Entry No. 63

A Little Bit of Sunshine…

FullSizeRender-1It’s been over two years since I’ve sewn clothes for myself. There’s all sorts of reasons why, but what matters is… I made a dress.  What’s fabulous is – it fits.  What’s even better – it meant something. We all have our personal struggles, tragedies and triumphs and two weeks ago, I decided it was time to sew again, but wanted my first project to be a reflection of something more than an itch to stitch.  My heart wanted to create something that when I put it on and zipped it up, in the mirror I’d see not just a good sewing project but be wearing a piece of my soul. Odd?  Perhaps.

How we dress, our color choices, fit preferences, even fabric types say so very much about who we are. Never, have I been one to just throw my clothes on and go.  They have to actually feel right and match my place of mind and heartbeat for the day.  Perhaps I’m a little eccentric, it’s alright.  If I’m actually coo-coo,  don’t tell me.

FullSizeRender-2Anyway, as I planned to sew I looked back over the last two, even three years of my life, how very much God has done, blessed, allowed, restored, even rooted out of my soul.  Bloggers, we’ll post all the perfect moments from our walk, the highs, the blessings, while we wait on God to pull us from the lows. We forget too, as readers, there is an entire life behind the bits and pieces we read, a complete picture.  It’s important to remember when we write, to keep it real.

FullSizeRender-3That written, I can share how sometimes we need healing and don’t even know it.  Deep-seated happiness I haven’t felt since I was a little girl has waltzed back into the farthest corners of my heart, in the last two years especially.  We serve a God who is faithful to finish what He starts and tends to even the smallest details of our circumstances.

Life happens.  The struggle is real.  But so is He…

FullSizeRender-4It was then, I thought of sunshine. Streaming in through my bedroom window at the moment, untainted and beautiful.  A slight breeze outside was waving the tree branches making dappled sunlight on my hardwood floor.  I went and stood in it, barefooted, for a few minutes until I could feel its warmth on my toes. I watched it dance around my feet and thought of how Jesus can make even the most deeply broken heart dance again. No matter how horribly the wound bleeds, He bled for the broken.  For you.  For me.

FullSizeRenderMy family, we’ve been through some things, and haven’t we all?  But I peeked in my closet and for my love of life, love of God and love of light… I hadn’t a single yellow thing hanging in my closet. It was time for all the wonder Jesus had done on the inside to make its way to the outside – in a different, more tangible sense than a happy smile, a laugh or a twinkle in my eyes.  Feeling like one of those little yellow birds who escaped a cage, I decided to sew a yellow dress.  And I did.

 

newlook-dresses-pattern-6224-envelope-frontThis pattern was great and for those curious, it can be found here.  I sewed view C, the red one.  There were a few changes I made in the construction process, like putting the zipper in before I sewed the opposite side shut.  Or, setting the sleeve in before I closed the armhole.  These are all things we can do if we’re not sewing a couture item and still get the same fit with much greater ease of assembly – and less pinning!  I chose a sheer, Dotted Swiss at the Hancock fabrics closing near my home.  In that sense it was a bitter-sweet project, to bid farewell to a sewing store I have many fond memories from. Finally, I sewed a tiny crocheted lace trim along the hemline.  My canary dress was finished.

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At any rate, this is my most favorite thing I’ve sewn to date, best fit, best fabric choice for the pattern itself.  The zipper even went in without a hitch.  {I may make one more in a fabric I’ve had for years, with these little bluebirds on it.} It’s also the truest piece of clothing I’ve ever sewn.  Peculiar?  Perhaps.

I’m okay with that…

 

 

Entry No. 50

FullSizeRenderI’ve grown to adore hot water bottles.  My grandmother gave me one as a tween, a time when I had a horrible case of the Flu.  I remember looking up at her confused {it wasn’t the fever} and asking what to do with it.  I gingerly held the nearly too-hot-to-touch, rubber bottle in my hands. She said you sleep with it, it’s supposed to make you feel better.  I’m guessing I still looked a little lost as, she shrugged her shoulders and left the room.

Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 10.59.41 AMSee, I’d grown up using heating pads, electric blankets… The hot rubber bottle full of water was just strange to me.  Not any longer. The electric stuff, it’s great and serves it purpose but just cannot do what a Hot Water Bottle can. Heating pads are stiff, for the most part, require electricity and don’t make that special sing-song sound of water sloshing gently on the inside.  Wrap the Hot Water Bottle {it’s called a Hottie in many other countries} in a soft cover and the comfort is complete.  The cover serves to keep the bottle hotter longer and keep the hot rubber from touching tender skin.  Call me old-fashioned, but I’d prefer a little football of warmth beneath my covers to a heating pad any day.

I’ve begun selling these covers in my Etsy shop {see them here} and sew them in my studio, upstairs in my home.  Hot Water Bottles can be purchased at Walgreens, CVS, and on Amazon.  My favorite brand is German-made; Fashy.  To fill and cover your bottle, open the cozy and bend back the top of the cover.  Slip the bottom of the empty bottle into the bottom of the cover.  Fill the bottle according to your particular bottle’s instructions, close the bottle and slip the top of the cozy over the bottle.  Cuddle. It’s that easy.  Soothing, comforting, therapeutic – amazing.

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“Sometimes, we just have to start over.  Often, we must begin – again.  Every now-and-then we stretch a little further, push a little harder, delve a little deeper. It’s what makes us, better.  When we’re better we’re stronger, though perhaps exhausted.  When we’re better we smile wider, sigh lighter and laugh heartier.  When we’re better, we say ‘hello’ to the unexpected.  When we greet the unexpected, we encounter wonder.  Hello, Better.”
{2 Corinthians 3:18}     
D. G. D.
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Custom Labels from my Etsy shop, the Heart of Wonder. {to visit click image}