Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day 2017


Happy Valentine's Day to all of you who read this.

I love these candy hearts. They are made by the same company who makes Necco Wafers.  Do you remember eating them as a kid? I remember saving the brown ones and black ones to eat last.
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Anyway these conversation hearts are for teachers. Thank you to all the teachers who go in every day ready to help another child get through the day and learn something in spite of how the children come to school, and how many complaints teachers get, or how many meetings they must attend.  Teacher are a dedicated group of people who make changes and influence the leaders of tomorrow.  Thank you to all who do this.
 I loved the gorgeous rose here and the words, Hugs and Kisses to you.  I hope you felt Love today.


 This is a verse that brings me back time and time again to renew my spirits when the enemy tries to lie to me.

 This card is featured on Sweet-N-Sassy's site as a Customer Favorite!  Woo-Hoo!

Here's one of my favorite Steven Curtis Chapman songs. I picked it especially for today, Valentine's Day.

Blessing of the Day: I finished another afghan made by mom.  I will be taking 3 more to Pat Catan's for Warm Up America.  Sarah finished one as well.

Thanks for stopping  by.
Blessings,

Monday, February 13, 2017

We Celebrated Us!

Tonight our family celebrated all of our birthdays at The Cheesecake Factory in Crocker Park.  We told the kids we couldn't afford to take everyone out to dinner for each birthday but would do a dinner in February sometime to celebrate all of our birthdays.
My birthday is Dec 13th, Sarah Dec. 30, Tim Jan 3rd, Brianna Feb. 11, Ben Feb 16th, Rachel Mar 24.
So tonight was the night.  We had a great time.  Our family came equipped with one-liners for just about any conversation.  We laughed through our dinner, heard about Ben's first day on his new job, and enjoyed our well-prepared and delicious meals.

Of course the meals are so filling that the cheesecake had to be boxed to take home.  It was a fun time with the kids.  I got the Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake.  Yum!
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 Here is the inspiration for my card from Sunday. Sunday is featured stamper challenge.
I tried to keep the layout similar and use different colors.
 This card was two challenges in one card. You had to make a word stand out, and you had to do a technique called Iris Folding.  I used this video, to create my card.

Check out this video. The Indians are at spring training now.
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Most days we felt like this. It seemed like you just got to the point of loving what you do, and a new state or federal guideline would come down and beat you down once again.  It's so sad. What is this country going to do when there is a teacher shortage?  Who can blame teachers for quitting?  
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Verse of the Day: Many are the sorrows of the wicked, But he who trusts in the LORD, loving kindness shall surround him.
Psalm 32:10  
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This is a new song and artist for me. Look and listen to the lyrics.


Blessing of the Day: Birthday Dinner celebration with the kids.
Tim's cold is getting better each day.
Continue to pray for Tim's job search.

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Saturday, February 11, 2017

What Is Warm Up America?


What is Warm Up America! (WUA!)

Welcome to Warm Up America! the charity that has warmed peoples' lives since 1991. Evie Rosen photoIt started in a small Wisconsin town with neighbors knitting and crocheting afghans for neighbors in need. Thanks to the creativity of founder Evie Rosen who came up with the idea of having volunteers knit or crochet small sections and then others join them together, the idea quickly caught on. Today Warm Up America distributes warm afghans, caps and other items to tens of thousands of people, thanks to the generosity of knitters and crocheters around the country.


See some of the amazing organizations that these afghans are headed to:
Those in purple are in our area.
Altenheim Senior Living in Strongsville, Ohio
Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless in Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Veteran’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio
St. Augustine Hunger Center in Cleveland, Ohio
Operation Safety Net at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Hospice of Dayton, Ohio
The Blessing House in Amherst, Ohio
Paramount Senior Living in Bethal Park, Pennsylvania
Light of Life Ministry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Oakleaf Personal Care Home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
ManorCare in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Orrville Public Library in Orrville, Ohio
The Humane Society of Monroe, Michigan
The Salvation Army of Monroe County in Monroe, Michigan
The Devoted Barn in Newport, Michigan
Holy Family Hospice in Parma, Ohio
Veteran’s Affairs in Mount Vernon, Ohio
Old Man Rivers Food Pantry in Parkersburg, West Virginia
Free Tastes Good in Toledo, Ohio
Paul & Carol David YMCA of Jackson Township Refugee of Home Program in Canton, Ohio

I spent the day helping to make afghans at Pat Catan's again today.
I can't wait to see how many afghans were made and how much money was donated to this cause.  Mom and I donated 7 afghans! You can be sure, I'll be making more to be donated next year.
Here's another afghan finished and donated today.


