Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Birthday's for Babies

I'd like to introduce you to Bethany. A young woman who is impacting the world with the love of Christ.
God gave her a vision and called it Birthday's for Babies. She is getting behind Pro-life organizations and opening doors for people like you and me can participate in the campaign to save the lives of the babies in our country.
Through her passion and story, God inspired me to write a song in honor of her campaign. Listen below, share with your family and friends.  

Go visit Bethany's Blog and find out just how far reaching this is, who all is involved, and how you can save a life.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friendship Shirts - Tutorial

I'm going to put together a little tutorial of how to make friendship shirts. You've seen friendship bracelets, and necklaces, and rings, and bread, but have you ever seen friendship shirts???

So, I'm always impressed by the bloggers who do these REALLY amazing Step-by-step tutorials for DIY's and I can't even imagine the amount of time it took them to make their item with all the stoping and snapping they were doing; not to mention how long it would take to organize all the shots and directions in their 20 mile long blog post.

To you, fearsome tute-blogger, my hat is off.

But, honestly, I don't need that much direction. So I skip over the tiny steps and leap to the end where I go, 'Oh, yeah, like that', then I run off to the sewing room and whip it up. So, this tutorial is gonna be like that; highlights and bam, your done. :^) If you need more steps, or have questions, I'm MORE than willing to answer anything in the comments below!

What You'll Need:
2 shirts of the same exact brand, style, size, but different colors/patterns

That's pretty much it. Well, besides a sewing machine, pins, scissors and matching thread. But we all knew that!

First off, check the sizing. If it doesn't fit you right, you wont wear it right and it wont look as cute and you wont like it and you just might give up on your sewing skill and chuck the machine out the window... But before you do that! Find a shirt that DOES fit you nice and lay it on top of both shirts to for this project and start pinning. Like this! vv
Pin the first shirt, then the second shirt underneath, following the lines of the shirt you know fits and you love because of it. Then you will stitch along the inside of this pinning line [or right on the pin line].

Remember to follow on up into the sleeves if they are larger then the sleeves of your favorite shirt. Then let the line decrease as you near the end of the sleeve.

Above is my two shirts altered to fit me from using a shirt I already love the fit of. [After this I trimmed a 1/4 inch seam allowance and surged the edges to finish.

Then I shortened the sleeves to 3/4 length and simply surged them to finish; didn't mess with any fancy finishing and it rolls up cute!

Now, fold your shirt in half, making sure the seams line up and it is very smooth. Then cut it down the middle. I did one layer at a time, the first...

... then folded that layer back and cut the second layer. [that way if there was a weird fold on the underneath layer, I wont just cut right through it and mess up my nice straight line]

Your shirt should look about like this now. Go ahead and do the same thing to the other one!

I almost forgot! Remove the tags before you cut the shirts in two. It will be easier.

Now for the awesome part! Take the right side of one color/pattern of shirt, and pin it right-sides-together with the left side of the opposite shirt. {make sure you have fronts to fronts and backs to backs}

another shot of the fronts pinned right sides together.
Don't do this. Due to the slippery satin trim it liked to slip unevenly. This is tacky. Get out that seam ripper and make it right. Even Steven!

First shirt done! Still inside out, stitched and surged.

Do the same thing with the next shirt and you have a cute shirt and an extra to give to a friend!
From this... this!

Enjoy! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Stand Your Ground


You are living it, breathing it and dishing it out. Not superficial charity. Not the kind of love that just elevates your status, that causes ‘warm-fuzzys’ to well up from inside. Not the kind of love that is convenient and as soon as you begin to feel a sacrifice coming on you can duck out and not give so much.

You are a word in action. Love. You have in dwelling Spirit power and Christ is instilling in you True Love. He is filling you to over flowing and now you are spreading it around. You are pouring out every drop. You are doing the back breaking work of shoveling out mountains of love; day in and day out; in the here and now. Where love is nitty-gritty, not all flowers and sunshine. The blessings are profound and you keep praising the Lord.

There are endless opportunities, and they are right on your door step. You are loving and living and lives are benefiting from the fruit Christ is growing in you.

This is what you are called to do. There is no reason that you could not continue in this path, and there is nothing that can remove you from this journey of the poured-out life of a true born-again follower of Christ.


You make a mistake. Relatively minor, but significant to one. You apologize but the damage is done.

You go back to try and pour out; but in the back of your mind you hear these words; ‘Careful. You might mess up again. Didn’t you see how disappointed they were last time? What if you did it again, or something worse?’ You turn inward, seeking out the flaws of self; examining.

You have a weekend of relaxation with fellow believers and bask in the glory of God’s creation. You praise Him for the opportunity to experience His greatness and the beauty He made and for friendships grown stronger. It was amazing, and you can’t wait to experience it again.

But wait. You hear a voice say; ‘This is not the right way to living a truly Christ built existence. Where were the orphans you are supposed to be taking care of when you were rubbing your full belly with your feet around a fire in the company of friends?? What about the widows, and the starving, and the lost? While you were out having fun, the world was dying!!’

