Sunday, August 26, 2012

Wanna come stop in for a bit?

How's your weekend going? Wanna come join mine?
Cai would love that you rang the doorbell. You would be greeted by a happy face, and shortly after taken over by the dog.
 And by the new simple "fall" wreath I put together for our front door.
 You'd come in the door to see the almost refinished roll top desk (back there in the blur). It's not ready for it's big reveal yet. Then, I'd apologize that the couch was covered in photo frames and stuff from the desk because there would be no space for you to sit.
Being crafty and all, you'd notice the new fabric stash piled on the back of my couch that I just purchased from the trip my mom and I took up to Charlotte (and Gastonia to Mary Jo's) on Fridday. You'd wonder what the heck I'd be making with that faux fur, and all I can say is "just wait" till you find out! And yes, that is black stretch denim for some new Mama hot pants. I'll be sassy in those for sure.
More than likely, I would make you trek through my house to see the new Ikea crib canopy that my mom bought for the new "baby" we are adopting. But then, I'd tell you that this room has a LONG way to go this winter to get it ready (new paint, musical instruments taken down off the walls). Especially since my craft space is being shared which will be relocated.
You'd notice my pile of in process projects and I'd tell you about how I made Hart some khaki shorts by cutting and hemming off some pants.
And then I'd tell you about the latest Sew Classy and how fun it was and how everyone made super cute knit skirts...
Then, I'd wonder how YOUR weekend was going... so ... HOW GOES IT?

Friday, August 24, 2012

On my Marriage

I have always been so thankful that I have the husband that I have. He truly is remarkable. He loves Jesus with all his heart, and he loves me second to that with all his heart. He's grown to be a great daddy, and when it comes to our marriage of 3.5 years, approaching 4, he's been what has kept us seeking Jesus during the rougher times.
We got married and I still had one semester left of college. We couldn't wait to get married any longer. After I went through the entire ordeal with all my surgeries, and realized that if this guy had stuck with me through ALL OF THAT mess, then I was sure that he was the man that would stick by my side in whatever life brought.
We decided shortly after I got out of the hospital that we were going to get married, but that was AFTER I tried breaking it off with Hart.

I was really confused. I had no idea what had just happened to my life. It felt like it had shattered into a million pieces. The fun college student life was no more. And I began to question everything, even the man that stood beside me after only dating for one month. I didn't know what God was doing, and I didn't like it one bit.
Thankfully, Hart had the good sense (and reasoning) to just listen to me during that rocky time, and it wasn't without a "look, I know you are the girl for me, you may not feel it right now, but I know that we are supposed to be together" and a "i've stuck by your side through all of this, are you now going to leave ME?"

We were engaged 1 year later, after finishing my 2nd and 3rd final surgery.
We would have been married MUCH faster, but there were life steps that had to be put in order, and I had SO.MUCH.SCHOOL to finish, being "thrown out" of college for a year.
We were cute newlyweds, with a a new house, living life, and it was fun figuring out life together.

We were finally ONE in Christ. We founded our marriage on the Rock of our Salvation, and that has carried us through each and every trial that has come thus far in ways that can only give you strength when faced together. 
 It didn't take long for us to have a baby. A fur baby, that is.
Six months after the fur baby. A real baby surprised us. Not kidding. So, really, it didn't take long for us to have REAL baby. It was a complete and utter surprise. We got pregnant on our 1 year anniversary of marriage!
I had just started teaching 4th grade at a private school and was really enjoying it. That was short lived. We both wanted me to stay home. Our baby would be born right after the next school year began in September.
That 2nd year was really fun, preparing for baby. We went to Hawaii that summer, because Hart's parents took us to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary, and wanted their kids to join in the celebrating! My sister-in-law and I were both pregnant, just 5 weeks apart! Our babies were born exactly 2 weeks apart to the day.
Having Micaiah brought a closeness to our marriage that we didn't know could exist. It didn't make sense to have a baby so soon "according the the world", but we realized the joy that children bring. That remarkable blessing that they are. It was undeniable and has remained the same.
I would say this 3rd year of marriage has been the toughest of all 3, but once again, we find ourselves clinging to our Savior to carry us through it.
What can I say... he likes to "dip" me.

Hart is my sweet husband, my joy in this life. Times may get tough around us, but there's a trust, and strength, and intimacy that we have together that through Christ will last until death do us part. Being married is not something that will ever be traded. I love him, always, and I wanted to share that journey and joy with you. Show you, my love for a quiet man, that loves me so passionately, and deeply, and the one that gives me strength to be the creative woman you see through this site.
Thanks for listening!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Batman

I saw this quote on my friend's facebook the day that I had made a batman cape for Micaiah's little friend's Batman birthday party! I am the mom that hand-makes presents for her kid's friends. I am the mom that 45 minutes before the birthday party realizes your kid needs a gift to give. So I spend that 45 minutes making the present, and your kid is late to the party. Good thing it was a big party and a pool party (I really almost wrote 'poop' party just now). No one notices if you show up late, good, right?
I saw Courtney's Batman cape just a little bit ago! I stored it away remembering she used the Cozy Winter Hood from the O + S Little Things to Sew book. She made pointy batman ears. I copied all of that. Except I think I used velcro across the front on the cape part to keep it closed and didn't use a tie under the chin. And stripey black and gray jersey for the lining which is yet again my Old Navy clearance sweatshirts that were $1.47 each.
Since it was a play cape, I really just gathered and stuffed the center section of the cape in the hood opening at the nape and sewed. I used pinking shears on the edges to cut around the yard or so of fabric that drapes down as the cape, so I wouldn't have to hem. My only change would be to interface the pointy ears, so that they stick up better. I just didn't have any on hand. It would have been a good thing to do! 

