Thursday, December 13, 2012

Key fobs

It seems like half of forever since I posted new key fob photos.
Ready?
Pink and green...preppy!

More dotty fun.

Green and pink and same name, but different recipient.
I guess people named Shannon like pink and green?

So very autumn.  Except for the name-
that seems like Christmas.

For a Florida Gators fan.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Useful

A long, long time ago, Mother's Day to be exact, 
I received a toy that I didn't expect to use very often.
I wanted one for travel, but doubted I'd
have much use for it other than that.
The toy was a Kindle Fire.

I carried it in its original box while I figured out what type of protective cover I wanted for it.
My family made fun of me for toting it all over the place in its box,
 but I am a 
Dropper of Expensive Electronic Devices 
and knew better!

I finally decided to make the cover myself since I wanted a nice loud print
that would be easy to find in a travel bag or in the middle of my cluttered desk.

Please excuse the pen marks and coffee stains.  
I use this just about every day, and it shows!

Here it is opened.  Yes, more coffee stains.
Yes, two different fabrics.

 One of the features that I thought I'd use a lot was the stand.  
For some reason I only use it like this on a table when I'm
sewing and reading an E-pattern.  
Well, there was that time I used it at the MUSC cafeteria
while eating by myself, but really, 
it's not something I use as often as I expected.


This is how I use it. 
I haven't taken my Kindle Fire out of its case
since I can charge it or use headphones without removing it.  
And that's a good thing because I AM a 
Dropper of Expensive Electronic Devices!


Friday, November 30, 2012

Thankful

I am thankful for Carolina Ribbons.
Yesterday I mentioned how much I enjoyed watching
my children's reactions when they saw what I had made for them.
Even though my children have grown up, 
I still have that joy of seeing people enjoy my creations
through Carolina Ribbons.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful

I am thankful for fabric, thread, needles, scissors, 
and anything that has to do with sewing.
And ribbon. 
And embroidery.
And a whole room for all of my sewing junk.

I learned to sew when my first child was small.
Because of my husband's long work hours, 
I had plenty of time to make things after the 
children were tucked in bed.
I remember the fun of my daughters awakening in the morning 
to see what progress had been made on the latest creation 
since it usually involved something for them to wear.

I find the whole process of sewing to be very relaxing.
Even deciphering the sewing instructions can be fun- 
almost like working a puzzle.

When I don't have any time to sew, I daydream
about different projects I want to do.
It's happened many a time that I'll be thinking through a project
in my head as I fall asleep, and I end up dreaming about it.

The time spent cutting, stitching, and ironing is perfect
for praying through different situations and for different people.
It seems like the Lord constantly puts people on my mind 
to pray for while my hands are busy.

Even when I have a lot of Carolina Ribbons orders,
or a full schedule that prevents me from sewing, 
I yearn to have a little girl to sew for.
That is my very favorite- making little girl clothing.





Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thankful

I'm thankful for homeschooling.
Our family has been at it since 1993, 
back when everyone wore jumpers and not just homeschoolers.

I have wonderful memories of our whole family being together
on the day when my son took his first steps,
Of my daughter reading her first words in the ER waiting room,
and playing spelling games on the stairs.

I have not so wonderful memories of my failure.
Y'all, homeschooling has been one of the hardest things
I've ever done.  How many times I've begged God for help
because I was sure I was messing up my children.
Or I had handled something poorly.
Or I had lost my temper.

Having the responsibility of educating my children 
 has been a wonderful opportunity to watch God work 
in spite of my weakness.
I can only sit back in wonder when I reflect on His faithfulness.

I feel pretty sure that I have learned more than 
anyone else in our household,
 and the lessons have been far more than reading, writing,
and 'rithmetic.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thankful

I am thankful for my hands.
I was checking them out this morning, and was appalled to find adhesive spray 
from yesterday's projects still on them.
They are scarred from cuts, burns, and the latest allergic reaction to who knows what.
They're wrinkled way beyond my almost forty-seven years.

My hands are probably the most essential tool used to bless my family.
I like to keep them busy.
If I'm riding in the car or listening to something, they must be moving.

They fold laundry, clean toilets, prepare meals,
pat backs, and make useful things.

There is a verse in Proverbs 31 that talks about how the
excellent woman works with her hands in delight.
I can't help but smile when I read it because I get that.

