Mother’s Day/ Teacher Appreciation Gifts

For Mother’s Day and Teacher’s Appreciation Day I whipped up a few of these wheat hot/cold therapy sacks. They were pretty simple to make and fun too. I added some chamomile scented oil to make them smell oh so nice and relaxing. I love that you can use them hot or cold. I really needed an ice pack shortly after I made them and I may have borrowed my mother in law’s gift before I gave it to her. It is so great because you can mold the sack to fit around the area where you need it!

Everyone loved them, and the comment I heard the most was “I’ve always wanted one of these!” It seems to be something people would love to have but don’t normally get for themselves. The perfect gift!

I made the bags and found the attached poem/directions on a tutorial over at Brassy Apple.

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Fantastic Custom Order

I had a custom order this past week that I am so excited about! My customer asked for me to sew her something she could put a notepad and pen into.  I absolutely loved the result!

There is a large pocket, small pocket, and two spaces for pens. I am going to make another one for myself and use it for grocery shopping. I can put my notebook into the large pocket and my coupons into the smaller one. (I’m not such a super couponer yet that I would need more than that. I am playing around with a coupon organizer idea though.)

And, I have a custom order to make two more (one for business cards and one for a passport). I went to the fabric store and bought a bunch of different fabrics. There were a ton on sale and I may have went a little overboard. Miracle was with me and she kept saying, “ohhh, I just love that one.” Fun!

(I listed this in my Etsy shop if you are interested or you can contact me if you want one.)

Also, Axel and Miracle had a birthday party last weekend for our not so little anymore buddy Jack. The kids choose bean bags for his gift and even though I’ve done them a couple times as gifts I agreed. My kids love their bean bags and play with them almost every day. I was running low on boyish fabric, but don’t worry I picked up a few more!

A Wife of Noble Character

I absolutely love the book of Proverbs. It is so easy to read, and is full of ‘one liners.’ Every time I turn to it, something jumps out at me, usually convicting me! This passage from Proverbs 31 is often used around Mother’s Day, usually to tell women they are “more precious than rubies (v. 10)”. While I agree that women are amazing, there are so many more things in this passage that catch my eye.

A Wife of Noble Character

(Proverbs 31 NLT – Bolded text added by me!)

10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.

19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm clothes.

22 She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.

28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.