Saturday, June 15, 2013

Colorways and Lifeways

 
I know we all go through life's ups and downs and things can get really surreal at times. I recently had the chance to write my testimony out on paper as a requirement actually. As I put together a five page essay of where I've been and where I'm hoping to go, I couldn't realize more that God has given us so much to be thankful for and He certainly has blessed my life even through the darkness and the fear, I hang on to hope.
 
I heard on Christian radio yesterday on the way to work a 30 minute talk about Satan and his demons. They say this world is run by Satan and God is aware of it. Not that He doesn't send angels down to protect us, but those that love Christ especially will be tested the hardest by Satan and he constantly tries to use demons through unbelievers, and other things to bring us down.
 
As a child of God, on Father's day, I'm thankful I have an earthly father and a Heavenly Father.
My Heavenly Father has taught me more on faith, hope, and love than I could ever imagine through my life.
 
Some people are offended by me speaking of Christianity and I used to apologize but I can't anymore because I'm not sorry that God our Father has blessed us and protects us so much.
 
At knit group yesterday, I had the best time with old friends, new friends, and laughter! Oh MY! Did we laugh and have fun while we stitched away. The shop owner is the sweetest and she knits with us gorgeous shop models. We talked of everything from our pets, to the movies, to the love of movie popcorn, to teaching, to health......just everything.
 
I skipped dinner so I could get some yarn. Seriously. It was worth it. I found on Ravelry a shawl pattern, free, called Afternoon Tea which takes 1 skein of Madelinetosh. I've never owned any Madelinetosh sock yarn but 1 skein for a shawl sounds exciting.
 
The colorway I picked is
 
Steam Age
 
 
 
I loved the spectrum of color all through this skein. I also picked up a knitting magazine.  It has WAY cool patterns. The pattern is free this month on Ravelry. Just look up Afternoon Tea.
 
 
 
I finished my dishcloth in Burnt Sienna (I Love This Cotton brand Hobby Lobby) but definitely left a little hanger on it because it has too many mistakes and the writing didn't come out right.
It is supposed to say I love Jane Austen.
 
I'm sure if blocked it would do much better but it's hanging by the kitchen sink for right now.
 
 
 
 
I had to remove the entire row off the needle in the middle and this is where it got messed up.
But!  it's a nice pop of color in the kitchen.
 
The pattern is on Ravelry.
 
If you love to purl, this is for you!
 
I hope life is sending you a pop of color today. Sunshine and beautiful here in the mountains. Much to do around the homestead today.
 
Tomorrow, I'll share pics of Mr. Darcy's pet bed design for small dogs. We are going to paint it after church in a primitive flat black with distressing by wiping off here and there for the natural wood to show. I got her a wood heart for the end of it and will stain it maple! I'm excited to see how this comes out. It will actually blend into our bedroom colonial/ prim design very well.
 
Stay cool!
Jennifer

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Finished Lacy Keyhole Scarf plus My Token of Affection Knit pocket


 
 
 
 
 
Lacy Keyhole Scarf and My Token of Affection set
in LILAC
 
Lacy Keyhole Scarf designed by Stephanie Japel inspired me to stitch this in Lilac/Lavender as we all know that the color, the scent, anything lavender exudes calmness.

This scarf can be worn year around. It's stitched with 80/20 cotton/ silk Cascade Ultra Pima Silk yarn from a yarn shop. The softness cannot be described here as it stitches like butter and feels delicate to the skin. The scarf can also be worn as a headband with the frill and lacy section to the side or at the top. The quality yarn is excellent.

The second part of the set is designed by myself. I call it My Token of Affection Pocket. It's knit in the same yarn and is very versatile, dainty and embellished with a mother-of-pearl vintage button I had in my stash. It's for that special small something that you treasure.

I finished this set today and just put on Etsy shop. See the sidebar to click for the Etsy shop.
I mailed out orders yesterday and will mail out more on Thursday. Thank you so much for your business!!!! I love needlework and more importantly love to share my creativity with you.

