Sunday, April 26, 2015

Comfy White Linen Pants for mwa...

Okay, so I can feel my sewing "mojo" coming back everyone! I sat down yesterday at two different times and loved sewing up some items for myself and the boys. Taking a needed break from blogging and sewing and writing has been good for my soul. Turning inward to my family and home and enjoying time away was amazing and I will continue to keep things balanced now and avoid the time suck blogging can be! But I've recognized I do love the outlet of writing for my creative soul and God made me a documenter/recorder of life moments. Like, you know, plain white linen pants made from a tablecloth.
It's really hard to photograph white, but this linen tablecloth had this awesome sweet detail along the bottom edge and I knew it would make a great skirt or pants.

These could totally be maternity pants, but no I am NOT pregnant, even though some of the side angles totally show my mom pooch. I made the top fold over like a maxi skirt with a heathered knit, that looks like I am wearing a tank top... nope... just super comfy pants.
 I'm pretty excited to get to the beach this summer, so these will be perfect for our beachy days coming soon!

Thanks for letting me share! Hope you are all doing well and have a great rest of your weekend!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Sweet Kitchen: Loving My Home Well

Last night, my husband finishing hanging all of our hand painted kitchen cabinets. I squealed in delight at the finished project. We've lived in our home for 6.5 years and for the majority I had brass door knobs and off white paint. The older range (what I like to call my vintage gas oven) had stainless steel which clashed like cymbals with the other hard ware. It wasn't an ugly kitchen by any means, but it wasn't pulled together nicely either. That's often the custom in old homes. When one thing goes, you just replace that item and it's often a hodge podge look. My kitchen also had bright white appliances in an off white cabinet kitchen that had gotten pretty banged up over time. Not to mention that my kids had also used one door in their toddler art masterpieces that I couldn't get off no matter how hard I scrubbed. With no paint to just touch up those areas, we had no choice. It was time to freshen the space by painting those bad boys. 
I chose Valspar oil based satin for the cabinets. Found at Lowes. The hinges and hardware we found on Amazon. We used the foam rollers for cabinets and doors and I cut, while Hart rolled. It didn't take us nearly as long, even though it isn't a project we would like to repeat anytime soon! And my husband certainly doesn't want to have to hang cabinet doors for a living! Ha!

It's funny how some things take you years to get to. For so long I think we had put off painting the cabinets, because we thought it was going to take us forever to get the project done. It was done in a week. We've been praying through selling our home and moving closer to family, and that motivation has gotten a lot of needed projects crossed off our list.
But the funny thing is, it isn't about selling our home, or fixing it up for someone else, or trying to get top dollar, I realized that this home of mine, these cabinets finally painted are a reflection of who I am and the order and beauty I crave in my home. I've realized that even if we don't stay here that long to enjoy it, it was nice to get a project I've been wanting to do done. The satisfaction of that accomplishment means a lot in and of itself.

It's true, that "love gathers here". It's so cliche and cheesy and yet is my heart in my home. It's what I want for my kitchen as I prepare delicious meals for my family and love creating that beauty in the ordinary. 

 It's just nice to walk into a space and say "Ahhh, my work here is done." Somehow I imagine that's how God must have felt at the beginning of time, when he rested on the 7th day after creating such beauty in his creation. While I am no way trying to compare myself to being God, I just appreciate that feeling of making your space relaxing and a joy for you family to enjoy, whatever it is or however it looks. And I think I can see now how your space, your home does take time to create, and not to be frustrated with the slowness of it. It's the slowness that causes us to love our homes well.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Finding Contentment & Joy

My church asked me to speak and give my testimony at our women's retreat last month. At first, I was kind of excited and felt like God wanted me to share my story. Then, the more and more I thought about it, the anxiety of it crept in and some nervousness and those feelings of inadequacy raged.

The theme of the women's retreat was CONTENTMENT.

And believe me when I say, that contentment is probably my biggest struggle area in life. Everything leads back to this issue, which is of course, precisely why God would want ME to share about it. You must love how he uses things like this to pull us our of our comfort zone and more into His likeness.

When I said yes I focused on this topic even more and I've realized something.

The ONLY thing stopping me from living a content and thankful life is ME. 

Often times, I convince myself that IF I had XYZ, then I would be happier. IF my house looked Pinterest perfect. IF my child did not have a rare disease or at the very least behaved. IF finances were never a worry. IF. IF. IF.

And the truth is, maybe for a little while, but at the end of the day, if I don't draw my complete joy and find myself in Christ, time and time again, then I will always be lacking.

Before the retreat, I had a personal melt down.

Being a mom. Being a wife. Dealing with broken relationships. Staying in the house taking care of sick babies. Dealing with constant clutter and never getting things done. Dirt. And mess. And sickness. And days melting into days that all blurred of the same mundane stuff. It was enough piled on top of each other to have a giant pity party.

And then it didn't get better. It got worse, because instead of leaving the mess of utter chaos of my household for a little while and getting a break, I ended up at the doctor with the baby. Again.

I was done. Done. Done. Done.

I kept asking God why he would have ME get up there and share about this. Maybe I could just call them and tell them I've changed my mind. My life is too much of a wreck to talk to anyone else about something I don't even do well.

The truth is, at the end of the day, that my JOY is in CHRIST ALONE.

Life is going to pile up. It is going to feel like it's too much to bear. And living life with Christ will never be easy or picture perfect or always great. The whole point of the gospel is that God sent his only Son to live that perfect life for US, because ours is SO messed up. We will fail time and time again, but Jesus will never fail. We will throw big giant pity parties and God will restore that JOY, but not in things or stuff that will always fade, but in the treasure of who he is. We have to deal with this crap, but we don't have to do it alone. We can trust in God and walk through the muck onto dry land with him holding our hand.

"For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, for I am the one who helps you." Isaiah 41:10

God provides us with His strength even on our weekest days.

No matter where we are right now, God is IT! He is our beauty and our everything and even though I will have to repeat this to myself every single breath I take, I find my contentment, because of Christ. Let's gaze upon Him. And Him alone.Particularly as we go into this Easter weekend!