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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Away for too long........

Well, I certainly didn't mean to stay away so long, but sometimes, that just happens.  We had such warm and lovely temps the last couple of days (74* yesterday) and today it is the high of 51* and it feels like -35 w/the wind blowing, at least to me!  What a drastic change in temps, but it does keep me more motivated to do some of my favorite things, like sewing..........
 I gave you a sneak peek from the last post and this is what I made w/that 'word' fabric.  A giant tote bag! LOL  I originally thought that I could make it into a purse, but I guess I didn't realize just how big it really was until I started sewing the pieces/parts together.  I hadn't made a casing in forever and thought the pattern was wrong! duh!  It was just me!!   The pattern did have one mistake in it tho', but I figured it out BEFORE I sewed it like the pattern told me to do.
 It has quite a few pockets both inside and out - 6 on the outside(3 on each side) and 6 on the inside, one side is smaller than the other side.
 I'm pretty excited about how it turned out, altho' I probably should have made the handles longer than what it called for.
 All in all, it wasn't too bad of a pattern and it caused me to brush up on my binding skills a bit, too.
 Another favorite thing to do (any time of yr.) is BAKING.........now let me just say, I'm usually not much of a PIE baker, but I was in the mood for a pumpkin pie last wkend and so I thought I'd try one.
 Now you have to realize I have not made a pumpkin pie in about 30 yrs, so was a bit out of practice.  (My MIL always brings pies up for our household to eat, so why bother, I say)....well, my family thought it was pretty doggone good for the most part.  (you can see where the foil got stuck to the pie when I tried to pull it off).  But I still need LOTS of practice and my hubby and sons are all for it!!!
 Not too shabby w/some light Cool Whip added on top..........
 Next up is another book review, so I hope I'm not boring anyone too much w/all the reviews.
These books are FREE from Bethany House/Chosen books in exchange for an honest review.
 This time I chose some NON-fiction and I have been so blessed in reading them!!

"The Sure Cure for Worry" by Kent Crockett, is a truly wonderful book that teaches you how to learn to trust God no matter what happens in your life.  He gives clear,concise instructions, along w/many humorous and amazing true-life stories to help drive the point he is making.  I used it as another devotional book during my own private quiet time and gained a wealth of knowledge about how NOT to worry.  He also gives questions at the end of each chapter to help you remember what you just learned.  I only hope I can remember everything he taught me!  I highly recommend this book to anyone who struggles w/worry!  I can't wait to read more of his books!!
 "Blessings for the Evening" by Susie Larson, was written because of the author's own bouts w/nighttime worries.  In this refreshing devotional book, she gives a reassuring promise from God's Word on one page and then on the opposite side, she speaks blessings over you and tells you to 'sleep well'.  On each and every page are some of the most beautifully displayed pictures of nature behind each promise and blessing.  The photography is absolutely breathtaking!
This would make a wonderful nighttime devotional to read before bedtime each night or would make a very nice gift for someone special.  What a sweet book!  I highly recommend it!
 In his book, "Finding Your Heart's Desire", R.T. Kendall asks/answers such questions as 'Is it wrong to be ambitious?  to want to succeed? to strive for earthly significance?  He balances these questions and more w/Godly wisdom and principles from His Word, giving the reader practical insights as to the struggles we all face in the area of motives.  His main message is to stop seeking the applause of man and start living for the glory of God.   (Edited to say this book was not quite what I expected from the title).
If you've stayed w/me this long, I hope that as we approach the thanksgiving season(here in the states), you'll be blessed by how many things we all have to be thankful for!  Until then, I hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous time of yr!

9 comments:

cucki said...

Aww yummy :)
Sweet bag..I love it
Enjoy my dear
Hugs x

Farmhouse prims said...

Hi Tanya, your tote is so beautiful, I admire your talent. And yummy pumpkin pie, I have to have cool whip on mine also. Sounds like you have read some wonderful uplifting books. Have a beautiful day.
hugs, Lecia

Country Prims said...

Great finish Tanya. I don't think I could do anything so complicated with all those pockets. I love your fabric choices. Sounds like some good reading there. I haven't commented in a while...for some reason I wasn't able to access your blog. Not sure what was going on but so glad to catch up with you today. Have a great weekend:)

Trace4J said...

Adorable tote.
Great job.
And my oh my I love pie.
Save me a piece please :)
Woolie Hugs

CalamityJr said...

What a great post - I don't know where to start! Well, since I love words and totes with pockets, I'll admit I'm almost jealous of your new creation. Then I'm thinking I may have to get two of those books you reviewed (and I can carry then in my own sadly-lacking tote :)). Then, your pie looks delicious! My husband and I made an agreement many years ago, that I wouldn't try any more sugar free pumpkin pie recipes and he wouldn't have to eat them! Don't feel too badly for him tho, as I do have a scrumptious apple pie recipe we both enjoy.

Carol said...

What a cute bag, Tanya--and the pie looks delicious. I've made them every Thanksgiving for more years than I care to count (along with pecan and cherry)...good thing I love to bake, too :)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Raggedy Creations said...

Love your tote bag.

Pie looks yummy.

Danice said...

The tote bag is so nice. The pie does look very tasty. The book reviews are very helpful. It's always good to know a bit about a book before purchasing it :)

Christine said...

Hi Tanya! Good job on the tote bag! I am in awe of your skills! And as a pie maker too!
Those sound like great reads - we all need help in the 'do not worry' dept.!
God bless
Christine