Monday, August 11, 2014

Fabric and Old Notions

Last Spring, my friend Roxy and her daughter in law Amy came out to my house to sew.  We had a delightful non-stop day and a half of sewing, drinking tea and coffee and gabbing.  Sometimes a girl just needs to gab… and sew…. and drink tea and coffee with her friends.  The world is in turmoil; watching the news is depressing, we just need to do something normal and ordinary to feel better.  I'm thinking how Peter and the disciples decided to go fishing after Jesus was crucified and resurrected. They needed the comfort of the familiar.  What I love the most about that story, is Jesus came to them there.  He showed himself to them by doing a miracle in their "ordinary" moment. He comforted them, He stirred them, He commissioned them, He taught them, He reminded them that  He was still with them.  My heart yearns for the same from Him.

Saturday I was up at our little cottage, where I have all my art, craft and sewing supplies, and I sorted and organized and had such a lovely day.  The "normal" tasks gave me joy and lifted my spirits.  My Mom left me a lovely inheritance of beads and jewelry making supplies and fabric and sewing supplies.  I have found great comfort in organizing and putting away all of these things.  My heart is stirred in a multitude of feelings as I work.  I miss my Mom, and yet I feel connected with her in these tasks. The old things and the past things, intertwined in the now.

Jesus had gone away, but He was still with his disciples. Sometimes I feel that feeling they must have felt; The world feels different; "goodness" seems to have gone away; but I know He is still with me now.  I feel sorrow, joy, comfort, longing all stirred up together.  What can be made of it.  I don't know, but He is up to something special, and I take such pleasure in pursuing His presence in the ordinary and quiet moments. As I sort through old materials and patterns, notions, beads, supplies that belonged to my Mom,  I am wondering what is next in life.  Who am I and what is next for me; I also find beauty, the stirring of my imagination, the ideas of what I can do with who I am and what I have been given.  It is all unclear and yet I feel these things, as if  I might burst with  ideas and impressions of so much more to come.  Perhaps I am not making any sense,  but be encouraged today, to find  peace in the ordinary, find joy in who you are and who you are becoming, take pleasure in the blessings and gifts you have and all that you hold in your hand and know that He is with you.

I am going back up to the "cottage"  today.  I am going fishing…. well no, of course not really… let me just say, its like "girly fishing": Crafty things, sewing, jewelry making… sorting through fabrics and supplies and seeing what I can "catch" with it all.  Roxy and  Amy and I had a wonderful marathon of making tea cozies last spring, and I am working on a few more for gifts. My hands are itching to get into those fabrics and supplies.  Don't you love the wooden box of old notions above; that was given to me by my Mother in law for my birthday this year.  I love it, and will add it to my menagerie of materials and ideas.  I have plenty to do, and I feel the pleasure of His presence in the "doing".  Hope you all have a wonderful week.  I'll be posting about "Tea Cozies" in the next few days, so get your tea pots out and make up some scones and we'll have a little chat over tea in a day or two.  Have a great week.

Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing.  But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”
They answered Him, “No.”
And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some. So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
John 21:3 -


  1. Pam, I am sitting here and looking at the words you wrote and shared from your heart and I am in a sense...speechless! Yes, you are and did make sense, when we have walked through some very similar paths these words makes sense they are a healer and a comfort, encourager! I so love the words "the old things, past things intertwined with the now"! Oh my, that blesses my heart!
    And how you used 'fishermen & Jesus" a comfort...thank you for sharing and know that yes, your heart and words are special. I wish I lived closer to you & Mrs. Roxy, Stephanie! We will all have to have a get together in the middle somewhere. God has blessed me with this post!
    A hug to you from me, smile
    blessing and prayers~

  2. What a lovely and comforting post Pam. You certainly have a way with words and totally made sense. Every word you wrote was like a salve to my heart. Every word touched me. Thank you!

    Jan ♥

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  4. What a beautiful post, made me think of my dear mom and how much I miss her.

    What fun to go through the things your mom left you, I no that I so enjoyed going through moms things it made her close to me.

    I just got a box of material scraps from my aunt who turned 90 this summer and can't see well any more. She has been like a second mom to me these past 18 years. Just precious going through the scraps and coming across things that she started and didn't finish or just to see the little scraps saved for a quilt some day.

    Need to ask what it is that you are ironing in the one picture, it looks interesting. Also I have the same tea cup!

    Have a great week!


  5. Hello!! popping in here from Flowers in the Garden (Camille's) blog list!
    I noticed the word "treasure" and of course, I had to check out your blog. :)

    It's very nice! I'm sure I'll be back for a few more visits..

  6. Dear Pam, What a lovely and a heart felt inspired post!!
    I miss your Mother also...
    I loved having that day with you and Amy! We did have a wonderful time.
    Thanks for the great memories...
    Love, Roxy

  7. Beautiful my beautiful. May the Lord truly comfort your heart and bless you as you follow Him. With love, Camille