Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Shnook Hat

I really really love seeing things I make on my actual gift recipients...like how adorable is this little embroidered "Shnook" hat? Such a sweet little boy! Ah! I love this little guy! Luke is the little Irish blessing baby to our sweet missionary friends! They nicknamed this little one "Shnook" in utero and it stuck outside of utero, too! Kind of precious, huh!?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

From Daddy Ferguson

If you aren't keeping up with the Fergusons on Cinco Mariposas, you really should! I just read a post written from Niles and um...you have to read this. It's his thoughts on adoption and it is so sweet and kind of funny, too.

Here's a quick excerpt...

"Here's a random thought I've had lately: I'm looking forward to being an old man, God willing, and having my daughter in my life. Maria and Ruthie will be the only two left laughing at my jokes when I'm too old to remember how dumb they are. I'm looking forward to Daddy Dates. I'm not gonna let some hipster punk be the first to take her out. Daddy will set the standard of how she is to be loved and cared for. On a similar note, I'm looking forward to buying more guns. I guess I'm going to need them. I'm protective enough of my sons, how much more for my daughter? Answer: .357 Magnum; just sayin'." 

Too cute!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Fabric Necklaces ON SALE

I've put my fabric necklaces on sale 30% to 60% off! Click on the SHOP tab to check them out!They would make fun Christmas gifts for a friend or sister or mother and you would be helping out my fun families that are raising money for their adoptions!!! Happy Shopping!



Multi-color Striped Fabric Necklace ($12) - Add to Cart
Black and White Fabric Necklace ($12) - Add to Cart
Ikat Fabric Covered Necklace ($18)- Add to Cart

Sewing Question...

Sewing friends.... can I ask you a question? Well, two now...

What kind of serger do you have?!

I really would love to have one and am not sure which one is a good one! Thanks!

How to Embroider on Plush Fabric

Remember how notebook paper helped us sew buttons on really plush fabric? Well, I have another CHEAP trick to help you embroider on that plush fabric. It's called Plastic Wrap found in your local kitchen drawer...
If you have never embroidered on anything really thick before, let me tell you that if you try, you will get very frustrated because your thread will just completely disappear in the thickness of the fabric. That's why sewing together the teddy bear button-through was so forgiving! You can't see a thing!

Have no fear!!! Plastic Wrap is here!!!! (Okay, I couldn't help myself!) This is what you need to do to embroider on really plush fabric!
Simply tear off a sheet of plastic wrap and cover your baby blanket, in my case, with the wrap. Then, start embroidering. Using a needle for thick fabrics (look at your guide in your manual for which one to use) and gently keep the plastic wrap smoothed out by just touching it with your fingertips around where the needle is working. I am assuming here that you are using stabilizer underneath and already kind of know what you are doing when it comes to machine embroidery. If you don't, just email me!
When you are through, simply tear off the plastic wrap and that is it! It works like magic!
A big thanks to my real-life friend, JeeJee, who works at her step-dad's luggage store! They do embroidery there and she learned this trick and shared it with me on our last play date! There is some kind of fancy plastic you can buy made for this task, but I can't remember the name! Sorry! Plastic wrap works just the same! I hope your frustrations are resolved!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Have You Started Yet?!

We have! If there is one thing my husband love, love, loves... it is Christmas! He's out putting lights on the house and wanting us to go get our tree right away! No bah-humbug for us! We've been busy this weekend decorating the house and enjoying the Christmas Season once again! Have you?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Meet the Fergusons

 I'm so thrilled to introduce to you this amazing family! I feel so blessed that God is bringing families to me like this one so that I can pray for them and encourage them in their adoption process! Niles and Maria are adopting a little girl domestically! I praise the Lord for you guys! Welcome to the DBS Family!
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Here's a little from Maria when I first "met" her:

Hello! My name is Maria Ferguson and I am absolutely in love with your blog! What a fantastic idea from the Lord to craft with the desire to benefit HIM!  I can't craft to save my life- so your idea is all the more beautiful to me!

