Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thank You Cross Cards

I needed to send some
Thank You cards to
family/friends so
I decided to try this
beautiful intricate cross image.


Card Size:  4 3/4" x 7 1/4"
Cricut Cartridge:  New Testament
Cross Cut at 5"

Thank you for stopping by....
Blessings!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Old Fashioned Christmas

This year at Christmas I wanted
to make some special memories
with family celebrating with
old fashioned traditions
My parents simple Christmas tree
is adorned with vintage ornaments
and some are from their childhood.
I can remember making popcorn balls
as a kid and also stringing popcorn with a needle
and thread to make garland for our tree!

Making popcorn balls was top on my list
for our old fashioned Christmas this year!

Fox & Geese Board

As children, my parents played a
game called Fox & Geese where
the geese (small buttons) tried
to hem in the Fox (large buttons)
and keep them from having a move
(like check-mate in chess).

There are many different variations
of this game.  I can remember playing
this when I was young also.  It never
occurred to me that it was only 
cardboard and buttons.

The more fast paced life becomes and the
more tangible possessions people have, the 
more they seem to long for simpler times.

God, Family/Friends & Country--
Is there anything more important?

Wishing you the peace of simpler times
and precious memories with those you love!

Slow down and enjoy life!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ohio River Village Christmas

Along the Banks of 
the Ohio River


Many Villages still exist today
holding their small town
atmosphere precious.

Older buildings have since became
cafe's, antique/florist shops and offices.  
This is a cafe' along the river.

Unique Window Dressings


A Simple Reminder that
Jesus is the Reason for the Season 

 The decorations look almost as good as the
delicious smells coming from local bakeries.

Blackberry jam, peanut butter rolls and 
cookies the size of your hand can be an
afternoon snack as you stroll through 
the village visiting the shops.

Festive sights, sounds and smells
greet you around every corner
of this Ohio River Christmas Village!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Frontier Christmas Village

Frontier Christmas
Old Washington, Kentucky

 Candle Making
The wicks were dipped in the hot wax
and allowed to dry as they were dipping the rest
of the wicks.  It took over 90 dips to create a taper candle.

 Buildings from the 1700s line the streets
and beckon for you to come in
stepping back in time.

Knitting Demonstration

Many buildings have become antique shops
while others remain intact for tourist
and school groups to see a glimpse
into the Colonial life.



Sitting by the fire to keep warm.

Corn Cob Checkers

A Wax Statue of Simon Kenton


Site of First Postal Station, 1789

Machinery Used with Tobacco

A Beautiful Local Church

video

Visiting Old Washington puts me in
the Christmas mood and I enjoy
the sites and sounds of a simpler
time when one's focus was on
God, family and country.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Card Ornaments

Nativity Ornaments


When I started to make Christmas cards this year, 
I found I didn't have any paper that
would work for the cards, so
I improvised by making ornaments
and placing a Bible verse & sentiment 
on the back on a label.


Cricut Cartridge:  Inspired Heart
Cut at 3 1/2"
Die Cuts with a View Glitter & Metallic Card Stock
Martha Stewart Ribbon Hangers


I made around 100 ornaments and they went together
quite fast.  This may be a new tradition for me
to give instead of Christmas cards!

Remember...Keep Christmas in your heart everyday!






Thursday, December 22, 2011

This Christmas the Little Things

This Christmas I'm thankful for....
the little things.

This Christmas I'm thankful for....
clothes & shoes that fit.

This Christmas I'm thankful for...
food to eat.

This Christmas I'm thankful for...
my home, my family and my friends.

This Christmas I'm thankful for...
seeing donated clothes given to a small child
and the smile she wore in her new dress.

This Christmas I'm thankful for...
the little things that really are the big things!

This Christmas I'm thankful for...
Jesus, God's Son, coming as a baby 
to bring love and forgiveness
to all who seek Him.

This Christmas What are You Thankful for?







Friday, December 2, 2011

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Runaway Christmas Train

 Does anyone else feel like they are on a runaway train picking up speed fast?  So often I hear ladies ask, "Where has the time went?  How did it get to be December already?" 

I don't have the answers to those questions, but am reminded to take a deep breath and remember life isn't about the hustle and bustle, but about the journey and the memories you make along the way.

Where I live there aren't any roses in bloom to stop and smell.  It's too cold, but there are beautiful stars in the Winter sky and bright moons to behold.  Crisp frozen grass that crunches underfoot in early morn.  Soft cheerful music playing in the stores in preparation for Christmas.  A remembrance of Thanksgiving beckoning to not be forgotten amid the hurried days of the season.

The Bible says to everything there is a season.  Time comes and goes quickly it seems.  Isn't that all the more reason to enjoy each minute instead of hurrying through it?

Enjoy the journey and the moments will be more precious!
 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thought for the Day

Those who do not thank for little 
will not thank for much!

Be thankful.  It doesn't take long
for us to look around and see
someone who has it so much 
worse than we do.  

