Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Seeing the Whole Picture

I wrote this over a year ago and somehow it got saved as a draft and was lost in the long line of posts. I just discovered it again, and I suppose, just maybe, it is meant to be shared now. :)

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

This reminds me of my husband, who is a carpenter. Sometimes when I go to the work site, I can't even imagine what it's going to look like later... it looks like a mess to me... but Roger has a vision. He can see that gorgeous new home or that newly remodeled kitchen... he isn't looking at the mess... he sees the finished product and works toward that goal. And when it's finished... it's beautiful!

So remember, God may be knocking out walls or tearing off the roof... but He sees the whole picture, not just the mess. He's making something you could never imagine... something wonderful and for your benefit... all because of His love for you.

God is so good! Don't you agree?


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Petite Pumpkin Papercuttings

I forgot to come back the next day as promised, but better late than never I suppose!

A few of the pumpkin papercuttings have already sold, but there are three left from this first batch.

Two of them are on my Early Work Mercantile page and one may be found in my Honeysuckle Lane shop.

Each paper cutting was done by hand using simple utility scissors and stained, aged, and painted, parchment paper. Some of the papers were printed with copies of 18th century indentured servant letters. The slightly distressed frames are new and have an easel back. Glass covers the paper cutting. The artwork is about 2 3/4" x 1 3/4" and the frame is 5 3/4" x 4 3/4".

After I took photos of them, I realized they coordinate with some other things I've recently made. The pincushion and quilt are also available at Honeysuckle Lane.

Have you started decorating for fall yet? I guess I'd better get busy pulling some things out of boxes this week. Autumn seems to go by so fast and before you know it, everyone is decorating for winter and Christmas!

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pumpkin Papercuttings Preview

I thought I had missed the Early Work Mercantile update which is always the last evening of the month. My "store bought" calendar on my wall has only 30 days for August! So, I actually have time to finish everything and get it listed tonight... on time.

You can find my work here, but it won't show the pumpkin papercuttings till about 9pm.

I'll be back with a reminder in the morning and share a few of the finished pieces.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Friday, August 26, 2016

European Linen Whole Cloth Quilt

Quite some time back I was thinking about making some linen towels, sheets, and a few quilts for us to use here at home. After a while I decided to buy enough fabric to make a few pieces for my online shop, Honeysuckle Lane.

I've started off with small crib quilts which could also be used for lap quilts. These are whole cloth quilts. I love the look of them and whole cloth quilts allow me to focus on machine quilting rather than piecing the quilts. I'll do that at a later date.

I love how a quilt looks once it has been washed and dried.

I used these gloves while machine quilting. I found them at Northern Tool and Equipment for only $1.99! If you need several pairs for a quilting class or group, you can get them for less than $1 a pair here.

My sister gave me these mini clips. I don't know the brand, and I'd never used them before, but they are so much easier to work with than pins. When sewing on the binding, I used to get my thread caught on the straight pins... but that hasn't happened with these clips. And for such a small size, they sure are strong!

I also use an Ott Lite lamp when doing handwork, especially when sewing on the binding.

I have slowly been listing more items in my shop, including the quilts I've recently made. Come visit and see what's available... and bring your gift list! You may find something for an upcoming birthday, anniversary, baby shower, etc.

Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

I Love My Juki

So... I bought the Juki TL-2000QI and I love it! It runs smooth... and fast! If used full speed, it will sew 1500 stitches per minute!

I haven't tried free-motion quilting yet, but I have made a couple of whole cloth quilts and quilted them using the even feed foot.

The first one with the paisley fabric and folk birds was quilted with a wavy line design.

getting ready to add the binding

I've been using Aurifil thread when quilt making...

and an Ott Lite lamp illuminates everything perfectly! 

I also made a linen whole cloth quilt. This one is quilted with a diamond design. And this linen is so soft! I love it!

I'll be adding these to my Honeysuckle Lane shop soon.

Thanks for stopping by!
Take care & God bless,