My husband Niles and I have 2 boys (ages 4 and almost 2) and we believe the Lord is leading us to grow our family through the adoption of a domestic baby girl.  We are humbled and at times overwhelmed by this calling but know with certainty the Lord will provide all that is needed to bring our baby girl home!  We are blessed with an extremely supportive family and church family in this process- many in our church family are adopting as well! I pray the Lord blesses your efforts and brings you more business than you ever thought possible!  If you'd like to follow our journey please visit our blog http://cincomariposas.blogspot.com/.
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Is she seriously the sweetest or what? I told you these families are true JEMS! And this family has one of the COOLEST fundraisers EVER! Seriously! 
 
Wanna know what it is? 
Yep, that's right! Maria takes BEAUTIFUL photographs! You think I'm kidding? Check these out! Just a few she has taken! 
 

 
And she has the nerve not to call herself a professional photographer! I think not, my friend! You are incredibly talented! There are a WHOLE lot more of these beauties on her blog at CincoMariposas!

If you are interested in helping this family raise the needed funds for their adoption AND get your pictures taken, contact Maria at FergusonAdoption{at}gmail{dot}com. She is in SC in the upstate and taking family photos for donations to their adoption fund!

I have some fun He said/She said stuff from both Niles and Maria's perspective on adopting, but I will save that for a later post, for now I will leave you with a section of their autobiography. Don't forget you can locate their blog under the Why I do this Sewing Thing! Tab and find current information about where they are at in their adoption process! I will keep you updated as well!

"We are a family that above all else wants to love God and his people in obedience to the scriptures.   We want to practically live the faith we have been given by the Holy Spirit and believe that adopting a baby girl is such an opportunity.  The Lord has specifically placed this desire on our heart and we pray that as we “delight in the LORD, he will give [us] the desires of [our] heart.”  We look forward with joyful anticipation to the day we will be a family of five."                                      

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Life has been BUSY! Who's with me?

When I tell you that every single weekend this month, we have had family in town or around or SOMETHING to do with family. It is NOT a lie! That means my week is looking like getting ready for Round #3 to happen this week for Thanksgiving! Hopefully you can enjoy reading other fun blogs in the meantime, because I am TOO BUSY...yep! I'm not even going to try to pretend I have it all together and offer you some fun holiday craft or sewing for the busiest craft time of the year....lol, because I don't even have time to think about it! The hub-daddy is off quite a bit the next few days, so maybe, just maybe I can have some sewing time back! :) Love you guys!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Kid Craft

I wanted to do something craft Thanksgiving related with Micaiah. I realized he could care less if we do some kind of Mommy/Son craft together, but I love the hand-turkey art that sometimes kids do in school, so I set out to do a little Thanksgiving craft with him for fun. Here's how it turned out!


I'm pretty sure he thought I was nuts when I striped him down to just a diaper and brought out some paints.
I cut out some canvas squares left from a fabric remnant I had, taped down a trash bag, and got some paint and brushes.
I painted just the palm of his hand and had him put it on the canvas. We did 4 of them so that each set of grandparents could have a Thanksgiving present and then one for us to keep, too.
Then, I just washed his hand and painted his fingers yellow and a little blue, too. He was kind of over the paint by this point, so that was it. I then painted the rest of the turkey face at a later time after it dried and sewed a yellow ribbon to the top, so that it could hang on a door knob or wreath.
 I just used a Brown Sharpie to write the verse and his name. You could hot glue the ribbon if you don't know how to sew, too.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Meet the Carrolls

This is the Carroll Family! Our newest addition to the DBS Families. Are they not the sweetest with all those cute little kids that just make you want to hug them!? Well, there is more....they want to adopt...SIBLINGS from Ethiopia! Whew, 6 kids! I love it!!! I have been emailing back and forth with her after she heard that I was looking to highlight some more adoptive families and I am so in love with their heart for adoption, but more importantly their love for Jesus and his kingdom! I want you to hear from Kylie herself, so I am going to turn it over to her, so that you can hear more about her family and where they are in their journey! And as you should know by now, I will be updating you along the way as they move through their adoption process.
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Meet the Carrolls (From Kylie):

So . . . I'll just jump right in. Chann and I met in high school, and after dating for 7 long years, finally got married! We have been married for almost 10 years and have 4 children, ages 7, 5, 3, and almost 2! Chann is a musician who plays guitar, sings, and writes songs, and I teach first grade. As a family, we just enjoying hanging out together. We prefer to be outside - hiking, playing soccer, jumping on the trampoline . . . , but also love to watch movies together.

