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Friday, November 28, 2014

Sew Happy Friday – How Batik Fabric Is Made

 

I wasn’t terribly impressed with batiks at first.  Then I ordered some for a potential project.  When I ironed them after pre-washing them I discovered how gorgeous they are.  I will say that I’m particular about which ones I like, but this is true of ordinary prints as well.  We all have our own tastes in fabric. :-)

One thing that has been a bit of a hindrance to me in buying batiks is the price.  After watching how these lovely fabrics are made, I don’t feel that I can complain any more.  This is an amazing process that still involves people working very closely with the fabric, dyes and design!  It is really like owning a piece of artwork when you realize all the hands on work that goes into making it.

Enjoy!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Thoughts, Part 2

 

Definitions

Thankful – 1) conscious of benefit received 
2) expressive of thanks 
3) well pleased
-  Mirriam Webster (modern)

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THANKSGIV'ING, ppr. Rendering thanks for good received.

THANKSGIV'ING, n. The act of rendering thanks or expressing gratitude for favors or mercies.
- Webster’s American Dictionary… 1828

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Thanksgiving…Celebration of mercy.
- Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language

Thanksgiving-day, I fear,
If one the solemn truth must touch,
Is celebrated, not so much
To thank the Lord for blessing o'er,
As for the sake of getting more!
- Will Carelton

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.
- Estonian Proverb

Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.  
- A.W. Tozer

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Thanksgiving 

Lord, I am glad for the great gift of living,
Glad for Thy days of sun and of rain;
Grateful for joy, with an endless thanksgiving,
Grateful for laughter -- and grateful for pain.

Lord, I am glad for the young April's wonder,
Glad for the fulness of long summer days;
And now when the spring and my heart are asunder,
Lord, I give thanks for the dark autumn ways.

Sun, bloom, and blossom, O Lord, I remember,
The dream of the spring and its joy I recall;
But now in the silence and pain of November,
Lord, I give thanks to Thee, Giver of all!

Charles Hanson Towne

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Where to give thanks.

1 Chronicles 16:8  Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

Psalms 18:49  Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

Why to give thanks.

Psalms 30:4-5  Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.  For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Psalms 106:1-2  Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.  Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? who can shew forth all his praise?

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14  But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The future thanks.

Revelation 11:17  Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Gray Days of November – A Poem by Annie Johnson Flint

 

The Gray Days of November

The gray days of November
No plaint from me shall win;
I shut the fog and mist all out,
And shut the fire-shine in;
I draw my chair the closer
To where its warm glow cheers,
And, dreaming in the firelight,
Dream back across the years.

No happier days, no better,
My lost youth gave to me,
With flowers in every meadow
And songs from every tree;
That was the time of growing;
This is the time of rest;
Bloom falls, but fruiting follows,
And each in turn is best…

Continue Reading.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thanksgiving Thoughts, Part 1

 

In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Thanksgiving day is just around the corner, and I would like to suggest 3 thoughts to encourage being thankful. 1) It’s good for yourself and your own emotional and psychological makeup. Try listing some things for which to give thanks. Dwell on those things. It’ll be good for you. If you have nothing to be thankful for, get saved! 2) It’s good for those around you. There aren’t too many people who like to be around a whining, complaining, ungrateful person. You’ll be much more of a blessing and witness to your family and friends if you put thankfulness into practice. 3) It’s good for the Name of Jesus Christ. Why? Because it’s God’s will.

Oh, one more thing. You’ll be the winner. How can that be? John 13:17, says, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” Wanna be happy? Give thanks. It’s in God’s Holy Bible.

- Pastor David Burkholder

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Life is a journey, not a home; a road, not a city of habitation; and the enjoyments and blessings we have are but little inns on the roadside of life, where we may be refreshed for a moment, that we may with new strength press on to the end - to the rest that remaineth for the people of God.
- Horatio Bonar

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Blessed Be the Lord

We were lost, but we are found,
Dead, but now alive are we;
We were sore in bondage bound,
But our Jesus sets us free.

Strangers, and He takes us in,
Naked, and He becomes our dress,
Sick, and He from stain of sin
Cleanses with His righteousness.

Therefore, will we sing His praise
Who His lost ones hath restored,
Hearts and voices both shall raise
Allelujahs to the Lord.

John S. B. Monsell

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When you cannot rejoice in feelings, circumstances or conditions, rejoice in the Lord.
- A.B. Simpson

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Doth not all nature around me praise God? If I were silent, I should be an exception to the universe. Doth not the thunder praise Him as it rolls like drums in the march of the God of armies? Do not the mountains praise Him when the woods upon their summits wave in adoration? Doth not the lightning write His name in letters of fire? Hath not the whole earth a voice? And shall I, can I, silent be?
- C. H. Spurgeon

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Evening Song – Let All Things Now Living

 

 

Psalms 150:1-6  Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.  Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.  Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.  Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sew Happy Friday – Make Your Own Easy Infinity Scarf

 

Here is a pretty simple way to make an infinity scarf presented by Terry from Fabric Junction.  This method is the best one I’ve seen so far.  One other was too complicated and another didn’t provide such a nicely finished look.  You could make this scarf wider or narrower.  If you find wider fabric you could make it longer.  You can also make it out of some other types of fabric – minky, fleece, various knits and possibly some woven fabrics like flannel.  But, keep in mind that you want something that will feel nice against your face, and it’s probably better to use something that will drape nicely.

This would be a great simple project to make with a beginner sewist this time of year. But, it does not have to be a winter only scarf.  You can make it from gauze or other light weight fabrics for use during other seasons.

I do recommend that you use the free arm feature of your machine if you have one for sewing around the “circle” when joining the ends.  It seems to me that it would be easier than the way Terry does it here.

Note: This lady’s long fingernails seem to be getting in her way a little as she sews.  This is one reason I don’t recommend long fingernails for sewing. :-)

As usual, I was not asked to post this video and received no compensation for doing so.