Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The First Day of Spring 2018

                            Happy 1st Day of Spring!             
Today we got to  40 or so. At least we didn't have snow like some states! LOL  Yesterday I was out on the back porch with a blanket. It was great to be in the sun and feel it's heat and warmth.  I feel just like the cats sitting in the sun. You get warm and groggy and just want to take a nap.
I was reminded by this today that we are in a constant battle of the spirit world. It's all around us. We need to pray for God's guidance and help each day.
Trusting in God for many things going on in our lives right now. Resting on God's plan for our lives.
I've told my kids from when they were school age, to look for needs they could fill. Even as kids, they could fill needs of others.  I recently heard Sarah say she remembered this and told me something she did.
I try to do little things like leave a restroom better than I found it. No one sees but God knows what we do for Him. For me the idea is to do for others without making it obvious if possible.
Here's Phoebe today. Tim got new cat scratchers and added catnip as instructed. Both cats were crazy, silly eating the catnip and rolling on this and scratching their claws. Then Phoebe went to sleep on it.

Here's a card I made for the clean and simple challenge on SCS. We were to make something that made us happy. I love yellow roses tinged with pink.  This is an Our Daily Bread Designs stamp set. I wanted a set with sayings about tea. I have friends that drink tea.
This card was made for the Color Challenge on SCS. The colors were Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron and Marina Mist. I colored this with Copic markers then added yellow wink of stella to the flower center. I decorated the envelope as well.
The first pink flower card was made by Carlene who was the featured stamper this week on SCS. I used her card for inspiration for mine. I changed the colors, the layout and used dry embossing and washi tape instead of ribbon and a raised sentiment.
The flower was stamped with versamark then heat embossed with white embossing powder. I colored the flower using ink from the lids of ink pads. I added the washi tape border and added dry embossing using the Anna Griffen Rosa embossing folder.

Verse of the Day:Deuteronomy 31:6

Check out this song by Newsboys called, Restart.
We've all gotten a restart when we accepted Christ. We became a new person in Christ. I like the beat of this and the words. Give it a listen.

Blessing of the day: We got more pictures off the walls to keep the rooms from looking too busy when we show the house in May. I like working ahead so we're not stressed.
Tim's been making dinner for us. I really like that a lot. I don't seem to have an interest in planning or making dinner.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Oh, My Aching Back

I can tell you that yesterday getting off the couch I suddenly had stabbing back pain. It's still bothering me. Feeling old when there's nothing I did to cause the pain. Praying it goes away without help from a doctor.
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I have been doing lots of things which involve time away from stamping.
Had to deal with billing department for a doctor, make appointments and take a nap to get relief from my back pain.  Every time I  get up from a chair, it hurts until I've gone a few steps.

I've also been working on communication with customers. My business is growing bit by bit. I had 4 ladies make cards Monday morning and 4 more signed up for Friday evening.

Emailing customers about deliveries, orders and Stampin' Up sales and information takes time.

I also worked on emails and computer input for Birthday Random Acts of Kindness on SCS. I am enjoying being part of that group.

I was also invited to join a group of Christian Ladies stamping. We have a monthly challenge based on a verse someone has chosen. It's a great way to bring scripture to card making.

I saw this and just had to share. We never know when our connections help someone.  Years ago when I went through a very low point in my life, (2 major devastating events) I found that helping others really helped me.  Turning away from my problems, complaints and issues helped me be a better servant. I began to look forward to helping others with the needs I saw.

It doesn't take much sometimes. Maybe it's a prayer you say for a person walking down the street. Maybe it's a kind word to someone you see at the dentist's office. Maybe the cashier needs to hear more than just complaints. We each have a purpose given to us by God.  Encouragement is what I specialize in. What's your specialty?
 I saw this online and had to share. This is the rock formation of elephants from the Cleveland Zoo Pachyderm building. It was updated and this wall was moved to The Cleveland Historical Museum. So glad this icon was preserved. It brings back many wonderful memories of trips to the zoo.
 How many times do we let our emotions rule our life? I'm guilty of this. My emotions take me places I don't want to go. I'm glad God brought me a husband who is logical. He can make me see how things really are. He can help me get past the emotional outburst to a logical, thought-out plan. Praising God for giving me what I need.
 This continues to be a prayer for me. When family doesn't agree or get along, it's so sad. So much time is lost in anger and sadness. Turning your anger into prayer for those who hurt you, is powerful stuff! It empowers you and allows you to move forward so this anger and sadness don't have a chance to hurt you physically and emotionally.  This is obviously easier said than done.

Verse of the Day:
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What a beautiful song about God's Grace by Elevation Worship. It's called Grace like a wave.

Blessing of the Day: Tim and I got lots done today. Tim's busy cleaning out things and organizing things to get ready to put our house on the market. Praising God for all of Tim's efforts.

Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Busy Week!

So this was the morning we lost an hour. It will mess me up for weeks. An hour doesn't sound like a long time, but to my body it is. How about you, do you take a while to adjust?
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My twin sister, Ann was in town for 5 days. It was so much fun to have here here. I taught her how to do Tunisian Crochet with a long crochet hook. This is what it looks like. You never turn your project. This is the front.
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Here's Annie working on a strip that I had going already. I'm making an afghan that will be different color strips side by side.
 Ann's big goal was to make a baby blanket for our great-nephew who is almost a year old. Ann made a baby blanket for his dad, who loved it so much he couldn't wait to see what his son's would look like. I am standing with Ann, but didn't do anything with this blanket, but watch Ann and Patty work all things out to finish this.
 Here's Ann and Patty. They labored on this blanket for a whole day. It was a true labor of love.
Isn't this just a sweet blanket?
I stayed up to take Ann to the airport at 3:45 a.m. so I finished crocheting my hat.  I know it looks like I've really messed up with the measurements, however this is a wool hat. It will blocked where it will shrink  into the cutest hat! (hopefully!)
 My sister Patty, sent this to me. This more describes her than me I think.

