Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Busy Busy Busy. . . and when do we grow up?

Disclaimer: I ramble here. . . read at your own risk!

Where does the time go? I have been meaning to post for sometime now, however life has just gotten away from me. I cannot believe it is almost September! Eleanor does not start school for a for 2 more weeks, however I already feel like we are in the thick of it.

Eleanor started soccer this past weekend. What a riot! She obviously has really no idea what is going on. The funny thing is, after watching so much World Cup Soccer, is that she is convinced that before a game everyone is to line up and sing the National Anthem. She was a bit confused that her team did not do this. At first she seemed a little unsure of hopping in there, however her coach did a fabulous job of encouraging everyone. Pretty soon they could not get her off the field. I am so glad she seemed to enjoy it. I am not a very athletic or competitive person, however I do recognize how important it is for her to be involved in sports and exercising. Hopefully the next 7 weeks continue on in such a positive manner.

This morning was the last day of my Revelations Bible Study at my Church. This was such a powerful and positive study. I must first say, that for me personally, Revelations has never been a scary chapter. I truly viewed this study in a hopeful manner. We spent much of today discussing what the "perfect" world would be. As in any group of women, we got a bit off topic. We ended up discussing bullying, especially among adults. Two years ago, you could not have convinced me that a group of adult women could be such bullies! Over the last year or so, I have truly come to see how true this is. You see it on blogs and twitter all the time. I constantly read about people that get not just negative but MEAN comments/tweets. This is really baffling to me. I mean, really, if you do not like what somebody has to say DO NOT READ THEIR BLOG. I am often amazed to find that people have the time and energy to go after others this way. I am certainly not an overly busy person, and even I do not have the time or energy to treat another person this way. I do realize that many people do this in an anonymous manner because the cannot or will not own what they say. What is really tragic here is that this bully must be so incredibly unhappy with their life to lash out at another individual in such a manner. I cannot imagine being so unhappy, and I really feel for somebody who is.
I recently chose to not renew my membership to our local preschool parents organization and I also chose to "unfriend" a certain group of women on Facebook. In the last year I witnessed so much bullying, gossiping and straight out cruelty in this organization I just lost interest. I am, by no means perfect. In fact, I must confess, I can be a bit of a gossip. I pray on this ALL THE TIME and feel that I have gotten better, but I still must confess that I know for a fact that God is not happy with my gossiping. I know for a fact this group of woman do not care for me, and to be honest I do not care why. I have watched them bully other women during the course of the last year, even on Facebook directly, that I realize that they are not the type of women I want to be friends with. I am just too old for this. My husband and I were recently discussing if me "unfriending" them made me as cruel as them. To be honest, it just might. But, I have come to a point that I do not have the energy for this. I am tired of watching them mistreat others, not just me. So where does all this babbling get me? I will explain.
All of this created a discussion amongst some friends of mine about wanting to be liked. Of course everyone wants to be liked. None of us really want people to not like us. You would think as adults this would be a non-issue. However, at what cost? I do not ever want to be associated with people that are mean and bully. Do you really want to be friends with people that treat people in a way you know is not okay? Jesus tells us to simply love our neighbors as we want to be loved. Am I doing that by simply removing myself from these situations? Would I be a better child of God if I tried to lead by example? Probably. Am I thinking only of me? Maybe. Yet I currently cannot find it in me to do things any other way. I pray on this and feel that God will show me the way. I think for me, it is as simple as life is too precious to play these games.

On a creative note, I am plugging away on Eleanor's school clothes. I spent this past weekend cutting and sewing. I am almost fully done sewing and will post the pictures when I am done.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fall Fabric & New Blog Design

First of all, I have to thank Shelley for my new blog design. I participated in a blog hop last week that was organized by Jenna and met Shelley, who offered to redo my blog. I absolutely love it!

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it; the cool weather, football, leaves, pumpkins, you name it! Another thing I love about fall, and even winter, is the fabrics. I love corduroy, wools, plaids, and flannel. There is something about these fabrics that makes me eager to start Eleanor's school clothes. I headed out to JoAnn today with my coupons to start getting ready for fall. Here are some of my purchases and what I am going to make out of them.
Cathy Dress
I think this will look great with tights or leggings and a long sleeve t-shirt.
I am also going to use this fabrics for the same pattern

I plan to use the following fabrics for the Caroline pillowcase dress

I plan on making a flouncy skirt with this fabric

I plan on using the following fabrics to make nightgowns for Eleanor and PJ pants for me

The bulk of these fabrics were in the red tag section, which I must confess that I never look at. I am not sure why I always skip it, however I think it is because I often do not find anything I am interested in. Not the case today. I also bought some minky fabric and microsuede to make a vest, however I already have it in the wash.
I am also finished with the top half of my June Table Runner of the Month that I mentioned before. This was my first time working with flying geese, and I am please with my results. Of course my points are not all perfect, however I am pleased with the way I was able to teach myself on my own. All I have left to do is quilt and bind it. I am eager to get started on my July runner.