Saturday, December 31, 2011

Out with the OLD and in WITH the NEW

Can you believe that the year is ending and once again its time for the reflection on what 2011 brought to our family. As we embarked on the new journey of 2011 with open arms the year brought us great joys, new adventures, many heart breaks, heart aches, moments to last a life time, sorrows. It was a year of painful Goodbyes, but loving Hello's, we were blessed to have new friendships made and new loves to enter into our lives. I feel like although 2011 was a rough year it taught us once again that God knows best before we know ourselves. Everyday is an adventure and it is our job to embrace it our to be bitter and angry at what life is throwing at us. If Life was supposed to be easy there would be a manual somewhere to breeze right through. "I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES"  I believe that in HIM all things are possible, allowing your WHOLE heart to be wrapped in his arms completely no matter what curve balls life brings you, you can pick the pieces up and move on. I have to say reflecting on the past few months has been a hard one to stomach, there has been a lot of heart ache, but buried deep in all the hurt was so MANY Wonderful Happy times and Memories that Brad the kids and I will cherish forever. We are blessed to have AMAZING Friends that we consider family (you know who you are), Great Family that helps guide us in the direction to take the right road that God has paved for us. And we have our FAITH that gets us through the worst of times. I'm a MOTHER, WIFE, FRIEND, DAUGHTER, and a SISTER.... I'M A BELIEVER of All things come to those who wait, our day is approaching for a brighter tomorrow, and we hope and pray that all the happiness and love in the world showers all of our friends and family in 2012. As we wash away all the past of 2011, the heart ache, goodbyes, and replace it with the memories of what is to come... those bittersweet moments we seem to forget about , try to embrace the little things in life because at the end of the day that is what is most precious.

So To start the year off right.... We close this chapter in our life 2011 we bid you a found farewell, thank you for the GREAT memories, the laughs, the adventures, the friendships, the love, and the Strength that you taught us all we had. To 2012 I toast to you I hope this is our year of Greatness, Our children will shine, this will be our year of answers, our year of Overcoming all the obstacles that might lie ahead, and WE WILL DO IT WALKING HAND IN HAND ONE STITCH AT A TIME.  

Wishing all of my loved ones a Safe and Happy NEW YEARS EVE! Tomorrow Brings New Resolutions, NEW BEGINNINGS and NEW Adventures. I hope you take this journey with me... ONE STITCH AT A TIME.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Trash to treasure

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Sew... what has everyone been up to the last few months? I have been slowly tackling those little household projects that don't ever seem to go anywhere. Last summer my mom and I went to a yard sale and we came across this wonderful step stool, My grandmother had one and I just knew that I had to have it...

It has potential

the demolition

I knew that it needed to be recovered but for the past year it has looked like the trash pile was a better place for it, Instead of a Booster, C-bug uses this as her seat for dinner, so I knew I needed to get motivated and recover it before she was 12... LOL

So here is the kitchen table... a little messy but I figured I better bite the bullet so I went into the studio and remembered that I had got some Oil Cloth a few months ago super cheap and I had just enough to refinish this chair. I wanted something FUN that said Girl but at the same time fit my personality.....

The finished project it took me about 10 minutes to refinish it WOW why did I wait so long, hubby loved it because I added more padding to the seat and the Oil Cloth is easy to wipe which  makes it easy to clean after dinner no more looking at the torn rusted seat.

I think C-bug Likes it and that's all that matters. I would love to see some of your finished projects so feel free to link up and let me see what crafty goodness you all have come up with.

Back on this adventure

WOW I'm looking at the posts and just realized my life has been so busy being a mommy, wife, student, working woman, volunteer, seamstress... that I have neglected my blog. I cant believe its been almost 2 1/2 months since I have had the chance to sit down and write a quick blog. Well that's just not cool, so over the next few days Ill be writing some catch up blogs, about life, mommy hood, crafting, and other fun things that have been going on in my neck of the woods.

WOW can you believe Christmas is almost here... Hard to believe that 2011 is almost over I just don't know where the time went, it seems like before children time seemed to stand still, but between the carpool lanes, the soccer games, the various mommy hood adventures that I tackle on a daily basis, then you throw in the taxi driver, the cook, the maid, the wife and everything else in the world that seems to consume the hours that I'm awake I have figured that there just isn't enough time to get done everything that I want to accomplish. 

