|This morning I quickly made a tissue pouch to match her bag. I mentioned recently that the tutorial for the tissue pouch is no longer available; but I should have mentioned that the author has made the pattern available for purchase. (I just figured it out on my own.)|
"LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance." Psalm 16:5-6
Ours is a story of what God can do with two silly teens, starting off with no clue;
And baby thrown in, just for good measure. We didn’t know that God would increase our treasure
With four added on in rapid succession, filling our lives with joy and hard lessons.
We’ve had our share of valleys and hills, of times of abundance, and unpaid bills.
We once thought success would bring us bliss; we’ve learned that loss does a better job of this,
As we lean on our Savior, Who always delivers, regardless of the size of our quiver.
Although we’re grateful for the times of ease, the hard times are useful for learning to please
Our Heavenly Father, learning to walk in His Truth, of which we often talk.
May the Lord help us humbly and faithfully serve, staying mindful that the next generation observes.
Prop up your feet and grab a cup of coffee or tea while I open up
The book of my life, without further ado, and narrate the musings of my heart to you.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
|I made a similar messenger bag a while back. It was intended for a friend, but I wasn't pleased with the results. Today I was determined to try again. I'm pleased this time. I just love this tutorial.|
|This toile fabric was used for the exterior of the first bag. I still had plenty left, so I used it for the lining of this one. I "heart" the black exterior fabric, but it sort of reminds me of the test that the eye doctor gave to assess my astigmatism.|
Friday, October 28, 2011
|I'm sure that I should include a more recent photo for his birthday, but I'm feelin' this one right now.|
|This is the best birthday cake I've ever eaten (aside from my parents' home-baked treats in Pittsburgh), and it's worth every minute in the gym!|
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
|I can't say enough how thankful I am for baking stones. They truly are a kitchen wonder!|
|I managed to set this relatively-intact bar aside for a quick phone photo before dumping it into the jar with the rest.|
Friday, October 21, 2011
|This was my very first time ever making piping. I actually made this way ahead of time and set it aside. Gabriela thought that I was planning to use it in my room. Tee-Hee!|
|Hats off to all those heroes who can perfectly match a directional pattern when piecing fabric together to make up width. I aspire to achieve that status some day... but not anytime soon, please.|
|I used a yellow sheet from Target for the backing.|
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
|The tissue holder tutorial is no longer available, but it's super easy to figure out; so I just whipped it up.|
|I used cammo fabric for the lining of the matching wristlet.|
|I'm so pleased with how spacious this bag is, and I just can't wait to fill it and show it off in public!|
ETA: My mom pointed out that I didn't include a photo that shows the handle:
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
|I'll be using these for the duvet cover, but ssshhhh! Gabriela doesn't know that I bought the fabric already. I want to surprise her.|
|(Taken from the archives)|
|Bed, quilt & sheets also from Potterybarn Kids|
We still have these, by the way. It's time.
|I found these fabrics on clearance & thought they'd make nice accessories. I'm still searching for other coordinating prints.|
|I learned with this project that a serger is a wonderful thing!|
Monday, October 10, 2011
|At this point, we realized that we were approaching a private residence, so we turned around and headed back.|
|Craig couldn't wait to see a falcon, since he's wanted one for several years. This one is rather young and still in training for doing demos; but we enjoyed every minute!|
|We got to see this hawk "hunt" for the "prey" on this leather lure. What a treat to get a close-up view. It was literally right beside us.|
|Craig Grayson did well, too; but he couldn't keep up with his younger brother.|
|He's always a good sport, though.|
|Gabriela wanted a turn, too. She did well, considering that she hadn't shot before.|
|There were many other exhibits, including this wildlife center that had a few reptiles on display. We miss our ball python, "Kaa", which we gave away when we left Alabama.|
|The Hunter's Education booth was a favorite of the guys. They're anxious to get "legal" in the state of Texas.|
|Craig was intrigued by this gentleman's tales of hunting in South Africa.|
|I'm still amazed at the idea of electric cars. This booth was advertising "charging stations", two of which are already available in the city.|
|Snow cones in the shade|
|With my puny iPhone camera, I managed to at least show proof of Stefan talking with his uncle/coach, Steve Wisniewski, before the game.|