Monthly Archives: June 2015

Morning devotion time on the deck

It’s just me and Savannah on the deck as I do my morning reading and quiet time with God.  Not completely silent because of the large number of birds calling out and singing to one another.  The temperature is perfect and the view spectactular!!  I am semi-reclined in my zero gravity chair, “as happy as can be.”  Praise God for His  goodness which is way beyond what I deserve.  I am journaling on my iPad and learning more every day about using it.  I desire to end this big trail of paperwork everywhere.  File boxes, picture albums, etc.  I am happy to do my journaling here and recording here.

Yesterday I completed the Dorothy from Wizard of Oz dress, basket, and hair bows.  I put it on the dressform, took pictures, and added it to my Etsy account, putting a link to my facebook page.  All of those tasks required the practice of many newly learned skills.  These are steps in the process of becoming a better seller. I need to keep repeating these steps so I become more efficient!

Savannah stays by my side almost like my guard.  She hasn’t left the top portion of the deck I am on; all the while she is looking out and listening intently as if she is my protector.  She is the best dog ever; a terrifc “therapy” dog if there ever was one!

Pink pintafore top and bloomers from old pattern

Many of my girl friends might recognize this old pattern from when your Mom or Grandmother made you an outfit off this pattern.  I was asked to sew a little girl an outfit off this pattern that her Mother purchase online.  I am sure she paid more than 85 cents for it!  She bought some beautiful pink cotton fabric that had linen in it.imageimage  She fell in love with a pinafore outfit she saw online and wanted one sewn for her daughter.  Everytime I looked at the pattern I was brought back to my childhood days when Mom would sew for me.  Each pattern envelope in those days only contained one size.   That was much easier to follow when cutting out.  I remember having several pintafore outfits.  I also remember forgetting to wear my bloomers underneath one time and getting scolded for the error, too!  My customer was very pleased with the end product and said it was one outfit she planned to save as a keepsake for her daughter along with her infant outfit whe saved.  I am so glad my Mom sewed for me. She made those unique, one of a kind dresses, a labor of love for sure.  image.image

3 special gals who were a great blessing to me yesterday

  1. Lauren was the first gal that approached me when I entered the Apple store yesterday.  I wanted some help and some simple answers to my questions.  She provided that and so much more, all with kindness, in an instructional but not demeaning way.  She never belittled me for what I didn’t know which is huge, since I am rather new to my iMac, iphone 4, and ipad and the Apple operating system in general.  She never made me feel like I needed to ungrade any of my devices to help solve my problems.  She also didn’t tell me I needed to sign up for a work shop in order to get my questions answered.  She just gave me great customer service with a smile.  Granted the store was not busy and there were several free employees when I approached the store.  Thanks, Lauren, for a great start to my day.
  2. I met Mom next for a delicious  early lunch at The Cascades.  As always, she went out of her way to make sure I got everything I wanted out of the meal and then some more.  There was no leaving that place without being totally full and having every culinary desire met.  We took care of some paper work and then she sent me home with first fruits from her garden: a cucumber and a zuchini.  Thanks, Mom, for a great lunch and visit.
  3. My day ended with a sweet encounter with Vicki, my pastor’s wife.  When you step into her home (which I did for Life Group) or anywhere near her “personal space”,  you are in for a treat.  She graciously ” works ” a room or home or church meeting place, like no other.  She catches the eye of all she can or gives you a light tap, as if to say, I am so glad to see you.  If she gets the opportunity to talk with you, it is always to comment positively about something she knows is important to you or to remind you that she has been praying for you, or to tell you that she will be praying for you; always giving details that reflets she was listening and taking mental notes of those needs.  You know too, that she means what she says about praying for you because you will often get a text after she has done so.  I have no idea how one woman who interacts with so many people can do that!  Thank you, God, for blessing my day, with one of your gracious and beautiful servants!