When I'm crafting I feel like I'm in my own little world, being able to create something beautiful out of something as simple as a piece of paper, a scrap of fabric or just spending the time being creative. I find that my passion for sewing, embroidering and crafting is the smile that it brings to the person receiving those items . I have always had a small obsession to purses, okay ill admit that my husband might be RIGHT!  SHH don't tell him I said he was right.... That my Small obsession is a little bit bigger than that. I found myself realizing that my creative talents that GOD blessed me with could be useful because instead of buying my own bags I could make them... Ummm yeah can we say that all my tested bags that I prepare prior to a pattern going into the CFC Etsy store ... yeah that tester somehow ends up on my shoulder.... LOL...

I have to say the addiction has gotten cheaper because I make them for myself but hasn't gotten any better because my closets are bursting at the seams. I find that its so much fun to draft up a new bag to go with that super cute outfit that I'm working on. I currently have 9 patterns that I'm working on for the Holiday season Guess I better get moving on that.... Do you think I could wish upon a star to get time to stand still for a few days. I can dream right.

So lets get back in the groove I'm missing my bloggy friends and followers and cant wait to see what crafty goodness everyone is up to these days. I just love this time of year everything has the wonderful aroma of fall, the cinnamon, the colors everything around us just screams holiday season.... As much as I'm not ready for thanksgiving, birthdays and Christmas to approach I'm also like a little kid because this is my favorite time of year.  I look forward to catching up with all of my blogging buddies.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Building Bridges

I have sat down many times in the past few weeks, to stop a few minutes out of my day to write something magical, uplifting, spiritual something from my heart, and I seem to get hit smack in the face with a brick wall. Ever feel like that... Like you have so much on your mind... your heart and feel like it might implode before you can get it out and then realize at that moment that ..... WOW!!! your speechless.... then today I came across an amazing blog, Ashley totally hit the nail on the head for me and it is so that place that I needed to be today
She asked the question "Blessed to Be A Blessing (Building Kingdom Bridges)" she went on to talk about a Sunday service that she had attended that spoke of how to use your blessings whatever they might be to build those bridges, and to pour out GODS love to those around you. She went on to ask the questions I’d encourage you today to look at the blessings God has given you and ask yourself, “How can I use what God has given me to be a blessing to others? How can I build bridges with what I have?”

So I thought about it an realized my BRIDGE is Sewing, Crafty, and trying to live each day as he would see it. I think this story really has helped me write this post for who it is intended not myself, not about my sewing but about JOANNA SIBERT, a sweet vibrant little girl.. A precious angel sent by god to show us what STRENGTH, COURAGE, FAITH, and what it means to PRAY. Joanna was born 8 years ago with Spina bifida she has endured so much in her life, from surgeries, to doctors appointments, countless hours of therapy, road trips to Richmond, Canada, and Norfolk, Her parents have stopped at nothing to get her the care that she deserved... and needed. In July Joanna was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer. She is such a fighter, no matter what at the end of the day Joanna can light up a room. She was recently featured in our local newspaper, Hampton girl battles multiple health problems
There have been various benefits to help her in her fight. If you have a moment stop by and read her journey at

When I found out I felt very helpless Praying just didn't seem enough, I thought and thought and the only thing that I could do was sew... So I got in contact with her mom and decided to make JOJO a bag all her own she is such a special little girl and I felt blessed that they agreed. JOJO picked out the colors and I worked my magic here is the First Bag of PROJECT HOPE for JOANNA
I then made the 2nd bag for her mom because every momma needs a bag for all those trips back and forth to the hospital so bag #2
then I couldn't leave the sisters out so Project HOPE expanded to Bags 3 and 4

I am asking all my crafting friends out their the same questions Look in the mirror and ask yourself what blessings God has given you and ask yourself, “How can I use what God has given me to be a blessing to others? How can I build bridges with what I have?”

To all my crafty ladies and Gents out their I'm asking for volunteers for PROJECT HOPE FOR JOANNA, Its a small project I have been working on behind the scenes with some fellow crafters, If you are interested in helping out in Project Hope please email me for more details at in the subject line please state PROJECT HOPE, we are looking for volunteers to show her how special she is.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. and GOD BLESS!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Bloggin and Summertime....

