Easter Finery

6 Apr

We had the privilege of singing in a sunrise service at a local community church yesterday..It was glorious to wake up get dressed and go sing praises to God and remember the resurrection of His son Jesus!  It was EARLY!!   We were there just before 6:00 a.m.

Spring is such a beautiful time to remember God’s faithfulness, His creation, His life giving power!  Grass is greening. Buds are ready to burst and the air is warming..We are thankful for His faithfulness to us in many ways..one being the coming of spring each year…..
P1160905The girls..they made the dresses..and Olivia made the crocheted flowers for their belts and their hair..
P1160910 The boys..men..plus our Choir director..Darius McBride..P1160908The girls and I we also made my dress last year..and Olivia helped me to crochet my little flower..

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Our family..

I pray He makes us more aware and more thankful in every aspect of  our lives..  In Him we live and move and have our being..

He is the author and finisher of our faith..He alone is worthy to be praised, honored, and glorified..

A vacation..a retreat..a story..

6 Mar

This past January the Lord blessed our family with a vacation..I flew down to Florida with a friend and they followed on the weekend..We were able to be away from all the work at our house..with 2 family businesses and a little farmette.

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We got to stay with my friend for a week, visit with my sister in law, and then a very dear retired couple offered us their condo for a few days..

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It was so needed, our family had not been on vacation for 7 years!

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Many of us were blessed with rest and relaxation..

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but I wanted to record God’s blessing to me..

For many years, I have wanted to go on a retreat and just be alone with God..with finances and responsibilities that just has not been possible.

This was a retreat in a different kind of way..

The Lord allowed me to meet 2 very dear ladies..that both spoke into my life and were a source of reconnecting with some of my dormant heart desires..they both have very close walks with the Lord, and my walk has been a busy walk the last 7 years..

Another way He drew near was through the girl’s art teacher from Florida, who we got to visit with for a couple hours..a loving, peaceful, adoptive soul..She drew me in to the most ministering hug!!! God knows our every need..As a mama I get lots of hugs, but they are different..This hug was from my Father, my Daddy..and she touched me in the deep places of my heart with love and acceptance..no strings..no expectations..

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Of course there was sun and warmth in the weather but God is my most urgent need..without Him life is empty and meaningless..I just wanted to Thank Him and to reminisce as the days are long and cold and my heart grows weary in the daily tasks and struggles..P1150684

The other night as I was awake in the middle of the night He reminded me with this verse in Galatians chapter 6 verse 9..  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

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He is with those that seek Him, that call on Him, that NEED Him..Those who put their trust in Him will not be ashamed..

He is my Daddy and I am asking Him to teach me to trust Him more..

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When I re-read Galatians as I write this I am moved to record that without Jesus’s sacrifice I could not say God is my Daddy..Oh Thank you Jesus for dying for me and making me able to call your Father, my Father..Thank you for adopting me..Thank you for accepting me..Thank you for promising that if I am not weary in well doing..I will reap if I faint not..Thank you for ALL your promises…..Thank you for hope…

The last custom sewing for 2014..

18 Dec

 

A quick addendum to yesterday’s post..Victoria finished up our last custom accessories for our mama in Mass. DSC_0441 The white top is just a white version of our Lacey top on our website..P1140695 This little red pleated dress is what she sent for us to match..she asked for white.. we love the versatility of white..P1140699 These pants have 3 ruffles..the middle ruffle is stretch lace..I designed these and Victoria made them happen..A mother’s respect for her brave daughter..I confess most of my life I have been afraid of knit..the older machines on which I learned to sew..just messed up knit!..Hence knit-phobia set in 🙂  But our newer, machines and Victoria’s courage in the face of the – her mother got on..Is amazing!.. She has pioneered, for our family, and I am going to conquer this phobia..with her help! :-)…

Oh, and did I mention that my sewing speed is speeding?  And knit does take a great measure of patience??  Godly virtue that I don’t possess and He may use learning to sew knits in teaching me this fruit of the Spirit..

Merry Christmas..We have got to get some sewing done for our selves now 🙂

Custom Sewing and reflection…

17 Dec

Almost 6 years ago..I started a sewing business..Over the last 27 years well, more..I have sewn here and there for family, friends and an occasional wedding..But in February 2009, I began making dresses to sell on e-bay..then etsy..then our own dedicated website..

Olivia and Victoria helped with little things like turning things inside out..running elastic and packaging.. Today, 6 years later, they are almost exclusively sewing and running a business that has grown each year..The Lord has given them a college education in the last 6 years..they have no written degrees but the amount of experience they have is astonishing..at least to me!!

In those 6 years we have designed, and sold our designs..but much of our work has been custom..people with idea’s coming to us and we have been able to make them a reality..That is very fun..it can also be stressful because we care so much that they get what they want..what they are envisioning..

Below are some photo’s of our latest custom order..A mama in Massachusetts has a precious daughter who she wants to keep covered and warm..her description was mod and modest :-).. The thing that is fun about this mama is she doesn’t have financial limitations..so she sent us 4 dresses and instructed us to make pants and a top to accent them..

The 4th dress’s pants and top are currently being sewn up..Her main instruction to me was “Chrissi, I want you and the girls to have fun”…this was freeing..as designing is so fun..

For one dress I got silk dupioni..a lovely fabric and we designed a little top and triple ruffle pants..I wanted the ruffles to show NO stitching..they turned out beautiful.. the top also showed minimal stitching..

P1140668 this was a great lesson in fine stitching for the girls…

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 Red dress is not our creation..just ivory, silk dupioni accessories..

