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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 🙂

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..


P1130676 Gabriel Rexford P1130672John Noah Stephen

P1130678 Yay! We finished!P11306807 of the 8 youngest P1130664See?..buds.. P1130660They have hayed with our neighbor on this tractor

P1130662 Gabe is working with a neighbor learning how to fix these machinesP1130656

 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…♥

Learning about rugmaking…

19 Jun

P1090393We took a wonderful field trip on Monday this week.

We visited Heartland Woods and Rugs, in Polk Ohio.

Nancy makes rugs on her looms and she sells them at area craft shows.

She gave us an awesome instructional tour of her shop.

She showed us rug making, her way, from start to finish.  I say her way, because each fiber art is just that…an art… And artist’s license is a wonderful thing to watch!!




Very thorough and the children really enjoyed it.

Small businesses, and the industry and perserverance it takes to run them is so encouraging to us!

P1090394 We intended to go to a nearby park for a picnic, but Nancy and Bob let us picnic in their back yard..

P1090413 It was better than a park!!!

P1090416 You can see their handy work at many area craft shows ..I am including their schedule below


Stop by one of her show booths! You won’t be sorry, and the quality of her rugs?

We have returned 2 years in a row.  They shake out great and they wash up great!

Thank you Nancy!!

Little boys sewing project…

22 Aug

I put my younger boys to work in the sewing room last week cleaning out my scrap fabric.

I have lots of cut offs from our sewing business.

No sooner did they start sorting colors for me, they were asking “Mom, can I have this piece”  It got to the point I just let them pick what they wanted and we sorted the remainder.

“Hey mom, we could make aprons!!”  Well the scraps weren’t big enough, so I suggested they sew pieces together and then cut their aprons out.

I made them a paper pattern and let them go to town.  The girls and especially  their 12 year old sister helped them and they came up with some really cute ideas.

 My 6 year old…He is so funny… he speed sews!  Not so great on the stitches but he loves to go fast!

Here  he is checking his work..

 3 1/2 can pick up everyone’s scraps, his 10 year old brother made his apron..

 They like to wear them on Sunday, so they don’t mess up their church clothes!

 And the back…

 I’m just so pleased they got the idea and carried it to the finish!! Great job and very original 🙂

Just for fun…

2 Aug

We have been getting swim lessons at a little distant neighbors pool..

Thank you Mrs. H.!!!!

Mrs. H. welcoming us and encouraging us to get used to water.  We didn’t need a lot 🙂

Victoria helping her little sister with kicking…

My little baby, big, baby guy was kicking fine!!!

 My six year old playing in a life jacket 🙂  Week one went great!!

Week two..Older boys trying their hand at the forward crawl..

Baby E taking a popsicle break!

Mr big 10 year old going at the forward crawl!  Great job!

Our eight year old…look on his head at the butterfly!

Thank you so much Mrs. H. for sharing your pool, your time, your bathroom 🙂 and your self with us!

A summer art project…

28 Jun

Our sewing room floor needed replaced as a result of a flood in our lower level.

The floor is beautiful and a vinyl product in case of a recurring water problem.

It is not rated for my rolling sewing chair and I noticed that it started to wave around my chair.

Our solution was an office mat for underneath my chair.  The office mats and plexi-glass we were thinking of were too expensive…so I asked my husband, the carpenter, if he had any plywood scraps in the garage…

We cut the ply wood to fit…

My eldest put a 45 degree angle all around the out side, not for easy roll on and off because I am “strictly prohibited” from rolling on the new floor. 🙂

But the 45 degree angle is to protect all of the travelers through the sewing room from stubbing their toes!!!!!

The best part is I employed my dear younger children to paint a mural on the “ugly”  plywood  in the theme of their mother’s favorite place…the beach!

My littlest girl working on her palm tree…

My eight year old working on the palm…

Working together to get the mat finished cause mama needed to sew!!!

Here are all the artists… They did an awesome job!  My 13 year old boy did the light house on the island..They all helped with the sand, sea, and sky…My 8 year old boy did the sail boat and the butterflies…my 10 year old did the dolphin that looks like a killer whale 🙂 and the starfish in the corner… My 12 year old did the palm, pink flamingo, blue heron, sea grapes,  and the salmony orange hibiscus in the corner.  I am amazed!!!

It fits perfect!

The offending chair in it’s rightful place 🙂

Oh how I love summer!  The children seem to all take growth spurts after the heavy academics all year.  They grow in physical strength and stretch their minds as they get to stretch their limbs in the fresh air and sunshine.

