Obviously, it’s been some time since I last posted. Lately, God’s been teaching me some things – mainly about how to seek Him first and how to set aside selfish ambition. Because I now realize that I started this blog for my own glory, maintaining it has not been in God’s plan for me these last months. But, I am learning and asking God to change my motives to ones that will bring Him glory. For right now, I’m only going to be blogging when I feel my motivations are aligned with what pleases Him. And I want to also change the tone of this blog. From now on, this blog is for Him, not about me. I want to focus on His goodness and the ways He works in the smallest things of my life, including the talents and interests He has entrusted to me for use in building His kingdom. Over these last few months, as God has turned my heart more towards Him, I have found my creativity level has been enhanced much more so than when I pursued creativity alone. How awesome is our Heavenly Father? What a testament to Matthew 6:33 – “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
All that to say, I’m back for today! One of my friends recently inquired about what kinds of projects I had been working on lately, since I hadn’t updated the blog for a while. So, I thought I’d organize and condense the last month or so of my “fun stuff” into one blog post.
During the month of December, I decided I wanted to de-clutter, organize, and update the look of my bedroom. One of my ideas was to start a hoop-art gallery on one of my empty walls, to create a bright, yet vintagey, feel. Well, I lost interest in re-decorating after a while (I’m blaming Pinterest for starting the whole idea in the first place!), but I did come out with a few hoop art pieces.
This is a “portrait” drawn by Vera Neville, the illustrator for my favorite book series – Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy series. I used a transfer pencil to trace the back of a print-out of the image, then just ironed it onto some stabilized fabric. Viola! A pseudo-version of paint-by-number, embroidery style.
I also finished my first knitted sweater in the month of December – the Monet Garden Sweater pattern publicized by Red Heart. I used their Boutique Treasures yarn in the Portrait color scheme. This being my first sweater, it has some…imperfections. It’s a little snug, but that makes it extra warm. I don’t think this yarn is going to let any body heat escape. I’m half-way scared to wear it for fear I’ll get too hot and pass out! Here’s a close-up image of the “fabric,” as I’m too embarrassed to show you the actual form of the sweater. (Positive thought to self: I will improve!).
I also began reading more during the last couple of months, especially in late December and early January. I received several books for Christmas and have already read over half of them. The titles were simply too good to “save for a snowy day.” The books below are most of the ones I have read over the last couple of months. All of them come highly recommended! (The book spine on the bottom lacks a title. It’s MaryJane’s Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook by MaryJane Butters – the editor of the magazine, MaryJane’s Farm. This book is a great DIY manual and inspiration source for everything farmgirl related.)
Currently, I am working through a couple of books. One is a review book, so be on the lookout for the official review! The other one is…
Merciful heavens, this book is loooooooooong. Because I’m casually reading it in between other, “more important” materials, I’m not sure when I will finish it. But, it’s been on my mental “To Read” list for a few years now, so I had to give it a shot.
As for current projects, I’m pretty much focusing on just one right now. This is Cardigan #1 of the two I plan to make as arrival gifts for twin second cousins! It’s not finished yet, hence the quite crude appearance. It’s very much a learn-as-I-go type of project, as was the sweater I talked about earlier. Nevertheless, I have enjoyed seeing it take shape.
So, those are the highlights of my “fun stuff” for the past month or so. Things are getting busy again, as the new year gets underway, so I don’t anticipate quite as much extracurricular indulgence in the upcoming months. But I’m excited to see where God takes me, in terms of creativity, academics, and just life in general.