Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Most of you know that I am preparing to serve in Zambia for a year as the librarian at African Christian University.  In preparation, I started another blog.  I have decided that I will only be posting on the new blog.  If you would like to continue to follow my adventures, please go over to my new blog:
Going Beyond the Ordinary.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Project Quilt: Completed

The dresses were lovely, but the life had been worn out of them. 

I was cleaning my closet out last winter (a yearly ritual) and came across several dresses that my grandmother made for me.  Time had faded them and stains were visible here and there.  I knew how much effort Grammy had put into making these dresses, but they really were not fit for anyone to wear anymore. 

What to do.  What to do.

I thought about it for awhile and decided that I should upcycle them.  What should I make?  I finally settled on making a quilt.

In June, I raided my grandmothers fabric cupboard for leftover scraps from various outfits.  Then September came around and I was able to plan weekly sewing dates with a lady from my church who has a lovely sewing room.  Slowly the quilt began to take shape.  First I cut the pieces.  Then I sewed the top together.  After that I cut the decorative arcs.  The next step was to pin all the layers together and start "quilting" it.  I sat at the sewing machine for several days zigging and zagging back and forth.  Finally... I finished the project just in time to take it with me to show my grandmother.

Grammy, Thank you for starting this project years ago.

This picture shows the progression of the quilt.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Giving Joy

"...for my eyes have seen your salvation
that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
Luke 2:30-32 ESV 
For the past several years, I have desired to do something more at Christmas time.  The Christmas season approaches and I think, "I need to do something to give" and then my life gets "busy" and I don't really do anything.  This year, God placed an opportunity right in my lap.  A nursing home in my area has a weekly church service on Wednesdays that several of the local churches rotate through.  This year, my church was scheduled for December 25.  When my pastor announced the opportunity to help out, I jumped on board.  So today, for about an hour and a half my sister, E, and I joined about 20 or so people from our church to visit, sing carols, and present God's love to those who cannot join their families on this day.  This is a tradition that I would like to continue.

Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Today I did something I've never done before...

I went to see a movie on Christmas Eve!  My brother, J, and I went to see "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" today.  It was a pretty good movie and it was fun to sit and watch it with my bro.

Did you start any new traditions this year?  Are you planning on doing them another year?

Merry Christmas Eve!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas is coming... Safari Animals

This post wraps up the Quiet Book series.  Hope you enjoyed seeing all the pages.

This page was not part of my original plans for the book, but when I asked my sister what farm animals my niece A likes (for this PAGE) she said that A really likes wild animals especially hippos, monkeys, and giraffes.  So the hunt for an idea for an animal page began.  The idea was hatched when I saw this BLOG POST.  For more history on this page, see this POST.

To make this page, I first traced out the animal outlines on paper and then transferred them to felt.  I sewed the bodies onto the background with a sewing machine. I stitched in the details on the face by hand making sure to include the snap on the back.  For the hippo, giraffe, and monkey, I sewed the snap behind an eye.  For the lion, I sewed the snap onto the back of the mane and then sewed the face to the mane.  I made sure the snap on the back of the head and the snap on the page lined up.  Now you can switch the animal's heads around.  
Having fun switching the heads around.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas is coming... Mailbox

My niece, like most children, enjoys practicing writing like her parents and the other big people in her life.  On this page, she can scribble in a notebook and then "mail" her letters in the mail box. Go HERE for a template for the mailbox (My few attempts at sketching a mailbox were all fails as I cannot draw perspective very well).

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas is coming... Weaving

No quiet book would be complete without a weaving page.  A lattice top pie is a delicious way to practice weaving.  To make this page, I traced a bowl to make the circle of the pie.  After that I just cut out wavy lattice pieces.  I sewed around the edge of the pie with a zigzag stitch making sure all the layers were coming together.  I did not use any adhesive to hold the layers together, but it was not too difficult to keep the layers from moving by using a few pins.  If any of the lattice pieces were too long, I trimmed the ends after sewing it together.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas is coming...It's all about the shoes

When I was younger, I had a quiet book that my grandmother made for me.  There was a shoe page that I enjoyed tying and untying.  I wanted to do something similar in A's book, but I wanted it to be cute too.  The idea of a ballet shoe caught my eye when I saw it HERE

I drew a ballet shoe onto a piece of paper and then transferred it to the felt.  I then took a length of ribbon and pinned it in the pattern I wanted and sewed all the way up and back on both sides of the ribbon.  I made sure the sewing was extra strong at the tying end. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas is coming... Cutting Board

A loves helping her mom in the kitchen, so when I saw this page HERE I decided to make a cutting board and sectioned veggies/fruit page.  The only thing I forgot to add was a plastic knife. Would you add any other foods to this page?
Cutting Board and food in pocket.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas is coming... Farm

This page is one of my favourite pages.  I had fun measuring the red felt to make the barn outline and then figuring out the best way to sew the white details onto the page.  A ruler was my best friend as I created the barn.  After the page was together, I sewed up the finger puppets.  If you want to make finger puppets like these, check out THIS blog.  It has all the patterns.  I just printed and traced out my puppets and then sewed them together.

Look what's inside!
A having fun playing with the puppets.
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