Monday, January 26, 2015

Wisconsin Barns, Good Fences, Mosaic Monday


The last time I posted a photo of a  [red] Wisconsin barn, I mentioned that there was an ugly yellow barn near Birchwood. Well, over the weekend I went back to take a photo of that ugly barn, but it seems that someone heard my complaint and painted it. It's not nearly as yellow as it had been, and it's certainly not ugly.



It's near Stout's Island Lodge and is part of the original Stout farm. Not that I've ever stayed at Stout's Island Lodge, but it does look like a beautiful resort, if you like rustic. Actually, after looking at the photos in their website gallery, one might rather stay in this barn, although it had originally been built as a palace for cows, and had glazed tile, installed by European craftsmen.  It was a showpiece and still is. Stout's Island Lodge is on one of Wisconsin's 15,000 lakes. I guess Wisconsin could be called the Lake District of the USA. I digress. That's another story for another post.


One last look. It is a beautiful property, built by a descendant of one of the Knapp Stout lumber barons who logged off much of Wisconsin in the later half of the 1800s-early1900s. Knapp Stout was the first to hold title to our farm, as they did to many hundreds of thousands of acres in Wisconsin.

Lumber from Wisconsin was used to rebuild Chicago after the great fire of  1871 and also supplied lumber for some of the large estates on the east coast.





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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Being In Christ. What Difference Does it Make?


Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; 
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:3
 
 WHAT IT MEANS TO BE 'IN CHRIST' -

'Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.' (2 Corinthians 5:17)

'I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.' (Galatians 2:20)



Our small Bible study group has been reading I & II Thessalonians and the commentary by James H. Grant, Jr., edited by R. Kent Hughes, from the 'Preaching the Word' series. P.S. Our small group is not through our church, but a handful of women, friends, who've been doing Bible study together each week for about 15 years.


 From Amazon, of course


I'd like to share the following excerpts from the chapter entitled 'Union With Christ and the Christian Life:' 

Note:  Emphasis in bold is mine. 

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'Every time Paul tells his story, he has a reason for telling it the way he does, and the central reason why Paul tells his story the way he does is because of his union with Christ...

'We first notice that in spite of Paul's suffering, his ministry was not in vain...Why does Paul think his ministry was not in vain? Because he is united to Christ, and the great example of suffering that was not in vain is the work of Christ on the cross. The death of Jesus upon the cross was not fruitless. That work accomplished God's purpose. 

"What is Paul doing here? He is not interpreting his suffering as if it were some judgment from God. He is interpreting his suffering as if it is part of his life in Christ.  That means his ministry was not in vain. God is working out the cross in Paul's life, and this suffering will not be fruitless. It is part of the ministry of the gospel...

'Since his life was hidden with Christ in God, he was approved by God. Paul had been approved on the basis of Jesus, not on the basis of how well his ministry went or on the basis of how much people liked him.  His approval came from God and from Christ, and if he was approved by God, that was all he needed to move forward in difficult ministry. That was precisely why he did not seek the approval of men. Such approval did not matter to Paul. He had the approval of Heaven. He did not need the approval of Rome or Jerusalem...

'Paul looks at his life through his union with Christ. Did God approve of his Son Jesus? Yes! And if we are in him, he approves of us. God doesn't approve of us because of our life and greatness. He approves of us because he sees us through his Son.'

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I know there are many Christians who struggle with thoughts of God being angry with them, expecting any minute a harsh judgment from God, and bearing the burden of never living up to 'God's expectations.' Or perhaps they're suffering, and perceive it as God's anger toward them or disappointment in them. Because of this, they are stuck in a joyless life. I thought that the text above was such a good explanation of what it means to be IN CHRIST, and that it was worth sharing so that we can ponder this and ask God to help us recapture the joy that was once ours when we first began following Christ.

Remember: It's not all about us. It's about Jesus. I realize that in the 21st century, this has become a foreign concept for many Americans, especially. Also, I think it's important to remember that God is not in Heaven wringing his hands, wondering how we get ourselves into these messes. He knows our frame and remembers that we are dust (Psalm 103:14). Remember Jesus? It's all about him. When we put our trust in Christ, when we're IN CHRIST, God sees us through his son.  What a wonderful thought!

