Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New spaces

When you live in a small house (3 BR, 1 Bath) and have four kids, there's not a whole lot of choices. Mom & Dad have a room, boys share a room and girls share a room. After our eldest married, that left Jacie with a room of her own. We painted and decorated it to suit 'her' style, but after a little while it became clear to me that maybe it was C, #2, who really needed to go solo. At that time he was a working man and starting college. He bought his own clothes, electronics, books and I feared that the youngers would mess with the stuff he worked so hard for. I had him move over and Jacie shared with Philip. Interestingly, he did not care to re-decorate and was fine with J's choices of green and purple on the walls and windows! Honestly, he's not there much , except to sleep. It was good for a couple of years. Recently, though, we have all been noticing that, despite her penchant for boys' clothes and haircuts, Jacie is becoming a young lady and it was C who decided it was time to move back in with Phil. So, the past few weeks have been an absolute mess of boxing, moving, painting and organizing. We painted the boys room-- it hadn't been changed for about ten years! It has gone from a dark green/tan pallette to a light grayish-blue. Very open and airy! Jacie's was left alone; after all, C never changed it. The big thing about her room is it's not just hers. I am her new roommate! After years of my sewing being packed into one corner of our bedroom and my fabrics and supplies taking up my own closet (my clothes went over to my husband's closet!) I have moved my machines over to share space with Jacie. Most of the storage, planning, cutting, etc. will still be done in my 'cave' but the actual machine time will now be done in J's room. My dresser is now hers and her tiny one is mine and it fits right into the closet. It's nice to have room to move next to my bed! Unfortunately, the move took a lot of time away from schoolwork so we're behind in that. So, between school and finalizing "Bell, Book and Candle", there won't be much fun sewing time. But what else is new around here, right? While we were moving the heavy stuff, Jacie was busy working on her solar system:

When it comes to making a mess with schoolwork, somehow she manages to make time for that!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pinning away-

I closed my Etsy shop for the summer, thinking it needed some updated and new items; plus all the camp/travel/VBS commitments just made it difficult to check on everyday. I figured I had all summer (yeah, right) to make lots of stuff to add (yeah, right). I especially wanted to tackle the mountain of knick-knacks I have been collecting to make into pincushions. Every time I hit a thrift store I check out the bric-a-brac to see what might have pincushion potential. I see pincushions the way Haley Joel Osment sees dead people. Everywhere. I have a couple of guidelines-- one is that it has to be under a dollar. The other is no body parts. Other than that, the world is my pincushion. I finally took some time when "Forbidden Broadway" opened to get a bunch done. This isn't even half of 'em. I grabbed one picture of the lot before stuffing; now I have to photograph them individually and get them listed. It could happen! BTW-- I gave away one that was made from a porcelain toilet. It was part of the sink and tub set that's pictured. I've had requests for more so if anyone knows a little ceramic shop that happens to have a mold of a 4-5" toilet... :)

I have costume parade for "Bell, Book and Candle" today-- a fun show that is pretty much found items. No special sewing so far. Very sweet cast and crew. I like non-stressful shows! Two weeks ago I got a message asking for help from a director I made one piece for last year. He had a show opening within three weeks and his costumer had not delivered key pieces yet so I agreed to do some, even though I really didn't have the time. It got a little frustrating because, while I was making my designs, the former costumer kept showing up with the now completed pieces. Waste of my time. I hate that. It made me feel like if I waste my time; shame on me. If you waste my time; I might remember it the next time you need something. Right?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Not a sewing post---just had a heavy heart. My family has close ties to Mid-Atlantic Christian University (MACU), formerly Roanoke Bible College. It's my daughter & son-in-law's alma mater and we've known so many who attended or are attending this fine school. This past weekend a student was killed in a shooting in the dorm that is still under investigation. There is a person of interest, also a student there, but so much is still not known about the circumstances. So many questions. The one I keep hearing most often is 'why God would allow this to happen to Christians'. I have no magic answer; I don't know that anyone does. All I can say for sure is being a Christian doesn't exclude you from tragedy. Anyone who comes to Christianity to escape tragedy will not. Bad things will always happen. But Christianity will give the comfort to deal with it. I honestly don't know how those who don't know God cope.
Mid-Atlantic Christian University; Elizabeth City North Carolina has issued "A CALL TO PRAYER"; at 7:30 in the Blanton Center on campus Thursday evening October 7. All are invited to attend this most special service of prayer for the MACU family. If you can not attend, will you please take some time during that hour to lift up a prayer? God Bless MACU, it's leaders, faculty & staff and it's dear students. Amen.