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29.4.11

Not What I Had Pictured

Do you ever have a project idea in your head and it doesn'tcome out quite as you planned.
That happened to me yesterday.
I was working on a new shirt and dress pattern. The shirt (HERE) came out perfect, but the dress not so much.
It was to long for one. And the ruffle is okay, but it didn't turn out like I saw it in my head.
I love the fabric though. It's a vintage sheet I bought at Goodwill a year ago.
    
Luckily they make super cute pajama's.

I think they are perfect summery pajama's.
I love them so much that I might make myself some to match!

26.4.11

Easter



This past weekend was a very busy weekend for my family.
Picture Dakota drew yesterday

Easter is the most attended service all year at our church.  It is a celebration of Jesus' life death and Resurrection.  I can't think of a better way to spend Easter than serving at church and watching others give their life to Christ.
It started out Friday evening with a Good Friday service.
It was awesome!!!


Then on Saturday we had a 5:00 and 7:00 service.  Pastor Clay's message was wonderful and also just what I needed to hear. He spoke about laying your burdens at  the cross.

Sunday started off with a sunrise beach baptism at 6am.

78 people were baptized!!! 

 Around 300 people were there to celebrate with those that were baptized.

Then it was off to church. We were there serving all day.
We had services at 8:00, 9:45, 11:30, 1:15, 5:00, and 7:00

I had the privilege of being the pastor's wife right hand this past weekend. We were busy filling in where ever we were needed.

In between the 1:00 and 5:00 service all the volunteers just hung out and rested since there was really only an hour and a half laps between for us. I did run home and take a quick shower and change. I had been sweating when we were outside helping with the balloons. And I didn't want to be stinky!
The kids fell asleep on a couch in the cafe. Everyone thought it was so cute!

 I was able to really get to know some amazing people this past weekend.
We had a total of 5083 in attendance and 1074 decisions (over 500 were to give their lives to God)
It was an awesome weekend!!!!
I am telling you this not to brag, but to give God glory for what HE has done.
I am in total awe!!!


25.4.11

Make Difference Monday {9}


We had a wonderful weekend!
I'll share more on that tomorrow along with few pictures.

Today I want y'all to meet Annabelle.

Annabelle was born on July 20, 2010.
Annabelle was born with a variation of HLHS (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome,) her official diagnosis is an unbalanced AVSD (Atrioventricular Septal Defect) with a hypoplastic left heart and aorta. Basically, instead of one valve to the right ventricle and one to the left, she has a whole in between them which make them one big valve. On top of that, it is "unbalanced" meaning the one big valve is more over the right ventricle than the left, which caused limited bloodflow to the left ventricle, thus the hypoplastic left heart and aorta.
Due to this Annabelle has been aunable to leave the hospital. She has been in the hospital 279 days.
On April 9, 2011 Annabelle received a heart transplant.  She is now recovering and so far her new heart is working well.

They are anxoiusly waiting for the day they can all be at home together!

When I read Annabelle's story HERE I knew right away I wanted to do something for Annabelle.
I emailed Krista (her Mom) and asked if Annabelle needed anything.
She said Annabelle could use just about anything, as they are preparing to go home for the first time ever.
As you can imagine with Mom being at the hospital with Annabelle there isn't time for shopping.
Annabelle needs summer clothes.  Mom thinks something that opens easilyin the front would be wonderful since she will have tons of doctors appointments. I am going to make her some summery kimono shirts and skirts. I believe she will need 12-18 months size. I  will post a pattern hopefully tomorrow for a kimono top in 12-18 months size. 

I hope you will join me in making something for Annabelle!

24.4.11

A Song For Sunday


HAPPY EASTER!!!!

Have you ever heard the song O Glorious Day?
It has some very powerful lyrics!!!
It is the perfect song for today as we celebrate the life, death, and ressurection of Jesus!
I am sooo glad that I know Him as my Savior!!!!

                    


I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating Jesus with your families!!!


