peace of my mind

peace I leave you; my peace I give you… Jn.14:27

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Wonky Stars and Trees

I did a little selfish sewing in November. This tree skirt was for me. I’ve wanted to make it for several years.  It’s from a Sew Mama Sew series called Christmas in July.  I learned July is probably the best time of year to work on something like this…when Dec 25 isn’t barreling down your back.
Tree Skirt Front

At any rate, it was finished the week we set our tree up and it’s now packed carefully away in our Christmas boxes.  It will be a treat to pull it out and use it again next year.

Wonky Trees and Stars

I love that it cost me next to nothing.  All of the fabric and batting was from my stash as well as scraps from other projects.  I can truly appreciate what sewing has to offer when I can essentially make something from nothing.  Very satisfying!

Tree Skirt Back


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The Travel Duffel

The most enjoyable sewing I did all season was from this amazing pattern by Studio Cherie. Her Travel Duffel comes together so nicely and choosing fabric is especially fun because  the possibilities seem endless.  You can hardly go wrong!
Stipe and Chocolate Polkas

The reason I enjoyed sewing them most though, was because they were for two very special ladies…our moms.  This one was for my mother in law.


And this one was for my mom.


I hope they escort them on lots of weekend getaways and fun adventures.  They were made with lots of love!

Paisley and Polkas

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Holiday Sewing

I don’t think I got to bed much before 1 am a single night in Dec. My basement crafting corner was turned into an a sweatshop and cyclone all in one. Now that the aftermath has been sorted and put back together again, here are a few photos of what came from it all.

This free, online pattern for a drop waist dress fits an American Girl Doll.  Both the pink calico and Christmas dresses were from that pattern and the apple nightgown is modified from it.  There is a little corduroys skirt and head cover and a tiny apron.

AG Doll Clothes

I modified Noodlehead’s cargo messenger bag to make a diaper bag for all these goodies and then Grandma added some special catalog outfits too.   It was a favorite gift for a certain 7 year old.

DSCF6079 Diaper Bag for Mia

For our little purple girl who cannot seem to have enough shoes or purses, was–from Noodlehead again, the gathered clutch. I didn’t get it quite right and though I have made another once since, I think the third time will prove to be the charm.  It’s a tad difficult to follow at points and I credit my late night brain drain for not cutting the mustard.  This really would be the perfect pattern for a mother’s day gift.  It’s cute!  But my botched one works just fine for a soon-to-be three year old.


My daughters seem to have a bag thing starting…just like their mother.  More bags to come tomorrow.

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Loose Ends

I’m still hanging in here working at consistency and completion and nutritive living. It’s hard to keep using my time for the better all day long. I confess wanting little, mindless rewards and quick bites of “other” places because they take me away from the workload and pressures at hand. They distract me from the real people right before me. So as I work at it, I find indeed, it will not be changed in an instant but will require persistence and God’s grace.

Here is one little project I’ve been putting off too long– a gift for a friend’s new daughter and new home. I finished them early this week and actually mailed them today! along with a letter.  That feels good.


This week my focus seems to be on catching up on friendships that have been left to simmer too long. I don’t want my neglect to help them grow cold.

Zoe smock

This pattern is a reversible, happy smocket from Mayfly.  I love little girls in this with a pair of jeans or black leggins and a white t-shirt underneath. It has 3 adjustable sizes in the straps so it grows with them.  Britta wore her’s about a year which is pretty remarkable for a rapidly growing child.  The pictures aren’t great because I took them with my phone.

Grocery bag holder

This charm square grocery bag holder is a fun sew.  With 4 of them going out the door to great friends, I’m hoping to get one done for my own pantry soon.

And now I truly am on my way to call my old, college roommate.  Loose ends, ya know.

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Scrappy Quilt

SMS Charm Square Quilt

This is a terrible photo.  I was hoping to get better ones, but this is all I managed.  It is from the Charm Square Quilt tutorial from Scrapbuster Month at Sew Mama Sew.  It sewed up very quickly.  I made several attempts at free-motion quilting, but it looked just awful, in truth.  So I reverted to the basic lines.  This was for my brand new nephew whom I just had the honor of meeting last weekend.  What a sweetheart!

I’m putting together my making list for Christmas and hope to post it later this week.  There are some great ideas out there and  many are coming from Handmade Holidays–can you tell how much I love that blog!

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As we begin to turn inward for the winter months, with all that early darkness and wanting to be in bed by 7pm, I am reminded of the tricks of the season that help get me through. Knitting, handwork, reading, cooking….more time for the slower paced things in life.

Ty has a book report due next week. In efforts to help him catch the flame for reading, we often trade off chapters and work through a book together. This has required me to settle in for hours throughout the week with him…something I mostly am glad to do, but the challenge is for me to sit still that long. I find if I put a project in my hands though, it’s no problem at all.


Here is a cute embroidery pattern from, which I can no longer find on her blog, but if you make the trip over there, you are bound to find something adorable to inspire you.  Embroidering is something I am learning as I go.  This little help from Sew Mama Sew has been exactly that.  I’m a fan of the backstitch.

Fall Embroidery

I’m excited to have finished this one for my niece whose middle name is Autumn.  I’m either going to frame it or make a pillow of it.  Her face was redone three times, but other than that these stitches represent a relaxed evening or two in.

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Looking Matronly

These fabrics caught my eye in the spring and were headed straight to the emmaline apron which I have admired for quite some time now.  I did find some modified versions online in a search just now which weren’t reversible and therefore a bit more cost effective than this 2-sided version.


I had half a mind to donate this apron to our school’s spring auction, but once I finished it I couldn’t part with it.   On the other hand, I thought it would be cute to wear in public with capri jeans and mules.  But I suppose the best option was the way it all ended up….over top a growing baby bump. Kinda makes a girl want to nest.

Apron plus baby bump

Just a formal announcement to baby seven’s pending arrival.  I’m not sure I’ve ever felt less myself than I did during those early days of this pregnancy.  But what grace to be back to myself once those early months broke.   We’re all looking forward to this new babe!   And one thing I’ll never grow tired of is hearing the first heartbeat and feeling the swish of my growing babies.  It’s still amazing!

Apron: bun in oven