Not long after my last child was born I discovered that any fine
motor motion with my hands brought pain.
I saw doctors,  wore a cast for a couple of months to rest the nerve,
took all sorts of medications,
and hunted all over the South looking for a solution to the problem.
I even had surgery which wasn't any help.

Really, the only thing that helps is moderation.
A little here, and a little there.
No hand-smocking, very little writing at one time,
and being careful with anything repetitive that needs a lot of finger movement.
Things like rubbing backs, folding a hundred tissue paper balls for a daughter's wedding,
or hand-hand sewing needs to be done a little at a time.
Even folding laundry needs to be done a load at a time.
And that's okay.

Sometimes it seems like a thorn in my flesh,
but I will always find ways to keep these wrinkly scarred hands busy!




Monday, November 26, 2012

Thankful

As I was tidying up this morning and giving thanks with a grateful heart,
I kept running into little modern conveniences for which I'm thankful.
So today is part two of modern conveniences.

I'm thankful for toothpaste.
And toothbrushes.
By the way, am I the only weird person who wonders how
effective whatever people used to freshen their breath
was during the time of Jesus' earthly life?
I guess some ponder deep things while I'm down here pondering the practical.

I'm thankful for makeup.
And those who see me probably are too.

I'm thankful for gloves and socks.
And fleece pants, I certainly can't forget those!

I'm thankful for pocket Bibles,
and Bible apps for my phone, Ipod and Kindle.

I'm thankful for apps from Grace To You and Desiring God.

I'm thankful for text messaging.
Did I already say that on another day?
Well, I'm thankful right now, so it's okay.

I'm thankful for email.
I realize that some aren't into electronic mail, but I like the thought of sending
something at my convenience that the recipient can read at their convenience.

I'm thankful for Pandora.

I'm thankful for slipcovers on furniture.
Every time I wash them I'm thankful all over again.

I'm thankful for GPS.
The one in my car is named Mindy, and she can be spiteful.
But I'm still thankful for her.

I'm thankful for the dump. Really.
I believe it has a more politically correct name like landfill or something,
but life would sure be messier and smellier around here without the dump.








Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thankful

Today I'm thankful for modern conveniences.

I was talking to a friend whose husband is currently in Afghanistan.
She and her child are in constant communication with him thanks to
cell phones and computers.
I was reminded of when my dad was stationed overseas,
and the only communication we had was via the US postal service.

Technology benefits my life in so many ways.

Thanks to cell phones and Skype, communication with loved ones
far away is easy and inexpensive.

This morning I drove to church in a reliable car with heat 
and even a seat-heater.

I know that electricity has been around for a long time (to me), 
but I'm super grateful for it. 

And where would I be without Google to answer my grammar questions,
find places on a map, help me find a great recipe using ingredients that I have on hand,
and help me find who has free shipping on a part for my sewing machine and can get it to me asap?

And let's not forget about disposable hygiene products.
I am a huge fan of disposable diapers and other unnamed items.
Don't bother to leave a message about my stewardship to the planet over this;
I'm grateful, and you're not gonna take that away from me.

Other things I'm grateful for:
coffee-makers with timers,
computers,
crock-pots,
indoor plumbing,
books,
modern transportation.
modern medicine....
and the list goes on.



Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thankful

Most mornings, when I wake up I see the marsh.
Even before dawn I can tell if it's high tide by the light of the moon against the water.
Today I'm thankful for my hometown, Beaufort.

I still remember when, as a nine year old living in San Diego, California, 
my dad telling our family that he had orders for a base in Beaufort, SC.
We had to pull out a map to find it.  
Not many Marine Corps families stay in one place as long as my dad was stationed here.
 I consider it a blessing to have grown up here.

It took a while to appreciate the smell of pluff mud, the humidity,
and I'm sure I'll never get used to the sand gnats.

But the beauty of this place!
Anytime I visit another town I can't help but compare it to Beaufort's views.
Some people jokingly call it the "slowcounty" instead of the lowcountry
because of the pace of this small town.
I love the slow pace.
I love that it doesn't look like any other town.
If I go somewhere there's a chance I'll to run into someone I knew thirty years ago.

Whenever I drive over one of the many bridges in town and see the water
and the marsh grass, my heart cannot help but be filled 
with worship to the One who created such beauty.

This is a photo of my son and his dog kayaking in the back yard.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thankful

Yesterday we hosted a house full of family for a feast,
and today I am thankful for extended family.

