Sunday, May 20, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook Sunday, May 20, 2018

For Today,  Sunday, May 20, 2018

Check out where this all began here.

Looking out my window- it is a sunny, breezy, cool day here in Ohio. The birds are chirping and we've seen Baltimore Orioles at the hummingbird feeder so we took out some oranges.
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I am thinking-that selling a house is very stressful. To have to be 'on call' in case there is a showing is exhausting.  We've been out looking at houses and driving by houses we like, to see neighbors and neighborhoods. Those are things the realtor doesn't show you! LOL
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I am thankful-that all of our hard work is paying off. We are having people looking at the house.

One of my favorite things- is seeing my perennials bloom in the garden. This is a huge bunch of Salvia that Tim had to put a fence around. The heavy rains we had yesterday battered them down.

I am creating cards with the new Stampin' Up stamps I just got.Image result for stampin up share what you love

I am wearing short sleeves, jeans, shoes and socks.
I am reading, The Cast, by Danielle Steel     Image result for the cast danielle steel

I am listening to soft Jazz on Amazon Music.

I am creating a new afghan for Warm Up America. I just finished one.

I am hoping, DH and I can lean on God's wisdom for the selling and buying a new home.
He told me last night we just have to be patient for the people God has blessed for our house. We need to wait on God and his timing. That's so hard to do.

I am learning that life selling and looking for homes is very stressful.

In my kitchen, things are quiet as we've just done dinner clean up.

In my garden it is a wonderland of growing and blooming things! I love it!
Tim has put a lot of work into the garden so it looked great when people checked out the house.
This is a view of  the corner of the garden nearest the house. We're waiting for lavender and lily of the valley to show their flowers.
This is my knock-out rose bush. We have salvia and bee balm growing and need to pull some of it to give the rose some room.
The poppies are ready to pop. Mom had orange poppies so I got some. I loved mom's poppies.
 Here is our pink baby's breath.
Here's one of the columbine.
 Here's the bleeding heart which was in mom's garden as well. This was one of my favorites. I loved the little hearts.
Check out the pink columbine! Aren't they gorgeous?
This is a yellow rose bush. My grandmother had a yellow rose and I loved it. It wasn't as common as red roses back then in the early 60's.

Verse of the Day:It's been interesting that when I hear people talk about how Christians think they are better than they are, I wonder how they come up with that.  My response is, I am a sinner who relies on God for every breath I take. I do not judge others, but leave that to the one who created us all. God is the final judge of us all.  I am here to bring honor and glory to God, not to judge my fellow human beings.
I see how insecure these people are. I'd rather live with the peace Jesus gives me than live without God in my life.
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Blessing of the Day:Tim and I went to a few Open Houses today. We're beginning to make a list of pros/cons for condo/house buying. As you can see we love our garden immensely. 

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Classes This Week, Cards and Christ

Here are the 4 items we made for my classes this month.  The first one is a container for sweets, treats or bling. It was made using one 6 x 6 piece of designer series paper. This is new paper called, Garden Impressions.  It will be available June 1st for customers. This is a 6 x 6 pad of dsp. Each page is more beautiful than the next.

 This is a technique card called, Inking with Tape. Painter's tape is put on a stamp pad and pressed down a bit. Then you use the tape to stamp ink onto your background. I start with the lightest color and work towards the darkest. I start with a long piece of tape for the first color, a shorter piece for the second color, then use a piece of tape rolled so I can put my finger inside and stamp up and down on the paper.
 This is called a Peek-a-Boo card.  The bow holds it closed. The peek-a-boo is when you open the card. A sentiment is hidden under the circles.
 This is one of my favorite sets which is retiring. I stamped the ferns in old olive 2-3 times to make the ink lighter. I used pear pizzazz on the small circles. Marina mist was used for the flowers. The butterfly was cut out then clear wink of stella was applied. The butterfly was glued together in the center. Dimensionals were added to the body in the center. The wings were bent up a bit.

 This is my card for Tuesday's Color Challenge on SCS. It is a new stamp set called, Accented Blooms. I'm going to love this set for sure.

This is my card for today's sketch challenge. When I saw that opening I knew I had to have something coming out of it. I used House Mouse Stamps. Here is another sheet of Garden Impressions designer series paper.

 This is my card for the Inspiration  challenge Saturday.  Here is the inspiration piece for my card.
Urban Tote

These three cards I made at Louise's house early this week. I love stamping with others and seeing the cards they make. Even if they are from You Tube videos, she's changed them to make them her own.

 This card was for the Featured Stamper challenge. Here was my inspiration.

I used the basic layout but used my own images, sentiment and embossing folder. I just love this Darice cactus embossing folder!  The fun thing about these boots is they are made from fun foam. I heated the fun foam and when it was hot I stamped stazon onto the foam to get the impression. Then I used soft suede and chocolate chip to color the boots and go over the lines. The boots look and feel like leather.  Pretty cool, right?

Verse of the Day:Isaiah 52:7
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mother's Day 2018 A Little Late

Happy Mother's Day 2018

Listen to this beautiful song. I cry when I hear it and see the beautiful pictures.

Happy Mother's Day to you Mom! You are loved more than you know.

This is a picture of a long-standing tradition where Tim and the kids get flowers for the garden for me for Mother's Day. They plant them after I've picked them out.
Sadly this year we couldn't do that since we are selling our house. Perhaps it will begin again in our next home. So many wonderful memories of Mother's Day's gone by.  Thank You Tim and Ben and Sarah for such warm, memories of love shown.

