Saturday, May 2, 2009

"With all diligence..."

The term "diligence" has been a phrase used often around our home...I've tried to apply it even to my sewing projects! Because I sew by hand now, I've been able to take my time, work hard, and enjoy. I love this scripture: "Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. "
2 John 1:8
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My sewing box~
I used "It's so easy, It's simplicity" pattern 2955 for the skirt

Finished!

I was able to handstitch the pieces together, and (going slowly) I was finished in 3 days~

Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!
Let the trees of the forest rustle with praise.
Psalm 96:12
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Our side porch
This chair was found and salvaged from our property. Mom decorated it with mint and vintage containers...
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"May and June. Soft syllables, gentle names for the two best months in the garden year: cool, misty mornings gently burned away with a warming spring sun, followed by breezy afternoons and chilly nights. The discussion of philosophy is over; it's time for work to begin."
- Peter Loewer

18 comments:

Julian said...

beautifully done Mia! I am so admiring your sewing. I cannot sew, just crochet. The verses you used were very good to go along with your pictures. Love the vintage chair decorated with mint. How sweet. Thanks for sharing,
Christina

Molly said...

Mia, you are such an inspiration. What a lovely skirt you made. I love mint. I started some myself this year. I would like to learn how to make tea with the leaves.

Lady Farmer said...

Bravo! Mia ~
What a fantastic job you have done on your skirt. All by hand and you finished in just 3 days!!!! It takes me that long to sew with a machine!
Reading about you sewing by hand reminds me of Mary in the Little House books where she worked for a seamstress and sewed the seams on sheets with very fine even stitches ( so no one would feel the 'bump' while in bed I suppose).
Excellent job, my dear!
I love the little vingnette on your porch. How special that the chair was rescued from your land.
Your family is making that little cabin into a very special place.
Do enjoy your week.

Sharon said...

I love the verse you have posted here. It is very encouraging and motivating. I think I had better get back to the sewing project I started a month or so ago and laid aside. Thanks, Sharon

Lindsay said...

That is a beautiful skirt you made, Mia! Thanks for sharing the pattern you used. I might have to look into getting that one soon. :) And I love the vintage chair!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Many Blessings,
Lindsay

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Love the skirt!

Also, we use the term "diligence" with our 5 year old. We think it is such an important lesson to impart. It is wonderful to hear others are being taught that wonderful word was well. You're parents are doing a great job!

Kat said...

Mia, the skirt is beautiful. I too enjoy sewing by hand and especially doing all of my embroidery by hand. There is something very soothing about sitting down and sewing by hand. Now, if I could just get my stitches as perfect as the ladies of days past!!! God bless and take care.

dukygurl said...

Your skirt is so lovely! What a great job!! I love the old chair lovingly decorated something about your page feels so much like home to me, my heart sort of aches to see my Mom! It makes me remember he sewing, planting a garden and cooking in the kitchen of our farm house home. *sigh* Thanks Mia!

Trish

TheyCallTheWindMariah said...

Mia! Hi. =)

Just wanted to say that your skirt was SO pretty! It's really awesome that you sewed it by hand. I'm awful at sewing so the fact you did that by hand and in 3 days is AWESOME!

Also, in your post just before this one, the photo of the honeysuckle absolutely made me smile. Honeysuckle is one of my favorite flowers, and I can't wait for it to start blooming here in VA. =)

Becky said...

Your skirt is beautiful. You did a great job. I have that same pattern that my mom got for me a few months ago, but she gave it to me right after my husband and I found out I was expecting our second child, so I am waiting til after I have the baby to make it, so it will fit my post pregnant body. lol.

Miss Jen said...

Mia,
Your skirt is beautifully tailored!
Oh and your sewing box is so sweet...what endless possibilities lye therein! I greatly appreciated your thoughts on diligence.... what an amazingly powerful scripture from John! Hope you are doing well dear friend!!

With Much Love
Your Sister in Christ,
Jen

P.S.
I am hosting a special "give away"
on Blessed Femina and would love you to enter if you like!

Coveredwithjoy said...

Just a little note to say that I have read a few of your entries. May the Lord bless you on your journey. I am encouraged to read of those who strive for godliness at such a young age. It was not something I had, but I know God had his guiding hand in my life, so I have no complaints.
Kim

sarah in the woods said...

Hi, just found your blog. Beautiful sewing and photos!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

The skirt is beautiful....so glad that I stopped by...
I hope you will stop by and visit me. The May give away has started....and next week I will be blogging from Disney World.

sarah in the woods said...

I just gave you the lemonade stand award:
http://theforestroom.blogspot.com/2009/05/lemonade-stand.html

Elizabeth said...

Hello Mia!
I saw your blog on Simply Vintage Girl Blog and love all of your lovely photos of God's Creation!

Also...the skirt you sewed is simply lovely! Simply amazing that you sewed it in three days!

Have a cheerful and joyful day!
Joyfully, Elizabeth

Diane said...

I love the old chair setting AND your skirt! :-)
Diane

Mia said...

Thank you SO much for all your wonderful comments, as always! It never ceases to make me smile..I feel like we're all family-- I'm delighted that you enjoyed my post!
In Christ,
Mia