Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A New Year is almost Here!!

I saw this on another website and wanted to share!!


A New Year Prayer


Holy Father,

God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows.

We praise You for Your unequaled greatness.

Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead.

Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more.

To teach our children to laugh by laughing with them.

To teach others to love by loving them.

Knowing, when Love came to the stable in Bethlehem, He came for us.

So that Love could be with us, and we could know You.

That we could share Love with others.

Help us, Father, to hear Your love song in every sunrise,

in the chriping of sparrows in our backyards,

in the stories of our old folks, and the fantasies of our children.

Help us to stop and listen to Your love songs,

so that we may know You better and better.

We rejoice in the world You loved into being.

Thank You for another new year and for new chances every day.

We pray for peace, for light, and for hope, that we might spread them to others.

Forgive us for falling short this past year.

We leave the irreparable past in your hands, and step out into the unknown new year knowing You will go with us.

We accept Your gift of a new year and we rejoice in what's ahead, depending on You to help us do exactly what You want..

I say it again, we rejoice!

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Friday, December 11, 2009

New Craft room

My craft/scrapbook room is finally finished. After 6 months of rearranging and organizing, I am back in business!!! Here are pictures of it. I am so totally loving this room now. Thank you to my sweet, sweet, husband for all of your help in getting this room done. I organized everything into work stations. Above and below one table has all my stamp supplies. Another table has all my sewing, crochet ect... supplies. Another table has all my scrapbook supplies. Another table has all my jewelry findings and beads. Everything is labeled and easy to access. My most favorite thing in the room is my ribbon rack. I am a happy and now very organized crafter!!!
Today was such a fun day in my new craft room. My friend Dawn and her sweet daughter came over to hang out and we made some jewelry. I have gone to the craft shows several times this year and keep seeing these necklaces that look like picture frames. Finally found out that they are made using microscope slides and soldered metal. So her and I decided we must learn how to do this. Its the curse of the crafter. We have to know how to do it all. Anyways, we spent the week gathering all of our tools needed. Today was the big day to try and make a necklace. I wish I had pictures of hers to share. They turned out gorgeous. I still have not finished mine completely. Have some final touches to add. This is going to be a gift for my Bunko Christmas gift exchange. We were suppose to bring something handmade. I pounded my head all month and this is what I finally decided to do. I am excited to be giving this as a gift as I think it turned out very pretty. Here it is unfinished. I will post more pictures when its completed. Tomorrow we plan to get together again and make more. I have several people on my list that I think will love to have one of these necklaces. Hope everyone is having a great Christmas Season so far!!! Hugs!!!This is the back. Its the definition of sweet. I thought it was perfect for the picture on the front.Come back soon and see what else is going on in the new craft room!!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Life is Good


