Tuesday, October 31, 2017


If you have any questions about the shirt apron, please let me know. I did rush through the apron and tutorial.
Also I will be mostly absent this week as we will be spending time with our oldest daughter. She will be gone a whole year and this mama's heart is breaking but I know that the Lord will be using her in a mighty way. I just need to put my complete trust in Him and no that He will be watching out for her and keeping her safe.

Shirt Apron Tutorial (Finally!)

As promised I'm going to show you how to make a apron out of a man's shirt. You can either ask your husband if you can have one of his shirts that he doesn't want anymore or you can get one from a yard sale or thrift store.

Supplies you will need are shirt, chalk or fabric marker,needle and thread, scissors and a sewing machine.
Step 1. Remove cat from shirt and cutting mat
Step 2. Draw an angled line from shoulder seam to the underarm seam. I used a blue fabric marker that I hope you can see. Do this for both shoulder seams.

Step 3.Remove cat again and starting at bottom of shirt and cut at seam all the way up to where you drew the line and keep cutting on the drawn line.

Step 4. Flip up the collar and cut along seam to remove the back of the shirt. Here what it should look like.

Step 5. At the shoulder fold over raw  1/4 in and press. Then fold over 1/4 in again and press.  I used pins to help keep the folds down

Step  6. Sew along pressed edge and then press again.
Step 7. Sew the shirt up the button line but not too far up. Leave about two buttons open so you can get shirt over your head.

Step 8. For the ties I wanted something different so I found two scraps of fabric that were 19 x 4 inches long.

Steps 9. Fold over 1/4  and press all edges of strips. Do this twice.
Step 10. Sew along all four edges and press.
 Step 11. Attach ties to the "v"  sides of your apron and sew across.

Step 12.
Remove cat

Step 13. Your finished apron!

Notes: I forgot to take the pocket off so I'm going to cover it up with something. Also I'm going to attach a pocket on the lower right side of apron.
Many thanks to Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose  for her original tutorial on making a shirt apron.
 Thank you to my  daughter Shannon for helping with the photos and lending me her sewing machine.
And a special thanks to Kirstie the cat for her "help" in making this tutorial.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Slight Delay in Tutorial

Good Morning Ladies,
There will be a slight delay in getting the tutorial up. First of all my daughter from CA is visiting before she has to leave next week for a extended missions trip on a ship with YWAM. It ill be a long time before we see her again so we want to spend as much time with her as possible but that is for another post. Second, I'm having trouble with my tablet where all the pictures to use for the tutorial are stored. I hope to get it up later today or tomorrow.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Taking a One Week Break and a Tutorial Coming Up

Greeting Sisters! I'm needed to take a week off from my blog. I'm a little overwhelmed with too many things but when I return I'm going to give a tutorial on how to turn a man's shirt into a functional apron.
Below is the shirt I will be working with and the other picture was my first attempt at making one.
See you in a week!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Simply Woman's Daybook -October

For Today

Looking out my window-It's windy out and the sun will be setting soon

I am thinking about how delicious dinner will be

I am thankful for my family and our cat Kirstie

One of my favorite things is watching my daughters be silly

I am creating nothing this week

I am wearing yellow dress with blue flowers and a slip on headcovering I made years ago

I am reading Created to Be His Helpmeet still.
I'm listening to a You Tube video my daughters are watching

I am hoping that our oldest daughter will be able to come visit at the end of the month

I am learning to keep my faith in the Lord and to always be open to what the Holy Spirit is telling me

In my kitchen
Slow cooker pork ribs

In the school room
I gave my daughter the day off from school today.

Post Script
Here's a link to upcycle an man's shirt into a cute apron

Shared Quote
 When my girls were little one of them misunderstood me when I  told one of my other daughters I  was reading a list of sermons and she asked" Who is Allisa Sermon?"

A moment from my day
A jar of over browned granola I made this morning.

Closing Notes
If you want to do your own  Simple Woman Daybook
Here's the link to the guidelines The Simple Woman's Daybook

Feminine Friday

Here is this week's Feminine Friday. Today is a yellow dress with light and dark blue flowers.

And my trusty slippers!

 I'm linking with Renee at 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

One of Those Days

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like you are doing everything wrong? Not only that you feel like " What's the use?".
I was having one of those days yesterday morning. I was clearing off the kitchen counter as it has become a "catch all" for mail, empty boxes from mail etc.
As I was doing this several thoughts started to go through my mind. " Why are you doing this? It's going to get messy again" " Why are you trying to be a better helpmeet to your husband?" " He probably doesn't even appreciate it anyway!" By the time I was done cleaning the counter I was nearly in tears.

I then realized those thoughts did not come from God but from the enemy. I made myself a cup of tea, sat down and there was this quiet still voice that said "Be still and know I am God". Oh such refreshing words from Psalm 46:10.

More in the next post.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Feminine Friday

First of all thank you ladies for your kind comments and prayers regarding my concerns about relapsing the TTP. I feel undeservingly honored by your prayers.
Anyway, I'm joining Renee over at her blog http://thereisbeautyingrace.blogspot.com for her weekly Feminine Friday.
Today  I'm wearing one of my favorite dresses and slippers because I didn't feel like putting on real shoes.
I do that alot because my slippers are much more comfortable than shoes. If I could, I would wear them out in public.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Feeling a Little Better

Thank you ladies for your kind words. I'm feeling better but I'm tired. The thing is I need to to pay close attention to my symptoms. Many of you don't know this but several years ago I was in the hospital for three and a half weeks for a blood disorder called TTP.  TTP  stands for Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. It's a rare disorder that causes very low platelets due to blood clots in the body. The doctors aren't sure what caused my case but it was very scary.  I was treated through plasma exchange and regular blood draws. So anyway, I was afraid I might have been relasping as I started to not feel well on Friday night which lasted through the next few days.

So for the next few days I need to watch out for any odd bruising, unexplained fatigue and sorry if this is TMI blood in my urine. All symptoms I had and ignored with my first go around with this because I figured the symptoms wòuld go away.
Now I'm older and wiser and definitely know better.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Feeling Under the Weather

Hi ladies.  I'm feeling yucky but I hope to feel better soon. My sister who almost won tickets to the Las Vegas concert  lives in CA will be calling me later today or this evening. It will be good to talk to her even though I'm sick.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

With the recent sudden passing of Tom Petty at age  66. I thought it would be a good idea to alert you to the signs of a heart attack. Most of you know my husband Tim had a heart attack in January. He knows it would have been a different story if he chose to ignore the symptoms. My dad passed away in 1984 from a heart attack he didn't realize what was happening.

Signs of a heart attack from The American Heart Society:
1. Chest discomfort often described as squeezing, pressure, fullness or pain that lasts for a few minutes and comes back.

2. Discomfort in other areas of the body such one or both arms, back, neck, and jaw

3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort

4. Lightheadedness, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or vomiting

It's also very important to know that women's heart attack symptoms may not include chest pain but the above symptoms are there. They may also  experience fainting ,upper back pressure or extreme pressure.

Make sure you know these signs and your loved ones too.  Even if you are not sure  its a heart attack call 911 anyway. It's better to appear silly than to just ignore the symptoms and suffer loss of life.

Good Morning!

I hope this morning finds you all well. I decided to take time away from the blog  and try to make sense of the tragic shooting in Las Vegas.
I'm thankful for the Lord's hand on my sister. She almost won tickets to that music festival. My sister, whom always has a knack for winning tickets to concerts, somehow lost out on winning and oh how grateful we are.
My heart and prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones due to that evil person :(

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