I saw this and just had to share.


 This is today's Inspiration Challenge. I used the triangles on the pillow to base my card on.  I liked the different paper layout and this was  quick and easy. I had the images and sentiment ready to go.
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Here's my buddy Phoebe. She hangs with me a lot.  She has climbed into my Warm Up America bag.  She proceeded to go to sleep in it.  Could she be any sweeter?
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I liked this. It really personalizes God for me.

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Verse of the Day:"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants."   Deuteronomy 30:19 
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Here's a new song by Colton Dixon called, All That Matters.


Blessing of the Day: I got to help make afghans for people who need them. I got to see Ben's basketball team win today.  I love to watch him encourage those young boys.

Please pray for Tim. He's got a nasty cold that has brought fever, chills, and a cough. Tim doesn't get sick often, but when he does, it's not good.  Continue to pray for us that Tim can get a job.

Thank you for stopping by.

Blessings,

Friday, February 10, 2017

Recycled Teenagers?

I saw this on FB and it went perfectly with the challenge yesterday on SCS. The challenge was to make a card featuring Old Broads.
I loved this stamp so much when I saw it, I just had to have it!  You can put anything you want with it. I used my computer for the sentiment at the bottom.  I have a stamp with that saying but couldn't find it.  I paper pieced the blouse then colored the rest with Copic Markers.

This was a great reminder to me yesterday. I was feeling a little blue. I know that both God and my husband, love me, in spite of me!

This is a digital stamp I bought from Sweet-N-Sassy stamps. I printed the image then colored it with Copic Markers. I added the word balloon and stamped on it. Then I layered the card and embossed the hearts behind the giraffe.

I saw this yesterday when I was feeling a little blue and it helped me.  God always sends me things I need right when I need them.  He also usually sends a story of someone worse off than me to help me put things in perspective.
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This is the QB from the Cleveland Browns with his testimony of Christ in his life.


Verse of the Day: Mark 6:49-50  Take courage and don't be afraid.  Once again God has sent me a verse to help me trust in Him with Tim being out of work.  I continue to pray for peace and faith to trust God to work things out.
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Here's Toby Mac's song, Undeniable.  Give it a listen and concentrate on the words.


Blessing of the Day: Tim and I went early to CVS to get prescriptions changed over for his new insurance.  I don't like CVS, however, this is the ONLY pharmacy that his insurance has.  These people in the pharmacy are running around crazy because they don't have enough people working there.
To my point, we were asked if they could push our prescriptions to the weekend because they didn't have time to do them today.....fortunately we're not in desperate need of them.

I got a card done today as well. I'm going to go and work on afghans now to take to Pat Catan's tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

God Gives, God Takes Away

Well, God gave Tim and job and He took it away.  Tim doesn't have a job as of Tuesday. It just wan't a good fit. It brought too much stress which isn't worth it. At our age we don't need physical ailments due to stress. So we're continuing to trust in God and have faith that He will bring a job to Tim.
It's so hard to watch your husband suffer daily due to work issues. Since October of last year we've been dealing with his company being bought out and Tim being out of a job.  We have a peace and a calm in spite of tears.  Ladies know that sometimes it takes a good cry to let out all that's upsetting, then you feel better.  That's where I am right now. It'll be brighter in the morning.
We also know how important it is to lift up your husband and encourage him especially if he isn't working.


Saw the kids today. Ben called to see if he and Rachel could come over and do laundry.  I said sure. I came down about an hour into their visit and they were busy making lunch for themselves.  I guess our pantry and fridge has better stuff! LOL


I wish I could spend the day with my Dad and Grandfather together.


This is a picture of my mom looking at the afghan I put together using the blocks she's been knitting.  I have three finished and am working on #4. They take about 4 hours or so to put together.  I'm doing it so they can be donated to Pat Catan's Craft Store this weekend. They will donate them to facilities in the area.

This is the card I made for today's sketch challenge.  I think I'm going to make some more of  these.