I married into a wonderful family.
The Normans are kind and welcoming.
And NO DRAMA!
Everyone gets along with everyone else.
I have THE BEST mother-in-law in the world.
Really.
Someday I hope to be as great a mother-in-law as she has been to me.

My own family is pretty great.
This is a football lovin' crew.  
I mean, these people can get excited over a bunch of people running into one another! 
They get all into it, even forking out money to wear the team colors.
You've never heard such yelling at a TV screen!

These people have been such a blessing in my life!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful

Your lovingkindness, O Lord, 
extends to the heavens,
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
                                                                                                 Psalm 36:5


Today is a little overwhelming for me.
Not in the sense that there's so much to do, 
but more about what God has done.
Just in this year alone.

Today I'm thankful for God's faithfulness.
To me.
Just this year.
wow!

This is hard to share because it's so personal.
How many times this year have I been blown away by Him?
I can't even count.

In terms of economics alone,
I have seen God be so faithful.
Since my family's income is pure commission, 
we get to experience "by faith" in ways I don't like to recommend.
The past four years have been rough.
The past three months have been REALLY rough!
Yet, just last night God provided for our physical need 
with some venison which will soon fill our freezer.

God is teaching me to work hard to help take care of our family's needs.
I'm really learning how much I can accomplish when I use my time wisely.
He has provided me with a means of bringing in
 a little bit of income doing something that I love, love, love!

And how many times this year have I sought Him for wisdom, guidance,
 or grace only to find that He abundantly provided just what was needed!


But You, O LORD, are a God 
merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and 
abounding in lovingkindness and truth.
                                                                                     Psalm 86:15


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankful

This morning as I was bustling about getting things done,
I was thankful for the ability to do it myself.
Today I'm thankful that I'm healthy enough to meet the needs of my family.

Toward the end of her life my grandmother was unable to move about and do stuff.
That was so hard for her because she liked to be busy, to clean, and to garden.

As I continued to work this morning my bad knee began to ache.
I know what that means.
It means that I have to use wisdom, Aleve, and my knee brace today, 
tomorrow, and possibly through the weekend.

At first I was a little irritated.
I mean, I was thankful for moving and knew I was going to make it official by blogging about it,
Now knee pain?

Now I am thankful for the reminder that I am fallen.  
And weak.
And I am now thankful for the pain.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful

I'm thankful for the new guys in my life,
my sons-in-law.

Ew.  Son-in-law, what an awful term.
I've heard son-in-love used as an alternative, 
but I'll just stick with the original.
At this moment I'm tempted to Google the term and find out why it was named such and by whom.
But I've only allowed myself a short amount of time to post, 
so I'll turn my attention back to the guys and leave the term behind.

Carson joined our family when he married Lindsay in 2010.
He's from the other side of the USA, so we have work to do in converting him to sweet tea,
shrimp, grits, and humidity.
But if he never converts, we love him as he is. 
He's committed to our Lindsay.
Right after their wedding I found a list Lindsay made while in high school 
of what her future husband should be.
It's amazing how Carson fits so many of those traits.
It's almost like God had something to do with it.


Thomas joined our family this past September.
Even though they've been married a short time, Thomas has
been around much longer.
He and Becca grew up going to the same church together, 
competed against one another in spelling bees, 
went on the same homeschool field trips
(I have photos, and they're awful!)
and were band friends in high school,
then best friends,
then...well, you know what happens next.
He shares Becca's love of music.
He's committed to our Becca.
We love his faithfulness and steadiness.  

It's a wonderful thing to know that your daughter has married someone 
you can trust to take care of her.
Someone who will put her needs first.
Someone who sees his role as her head and accountable to God in how he leads.
My husband and I took seriously the giving our daughters' care to these men.  
Not just anyone would do.

Thank you, Lord, for these wonderful men!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankful

Today I'm thankful for Mondays.
Judging from what others say, I'm pretty sure that I'm in the minority on this.

To me, Monday is like New Year's but on a manageable scale.
There are people who make resolutions and goals at the beginning of the year.
That's what Mondays are for me- a time to get busy accomplishing the goals
that I set for myself on Sunday evening.

If there's a day where I'm going to be faithful to my to-do list 
or wake up on time
or have a "perfect school day"
it's a Monday.

I have a very short attention span,
so I need a planner to visually remind me not to waste time.
I also use my kitchen timer to go off at set intervals to make sure that 
I stay on track.

