Sunday, January 30, 2011

This could be the Day!

What are your goals, ambitions, dreams? Here's a simple test. Read this statement: "This could be the day!" and think about the first thing/event that pops into your head.

I am going to be honest, for some strange reason my husband's face popped into my head. Smiling, happy, something that always makes me content to think about. I would like to think that was because anything thing big that happens I want to him to be there sharing it with me.

In Feb 2010- using social networking like facebook- a group of snowball fight loving folks arranged something pretty special. On Feb. 6th anyone who had got the message was to show up in DuPont Circle for a snowball fight. 2000 folks showed up.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbRC44-TUYo
You can see a little clip of the fun in the link above. It looks like a blast to me.

Now take that single day and multiply the fun by 1 Billion. Then you have the day described in this verse:
Luke 21: 27-28  At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
That would be the day for me- yeah, definitely the day.

What popped into your head? Do you like what it was? Are you confused by it?

Friday, January 28, 2011



http://www.graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/
Sit down for a minute, have some tea, coffee, etc... and let me tell you about a little blog full of lovely things. I am crazy about vintage graphics so when I saw Graphicsfairy, well it was a perfect match. They post graphics from old catalogs, pamphlets, advertisements, etc... and you can copy them for free! I am going to use them to make book marks for our up coming valentine's charity event.
Talking about my love of vintage things I played paper dolls with my 6 year old daughter yesterday and remembered how much I love them. We were using the Kit doll set from American girl. I love the 1930's clothing. Enjoy something retro today.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Then End of the Beginning

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I could literally spend all day just looking at the handmade things on this website- check out these snowflake earrings.
The end of January can be tough for me. Where I live everything is grey and wet. No sparkling white snow to take the edge off. By this time I am beginning to see that this year will probably be just like most and every resolution will take hard work.
But I also noticed something this month- really upbeat people often have harder lives than me. Watch an episode or two of Undercover Boss. Most of the time the most amazing employees, who are just glowing at work, have personal tragedy in their lives. They seem so aware and appreciative of the small things. I see it everywhere- happy people who don't on the surface have much to be happy about. The secret to Joy seems to be having a source of Joy independent of your circumstance. A sure thing in your life that is the rock when, as it always does, sorrow comes.
Count your blessings today- take note of every thing in your life that you know another person somewhere does not have. It could rock your end of January.
My Dad's birthday was yesterday. He is 65. I count him as one of my best blessings. He has Parkinson's disease, triple bypass with heart damage, lupus and a mild form of skin cancer. He has been a peaceful, gentle man his whole life and showed me what a real and abiding relationship with God looked like. He never wavered in his joy or trust in Jesus. From day to day, for real, he made me want what he had. Thanks Dad.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Coffee can Valentine

Coffee cans of various sizes covered in Red fleece and various ribbons, lace and beads.
I am making these for a charity sale for a youth summer camp and will fill them with bath salts, chocolates, hand made jewelery, etc...
If your valentine loves to cook our local Target had some great heart shaped bowls, towels, mitts and measuring cups in the dollar spot that were perfect for gifting.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Redo!

Ever hear this one- Redo! During a board game, crafting, life in general? In life we usually don't get a redo but every now and then the special opportunity comes along to have the glorious "redo". Yesterday I did a redo on my January Mitt and I like this one much better.
MLK day makes me think about this. MLK was saying the serenity prayer for our country- Let's dream about what we can change and make it happen. And lets make peace with what we cannot change.
By God's grace each small life makes a difference to the whole of humanity.
A good thought to start the year off with.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Saving fabric can be tricky, displaying fabric evevn more difficult. An embroidery hoop is a great way to showcase a fabric that has sentimental value- like this one of a piece of my mom's wedding dress or just a pattern you really love.
I am a serious bargain hunter. I love the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of a great find. Here is my latest find from one of my favorite places to hunt- The Family Dollar store.
I know it's not a place you would automatically associate with fashion but hear me out. I have found quite a few little gems there. Their Junior clothing line often has great items for low prices.  This line has a similar style to some of the trendy urban stores, but you have to dig around in the racks to find stand outs. I for one, don't mind sorting through racks if I have the time. This headband cost $0.75.  

