These are the little wool felt shoes I’ve made for our soon to be born granddaughter, Keira. I could make her 10 more….. they were so fun to make. I got this tutorial from here   http://www.purlbee.com/felt-baby-shoes/








And this evening I made this wool felt ball for her. It was fun to do. Here is the tutorial  http://www.duofiberworks.com/journal/2009/11/9/felt-rainbow-ball-tutorial.html

The felt ball in her tutorial is a lot better than mine…but next one will be better. I really love working with wool felt!




Raise the Bar | WNC Magazine.

Look at this! We are one of the featured soapmakers in this month’s Western North Carolina WNC Magazine! Our Tomato Soap is in the middle!!

Fun Stuff

I was putting together a gift box to donate to a special non-profit organization and wanted to put a little something special in it. I made this wool felt bird stuffed with some lavender. It turned out really cute….and it was fun!!!
I am in the midst of preparing our inventory for the start of our Farmers Markets…it takes much work and most of it I enjoy. But when I need to make 24 Eye Pillows, 24 Cherry Seed Soothers, 16 Sinus Pillows, 24 Herbal Dream Pillows, 24 Frosty Foot Balms, 16 Food Soaks….(you get the idea)…when all of that is facing me, sometimes I just want to make some fun stuff!!

This is the quilt I recently completed for our yet to be born granddaughter, Keira. It was so very fun to make and has inspired me to make one for each of my loved ones!!

By Roy Lessin

If the Lord is willing, we shall live and we shall do this or that [thing]. James 4:15 AMP

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Matthew 6:34 AMP

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. Psalm 143:10 NLT

One thing you can be certain about in the coming year is that you can’t be certain about what is ahead. This is a great blessing, because you do not need to know. To know what is ahead and the details of what will happen would be too great a burden to carry and too great a responsibility to bear.

What you do need to know about the future is not what is ahead of you, but Who is ahead of you. It is the Lord who goes before you, is ahead of you, and is preparing the way for you. Your future is in His sure, strong, caring hands.

I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you. Genesis 28:15 NLT

As you pass through the door of 2011 and enter the door of 2012, here are six of the needs you are certain to have…

1.     There will be the need for prayer:

Until you get to heaven, there will always be the need for prayer. In every prayer as a believer, you will be speaking to the living God, your loving Father—the One who invites you to come, the One who hears your cries, the One who answers your prayers, and the One who will work all things together for the good according to His will and purpose.

2.     There will be the need to trust:

God does not want you to be fearful or worried about what is ahead. He will give what you need when you need it; He will tell what you need to know when it is time to know it; He will show what you need to see when it is time to see it. When He is silent about any matter, be at peace about it and do not become anxious.

3.     There will be the need to obey:

You will never outgrow your need for obedience. To obey the Lord is to please the Lord. He will always give you the provision, the time, and the opportunity to do what He has asked you to do. If He is not asking you to do anything new or different at the present time, continue to do the last thing He asked of you.

4.     There will be the need to forgive:

No one will ever act perfectly or speak perfectly to you. Even those who love you will not perform perfectly. Forgiveness is an attitude of the heart and a choice of the will that you must walk in each day. Some people carry hurt, bitterness, or resentment in their hearts for years, never wanting to let go of the past. As you go through the door of 2012, drop at the entryway, all the hurts of yesterday and carry them no more.

5.     There will be the need to be faithful:

In 2012 you will need to press on in the will of God for your life; you will need to walk on through the valleys and over the mountain tops that you will face; you will need to carry on in your service of love to others; you will need to live on in the will of God with a thankful heart, with praise upon your lips, and with zeal in your spirit.

6.     There will be the need for Jesus:

Every day, in every moment, through every circumstance of 2012, you will need Jesus. You will need Him fully and you will need to trust Him completely. You will need His grace to enable you, His Spirit to empower you, His strength to support you, and His counsel to instruct you in all the will of God.


I just saw this picture this evening……..

sewing out here in my workshop. I really need to stop….but there seems to be so much to do in preparation for our 9th annual O My Soap! open house. But it usually all comes together. Last night I was working until 11pm. Here is what I’ve been working on this evening..

These are actually christmas ornaments...filled with orange peel, cinnamon and cloves. They really smell so Christmasy!










The Spicy Hotpads! Also filled with the orange blend of spices! These are great sellers!! They are all finished!! So happy!

Well, time to close up shop and get some rest….tomorrow is another day!

by Charles R. Swindoll

Read 2 Samuel 7:18–29; 1 Chronicles 22:1–6

What a father! He may have been weak at other times, but at this
moment, David stands tall. “Lord, I know You don’t want me to fulfill the dream,
but, Lord, I’m going to set apart as much as I can to support my son as he
fulfills the dream that was on my heart.” What an unselfish response.

I see two simple truths in all this. First, when God says no,
it means He has a better way, and He expects me to support it.

Second, my very best reaction is cooperation and
. He doesn’t call everybody to build the temple, but He does call
everyone to be faithful and obedient. Some of you who are reading this are
living with broken dreams. Sometime in the past you had high hopes that your
life would go in a certain direction. But the Lord, for some mysterious reason,
has now said, “No.” And you’ve moved along in life and now you’re up in years,
and you find yourself slowly becoming shelved, and the younger ones are taking
charge and moving on. How quickly age takes over!

Just about the time we get our act together, we’re too old to pull
it off. And so we release it to the Solomon in our lives. It takes genuine
humility to say to that person, “May God be with you. I’ll do everything I can
to support you in seeing that it gets accomplished.”

Do you identify with David? Did you have your hands full of your
dreams and your visions, ready to present them to God on the altar of sacrifice?
Did you have your plans all prepared and thought through, only to see them
crumble at your feet? And now you’re standing there, empty-handed?

Know this: God is ready to fill your empty hands like you would
never believe, if you will only lift them up to Him in obedience and praise, as
David did. God is still alive and well, and He knows what He’s doing. To some He
says yes. To others, no. In either case, the answer is best. Why? Because God’s
answers, while surprising, are never wrong.