Saturday, September 12, 2009

Heirloom Sewing part 2

In my last post I gave a little teaser about the Martha Pullen Sewing Celebration that has been going on all week in Columbia. What a great event it was!!! Here is a photo of Martha and a dear friend of mine who is my sewing mentor! Martha was very personable and a lot of fun. She made us laugh with her stories. What inspired me the most about Martha was that she gave credit to God for all He has done in her life and her business. She is a very inspiring lady!

Martha and my friend Deborah!Here are a few photos of some of the items on display. There were a lot of gorgeous things.

Lovely sleepwear!

Here are some adorable garment bags!

Such a beautiful pillowcase with dainty stitching! I love dainty things!

Look at this gorgeous jacket! The bottom part that looks like crochet was actually done on the serger!!!!!
Here is a sweet little baby gown.

I had the privilege of assisting in the heirloom nightgown class. Here is a picture of the nightgown. Here is the top yoke overlay.
Here is the bottom of the gown.Isn't this so sweet and feminine? After being in the class as an assistant, I think I am now brave enough to tackle the techniques used to make this nightgown. After seeing it broken down into steps, it really is not that difficult.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Anybody Like Heirloom Sewing????

I was first introduced to heirloom sewing by my sister in-law. It was at her house that I had my first look at the magazine Sew Beautiful by Martha Pullen. I was immediately enraptured!!!! This was over 20 years ago and I still eagerly await each new issue of the Sew Beautiful magazine. Now I would like to say that by now I am an accomplished heirloom sewer, but I am not. I am definitely an heirloom sewer want to be!!!!!!! I am proud to say that I am closer today to that goal than I was yesterday! I have had an exciting week this week and it's not over yet! I have had the priveledge of assisting at the Martha Pullen Heirloom Sewing Celebration sponsored by the Creative Sewing Machine Center. Oh my stars!!!!!!!!!! I just have to share a little taste of some of what I have seen so far, so here is a sneak peak. Just enough to whet your appetite!!!!! Stay tuned.....I will have more later! Maybe a picture of Martha herself!!!!!
My family is very important to me. I was reminded recently of a time when I thought I would never have my own family. I was listening to Focus on the Family recently and was just overcome with emotion when I heard a story that aired. Part of the story could have been about me when I was a young girl. My parents divorced when I was 7 and my mother re-married a very abusive, alcoholic man. There was a time period that was so difficult for me as an 11-12 year old girl living in an abusive environment that I felt so alone. I had a horse that had also been abused by a previous owner. This horse was my best friend. I would go out to him and throw my arms around his neck and cry into his mane for hours. I longed for a normal family. I wondered if I would ever have a family of my own because the nightmare I was in seemed as if it would go on forever. I would cry and tell my horse all my heartaches and dreams. He would just stand there completely still while I poured out all my hurts and suffering to him. While I talked and cried and talked and cried, he would just stand there and not flinch a muscle. It was as if he knew and understood my pain, my fears, and my loneliness. He brought me so much comfort during a very dark time in my life. So when I heard the story about Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch and some of the stories that have come out of their ministry I was just overwhelmed. The owner of the ranch has authored several books about amazing things that have happened at the ranch. I identified so much with this story on focus on the family. I can testify to the fact that God can work in miraculous ways to bring about healing. He certainly used a horse in my life!

Myrtle Beach Days!!!! We had some fun in the waves!

I was feeling a little low on the Saturday before Labor Day. We had not been able to get away all summer for a vacation and Labor Day marks the end of summer, (and white shoes/pants/skirts here in the south!) But through an unexpected course of events and a last minute phone call, we were on the beach by late afternoon Saturday and enjoyed a 2 day getaway thanks to a dear couple from one of our former churches. We were so blessed by those 2 days away. We enjoyed some great weather, the beach, delicious seafood and some great family time with our children (minus 1). However, we were all missing our oldest child who is off at college. Here is a picture of her. It felt strange doing a family outing without her with us. Her siblings said that it was much quieter without her! They missed her being with us too.
Here is a jellyfish that washed up on the beach.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

These are Incredible Kids!

These truly are incredible kids! I am incredibly blessed to be their Mom! I thank God each and every day that He allowed me to be their Mom. They each are so unique and different and of course each are a precious gift from God. You can read about that in another post that I wrote several months back. I am amazed at the family God has given me.