Amazing Grace by Judy S.

We have a treat for you today!  Today’s post is the first from Judy!!!!!  I had asked her to write about Grace for us back during Easter and I am just now getting it posted, totally my fault.  Hopefully I can convince her to do a bi monthly posting.  I know she has lots of wisdom and important insights.  So here we go…

I love Philosophy’s fragrance Amazing Grace.  On the bottle their definition of grace is, “in the end, it all comes down to one word, grace.”  On their candle it says, “when the road seems dark, grace is your light source.  It is a beacon that illuminates the way and leads you towards brighter days.  Grace will light the way.”  I believe both these to be true.

As a child growing up in the small conservative Churches of Christ that we attended throughout Kentucky and Tennessee, I didn’t hear the word “grace” very often.  When I did, it was usually referred to as the “grace only” doctrine that the Methodists believed.  So , what I heard was that “grace” was not something that we needed to be concerned about.

My journey of learning and understanding about grace began when I entered into a treatment center for alcoholism in 1980.  Up until then, to quote the words of Karen Casey, “because I didn’t understand the source of all grace and love, I had turned to men first, and then to alcohol and drugs, where I found an even deeper level of despair.”  As a child of five, and continuing until my teens, I had been sexually and physically abused resulting in addictive behaviors that kept me participating in my own abuse.

I began attending a church in 1984 where the preacher, Rubel Shelly, preached weekly on grace while combining the ideas of 12 Steps of Recovery.  Sunday after Sunday, as I absorbed his words, grace became a living and breathing part of my life and my idea of God changed from a harsh judge to a loving father.

In the story of the prodigal son, the father is seen as running toward the son.  That to me is Grace.  Today I am covered by the blood of my Savior, Jesus Christ.  He takes my pain, my shame, my fears, and in place gives me unconditional love, joy, serenity, courage and wisdom.

Max Lucado says, “A man is never the same after he simultaneously sees his utter despair and Christ’s unbending grace.” And I have never been the same since seeing the light of our Father’s amazing grace.


Announcing the Fairview Missions Market

Hear ye Hear ye


She’s Sew Crazy Studios will be at the first ever Fairview Missions Market on June 26 & 27 at the Fairview Church in Lebanon, Tennessee.  And I can’t wait.  I happen to know some of the ladies involved in hosting this event and I am confident it will be as lovely as they are, not to mention the proceeds of the show go to support the church’s missionary work abroad.  Sounds like a win-win to me.

For all the details click here for their Facebook page.

If you are local why won’t you come see us?  We would love to hug your neck and talk you into buying something!  Plus I know they are going to have a food truck to two around and the shopping will be fabulous.

Our booth colors are going to be lavender and mint inspired by this gorgeous mood board I found on Pinterest.

Mint & Lavender Mood Board

Here’s a taste

Mint Pillow

As my Daddy used to say, “Y’all come back when you can stay a while.” Morgan ♥♥♥

Moments From May and a New Item

May is the second busiest time of the year for our family, next to Christmas. We have several birthdays in May as well as all the end of school activities. Awana shuts down for the summer and the process of opening up the swimming pool begins.  We have had lots of good news this May and hopefully some we will be able to share with you guys soon.

At the end of April my mom and I took our annual pilgrimage to Paducah, Kentucky for the yearly International Quilt Festival.  We shopped and ate and lingered in front of some of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen. Every year I am amazed and inspired by the quilt submissions from all over the world.  I snapped a few photos of some of my favorites.  For a complete list of the show’s winners go to American Quilter’s Society webpage.

IMG_3965 IMG_3968 IMG_3967 IMG_3966 IMG_3964 IMG_3963 IMG_3962 IMG_3960

We also bought lots of new materials and tools for sewing, plus a little fabric.  Here are some pics of what I brought home.

The Quilt Pounce- a new chalk based system for machine quilting designs. I love it!
The Quilt Pounce- a new chalk based system for machine quilting designs. I love it!
New black and white fabrics.
New black and white fabrics.
This color way is called fairies- a must buy for me.  This hand dyed ribbon and threads are made in Africa by women working to support their families.
This color way is called fairies- a must buy for me. This hand dyed ribbon and threads are made in Africa by women working to support their families.

