"She seeks wool & flax, And works willingly with her hands" ~ Proverbs 31:13

October 31, 2011

Halloween Treat

I thought in honor of Halloween I'd share a blast from the past. Many years ago, when I was still a single mom and as poor as a church mouse, I made the most adorable Pooh Bear and Tigger costumes for my boys.

We started with 2 yellow sweat suites, 1 red T-shirt, 1/4 yard of tiger fabric and a paper pot. Andrew's Sweatshirt was 1 size too big, which gave me room to add a piece of muslin to the tummy and stuff it for that adorable tummy. The honey pot was made from one of those paper pots you can get at Michael's and then we added layers of paper mache to give it right shape and served as his candy collection pot. Some acrylic paint gave the pot the dripping honey look inside and out. We can't forget Pooh's Shirt, we cut off the bottom of a regular T-shirt and used fabric puff paint for his name across the front.

For Michael's Tigger costume we started by dying a yellow sweat suit with red die until it was the right shade of orange. The 1/4 yard of orange tiger print was used to create a tail. Then yellow fabric paint for his tummy and black felt strips for Tigger's stripes were glued to the outfit. 

I'm really not much into Halloween and really don't care for the darker side of it all, but this was a Halloween that we all greatly enjoyed!!

October 30, 2011

Sneak Peak Sunday

This is a quilt which I have absolutely loved working on (I may have said this about every quilt I've done). The Colors are so bright and happy and fit the recipient to a "T"!  The pattern and directions for this quilt came from the  July/August Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting.  Their pattern was called Aromatherapy, but I've dubbed my version, "Birthday Surprise" in honor of the gift it represents. I'm working on the finishing touches now and can hardly wait to reveal the entire quilt, it's just so pretty.

October 27, 2011

Beginning Again

Since my High School days, I've dreamed of owning and operating a custom sewing shop. Many years ago that dream came to fruition, but only for a short time. My first shop was known as, "Stitches Unlimited by Marcia Ann" and for the first time I experienced a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in what I was doing. I loved sewing for others and taking on new projects.

It was a bit of a short lived dream fulfillment, as the Lord lead my life in other directions. While I did continue to sew for my family's needs and from time to time for others, there was no longer a shop. My full-time job was focusing on homeschooling our boys.

Looking back on all this, it was definitely a providential change. Over the years I've realized that I tend to be an all or nothing type of gal, throwing myself so fully into the project I'm currently most passionate about  that I neglect almost everything else around me. Thankfully, with this realization I have gotten much better at time management and can now carve out the time needed to do what has to be done.  All those years ago, if I had continued to run a custom sewing shop, while at the same time homeschooling our boys, either the shop or the boys would have suffered. Neither of which was a good option. Thankfully when me moved to the Kansas City area, after much prayer the Lord lead me to the very specific choice of not re-opening the shop.

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