A Stitch In Time ~ Doll Clothes For Sale ~

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Handmade American Girl Clothes
I am super excited to post these for sale ! The prices include shipping! The dresses are cross posted and will be one of a kind!
If your interested in a dress contact me at lilgranny76@gmail.com

Pink Silk Tea Dress $25 (1 available)

Pink Calico with Purple Trim $25 (1 available)

Floral Picnic Dress and Bow $ 20 (2 available)

Under garments $15 (1available)

Each Dress is been sewn by me! It is a one of a kind creation... I hope you guys enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them!

Tea Cup Exchange 2017

This was my very first time ever participating in something like this ! I must say I have truly enjoyed it beyond words! I now feel better prepared for next years... I have made two very dear friends through this beautiful exchange.
It never surprises me how God can use the simplest things to bring such joy to your life!
I received Denise from   daneesey.blogspot.com name. I truly have enjoyed getting to know her ! I truly enjoyed preparing her box for her!  My hubby was a huge help in this as well! Since I have not been able to drive for the past year due to health problems, He was awesome at helping me gather the goodies for her box!
I have gained a new friend!

Linda from http://ladylindateacup.blogspot.com/ received my name! Linda and I also became quick friends!
I received the most beautiful package in the mail!

It was such a delight to see such a beautifully presentation of treasures!
I can not wait to feel well enough to have a proper tea party and incorporate these wonderful pieces into it!
More than the package I think I am most blessed with the friendship that had came form this! The opportunity to pray and be there for someone else has been a tremendous blessing!
Thank you Stephanie for hosting such an amazing exchange!
I look forward to participating for years to come! 

Happy Homemaker April 17,2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hoping everyone had a blessed Easter ! This past week and weekend has been crazy busy for my family! Our Wi-Fi has been on the brinks which is why my post will be late! Today was a bitter sweet day! It marked a year of the first heart Surgery.... 6 months since the last infusion... we will know in a few short hour if it has stayed gone! Then I will be by to check everyone's post out after the internet people figure out the problem later this evening! Hope everyone has a blessed week!

The weather.....
The weather is fantastic today ! Its sunny and warm... They are calling for storms, so I am going to enjoy it while it last! It's in the upper 80's

Right now I am....
listening to the soft hum of a fan and waiting pictures to back up...

Thinking about how much I have to get done between now and next week... But I have no energy to do it ....

On my reading pile....
I started reading Ann Voscamp's A Thousand Gifts ! Oh my it is so amazing...

On my TV.....
Once upon A time
Downton Abby
When Calls the Heart
This week history channel kicks off a Jack the Ripper series 

On the menu for this week....
Monday - Pizza
Tuesday- Spaghetti, salad and garlic bread
Wednesday- Beef Tips peppers and onions, broccoli and roasted red potatoes
Thursday- Italian seasoned chicken breast, broccoli, and potatoes
Friday- It will be time for a grocery run and a new menu

On my to do list....
Monday- rest
Tuesday- Echocardiogram appointment
Wednesday- Homeschool Co-Op
Thursday- clean the house
Friday- grocery store and start preparing for upcoming trip
Saturday- Family day and couples meeting at church
Sunday- Church
one day this week we are going to work in our yard some

In the craft basket....
I need to put some finishing touches on some doll dresses I have sewn and finish two!

Looking forward to this week....
I am so excited that week will have a slower pace ! I just found out my best friend is coming for a visit! I am so excited! 

Looking around the house....
It looks pretty good on the inside! The outside is in need of a little tlc.....

From the camera....

me and the love of my life
What I am wearing ....
Black shorts and a Minnie Mouse t-shirt

Simple pleasures....

 Having morning quiet time with my sweet girls ....

On my prayer list.....
We are awaiting some test results on the rhythm of my heart... Also I have to go tomorrow for a echo! I am a little anxious! I just want there to be no new signs of  fluid.
I am also praying for one of my very best friends and her family about some ministry opportunities!

Bible verse, Devotional....

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Then Came The Morning....

