Sunday, February 28, 2010

My Peeps

Our preacher gave us Peeps today. I like the fact that he is a hands-on teacher and often gives us manipulatives to help us remember his teachings. The scripture was found in Luke 13: 31-35. 

Just then some Pharisees came up and 
said, "Run for your life! Herod's on the hunt. He's out to kill you!"
Jesus said,"Tell that fox that I've no time for him right now.
 Today and tomorrow I'm busy clearing out the demons and healing the sick;
 the third day I'm wrapping things up. Besides it's not proper for a prophet 
to come to a bad end outside Jerusalem .

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killer of prophets,
abusers of the messengers of God!
How often I've longed to gather your children,
gather your children like a hen,
Her brood safe under her wings--
but you refused and turned away!
And now it's too late. You won't see me again
until the day you say,
'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"
                                                    The Message

Just as a mother hen spreads her wings and huddles with her baby chicks, Jesus is there to protect us. The peep is a reminder of how precious we are to Him and that He will protect us from the fox and anything that might harm us. He gave His life for us on the cross so that we would not suffer. Each day during this Lenten season I will look at the Peep (baby chick) and be reminded of the ultimate sacrifice He made for us. 

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Why buy those expensive Jolee's embellishments when you can make your own?

This was a fun page to make. It brought back wonderful memories of bringing
 our beautiful baby girl home!! 
When I say you don't need to buy expensive embellishments, I mean it!! I used punches and a few scraps of paper to make these cute flowers!!

Just too cute and too easy!! Sewed on the button this time! I am in desperate need of ZOTS!! I have looked everywhere, Michael's, HL, Walmart, none to be found. If you find some, get me some. You know the 1/2 inch thin ones!!
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Core'dinations Cardstock is Awesome!!

I found these ideas on the A Cherry on Top website!! I just love Core'dinations paper!! This layout,/picture is sooooo cute!! They cut the hearts and ran them through the cuttlebug to emboss and then sanded. So cute!!

They punched, embossed, sanded and made stripes!! Too cute. I have to try this!! Also found it on the same website. Check out A  Cherry on Top for shopping and Core'dinations for tons of ideas on using this wonderful product!!
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Saturday, February 6, 2010

I just love to scrapbook!!

I made this layout for Bob the other night. It is one I had planned for the retreat but did not get to it. I "shopped" in the scrapbook room and found this great pack of papers and embellishments. I just love brown these days. It seems every layout I just LOVE has brown on it somewhere. I used core'dinations chocolate paper and used my distressing tool on the edges of the mats. Just love it!! Bob was so thrilled when he saw it. This was a great trip and he loved that I scrapbooked the memories for him!!

I guess the retreat got me fired up again. I was able to do several pages and it brought back memories of why I chose this hobby in the first place. I always did some sort of craft, from oil painting, to cross-stitch, to any kind of artsy project. When I discovered scrapbooking, I put all those other things away and narrowed my focus on it. I read everything I could get my hands on about scrapbooking, searched the internet for ideas and techniques, and practiced my skills with the computer and  learned photo editing and word processing. I purchased all the tools and equipment to make these projects professional and worthy of preservation. I constantly thought of projects and pages I wanted to create. Sorting through  my photos brought back wonderful memories of my childhood and then of my marriage and my children's lives. I wanted to preserve all these memories with photos and journaling to share them with future generations. That is why I started scrapbooking.  When I began teaching classes I wanted to share this fun hobby with my friends and help them be able to preserve their memories also. The problem is that they have gotten their pictures scrapbooked and I have not. All those pages, ideas and projects are still floating in my head and my photos are still in the boxes. 

As you know my mother will be getting out of the nursing home in March. I plan to go and spend several weeks with her. I would like to change our class schedule. At the end of February I will no longer offer classes on a weekly basis. I plan to have an all day or a two day retreat type event every month or so. I have been researching how others do this and I think it would be great!! You know how much more you can get done in a long span of time as opposed to getting going and then having to stop when class ends. So be thinking of things you would like to work on and I will be working on  our schedule. Probably the first "retreat will be in May. I will have some time off this summer and we can do a couple during the summer. Glitter Words -

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

FIshin' on the pier

I just love this picture of Betsy. She and Josh were fishing from a Pier in St. Petersburg.
They didn't catch any fish but did catch a duck!!

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