Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy {late} Thanksgiving!

This year we spent our Thanksgiving holiday in Williamsburg, VA. The weather on Thanksgiving day was lovely as we walked from one end of Colonial Williamsburg to the other, and back again!

I hope you all had a most pleasant holiday!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Take My Life and Let It Be

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold:
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Ev'ry pow'r as Thou shalt choose.
Ev'ry pow'r as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself, and I will be,
Ever, only, all for Thee.
Ever, only, all for Thee.

Frances R. Havergal, 1874
Painting: At the Shrine, John William Waterhouse

I hope everyone had a beautiful Lord's Day!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Autumn Flowers

Pattern: Charming Handbag
Bend-the-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol

Materials: My Stash

Friday, November 27, 2009

Cranberry Thumb Cookies

Cranberry Thumbprints
{from Martha Stewart Living}


1 cup flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 t salt
1 stick butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 t vanilla
1 egg


1) Preheat the oven to 350. Mix dry ingredients. Combine butter and 1/4 cup sugar.
2) Add the vanilla and egg yolk to butter mixture, combine. Gradually add the dry.
3) Roll dough into balls, roll in egg white and then remaining sugar.
4) Place balls on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and press thumb into the middle of each cookie. Bake 15 minutes.
5) When done, fill the hole with jam or jelly of your choice.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Another Pair

{for lynnie, i hope you like them}

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Christmas Camp 2009 - Project Three

This is the pillow I made as an example for camp. It had been a while since I had done anything piping-like so I would appreciate it if you didn't look too closely.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sugar Cookies


2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.

2) In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Blend in the dry ingredients. Roll out dough and cut into circles. Place on cookie sheet.

3) Bake eight to ten minutes, or until golden. Let cool on wire racks.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Christmas Sewing Camp 2009 - Friday

On Friday the girl's made aprons using this pattern.

It was such a fun week! Thank you all for being such wonderful students and thank you Lillian for helping me teach on Friday!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Christmas Sewing Camp 2009 - Thursday

On Thursday we made the Buttercup Bag. Everyone did a great job and all of the little purses turned out beautifully!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I just thought I would share a new blog with you tonight. Earlier today it was brought to my attention that Salley Mavor, one of my favorite designers, has begun an online journal. And if you do absolutely nothing else you must have a look at this post. Isn't that project simply amazing?!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas Sewing Camp 2009 - Wednesday

On Wednesday night the girls made pillows. Everyone tried something different. Cording, applique, buttons and yo-yo's were all present.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

If I find within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
~ C. S. Lewis

Miranda - The Tempest; John William Waterhouse; 1916

Monday, November 16, 2009

Cowgirl Up

This skirt was so much fun to make! And (even better!) everything, yes everything, I used to make it came out of my stash!

Pattern: Natural Cotton Skirt from
Carefree Clothes for Girls

Fabric: Happy Trails by Two Friends

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Christmas Sewing Camp 2009 - Tuesday

The girls had fun making their pants. I really can't believe that I have yet to make this pattern for myself!

Christmas Camp 2009 - Project Two

Ribbon Candy Ornament

Pajama Pants ~
Pattern: McCall's 5510
Fabric: Anna Griffin
Ribbon: Micheal's

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Sewing camp is officially over.

Life is back to normal.


I have so much to do it's not even funny.


Take a deep breath.

Plunge in.

"Be still, and know that I am GOD:
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
-Psalm 46:10

Friday, November 13, 2009

Enter: The Queen of Bagdom

Right ~
Pattern: Frenchy Bags by Amy Butler
Fabric: August Fields by Amy Butler

Center ~
Pattern: Buttercup Bags by Made by Rae
Fabric: Anna Griffin

Left ~
Pattern: Frenchy Bags by Amy Butler (Altered)
Fabric: August Fields by Amy Butler
Pin: Yard Sale

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Another Tag

I found this one on Ribbons of Light and thought it looked like great fun! Enjoy!

List twelve fictional characters that you love from any fandom, and then answer the following questions.

1. Samwise Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings)

2. Jane Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)

3. Mr. Knightly (Emma)

4. Lucy Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia)

5. Kate Nickelby (Nicholas Nickelby)

6. Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre)

7. Elinor Dashood (Sense and Sensibility)

8. Arwen (The Lord of the Rings)

9. Mr. Carter (Cranford)

10. Mr. Thornton (North and South)

11. Captain Jack Aubrey (Master and Commander)

12. Hazel (Watership Down)

1. Who would make a better college professor, 6 (Jane Eyre) or 11 (Cap. Aubrey)?

- Hmm… I think I’m going to say Jane. I think the Cap. could be one too but I don’t think he would enjoy it.

