Oct 18, 2014

Sewing Lessons

Today one of the grans had a birthday party, shes going to be 10 in a few days, but we celebrated today. I started at the first part of the week making her gift. I made her a cute book bag, or whatever kind of bag she may want it to be. I didn't follow a pattern, and took little pains with it. What I do, I do as simply as I can. If it starts to overwhelm me, then I'll never get it finished.  I thought it turned out pretty well, and Dakota seem to like it. I'm hoping to be using my sewing machine a little more......sewing some doll clothes etc.


This is my daughter Regina modeling the bag for me after I was finished with it.




Working with patterns has always been a challenge for me. This sweet Patsy doll below is a doll my daughter Regina gave me years ago.  I've always wanted to sew some outfits for her. I'm hoping I'll get the courage to try soon. I've wanted to make a companion doll of her. I will share more about that in another post, at another time.


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Isn't this sweetie wearing a cute little frock?

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I have a wee little 6 inch Patsy too. Sewing her clothes may be a great challenge for me.


I guess time, patience , and practice,  will tell. Blessings my friends


Oct 17, 2014

What do you Think?




I happen to think Audrey looks like her daddy, my son Johnny. 



At about 3 yrs old



I think she even may make funny faces like he's done all his life , compare this one with Audrey ' s face in the top photo.  See what I mean? ;)




He's always been a lively one, a clown character really. He can makes us roll with laughter.



But, he has his serious moments too.



I'm proud of my young man, and I think he's pretty proud of his baby girl too.

Beautiful mommy and baby Audrey Alexandra



Have a blessed weekend, whatever you may be doing, do it with all your might. Life is precious for the young, the old, and the in between. Blessings to all


Oct 13, 2014

What I've been up to, as of late!


Crocheted a bonnet for Matilda



Doodling for a friend


Visited the pumpkin patch with Jax

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 Spending time on pinterest.



Praying for my cousin and her precious daughter who has been diagnosed with cancer.


Starting to write my own book of..... Simply Shelley 's Proverbs

First Proverb.......

Never be so blinded by your misfortunes that you are unable to see all the blessings God is granting you.

Oct 10, 2014

I Love Yarn Day

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Today is national I love yarn day. How about that, I didn't even know there was such a thing :) However, I do love yarn for many reasons, crocheting being my number one reason, so I've decided to celebrate " I love yarn day" here on my blog!

I'll be working on some crochet projects today and listening to some beautiful worship music, along with my other doings.  I need to take it a little easier today anyway, as I've had a busy couple of weeks. Howbeit, its been a very good business, but my body says ......slow down please!

Here I'm sharing some of my finished crochet projects, accept for this first one, I still have some rounds left on it, and that could be what I'll be working on today.








Heres a sweet image I'll share with you, just right click on it and save.  Blessings friends


This sweet kitty loves yarn too, shes celebrating as well, and having a ball of it!

Oct 6, 2014

Grandchildren make my Life just Grand



Just a few recent pictures of some of the grans. Above, Colton and Tristan, having a grand old time playing with trucks in the dirt. I love when kids are outdoors playing as children ought to.


Grandson , Isaiah, in the middle getting a pass off for a touchdown.  He's one great athlete. Our little town is there on Friday nights to cheer the Tigers on.


Little Audrey is already a week old :)


And Jaxon just turned five. He's just glad he's not the baby anymore.

