Friday, January 30, 2009

Tea Anyone?




Just received the pictures from the photographer on this set and I am so pleased how it came out, enjoy the sneek peek...

Monday, January 26, 2009

HELP SAVE "HANDMADE"...



What do you LOVE? At the top of my list is JESUS and my family; but I also love to sew and create handmade clothing. There is proposed legislation right now that will require all small business to test all materials used in creating boutique items, even if the materials have been purchased in the US and already tested by the manufactuer. Handmade groupies like me are fighting back and you can help.

This is so easy, just go to this address, fill in a little information and copy and past the letter below. It will take two minutes! Please help and forward this information to anyone else who will be nice enough to be heard!

http://energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1313&Itemid=1

Re: CPSIA

I am writing to voice my great concern about the CPSIA as written.

I understand the necessity of being sure that our children are kept safe. Making sure that they are not exposed to lead is a big part of that. But, it should be simple enough to exempt natural materials which don’t contain lead, such as cotton fabric and wood. Also, requiring a 3rd party lab to retest manufactured products is an unnecessary expense.

The problems with this bill will result in thousands of small businesses, many of them home-based, closing. In these economic times, it will be all but impossible for these thousands of people to find other employment, which will only deepen the economic woes of the USA.

As the head of the Committee, it is important that you call a meeting of the Committee so that they can conduct a hearing on the CPSIA so everyone involved can explore the facts for themselves, understand the urgency, and coalesce around a solution. This solution should allow these small American businesses to remain viable.

Please let me know what action you and the Committee will be taking to help fix the problems with the CPSIA. Thank you in advance for your consideration of this problem.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A dress for Maddie Kate...



A DRESS FOR MADDIE KATE...Oh, I found this beautiful vintage pillowcase and I could not resist creating something from it. I thought of my friend Jen, as I knew she would fall in love with this too, so, it will soon be a little dress for Maddie Kate (send me that measurement Jen!)

Friday, January 23, 2009

In HIS Image...PRAY

Thoughts for today....

Open Letter to President-Elect Obama

by Ron Jones - January 14th, 2009

January 14, 2009

The Honorable Barack Obama
President-Elect of the United States
Hay-Adams Hotel
800 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Dear Mr. President-Elect,

As the leader of a church with more than 5,000 attendees located just a short drive from the White House, I join millions of Americans in honoring your inauguration as our forty-fourth President.

All Americans celebrate the arrival of a new President and the peaceful transfer of power as more evidence of our great democracy. This occasion also marks a monumental civil rights achievement for our nation. I rejoice in the fact that an African-American has been elected, a true affirmation of our nation’s fundamental premise that all persons are created equal by the hand of God.

Holy Scripture exhorts us to pray for kings and all those who are in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Please know, we the people of Immanuel Bible Church pledge to pray for you, your family and your Administration. These are difficult times to lead our nation. No President has ever done so without acknowledging the need for divine guidance.

We will pray that God will grant you Solomon-like wisdom in all of the decisions you make, knowing that King Solomon himself wrote, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1).

You assume the Presidency on Tuesday during a time of economic crisis at home and conflict abroad. Yet as these great challenges loom ahead, I ask you to “defend the cause of the weak” and “maintain the rights of the oppressed” (Psalm 82:3-4).

In 2005, America aborted 1.2 million unborn children who are precious to their Creator. Since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973 legalized abortion, the total number of dead has exceeded 45 million. That’s more than seven times the number of Jews killed during the Nazi Holocaust. Abortion is a human tragedy, and it is something we believe breaks our Lord’s heart as He created each of these unborn children in His image.

Mr. President-Elect, you talked a great deal in your campaign about “the little guy,” who is often mistreated in our society. Surely you understand that the smallest and most vulnerable Americans in 2009 are those in the womb, whose lives are unprotected by the law, and thus dependent upon the decisions of others. Surely America is better than this.

Fundamentally, does the unborn child have value independent of his mother? Clearly, the answer from science is yes. From the moment of conception, the life forming within the womb has all the same DNA as a fully-matured adult person. And the answer from biblical revelation is equally compelling. John the baptizer leapt in his mother’s womb when she met her pregnant cousin Mary, the mother of Jesus. Even so our hearts respond to the sanctity of unborn life.

I pray that you will reconsider your views on this moral issue. I raise my voice on behalf of the voiceless, pleading with you to take the lead in building an America where all of our children, whatever their race or family income, are welcomed into the world, protected by the law and have a seat at the table with the rest of the American family.

These precious unborn children have been deprived of life without due process of law. More than 3,300 abortions per day, or 138 per hour, happen in clear violation of the Constitution and the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, which makes it plain that our liberty comes straight from God and that our first right is the sacred right to life.