Mondays keep me on track.

I'm also weird in that I like routine, 
so Monday's are back-to-the routine and get down to business
kind of days.

By Thursday I'm tempted to sleep in, 
and probably have nothing written down on my to-do list.
But Monday, oh glorious Monday,
I'm ready to conquer the world.

Thank You, God, for Mondays!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thankful

Today I'm thankful for laughter.

I love to see the lighter side of things, even in pain.
It's just helpful.

It's one of the things that I love about my husband,
that he can always make me laugh. Even at the wrong time.
Like on our wedding day in front of God and everybody.
It seems a little disrespectful to laugh your way through all of your vows,
but that's just what happened.

Now that I think about it I guess it's not disrespectful if one meant those vows
and said laughter helps to keep them.

I've laughed my way through labor and through laborious situations.
It's just helpful.

I guess Solomon knew what he was talking about when he said that 
a merry heart made a cheerful countenance.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thankful

Today I am thankful for my sisters.

If you know me well enough, then you know that biologically I only have one brother.
My sisters came when I was adopted into God's family, and, Wow!,  do I have a lot of sisters!

The great thing about a large family is that there is always someone to play with and talk to.
((and someone to correct my grammar about ending sentences with a preposition.))

And so it is with my sisters. 
I have sisters that I can share anything on my heart.
I have crafty sisters.
I have catch up once a week sisters.
I have catch up once a quarter sisters, 
and we're just as close as the once a week sisters.
I have praying your heart out sisters- they really are special to me!
I have project sisters.
I have homeschool question sisters.
I have debate-mom sisters.
I have needy sisters that I'm helping with this or that.
I have sisters that I call when I'm needy.
I have sisters that let me borrow their stuff for weddings and other projects.

I love being a sister!
I love sharing my stuff.
I love praying for their needs.
I love helping them.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thankful

Today I'm thankful for women in my life.

First would be my mother.
God bless her, I was not an easy child!  
I was stubborn, rebellious, disrespectful.
Ew!  I know that I wouldn't want to parent such a child.
For some reason, she still loves me. 
I'm most grateful for her years of praying for me.
It's amazing what God will do in answer to a mother's prayers, 
this I know firsthand!

Then there's my grandmother, who is now at home in the Lord.
If only I could measure up to what she thought of me.
She was a Barnabas in my life, so encouraging.
Grandma was also another pray-er.
I'll never forget how grieved she would be at the choices made by those she loved;
her heart was that all of her offspring would live sold-out, obedient lives for Christ.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful

Y'all, life is so hard sometimes.
Sometimes the gratitude just comes spilling out and it's so easy to be thankful.
Then then are other days.

Today I am thankful that I can CHOOSE to be thankful.
In difficult circumstances I have a choice to rejoice always.
I have a choice to give thanks in everything.

I can look at the difficulty, the harshness,
the sin, the seemingly hopeless situation and still rejoice.  

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 became a favorite of mine during a period of difficulty.
I had to look at my circumstances and realize that I had very little control over the situation.
But I could still control my frame of mind.
I made the choice to rejoice in the difficulty.

Each time I'm faced with a situation I'm faced with a choice. 
I pray I always choose to rejoice.


Rejoice always;
pray without ceasing;
in everything give thanks;
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thankful

This morning, at 5:30am, to be exact, I was thankful for caffeine.
 I'm thankful for it every morning because I am not by nature a morning person.

I started drinking coffee in 2003 when I purposed to seek the Lord
early in the morning
every day.

Even on the days when I seek Him in the regular decent time of morning, 
I'm still thankful for caffeine/coffee because I don't fall asleep on Him.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thankful

Today I'm thankful for all of my servants.
I mean really.  
They do so much of my work for me, freeing me up to do fun things like a month of thankful posts.

My favorite servants have to be Samsung W, Samsung D, Oreck and Janome.
Samsung W and D are the newest servants; they live in my laundry room.
I cannot imagine life without them especially ol' W.  
Just the thought of having to do her job by hand makes me shudder!

Oreck has been around for nine years.
Since I have three shedding dogs and a Scott, 
she gets quite the workout around here.
I have brick floors throughout most of the first floor, 
so periodically she needs new parts from all of the wear and tear. 
Yes, working for me is very difficult; I am quite the taskmaster!
The reason I chose Oreck over others is because she gets
an annual tune-up for twenty-one years.

