Wednesday, January 01, 2014

A New Year


La Balancoire - 1900- Federico Godoy Castro (spanish painter)

This New Year Eve I finished another flannel dress for a mother-daughter set. I guarantee that this dress looks very elegant on the model. As it is displayed in a hanger, it just does not do it justice.

I would have liked to find bright buttons just like the flowers on the fabric but these were all I could find.

The back had to be pieced in strips because there was not enough fabric. I bought what was left on the bolt, but there is supposed to be a new shipment of this fabric in the store soon.

Another view of the back. This dress looks shapeless on the hanger but it really is beautiful on the Mother. The daughter dress will follow.


An old friend visited a few days ago and brought me this pretty little lantern. She collects things from yard sales and dollar stores, keeps them in a box in her car, and puts them in gift bags when she makes an impromptu visit.


This sparkly ribbon will grace my front porch until March.

One thing I want to do this year is to savor the mornings more, before the responsibilities of the day begin. Today I enjoyed the scent of Very Berry herbal tea in the early morning, while putting reminders in my notebook of things I needed to do.

There is already a Tea Time issue to read this New Year. I have not looked at this one yet.


There are many Bible-reading plans available that help people to remember to read it daily. In my reading, I have been noticing how often this phrase is found in the New Testament:

  " Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ," or "Grace and peace be unto you."

I am not sure exactly how many times it occurs, but it is a consistent salutation and valadiction in the letters to the churches of Christ. Almost all of the letters, called Epistles, contain this phrase. As we say "hello" or "goodbye," the Holy Spirit says, "Grace and peace."

I used to race past these salutations to get to the body of the letters. Now, these greetings and endings have caught my eye and become significant. The media surrounds us with worry and fear, impending disaster, and all the stress that can make people mentally and physically ill. The Bible, while saying the world is full of confusion, says to the Christian, "Grace and peace to you."

There is a lot more to these salutations than polite greetings.

Jesus said:

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27








Anonymous said...

What beautiful words from the Lord with which to end your post....couldn't do better than to dwell on these at the beginning of the Year: we are all keen on to making great plans, changes, goals at this time, but just finding our own in way to a state of grace and peace might be a better thing to learn!
x Happy New Year, love the pink dresses

Sharon said...

Thank you for your comments of "grace and peace". I have rushed past those greetings also. It's good to see them more deeply.

Thank you for sharing your sewing. It's an encouragement to me to sew more.

Jenny said...

Happy New Year!

Oh that dress is so cute! What lovely fabric! x

Jenny said...

Happy New Year!

Oh that dress is so cute! What lovely fabric! x

LadyLydia said...

I do appreciate everyone's kind and encouraging comments. They keep me going on blogging!

Michelle said...

These bible verses are therapy in a hurried stressed world. A most need anchor God is so goodto us :)
Blessings in this new year.

Laura Lane said...

I think that will be a lovely dress. You inspire me to get my sewing machine out and get busy.
Harvest Lane Cottage

Michelle said...

I like the paintings in this post, especially the second one. Very beautiful. I love the dress and the fabric you chose. I would love to see one of the sets modeled, but I understand if the models are "shy". Have you been working from one pattern for the adult dresses? The dresses look similar. Your piecing looks great and adds to the dress rather than taking away from it. Could you share how you do that in a tutorial?

LadyLydia said...

I will photograph them on a dress form to show how nice they fit. I had forgotten about using the dress form.

LadyLydia said...

I am using old patterns similar to Laura Ashley that work perfectly with cotton fabric. The flannel has more give than some cottons and drapes and hangs well, like the decorator fabric that is mid-weight.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...