Wednesday, November 7, 2018

CARDS, CACTUS AND CATS

I belong to a group of stampers on Splitcoaststampers.com that are called Crafters of Faith. Each month we have a Bible verse challenge that we use for making something. This month our challenge was:
November 2018: ~ Hostess: Vickie
scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
challenge: anything goes!
I stamped the greenery twice. I cut part of the second one for the leaves behind the sentiment. I punched out ovals then dry embossed with tin tile embossing folder. I sponged the edges then layered them to look like a pumpkin. I added the sentiment and leaves with dimensionals.


CAT'S CORNER
I never know what these crazy cats will do. This is a large basket on my desk that Chloe believes is hers. It's really where I put things I've used in card making that need to be put away.
I thought this pose of Chole's looked funny and rather uncomfortable! LOL  She sat there for a long time like this.



Two days ago it was in the fifties. I sat outside with my coffee. Not long after I sat down, I received two cool kitties. They were happy with warm tummies, sitting on the human warming machine.

This morning I took out on of my stamp containers to look through my stamps. In no time Chloe jumped up there. Not to be outdone, Phoebe had to do the same thing.  No wonder I don't get things done some days! LOL

This is my gorgeous Christmas Cactus in full bloom! It sat in the eastern sun all summer long. This is my reward. Such a beautiful creation from God. I'm loving it.
 

Tim got a picture of the tree in our backyard. This tree has only had yellow leaves in the 18 years we've been here. This year God tipped the leaves with a bit of orange and red. So lovely and appreciated, my Creator.

Verse of the Day:
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Check out the song from MercyMe called, Best News Ever. Knowing we are God's children and will spend eternity with Him in heaven, is the BEST NEWS EVER!

Blessing of the Day:
Tim finished the downstairs bathroom.. I am so amazed at all he's learned to redecorate our home.

Thank you for stopping by.
Blessings,

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Simple Woman's Daybook for October 30, 2018




The Simple Woman's Daybook for October 30, 2018



This is where it all began.



Looking out my window it is a mild fall day. All of us got outside to the back porch. The birds were chowing down on the thistle in the feeder. There was standing room only for a while.


Chloe decided she'd had enough bird and chipmunk watching, so she jumped up to my legs to plop down. Phoebe was in my lap that's why Chloe chose this spot.  Phoebe soon abandoned my lap for Tim's. Chloe is an irritation to Phoebe many times. Phoebe works hard to find places to hide from Chloe just for peace and quiet! LOL
 Our Butterfly Bush continues to bloom. Tim cut it back part-way through the summer and it's rewarded us greatly for that.


I am thinking that these rainy, gloomy days aren't good for me. They make me want to sleep to pass the time.

I am thankful that Tim's once again working on our house. Today he began patching and sanding the small bathroom.  Of course that means I have to use the upstairs bathrooms. I didn't realize how often I use the bathroom! Well, I got my steps in today with all the up and down.

One of my favorite things is finishing a book. Now I can pick the next book to read. I have so many books here that people have given to me or I have picked up that I don't need to use the library for a while.
I finally finished, The Cast by Danielle Steel. I have renewed it many times from the library.
The Cast

I am creating another rectangle afghan where I made the rectangles and crochet them together. I finished the ripple afghan.


I am wearing long sleeves, jeans, shoes and socks.  

I am listening to quiet piano music. I sometimes just need calming music in the evening.

I am hoping to get some cards made tonight.


I am learning that I can advise my kids, then I must let them make their own decisions. 

In my kitchen it is dark. We went to Panera Bread tonight for dinner. It has a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

In the school room I continue to learn from YouTube videos from card making stampers.
I am also learning some amazing facts about baseball from a series on PBS by Ken Burns.
Babe Ruth was an excellent hitter and pitcher. He had a wife and child who lived a private life in the country away from all of the crowds and press. Babe grew up in a reformatory because his parents couldn't handle him. A priest there taught Babe how to bat. 

Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns

In my garden there are still strawberry plants flowering, but not for long I fear.

A moment from my day: 

I stamped the bottom cat, then covered her with a mask and stamped her sister on top. I colored the top cat with pink and the bottom cat in calypso coral. Then I used the blender pen to mottle her fur. Then I added the bow. I added googly eyes to the top cat. Then I dry embossed with paw prints by Nicole.
I don't know if it's a bad hair day or the fact she has a bow in her hair, but the bottom cat sure isn't happy!


This was for the sketch challenge last week.  Here's another cute cat duo. Today I added a little bird and a heart. I colored the images with Copic Markers Then added the bird with dimensionals. I added the dsp then the heart and image.


