Friday, December 27, 2013

Peaks, Pits, Praises & Prayers

A Way to Have a Daily Quiet Time
No, Really...This Makes it Easy!

So....
I don't know about you, but I attempt each year to become more focused on a Daily Quiet Time.

Well, having a little one and homeschooling the bigger one I can barely go to the bathroom by myself.

Like many others who are addicted to browsing Pinterest 
I came across this photo:


I have tried and tried to find where this photo came from but to no avail...
I am thankful that on the Pin on Pinterest it had instructions. This is one of the best ideas I have come across to have a daily moment each day!

This is notebook I found:

(If you don't already know...I LOVE Birds!)

I then used the information listed under the Pin
on the first 2 pages


I also doodled a little to make it look pretty...


I have always wanted to journal, but I have trouble committing to doing it daily for fear of not having much to write. Having this plan keeps it simple but allows for more to write on days when you just need to spill it to Jesus!
(This might be daily)

I hope this motivates you 
to have that moment of quiet 
each day. 

If you have any other suggestions or you would like to share how you have your Daily Quiet Time I'd love to hear about it!

Here's to the New Year!

Such Fun!
Lynn


Monday, November 11, 2013

Lost & Found

Lost & Found
A Snippet of My Journey to a New Chapter


As I begin to type, my heart is racing and I am SUPER nervous to be so transparent.
I have finally, fully embraced the story He wrote for me.
 The only way to explain my new project is to give you a little background.

I am the mother of 6, but only hold 2 here on earth.
"They" tell you they must have been "Too Beautiful for Earth", but I miss them.
Heaven is their home now...
They are a part of my walk with the Lord and how my Trust in Him has grown.
Before my Angels changed my life I was a just a Pew Warmer Christian (is that such a thing?). You know, where I would go, sit and listen, felt fed for the week and move along.
I didn't truly have a "Walk".
However, God's plan for me is an amazing journey of loss, bitterness, GRACE, healing and now sharing.

When Brian and I decided to start a family it was super easy! Nine months later we welcomed our perfect little boy. Picture Perfect! 
When we decided we would like to add another little one we had no reason to think it wouldn't go the same way.  We were pregnant and expected the same outcome 9 months later...
At my 10 week appointment they scheduled an ultrasound to check dates.
I was alone, had no reason to make Brian go...he gets sqeemish and I knew there would be other appointments he could go to.
I lay on the table and the Sonographer and I are chatting about the upcoming excitement when she becomes silent and turns the screen away from me. She tells me she needs to get the Doctor and my heart sinks....
Upon their return they explain to me there is no heartbeat and they were sorry. They turned the screen and I saw what was a perfect, tiny baby laying as still as could be.I was in disbelief. 
I asked for a picture and I held onto it like it was air.
I was then moved to a regular exam room and told they would be with me shortly.
I waited, and waited....and waited.....AND waited.
When the Doctor entered I was given paperwork and told to go to the hospital to do pre-op and that I would be having a D & C on the morning.
What? Wait, what is that? Surgery?
We arrive at the hospital and I am in a fog.
I have the surgery and go home.
Empty Inside...literally and figuratively.
Now What?

Life does move along and the Doctor tells us it's OK to try again. There was nothing chromosomally wrong with the baby, just a fluke. I asked what it was. A Boy.  I have never spoken that to others.
I named him Micah and grieved him again.

We became pregnant again about 4 months later. Unfortunately, it ended in a loss at 8 weeks.
NOW I have a lot of questions.
Tests begin.....Time passes....My grief is subsiding.....

A year and a half later we get the amazing news again.  We make it to almost 12 weeks when problems start. I develop a Subchorionic Hemorrhage. We were given a 50-50 chance on keeping the baby.  Each ultrasound showed a very busy little baby and that was encouraging, but the pain and amount of blood loss each day gave me much anxiety. On a Sunday (days/dates are haunting at this point. burned in my memory), I felt horrible. We lost Baby February, number 3, at home. Not realizing that is what had happened until our doctor's appointment the next day. The Sonographer tells us that my "womb is empty" and we could see where it was previously attached.
Why is this happening again? 3 Babies! Why God????

