25 December 2014
A very happy Christmas to you all!
Rejoicing in this good news…
“Who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
8 November 2014
Our newest embroidery pattern is up in the shop as a pattern or complete kit! Featuring 1 Corinthians 13:7-8, this embroidery is the perfect gift for weddings and anniversaries. And, really, it’s good for all of us – a beautiful reminder that love never ends.
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things. Love never ends…”
And today is the third anniversary of launching Clementine Patterns! It’s been a wonderful three years of designing, cutting, stitching, wrapping, folding, assembling, packaging, and shipping off orders to so many wonderful customers! So to celebrate: Use coupon code HAPPYSHIP at checkout for free shipping on all domestic orders through November 10th!
14 March 2014
This embroidery features a flourishing homestead full of life, centered around Proverbs 24:3-4:
“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;
by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
This pattern was delightful to embroider and is a beautiful reminder of the joy of living in the way of the Lord. The stitches used include straight, back, stem, seed, lazy-daisy, and French knot. The finished work fits perfectly in an 11″ x 14″ frame. (Makes for a wonderful addition to the home or a wedding or housewarming gift!)
25 November 2013
Mum and I are embroidering the samples of our newest pattern for Clementine. It makes for delightful work and soon we’ll be able to share the new pattern and kits with you! But, until then here’s a little sneak peek of the new design in redwork (there will also be one in full color).
In other news, we’ve had a wide variety of weather lately in Indiana, from rain to tornadoes to snow. Here’s a little preview of the beautiful winter season ahead…
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!”
13 November 2013
There are many wonderful ways to record the blessings in our lives. We get to take note, remember, study, and proclaim the works of the Lord and share them with those around us and future generations.
One way we have enjoyed writing down and displaying reminders of God’s mercies toward us has been through “The Thankful Tree.” A vase of branches becomes home to a record of many of the blessings we are thankful for. We’ve used pretty paper for the “leaves,” and even wooden chalk tags.
We still have last year’s “Thankful Tree” set up in our kitchen, ready for another Thanksgiving.
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
—1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Great are the works of the Lord; they are studied by all who delight in them.”
24 September 2013
It’s the third day of Autumn. The temperatures are dropping, the sun takes its rest in golden skies, and the fields are being harvested. We’re surrounded by reminders that this beautiful season is upon us.
Apples and pears are being picked, friends and neighbors are getting out their scarves and boots, raspberries are ripe, the grape jelly has been put up from this year’s harvest, the trees are well on their way to a full bloom of what is fondly called Autumn colors.
Just as there is a time to plant there is a time to pluck up what is planted. “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
There’s something peaceful and exciting about each new season – as one goes, another comes.
We look back at what God has taught us and brought us through and look forward to what He has in store for the future. We see His merciful hand at work every step of the way, knowing that His works are good and His ways are righteous.
With each new season – and each new day – comes a reminder of the faithfulness of the Lord. “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22) “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23)
His promises never fail.
21 May 2013
The sliced potatoes frying in the skillet looked in need of some fresh chive. I quickly slipped outside to the edge of the garden and cut some of the green beauty that was blowing in the strong Indiana wind.
After a quick rinse and a few chops of the knife, the chives were tossed into the skillet to join the potatoes! It made for a delicious side dish at dinner last evening.
“Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.”
26 March 2013
Great joy comes with working together as a family. With businesses born and run in our home, we’ve learned what a blessing it can be to manage cottage industries.
Each part of the family contributes a different skill, giving the rest of us even more appreciation for the various talents God gives people. We’re all working alongside each other towards the same goal, growing in our relationships with one another and in our walks with the Lord. We love it! Whether it’s illustrating a new art print, or writing a note to be shipped off with an embroidery kit, we take pleasure in the work God has given us.
Although it wasn’t necessarily a dream of ours to own businesses, we are thankful that the Lord has directed our steps and laid in our laps many projects and opportunities over the past few years.
We’re certainly not business experts, but a lot has been learned along the way (more than we ever imagined!). There is much, much more to learn and we always find it a great opportunity when we can gain wisdom from wise and experienced entrepreneurs.
We’ve listened to the audio from a couple previous Family Economics Conferences, which has been a source of encouragement as we work together as a family and, Lord willing, grow our businesses.
The great news is that Generations with Vision is hosting yet another conference this year! The 2013 Family Economics and Discipleship Mega-Conference has a full panel of wonderful speakers including Joel Salatin, The Botkin Family, R.C. Sproul Jr., Scott Brown, and more!
This May, in St. Louis, Missouri, you can spend four days learning about economics, meeting and enjoying fellowship with other families, soaking up sound biblical wisdom, being encouraged in family discipleship – the list could go on and on!
You can find out more about this great opportunity here:
The early bird discount ends March 31st, so if you plan to register,
make sure to do so by the end of the month!
P.S. Our businesses will be represented at a booth in the vendor hall – whoever is there would be glad to have you drop by and say hello!
14 February 2013
The past couple months have been filled with a great many things! New patterns are in the works for Clementine, wonderful books are being read, coffee is being brewed (and heartily drank), memories are being made, and hearts are filled with gratefulness. (What a wonderful God we serve!)
One of the projects (details still under wraps) involves a good deal of this:
Breezy (left) illustrating and yours truly (right) scanning and editing illustrations. It is such a joy to be able to work alongside my sister. Not only do we share a home studio, but our interests and talents compliment one another, going hand-in-hand.
How wonderfully true this is:
“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from Him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?” —Ecclesiastes 2:24-25
To top it all off, we all – even our dog Bently – are enjoying every ounce of sunshine the Lord sends.