For today’s “Throwback Thursday”, I chose a blog article from February of 2007. Since it was Christmas themed, I thought it would be a good post for today.
Along with many Christian women, I have a desire to fill the shoes of Mrs. Proverbs 31. While I know that in this day and age it is almost impossible to achieve, it is still the desire of my heart, and I believe the Lord blesses my attempts – both successful and unsuccessful.
This year for Christmas, I decided that I was going to make all of my gifts by hand. There is something magical about receiving a gift that was made for you by someone. It’s nice to know that they took the time to create something just for you, and didn’t simply go out and purchase the nearest item. Since I love to craft, I just knew that this would be a wonderful idea!
A dear friend of mine had mentioned that she couldn’t find her family’s stockings, so this was the perfect opportunity to put my womanly skills to the test. My husband had just purchased a sewing machine for me, and I was so excited to start my project! The fact that I had no sewing skills or lessons didn’t deter me one bit.
“She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.” ~ Proverbs 31:13 (NIV)
Monday: Ok, so I didn’t actually select wool and flax, but I did spend hours scouring the thrift stores for just the right blue jeans, making sure there were no holes or stains, and that they would be large enough to cut out a whole stocking. (This was harder than you may think.)
After washing them, I then set out on the task of creating a cardboard pattern. I traced one of our own stockings, and was very pleased with the result! Next came many hours of being sprawled out on the living room floor tracing my pattern onto the inside of the jeans and then cutting them out one by one. With back aching and blue jean fuzzies covering the floor, I decided to call it a night.
Tuesday: My excitement renewed, I set about the task of pinning my stockings together. Around 3:00 in the afternoon, my fingers were throbbing from pinpricks. Maybe it was time to start thinking about dinner for the family. I set my stockings aside.
After my son was in bed, I picked up the remaining stockings and set about my work once again. By 1:30 in the morning, I had all my stockings pinned to my satisfaction and looked forward to the actual sewing process the next day. The hard part was over, right?
Wednesday: With 3 large mugs of coffee in my system, I am ready to start sewing my gifts of love. I eagerly pull out my sewing machine and set it up on the kitchen table. I find the package of needles and insert one skillfully according to the directions. Piece of cake! This was going to be even easier than I thought.
I move on to the next step – winding my bobbin. Wait a minute … I don’t have any thread that will match my jeans! I considered using a bright red thread, but after doing a test run on a spare piece of denim, I realize this is not a good idea. Off to the sewing shop I go. Who could have known there were so many shades of blue? I decide to use an invisible thread. That will definitely be my best option.
Thursday: The thing I discovered about invisible thread is that it is almost like fishing line. It does not sew like normal thread. After cutting out many masses of tangled thread from under my sewing foot (and one bent needle), I know I need to make another trip to the sewing store.
Friday: How many of these stockings did I promise to make? 5? You’ve got to be kidding me. Lord, why must this be so difficult? A sewing machine is not a nuclear reactor for crying out loud. My holiday cheer is fast fading.
Saturday: Among a table full of failed attempts, I look at the one stocking that turned out beautifully. The glitter sparkled just right, and the name was written just so. Maybe that was the solution. They will never know it was held together by fabric glue, and not sewn, right?
Christmas Day: My friend sure loved the gift basket I put together for her!
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” ~ Proverbs 31:25 (NIV)