Sewing/Sowing For Life

A blog by Carla A. Robertson to encourage creativity, sewing and individual opportunities to serve.

The Journey Begins

December 1, 2016

Taking the time today to re-new my blogging journey. I had blogged in the past about my trips abroad to work with orphans and sewing programs overseas. Today marks the beginning of adding my 2 cents to the conversation about creativity and the role it plays in our lives. Sometimes I know it will seem totally random and other times you will experience my clear belief that creativity comes from God and He gives it as a gift to bless us so that we can bless others.

I get total joy from creating! It opens my mind to new solutions for old problems and I enjoy the journey because it gives me the freedom to think outside the box.

And so the journey begins.....

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Sewing/Sowing - Impact

December 8, 2016

Sewing and sowing is not a play on words. Its my life! Sewing is my gift and skill from God! Sowing is how I use the gift and skill to invest in others. I want God to know that I appreciate Him trusting me to use it for His glory. As I begin this blog I want to remind myself and others how precious and needed our gifts are to our families, communities and to the world. It only takes one person using their gifts for His Glory to change a life. That life multiplies and changes others and it keeps going and going and going.

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What Can I Sow Today

December 15, 2016

What Can I Sow Today

While at work I see that there are many opportunities to sow. Some one asks a question and I have the opportunity to help or to hinder. While most people are wary of sharing info that might give someone a leg up, I've found that's exactly where I shine. I love it when the "light comes on" in the mind of a student or client. It lets me know I am still sowing and it gives them to power to create their own dream.

What gift are you hiding by not helping? What life have you hindered by refusing to share?

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Intersection

December 22, 2016

It was the last Sunday in October and I was in Houston, TX at the International Quilt Market. I knew I would be missing a special sermon by my Pastor Dr. Tony Evans, but I knew getting a CD or DVD would take care of that. To my dismay I was unable to get the CD until after Christmas. This CD was part of our "Destiny" series.

After listening to the CD 5 times I was overwhelmed to realize that everything and I mean "everything" - be it people, circumstance, situations can all be looked at as significant "intersections" that determine the path to your destiny. Already 2014 has shown me that Jeremiah 29:11 is true to its core. "God has a plan for me" and now I get to see his hand in everything. Even when things seem disappointing they are leading to something else. I can embrace the changes or fight the very thing that has been put in place to propel me to my next step.

How do you look at circumstances? Do you only see the negative? Or can you see God's hand moving things around to get you to the next place He has for you?

Take a new look at the people, places and things you encounter and see if those " intersections" are really there to keep you on the path to your Destiny.

Carla A. Robertson

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Your Gift will Make Room For You

Originally posted May 12, 2014, December 29, 2016

So excited to share the trailer to our Resurrection Drama Production at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship.

Laterras R. Whitfield's the Greatest Doubt

As Leader of the Costume/Sewing Ministry I get to work with a wonderful group of creatives who use their gifts to tell HIS story.

This year was special as we had a Guest Writer/Director- Laterras R. Whitfield and Musical Guest Artists - Dalon Collins and Crystal Aikin.

When my mom taught me to sew at age 6 I'm sure she never saw stage production as my future. But God always knew the places it would take me, the people I would meet along the way and the things that would be created by my mind and hands to give Him back the glory He deserves. I am so thankful for her teaching me at an early age and then my parents together pouring into that gift with equipment and schooling to continuously take the gift to new levels. Now they get to experience with each garment made, each mission trip completed and each production they get to attend the growth of their little seedling. Thanks

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A Toy Sewing Machine

Originally posted May 12, 2014, December 29, 2016


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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Originally posted April 22, 2015, January 2, 2017

My co-founder at Dallas Designing Dreams is on a new journey - prostate cancer. The great thing that has happened is his willingness to record his journey for his YouTube channel. We laugh a lot in our studio but this has brought more laughter because of his perspective of the journey.

Imagine taking a medicine that makes you have hot flashes and now you you have to turn a fan on every few minutes to cool off your head. That image alone brings about laughter.