Saturday, April 15, 2017

It is the wee early hours of the morning.... One of those I just can not rest to save my life type of deals.... The pain is intense tonight and has sent me to my old friend the chase...
My mind can not help but focus on the importance of what this day is and will hold!
Its Resurrection  morning the sun hasn't even risen yet.... The silence of the night is so calm..
Yet my mind keeps going to the thought was this the moment when the stone was rolled away! Was this the moment He Rose Again!
Today we will celebrate a RISEN Savior! The King of Kings!
The very thought makes my pain seem so insignificant...
The pain He endured just days earlier... The weight He carried of my sins... Wow ! He loved so much He took what I deserved and gave me grace!
How often we loose focus of that though and get caught in circumstances...
Today I want to not focus on my pain... I just want to truly focus on Jesus... To worship whole heartedly... To praise Him with every fiber of my being!
No matter how much sleep I lack or pain I feel!
I want to be like Mary when she seen Him and fall at His feet and worship!
To live in total thanksgiving for all He has done for me!
To never take one moment for granted...
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Matthew 28:6


Good Morning

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What a week ! I have felt like I have been treading water for days now! Sorry there hasn't really been any new post!
I have had a crazy busy weekend! It left me feeling drained to say the  very least!
Although, I must say it was well worth it! For the first time in 6 months I taught children's ministry and the A Life Of Faith Girls Club on  Sunday!
I so enjoyed feeling like I was finally getting back into the swing of things again! Spending time with the kids is medicine for this girls heart for sure!
Ever since the last heart and lung surgery in September, there really hasn't been a sense of normal... It has been decided I will return to teach twice a month.
For me that is huge! I am over our children's ministry... I just haven't been teaching like I was before! My body let me know real quick around 7 o'clock  Sunday that it had enough!
I woke up Monday running a fever of 100.5.
I have wore a heart monitor for seven days for rhythm issues. Of course other than normal everyday chest pain, my heart decided to behave lol!

So we shall see in about 10 days what it does or does not show !
I returned yesterday for a follow up with rheumatologist... The blood work for RA and Lupus came back normal... However that wasn't our get of jail free card... I still have two major symptoms of Lupus so I will need to be watched for awhile... We will return in August for another follow up!
She did however tell us she is very interested to see what the heart monitor and the echo show ! She went on to tell us she feels that the heart has no where healed enough for me to be feeling as I am expecting to considering it wen through two major heart surgeries 6 months apart from each other !
So we shall see !
I was able to get some doll dresses sewn and ready to sell ! I hope to get proper pictures and have them posted for sell by Friday !
I just really wish I had more energy ! I have homeschool co-op today and church tonight! So there will be no time for sewing today or picture taking ! I hope tomorrow I can finish loose ends of things! I have a crazy busy weekend ahead of us !
Please Help me pray I can keep up !
I am getting really excited we are only 2 wks. away  from women of joy conference! Last year when I went I was only 3 days post op from my first heart surgery !
This year I look forward to being able to walk and go with out oxygen!
Well time will soon be near to leave for co-op and I seriously need to make sure I eat breakfast and take meds before I leave!
I wanted to thank you for stopping by ! I will be praying for you this week ! I hope you will do the same for me ! ~Shellie

A Stitch In Time Lillian Stewart Series pt2

Friday, April 7, 2017

"Mamma" Lillian called, " I'm home" trying to be as quiet as possible Lillian tried to slip up the stairs of their two story home. Forgetting that the second step creaked she planted her foot firmly without thinking causing a creaking that echoed through the home ! Bringing Momma from the kitchen! Lillian is that you sweetheart ? Momma said rounding the corner ! "Momma was so beautiful" Lillian thought. Why hadn't God seen fit for her to look like her? She wondered to herself. Momma was tall not too thin just right Lillian thought,her long black hair pulled neatly in a bun showered off her perfectly rounded cheeks ,and her bright hazel eyes! She was wearing a pink day dress with her favorite kitchen apron . Lillian knew that meant Momma had been making Papa's favorite pies for supper the aroma filled the house ! Good heavens Lillian momma said when she caught site of Lillian and her dress ! What happened child ? Lillian just dropped her head . Nothing Momma I just slipped is all and well landed in the creek not meaning too. Lillian, Momma said I thought you were gonna go out and play with some of the girls here in town ? How is it you found yourself out by the creek all by yourself to play all by yourself again ? Oh no Momma I wasn't  by myself at all ! I had Ellie with me ! She never leaves my side ! Just then Lillian twirled to show Momma her precious doll. Momma realized Lillian had torn the hem of her dress . Lillian, is everything okay ? You were playing by yourself wasn't you? Or did someone push you? No momma no one pushed me! I promises I was by myself !

