December 31, 2009

My Prayer For The New Year

We have a creator; He is the maker. We have a guide on how things work: He wrote the instructions. We have language: He gave us interpretors. We have ears; He gave us our sense of hearing. We have eyes; He gave us our sense of sight. If we use all these gifts from the one who created us, and follow the directions He gave us for living, we can have hope for a future. If we make time to drink in the knowledge; He will give us eternity.

From Deuteronomy 11: "13 So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul- 14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
16 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. 17 Then the LORD's anger will burn against you, and he will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you. 18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth."

Happy New Year!

December 27, 2009

Making The New Year Pledges

Since I went back to school in September, I haven't had much time to sew, and, I have sorely neglected my etsy shop. But tonight I made some time to tidy up and add a few more items I made before the craft show. I still enjoy making drawstring backpacks. Theyare my favorite bag to make. They were the inspiration, or I should say, my daughter was my inspiration, about four years ago. She wanted a drawstring backpack in seventh grade. But she did not want just any one off the rack at the store. She wanted Disney Tinker Bell, specially handmade by Mom, and I had so much fun making it and seeing her use it and love it. Her friends also loved it, so she started taking orders, for backpacks as unique as each and every friend, and that renewed my love for sewing. I eventually opened an Etsy Shop in March of 2007.

Wow how time flies. She is a junior in high school now, and she drives, which frees up more of my time, and though I would love to be spending the time sewing, I decided to use the spare time and go back to school. I love it though. I would have never guessed ten years ago that I was destined to become a 21st century middle-aged nurd. I am finding that I love to dig for information now, writing research papers and speeches, and creating power point presentations. It is indeed, very time consuming, and does not leave me much time to sew these days.

But my heart is still in it, and today I made time to spend in my shop, and regain some inpiration to add some new backpacks, and rearrange things to spruce it up a bit.
I work a full time job during the week, too, then go to school three nights a week, and now my new years pledge is to set the organizational skills up a notch and allow time to sew at least one new bag or accessory for my shop each week.

If you haven't visited my shop, please take a minute to browse, and let me know what you think. I am always open to feedback. I have categories for many types of purses and accessories.

I thank you for taking time to look. And thank you for fueling my passion for sewing!

If you are a handmade products officiando, as myself, here is a link to take the "Handmade Pledge"

Because Handmade means made with love!