From somebody's trash to my treasure. I like to re-style & re-create what was once a cast off. Isn't that what Jesus does with us?


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cute No Sew Apron How - To

Hello Sweet Friends --

Joining me today is my sister and fellow crafter, Tina. Tina and I share lots of things in common (besides our parents).  We both enjoy yummy coffee, big garlic pickles and laps around the Farmers Market. (That's a story for another time!)  And of course, creating!

Tina has made an adorable (adorbs, my 10 year old would say) denim kid's apron. She showed up days before Easter and gave them to her favorite two nieces -- my daughters! They were tickled. I was delighted.  Just look at these cuties.



My youngest is pointing out the sweet pocket at the bottom of her apron.
Today we put them to the real test. We baked and decorated eighty cupcakes! They held up to cake crumbs, icing that shot across the table (It wasn't my fault! HA) and dark chocolate fingers. Y.U.M.
Now we'll see if they survive a good washing!

If you like to re purpose things like we do, then you'll love this no - sew project. 1. Tina took the leg of an old pair of jeans and ripped it apart so the leg was layed out flat. And that my friends is the body of the apron. So far so good, right?
2. Then she took another piece of denim and used fabric glue to fasten it midway down the apron.
3. She took those two patch work hearts from another clothing item and fabric glued them on as well.  You just have to go with it, friends and not worry about how it's supposed to flow. Make it yours as you do it. That's the fun of it.
4. Lastly she punched two holes at the top and just below the waist and put twine through to create ties for the neck and waist.
She put a little fabric glue at each hole to give the twin a little more strength and that was it. TA-DA! That simple and cute, friends. Don't you just wanna start rippin' your old jeans apart? HA!

As I looked at the aprons hanging against the wall I envisioned cute, denim bags. Hmmmmm...now where did I put those old jeans of mine?
Have fun creating!! 
Tammy



Monday, March 2, 2015

Some Good Books

Hello Dear Friends --
Since it's been so cold here lately with (ahem) no end in sight, I've been taking advantage and burning the midnight oil. I won't want to do that on the first Spring day. Which is supposed to be in about 20 days, right? I hope so!
Have you gotten copies of Jesus Calling and Jesus Today? They are both excellent devotionals written by Sarah Young in the first person narrative. Listen to this, "I will fight for you; you need only to be still. I know how weary you are, my child. You have been struggling just to keep your head above water, and your strength is running low."  That gives me chills. Sometimes the days reading just grips me and I know the Lord has something special in it just for me. And the way it's written, I really feel like Jesus is right there. Talking to me (sigh).  And of course, He is right there. It's so good to be reminded!
My man and I are reading You and me Forever by Frances and Lisa Chan. If you do nothing else go online and look up the title of the book and watch the videos. They also have a free copy of the book online. I'm kinda old fashioned and enjoy holding a book in my hands. There's nothing like dog- earing a book over and over or highlighting it until the marker drys out. That's how good this book is. Just sayin'. And if that weren't enough, every book you purchase benefits children in poverty and helps to end sex-trafficing. That's 100% of the proceeds from the book. For me, that's worth every penny and then some.

Do you see my little chalk board sign up there? Frances Chan speaks about staring at God. Just meditating on Him daily. Telling Him I love Him. Meaning it. Telling Him I can't do this moment without Him. Because I really can't! Praising Him. Blessing His name by recalling how He has blessed me. I like to stare at Him. If you try it, don't give up. Be persistent and tell Him to draw you close to Him. He will. Just wait.

The sun has gone down now and I'm reminded of two new books I just read reviews for. The author is David Platts. He wrote Radical: Taking Back your Faith from the American Dream and his latest is Counter Culture. I can't wait to get copies of those and do some highlighting. Reading good books like these are so good for the soul. I want their truths to sink in and penetrate and change my perspective on life. I pray my life displays it.

And I have to giggle at these titles. I've dug deep into my cubby holes and found my fifteen copies of Nancy Drew that I've hung on to since my teen years. Oh, I was so absorbed with these. Nothing has changed!!! I know. Crack me up! I thought my almost ten year old would like them, and I was right. Before I could get them all out to see which I wanted to read she had scooped them all up and hauled them to her bedroom. I'm on mystery number three right now and she's not far behind. hee hee.
So have you read anything good lately? I would love to hear. Hope you are enjoying these winter months despite chilling temps. in many parts of the world.
Happy March! Spring, please come soon!
Tammy

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Happy Friday Sweet Friends --
So what are your plans for the long weekend? Do you have off for President's Day like we do here? I am spreading Valentines hearts wherever I can. Tomorrow my girls and I will be having a fun valentines party. We plan to decorate a Sugar House and make marshmallow pops and crafts.
In the midst of Valentines plans I've done a few swaps with furniture. This is "Victoria." I had her in my sun room, but have now brought her in to my bedroom. I think I'll keep her here for awhile. She's a nice welcoming friend when I want to read for a bit.
Enjoy your weekend!
Tammy