Monday, December 3, 2012

Letters From Home and 3rd Annual Neighborhood Party

Encouraging Words of the Day:

The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. ~ Psalm 28:7, NLT

About a month ago, I entered a giveaway for a very interesting book. Ellie at "Craft Sew Create" offered a giveaway of a book written by her mother who had a terrible accident at work that left her totally immobilized. As she struggled with what was happening, she longed to find comfort in her beloved scriptures, but wished it had been easier to quickly access her favorite verses. She searched for a book that could give her just that, but it was nowhere to be found. So with the time that her recuperation gave her, she wrote the book that she longed to have. I didn't win the giveaway but Ellie's mother was so generous that she gave a copy of the book to everyone who entered the giveaway.

The book is compiled from the best-loved verses and stories in the King James version of the Bible. It's organized by the different roles our Father in Heaven has in our lives: Creator, Deliverer, Lawgiver, Father, Savior, Comforter, and Teacher. There is also an area where you can add your favorite scriptures to truly personalize it. I was so happy to find my favorite Psalm 91 on page 52. The book is called "Letters from Home" and is available at this link if you're interested.

Thank you so much Ellie and Mrs. Fitzell (author). I can see already that this is a book that I will be using over and over.


On another topic:

Oops, I did something dumb again. Why is no one surprised? I was sewing my house block to enter the "Third Annual Neighborhood Party" hosted by Beth at "Love Laugh Quilt." Well, I had finished my block and had started making an extra block for a charity quilt Beth is planning along with the Neighborhood Party. I was happily snipping away the extra fabric from paper-piecing the charity block when, all of a sudden, the fabric layers seemed too thick. Here's what I did:

Darn. How do I keep doing stuff like this.? Fortunately, the cut was in a place where with a little zig-zag stitching and creativity, a clothesline was created. "All's well that ends well."

And here's the charity block created. When I chose the fabric, it looked like it would work, but now it looks kind of busy. I think I still like it.

That is all.



Carla said...

That book sounds lovely!

Janet said...

Cute houses and a splendid "fix".

Aunt 'Reen said...

Thanks for sharing that wonderful book info!

You are SO clever - I really LOVE your fix for that accidental cut. The clothesline looks like a fabulous plan rather than late addition.

Wishing you and your family great Joy this Holiday Season!

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

I love how your little Hilachas house is transformed each season! Love the luminarias. I love both your house blocks and I think the accidental "snip" helped make the block more charming.....the book looks wonderful and I will check it out next time I visit!

Julie Fukuda said...

I almost missed this post. I'm so glad I didn't. The book looks like something to investigate further. How many of us have miss-snipped or miss-sewed? You never know how creative you are until a problem rears it's head. Good for you ... and I love that season thing on your header too.

Sandra said...

Great fix on your house block! The addition of the clothesline adds to the whimsy of the design.

Sheila said...

Irene, I am so glad you made that snip, the little quilt on the line is one of my favorite parts :-)Thanks for sharing this as it really makes it special !!