My good friend, Dymoon, gave me a huge bag of reclaimed material for crafts. I was going through it one day and discovered a large piece of woollen houndstooth check and had an inspiration. I started out only to sew an infinity scarf, but soon the project grew into a scarf, hat and clutch purse. Here are the results. I have worn the hat and scarf, but I am anticipating using the purse soon also. The hat is quite warm as I stiffened the crown with a thick felted material. It is the first time I have made this kind of hat and my very first purse, so I am happy with the results.
The hat consists of a large circle (slightly larger than a dinner plate) gathered into a band (my head size). As I mentioned I stiffened the crown with a inner lining of felt. Then I added a bow to the hat band.
To make the purse I cut out a long rectangle of material, interlined it with more felt, made a cotton lining and turned the cotton lining right side out so that the seams were inside. Then I folded one end up part way and the other end down to partially cover it. It made an envelope. I finished off the raw ends of the purse flap by turning it inward slightly and blind stitching it. I then sewed on velcro for a closing and added a bow. I made a smaller envelope out of the houndstooth material to hold makeup etc. inside the purse.
I enjoyed the process of designing and constructing the three items. I hope my description is clear.
Salt and Light
Words © 2013 by Mollie Pearce McKibbon
Salt and light our Saviour calls us,
Salt and light so we must be,
Sharing hope and truth with others
With our love and empathy.
Salt and light our Saviour named us,
Pure and honest we must be,
Consecrate our days to Jesus
So God’s kingdom we will see.
Salt and light we must be bearing,
Pain and hatred to confound.
It’s God’s love that we are sharing;
Spread it gently all around.
This is the painting that I put on my parents’ hall mirror the Christmas that I was 18. I loved the way the light seemed to shine through the painting, so each year at Christmas I would put a new painting on the hall mirror as part of our Christmas decorations. When my husband and I moved into our apartment I put a Christmas scene on our front window and later, when we moved into the country and became youth leaders, I enlisted the help of the youth group to decorate all the windows in our little country church. The paintings could be seen from the inside and the outside. They really looked nice when the church was lit up at night. Eventually, the windows of that church needed to be replaced and so I was asked to draw up designs for each window. I chose the familiar themes of the Ten Commandments, Alpha and Omega, The Burning Bush, The Lord’s Supper, and the Open Bible. We took the designs to a stained glass window artist and he had them re- drawn to accommodate the requirements of his craft. The windows were each sponsored by different church families and we had a special church service to dedicate them. Although we no longer attend the church as my husband and I are pastors in another , it thrills me to see the windows each time I pass the church. It is such a pleasure to use my gifts to praise God.
I was thinking of this today, and it occurred to me that we as the people of God are asked to reflect the glory of God in all our being. I think that we can either be mirrors or windows in life. The limitation of a mirror is that mainly the reflection we see is our own. Windows, on the other hand, show what is on the inside and through them we can see the world. We need to be windows to show the love of God that dwells within us to the world. In order to be windows, we need to make sure that what is inside us is clean , healthy, and true.
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)and find out what pleases the Lord. ” (Ephesians 5: 8-10 NIV)
Song of Wonder
© 2017 Mollie Pearce McKibbon
Zechariah longed for a son,
Old, he thought, all hope was gone.
When God surprises , hope arises
And heavenly will is done.
O sing of wonder, sing of light!
Angels sing in pure delight.
God’s devices all suffices
Banishing darkest night.
Mary had no thought of all
God’s good graces on her to fall.
Gabriel found her to astound her
Telling of God’s great call.
All night Joseph tossed and turned,
Stunned by all that he had learned.
Should he marry or be wary,
Should Mary’s love be spurned?
Herod was only king in name.
All he sought was gold and fame.
Though so clever, he would never
Destroy what God had ordained.
Never think your day is done
Or say a battle cannot be won.
When God surprises, hope arises
And Holy Spirit will come.
I wanted to make some small knitted items for my granddaughters, so I made scarves, toques and purses for their dolls. Here they are:
I just did straight knitting stitches using two colours of yarn. I put some cute animal buttons on the purse flap with an elastic loop to fasten it and I slipped a loonie (dollar coin) inside the purses. Each set took about two hours to make.
I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided to make one for my little grandson who loves to “cook” when his mom and dad do. It took a day to make because I do a lot of hand-sewing as well as by machine. I had fun making it. It is a play stove which can be put on the seat of a chair and fastened to the back. The advantage to this is that it can be folded up and stowed away when not in use.
The dials are large buttons I found at Fabricland where I got the material. I hope my grandson has as much fun playing with this stove as I had making it.
One of the items on my granddaughters Christmas list was doll clothes for the 18″ doll I gave her two years ago. Here are the things I made for her doll:
Cosy polka dot pj’s with slippers.
Brushed denim jacket with red plaid pocket and trim and pants.
Back of the jacket and front of reversible cape.
Inside of reversible cape.
Cupcake jumpsuit with lace and mouse button trim.
The pattern I used for the doll’s clothes was McCall’s M6526. It is the first time I’ve ever attempted something so small. I can see my mistakes but hope the doll will overlook them. 😀