Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Happy Birthday John


Today is my brother's birthday.  He and his family live in Florida.  I hope their weather is gorgeous.
Happy Birthday John.

Today I'll begin my day by delivering 50 cards to the Cleveland Clinic Hospice at Home group.  I love doing this ministry.  It makes my heart feel so good to use the gifts God's given me to help others.

It's about 20 minutes from me so it's not a bother to drop them off.  Jennifer and her staff love to look at the new cards that come in.  I know the cards are appreciated. I love being able to serve others like this.

Isn't this snowman just adorable?  He's a favorite of mine who sits out on display to remind me to use him.  I made him for the clean and simple challenge on SCS Monday.  You were to use a snowman.  The white dotted paper is a new designer paper that Stampin' Up put out where you color it with the color of ink you want, to go with your card.  Then you wipe the blue off on the dots.  It's cool having paper that you can add your own colors to.

He is colored with Copic and Blendabilies Markers. I added Wink of Stella in white and gold to him also.
 Isn't this a fun card?  This was for the yesterdays color challenge on SCS.  The colors were crumb cake, real red and espresso.  As soon as I read espresso, I naturally thought of coffee! LOL  This is paper pieced and masked.  I stamped the middle cup then covered it with a mask as I stamped the cups on each side.  I also stamped the stamp on crumb cake and the designer paper  and layered the sleeve on top of the whole cup that was cut out.  I used the word window punch to make the stir stick.  Tim says he'd like to see the stir stick be able to be pulled out.  That's the first thing he tried to do when he looked at the card.
 This time of year this image is popular around here.  Although I guess compared to the East coast we don't have anything to complain about right?
Here's a song called Messengers by LeCrae, give it a listen.We're all called to be messengers for God.  How are you doing with this?  Not so good here.....I know I have to work on this.

Blessing of the Day:Dropping off cards at Cleveland Clinic Hospice at Home.
Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Simple Woman’s Daybook for January 24, 2015

The Simple Woman’s Daybook



FOR TODAY: January 24, 2015


Outside My Window...It has snowed again but not much.  The 

weather was warmer which is great here in Ohio in January.  


I am thinking...that I need to get a plan to make cards so people 

get them on time.  


I am thankful for...What God has given me.  Last night the kids, 

Tim and I sat around the dinner table laughing, teasing and have a 

great time.  This is my dream dinner table.  One that I will miss 

when we are empty-nesters.  But for now I will enjoy them. 


From the kitchen...I can smell popcorn cooking.  The kids have a 

peanut butter popcorn recipe that is out of this world!  Tonight it was

Ben and Sarah making it.


I am wearing...a sweatshirt, jeans and tennis shoes.


I am creating...cards for stamps I've borrowed from others.


I am going...to help with a local spelling bee Friday.  I'm going to 

help with first graders.  I can't wait.



I am reading...Amish Christmas Joy-I love Amish fiction and 

Christmas fiction.  Put them together and you have a great read!


I am hoping...I can get back to exercising again.  I want to feel

 more energy.


I am hearing...the kitty meowing at a bug flying around by the 

lights in here. 


Around the house...most is quiet except for the tv in Ben and 

Rachel's room.


One of my favorite things...is getting back into bed while the 

sheets are still warm.


A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:I need to take all of 

these knitted rectangles to the stores so they can be made into 

blankets.

I will be a judge at a Spelling Bee in the area.

I will be at PHCA again tomorrow to help out at different grade 

levels.



Here are pictures I thought were worth sharing...


Blessing of the Day:I got 26 cards done for PHCA and ready to deliver Monday. 

 I bagged up the 50 cards I have for the Cleveland Clinic Hospice at Home.

I am working on Operation Write Home cards.  Some need white liners inside 

and all need to be stamped on the back.

Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings,

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

God's Been Keeping Me Busy





This song came to mind while  I was doing my quiet time.  The two pictures above have two of the verses I read as well.  I'm so glad God promises to be with us always as soon as we ask Him to be the One who directs our life and path.  I've added the words below.

These words spoke the most to me this morning.  

Neither life nor death could separate us
From the eternal love of our God who saves us



                          "Promises" by Santus Real

Sometimes it's hard to keep believing in what you can't see
That everything happens for a reason even the worst life brings
If you're reaching for an answer and you don't know what to pray
Just open up the pages, let His Word be your strength

And hold on to the promises (hold tight)
Hold on to the promises (all right)
Jesus is alive, so hold tight
Hold on to the promises

And all things work for the good of those who love God
He holds back nothing that will heal you, not even His own son
His love is everlasting, His faithfulness unending
Oh, if God is for us who can be against us
So, if you feel weak

Just hold on to the promises (hold tight)
Hold on to the promises (all right)
Jesus is alive, so hold tight
Hold on to the promises

Neither life nor death could separate us
From the eternal love of our God who saves us