Furthermore, think of what those parents have missed because of abortion – a baby’s smile, a child’s first steps. Think of what the world has missed – a gifted teacher, a doting father, a dedicated missionary, a talented artist or entrepreneur, a future President.

During your campaign you spoke much about hope. You inspired a nation. You have written about The Audacity of Hope. And yet, your past support for abortion is a hope-stealer. Abortion robs our nation of a tiny bit of tomorrow’s hope found in every unborn child.

Specifically, it is my hope and prayer that you will reconsider your support for the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), even though you promised Planned Parenthood that signing the FOCA is “the first thing I’d do as President.” FOCA is by far the most radical piece of abortion legislation ever introduced into the Congress. My concerns with the bill are many, but chiefly they are:

According to pro-choice advocates, FOCA would overturn the ban on partial-birth abortion, again allowing this barbaric procedure described as “near infanticide” by pro-choice senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

FOCA may invalidate scores of pro-life laws passed by dozens of states.

According to the pro-choice National Organization for Women, FOCA would eliminate existing laws against taxpayer-funded abortions.

The Freedom of Choice Act is inconsistent with the Christian ethic of compassion for the least among us. King David’s heartfelt lyrics in Psalm 139 remind us that God is the author of life: “You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

It is my sincere hope that you will join us in a celebration of God’s gift of life, and resist those who would allow another generation of Americans to disappear.

I welcome you and your family to join us for worship at Immanuel. You can learn more about the church at www.immanuelbible.net. May God bless you, your family and our great country.

With sincere respect in Christ,

Dr. Ron Jones
Senior Pastor of Immanuel Bible Church

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009

Sneek Peek at "Sweet treats for Valentines"

Here are some sneek peeks of some new valentines and spring designs from Heavenly Things... BE SWEET!
















Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Christmas

Well... since I missed posting any Christmas designs this year, I thought I would share just a few. I can't wait to offer these next year, enjoy!








Monday, January 5, 2009

CINNAMON ROLLS

Christmas totally flew past. I can't believe my last post was "Gobble, Gobble", but much has happened since we celebrated Thanksgiving.

My father, who was battling parkinson's disease, & diffused lewy body syndrome, was diagnosed with very aggressive lymphoma. We were planning on going to Michigan to be with family for Christmas, but God began prompting me that I should go sooner. I decided to leave in early December, instead of waiting until the 23rd, as we had planned. I figured I would rather spend time with my father, while he was feeling fairly well, rather than just say I was there for Christmas day. As it turned out, God new exactly what I needed, (and he even prompted me in November to complete all of my Christmas shopping for the kids, even their stocking goodies!). The first three days I was home we enjoyed meals at the table with daddy and a few flips through a scrapbook I had made for he and my mom. After this, he spent most of his days in bed, under the care of a wonderful team of hospice workers. These people were truly sent from God, we felt so ministered to by them. He became very ill, very fast and we decided on December 17 to move him to a hospice house. He was unresponsive and we were having trouble feeling like he was comfortable. Again, this hospice service was amazing. Daddy never opened his eyes and passed away, into the arms of Jesus on December 19. I have so many amazing stories how God carried us through this time I could not possibly share them all here, but here are a few blessings.

1. It was such a blessing to Todd and I, and my mother, to see my amazing children put their faith into action. From reading scripture to daddy, posting scripture around my mom's house, praying and just walking through a tough time, all the while relying on God to comfort and carry them. You model and teach, but what a joy to see it in action during one of the darkest times you can possibly imagine. I am so proud of them and thankful that God has molded them into true Christ followers.

2. One quick little "God Story", and there are so many.... My daddy loved sweets, (guess that is where I get that from!). Anyway, one of his favorites was cinnamon rolls, he loved them. One of the last times he actually asked for food, was for a cinnamon roll one evening. I could not believe my mother did not have one left, even in the freezer, she always kept them around for daddy. Of course, it was a blizzard out (remember, we are in Michigan and this just happened to be the snowiest December in history-- 16 inches while we were there!) So, there was no running out to get a cinnamon roll in the blizzard! Just then, there was a knock on the door, which was amazing in itself, because there was no less than 5 feet of snow that had drifted across the front door of my mother's porch. A little amish girl was out selling home baked goods, tonight she was offering.... cinnamon rolls. My mom said she had bought from her several times before, bread and other goodies, but they had never had cinnamon rolls! Well, God sent that little girl, that night, with that cinnamon roll, just for my daddy. It was the last real food he ate...

God is so good, there were so many other times we felt him wrap his arms around us. I can't imagine life without him. I am so thankful that he calls us, forgives us, pursues us, never abandons us and practically steps out of heaven to come down and comfort us, when we need him the most.