You may or may not have noticed that I haven't posted in about a month. This is for two reasons; the first being our computer is on the fritz and just getting to this page to type a simple message took about an hour, so longer posts with pictures and things take several hours. The second reason being that we are in the process of moving from one country to another and this consumes my mind and time. So I am taking the time now to inform you all that I will not be posting until either the computer is fixed, or I can use someone else's computer. Either way it won't be until we are state side. We leave the Philippines on May 14th, so there probably wont be a post until late May. Until then, God bless and keep you!
My little girl is now four years old! To her turning four meant two things;
"Mommy I'm too old for a sippy cup I need a grown up cup."
"I'm gunna have a boyfriend now."
The first one I'm all for, the second.....noooooooooo.
Anyway, for her birthday I made two new dresses(making it easier to get rid of a few). The first one pictured is the Geranium Dress from made-by-rae.com, one that I have used several times. This is the first time I made it with the pockets or flutter sleeves, but I'm glad I did. I think it made a super cute dress!
A few weeks ago I went back to the Dream Release Center to teach another sewing class. Another young missionary, Laura Pearce, has been staying at the Center for the last few months, and her parents stopped by to see her on their way to Africa. Don and Judy Pearce are associated with Open Door Enterprises, a group that does things such as dig wells. They have a ministry in Tanzania that they have visited before among a group of social cast offs such as lepers. So for this class we decided to make the people in Africa something special and attractive to let them know there are people somewhere else in the world thinking of them. We made drawstring backpacks, each different and each lovingly made!
Recently I gained some weight. A bit more than I was comfortable with, and a bit more than my favorite dresses would allow. In a fit of desperation to have something pretty that fit me, I turned to my favorite pattern, the Washi Dress from made-by-rae.com. All my Washis still fit me and still make me feel pretty, so I whipped up another one real quick. I mean REAL quick. Now that I've made several for myself and others I have the construction down and can get one made in a little over and hour. Its great! If you want a fun, simple, versatile dress pattern to get you started, I highly recommend this one!
Before Christmas I was making Christmas presents for everyone (everyone), and didn't really want to post about the things I was making before I made them. But one of my favorite things I did was use the Manicure Travel Pouch pattern from Noodle-head. Its another great free pattern, and I love it. Hers look much better than mine.
A few weeks ago I went back to the Dream Release Center to teach another sewing class, something I plan to do once a month from here on out. I really love the girls and boys there and enjoy teaching them. They are fun and happy and willing to learn, and its such a blessing to be around them.
This last time I taught them two different pajama pants patterns. One for adult sizes, a pattern I got from sewitallmag that has options for long pants, gaucho's and shorts.
I'm not really into making New Years resolutions, but I did decide on a few things I want to learn this year. One of which is to learn how to work with knits. My first delve into this world was with the Natty Top from Addie K. It is a free pattern and very simple.
So I made the top and then decided I wanted a dress instead.
Its a great top that just slips on like your favorite old t-shirt and it made a super comfy dress!
Now that the holidays are over I thought it was time to make some more things for myself. I mean, try out some more free patterns. This lovely high-waist A-line skirt is from SeeKateSew, and it honestly took less than morning to make and I really love it. The pattern actually doesn't have a seem in the front, but Im always working from scraps so I had to make the front two pieces. But I really like how it looks!
This is a poem I just wrote for my kids. It may not be the final draft, but it's close.
The whole world hush to lull you to sleep
The sun rise slowly to wake you in peace
The fruit grow fat to feed you in plenty
Your friends and family and laughter be many
Your love be strong and your patience be stronger
Your bad days be short and your good days be longer
Tho your path be not easy may it always be clear
Tho you travel alone may God keep you from fear
In all projects and plans may you never feel worry
Enjoy life as it comes, never rush or hurry
A thirst for knowledge and a desire to grow
An eye of observance wherever you go
Satisfaction in work, whatever it be
Patience for provision if you're ever in need
Tho you be in doubt may your faith never waiver
May you always be sure of your one tru Savior
Near or far, a strong family connection
In a loved ones arms you'll find love and protection
Guidance on espousal sent from above
If you marry, I pray there'll be respect, friendship, and love
In my life whatever else I make or do
My greatest accomplishment will always be you
Dear Ones, if someday you have children too
I pray they will be as lovely as you