Things Are Looking Up

Well! My original pattern maker has done a complete “about-face”.  Here’s what’s happening:

I’m preparing for a “soft” launch of the line by the end of this month so, I needed to finalize some things.  If you remember from previous posts, I had samples of the entire line sewn but there was at least one thing I didn’t like about each dress.  On Wednesday, I dropped them off with my pattern maker to be tweeked (except one. It’s only buttons and I can do that myself).  I’ve written a description and care instructions for each and after I price them I’ll set up the website.  I’ve been fasting and praying about a venue and more capital, as I depleted what I had some months ago.

What’s got me in high spirits, though, is my pattern maker!  If you follow this blog you know I was frustrated with my pattern maker (who is also my seamstress) and had to find another one.  I got some help from my reluctant mother-in-law, a local seamstress, and finally a pattern making company in NYC.  I don’t think I ever specified why I had to find someone new because I didn’t want her feelings to be hurt if she happened by the blog, but one of the things was, when I’d call to see how things were coming along, she never remembered what she was doing for me!  I even suggested, on more than one occasion, that she create a file for me. “Why didn’t she think of that?”, you ask?  I have no idea, but such were her former dealings with me and, despite her being a bonafied professional; being truly skilled in her craft and having good contacts, I was forced to seek more professional services.

We parted on good terms. I didn’t tell her I never planned to use her again and after not having spoken to her for almost 2 years, I called her one day for her opinion on something.  She was so affable and helpful I thought I’d give her another try.  Sure enough, it’s as if she’s a different person!  I called her yesterday and she sounded so lively.  She knew who I was and immediately let me know where she was in the process.  I can’t imagine what’s changed her attitude, but I’m SOOO HAPPY!

Keep me in your prayers, please.  It looks like my dresses will average around $150 a piece.  I’m trusting God for a venue.  Oh! I found some fabric that I think is lovely but I bought the last 5 yds. of it and the company is no longer printing this pattern BUT I found a printing company!  I also found a possible manufacturer near me.  I will make appointments to meet with both as soon as the seamstress is done because the manufacturer needs to see each dress in order to give me a price.  Until next time, please comment and please pray 🙂

God Wants to Work WITH You

Did you know that God will not condemn you if you do not agree with something in The Bible?  Well…He won’t.  Let’s say you got behind in your light bill and received a “Shut-Off” notice.  If you call the power company and explain whatever your problem is, they won’t shut your electricity off.  They will work WITH you to develop a payment plan that fits where you are, right now, financially.  Do you think they love you down at the power company?   They don’t.  They’re just being courteous to you.  Well, God Almighty  L-O-V-E-S  you.  He knows you won’t understand or LIKE everything you find in The Bible.  When you read it and cringed, that didn’t surprise Him.  He knew it would rub you the wrong way before you read it, but God is GOOD…NOT CRAZY.  He doesn’t demand from you what He knows you’re unable to give.

You know what He’ll do?  He will work WITH you to bring you to a place where you are able to receive, and even embrace, that very thing that made you cringe.  And  God is so smooth that He’ll do it in a way that you won’t even realize it’s happening, but one day, you’ll understand it and when you read it, you’ll see His love for you all over it!

There are some things in The Bible that I don’t like.  There are some things in there that you don’t like.  For example, the scripture in Proverbs that likens a nagging woman to a constant drip.  Really?  So, what is a nagging man?  A slice of cheesecake?! WHAT does that even MEAN?!

 I don’t know, but here’s what I do know:

God  is  Love and He loves  Me.

God Wants to get close to you.  He loves you and He wants you to get to know Him and enjoy spending time with Him, as all parents do.  As you’re developing your relationship with your Heavenly Father, and you come across something in The Bible that hurts your feelings, don’t pull away from Him.  Just say to Him “Father, please help me understand that.” and forget it.  He’ll help you. You’ll see…because you are the most important thing in His life.

You Have the Power. Connect to It.

Grace is power.  It is ability.  You have the power; the ability, to do everything God has called you to do, but you have to connect to it.  You do that by surrendering your will to God’s will and being obedient to Him, no matter what you want to do.  Now…I know that sounds harsh or like you’re going to submit to God and find yourself in some crazy situation, but …lol…God is not a lunatic.  I can’t say that enough.  He isn’t trying to get you into some nasty predicament to see if you can figure your way out of it before you die or lose your britches or something.  GOD     LOVES     YOU.  He will work WITH you, as long as you work with Him, and the way He works is progressive.

When you graduated 3rd grade, your teacher didn’t promote you to 10th grade.  That wouldn’t have been fair.  How can you think God would do something like that to you?

He wouldn’t.  You would start with something small; something that, if you didn’t do it, it wouldn’t mean that much.  A good example might be serving someone a cup of tea.  Let’s say your teenager is being particularly saucy today.  You’ve been patient and endured his funky attitude all day.  Right before you slap him, you remember that, just this morning, you surrendered your will to God, so you ask “Father, I’m this child’s teacher and I need to teach him right from wrong.  What would you have me do in this situation?” And God says, “Make him a cup of his favorite tea, just the way he likes it, and serve it to him.”

