Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
And I WISH you a Merry Christmas!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The point being that those who attended would then not have to bake again for Christmas. My friend Gretchen, who invited me, told me to make 13 dozen cookies. A lot of cookies (!), but I went along with it. Hey, I will be getting that many back so my Christmas baking will be done!
I decided on spritz cookies. Fast, pretty and yummy. I began to question the fast part as my dough kept sticking to the cookie press and not the baking sheet. @#$&!! Making cookies was supposed to be a fun activity. I chased Rebecca out of the kitchen and the dog too and got down the to the grim task of making 169 cookies. I am laughing about it now. I got the template flipped around in the cookie press and suddenly the dough released and the cookies came out pretty uniform in size. I cranked out 3 batches of dough in my standing mixer so by the time my older two kids came home from school, the kitchen counters were covered with finished cookies an the house smelled like a bakery. I became the best mom in the world when I allowed the kids to "taste". Two dozen cookies disappeared in no time. Good thing I had made a lot so I didn't have to ration the "tasting". :)
The afternoon of the party, Gretchen asked, "so you got your got your 11 dozen cookies done?" (she was still baking). "Um, yes, I have my 13 dozen made and bagged up". "Oh, sorry. Didn't I tell you two people dropped out?" [laugh] She was very apologetic. I was fine with it. My baking was done!
Now I have my spritz cookies plus 1 dozen each of 10 other kinds of cookies.
Bring on Christmas!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
That I may not sin against Thee.
But Mary treasured up all these things,
pondering them in her heart.
Artwork by Corbi Beshears
This is a beautiful box on so many levels. The first scripture is old testament, the second is new testament. The heart in the straw symbolizing God's love incarnate as the baby Jesus.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,
for the Lord, your God
will be with you wherever you go.
Artwork by Becky Hunt
This came from Linda over the weekend. Is it not just TOO adorable? It still surprises her that I like glitter. I like shiny objects, especially at Christmas! And New Year's Eve.
What is even more wonderful about this little glitter house (than just the sparkle!) is that there is a loose jingle bell inside, that rings when you shake the house. Great little detail!
And inside the base are peppermint treats. It's not Christmas without candy canes!
Thank you, Linda for sending me a little Christmas. Maybe I'll try my hand at making my own glitter house! This little house needs neighbors. :)
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
behind and before,
you have laid your hands upon me.
Good morning, fellow swappers! I forgot to include the story behind the bobbin with my matchbox for today (Dec. 12th), and thought you might be interested to know.
The bobbin inside belonged to my grandmother, who passed away last August at the age of 92. It was one of hundreds she kept in her sewing supplies. I hope that when you look at it, you will be reminded of how much God loves his crafty girls. ;-) Below is an excerpt from a tribute I wrote about her on an old blog:
My grandma was a very strong, creative, and resourceful lady. The oldest of twelve children born to Oscar and Stella Payne, she and her brothers and sisters spent most of their youth as sharecroppers, picking cotton in southeast Missouri and Arkansas. She was only able to complete third grade, but persevered and taught herself to read using "True Stories" magazine. At 23, she married a boxer with a penchant for drinking, and after ten turbulent years and two children, she found herself a single mom. Armed with her Christian faith and a family who loved her dearly, she did not fall apart; on the contrary, she "picked herself up by the bootstraps" and survived, graciously.
Grandma learned to sew out of necessity when she was twelve. She hired out to make dresses for the ladies in town for $2 each, then hunted down the prettiest flour sacks to make clothes for her own family. When I was a kid, she and Mom owned a tailoring shop together, and Grandma lived in a little apartment in the back. After hours she would work on her own creative projects, crocheting afghans and making pillows out of the leftover fabric scraps (using plastic dry cleaning bags for the stuffing.) Not confined to fabric, she could produce a mighty fine table with just wood scraps and a hand saw. We still have beautiful snowflake Christmas tree ornaments that she made out of toilet paper cores and toothpicks, painted and sprinkled with glitter. And no one had a greener thumb; I swear she could put a pencil in the ground and make it grow. No matter what, she didn't stop.
She only had a little, but she used it all, always doing for her family, always trying to make things better, a little more beautiful.
Friday, December 11, 2009
What sold me was not only the bird images, but the tags tipped in on the inside.
This precious notebook came in the mail just the other day. I bought it from Carole's etsy shop. She had shamelessly posted photos of 3 notebooks to promote her etsy and I snapped this one up before someone else did.
The back cover looks as good as the front and because there is some batting on the covers, this little notebook feels comfy and cozy in your hands. It's not too late to get one or two in time for Christmas, even coming all the way from New Zealand! The petite envelope took about a week.
Carole also has wonderful needle keepers. She's got them posted on her blog today.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
And speaking of matchboxes, here is an altered matchbox I created for Ooglebloops swap. This box went to Patty. I decided to make it "practical" and created it as an ornament.
The "star" is a road kill ornament topper (found it smashed, on our hardwood floor, after decorating our tree). Inside the box I put Christmas themed trinkets, including some inchies I made for a Christmas inchie swap last year, some things that were red (festive!) and tea charms, because Patty is a serious tea drinker. It was not an easy box to pack, because I had so much stuff to cram into it. I would love to make more as gifts or to offer in my etsy shop (time, time, where are you?)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
But the angel said to them,"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people."
Matchbox by Linda
As you can see, they are strung up, in random order,
on a wooden yard stick in my back porch sanctuary.
The light is good there and our back door is the one most often used
so the artwork can be appreciated daily.
Thank you all who participated!
Each of your matchboxes is beautiful
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Since I work at the post office Saturday mornings, I was able to intercept Linda's package immediately as I sorted mail on this particular morning. The postage hadn't been cancelled so I was able to date stamp it myself. Now it's suitable for sticking into an altered book or something! It's good to be a PMR! (post master replacement)
The red bird perched on the tall cup makes me think of her.
Linda didn't make it, but was sharing from her own nutty stash.
(Us squirrel-y types need to stick together!)
Thank you, SO much Linda for indulging me when I say,
"send me one of those!"
and for the personal touches you always add.
The birthday card is priceless!!!
Just delivered this afternoon in person...
home made vanilla bath salts and a vanilla candle (not home made)
She knows we have a large Jacuzzi-type tub,
and in fact, covets it.
I can't wait to use the bath salts!
Thank yOu Ashlyn!!!
And from my darling husband.