he lifts me up, every time.

I have discovered I absolutely LOVE the song Lift Me Up by the Afters. It never fails to encourage me and remind me that God will always lift us up when we are down. We need only ask Him and trust Him…which is, unfortunately, often the hardest part. But doing to will never result in disappointment. God will never fail us.

Hearing the music has always encouraged me, but seeing the video made me realize how alone and lost others might be. Just because you see them every Sunday at church and they smile doesn’t mean they aren’t feeling alone and forgotten. The older lady in the video had sympathy cards, but they didn’t help her feel much better. (There’s certainly nothing wrong with cards, but sometimes you need to go a little further.) Watching this made me see how much a difference I can make in others’ lives by simply offering a kind word. I think we should all make the effort to reach out to others whether we think they need it or not. God will bless and reward your efforts. 🙂

You lift me up when I am weak

Your arms wrap around me

Your love catches me so I’m letting go

You lift me up when I can’t see

Your heart’s all that I need

Your love carries me so I’m letting go 

God bless!

altering clothing: basic shirt

I have a shirt which I really like, but was a little to big on me; it didn’t fit me nicely. So I decided to take it in…it was so easy! I’ll show you how. 🙂

Put the shirt on and determine how much you want to take it in. It is easiest to just pinch the material in from the sides and determine how much you have in your hand (how much material you want to trim off). Take off the shirt and prepare your work area (sewing machine, pins, scissors, seam gauge).

First, take the shirt and turn it inside-out (please note that I took in a shirt which had side-seams, unlike many t-shirts. This one was a button-up plaid shirt). Then lay it flat, making sure no material is folded or wrinkled near the seams you are going to take in. Then, using a seam gauge, mark all along the edges how much you want to take in. If you are taking in an inch, make one-inch marks all along, making sure they are parallel to the original seam.


PIN! 🙂 Make sure all the material stays flat and smooth!


As you can see, mine had short sleeves which tapered off on the underarm — which worked out great for my altering. I simply gradually tapered off with my seam (line ^_^ ) and met the sleeve with it.

If you wish to take in the sleeves as well, simply gradually turn the seam onto the sleeve as you’re sewing, tapering off to create a slimmer arm.

Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the finished product, but it turned out perfectly! I sewed along the line you see, keeping my seam parallel to the original seam (thus keeping the curve and fitted look). As you can see, the original seam was done using a serger to finish off the edges neatly. I don’t have a serger, though, so I simply zig-zag stitched the edges once I had trimmed them. I trimmed them because I took it in by one inch, but if you do a centimetre or less there’s no need to trim the extra fabric — unless you want to, off course. 🙂

Hope you found this helpful!


I Finished the Sock Monkey…

I did it. Yesterday. It took me a while because of the handsewing that had to be done, but I did it. Finished. Fini. Complete-o. (That’s not a cool “finished” word in another language…unless you count my personal language.)

I said I would post about little “bumps in the road” I found in my sock monkey adventure as I sewed…but I didn’t really find any. Of course, if you try it out and have problems, comment! I’ll gladly help you fix the problem. 🙂

But aside from a few things, I was okay. There were some pretty minor ones; but I just figured them out on my own pretty quickly…

  • The head. The instructions don’t actually tell you exactly how to do the head…so I basically stuffed the whole thing, then about 1 1/2 – 2 in. from the top of the potential head (the toe of the sock), I just squished it and moved the batting around until I could take an extra-strong thread and wrap it around enough times to make a neck. It was if I just took the top part and twisted and twisted it, until it was all scrunched in.
  • The legs and arms. For the rounded-ness at the end of the legs and arms, I just took a spool of thread and traced it partway around to form a rounded end…then when I sewed it, I just followed the pencil mark.

 In case you can’t see, the stitching is the dotted line and the rest is the leg. The body would be on the bottom of the picture. 🙂

If there’s anything else you don’t really get, you can comment and I’ll reply. 🙂