Friday, October 31, 2014

Faded Photograph

That's the point
of working with one's hands,
you see.
It gives the mind something else to do
besides worry.
~Charles Todd

I'll never forget where we were in our life when with guided needle vibrant threads painted stitch after crossed stitch upon a Java canvass,

Cross Stitch and Country Crafts' 1980s "Victorian Garden"

... portraying a tranquil park bench reposed along a cobblestone path, surrounded by gladiolas and lilacs. See the straw hat, beribboned in blue, and snoozing ivory kitty cat?

Completed in 1989, you can tell it's early in my cross stitch journey, for some crosses move left-to-right while others, confused, right-to-left.

A petite yo-yo makes all the difference.

The 'master stitcher' I am today would tell the 28 year-old novice I was then, You might have been cross stitching for two or three years, but this you must practice: Cross each stitch in the same direction.

The project was hung centered in a trio of complimentary cross stitched works-- between "Colonial Garden" on the left and "Country Garden" on the right, each piece framed under an oval mat. Along with decorating tastes and styles, the handworks' backgrounds faded over two decades and thousands of miles until one day, each was stripped naked of its frame and purpose and shoved into a forgotten box.

No longer.

Each time I open
the thrifted sewing basket

... I'm on the cobblestone path and there's the faithful bench. Again I remove my beribboned straw hat. Kitty's purr-purr-purr isn't startled by her old friend.

cheerfully pressed into the lid
of a sewing basket.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Truth for a Lie

Take inventory.
What have I taught my children
that is a lie?
~Dr. James Hughes

He can do it himself.

He can get it himself.

He can wash, dry, fold and put them away

He can make that himself.

He can fix it himself.

The attitude behind these statements about my husband puts me in the wrong. While it is true that my Fearless Leader, my husband, is fully capable of doing things for himself, everything and anything I have done and do for him with a servant's heart I have ultimately done for Jesus.

Words for Wives:

Married to a millstone?

Kelley, when you ironed Dave's shirt, you ironed My shirt; you ironed it for Me. When you set up the coffee pot so all he had to do is turn it on when he came downstairs, you prepared the convenience for Me.

Likewise, Kelley, when you murmur about Dave, grumble about him, neglect to meet and see to his needs, when you tell yourself about him, "He's a big boy. He can do ABC and DEF for himself," you told yourself that about Me, you murmured about Me, you grumbled about Me.  You overlooked My needs.

In My Word, I said, "If you have done it unto the smallest child, the least of these"-- including the biggest one of My children in your own life as a wife, your good husband-- "ye have done it unto Me" (Matthew 25:40).

Wives, it'd be better for us if millstones were tied to us and we were cast into the sea than to offend even one of our Lord's little ones (Luke 17:2), and that includes our husbands.

Is my husband
married to a millstone?

Is yours?


The aged women likewise
[should] be in behavior
as becomes holiness...
teachers of good things;
that they may teach the young women
to be sober,
to love their husbands,
to love their children,
to be discreet,
keepers at home,
obedient to their own husbands,
that the Word of God
be not blasphemed.
~Titus 2:3-5 KJV

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Way I Like Wedge Salad

A well-made salad
must have a certain uniformity;
it should make perfect sense
for those ingredients
to share a bowl.
~Yotam Ottolenghi


The Way I Like... Wedge Salad:

a wedge of iceberg lettuce under bleu cheese dressing and crumbles, chopped boiled egg, chopped tomato, chopped fried bacon, thinly sliced red onion, and fresh cracked pepper at Haleiwa Joe's Seafood Grill on O'ahu's North Shore.

Turn your head, please,
so I can lick the plate.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

So She Did

Everybody ought to go to Sunday school
The men and the women
The boys and the girls
Everybody ought to go to Sunday school

26 October 2014 iPhoto

So she did,
and it was a miracle.

But for you who fear My Name,
the Sun of  Righteousness will rise
with healing in His wings.
And you will go free,
leaping with joy
like calves let out to pasture.
~Malachi 4:2

I am He that liveth
and was dead;
and behold
I am alive forevermore,
and have the keys
of hell and of death.
~Revelation 1:18 KJV

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Postman Dispatches October Pillowcase Project Delivery

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night
stays these couriers from the swift completion
of their appointed rounds.
~Postal Tribute

And the love just keeps rollin' in... I have lots of pillowcases to share today! Shall we get this party started?

These pillowcases are Sherry of Createology's third contribution to The Pillowcase Project. Just look at all the Christmasy sweetness! {Apologies, Sherry, that my camera doesn't photograph red very well. I'm certain it's the user, ahem, but I wish the photo gave your sweet note and darling pillowcases the honor they deserve!}

Skating mice and rocking horses

Sherry's note read:

Kelley Dear,
Thank you for the opportunity
to make a child's life
just a little brighter
with pillowcases.
Creative Bliss Hugs,

Remember her
February pillowcases?

And the cuties that arrived in March?

Thank you, sweet Sherry!
Your delightful offerings
will be a treasure for each recipient!

The next pillowcases are from Annabel whose blog, The Bluebirds Are Nesting, will celebrate its first birthday next month! Annabel's pillowcases were shipped with love all... the... way... from... AUSTRALIA!

See Annabel's card making tutorials, Part 1, and Part 2 shows you how she made the card she sent me below.

More apologies now to Annabel,
this time for the blur.