Today I was just sitting and enjoying a cup of my favorite hot tea, Almond Sunset, in my favorite cup. I started thinking about the saying on the cup and then I thought.... I have not blogged in a while. It seems that blogging has kind of taken a back seat to a lot of other things in my life right now. I have loved doing my blog over the past couple of years. It has helped me through some really rough patches in the last few years with the loss in death of my sweet MIL and the loss of friendship with not one, but 2, of my best friends. Its helped to take me to much better places and thoughts, and kept my mind busy thinking of good things to share with friends ect.... rather than dwell so much on the negative. But now I do not feel like I need that escape as much any more. Yes there are some bad days, but they are getting farther and farther apart. I am finally feeling happy again and as the cup reads "Life is Good" Over the past few months I have realized that although I have lost some really good friends, I still have some of the best friends a girl could ask for. I have a wonderful Church home finally that we are so very happy with. I have a awesome family and my husband is my Best Friend Forever!!! I am just so blessed to have him in my life. I have lots of fun hobbies that keep me busy and that I enjoy very much. I am one of the luckiest persons ever cause get to stay home with my sweet little girl and teach her everything I know. My health is on track, and although I have not lost the weight that I had hoped to loose at this point, I am feeling so much better about myself, mind, body, and Spirit. Jesus lives in my heart, fills me with hope and joy, and loves me despite the fact that I fail him daily. Please tell me, what could be better than all of that. I just cannot think of a thing.
So with that said,
what have I been up to lately....
I have seen several really,really good movies recently. "My Sisters Keeper" "Julia & Julia" "The Christmas Story" "New Moon" "Amelia"
I have been working on my craft room, organizing and putting up new shelves. Finding my color scheme finally. Hot pink and green.
I have been reading, posting, and playing my favorite games on Facebook. Love Facebook. It has brought old friends back in my life.
I have been doing some digital scrapbooking. Making a Christmas gift.
I have hung out with some great friends.
What is on my agenda for the weeks to come.....
God willing and the creek don't rise...
I plan to put up my fall decor and get out the Christmas stuff. This means we have to rake the yard first as there are leaves everywhere. Love my tree, but it sure leaves a mess.
I plan to do lots of careful Christmas shopping. Meaning I do not want to spend a ton of money, but I do want us to have a fun Christmas. So I plan to spend lots of time shopping for bargains.
I plan to make a few gifts for family and for Bunco. Not sure yet what it will be, but I have some ideas rolling around in my head.
I plan to do some Holiday events such as Church musicals, movies, parties, lightseeing, game night with family and friends. All the fun things the holidays has to offer.
I plan to work on some of my hobbies. I really want to get back into my scrapbooking, sewing, crochet. All the things I love to do.
I plan to prepare and go on another wonderful weekend retreat with my friends.
It seems like so much, but my biggest plan is to relax and truly enjoy the Spirit of Christmas. No rushing around, no stress, no pressure!!! Just relax and take each day as it comes and making the most of the blessings that God has given me.
That's my plans!!!
God bless each person that reads my blog. May your Holidays be filled with much happiness and cheer, and lots of blessings in the upcoming year!!!
I do not know when I will blog again, but know, I will blog again. Hugs to all!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pumpkin Apple Nut Muffins

Wow, I nearly forgot my blog address!!! It seems like forever since I blogged!!! I just have been so busy with baby girls school this year. It takes us the entire day on most days to finish. The rest of the day I am either busy organizing my craft room or actually crafting. Right now I am trying to finish 2 Raggedies I started in January. I am also working on my basket weave scarf. This stitch takes a long time to do, but it is so beautiful and well worth the time. When I finish I will post a picture. So much I want to do, but feel like I have very little time to do it!!! My other time consuming thing is Facebook games. I am so addicted to YoVille, Cafe World, RollerCoaster Kingdom, Farmville, and FarmTown. Yes I do all of them. They are so much fun. I even have my sweet hubby doing them too and its something we enjoy doing together while we watch our favorite fall shows. It really does not take much to entertain us. LOL!!! Anyway, what brought me to post tonight was my healthy yummy Muffins. This is my very own recipe and I have been making them for about 3 months. I think I finally have perfected them enough to share. These are lightly sweet, very low carb, low sugar, and lots of great fiber. They are great with coffee or tea. Each one of us in the family has a different way to eat them. My DD loves them with either honey or cream cheese. My husband loves them with butter and peanut butter!!! He has one almost every night before bed. Me, I love them with just a little sweet cream butter and my favorite Celestial Almond Dessert Tea. It makes the perfect snack most anytime of the day. So here is the recipe below along with a few pictures. Let me know what you think!!! Pumpkin Apple Nut Muffins
2 cups of freshly ground Golden Flax seeds (you can ground them in a coffee grinder. I buy them at the health food store. Be sure to use the Golden and not the brown.)
2 cups of chopped Walnuts
5 eggs
1 cup of heavy Cream
1 1/2 cup of Splenda
1/2 cup of Vanilla Flavored Whey Protein Powder
1 can of Pumpkin
1 granny smith apple diced into small cubes
2 tablespoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
In a large mixing bowl mix all ingredients together. I usually mix the first 4 ingredients together and then add in each ingredient after that one at a time. Heat oven to 350. Spray muffin pan with Baking spray. Fill each muffin space to the top edge. Bake for about 15 or 20 minutes until muffins are firm and golden. This recipe makes about 24 large muffins. Not sure how many small or mini!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Basket Weave Stitch

