Sunday, October 26, 2014

Buried in the Deepest Sea



I went digging into my blog archives and wanted to share one of my favorite posts I've ever written.  At the time I wrote it, I printed it out and set it aside.  Little did I know that following week, I would have a friend in my home who needed this message in a mighty way.  God knew the need in advance, and there it was on my table, ready to share with her.  

Even if you already know this message, please read. . we all have "stuff" we are hanging on to that God has already forgotten.   It may make a difference to you today.  

Here's the link:

Buried in the Deepest Sea


Have a blessed Sunday!

Abby

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Make me a Blessing


So much hurt and troubles held inside so many.

What would it take to lift someone's spirits . . 


a kind word...

a smile...

a forgiving heart? 





This hymn "Make me a Blessing" written in 1909 by Ira Wilson, pretty much sums it up:

Out in the highways and byways of life,
Many
 are weary and sad;
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
Making the sorrowing glad.
 
Make me a blessing, make me a blessing,
Out of my life may Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today.

You can see the full hymn lyrics and more information about the author here:  Make Me a Blessing


And be kind to one another,
tenderhearted,
 forgiving one another,
even as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32 NKJV


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Our Ultimate Hope




HOPE ~ To look forward to with confidence or expectation according to the dictionary.

It’s also one of the most common inspirational words we see. It’s lettered on rocks, featured in wall art, and I've even seen a face cream that is called Hope.

Beyond the commonness, it’s a word people cling to that are in chronic pain, that have cancer, that are in desperate financial circumstances, and the countless other tragedies that come into our lives. I heard in the news, a victimized woman held captive said – “I never let hope disappear”. 


As Christians, our ultimate hope is not in this present life, but in the world unseen, our final destination of Heaven. If we choose to “hope in the Lord” as this scripture says, He will give us the strength to get through it, no matter our situation.

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, 
all ye that hope in the Lord. 
Psalm 31:24


The WORDart I used to make this graphic was designed by Karen at Papercraftmemories.  I am closing comments today.  Have a blessed Sunday my friends.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Contentment

Are you truly contented?   I am more contented than I used to be, and have a peace about it, that I haven't always had.  I know that God has a plan for my life, and it's easier to just leave the details to Him.  Contentment is an attitude of joy and peace, despite our circumstances.

Contentment according to Websters 1828 Dictionary is this:
Content; a resting or satisfaction of mind without disquiet




I have learned
in whatsoever state I am,
therewith to be content.
Philippians 4:11



Have a blessed day my friends.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

No Worries

Are you a worrier?   I sure have wasted a lot of time worrying over the years. There's an expression I've heard - Don't worry about tomorrow, God's already there!!  Even better, God promises us this in His word.  Amen to that sisters!   Have a blessed day.  ~ Abby


Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry, about itself.

Matthew 6:34a

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Faith Conquers Fear

God is bigger than your problems. 
Whatever worries press upon you today, 
put them in God's hands and leave them there. 
~ Billy Graham ~



For I am the LORD, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
 Do not fear; I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13




Have a blessed day my friends.



Friday, September 19, 2014

Little Birdie Sewing Room

 My husband and I live in the church parsonage, beside the church that he pastors.  One of the rooms is where I sew, and keep my stash of craft supplies, surplus paper, and oodles of fabric and items ready to be re-purposed.  This is a view of our church from one of the windows in my sewing room.





I don't know if you've ever heard of Where Bloggers Create, but that is not what you will be seeing here.  I bet you'd love a detailed tour of all the nooks and crannies of this vast room, but you'll have to settle for a few zoomed in shots of what it's like.  First I'd like to introduce you to my plain Jane Singer sewing machine.   It does have some fancy embroidery stitches which I like to utilize.

The cotton cloth covering the table which hosts my machine, makes me happy.  I love the combo of pink and red flowers.  I didn't have to think twice to part with the .25 cents this little gem cost me.  




