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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sew off the Subject ~ Buried in Snow in MO

Well here in Northwest Missouri we got hit with a blizzard...literally! I heard the weather man say this morning that this is only the 4th time ever that the Kansas City, Missouri area has had a blizzard warning issued, crazy! It is perfect for the kiddos right before Christmas as it SOOOO sets the mood! There hasn't been school for a couple days and I'm actually wondering if we will go back this week. While I love to watch the kids play in the snow (it is so not for me!) from inside, the temperature today might keep them inside even with all that snow calling to them. All this weather sets up the scene for momma to get back to the sewing machine since there isn't really anything to do or anywhere to go! Well let me rephrase that - with all the kids home the house looks like a tornado because of all the winter gear laying around the mud room/back porch and straggling through the kitchen, down the hall and landing at the bottom of the stair case waiting for someone (ME) to carry it up to the laundry room! So yes there is plenty for me to do but sewing sounds like more fun on this wintery snow day.

Friday, December 4, 2009

The REAL Reason for this Season

As I reflect on this year, I can't believe how truly blessed I have been, not with just material things but with family, friends and God's love for a sinner such as me! I absolutely love reading my devotions everyday and find strength in those words. Each one comes with a prayer at the end and throughout the year I have saved some of those devotions, scriptures and prayers that really hit a chord with me. I want to share with you the prayers that I have collected through out the year, that I rely on and pull my strength from. When things are dim, God is always there but we also need to praise and seek him when things are good! He deserves all the praise for ALL things, good and bad in our lives! His word tell us that he will NEVER leave or FORSAKE us! I hope as this year draws to a close you too can reflect on your year and see what changes need to be made in 2010 or what things you can still fix before 2009 ends. Please feel free to copy and paste any of the prayers here that you feel speak to your can become your daily life line to a joyful, peaceful life through Christ, DAILY!

*Dear Lord, I praise you for loving me despite my sin, and for forgiving me time and time again. Thank You for dying on the cross so that I could have eternal life, even when I don't deserve it. Please fill me with hope and strength to overcome, and continue to bless me with Your grace and mercy. Help me to have a heart that longs to think and behave in ways that please You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

*Dear Lord, set off an alarm in my head when I contemplate committing a deliberate sin. I ask for the Holy Spirit to strengthen me in my resolve. Keep me free of sin and guilt. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

*Dear Lord, before I start picking at the splinters that are so easy to spot in other's eyes, may I have the humility to examine the plank I don't want to see in my own eye. Search me Lord, see if there is any wicked way within me and reveal it. Give me wisdom to know what to do about my own sin, a filter of grace by which to see others' sins, and a heart restrained from rash reactions because of Your love in me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

*Heavenly Father, thank You that I am created in Your image. Thank You that in You I find my identity. Thank You that it is only Your Words and Your opinion that matters. Lord, give me Your ears to hear. Help me not to be easily offended and easily angered. Help me lay down any offenses to which I am currently holding. Let me live in the freedom of Your love and forgiveness. Help me live not in my flesh, but supernaturally in the fullness and freshness of Your Spirit. I ask this in the powerful name of Jesus Christ, My Lord, Amen.

*Dear Lord, it is not always easy to stand up for You in the face of opposition, or to make choices that seem outside of our understanding. I seek Your guidance, and Your divine wisdom and discernment regarding the decisions in my life. I do desire to do Your will. Thank You for never leaving me. Please help me to be strong in You, and for You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

*Dear Lord, thank You for calling me to be the mother of my children. I confess that at times I fall far short of where I want to be in this area of my life. I know I can't do this high calling of motherhood without Your Spirit within me. Help me to submit my selfish will to Your perfect way. Thank You for loving me and seeing my potential to grow and change. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

*Dear Lord, I pray for a generous portion of You. Open my eyes that I may see Your detailed answers to my prayers. Give me a heart that watches in expectation of Your miracles and gives great thanks to You. May my heart's greatest desire be to meet with You daily. As the worship song says, 'May my life be one unbroken gaze, fixed upon the beauty of Your face.' Oh, Lord, may that be my life's passion! In Jesus' Name, Amen.

*Father God, forgive me for being so quick to tell You how my life should progress. Forgive me for thinking I should be in charge of others' lives. Thank You for Your Word that reminds me You are involved in the lives of Your children. Thank You for caring enough to speak to me even when I take so little time to listen. One more thing, watch over my children for me so I can take a rest from this challenging role as a mother. Teach me to trust You, in Jesus' Name I pray, Amen.

*Dear Lord, I ask You to forgive me when I fall into the cycle of rescue, repent, and repeat. Forgive me for treating Your forgiveness so causally. I give You permission to have Your way with my heart, changing it to be completely restored toward You and no longer falling prey to the lure of habitual sin. My desire is to live in complete obedience to You, the One and Only true God. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

*Dear Lord, "Hear my cry, O God; give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in Your tent forever; let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings" (Psalm 61:1-4, NAS). In Jesus' Name, Amen.