Good, old Janome has been around the longest.  
She lives in my sewing room and has been faithful in her duties.
Lately she's been showing her age, so I have to operate on her occasionally.
Not too long ago I threatened to threw her out of the window, 
which is a great height since she lives on the second floor-
 really three floors up because my house is off the ground.
She started to behave again, so she's still around.

While these are my favorites, there are many, many other servants-
too many to name each one.
There's Conair, Frigidaire, Honda, and, GE.
Actually there are several GE's, and they all do their work in the kitchen.

Oh, and I can't forget sweet Cuisinart!
She's not the fanciest, but she faithfully makes my coffee every morning.

Yes, indeed.
I'm very blessed to have so many girls to make my life a life of ease!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thankful

Every morning I get up and drink a liter of water first thing.
I don't put much thought into it;
I just turn on the turn on the faucet and fill up my jug.
Every day I bathe, flush the toilet, and turn on my faucet with thinking.
Today I'm thankful for running water. 

As an American who has always had clean water in every home that I've lived
 in, it's easy for me to take this basic thing for granted.

Our current home is the first house that I've lived in that uses a well.  
Every month when I pay bills I'm thankful that I don't have to pay for my water.
But if the electricity goes out, we have no running water.
And sometimes a cheap plastic part breaks
(according to my MacGyver-like son), and we have no running water.

Several times this past week I awoke to no water in the faucet.
The solution is always to go out to the pump and smack it.
I really have no idea why this works,
I just do what my MacGyver-like husband told me to do when the water doesn't work.

This morning my husband was the first up and had to deal with no water.  
Apparently the smack didn't work because he took the thing apart and 
discovered that said cheap plastic part was broken.
An early morning trip to the hardware store produced a new cheap plastic part, 
and soon we had running water again.

After getting this far in my story, I can't help but also be thankful
that both my husband and son can fix just about anything.
My MacGyver guys should really be a separate post 
because I'm daily thankful for their resourcefulness, 
but I reckon it can't hurt to be thankful for the same thing more than once.



Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thankful

Last night I went to sleep with a song swirling around in the back of my head.
I awoke this morning singing a different tune. 
Both were worship songs that I'd heard in the car yesterday, 
but this morning I was thankful to have meaningful songs to begin my quiet time.

Today I'm thankful for worship music.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thankful

I am thankful for warmth!

The seat heater in my car that I thought was ridiculous?  
I'm thankful every time it's cold or my lower back is achy.

The electric blanket with dual controls that was last years' Christmas?  
I'm every evening and every morning from the end of October until sometime in March.

Central heat? 
Thank you, Lord!

Warm, fleecy pants?
Yes, ugly as they are, I'm thankful for those as well.

The sun on the back deck?
I'm thankful for that too!

My nice hot mug of coffee?
Oh yeah, I'm so thankful!


Friday, November 9, 2012

Thankful

Today I'm very thankful for limitations.
Yeah, you heard me.  Limits.  Boundaries.  Weakness.

I wasn't always thankful for this.
In fact, every time I come up a against a limitation it's my tendency 
to want to push against it, to be discontent.

But I've learned a few things.
Budgetary limitations give me the opportunity to be creative
all over the place- in my kitchen, in my closet, with my children's education.

Physical limitations force me to be grateful for every breath that I take.
Yes, I'd like to run with no knee pain, but I can walk.
I may wake up and need to stretch before hopping out of bed, 
but I'm awake and alive.

Time limitations give me the opportunity to make the most of my days.
An hour frittered away can never be gained again.

Human limitations....oh my!....the things I've learned.
God's grace is indeed sufficient for every human weakness:
insecurity, weariness, fear, lack of willpower,
no self-control, even my tongue!

Yes, I have learned to rejoice and give thanks for the limitations in my life.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thankful

I am so thankful for Scott!
He is the third child, the baby.
He is also our only boy.

I didn't know that I needed a boy, but I did.
To prepare for his coming, I decided that a mother of a boy should
be able to catch a frog and a lizard without freaking out.
So I set out to do just that.  But I don't do snakes.

Back then he was known as Scottie.
A little redhead who amazed people by the amount of food he could consume.  
He still does!

Scott is the child who was too busy to talk.  He was two and a half before he had anything to say.
He has always preferred to be home than anywhere else.  
He has always preferred non-fiction to fiction.

Scott is one of the most tenderhearted people I know.
He is a servant and selfless.
 He likes to compete with himself, but he will purposely lose to a friend.