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Advice

What a mine field- Advice. The giving and the taking of said "Advice" is fraught with dangers. Yet unable to resist I will give some Advice: Never throw out a cable knit sweater. If you have any sewing ability at all they make the most wonderful cozy pillows. If you have no sewing ability give them to someone who does. With two simple zips of the sewing machine, the stuffing from old pillows and a few quick stitches to close I have two great pillows for my daughter's bed and she loves them. You can also prowl Good Will or other thrift stores for old cable knit sweaters that match your decor. Sock Monkey Sue gives them two thumbs up.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Airing the Laundry

Okay so- sharing, it's something you learned as a kid right. Wrong. I am not talking about toys or the last cookie here. I am talking about revealing something about yourself you have kept hidden. I know the old addage is "don't air your dirty laundry" and actually I agree. I say air your clean laundry. Dirty laundry is for your confidant or mentor. When something bad has happened and you have made peace with it, share it with anyone who needs it. Marriage struggles, medical problems, money problems, addictions etc... people need hope. People need freedom from shame and you might have the key to their release. I don't believe things happen by luck or chance. Yesterday I spoke with a friend who was having struggles in her marriage. I just worked through a tough time in our marriage so I shared how we got through. Knowing that I also have a dark side, faults and yet I also have joy in my marriage gave her release. Today I read a blog I usually read and surprise, surprise he was writing about the very same idea- sharing a meaningful story and how he had done that: http://www.joemckeever.com/mt/archives/001560.html . Another blog that I follow regularly and never fails to make me glad I read it is Enjoying the Small Things and one of the most beautiful things I have ever read in my life is her story of the birth of her daughter. http://www.kellehampton.com/2010/01/nella-cordelia-birth-story.html
I dare you to read it- you should, it's totally worth it. Turn on the speakers because the sound track is amazing.
If you want to continue the story help, to celebrate Nella's birthday-
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

mitt of the month

In my kitchen I have a calendar-"Hello cupcake 2011" which I highly recommend. I have a weakness for a well done cupcake. Cupcakes- what's not to love. Under this calendar I have the Mitt of the Month. January's mitt was home made by me.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A love story

So it's like "Letter's to Juliet" but with food. When I was three years old my mom made for me my first Peanut butter and Jelly sandwich. Awww- how cute, you might say but wait. I soon began to swell up like a puffer fish- my ears turning bright red and protruding wildly from my head. Several doses of benadryl later my mom was convinced I was allergic to Peanuts. So from the time I was 3 years old until the age of 33 I lived in mortal dread of peanut products. I did from time to time accidentally nibble a peanut butter cookie but no major episodes. I had never even tasted a peanut. At age 33, a married mother of two who regularly drooled over the fabulous smell of creamy peanut butter, I got up the courage to go get an allergy test for peanuts. I took a blood test and the results came back no reaction to peanuts at all! So I began slowly to try out all things peanut. Reese Cups are a thing of beauty, Peanut butter ice-cream pie a masterpiece and the classic PB& J, a simple pure Venus de Milo of foods.
Spanish peanuts are a daily snack these days for me. I think I will always value the lowly peanut a little more than the average person. I am glad after all these years we were reunited.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011

I am starting something new. I needed to start something new.I was inspired in 2010 by a jewel of a blog "enjoying the small things" and it made me want to be a better mom. I could not believe a blog could make me laugh out loud, cry like a baby and be filled with hope. I have no such delusions that my blog will do any of those things but it feels crisp and new to step out into the greater world for a bit each day.
I like to sit back and observe like a "dove on a wire"- I see turtle doves all the time and they are a particular favorite of mine. I hope someone some where will enjoy those observations. Maybe I will learn how to take part in things a little more.