I was just looking at my reflection when I lost my balance Lillian explained! I see Said Momma , go on upstairs and get out that wet dress before you catch your death ! Yes Mamma , I'll be down shortly.
Momma quickly lifted a prayer to her Heavenly Father. As a Mom she knew deep in her heart that Lillian was hurting. Having a hard time loving the person God had made her to be ! As a mom that was a heavy burden to carry . It was at that moment when the cruel memory of the incident she just had happened upon, a month earlier flashed through her mind. The cruel words the group of girls were calling her beautiful princess . The group of six surrounded her in a circle as they told Lillian she was fat, ugly, a baby for playing with her precious Ellie, and if that wasn't enough ,they told her that they didn't want to be a ugly freckled face girls friend ! Lillian stood in the circle crying as they taunted her. Never fighting back, just stood with silent tears! From that day forward it was as if something had broken in her sweet princess. Her sparkle had gone from her eyes, the pep in her step was no longer there , she was distant , and seemed so alone in this big world! Although Lillian was surrounded by many who loved her, she never felt good enough alone and unhappy. Momma knew that all too well. Lord Momma prayed " please heal Lillian's heart! Send her a friend, not just any friend a true friend! Someone who will bring back what this world has stolen! Remind her she is worth loving and deserves to be happy! I know you can do it Jesus ! I just know you can....

Lillian and Ellie bounced down the stairs! There wasn't much left in this world that made Lillian happy,but she loved her home ! It had been her grandma's home. When she went to heaven before Lillian was born. The  beautiful plantation home was given to Lillian's family ! The home was decorated as if a royal family lived inside Lillian thought without any luxury left out. This was such an uncommon luxury for a Pastor's family. Momma's grandma had left her quite an inheritance. Making it possible for Lillian's parents Wayne and Marie to keep the stately home and give her a good childhood. Although she wasn't spoiled, she was treated like the princess they had prayed so hard for.Lillian always felt like a princess coming down the winding stairs. She headed toward the kitchen to find Momma, to see if she needed any help finishing supper.

     Momma was busy preparing the table when Lillian entered the bright kitchen. The breeze blowing through the windows blowing the cream floral lace curtains danced through the air! Momma's number 18 cook stove made the kitchen warm and cozy as the evening began to set in. The warmth drew the lovely aroma from the dried herbs that hung from the rafters! The mixture of lavender, rosemary,mint, and other herbs made the kitchen a delight to enjoy. The bounty she had prepared for her family was as pleasing to to the eye as it was to the taste. The crisp fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, and Momma's light and fluffy biscuits. Was one of Lillian's favorites. She couldn't wait for the flavor to explode with delight in her mouth! Princess could you please fetch me the water goblets? While Aunt Violet and I finish the meal please. Aunt Violet, will you be joining us for supper tonight? Why child I wouldn't miss it ! Why I haven't missed a meal with you in the nine years the Lord has given us with you ! Aunt Violet was Momma's nursemaid as a child and when Lillian was born she could not think of anyone else who she could trust to guide her in raising Lillian! In the Stewart home the color of the skin never determined how a person was treated. You were all equal in the eyes of God according to the Bible! So papa insisted the Stewart's home treat others as Jesus would equal! Violet may have been black but she was family! She would be treated as family as long as the Stewart's had breath in their lungs!