Finally we have a new item to share today.  It is the first item from our new Heirloom Product Line and we are so very proud of it.

Heirloom Wedding Pillow
Heirloom Wedding Pillow
It is  a personalized Wedding Pillow, hand embroidered, and full of sumptuous details our creations are known from like vintage lace, repurposed linens, beading and patchwork quilting.

See the details here at its Etsy listing.  It is a perfect wedding gift even if you cannot attend the ceremony.  We will gift wrap it for you and direct ship it straight to the happy couple.

Did I mention May was busy???  I totally forgot we also did a brand new barn sale!  I have told you guys about January before, how she is awesome and creative and totally who I wanna be when I grow up.  Well she has gone and upped her street cred with a new successful Spring barn show called Garden & Goods located at the Cragfont Mansion in historic Castalian Springs, Tennessee.  The location was stunning and the vendors were top-notch.  January really knows her stuff and again produced a wonderful weekend of music, shopping and food.  Please go and check out January for yourselves at her website J. Alexander Home Designs and Facebook page and give her some love- she deserves it.

Here are some shots from our booth at the Garden & Goods Show.

Baby Onesies and Sachet
Baby Onesies and Sachet
New Set of burp cloths.
New Set of burp cloths.


New Friendship Sachet Set, Embroidered Candle Holders and Heart Sachet Gift.
New Friendship Sachet Set, Embroidered Candle Holders and Heart Sachet Gift.

My plans for June is to take some risks and try to maybe lose some weight!  We shall see about that.  We’ve got lots to share this summer.  We have added new booths to our schedule and are busy busy creating new items to fill those engagements.   I am currently updating the Etsy shops and hopefully very  soon will be able to share a new venue with you.  Until then, sew on my friends, sew on.   Morgan ♥♥♥

What If They Find Out?

So as you know I am a new blogger.  So far I really love blogging.  I love the writing, I love the planning process, and the interaction with readers, but there is a dark side to blogging too.  There is the doubt, the dread, the what ifs.  The what ifs start out as a shadow in the back of my mind and grow into a deep darkness of fear and then I won’t even look at the computer because I might have to acknowledge those fears and then… it has been two weeks since I wrote anything and then the fear has done its job and invites the guilt in to take over.

What am I so afraid of you ask?  Well it looks like this- What if they find out I am not so awesome as I make out to be?  (Duh.) What if they know that I am a crappy Christian most days?  What if they find out I have a mountain, literally a mountain of laundry undone and my life is not in the least bit in order?  What if they find out I have a past, a deep dark past, one I do not like to talk about?  What if they find out I cuss sometimes, ok a lot.  What if they find out I took my while family to see Furious 7 on Good Friday? SMH Or the really scary one-

What if they find out I am a sinner?  A really bad, double the darkness, still turning away from Jesus sinner?  Who am I to talk about Jesus or Grace or prayer when I AM NOT PERFECT.

That is how my fears go.  That is how The Enemy gets me.  He starts with a Who do you think you are? And then adds in a They are going to judge you- for good measure.

And these doubts apply to more than just blogging on spiritual issues.  Doubts creep into me in my art, in my parenting, in my marriage and friendships.  Like I shouldn’t call or message that person, they are really busy and who are I to bother them?  Or that is not an original idea , plus I can’t draw, so why even bother to create that painting that has been living in my mind for years now.  And on and on they go, keeping me from reaching out, stopping me from taking a chance, ending growth before it begins, and leaving no room at all for God to do any work with me or through me.  Sometimes these fears are just so heavy.

Jesus knew Satan and all his tricks.  He knew our doubts and fears would be heavy.  So he said,

Matthew 11:28
Matthew 11:28

So just for today I am going to give Jesus my blogging fears.  I am going to admit I say bad words sometimes, and that I am attracted to the world sometimes ( and Vin Diesel and The Rock!!!!!), and that sometimes my fears and doubts overwhelm me.  Just for today I am going to take the risk that Jesus really was who he said he was and believe him when he offers me protection and rest.  I am just going to put myself out there and Let Go and Let God do with it what He pleases.  Even if this never gets read, if it never reminds someone else that we are in it together, it has been an exercise in Faith, and that is enough.                   Morgan♥♥♥

Matthew 11:30
Matthew 11:30

Why can’t I have that?

