Saturday, January 19, 2019

Friday Night Sew-In

Also known as FNSI :)

Thank you Wendy for being our lovely hostess as always.

I got the notice, I signed up AND I remembered to participate !!!



Two bookmarks.
These were offered as a gift from Jenny of Elefantz.

Along with the bookmarks, I finished the binding on my project for Susan's Mystery Quilt Along. That can't be revealed until February, to give everyone else a chance to finish their projects.

And I have one more to add.

Sugar claimed the first of several new beds I need to make for the pups. I was gifted polyester batting and "fur". The batting which is a nightmare to quilt, but it is perfect stuffing. Took care of three issues in one fell swoop - using the batting, the fabric and making the bed.

I hope you all had a wonderfully productive Friday Night.

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

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Galatians 5:24 NIVUK

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Gentle Art of Domesticity

The Gentle Art of Domesticity 
Jane Brocket

Does a book have a better title?

Gentle Art . . . it invites you in, out of curiosity. After all, what are "Gentle Arts"? The cover does give it away some, but I've opened a book based on its cover before and have ended up returning it to the shelf, uninterested.


It just begs you to sound it out and say it . . . 
over and over. 
I just like that word !!

I first heard about this book on Jenny of Elefantz, probably several years ago now. Anyone who follows Jenny knows she loves all things domestic. She was making the "magic apron" from another book at the same time. Who wouldn't want a book with a "magic apron". 

I bought that book, too :)

I made the "magic apron" :)

I stitched custom pockets using one of Jenny's designs.

I was curious about the title, even thought I haven't read the book yet.

I've gone through it, the pictures are lovely as the cover clearly confirms.

Jenny is hostessing a study of the book. It looks like we'll be reading a chapter a week. This is week one and we read the introduction.

Growing up, I thought of "domestics" as maids in the old movies for people who had "breeding" and more money than they'd ever be able to spend.

Obviously, I was wrong. This book is going to help me with that silly notion.

Jenny asked some questions that we could answer in her comments or write a blog post. I chose the post because I'm not on here as often as I would like these days and I knew my answers would be long.

1. What crafts or creative domestic activities did you pursue when you were young?

My mom was always doing something.
Baking, Cooking, Sewing, Knitting, Gardening, Cleaning.
Honestly, to this day, I don't know how she got everything done because I can't !!
I never thought of these things as domestic activities. They were just things that needed to be done and mom always did them. If she was ever unhappy about her lot in life - I never knew it.

Mom was born and grew up in Germany. As a young teenager, she lived away from home. She was a Nanny/Governess, she worked in a hospital, she worked in a restaurant. She learned all the domestic arts young. She knew how to sew, knit, crochet, embroider, bake, etc.

She had dreams of opening her own bakery once. She used to make beautiful cakes. Her meals were to die for. She made everyone feel special,  and still does.

I tell you all this about Mom, because I am my mother's daughter. Whatever Mom was doing, I wanted to do too. She's much more talented than I am and has a lot more patience. 

I have a basic knowledge of the yarn arts - I can cast on and off for knitting, but can't really make anything. 
I can make granny squares in crochet and have made numerous baby afghans.
I learned and did quite a few counted cross stitch projects. And for many years, that's all I did and enjoyed it immensely. These days, it just takes too long and my eye sight isn't what it was back in the day.
I used to love gardening, but it takes a lot of work and these days I would rather sit at my sewing machine.
I learned to sew garments in high school, but would rather make quilts today. Annually, I will make a whole slew of pajama pants for the great nephews and great niece.

2. Have you continued you?

Yes, in some fashion.

3. Is there one or more that fell by the wayside but which you'd like to try again?

Yes, there are some that fell by the wayside, but no, I don't really want to go back and do them again. I still do the things I love, they've just evolved into a different phase.

I've given upon ever being a knitter, I crochet occasionally still.

I did counted cross stitch for a long time, but I don't really want to do it any more because it requires a lot of time and I really do enjoy embroidery more.

Garment sewing has become quilting.

I think the one I struggle the most with is gardening. I love having a vegetable garden and flower beds. It's the time thing again. Flower beds require a lot of TLC and weeding. I HATE WEEDING !!!
It's a love/hate relationship. To get the thing you love, you must do the thing you hate. So I go back and forth with myself every season trying to decide what to do and how to handle it.

4. What inspired you in our study this week?

I've come to the realization that I'm a domestic and I love it :)

I love being a stay at home mom . . . 

I love cooking, baking, cleaning, doing the laundry . . . 

