Thursday, January 31, 2013

I'm On Pinterest

Hello, my friends!
I finally jumped into Pinterest land....yes, I really did :)
 
Okay, I have to admit that at first I wasn't thrilled with Pinterest.
To be honest, I didn't get what it was or what to do
and I thought it was a waste of time.
 
Well, I finally ventured over to Pinterest, looked around,
figured some things out and fell in love with "pinning."
 
I know most of you have been on Pinterest for a long time and you are old pros,
but I'm just a beginner taking baby steps :)
 
So I wanted to invite you to join me on the journey of my pinning.
I would love to have you follow along!!
Feel free to click my Pinterest button here or on my sidebar.
 

Follow Me on Pinterest
 
Have a blessed day, sweet friends!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

No Water Flower Bouquet

I decided to make a yo-yo flower bouquet
for my precious grandmother who lives in Canada.
I thought it would be nice to give her flowers that she could enjoy for a while
and not have to water :)
I used dried poppy flower stems and holly hock stems
for my yo-yo flowers.

And I was thrilled to find this vase with a Cardinal on it
because she LOVES Cardinals.

A house needs a grandma in it. 
~ Louisa May Alcott
 
 
Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day
and now the day was complete. 
~ Marcy DeMaree ~

 
Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while,
but our hearts forever.
~ Unknown ~

 
Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple. 
Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love. 
~ Unknown ~

 
A grandmother is a little bit parent,
a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.
~ Unknown ~

 
A garden of Love grows in a Grandmother's heart.
~ Unknown ~

 
A grandma has the wisdom of long experience
and the love of an understanding heart.
~ Unknown ~
 
If you want to make some yo-yo flowers
then click here for the tutorial.

Monday, January 28, 2013

January Cara Box Reveal

I was able to participate in a fun gift box exchange called the
 

Each month is a different theme
and for the month of January it was
Resolutions.

Amanda had me and she was so kind and encouraging in her emails.
I had a lot of fun answering her questions as she got to know me.
She of course wanted to know if I had any New Year's resolutions 
and this is what I told her....
 

My number one desire and goal for the New Year
is to grow closer to the Lord.
I want to be consumed with Him,
 spend time with Him each day and live my life for His honor and glory.

A few of my other goals for the New Year would be to 
participate in a craft fair during the holidays.

 Catch up on my son's scrapbook - I am 2 years behind!

And last but not least...
I am a big sweet eater - I love desserts :)
I would love to be diligent in eating healthier foods.

So this is what sweet Amanda sent me :)

The first pictures are of a  beautiful journal.
Since one of my resolutions for the year is to grow closer to God
she thought this would be a great way to write down devotions, questions, quotes, etc.
What a brilliant idea and I will enjoy using it.
She also wrote in the front of the book my favorite quote by Elisabeth Elliot
and then she scattered quotes from my favorite authors though-out the note book.
She is certainly very thoughtful and creative!
 Amanda knows I love anything vintage so she lovingly made some vintage rosettes
that I will enjoy using for crafts.
And she found this spectacular fabric at a vintage antique store.
Isn't it lovely?!
 It Is Well With My Soul is my ultimate favorite song
and Amanda took note of that.
She framed the lyrics in this pretty vintage frame
and the rose paper is perfect since I love roses!
This song is also a favorite of Amanda's :)
The Lara Bar is for my sweet tooth since it's a great all-natural snack.
And the scrap booking stuff is for my son's scrapbook that I need will finish this year :)


Amanda greatly spoiled me and I am thrilled with her delightful gifts.
This was my first time participating in the Cara Box Exchange
and this box will be one I cherish and always remember.

Thank you so much Amanda!
I am grateful for all that you did for me :)

I had Lauren from Enjoying The Journey
I had such a fun time getting to know her.
She has been a great blessing  to me
and I appreciate her deep love for the Lord.

