a tower of giraffes

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Before my last baby was born, I had some nervous energy so I created and sewed lots and lots of giraffes. Oh, I love them. 


All of my daughters like them. Happy to hold them, sleep with them and chew on them. 


     I made them for all of my daughters classmates for Christmas. We had a grand time picking out          each fabric for each child. It was a delight to create them and we prayed Gods' blessing over each                                                           child as we sewed their giraffe. 

Makes me think of our God and Him taking such delight in creating each of us. 
Wonder what He was thinking when He made you and me...
Makes my heart a flutter and brings me sweet peace. 

"He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing..."

Wonder if God whistled while He worked?



The giraffe has a different fabric on each side and the ears are another fabric. The ric rac adds a little punch for their tail.


They are roughly 7.5 inches tall and 3.5 inches hind to chest. 
I am happy to take orders! 
Email me:  thegovernorsdaughter@gmail.com or find me on facebook
They are $19 each, All of these giraffes are in their new homes but I am working on a new tower of giraffes. FYI, a tower of giraffes is a bunch of giraffes together. You learned something new!



So this happened: sweet patina

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
I am so grateful to Sweet Patina and the wonderful ad they placed in Tallahassee Magazine for The Governor's Daughter. This was a few months ago but Sweet Patina always has a nice selection of my necklaces as well as other gifties. 
Its a gift in itself to walk through the store. 
So much color, inspiration and delight!


freedom in the messy

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Christmas was a few months ago, but when you are busy with 3 little people, just feeding and cleaning people is enough. I am just now looking at these pictures. 

I love this picture. 

Sums up my life. 

Books, clothes, artwork, beads, pillow forts, bird feathers, papers. They are usually all over my house, not organized, not put away. I am learning to be still, to enjoy my little people and to let the mess go. 

Freedom in the messy. 



Once in awhile, you sneak in a sit at the sewing machine or a quick read. Or you do a project together with your kiddies. It makes it more fun and special anyways. Like this:


Thanks to the all the diaper boxes, we have free canvases and cardboard ready. I cut out the shape of the holly leaves and berries, and put out the paint. We used a mixture of reds for the berries and greens for the leaves. After it dried, I glued all the pieces together.


It was simple, sweet, and handmade. 

And as I look back on the title of this post, I am reminded of the real reason of Christmas, Jesus' birth. He was born in a stable/cave. It was outside and there were smelly animals. It was most certainly messy. But God sent His Son Jesus on that day for our freedom.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 
2 Corinthians 3:17

He brings freedom in our messy. 

Diabetic Shock

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
While I was pregnant this last time, I was borderline gestational(ly?) diabetic.

What. A. Blow. 

So instead of eating the sweet, I painted them for this new baby girls room. 



I always display my art on the washer, don't you?



Even the crumbs were delicious!


My First Love

Friday, February 20, 2015
I have been back in my studio aka my kitchen island or dining room table working on some necklaces. My necklaces are what got me started with The Governor's Daughter. I am still creating necklaces but also sewing baby blankets, sewing giraffes (more on that later), painting and knitting.

These are all available for purchase from Sweet Patina.










Upon writing this, I can't get Lionel Richie out of my head. My First Love... I do love that song. It was even more amazing when Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie did shows together. 

Baby Boy Blanket

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
I made this for a friend earlier this fall. He was actually born the night of my mother in laws funeral. It was nice to see life on that day. 


I really liked the multi stripey chevron fabric. I was even more pleased with the look of the wicker weave fabric with the multi stripey chevron. 

It was a nice masculine baby look. Yes, thats a term. 



Real butterflies and halloween butterflies

For Halloween and yes that was awhile ago, my 2 baby girls dressed up as butterflies. 


We found a butterfly costume that seemed "simple" on pinterest. We created our own brand of butterfly but it turned out so pretty. It required much more glue then I think they meant for it too:)



We have been into the butterfly since last summer. Well, it all started with a caterpillar. And there were several different types of caterpillars. We would find one and then go look it up. ( Don't touch! Look up first! ) My daughters and I were learning things together for the first time. It was really special for all of us. And actually, my husband and parents got into it too.

This was our caterpillar, Yellow. 


Then she went and started her chrysalis. So fascinating. 


It gets darker over time and right before the monarch emerges, the chrysalis becomes more clear and you can actually see through to their wings. See it?


And then she came back! Then her name was Orange. My daughters learned new things and I did too. I can't wait to catch one again next year.


This was my daughters picture of a zebra longwing. I was captivated by the butterflies and caterpillars in my own yard.


 I feel as though we must travel far and wide to experience His earth and we don't always have the time and money. However! I am learning that the Lord gifts us with beauty and pleasure in our slice of earth. And I am grateful.

Happy day to each of you. 

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