Sunday, February 24, 2013

4-H Sewing, House Transformations, and The Transfiguration

Just a quick post!

Mary Catherine and I have Sewing Club this afternoon with our 4-H group.  This month's project is a tote bag...

here's what we are making!

Unbeknownst to most of you, I got a wild streak in me and started a different blog in December.  I have no idea why.  Regardless, I haven't kept up with both blogs and instead, decided to put my time and energy into her Little Ways.  The only reason I bring up my other blog is because I posted a ton of photos there sharing what I made for each of my kiddos' classroom teachers for Christmas.  So, I apologize to the few of you that have already seen these pics.

I think I should be able to help Mary Catherine quite a bit with the "tote bag" project!  LOL

These tote bags were super easy to make and turned out really cute. I just used printed duck cloth from Hobby Lobby which helped to make them stiffer and more durable. We gave the orange bubble print to Ben's kindergarten teacher.  The red chevron went to Mary's 1st Grade Job Share Teacher and the pink and green paisley to her 2nd Grade Homeroom/Job Share Teacher.  If you would like the link to the tote bag tutorial, just let me know.  I will gladly repost.

Lots of other big changes happening around the house.  Hubby is off picking up some new furniture as I type.  Can't wait to show you my family room and formal living room transformation!

And speaking of transformations, our parish is building a new church.  Hubby and I were on the Capital Campaign Drive last Fall and it was extremely successful!  (We live in such a generous parish. We far exceeded our $1 Million Dollar Pledge Drive and we are a tiny farming community!)

Anyway, today's homily was actually presented by the architect representing the firm out of Denver, CO that received the Archdiocesan contract.  Adam, the architect, did a beautiful job connecting his talk with today's Gospel reading.  I loved how he shared that when we enter into a sacred place it should first and foremost, glorify God, but it should also help to sanctify us...the body of Christ.  He shared that the iconography of a church should allow the eyes to rest, but remain focused on the truths of Christianity...that when we cross the threshold we immediately sense that we are entering a holy and spiritual place designed to offer refuge from the outside world.  That the space should lift us vertically...helping us reach upwards towards the Heavens and God. That we should be transfigured by the space!!!

I guess with all the hustle and bustle in this crazy world, Adam's message just really resonated with me this morning.  I've been craving quiet and peace more and more.

Blessings this Sunday afternoon,



  1. Those totes are so cute! I just got a sewing machine for valentines day and am dying to try it out. Although I have no experience sewing really. Congrats on the capital campaign. What a great thing to be apart of!

  2. Valerie...those totes are beautiful! Sadly...sewing is not one of my talents. At all. I once, out of desperation, sewed a button onto Madison's school jumper. The next time I had it at my seamstress for alterations, she asked me never to try that again! : ) I have so much admiration for people that have that talent!

  3. How great that your church was able to raise over $1 million dollars in pledges! Your church must be a big part in its parishioners lives. Love the super cute tote bags Valerie! The teachers must have loved them!

  4. I am sure and Mary will enjoy your sewing time together.
    Congratulations on the new church building!!

    So are you keeping the other blog?

    Are you ready for more snow??

    M :)

  5. Hi Valerie, there was a weightloss update post linky thing below this one and I clicked on it and read through a bunch of your weight loss posts. You're amazing! And inspiring!


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