Christmas is coming

It’s snowing outside, Bailey’s at work, and I get to enjoy our newly decorated tree 🙂

So time for a poll:  Bailey thinks the tree looks crowded and I think it looks empty.   We need a tie-breaker.

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Today

I spent hours working on Bailey’s Christmas present.

Once it was finished, I discovered that the elastic was shot.  (note to self: buy NEW elastic)

Not that the elastic mattered, cause apparently I made the whole thing too small.

I habitually make things too big, so I had set out with the purpose of making sure it wasn’t too big.  It’s definitely not.

I called and got our internet fixed.

Unfortunately, I broke the wireless router in the process.

Now, we have to sit on the floor in front of the entertainment center to plug our computers in.

Bailey was supposed to have a break from work starting at 4:30 until around 6 or 6:30 before he heads back for 3 or 4 hours.  It’s already 5:15 and he’s not off yet.

Clemson won 🙂

 

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Singing in the Rain

Watch this before reading further:

In referencing this song, I recognize that there is a distinction to be made between the romantic nature of this song and the spiritual nature of what follows. Both songs in the mash-up are romantic in nature, but the joy and happiness that is expressed in the songs is unique because it is joy and happiness that is present in spite of the nasty and depressing circumstances that are surrounding the individual singing. I am convinced that as a Christian, the joy and happiness that I experience as a result of my relationship with God through Christ is exactly like this. Yes, there are difficulties and hard times in life, but I can take joy and experience happiness in spite of those things. But as this very old prayer expresses very eloquently, that joy and happiness can only truly come from the God of the Bible:

Happiness

O LORD, Help me never to expect any happiness from the world, but only in thee. Let me not think that I shall be more happy by living to myself, for I can only be happy if employed for thee, and if I desire to live in this world only to do and suffer what thou dost allot me. Teach me that if I do not live a life that satisfies thee, I shall not live a life that will satisfy myself. Help me to desire the spirit and temper of angels who willingly come down to this lower world to perform thy will, though their desires are heavenly, and not set in the least upon earthly things; then I shall be of that temper I ought to have. Help me not to think of living to thee in my own strength, but always to look to and rely on thee for assistance. Teach me that there is no greater truth than this, that I can do nothing of myself. Lord, this is the life that no unconverted man can live, yet it is an end that every godly soul presses after. Let it be then my concern to devote myself and all to thee. Make me more fruitful and more spiritual, for barrenness is my daily affliction and load. How precious is time, and how painful to see it fly with little done to good purpose! I need thy help: O may my soul sensibly depend upon thee for all sanctification, and every accomplishment of thy purposes for me, for the world, and for thy kingdom.

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checking in

I just wanted to let everyone know that we’re alive and we haven’t forgotten about the blog.  We spent a fantastic few days in Tennessee visiting family over the weekend and now we’re busy getting back into the swing of things (and lots of job interviews for me.  Hopefully we’ll have some news soon!)  Bailey’s working a lot of shifts this week, but has this Friday night off.  This is the first Friday he’s had off without specifically requesting it to go out of town.  We’re so excited to get to spend time with friends and go to the worship night at church where they’re recording a CD!

So there’s the synopsis of our life right now.  Hopefully once I catch up on laundry and cleaning I’ll have some new sewing projects to share!

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Pantry organizer…as promised

Here’s the pantry organizer.  I made it last night (~2 hours) with fabric I already had and got the over the door hangers ($2.47 for both) today so I could finally hang it and use it!

I ran out of fabric so the black pocket was an improvise…it’s the pouch that pillowcases come in at Walmart that I’d saved.

Also, I promise the edge is straight, it just pulls out when there’s stuff in the pockets.

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Junk mail project

I think everyone’s aware by now of my love of craft blogs.  Over the last few days, I’ve been scanning through the thousands of entries on One Pretty Thing.  I’ve been mostly looking for fun ideas of things I would actually use or could make as gifts that use materials I already have.  I came across this great idea from Apartment Therapy yesterday, and promptly added cleaning up the counter full of junk mail to today’s to-do list.

Here’s how my attempt turned out:

(I’m a terrible photographer and I don’t know how to work Bailey’s camera, so I couldn’t turn the flash off and I had to take the picture at an angle so there wasn’t a terrible glare from the glossy papers-but you get the idea of how it looks, right?)

It took the prospect of a craft to convince me to sort through the pile of junk mail, but hey, at least now we have a clean counter and a fun (free!) piece of art to go on our mostly bare walls.

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I’m in love

I know I’ve been posting lots about sewing and crafting and quilting, BUT that’s because I’m in super-turbo Christmas present making mode.  Which means, I haven’t shown most of what’s going in the “to-be-wrapped and/or mailed” pile.

Tonight, however, I do have something to share.  It changed my life.  I will probably never quilt another way as long as I live.  Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration.  But then again, maybe not.  Paper-piecing, aka instead of cutting out shapes and sewing them together, you sew them to paper.  Weird, I know.  But for me, it’s awesome.  Mostly because I’m not good at cutting straight lines, even with a rotary cutter, and I’m not so great at sewing straight lines when I don’t have a straight edge to follow. But amazingly, it doesn’t matter!

Here’s tonight’s square, a wonky log cabin

I’m having lots of fun playing with my scraps and making fun things without feeling guilty about buying new fabric.  This square will probably get turned into a potholder.  Daisy pattern on the back with purple binding?  Pink or purple on the back with the black and white dotty pattern binding?

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