I am linking up with Kaitlyn at Wifessionals

Paper Towel Wreath

And you thought paper towels were only good for cleaning up spills.
They can also be used to adorn the walls of our home in a lovely display of decoration :)


I don't know why I decided to make this wreath.
I think I was just fiddling with a paper towel one evening 
and ended up twisting it into a rosette.
And of course the wheels in my head started turning
and I was thinking, "I know I can create something with these!"

You will need:
paper towels
12" x 12" card stock
scissors
pencil
hole punch
ribbon
hot glue gun and glue
buttons, beads, rhinestones (optional)

Draw or trace a heart onto your card stock.
Then draw another heart inside your main heart.
After cutting it out, you will have this....

By the way, I apologize for the black dot on some of my photos.
My lens has a scratch and I can't always get a good shot around it :)
Anyway....

At the top of the heart,
use a hole punch and tie some ribbon through the hole.
Cut your paper towels into strips.
Fold one end like this and begin twisting into a circle to create a rosette.
Click here for more details on how to make a rosette.
Okay, hold your rosette together with one hand and with your other hand
apply hot glue to your heart paper wreath and press your rosette onto the glue.
This will hold it together.
Continue to do this until your wreath is covered.
And you're done!

You can also apply any kind of embellishment.
I added 2 buttons to one wreath.




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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Love For The Blessed Savior

My Jesus, I Love Thee

My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine - for Thee all the follies of sin I resign;
my gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou: if ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

I Love Thee because Thou hast first loved me and purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree;
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow: if ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

I'll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death, and praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
and say when the death-dew lies cold on my brow, "If ever I love Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now."

In mansions of glory and endless delight, I'll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow, "If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now."
 ~ William Ralph Featherson ~
 
"And shall I use these ransomed powers of mine
for things that only minister to me?
Lord, take my tongue, my hands, my heart, my all,
and let me live and love for Thee."
~ Unknown ~

"But God, who is rich in mercy,
for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins,
hath quickened us together with Christ,
 (by grace ye are saved;)"
~ Ephesians 2:4,5 ~

Praise the Lord for His precious love towards us!
Have a blessed Lord's Day!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Delectable Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are one of my favorites
and I had a craving for them the other day
so I found this recipe and whipped up a batch.
I have tried several peanut butter cookie recipes
 and I think this is my favorite one so far.
The cookies have wonderful flavor and they practically melt in your mouth.

Ingredients Needed:
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
white sugar for rolling dough in

I got about 5 dozen cookies, but if you don't want that many then just cut the recipe in half.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Sift together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, 
cream together butter, peanut butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth.
Beat in eggs, then stir in vanilla.
Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls.
Roll in remaining sugar.
Place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Criss-cross with fork tines.
Bake for 8 - 10 minutes in preheated oven.
Cool slightly and remove from pan onto cooling racks.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Paper And Yarn Heart Tree's

My son and I had a wonderful time making these heart tree's together :)
They're a great craft for kids
and they add a sweet decoration to your home for Valentine's Day.



Items Needed:
12" x 12" card stock or 8.5" x 11"
hot glue gun and glue
yarn
scissors
heart paper punch
decorative trim/lace

Create a cone out of your paper
and hot glue (or tape) the outer edge down.
Trim the bottom so that it's all even.
Apply a dab of hot glue on the top 
and press the end of the yarn onto the glue.
Hold the yarn tight 
and twist down the cone.
If you want, you can periodically apply a dab of hot glue for extra hold.
Rosie Girl was absolutely no help during this project!
Although she was cute to watch :)



Once your cone is covered with yarn, you can apply decorative trim for garland.
Then punch out (or trace) some hearts and apply to your Valentine's tree.



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Sunday, January 20, 2013

How Can I Help But Love Him?

"When I stand before the throne,
dressed in beauty not my own;
When I see Thee as Thou art,
love Thee with unceasing heart;
 Then, Lord, shall I fully know
- not till then -
how much I owe."
~ Unknown ~
 
How Can I Help But Love Him?
 
