The Importance of Keeping Close

Lately, for several years actually, life seems to have been in an upheaval for one reason or another. Hand surgery set me back both physically and emotionally. Hands, back injury,finances, missing family and other stresses have taken much out of me. My writing and creativity have all but disappeared. In the clutter of life I have let much go to the wayside trying to handle the urgent.

It has taken a toll on me. My inner being has been crying out for so much. “Why do people who claim to be saved think living together is fine? Drinking till drunk is fine? Abortion is fine? Homosexuality is fine?” Seeing our country go downhill and the sins that so dominate our society get some people’s attention, but what can we do? Our roots are being dug up and laid to waste.

All this has added to my mind and stress. I have asked so many times “How can people not turn to the God of the Bible? How can they claim to be Christians and yet not believe or follow what is set out for us? How can we accept a “little white lie” when God says any lie is not acceptable in HIS sight? How can people in this nation with all the Spiritual heritage we have has as a nation not see the atrocities going on now in the world, our government, churches, believers lives? How is it that sin is accepted as good and good as sin? HOW?

Let me take you to last Friday night when God gave me some insight.

We have cats. Lots of cats call us home. They get excited and run up to us when we pull in the driveway like you would expect a dog to do. Friday night we got home after dark and as usual the cats came running to come in and get some last minute food before bed.

Of our cats 5 are black, 2 long haired and 3 smooth haired. One of the long haired ones is always waiting when we come in and runs to the car and then to the steps and up the porch. We pulled in and I opened my door and the adorable Dottie stayed back by the back door of the van. I spoke to her and she did not move. It was quite dark, but I could still tell she did not even move a bit…. so unusual. So I asked her if she was ok, told her what a good girl she was and asked her to come on in for bed. Still did not move.

I got all my things out of the car and closed the door and Dottie still sat in the same place. It was then that the outside light came on and I saw that my precious Dottie, the Dottie I was talking too all this time and was not moving was actually not my sweet cuddly kitty but a pile of fresh cow poop! What if I had tried to pet her in the dark?

It was a bit later that God spoke. When we are in the dark, not born again or not living up to what God’s word says, His light does not always shine on the sin. We are looking through darkness and seeing things in darkness. Good looks like bad, bad looks good, big pile of fresh cow poop looks like a sweet cuddly kitty. Sometimes we put our hand in it. We see others who are wallowing in what they think is cuddly and good.

Ahhh this is how the world can see sin as good and acceptable. They do not have God’s light shining and revealing the truth. When we, as born again believers, do not stay in HIS word, we can become the same way. When we are in HIS word and stay teachable He will teach us. Little things that happen become learning experiences to deepen HIS truth, yes, even cow poop and kitties!

September 21st, 2015 by Peggie | Comments Off


It has been a long haul, and apparently going to get held up again, with another surgery possible (probable?!)

Hand surgery is no fun, especially when something goes wrong. If you are like me it gets discouraging and sometimes you just want to forget even trying any more.

My life has always been in the “craft mode”. I have said I trust my hands not my brains. So many people can just go on their brain power and do wonderful contributions in the fields of Technology, science, literature etc. Not me. While I do like to write it is not what brings me the heart throbbing happiness that creating something will bring. I love to work at something and have a nice finished product to sell, give or enjoy myself. It is all in my hands. (On another note, I am not a housekeeper. I hate making something look good and then have it messed up in shorter time than it took me to make it good!)

I now am making plans for this fall. Planning on trying to do a craft show and have enough items to actually put in one! Sewing is slow. Very slow. Where I used to make things with ease and speed I now have trouble picking up a pin without using a magnet!  Cutting out patterns takes some time and a resting of my hand in between.

I have plans of trying to spend some time on my blogs each day as well. These poor things have suffered over the last few years with all the surgeries and other interruptions into my life. Depression to some degree, not deep but enough added to everything else as well as all the stress has hindered my creative juices. I am praying for the return.

For the one person who is reading this now,  I thank you.  Hope to see you back and hope I do not disappoint.

September 5th, 2013 by Peggie | Comments Off

Pattern sale and giveaway

This pattern sale excites me! I have used patterns from some of these pattern makers and love them! This is a great deal for those that sew. Begins Monday morning at 8Am Eastern time!

Today is the 1st day of the 1st ever Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle Sale and giveaway, sponsored by The Southern Institute and Fat Quarter Shop!

Over the past eight weeks a lot of behind the scenes work has taken place to bring you this amazing bundle of ePatterns from several of the top pattern designers and bloggers in the sewing and blogging world. The result is a bundle of 18 PDF sewing patterns that you don’t want to miss.

Buy NowFor one week only, ten pattern designers have come together to bring you 18 of their best PDF patterns, valued together at over $139.00, for the incredible price of $24.95! That’s over 80% off of the combined retail value! Plus you can enter to win a dream of a giveaway valued at $390 from some really great shops!

For less than $25.00 you will have a library of resources that you can use over and over again. The designers that have joined this sale are experts in their craft. They have been sewing for a very long time and are well known in blogland and elsewhere. Each designer has contributed one or two of their favorite patterns to create a bundle that is sure to please! Whether you are sewing for your own family or making gifts for others, these are patterns that you will love to use.