If you have any questions, please comment and I will answer or write me at email jenniferann_fox@yahoo.com.

Your comments are always appreciated on the blog. I read each and every one of them.


Romans 15:13, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (NIV)

On the homefront this week, I also finally got the chance to see the movie Becoming Jane. I think Anne Hathaway did a wonderful job!!! The movie was austen awesome~

Mr. Darcy is quite gifted with woodworking and he has built Abbie a bed. It's finished and she has been sleeping in it at night with no problem. In fact she would like to take her morning nap in it I think. We have not finished it with paint or stain yet but when we finish it, I will show pics.
The wood was entirely wood found to be trashed. He took something that was going to be thrown away and made something beautiful and functional with it.


It's time for me to get busy stitching and watching my favorite channel, the Inspiration channel. We love The Waltons and never tire of every episode. We just finished off some Dutch Apple Pie with whipping cream and tummies are full!

Feathers in the Nest has a facebook page. I have yet to figure out how to get the badge on the blog. I know, I know......it's probably something simple but until then catch up with me on Facebook by simply typing in the search, Feathers in the Nest. I love to connect with stitchers all over the world.

Till later,
Jennifer

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Our Heavenly Father---Father's Day sampler

 
Our Father
 
designed by Feathers in the Nest
copyright 2013
 
As we approach Father's Day in a week, I always think about the Heavenly Father who always provides and protects throughout our life. This is a constant and a model for earthly fathers to strive for.
 
This inspiration is for free for a limited time.  Hopefully, you can stitch up to give to your earthly father if you want OR if  for conditions you don't have the prescence of an earthly father, then for a year long reminder of our Heavenly Father.
 
The motifs in the sampler are the cross and the key. Our Heavenly Father has the real key to our heart. All of us. He made us. He knows the exact number of hairs on our head.
 
The ship symbolizes guidance.
 
The water symbolizes forgiveness.
 
The cross is present for ideally for our earthly father looking to the Heavenly Father as he protects and provides for us.
 
 
The colors suggested are:
 
Gentle Art--morning glory
Gentle Art----Gold Leaf
Gentle Art--Old Brick
DMC white
 
  natural belfast linen 32 count
 
If you stitch it up, please share with me and I will post on the blog!
 
I found this poem and it resonates what I would say.
 
TO MY HEAVENLY FATHER
 
Heavenly Father up above
Touch me with your precious love
Teach me what I need to do
So that I may follow You.

I love You Lord with all my heart
You've been my help right from the start
Even when I strayed from You
You knew exactly what to do.

You brought me back and made me whole
You blessed me and You touched my soul
It was Your son who died for me
T'was my Lord Jesus that set me free.

Thank You Father for sending Your Son
Thank You Father for all You've done
Let Your will be done with care
Heavenly Father this is my prayer.
~~~~~by Joyce Helen Moore
 
I hope your life is filled ith a loving, earthly father; however, if not remember that the Heavenly Father loves you always and will never abandon you. He made you special.
 
Till later,
Jennifer

Breast Cancer Awareness leather necklace with ceramic beads

Today I was inspired to design some beadwork for a special place in my heart as a women's health nurse practitioner and as a friend to many who have survived this disease.
 
 Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon beadwork.
 
The colors are pink and black, with silver accents and silver clasp.  The black braided 18 inch necklace holds 9 of the ceramic beads designed specially for breast cancer awareness. This is tucked neatly in a pink organza pouch for gifting or for your own safe keeping.
 
I just added this to the Feathersinthenest Etsy shop.

 
 
 
 
 

 
One custom made and more to come!
 
I hope your weekend is going well and your creative juices are flowing. Besides making this beautiful piece of jewelry today, I have worked on a vintage lilac, cotton/silk blend yarn, lace scarfette.
 
 
This shawl is also featured in Etsy now. Take a look-see!
It's perfect for Summer over sleeveless tanks and dresses.
 
Till later,
Jennifer

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