Sunday, October 6, 2013

God's Masterpieces and My Jewelry & Fabric

That's right!  I am God's Masterpiece, and so are you!

That is what Pastor Hagee preached this morning.  It was one of those "Thou Shalt Not Worry" sermons.  I love to hear them, but it is hard to apply.

"Worry" is just "thinking about a solution" in my personal dictionary of definitions.  And I am ALWAYS doing that.

Here are the scripture references Hagee used today:

Matthew 6:25-34 

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. ...

Matthew 6:33-34

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Right now, I'm "worried" about whether or not the yard man is going to show up tomorrow -- since he didn't show up Friday -- so I can go back home to my husband.

I'm "worried" about the holidays as I am every year because our family is so shredded.  Jerry's and mine too.  You never know who will be speaking to whom, and who will not be speaking to whom, and who will ban you from their home and/or their children.  It is just NUTS, and so NOT about the real reason for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

You know what I think is the NUMBER ONE REASON for all of the family turmoil?  I know, you really don't care, but I'm going to tell you anyway.  I think it is marijuana or "pot".  All of the people in both sides of the family that we have these issues with, impart in this nasty habit.  I truly believe it destroys ambition and willpower and the ability to make right choices.  Alcohol abuse does the same thing, of course.  And now, marijuana usage isn't even illegal anymore, from what I can tell.  Unless you sell it to somebody else, I hear you are allowed to have your own supply.  I can't preach from the "It Is Illegal" soap box anymore.

And HOW ON EARTH did I get off on that subject???

What I was going to tell you is that Hagee said that there will always be someone smarter than you,
someone prettier than you,
someone richer than you, etc.

He talked about people trying to be someone else and becoming a cheap copy of that person instead of the AWESOME ORIGINAL MASTERPIECE that God has made each of us to be.

God made us each UNIQUE.  We aren't somebody else -- we are ourselves, and we need to be the best we can be at being ourselves.

And, of course, we aren't to worry.  We are to trust God to provide all of our needs.  (Philippians 4:19)

This is a gorgeous Fall Sunday afternoon.  I am about to finish my "muslin" jeans from a previously-made SFD pants pattern.  I had to narrow the waist and hips a bit, but if I don't get UP off this chair pretty soon, I will be widening them right back out!

I WAS going to make some bracelets called "Captured Bead" bracelets, but I am having a terrible time getting jump rings and beads to go together, not to mention it takes 30 minutes to make one inch of this bracelet.  Here's a pic of what I made before I decided it was just going to fall apart, and quit:

You can see how several of the jump rings are pulling apart.  That is because the beads are a tiny bit too big, and the wire rings are a tad too small.  I love the look though, so I will try again when I get back home where the rest of my jewelry supplies await me.

And here is another project.  This is a "pattern" I purchased from Craftsy.

I didn't have the same size or shape stone, so mine didn't turn out perfect enough to suit me.

Here is what it was SUPPOSE to look like.
(Pic of green stones with silver wire.)

My stones were ROUND and my wire was gold.  The HARDEST part is to make TWO that look exactly alike.  Easy to make just one.

Here are the ones I made:

One spiral is round, and the other one is oval.

I figure as long as they are hanging on the opposite side of my head, one can't see them close enough to tell, however, if I was looking at them on YOUR head, I could tell.  I'm weird that way though.

I'll try these again soon.

I can only get better, huh?

I've gotta get.  Have to finish my "muslin" jeans, and then find a jacket pattern to go with the real jeans.  I found some real pretty denim with gold blobs here and there all over it.  BEFORE I washed it, there were a bunch of black leather-look blogs here and there as well, but they are all now clogging up my dryer vent.

Hold on....

I'll run and take a picture for you of this denim.

It is SO pretty!

I'll have you know, I did everything but stand on my head to get this picture.

This stuff just does NOT want to be photographed.

What looks like light brown in this fabric is actually shiny gold.

You will have to use your imagination.

I am going to make jeans -- a jacket -- and, of course, jewelry to go with.  I better get started!

This may look good enough to go out with my fancy friends.

Hugs, Joy


  1. Your jewelry is just so lovely. You inspire me! Remaining in faith can be difficult at times. It seems that worry is the easy thing to do :)

  2. But worry is the thing I do the best! Housekeeping is definitely not the best thing I do.
    I love both your earrings and the captured beads. But both are a lot of work. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

    I worked yesterday morning and had kids the rest of the day. I wasn't feeling good, thanks to sinus and allergies, so I really took it easy. I haven't done any sewing this weekend. I will be horribly cranky this week because of it.

    Part of the reason I didn't do any sewing is because my sewing room is such a mess and I can't figure out where to start to clean it up. So frustrating.

    I guess I won't get to go out to eat with you in your new pants and jacket since I am anything but fancy!

    Hugs, Phylly

  3. Aha! I wanted that fabric, I saw it at Hancock's. Perfect for jeans, I can't wait to see yours.

  4. Love that fabric! I'm going to NY soon. Can't wait to find some unusual pieces.


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