Friday, January 28, 2011


I have like the word RENEW for a long time.  Back when I had my antique booth I "named" it {ReNew}.  I also blogged a little bit about it here.  Well, this year I have been hearing a lot about people picking a word for the year.  Something with meaning.  Something to focus on for the entire year.  I really hadn't planned to pick a word for myself.  Kind of like resolutions, I figured I would soon forget about it and feel like I had failed. 

But RENEW just kept coming back to me and I had to admit there might be a reason.  My mind needs renewed so that I can focus on joy and not sadness.  My body needs renewed.  Boy does it ever!  And most importantly my spirit needs constant renewal.  I'm going to do my best to focus on ways to RENEW throughout the year.  I even bought this charm as a visual reminder. I love it!

Something else that needing renewing was my ancient Bible cover.  It was a high school graduation present and was looking just a bit dated.  I decided to embellish a small canvas tote bag to carry my Bible in.  This was a fun project.

I really didn't have any plans when I started.  I just went through my "stash" and found some things to work with.  I believe butterflies are a beautiful example of renewal.  The one above was taken off of an old, battered pillowcase.  I left the top of the teal fabric unstitched to form a large pocket.
Isaiah 40:31 has long been a favorite verse of mine.  "....but those who hope in the Lord will RENEW their strength."
Here is the other side.The stitching is far from perfect, but I enjoyed working with my hands to create this.
There is my word again!

No project is complete without a few vintage buttons.

This butterfly is especially meaningful because it is one that my Grandma made many years ago.

The quilt block was from a thrifted bag of fabric.  It makes another nice pocket.
I love this piece of an old collar.  Again, I left the top opened to form a small pocket for a pen, pencil and highlighter.

And with that I am out of time.  Sorry to end this post abruptly, but I need to go get kiddos from school.  Then I am off to a women's retreat with some gals from church.  Looking forward to some good RENEWal there!

{"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."  Romans 12:1-2}


Don and Dixie said...

We all need Renewal in our lives. So glad you are getting to enjoy a ladies retreat. Can make a big difference in our lives.

Heidi said...

I love your word. I love your tote, too! So many wonderful details. I hope you got a little "renewal" at your ladies' retreat. Oh, and the charm you bought is lovely, I checked it out!
Hugs, Heidi

Miss G said...

very fun! Renewal is good! Kelly

Stacey. said...

Renewal is fitting for you! Love this post.... With Renewal comes HOPE! We still go together, my friend.... even through words, and even long distance. {hugs}