Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012

I can hardly believe it is the LAST day of 2012. A new year is upon us. As I reflect on this past year I am truly amazed at what the Lord has done in my life, and through me. 

At the beginning of the year I had hopes and 'resolutions' of my own but God had bigger, better things for me! Most of this year was focused on my spiritual life. I have grown in so many ways I can hardly understand it. None of it was anything I had been expecting. But, then again, isn't that how our mighty Father in Heaven works? 

As I remember back to the many struggles I went through, I realize now how wonderful each one truly was. Each difficulty that life threw at me made me stronger, refined. It's funny to think about how childish an adult can be. At the age of 32 I am finally understanding better who God has created me to be, who He wants me to be, instead of who I think I should be. While it is true that He loves me for me, it is more true that as I get closer to Him, I desire to be more like Him and less like me. That can be hard to swallow sometimes. But I sure am glad that He keeps me strong when I need it and He keeps me focused on what is most important, when I put my trust in Him.

As I push forward into 2013 I won't pretend to know what His plans are for me. I don't think I will even say I have any 'resolutions' for this new year. I will put one foot in front of the other though, taking each day as He gives them to me because we truly do not know what the next day has in store for us. And that's okay. It's okay because HE knows and that is all that matters. 

I do however have plans for what I want to do with my shop in this new year. Small plans, nothing over the top. My true desire is to glorify my Father in all that I do, even in matters of business. So, as 2012 winds down I will continue to look up. I will continue to strive after the character of Jesus Christ. I will continue to donate money to orphaned children. I will do my best to be a light in this dark world, and with His help, I know that I can accomplish this.

I hope and pray that each one of you clings close to our Father God in this year to come. That you know He is pouring out His grace and love on you, and that you accept it in abundance. That is how you will know true peace in our sin filled world. Pray for the fatherless, the widows, the lost ones. Though we don't know the day or the hour, He is coming very soon. We can see it in the prophecies being fulfilled all around us. We should glory in that.

Have a blessed last day of 2012 friends! Be safe.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fabric Covered Recipe Binder {DIY}

Last week I shared with you all a fabric covered binder that I just LOVE!

I thought maybe y'all might want to make one too. They are super easy, take little fabric and are lots of fun!  =)

Here's how to make a basic binder cover...

First you need to measure your binder (I got mine at the dollar store. It is super flimsy. Not sure if I like that or not). I opened mine up and laid it flat to measure. You need the height and width. I had a 1" binder and the measurements were as follows: 21 1/4" wide by 11 1/2" tall.

For my pattern pieces I added an inch to the width and height. Here are the pieces you need to cut to make a binder cover with pockets:

1 - 12 1/2" x 22 1/4"
2 - 12 1/2" x 10 1/2"
2 - 6" x 10 1/2"

*I should mention here that I used an iron on craft bond stabilizer on the back of each piece for added stability.

Let's get started.... And please excuse the low quality pictures! It is what it is, what else can I say?  ;)

First you're going to finish the top edge of the pocket pieces by folding them done a half inch and using straight stitch.

Next you'll take the larger pocket pieces and place the smaller pockets on top. Then you will fold over on the side by a half inch. See the picture below.

Repeat this process for both sides being careful to do them opposite of each other. I made the mistake of making them both the same at first. Oops! See the picture below for reference.

Now we are going to place the pieces right side together and sew in place, all the way around the edge, using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Like so...

Flip it all inside right. Now its time to iron it.

Next top stitch all the way around using a 1/4" seam allowance. This will keep the piece in the middle down.

Just slip your binder into the sleeves and you are all finished!

Pretty painless! It should take way less than one nap time to complete. Sweet!

To make this my recipe binder I just added some sheet protectors and recipes. I will most likely add some dividers to separate the different types of recipes later.  

I find it easier to keep my recipes this way. Especially since I usually print them from the internet, and usually I tweak them to my liking in Word first.  =)

Now that you've made one for yourself, go make one for a friend. They make great gifts!!

Have a blessed day friends!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fabric Binder Covers

I finally took the time to make a fabric binder cover, something that has been inside my little head for months now! I absolutely adore it!

I have been itching to use the yellow chevron fabric, and I just love how the turquoise radiates from it.

Sadly my pictures don't do the colors justice. At. All. The yellow and turquoise are so vibrant and cheery!

I really wanted to put a magnetic snap closure on it but unfortunately I am waiting for supplies to arrive. They should be here today. Which is good because I have an order waiting! =)

I also made a zippered binder pouch last month. It got pushed to the side because I became super busy with orders. I'll share that soon. Of course, I'll probably make a matching one for my new binder cover!  ; )

I'm thinking these will make great gifts for some teacher friends/homeschooling moms I know! Oh, and a few teens/tweens too!

Have a *cheerfully* blessed day friends!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Bible Covers That Sparkle

I recently had the pleasure of making a few fun Bible covers that really Sparkle!

It has been a long while since I created something with these fun glittery fabrics. Earlier this year I made two backpacks with similar fabrics. They were super cute!

I was super excited to get to use these fabrics again! Here are the three covers I made.

What little girl wouldn't love to receive one of these?

 So many great fabrics... so little time!

Have a blessed day friends!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bible Covers & More Bible Covers!

Okay, in my last post I mentioned I was finishing up a large order of custom Bible covers. I am so happy to say I am FINISHED!

I had a lot of fun creating each cover. I just love the fabric choices and combinations of each of them. I am going to share photos of each for your viewing pleasure! So, sit back and enjoy!

Have a blessed day friends!


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