This is for a double challenge. Free 4 All challenge was to make a Halloween or Fall card. The Mix challenge was to make a royal garden using your favorite colors and/or flowers.
I chose turquoise and brown with a touch of pink as my favorite colors to use. I stamped in blueberry for the watering can. Then I watercolored with the zig brush and water. I covered that with copic grays. I added champagne shimmer mist with a brush to the pitcher and image. I used stampin' write markers to trace the cotton. I colored the cotton with my snow marker then heated it. The leaves were colored with granny apple green marker. The flower is colored with a watercolor pencil colored with a blender pen.
I added dimensionals to the back of the pitcher. I placed the burlap ribbon behind the pitcher with glue dots.
The background was inked on the embossing folder. Then the embossing folder was put through the big shot.

Here is my inspiration for my card: 
I changed the animal, the shape cut out and the colors. I stamped and colored the kitten. I cut out the top part then dry embossed the frame with holly. I attached the kitten to the back of the frame. I added foam tape to raise the frame and kitten up. I added a bow in the corner with glue dots. I stamped the buffalo check background stamp then drew green lines with SU stampin' write marker. I added the background to the frame, then mounted it all on a white card stock base.


Here's my inspiration for my card:
Aflutter Quilt #1
I colored the dark colors on the back of the vellum and the light ones on the front. I added clear wink of stella to the flowers, leaves and butterflies. I attached the vellum to white card stock with vellum tape. I dry embossed the background then added the panel to the card base.


 Can you say, root bound?!  Tim helped me transplant this to a larger pot. I guess this Spider plant really liked being outside all summer.

Verse of the Day:Matthew 9:13
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Closing Notes
 Having a purpose in life is what it's all about. We need to find what gifts God has given us, then shine God's light onto this earth using that gift. Our purpose is to praise God and share him with others. 
We need to be willing to step out in faith and do what God asks us to do. Even if we don't understand it, we need to do what He asks. He has our best interest in mind.

 
Blessing of the Day:  Tim and I went to dinner. Tim also got work done in the small bathroom.

Thank you for stopping by. Sure would love to hear from you.
Blessings,

Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Simple Woman's Daybook for October 21, 2018


For Today, Sunday, October 21, 2018



Looking out my window it's a cold and cloudy day. It demands jeans, long sleeves, shoes and socks! The pool sits covered for another winter which makes me sad. I like fall, but not winter, snow and cold.

I am thinking that we had a wonderful lunch today with 3 of our 4 kids. We all went to church together and came here for lunch. I love when family is together. We have such a good time.

I am thankful that Tim can help the kids with things they can't do. Friday he was helping Ben finish making a gate so his dogs can run in the backyard without supervision.
Today he's helping Sarah move some furniture to her new apartment.  This week he'll help Brianna with her house.

One of my favorite things is a hot cup of coffee or cider(this time of year) with a cozy, warm afghan over me so I can read or watch tv.

I am creating a ripple afghan which will be donated to A.C.Moore for World Vision to send to Africa.
I just finished Veterans Day cards for South Carolina Juvenile Justice System and cards for September and October Cards for a Cause.  It feels great to use my talents to share God's love in card making. 

I am wearing long sleeves, jeans, shoes and socks. Yuck, I want my flip flops back!

I am listening to 80's music and singing along feeling so free! Those were carefree days for me.

I am hoping to get some time with Tim tonight. He may be exhausted from helping Sarah move.

I am learning that my kids can teach me things.

In my kitchen it smells of garlic! We've shared a family lunch with 3 of the 4 kids. The sound of family, laughing and talking brings me such joy! Being a Mom is the BEST and HARDEST job I've ever had. I love it!

In the school room I listened to my son give this morning's sermon and have some soul searching and talking to God to do.


In my garden there are still strawberry plants flowering, but not for long I fear.

A moment from my day:(This is a proud Mom moment)
 This is my son, Benjamin preaching the message this morning at church. This is the first time he's preached here at our church. Someone asked if he was nervous. He said, "No, this is a piece of cake compared to preaching in Africa with an interpreter and 300 people listening to me." 
I had tears many times during the sermon thinking that God enabled us to raise such a son to serve Him. I am so proud of Ben and Rachel and the missionary couple they have become.


Closing Notes
I have been busy making cards to be donated.
This card was for today's challenge. Susan's gallery was chosen this week. Here is my inspiration from her gallery.
Here is my card.
Here's the inspiration from yesterday's Inspiration challenge.

Here's my card. this is an older Our Daily Bread Designs stamp called, Fall Wreath.
This is one of the cards I made for stamping with a friend. She loved it!


 This was for Thursday's challenge where we were to use string in a technique or on our cards. I used the Spirelli technique found here.


I tried using several different types of string. I used linen thread, thick baker's twine thinned out and gold thread.  This is really an easy technique to do. I had lots of fun with it.

Here are my two Christmas Cacti. They are both full of buds and will begin to  bloom within the week I think. They've sat in the screened in porch all summer and love the south facing areas to grow and sun themselves.


Tim got the curtain rods and curtains up. He also put up the plant stand he ordered for me. We got our tables put together with the lamps. It's beginning to feel like home again!

