Mar 31, 2009
I should be done with quilts for a while... I have one more to do hopefully this weekend... and ALL of the BAG fabric should be here hopefully by Friday!!! Can't wait!!! There are some GREAT prints coming! And... I have another pattern I'm going to test out. There's one part of it that I can't quite figure out so that's where my Aunt Emily comes in to rescue me before I break something or waste fabric. Not sure how it will all turn out... the pattern is weird considering how simple the bag is, but then, patterns themselves are a foreign language to me so I really have no idea what I'm talking about. I also have a dress I want to try and make.
Did I mention that Nola tries to nap on ALL of the quilts? I think she's trying to tell me something... so a dog bed is in the works at some point, which will be a waste I'm sure of since she sleeps with me at night and isn't allowed off the bed (she'll pee somewhere, plus, I enjoy her company, she's a great spooner!). Maybe I will make a throw to put on the bed for during the daytime when she's gated in the bedroom ... that would be a better use of effort. Solved that problem. That's for being here to talk me through that one.
The Mayonnaise Jar
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'
The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. 'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.
The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else---the small stuff. 'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you... '
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.
Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.'
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.'
Mar 29, 2009
Ok, so I am supposed to write about 7 things that I love...
1) My family - I think that this is quite possibly everyone's #1 in the list of seven! There are a few things I wish I could change sometimes, but then I remember the Serenity prayer! ;) I most love my sister... I hate that we used to not be as close as we are now. I look back and feel really sad about it, but if it contributed to where we are now, then I'm okay with that.
2) Friends - Oh how I love you all! I've learned so much from each person and I love that everyone is from all walks of life. I love that I have friends that are peers and friends that are 60. I love having friends online, friends I've never even met face to face, yet friends who I've shared SO much with - new friends and old friends! I think my oldest online friends are from 2000 - almost 10 years!
3) Picnics on warm sunny days... although I often have a toss up between playing outside and staying in with the windows open, cleaning the house. Mmmm....
4) Nola. Do I really need to say more? :) My sister lived with me for almost six years before moving to Goldsboro to be with her now husband. When she left it was lonely, but I was okay. Then, I had six of my best Greenville friends leave too! One has since come back, but everyone else is still away... I was SO lonely! Enter: Nola Belle! Nola was actually named because "Enola" is alone spelled backwards. I hated "Enola" and it reminded me of Enola Gay so...
5) Luka Bleu and Finley, sweet, sweet kittens! (Luka is technically 'senior' but he'll always be a kitten...)
6) Hope Aid. I love it. Everything about it.
7) #7 IS INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK.
I am now passing this award to.... (drum roll please...)
13) Opus #6
I was SO excited, I couldn't pick just 7, so I decided to spread the love according to my excitement!
Thing #2: I cannot tell you until someone else tells first! Or until I've been given the clear to tell... in which case, I promise to tell! Maybe we'll have a simultaneous 'telling-of-the-thing' and schedule our posts to post at the same time (hey, hint, hint! lol!)
Err, Fresh Prince is still on, I have GOT to go to bed!
Lots of my friends got snow today -- HAPPY SNOW DAY! We got rain... and a tornado! I'm thankful no one was hurt. Good night! (For real this time!)
Lots of times people ask me why I help people around the world. Why can't I help people here, because lots of people right here in our own country need help. This is true. I have never denied this. However, we have SO many resources for people to take advantage of in the US.
When Hope Aid was founded, it was done so because resources are not available, and when they are, not everyone has access. Hope Aid is a bridge for that.
Helping others isn't just a 'calling' or 'passion' for me, it's what I feel like I was born to do. Why are some people born into wealth and enough when others are born in mud huts leaving much to be desired? I wasn't born into wealth by any means, but I was born in a country that has more than enough. A country whose people are cared for via government assistance or community organizations. Shelters may be full, but there are often many options for someone who is homeless. Work may be hard to come by, but there are plenty of jobs that will pay money.
Not everyone has that luxury. I'm not really sure where I'm going with this, these are just some thoughts that I've been thinking for a while but after watching the trailor for The Mountain Thief, I decided to go head and post. Fresh Prince is on and I can rap the entire intro song. That's sad. It's after midnight and I've obviously lost my thoughts here... good night! Let's talk more about this! Have you blogged about it before? I'm thinking I might try Do Something Monday again. I removed the linky from my blog but I think I need Do Something back. It kept me humble. It kept things real.
Good night all!
Lately, this blog hasn't really been about much more than every day things. I used to post about more important things. I feel sad that I didn't even write about how I saw Slumdog Millionaire, and that it was a wonderful movie. I haven't even followed up on some of my posts.
I have a lot to catch up on. Til then, check out the video. I want to see this film.
Mar 28, 2009
If you are interested, please let me know or email me so that I can send you the fabric options. Hopefully the fabric will be here soon and I'll be able to give you a good turn around time.
For now, I'm only going to make the small bags. They will be $12.
Hope everyone's having a great weekend!
