Thursday, August 27, 2009

Good Morning Bloggerville

I've had a difficult time getting on the computer this week.  

I have a large sewing project I have been working on. My friend's daughter is getting married in October and I am elbow deep in the making of a chuppah.

This project has been fun, but also very challenging. 

This chuppah will be made of 100% family fabric. The only materials that are "new" is the purple embroidery floss and the light weight fusible webbing that I have had to add to the back of the satin where I am using embroidery. (Apparently 40 year old satin thinks it should shred when you run a needle an floss through it hundred times. )
The crocheted blanket was made years ago by one of the grandmothers; the satin is the mother-of-the-bride's 40 year old wedding dress. (The first picture is of the dress before I cut into it. The satin border on the crocheted blanket is what it looks like now.) 

The paper-pieced quilted hexagon is made from the brides favorite childhood Holly Hobbie bed sheets. As soon as I get the groom's favorite baby blanket, his quilted piece will be ready too. 
I have been prayerful, as I hack into fabrics that are family heirlooms, that I can put them back together in some sort of fashion that this family can be proud of...only when I spend too much time thinking about it do I feel the let's move on.

Remember that little tomato in my garden I wrote about it about before our trip to AZ.

He didn't ripen until after we got home...

He was beautiful,
 ...and oh-so-delicious.

Now we wait on the ripening of these babies....

A few mornings ago, after The Boy had watered our garden, he ran inside, grabbed my camera, and said he needed to "assuage his inner photographer." He wanted to capture the new crop. I was so amazed by his photog skillz that I thought I would share them. 

This week has been FULL. The Mister has been on-call all week, and will be all weekend. As a result he's been working weird hours and long days, and receiving middle-of-the-night phone calls. 

This week has also carried a huge lesson in the power of prayer.

I want to write about it, but I'm going to wait another week or so before I share...I do feel the need to say this:

God cares about the littlest of things in our lives. He is invested in the minutia of our day to day lives, as much as the "big" things that plague us. 

He will work in mysterious ways.

From weddings to tomatoes, God is in the details. What ever it is that you are praying for, it is important to Him. 

Just wanted you to know...

Happy Weekend!


really.truly said...

Yep, He's in all the details. So true!!

Have you ever had fried green tomatoes....they are yummy. Your crop is looking very nice and your son's photog skills are great!

Tiffani said...

That is truly going to be a priceless heirloom, Kellie!! WOW!!

I'm so proud of you!

I'm proud of your 'maters too!!!

Happy Sewing and we'll be here when you get back!! Love you!

Anonymous said...

ooo I would be SO NERVOUS cutting that stuff.. but we won't talk about it ;-). Yum look at those tomatoes! Love that God is in every little thing in our lives.

Gretchen said...

Thank you for the sneak peak at all the chuppah goodness and for the encouragement, as well. I'm sure almost everything in our lives seems little to Him, but He never makes me feel less than for praying over it. In fact, I know it glorifies Him.

Holly Hobbie! How wonderful. And look at that hexagon goodness. I feel an addiction coming on, and PTL, it's not a new food product!

Have an awesome weekend.

Gretchen said...

P.S. I think it must be a) a South thing or b) because of the movie Cars, but I'm suddenly hearing tomatoes being refered to as 'maters.

I'll adjust.

Kendra said...

Your friend will treasure her gift for ever. It's beautiful, and you are a beautiful friend for making it for her!

Send a fresh tomato my way. I didn't do a garden this year, and I so miss the taste of veggies warm from the sun and straight off the vine!

Lori said...

Beautiful post! What a loving process you're going through to bless that couple. I'm intregued and ready to hear more! Have a great weekend. :)

Allison said...

Kellie, what a beautiful idea and concept for the chuppah! I know that you will carefully and prayerfully make it as beautiful and special as you can! (I had been wondering what you were "sewing" from your tweets!)

Prayer is a powerful thing and something that I have been doing a lot of in the last week. Each day gets a little easier as I know that God has a plan for us and we trust HIS plan!

PS Great tomato pictures. We're still waiting for ours! We have gotten a few cucumbers though!

stephanie j. said...

Beautiful chuppa! Beautiful tomatoes! (We finally gave up on ours this week and pulled 'em.)

I so wish I could sew...

Dana M said...

What an honor to be sewing that family heirloom!! It is going to be beautiful and a treasure.

Carpool Queen said...

I can't believe I didn't sneak in there to see it when I was over there. I think I was too busy watching the chocolate bread bake.


Anonymous said...

Okay, getting back into the swing of all things blog and catching up. I cannot wait to see a pic of your finished product - you amaze me.

Hope you are doing well. Glad to get a glimpse into your life again - feels good to "reconnect" to ya.

And I love the blog look and poem! (Sorry if that's been up a while . . . did I mention I've not been in the blog world in a while?)

Amber said...

What an amazing heirloom. WOW. I love that they wanted all of these pieces put together into such an amazing treasure.


Your maters are loverly.

Anonymous said...

I am so jealous of your tomatoes! I tried to get some to grow this year, but my thumbs are black.

Anonymous said...

Would it be weird to say that project makes me very proud of you?

Too late. I just said it.

Jenster said...

I can't wait to see the finished product. You are one talented lady!

And I can't wait to hear about your experience with the power of prayer.

Your son should be the photojournalist on the next trip!