Wednesday, February 26, 2014

More Sewing

Life is never dull here. Something happens every day that I'd like to share on my blog, it just seems like I don't have time. But I had to take time for this!
When Leona and Liz were here, Liz taught a small bit about embroidery. Yesterday, one of the students had embroidered on a top she had just finished! I was very impressed and thought you'd like to see it.

A proud Pascasie
Margueritte
Margueritte
Rosene
Esther
Esther
Esther
Pascasie, another top with a bit of embroidery.
Theo, cutting out school uniforms, a job he has taken on along with teaching.
Epiphanie
 As you can see they are busy with a lot of items to make, shirts and blouses, skirts and pants, and dresses. The quality of their sewing has improved over the last weeks for some of the students. They have four weeks left before Graduation. We have a total of 10 students and it is looking like all of them will graduate!

Production is finishing up this week so that I can concentrate on specific details with the students. Production has made over 500 items for sale, aprons, hot pads, assorted bags, and they have done very well.

 Counting down the days and getting things ready for our departure - 7 weeks till we land in USA, our first stop.

God has been faithful in supplying everything that we have needed for our time here. And He is continuing to work in our lives as we close things up for the 4 to 5 months we will be gone.
Please continue to pray for us and with us as we prepare for the next few months.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

This Week's Highlights

Lots happens in a week. Last post was last Saturday.
The weeks seem to be long, but when I look back at all we've done, 
well that answers why the week seems long.
The Students are busy with notes for a new blouse pattern, or sewing it.
Eppy
Claudine
Latifa
Epiphanie
Floratine
Esther
Pascasie
Shemusa
Margueritte
 Production is busy with sewing items Peter has ready for them.

Providence
Delphine
Pelagie
Donata
Todoziya
Violet
Anne Marie
Teddy
Peter
Theo
 Theo has taken on sewing uniforms in his spare time during the day.
He asked us to buy two bolts of cloth for the uniforms and to take it off his pay. 
He will be busy with that when not teaching and being there for the students.
Peter is busy cutting for the ones in Production.
We have 2 to 3 come in the morning, and 6 to 8 come in the afternoon.

And what do I do?
Well, I check all the work that the students sew. Telling them where they could improve and marking what they have finished. I am seeing some great sewers develop. That is very exciting. 
They have 1 1/2 months to improve on their skill. 
Also, when each one in production is finished an item, I check it over and give them a number to sew on what they have finished. As of right now, 2 sewers in production could buy a sewing machine, IF all of their items they have sewn were sold. Many more are very close to being in that same place. They are excited about that. 
It would be so cool if they could get those machines before we left for Canada, but that would mean we would have to have them all sold before we left.

Today, Saturday, was another baking day in the outdoor oven.
Alphonsine has cleaned the garden up getting it ready to plant maize and beans,
which will be in the next couple of weeks.
Ovens getting heated.
Devil's food cake on the menu.
no eggbeater.
Bread dough for bread, pizza, and cinnamon buns.
Pizza sauce
Toppings, along with pineapple, and green pepper and cheese.
The cake turned out great despite it being unlevel.
the cheese
First the sauce.
Pizza for Peter
Pizza for me.
The cake was very good with tea, while we waited for the buns, bread and pizza to cook.
These will go to the school on Monday. Give them a taste of what our oven is capable of doing!
the bread.
LATEST NEWS!!!
One of our young hens just laid her first egg today while we were baking.
This hen is one of the chicks from our first hens we had.
 
Two months from today we will be flying.
Can't believe that twenty and a half months have gone by already!

Praising God again for His protection over us, and our families in Canada, and the USA.
Also for giving us strength each day for the work He has for us here.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Production is making

A = Large Bag
B = Shoulder bag
C = Strap Bag
C = Strap Bag
D = Makeup Bags
E = cash Wallet
E = cash Wallet can have 2 or 4 or 6 or 8 zipper pockets
F = triangle Pyramid bag
G = Box bag
H = Hot pad
I = Apron (not all as shown)
Alphonsine did great in modeling for me! Love that girl! God bless her!