*Dear Lord, keep my mind centered on the truth of who You say I am. Don't let my thoughts be tossed all over the place by the lies of the enemy. I know I am not defined by my circumstances, what I see in the mirror, or even what other people say about me. Let me rest in Your confidence as I acknowledge who You say I am, a masterpiece, fearfully and wonderfully made.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.

*Sweet Jesus, forgive me for losing sight of where true hope is found. Infuse my heart and mind with the hope that can only be found in You. Please quench my thirst for understanding with reassurance of Your faithfulness. I ask that You guard my heart from the temptation to focus on the problem, instead of the One who holds everything in His hands. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

*Father, forgive me for pleading my rights and innocence. I don't have rights, and I am certainly not innocent. Show me how to silence my mouth and soften my heart. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

*D ear Lord, I trust You. I trust You. I trust You. In Jesus' Name, It's because I love you, He tells us, that I do this. I am creating something beautiful in you if you will just stop fighting me. I have a place I am trying to get you to. You can't see it, my precious child, but I can. Is there something God is doing in your life that feels unjust? That has you pouting or crying or wondering why? Maybe you identify with the verses from today. You feel imprisoned, burdened, trampled, burned. Do you trust Him to bring you out of the place where you are to a place of abundance? The most beautiful prayer we can pray is: I trust You, I trust You, I trust You. He is a loving Father who only wants the best for us and He will do whatever it takes to get us there. Instead of fighting Him, let's rest in that Truth.

Monday, November 16, 2009

It's the most Wonderful Time of the Year! ~~ Let's Remember the Real Reason

Well, the season is upon us...Thanksgiving and all things to be thankful for and the Most Glorious Holiday...Christmas. During all the hustle and bustle of preparing food, shopping, planning, cleaning, the list just goes go on and on, do any of us really stop to realize what we are doing all this for? While I am the first to admit that my priorities are not in the correct order each and every day, I also know the order they SHOULD be in. My daily devotion this day struck me where it hurts!!

Exodus 20:3-6, "You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments." (NIV)
Are there really 330 million gods and goddesses in the Hindu religion? How can that be true? I began to think surely that number was made up by some cynical Christian, but as I read through a secular source the number was confirmed.There were idols of gods and goddesses everywhere in Calcutta,India. There are idols at the entrance to the hotels, at the archways into dining rooms and in booths all along the streets. Everything had religious significance. From fashion—the dots on women's foreheads and the bangles on their arms,to transportation, where the drivers have a goddess on their dashboard for safety. Suddenly you begin to understand how there could be so many gods and goddess, everything within sight and senses has an idol attached to it.
This was hard to process for American's raised in a culture that is mostly monotheistic. You can feel a little tug of pride until you realize the idols of our own country: wealth, leisure, youthfulness, work, children, power. The idols that surround us in America may be invisible. There may not be temples built to them with a beautifully sculpted statue in the center where offerings and sacrifices are laid. But America definitely has idols.
The Christian pastors in Calcutta explain that it is difficult to share the Gospel of Jesus with Hindus. Many times a Hindu will respond receptively to the Good News of Jesus with this sort of response, "Sure, I'll accept Jesus and add Him to all my other household gods and goddesses." It's difficult for a Hindu to understand and accept Jesus as the One and Only, so the pastors preach about the uniqueness of Christ.
In Calcutta, there is beautiful ceremony of baptism for new Indian believers. The new Christians line up their idols at the edge of the baptismal pool. They turn their backs on the idols to be baptized, and then the idols are disposed of. The exquisite symbolism of this practice pierced my heart.
I ask myself, Have I turned my back on my idols? Have I trusted and believed in Jesus more than anything else in my life? Do I value Christ as uniquely sufficient, or have I just added Him to my list of comforts and priorities?

This is a great time of year to RE-prioritize our lives. Be Thankful for Jesus Christ who died for me and you, if it weren't for him we wouldn't be able to be thankful for ANYTHING; our freedom, families, friends, etc. during this Thanksgiving Season (& all year long). As for Christmas, well I hope you know (or have heard) the story of a virgin mother delivering the best gift anyone could have asked for, who later paid a price and died to save a wretched soul like me and you! Please remember the REAL reason for the Season we are entering and pass it along to someone who may need to hear it! You never know who may be in need of an AWESOME story that will change their life.

So please take a look at your calendar, the lists and plans you have during this holiday season and see where your priorities are. It is gut wrenching to see it on paper when your priorities aren't in check! Mine certainly waiver as does everyone else's but I will promise to look at things differently as I remember the REAL REASON FOR THE SEASON!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Too Much to Do...So Little TIME!