In May we find out we are pregnant AGAIN!
As I type this I cannot believe we kept trying, seems incomprehensible.
Everything is perfect! I am sick as a dog...good sign they all say!
We go see the specialist since we made it past the first Trimester!
Yipee!  13 Weeks and All is well!!
But as we are getting an ultrasound, I'm watching the screen on the wall and I knew...
Brian hears me gasp.
I tell her I don't see the heartbeat...she is quiet...NEVER a good sign.
She turns to me and says,"I am going to get the Doctor. But I know you have seen enough of these and you know what you are looking at. I am so sorry."
Brian keeps saying "What does this mean? Tell me what this means!"
I told him the pregnancy is over and I will have a D & C again tomorrow morning.
Sure enough, head to the hospital for surgery.
At the follow up appointment we were told nothing chromosomally wrong with the baby, but he said it didn't look healthy.  I asked....He said it was a Girl. Oh my heart!
I named her Ella Grace.

So, here we are. Four Babies in Heaven. Severe Depression sets in!
I was just in a fog that did not lift for several years.
All the while God was doing His work on me.
I was certainly the clay and every time He pushed me it seemed to hurt.

I put myself on the floor, with my face in the carpet (literally) and just gave my whole self over to Him.
I had resolved that this was our story and I was going to own it and use it towards whatever God wanted for me. I asked Him to use me.

We began to heal as an entire family and moving forward in life.
Making plans again.
Enjoying our precious boy that God trusted us to raise.

When out of no where, I'm feeling horrible.
I go to WebMD to diagnose myself, isn't that what everyone does?
I have narrowed it down to a Thyroid problem or a Pituitary Tumor.
I just knew it was a Tumor.
What are you trying to teach me Lord?

I go to the Doctor and one simple test rules out my self diagnosing.
We were expecting again. 8 weeks along.
OK Lord, What's going to happen now?

I go to my first appointment and get an ultrasound.
While I am laying on the table, I read the computer screen.
My name is in red with a flashing pink flag stating in all caps...
"Habitual Aborter"
As if I asked for each of my babies to be taken! Horrible feeling!
She begins the scan and then laughs a little and says...I QUOTE...
"It looks like you have conjoined twins at the chest."
WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
I keep it together until I get to the car.
I begin to have a FULL ON temper tantrum.
I am yelling at the top of my lungs at God....
Why are you doing this to me?
Brian is going to leave me...he can't handle that.
I'll be on the news.
Brycen will be traumatized.
What am I going to do if I loose these babies?
Are you Kidding me?
then I scream...
"WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO LORD?"

As clear as if it came through the radio, He said...
"TRUST ME!"

I immediately stopped acting like a crazy person and said, OK.
I Trust You Lord.

Our Rainbow Baby Arrived Completely Perfect.
God is so Good! Amen!

So, now my journey has brought me to this point...I have talents in sewing and crafting and I would love to use these gifts for others.
I also have a heart for these Moms that suffer in silence.
As if because there is no birth, funeral, burial, headstone,
we should just tuck it away and move on.

Well, I think God has opened my eyes to where He can use me....
I have found my Voice!
 (Thanks Heather!)

I am beginning to start the process to supply Doctor's Offices and maybe a Hospital or two with
Baby Loss Comfort Boxes for Pregnancies Lost at 16 Weeks or Less.
I would have treasured something tangible, or information about connecting with other Moms
 in my situation.

The Boxes will Include:
A Journal and Pen
Candle
Tissues
Angel Ornament
Fabric Flower Pin (made by Me)
Fabric Braided Bracelet with a Stamped Silver Disc Charm with "Angel" and Baby Feet
(also made by me)
A note from me and maybe other Moms who would like to share encouragement.

I will have photos at the end of the week so you can picture the package.

This is where you come in...
First, I need Prayer... A LOT of it!
I would also love any feedback, thoughts, comments....

Thank you so much for reading!
I know this was extremely lengthy, but it all needed to be said!

I hope you will follow along with me on this new journey. I am super Excited!

Such Fun,
Lynn

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wise Words Wednesday!

Pep Talk Needed??

Sometimes in business we all need a little redirection, motivation, reassurance, encouragement, validation, inspiration....
Today I shall call it a good 'ole 
Pep Talk!

Compliments of an article in Marie Claire Magazine, they interviewed Thia Breen, Estee Lauder's President of North America.  She oversees $3.6 billion in sales, 6,500 employees, and 28 brands, including Clinique and MAC.  You can bet when she talks, people listen.

As I was reading I was scrambling in my purse for a piece of paper and something to write with; in this case it was a crayon  (thank you Chick Fil A) and a torn shopping list; because I almost wanted to frame her advice.

thia breen

This is 
Thia Breen's Top 5 Get Ahead Rules

1. Never Judge the Customer. EVERYONE is a potential sale.

2. Be FEARLESS about setting goals.

3. ASK for what you want or need. MEN DO IT ALL THE TIME!
"I think women are hardwired not to ask. They assume their actions are going to be noticed eventually or that it will be understood when they are ready for the next role."