A note on the content of the mural, we spent a year living in South Florida, and all these elements on the board were witnessed first hand by the children.

Learning a new skill…

16 Jun

I’m learning a new skill…

Take life as it comes…

This is so foreign to me, but the Lord, through my health has ordained it.

Once upon a time there was a girl who took life by the horns and tamed it for her self.

At least she thought she did.  She ordered her world.  She was what my dear 92 year old friend calls a “go getter”.

One day the “go getter” got up and the go was gone!!!   But life was continuing to go on.

For the past 3 months that has been me.  Still running the house hold but a lot of times from a sitting position or laying.  Instead of leading the charge.

There have been times of activity.  Like my morning walk.  I go out early with one or two of my children and we talk and walk 2 miles.  Good for the heart and soul.   Some days that was it.

I have puttered in the garden.  Wednesdays I hang the laundry out.  Thursdays I cook dinner.

Our sewing business was very busy in March and April, then in May it dropped considerably and this month I would consider slow.  It is not bad, just slow.  As I consider this I see that March and April toasted me.  Not only did we sew, I taught some of the children’s school.  And managed the house hold.

For what ever reason my body didn’t hold up to this regime.  So, this week especially has been a humbling, not very pretty experience for myself and my husband and children.

Last Sunday was our  Sunday to sing at the nursing home.  I stayed home and rested.

Monday broke and after a long Sunday like that everyone was tired and grumpy to put it mildly 🙂

I am on Jury duty this week and next so the stress of wondering if they were going to call me in was pulling at my mind.

I looked at the books and we had 8 orders this week.  That is good, but so tame that it didn’t feel like a lot.  Excepting one that was a custom dress for a little girl with a feeding tube.  First time with the pattern made it a learning experience and it was slow going because I have been weak and very tired.

Yoke dress with matching headband

Rosette pin on collar

Last Monday, when our normal school was finished, normal being categorized as the main subjects completed and just my high school boys needing to finish their biology, and my middle school children are going to do 1/2 a math lesson all summer to keep sharp.   Normal school being finished I thought we could do some fiber art!  We have an embroidery machine and a quilt pattern for a beautiful “Prayer Garden” quilt.  So, we worked out our fabrics and our layout and the children and I have been stitching blocks, which we will sew together and then quilt.  The boys are all doing this also, as it involves a machine 🙂

So, those quilt blocks happened through the week.  I’ll do a post on it when it is done.

Friday we had a birthday party and the girls made these skirts for twin girls at our church…

As I am writing this I am embroidering the last of the blocks to make into the quilt.  It has been nice to be able to do something while my strength has been low.

This week seemed to happen to me instead of me planning it.   It is Saturday, I see that through mercy we have completed another week.  We are getting ready to enjoy the Sabbath.  One child  is showered, one is showering 9 to go.  Dinner is just about ready.  My husband will be home from his little Saturday job soon.  The little boys bath will be next and we’ll start getting our clothes ready to iron.

As I read over this to check for mistakes I see that the quilt blocks were a little much to put on us.  If I would have just let the children work at them a little at a time maybe over a month, it may have been more enjoyable.  But I see that I did drive that one.  The new skill of life happening isn’t easy to learn, but I know the sooner I learn it the more peaceful our home will be.

Lord, help me to receive life with thankfulness from your hands.  I want to learn to live for today, and not borrow from  tomorrow or moan over yesterday.  I am being very transparent here, my melancholy analyzing, has not been serving me this last few months, it has actually been doing me in!

If I can cast my cares on Him, because He cares for me and receive His sunshine or rain as in my best interest, because in truth it is in my best interest, because He loves me perfectly, I believe as my soul prospers in these truths, my body will begin to mend and prosper.  Cares, worries, and the might be’s are drying me up from the inside out.

Lord, forgive me for being blind to your truths and questioning your love for me in particular.  Somehow I believe you can love others so easily, but me??  I know in my mind you do, and I thank you for that, but in my heart, I really need you to make that real to me.

I know you hear and answer prayer.  Thank you.  Bless all your children.  Give them all a beautiful Sabbath day.  Help us to remember you and what your son Jesus did for us on that cross.  Make your love real to all our hearts.  Revive us and renew us!  Amen!

This is our garden, it takes each day as it comes…  my oldest son is our head gardener, he is making sure the plants are watered for tomorrow, it has been dry here.

Aren’t these snow pea blossoms beautiful?  The Bible says to consider the lilies how they grow, they don’t toil, and our heavenly Father cares more for us much more than them.  The same goes for  these sweet little pea blossoms.   Simple lessons, why so hard to learn and assimilate???