Sunday, December 9, 2018

It's been a minute... a post from Jocelyn

It's been a minute, huh?

And by 'a minute' I mean 2 years. It's been 2 years, y'all.

So, what's happened in the last two years?
Well, I had kid #4 in 2015, so she's grown a little (lot), and I resigned from my position as a classroom teacher and I'm now working at my kids' daycare as a lead teacher in the toddler room. (BTW- I LOVE it!!)

I'm dealing with less stress, getting to love on littles every day, and I have more time to be me.
With that in mind, I've really gotten back into sewing.

When I was still in the classroom, I started sewing as an anxiety release, and it worked wonders. I'd come home, grab some fabric (usually a jelly roll, or yardage I'd cut into 2.5" strips) and do some mindless sewing to release some tension. There's just something so rewarding about sewing with no real intention, but having a bright, colorful end product; like a quilt for example.

In the beginning I told my hubby it'd only be a hobby, and to not worry because, "It's cheaper than therapy." 😂 Little did I know...

Now my sewing is a passion; still in the 'hobby' stage, but I'm hoping to expand. I've started at Etsy site (Delk Designs by Jocelyn) where you can find items I've made for purchase; mostly totes and baby items.
I also have a Facebook site where you'll find pictures of custom orders I've made and sold, along with pictures of fabrics I have available for custom orders. (Delk Designs by Jocelyn on Facebook)

It's true what they say- every time you order something from a small business, the owner does a happy dance. I've been blessed with 'happy dances' since opening my shop.
However, I still get anxious when someone buys something and I ship the item off.
What if they don't like it?
What if they don't think it was worth the price?
What if...
What if...
What if...

I've seen, though, that my anxiety is completely unfounded. And, if anything, my anxiety has made me be more aware of my work and encouraged me to really take my time.
My customers have been happy with their purchases. I've had repeat customers. I'm happy with the World.

Along with my sewing, I hope to also get back into the swing of blogging. I've missed it! I'm hoping to share some sewing tutorials (quick and easy projects cause ain't nobody got time for crazy in-depth stuff) and just share the shenanigans that happen as part of daily life.

I also plan on getting Melissa back into the swing of it too... (insert evil laughter here) 😏

SO, here's to sewing, and blogging, and mommying, and teaching, and being as awesome as our little minions will allow. We got this, y'all. You'll be hearing from us again soon! (Sooner than 2 more years) 😉

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Summer Check List for Kids

Hello, all! Jocelyn here!

You all know that Melissa and I are both teacher moms. Well, my kids are all school-aged and this summer I refuse to let them lose their reading and math skills to mind-numbing electronics.

My sister sent me a pic that she found online of a list of things a mom has her kids to before they are allowed to play their iPads or watch tv.

I thought it was BRILLIANT! I tweaked it a bit to suit my needs.

If you'd like a copy, you can download the PDF HERE.  I plan on printing one for each child and putting them on the fridge. A little friendly competition won't hurt anyone. :)

If you're looking for more summer ideas, try Pinterest! I typed in 'summer checklists for kids' and came up with a ton of results!
Here are just a few:
Happy summer, everyone! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Song in My Soul: It is Well...

This has always been one of my favorite church songs. I remember going to a "Gospel Meeting" when I was younger (maybe 10?) and hearing a sermon based solely on this song. The speaker went line by line talking about the implications, the promises, and the hope that we have in Jesus, all based on this song.
Even as a green-to-the-world 10 year old, I knew that what he was saying was meaningful.

Here's my favorite line (emphasis mine):

My sin-
oh the bliss of this glorious thought-
My sin, NOT in part, but the WHOLE-
is NAILED to the cross and I bear it no more!
Praise the Lord! 
Praise the Lord, oh my soul!

The PDF is of the first verse. Download it HERE!

Scripture Pictures: Luke 6:45

Luke 6:45 (NKJV)
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

I was fortunate enough to attend a Ladies Retreat a month ago and got to hear Kayci Ross speak. She was funny, entertaining, and extremely thought provoking. If you'd like an overview, I tweeted at the event. Check out #EBLR2016.
The theme was 'Words', and the key verse was Luke 6:45. I'm not sure which version Kayci used, but the verse has stayed in my mind. I created 2 versions, and the PDF is available for download under the pictures. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Monthly Reflections Printables

Because reflection is good for the soul, I made some monthly reflections sheets that match my monthly outlines.
My goal is to use these at the end of each month to really make myself see how much I've grown. God does amazing things for His children, but I know I sometimes get too caught up in life to see them. Hopefully these will help.

I have color versions and black and white available for download. Enjoy!

color version

black and white version

Scripture Pictures: John 11:25

John 11:25 NLT

25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.

I couldn't decide on the background, so I made 3 different ones. The downloadable file has all 3 included. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Scripture Picture: Psalm 73:26

Psalm 73:26 CEV
3 font versions included in the download!

26 My body and mind may fail,
    but you are my strength
    and my choice forever.