Here’s how you connect to God’s power: Obey Him.  But don’t just do it.  Do it with a heart totally surrendered to God.  Say “Heavenly Father, that is the last thing I want to do just now, but You know what?  I love You.  And the way You’ve loved me; always forgiving me, always ready, with open arms, to receive me back into your love and fellowship…no matter WHAT I do!  The least I could do for You is love this child with my actions.  I could do that for You.  Not for him, because he doesn’t deserve a cup of tea, but …for You.”  Focus on God – Not on the child and as you’re preparing the tea, and when you start towards him with the cup in your hand, you’ll feel like a different person.  How many of you have experienced this?  You will feel as if the most important and the most desirable thing in… this… world, at that moment, is getting that cup of tea to your child.   I’m telling you, it’s power!  It’s ability.  The Bible says “He gives Grace to the humble.”  Humble yourself today, under the mighty hand of God, and connect to the power you need to run this race.  God’s grace is there for the taking, but it’s up to you to make the connection 😉

You Have the Power. Connect to It.

Grace is power.  It is ability.  You have the power; the ability, to do everything God has called you to do, but you have to connect to it.  You do that by surrendering your will to God’s will and being obedient to Him, no matter what you want to do.  Now…I know that sounds harsh or like you’re going to submit to God and find yourself in some crazy situation, but …lol…God is not a lunatic.  I can’t say that enough.  He isn’t trying to get you into some nasty predicament to see if you can figure your way out of it before you die or lose your britches or something.  GOD     LOVES     YOU.  He will work WITH you, as long as you work with Him, and the way He works is progressive.

When you graduated 3rd grade, your teacher didn’t promote you to 10th grade.  That wouldn’t have been fair.  How can you think God would do something like that to you?

He wouldn’t.  You would start with something small; something that, if you didn’t do it, it wouldn’t mean that much.  A good example might be serving someone a cup of tea.  Let’s say your teenager is being particularly saucy today.  You’ve been patient and endured his funky attitude all day.  Right before you slap him, you remember that, just this morning, you surrendered your will to God, so you ask “Father, I’m this child’s teacher and I need to teach him right from wrong.  What would you have me do in this situation?” And God says, “Make him a cup of his favorite tea, just the way he likes it, and serve it to him.”

Here’s how you connect to God’s power: Obey Him.  But don’t just do it.  Do it with a heart totally surrendered to God.  Say “Heavenly Father, that is the last thing I want to do just now, but You know what?  I love You.  And the way You’ve loved me; always forgiving me, always ready, with open arms, to receive me back into your love and fellowship…no matter WHAT I do!  The least I could do for You is love this child with my actions.  I could do that for You.  Not for him, because he doesn’t deserve a cup of tea, but …for You.”  Focus on God – Not on the child and as you’re preparing the tea, and when you start towards him with the cup in your hand, you’ll feel like a different person.  How many of you have experienced this?  You will feel as if the most important and the most desirable thing in… this… world, at that moment, is getting that cup of tea to your child.   I’m telling you, it’s power!  It’s ability.  The Bible says “He gives Grace to the humble.”  Humble yourself today, under the mighty hand of God, and connect to the power you need to run this race.  God’s grace is there for the taking, but it’s up to you to make the connection 😉

Stage Fright

I finally realized what my problem is: I’m scared.  I mean, why else have I not launched?  I have all the dresses completed, so why delay?  BECAUSE I’M SCARED… that people won’t like the final products…that everyone will think my designs are absurd and say “Why would anyone wear that!”

Let’s think this thing through: The dresses were completed in my spare time, of which, really. . . I have none.  No matter where I was and what was going on, I was always trying to get back to the kids or worse…they were with me.  I dragged 3 kids around NYC, NJ and PA, up and down flights of stairs in old fabric houses with no working elevators…  And this was all done between scheduled dentist appointments and unscheduled doctor’s visits; an extra 4 hours out of my week at the laundromat when the washer broke, then the dryer broke, then both at the same time (remember I’m a homeschool mom & homemaker so I’m not even going to mention my day-to-day).  All while dedicating as much time as I could to developing the clothing line.   And my budget?  Sigh… my trips to NY completely depleted it.  Gone.  No more money.

I wanted each piece to be perfect before I presented it to the public.  Needless to say, they simply aren’t.  But you know what else they aren’t?  They aren’t the final product.

The dresses that I’ve completed are only samples.  Since these particular dresses are my initial offering, everyone who buys one will, in so doing, be helping to establish the line for the spring season.  I’ll explain, in detail, on the website.  The bottom line is, I’m in the process of getting photos of the dresses without models because…I just can’t go through that again (see previous blogs for disaster stories), and as soon as I’m done, I will set up the site.  First thing I’m going to do is see if I can un-wrinkle my backdrop by steaming it with an iron. If not, I’ll buy a little steamer. I’ll get started today, after school .

PLEASE give me some feedback, people!  See you soon 😉

 

No Place I’d Rather Be

This morning, I answered an invitation from my Heavenly Father to spend a little time with Him.  I haven’t done that in a long time because I stopped coming to Him and soon, I just forgot how. Because I didn’t esteem my “pearl of great price, I lost it.  But this morning, I opened my Bible and started reading and suddenly, I heard Him say,

“Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burdenis light.” 

