Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mugging? on Thursday?...about Shirley Adams

Could not let my picture go to waste...although there were no Muggings on Monday.
Do have a matter that I thought it would be appropriate.
I want to give 'honour where honour is due'...the honoured person is Shirley Adams of the Sewing Connection.

I found Shirley on PBS many years ago, but I only saw 2 or 3 of her programs before it went off the air.  I found her to be an excellent teacher.  i.e.,
                  She speaks clearly
                  She demonstrates all that she speaks about
                  She KNOWS what she is talking about
                  Detail is second nature to her
                  "Loving hands at home" look is a no-no to her
                  She aims toward, and achieves Old Country excellence
And many more qualities that her viewers and students observe in her videos/DVDs.

When my parents lived in California, my Dad taped many of her shows for my Mom.  After he died, Mom could not bring herself to watch them--it was too emotional for her, so I inherited them, and watched them over and over again.  I have purchased several seasons that my Dad did not get on tape. 
I have learned more from her than from any other 'seamstress' with whom I have been acquainted over the years.  Even though I have never seen her in person, I have had the pleasure of speaking with her on the phone when I've called to order, tapes or patterns or books. 
In fact I have spoken with her this week, when I had a question about altering a neckline.  Because I am so familiar with her teaching method, it was easy for me to understand--even on the phone--when she explained the procedure. 

Shirley Adams is "retiring" at the end of this year, which means she will not be doing Live Seminars any more.  But her DVDs are all there for purchase. 

I was not the only one to honour Shirley Adams...the American Sewing Guild has inducted her into the Hall of Fame.  A great honor indeed.

Go to her page, The Sewing Connection, and glean some important information.  She offers sample lessons there, so you can whet you sewing appetite.

As Shirley says, with one T shirt pattern you can make many, many tops and blouses; and with one suit pattern you can make dozens of suits.  She shows you how...amazing!

I'll leave you with this:

"Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another." Rom 12:10

In His hands,  ^__^

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Monday Muggings on Tuesday

When we were in school, one of the things we were taught was how to choose a 'worthy' person to be saved from the proverbial drifting boat on the high seas.   Only one was to be 'dumped' as there was not enough water to sustain all. 
You remember--if you are older than 25--how it went.  We were given: a minister, a pregnant woman, a runaway person, a child, an intellectual, an old person, and an athlete of some sort.  Voila`! 
The feelings of pity, anger, and indecisiveness were too much for the students.  But the 'wise teacher' would comfort us by way of 'this is only make believe...just an exercise...just pick someone...'  So we chose one, and then another, until the water was gone or the remainder was rescued.  The uneasiness only lasted for the class period, and off we went.

Later on, another NOTION appeared in classrooms.  "THERE ARE NO WINNERS!"  "WE ARE ALL PARTICIPANTS"  During gym class, the teachers would device new games that did not have a CHAMPION.  Spelling Bees were set aside. Teachers abolished competitions, dethroned achievers, and ridiculed overt effort.    There came from those years in the classroom myriads of overconfident buffoons, arrogant jerks, overbearing misfits.  Those from these ranks, do not marry but live together, they beget but do not take responsibility, they take but cannot own.  Like permanent babies they expect, rather demand to be fed, clothed, and mobilized in full luxury, all the while reserving their energy for play, diversion, and delussion.
If that were not enough, they voicetrously complain and murmur about the style, frequency, and quality of service and supply which they received...they are never satisfied.