Grandchildren sure make life grand, don't you think? And so do you my faithful friends.  Your comments, huggs and prayers were felt. I am feeling uplifted, and so very grateful.........thanks so much.    Blessings

Oct 4, 2014

Blessings of Hope



It's been quite a week, with the birth of our precious Audrey Alexandra, (a beautiful blessing) then too, a long nine hours of  traveling for a day of court with my son , (child custody case) which was reset, by the way! Then traveling nine hours back.  I feel so physically and emotionally drained. You just have to trust the Lord and keep on keeping on.  Life can sometimes seem like a roller coaster. With so many ups and downs, with sometimes just a few days between.  Such as this week was for me! It can really make ones head spin......, but for God! Being honest with all of you when you fight depression, and I do.... these sort of times make you feel like an emotional basket case.  I've gone around with a lump in my throat and for any little reason, something someone says, or some certain situation may arise which in turn, causes tears to overflow.  Its hard for others to understand, and truthfully ,I don't understand myself at times. It can be embarrassing or very frustrating to just start crying having no control over your emotions, and not even having an answer as to why. Thats where I am, but I'm praying and trusting God..... in his time.....I will overcome depression , as well as other physical and emotional disabilities I won't mention at this time. Mostly know, I'm not giving in to my feelings. I plan on fighting till the end. I'm not seeking sympathy....truly.  I just need to express my feelings, and this seems a good place. If I discourage any of you by sharing this sort of thing, please forgive me. Thank you so much for the very sweet comments on Audrey, she and mommy are doing fine, daddy too :)  Praying your Sunday is restful and blessed.  Shelley


Oct 1, 2014

Counting my blessings

There's been a bit of excitement in my world the last couple of days.  I have a new little granddaughter,  Audrey Alexandra.....born September 29, weighing 7 lbs 2 oz
Our family is feeling very blessed  to have her .



Proud parents, my son and his girl.






Sep 27, 2014

My Bitty Baby

Remember Ruth Anne, the doll I reborned? Well, I sent her home with my mama the last time my parents came for a visit. I was happy to give her to mama, for one reason, it made my mama happy, and another reason was I'm still trying to downsize my dolls.


And do you remember big baby, the doll I rescued from the old junk shop and gave her.... her own little makeover?



Well,she too has found a new home.  She now lives with a friend, but before I could leave her home.. my friend sent two dolls to come live with me. Yes, I'm trying to downsize, but I just couldn't say no. One of the dolls is a AG Bitty Baby, which was in need of much TLC. A dog had ripped out her behind, and she also had some ink marks about her face. I gave her a good bath, major surgery on her rear end ;) repainted her head, restuffed her body , then got her all back together and dressed her. I have no before picture, but I'm thinking you may have a pretty good mental picture of her before situation by my description of her.

Here she is after her redo.






This is what she looks like when bought new.

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Blessings friends .......do have a wonderful Lord's Day.


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I'm happy with however God chooses to bless me!

Sep 24, 2014

Lessons from Life


I know I could not make it each day without Christ being the center of my life.  Everything else revolves around that fact. I am weak, but he is strong.  In my weakness,  he is strong. 

"My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9


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I really like this image from pinterest. It just spoke to me. It says a lot about who I am, and what matters to me most.   Does that make sense to you?  I think art in a lot of forms is a wonderful gift from God, and when talents and gifts or used to glorify God, I believe that makes that talent all the more special.  I love to sing, not that I sing so wonderfully, but let's say I love making a joyful noise to God. It may or may not be so joyful to others, but to God I'm sure he delights in my efforts :)  Anyway, with all that said, I am interested in learning to play the guitar.  I don't even own one as of yet, but I'll see what happens with that idea, then I'll work on learning to play. Just a thought!



How do you like this picture of my "almost amish" mama and daddy, aren't they cute? I'm giving up my collection of Amish things. I guess it's all about coming to accept who I really am, and learning not to wish or desire to be something or someone I'm not.  I gave this amish made hat to my daddy and he just loves it. Mama wouldn't have my bonnet although I tried giving it to her, black isn't her favorite color ;) So I'll keep it and may even wear it from time to time. I'm perfectly happy just being simply me, almost amish Shelley.........another big smile here :) We live and learn, don't we? Life is a lesson in so many ways. Sometimes the testing is long and difficult, but the rewards will be everlasting if we endure and pass the test.

Guess, I've rattled on enough today ladies.  Thank you for letting me bend your ears.    Blessings to all