4. Assume you WON'T have a mentor along the way.
"There were people who gave me breaks, but nobody really took me under their wing....Consider yourself lucky if you have a mentor to thrive under that tutelage."



5. Do not underestimate the Power of Punctuality.
"I don't want to waste my time, and I don't want to waste my colleagues' time.....People appreciate that."

I cannot speak you, but I loved this! At this moment I have been trying to get a grasp on the direction of "My Emmy's Closet" and what I want that to look like for me and my family. This is a perfect punch list of completely doable objectives. 

 I personally have been waiting for someone to appear out of no where and say "This is what you should do, it worked for me." or "Stop making that and try this...". Maybe I am looking for the "Burning Bush" to make everything obvious which it totally unrealistic. Aaannnnnddddd, I ALWAYS try to judge the customer! (I think that is my biggest take away from the article). I decide what they will like before I even test it out, I guess that comes from a lack of confidence in my product and ability....something else to work on! So...

Consider yourself Motivated!

I hope this article inspired you today in whatever area you needed a Pep Talk!


Now, Go Be FABULOUS!

Such Fun,
Lynn



Monday, September 16, 2013

Sip 'N Sew Project 1 Reversible Hobo Bag


Sip 'N Sew
Project Number 1: Chevron Hobo Bag

As you will learn, I have OCD...
You can see my Blog about my Disorder.

 Well, all addicts need enablers so I decided I wanted to pull friends into my 
Happy World Of Craftiness!

And let's face it, Women need little persuasion to enjoy a night out of great food, excellent friends and prizes too.
In speaking with my friend Julie about my idea, she said,
"Let's Do It!"...I now have my enabler!

First, the project: (Thank you Pinterest)

I came across the tutorial here...You Can Do That Dot Me

Easy enough for beginners as well as challenging enough for a seasoned sewer.  We did not make it reversible for this project, but everyone left with a pattern to do so.

Here is a copy of our first invitation to see how we were presenting the idea to everyone:
After our posting on Facebook we got an excellent turnout of 
26 Girls!

Then we needed to shop for fabric!
We made kits that included:
A copy of the Pattern
The outside Fabric
The inside Fabric

So we sat one evening and cut the fabric and built the kits over a bowl of popcorn and sleeping children.

So pretty. We had chosen 2 fabrics and when we started putting everything together we did not keep track of what was what so it was a total surprise what each guest picked. There was even some swapping! Such Fun!

Added a little stamp and some ribbon and they are ready for the choosing!

Next, we decided we must have name tags...here is how they started and ended. Cut Burlap Circles, Fabric Circles and then a Monogrammed Center.
So grateful Julie has the Mack-Daddy embroidery machine...it added that special touch!
  


The above pictures shows the name tags as well as one of our prizes of a Fabric Flower and Flower Earrings from 
Heather Cloudt @ Nina Bina.

As you browse through the following pictures you will see girls working, learning, bonding, being crafty, eating, laughing, and making memories.


We had way too much food, but it was all so yummy. 
The Prize table overflowed!
The Wood Sign is Compliments of:
Shannon McEntyre with Willow Creek Company
I just Love this and her Burlap Artwork is EXCELLENT!

The Tiny Box Contained Druzy Earrings that were DIVINE:
Thank you to my hip cousin 
Tamara Bratton with Lively Happenings 

Monogramming Gift Certificate from Julie Hunt (Enabler!)

The Fabric Bead Necklace and Earrings Compliments of
My Emmy's Closet by Lynn Oates (Me)

The Drawing for these items were very Exciting!




Me and Julie are in the top left corner of this picture. Can you tell we were super nervous and sweating to death? Good!! 
We pulled it off!

It was such a fun night and we are scheduled for our next one this week so I will post pictures!
Here is Project Number 2:
Infinity Scarf with Fabric Flower
Let the Craftiness Begin!

I love feedback and I am happy to answer any Questions!

Such Fun!!
Lynn


Monday, September 9, 2013

The ABC's in Fabric Tutorial


The ABC's in Fabric Tutorial


Let me first say, "A-Dor-A-Ble"!
I was in search of a unique gift for a 1 year old little girl and I came across this excellent idea thanks to Pinterest.

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Pinterest?
 Oh,....I Have?