At seventeen, he is praying about his future.
So am I.
I don't worry, but I do wonder what God will do with him.

















Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thankful

 Today I'm thankful for Becca.
Her official name is Rebecca, but she has always been Becca.

Becca is in the middle, the friend of everyone.
She was the child who dressed for comfort.
She was the early riser.
She sang before she talked, 
and sang,
and sang, 
and sang when she was little.

Becca wasn't content to sleep with one baby or stuffed animal, 
if there were thrty-nine loved ones in her bed, it was a light night.
All of her babies had unusual names-Special baby, Tiny baby, Christmas baby.

Becca was never one to rush into something.
She got a bicycle with training wheels when she turned four, but wouldn't ride it.
When I asked her why she wouldn't ride her bike she told me that she wasn't ready.
She said she'd be ready when she was five.
It was the same with getting her driver's license.

I learned to pray hard as teenage Becca's mama.  I was concerned about her heart.  
I learned to love her where she was.  
I learned how to keep my mouth shut.  Most of the time.
I spent lots of time in the gospels, learning how Jesus loved.


It took a little time, but I watched God romance Becca's heart.
I watched Him wow her with how personally He loved her.

Becca has such joy!
She loves to serve, especially with little children.

This past September Becca married her best friend, Thomas.
In the video below, you can see her joy.

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I'm so thankful to see what God has done in Becca's life.
I love you, Becca!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thankful

Today I am thankful to be an American!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Thankful

I'm thankful today for Lindsay, my firstborn.

Lindsay. My girly girl.
The child who loved to wear only dresses.
The child who hated to go to bed when she was younger.
The one most like her mother in personality (so sorry, Linds!).
The one who loved words and books almost from birth.
The one who would never dream of talking to strangers.


She's still a girly girl.
Lindsay is still the one who likes to stay up until way in the night or early morning talking.
I love to read what she writes.  
I love to hear what God is doing in her life.

When I'm shopping my closet and looking for something to wear, 
Lindsay is the one whose opinion I most value.
She'll tell me the truth even when I don't want to hear it, 
and not just about my wardrobe!

Lindsay's high school years were full and fun.
We could count on her to plan a birthday party for a friend,
or a movie night, or decorate for whatever holiday or event was next.
Lindsay LOVES the different seasons, especially autumn. 

I've always known that Lindsay wouldn't live close to home.
One of the hardest things ever was to leave her in Washington state with no vehicle.
That was the same month that the economy tanked, 
and there was no suddenly no money to send her to help with tuition and living expenses.
No money for fun little care packages like I'd always planned.
But I watched the Lord teach her that He would be her provider.
He taught her to lean on Him rather than on her parents.

Sometimes Lindsay has made declarations of what she will and won't do.
Then I've watched the Lord surprise her by making it clear that He has very different plans for her.

I love you, Lindsay, and am so proud of the woman you've become!



Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thankful

Today, obviously, is Sunday, my favorite day of the week.
In just a bit I'll be heading to church to join with my brothers and sisters in
Christ to worship Him, to fellowship, to sharpen one another, to serve.

I am so, so thankful for my church!
I was (re)born and raised there. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thankful

I'm so thankful for my Bible!

It brings me comfort and security.
It corrects wrong thought patterns,
It encourages me to keep going, to keep working hard, to not grow weary.

It shows me my sin.
It gives me biographies of others who ran the race well and those who made sinful choices along with the consequences of those actions.

As much as I have grown through spending time in the Word, I just cannot be content with that.
I long to thirst for it more, to have more of it memorized.

The more I spend time in it, the more I want to spend time in it.



Friday, November 2, 2012

Thankful

I'm so very thankful for my husband, David. 
He is kind.
He is funny.
He is such an example of faithfulness to me.Y'all, he's worked for the same company for almost 30 years!
Faithful and steady-
that is who he is. 

I love to hear him tell a story and watch his facial expressions.

 We met when I was seventeen and still in high school, almost thirty years ago.

Faithful and steady-
that is who he is. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thankful

Today is the first day of November.  What?!  Where did the year go?  

What comes to mind when you think of November?  I always think of THANKFUL since it's the month of Thanksgiving.  

I've wanted to do this for years but have decided that THIS is the year that I want to write out those things for which I'm thankful.  This will be my list, so it will differ from what your's might look like.  Some things are obvious, but I'll probably have some that seem a little random.  Other than this first post, my list won't be in order of priority.  I'll probably just go with the first thing that pops in my head.  

