Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ruffled Feathers Tea Party Dresses and Skirts!

Here are the dresses and skirts for the Ruffled Feathers New Day Tea Party (see post below)--
I've remedied the problem I was having with posting photos, yay!

New Day Ruffled Feathers Tea Party
Skirts and Dresses

2T/3T sizes

18-24mo sizes

2T size

4T-6T sizes

You Are My Sunshine--2T size

Sweet Treats--24 mo size

4T--Lilac Whisper 
(I have a beautiful pr. of purple leggings paired with this.)

If you'd like to donate to defray the cost of the fabric and the leggings you can do so at the Chip-In button on the side bar or email me for other options.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Join the Ruffled Feathers Tea Party!

My friend Sarah, who is one of my best Ruffled Feathers customers, had a BEAUTIFUL idea about 4 weeks ago. She asked if anyone had ever "sponsored" sending a large order of Ruffled Feathers Company dresses and skirts to the sweet girls at New Day.

What a novel idea.
Why did that NEVER cross my mind?!

Well, when I first read her idea, I thought, "WOW! That would be so cool! ... but then I also thought ... Wow, that would be way too much work. yikes!"I was just heading out on vacation and the boys are well, boys and quite a.c.t.i.v.e.

But the idea would not leave me ... it kept swirling in my mind ... "what if "..."Wouldn't it be cool"...
"Maybe I  could make 3 or 4 skirts"--which turned into 5 or 6 skirts and then I started counting up the girls that were a wee bit older at least and would enjoy some good ol' fashioned twirling clothes. The kind your mother may have made you when you were a girl sewing them at her dining room table while you played underneath by her toes.

So, here it is. I'm going to lay it out there for anyone to participate in (and I gotta apologize for the lateness of this but I struggled with how to present this quite honestly--I seriously want this to be a blessing to the gals at New Day--not a way for me to make money (although if you come back and order your own Ruffled Feathers skirt or dress I would be THRILLED!) If you'd like to "sponsor" a dress/skirt or a portion of the cost of a dress/skirt for the Ruffled Feathers Tea Party please leave me a comment or email me or just use the chip in button that I hope to post soon. Any amount is fine, the skirts run around $26 retail and the knot dresses $38. However,  I'm mainly looking to defray the cost of the fabric and also the cost of the leggings that I've chosen to send along with each of them (so they can wear the skirts into the colder winter months too in full chic-style!) What better time for tea than when it's chilly?!

Currently, Sarah and I are working together to send 9 skirts and 3 knot dresses (that's the count right now at least) to 12 sweet gals at New Day (ages 2-7ish??) Like I said, this is a work in progress. I would LOVE to do this again if they have fun with it! (I might even throw in a tutu or two if I have time to make one!) The thing is, I'd like to send them to NY early this week so they can go back with a traveler leaving at the end of the week, that way I can avoid having added expense of International mailing. That doesn't mean that we can't keep the fundraising open for a bit longer however! ... and hey, if you aren't interested that's okay too. I just would LOVE to involve everyone who might want to be! So pass this around, let everyone know. I need to send them off probably by Monday afternoon so if you have any special requests (I'll try to honor special requests on who gets what skirt on a first-come-first-serve basis) make them before I box 'em and ship 'em.

I'll post some photos ASAP, so keep checking back. But I wanted to get this out there to get it churning in your minds too. I will be posting a chip in button on my sidebar.
And Sarah! What an AWESOME idea!
I simply cannot wait to see some sweet lil' gals having a tea party and Ruffling some Feathers half way around the globe.
gives me goosebumps!
Let me know what ya think!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Our God Is Greater!

Did you see this?!
Ding! Ding! Ding! DING!
 Our God is absolutely AMAZING! This is the thermometer from the Blessings A Hundred Fold site! Sweet Elizabeth is coming home to her forever family. WOW. Just over a year ago her family started this journey. Although I dreamed that the thermometer would someday shoot upward into RED all the way to the TOP, never did I imagine the road that would unfold in that journey ... or the pace at which the end would rise to! I am in AWE of God--He is ever faithful and always completes His good work which He has begun in us.

So, the day after my birthday, on August 7th, The Rippee family will be traveling in-country to begin the first official steps of Elizabeth's adoption process. How sweet it is! In God's own timing, having grown each of us who traveled with her family on this journey and in our own hearts toward HIM.
To God be the glory!