2. 12 (Hazel) sends 8 (Arwen) out on a mission. What is it? Does it succeed?

- Oh, dear. Umm… well, maybe he needs to communicate with the farm. I’m sure Arwen could speak rabbit and I would say that whatever the mission was it succeeded.

3. What is or would be 9's (Mr. Carter) favorite book?

- Probably something by Dickens, but don’t tell Miss Deborah that!

4. For some reason, 5 (Kate) is looking for a roommate. Should (s)he share a studio apartment with 9 (Mr. Carter) or 10 (Mr. Thornton)?

- I don’t think she would like either of them!

5. 2 (Jane Bennet) , 7 (Elinor), and 12 (Hazel) have dinner together. Where do they go, and what do they discuss?

- Oh, they would get along well! I think they would go Chick-fil-la and they discuss what it’s like to be in charge and how it feels to finally get exactly what you want in life.

6. 3 (Mr. Knightley) challenges 10 (Mr. Thronton) to a duel. What happens?

- Hmm… that wouldn’t be pretty! They both are calm most of the time but they also both have a temper! I think they would resolve things in the end though.

7. If 1 (Sam) stole 8's (Arwen) most precious possession, how would she/he get it back?

- I wonder how a hobbit would go about stealing an expert ranger? Hmm… I’ll have to think about that one.

8. Suggest a title for a story in which 7 (Elinor) and 12 (Hazel) both attain what they most desire.

- “Peace, Plenty and the Joys of Raising Chickens”

9. What kind of plot device would you use if you wanted 4 (Lucy) and 1 (Sam) to work together?

- They would do pretty well working together. Lucy would like the hobbits!

10. If 7 (Elinor) visited you for the weekend, how would you get along?

- Perfectly!

11. If you could command 3 (Mr. Knightley) to perform any one task or service for you, what would it be?

- I really don’t know. A few archery lessons might be fun : ).

12. Does anyone on your friends list write or draw 11 (Cap. Aubrey)?

- I highly doubt it.

13. If 2 (Jane Bennet) had to choose sides between 4 (Lucy) and 5 (Kate), which would it be? - Oh, that’s a hard one! I’m going to say… Kate. She doesn’t have much help and Lucy does.

14. What might 10 (Mr. Thornton) shout while charging into battle?

- Ahhhh… how about “This is for my mother!”

15. If you chose a song to represent 8 (Arwen) , which song would you choose?

- Well “Arwen’s Song” of course! (It’s “The Houses of Healing” on the play list)

16. 1 (Sam), 6 (Sam), and 12 (Hazel) are having dim sum at a Chinese restaurant. There is only one scallion pancake left, and they all reach for it at the same time. Who gets to eat it?

- Sam of course!

17. What would 5 (Kate) most likely be arrested for?

- Aiding and abetting a kidnapper.

18. What is 6's (Jane Eyre) secret?

- Well that’s easy! She’s in love with Mr. Rochester.

19. If 11 (Cap. Aubrey) and 9 (Mr. Carter) were racing to a destination, who would get there first?

- Probably the Captain.

20. If you had to walk home through a bad neighborhood late at night, would you feel safer in the company of 7 (Elinor) or 8 (Arwen)?

- Arwen, provided she brought her sword.

21. 1 (Sam) and 9 (Mr. Carter) reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by 4's (Lucy) sinister secret organization. 11 (Cap. Aubrey) volunteers to help them, but it is later discovered that s/he is actually a spy for 4 (Lucy). Meanwhile, 4 (Lucy) has kidnapped 12 (Hazel) in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of 5 (Kate), they seek out 3 (Mr. Knightley), who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this story?

- Strange! Not sure what kind of sinister plan Lucy would come up with!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

That was easy!

I have about ten minutes to write a post, there are no good pictures already on the computer and I have no idea what to write about! Fortunately, I have been tagged! Thanks for helping me out of a blogging jam, Mylena!

1. I saw a movie in the theater last week (which is a rarity!).
2. I almost always have someone in my lap while I'm on the computer (right now it's Olivia).
3. I have worn something that I've made every day this week (I used to never do that!)
4. I wore my thrift store pea coat today for the first time (see this post).
5. This blog is one year, one month and eleven days old.
6. I like drinking very strong teas.
7. My internet homepage is currently Anthropologie.

Now, I will give this award to:
Elinor and Marianne Dashwood

Thanks again Mylena! I will (hopefully) see you all tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Christmas Sewing Camp 2009 - Monday

Last night was the beginning of camp! I had two students plus two more who had signed up for a different day but something came up so they came last night instead.

We had so much fun! I am looking forward to tonight's class!