Phillipians 3:14

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas today...we are enjoying a very quiet afternoon in lovely weather!

Nancy, I will be happy to send you the bag of goodies!  Just email me with your mailing address and I will get it out asap.  Cassandra and Jan will also be receiving a little something from me.  Thanks for all the kind comments and encouragement along the way.

May the rest of your year be blessed and peaceful!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Give-a-Way!!!

First, I will share my latest canvas that I made last night....can I say that I love it??  I do!  The best part is that I had made another canvas that I I methodically stripped the canvas and started over (drives hubby crazy when I do that), but I am SO much happier with this piece!  It just speaks to me and my growth this year personally and dare I say artistically?  I really enjoy the tactile aspect of using paint, fabric, and all forms of media in expressing myself.  I am so looking forward to growing and developing more of my own style as I continue.

This week did not turn out like I son has had a stomach virus and my husband worked even longer hours than usual AND I had a dentist appt.--yuck!  Today is a new day and the sun is shining, my husband is home for the next 4 days and I am hopeful that darling son is better.  We are off to shop and explore and prepare for the weekend!

Anyhoo...on to the good stuff.  I put together a large bag of goodies that I truly think anyone would love.  I included enough product to make several projects moving into Valentine's Day and beyond.  Without further ado, here is a photo of what I have put together....

There is a greeting stamp set (new from Hero Arts), Stickers, Rub-Ons, Ephemera, Trim, Buttons, Handmade Embellishments, 2 Embossing Folders, Orange Distress Ink, A piece of Magic Foam, Vintage Book Paper, Twine, a mini canvas...and more!

There are no strings attached...just leave a comment and I will draw a winner on Christmas day!  

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

HIS purpose....

I was already working on this groovy little birdie  when Cassandra's challenge from Word Art Wednesday hit my reader.  I have been deeply contemplating the joy of the Lord lately....and how that balances with an increasing burden I have for those who have not repented and put their trust in Christ alone.  It is the sovereignty of God that allows my soul to rest even as I pray fervently for those whom I care for to be open to the narrow path of life.  Here is Matthew Henry's commentary on this passage:

  Though the Lord is high, yet he has respect to every lowly, humbled sinner; but the proud and unbelieving will be banished far from his blissful presence. Divine consolations have enough in them to revive us, even when we walk in the midst of troubles. And God will save his own people that they may be revived by the Holy Spirit, the Giver of life and holiness. If we give to God the glory of his mercy, we may take to ourselves the comfort. This confidence will not do away, but quicken prayer. Whatever good there is in us, it is God works in us both to will and to do. The Lord will perfect the salvation of every true believer, and he will never forsake those whom he has created anew in Christ Jesus unto good works.

To God alone be the glory in ALL things!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dreamy Cream and White Wreath!

OK...I have envisioned a house done in white and cream decor since I was in High School...something about that color palette just seems so clean and refreshing....I WILL have a white couch one day (Lord willing) :0).  In the meantime, that is the direction I have been taking my craft space, and I love it.  When this wreath tutorial came along I was all over it!  I plan to share the picture with the original artist Jeanne Oliver and I hope she likes how I interpreted her project.   I am THRILLED with how it came out and it will grace my creative space year round.  I had to photograph it in my chair for a good backdrop, but I plan to hang it later today :0).  I used scripture from Ephesians chapter 1 for the butterflies as a beautiful reminder of His Grace in my life!  Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate any comments or feedback that you have to offer.

My new pin cusion!

This was a dress form pin cushion I recently made after watching a DIY tutorial.  She is supposed to have a finial and a base, but true to my MO...I messed up and modified her to salvage the project.  In the end, I loved it because coming from her "neck" is the hand made seam ripper and pokey thing for sewing that my friend's husband turned for me on his lathe in GA.   It works perfectly to house them! 

I was going to give away the second one of these that I made and mounted in a bright happy color...but I am not 100% happy with how it turned out, so I will be making adjustments to it or another one altogether withing the next week for anyone who is interested.  Stay tuned for that.

I have also been revamping my space and have many things I would be willing to part with...I just need to get them into order and photographed for another give-a-way in time for Christmas!

I do love this season and in spite of the commercialism, cynicism, and all that is still such a joy to give gifts out of gratitude for THE gift that God has given me in Christ!  Hugs and blessings to all dear readers!

Teacher Gifts

 These were my son's teacher gifts this year...I bought some plain brown bags then stamped with various snowflakes and embossed them in white.  I added a homemade tag and greeting.
Inside were these cute chalkboard mugs and I added the candy cane and Starbucks hot cocoa for a tasty treat.  In High School the teacher's gift is like times inexpensive is the route to go!

I am glad to have these and a few more work/school gifts done so I can focus on the last minute preparations for my family poor hubby is the one person I have yet to bless with my "mad shopping skills" lol!  I am confident that I can make something happen while he is at work next week ;0).

Friday, December 9, 2011


I have been pretty busy getting boxes in the mail, shopping, errands, work/school party prep etc.  I have found a little time here and there to make a couple of projects that I wanted to share today.

This is a pretty clean and simple Christmas card...maybe for next year since I am WAY behind for this year's mailing...

This next card just kinda' evolved when I was trying out a CB die/EF combo that I had not used yet....

And finally my new favorite thing to do a canvas...I had these yarn flowers completed for weeks just waiting to be finished, so this week I took 5 here and there to put together this canvas.  I must say I enjoy this way more than cards.....

I have another project to show you and a give-a-way, but my camera battery is dead and I have pressing errands.  I am very optimistic that starting next week I will have more craft/blog time.

Hope your Christmas preparations are going smoothly and that TODAY is the day that you will do what you've been putting off, or rest from doing too much....just being content in the day for what it is and will bring.  Tomorrow is another story and will unfold quickly enough!