Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Birthday dress for Kyleigh!

I loved making this dress!

Kyleigh's wonderful mom Jen gave me some old Univ. Wyoming t-shirts to make a dress for Kyleigh for this summer. So I worked hard to get it done for her birthday party!

My favorite part of the outfit was the string of pearls that this remarkable 1 year old found while our church group was gathering at Nono's Cafe. (great place in Denver for Cajun cookin'.) I think she must have better fashion sense than I do!

This "U" (standing for "University") is actually a pocket!

Fun puffy sleeves with bows!

...and of course no dress is complete without bloomers with ruffles!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

design to worship

So at 5am, when Michael left for work, I started thinking about the dress I wanted to make for Marygrace's first Valentine's Day. I kept tossing and turning thinking bout it, and by 525am I was up cutting out the dress from another old t-shirt I had. I had it 90% done by the time we headed to MOPS at 830am. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.

I've been thinking, God has given me this talent. I want to use it to create a small side business to help ends meet. But more than that I want to use it for His glory and to bless those around me. To bring life and light and joy into their lives. Just like making these things brings to mine. To be a reflection of the God who made me and gave me this gifting. With every stitch, to praise the one who loves me, in spite of me.

As I look at this smile...

... I want to be someone that she can be proud of. But more than that I want to be someone that reveals to her constantly how wonderfully, continually loving our God is.

" If I could not say a word, my life would speak of love I don't deserve." -JJ Heller Painted Red

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A new calling for this season in life.

So, it finally happened. I now have a BLOG. Sigh. I blame Michael, my wonderful husband of 2 1/2 years. About two months ago he created A Sprig Of Hope to help him process all of what is in his mind and heart. I was very glad for him and it has truly effected many lives. So maybe I will have a go at it...

During this period that Michael has been working full time and taking a full load at Denver Seminary, I have been at the apartment with MaryGrace. As she turns 6 months tomorrow, I have been reflecting on the time we have been here in Colorado. I am very glad that I have been able to stay home and be with her. It has made a difference in ALL of our lives. But I am a people person, and as much as I love and cherish my daughter, there are times I feel more like I am in prison here with her. Add to that the "Mommy Brain Funk" that every Mom goes through, and there are days that are quite gray here in our little apartment. Well Saturday Michael left at 510am for Chick-fil-A and would not get back till 2pm. I went to JJ Heller's Blog (lovely little things, check her out! She is Crazy talented and her music is great!) and saw a dress she made out of a T-shirt. I became inspired. I decided that I wanted to make MaryGrace a dress. So when Michael got home we went through our old t-shirts and this is what I came up with...
Obviously, she like her new dress too!

I spent most of Sunday creating it in-between meals, naps, and play time. Some of my favorite parts are:

~ the Gallup Bulkhead and Dock, Michael's Dad and Brother's business in Pawley's island
~ the sleeve tips

and the rose on the skirt ( which my camera won't let me get a good picture of.)

As I dig through old t-shirts I am excited about the possibilities that are opening up. A chance to use my creativeness and work with my hands, which is very stress relieving. I now have a little bounce in my step. Thank you Jesus!