I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

30 Dec

handmade christmas

I was busy this Christmas making personalized and handmade gifts … and although giving handmade can sometimes take more time and care … I think putting thoughtfulness and love into what you’re giving brings back the early days of Christmas.  Outside of celebrating the birth of our Savior … handmade Christmases make it as special as possible, in my humble opinion that is!

While I was working on my projects, I was tempted to take photos so that I could post about them and share … but then decided that 1) I didn’t have the time and 2) I just really wanted to focus on what I was giving and not worry about posting about it.

All that said … there’s one gift that I really wanted to share.  I made it for someone that I love dearly, and who I really wanted to encourage.  I decided to photograph and share it because it might encourage you or someone you know.

I put together twenty Scripture verses relating to fear … or rather … fearing not!  I had them printed and mounted on matboard and housed them in a pretty fabric-covered box.  I’ve put them all together in one PDF document for you and it can be downloaded here.

And … since I’m doing this post … I thought I’d share a few of the other things I made too.  Hee … lucky you!

I sewed a couple of these gadget cases … put together about a dozen of these journals … made a couple of these snowglobes … and put together a few of these quick bread mixes … and special just for you dear readers, is the download of the labels I put together for the quick bread mix.  And the link where I got the milk bottles.

I especially scored some major points with my nephews for modpodging the edge of a wad of dollar bills, with a cardstock cover that read “dolla dolla bill y’all” … SO cool {the gift that is!}! :)

And last but not least … I sewed this dress & coin purse for my precious blessing, EJ.  I ended up calling in the recruits, so snapped an iPhone pic to show her the project when I completed it.  Not bad, huh?  Although from the video and photos I received Christmas Eve day, it looked like her 1 1/2 year old sister nabbed her gift!

Anyway … I really enjoyed these projects and I think they were special to the recipients as well … I’ll definitely be planning another handmade Christmas next year!  Can someone just remind me to start earlier? ;)

Posted in christmas, craft, creative, free download, gift idea, sewing

4 Jun

20 minute tote {a gift}

Did I seriously just add “sewing” as a category?!  What has my life come to? ;)

Fo’ realz though … I have been sewing and rather been enjoying it too!  Even though I did sew one of these bags together, only to realize my machine had come unthreaded!  Humpf!


I’m in full-on teacher gift mode … probably going overboard, but kinda lovin’ what I’m pulling together!

So yeah … are you in love with these totes?!  I made 8 in total {the teen got one out of me, and I also made one with this fabric for a photog friend of mine} and it seriously only took me about 2.5 hours.  Not bad for a novice.  And if you think otherwise, I beg you not to share with me.  :)

I found the 20 minute tote tutorial on purl bee and decided to give it a go.  SO glad I did!  Pretty sure I’ll be making a few more of these in my future …

And for the most awesomest fabric ever, check out Hawthorne Threads … they’ve got it all!  Yeah … kinda diggin’ my new hobby a bit … ;)

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Posted in craft, creative, gift idea, sewing