Guilt. Fear of failure. You turn in again. ‘Where did I go wrong?’ you ask yourself and try to find out what is right, ‘what really is the next step? how do I know who, where, when and how to love?’

Distraction. The tempter is the king of confusion and noise. He sees you living out love and he sees lives being resurrected by your poured out existence. He has to stir the pot. He has to keep you from thinking about OTHERS. If he gets you to look inside, to question your motives, to second guess your standing in Christ; then he’s won.

He’d rather see you trying to make yourself a better Christian than to find you out loving the least of these. He’d rather see you marking off a ‘devotional-duties’ list than find you on your knees in devote praise to the true God.

Do Not Be Moved. You do not have to fight the tempter, for Christ will fight for you. All you must do is stand in the place He has put you in and praise the Lord.

There is no question in love.

Where? Here. {Where you are}

When? Now. {There is no other time}

Why? Because. {You have a calling}

Who? Them. {The person right in front of you}

How? Christ. {With Christ, in Christ, because Christ first loved you}
Blessings - Kerry

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Don't Give Up - God Promised

Imagine. You are in a room full of people your age, and there are some guys among them. Okay, they’re really cool, and their really cute. You’re glad when you look down and realize you are wearing that really great outfit that shows off all your best features. You’re flirtations; but you just call it ‘being friendly’. You catch the eye of the cutest boy there. A shiver of excitement runs down your spine. “Could he be the One?” you think to yourself, and pray a silent prayer that you don’t trip over your words. He’s drawn to you. But he’s not interested in protecting your heart. He likes what you’re showing, but he doesn’t know who you are. In the moment it feels like it must be right, why couldn’t this be true love? Why would he not be ‘the one’? So you let him come closer. He really seems grateful, but he wants more. He begrudges you’re so called ‘standards’, and you run right up to the boundary of your rules. 

Then, the door opens. It is Jesus standing in the door way. But he is not alone. He is walking with a young man who is glowing with the light of the Lord. Jesus puts his arm around the young man’s shoulder and points to you across the room. You hear Him say to the young man;

“Look, here she is! This beautiful girl is the one who I have saved you for. This is the girl that you have been faithful to all these years. This is the girl who you have sacrificed your own sinful desires, your lustful thoughts and your Hollywood dreams for. She is the woman whose heart has been fashioned for yours.”

Your heart is caught in your throat. You look at the cute boy with his arm around your waist in disgust as you realize what you settled for. You allowed simple emotions to rule your life instead of diligently handing those emotions over to God. But you didn’t know. It’s what everyone else was doing. It’s what everyone else was settling for.

You push yourself away from the crowd with tears streaming down your face as you realize you believed a lie. Then you feel a hand on your shoulder. And you look up into the loving eyes of Jesus Christ. He takes both of your hands in his as you rise. As He wipes your tears you see tears in His eyes. You can see deep into His eyes and you see a pain much deeper than your own.

You mouth the words, ‘I’m Sorry’. A pitiful gesture but it is all you can manage. Then you open your mouth to explain. You try to come up with the right words to make him understand, but you stop yourself short. The reality sets in as you look deep in His loving face. ‘I didn’t trust you’ you hear yourself say. ‘I didn’t really believe that when you promised to provide the desires of my heart that you really knew what you were talking about. I decided to take control of my own love story and try it myself. But I’ve written a tragedy; take this pen from my hands. Rewrite what I’ve done wrong.’ He smiles, as soft knowing smile.

Jesus says, “I will retake the pen, I will script your story, as long as you continue to invite me into your life. These scars will remain, I have forgotten them, even if you have not. But they do NOT define who you are. You are a daughter of the King. A princess and beloved by your father.  It is not too late to live in faithful purity. It is not too late to rest in the fact that I, the Lord your God, will provide for every need and desire.”

He raises his hand and touches your head and in a flash of light your curve hugging outfit from the mall turns into a gleaming white gown. It is more beautiful than your dream wedding gown. The lines are cut just right; the lace and the pearls are perfectly placed. The vale now covers your face and your heart soars as you know it is not just a covering of cloth, but a covering of protection, love and forgiveness.

Then, you turn to look Jesus in the eyes again, through this vale of new life, and you know. He is the lover your soul has longed for all along. You have truly learned to delight yourself in the Lord and in His mighty plan for your life. Butterflies begin to flutter inside you and your heart skips a beat when you hear Him say your name.

“NOW, you are learning to truly love.” He says.

Then He kisses your hand and raises your vale at just the right moment. He looks to His right and motions for the young man you had forgotten about to come forward.


Friday, July 5, 2013

Crafting Independence

Granny squares!
 I'm makin' my first crocheted blanket... I need a third color, though. Any suggestions?
It's an Anywhere Baby Chair!
 You can find a GREAT tutorial for this traveling baby chair here:
Annabell is a great model, don't you think?
Dinner! I love gouda cheese... :^)

"...And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there..."

Hope you had a great Independence day!
- Kerry -