Next, is pictured a chest of small drawers that my husband made for me.  I keep it to the left of my sewing machine where all my various notions are available.  On the top of the drawers is a fabric flower in a vase that my friend Stephanie made for me.   My mother gave me the glass bird, and the small apple bowl is the smallest bowl from a collection of 6 that I have.  Inside the bowl is a needle case I bought from Dawn at The Feathered Nest.   If you'd like to see where Dawn creates, you can check it out **here**.  Be prepared to be inspired.   



Here are a few pictures of my stash.



A small stack of some of my favorite fabrics



Vintage Sheets

A bin of vintage lace

close up of vintage lace goodness

oodles of vintage buttons



Assorted trims & seam bindings



close up of trims

assorted books about sewing and more

I learned to sew when I was 11 years old, and it's always been something I've enjoyed doing.  My very first blog post written about 4 years ago was about sewing.  You can find it **here**.    Many thanks for visiting here today.

Blessings to you dear ones.

This post is linked to:  The Art of Home-making Mondays


Monday, September 8, 2014

Gratitude Quote & Free Vintage Dog Graphic

Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God,
and it is one that the poorest of us can make
and be not poorer but richer for having made it. 
~ A.W. Tozer ~


Have a blessed Monday my friends.



Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Scripture



This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope.
Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:21-23





Have a blessed Sunday dear ones.  Comments are closed today.  Thank you.  



Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sharing Gifts

When people take the time and care
to make the presents they give,
they put into the gifts not only the materials needed,
  
but also a part of themselves.

~ Tasha Tudor ~
Dainty detailed pincushion made for me by Vee



Do you make things?  Do you like to give?  My sister Elizabeth makes beautiful quilts and gives them as gifts. My sister Debbie makes elaborate doll clothes and dresses for her granddaughter.  My mother I'm sure has lost count of all the dresses she made for us over the years.  My daughter Bethany makes beautiful bird's nest pendants to give as gifts.  My step-daughter Erin is a designer and recently has been making stuffed animals to give to all the new babies in our family.  

I enjoy sewing and other forms of crafting.  I take great pleasure in giving away the things I make.  I recently received handmade gifts from some blogging friends and would like to share them with you.
My friend Vee who blogs at A Haven for Vee (currently on a blogging vacation), made the delightful blue pincushion for me, shown above.  I love the tiny star doily (handmade by her), and the little teacup button in the middle.  She also made the lovely tea towels, shown below.  If you look closely, the tan towel has a row of various fabrics sewn together to make a strip.  I say delightful!!!  Thank you dear Vee.  I appreciate your friendship and your thoughtful gifts.  




If you'd like to peek at a gift I sent Vee, you can check it out **here**
Vee has various sewing posts and tutorials on her blog.  You can find them **here**.   Vee is on a blogging vacation, I do miss her and hope she comes back soon (no pressure Vee, enjoy your rest).


The Enchanting Rose


My blogging friend Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose, made me these delightful pillows shown above.  I love all the details, especially the bird's wing which was up-cycled from a doily.  If you'd like to see how she made them, you can visit Stephanie **here**.  Stephanie has a lot of sewing tutorials on her blog as well.  Thank you sweet Stephanie.

Both of these dear ladies have a gift for not only sewing, but putting their heart into the gifts they are making.  They are also gifted with putting fabrics and accessories together, making the perfect project in a type of collage format.

If you sew, knit, crochet, bake, paint ... whatever it is you do, we each have our own unique style.  Never be afraid to give something you've made to another for fear of it not being good enough.


Altered Art Plate by Melissa @ Piney Rose Designs



The vintage altered art plate, shown above was made for me by my friend Melissa at Piney Rose Designs.  I just love all the little details she put into it.  The lace trim, music background, roses, scripture, and the beautiful woman.  One of Melissa's projects was recently featured at The Graphics Fairy.  You can find it **here**.  Thank you Melissa and congratulations on being featured so prominently.  


The photo above is the view of our church from my sewing room.  I think it's a delightful view and I feel very blessed to have such a lovely space.  More on that later.  

Happiness doesn't result from what we get,
but from what we give. 
Dr. Ben Carson


Thank you ladies for your generosity.  It warms my heart.  Blessings to all of you on this September weekend.