Lexi Made
03. 19. 2016

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The Work of Creation

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.

Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.

Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty—and I am not talking about the process of cleaning the rooms of your teenage children.

You might say, “I’m not the creative type. When I sing, I’m always half a tone above or below the note. I cannot draw a line without a ruler. And the only practical use for my homemade bread is as a paperweight or as a doorstop.”

If that is how you feel, think again, and remember that you are spirit daughters of the most creative Being in the universe. Isn’t it remarkable to think that your very spirits are fashioned by an endlessly creative and eternally compassionate God? Think about it—your spirit body is a masterpiece, created with a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination.

But to what end were we created? We were created with the express purpose and potential of experiencing a fulness of joy. Our birthright—and the purpose of our great voyage on this earth—is to seek and experience eternal happiness. One of the ways we find this is by creating things.

If you are a mother, you participate with God in His work of creation—not only by providing physical bodies for your children but also by teaching and nurturing them. If you are not a mother now, the creative talents you develop will prepare you for that day, in this life or the next.

You may think you don’t have talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us. The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.

What you create doesn’t have to be perfect. So what if the eggs are greasy or the toast is burned? Don’t let fear of failure discourage you. Don’t let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside.

If you still feel incapable of creating, start small. Try to see how many smiles you can create, write a letter of appreciation, learn a new skill, identify a space and beautify it.

Nearly a century and a half ago, President Brigham Young spoke to the Saints of his day. “There is a great work for the Saints to do,” he said. “Progress, and improve upon and make beautiful everything around you. Cultivate the earth, and cultivate your minds. Build cities, adorn your habitations, make gardens, orchards, and vineyards, and render the earth so pleasant that when you look upon your labors you may do so with pleasure, and that angels may delight to come and visit your beautiful locations. In the mean time continually seek to adorn your minds with all the graces of the Spirit of Christ.”

The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create. That is your opportunity in this life and your destiny in the life to come. Sisters, trust and rely on the Spirit. As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you.”

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/happiness-your-heritage?lang=eng

02. 24. 2016

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07. 16. 2014

When Kelly of Sewing in No Man’s Land asked if I wanted to participate in her Summer in Paris series I said yes right away but I honestly had no idea about Paris style and fashion.  I loved following her Instagram account of all of her travels in Paris so I knew I wanted to learn more about their children’s fashion.  Thanks to my friend Celina of Petit a Petit and Family I discovered the French children’s clothing brand Bonpoint.

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I immediately fell in love with everything I saw and knew I wanted to draw my inspiration for my Paris look from their summer 2014 collection.  I love the flowy tops and dresses and the flower head pieces and the soft colors.   Hopefully what I came up with represents French children’s fashion.  If it doesn’t, well, I love what I came up with anyway and my girls will get lot’s of use out of their new outfits.

Bonpoint inspired French children's fashion by Lexi Made

06. 17. 2014

Elegance and Elephants Bohemian Baby Doll Dress sewn by Lexi Made

I made the Bohemian Baby Doll dress by Elegance and Elephants over the weekend and at first I thought my fabric choices were just way too busy looking but once I got the dress on my daughter and took a look a the photos I am sort of in love!  This dress pattern was such a breeze to sew and the finished look is just perfect.  Heidi from E&E really knows how to produce amazing patterns.  One of my favorite patterns of hers is the Ruffle Top.  I also just made a pair of Bubble Pocket Shorts over the weekend.  We love her Fedora pattern over here too.  Basically, we love all of her patterns and this latest pattern is no disappointment.

06. 12. 2014

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Today I am sharing a tutorial for a subtle high low drop waist sundress I made for my daughter for part of the 30 Days of Sundresses series hosted by Melly Sews.  This is a super simple dress made for woven fabrics.  I used a lightweight peach skin fabric from Girl Charlee.  It was the perfect fabric for this project.