Monday, November 17, 2014

Thankful for the Small Things

I asked for bread and got a stone;
I used the stone to grind the grain
That made the flour to form the bread
That I could not obtain.



Instead of asking Him to give
The things for which we pray,
All that we need to ask from God
Is this: show us the way.
~ James A. Bowman ~

This dear graphic is compliments of Dawn at The Feathered Nest.  I think this is one of my all time favorite graphics and it fits perfectly with this poem.   Here are a few Thanksgiving vintage images for you.  








Have a blessed day my friends.



Saturday, November 1, 2014

All the Blessings of the Year

For all the blessings of the year,
For all the friends we hold so dear,
For peace on earth, both far and near,
We thank Thee, Lord.



For life and health, those common things,
Which every day and hour brings,
For home, where our affection clings,
We thank Thee, Lord.


For love of Thine, which never tires,
Which all our better thought inspires,
And warms our lives with heavenly fires,
We thank Thee, Lord.

For All the Blessings of the Year
Albert Hutchinson, 1913


Have a blessed day friends.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sew a Needle Pulling Thread

compliments of the graphics fairy


Hello friends.  Awhile ago I posted a few pictures of my sewing room **here**.  Some of you asked to see things I had made.  I thought I'd show you some recent projects I've been working on.

One of the things I've made is Bible Bands.  I got the idea from Patter who blogs at Triple the Scraps. You can find her tutorial **here**.

The images below are Bible bands that I've made.  Of course if  you make one for a friend and another friend sees it, guess what?  You make another and another and another.....





I like small quick projects when it comes to sewing.  Another fun thing I started making over the summer is key fobs.  Pictured below is a basket of them I made as favors for my daughter's baby shower.  






Needle books are another thing I started making this year.  They are easy to make and are a nice gift to give.  You could even thread the needles in advance so they are ready to go.   I think this would make a nice gift to give at a bridal shower.  Something always needs to be tucked, pinned or stitched up quick on a wedding day.  



I like to re-purpose things and have made simple tote bags using clothing, shower curtains, pillow shams and placemats to name a few.  I am a bit of a fabric hoarder collector and am the go to girl in my family when a certain color of fabric is needed.





A lot of my sewing inspiration comes from pinterest.  You can see my boards **here**.

I hope you've enjoyed some of my projects.  Have a wonderful weekend.

  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Buried in the Deepest Sea



I went digging into my blog archives and wanted to share one of my favorite posts I've ever written.  At the time I wrote it, I printed it out and set it aside.  Little did I know that following week, I would have a friend in my home who needed this message in a mighty way.  God knew the need in advance, and there it was on my table, ready to share with her.  

Even if you already know this message, please read. . we all have "stuff" we are hanging on to that God has already forgotten.   It may make a difference to you today.  

Here's the link:

Buried in the Deepest Sea


Have a blessed Sunday!

Abby

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Make me a Blessing


So much hurt and troubles held inside so many.

What would it take to lift someone's spirits . . 


a kind word...

a smile...

a forgiving heart? 





This hymn "Make me a Blessing" written in 1909 by Ira Wilson, pretty much sums it up:

Out in the highways and byways of life,
Many
 are weary and sad;
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
Making the sorrowing glad.
 
Make me a blessing, make me a blessing,
Out of my life may Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today.

You can see the full hymn lyrics and more information about the author here:  Make Me a Blessing


And be kind to one another,
tenderhearted,
 forgiving one another,
even as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32 NKJV


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Our Ultimate Hope




HOPE ~ To look forward to with confidence or expectation according to the dictionary.

It’s also one of the most common inspirational words we see. It’s lettered on rocks, featured in wall art, and I've even seen a face cream that is called Hope.

Beyond the commonness, it’s a word people cling to that are in chronic pain, that have cancer, that are in desperate financial circumstances, and the countless other tragedies that come into our lives. I heard in the news, a victimized woman held captive said – “I never let hope disappear”. 


As Christians, our ultimate hope is not in this present life, but in the world unseen, our final destination of Heaven. If we choose to “hope in the Lord” as this scripture says, He will give us the strength to get through it, no matter our situation.

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, 
all ye that hope in the Lord. 
Psalm 31:24


The WORDart I used to make this graphic was designed by Karen at Papercraftmemories.  I am closing comments today.  Have a blessed Sunday my friends.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Contentment

Are you truly contented?   I am more contented than I used to be, and have a peace about it, that I haven't always had.  I know that God has a plan for my life, and it's easier to just leave the details to Him.  Contentment is an attitude of joy and peace, despite our circumstances.

Contentment according to Websters 1828 Dictionary is this:
Content; a resting or satisfaction of mind without disquiet




I have learned
in whatsoever state I am,
therewith to be content.
Philippians 4:11



Have a blessed day my friends.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

No Worries

Are you a worrier?   I sure have wasted a lot of time worrying over the years. There's an expression I've heard - Don't worry about tomorrow, God's already there!!  Even better, God promises us this in His word.  Amen to that sisters!   Have a blessed day.  ~ Abby


Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry, about itself.

Matthew 6:34a

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Faith Conquers Fear

God is bigger than your problems. 
Whatever worries press upon you today, 
put them in God's hands and leave them there. 
~ Billy Graham ~



For I am the LORD, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
 Do not fear; I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13




Have a blessed day my friends.



Friday, September 19, 2014

Little Birdie Sewing Room

 My husband and I live in the church parsonage, beside the church that he pastors.  One of the rooms is where I sew, and keep my stash of craft supplies, surplus paper, and oodles of fabric and items ready to be re-purposed.  This is a view of our church from one of the windows in my sewing room.





I don't know if you've ever heard of Where Bloggers Create, but that is not what you will be seeing here.  I bet you'd love a detailed tour of all the nooks and crannies of this vast room, but you'll have to settle for a few zoomed in shots of what it's like.  First I'd like to introduce you to my plain Jane Singer sewing machine.   It does have some fancy embroidery stitches which I like to utilize.

The cotton cloth covering the table which hosts my machine, makes me happy.  I love the combo of pink and red flowers.  I didn't have to think twice to part with the .25 cents this little gem cost me.  




Next, is pictured a chest of small drawers that my husband made for me.  I keep it to the left of my sewing machine where all my various notions are available.  On the top of the drawers is a fabric flower in a vase that my friend Stephanie made for me.   My mother gave me the glass bird, and the small apple bowl is the smallest bowl from a collection of 6 that I have.  Inside the bowl is a needle case I bought from Dawn at The Feathered Nest.   If you'd like to see where Dawn creates, you can check it out **here**.  Be prepared to be inspired.   



Here are a few pictures of my stash.



A small stack of some of my favorite fabrics



Vintage Sheets

A bin of vintage lace

close up of vintage lace goodness

oodles of vintage buttons



Assorted trims & seam bindings



close up of trims

assorted books about sewing and more

I learned to sew when I was 11 years old, and it's always been something I've enjoyed doing.  My very first blog post written about 4 years ago was about sewing.  You can find it **here**.    Many thanks for visiting here today.

Blessings to you dear ones.

This post is linked to:  The Art of Home-making Mondays