Exactly the fulfillment of:   II Timothy 3
 1 "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was."  
Were these words written a decade ago? So, is man as he has always been?
Possibly, the powers-that-be saw the impending doom and rushed to repair the damage.  Or as they tagged it Damage Control...too late. 
Their effort makes those 'professional children'  [those who are made to remain ignorant, or are willingly and sluggardly so] simply watch and receive a twisted reality.  The TV programs  which I name following, are so- called reality shows, but 'real life' is not this way.  However as the above mentioned professional children are filled to overflowing with these sorts of programming, then what they present becomes 'reality' or the 'norm' completely and successfully changing perception.  The shows, in no particular order:  Survivor,  The Biggest Looser, The Amazing Race, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, American Idol, America's Got Talent,  Hell's Kitchen,  The Apprentice, America's Top Model. 
I could not think of any more titles, but I'm sure that those who have Dish, or Cable could name dozens more.  I DO NOT WATCH THOSE SHOWS*, in fact I cannot stand their pathetic, manipulative, and demeaning approach to competition.  WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE A COMPETITION?    I change the channel at lighting speed when I see their trailers. 
*(I have watched some of the Biggest Looser)
Even in  award programs, such as the Oscars--never watched those, but saw them on the news.  They have stopped saying, long since:  "And the Winner is..."  Several years ago they switched to:  "And the Oscar goes to..."
I suggest that they ought to do the same with the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize, et al., and stop "awarding" all those Dollars to the One Who Did The Best and spread the 'participating moneys' to all the assistants who worked feverishly and contributed all to the "Recipients" of those "awards"
As Christian women [if you did not know:  this blog is for Christian women, other may read it also, but the aim is for Christian women] As I was saying, we ought do all we do for the glory of God, our reward is  great in heaven.  We may receive appreciation, and even acclamation, but our reward is from On High.  Now, the world must not teach our children...we must!  It must be made plain to them that God is who examines what we do.  It is Him whom we must please.  It is Him who we must answer to.  That all they do, don't do, say and don't say must be measured by the Words He gave us...the Bible.

I'll leave you with this:

"But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them"   II Timothy  3:14

In His hands,  ^__^

Friday, September 17, 2010

It's a BOY!

All went well. 8.5lbs of blessing.  Thank you Lord!
Be back soon.

No pictures, you know what babies look like.  (haaa, haaa, haaaa)

I'll leave you with this:

 "A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world."   John 16:21

In His hands,  ^__^

Monday, September 13, 2010

Another mini-holiday...[no muggings camera]

Well, sort-of...a working one...sort-of...

DH took the week off from his job, but worked the entire time, at home.  We looked at garage doors, carpeting, flooring...and are hoping that Bill Gates or Warren Buffet will come forward and adopt us...sigh...actually, I would rather that the salesmen would say:  "Your order is free, absolutely free.  And...We will pay you for your time of shopping in our store, and having us in your home"...I can always hope...

Ok, back to reality.  Since we "were all over the place" for an entire week, one day we, actually, took 'off' and went to our secret used book store, and found more reading treasures.
Having had the camera in the car--in the event of a photo op--I forgot to retrieve it from its temporary home. 
When I searched for it and found it NOT, I knew that I would have to postpone the Muggings to Tuesday...was all ready...mug, calendar page, etc...

I will give you a preview--or a heads-up--of the topic that I will broach:  "Are we being led/manipulated/influenced/controlled?"   More surmisings from our Peasant House to your house.

I will leave you with this:

 "God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah."
 Psalms 67:1

In His hands,  ^__^

Friday, September 3, 2010

Recycled, or what was it called?

When our Mothers and Grandmothers had sweaters that got too small, or too old, or out of style, they did not give these sweaters away. 

Some sweaters that were ancient, were cut up and used as dusting rags.  [You know that wool is great for dusting.]  Some sweaters were cut up and sewn into children's sweaters or baby soakers.  Other sweaters were raveled--or incorrectly: unraveled [sic.], and the wool was skeined and washed and wound into balls, and used for a new sweater. 

What was this process called? Definitely NOT recycling.  NOT re-purposed, NOT redone...My great aunts, grandmothers, and aunts called it:  "I'm going to take this sweater apart and make another one". 

Well, I took a sweater apart, wound it into balls...skeined it...and washed it [to get the knitting kink out] and hung it to dry. 

This yarn is ready to be skeined, not much left to do...

Skeined on the niddy-noddy

They are ready for their cleansing bath...

Hanging out to dry...

Drying in the beautiful, bright sunshine...72F 40% humidity...awesome!

I'll leave you with this:

"But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap sparingly; and He which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully."  II Corinthians 9:6

In His hands,  ^__^