I've also been busy removing the wood blocks from my stamps. I pull off the image from the top of the block and add it on top of the stamp and cut it out.  Then I put a thin layer of Eileen's tack it over and over, on the top and let it dry.  This gives the stamp enough stickiness so it adheres to an acrylic block!
The reason for this is so I can store more stamps in the cabinet next to me.  They are also lighter to take when I go on a stamping visit to a friend's house.


Verse of the Day: Both Tim and I know that where we are is right where God wants us.  Nothing is too hard for God. We know He is taking good care of us and will, in His time, help Tim get a job.
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This is a new song from Blanca.  I love it! I love the beat and the lyrics.  I bet you can't sit still listening to it! It sure lifted my spirits. Thank you God! I know it was You.


Blessing of the Day: Kids visited which is always fun.  Sarah's coming over tomorrow to learn how to put the blocks together into an afghan. After she helped me sort 409 blocks  she was interested in learning how to crochet.

Thanks for stopping by. Please continue to pray for us as we follow where God leads.
Blessings,

Sunday, February 5, 2017

SBS- Super Bowl Sunday

What a disappointing end to the Super Bowl. Here in Cleveland there is a special dislike for Bill Belichick. Tonight we became Raven's fans for a few hours.  It was an amazing game. I'm glad it wasn't a blow-out. Those games are not fun to watch.  Seems like the Patriots took over the second half and never looked back.  I guess it wasn't a nail-biter for me because my team wasn't there.
This is my card for today's featured stamper. I chose the green shaving cream card as my inspiration.  I used paper a friend gave me for the background. I added the oval shape instead of the circle on the other card. I changed the color from green to blue.
The next card is one where this charm was my inspiration.
My card was made with silver shimmer paper. I cut out the heart, then cut hearts out of the heart.
God we need you here on earth like never before.  Please Lord, hear my prayers for this sorry and destroyed world we live in.

Verse of the Day: I hear this at the Christian school I volunteer at. The kids begin to memorize Bible verses from Kindergarten.  These young minds are full of room to remember the verses. Mine not so much....I do the best I can.
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I've been working on putting knitted blocks together to make afghans for Warm Up America, through Pat Catans.  Saturday I spent 11-3 putting together a 20-square blanket.  I spent last night and tonight putting together another blanket with my mom's blocks.  I can't wait to take it to show her and get a picture of her holding it.

Thanks to Sarah Annie for helping me sort the 409 squares mom made into color families.  Then she helped me piece together 20 squares for afghans.  We had fun doing this and talking through it all.



This is so funny.  I hope you enjoy.


Blessing of the Day: I finished the blanket from yesterday and another one today. The blankets take on average 4 hours to complete.  I'm going to teach Sarah how to do this too.  More mom and daughter time.

David Dunn sings this song called, I Want To Go Back.  Give it a listen.


Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Friday, February 3, 2017

A Couple of Days Late

I started this Wednesday and never got back to finish it and post it.  Happy February! The sun in our area is staying out longer which is so good for me. It' brings the countdown to Spring closer and closer which makes me so happy!
I can't wait to get back outside on the porch for coffee and bird-watching.
                                                 
Ya know sometimes it seems like we look at others and see what they have and yearn for more.  I came across this the other day. I realized once again, God is all I need.  How about you?

I'm thanking God for what he has given me. I continue praying for Tim and his new work situation. He has a meeting with his boss Monday afternoon. I'm praying he can say what he needs to say.
I love being a Mom. It's the best and hardest job I've ever had. I have to say that now that the kids are grown ups, I love interacting with them.  They ask advice and even smile and laugh in my presence! Getting past the 'parents in charge' stage is wonderful.
The only thing I think that's better than this is being a grandparent.
He's our sweet Chloe yesterday when she came home from her surgery.  I loved holding her little warm body as I rocked in my chair.  Today she's ready to play. She's much better.

Here are two cards that I made for Tuesday's Color Challenge. Wisteria, soft sky and pear were the colors.  I had so much fun with the colors that I made two cards.


Today this came across my screen. I try to go to God first when something happens. 

Today was Rachel's last day at Mom's Deli here in North Royalton. I'm sure it was an emotional day.
She begins working at a CVS near her house in Cleveland tomorrow.  A good friend of Rachel and Ben's is a manager at CVS so he will train her. God is good. No more 30 minute drives to work 4 times a week.

Blessing of the Day: Tim's sharing how he's feeling about work. He has a meeting Monday with is boss. Praying that God guides him through the whole meeting.

Thanks for visiting,

Blessings,