I've told my kids that the greatest gift they can give me is their love and a visit. I love spending time with them. I know that they have busy lives, but take any time they can give me. It's amazing how things change and Tim and I now become the parents who love when their kids visit.  I know what my mom felt all of those years when we visited her.

I was on such a high today after Sarah and Brianna left. I had seen all of my kids today. Ben and Rachel took Tim and I out for breakfast.
Then Sarah and Brianna stopped by after work in the evening.  I feel so blessed that this song really shows my mood.

Blessing of the day: Visits from all the kids!  Tim made me angel hair pasta with cheese sauce. I love that stuff!

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Teacher's, Cards, All In

Happy Teacher's Day to all the teachers I know. You have a very difficult job with little appreciation.
I saw this online. A woman ordered this to put in her craft room. I love it!
This card was made for Monday's clean and simple challenge. The theme was picnic. I printed out a tablecloth from online. I sponged a background, masked the sun then sponged it yellow. I colored and cut out this cute ant. He originally carried a rubber tree plant. I cut that out and added the slice of watermelon.
This is for Tuesday's color challenge. The colors were melon mambo, lemon lime twist and black. I stamped off for the lemon lime twist. I stamped the flowers in brown memento ink on the green. I stamped the flowers on white paper and colored then cut them out. I put dimensionals on the back
So I used the inking with tape technique for the card base. Then I stamped, colored and cut out the sunflower. I stamped my sentiment then dry embossed it. I added the sunflower with dimensionals. I stamped the bees then added yellow wink of stella to them. 

Verse of the Day: 1 John 4:13
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This is a great song from Matthew West called, All In.  I love the message. Give it a listen.

Blessing of the Day: We're working hard to get the house ready to show. I'm blessed that Tim's a hard worker.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Cavs, Cards, House Hunting

Cavs, in the final seconds of game 3 win it with another LeBron James basket. This was the most incredible shot!

Yesterday and the day before, we saw Baltimore Orioles. A male and female were passing through. Tim had oranges out for them and they stopped! They checked out the hummingbird feeder then the oranges. What an amazing thing to see. We don't usually see them around here. It seems a lot of people recently have seen them. What a beautiful creature!

This is one of my favorite summer flowers. It is called, Lantana.  I got one from Sarah and had to cut it back. It is growing back so well. I can't wait to see it's gorgeous flowers blooming again!
In our garden, my bleeding heart has flowers already. These grew in my mom's garden and they were one of my favorite flowers. I had to plant some in my garden.  Guess what? Sarah has done the same thing.

This is the inspiration card I used to make my card with the orange flowers. This card was made with metallic ink on black cardstock.
My card was made by stamping the flowers. The colors used were curry, real red and choc chip. Then I stamped with versamark and heated clear embossing powder over the flowers.  Then I used memento tuxedo black and wiped it on top of the flowers. I quickly wiped it off. Where the embossing powder is resists the ink.
This is the pillow that was my inspiration for the Saturday Inspiration Challenge on SCS.
Pretty in Pink Flamingo Outdoor Pillow
I dry embossed the Bermuda Bay paper. Then I put the criss-cross panel on top of that. I stamped the flamingo using the Stamparatus. I sponged the edges and added a black rhinestone for the eye.

Verse of the Day: Acts 1:8
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Here's a song from Danny Gokey, called Crazy Not To. I couldn't find a lyric video so I added the words under this.

Love, I don't think so
I'd have to be a fool to go down that road
Aw, but look at you, look at you, look at you
I'd be crazy not to

I know, it makes no sense
Why would I jump off a perfectly good cliff
Aw, but look at you, look at you, look at you
I'd be crazy not to

My best bet is turn around and run
And not get all caught up in your love
My friends say I'm crazy if I do
Aw, but look at you, look at you, look at you
Oh, I'd be crazy not to

My heart, is telling me stay
Like maybe I should take a chance and have faith
Aw, and look at you, look at you, look at you
Baby, I'd be crazy not to

My best bet is turn around and run
And not get all caught up in your love
My friends say I'm crazy if I do
Aw, but look at you, look at you, look at you
Oh, I'd be crazy not to, baby, I'd be crazy not to

I know if I kiss you
It's only gonna lead to
More and more, and more, and more

So my best bet is turn around and run
And not get all caught up in your love
My friends say I'm crazy if I do
Aw, but look at you, look at you, look at you
Yeah, look at you, look at you, look at you
I'd be crazy not to, crazy not to

Today we went to look at 4 different homes. It's truly amazing what people do or don't do to sell their house.
The last home we went to visit, the realtor said her cleaning crew and helpers hadn't finished the house but we could look any way. It was an Open House. Her kids were there sitting in a van waiting for their mom to finish showing the house.

The house was dingy, had water trickles down the windows which probably will be painted over.
In one room there were tools and paint for the workers. In another bedroom remnants of the closet were out into the room. The closet hadn't been cleaned out and stood open filled with junk.

The first house we went to was a ranch with a basement. The house had water damage and the owner had gotten a few estimates to put in a drain which would run to the street system. It was a house from 1957 and looked like not much had been done to it.

What is amazing is the realtors take pictures in such a way that you don't see flaws. We would never had gone to the two houses had we seen up close what was there.

Two condos looked nice but they were too small. One of the condos had a large basement which was finished. Part of the area was set up like a living room with a fireplace. A sliding glass door opened into the backyard.
I could picture my craft room in that area for sure! LOL