Friday, June 17, 2011

A GOOD WEEK....and Happy Father's Day

Well it is almost 5 o'clock on Friday afternoon and I am happy to report I am right on schedule, haha.  This week's sewing has actually been very easy, quick, and fun.  I do HAVE to stop going to the fabric store however.  I just keep finding things.  There was a time in my life (yes I am admitting it kids) when I could have easily been called a sewaholic, or a fabricaholic, haha...I do tend to be a bit obsessive about things I do, be that whatever it is.  But it has been MANY years since I have been on a sewing kick of such proportions.  I have tried to analyze it a bit.  I honestly think it has a lot more to do with wanting to feel productive; liking to stay busy.  With my knees this is not an easy thing to do.  But I have found I can sew!  And unfornately drag myself around to the fabric stores too.  Though there is a GIANT Jo Annes out by where I used to live that even has a little scooter that I can bip around in.  Then I am really unstoppable, haha.  This week I have made the pillow for the rocking chair, the valances for the window, a absolutely darling fleece blanket which was on sale for a WONDERFUL price AND is John Deere (just couldn't resist it) and finally another little nightie and receiving blanket.  This one is made of cow print (which just seemed like a must!) and I made a little hat to go with it and appliquéd a little something on it which I will show you in a minute.  It came out MUCH cuter than I thought it might, haha, and personally I could see him wearing this home from the hospital.  But I guess I will leave that decision up to his new mommy and daddy, lol.  In the next 2 weeks before they come for the shower I will make the little stuffed animals (they should be darling if I do them right) and get everything wrapped and organized.  I should be able to do that easily.  So here are some pics of this weeks work...

Loved the is the same fabric as one of the new sheets....I especially liked the trim I found.

Just so you could see it in a chair as it will be....doesn't exactly go with the colors here, but you get the idea.

It is really kind of hard to show a valance that isn't on a window....but this is the same fabric as part of the bumper pads.  I decided to trim it the same way I did the bumper pads with both blue and brown piping.

A closer look at the fabric and the piping

The cow print nightie and receiving blanket and hat....I trimmed everything in red including the buttons.  I put a red fleece blanket binding around the blanket and decided I REALLY liked it.  I may have to go back now and finish all the blankets I made this way...still dwelling on it.

How darling is this, and how appropriate for a dairy farmer's son!

Couldn't wait to put his name on something

The fleece blanket.  I made it 60 by 60 so it is really pretty big, and trimmed it in black fleece binding.

A closer look at the fabric....isn't it darling?

My mom told me this morning that I could just have the shower all by myself with all the gifts I made, which kind of made me feel bad and let me know I have gone a little beserk as usual.  She didn't say it to be hurtful, she was just teasing me a little.   But I felt I could justify it by saying that ALL of the little nighties, receiving blankets, and burp cloths were really inexpensive to make (some as little as 4 or 5 dollars a set) as ALL of the fabric was on sale (I rarely buy it any other way) and lots of the thread, trim, bottons and extras I already had from my years of sewing years ago.  But I guess I have decided I don't need to explain my reasons for doing this.  It is somewhat complicated I guess in some ways.  But it also made me think of how much more our Father in heaven wants to bless all of His children too.  He gives out of His abundance, and really more than we could ever ask or even begin to dream or hope for.  It reminded of this verse in Eph. which has just been coming up over and over again recently and the Lord has really been impressing upon my heart.

