Crazy about P.O.L.K.A.D.O.T.S.

Someone went shopping! Just look at these lovely dots !!! This dots on black would go great with something I have in mind . . . .

. . . . red & blue dots on white background . . . .

. . . . yet some more colors on white background. All 100% cotton.

A lovely find on black & white as well. I have a lot of meters if anyone is interested?? Just email me y'all :-)

Parenting with less Stress {Instructions from God's word}

 I think the biggest thing for me in being able to enjoy parenting and not be stressed about it is knowing that God knows all about my kids. He made them, He loves them and He knows the best way for me to care for them and raise them up. James 1:5 says: "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." I have certainly asked for wisdom a lot and I am positive I will be continually needing to ask for more wisdom!

  Since I have complete faith that God knows best for me, my family and my children, the obvious answer to getting advice on raising kids is to go to God's word. There is quite a bit to say on that subject and I thought I would simply share some of those verse with you today. I think a lot of times when we feel stressed it is because we are struggling with handling some problem on our own (I know that happens with me!), so when we are willing to just tell God, "I believe you know best and I will do my best to follow Your word" a ton of the pressure is off of us, I don't have the stress of figuring out what to do, I can just do what God says.

  Obviously God doesn't cover every single little issue in the bible, and we do still have to make some decisions, but the big, basic issues are there and we can use all of that as a guideline and that helps ever so much! And of course we need to always pray!

So here are some of the verses that God has given us in His word:

Ephesians 6:1-4
6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Colossians 3:20 and 21
"Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, do not exasperate your children, that they may not lose heart."

(I think that we mother's do well to pay attention to the two sections above addressed to Fathers as well)

Proverbs 22:6
"Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it."

Deuteronomy 6:5-9
5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.

Titus 2:4 & 5
"...that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be dishonored."

Proverbs 13:24
"He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently."

Proverbs 19:18
"Discipline your son while there is hope, and do not desire his death."

Hebrews 12:9 & 11
"Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For the disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness."

Those are a few of the verses that I have found helpful as we raise our children. Having guidelines that I can trust (rather than just a book written by man that may or may not have the right ideas) certainly works for me and makes parenting far less stressful!

A few layouts to share

This is my June's 123 Challenge bolg layout - had to use white, the word new and a painted background.

I have been doing the My Little Shoebox Blog compeition and these are my first four weeks worth of layouts - I am having so much fun with the MLS papers at the moment.

A few layouts made for the June Enchanted Scrapbooking Cybercrop.

I used one of our Enchanted Scrapbooking new Phun Pixie packs for these ones.

Just a fun layout of Bronte and Me

I made this layout for June's Scrap the Girls challenge.

Three Years Already?

Last week we spent the week in Pennsylvania visiting Jon's family. While we were there, Evan turned three. Three years ago he was a tiny baby.... well, if you call 9 lbs 14 oz. tiny.

Now he's three and busy, curious, affectionate, and funny. He's Charlotte's best friend and continues to teach her to be outgoing. He's Jon's partner in mischief.... they have the same cheeky grin when they're planning something funny. Evan is my snuggle buddy and the only person in the house, other then me, that can find things they've misplaced. I'm thankful for that one every day!
Evan loves anything that has wheels so I made him a car cake. I kept it simple since I was going to be baking at my in-laws house and then bringing it to their campground later. I made a kitchen-sink carrot cake since I needed a cake that would stay moist. It was really good and I loved the addition of the diced dried pineapple. I frosted it with buttercream icing that I colored green and sprinkled with green dyed coconut for grass. I made a road with black icing and added matchbox cars and road sign cupcake pics. The signs might have been overkill but I thought they were cute.

He blew out his candle like a pro.
If you ask him now how old he is, he says, "I not 2 anymore.... I turn it into three!". As you can see, Jon's family knows how much he loves cars. The wooden trucks/cars that Aunt Suzanne found are really cool.
Happy Birthday, Evan-ator!

A patriotic table runner

 Well I am finally back to posting projects (I have had quite a few I have wanted to post but these last couple weeks have been busy so I haven't had time to post) but I am taking a little break from the wool skirt project because I wanted to share this patriotic project before Independence day.

   I made this table runner back in May to sell at the silent auction for our republican fundraiser. Part of me was hoping it didn't sell because I rather would have liked it for my table. It did sell though -which was the point- so I have been hoping to make another one for me but haven't had time yet. I have the stuff I need which was leftover from making a booth backdrop.

To make the runner I cut a piece of red felt long enough to drape over the ends of my table and about 18 inches wide. I cut the ends to a point. The I cut a way blue piece to go in the middle and wavy white stripes from white felt to place on it too. Then I cut out stars from all three colors in three different sizes and just put them on randomly. Some of them I stacked because I thought it looked neat.
 I then pinned everything in place and top stitched everything on. I also top stitched all around the sides. That took a while and I think you could make this a lot faster by hot glueing things in place but I think the stitching is more durable and looks a bit better.

So if you are looking for a way to make your home look patriotic maybe you would like to try this table runner. I thought it was a lot of fun!

Rugby Quilt

This was the fabric - sports shoes & rugby ball all over.

Decided on the 'slanting block' pattern, this way and that way. Put lime green fabric first and knew I wanted a 2" solid chocolate brown as first sashing. Did 12 blocks.

Yet another 2" tone-on-tone brown went all around and by luck, came across this green star on cream fabric that I thought suited well as the final 5" border.

A lite cream fabric was for backing fabric and returned to the tone-on-tone brown as binding.

Very b-o-y-i-s-h :-)

Measurement : 43" W X 53" L
Made out of 100% American cotton
Price : RM200
Status : Went to Ilham Hezrin!

Photo Time

Teddies - 3 more added!

Name : 'Miko'
Price : RM45
Status : SOLD!

Name : 'Suzy'
Price : RM45
Status : SOLD!

Name : 'Max'
Price : RM45
Status : SOLD!