I had to get a picture of this yellow apple. It has been hanging on our crab apple tree for a month now. The rest of the apples are tiny crab apples. Out of nowhere this one showed up. When Tim first saw it, he thought someone taped it to the tree as a joke! Not so, it's real and a true mystery what it's doing on our tree! LOL



Verse of the Day: 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Today we learned that it's by God's grace that we were enabled to be new creations in Christ. It's all about God not US.  Today we were challenged to ask God to examine our heart and see where we need to let go and let God. 
It's easy to pray to God and thank Him for things or ask for prayer for other things. It's very difficult for us to ask God to tell us what needs to change, what we are holding onto that needs to go. I'm praying that when I pray this prayer that I will do what God instructs me to do without conflict.

This is a teaching video from Tenth Avenue North about their new song, Afraid. Fear is something that we all live with. We can begin to sing and pray fear away!






Blessing of the Day: Ben preached and challenged us this morning. Most of the kids came to lunch. Tim helped Sarah move some furniture.

Thank you for stopping by. Sure would love to hear from you.
Blessings,


Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Simple Woman's Daybook for Sunday October 14, 2018


For Today, Sunday October 14, 2018

This is where it all began.



Looking out my window, it's a beautiful, sunny day. It's the perfect day to be outside. Sarah and I went to lunch, then to Royalton Farms. It's a fabulous apple house that Sarah's good friend, Abby's parents own. Sarah's like one of their own kids since she spent so much time there during high school.
This place has the only cider press in our county. Their cider is the best in the area. The others taste like apple juice compared to Royalton Farms cider.Image result for royalton farms cider
They sell different butters also. Today I tried, Apple butter, Pumpkin butter, pear butter and cherry butter. I didn't care for the pumpkin butter but LOVED the pear butter. Have you ever tried pear butter? Yum   


Royalton Farms

As you enter the front of the store, you see Mums, pumpkins, gourds and lots of bags of apples.
Royalton Farms
 You will also see at the back, the two sweetest dogs. Charlotte is an Australian Shepherd and Koda is a Newfoundland, as gentle as ever. The orchard has 1100 apple trees. There are many varieties.
With cider in hand we happily went on our way back home to sample it!

Royalton Farms
I am thinking that tomorrow the curtains will go up in the downstairs. I can't wait to see how they look in each room.

I am thankful for Tim's ability to lead our Christian family in God's ways.

I am anxious about tomorrow and Tim's talk with B.

One of my favorite things making things for my classes each month.

This is the box we made at my class last Monday and Friday. The box was very easy to make.

This is the Christmas Card we made. We saw that you could quickly and easily color the white ribbon to match the colors in our card.

 This is the second card we made. It is from the stamp set, Country Lane. The white cotton was made with white liquid applique applied to the card, then heated with a heat tool.


The third card we saw how cutting the background piece we got an interesting card with more background color showing. We also did direct stamping and stamping off one time.

 I am creating more cards with Chloe looking on from her basket on my desk. LOL
  She fits perfectly in this basket. I have it on my desk to get things I've used, out of the way. I put them in the basket then put them away after I'm finished. It helps to keep my desk area uncluttered. It's easier for me to work in an uncluttered space.  Chloe, you are just the sweetest kitty!



This is one of the cards we'll make next month at my class. I just got this stamp set. I love the bow and how real it looks.

I am wearing jeans, long sleeves and shoes. I really dislike wearing shoes.

I am listening to music from the 80's. I just heard Christopher Cross singing, I'll Never Be The Same. Good times listening to music I grew up listening to.

I am hoping this little violet and the others I have continue to bloom throughout the year.  The love the South-East window they're in.

In my kitchen I am rooting around to find something I want to eat. Nothing seems good right now except a peanut buster parfait from DQ!

Shared Quote- I don't know about you, but for me some of my best therapies are with friends. I have friends that I see a couple of times a year and we pick up like we saw each other just yesterday. 

A moment from my day-Card making galore!
Isn't this just the cutest bulldog you've ever seen? I saw this done online and just had to make one too. The image is made by Gerda Steiner. She has the sweetest and cutest animal stamps I have found.

 For today's featured stamper, I chose this card from Angel's gallery.

 Here's what I did with her card as a stepping off point. 
  
Here is my inspiration for my card.
Watercolour cacti & succulents by Vicky Webb

Here is the card I made Saturday for the inspiration challenge.



Here is the card I made for a lady who broke her leg and is on crutches. She loves funny cards, dogs, flowers and the color purple. On the inside is a cupcake and this sentiment.  If you're feeling blue, just paint yourself another color!


This is the thank you card for customers this month.




Verse of the Day: Luke 12:2-3 You know that reading this reassures me that all the things regarding my Mom and her care will all come out some day. Mom might not know, but God knows and will judge those who have deceived and hidden secrets from Mom.
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Here is a 'feel good' song by Jordan Feliz.


Blessing of the Day:I got to spend time with Sarah and help her talk through her next step in her life. Tim's in need of prayer for his conversation tomorrow evening. I am praying that God will work this out for all involved in a Godly way with no relationship issues.

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,