If you’ve never sewn with a PDF pattern before, let me tell you how great it is! After downloading your pattern instructions and your pattern, you will print out the pattern itself, creating pattern tiles, if you will. Simply tape the tiles together to create the full pattern! At that point you can cut out the size that you need and pin the paper pattern directly to your fabric or you can trace the pattern size that you need onto sewing paper or tissue paper and cut it out, saving the paper pattern for later when you need to sew another size. Pdf patterns are so convenient because you can print them out as many times as you need!

Click here to buy the bundle!
Now let me tell you a little bit about the giveaway!

The Sew Fab Giveaway is amazing! One lucky winner will win a bunch of amazing prizes from Craftsy, Fat Quarter Shop, fabricworm, Jennifer’s Jewels Custom Labels on Etsy, Green Bee Patterns, author Deborah Moebes, Mee a Bee, Gussy Sews, I’m Feeling Crafty, and Ball and Chain on Etsy. See the end of the post for giveaway details. This giveaway is not to be missed!

I know you’re dying to know “What is included in the pattern bundle?”

18 well-loved ePatterns from 10 well-known designers are instantly accessible to you by PDF download upon purchase of the Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle. Here are the patterns that you will receive (click on the links below to see more details):

Goodship Dress by One Girl Circus, Mommy & Mia Apron by Sew Much Ado, Ruby Lou Doll by Sew Much Ado, Mini Maxi Dress by Seamingly Smitten, Miss Mod Top by Seamingly Smitten, Love Your Lunch Box by Ginger Cakes, Modern Folksy Bunny by Ginger Cakes, Banyan Pants & Shorts by Figgy’s, Banyan Top & Tunic by Figgy’s, Go To Shift Dress by Go To Patterns, Go To Gift Bags by Go To Patterns, Sidekick Suitcase by Sew Fearless, Madeline Dress by Me Sew Crazy, Forget Me Knot Dress by Me Sew Crazy, Alex & Anna Summer PJs by Peekaboo Pattern Shop, Alex & Anna Winter PJs by Peekaboo Pattern Shop, Commuter Cowl by luvinthemommyhood, Scirocco Dress by Figgy’s

The Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle is only available for one week and will never be available again! You can purchase the bundle from February 4th at 8 a.m. EST through February 11th at 8 a.m. EST and there will be no late sales offered. Due to the nature of the sale there will be no refunds offered.

You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to purchase a ready made collection of 18 PDF sewing patterns from 10 of the best designers out there!

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And now for The Sew Fab Giveaway!

You are not going to believe the prizes included in this giveaway! Can’t buy the bundle? It’s okay… purchase is not required to enter. Take a look at what you have the chance to win:

A Sewing Themed Box of Goodies from Pick Your Plum
Fabulous Wristlet from Gussy Sews (not necessarily the one pictured)
The latest release, Stitch Savvy, by Deborah Moebes
Sterling Silver Sewing Machine necklace from Ball and Chain on Etsy
$50 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
$50 Gift Certificate to fabricworm
A free online class from
The Scoop Tote Pattern from Green Bee Patterns
60 Custom Tags from Jennifer’s Jewels
Red Riding Hood Little Girl’s Satchel from Mee a Bee
Handmade Sewing Machine Cover from I’m Feeling Crafty


There are lots of chances to win and no purchase required to enter the giveaway. Just use the Rafflecopter widget and enter to win this amazing prize package that will inspire you in your sewing as well as keep you stocked with fabric for many projects to come!

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Graphic design by Andrea Panell.


February 4th, 2013 by Peggie | Comments Off

Coming on Monday… Watch for it!

February 2nd, 2013 by Peggie | Comments Off

Too Much Information

Ever be talking to someone and they start in on things you just do not need or want to know? Personal things?  Been there myself However, this is not the too much information I am talking about.

I subscribe to a number of blogs. I prefer to follow by email as when they are on my home page if igoogle I sometimes forget to look at them. Following by email has them all in my inbox. I read one and maybe they recommend another blog, or run a contest for another blog and then I am off looking at that blog (who then in turn has some interesting info from another blog and so it goes)

This morning I was reading a blog in my email and had to go to their page to finish the post. Another annoyance, why have email subscription for your blog if you only send a sentence or two out?  Many times I delete this without reading as my reason for subscribing to email is to read it there and not have to jump all over the internet. Once in the while I am taken by the few sentences and do go to their blog. As I was doing this today I was getting a lot of info and ended up going to someone else’s website etc.

Coming back to my email and reading on I realized how much information is out there in these blogs and from informational newsletters. My mind got boggled (no does not take much and this was much!)

I sew, machine embroider and like to find thrifty ways of doing household things. I have an email for my sewing and blogs/newsletters that are in these categories. I also lump all blog followings except embroidery into this email address. I have another email address for embroidery groups and blogs. (Along with a business email, a personal email and my .com emails.)

As I was going through the first one this morning and saw all the tutorials for cute sewing projects, all the ideas for household thriftiness and  homeschool info I realized I was info overload. Too much info for the brain to handle!

It is all good. Some of those ideas I can use here at home, some for my business that I am working on and some just good to know.

Now what am I going to do with it all? I want to remember it but this old brain has me limited.

How do you keep things organized and available when there is so much you do want to use and remember?

April 16th, 2012 by Peggie | Comments Off