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Tuesday, January 12, 2016


My children are running through the house playing hide and seek and giggling in a most glorious cacauphony of beautiful sound.  The baby is gurgling in the swing while my two older ones and their friend play.  It gives me joy and peace in my heart as I close my eyes and revel in their love for one another.  At the same time, I am holding my breath while I do laundry and dishes, afraid that any moment the calm will be punctuated with things like: "THAT'S MINE!" or "SHE TOUCHED ME!" or "IT'S MY TURN!" I wait, but still the glorious unity of their play has continued unvarnished by selfishness or strife.  It's been at least twenty minutes now.  As a parent, that gives me joy and peace in my heart.  There is nothing more beautiful than watching my children play together and love each other. 

This makes me think of God and how His yearning for our unity is repeatedly mentioned throughout scripture. 

Psalm 133

How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together in unity!
 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
    running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down on the collar of his robe.
It is as if the dew of Hermon
    were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
    even life forevermore.

Then I think of all the ugly discord between God's people:

Calvinism versus Arminianism. 

Baptists versus Pentacostals. 

Infant baptism versus believer's baptism. 

Christians who drink versus those who abstain. 

Skirts and head coverings versus slacks and jeans. 

We are God's body, his children and we argue and bicker and draw lines among ourselves.   We fight over non essentials wasting our energy on worship styles and clothing rather than on reaching the lost.  We could work together and be a powerful force for good, but often we end up working against each other and spreading poison instead of demonstrating God's redemptive power.  We identify as Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Catholic instead of Christian.  And in so doing, we are anything but Christ-like.

James 4: 1-3
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?  You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Aah.  I was waiting for it.  Two of the children are screaming at each other now.  The peaceful morning has been broken by the pull of their sin natures.  Fists fly, toys are thrown, and words are spoken that cannot be unsaid.  This often means they spend the rest of the morning on the defensive, expecting the worst from each other, which leads to more whining, crying, and screaming. These are children who love each other.  They really do.  Sometimes, though, it's hard to see that through the whining and arguing.  They so often put their own wants and desires over the needs of their siblings.  If they only knew how beautiful their relationships could be if they put the other first.  If only they knew how fulfilling it would be.  If only they could remember how wonderful it feels when they think of each other first.  I wish Baby Bear could hold in his heart the feeling he gets from giving his big sister Bunny one of his cookies.  I wish Bunny could always cherish the joy she gets from making Bear little presents.  I wish they could remember that when they're trying to share the Duplos and they both want the same pieces.

If only the Catholics and the Protestants could remember how it feels when we huddle together and pray over tragedies such as 9-11.  If we could only hold on to the camraderie and brotherhood experienced when we work together to clean up tragedies like the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  If only we could remember that we are all different members of Christ's body and we are to work together.  We don't have to be the same.  We don't have to believe the same non-essential points of doctrine.  We do have to love one another as Christ loved us.  That's how we're to be identified as His.

Jesus meantions us-- His followers who would come after His thirty three years here on earth--one time in a prayer He prays for his disciples.  The one thing He prays for specifically for us is that we would be one.  One.  I guess He prayed that because He knew how difficult a thing it would be for us.  He knew that it would be the thing the rest of the world would be looking at--our unity.  He knew that they are looking to us as they make their decisions about Him.  

John 17: 20-23
I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,  that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—  I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Refreshing a Happy Heinys Diaper Tutorial

I have a new tutorial over on my new blog: How to fix a worn, but still usable Happy Heinys diaper with Velcro closures. 
Check it out here

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Princesses and my Prince

I have a new blog which will be explained below.  Here's the URL: http://makingallthings.blogspot.com/

The web address sort of ties into my Etsy shop's address: http://www.etsy.com/shop/makingallthingsnew which is named in such a way first of all because I like to make things, second of all because I like to make new things out of old things, and third of all because Jesus Christ is always making new things out of my mess.  So, in case you don't feel like reading any further, that's the long and short of it.  

