With thanks to Son#5 for the gorgeous photos, and to our Heavenly Father who is our Shield and Protector who has proved His faithfulness again and again this past week.
As Cyclone Gita is set to hit our shores and with two sons in its possible path (the rest of us have now narrowly escaped apparently) we put our trust in God to protect and keep us.
It is tempting, given the spate of warnings over the last year of storms that have come to nothing, to ignore this one. Too many cries of "Wolf" some might say. But I believe that would be foolhardy. Cyclones have been know to change course or to diminish in intensity but we need to be prepared. Besides, there is definitely a change in the air - it can be felt and only time will tell what will be the outcome.
A year ago my sister was expecting a Category 4 to make landfall where she lived ... once again I put my trust in the One who can calm the wind and the waves.
The following Psalm was my reading from last night - a passage th…
It began with the movie Amazing Grace and suddenly we were aware that slavery was as much of a problem today as it had been a few centuries ago. Then the documentaries and articles followed and finally Tearfund (NZ) and Baptist World Aid (Australia) released their ethical shopping guides and ignorance was no longer an excuse for buying clothing (or chocolate for that matter) from companies that did not ensure workers received a living wage.
But the guides didn't necessarily make things easier for consumers. If anything, they may have made things harder.
I live in a town that has less than a dozen shops that I know of devoted to women's clothes (I am fairly confident that it's only half that but let's go with a dozen). I can buy basics and essentials that fit within the guide. But, as I recently discovered, buying skirts are another matter altogether.
There was nothing available locally that fit both the criteria for an ethical company and a piece of apparel that was de…
I tried. Really I did. I did my research, took it slow, but within seconds realised that machine quilting a huge quilt was not going to work. Not on my machine.
But the quilt is big. Huge!
And I didn't want to hand quilt so large a quilt. It would literally take forever. So I decided to give a new technique that I'd read about a go.
Big. Stitch. Quilting. Also known as utility quilting.
The skills are similar to traditional hand quilting but instead of aiming for the most number of tiny stitches per inch (I never did perfect my stitches), the stitches can be 1/4"/6mm long. Or the size of a grain of rice as one big stitcher put it. One, apparently, is meant to aim for larger stitches on the top than on the bottom (unlike hand quilting where they should be a similar size top and bottom - not that I ever managed that either) but wouldn't you know it, mine tend to be the same size on both sides of the quilt.
But the wonderful thing about big stitch quilting is that it do…