I also want to point out a BEAUTIFUL benefit for another adoptive family who are currently in-process to bring home a daughter into their family. Check out HERE Michele and Brad's COOL T's. Available in either PINK or BLACK--What a sweet way to speak your heart for God AND to help support adoption by helping this family! And the SWEETEST part is that they are ONLY 12 bucks a piece
How unbelievably cool.
Buy one for you, your hubby and the kids. (available in unisex classic style up to 2XL, and also ladies fitted to XL and a few children's sizes too!)
Just in time for back-to-school!
And ... can I just add that I am giddy about having a second PINK thing in my closet?!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Summer is FLYING by.

I am WAY behind on posting for the summer ... in fact, I'm way behind on about everything. So, here are some fav images from our baseball season that ended in June. Just the photos ma'am ... no time for much else.

Nolan was in seventh heaven with the ring pop that he scored on a Saturday morning at one of his brother's games.

 Easton got to practice at one of Brayden's practices. As it was Easton's first time in the outfield it left him a little bored at times. Luckily he kept himself busy spending some time drawing in the dust.

Mr. Brayden ONE tooth. We've been waiting for this tooth to fall out since February's ski trip! He hates any sort of pain ... and he was perfectly fine having it hang there crooked by one root. UG!
He actually FINALLY lost the other one last Friday night too so anticipate a post on that sometime before ... well ... Fall.)

Friday, July 15, 2011

A Lost Week

Returning from vacation is never fun but I am glad to report that no one came back with Lyme Disease this year! Yay!
I did try to lift a cooler while standing on the opposite side of the boat while twisting ... um ... NOT a good idea as my back instantly hurt in a bad way. I'm not sure what I was thinking. Actually ... it's clear I wasn't thinking.

It is starting to feel better for which I am thankful. All in all, it was a good time away with family.

So you may have noticed (maybe?) that I've been away for a tad longer than what a normal vacation should merit? Well, we returned Saturday at 2(yawn)am in the morning, had a friendly gathering to attend later in the day and with the next day being Sunday I was really counting on Monday being my shake and move day of getting back into the groove and things put away.

Not God's plan.

5am Monday morning: I awoke to loud thunder and lightening ... I looked outside trying to make out what was on the deck in the driving rain, determining between lightening strikes that it wasn't hail, but actually pulverized leaves! And that train-like wooshing sound of wind was accompanied by tornado sirens. With my back a bit tender still, I ran upstairs and told Jeff he needed to get up and get the kids to the basement NOW!, meanwhile scooping up Nolan (ouch to the back) and heading down the stairs. I'm not one to normally TELL Jeff what to do in that matter-of-fact bossy tone of directive-ness but judging by the bend of the trees (totally sideways) and odd sounds outside of stuff hitting the house it was time to get going. No time for gently waking him from his sleep.
This is the first sight upon opening the garage door when the storm had passed. 
Leaves pulverized on every side of our house and sticks everywhere!

It was not a tornado, however since there were leaves on ALL sides of our house and we only have trees directly on the west side I'm thinking there was some circular motion happening. The storm took down 4  trees in our tree-line next to our house and scattered debris in the form of leaves, branches, sticks, pulverized leaves so thick on our one+ acre lawn the boys and I literally had to rake the entire lawn (I kid you not) over the course of 5 hours! (The photos just do not do it justice at all. This is our lane.)
And let me add that it is HOT here in Iowa right now, like 90-some degrees plus humidity ... there was NO phone and NO electricity which not only meant no TV (torture for Easton poor boy--no escape from the chore of picking up the yard) but also no water (we have our own well and septic since we live in the country.) And since we had been gone we didn't even have a pitcher of filtered water in the fridge.
This is a really bad shot of our tree-line, but it shows some of the trees blown over.
I gave the boys rootbeer pop to their hearts desire, which usually would be their dream, however they really just wanted a good glass of water! We did end up driving to town and buying some bottled stuff later in the day.

