Wednesday, April 09, 2014

How Oft Have I Gathered You

Somehow,  quite some time ago, I started calling my children chickens.  I don't remember how it began but it came from the scriptures.  It is repeated 5 times in the Standard Works:  Matt. 23:37 D&C 10:65  D&C 29:2 D&C 43:24  3 Ne. 10:4–6
 Matthew 23:37 reads: " O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!"

The image of a hen gathering her chickens under her wings resonated with me, I felt sometimes as a mother hen gathering up her chickens.  I loved that they were 'chickens' not 'chicks,' and as is the case with most pet names I started thinking of the kids as the "chickens" and myself as the hen and one day I started calling them chickens. Now when I come home I call out "Home Chickens!" or when I need the kids to come I cry "Chickens!" I will tell them that they are "silly chickens."

Before the Christmas sewing madness I had the idea to make an embroidery for the kitchen of a hen gathering her chickens I let it percolate for a while and I began in earnest after Margaret's baptism.  I made swift progress but halfway through I put it down and picked up the knitting needles to make a few necessaries.  I may have gotten back to the embroidery soon (the frame was sitting on the sewing table to remind me) or it could have become another member of the projects to finish someday box.
Embroidery as of Saturday afternoon

And then came General Conference, the 184th Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I hope you had a chance to watch it.  If you didn't never, fear, you can watch it here.

 Saturday, right out of the gate Elder Holland came out swinging and he addressed all of my concerns and fears and struggles.  How I love having apostles of the Lord speak directly to my heart! Such comfort and solace and strengthening courage! Then he quoted the scripture about the hen that gathereth her chickens under her wings, my heart skipped a beat and the kids looked up and Eddy exclaimed "That's Mom's favorite scripture!"

Then the scripture was repeated again! The same reaction and I think it even happened a third time.  It doesn't matter because by that time I KNEW that I needed to finish my embroidery right away.  By the afternoon session I was hard at work and it was finished by Sunday night and framed but Monday at lunch. That is a fast turnaround for me.

 3 Nephi 10:4-6
"O ye people of these great cities which have fallen, who are descendants of Jacob, yea, who are of the house of Israel, how oft have I gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and have nourished you.

  And again, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, who have fallen; yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, ye that dwell at Jerusalem, as ye that have fallen; yea, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens, and ye would not.

 O ye house of Israel whom I have spared, how oft will I gather you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, if ye will repent and return unto me with full purpose of heart."
Hen gathering her chickens Mother's Day 2007

I chose the 3 Nephi reading of the scripture for my embroidery because in this passage it feels to me less like the Lord chastening his people and more of a reminder and invitation to us to remember that the Lord is always waiting for us to run into his arms for shelter against the buffetings of the world, for protection, for sustenance. He loves us, he is waiting for us, he will continue to wait for us again and again.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Samurai Mom's Chicken Enchiladas

Because I keep forgetting how to make these:

 Samurai Mom's Chicken Enchiladas

1 lb-ish cooked and shreeded chicken breast
1 can green chiles
1/2 can Cream of Chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese divided (1/2 cup and 1 1/2 cup)
6-8 oz  softened cream cheese
Salt  and Cayenne to taste
Chopped green onions (optional)
1 package flour tortillas
1 jar Salsa Verde

Mix shredded chicken, cream cheese, Cream of Chicken soup, chiles, sour cream. 1/2 cup shredded cheese, green onions, cayenne and salt

spread filling down the middle of the tortillas and roll, place in 9x13 baking dish seam side down.  Pour the salsa verde over the top of the enchiladas and then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.  Bake for 25-30 min in a 375 degree oven.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

January Photo Challenge

My sisters and I have been having a great time doing Instagram photo challenges in November and December.  This month it was my turn to make one.  I also dabbled in digtal washi tape, fun!

Friday, July 05, 2013

Samurai Mom Sewing Round up.

I am entering to be a contestant on the Super Online Sewing Bee and this post is a round up of some of my work.  Not all of it and not necessarily the best but what I could find photos of.

My most recent Dress, " Apple Pie"

A true collaboration my friend suggested the rick-rack placement, another the pleats and my daughter the belt.  I made this up on a whim over the weekend for Independence Day. My own design.
This was a sheet I found at a garage sale for 50 cents.  The moment I saw it I KNEW that it was really a shirtwaist dress with coral trim that no one had made up yet.  This is one of my favorite dresses!  Comfy, casual cool yet elegant. I made this design up as a went along which is a shame because I may never be able to replicate it.
"Matching" Mother-Daughter Easter Dresses

Made out of the same fabrics, vintage pattern and reproduction pattern

with Matching hats!

From a modern pattern.
Clever fabric choice and detail

Loving this fun day dress with pockets.  A girl needs a place to keep her things.
Did I make a dress out of fabric with little men in sombreros and donkeys?  Yes, yes I did.

We call this one the "Potato Salad Dress" because it is the same color as potato salad.

Drafted my own pattern

I CAN sew bags too.
I love hand work, especially embroidery, this was my first attempt at smocking. I loved the dress but wish that I would have fitted the shoulder better.

My cowgirl shirt WAS an XL men's shirt.  I took every piece apart and cut them to my size.

and added lace everywhere I could get away with it!

I saw this dress
Made my own, and in my size for a couple hundred dollars less that it was selling for.

Taffeta flower girl dress, commercial pattern heavily altered.
With ribbon detail
before I knew how to take pictures without a flash!
Made a reading pillow and appliqu├ęd birds on it.
Doll clothes are HARD, such tiny everything!
Saw a picture in a magazine and made one for myself

Tinkerbell costume

I took these two dresses

And made one

Original design
Can I just say how much I love ridiculously large bows?

Reconstruction of a woman's blouse
Into a tiny baby dress

Fell in love with this fabric from Sew Mama Sew

And made some fun details on the blouse

Really Fun!

"Riding to the Hounds," I saw this fabric of a fox hunt and HAD to have it.  I made it into this killer sheath dress
and matching hat
Reversible apron
My own design and pattern
I love embroidery!

Little Red Riding hood
My own patterns and designs skirt, peasant top, dirndl  apron and hood.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Independence Day 2013

 We are having a few friends over to dinner this evening.
9 am flag raising and pancake breakfast, at the church. Everyone was in red white and blue. We sang America the Beautiful and it was beautiful, my son raised the flag and a pair of bald eagles saluted us. God Bless America. Happy Independence day! P.S. Buy some fireworks for some under-aged kids, what kind of world do we live in where little boys can't spend their money on firecrackers?