Tuesday, September 16, 2014

From My Heart

The greatest cry of my heart is to know God, my creator, to follow hard after Christ, my Savior and to obey the Holy Spirit's leading.  I want to share His love and point others to his great salvation, to life. We all have eternity, either life or death and it starts right now.  But I fail...
My flesh gets in the way.  I leave me Bible and prayer time with determination and then I come into contact with people...and I fail.  Not by my strength, but by His alone can I do this.  It isn't easy and Satan points to my "failures" to get me down.  People make
e me so nervous in general.  Their lostness or choice to push their faith aside for this life break my heart.  I have high expectations of those who claim Christ, high expectations of myself.
 "Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen."  I Timothy 1:15-17
 We all fail.  Christ is the only way for me to struggle through the joys and pains of my eternal life...which starts here on this earth, among sinners.  Don't take my word for it, open His Word.  God has given us a revelation of who He is and it is found in His Word, the Bible.

Just some thoughts from this past week.
Alissa

Friday, September 12, 2014

Finish It Up Friday...Blue Gingham Adelaide

I was sick a few weeks ago.  Just sitting at home feeling icky is no fun.  I decided to do a bit of sewing in between sick moments.
Burda Style is having a sewing contest so I decided to try out one of the free patterns.  It is called Adelaide and it is a flutter front tank.
 That isn't my typical style of shirt, but I thought I'd give it a whirl in some lovely blue gingham fabric.
 Getting a picture of the shirt was nearly harder than making it!  May DSLR display is completely gone... :(  I can take pictures, but I have no idea what the settings are on.  I tried though.  After church I headed to the community garden and tried a few with my remote.  I cut my head off!
 I took tons of pictures of the flowers not knowing which would turn out.
 This one makes me want to make a giant pouf ottoman in bright oranges!

 Back at home I tried again, and was successful!!  Hurray for cute tops!
 The white on the back is just the tank I had on underneath.  Didn't realize it was showing until I looked through the pictures.

Alissa

Friday, September 05, 2014

Finish It Up Friday...Grandma's Doilies.

My grandma gave me these little doilies.  She bought them at a family reunion auction and thought I could make something out of them.
 They are such a fun variety of colors!
 I thought about just attaching them to each other, but it seemed rather bland.  So I rummaged about and found some semi-coordinating fabrics for a background.
 I did a little bit of playing before the final layout.  I tried putting the doilies on different background colors, but decided they looked best on their coordinating color.
 At the last minute I turned the solid colored doilies on end and LOVED it!
So here is my final product!
 It is a nice little wall hanging.  I added three loops at the top to slip a dowel through.
 I didn't use any batting in this one and so I did a flip and stitch to finish the edges. 
 Here is the back.
 I don't know where its final hanging place will be, but for now it is right at my eye level :)!
Alissa

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Nebraska State Fair 2014

We went to the State Fair last week.  It was a combined trip because Grandma was in the hospital down there and mom had stayed with her.  She's home now and didn't feel too bad there.  She gave us "permission" to go see the sights ;)
 We shot some archery.  Brenna and Quinn are such old pros at this!
 Hehe, it was quite muddy.  We followed these people over the sweet, pallet bridge through the mud.
 Both kids had projects that made it to state.  I failed to get a picture of Quinn with his rocket.
 Brenna got a special recognition ribbon on her whole wheat bread!

 We saw elephants!  They were pretty cool.

 We saw wolves.  Very informative, kinda cool.
 We took in the pig races...as always!  Hehe, mom was trying to get them to pick me as a team cheerleader.  They picked her instead :D
 Our pig won the first race!
 I sent my Star War lego quilt to fair.  It received 5th place in the original design class.  Yay!
 I sent two others also.
 My third one is there in the top row.  The one with bright, colorful circles.
 Brenna was making fun of Pump N Pantries new mascot when we drove by the gas station.  I made her take photo with him when we ended up seeing him at the fair.
 Here are the penguins.  They are not real penguins.  I thought they were...until people in penguin suits started running through the crowd.
 A fun show!
 We had a great time!
Alissa

Friday, August 29, 2014

Finish It Up Friday...Yes, I Made My Purse

I've needed a new purse for a bit now.  The one I bought isn't one I'd normally even look at actually.  I picked it up at the 2nd hand store and it was the best looking.  I finally got around to sewing one!
 I bought this fun blue and yellow fabric with the express purpose of making a new purse.  I made one, but it was much to small.  That one went on to be a silent auction item at a benefit.  It however stole some of my precious yardage!
 I decided to pair it with another canvas I had in gray and white chevron.  Incidentally it is the same fabric I used for my wallet.  I wasn't even trying to be matchy-matchy!
 I put one large zippered pocket on the inside and one divided pocket on the other.  The front of the bag has the built in pocket which is perfect for keys an my phone.
I have a HUGE roll of this army surplus belt material and I decided that the green is close enough and I don't have to then construct one!!  
It is a win-win and I love it!

Alissa