P1140670 This dress was the inspiration for the silk dupioni..it was to be worn at a wedding..

P1140665 These pants are made from a jaquard in gold tones..They were to go with the dress below which was more of an every day dress..our customer’s mother-in-law made the little red dress..she is from Pakistan..The way everything came together was so fun!

P1140661 It was relaxing to go outside the box of having to get orders done to being creative and blessing someone..Victoria made hairbows out of the gold jaquard to match this outfit..the mama was surprised..

As I reflect on these things it is a cause of gratefulness to the LORD for His faithfulness..He promises that if we are faithful in the little things  we will be faithful in much..My adult daughters and I are learning faithfulness in integrity in business and craftsmanship..Not so spiritual..but yet profoundly spiritual..

We are learning that you never arrive..we are always in a place to learn and grow..and that is a great lesson in humility..For our family..humility is a virtue..It is what our Savior has called us to.  The realization that He is the giver of gifts..We want Him to be glorified, we want his love to flow through our hearts and minds and fingers and to reach others, those who know Him and those who we hope will know Him someday…Jesus is the only one who makes our life worth living..He is our all in all..And He has provided this place for us and we are thankful..

Have a Blessed Christmas and Holiday season…do take time to reflect on His gifts to us..

Chrissi, Olivia, and Victoria….

Creations from Olivia and Victoria

13 Nov

 

The girls, Victoria and Olivia gave me a sabbatical in September and October to enable me to concentrate on the younger children’s schooling..They endeavored to take the brunt of the business responsibilities..and they did a beautiful job!  I am back at the business but the pressure is definitely lessened as the girl’s, actually ladies, but they will always be my girls :-), have stepped up..I wanted to share some of their latest creations..logoDSC_6847 This is the Betsy Dress..and Grand knit ruffles..Designed by Victoria and I ..  mostly Victoria..

logoDSC_6838 This photo is precious! I wish we lived near our photographer!  She is in Wisconsin..She does a fabulous job!

logoDSC_7286 This is our Savannah tunic top/dress actually a Burda pattern and a couple of our favorite Moda Fabrics.. And the Grape Grand Corduroy Ruffles..We only had a few yards of this corduroy but thought it would make such nice winter pants..Olivia stitched the Savannah and the Cords..

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I am thankful for the sabbatical and the time to refocus and remember the blessings and priorities in my life…there is a time and a season for everything..

Baby bedding and handmade quilts…

18 Sep

 

The term bucket list..is new to me, but the concept is old..ideas..”oh, and I want to do this!”..according to the personality type, some can say that and then just go on with their every day life..is it just me? or does anyone else think..”oh, and I want to do or try this?!”  then it nags them until they do it???P1130699 A crib set..now, I have made many of these..since I have had 11 babies..but no two the same..and usually out of fabric I had around or someone had given me..necessity, the mother of invention.. 🙂  But, now I have the luxury of having a fabric shop and sewing business..so…”wow, this collection would make such a cute crib set!”….Then, you know you are really obsessed when you see this antique crib at your friend’s shop and you say..”Oh! that would show off the crib sets (that I haven’t even made yet) so well!..and…. it’s business, so I can buy it and write it off later for a tax deduction.”P1130694 Then, you add a baby quilt to the basic crib set..hand pieced…quilted by your self..when you have only quilted for a short time..

P1130691Then you get your son to set up the crib in your living room for a photo shoot..and..you move your living room around and your furniture goes into temporary places like your bedroom for an indefinite period of time..because you don’t know when the shoot will happen..

P1130702 Does anybody think I’m crazy yet??  Well, I do!  Especially, since I’m trying to keep up with home educating 8 children and we are planning the graduation of 2 of them..and did I mention..my physical health is not so great??

P1130709 Then, you call your friend, who has grandchildren, and a nice modern crib..so you can have a photo shoot on the modern crib..in case you would like to sell your crib set in the future..you need lots of descriptive pictures..

P1130714 Then you get to your friends..and she has you and 5 of your children stay to lunch..This was unbelievable to me!  Just 5 more, no big deal right??   When all that is said and done..Both shoots went well..Thanks to so many people!..Kezia took the pictures and helped make the beds 🙂

Olivia and Victoria did the sewing on the bumper pad and sheets…Victoria also helped me with the skirt..and I did the quilt and the children’s piano teacher..the best quilter I know..gave me help with some tough spots on the piecing of the quilt…

Soooo…what do you think?

Green sheet?   Grey sheet??

Modern crib?  Antique crib?

I would also like to give honorable mention to the side chair in the antique crib pictures…my dear husband went and picked this chair up on the side of the road a couple months back…It was covered in gold plastic..I had this “idea” to cover it in white linen..when I got it… it didn’t have a skirt, so I thought “a skirt would look so nice on this chair”…..I am enjoying this chair immensely in our living room..it is white and fresh…and it has been redeemed from the junk pile!…You can do so much with those side of the road finds!!

 

 

 

Gabriel and John Noah are graduating…

17 Sep

 They have finished all but a couple last things..we have been getting their transcripts together..my baby boys are grown up..

They went through school together..side by side all the way..

In the young years..oh! how they fought..but now..Thank the Lord..They are fast friends..

Different, very different..Both beautiful inside and out..Enjoy these pictures of 2 young men that a mother and father’s prayers follow..that He would make them servants of His to be His hands, feet, and loving heart in this world..

 

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 God, do bless these young men in their endeavors..P1130683 On their way to return the tractor..mama sees them in her minds eye launching on their ordained life paths..P1130685 This picture turned out great!…a song by an old group “Cruze” says..”I may not know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future”..

Fly boys..Soar…♥