The one thing that I'm most thankful for, that I thank God for most often, would be my salvation.  There's a verse in Colossians that says that God delivered me out of the domain of darkness and transferred me into the kingdom of His beloved Son, Jesus. It is Jesus Who has redeemed me and forgiven me.  

I could go on and on about my Savior, but I need to get out of this chair and head of out town very shortly.  I just wanted to share my thankfulness and gratitude for the forgiveness that I have in Jesus.

If you want to know more about this forgiveness, please go here and click on button called, Faithbook.  Or you can email me.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy Birthday!

I have been wanting to make banners for quite a while now, 
so when I received a message requesting a birthday banner, I got right to work.

The request was for a purple and pink banner.  
I made this one into two separate pieces since 
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY"
is rather long.  


Please excuse the quality of the photo.  I finished this late at night 
and delivered it before there was good natural light in my home.  
Perhaps this photo will inspire me to finally paint this room!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pleated Diaper Clutch

I like this one so much that I might have to make one for myself 
to use as a purse!

What do you look for in a purse?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A First

Hey There!
I know, it's been a while; life has been busy.

But to get things rolling again, I'm having a first for Carolina Ribbons- a sale!

Buy four key fobs, get one free!
Buy four bag tags, get one free!

This is a great way to stock up on gifts!


Regular key fobs are $12 each
Round key fobs are $9 each.
Bag tags are $9 each plain.
Personalized bag tags are $12 each.

 I have lots of fabric and thread choices.
Let me know if you like one shown, 
or I'm happy to send photos of fabrics in a desired color.

Please note that each item is handmade in my home, 
so allow 2 to 3 weeks to ship.  

Local deliveries are free!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Diaper clutch

So I had a baby shower invite and needed to make a gift.
I had been wanting to make a diaper clutch
for a while, so here was my opportunity.
But why not make a matching key fob?


And why not add a changing pad?


 This is perfect for a quick trip to the store since it holds a
couple of diapers and wipes as well as the changing pad.

There's still room to a key fob and a phone.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Old faithful

About two and a half years ago I started using my insulated mug.
It's the one on the right.

I soon tired of the brown, so I switched the insert to a lime 
damask with turquoise thread.   

This is my current insert.   
I use this mug every day.  I take it with me when I'm 
traveling.  I can spot it among everyone else's mug.
It keeps my coffee warm and my cold drinks cold.

If you want a mug or just need a new insert, email me.
I've got lots of colors available.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What's new?

What is new? 
Well, I've been making another style of key fob in
addition to my popular rectangular style.
That's not really new since I've had them
posted on my facebook page for almost a year.

I've noticed that some people are letting 
their key fobs get nasty. 
They are washable so that you don't have to go around with a 
dirty, germy key fob, but I get it.
You're busy.  You don't have time to detach your fob and 
throw it in the wash.  I get that.
So, I have decided to help you out.

Introducing....
LAMINATED FABRIC!!!
Laminated cotton can't be washed, 
but it can certainly be wiped clean.
I made this fob to thank a friend who has sent 
A LOT of business my way.

Let's see how long it takes for her to recognize her initials :)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Owl Clippie Keeper

Need an easy way to store your clippies and bows?
Here's a clippie keeper.  

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Headbands

I love to weave ribbon headbands!  
Here are my newest....six ribbons each!


These are available for purchase.  
Email me to order your own colors!

Monday, May 7, 2012

One bird, three ways

I want to share how one birdie design can change with different fabrics.
My daughter picked out the fabrics for the first one;  
she wanted feminine and sweet.


The recipient of the set below used green and purple for her new baby's nursery, 
and this set was ordered in that color scheme.


Since the backpack below was purple and pink, 
I chose the fabrics to coordinate and yet stand out a little.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Sippy cups

The cups below used the same applique design 
and the same font, but with different fabrics.  
I love the red one.  My instructions were to use red, but make it girly.  



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Custom dog collars

 For Zeke

Can you guess which school inspired this dog's name?

 For Penny

This leash and collar set was made from the owner's wool scarf.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Diaper bag tags

If you need a baby gift, consider a customized diaper bag tag.
The one in blue was ordered to match a bag from Thirty-One Gifts
 which is the pattern in the background.


The other side of each tag has a clear vinyl window for pertinent info.