And I'm so glad that I didn't actually make this for my OWN child, because this is how it went down...

He's never liked things on his head. Even if you get to be batman...

So always remember to be yourself, unless you can be batman... always be BATMAN!!!
Or whatever superhero you want to be... those work, too!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bow Back Tank

I had a creative burst of energy yesterday. The bow back tank came from it. Bows on your back are kind of in right now, just check pinterest. What I love though is that they are really easy to add to your garments. Mine is not perfect, nor is my tank. I used the same pattern as this tunic, but used view D for the back, then did my own thing. This is the first time where I feel like my work was knits was harder for me. I did my usual, but the hemming isn't perfect and I really want a serger. However, I love that working with knits, they don't fray, and are SO so comfy, so I can live with the imperfections knowing that I am growing my skill level each time I do.
I'm not ready to start fall sewing. In fact, I did sort of a terrible job marking things off my "summer sewing list", so I'm going to keep using the warm weather here in SC to continue my summer sewing and change to fall in a couple more months when it actually gets cool. And for my area of the country, sewing a tank is actually practical, because I can add a cardigan and use this as a blank basic.
When I started this project, I actually wanted to make a knit dress, but once I made the bodice, I realized I didn't want to have it just as a dress, because I wanted to pair it with jeans. I worked and worked trying to add a circle skirt to the bottom, but then I decided that I really just need to make some dresses from patterns. I sew for a little boy, and then like this for me, so really I don't have "dress making" as a wonderful skill yet. However, I plan on growing in this area, for sure!

So, my bow was an afterthought. At first, I just wanted a lower scoop in the back and a simple bar of fabric to join across the back. However, I really thought it looked to plain, so that's where the bow came in. This is how I did mine.
Cut out a curved L out of your back pattern piece on the fold side.
When you've pinned for hemming, cut out another rectangle the width across of your straps. Sew down the edge to make a tube.
Repeat for a smaller tube that will be the center of the bow. Turn both right side out.
Scrunch your fabric in the center and sew a straight stitch over the pinched fabric. It doesn't have to be perfect.
Fold the smaller tube around the straight stitch you just sewed and sew it down.
Now, you should tuck the ends of your bow under/in your hem, and as you sew, sew your hem as normal. My bow was an afterthought, so mine isn't tucked under. I wish it was, but no clothes natzi is going to inspect my garment, so it's okay it doesn't look super professional inside.
And there you have it... a cute new top!
And in case you are wondering where my jersey fabric is from... it's actually from a Jersey Knit Duvet/Sham set that I found clearanced from Target (but at GOODWILL!) Brand new in the packaging. I couldn't ignore that much jersey fabric for only $8! Hint! Hint! You will see this heathered teal jersey again! :)

Anyways, since my confidence was sort of shattered a bit in sewing this top, I'd love to hear some of your comments! You guys are always great at encouragement! Thanks so much! :)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Meet Olivia Monroe

My college roomate had her baby girl.
 I had the opportunity to visit them in the hospital, snuggle this 5 lb little girl, and have a little impromptu newborn photo shoot. I wasn't able to have much natural light since I couldn't get down to the hospital until sunset, but I worked with the lighting I had in the room and I'm so happy with how these turned out given the circumstances. I feel like I'm FINALLY understanding photography more and more. You know, f1.8, 50mm lens, lighting facing your subject, angles, changing your ISO, selecting the right white balance. It's a lot to think about, but I do enjoy figuring it out.


 I think I'm learning that Photography is how to tell a story. Catching those little moments that are important to who you are photographing.
 Capturing the joy.


 The love...
 But mostly their little star...

Olivia's hat is from Tweetle Bug Etsy boutique.  Isn't it adorable? I'm adding that to my list of "if God ever gives me a girl to sew for..."

Friday, August 17, 2012

Filled with Fruit

*A year ago I wrote this devotional, found it organizing the bookshelf yesterday, and wanted to share it with you. I pray it encourages your heart in the Lord!* 

The thanksgiving is hard when you compare and believe Satan's lies.

Instead of being the person that takes every opportunity to look for the good in that situation, you reel back and are not filled with joy. You are filled with darkness and bitterness that what you have is second best. You believe that if you were really loved your lot would be different. You would have what someone else has.

Is it really about what you have materially that makes you happy?

No, it's about the joy you find in what has already been given.

Philippians 1:11 says, "filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God." 
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Think of a home-made apple pie FILLED with sweet goodness. It overflows out onto the plate.

That's the joy I want. The joy in Jesus. The overflowing joy, the sweet goodness of Jesus' righteousness, so full in me that it cannot be contained.

It comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

When we are filled with the righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, our response is the praise of God.

Lord, dig out the ugly in my heart, and fill me with your righteousness. In Jesus' name, Amen!