Back to the Project:

I found the templates here, but you can use any large font as a template.


I printed out the letters according to her blog instructions.
Then I went through my fabric scraps and chose one for each letter.  I tried to coordinate the letters so if you laid them side by side you wouldn't have any colors clashing. 

You know, because 1 year olds pay attention to details!




I restacked everything in order as pictured above and got out my batting.  NOTE: You can probably use felt, fleece or even terry cloth. It just adds a thickness so whatever you have on hand.



I laid the fabric on the batting and cut around my fabric square.



Now you have nice, cushy squares!

For the backing, I used another cotton fabric, but you can use whatever you would prefer. I think a chenille would be cute or even a Minky...

I just laid the fabric and batting on top of the backing and cut squares again....sick of cutting squares yet??
GOOD! Because you're done!

Now, cut out all the letters so you can pin them onto the 3 layers of fabric.  Make sure if using a directional fabric it's facing the correct way....being a little transparent in the above statement.



After all letters are pinned you are ready to sew.
This is where I deviated from the Blog post I was following...
It would take too much time to use chalk to trace all letters onto the fabric and then sew...I'm a little impatient (again transparent).

I just sewed around the letters! Ingenious right?! 
It was sew much faster!

After you complete all the sewing you will need to cut out the letters. Leave enough room around the edges so there will be fraying and ragging!


This is what they look like with clean edges (Above).

Now, throw them all in the wash....alone. If you add it to other clothing they will be COVERED in threads and lint...


Clean up the loose threads and you are FINISHED!
The letters measure about 5 inches high and are perfect for little hands!



I decided they needed their own bag so....

I just grabbed some fabric and sewed up the sides.  Folded over the top to make a tube and ran some ribbon through.

Now, it's a complete package!




Ask me any questions and I love suggestions too!

This made a great, unique birthday gift that sweet Girl will have for years of fun!

Such Fun!!
Lynn

As seen on: Craft-O-Maniac.com

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sweet Baby Shower


It's A Baby Shower!!

I cannot tell you how excited I was to hear from my Cousin and his wife they were expecting! I can completely relate to their journey to have a baby and the reward is so sweet!

Meet Robert,Tiffany
&
Baby Grace
YES!! They are always this beautiful! Inside and Out...
 (and I'm not just saying that because we are blood!)
Rustic White Photography is their business and since they see "pretty" all the time I was a little intimidated by the challenge I placed before me....check out their website and you will see what I mean.

First, after a frantic call to my Crafty Momma we got a game plan and began with the invitations...



 

I Love Invitations! It's always fun to come up with fun ways to invite people to your special event. This was the perfect color scheme to coordinate with Tiffany's colors for Baby Grace.

  


Framed with Beautiful Roses adds a Feminine Touch.
Pinterest has many suggestions to get your flowers to open like the photo.
So simple and it adds a Shabby Chic touch.

Now, how to decorate....
With the world of Pinterest at our hands the options are endless!

Here are just some snapshots of what we decided on...



I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this cloud!
Super simple tissue flowers and card stock rain drops!


Using all my Grandmother's Candlewick Plates 
was a special touch.


Sweet Onesie Cookies with Grace's Monogram!
Thank you Gabriel's Bakery in Marietta, Georgia...FABULOUS & DELICIOUS!






The Food List is as Follows:

Sourdough Bread Bowl with Spinach Dip and Veggies
Cucumber Sandwiches
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Sweet Potato Chips 
Fresh Fruit and Fruit Dip
Mini Veggie Egg Rolls
Trail Mix and Jordan Almonds (little cups)
Mint Pastels
Homemade Cupcakes
Custom Cookies

Water with Lemon
Raspberry Lemonade with 7Up and Lime Slices
Wine 
Coffee
Tea (This is the South)
(Once the men arrived we had no food left...that equals a success!)

  





I just couldn't stop crafting for this event. At around 1am the night before I decided to add the bunting to the fireplace. 
To be honest, I just needed an excuse to make one of these!





My mom decided to hang Mason Jars with green ornaments in the tree with beautiful pink, silk ribbon. I am a terrible photographer, but they were sweet hanging in the tree! Way to go Mom!

Tiffany and Kate, a Sweet Girl in Robert and Tiffany's life!

Now, we wait to meet the precious gift they are about to be blessed with!

Baby Grace, you are loved beyond comprehension and we haven't even met you yet! You are destined to do big things little one!

I love any feedback or questions you may have!

Such Fun!!
Lynn