A spoonful of sugar …

… helps the medicine go down.

Or in this case a spoonful of {sewing for Blog} Sugar helps the medicine {not getting to go} go down.

I SO wanted to attend Blog Sugar. My heart was there and knew that this would be a ‘perfect’ first blog conference/event for little ol’ me. However as much as my heart knew I would get along well there, I didn’t feel a peace about it. Some things are just not the right timing or the right season. I get this, really I do, I think that God’s primary works in me the last 7 years have been patience and trust.

So you know what He dropped in my lap instead? The gift of creating speaker gifts for the wonderful, amazing, lovely women who would be sharing their hearts at Blog Sugar. I was so touched when Rachel contacted me and knew that this would be such a blessing for me and I prayed a blessing to each of these ladies as well.

I started first by trying to get a feel for those women {and blogs} I wasn’t as familiar with so that their gift would be as unique to them as I could make it. I looked at their style, their color choices, I read their words to try to get to know them. Then I started to plan and create and sew. I prayed for each of them as I put created their gift. I prayed for peace, for strength, for good health … but most of all for *just the right words* that the attendees needed to hear. To fill them up.

This is what I came up with::

Rachel {No. 17}

Andrea {Four Flights of Fancy}

Heather {Life Made Lovely}

Jeannette {Life re-Arranged}

Jen {The Blah Blah Blahger}

Julie {Joy’s Hope}

Laura {Ascot Friday}

Lindsey {The Pleated Poppy}

Maggie {Gussy Sews}

Meg {whatever}

Nish {The Outdoor Wife}

Sarah {Sarah Markley

Thank you Rachel for allowing me to ‘taste’ a bit of Blog Sugar. I’ll be praying my way to next years event!!

Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

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  1. I love these. Did you come up with the ideas yourself. So creative.

  2. I’m sorry you didn’t get to go :(
    but I read alot of these bloggers and your gift designs were spot on for each of them! love!

  3. What a wonderful job you did on these gifts! I love them and I am sure that the speakers love them as well! I’m sorry that you were not able to go to the conference. I can relate to your disappointment. I see these great get-togethers and feel a bit wistful about the fact that attending one is not an option for me right now, Maybe someday it will be. Thank you for sharing these pretties!

  4. These are gorgeous! They’re so individual and yet have a uniformity. LOVE them.

  5. It’s hanging next to my desk! :)

  6. Andrea, these are so beautiful and lovingly made. Your heart is so big, and your spirit is so bright!

  7. Gorgeous!

  8. Andrea, your talent and creativity is astounding. I love my hoop and will send you a picture of where mine’s hanging when I get home :)

  9. I look at it each day.
    Thank you for being a part of this special day.
    Next time in REAL LIFE!

  10. Oh Andrea, these are amazing!!!!!!!! Unless I missed a post on these somewhere Im sad that this is the only publicity these’ve been given. Each one is a true work of art.
    Its totally possible that Ive just missed them somehow as I havent had a ton of time to be blogging and reading blogs with my new teaching job.
    But I was at BlogSugar and kept thinking you were going to be there. I wish we could’ve met in person but I totally understand(and honor and appreciate your decision). Your obedience to God’s timing is admirable! Maybe next year?:)

  11. These are amazing!

  12. Andrea, these are SO gorgeous! You did an amazing job, and they definitely seem well suited to each of the speakers. :)

    I absolutely adore the hoop art you made for me; it’s in our bedroom now!

  13. Anonymous says:

    These are absolutely the cutest sweetest gifts I’ve seen in a LONG time !!! I want to make every one of them !! Thanks so much for such an inspirational post !!

  14. Judi S. says:

    Just posted but clicked anonymous by mistake — Itwillallworkout !!

  15. I know this post is almost two years old, but I love what you’ve done with hoop art! I wanted to tell you that I’ve included this post in a round-up on my blog today. Come check it out: http://hotcommodityhome.blogspot.com

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