I completed my Basket Weave hat. Here to model for me is my sweet 10 year old daughter. She loves to pose for me. I am thinking after done, and looking at these pictures, that I think I got off on my stitches at some point, as I cannot see the basket weave as well as should. It still turned out to be a cute hat and I am sure it will be great keeping the head warm in the winter. I plan to start the matching scarf next, and I am sure it will be easier to do just because its a flat surface and I want be going in circles. Hats are very hard for me for some reason. My second completed project!! Wow, I am on a roll!! I am also thinking I will do a sample afghan. I have seen so many awesome videos on different crochet stitches and I want to do them all. So what better way than to do a sample afghan with the different squares of stitches. Need to look up some info on how many squares of each ect... to do the afghan. Sounds like fun!!!


Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Blog thoughts

Hi Blog friends, This month has really started out great. We started our Bible study at church and the first night was so wonderful. Like a good book you cannot put down, I cannot wait for this weeks class, which is tomorrow. If you have never done a study on the 5 Crowns, I totally recommend it. Really makes you stop and think about your heavenly treasures and your talents and gifts. I have realized already in one class, that I have wasted a lot of my time on meaningless stuff and really need to spend more time in Gods word and figuring out where I should be spending my time. What are my gifts and how can I earn a Crown to lay before my Lord?? Just love how this class has me thinking right now.

Also I have completed my very first Crochet project. My scarf that I posted about in the previous post. Here is a photo of it completed and already hanging with a jacket that I plan to wear with it.
I am thrilled to have actually completed something Crochet. I have several started projects, but none of them have been as fun and pleasing as this one. The Afghan stitch is just the easiest stitch ever. My plan now is to make a matching hat. I went to Michael's yesterday to get more yarn, but they would not let me use a coupon, cause the yarn was on sale 2 for 8.00. Well I decided to wait until I can use a 50% off coupon and get it for a 1.00 cheaper. Its not like I am in a huge hurry as I have other yarn to play with. I have started a hat using the basket weave stitch. It is a very hard stitch, but so gorgeous. I am having some difficulty in coming out in the end with the right amount of stitches on each row. I have ripped out and started many times on each row. Still not certain it is right, but keep going. I guess I will know in the end. Here is the start of my hat. In this picture is the top of the hat. Not sure you can see the basket weave stitch, but it is very pretty. I cannot wait to do more today. It really is hard for me to get anything done elsewhere. All I want to do is work on my Crochet.

I just love this yarn. It is from Hobby Lobby and it is called "I love this Yarn" Very soft, but yet very affordable. I had started the hat in a different yarn, but it was just too thick. So I had to use the smaller yarn. Want this look fabulous with a denim jacket. I plan to do a scarf in this same color and hopefully same stitch. Depends on if I am able to get the hat done.

You will probably see more Crochet post than any right now. As I have mentioned above, I have been doing a lot of thinking about my life. Things I spend my time doing and with whom I do them with. I love scrapbooking and cardmaking and its brought me such joy over the past years, but there are so limited amount of places you can do those things now. Stores are closing all around and its really hard to pack up everything and go to others homes. Space is so limited in the homes. So my answer to this problem is stay at home and scrapbook and go out and Crochet. All you need is your thread and needle and you are good to go. You can Crochet just about anywhere. Its easy to get together with friends and still have a great time. There is very little space needed for this hobby. A comfy chair will work just fine. I just totally am loving it right now. Its just what I need in my life. I just wish I had found this love when my MIL was living. My whole life might be different if I had not put so much time into scrapbooking and done more Crochet with her. Right now I am teaching my little girl about Crochet. She is learning the joys it brought her Nana through her Nana's old pattern books. I am seeing so many projects in these books that I remember my MIL doing. Telling her the stories. We have been walking down memory lane this past weeks. I even remember her giving me some of these projects we are finding in the books. Her favorite thing was making the little critters from Crochet. She loved making doll clothes, and all sorts of the craft stuff. She made the most beautiful Afghans ever. Every stitch was perfect. She would start one on a Sunday and finish on a Friday. I was always amazed at how fast she could get a Afghan made and how pretty they were. I may never be as good as her, but I know it will bring many hours of joy and will always make me think of her as I am doing it. I am so hoping that my sweet girl will learn to enjoy doing Crochet and it will be something her and I can share through the years together. So anyway..... Till next time.....