Neither life nor death could separate us
From the eternal love of our God who saves us

Just hold on to the promises (hold tight)
Hold on to the promises (all right)
Jesus is alive, so hold tight
Hold on to the promises

Just hold on to the promises (hold tight)
Hold on to the promises (all right)
Jesus is alive, so hold tight
Hold on to the promises

Neither life nor death could separate us
From the eternal love of our God who saves us


This was a fun card to make. It reminded me of the black paper we drew on that had lots of  colors underneath or a velvet painting! LOL 
I stamped with versamark on black paper. I heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then I colored with my blendabilities on the white. The fun part is that you can color outside the lines and no one will see it! :)

I saw my mom last night and she obviously is still upset about her lack of short term memory.  My brother was talking to her and reminded her that it could be a whole lot worse!  She thought about it and said he was right.  I told her that was a good thing to hang onto.  She also needs to enjoy the moments with people and 'be present' in them and fully enjoy herself.  Even if she doesn't remember, she will be very happy for a portion of her day.  

I know it's easy for us to say these things because it's not happening to us.  However, we all can learn from this.  We all have things we repeatedly complain about, yet do we do something to fix it or just go on complaining?

We too have a choice just like my mom to continue to wallow in the 'stuff' we complain about, or do something to change it.  My mom can't change her short-term memory loss, but she can rejoice in other things that she can do.

Last night she gave me almost a hundred 7"x 9" knitted rectangles to donate to Warm Up America.  It's a program that has people knit or crochet rectangles. These are then taken to craft stores like Pat Catan's and Joann's and collected.  The stores then have several days where they ask patrons to come in and help piece these together to form warm blankets for the homeless.

I remind my mom that she's changing lives right from her living room.  She doesn't have the best memory but she has beautiful hands that knit for the homeless.....God is good, all the time.

Blessing of the Day: I rode the bike for 15 minutes and walked on the treadmill for 15 minutes!  Thank you Tim for the encouragement. 

Thank you for stopping by.
Blessings,

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Are You Where God Wants You?



I saw this poster on FB the same day I got this email.  It's amazing how God works.  I had just been telling Tim that some days are better than others and it's easier or harder to get things done.  I knew Tim was praying for me and this is what I saw on FB and what I received in an email.....

This is an email I got from the gal at Cleveland Clinic Hospice at Home.  It brought tears to my eyes.

Hi Sue,

I really wish you were able to see the faces of people as they view your cards.  Truly each time the team signs one of your beautiful creations, the entire meeting stops so we can all oohhh and aaaahhh over their beauty.  You truly have a gift and we’re so incredibly grateful you’ve chosen to share it with hospice.  Thank you, Sue.  I wish I could express how meaningful and impactful your cards are.  Families are calling to thank us routinely for the gorgeous cards.  It’s an incredible sentiment you are allowing us to express through your art.  Thank you.

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

Have a great week!

Sincerely,


Jennifer



I also saw this and I'm so grateful to 'be His'.  


This is a card I made for today's color challenge.  The colors were marina mist, pacific point and cantaloupe.

This is my brother and his wife who live in Florida.  I really like this picture.
I know it's not groundhog day yet, but I loved this as soon as I saw it and had to share.



Here is a song that seemed to go with today's post.  When overwhelmed there is One we can turn to.  Give this a listen.  It is by a group called, Big Daddy Weave.

Blessing of the Day:Stopping by to talk with my mom.
Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Monday, January 19, 2015

It's Martin Luther King Day 2015

This was cool to see after Ohio State Buckeyes won the college playoffs.  It was also wonderful to see that Ezekiel Elliott will stay at Ohio State and NOT go pro at this time.  Smart young man.
 I laughed when I saw these shirts. We had 7 kids and I was the second oldest.  I remember every time we all had to clean the basement my oldest sister would start making rules. She would write them on the chalkboard we had in the basement.  When we asked why SHE got to make the rules and assign the jobs, she replied, "Because I'm the oldest!"
 As I was stamping this morning, Phoebe jumped up on my desk and looked around my ink pad holder to say good morning.  Isn't she cute?
 This is the card I made for this mornings challenge on SCS.  It gave me fits and this is the third attempt.
I am going to make more of these for Cleveland Clinic.  This is one I made for a challenge last week where you had to make a card using another language.
I made this for the featured stamper Claudia, this week on SCS.  I love the fern from Butterfly Basics.

It's been an interesting weekend.  Ben and Rachel went to her parent's house for the weekend.  Sarah was out with friends Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.  With Ben and Rachel gone it left poor Phoebe walking around the house crying for them.  We were okay as substitutes, but it just wasn't the same for her.  Tim tried to spoil her by giving her moist cat food.  He says he's going to have fun being a grandfather some day! LOL

Did you ever go to bed so early that you couldn't sleep well?  That's my night.  Tim and I sometimes just talk in bed so we can have privacy from the kids.  Last night was one of those nights.  You know how it is, you talk and eventually you get relaxed and tired.  Well that's what happened to Tim.  Me, nope I lay there snuggling with Tim wide awake.  While he slept I tried to go to sleep.  I finally got to sleep and woke up constantly throughout the night.  Finally at 6 a.m. I got up.  I know that sounds early for someone who doesn't HAVE to get up, but I went to bed at 9 p.m.!