Yesterday was one of those days. The kind where I got nothing done and was generally in a funk. Then the thoughts came creeping in; why can’t I have a nicer house? Why are my kids not perfect? Why can’t I have a career and more money and brighter teeth? Why can’t I spend my time the way I want to spend it?  So I called my sister and we commiserated for a while.  But I didn’t feel better afterwards, I was still in a funk.  I was still in the midst of my pity party.

I have found that anytime I start a sentence with why can’t I … it is a big red flag that I have left my gratitude at the door and entered into adult temper tantrum mode.  When I am focused on what I don’t have I can no longer see all that I do have.  All I have been blessed with that is above and beyond my basic needs being meet like housing, clean water, food, safety and income. But still it is so easy to get down into the why can’t I have’s…

The only solution to this funk is to get back to grateful.  Starting out with the basics, as mentioned earlier and then into the more specific like my health, that the flowers are blooming, that God is working in my life, and always back to Grace.

So once I acknowledged the fit I was throwing, I consciously asked God to lead me back to grateful and then my mood started to change, the funk went away and while my house was still the same, and I had not made any money in the last hour, or solved world peace and my teeth were the same shade of whatever, my attitude was different and my heart felt lighter.  That’s what gratitude can do.

Lord why can’t I stay grateful all the time?               Morgan ♥♥♥

View from the Farm
View from the Farm

YOLO Peanut Butter Pie

YOLO Peanut Butter Pie
YOLO Peanut Butter Pie


Pie 5

Here is the pie recipe I promised but first a word of caution.  This is not a normal pie.  It is not a refreshing summer Key Lime Pie.  It is not an oldie but goodie chocolate pie.  This is a YOLO pie.  (That means You Only Live Once in case you aren’t familiar)  This is a special occasion kinda pie.  It is a “I just got dumped and started my period on the same day” or a “We got a $5000.00 bill for junior’s braces and the transmission just went out” kinda pie.  Now understand I do NOT advocate  stress baking but I do indulge myself sometimes- just ask my butt & thighs!  In full disclosure—- I just ate the last piece of pie for breakfast, justified in my mind by the need for more article research of course.



So with those words of caution here is the recipe.


YOLO Peanut Butter Pie

-1 1 lb. peanut butter cookies like Nutter Butter Cookies
-1 stick unsalted butter- melted

-1 8 oz. cream cheese- room temperature
-1 14 oz. can sweeten condensed milk
-3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

-1 tub Cool Whip
-handful of mini peanut butter cookies or steal a few for the crust
-chocolate bar

1. Preheat oven to 275° . Melt butter in sauce pan on stove top. Crush peanut butter cookies. You want the crushed pieces to be fairly small in order to manipulate them better into a pie crust. I used a ziplock bag and a rolling-pin.
2. Empty crushed cookies into a large bowl and add melted butter. Mix together, use your hands.
3. Pour mixture into a non greased 9 inch pie plate. Pat firmly into pie plate completely covering the bottom and going up the sides. Try to form a uniform thickness throughout the crust. Cook in oven for 5-7 minutes. Take out of oven and let cool.
4. Mix together cream cheese and condensed milk on medium-low speed in a mixer until smooth. Stop mixer, wipe down sides of bowl and add peanut butter. Mix on medium speed until smooth about 1-2 minutes. Pour into pie crust and spread evenly. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight if needed.
5.When ready to serve add cool whip topping. I piped my cool whip by placing half of tub into a ziplock bag and clipping one corner to make a pastry bag. You can cover the entire surface of the pie if you please- no judgement here. I then added mini peanut butter cookies to edge of pie, again decorate as you please. If you have not already eaten the chocolate bar then use a hand-held grater to rain chocolate shavings all over top of pie. Slice and serve!



By the time I  began piping the cool whip and adding the chocolate shavings I had to employ security to guard the pie long enough to photograph it.  My 2-year-old already had his spoon ready. This pie is that good.  Please let me know how your baking goes.

(not responsible for calorie intake, jeans not fitting, or post gluttony guilt)  Morgan ♥♥♥