September 25, 2007

Knitting and Celtic Roots

Posted in Daily Devotional, Fiber Art, God, Greeting Cards, Healing, Jesus, Knitting, Need encouragement, One Thing at a Time, Photography, Quit and Knit, Quit Smoking at 2:25 am by sewhisword

Knitting goes hand-in-hand with Celtic music; it’s a perfect match.

It was a cold winter evening in Vermont. As a new member of the “Twist-o-Wool” Guild, I watched and listened as the members knit a shawl in the round to the beat of Celtic music. All of them, moving their needles along, click-click-click, to the beat of a fiddle.

We all connected, just like the wool and needles. But the connection was heartfelt; knit together. It was then that Celtic music got my attention.

In the past, I often wondered why I would stop dead in my tracks every time I heard the bagpipes or fiddle. Was it my Celtic roots? As a knitter, too, I wondered what made me so attracted to yarns, fleece, and tweed.

What grabs my heart when I hear the music from Scotland or Brittany? Is it the knitting patterns or the music patterns that repeat themselves, yet haunt me to knit? Maybe it’s the pace of knit and pearl, which is like the ocean waves moving in and out.

Listen to my playlist and you’ll probably finish knitting your sweater or socks in faster time, while reflecting on your own Celtic roots. You know, we’re all probably Celtic in some form or fashion. I think everyone was blown away the first time they watched and listened to Riverdance. It was addicting. Just like Afro-Cuban music, Celtic music also has it’s roots knit all through the world.

Keep knitting, eat a scone, and drink a cup of tea!

Here’s the latest beadwork in my collection. Visit my Etsy store at http://www.pafiberartist.etsy.com

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July 16, 2007

Latest SewHisWord Art Quilt!

Posted in Christian Books, Christian gifts, Christian Music, Daily Devotional, Fiber Art, God, Jesus, Positive thinking at 1:41 am by sewhisword

Cooper’s Beach in Southampton, Long Island is extremely popular, especially in the summer. It is the beach where I was first inspired to knit. Back in 1983, a perfect summer day; the ocean looked like aluminum foil. Sitting next to me on their beach blanket were two young sisters with braided hair, both babbling endlessly while clicking their knitting needles. It was one of those moments when I wished that I could knit. It was a nice memory to be treasured. Did knitting resemble the ocean waves? Did I know back then that knitting would help me to quit smoking? Quit and Knit? I didn’t realize at the time that I would become a knitter and fiber artist later in life and quit smoking as well. coopers-beach.jpg
It’s interesting how God quides us toward certain things and it’s up to us to notice them, be obedient, and apply them to our lives. You don’t have to use paint to make an impressionistic painting. The following small art quilt was inspired from Cooper’s Beach, which is also owned by Anderson Cooper’s family – a fun tidbit of information. The quilt was made from different fibers, fabric, beads, and yarns. It also has a sewn scripture.

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June 3, 2007

Be Inspired

Posted in Christian Books, Christian gifts, Christian Music, Daily Devotional, God, Greeting Cards, Healing, Jesus, Need encouragement, One Thing at a Time, Photography, Positive thinking at 3:17 am by sewhisword

The first time I heard the song “Shout to the Lord” was back in the 1990s. 

Darlene Zschech, who wrote the song, was interviewed on the local Christian radio station.  She is a Christian Worship leader, singer, and writer from the Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia.  I heard “Shout to the Lord” played on that station many more times since and each time I heard it, I knew it would become as popular as “Amazing Grace.” 

If you ever feel discouraged, need to be inspired, and want to hear God speak to your heart, listen to one of her CDs.  I love her music and you will too!

           

Darlene’s book “The Kiss of Heaven” is a must read!  It’s very uplifting and easy to apply to your life.

 Keep the Faith!

 

 

May 1, 2007

Happy as Birds

Posted in Daily Devotional, God, Jesus, Positive thinking at 5:04 pm by sewhisword

I like to watch birds; they always seem happy.  They are also diligent and proactive.

Birds don’t get bummed out like people do, nor do they complain.  They find their food and sing Thank You songs to God in the morning and before they go to sleep at night.

It’s hard to stay positive and hopeful if you have to rely on people.  God is the only One who follows through on His Promises.  He promises good things for us and doesn’t discourage us when we are feeling down.   🙂

Happy thoughts come and go; 

It’s time to use the thoughts I know; 

To believe and hope in things I pray; 

And look toward Heaven right now and all day. 

God is Sovern – He has Supreme Authority over everything!  Remember, Jesus turned water into wine.  Give it up whatever is bothering you.

“The Lord has established His throne in the heavens; And His sovereignty rules over all.”  Psalm 103:19 (NASB)