This is the card I made for today's challenge on SCS. Here's the inspiration for my card. I loved the colors and holes in her card. I punched my holes in different places and created a cute background with the designer paper.

 Here's one of my cards using the Waterfront stamps from Stampin' Up to make this card.
This set is so versatile.
 Here is the card I made for the Inspiration Challenge on SCS. I used the earrings as my inspiration.
Abalone and Alpaca Silver Dragonfly Earrings Handmade and Fair Trade
Saw this on FB and just had to share.
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This is so true. I need to recharge.

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Verse of the Day: 1 Peter 5:10
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Here's a song by Danny Gokey. Give it a listen.

Blessing of the Day: We all got home safely. Tim was so happy to see me. relationships were strengthened.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

She's Here, She's Here!

My twin's in town. I picked her up early this morning at the airport. It's been a busy but fun day.
She will be here through Friday evening. She goes to the airport by 6 a.m. Saturday.
We will visit my sister in Columbus for a couple of days then return home.

Didn't this image just make you say, "Awwww."  That's what I said when I saw it.
 I saw this and had to share. It's a beautiful bunch of flowers on a cracked, old chair. Love it!
 This is a card I made using the new Blossoming Basket set of stamps and embossing folder. I also used the sentiment which is part of a die set that's available in Sale-a-bration which continues through the end of this month.

 This is a card that will be donated to South Carolina Juvenile Justice System this month.
 This is a card I made for a challenge this week. The challenge was to use a cross and purple. I may just use this as my Easter Card this year.
I laughed out loud when I read this online. Whomever created the phrase, 'The Best Part of Waking Up",  Is Stupid! Look at the expression on his face! What a hoot.
 This is another card created for South Carolina Juvenile Justice System. It's a stamp set called, Waterfront. It's in the new Spring Occasions catalog. It's fantastic for Masculine cards!
This is the card that was my inspiration for my red and yellow tulips card.
 I stamped and colored the image with Copic Markers. I used an aqua painter with crumb cake ink to make the mud under the boots.

Verse of the Day: Mark 8:34-35
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Blizzard, Momma, Cats, Christ, Compassion

Can  you say, BLIZZARD? We are seeing March come in like a lion for sure. We have very windy conditions which have caused downed trees and power outages around the city. We're fine where we are, our power lines are underground.
Seems Ben and Brianna are without power but it seems crews are out fixing power lines quickly that are down. It's great to have an online source to be able to see where power outages are.
We will have snow through noon tomorrow.  It's been snowing since about 7:30 p.m. this evening.
Police are advising if you don't have to go out, don't.

We will probably have lots of school closings due to this weather. I remember the excitement of wishing, then getting a snow day! No feeling like it!

 I saw this on FB the other day and had to share. The kids call me Momma, not Mom. It's kind of nice. I love being the parent of grown kids. The relationship is very different than when they are living in your house.
I spoke to my sister-in-law and she's going head-to-head with her 11 year old daughter. She said her daughter is exactly like her. That's why they struggle.
Do you remember hearing someone say, "I hope you have kids 10's worse than you!"
 This is a picture Rachel posted on FB. Chewie is on the window seat. Harper photo bombed this at the last second! LOL
 Here is my desk tonight. I've been watching some tv on my computer and stamping and coloring. I'll show cards tomorrow.
 Today I got my Stampin' Up supplies and my new Stamparatus. I asked Tim to bring the box in. He put it on my desk, then proceeded to put his mug of coffee on it. He sat down and wanted to chat while he drank his coffee.
Do you know what it's like to have Christmas in a box on your desk, and because you're so polite, you wait to open the box? Yup, 45 minutes later I opened my box.

Tonight I used the Stamparatus. It's going to take some time to get used to it. With the hinges it has, it sits differently when you ink your stamps.
I tried putting several stamps on the doors and it worked ok. I did find that the closer to the hinges you stamp, the harder you have to press on the stamps for an impression.  Like I said, it will take time to adjust after using the MISTI for so long.

After things were unpacked from my box, I put it on the floor. No sooner had I done that, then a cat appeared in it.  We don't need cat toys, boxes and ordinary house stuff amuses our cats just fine.
 Phoebe loves to sit by the window and watch things.  Chloe runs up the back of chairs for some reason. When she got to the top today, she found the window seat was taken. So, she sat up top and watched from her perch. LOL
You never know what these cats are going to do.
I bet you can't guess who's sleeping here....I see you Chloe. She loves burrowing under blankets to sleep.

Verse of the Day:Think of all of these words; compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. These are some of the fruits of the spirit. How many did you show today towards someone?
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Tomorrow is Reverend Billy Graham's funeral ceremony. A final goodbye here on earth. Rev. Graham couldn't wait to go to heaven. What a day that must have been when he joined the Heavenly Father in Heaven. Can you imagine how many hearts he brought to Jesus through his preaching? I am one of those hearts who found Jesus because of that man. Thank you God for sending your servant Dr. Graham to preach the gospel and win hearts for you. Well done good and faithful servant.

Here's a song by Jeremy Camp called, Can't be Moved.  Give it a listen.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are staying warm and safe if you are in the Northern states.