Laughter is a gift from God that we believe will be a healing agent on this journey. Take the time to see life as a gift and you will see and experience the humorous moments that help you get through each day.



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Your Gifts are not a Coincidence

January 9, 2017

It's amazing how God gifts each one of us with skills and abilities- natural and learned. 

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Dallas Designing Dreams 10th Anniversary

January 16, 2017

As we celebrate 10 years with Dallas Designing Dreams, I wanted to commemorate with photos of the board. Along with my co-founder Arthur Porter, Lance Peeler and Lillie Bills have helped our organization expand and grow without losing focus on our purpose. On our 10 Anniversary we celebrate our local and Global footprint to help others reach for dreams, put back together broken dreams and give experiences to those that society say don't have potential. We don't take for granted what God has put into our hands as a gift.

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Courage

May 25, 2017

Courage does not come because we are bold. It usually comes when we have the most fear, but decide to take a step anyway.


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Serving

May 26, 2017

In a few day I will embark on a new journey while serving in the field.  My hope is that I become more compassionate as a serve in another country. Its not my first time going but I going to a new place and serving in a different capacity. Fresh wind. Fresh Fire!

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Living Hope Christian Ministry- Operation Hope 2017

July 7, 2017

I recently served on a Medical mission in Nigeria. Everyday for 10 days I saw crowds gather to be served by a collaboration of American and Nigerian doctors, nurses, surgeons, optometrists, dentists and pharmacists. Imagine waiting a year to see the doctor and only getting days worth of meds and being satisfied. There were miracles  along the way too. The team from America was exceptional and put there best foot forward in serving those who do not have access to the most minimal of health care.

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#Ismyradaron

August 1, 2017

Everyday I'm aware that a situation can happen where I'm to show kindness, encouragement, a challenge to status quo, a change of heart/ mind.... my radar is on!

Just yesterday when leaving work I had a box of fabric to put in my car that had no specific purpose but it needed to leave the studio. I stop at the fabric store to pick up something for a client. While waiting at the cutting table a man came in asking if they had a bag of scraps. They pointed him to their remnant section but he seemed to be looking for something different. My radar said ask him why he needs scraps. His little girl was into cutting and she was aiming for anything and that included their curtains. "Ding, ding, ding!" Without hesitation I told him I have what you need in my car!

My radar was on not just because the fabric was in my car but it was meant for me to put it in my car that day. I had plan to take it from the studio last week but yesterday was the day it was to go in my car. It was also a turn of events last week that caused me to bag them up. I believe it was orchestrated for me to be prepared for meeting this guy and blessing/ investing in the life of a child. 

Pain has Purpose

August 8, 2017

In 1996 I found myself and business in a devastating situation. I told myself "it's over and you can shutdown". But God .... had already placed me around the people who would hold me up and not let me quit. I came to realize that he stripped me of how I wanted to run the business to see his plan for my life and business. I can now see all the special moments that would have been missed had I quit. On a daily basis I get to see how people are impacted because of my brokenness in 1996.

We can Do More When We Help Each Other

September 23, 2017

For the last 2 months we, meaning Dallas Designing Dreams and its volunteers and students, worked on a project together that was a great benefit to us all. We stretched ourselves and experienced a community to creatives, entrepreneurs, instructors putting their best foot forward toward a common goal. Not only did we accomplish something together but there will be recognition for everyone involved. Everyone had a specific task and no one task was greater than another. All task were needed to complete the project and we had so much fun doing the project together. 

How many times can you say you enjoyed working on a project with 10 + people and there was so much laughter and love? How many times can you say that there was not jealousy or envy by members of a group depending on the task - if their task seemed menial or if they were not the ones out front? How many people work with you and want to be center front on the camera and get upset if they are not recognized? 


Its not easy working on a group effort but when you have a peaceful environment that is protected, people can work together and accomplish great things. I salute the fabulous volunteers, students, entrepreneurs and board of Dallas Designing Dreams. I thank God for being the source of all of our needs and sending the resources to help us encourage others on their journey to become all that God created them to be.


PS once the event takes place I will post pictures of our projects and how we were impacted individually and as a group!

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