A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Our Church school has three Senior's graduating this year.  One will be graduating with Honors.  They asked if I could make her a scarf to wear with her gown.  The scarf itself is an easy job but since I don't have an embroidery machine I have to send it out to be embroidered.

Our closest Joann's is over an hour away, Dear Hubby drove me to Joann's Thursday night in a dash.   He is such a trooper.  Knowing that I have to get the scarf made Friday morning and get it to town to the embroiderer so they can get the piece back to me by Thursday, so that I can finish it up and return it to the graduate on Friday and she can have her pictures taken on Saturday morning.......

Well, here comes God's amazing plan............The company I took the scarf to to be embroidered, I've know one of the ladies that works there for over 20 years. (General acquaintance).  She asked would I be interested in a job! And learn the long arm quilt.

A job!  Working with sewing! Working part time!  Working with sewing!

I am in between giddy with excitement and beyond nervous!  I'm not sure what Dear Hubby will say, since he really likes me being here, home, with him.

They would like to teach me not only to long-arm quilt, but also embroidery and offer me the alterations I would like to do on the side.

My first instinct is to jump for joy!  How could I turn down this offer?  Money for my fabric addiction and my hair appointments AND learning something new too!

Ok, back to the beginning of this crazy day.  I know I've mentioned before that I do not like to leave the house.  I'm a homebody.  Home is my safe place.  My place.  But I knew I needed to go to town to see the Embroiderer.  Dread the whole drive (12 miles) to town.  Dread while I sat in my car at their front door, BUT!  They were warm and very welcoming, happy to see me. 

They will be able to get the piece back to me by Thursday.  What a relief on that front.

So all in all, God had the church ask me to sew something, I had to ask for help finishing it, they are in need of help, ISN'T GOD'S PLAN AMAZING!

I ordered this pattern from Etsy for the graduation scarf.  I know I could have made this on my own, but I always doubt myself.  The pattern is easy and I really like how the pattern version lays so nice.  I paid $6 for the pattern but maybe it will come in handy in the future. (You never know).

Butterick 3819

I also have to alter two graduation gowns for the guys.  Looks easy enough so I better get to work.

I'm going to really have to pray about the job.  Some days I'm so busy around the house, I don't know if I'll have time for a job.  But then I don't want to pass up on God's blessing.  I probably don't have to let them know anything until Thursday when I pick up the embroidered piece but I want to make sure I'm making the right decision.

Also on Thursday we're taking Dear Son to a Pediatric Cardiologist Specialist.  He's been having episodes with his heart fluttering.  Our general doctors saw a murmur but wanted to have it looked into farther.  Since Dear Hubby has a pacemaker, we always try to be vigilant with any heart issues.

Graduation gown & sash

Graduation sash

The embroiderer did a beautiful job and the sash was easy to sew together.  I steamed the sash a few times but was afraid to add too much heat that is may either scorch or shrink.  I'm just going to tell them to iron on low before pictures and put between her bed mattresses until may to help lay flat.

After a lot of praying and talking to my Dear Husband about the job, I went to see the owner of the embroidery shop.  She assured me that I am welcome to use ANYTHING in the shop (ie, long arm, embroidery, sewing machines, sergers, large cutting tables, an accuquilt cutter, anything!) be on call for the alterations and when things pick up, work. 

I think it was a great compromise, work if I want, try out a few new machines and still only leave the house when I want too.  Sounds like a plan!

I'm going to deliver the gowns and sash tonight ( two days early!), I hope they will be happy with my work.

Until next time.............



  1. Oh my goodness Bonnie, so much to think about! What a great opportunity and I think it worked out well. I hope your son's appointment goes well, that can be scary, but it sounds like you are on top of it.

    1. Thank you for your kind comments. All has worked out well for my son, heart is good & all test came back negative! Thank you again!

  2. Congratulations on such an Awesome opportunity!!! You did a great job on the scarf and sending get well wishes to your son.

  3. Isn't it amazing how God's hand and His plan works together for our good? I know how you feel about being a stay-at-home person. I'm one of those people too. I started working a part time job and I get antsy when I have to go. Once I'm out of the house, I'm fine--but getting to that point is not easy. Praying for your son and hope things work out with your new venture.

    1. I am glad to know that I'm not the only anxious stay at home person. Do you also have people assume you don't do anything all day either? They think that I have unlimited time on my hands. Some days I think I had more free time when I worked. But they don't realize I have the same 24 hours a day they do! Son is going well, all good new at the doctors and all test came back negative! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers they were received with a glad heart!!!!

  4. What a great opportunity! So glad it worked out for you and the sash looks lovely!

    1. Thank you for your kind comments. So glad you stopped by, I've been a huge fan of your blog for years!

  5. Oh you sound so much like me. I'm a homebody too and I never leave my house without feeling anxious to get back home again but that part-time job sounds like a great opportunity to use your God given talents. God bless!

  6. I'm glad to know I'm not the only "homebody" who sews! I am ok if I have a plan when I leave the house. When I know I have to go here and here and I'll be back in two hours, but an unplanned leave makes me anxious and gone too long makes me miserable! Maybe I need therapy, but I'll just stay home and sew!!!!! Thanks for stopping by & your kind comments.