I spent a summer in China when I was 19, and the Lord really laid adoption on my heart then. Chann and I were already dating then, so when I got home to talk about it, he knew that adoption was in his future, too. We actually wanted to adopt before having children, but the Lord had other plans! :) So . . . four kids and ten years later, here we are. We feel that the Lord has said now is the time to pursue adopting siblings from Ethiopia. We have begun the formal application process and are basically stuck in paperwork and appointments right now. We expect to be ready for our home study in the next month or so.

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 So there is a little peak into their family background and there is a lot more to be found on their sweet blog at  www.carrollsadopt.blogspot.com

As you know one aspect of being a DBS Family is that I highlight their fundraising plans and help you, sweet reader, help them. They are waiting to get a little further a long in their adoption process, but eventually plan to link a paypal account to our blog for donations in the near future. They think it may be best to wait until the completion of their home study to really start fund raising. At that point they will also do an online silent auction. They will definitely let us know when that is up and running!

Thanks again, Carroll Family, for letting me highlight you! You will be able to find their blog link under Why I do this Sewing Thing!  in the future, so stay tuned for more!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Isaac Leong is HERE!

The journey for the Leongs throughout the adoption has been a time of testing and trial, waiting and hoping, but God has been so faithful in providing the most beautiful baby boy, Isaac! I think this picture says it all!
I'm not going to lie....that picture made me tell the hub-daddy (do you like Hart's blog nickname? I hope you see how silly I really am, because it seriously makes me laugh every time I write it!) that I seriously want a baby like right this very minute! The beauty of God's love that I see in these adoptions and these families through this blog is just remarkable! I hope you can see why I am enjoying introducing you to these families, following their stories, and helping when/where I can! I have 2 more families to introduce to you. I know they think I have forgotten them, but I haven't! Get excited! They are pretty awesome! But for now, relish in the cuteness of this little Leong baby and pray that God will finalize all their paperwork! Thank you!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

How was your weekend?

Molly Flanagan told me that once I learn how to use my camera manually, I will never go back to automatic mode. I'm not making any sort of disclaimers here, but in just 2 days of PARTIALLY manually (is that a phrase?) working my camera, I am starting to "get it" more and more. I have a long way to go, but I learned a lot about apperature, exposure and shutter speed this weekend and how they work together and it is so exciting!!!!

Anyways, if you and I were best friends, which I am just going to pretend we are, then I would share with you what I did this weekend, because, of course, you would want to know all the details.

So, sweet friend, (because that is what I call my best friends), we kind of worked a lot this weekend. I thought I was going to have some uninterrupted time to sew this weekend, but no, that didn't happen. Instead I worked on my lap top a lot for my mom's dance studio working on getting all of our accounts PAPER-less! Whoo. I'm losing enthusiasm.
 Saturday morning came and the hubby had to go to work a job fair for The Mather Company, Inc. aka his job that buys/sells real estate. He left the house looking mighty fine in that bow tie...I had to take a picture!
It's blurry...these things matter now that I am trying to learn how to operate this dslr. Oh well, he's still cute.
Not too long after he left, my parents showed up for a quick visit.
That's mi madre and my padrastro...step-dad. Baby boy wasn't too happy. Maybe padrastro wasn't either.
They swang (a word we use here in the south) a little.
Baby Boy napped and then we were bored, so we went to the job fair to get a job.
Because I don't work hard enough being a SAHM. No, we really went to see this happy hub-daddy!
With Dunkin Doughnuts. That always makes me happy.
The job fair was inside a mall, that had one of those plastic play things that your child get's lost in and you hope that no one threw up in or pooped in and your child is lost meandering through it along with the hodge podge of other germified childrens.
Of course, baby boy, wanted to climb up in it, because it had steps and he loves steps. That meant...you guessed it... I had to, too.
Thankfully, there was no vomit. But I did see what the other side looked like and there really should be an adult up in those things. Who thought up this idea? Uhhh....let's build a ginormous tower that kids crawl up in by themselves! Kids push and run over each other and one boy was so lost and crying confused he didn't know what to do. So, I pushed him down the slide.