I realized that He never said “Come prepared”.  He only said “Come“.   So, that’s what I did and you know what happened?  He took me on a little trip through a melody in my heart…through prayer and worship until… I found myself nestled in the peace that is Jesus Christ.

Never again will I neglect my great salvation.  I will forever esteem this costly pearl that I’ve found because it’s what every single person in the entire world is looking for.  It’s a place where you may feel anger, sadness and fear, but your reality of peace is paramount to them all.  It’s a place where you don’t wonder –  You know.  It’s The Kingdom of God.  Jesus said you can’t see it the way you see other places because it’s inside you.  It really is, you know?  It’s abiding in me now, but more importantly I’m abiding in it

…and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Home Maintainence Never Stops

Well, we got the new washer settled in and the dryer is back in the laundry room  and I’m no longer lugging wet clothes to the laundromat.  Thank You, Jesus!

So what’s this constant dripping I hear?  Oh, some hidden disaster has rotted a hole through the wood under the kitchen sink and is actually leaking water into the room downstairs?  REALLY?!  (sigh) My amazing husband got to work on that, immediately, so I expect that situation to be remedied in no time (:-D !

Aside from that, we’ve been busy with academics, the kids extracurricular activities, and I’ve been making sure they read some scripture, daily.  If you read my last post, you know my dilemma with the clothing line.  I’ll let you know when I know.

We began work on my daughter’s magazine.  I realized that I need a program similar to  Windows© Paint.  I should have a sample of the mag. by the end of the month.

Thanks for your support!

Off & Running!

It’s 2017 and we’re off and running!  Well…walking  purposefully.

1st: While re-reading one of the books that lit a fire under us and ignited our faith a few years ago, I realized something.  When God gives you direction…He’ll give you a word: either a scripture or something that directly relates to some scripture.  I realized…I mean…it seems to me…that I never received a scripture, or a word from The Lord, concerning the clothing line.  Now what?!.  I’ve spent so much money on it, but I mean, if God hasn’t assigned me to it…if it’s just something I dreamed up…I can’t continue.  So, that’s been in the back of my head during this busy time of getting back to the daily business of life.  Josh has had 3 basketball games since the new year began and, of course,  all other of the children’s activities have commenced. The older ones have gone back to school and I’ve been working on getting the house back in order.  The washer broke (completely, this time) so, while we waited for the delivery of the new one, I added hauling wet clothes to the laundromat to my list of things to do.

Well, this morning, YouTube reminded me of this one channel I’d forgotten I subscribed to.  It’s this guy named Michael Moore just sharing  what’s going on in his life with God.  I’ve only listened to a couple of his videos on fasting and I listened to one again today.  Well it stirred in me a longing to be with my Heavenly Father.  I know He’s with me all the time, but I want to go to Him and be with Him for a bit and in my experience, fasting is, kind of, how you do that.  So…that’s all I’m gonna say about that for now but I expect to have some answers concerning the clothing line, after my fast, which I look forward to sharing with you.

2nd: What else is going on?  Oh!  I’m trying to make more You Tube Videos and connect with you more than I have been.  In these videos (click here) I’m sitting on the steps, putting my make-up on, preparing to run out and meet my husband.  I had a “studio” set up but it had to be disassembled and turned into sleeping quarters!  It was a wonderful time, don’t misunderstand me.   We had a great time, BUT I’VE GOT NO WHERE TO MAKE VIDEOS (laugh)! I wanted to make a video on our favorite Christmas ornaments, but got busy and never did.  Maybe I’ll record us taking the tree down.  Anyway, how was YOUR Christmas, Dear Reader?  I’d love to hear about it : ) 

3rd: We’ve started work on my daughter’s magazine.  I hope to be giving those away, to any girl who wants them, by the end of this month.  I know there’s more but I’ve had to stop typing three times and now I can’t remember all that I wanted to tell you, but…alas…

“I’LL BE BACK” (in my Arnold voice-lol).  Thank you for stopping by.

Baby Steps

PHEW!  …finally finished “product descriptions” for the 1st 3 dresses and it’s 2:58am (shaking my head).  Just have to do what I can when I can and not stress out.  This is supposed to be fun, after all.  It’s something to focus my attention on instead of trying to raise my children who are already grown.  And it’s working😝!  It certainly is.  It’s Christmas vacation and, not only are all the children home, but they’ve brought guests!  Well…only one.  Before the vacation started, my daughter asked if her cousin could stay a few days.  (ok…it is now 3:06am.  A friend of my son is apparently stranded in Jersey and needs a place to crash.  So make that 2 house guests).  Anyway…I was glad to oblige my beautiful girl because she surrounded by boys most of the time.  I’ve been baking and decorating cookies, making candy and pies, in addition to regular everyday chores.  I designated this holiday week to work on the clothing line and I’ve been able to get quite a bit done.  Problem is,  by the time things finally settle down in here and I’m able to rally my thoughts to focus on one thing, I’m exhausted and ready for bed! Talk to you in the new year.