Monday, February 17, 2014

Chimala Mission Time 2013

 Once again, our church members made and purchased items for the Chimala Mission that our church sponsors. We usually make diaper shirts, book bags and simple light weight blankets. Also gather up school for and some medicinal type supplies for them. We don't send them 'til the fall but try to start early. I choose to make the blankets since I have an abundance of fabric.




 We make lightweight blankets since it is warm over there.

Lots of bags and school supplies.

Really cute diaper shirts. I like making the blankets better than the diaper shirts and have plenty of fabric to use.

Some made really cute pants as well. I also made a few book bags again this year. They are the white ones on the table, made from nylon fabric from an old pop-up craft tent.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

More Pictures Of Our Fur Babies!

We had hoped that Daisy would grow into those ears but she never did!!!

Amarillo Visit in January.

We had a really good visit with family in Amarillo. We stayed at Mom's and visited with her as well as sisters, June, Barbara and Teresa and brothers, Joe Pat, Tom and Harold and his wife, Pat and brother-in-law, Fred.  It was great!

We discussed ideas for the upcoming cousins family reunion to be held at Barbara's home. We are all looking forward to it.


Sun puppies, Darlin' and Dozer
Separate corners!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

This is the way we cook our meals, So early in the morning!

Do you remember singing this song? I thought of it when we were preparing meals for our freezer this morning and DH was making his usual jars of Greek yogurt.
Also made crockpot pork roast with carrots and potatoes and spaghetti.

 Other meals and desserts for the freezer include Chicken Pot Pie, King Ranch casserole, Garlic, Butter Baked Salmon and Baked Chicken. In the summer we grill quantities of meat for quick meals. Keeps us from eating out so much!!
Pumpkin Bread, Sugar Cookies, Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies, Pumpkin Pie and Fresh Apple Cake.

Here we go round the mulberry bush

Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush.
Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,
So early in the morning.
This is the way we wash our clothes,
We wash our clothes, we wash our clothes.
This is the way we wash our clothes,
So early Monday morning.

This is the way we iron our clothes,
We iron our clothes, we iron our clothes.
This is the way we iron our clothes,
So early Tuesday morning.

This is the way we scrub the floor,
We scrub the floor, we scrub the floor.
This is the way we scrub the floor,
So early Wednesday morning.

This is the way we mend our clothes,
We mend our clothes, we mend our clothes.
This is the way we mend our clothes,
So early Thursday morning.

This is the way we sweep the house,
We sweep the house, we sweep the house.
This is the way we sweep the house,
So early Friday morning.

This is the way we bake our bread,
We bake our bread, we bake our bread.
This is the way we bake our bread,
So early Saturday morning.

This is the way we go to church,
We go to church, we go to church.
This is the way we go to church,
So early Sunday morning.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Dorcas Sewing Event

Acts 9:36-42 NIV
In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. [37] About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 

[38] Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” [39] Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. 

[40] Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. [41] He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. [42] This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 

 Our preacher’s wife (Azle Church of Christ)  took on a project to make pillowcase dresses for girls in Zambia.  I suggested we have a group of ladies come to the church for a sewing session, with some ladies sewing, some ironing, some marking fabrics. That way all could participate even if they did not sew.

It was a very well attended event with 19 ladies coming and most with sewing machines. We completed 36 dresses and already had made at total of 17. We had hoped to make 50 total and have already exceeded that number. There are many more in the works that ladies took home to finish. These will be sent off in May to California for our preacher's brother to deliver on a mission trip over there.


It was a fun fellowship time and enjoyed by all, with such a great feeling of accomplishment.

My DH took lots of great pictures of our event to show our brethren and for us to remember what we accomplished.


Some dresses were made to be cut out with a pattern and others using the pattern from the internet. There were a few of us who had already made one or the other type of dress so we could instruct others and answer any questions they had.








 Even some of the youngsters took part. The little man with the iron did a great job!


I wish I had pictures of all of the beautiful dresses made – perhaps I can get some later but here are the ones I made and pictures of our Dorcas ladies event.
All the ones I made.
Made 2 of this one.
Made 2 different sizes of this one.

Made 2 of this one.

I had never made a pillowcase dress before but my DD, told me about a pattern online from Nancy's Notions, with four different sizes. It is very easy to make and takes very little fabric or supplies.  One pattern uses elastic in the top but I like the one with the ties better.