Her note read in part,
Dear Kelley,
Well, here is my little contribution
to your lovely project.
It's not much, but I hope
pillow cases keep coming in
and they all add up....
Lots of love,

Roses, Tinker Bell, and teddy bears

Bedtime Dora and flora

Thank you kindly,
adorable Annabel!
Handmade or store-bought,
each recipient will "love a
pretty or special pillowcase"
just as you still do!

Next up are the pillowcases sweet Ilse Moore sent our way. Ilse found me over at Rhonda Buss's who was doing her own pillowcase project last year.

floral and giraffes

Ilse's note reads in part,

Dear Kelley!
... I think it's a wonderful project
your mother-in-law
has taken under her wings...
All the best to you and your family.
Ilse Moore

Christmas lights and sweet hearts

Snowflakes and stripes

Stars, polka dots and hearts

I appreciate your contributions to both Rhonda's and my pillowcase projects, Ilse, my friend. Your kindness stretches to yet another spot on the globe. Thank you sew much!

Finally, the offerings of dear Dayle who blogs at A Collection of Days have arrived! She wrote,

Dear Kelley,
It was an honor to be involved
with this project.
May each child who touches
the many pillowcases sent
be blessed in miraculous ways...
(My mom is the seamstress.)

Teddy bears, gingerbread men, blue, and stripes

Furry friends
and polka dotted green, Dayle's and my favorite color

Thank you, Dayle and Mrs. Allen, for your delightful contributions to The Pillowcase Project in honor of my precious mother-in-law. Your kindness has safely crossed the ocean, and your pillowcases will be a great comfort to each National Children's Hospital recipient.


Special thanks to every contributor
of Christmas cheer.
{Can you believe that
Christmas is 8 weeks from today?}

I have a short stack of pillowcase fabrics to put into the machine, sew I'll be sharing those next month! Including the offerings showcased in this post, the new total is 156 pillowcases! You folks have sew made my day!

ALL ABOARD! Contributor update:
You're welcome to add the image on my sidebar or any others to your own blog. If you could somehow link it to Kelley Highway's The Pillowcase Project, I'd be oh, sew grateful.~

1.  My precious MIL
2.  Sherry at Creatology
3.  Carol at The Polka Dot Closest
4.  Laura at Decor to Adore
5.  Susan at My Place to Yours
6.  Annabel in South Australia at The Bluebirds are Nesting
7.  Lana at Miss Lana
8.  Frances at Notions from Nonny
9.  Dayle at A Collection of Days
10. Rhonda at Rhonda's Creative Life
11. Ilse Moore, a contributor to Rhonda Buss's Mary Bridge  Hospital pillowcase project.

12. Christ Temple of Phoenix, Arizona
13. Janice at Curtains in My Tree

Joined in February
14. Ellette Day

Joined in March
15. Amber at She Wears Red Boots

Joined in April
16. Cennetta at The Mahogany Stylist
17. Dayle's mother, Mrs. Ruth Allen

Joined in June
18. Claudia and her church ladies in Twin Falls, Idaho

Joined in July
19. Connie at Crafty Home Cottage
20. Marlynne (pronounced Marilyn) of Marlynne Creates Daily's "Chat & Sew" group at Archie, Missouri's First Baptist Church

Joined in August
21. Emmanuelle in Bath, England
22. Patty at Elegant Cowgirl

Joined in September
23. Our Firstborn, Dana
24. Our great-niece, Abrielle

Pillowcase(s) due date: December 1 20, 2014

Mailed in a US Postal medium Flat Rate box:
Cram as many pillowcases inside as you like!

Mailed by December 1,
your pillowcases should arrive on Guam
before December 20!

When you're ready to mail your pillowcase(s),
click here and send me an E-mail.
I'll reply with my mailing address.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Family by the Sea 2014

To us,
family means
putting your arms around each other
and being there.
~Barbara Bush

I don't know when it started,
Or how it all began,

But God created families
As only our Lord can....

He wanted someone to hold us
And show respect to others.

He wanted someone who'd be gentle,
And so He created mothers.

He wanted someone strong,
A support filled with love.

And so he created fathers
Sent from heaven up above.

Brothers and sisters came next,
With that, an instant friend,

Someone to look up to,

Someone on whom to depend.

When He put it all together,
He was amazed at what He'd done.

He had created a family,
Father, mother,

daughter, son.

But look at the family,
Created only by two.
How many [they've] become
And all [Lord] because of You.

[They] have a lot to be thankful for,
The memories through the years,
The many times together,
Full of laughter, full of tears....

~ Michelle A. Moran

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Family Take at the Lake 2012

No family is perfect.

We argue,

we fight,

we even

stop talking to each other at times.

But in the end,


is family.

The love

will always

be there.

When I deleted my nearly-four-year-old blog in 2013, I deleted the post in which I shared images of what our family looked like in 2012. I hope you enjoyed these today almost as much as I did.

My younger brother snapped them with my li'l ol' Sony camera on that Labor Day weekend. The 'winner' color image became our Christmas card and 100 black and white notecards used for thank yous and sharing other greetings or condolences.

Planning and recording a family photo has since become an annual event-- the family's gift to me-- and I'm so grateful.  See 2013's Sedona, Arizona photos that appeared on Kelley Highway here at Family Fix on Route 66.

Either Mrs. Erica Stone or I was recently behind the lens when we captured 2014's family photos at Pointe Dume, California. I'll share them next time.