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When I first felt the Lord tell me to do this basket I knew He wanted me to do my very best. No shortcuts, no skimming the edges and no half-hearted attempts. He wanted me to give my all.

I spent some time praying over it and I discussed it with Andrea and we came up with some of our favorite hand sewn and hand knit items that I have done over the years. This is a collection of my best work.

This basket is called Baby’s First Years and is filled with assorted hand sewn original clothing, hand knit clothing, accessories & toys for baby’s first years. The sizes in this basket range from 3 months-24 months.


We start this basket with a pieced quilt. This quilt has several different colors and textures, including the wonderful, soft minky fabric .  Assorted soft pinks, blues and purple frame in the little ballerinas as they dance their way across the quilt. Machine pieced and machine quilted.


A purchased crochet crown, size 0-3 months.


A cloths line rope basket would be perfect to hold your precious little girl’s diapers. Hand dyed with Easter egg dye and stitched together on the sewing machine.


Starting the clothing at size 3 months is the hand dyed pink baby gown. Covered with layers of off white lace and decorated with a sparkle pearl button. A stretch lace head band with the same button is included with this gown.


Also coming in at 3 months is a hand knit halter overall set. The overalls stretch so it may work past the 3 month size. The overalls are knit with a double strand of lace yarn and is decorated with lace and pearl beads, topped with a pearl flower button. This is meant to be a photo prop.


A matching baby bonnet drips with pearl beads and also has a matching pearl flower button. It ties with lace.


The 6 months size is a halter bubble with ruffles and lace. Flowers and owls are on this fun, bright fabric.


A hand knit photo prop hat was knitted and donated to this basket by my precious daughter. She used two different shades of pink yarn to create this fun hat.


A pillowcase dress is our 9 month outfit. The white background is contrasted with layers of off white lace. It ties at one shoulder with lace.


A simple classic brings us to our 12 month outfit. This diaper set is one of my favorite patterns and I have made several of them. A soft pink dotted swiss trim is used to contrast the bright fabric and is also used for the diaper cover. It buttons up the back and has a button tab at the pleated front.


No little girl’s wardrobe is complete without some kind of vintage clothing. Size 18 months is made from one of my vintage patterns. Also made with dotted swiss fabric, pink on pink polka dot. The collar and sleeves are trimmed with pink piping. A classic style that never goes out.


We bring the clothing section of this basket to an end with a size 18-24 month hand knit set. This is one of my all time favorites. This set is knit from a rich, vibrant purple color.

The sweater is a  turtle neck with a ribbed collar and bottom ribbed edge.



The bonnet has several rows of cable knit.


I have written a post about the knitted booties before. A extensive search brought me to this pattern after I saw a pair on line for $48. I have knit several pair of these sweet little booties. I have added a skid free patch on the bottom of the sole to keep little feet from slipping and falling.


What little girl does not love a baby of her own? This precious baby doll is sewn in a soft flannel like fabric. Her sweet face is embroidered and her hair is hand spun merino, hand dyed with kool-aid. She is wearing a hand knit sweater that was hand dyed with Easter egg dye.


For quiet play there is a fabric paper doll with her own wardrobe that tucks safely into a carry case that closes up with Velcro and can easily be carried using the fabric handles.


A decorated hand made bib to keep all baby’s new clothes neat and tidy.


The perfect book about the very One who knit her in her mother’s womb!


A photo prop to help record baby’s photos.


This all comes in a hot pink wash tub. A great photo prop, or truly use it for baby’s bath time, or use it to keep baby’s toys safe and sound, or all three!


This basket is valued at over $630.


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.  Colossians 3:23-24







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Sneak Peek

Missions basket coming May 17th


Wait on the Lord, be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart. Wait, I say on the Lord. Psalm 27:14

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Organic Tea Basket

My very precious daughter made this organic tea basket with the help of our dear friend Cathy. I am so grateful to Andrea and Cathy for being so willing and so generous to do this basket for us.

Anyone who knows me and my girls even a little bit know how much we love tea. Tea parties are common occurrence around here, along with gobs and gobs of raw honey and sweet treats to make every tea party a special occasion. So this basket was the logical choice for my sweet daughter to put together.


This basket is filled with everything you need to make the sweetest, yummiest tea.

Bulk Herb is our favorite place to buy tea, it is organic and super fresh. Andrea has filled the basket with the Bulk Herbs tea sample kit. Ten 2 oz individually packaged teas. I have tried each and everyone of them and they are all wonderful.


Strain your tea with a wide rimmed tea strainer.


And who in the world drinks tea without honey???

Cathy has added two jars of Manuka honey. This honey is super good for you.


A beautiful cup with Romans 8:28 is a constant reminder of one of God’s precious promises to you.


Or . . . if you prefer to have your tea on the go Cathy has added a travel mug that will keep your tea hot while you are on the road


As you sip your scrumptious tea, be reminded of the Proverbs 31 woman, (I am sure she took time out for tea ;), with this scripture printed on tin.


