Hello everyone! Today is a BEAUTIFUL day! When I woke up this morning, I had to make a quick decision. I had to decide whether I would receive today with gratitude and peace, or with an unappreciative heart. You see, yesterday I was faced with a rather disappointing situation that threatened to rob me of my peace. While I was able to be at peace about it yesterday, this morning was a different story, and I found myself wanting to sink into the darkness of negative thinking. The only way for me to pull myself out of this was to “not” rely on my own strength. I needed help. I wanted to be angry, so I had to call on my only source of peace – God. I prayed for God to “pull me out” of my funk and usher me into a place where I could hear from Him and learn from this situation. As usual, He reminded me that everything under the sun has purpose – even my disappointments. He reminded me that my joy is in Him, not my circumstances. You won’t believe what He did next. He caused a dear friend of mine, who knows nothing about my situation, to send me a text message saying this: “I pray God wraps you up tightly in His warm blanket of love today and whispers sweet words of affirmation and comfort today. (Belladonna)” Ha! His timing! That’s how much He loves me. I can’t change anything that has happened, but I sure can decide how I respond to it. I choose today to be grateful and have peace in my heart.
Sweater Knit Flounce Top & Leggings
As I celebrate the gift of “today,” I share with you this gorgeous Sweater Knit Flounce Top & Leggings. Did I tell you that I love sweater knit fabric? It’s so soft and comfortable to wear. I used two different patterns to create this look (details below). For the top I wanted a fitted look, so I cut a smaller size and decreased the waist. Another option would be to use a fitted shirt pattern and just attach the flounce. Originally, I had planned on making ankle-length leggings, but due to a little mishap, I decided to go with a calf-length. I’m so glad I did because these shoes really completed the outfit, and I couldn’t have worn them with longer leggings. Let me tell you, when I put the shoes on and stepped in front of the mirror, my mistake became a celebration honey. I like to dance in the mirror when I try on a piece I’ve made that looks amazing. Needless to say, I had a little party going on. I crocheted the wristlet purse about 2 years ago and it’s perfect for this look.
After the photo shoot, my husband and I stopped at our local market to pick up a few things for dinner, so I threw on a pair of flats to be comfortable, and I received several compliments from ladies in the store. So, yes, this little number is fabulous either dressed up or down. If you don’t know how to sew already, just imagine all the lovely 2-Piece ensembles you can make for yourself when you learn to sew. Join me in the free “Sewing Course for Beginners,” coming this spring.
Create The Look!
- Pattern (Top) – Vogue 8745 – View C (with 3/4 sleeve)
- Pattern (Leggings) – McCall’s 7293-View F
- Fabric – similar Sweater Knit
- Lining – Jet Set Knit
- Shoes – Steve Madden RAELA
- Wristlet – Handmade by Me
What About You?
How do you deal with disappointments? How do you recover from your mistakes? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you. We all have to face disappointments and we all make mistakes. It is attitude, whether good or bad, which determines; our recovery time, the lessons learned, and our ability to bless someone else from our experience.
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Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that you SHINE!
All Photos Courtesy of CEMO!