Thursday, 19 May 2016

Simply Blessed


Above is a card that my daughter made for me for mother's day this year.  She used a velum sentiment sheet and placed it over some gentle papers with a touch of distressing.  Then added some sweet paper flowers and pearls.

I've been thinking a lot about the word blessed lately.  How by the world's standards I have not much, but by God's standards I am rich.

I am blessed to have been saved by a gracious merciful God!  Through repentance and faith I was drawn to the Saviour Christ Jesus the Lord. He has saved me from my sin and I look forward to being with Him forever.  As a young girl I called on the name of the Lord and he answered me.  I am blessed to be forgiven, I am blessed to know that there is life, eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ.  Do you know Him?  Has he saved you from your sin?  If not I recommend you read about the Gospel HERE.

How amazing it is to be a wife to a wonderful man who loves the Lord Jesus and who leads our family to the word of God (KJV in english).  To be a mother to four amazing children all who challenge me and delight me.  How I live in a warm cozy home in the country with lots of fresh air! I have a garden and small greenhouse to help grow food for my family.  I have yarn to crochet things with, and a sewing machine to sew things.

The Lord has led me to learning more simple things, to leave the rush of the world behind and seek to walk before him with a heart that's stayed on Him.  I still have much to learn, but when you tune out the world and all it's distractions, you learn a truer reality.  Simple things.  To fear God and depart from evil.  To grow and learn by the word of God.  To care for my family and their needs with genuine love.  Not forced, not obligated, but in joyful service to them.  To be a woman in the true sense of the word, to love feminine things.  To be vulnerable, to be gentle spirited, to be modest in spirit and appearance, to be protective, to be content with the role that the Lord Jesus has given me.  These things I'm learning.

When I start to count my blessings I start to see how amazing the Lord has been to me.  Simple things...things that a world pressing on for more, more, more misses.  Don't be to busy and distracted to think on the things of the Lord Jesus and His Word. To walk in the paths that He has for you.

Praying also for all of you.  May you have a blessed day!

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Monday, 16 May 2016

Lacy Screen and Apple Sticks


Hello!  This weekend I got to spend most of the day with just my boys.  I'd love to share with you a lacy screen that the boys and I made for the kitchen window this weekend.  The old screen was full of holes and I'd seen this idea and thought it was worth a try.  We salvaged some small wood from the dump and the lace is from a valance we found at the free store.  A few nails and staples later it was ready to pop into the window.  The lace helped it fit snuggly so it won't blow out.   Something pretty to see as we wash the dishes.

Then we decided to make something new for snack time.  Apple pie sticks.   They were so yummy and easy.  We just made some applesauce (I added brown sugar this time where I usually don't.) then layered it between pie dough.  We used the boys play dough cutter.  Yes, I washed it first.   Once baked and cooled we dipped them in whipped cream. Yum!  Sorry we didn't get an after it was cooked pic.  But they did cook up nicely and didn't spill out the applesauce all over the place.



Thanks for dropping by!  Praying you have a beautiful day!

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Monday, 2 May 2016

Sweet Girl!


 Hello Friends!  I have a sweet little card to share with you today.  It was my daughter's birthday yesterday and so I put this together for her.   God has been so good to me!  She's 17 now and is such an amazing and beautiful young woman!


 I used some new stamps that were gifted me and they're from Our Daily Bread Stamps. 


 I used some lovely purply paper by Bo Bunny and then I embossed it with a damask folder.  I added some distressing to the edges of the papers, a touch of a doily and some inking on the corrugated part.   The lace I added was also gifted to me and I couldn't help using two different kinds. :) 


Last of all I added a crocheted flower I made to match.  It's using THIS pattern.  Then popped a pearl in the center.

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Saturday, 30 April 2016

A Play Computer


Hello Friends! Today I have a quick post I'd like to share with you.  My boys love computers and pretending to use them when they're not on ours. :)  So my husband took this old IMac that we found at the dump and gutted it of all it's components. We tied a weight on to it so that it would adjust properly like a "real" one.  Then we took the cover of a spreadsheet book we found at the dump also, cut the binding off and overlapped it over the opening.  Adhered it with crafting tape.  It fit perfectly into the rounded edges of where the previous screen had been.  (the previous screen was smashed to bits so was removed also) 
 

So now the boys have a play computer that looks like a real one.  The keyboard and mouse that they have with it came from the dump free store also. :)  So a cheep fun toy for the kids. :)


This last pic shows better the overlap that was made.


Thanks for dropping by!  May you have a blessed day!


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Lacy Thank You


Hello Friends!  Today I have a card to share with you that I made for a sweet friend as a thank you.
I used a Stampin' Up card base (which I inked a bit) and then some sweet Stampin' Up papers.  I tied some ribbon on and added a little wooden embellishment.  Somehow in the pictures the ribbon and paper look very different...it didn't look that off in person.


I love how easy it is to make a card when you have such lovely things to work with!


It is a wonderful thing then blessed by others just because.  I am so thankful for all of those people that the Lord has brought into my life, to encourage me and to cheer me!  May the Lord be praised for his great kindness to me!

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Monday, 25 April 2016

Buggles


 Hello Friends!  Today I have some buggles to share with  you. :)  I saw this craft on Pinterest and thought it would be so cute and fun.   I searched for ages to find the little glass rocks...and when I couldn't, a dear friend of mine mailed me some! She sent some really big ones and some small ones. 


 We went through my card crafting paper and found some with patterns that were smaller and would look good "under glass".  We cut the paper to fit under the stones and then modge podged it on.  After that was dry, we added some modge podge on the underneath so that we could stick them outside and they'd be sealed from any water. 


Now for the googly eyes. :)  When it was all dry, we turned them over and added some googly eyes with just a touch of modge podge glue.

Here are some close up pics of some of my favourites.   Soon they will be out in the garden and flower bed to add colour and interest.   We spend lots of time outside gardening and just enjoying nature, so this was a great addition to that.




Thanks for dropping by!  This was such  fun and easy craft for the kids and when we get more stones someday we'll be making more, just for fun.   A good summer craft to do out on a blanket in the yard.

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Nothin' Says Lovin'


Hello Friends!  I love this homemade sign that hangs in my kitchen.  It holds my array of tea strainers so they are handy also.  I love tea, and have started growing some different herbs for tea which is fun. :)  I found this sign at a free store and I'll never be giving it away. :)  Helps me to keep in mind that what I do in the kitchen is loving and caring for my family. 

One thing that my family loves to do is to try new things.  One new thing that we found at the grocery was blue potatoes.  Have you tried them?  We thought that since they were so small that we'd slice them up and bake them like we do our  homemade french fries.  So we put them through our food processor (much faster than slicing them by hand). 


Aren't they so pretty on the inside?


We laid them all out on a cookie sheet, rolled them around in some sunflower oil and tucked them in the oven.  They cooked much faster than the regular Yukon Gold ones we are used to and had a stronger flavour as well.  Very delicious!


I served them with meatball sandwiches on homemade buns and it was a great combination.
Yes, we did eat some more vegetables with our meal...but I forgot to put some on the plate. :)


Thanks for dropping by!  I hope  you have a blessed day and remember that working in your kitchen providing good healthy and delicious foods for  your family is a way of loving them.  The Lord Jesus has given us such a wonderful job in caring for our families!  Let us joy in it and not let it be a chore for us. 

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