Tuesday, February 26, 2008
After loads of car research as to what would be the best fit for me, I have found and secured a car. A 1998 Ford Escort Silver Station Wagon with relatively low mileage, completely refitted and updated, and with a Chrysler warranty. The vehicle will have plenty of room for stowing Edward le'Cello to music lessons, and things such as gardening supplies in the back area. I very much look forward to taking some lovely trips to see my friends and family in the near future. The vehicle is in Kansas City and we hope to pick it up as soon as it can be arranged.
I received this lovely book from my sister for Christmas and just finished reading it last evening. A great read. The book is sprinkled with quotes from great literary authors, gentleman and gentleladies of the centuries. My favorite chapter was the 'thank you letter' one containing spontaneous ideas for thanking others. It's just the sort of book I will pluck from my bookshelf and reference in many years to come. Thank you Rebecca for adding another splendid book to my library. Gracias!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Mum and I just discovered a lovely BBC documentary on youtube.com of the life of Jane Austen. In the youtube.com general search type in "the real jane austen". enjoy!
Photo courtesy www.allposters.com
Title: Jane Austen's House, Chawton, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday evening I created an apron with this lavender tea garden print by Debbie Mumm, and a complementary pale blue/lavendar flower print for the reverse side. I used a regular bibbed apron pattern and put two rows of ribbon at the very bottom on the lavendar side. The ribbon is mint green with lavendar flowers and spaced quite pleasingly . I am not able to upload any pictures from my camara at the present, but I found this photo on ebay.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
On my lunch break now, and boy and am I loving the 1940's patterns on e-bay. And how I want to make some retro clothing this summer. Oh sister of mine can you give me some instruction on pattern adjustment?
Another great vintage web-site is http://www.lanetzliving.net/.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
As I faced my Maker at the last judgment,
I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.
Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles.
An Angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life. But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile.
I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was.
They were filled with giant holes.
Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life.
I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.I glanced around me.
Nobody else had such squares.
Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapesteries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune.
I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.
My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.
Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed,
held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth.
The others rose, each in turn, holding up their tapestries,
So filled their lives had been.My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise.
My gaze dropped to the ground in shame, I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes.
I had love in my life, and laughter.
But there had also been trials of illness, and death, and false accusations that took from me my world as I knew it. I had to start over many times.
I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again.
I spent many nights on my knees in prayer,asking for help and guidance in my life.
I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me. And now, I had to face the truth.
My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.
I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light.
An awe-filled gasp filled the air.
I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.
Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me.
Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ.Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes.
He said, "Everytime you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles.
Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through,
until there was more of Me than there was of you.
My prayer is that all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through.
Author Unknown ~
Time is valuable commodity. I have spent mine on:
- National Technical Honor Society - almost completed
- Writing Thank You Letters for Scholarships
- Finishing Dental Instrument Indentification Assignment - Done!
- Preparing Songs for Church Services
- On Cello, Learning Camille Saint-Saens, "Le Cygne" and a robust Breval piece
- Gathering, and making gifts for future Birthday and Christmas presents.
- Crocheting Scarves. 2 1/2 down. 1 1/2 to go.
- Planning and preparing our Secret Sisters/Pals revealing dinner at Church. An old fashioned one with quilting as the theme. Each table will have a quilt as the tablecloth and plastic covering to protect it. I designed a place mat which includes a quilting crossword puzzle, a quote and pictures. We will play a quilting game, hear a quilting poem and devotional. Thursday, February 6.
- Inviting people to church.
and the list goes on.