There is always
something to be thankful for!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Christmas Blog Candy Giveway


Everyone is getting in the Christmas spirit!
for great Christmas ideas and a
500 Follower Celebration with
generous giveaways!

It's time to start getting ready for Christmas
to share Christ's love with all!



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas Blog Candy Giveway

 Candy's Craft Corner Blog is Having a
Wonderful Giveaway!
 Go Check it out:

Monday, November 7, 2011

Joy Comes in the Morning

Medical tests, emergency rooms,
complications, bed rest and lot's of prayers
have been my last few weeks.
If you're someone who goes through
this frequently, you know the first few thoughts
that go through your mind are "Come on...not again!"
There are times in life when there are no answers
but that's when the peace comes 
when you trust God in those dark moments 
when you are alone and only He can help you.


Psalm 30:5 "...weeping may endure for a night,
but joy comes in the morning."


Friday, October 14, 2011

Take a Break and Enjoy Life






The sun will keep on rising and setting
whether we fill our days with
worry or joy!

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, 
for tomorrow will worry about itself. 
Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Matthew 6:34

Sunday, October 9, 2011

New Blog to Explore Cricut

There is a new blog beginning called



It's a place where Cricut lovers can come and
explore Cricut cartridges and find new exciting ways 
to use them in their crafts!

Every other Monday there will be challenges.
Every day except Sunday there will be daily projects
exploring different Cricut cartridges from the design team!

Come join the fun as you are inspired to create
new projects to share with those you love!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fall Blessings

I saw an idea in a Craft magazine to use leaves in 
layers to create a card, so thought I would give it
a try for a Fall Blessing card!

Do you recognize the red grid piece on the card?
It's from a potato sack!  When I was cooking one day,
I noticed the amazing texture and pattern and knew
it would be perfect for this card!  Try it out!

Materials
Patterned Paper:  Die Cuts with a View
Basic Card Stock
Leaves from dollar store pack
Glitter leaves from dollar store pack
Embellishments:  tags, gems & jute twine

If you print your own pictures like I do, then you know you
usually have some left over picture paper on the sheet

I don't throw anything away, so I found these left over pieces are
perfect for the inside of cards, especially if they are from the
Post-it-Note paper which just sticks right on.

May you have a beautiful Fall and see God in all the beauty around you!
Many Blessings!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Old Washington Kentucky

Sights from Old Washington, Kentucky
Simon Kenton Festival

Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
Down Main Street
 Old Country Stores & Antique Shops Line the Streets
Old Washington beckons you to step back in time.
My parents come from farther down in Kentucky
each Spring and Fall to enjoy the festival times with me.

The people are friendly and you find yourself having long
talks with complete strangers so when you leave, 
you have made new friends.  

Old style music drifts through the air with a happy tune.
Men lead teams of oxen pulling a covered wagon as
they holler out commands for the beasts of burden.
 Seeing this living history before us reminds us of stories of our
families and how they farmed, worked and survived.
I have been told about my Grandmother who led teams of oxen.
She was a small lady and I can't imagine how difficult the work 
would have been during those times.
 This is one of my favorite pictures of the day.  As I watched
them go by I felt myself relax and was reminded of slowing down
and enjoying life.  The cool Fall weather, bright sunshine and shade trees.
What a beautiful world God has given us!


You certainly want to move out of their way when they
come down the street!  They are much bigger in real life!
One was about 2,000 pounds!

There was not only sights & sounds, but smells during
the festival.  Street vendors sold everything from
lemonade and funnel cakes to barbecue.  
I just had to take a picture of this whimsical pig smoker.

Thanks for going on the trip with me to 
Old Washington, Kentucky.

Remember...Don't get so busy making a living,
that you forget to make a life!
















Saturday, September 10, 2011

Pop Bottle as a Gift Bottle

Baby Gift Bottle
I saw an idea to use a pop bottle as a container 
for a gift, so I gave it a try for a baby gift I need to give.


Pretty little package for a pretty new baby!


Remove the label from the bottle and use it
as a template for the new label allowing extra to overlap

Size:  5 1/2" x 15 3/4"
I pieced this together since I used 12" x 12" card stock
Scor-tape was used to adhere the card stock pieces together
and to adhere the decorations since it will need 
to bend around the round shape. 


 Use Goo Gone to remove left over pieces of label/glue
Make a slit in bottle allowing enough room to use 
utility scissors to cut an U shape to create a door
to load gift items inside.  

Be sure to make door smaller than label.
Use the back side of utility knife to
lightly score on right side of door so it will 
stay open when loading.

Run card stock through your shredder to match colors needed.
Bunch the pieces up with hands to get the scrunched look.

Load gift items in bottle and use small piece of tape to
close the door.  Adhere the decorated label to the bottle
by using Scor-tape.

My gift happens to be baby outfits, but small gift items really 
look better inside such as office supplies, baby rattles, etc.

Have fun creating unique gift containers that will
show those receiving it how much you care!