing and handwork:



Worked on my UFO project for this month.



Did some stitching and cut out applique pieces for a future project.



I also cut out some doll hospital gowns and quilts that are part of my charitable donations endeavor for this year.

I didn't get as much done on Friday as I would have liked, so I rolled over into Saturday.

I wanted to do some reorganizing and cleaning up. I sew in my dining room. Unfortunately things accumulate and before you know it, it's out of control. I'm trying really hard to just keep the current project available, maybe one more.



This piece was from my grandfather that Mom didn't need or want. I kept my finches on it until the last one died a few months ago. It too, was just collecting things with no organization. Now it holds the on-going projects that I want front and center. It takes a lot of little projects off the table so I have room to cut and layout on the current project.

When I wasn't doing that, I was in the kitchen either cooking or cleaning up. As I was doing so, I was thinking about the book study I'm participating in with Jenny of Elefantz.
Part of being domestic is cooking, but as I was doing so I realized that the best part is the sharing.

I made lasagne for us for dinner. 



While I did so, I made a small pan to share with Mom later this week.



It feels really good to do that on a fairly regular basis, not just lasagne, but other things I make for my family. I also feels really good when she calls me and raves (yes, raves) about how good things are that come out of my kitchen. I appreciate hearing the compliments, but I get to validate myself and know that I did good and that what I've shared is appreciated. 

I don't think we do that enough for each other. We really should do it more often. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with things that make and keep you happy.



For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10 NIVUK







Monday, February 11, 2019

Let Us Become Weary in Doing Good, February 11, 2019

Update for February 11, 2019

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no-one to help them up.


Eccles. 4:9-10 NIVUK


I'm adding a new charity that I found this week while reading a blog:

1000 Hearts - This charity makes and distributes "pocket hearts" made from wool felt. They are about an inch big, so they are small enough to carry in a pocket, but big enough to know it's there to serve as a reminder. 

Here's what the home page says:

"1000 Hearts is a kindness project based in Hobart, Tasmania - offering people a symbol of compassion and care through handmade pocket hearts."


A simple little project. It's great for a take along when you are sitting and waiting for an appointment, or in line at school, or a couple of idle minutes.



Project Linus - This one is for baby quilts. They can be knit, crochet, quilted, or fleece. I'm jumping on this band wagon. I'd like my goal to be at least one per month. There are patterns and resources on their web page. Just follow the link.

A Doll Like Me  You are linked to find out more about this organization and what they do, but let me just tell you it's incredible and Amy is a hero in my eyes. She makes these amazing dolls that have the same physical differences as the children who receive them. How cool is that !!! What we are being asked to do is make tiny hospital gowns and doll size quilts so the children can dress their dolls so they are having the same hospital experiences the children. The gowns only use a fat quarter and some bias binding. Easy enough. I'm jumping on this band wagon as well. You can also follow Amy
on Facebook.



From My Carolina Home  Quilts are being collected for victims of last year's double-whammy hurricanes.



American Hero and Quilts of Valor This is an on going, never ending need for quilts for military veterans and their families.

2019 Hands to Help

This effort is hostessed by Sarah. The link will take you to her blog where you can read about five amazing charities and you can sign up if you are ready to participate.


Local quilt shops - are always doing something charitable. Collecting pillow cases, quilts to be bound, quilts to be quilted, etc.


There are other things we can do. Donations of all kinds are need in various places:

- donate money to your favorite charity
- donate food to a food pantry
- donate fabric
- donate time


I have chosen the charities that I will be supporting this year. I sincerely hope that you are able to join us. If not, please do what you can because the need is great. And if not us, then who?

Going forward I will update this post to include what I've done and to whom I shared my efforts. Please know, that I'm not doing this to brag or guilt anyone in participating. I am doing this strictly to help a cause and to encourage us to help where and when and how we can. 



Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with things that make and keep you happy.

Let us become weary in doing good.

Galatians 6:9