Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Lost Art of Letter Writing


In today's society of e-mail, text and the like, writing letters really has become a lost art. Recently I read a devotional by Dr. David Jeremiah from his book "Discovery" that I really enjoyed and thought I would share it!
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"Paul.... to all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints." Romans 1:1, 7

It's no accident that God chose the written form of epistles or letters to convey the teachings of the Christen life to the earliest believers. Paul, Peter, John, Jude and others wrote personal letters to churches and individuals, and this body of correspondence makes up the richest source of our understanding of the Christian way and walk. Paul could have compiled volumes of sermons or books of systematic teachings. But instead the LORD lead him to use the medium of letter writing to leave a lasting legacy for all of Christian history. Letters are personal, readable, informal, enduring, and quotable.

Though our correspondence isn't inspired in the scriptural sense, don't underestimate the power of the written note. It's easy to pat someone on the back and say, "Good job." We need to fequently do that. But there is great value in taking the time to write encouraging words. They are durable and distance-proof.

Rediscover the lost art of letter writing.

Letter writing, in its ideal form, is really nothing else but indirect conversation. C.H. Charles

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May you have a blessed weekend!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Facebook and New Items

Recently we set up a Facebook page for our business to help customers stay up to date with new items we are sewing. We are trying to add more items to our "Ready to Ship" section on our Etsy page. And as we add new items we will include a link on our Facebook page. You can check out our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/TaylorsScarletThread



We have added some lovely new pioneer dresses:


As well as some adorable lederhosen:



We also have some lovely summer dresses "Ready to Ship" that are also available for customer ordering:


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Free Jumper and Dress

We are offering a jumper and baby dress today for free. Please just email us, or comment on this post. The first to ask will receive the dress requested. As dresses are taken I will make an addition to this post to let everyone know which dresses are still available.

 * Jumper is no longer available.
The jumper above is a size 6/7. The length from shoulder to hem is 35" and the finished chest measurement is 30".
*Baby dress no longer available.
This baby dress is a size 12 months. The finished length from shoulder to hem is 18".

We look forward to hearing from anyone interested in these items. : )

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Thy Word is Like a Garden Lord



"Thy Word is Like a Garden Lord"

Thy Word is like a garden, Lord, with flowers bright and fair;
And everyone who seeks may pluck a lovely cluster there.
Thy Word is like a deep, deep mine; and jewels rich and rare
Are hidden in its mighty depths for every searcher there.

Thy Word is like a starry host: a thousand rays of light
Are seen to guide the traveler and make his pathway bright.
Thy Word is like an armory, where soldiers may repair;
And find, for life’s long battle day, all needful weapons there.

Oh, may I love Thy precious Word, may I explore the mine,
May I its fragrant flowers glean, may light upon me shine!
Oh, may I find my armor there! Thy Word my trusty sword,
I’ll learn to fight with every foe the battle of the Lord.

-Edwin Hodder (1863)

"Your Words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart."  Jeremiah 15:16

"As for God His way is perfect; The Word of the LORD is proven: He is a shield to all who trust in Him." Psalm 18;30

"Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Ephesian 6:17

"Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119: 105

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria"



"How do you solve a problem like Maria?" A problem?

If she only knew-- Maria von Trapp’s life continues to be a blessing to countless people around the world. Her beautiful life story still brings joy and pleasure to many through dance productions and plays, as well as providing our family with sewing opportunities! The rippling effect of one life lived for God is amazing. We have always been inspired by the creativity and imagination of Maria von Trapp and her family; their beautiful music, self-sufficient life style, and their way of dress.

Over the years we have enjoyed sewing clothes that have a European flair. A couple of years ago we began selling a dress that we named in honor of Maria von Trapp- Maria’s Austrian Floral Dress. Since first introducing this dress we have sewn several for different heritage days events, Oktoberfest and even school productions of “The Sound of Music”.

This past December we were contacted by a dance studio with a request to sew 19 of our Maria’s Austrian dresses, 19 pairs of bloomers and two lederhosen with shirt sets. The dance studio was planning to perform a dance production to the music from “The Sound of Music”. We were thrilled with the opportunity!

We had never created lederhosen before but it was something we had wanted to sew for quite some time. My mother sewed a prototype, with great success! Then she moved on to sewing the two sets for the dance studio. I thought they turned out really well. As a side note- we will soon be offering lederhosen in our Etsy shop.

My mother did the majority of sewing, but my sister and I helped out by sewing all of the bloomers. Yesterday, as we finished up the last of the order, we listened to the soundtrack from “The Sound of Music” and imagined how sweet all 21 children will look dancing to the beautiful music! We are so grateful that the LORD blessed us with this opportunity and for the beautiful life example of Maria von Trapp.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

"Silent Night"


It was Christmas Eve in the Austrian Alps. At the newly constructed Church of St. Nicholas in Oberndorf, a Tyrol village near Salzburg, Father Joseph Mohr prepared for the midnight service. He was distraught because the church organ was broken, ruining prospects for that evening’s carefully planned music. But Father Joseph was about to learn that our problems are God’s opportunities, that the LORD causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him. It came into Father Joseph’s mind to write a new song, one that could be sung without the organ. Hastily, he wrote the words, “Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright…” Taking the text to his organist Franz Gruber, he explained the situation and asked Franz to compose a simple tune.

That night, December 24, 1818, “Silent Night” was sung for the first time as a duet accompanied by a guitar at the aptly named Church of St. Nicholas in Oberdorf.

Shortly afterward, as Karl Mauracher came to repair the organ, he heard about the near-disaster on Christmas Eve. Acquiring a copy of the text and tune, he spread the hymn throughout the Alpine region of Austria, referring to it as “Trioler Volkslied.”

The song came to the attention of the Strasser family, makers of chamois-skin gloves. To drum up business at various fairs and festivals, the four Strasser children would sing in front of their parents’ booth. Like the Von Trapp children a century later, they became popular folk singers throughout the Alps.

When the children- Caroline, Joseph, Andreas, and Amalie- began singing “Trioler Volkslied” at their performances, audiences were charmed. It seemed perfect for the snow-clad region and perfect for the Christian heart. “Silent Night” even came to the attention of the king and queen, and the Strasser children were asked to give a royal performance, assuring the carol’s fame.

“Silent Night” was first published for the congregational singing in 1838 in the German hymnbook Katholisches Gesang- und Gebetbuch fur den offentlichen and hauslichen Gottesdienst zunachst zum Gebrauche der katholischen Gereinden im Konigreiche Sachsen. It was used in America by German-speaking congregations, then appeared in its current English form in a book of Sunday school songs in 1863.

Were in not for a broken organ, there never would have been a “Silent Night.”

From “Come Let Us Adore Him” by Robert J. Morgan

Dress shown above is now available through our Etsy shop.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Classic Literature and Doll Clothes


Throughout our homeschool years my mother always instilled in us a love of classic literature and history. I remember many cozy evenings when we would all gather together and mom would read aloud. The stories made history come alive, and to this day I love reading historical fiction.

When I was twelve I read “Little Women” for the first time. I was completely enthralled and could not put the book down. Not only was “Little Women” an enjoyable story it was a story of real life challenges- as relevant today as when first written. I guess that is something I really appreciate about classic literature. Authors seemed to be able to weave character building qualities into each of their wonderful stories.




Looking back I can see just how important it is to introduce children to classics. As youngsters are not always able to read a classic book on their own, a great introduction is to read a book aloud together as a family; and for the little girl in your family perhaps a doll outfit would help make that story come alive.

My mother, sisters and I have had fun finding vintage books and sewing a new line of doll clothes inspired by classic books. Please be sure to check them out here.