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Today they are starting a new Bible Study - the Book of Mark! There is a journal you can purchase off of Amazon, and they provide the reading plan and discussion questions for the month. Click the images below to visit their site, or click here.
You may have seen my Daily Reflection printables and other bible printables, and I decided to connect my daily reflections with discussion questions for this bible study. And I want to share them with you!
You'll find the link to download the PDF of the discussion questions from Good Morning Girls with the daily reflection components added when you scroll.
Book of Mark Bible Study Resources from Women Living Well / Good Morning Girls: link
Book of Mark Discussion Questions and Daily Reflection Printable Download: link
I designed some new printable art pieces with some of my favorite quotes. I also included one Scripture based digital print that I created with myself in mind (self-centered?). I thought "what would I like to see when I glance up from my computer in my office?"
Click the links below to download the high-quality PDF image or jpg (without watermarks). Scroll through for images to pin for later!
Please leave a comment if you download - I'd love to know your plans! Is there anything else you're looking for?
Update: I have closed my Etsy shop, and will be slowly linking all my products back up to this site for free downloads. Contact me with any questions!
PDF: Grace, Faith & Mercy /// Live Simply - Ronald Reagan /// Be Kind, Work Hard
JPG: Grace, Faith & Mercy /// Live Simply - Ronald Reagan /// Be Kind, Work Hard
News! I have finished one of the four panels in my geometric cross stitch series. You may remember some in progress shots from earlier, and I have some more in progress shots of the other two I started.
I cant wait to mat them and frame them.
Do you have any unfinished projects in your basket? Please share!
Hopefully you've had the chance to see some of my previous cross stitch projects. (If you haven't, you can see them here in the gallery). Most of t hem are traditional, and that is a function of the fact that most cross stitch patterns out there are traditional!
I've noticed a movement, on Etsy especially, for modern cross stitch designs. While some are less than tasteful (curse words, etc) some are darling. They feature geometric designs, bright colors, block work, and more.
Inspired by this modern movement, I decided to pick up the black aida cloth I have been saving for who knows what project and free-hand my own modern marvel.
I think the key to this design is that you want to carry the colors through so you get the effect. I ran out of the light gray, otherwise I would have used it! To start, I measured 4 x 6" and blocked it off with white basting stitches. Then I decided how large I wanted the triangles to be, started in the center of the top row, and started working. It's OK that the borders aren't exact because I can just scoot up the cut line for when I decide to frame it.
What do you think? Have you been working on any projects lately?
I was home over Spring Break, basking in the glory of our fully stocked craft room and thought that making some pillow covers would be harmless in prepping for our new home this summer. I spent time on Pinterest looking for inspiration - I wanted neutral but interesting.
Gathered Pillow - I cut apart a soft pillowcase and marked 5 lines down the square. Then I zig-zag stitched crochet cord through, and pulled to gather the fabric. These gathers didn't stay very well though and ended up uneven. I ended up gathering the fabric as I sewed it with straight stitch. You don't want to make gathers and push it through because the sewing foot will straighten the fabric. Make a gather and pinch it together as it goes through the sewing. If a row comes out not gathered enough, just go back through! For the back, I did an envelope so that it looks nice but can be interchanged. Let me know if you need help with that!
Woven Pillow - Using the same fabric as my curtains, I cut 3" strips that were very long lengthwise, and then hemmed each side. Using my pillow form as a size guide, I laid strips diagonally, cutting them as I needed. Then I wove them, pinned, and stitched around the edges. Flipping the piece over, I did long running stitches to further secure the woven pieces. Then I attached it to an envelope back. This pillow form is much flatter than the gathered pillow form, which is why the latter looks a bit fuller.
Do you use pillows to add a splash of texture or color to your rooms?
Do you see those clean lines with the twist of character in those wheel spokes? It was the large front wheels that spoke to me at the fairground flea market this Saturday morning. It was a beautiful day - the sun had finally broken through the clouds and cold and the air smelled like cinnamon pretzels and cigars (I don't know if that last part was so pleasant...)
