Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Master of All

Master of all kindness
Train my heart to love,
Fill me with the fullness
Of Godly fruit above.

Master of all music,
Train my tongue to sing,
Put a song in my heart
To praise my Lord and King.

Master of Perfection,
Train your child to be
Pure and humble daily
In action word and deed.

Master of all praise,
Train me to be true
That I should only seek
The praise that comes from you
              

                ©Sophia Rhoades
                September 26, 2006

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Vision


When I got an email from Paperback Book Swap that The Vision, by Debi Pearl, had finally been posted on my wishlist I ordered it immediately. I've been a long time reader of the Pearl's material (Created to be His Helpmeet is one of my favorite books on marriage--I'd read it years before I had marriage on the brain) so when I heard Debi Pearl had taken her first foray into fiction I couldn't wait to read the results.

The Vision is the first book in the series The Last Publishers. The end times are coming nearer. A volcanic eruption looms in the future, threatening to wipe out most of the country. Demographics have changed in the United States, and muslim extremism is on the rise. White Supremist groups are gaining rapid popularity. Plagues are spreading, earthquakes frequent, and amidst all this a small band of people are determined to reach the lost world for Christ.

The book was a page turner. I finished it in two days or less. I loved how at the bottom of the page Mrs. Pearl would include snippits of facts, verses, or directions for further research. She put a lot of work into the book. I also enjoyed her characters. They were fun, interesting, and human.

All together, I will be reading this book again, I'm sure.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Busy day

Well, today was quite a busy day--I wish I had pictures to show for it, but as it is I don't.

The day started out early--at 7:30. That wouldn't be so early if I hadn't stayed up till 3:00 at a sleepover. Ah, the joys of single life. I'm enjoying "girl time" while I have it. :-) Rebekah Durling was kind enough to rise long before the rest of us to make breakfast--and let me say, that's some kind of friend. To bed at 3, and up at 6:30 to make homemade waffles.

From the Durlings I hurried over to a friends house. Her neighbor recently passed away, and had wanted to give Richard and I some furniture to start out with. Her children took what they wanted, the rest was fair game. Richard and I took most of it. We got:
A book case (usual stuff, not durable but it'll last a few moves)
A second bookcase (hand made by one of the sons 30 years ago in shopclass. Solid wood. Very large and durable.)
A cabinet (usual stuff--nice folding doors)
A second cabinet (solid unfinished wood. Large, durable.)
A Recliner (comfortable, lightly worn, neutral color)
An end table (enclosed, good condition though some wear, lots of storage space

Plus some assorted odds and ends from the garage sale--such as a grill kit (new) pampered chef items (new), a couple skirts, and assorted glass vases that will be used for wedding decorations.

Also, while we were doing this, my aunt Denice called and said she had a wedding present for me.
:D :D :D :D A PIANO!!!! :D :D :D :D :D

I was feeling pretty peppy after all of this, but the day wasn't over yet. No, I had to make a stop by Golden D'Or--my latest favorite fabric store--for the Bridesmaid fabric.

The trip this time brought back a lot of memories that the first trip hadn't brought. Many, many years ago Amanda and I decided to make presents for two fellas we knew. They were outdoorsy types, who enjoyed history (of the sword fighting variety), and were in desperate need of good sturdy hooded cloaks. Daniel knew of a good place in Downtown Dallas that had a lot of inexpensive fabric outlets. We're talking hole in the wall places, here. As in, the entrances of some places were designed for 18 wheelers to back up into--not really a proper door. It reminded me of a bazaar, sort of. In a very American, run-down sort of way. We made our way through piles and piles of the assorted fabrics, searching for the perfect durable fabric for a couple of good looking cloaks. Finally we found it. A gray and a green, perfectly suiting the two young men.



Amanda and I were thrilled--as were the young men. We promptly set to work and soon after had two worthy gifts. We even waterproofed them, and I happen to know that at least one of the young men continued to use his cloak for many years. The fabric (and trip to the Dallas Fabric Quarter) scraps were subsequently immortalized in a friendship quilt I made for Amanda. We were, however, strictly ordered to not RETURN to the Dallas Fabric Quarter without someone who was 6 feet tall, much larger than us, and well versed in the defense of young ladies.

But today I disobeyed that command--though I can plead ignorance. I didn't realize it was the same place until I drove around the block. It is a pretty run down area, though--at one point I was looking for a parking lot and the safest place to park was across the street at a Club. I couldn't bring myself to that so I parked in a less open spot. The easiest way to find Golden D'Or is to look for Lipstick "Gentleman's" Club--the fabric shop is right next door. Daniel sure did warn me well. :)

But I got my fabric. And it is beautiful. And I have just over 45 yards of it. Hurray!!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Happenings

Life has been busy, but very good.

Wedding planning is interesting. In March I had the wedding perfectly planned. I'd started addressing envelopes. The rough draft of the invitation had been made. The songs had been picked out. The bridesmaid dresses had been designed. The dye had been purchased and experiments were well under way. The pianist had been asked, the music delivered. And there was much more.

And yet now I find almost all of that has changed. The location of the wedding is different. The entire feel of the wedding has gone from VERY casual cowboy-esque party, to fairly formal. The number and identities of the bridesmaids have changed. The timing is different. The songs (I suspect) will change. And the fabric is changing as well.

The change of the fabric sounds like a minor change, but it isn't. The whole wedding has essentially been planned around a single type of fabric, linen, that would require individual dyeing of 6 different colors for the bridesmaid dresses in order to look right. I've been practicing my dyeing techniques for several months now. I selected the fabric because in Revelations chapter 19 the wedding dress of the bride of Christ is described as being pure white fine linen, which is the rightous works of the saints. A handmade white linen dress. I thought it would be neat to have that as a picture. I still do. Which is why I originally planned the wedding around that simple linen dress. But with less than 4 months to go to the wedding, the dress not even started, and the daunting thought of having to dye 35ish yards of fabric 6 different (but complementary) colors, in addition to making three of them myself... well... I was feeling a bit overwhelmed.


This is similar to what I was going for--so similar that we've used it as a guide.

Hence the trip with Amanda today to Golden D'or Fabric Outlet. Oh, my goodness. What an AMAZING store. I love it. I decided before I went that the change in fabric would be based on three main things--first, I had to be able to find all six colors in the same type of fabric (no dyeing). Second, my linen has to sell on Ebay (I've got about $280 in linen fabric sitting in the corner of my room--I need to recoup at least $200 of that if I'm going to pay for this change). Third, I have to find someone to sew the wedding dress (as it won't be linen there is no real need for me to make it myself--especially as I have three BM dresses to make already).

The third thing shouldn't be too hard--I know a lot of seamstresses. The first two, on the other hand... well, they were going to be challenges. I looked at Joann's, and found 5 of the 6 colors. There was nothing similar to the coral, though. I thought that finished it--and the I found Golden D'Or.

And today I found ALL SIX colors!!! They are in a fabric I NEVER would have considered--not because I don't like it (I love chiffon!) but because it is difficult to sew on and expensive. But not at Golden D'Or. The most expensive of the 5 polyester chiffons (one is a silk chiffon, that elusive coral, and therefore more expensive) is $5 a yard.

FIVE DOLLARS!!!

At Joann's that stuff starts at $8.00 a yard and goes up from there. Of my fabrics the chiffon starts at $3.50. And goes up to $5. Tack on the lining (which is absolutely necessary with the sheer chiffon) and that bumps the price range up to $6.00-$7.50 a yard.


I can handle that.

So now I just have to find a seamstress and get that linen sold. :-)