Sewing for Fun and a Bit of Profit!

After I ship off my boxes of Little Dresses for Africa, I have to get to work on making items to sell at the Christmas Fair. The project, this week, was designing something new (at least for me!) in small tote bags. Interesting how I got the idea for the flowers. When I cut the Little Dresses for Africa, you have to cut out the arm holes. Well, the cut piece, when opened up, resembled a petal. Not thinking too much about it at the time, I decided to save the cut out pieces for later consideration. Then I had the idea to sew two together, turn them right side out, and instant petal. I gathered them a bit at the ‘stem’, pinned them on a tote bag, added a center and an almost instant floral tote bag.


Blueberry Pie and Not Baked by Me!

P1000739 P1000741My almost-22 year old son discovered the best way to get something he likes for dessert is to research and plan and bake . . . which he did, today. This is his first blueberry pie. I’m envious as his came out better than any of my past attempts. He told me to not set a place for dinner as he plans to eat pie for dinner the minute it is cooled down enough.

Little Dresses for Africa – Ready for the Mail!

P1000728 P1000731 P1000733 P1000737So far, I’ve made (including this pictured shipment), 86 dresses for Africa. I have to say it has been a lot of fun using up yard pieces of fabric and planning colors for the pockets and purchasing matching tee shirts. Anyone who like to sew, might consider donating a sewing day a month to making these dresses for little girls in Africa. One of your dresses might be the first new dress some little girl has ever owned! Just Google search Little Dresses for Africa for directions/information.

Interesting Quotes from Founder of Planned Parenthood

1. “We should apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.”

2. “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

3. “Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.”

4. “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

5.I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan.”

6. “Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives.”

7. “In their subjection women have not been brave enough, strong enough, pure enough to bring forth great sons and daughters.”

Jesus, Tender Shepherd, Hear Me

I was about to fall asleep the other night when a childhood memory came pouring into my mind about the night prayers I used to say with my mother before bed each night. I hadn’t thought about it in ages and, word for word, just about all the words were in my mind. Peaceful, happy memory!

Jesus, Tender Shepherd, Hear Me

Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me;
Bless Thy little lamb tonight;
Through the darkness be Thou near me;
Watch my sleep till morning light.

All this day Thy hand has led me,
And I thank Thee for Thy care;
Thou hast clothed me, warmed and fed me,
Listen to my evening prayer.

Let my sins be all forgiven;
Bless the friends I love so well;
Take me, when I die, to Heaven,
Happy there with Thee to dwell.

Mary L. Duncan (1814-1840)


Marcella the cat’s morning!

Watch out! I think another cat has gotten into the house!
Watch out! I think another cat has gotten into the house!
Try to ignore that strange cat. Look around like you don't see her.
Try to ignore that strange cat. Look around like you don’t see her.
Nope, I don't see anyone here but me!
Nope, I don’t see anyone here but me!
What do you mean, YOU see two cats? Drinking this early in the morning?
What do you mean, YOU see two cats? Drinking this early in the morning?
Oh, oh, that other cat is looking at me!
Oh, oh, that other cat is looking at me!
Time to hide out.
Time to hide out.