I had been looking at IKEA utility carts and DIY projects to transform them with gold spray paint. These carts run around $35, and then the hassle of taping them off, painting them, and finding inserts for the shelves makes me feel like the overall worth would be more around $50-60.
Guess what I got this cart for? $35. (Haggled down from $45, go Bailey!)
The finish is a brassy gold, which goes perfectly with the 11 x 14 mirrors I found at the Dollar Tree (3 of them) that have brassy gold frames. The push handle has the finish worn from it - someone really used this thing!
The shelves are a strong plastic or metal with a "wood" finish on it. There are some spots of sticky grime I'll work on otherwise I don't see putting any other elbow grease into it.
Do you have any suggestions for removing dust spots on the metal, or adding protective coatings? What flea market finds have you brought home recently?
I tried making regular sized granny squares to add to my giant granny square blanket - and I didn't really like it. With large granny square blankets they have this great drape and weight at a baby blanket size, but as they get bigger, they are stretchier and adding granny squares didn't help.
So I undid all of the granny squares. Which left me with a lot of little mini yarn balls. What to do? First I used some to practice knitting. I just knitted until the ball ran out, and loved the color combinations. I have been really into neutrals lately with a little yellow.
What colors or combinations have been catching your eye?
I have always seen these flower and yo-yo crochet blankets on Pinterest and thought I would finally try it. I made some yo-yos, but made them a bit bigger than the pattern called for and had trouble joining them. Here are some in progress photos but you guessed it...I undid it all.
All of those little yarn balls are stored in a drawer, waiting for inspiration to strike again.
Have you seen this charming sampler on Pinterest? I did awhile ago, and recently discovered KG Chart cross-stitch software. Going off the grainy image, I charted it out. This is for personal use only, as the original link goes to an old eBay bid, without information on the designer. Further searches also did not reveal any other information - comment if you know something!
I did the best I could with the smaller words - some were hard to make out. Also feel free to add backstitching - it was tedious in the software to do so on the border designs. I just love how it looks like an heirloom quilt.
There are a lot of guides for machine quilting out there, but that may be where most of the information on sewing large projects stops.
My sewing machine has an attachable quilting table, but I've never used it. After sewing curtain panels 90+ in long (and also a few basic quilts) I have come up with a few tips that help, from measuring and cutting to sewing and finishing.
1. Wind up extra bobbins! You do not want to let out a sigh of relief after a 100 inch hem only to realize your bobbin ran out a few stitches in.
2. Don't stress too much about straight lines. Add a few inches to your measurements - and measure 3 times because those flexible tape measures can be squirrely.
To me, a large project means too large to cut rotary on a mat. This means you need sharp scissors and a big open space! Also...vacuum your floor first.
Divide your total length into thirds or fourths, measure out that length, and then carefully fold your fabric so it is easier to cut.
3. Skip the pins. I swear by these binder clips - the ones with plastic coating. Believe me, you'll wish you got the ones with plastic coating when your fingers are numb. I used 3M tape to adhere a kitchen magnet to my sewing machine where I can throw pins and binder clips as I sew. Highly recommended!
What large projects have you undertaken?
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Last year I crocheted this giant granny square blanket. Giant is relative to a normal 4-5 row granny square...but its really a lap blanket. I resorted to the granny blanket method because it guarantees you straight sides (something I may or may not struggle with...). It also turned out to be my fiance's favorite blanket to cuddle up with. Remember I said it was a lap blanket...? I'll let your imagination paint that picture.
But really, the granny square method for a blanket is nice because it doesn't have too many holes but it's also not too dense. The drape of the "fabric" is great, too.
Obviously in love with these yellow-gray-brown color combinations, I set out to make the granny blanket a RECTANGLE (cue oohs and aws) but adding traditional granny squares. I did this. And then took it all out. The drape of the traditional granny squares was so much flimsier than the center square, and it drove me crazy.
Yes, now I have a gazillion tiny yarn balls [picture coming soon]. But I will find something to do with them...
My favorite afghan yarn is Lion Brand Vanna's Choice - it's just soft enough and is an Amazon add-on product. I am also partial to the aluminum hooks - they stay so cool in your hands.
Stay tuned for more projects! I learned how to knit!
What needle projects are you working on now?