23.4.11

Summer Time Shirt

Did you notice the shirt Aiyanna was wearing with her "Upcycled Gauchos" ?
Not really? Well here's another look.

It's made of the prettiest blue cotton fabric.  Iam in love with the color of this fabric. Isn't it beautiful?!?
 I'm sure you will be seeing more of this fabric in the future :o) 

It buttons up the back.

As I was working on the gauchos I knew I wanted to make a shirt to go with it.  I also knew I wanted it to have a square neck line made from crochet trim.


It has 3 shell buttons on the back. At the top, on the crochet trim, it is fastened with a hook and eye.

I didn't havew a pattern for this one. So I just made my own. 
I LOVE the way it turned out.
It fits her perfect too. I was a little shocked at that.  I usually have to tweek things to get them right, but this one is right on the first try.

So what do you think?
Is it something you would make for a little girl?

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!!!!!

22.4.11

Making Them Last A Little Longer

With it being Earth Day I thought an upcycled  project would be appropriate.
I have had this little pair of gauchos in my "Do Something With This" pile for a long while now.
Aiyanna wore these when she was about 18 months old through last summer.
By the end of last summer the snap crotch kept coming unsnapped.
 They are size 12-18 months but because she has such a tiny waist they still fit her in the waist.
I loved these and knew I could do something to make them last a little longer. I love the outcome!
Check out the before and after photos

                                                                                             
Here's how I turned them into a skirt:

First I cut the snaps out of the crotch. front and back.

Next I folded them as pictured above. Then I cut them so it was a straight line from the zipper down to the hem.
When you unfold them you will have a upside down v cut.

Next I laid the skirt over a piece of scrap sheets and marked the opening on the sheet.

Now you are going to cut about 1/2" outside the line you drew.

Cut pieces of crochet trim so they fit the length of the fabric scrap.

Sew the crochet trim to the triangle fabric.

As you can see there is extra hanging out past the fabric.
Cut the extra off.

Now it should look like this.

Next pin it to the gauchos so it fits in the inverted v as pictured above.

Sew. I sewed two lines to make ot match the hem.


Now she has a pretty skirt for this spring and summer!


Did you notice the mischevious look Aiyanna has in this picture?
Makes me wonder what she's thinking, LOL




20.4.11

Why I Do This


If you would have asked me a couple of months ago why I blog my answer would have been rather selfish.
Honestly it was to show off what I made and get praise from my wonderful readers for those things I made.
I mean, who doesn't like to hear how awesome something they made is?!?!
 When I discovered blogs and all the people out there who love to sew I was drawn in
. Today though my answer is much different. I want my blog to be more than just a record of my projects. And yeah, it's great to hear others say how wonderful something you've made is.
 But that's NOT why I do this anymore!!!
 I enjoy sharing my passion for sewing with others and I want to help people!  I want to impact others lives through my talents. This is a talent God has given me and I want to use it to show God's love to others.
   I love that NOW through my sewing I am able to help people, like Lily ,Austin, and Josie, to name a few. My hope is that through this journey I can inspire you to help others through your talents too!!!!!

Why do you blog?

And because I don't like to do a post without a picture here's a glimpse of what's coming later this week.

19.4.11

Blind Hem Video Tutorial


Good Morning!
Today I decided to try out a video tutorial.
I am really nervous about this!!!

Let me know what you think!
I would like to do another video blog in the future.  Maybe I'll be less nervous next time!
Do you like video tutorials or do you prefer photo tutorials?

18.4.11

Social Butterfly


Did you notice the new SOCIAL BUTTERFLY tab on my sidebar.
I finally figured out how to add those pretty little buttons to my blog.
(And it only took me one whole day to do it, LOL!)

Now you can just click on my pretty little buttons and follow Nancy's Couture on Facebook and  twitter.
I also started a flickr photo pool where you can add photos of things you have made using any of my tutorials!
I can't wait to see what y'all have made. Periodically I will do a flickr feature so make sure to add your photos!!!