Well, my body is rid of a few extra things that were hanging around in there and I am finally feeling better even though it's only been 6 days. For those that know me I don't sit well - I'm very high strung - and usually bounce right back after surgery but this one got me!!!! I have Christmas trees to get up and tons of sewing to get done as well as baking since it's that time of year.

I have 14 full size trees to get up and yes I said 14, that's one for every room but the bathroom. They are all themed and decorated until you can't see any green :>) My kiddos love it and can't wait til they get home from school each day during the first part of November to see which ones I have up.

My middle son also loves pumpkin pie so I bake a lot of pie as well. (By the way My mom and I were out looking for pumpkin - as I mentioned in an earlier post something about this pumpkin shortage - and finally found some at Aldi's. However, while we were grabbing several cans for ourselves, some lady came and grabbed 3 flats of pumpkin!)

As for sewing I do have several posting already of Christmas items but since I've been down for a week and have orders to fill, I haven't gotten all my Christmas 2009 lines listed yet. Continue to check over this course of this month as they will be there by December. A few of the new ones I got finished before surgery are shown here.

Oh yeah, did I mention that I am getting my Masters Degree as well....SHOOO, what a deal I have going on right now but like I said I don't SIT. Because I am high strung I can handle it!

Blessings to all this fabulous day! The SUN is SHINING in Missouri today...YEAH!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Holy Crow, Where did the time GO!

Well, let me just tell you that I don't think I have gotten a darn thing accomplished that I had on my FALL To-Do list! I have been just absolutely swamped with orders, which is great for me, but not so great for my house! With the holidays coming, my boys ball schedules, my daughters birthday this weekend and oh yeah, I'm working on my Masters to boot, I have got to get a better system to utilize my time. If someone has a system that works, other than praying for extra hours in the day, please let me know :>)

I have so much Christmas fabric that I need/should be working on right NOW but I am still working on Halloween and Thanksgiving orders, so hopefully I will get to that in the next couple of weeks! If you have visited my links to my stores on Etsy and/or Ebay you have noticed that most things are marked down. Reason 1. Because I am still taking into consideration the money issues that face our country right now and 2. Because every little girl deserves Pink Petunia Pearl! The current markdown price isn't going to last forever so purchase now (or before the end of the month - hint, hint)!

I also haven't listed any tutorials in quite some time so I will also be getting around to that. I do have the korker bows and pillowcase dresses listed as tutorials in the previous blogs and will be adding regular bows and ribbon belts shortly. They truly are easy to create however the first few times you may go through A LOT of ribbon :>)

Ok, I have to print my papers for class tonight and finish up the little details on 3 overall sets that need to ship today and oh yeah, PICK UP my house before the kiddos get home from school...time remaining 5.5 hours!

Blessings to all and have a blessed upcoming weekend!

PS. these are some of the Thanksgiving and Halloween lines at Pink Petunia Pearl

Friday, January 2, 2009

How'd They Do That? How to Make a Pillowcase Dress

Making a pillowcase dress is really quite simple and perfect for the beginner sewer. Follow the steps below:

Choose a pillowcase for your little girls dress. A lightweight cotton or linen pillowcase makes a great girls summer dress and a heavier fleece or flannel pillowcase is great for fall.

Step 1
Wash, starch and iron the pillowcase. Starching and ironing the pillowcase will make it easier to cut, especially if it's very soft. Iron it flat like a pancake and then proceed with your girls dress.

Step 2
Measure the desired length of the dress, beginning at the girl's collarbone. The wide hem of the pillowcase will be the bottom of the dress with this girls dress pattern. Make a pencil or chalk line on the pillowcase to reflect the desired length plus one inch . Start measuring the pillowcase from the bottom and mark the line all the way across the width of the pillowcase.

Step 3
Mark cutting lines for the armholes. These will be shaped like the letter "J" on the left side of the dress and a backwards J on the right side of the dress. These should be 3-4 inches deep, depending on the size of the child. This is a sleeveless dress.

Step 4
Fold and press both sides of the the top (neck) part of the pillowcase 1/4 inch from the top and then again at 3/4 inches. Stitch along the first fold, to make a casing for the ribbon (I prefer grosgrain), like a tunnel.

Step 5
Thread 1 yard of ribbon through each casing and leave enough to tie at bow at each shoulder. It will gather together and form a nice pretty neckline. You can trim the left over ribbon off to your desired hanging length.

Step 6
Fold, press and pin the arm holes as binding. Sew the seam and Viola. A beautiful summer dress in less than 30 minutes!

Step 7
Embellish the bottom with ric-rac, ribbon, fringe or whatever your hearts desire!corative embellishment.