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost, which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior. " Titus 3:5-6


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Have a wonderful Lord's Day, friends.
May you find joy IN CHRIST.



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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kwik Sew Pajamas and Cotton Knits

Photo sent by our daughter
Kwik Sew Pajama Pattern 3510
T1-T2-T3-T4


It's a good thing I finally got these PJs sewn up when I did, or the two cousins would have already outgrown them. That's what I get for procrastinating. I had the fabric several months ago, but had a mental block about using red ribbing with them, and it was impossible to find the exact blue in ribbing fabric. Finally I realized that I had to get these done if they weren't going to be too small for them, so I sewed them, red ribbing and all. I was surprised at how much I liked the finished product. 

 The Other Cousin's New Jammies
Photo sent by our son



I fell for the little fire engines and Dalmatians when I first saw the fabric at JoAnn's. Unfortunately, there were, and still are, very few kid prints available in 100% cotton knit.

We used to be able to buy cotton knits in Eau Claire at Mill Ends Textiles, which had a huge selection of cotton knits, among other fabrics. The store has recently closed. With the dwindling number of mills in this country, naturally there are fewer mill ends.


One can go into any fabric store these days and find enough woven fabrics to delight any quilter, but for someone who wants to sew a simple pair of kids' cotton knit pajamas with a cute print, those fabrics are becoming harder to find. A friend steered me to Fabric.com and I was able to find a few there, but not a huge selection, nothing like the rows of bolts of cotton knits.


 I loved the fire engines and Dalmatians on this cotton knit


I went to the fabric store yesterday to see if I could find the next size larger in this pajama pattern, but could no longer even find this pattern, Kwik Sew 3510. Evidently, it's no longer in print. How could it be out of print? It's a classic pajama pattern. Also, one thing I've noticed about some patterns, is that the instructions don't always give the easiest or smartest way to do something. It had been a while since I'd sewn, and because I followed the instructions, I had to rip out the waistband and the neckband before simply doing what made the most sense.


August, 2014
The pajama recipients - the cousins

Now I'm considering what to do with the piece of cotton knit fabric below.

 Another piece of cotton knit from my stash
Do you think this would work for pajama pants for a 7 year old grandson?

Anyway, my favorite patterns are Kwik Sew and Simplicity. Usually they have the most understandable and sensible instructions. Do you have a favorite?  Do you have a source for 100% cotton knits?  Do you sew? Do you know what a sewing machine is? ;-)

Hope you have a great weekend, friends. I can't believe that January is almost over!


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Although I usually forget to do it, there is a chance that this post will be linked to one or more of these great linky parties:  Amaze Me Monday and Inspiration Monday and Mosaic Monday and The Barn Collective and    Treasure Box Tuesday and Vintage Bliss Tuesday and KatheWithAnE and Rubbish Tuesday and Our World Tuesday and Tuesdays at our Home and Tuesday with a Twist and  Knick of Time Tuesday (vintage)  and   Tweak it Tuesday and Vintage Inspiration Wednesday and Ivy and Elephants Wednesday and Adorned From Above  and Artsy Corner Thursday and  All Things With Purpose and Home & Garden Thursday and Good Fences on Thursdays and  Time Travel Thursday and Freedom Fridays and Vintage Inspiration Friday and Simple Saturdays Blog Hop and Saturday's Critters

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Welcome Rooster, Wisconsin Barns, and Good Fences


Greeting Passersby
Colfax, WI

If you wanted a great welcome rooster for your back door, you've missed your chance. This one was for sale at a store in Colfax last summer, but I see that the store is no longer in operation. How sad. How often does one come across a rooster like that? Wouldn't he look great, welcoming the visitors to your home?

Barn west of Rice Lake, WI

Most of the many barns in our area are painted either red or white. However, there is one, on the way to Birchwood, that is yellowish. I hope they got a great deal on yellow paint, because other than that, I can see no reason to paint a barn yellow. I love this classic Wisconsin barn.

Admittedly, our house is yellow. But that's a different story.

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