Saturday, February 26, 2011

My Favorite New Toy

This left-handed, ergonomic rotary cutter by Martelli is my favorite new toy
...I used it on my dinosaur quilt

My cutting is steady and in control
The blade retracts safely inside the handle and opens at the flick of the wrist onto the mat. Good tools make a difference a matter of just working on a project and enjoying myself.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Musing about fabric.

Last week I mentioned that I ran short of fabric for the border of the dinosaur quilt project I have been working on bit by bit. I measured the remaining two colors and decided to purchase more of those too in order to circumvent yet another trip to the quilt shop. All three batik prints were available. Whew.

I cut and sewed the remaining gold print. I was getting ready to press the quilt top when I noticed three small holes evenly spaced along the top of the fabric. my heart sank. Another trip to the quilt shop. Don't get me wrong, I like to visit the quilt shop but it can be tricky to get out of there alive without spending even more money than I planned.  I just went. Friday morning I drove over there with a firm resolve to leave with my billfold secured to my purse.  The clerk was mortified when I showed her the holes.  She had just asked me if I had used a needle that was too large only to eat her words when she looked closer.  No fabric is immune from flaws whether it is utility cloth or fine woolen.  This I learned in a prior career with the retail fabric industry. The owner concurred and I received my 7" of goldenrod batik.

I like to buy fabric at this local quilt shop; the owner is so kind and creative. I think I could spend the day there.  But for every hour I spend the more I see and the more I want to spend. Her shop is cozy, she is honest and helpful and buying locally helps her with her livelihood. Fortunately I made it out the door without spending but I am still thinking of all the possible projects I could do next time. The dinosaurs await so I best get back to the project. I will show pictures too.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Tonkas and Thomas

Today I “drove” a big yellow Tonka truck. I read about Grover being frightened by the Monster at the End of This Book. I watched Thomas the Train, read about Thomas the Train and played with Thomas the Train. Our 19-month old grandson is spending the night with us. He loves Thomas the Train and all cars, trucks and anything that can be moved.

Spending time with my grandchildren gives me insight into parenting that would have been great when I was a young mother. Sometimes I remember times my patience could have been better. Time is a great teacher. Steven Curtis Chapman wrote a song called “One Little Heartbeat at a Time.” When I hear the words it reminds me how important being a mother is. We may be tired, we may wish we had other things to do but we make a difference in this world one little heartbeat at a time. Here is a link to this song; crank it up and let the words sink in.

Then play cars or dolls or read lots of books. Work is important but children are only little for a little while.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Are you a dreamer?

I received this wonderful quote from a friend a few days ago.

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
- Harriet Tubman

I found this a very reflective quote. I am on a journey of career transition. I am a life long day dreamer.  When it comes to following my dream I can't begin to tell you what that is. I am not complaining for this lack of knowing what I want to do with my life.  I have had many things that I have achieved and done well. I married my high school sweetheart and we raised a wonderful family.  I have worked many jobs but now I am at a crossroad of finding new work that I love.

Where will this fork in the road lead me? I like the wisdom of Harriet Tubman's quote and it reminds me of promises within scripture. As I travel this journey I am learning a lot about what I like. I have learned that I have a voice; one that I wish I had developed as a very young girl.  Regrets?  No I don't have regrets. My journey has made me who I am today.  As I decide where the journey takes me tomorrow, I'll use my experiences to guide me while allowing myself the luxury of dreaming.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Super Sunday!

Today is Super Bowl Sunday and the house was lively.  The laughter and chatter did my heart good on a drab Sunday.  Did I watch the big game?  NO....I was in the kitchen stuffing manicotti and deciding which pan to bake ziti in!  While I cooked I watched the Murder She Wrote Marathon.  The guys were up long enough to fill their plates befoe disappearing quickly. 

I had the best of both worlds today!  Good food and the joy of spending time with my family. 

Tomorrow  I am going to the quilt shop!  My current project is a dinosaur quilt top for my seven year old grandson.  It is nearly finished but I didn't quite have enough for the extra borders.  The original size of the quilt was that of a throw but I decided it would be more fun if  the quilt covered his double bed.  The gals at the quilt shop helped me convert it to the size I wanted.  I just need a bit more.  Wish me luck at the store.  It would be a nuisance if they were out of the fabric! 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pastor's Business Card

I saw this today and thought I would share it because it gave me a chuckle!

A new pastor was visiting in the homes of his parishioners. At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door.

Therefore, he took out a business card and wrote 'Revelation 3:20' on the back of it and stuck it in the door.
When the offering was processed the following Sunday, he found that his card had been returned. Added to it was this cryptic message, 'Genesis 3:10.'

Reaching for his Bible to check out the citation, he broke up in gales of laughter. Revelation 3:20 begins 'Behold, I stand at the door and knock.' Genesis 3:10 reads, 'I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid for I was naked.'

Keep smiling and have a wonderful day!