While raking I came across a tiny baby bird who had been blown from his nest. Orphaned, it was huddled in the grass slowly dying in the hot sun. I hate to admit that I had actually raked over it, but I did not see it until it squawked! He seemed fine ... but was hungry and alone and way tinier than the little one photo-ed (I could not bare to actually take his photo.) I was stunned and flustered--I didn't know what to do. I stood there staring at it ... Angry because it just seemed so unfair that the little bird wouldn't get to learn to fly or even grow in all its feathers--knowing if I touched it the mama would reject it.  But I also knew that in the hot sun it was sure to die. I was also a bit miffed that the boys didn't seem so much compassionate as they did curious wanting to poke him with sticks! So alone (since the boys thought I was silly) I said a few words for him in a little prayer asking for God to look over him because I just didn't know what I could do that would really help. I went about my raking trying to just let "nature" do its thing mulling over why my kids didn't ooze with the compassion that I was sure I had as a child--and that's when I was determined to SHOW them compassion, even in the light of a somewhat impossible situation. I returned determined to give the little bird at least a little chance and hopefully make an impact on my own little ones. I found part of a bird nest (maybe it was his former home?) Carefully picked him up with my gloved hands and some leaves (I've never held a wild baby bird before, it was tremendous feeling that little tiny life squawking in my palm!) And carefully I put him in the nest ... his mouth wide open looking for food ... me unable to provide anything but shade and some temporary safety for him and maybe a slim chance. I put the nest up in a tree and prayed for the best for him ... later I saw the mama bird I think squawking loudly to the baby ... but then later in the afternoon I saw that the nest had fallen from the tree and there was no sign of the baby bird anywhere. I am hopeful that somehow ... someway ... he is okay ...
I tried really hard to save it ... and I know that God doesn't even let one little sparrow fall to the earth without knowing it. And since I could not find the little guy anywhere on the ground or in the tree I am going to believe that he is in good hands--or wings. There have been many conversations since then from the boys on where the bird is and how it was pretty cool to try to get him back to his mama. The consensus is that the mama bird picked him up and flew him back to a new nest ... and I'm not gonna question that

We are very grateful that there was no damage to the house or to any of us! The neighboring town of Vinton, a beautiful, lush older town known for it's old arching trees over the streets, lost 75% of their trees! The fairgrounds were hit hard, homes, businesses, and The Braille and Site-Saving School (Yes. the same one Mary Ingalls--Laura Ingalls Wilder's sister from Little House on the Prairie books/TV series-- attended!) all are without roofs... due to the tremendous straight-line winds. But again, I don't think there were any people injured ... which considering how many tree branches and metal building parts were flying around is such a blessing! It could have been MUCH worse.

Anyway, it's been pretty much a Lost Week. We continue to saw down trees and haul branches... in fact as soon as Jeff gets home we'll be at it again. I did try a bit of it myself yesterday morning with a carpenter's saw since I have no idea how to use or start a chain saw. Actually, having been to the emergency room twice for cutting my finger with x-acto blades at work while trimming my graphic design work I'm pretty sure it's a good idea I go nowhere near a chainsaw.
But there is still so much left to do. I think the funniest thing is that on Sunday night long before the storm, I mentioned something to Jeff about me being his "delicate-flower." I'm not even sure what the conversation was and it was said in half humor because I am nowhere near "delicate" and probably had to do with my non-delicate life that I lead in this house of boys. But believe me it did come up again the next night when his "delicate-flower" was sweating up a storm while hauling and cutting wood like nobody's business. Too funny.
I guess maybe I'm more of a sturdy-flower. And I'm glad to be home ... even if I am a bit behind!

Friday, July 1, 2011

A Few of My Favorite Things--June

June was a fun month for sewing. I received some really great orders and these are some of my favorites!

American Flag Tank
I wish I had made these far enough in advance that I could have posted them further out from The Fourth of July! I better start on my Christmas line now  ;-)
Do keep in mind that any fabric can be used for this design.

The LizzyBeth Skirt with matching tank
SUCH a striking outfit! I want one in MY size! (if only I could pull it off.)

 Sweet Treats N' Flutterbys
I LOVE this lightweight, no need for iron, sugar sweet fabric! 
 So summery, so light, so sweet in color!

Amy Butler Collection Side-Split
This is one of the littlest twirls I've done, it's SO tiny!
I bet the little one wearing this just wishes she could twirl!
 Maybe it's just me, but I really liked the fabric combo.
{Pinks, Aquas, Pumpkin and Lime.}

Check out my site Ruffled Feathers Company to see photos, fabrics or to place an order. I'd love to sew you something beautiful! You can always leave me a comment or email for ideas as well.

The family

The family