Sew just had a moment to step back from the sewing machine that has been running non stop the last few days, Time away from the kiddos and hubster, and stopped by the blog and realized its been awhile. Wow where did the time go June.... July.... Now its August . Geesh seems like I was just here chatting it up with everyone and NOW the summer is almost over. What a whirlwind it has been, summer of change, crazy schedules and WOW what fun adventures. I have a lot of pictures that I'm editing a lots of fun stories to share. I have a few projects Ive been working on which seems to have taken most of my time here lately. I had surgery couple weeks ago that I'm still slowing bouncing back from, lots of fun adventures with the kiddos and some sad ones also. Looking forward to catching up, but for now I must head back to the studio, this week will bring lots of pictures of the projects as well as lots of answers that will be shared on to what has been taking up so much of time. I look forward to talking with each one of you Later for now.

Hugs April

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Everyone needs....

Sew.... When reflecting on the past few years and everything that we have been through as a family I have truly been blessed to be able to find daily inspiration in crafting, sewing, and various other activities with my friends, family and my blogging community. I had started a list earlier this year of things that I wanted to try and accomplish and this year I have decided to participate again with  All People Quilt and make some little child happy with a vibrant fun pillow case, This year I would like to make at least 200 pillowcases and hope that my blogging friends out there can help. My donation is to 2 wonderful causes close to my heart... one is to the Local children's hospital I have spent many nights there with my daughter Caleigh she has shown me how strong I am and how many children go there daily .......and daily they are met with obstacles that aren't always there chosen path but children are resilient and I have found hope and faith that the lord has truly paved out our path and that he knows what is best for us before we ourselves know.
American Patchwork & Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. I donated pillowcases to the challenge. Click here to learn more!

Sew if your bored or just looking for a great opportunity to give back to an amazing organization Please help me in making over 200+ pillowcases and surpass my goal. Lets give back to those in need and show them how much they are cared for.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Whirlwind and Joy

The past month has been hectic to say the least but am grateful I have a brief moment to post to all of my blogging buddies out there today, to share in my joy as a Mommy.

Where to start on this reflection journey, I find myself writing this and remembering what I was doing 6 years ago today....
Mommy having a rough time
Laying in the hospital waiting on the birth of our first born, as it wasn't the easiest pregnancy the anticipation of his birth was exciting and memorable. Brayden made his grand entrance at 3:22pm weighing in at 6lbs 6 oz and 20 inches long. Aunt Bonnie and Grandma reed look on

We were finally able to meet our little man and the normal first time Mom moment, counting fingers, toes and inspecting to make sure your little one that you have been protecting for the past 9 months is perfect in every

way, and he was.Sleepy boyFrom left to right: Aunt Bonnie, Grandma & Grandpa Reed, Grandma Bauer, Uncle Chris, Daddy, Bray 

Proud Parents
Our New little Family was born.

We are truly blessed to live to close to family and have such wonderful friends. I have attached a few of some of my favorite pictures.
Daddy and I are playing on computer
MMMMM that hands good
Uncle Aaron with his nephewBrayden and Daddy sleeping at Grandma Reeds after daddys soccer game

Through the past few years you have met some wonderful people who are no longer with us here on earth but continue to watch over you

Daddy ##### enjoying his new Great GrandsonProud Great Grandparents

4 Generations
Brayden and Great Grandpa Demmer

I have been truly blessed your are an amazing little boy and watching you grow ....

Bright eyesAunt Nicole and brayden

Its feels wierd

It hasn't always been easy ride, there were a few bumps in the road but we made it through as a family
Pop-Pop and BraydenGrammy and Brayden

My Two sleepy menBeing Silly


You truly are our shining Star... I reflect on everything we have been through together as a family and I have watched you grow into an amazing person.

So BigCoke comercial
Look what I got

brayden pirate costume_edited-1DSC_0372-1


We love you very much Brayden and hope that you have a wonderful 6th birthday. You have such a great big heart and are such a caring and loving big brother and friend. Happy Birthday Sweetie.


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