Ephs.  3: 20, 21  Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

There have been a lot of other things going on this week.  Annabel graduated from the eighth grade, and Capri graduated from KG.  All of the kids are now officially on summer break.  The first Wednesday night service at my son's church this week just couldn't have gone better, and I was blessed more than I could say.  I did travel down for it but I haven't decided how regular this might be as Jeff is unable to go with me as he doesn't get off work in time.  I didn't get home until 10, but it was OK.  There is one woman in particular (and maybe others) who I know think that it is foolish that I travel an hour to hear my son teach, and again I foolishly found myself trying to justify and explain why I do.  What else would I really have been doing anyway instead?  Watching TV and relaxing probably, and while there is certainly NOTHING wrong with that, it really can't be compared in other ways.  I think I will follow the Lord's leading and my heart on this and not worry what others may think (or say as in the one woman's case).  There is a busy week-end spreading out in front of us as we celebrate Father's day with my kids.  We will do this on both Sat. & Sun. and I am looking forward to it.  I pray you all have a wonderful day with your father's and with your families.  And as always my heart does go out to those of you who have lost your fathers, and I pray your memories are good ones.  Let's remember too just how much our Father loves each and every one of us, and rejoice for His presence in our lives!

John 15:9  "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love 

SOO sweet! 

James, Capri & Larissa....first of life's big moments!

Having fun...silly girl!


Just as a side note, I have NO idea why I have 2 different fonts going on this post, and NO idea how to fix it, haha....guess it is what it is. 


  1. Don't fret about what others might think. You do not answer to them nor owe them an explanation. ;-) I'm sure that it blesses your son (and you) to be there.

  2. Oh, more beautiful things for the baby. I think it is wonderful that you have made so many treasures for this little guy!!!

  3. I don't blame you for making the drive to listen to your son preach. I would do that too if I had a son like that. And how lovely are all the things you made for your family. And thank you for the reminder of how God loves to bless us too.

    Blessings and love,

  4. Oh your sewing is I will have to shape my skills up again soon, I did those pillows for awhile and started to get back going and then stopped. I love every piece...brings back so many memories of all my sewing days.

    Oh justifying why you did all the sewing or go see your son!!...oh my how we all fall into that. Just enjoy...let your heart lead and do it all with a smile. What a gift that you can do it...Praise God!

    Oh my mom turned all her sewing energy into making quilts for cancer patients...she does about 30 or more each year...she is one of those with closets full of material. She loves how productive it makes her feel. She now has a group come over and sews with her.

  5. You have a real talent with your sewing. I know someday I will get back into making cute things like that.

  6. Hi! Debbie, oh! what a gift God has given you! "Sew on girl"! Use that talent:) and if my son was a preacher I could not miss it! An hr. away or not!! What a glorious Blessing! Have a great wk-end:)

  7. Hi Deb, I so love your posts-you make me smile!!! I can just imagine the trouble we'd get into together. Your sewing amazes me-you are so good and I also love the brown quilt on the rocker.
    Hearing you son preach is also a blessing for him so don't second guess it. I have friends here that also drive over an hour twice a week to hear their sil preach.
    Have a blessed weekend-maybe some of your sewing skills will rub off on me.
    Hugs, Noreen

  8. Great pillow. I think it is so sweet that you have made such gifts for this baby too Debbie. They will be such special things for Mel to have and use. Made with love, it doesn't get better than that!

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

    And yes, I am loving my new camera! Thank you for asking. I've been learning a lot of new fun things about it, and this camera has video too which is so fun!

  9. That I LOVE MILK is the cutest thing I've ever seen! You are so creative. I bet your family can't wait to see what you come up with. LOVE the pictures of them, so precious. :)


  10. Oh how much I wish I lived closer to you so I could be your sewing apprentice -- you do such a great job and do things I've not been brave enough to attempt --like buttons!! I also need to learn from your wisdom about not always needing to explain our reasons for doing something and not caring so much what others say. It's really hard for us women, though, isn't it, we are such people pleasers! I keep reminding myself of the phrase "audience of one" meaning God is the only judge I care to please! Blessings to you, Sweet Debbie!

  11. No need to justify your love, friend. Just live it and let the world wonder if they want to.

    I love that you love your family so lavishly!


  12. YOU are amazing and the most prolific
    seamstress i have ever known.

  13. Love the photos of the kids ~ so cute! You sure have lots happening in your family! The things you have made are darling. What a gifted and talented lady you are! So nice!


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