The Strength of My Life

A cross made of chains

Today I heard the song, “Total Praise”  written by Richard Smallwood in my mind when I was trying to figure out what to post. My favorite part of the song is that it exclaims that God is the strength of our lives. If you are reading this, you may currently be in a state of weakness. You may be weak with sickness, depression, hopelessness, ignorance, confusion, fear, etc.

What to Do When We Feel Weak
In these weak moments, it’s important to remember that your strength comes from the power and might of God and Him alone. This is of course an unpleasant state to be in, but it is the perfect place for God to use you and show His power (2 Corinthians 12:10). You must meditate on the strength of God instead of focusing on your state of weakness in order to fight the inward battle of the mind and soul. The following scriptures are powerful verses that you can think on today whenever you are filled with despair:

Philippians 4:13

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

1 Corinthians 2:4-5

Uplifting Music to Encourage the Heart

This is a video of “Total Praise” by Richard Smallwood. Concentrate on the words and let the strength of God flow through you today!

-Jasmine

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“Singer- Timesaving Sewing” Review


Today I’m  doing a review on a book by Singer called, “Timesaving Sewing.” I highly recommend this book to sewers of all levels. It offers amazing tips to save time while sewing.

Even the  book is efficient! It only has 128 pages. But each page is full of great pictures and step by step instructions on how to make sewing more efficient.

Below are some of my favorite pages from the book. Enjoy.

This page offers a highlighted section of  time management tips for your sewing project.

I love how this book offers a solution for setting up a sewing area.

Great time-saving pressing tips!

Closures.

This amazing reference guide is on Amazon.com for only a penny right now! You can’t beat that. It’s honestly a VERY useful treasure that can be referenced for almost EVERY sewing project.

Sewers Shopping Bag


Taking a trip to the fabric store is always full of excitement, as you search for just the right supplies for your newest project. If done in a disorganized manner, however, it can cost you a lot of  unwanted time, money and even space (e.g. a messy sewing room).

Make your shopping excursions fun and efficient by designating a tote or backpack for sewing shopping trips. Pack your bag with items that will help you stay on track as you shop for your dream project.

Below is my tote bag and the fun trinkets I keep in it. I keep this tote in my sewing studio and only use it for sewing shopping trips.

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I love this tote. I got it from Goodwill last year. I love that it has my initial on it, and the pink color automatically brightens my trip.

In every tote there MUST be a shopping list. Here I wrote my list with a fun purple gel pen. I got this floral printed paper for only a dollar at Dollar Tree.

Now this is not essential, but listening to music from your very own playlist can make the trip all the more fun.

                              

A good organizing tip is to have a separate bank account for your sewing hobby along with a credit/debit card and or checkbook. This will ensure that your money for sewing is always available in your tote. If you don’t want a separate account you can always take out a certain amount of cash from your bank account and store it in your tote.

Along with my sewing debit/credit card, I carry my bus pass, a pen, and all of my receipts in this adorable pencil pouch:

I label all my receipts with an initial that corresponds with the project I’m purchasing for. In this picture the V stands for vest, and the W stands for wedding dress. These are two projects that I’m working on at the moment. This helps me to keep track of how much I’ve spent on each garment so that I know how much it’s worth for selling purposes.

            

The last two essentials are a calculator and a small notebook. If you add up the cost of everything you’re throwing into your shopping cart, you will have saved yourself from unpleasant surprises at the check-out counter.

I use this notebook to jot down the fabric care guidelines for all fabrics I buy. Since care instructions are normally only found on the bolt (which you can’t always take home with you), it’s a good idea to get in the habit of recording the fabric instructions.

I hope I have inspired you to be more organized when going on your shopping excursions. Don’t forget that one benefit of carrying a tote is that you can also use it to carry your purchased items. This is not only efficient but it’s “green” as well.