Friday, August 28, 2009

Afagan stitch

Howdy blog friends, Sorry for the lack of post. I have just been busy on the Farm (te, he) That would be Farmtown on Facebook. I am so addicted to that. So much fun!! I really have not done a lot of anything lately to blog. Just doing a lot of r & r and trying to enjoy the last days of summer I guess.
I am however working on a new Crochet project. I learned this really awesome stitch called the Afagan stitch and am loving it!! Its really a no brainer. Of course I did have to rip it out several times (5 to be exact) before I actually caught on. It has a lot of the same look as knitting, but with crochet and 1 needle. I saw the stitch done by a friend and then went online to U-Tube to learn it. The tutorial is very easy to follow. Just do a search on U-Tube for Afagan stitch. Easy to learn and the results are just beautiful. This project I am doing now is a neck scarf. I figure I will start out on something small and doable, before I start a big project. Here is what I have done so far. The first picture is of the front and the second picture is of the back side. Its a little hard to tell the difference in the photo, but there is a better difference in person. Both sides are gorgeous.


This stitch is so easy that I taught my 10 year old how to do it in minutes. She is also making her a scarf like mine. We are busy ripping out and starting over on hers right now cause mostly she does not pay attention to her stitches and goes in the wrong loop, but she is learning from her mistakes and a scarf is starting to form. I have some ideas of what I would like to do next. Just not sure I can do this stitch. We shall see!!!

Other than this, September brings about a lot of fun activities. God willing on all of this, we will be starting homeschool on Sept. 14. I am excited to start back to CHEC this year. Lots of fun things planned for the fall with our schooling. I am starting back to swimming 3 days a week now that public school is back in session. I will also be joining our local Rec center so that I can work out on machines 2 days a week. Planning to start walking at our local Civic Center at least 3 days a week. I am planning and going on a scrapbook retreat with my girlfriends mid September, playing Bunko with my new Bunko Club, going to my monthly Stamp class, which I enjoy so much now that I have gotten to know some of the ladies, and starting a new Bible Study on the 5 Crowns, which I am very, very excited about. Should be a fun and busy month for me!!! Hopefully I will have lots to talk about and share in my next post!!!

Oh and the LIVIT is going great. Still no significant amount of weight loss to talk about, but I have great hopes for September!!!

Until I post again, I pray Gods Blessings on all!!!

TTFN

Friday, August 21, 2009

Coconut Milk

Oh yea, I am a happy camper. Finally a alternative to soy milk. I have been drinking Soy Silk Soy milk for probably 4 years now. There is so much controversy out there about soy milk that it has had me concerned the last few months. I have recently been diagnosed with very low thyroid and very high estrogen levels. Sooooo many people keep telling me its because of the soy milk I drink. I did do a search about it and have found some sites that talk about this and so I really started pondering the idea that it could be true. But what does one do when they cannot drink regular milk. I mean its not a allergy thing, but a YUK thing. I really do not care for cows milk at all. About the only time I will drink it is with cookies or cereal. But never just down a big ole glass of milk. I would much rather down a big ole glass of soy milk. Well today I went to the health food store in search of a substitute to soy. I have done the almond milk and its pretty good, but it only comes in these little bitty cartons that would only last about 3 glasses. So searching and searching and low and behold I found my milk savior!!!

I am soooo thrilled. I have been reading a lot about Coconut milk mainly because it is one of the things I can have on my Fungus Livit. I had no clue there was actually a half gallon of it sitting on the shelf. Oh awesome!!! I was thinking people squeezed their own or something. Never heard of coconut milk. Everything I read about this product so far sounds really great. Lots of good vitamin E and D. Calcium, zinc, magnesium ect..... All the things that I am low on. I just cannot tell you how excited I was when I saw it. Here is the website if you want to read more....http://www.purelydecadent.com/products/coconut_milk_beverage.html If you are drinking soy and would like something different, I totally recommend this product already. It taste great. Not like coconut at all. Just smooth and creamy. I got the unsweetened and I think it will take a little bit of time to get use to the blander taste, but it should not be that hard since I was drinking unsweetened Soy Silk. I am definitely doing the happy dance. Now I have something besides soy to drink in my smoothies. YES!!! YES!!! Happy Dance!! Happy Dance!! Happy Dance!! Thank you God!!! You are just toooo good to me!!!
My other discovery today was Coconut flour. I can have coconut flour. Its a little expensive so I do not plan to go hog wild and start baking cakes or anything, but it will be a great substitute for regular flour and soy protein. It is so much easier nowadays to be on a LIVIT!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

