- model pair of pants
- fabric pencil
- matching thread
- twin needle (opt)
- blind hemming foot (opt)
- thick denim or upholstery needle (if taking in jeans)
January 28, 2015
January 25, 2015
This little princess is 6 months old! I cannot believe that half a year has passed since you were born. It’s gone by so quickly!
Since 5 months, you’ve gained two teeth,
learned how to sit up unsupported,
reach and grab things like a pro,
stand with support for longer periods of time,
and have even given solid foods a try, although you’re not a big fan unless it’s ice cream or cookies or something.
You still love your blanket and binki,
being spun in circles,
being tossed up in the air (gently),
when Mommy sings,
your Sophine Giraffe,
your jingle bug, Bugsy,
Mom is still your first choice for everything,
and the way you light up when your sister smiles and laughs at you? Priceless.
You are our ever sweet and gentle little baby girl, who always has a smile to offer, a laugh to brighten any room, and a cuddle to give.
We love you so much, my dear!
P.S. And because it is Sunday, I have a Sunday message for you from President Uchtdorf, second counselor in the general presidency of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints.
He is not waiting to love you until you have overcome your weaknesses and bad habits. He loves you today with a full understanding of your struggles.
And God knows of your successes; though they may seem small to you, He acknowledges and cherishes each one of them.
He knows everything about you. He sees you clearly – He knows you as you really are.
And He loves you – today and Always!
January 23, 2015
- 2 yards knit fabric for shirt
- 1/2 yard knit fabric for elbow color bloc
- measuring tape
- pattern paper
- model shirt
- scissors, thread, etc.
- twin needle (opt)
Step 3: Sew
Step 4: Neckline
January 21, 2015
January 15, 2015
…when using social media, we tend to broadcast the smiling details of our lives but not the hard times at school or work.
We portray an incomplete life—sometimes in a self-aggrandizing or fake way. We share this life, and then we consume the “almost exclusively … fake lives of [our] social media ‘friends.’”
How could it not make you feel worse to spend part of your time pretending to be happier than you are, and the other part of your time seeing how much happier others seem to be than you?
I am guilty. For the longest time, my excuse was that I didn’t like sharing negative things, that sharing the other things that were real were too personal. In many cases, they are, and I want them to stay personal. However I want to make a point.
Friends, if you don’t already know, or haven’t guessed yet, my life is not perfect. *Shocker!*
When I take photos for my tutorials, you don’t see the toddler half-naked in the bathroom playing in the over-flowing sink, or the unnecessarily angry scolding that comes afterwards. When I share about a little project that my two-year-old and I did together, you don’t know about the baby that had to cry for a couple of minutes so that we could finish.
Although I think of our home and lives as generally happy, fun, warm, and care-free, there are… those days…
Those days when Chelsea decides that she WILL NOT take a nap and Daddy has to come home to a VERY over-tired toddler and grouchy wife (I should point out that Alexa is nearly always happy. For reals). Those days when I’ve spent a little too much time on social media seeing how much happier everyone else seems to be than me.
So here’s the thing. I’m going to keep sharing the positive stuff. I’m going to keep taking tutorial pictures that are neat and clear, and I’m going to keep letting my creative juices flow, BUT (“everyone I know has a big but”) remember:
No one’s life (particularly mine) is perfect or always hunky-dory. We all get sad, depressed, jealous, angry, deflated, frustrated, and (oftentimes) just totally bushed.
And you know what?
Each day, I will do what you do. I will do my best, repent, and try harder to be better than I was before, to be a little kinder, understanding, patient, tolerant, productive.
Every day is a new day, with a brand new start and no mistakes in it.
Each day, I get to repent and try again.
Let’s not be paralyzed or feel defeated because we think we’ve failed again. Let’s feel enabled through the Lord’s atonement to try again, because that’s what He wants for us.
Thank you for supporting me. Thank you for your kindness and understanding. Thank you for being examples to me and for just being my friends. I am so grateful for all of you who read my blog and appreciate me, my talents, and my family. I appreciate you, and hope that through the strange workings of cyber-space and the bloggo-sphere, I somehow offer you the same support and friendship. Thank you for always trying your best.
Thank you for just being you.
To read more from Elder Quentin L. Cook, click here.