Monday, April 11, 2016

Vacation


Wow,
vacation was over a month ago.
Where did that time go?

A relaxing week at the beach.
Just JWS and I.
Of course we had some great dinners with friends and family!

Picking sand dollars in the morning,
coffee in hand looking at amazing sunrises.

Some (maybe too much)
great food!

A satellite launch.
See that speck of light in the middle?

Great music in the evenings.

And of course,
some flea marketing!

Ahhhh, I want to go back!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Winter Kids


Logan and I will be starting our fifth puzzle of the winter.

Gracelyn made her first garment on her sewing machine, from a pattern!


 
These kiddos made s'mores and hot dogs in the fireplace.


 
This one has been visiting me every Thursday.
 
Persevering through a "not too bad" winter.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Primitive Carrots Tutorial


A couple of years ago,
I made the girls Easter décor
for
Christmas.
 
We laughingly called these the $200 carrots
because of all the time invested in them.
 
Since then I have simplified the process a little
and now actually enjoy making them.
 
You will need:
Aluminum Foil
Twine
Scraps of fabric
Some type of tags (I used paper office supply ones)
Bits of greenery
Hot glue gun
Dark and light orange paint

For one carrot, I use about 12 inches of aluminum foil.

Fold it once to about an 1 1/2" from the side
and then again about 2" down.
 
This helps make the shape of the carrot.

Roll it up and scrunce it in on the bottom.

Glue the twine to the bottom.
Then glue the greenery in the top.
 
This allows the glue to set up on the bottom before you
start wrapping and honestly saves some finger burns.
 
Then simply start wrapping.
Until they are covered.

I painted mine first with Decoart Burnt Sienna and Cranberry Wine.
Don't mix it, just go back and forth.
Drybrush with a brighter orange. 
Your choice,
I think that I used Pumpkin Spice?
 
While they are drying,
grungy up some tags and write on them. 
Just use a sharpie!

Tie them together and you are done! 
 
How easy is that?
 
As a side note,
when I was in Michaels yesterday,
I saw all kinds of cool colored twine including orange!
You could save a step by
just using orange twine.
 
JWS bought a huge box of twine for me
at an auction so actually,
I am stash busting with these. 
 
In the event that you are following along....
 
503 items are gone from my house this year! 
 
Woohoo! 


Monday, February 8, 2016

Just What You Need


 Sometimes God gives you exactly what you need,
when you need it. 
 
This sunset, the other night
as I topped the  hill
and
one of my favorite hymns came on the radio.
 
I had to pull off the road,
get out of the car,
take a picture
and
take a moment to say,
"Thank-you"
 

 
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. 
 
Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
 
Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
 
Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.