Sit back, relax and drink your tea as you read the wonderful book A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23, written by W. Phillip Keller. A must read!


All of this comes in a long basket, perfect for keeping your teas organized.


This basket is valued at over $135


So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”  John 20:21

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Rose Spa Basket


Spring time always brings a symphony of flowers, each shining forth God’s glory and praise. The vast colors and scents can take your breath away. But none stand so tall as the rose.

A rose always stops me in my tracks and draws me in. The variety of loveliness and intoxicating smells fill every corner of my being, a constant reminder of my Lord. I have felt the silky softness of Him, the tenderness and the sweetness of Him. The pure, soft fragrance that bids you to come closer and to drink in it’s amazing smell leaves me with total wonder and awe of Him. How beautiful is our Lord that He would do such a thing? That He would make something so fragile yet so amazingly wonderful!

I believe that He had woman in mind when He created the rose. He knew how a rose would affect her, how it would make her feel special and be drawn to it’s beauty. There is absolutely nothing about the rose that is not appealing and beautiful, it fills all the senses that the Lord created us to have, and it is pleasing.

Basket number two is a Rose Spa Bath. 


This basket has everything you need to take a quiet, relaxing bath. Filled with amazing scents and goodies. I wish there was a scratch and sniff on here so you could actually smell how amazing this basket is!

IMG_8399The Rose & Lavender bath salts and Rose milk bath are both made with dried organic rose petals, Epsom salts and essential oils.


There are two bars of organic rose scented soap that smell amazing, as well as a body brush and a body scrub.


There is a jar of dried organic rose petals for a few luxurious baths, just add to your water and indulge yourself.


A jar of Rose buds for a scented potpourri or maybe you would enjoy one of three rose scented wax melts instead.


While you are relaxing in the tub don’t forget about soft music playing in the background. I have added two of my favorite composers.

Handels The Messiah, and my personal favorite 😉 Kory and Austin’s Ballet Score of Snow White.


While the music is playing and the rose petals surround you in your scrumptious milk bath, treat yourself to delicious Lindor chocolate truffles, served on a rose plate.


After the bath, lather yourself in some silky body cream from The Gift Shop. It will leave yours skin truly feeling silky soft and the smell will make you happy.


The roll on persian rose scent will top off your extravagant spa evening.IMG_8410 Wrap yourself up in the soft white towel and dream about your next spa bath.

The Rose Spa Bath comes in a white iron basket.


This basket is valued at over $150


“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Mark 16:15

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Sneak Peek~Coming in May


“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!”
1 Chronicles 16:24

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American Girl Basket

In preparations for our summer Hungary mission trip, April and I have decided to do silent auctions over the span of 6 weeks. Every other week we will put out 2-4 baskets that our church family will bid on.

Next Sunday kicks off the basket auctions and my basket is filled with all things American girl. My precious friend Anne has added her expertise in the making and creating, as you will soon see, the most amazing American Girl clothing and accessories imaginable. I was completely blown away this morning when she handed me a box filled with her awesome treasures. Anne gave the best of herself for our trip and I was beyond thrilled with her contributions.

I will start with Anne’s creations. I promise you that you will want to take up girlhood once again when you see what she has done. I do confess that I had the best time dressing up my doll* and doing this photo shoot, but shhhhh, our little secret.


Now what little girl would not want to spend time cooking with her American girl doll?  This wonderful set also includes an oven mitt, bowl, cookie cutter, grater and tea towels.


Next comes the softest, most snuggly pajama and robe set. The robe is white minky fabric and is super yummy! Does this come in my size Anne?


Summer is upon us, and who wouldn’t want to own this awesome short set with the most adorable white sneakers?


This awesome sun dress comes with a matching headband and the coolest sun shades framed with diamonds. The purse is adorned with sequins across the front and is the perfect accessory to this little set.


Can I just say bravo to Anne! Each of these outfits are amazing and the hand work is exquisite!

Also in the basket comes a few knitted pieces and some of my own hand sewing work.


The pink knitted dress and sweater are 100% wool and will keep your American girl doll warm on the chilliest of nights.


Also on the knitting side of things is a pleated knitted jumper, with a sewn white cotton shirt. Topped of with a matching knitted beret.


Let’s journey back to the colonial days with Felicity, with this 5-piece colonial dress and under garments.


In the days of American girl doll Kit, a simple little dress is the perfect outfit to search out the perfect story for the newspaper.


Smocked baby doll pajamas for a summer night, but just in case it gets a little nippy you can cover your American girl up with a pieced quilt and a minky pillow.


To top off this American girl basket there is a Kit book and 4 movies; Kit Kitridge, Samantha, Molly and Felicity.


This basket is valued at nearly $400

*Doll not included

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Mark 16:15

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