Sunday, April 20, 2014

Resurrection Sunday Sewing

LittleGirl and I shopped for inspiring fabric this week in hopes of creating something fabulous to wear to church on Resurrection Sunday. LG opted for a jersey knit in white, while I chose a white cotton with brightly colored medallions in green, turquoise, and purple. Of course, as is always the case, inspiration didn't strike until Saturday afternoon. 

If ever I get it together to sew an outfit 24 hours before an event, be prepared for the headlines to read something about Sheol turning its fiery depths to ice. Needless to say, one skirt was finished and the other was not. I might get the other sewn in time for church next week. Sigh. 

LG described what she wanted--twirly, a bit above the knee in the front, and to the floor in the back with a big elastic waistband--and I believe we swung this one out of the park with the finish..and a few modifications. She loves it.

White Jersey Knit from Hobby Lobby 

I opted for a yoga waistband for two reasons:  1) I didn't have a wide enough elastic to LG's liking, and 2) I didn't want to get out in the cold, rainy weather to buy some.

The skirt is made in two lengths of panels (21" in front, 40" in back), each 28" in width, gathered and attached to the yoga waistband. I took a very math & science approach to the high-low part of the skirt...She tried it on & stood still while I cut out the shape. The hem is serged, turned under once, and straight-stitched down. 

LG was please with the results and so was I, except the knit sure did catch under the feed dogs and stretch out while being hemmed. Thank goodness for ball-point needles! I think it would have been a mess otherwise. 

Now...should I stitch an A-line or Circle Skirt with my fabric? Hmmm....

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Χριστός ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!

Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!

Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!

Did you sew a special outfit to celebrate Easter?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Two Dollars, Two Hours, Transform a Life

This idea has been pressing my heart for a few months.

It all started late last summer when I met a precious teen girl. She'd give bits and snippets about her life to me, her vivacious zeal drawing me in and causing remembrances of my youth when anything seemed possible. You remember those moments of wanting to emerge from the group? To stand out from the crowd and show the world you're a unique individual.

It's hard to be different
when you want to be accepted by your peers.

Her story is not mine to share, so I won't go into the details. I only know from the moment I met her, I felt compelled to pour love onto her and into her heart. She needs to know how beautiful she is, how unconditionally loved she is, how her uniqueness is celebrated by Him. 

I'm almost ashamed to admit how long I've been hearing Him telling me to do this. It's been months. I finally took the time to act on His prompt.

This project won't take much money or much time to complete, yet its heart effects will last a lifetime.

Pretty Container & Colorful Index Cards
$1 each from Dollar Tree

With the help of Biblegateway, I searched for Bible verses that had 'LORD says' in them. There are hundreds. While many won't apply because they are used by the prophets and seem woeful, there are more than enough for this project. 

Next I searched 'LOVE' followed by 'GRACE'. In under 2 hours, my intentions of having a month's worth of bible 'He Loves Me' verses was fulfilled. Actually, I was enjoying the process so much, I lost count while writing, and ended up with over 40 cards. 

Each card is handwritten with one verse and a catch. To make it truly personal, the person's name is inserted into the verse. Sometimes I think we forget the Bible is one giant Love Note written to each of us individually. For this reason, I believe it's incredibly important to personalize the verses as well as write them by hand. I know typing them up might seem quicker or easier, but taking the time...under 2 write by hand exemplifies you care.

~ Love Always, God

And something I didn't expect happened along the way of creating this little love basket of notes. 
As I wrote out cards, I had my own heart-transforming connection with Him. 
I realized again His love, His grace, His peace; and THAT my friends, is priceless.

How have you shown others they are loved?

Happy Friday! 

PS ~ If there is enough interest in the verses I used, I will generate a PDF 'cheat sheet.'
PPS ~ I received the parents' permission before communicating with this child. 

UPDATE:  Here's the 'cheat sheet list of the verses:  Love Always, God

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Happy Sunday! Stand Firm

The Whole Armor of God--

 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.

With its striking imagery, this is one of my favorite verses. Typically, you'll see the verse with a rendering of a Roman soldier. I wanted my children to be inspired by this verse, too; so to make it more impressionable for them, I drew on their Greek heritage to create this WordArt. 

When life gets tough, we remind the kids they are from a long line of tenacious & brave kinsfolk...Spartans. They are related to the '300.' If you are unfamiliar with the history of King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans, click here:  Battle of Thermopylae

We dig in and stand firm. We draw our bravery and strength from God's mighty power. We raise our swords high and rely on Him. 

Do you know your heritage?

Happy Sunday!