Here's more of the story, though:

I can't believe how I've neglected this blog! It started of course when school began back in August and then culminated when I got pregnant (yay--big news!) and became terribly ill with what many call hyperemesis gravidarum--a quite severe form of morning sickness that calls for lots of medicine and trips to the hospital. 

Once I got pregnant, I suddenly felt the need to streamline things a bit and start yet another blog.  Nothing is really different on the blog other than the fact that the address and the title match and they also match my Etsy shop name and URL.  That makes me happy.  When I made this blog it was really just a way to put all my cloth diaper entries away from my real blog and then I sort of became cloth diaper obsessed and, well, I haven't been so obsessed since my daughter Bunny potty trained, though it's starting to come back as I round my fifth month of pregnancy with my second child--a boy (hence my Prince in the title). 

In addition to my really awesome news about the baby boy gestating inside my womb, I have some lesser news: a couple new dollies have been added to my shop including two Princesses: Snow White and Ariel.  My daughter loves them both and it's only through repetition and the practice of not receiving all of Mommy's handmade things that she's okay with them going to Etsy rather than to her.

Check them out!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Freezer Jam

A month ago, I found a ridiculously awesome deal on blueberries at our local bent and dent store.  They were $.69 a pint.  Yeah, I know.  Ridiculous.  

I've recently switched to as much whole food in our diet as I can manage without killing myself.  We've replaced refined sugars with things like maple syrup, agave, honey, and sucanat.  We've switched to all whole grain, and we're eating organic as much as possible.  Also, we do as much home made as I can manage so as to avoid preservatives and unnecessary chemicals in our food.  

Enter, my blueberries and the desire to make a whole food jam.  My dear friend recently brought me over some of her strawberry freezer jam made with apple juice and honey instead of sugar and it was great!  So, when I bought the blueberries, I decided to try it.  

So, I bought like 8 pints, maybe even more of these very cheap berries, and went to work following this recipe.  

I shared some and froze the rest and we'll have home made, preservative free blueberry jam for the remainder of the year.  SCORE!!!!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mike Wazowski Costume Instructions

As of Christmas time, and because of a game played with some older cousins, Bunny has really been into monsters.  I've tried to curb it, and downplay it, but imagining monsters is something that scares her, but something she really loves as well, so I've decided to embrace it and make it as positive as possible for her.
A couple of months back I made her a plush monster named Rosita who was a bedtime favorite for awhile.  Then, she really REALLY got into the monsters game, a game I guess she made up where she and anyone who will play it with her hide for monsters for hours and hours on end.  And she imagines all sorts of monsters and she describes them for you.  She hides from them, and yet she loves them and gets mad at you if you blow them away or banish them from the house. 

So, then we went to the library and got half a dozen monster books.  We read them and read them and read them until it was time to bring them back.

I've been making her lots of princess costumes lately (because if you know anything about my Bunny, you know that she is obsessed with every and any Disney princess), and it occurred to me that maybe she'd equally enjoy a monster costume.  I decided to go with the iconic Mike Wazowski cyclops for two reasons 1) I didn't want to have to invent my own, and 2) a one eyed monster with no nose is pretty easy to replicate! Now, Bunny hasn't seen Monsters Inc. yet, but when she does, I'm sure she'll be thrilled to see good ole Mike, now that she has his costume.

I looked online for a costume in the shape of a pea or a pumpkin, but had little luck finding one with an actual pattern.  I did fine this from Martha Stewart, but the instructions were no longer online.  I also found a video with instructions to this pattern, and sorta copied the shape I saw in the video after watching only about a minute.  The main idea of this costume is to make it out of a pillowcase, but I just used a pillowcase as a starting off point to get the correct dimensions, and then added the leg and arm holes I saw in Martha's version my own way since hers had no instructions.  So, without further ado, here it is: The Mike Wazowski costume with a few tips on making your own.

