Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hankies Shirts Baby Booties

Time has slipped by and we've been busy with the Advance Class.
The students have been busy with their hankies and making buttonholes,
and some have finish that and moved on to making a shirt that fits themselves. 
I think that it is important that they do that in order to make a shirt for someone else.
This is Donata with her new machine she purchased. She will be using it in the Advanced Class to be sure it's working well when she takes it home.
This is Delphine - same situation.
Never yet got a picture of Teddy with her machine yet, she also is taking the Advanced Class.
Ironing the hankies.
Doing the buttonhole stitch.
Smiles from everyone.
1st hankies, well some of them we have 21 students, with 4 buttonholes on each side.
Some are doing a great job, while others just need more practice.
Eppy's shirt she made for her son Emmy. This is what the students will be doing next.
Material we bought at the market for the ladies to buy from us. 1500RWF = $2.50 for one piece. One piece is about 2 yds.

So they look, and then buy, or run up an IOU they pay later.
Then they measure, mark and cut.
Meanwhile, I mark the hankies. Each student has to do two hankies.
Peter holding Edith, one of the student's baby, too small to leave at home.
Big sister there to help mom when needed.
We ride the motos every morning to work, and the last month or more we've been taking the ditch, because of the trench they dug for run-off.  Monday, Dec. 15th, they had a bridge built.
Wow was that nice. And I was just getting comfortable with the ditch too!
So on weekends, when I have an extra hour or two, 
I've been knitting baby booties for little gifts for babies. 
Got a few pairs done now.
Little Sophia got her's before I remembered to take a picture of the booties.
 Alphonsine has been harvesting the beans. Papa Wayla helps too when he gets to our place.
As you can see, so does Sheila!
We planted papaya, well threw some seeds on the ground.
Looks like we will get some plants. You need to have a female and male plant or one that is both!
The garden - we are still getting rains.
The carrots did well this year for the first time.
The garden, carrots, kale, sunflower, lemon grass.
Cabbage is good too.
 Well, that brings me up to date!
We are taking a two week break to relax,
and do a few things that just don't get done during the work week or weekends.
We let Alphonsine and Papa Wayla off for a week,
Dec. 20th to the 26th. It's nice to have Sheila here guarding.
We will go to Kigali for the week of New Year's and end with another visit to the doc.
I'm sure the time will go by quickly.
Can't believe another year is just about gone.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary!

(Psst, next time I say I want to take a nice picture, put on you 'happy' face!)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday!

First Ever Advanced Class

Well, I thought we were ready on Monday for the Advanced Class.
Some didn't show and others were told they could come in the afternoon instead of in the morning, but the afternoon is full. 
Others thought they'd like to have the cost of the course cheaper. 
When explained that they will likely break needles and other parts and etc, etc,  - breaking it down to show them they are paying 100 RWF a day for the course  - they agreed! 
3000 RWF for 6 weeks.
Some wanted to learn other things than a collared button up shirt and pants - which is the most important part of learning to sew - uniforms are big here! 
So after the long discussion in the morning about all that and other things too, we got started on the hanky they have to iron, sew and hand sew the buttonhole stitch on. 
I think they enjoyed (I'm sure they did) 
the free 12 inch square white cloth, 
a free half used spool of colored thread from Canada, 
and a free hand needle to help make the hanky with buttonholes worked in it. 
We had one mom who couldn't get a sitter, so we had Edith in the PM class. 
Other than some not showing "because they didn't know it started on Monday" or other reasons, 
we did okay! 
Here's a look at the first day of advanced class!
Oh sorry the peppers first.
The Bird Pepper plant in the yard was full.
Had to pick some for the beans tonight.
AM Advanced Class at the irons.
Ironing a 1 inch hem, then they meter the corners.
In the afternoon Edith joined us, what a cutie!
"Where's everybody?"
"At the ironing boards!" PM Class
13 machines make for a tight working space.
 Looking forward to the next 6 weeks of classes. 
(Well we are taking a 2 week break at Christmas and New Years, 
so the course will go till the end of January.)

God has blessed us with students that are eager to learn!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sewing Parcels Visiting Farewells Market and Skype

It's been a busy week, and exciting!
Lots has happened.
Theo finished his pants and shirt. I'm happy with his skill, and eagerness to learn new ways!   

He also made another pair of pants.
(the above weren't meant to match so don't get too excited about it!)
We had two parcels come this week, this one took that longest to get here. We will be sowing the seeds in March.
 We attended a farewell for the Merrilds, they are going to Australia for Christmas. 
We made wreaths and Alphonsine got to meet Sophia, Christian & Anna's little one.
Have a Merry Christmas in Australia, Merrilds, we will miss you!
Alphonsine by our tree.
The maize is ready to eat - this cob is a meal in it self!
My shirt and pants.
Pelagie came to sign up for the Advance Class that starts Monday. She had her bag from Sue with her.
And her little one 'Edith' born in Aug.
The new Market - Thursday's are the big day, and very busy.
My second shirt and pants, and matching bag!
Today we visited with the First Baptist Church in Prince Albert, SK! 
Great to have shared with them and receive their blessing.
Merry Christmas to all of you!

We had graduates come this week to sign up and pay for the 'Advanced Class' we are giving.
It starts tomorrow and runs for 6 weeks with two weeks break at Christmas and New Years.
We will be teaching button up collared shirts, and pants.
They have to make the items to fit themselves.
They will be doing a hanky that will give them practice on making hand-stitched buttonholes.
Looking forward to seeing how they do, 
and excited about having previous students back in the classroom.

God has been good again!
We are ever grateful for His provisions and are blessed with many friends.