Down from His splendor in glory He came, into a world of woe;
took on Himself all my guilt and my shame, why should he love me so?
 
I am unworthy to take of His grace, wonderful grace so free;
yet Jesus suffered and died in my place, e'en for a soul like me.
 
He is the fairest of thousands to me, His love is sweet and true;
wonderful beauty in Him I now see, more than I ever knew.
 
Chorus  
How can I help but love Him
When He loved me so?
How can I help but love Him
When He loved me so?
~ EltonM. Roth ~
 
"The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying,
Yes, I have loved thee with an everlasting love:
therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee."
~ Jeremiah 31:3 ~
 
"We love him, because he first loved us."
~ 1 John 4:19 ~
 
"Keep yourselves in the love of God,
looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ
unto eternal life. "
~ Jude 21 ~
 
"I will love thee, O LORD, my strength."
~ Psalm 18:1 ~
 
Have a blessed Lord's Day!


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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Roses For You

My darling husband and sweet son surprised me the other night
with these beautiful yellow roses.
Some have a red streak through the petals making them even more breath-taking.
I put the roses by my bed and each night as I fell asleep,
their sweet fragrance wrapped around me and lulled me into blissful sleep :)

I thought I would share my roses with you, lovely friends.
And there are a few poems throughout the pictures.
Please enjoy :)


As a flower in the garden
Bending toward the sun,
Unfolds it's tiny petals
One, by one, by one...
So faith expands it's beauty
Until at last it grows
Into life's lasting flower...
The heart's fair perfect rose.
~ Rebecca Helmann ~  



The Rose is gowned in petaled grace and lovely beyond telling;
She always lifts a friendly face, regardless of her dwelling.
Her golden silence can express to us, no matter where, joy shared;
Give solace in distress from those who fondly care. 
 The Rose has ways of saying things we much delight to hear;
without a spoken word, she brings and keeps our loved ones near
~ Laura S. Beck ~




It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God's design,
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.
The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I,
The flower God opens so sweetly,
In my hands would fade and die.
I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God's design,
Then how can I have wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?
So I'll trust Him for His leading
Each moment of every day
And I'll look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.
For the pathway that lies before me
My heavenly Father knows
I'll trust Him to unfold the moments
Just as He unfolds the rose.
~ Anonymous ~






You love the roses - so do I. I wish
The sky would rain down roses, as they rain
From off the shaken bush. Why will it not?
Then all the valley would be pink and white
And soft to tread on. They would fall as light
As feathers, smelling sweet: and it would be
Like sleeping and yet waking, all at once.
~ George Eliot ~

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Vintage Jeweled Hearts

"Beloved, let us love one another:
for love is of God;
and every one that loveth is born of God,
and knoweth God."
1 John 4:7


I made these pretty hearts to add a special touch to my home.
I thought they would look nice hanging up in the bedroom or craft room :)

They would also be a nice gift for a special someone.

You will need:
scrap fabric
beads
embroidery floss (thread)
embroidery needle
fiberfill
sewing machine
scissors
iron
heart template
I found my heart template online and printed it off. 
The size was 7.5 inches wide and 5.5 inches long.

Fold the fabric in half and pin the heart template to it.
Cut out the heart and pin wrong sides together.
Use a 1/8 inch seam allowance and sew the heart pieces together.
Leave a small opening to stuff your heart.
Trim and notch the curved edges of the heart.
Turn the heart right side out.
Use a pointy (but not sharp) object to push out the edges and shape the heart.
Iron the heart.
Thread your needle with embroidery floss 
and tie a knot on one end of the thread.
My thread was about 15 inches long.
Begin stringing your beads onto the floss.
When you are done with the beads,
bring your needle through the last bead to secure and then tie a knot.
Hold your thread nice and tight while doing this.
Stuff the heart with fiberfill and sew the gap closed.
Ta da! You're done :)



 
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