Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Sewing 2014

I'm trying to fit more sewing into my days.
I have enough fabric and ideas to last a lifetime, it is simply a matter of finding the time.
I re-covered some old porch/deck pillows with new fabric and ruffles.
I also made a cute little ruffled tablecloth.
My 13-year old loves to sit on the porch and chat on the phone, I thought she would enjoy a pretty little place to sit.  Now if we can just keep on top of those spider webs!
I've been wanting to make this little dress for awhile.
The upper of the dress is a ribbed tank top.
The rest of the dress is calico cotton gathered and tiered.
I call it my Holly Hobby dress.
I wonder what sewing I'll get to in October?
Have you been sewing/knitting/crafting lately???

XOXO Tiffany

"Thimbles and Thunderstorms!", cried Trumpkin in a rage.  "Is that how you speak to the King?  Send me, Sire, I'll go."
Prince Caspian by CS Lewis

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Miami Beach and 16 years of marriage (9/12/98)

On September 12th, Sweetie and I celebrated 16 years of marriage.
Matt was working in Miami Beach that week and he invited me out to spend the weekend.
It took me about 2 minutes to say, "yes".
We hadn't even lined up child care.  I told the kids,
"You may be home alone for a bit, but mama's going to Miami Beach!"
I packed super light.  Only a small roller carry-on and a backpack.
 I flew out on 9/11.  Don't get me started.
Lots of prayers went out on that day.
We walked from one end of that island to the other.
Logging over 20,000 steps a day.
It was hot and fabulous.
It took us a couple of days to get to know the island.
We're not glitzy, glammy, clubbers who like to spend $200 on dinner.
By Day 3 we had that place figured out and were having a blast!
 Life guard stands.
Pink on the beach.
 It was their rainy season...which just means that the clouds come and go.
You may get a light sprinkle here and there.
Maybe a late afternoon thunderstorm...which was fabulous!
 What a great weekend!
Our Miami Beach favorites:
-the walking path between the ocean and Ocean Drive
-Lincoln Center...shopping/food
-Ocean Drive
-Collins Drive...shopping
-Washington Ave...restaurants
-Kilwin's Ice Cream (toasted coconut (hers) and salted caramel (his))
(2 locations...Marriot on Ocean Drive and Lincoln Center)
-SoFi Cafe...smoothies!  (#7 Acai Very Berry)
-Primo Pizza and Sandwiches (NY food, so good)
-walking on the new South Pointe Park Pier, then walking toward the harbor, then walking through the SoFi (south of 5th) neighborhood.

What to do next time:
-rent bikes...$6/hour (pick up and drop off all over the island!)
-Eat on Espanola Way!  Adorable restaurants south of Washington Ave on Espanola Way.
(Cuban, Mexican, Italian)
-breakfast or lunch at Big Pink Restaurant

A big thank you to the two most awesome sets of grandparents!!!
We sure do love you guys.
Thank you for caring for our kids and their crazy schedules.

Now, before I go...
How about I share 16 things I've learned about marriage!?!
1.  Marriage is so hard.
2.  Marriage is so rewarding.
3.  There are highs and lows.
4.  Compromise more.
5.  Bite that tongue!
6.  Find a couple of things that you love to do together.
7.  Don't forget to say "I'm sorry" and "thank you".
8.  Pray for your spouse.
9.  Put your spouse first.
10.  Choose to love your spouse...don't wait for the feeling.
11.  Do not allow the "D" word to enter your "conversations".  (divorce...not an option)
12.  Do not swear during arguments.
13.  Get your priorities straight...God, spouse, kids, etc...
14.  Find out your spouse's Love Language, and attempt to speak it.  Head's up, it won't be your Love Language.
15.  Laugh together.
16.  Be thankful.

XOXO Tiffany

"No, you won't always see eye-to-eye.  You're not supposed to be carbon copies of each other.  If you were, one of you would be unnecessary.  Two people who always share the same opinions and perspectives won't have any balance or flavor to enhance the relationship.  Rather, your differences are for listening to and learning from."
The Love Dare by Stephen and Alex Kendrick

**We must have a crazy amount of "balance and flavor"...haha!

Monday, September 15, 2014

I've been missing this little corner...

I've been absent for about 6 months now.
Do you know what?  I've missed it over here.
I've cut several things out of my life...
trying to make a little margin.
But two of the things I cut out, keep coming back to me.
My blog and my sewing.
I almost gave away (or sold) all my sewing stuff because I was feeling like maybe I should because there just wasn't enough time for everything and I was feeling like maybe that was the thing that needed to go. (ramble)
It's hard to hear God's voice sometimes.
I've been reading A Million Little Ways by Emily Freeman.
She writes about finding the art that you were meant to live.
And how "art" is different for everyone.
But how our art is a gift from God and can be used for God.
It just got me to thinking that maybe there is a reason that I can't get sewing and blogging of my mind.
My goal:
To write for 30 minutes every morning.
I don't know how many blog posts will come out of that, but I will just take the time to write.
Here are a few bits and pieces from A Million Little Ways:
(I'm at about 43%...reading it on my Kindle)
"It's time to live as though we believe we have something to offer."
"God is not a technician.  God is an Artist.  This is the God who made you.  The same God who lives inside you.  He comes into us, then comes out of us, in a million little ways".
"...being an artist has something to do with being brave enough to move toward what makes you come alive."
"And so the meaning of our lives is not dependent upon what we make of it but of what he is making of us."
"Maybe those things bringing you joy do so because they are one of the many ways in which God wants to declare his glory through you."
"There is only one place to go when our hands are filled with dreams and desire.  It's time to sink into God."

I'll leave it at that for today.
I hope you are doing well and finding out what your "art" is!
The book mentions remembering back to that thing that you loved to do when you were 10 years old.
We'll chat soon!

XOXO Tiffany

"'Course he isn't safe.  But he's good.  He's the king I tell you."
Mr Beaver talking about Aslan in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis