After 5 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I found the wonder of mothering slowly starting to get crowded out by the mundane feeling. I realized our world seems to surround people with the negative, and complaining about blessings seems totally acceptable. So I decided to fight against that "normalcy" and focus only on the positive. I look back to my first year as a mom when everything was new and keeping house was fun and I aim to have that attitude again. This blog is my outlet to showcase the daily miracles that surround me in my blessed life as a stay-at-home mom so that I will never forget the wonder of it all.

Friday, December 30, 2011

A Few Things Done, and Out The Door

I worked on a few projects for friends this Fall, and I kept forgetting to share them with you.  Now with the holiday chaos over, I'm finally remembering to post these pics for my sewing log. 

This quilt was sent to Colorado, to bundle up my wonderful friend's sweet little baby.  She was my first friend in Jr. High. Isn't that neat?!  God knew I needed a friend, and He sent bubbly Lindley my way.  We've been friends ever since, even though I moved away 3 years after we met.
Lindley picked out this fabric, and the design of the quilt, and I sewed it up.  I used the "quilt as you go" method and am in LOVE with that method.  I don't think I ever want to make a quilt the traditional way again!

This little taggie went to my friend from college, for her new little one.  Again, God knew I needed a friend, as I was new to town, and he sent bubbly Heather my way.  Hmmmm.....I'm seeing a trend here.  I guess God uses bubbly, outgoing people to pull me out of the shy zone I often fall into by default.
ANYWAYS, Heather now has 2 girls.  She and her husband have an amazing testimony as to how God has grown their family by His mercy and grace (go here to read about it).  They just adopted their 2nd little girl, and I wanted to make miss Truly something.  I know Heather likes vintage prints, and these prints are legit vintage from Scrap in Portland (thanks Cheri!).  I had just enough little precut triangles from a grab bag to make this little taggie.

And lastly, I attempted sewing for sale.  The order was for 3 doll diapering sets in pink and purple.  Each set has a changing pad, 10 cloth wipes (which go in a little box), and 3 diapers.  I'm glad to have this order done, and glad that I tried sewing for sale (since everyone tells me I should), and glad that I learned a valuable lesson from the experience.......I do NOT have time to sew for sale!  :)  Thank goodness this order was for a friend who gave me nearly a full year to fulfill it.  No joke!  She saw the sets I made Felicity's friends for last Christmas, and asked if I'd be willing to make her 3 sets for this Christmas.  Thank goodness for the long time frame!
Lesson learned.
I think I better just stick to sewing for my family and for gifts.  :)


  1. Jenny, what is the "quilt as you go" method. I did 3 lap quilts for my kids this year but "tied" them because it is so difficult to quilt by machine without getting things bunched up and such. Would love to now that method.

    I tried sewing and crafting for money once and I found I no longer enjoyed it. It was a JOB! I hated it. Never did that again

  2. Sandy, I'm going to FB you to make sure you get this. I'll try to explain it, but google it. There's tutorials and youtube videos on the process. And I agree with the "job" thing. I'd love to see pics of your quilts!

  3. Oh my gosh! Those little diapers are so so cute!! And I love Scrap! One of my favorite spots in Portland!

  4. We love our quilt! Thank you Jenny!

  5. oh yeah, quilt gets many compliments!

  6. Jenny,
    here is how crazy my life seems theses days: as I read this I thought, I'm sure I wrote her a thank you or at least mentioned it in a FB message or something. THen the more I thought about it I couldn't remember if I'd thought about doing that and never did or if I did. All that to say, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I LOVE the taggie. And I could tell right away that it was legit vintage prints. You are so thoughtful and sweet. Tru loves it to. We get it out often when we are in public to keep her entertained and happy (even if it's just for a minute or so, this girl has yet to learn contentment!)