A post that actually does not consist of me talking about my "LIVIT" I am sure you are totally surprised!!! Today I would like to share some of my card making and Scrapbooking projects that I have done over the last couple of weeks. First in line are these beautiful cards that I made at my friend Karen's stamping class. My first time seeing a card like this was from my friend Paula. She made it during a crop we had a few weeks back. It was so beautiful. I knew I had to eventually make a card like hers. So when I went to my friend Karen's class, I was tickled pink to see that we were making this card. It was very detailed and took some time, but every minute was worth it!! I absolutely love this card!!!
Next we did 2 more simple, but yet awesome cards. The first one below is actually a bookmark. You take off the corner and place it on the corner of your page. Very cool!!! A card and a gift in one. Last, but not least, this simple, but elegant Thank you card. All three cards were fun to make and I love this class. I cannot wait till next month to see what Karen will have for us.!!! Thank you Karen!!! YOU ROCK!!!

Next I would like to share the pages I just did on Scrapbook Retreat this past weekend. I actually got 15 layouts completed. It will show 16, but I had already done one these pages before retreat. 15, that is a huge amount for me. I am better known as one who only gets probably 4 done on a weekend. So I totally rocked this retreat!!!

Most of them are of my DD's past birthdays. We have had a variety of theme party's. These are just a few of them. The first one is of her Ronald McDonald party. These are of her and her little school friends all gathered at McDonald's. It ended up raining and so they were all stuck inside. They still had lots of fun though.

The page above and below are half pages that will go in a half sheet page protector. I just could not decide which photos I wanted to use and there were too many to put on 2 12x12 pages, so I put the extra on 2 sides of 2 6x12 pages. Worked out perfectly. The next pages are of Chuck E. Cheese Birthday. Every kid needs at least 1 Chuck E. Cheese party. I think we did 3 of them. These pictures are of her at her 5th Birthday. This theme will be easy to identify. It is Strawberry Shortcake. I used a coloring book image I got from google and paper pieced my strawberry shortcake and the strawberry on the half page. This took a little time, but the end results made it all worth it. There is lots of glitter on Strawberry Shortcake, but its hard to see in the photo. The Strawberry Shortcake title was just printed and cut out and then glittered.

Next we are again at Chuck E. Cheese. This time she is turning 7. She is hanging out for the day with her friend Hunter. She had a party at school, which I already did that layout a while back, then we went to Chuck E. Cheese, shopping at Toys R Us, and then a sleep over. There will be another layout of shopping to come.
below is the layout of the sleep over part of the party!!! Her very first sleepover!!!
In the layouts below, we are celebrating 3 years old or "Free Years Old" We had a home party and invited family and close friends. She loved all the attention!!! She was a cute little princess!!!

The next layout is another birthday, but not my DD's. It is of my DS. This is the day we brought him home from the hospital. So not really his birthday, but still a celebration of his birthday.
The last layout is one that I had started a while back, but had not completed. I ended up redoing the entire layout as I had found more pictures and had to put them on the page. I am really starting to get into the more picture part of scrapbooking, rather than so many embellishments. Its about time I finally do what I am suppose to be doing, and that is scrapbooking the pictures!!!

These layouts are of a vacation we took in 1996 to Turner Falls, Oklahoma. It was a memorable vacation cause it was Memorial Day weekend and it came a rain and flooded. Everything flooded. I think we ended up being one of the few families that found dry land and was able to stay in the park. I never saw so much water in one place. What was once a stream, became a raging river. Very awesome!!! Well that's it for now. Hopefully I will get even more done during my next retreat which is mid September. I am still using sketches and I do believe that is what has helped me get my Scrapbook Mojo back. I just cannot think of ever doing another layout without using a sketch.