I'll probably need a nap today sometime!

Blessing of the weekend: I got medicine to help with a medical issue.  The bad part was my doctor is insistent that I get a colonoscopy within the next 4 months!  I've been putting it off.  Every time she give me the information I toss it!

Thanks for stopping by today.
Blessings,

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mugs, Cards, Hoodie

This is the picture I took last Saturday before we started sorting through all of the mugs we have.  We are mug collectors as you can see. We especially love pottery mugs.  We weeded through all of these mugs and picked out those that we HAD to keep.  You know, the mug you child makes for you or brings you from a foreign country.  Next we took a pitches with 12 oz. of water in it and poured it into each mug.  If it could hold the water it stayed.  I kept three smaller mugs for tea.  Most of the ceramic mugs were weeded out.  Most of them were given by each other throughout our 21 years of marriage.
This has been bothering Tim for a while, so we finally got around to this task.  The mugs were packed to be donated to a garage sale PHCA is having in May.  (Maybe I can go back and get a few of them back?) LOL

 Isn't this the cutest kitty?  Phoebe seems to be so photogenic no matter what she does.  She is under our kitchen table getting ready to jump up into the chair with the pad to her right.
 This is a card I made using the NEW Stampin' Up embossed paper.  The dotted paper is white and you sponge or spray color onto this paper to match your project.  At first I didn't want to purchase it.  Then I saw cards with it and had to have it. I sponged this with mossy meadow and tangerine tango.
 This paper has vines on it which I sponged with olive ink.
 This is a card I did for an SCS challenge.  Love the birch trees embossing folder with this.
 This is another set I didn't get until I saw cards done with it. The butterfly is stamped then cut out with a butterfly die.  You get 15% off if you purchase the stamp set and dies together.
 This is that same designer paper which I sponged with Blackberry ink.
 This card was made by cutting out the butterfly and heat embossing it with clear embossing powder. Then I sponged the butterflies on the background using bermuda bay and tangerine tango.
 This is the Birthday Bash designer paper cut out using the large butterfly die from Stampin' Up.  I used a butterfly embossing folder for the background.
 This is a stamp set I borrowed from Patti.  I'm trying different things with it.
 This is a stamp from Serendipity Stamps.  I won a gift certificate from them for playing in the SCS Cards made for ladies with Cancer.  I liked this for a masculine card.  I want to come up with some cute things for him to say.  It looks like he's smiling, so I wanted something that would make him smile after he said it.
These are two cards I made using Jane's window stamps.  I masked the windows and stamped a small scene in the window then added the sunset colors.


Would have loved this hoodie when I was teaching!


It's time to get to bed soon.  I am going to try to go to PHCA tomorrow.  I have some back pain but feeling better than I did last night.  I went to sleep at 9 p.m. with a fever and pain.

Blessing of the Day: Sarah said she'd take me to the dr. today if I got an appointment.  Bless her heart, that offer was unprompted.  Thank you God for continuing to bless me.

Thank You for stopping by.
Blessings,

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bucks, Butterflies, Blessed

I know in my post yesterday that I told about the Bucks and Ducks game.  I wanted to share a photo of the Terminal Tower here in downtown Cleveland.  This is how it looked last night.  The red and gray shining proudly for all to see.  I thought it was pretty cool.

Cleveland lights up the TT for different things.  Christmas brings red and green colors of course.
It's fun to see what colors they use and know what they are doing.

I saw this on FB and wanted to share.  It's truly unbelievable that Ohio won last night.  I heard some men discussing the game today at the grocery store and some said the quarterback should apply here in Cleveland for the QB job!  Others said he should have a brighter future than that!  All were amazed that with all of the turn-overs and mistakes that the Buckeyes came out with a win.

It goes to show you that if the other team has MORE mistakes, it's possible to win! LOL

Pretty cool picture huh?  I'd love a shirt like this.
This is the card I made today for the color challenge.  I played with new toys.  The colors for today were basic gray, strawberry slush and bermuda bay.  This is the new set called Butterfly Basics.
I really thought this spoke to those who say, "You Christians think you're better than the rest of us!"
Today I got lots of running around done.  I also got a haircut that I've needed for weeks!  I just love getting my hair cut.  My hair will look nice for a while with little fuss.

Blessing of the Day: Our Bible Study with Maryanne and Chuck went well.  We prayed for Chuck on a work issue.  Love that we can be 'real' with each other and pray.

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,