If your child is between 1 and 4 years old, you can start with a pillowcase.  I placed bunny on a pillow case, and made cuts for the arms and the legs where hers lay.  Then, I cut the length of the pillowcase appropriately and used it to make my pattern.  This is what I came up with (pardon the mess on the floor of my craft room).  You want it longer and wider than your child, but not so long that it hangs around his/her knees.  Also, you're going to put elastics in the leg holes to make it just snug enough to stay up around the top of the thighs, but not so snug that it digs in painfully.  The top will also have an enclosed elastic.  It will be loose enough or stretchy enough that your child can put the costume on through the neck hole, but not so large that it falls down around the shoulders.  Basically, you want the costume to look like a big, fluffy grape/raisin.

I cut two of these pieces.  Then I made my appliqué pieces.  I'm sorry, I don't have a pattern.  I usually just eye things up on google images and cut them out.  Sew your appliqué pieces with a slight zig zag stitch.  Fleece doesn't fray so you don't need to turn the edges, and it's nice and full so your stitches will stay mostly buried.

Next, sew both of the large pieces together.  Sew at the sides (leaving the arms open) and then between the legs.

Now, add the elastic.  Around the legs, use a 1/4 elastic.  Zig zag stitch this elastic into place (stretching it as you go), leaving about 1/4 of fabric on the edge.  Then, fold the edge over and hem the legs.

For the top elastic at the neck, I made a sleeve/pocket to slide the elastic through and slid an 1 wide elastic through, sewing it together and then closing up the sleeve.

For the sleeves of the monster suit, I cut two long rectangles the length of the circumference of her arm (well, wider than that, actually, it was the length I wanted the arm hole to be), sewed it into a circle, folded it in half and added it to the sleeve holes.  Because of the nature of fleece, the length of the sleeve doesn't have to be the same as the sleeve hole because you can stretch it to fit, but it should be close or smaller.  I like a smaller sleeve works well because it cinches it in a bit.

  The final effect was lovely!  AND quick and easy.  I ended up with a 2T-3T dress up costume (We don't really do Halloween) so my daughter can enjoy playing the monster game that she loves so much.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

New in my Shop: A Green Monster

I made a new toy for my shop! He's a cutie and my 2 1/2 year old daughter, who does watch Smallville, named him Zod, though I don't think she realizes the Superman reference.  I love him because he's long, and lanky with poseable arms and a goofy smile. He even gives hugs!

 Bunny is jealous because she thinks some kid gets Etsy gets all the best of her Mommy's creations so the moment I showed him to her she declared simply, "I want a blue one."  She'll get one sometime today, probably.  :-D  Without further ado, here he is.  If you like him, he's only $15.50 which is cheaper than most other monster plushies of this caliber and relative size on Etsy.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

First Haircut

I wanted to postpone Bunny's first haircut till forever but her little ends were getting so split and damaged after her nearly three years on earth without my touching them, that I figured it was time.  That, and she sort of already gave herself a first haircut of sorts when she hacked a chunk right out of her bang area the other day.  Six inches of beautiful, yellow baby-to-toddler hair gone and in its place a little tuft that pokes out when she wears a pony tail.

I guess this isn't a first haircut, then, if we're talking bangs.  I had her bangs cut once, right before her second birthday party, but once she stopped pulling barrettes out of her hair, I decided to grow out the bangs because I REALLY hate bangs on little girls--mostly because the nature of growing out your baby hair tends to give them a helmet head.  I know, I'm the oldest of 7 children and 6 girls. 

In any case, despite the TWO bang cuts, if you count the one she did to herself, the rest of her hair hadn't been touched.  Til two weeks ago, that is.  My aunt and my sister are both hairdressers so I've learned the proper technique for a trim.  It came out marvelously, if I do say so myself.  It rid her of all the straggle and none of the length.  Woo hoo!