Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Thankful Heart & a Flour Sack

I am so thankful for where the Lord has me and Russell, regarding our church! For so many reasons! In particular, I cannot help but give thanks to the Lord for blessing me with the fellowship and influence of this incredible group of women. They seek to glorify Him in even the 'small' things of life, such as in their attitudes toward life's tasks. Through these ladies, God has allowed for sweet and permanent change in my perspective and attitude and thus good and beneficial change in my life!

If you've known me for any time at all, you know that I enjoy working out! Well, you can only do that so much in a day, especially as a burns too much needed energy to push myself too hard all day, every day. I've been praying and seeking a hobby of some kind for about 5 or 6 years, now...something into which I would just absolutely lose myself...and not be able to get enough of it! I used to be that way with studying throughout my school years, but I've not 'found' that 'passion' since. I had not lost hope! :) I was still praying. When we came to RCC, I noticed that most of the ladies/girls :) involved are very talented and crafty. Believing myself to be more of a tomboy, I naturally steered away from their invitations to anything that would awaken talent from within. Little did I know months ago that I was literally RUNNING from God's answer to my years of prayer!! This hit me this Sunday evening, as we were coming home from church! I was so thankful to 'see' this!!

From my recent posts, you can pick up on my new-found hobby and passion for sewing!! I didn't think it could get any better, but I was wrong! :) This passed Saturday, some of the ladies from our church and the Crestwood area got together for a "Craft Day," where we got to 'observe' embroidery and put it to the test for ourselves! After I did my first fun embroidery 'project' that day, I could not wait to do another!

I rummaged through our cabinets and closets and found these great flour sacks, which I knew could be the perfect 'ground work' for embroidery, but I had no idea what design to do! So, I jumped onto the computer and went 'blogging!' :) This friend's site linked me to this particular site and post, which spurred me on to embroider our initials onto the lower right corner of the cloth!

I used a blue pen - what a NEAT invention because it's 'erasable' by merely applying water!!- to draw my letters!I sewed a little each day for the last few days (in between Rhys' naps and even during a class one night! :) I told Russell that I can 'listen' better when I'm sewing, which I've found to be true! Maybe I'm less distracted because I'm not looking around the room? Not sure, but it was fun! :)) And the final product now has a sweet home on the oven handle of our kitchen!A close-up of the embroidery!!

I told Russell tonight that I'm not sure that I'm finished with it. I'd like to add a design of some kind just above our initials, I think. Any ideas, friends?????


Katie said...

No ideas here, but you gots to show me how to embroider now! I have been really consumed in sewing some little outfits for Andrew. Every day Mike comes home from work to find me sewing. He says, "how's my little sweatshop worker?" hee hee!
Anyway, it's fun and it gets easier once you've done the same pattern over and over. So glad you're enjoying your new "womanly" pursuit! Love you!

melissa richie said...

so great! what about little scallops on top and bottom? kinda like these {}, you know? something framing them?

that said, i love the simplicity of it, so i don't think you NEED anything.