I love embroidery, quilting and reading . . . 

I love taking care of my family !!!

And as much as I do all these things for them, I'm doing them for me, too.

I know this has been an extremely long post. Just a few more things.

Invitation is open, join us for this journey through these pages. Book purchase is not required. You can borrow it from the library, purchase it from any number of websites used if you decide you want your own copy. This week we'll be reading Chapter 1 - Inspiration. Won't you join us?

Jenny has generously offered a stitchery for a book mark. It will stitch up very quickly.

If you head over to her blog, you can download it for free.

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

Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Matthew 11:15 NIVUK

Monday, January 14, 2019

Monday Goals

This week is starting out productive and with a finish !!!

The panel and the coordinating fabrics were a Christmas gift from Honey Do. I've been working on it off and on for the last couple of weeks.

It's difficulte to see, but I did detailed machine quilting throughout.

I have loved penguins since I read the book Mr. Popper's Penguins in elementary school. It was one of my absolute favorite books.

I used the salvage to make the hanger and the "label".

With this finish, I could move on to the next project.

You may recall last year, that I participated in several Mystery Sew-Alongs. Some of us were hoping for another one during the last quarter, but it was postponed until the beginning of this year.

So some of us decided to do one on our own before the next one starts. Susan at 
is hostessing and chose the fabric, which is the top block in my stack. I found a couple of coordinating prints for my project. I actually have a panel from this line, but it had this print in a soft blue and I didn't like them with this minty green print so I took off in another direction.

I have the project about half finished as of this afternoon. The deadline is the end of February, so stay tuned for the end results.

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

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23 NIVUK

Saturday, January 12, 2019

A. W. O. L. - no longer

I really haven't gone A.W.O.L. 
January turned out a lot busier than I had anticipated, planned for or even expected.

I worked several days, not that I'll mind the pay check when it arrives. My schedule and routine are all out of whack. I'm trying to take it a day at a time, and honestly all I can do because every time I plan something - it changes.

My last post finished up 2018. Did it go as quickly for you as it did for me? And January doesn't seem to be slowing down any either.

I have been trying to take advantage of whatever time I have to work on my projects. After all, I have UFOs and new projects I want to work on and finish.

I started the year with a new stitchery project. I haven't been very faithful to it, but plan on rectifying it in the next week.

This is called Within an Inch of My Life.
The link is for the Facebook page and is hosted by Michelle May of Raspberry Rabbits (linked directly to blog and all the other information you may need about the project).

I have all my supplies together in a box, I just have to find the motivation in the evenings when all I want to do is sit and stare, to do some stitching.


Next up an art project for 4 and 5 year old preschoolers at my Bible study. The leaders meet on Monday and many of the students volunteer on Mondays to help with childcare while the leaders are meeting and training for the study. I was asked to be an alternating leader on Mondays. It's been decided to make the morning a little more structured with projects and activities. This is my first week and decided to do a morning of snowmen. The children loved them. Along with this, we had a snack, did some singing, a couple of games and some books to read. The children were permitted some free play time, but we are keeping the time short and at the beginning and end of the morning when children are dropped off and picked up. 

I found these sweet charm packs on clearance at Bunny Hill Designs. They are going to go into another baby quilt. Don't you just love the packaging? So sweet.


I had my sewing class this week. Don't you just love when you like the back of your work as much as the front? This is a machine applique class an these are this month's blocks. 

I'm almost finished with the class. A quilt finishing class has been scheduled for the beginning of March. It's an extra charge, so I don't know if I'll take it or just finish on my own. I have the layout and can figure out how it's done just from the picture. Initially, I wanted to take it just because I could. We'll see what happens.

And then there is our lovely, unpredictable weather :)


2018 ended warm and rainy. My backyard was/is a mud pit. I really don't like that.
Sugar doesn't mind, as long as she can get out and RUN !!!

We had snow at the beginning of December. Now, almost exactly a month later, we got snow again !!! With it has come really cold temperatures. A recent weather report claimed that we have a deficit of 17 inches of snow !!! We haven't had a really good freeze and that needs to happen for insect control and apples and a whole slew of other garden related things.

It's so cold that even with the furnace running well and regularly (I'm going to hate seeing my gas bill this month !!!), the house still feels really cold.

I hope everyone's new year is started out healthy and uneventful. I'm going to spend the rest of my weekend trying to catch up on a few things that I've been wanting to get to.

Stitching . . . sewing . . . reading . . .  the chores are current. It's just the fun stuff that has gotten behind already this year.

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

I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.

Psalm 130:5 NIVUK