Moments later Pappa came bursting through the door! He had been visiting a new family that had just moved into their small mountain community. It wasn't often falls river got newcomers. When they did it was the talk of every dinner table in the small community! Hello darling have you had a good day? Papa asked Momma as she tilted her head for a kiss on the cheek. Yes dear I did. I take it by that grin on your face you're visiting the new family paid off? Momma loved to hear Papa recall his visits with the families of the community, he always repeats each conversation with such animation. Never leaving a detail out. It was such a blessing ! I feel they will be a true blessing to this little town! Where's my girl ? I haven't seen seen my freckled faced beauty ? Papa asked with a giggle in his voice ! Right here I am, Papa ! Lillian giggled. Her face beamed with pure delight as papa wrapped his strong arms around her and gave her a bear hug! Ohh Papa I missed you today! As I did you my sweet girl ! I hope your day was filled with adventure ! At the mention of adventure Lillian's cheeks blushed deep crimson red. Momma cleared her throat and told Papa dinner was ready. To keep from rehashing the scene Momma was still replaying in her mind, at the dinner table! momma made your favorite pie Papa ! For dessert, Apple just the way you like it !
Did she now ? Well then we must set down for this delicious meal so I may get to the best part !
Well then what are waiting for? Papa asked. Papa helped each of the ladies to their seats. Momma , Violet, and Lillian . Then they gathered hands and bowed their heads for the blessing over the food !
Lillian loved to hear Papa pray, he it made sound so easy as if He were talking to an old lifetime friend. Papa had taught Lillian that God was the very best friend anyone could have! He loved for His children to talk to Him as you would any other dear friend !
After dinner the family retired to the veranda for the evening. The cool mountain air made it a perfect end to a very warm day. The sound of crickets in the thicket serenaded the family as a symphony of the forest. The sun was setting in every hue of pink and orange that could paint the sky. The view never ceased to take Lillian's breathe away... The creativity God expressed through his creation made Lillian smile. It was a simple reminder to her that God loved her.
Papa tell us about the the new family Momma encouraged.
Well Marie they are from the coastal region , Wilmington I believe! They were brought here due to their daughters health. They came in hopes that the cool mountain air would help her weakened lungs. The father's  name is Mason Gulliver , his wife Sarah , their son Pete who is sixteen, their daughter Natalie who is nine like Lillian , and Carrie who is three. They are such a kind family. They have obtained a substantial home on the other end of town near the mouth of the creek. Mr. Gulliver Is planning to open a saw mill ! It will be an amazing opportunity for this community ! It brings promises of jobs to struggling families! He wants to help those who are less fortunate. It's so exciting momma ! His wife Sarah loves to sew just as you do ! I think you will like her ! You have lots In common, I think you'll become fast friends! Of course his son Pete will go to work in the saw mill when his Dad gets it going, their daughter Natalie is Lillian's age, her health is is recovering. She so sweet ! She was cuddling her own little doll, much like your Ellie ! I think you could be great friends ! We have been praying for new friends haven't we ? Papa asked Lillian. Lillian's eyes dropped to the ground , she couldn't see how anyone would want to be friends with a ugly girl who acted like a baby ! She bit her lip and held Ellie tight ! Hoping Papa wouldn't notice the tears welling up in her eyes. Papa went on to say That Natalie's sister Carrie was sweet and bubbly... At that moment Papa realized Lillian wasn't okay ....
Lillian darling what is it dear what is it ? What has upset you so ?
It was at that moment Lillian couldn't hold back the tears any more .... She let them flow freely from her eyes , the tears streamed down her cheeks , and dropped freely into what seemed to be becoming puddles on the veranda.


Time a Precious Gift

Thursday, April 6, 2017

I have spent quite a bit of time trying to perfect my schedule over the past year.
Trying to handle the daily home duties to my family, ministry and hobbies. Are often very hard for me !
Last March I had a knee surgery that went terribly wrong...
It leaves me most days very tired and finding it hard to keep up with all I desire to do!
I started doing some research and searching my own life. asking some very important questions.
1- What can I give up
2-What are daily priorities
3-What can I do make it easier to handle
I must say I was quite surprised when I felt led to by a planner.
Also at the things the Lord showed me to purge....
God showed me that its okay to say no to things that aren't helping me or is to much. Its okay to schedule my week and try to hand off some of the responsibilities of things I don't have to do!
So I set out to Walmart and spent $7.00 on a planner that fit my needs. It was cute too so that was a plus !

I then sat down and made a list of priorities.
I choose certain days to do laundry. clean house, work on ministry things, blog, write my book, sew, and things my family have need of me to do.
I made a list for each day and started with what needed my attention first!
First on  my list is always my quite time then what ever is going to take the most time. then I moved on down my list!

Then as I was praying and seeking... God showed me I needed to try to set my alarm clock and get up earlier! Ouch that one hurt a lot lol! I wont even lie! I go to bed very early most nights and wake up just as tired lol!
However I did as my Daddy (God) showed me and put it into action!
I have only been doing this a few days!
I can already tell a huge difference ! I don't feel as over whelmed an I seem to be able to get more done! I am not constantly over booking myself either!
Its amazing how the simplest things can make the largest difference in our lives !
I am excited to see how this is working even a month from now...
 I am excited to feel more organized and together as well! I hope you all have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by... Pray I can wrangle the precious time God gives me daily and use it wisely!