Craft it Forward!
Here's how it works - the first three people to comment on this post, will receive a handmade, surprise craft from me in the next six months...
Each of the three commenters who are participating should re-post this and craft it forward to three other people.
Please be sure you provide a way to contact you so I can send your crafty gift...and when you receive your gift, blog about it referencing 'Craft it Forward!'
Remember, each craft will be a surprise - and it will be a surprise when you receive it!
(The official rules are 6 months but I doubt I'll make you wait that long!) This will be so much fun!
Mar 27, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
At this point, I considered making a throw pillow, but it wouldn't really go with anything in the house so, I stuck with the little quilt idea as planned.
Mar 23, 2009
I've had a few people ask me to make one for them, so I think I am going to start selling them. I figured it would be a great way to make some money for Hope Aid projects. We have quite a few families waiting for income-generating projects so this would be a neat way to get some funds rolling in. I think for starters I'll sell them for $12-15 depending on the fabric. Most will be $12.
I'm going to see how a pocket would look on the inside; the current bags don't have a pocket. They also do not have a bottom. I can make a bottom but it takes much longer and I'd have to charge more than what I think the bag would be worth to add it. I used a thick interfacing (extra lining) so the bags are canvas-like and pretty durable.
So far, we've made a neat little list of uses. Some of my favorites: lunch sack, car tote for trips, Bible bag, couple of diapers/wipes/snack for dropping of basics at church nursery or Sunday school, travel tote for makeup...
I've picked out a ton of cute fabric to order so if anyone is up for a bag that benefits Hope Aid, let me know! They're not completely reversible but could certainly pass for reversible as there is only a small section of the lining that has been stitched on the outside, otherwise there are no seams. I've drafted my own pattern for the same bag but with two handles... I'm still perfecting it though. It's a work in progress and probably more than what I should be doing, but if I'm ever going to learn... :)
Ok without further ado, my bags!
What do you think?
Mar 22, 2009
3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease.
43% of water-related deaths are due to diarrhea.
84% of water-related deaths are in children ages 0 - 14.
98% of water-related deaths occur in the developing world.
884 million people, lack access to safe water supplies, approximately one in eight people.
The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.
At any given time, half of the world's hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease.
Less than 1% of the world's fresh water (or about 0.007% of all water on earth) is readily accessible for direct human use.
An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the typical person living in a developing country slum uses in a whole day.
Without food a person can live for weeks, but without water you can expect to live only a few days.
The daily requirement for sanitation, bathing, and cooking needs, as well as for assuring survival, is about 13.2 gallons per person.
Water projects in developing countries fail at an average rate of 50% or higher.
Only 62% of the world's population has access to improved sanitation - defined as a sanitation facility that ensures hygienic separation of human excreta from human contact.
2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation, including 1.2 billion people who have no facilities at all.
At any one time, more than half of the poor in the developing world are ill from causes related to hygiene, sanitation and water supply.
Every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
Children in poor environments often carry 1,000 parasitic worms in their bodies at any time.
What can we do? Research - there are quite a few organizations on a mission to end the water crisis. Interested in a specific country? Email some local groups there and donate. Pray. Join the water challenge. For more water info, visit Blood: Water Mission's website.
I started feeling better late Wednesday but really wasn't feeling back to myself until Friday. David leaves on Tuesday. :( I'm still trying to convince him to stay until Wednesday... not sure how that will work.
Anyway... so last week...
Monday was documented pretty well I think... Tuesday consisted of well, I'll spare you. Wednesday I worked for a couple of hours but was still feeling bad so I came home earlier than I'd anticipated and spent the afternoon on the couch. Thursday was "normal," worked AM, came home at lunchtime and D and I spent the afternoon hiking. We'd planned to go to Goose Creek but decided after a nap that we didn't have time to go so we stayed local. Friday, we tried to have date night but someone didn't like the table we got so we ended up leaving the restaurant because they were too busy to move us.
Here are pics from the hike on Thursday. Most of the main trail was closed because of all the rain we got the week before, but we still managed to finish half of it and had a good time.
Mar 16, 2009
7am, slight headache, peppermint oil, makeup, lotions, creams, other beauty potions...
8am, late for work, train, grr...
9am, work...10am, work...
11:45am, still at work, but leaving...
Mar 15, 2009
I should warn you that I can't promise this won't be a habit. Who knows if in ten years I'll want to look back at every hour I spent on a random day... either way, it should be fun!
Mar 12, 2009
Mar 11, 2009
Sleepy crowd! No idea where Finley was... probably sleeping on the bed somewhere! Oh, did I mention that D was here already?! He surprised me and came home three days early! I'll be working half days so I won't exhaust my leave time and we'll get to spend the afternoons together. He should be here for almost two weeks!
Mar 10, 2009
We'll celebrate with a pupcake and homemade doggy treats.
I can't believe my girl is two years old!
How on earth will I handle my own babies growing up one day?!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BELLY!