No. Not really. But kind of.
He loved being a big boy. Driving the space car or race car, whatever it's called.
We went home for Nap #2 and then went over to my in-law's house (they were gone for the weekend) and spent the night and watched the USC vs. Arkansas game. It was like a mini-vacation. The baby woke up freaked out in the middle of the night, because he didn't know why he was sleeping in a different place, but it still was relaxing, because we got to watch cable in bed and I didn't have the feeling like there was a month's worth of dust I just HAD to clean up. Even though there was! Love you, Jane!

My husband does a lot of music for our church. Did I mention he can play like 16 instruments? Yes. So he plays a lot of music weekly, but had this Sunday morning off and that meant we did a morning breakfast date to Ihop.
Baby Boy drank out of straw, which is still so stinking cute to see.
We went to church. Then home. Ate, napped, repeat. And I finally got to sit down and learn more about my camera. Thank you, Carla from Small + Friendly ...I have no idea why I want to call your blog, small and curbly, but I do ... for recommending me to read the Pioneer Woman's site. It was uber helpful, so I went outside and practiced partially manually taking photos in Av mode. I was striving for that beginner's dream...the background looks blurry.
 The What the Heck is an Apperature? series was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I will never be the same. So, I took pictures of lots of really random things to practice.
I practiced Shutter Speeds with Abe, but have a ways to go on that one.
My neighbor is a really fun art teacher who is married to a chef! Sounds like a fun house, right? I meant that in a good way. And I ran over to ask her if she knew anything about cameras, because, obviously that's all I can talk about, and come to find out, she had a Nikon that she didn't really know how to work that was about 10x nicer than mine! WHAT!? Get busy, girl friend!
So, that was pretty much it... now I better go get back to my work, before my husband gets onto me about blogging when I should be working....I feel like I'm in college procrastinating, but I'm glad we had a little chat. Aren't you?

Orphan Sunday

Today is November 6th, otherwise known as Orphan Sunday. What is that you ask? Well, you can click here to read more about it officially, but basically it is a locally led initiative to stand up where you are for the millions of orphans in our world. You can stop and pray, you can give, or you can get together with friends and find a way to help, but whatever you do, defend the cause of the fatherless.

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." James 1:27

Friday, November 4, 2011

I Have a Store!

Excuse after excuse, enough was enough! I finally got my online store up and running! Thank you dear sweet husband for helping me! I currently have 3, yes, just 3, necklaces up for sale! A portion will go towards helping our families adopting. Once sold, I will add more, and Lord willing actually be able to help these families out (2 more to come soon!)!

You can either click on my store on the side bar of the blog OR click on the Shop tab at the top. I decided to go with Bigcartel instead of Etsy. In case you didn't know, it is free to upload up to 5 products. Not a lot, but a good start. God says not to despise the day of small things, so I'm not. I know he can take my measly loaves and 2 fishies and help these families adopting in a huge way, so I'm going to trust Him to work.

I do hope you will check it out and support this "ministry" as I'm starting to hear others call it. It's funny, but I honestly didn't think of it that way, but one of the families I'm going to introduce to next week thanked me for my amazing ministry and it was like God opened my eyes wide and made me see he has a much bigger vision here than me blogging and sewing. It's not about me. It never has been. And I want to keep it that way.

Thanks in advance for checking it out and supporting us!

Love,

Vanessa

Rainy Day Library Trip

What do you do when you have to get out of the house, but it is cold and rainy?

We go to the Library. And Mommy practices taking cool pictures. I had no flash on for any of these shots. If I had used my previous camera none would have turned out. They would have been all blurry. I'm sold on this camera for life now.
Any photography sites/books you recommend?
I meant to check out the photography section while there, but we made a new friend who's mom SEWS of all things! She makes these cute little reusable snack bags, instead of ziplocs, and has an etsy store here.
I love it when sewing brings people together!
Why do they always try to eat the crayons?
Yeah, I know, I just posted a gazillion pictures of my baby again. No one's going to want to sponsor me now, that's for sure. Oh, right...I don't really care all that much, do I? I'm planning on sewing some things this weekend. Whatchoo up to?