Monday, June 21, 2010

Tomorrow Night - Titus 2: Emergency Preparedness

Join the ladies of Grace at the Titus 2 event tomorrow evening at 6:30pm. It will be a great time to learn more about the importance of being prepared and how you can better prepare yourself, your home and your family!

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Titus 2: Sewing, Part 2

The Titus 2 first beginning sewing class went exceptionally well. We had a handful of ladies with their sewing machines and owner's manuals attend. Everyone learned something new -- even me! Who would have thought that space age technology would have been used on the humble gears of a sewing machine? Of course, it WAS European. Ahem.

The next sewing class is still for beginners, but anyone may attend. We will be measuring, marking, cutting and sewing a reversible table runner for your table.

What to bring...
To prepare for it, attendees must do a little homework. First, measure the longest side of your dining table (or the table you want to sew for). For round tables, just measure the diameter (how long it is across the middle). Keep that measurement in mind for the class. Then purchase (or find in your stash of unused fabric) two yards each of two different (but complimentary) fabrics that are on a bolt at least 44" wide. They ought to be cotton or cotton/polyester. If you are more adventurous, check the home decorator fabrics and look for flannel-backed vinyl, or something brocade. These bolts are usually 56" wide and will afford you more extra fabric for placemats or other items you wish to make.

Also bring a spool of thread that matches the fabric, and bring it to class. If you'd like to add embellishments (such as ribbon or tassels or rick-rack) select those things and bring them along. Straight pins in a pin cushion will also be helpful, as will fabric scissors (these would be the sharpest scissors in your house that you diligently protect from use on such things as plastic blister packs or flower stems), a tape measure and a marking pencil or chalk. Don't worry if you don't have all these things -- there will be some on hand at class as well. Once you know how to make your table runner, you can use leftover fabric to make matching place mats -- the steps are the same; just the shape is different.

And don't forget your sewing machine and owners manual! We could also use a couple ironing boards and irons.

At the class...
Due to the fact that there will be variations in the amount of time each person may take to accomplish each step in class, early birds may begin as soon as they arrive, and although the class will be addressed step by step as a group, individual progress will be assisted. The Lord provided helpers at the last meeting who were gracious and good company, and I trust He will watch over our efforts in our next class as well. Even better than a make-it and take-it sewing class, these events are a place where the love of Christ is exhibited and friendships can flourish. Please attend, even if you don't have a machine. To tell you the truth, I never got to sew until I was out of my mother's house -- she made the things I selected, pinned, marked and cut -- the preparation for the machine! So see you there!

Thursday, July 8th, 6:30-8:15pm, join Laura Vollmer for the 2nd Basic Sewing class as she helps you use your sewing machine to make a table runner. Experienced sewers are welcome to come and help the novices.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

TItus 2: Emergency Preparedness

Being prepared in a world that isn’t...

As women, wives, and mothers, we spend a lot of our time preparing. There's dinner, laundry, telling the kids not to talk to strangers, getting ready for church, getting ready for the storm, preparing for the baby, the graduation, the wedding.

A lot of us have prepared for eternity by accepting Christ as our Savior. Is there really more to get ready for?! Yes.

I am surrounded by Disney and Veggie Tales most of every day, so my exposure to the news and current events is limited at best. However, even I know there are things going on that will scare almost anyone.

My husband has been trying to get me and has finally won. Well, he already has me, but my desire to prepare my house and family for a reality that may be in our future. While trying to maintain a God-like perspective while still on earth, we have been working to save and stock our house for a worst of the worst case scenarios.

I will try to convey the urgency about this preparedness as we should have about telling others about the Gospel. As well as giving some ideas and how-to plans I will also have some recipes for you to take home, and a few items that may make your life easier now!

Tuesday, June 22nd, 6:30 pm, join Cristi Dehoff to learn more about preparing yourself, your home and your family for emergencies and worst case scenarios.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

TONIGHT! - Titus 2: Basic Sewing, Part 1

Don't forget about the Titus 2 event tonight at 6:30pm. Read more about it here.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Titus 2: Emergency Preparedness

Tuesday, June 22, 6:30 pm, join Cristi DeHoff as she shares some thoughts about family preparedness. While the most important thing is to prepare your soul for eternity, there are still many things to prepare for here on earth. Come and find out how - and why - to prepare your house & family for 'worst case scenarios' that could happen to any or all of us.

Mom's Connect: July 15th

Moms, come join us on Thursday, July 15, at 10:00 a.m. for a time to connect with other moms at Southport Presbyterian Church playground. Kids of all ages will enjoy this multi-age level playground as moms enjoy getting to know one another better. In the event of rain, we will be meeting at Cristi DeHoff's home. Contact Michele McGill or Nicole Georgen for more information on our bi-monthly get togethers.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Titus 2: Basic Sewing, Part 1

You see someone wearing a cute dress or carrying a cute bag, and after the compliment they say, “Oh, I made this!” Or you walk into someone’s house and notice how the window treatments and the cushions on the dining chairs are coordinated and so unique, and again, the hostess lets you in on her secret – “I made it last summer!” Do you feel frustrated, left out, defeated? You don’t have to.

Sewing by machine uses one needle, going up and down, one stitch at a time, primarily in a straight line. If you can hold your fabric steady along a guideline right there on the machine, you can say “I made it!” too. The first step is to open the box and make the acquaintance of your sewing machine. Right there in the box with the machine should be the owner’s manual, and if it’s missing you can probably find it online. It will not only tell you how to use the machine, it will give you the names of all the parts, and will make recommendations on certain sewing actions – how to pick the right needle for any type of fabric, or how to put a buttonhole into your garment. I promise you’ll learn how to sew faster than you could learn any other foreign language.

We won’t go too fast for you. We’ll take most of the mystery out of it the first night. You’ll have something to show for your efforts right away, though you might not think you’ve made anything spectacular. You’ll see. Just bring your machine, even if it’s still in the box.

Thursday, June 10, 6:30 pm, join Laura Vollmer for the first Basic Sewing class as she helps you use your sewing machine. Bring it along! (even if it's still in the box). Experienced sewers are welcome to come and help the novices. In July and August and September there will be followup sessions.