This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24 - BGlad!

Friday, December 16, 2011


I just don't understand how Christmas can sneak up on me when I've been working on projects since July! Honestly, I think minutes are only 1/2 as long as they used to be - or maybe many "things" just don't seem as urgent to me as they once did.

But "things" are being accomplished here . . .
The tree is decorated

The birds have scarves (?!)

The reindeer are in the mail

Gifts are made
And there is even

A file to share!

Other things are still awaiting my attention
 (notice there are no gifts wrapped and under that tree!)

But I don't want to delay in wishing you all a
Very Merry Christmas
and a
Blessed and Happy 2012!

The most important things in life aren't things.

Anthony J. D'Angelo

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Book Review - Decision Points


Former President George W. Bush has written this book of memoirs to give readers insight into what has shaped him and some of the important decisions he has made both in his personal life and especially while leading the United States of America for the eight years he held the nation’s highest office. 

It was fascinating to read the real-life lessons that affected his decision making as a politician, president and human being. It was refreshing to find that part of his decision making process involved seeking experts on all sides of an issue to better clarify his position. For example his thought process behind the stem cell research decision was based on his personal values as a human being as well as research from experts into the science being done and progress being made. None of which was taken lightly. 

Through reading the book I found that he is a very competitive person, a somewhat spoiled but likeable individual who enjoys history and people. He is very loyal to his family. As a history buff he respects America and the office of President of the United States of America. These traits served him well as he led the country after 9/11. 

The book includes several pages of photos from his personal and public life. Also included is a detailed index, helpful for those much more into historical/political facts than I am. 

President Bush writes in a likeable, unpretentious and honest style. Although I got bogged down a bit in all the foreign affairs issues (I can’t imagine being responsible for a whole country, all her people, domestic and foreign policies), it was interesting to learn about some of the day to day moments of living in the White House and his behind the scenes impressions of others in power in our country and around the world.   

Even those not in agreement with his decisions can come away with the feeling that this man stood up for what he believed personally and stood up for a country and heritage that he respects.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Press in their Blogging for Books program. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Taking time to Give Thanks

Thanksgiving preparations are in full swing here.
 The turkey is thawing!
To-do lists are made and awaiting those all important check marks as each task is completed.

Even the table scape is (finally) coming together!
I intentionally bought a larger tablecloth knowing I could use the excess fabric for something . . .
Turns out it was the perfect width for a table runner!!
The Give Thanks plate was a gift from Thanksgiving guests a few years ago.
The pumpkins and silks were great finds at Hobby Lobby last week - 80% off!
Sometimes waiting until the last minute pays off :)

This piece was inspired by the message at church just this morning.

I cut the lettering from vinyl and attached it to the front glass of a photo frame.
I placed scrapbook paper behind the glass which can easily be changed out to alter the look at a later date.

This is my reminder not to get so caught up in the doing that I forget about the thanking (and most importantly the Thankee)!!

Thanks to you for visiting!
Have a blessed and wonder-filled week!!

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Go ahead take a look at
Primitive and Folk Artists
Winter Wonderland

You know you want to!!

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So much beautiful primness!!

I know I've been a bad blogger lately . . .
I've been working on many and varied projects . . .
Paint, Paper, Fabric, Furniture, Food, Yardwork, etc.
The clock seems to be ticking in double time!

I am in the midst of a project for our family Thanksgiving table.
Hoping to share the cutting file this weekend!!

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Feeling Lucky??

Head on over to the PAFA team blog and sign up for the latest give-away.
One lucky winner will come away with a wonderful collection
of holiday primitives!!

Oh  So  Cute

You won't want to miss this one!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

His Steadfast Love–Book Review

By Golden Keyes Parsons

A story of life and love set against the backdrop of the war that pit families and friends against each other.

Amanda, the daughter of a Texas pastor, is enchanted by the sky blue eyes of Captain Kent Littlefield from Pennsylvania. Honoring a promise to care for younger siblings Amanda had made to her dying mother, she asks Captain Littlefield to wait “just a bit” before courting her.

Four years later the country is engulfed in a civil war which puts them on opposite sides of the conflict. The novel offers insights into the emotional and physical conflicts many families endured during this devastating war.

After the war there is still much healing to be done both for the country and for families. Are the wounds too deep to be forgiven and allow long anticipated love to flourish?

I’m not a big reader of romance or war novels. The author, however, has developed several engaging characters and varied the story line enough here to keep me entertained and engaged.

I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through their BookSneeze program. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Texture Tuesday - And Then Some

As I was on my way to "do something important" the other morning, the bright autumn sunshine came sparkling through my (newly cleaned!) windows in a way that made me stop and grab my camera.

The photo really doesn't give that little golden glow justice.
Had a special little time of praise and thanksgiving right there in my livingroom while snapping photos. Love it when God surprises me with a beautiful gift!

I used several layers of Kim Klassen's texture And Then Some to arrive at here:

Here's another photo from that little praise session.

Love it when God stops me in the middle of doing something important
to do something essential!

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Have a wonder-filled day!!

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Friday, October 28, 2011

It's on the other side . . .

#1 Rule in Window Washing - It's on the other side!!

I discovered this rule to be true once again as I washed our house windows this week. They are not perfect (a few streaks and water spots remain uggg!) - but they are definitely cleaner and let the autumn sun shine in brighter. While I was at it I washed curtains as well (does anyone else do their spring cleaning in the fall??)

Visited loved ones in NC over the weekend - beautiful drive and lovely vistas through our car windows along the way
Notice these windows haven't been cleaned lately!

And to follow up on my window theme I've designed a couple gothic style windows for cutting. (no cleaning required!!)

Let there be many windows to your soul, that all the glory of the world may beautify it. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox (American poet and writer 1850-1919)

Happy Last Weekend of October!!(??already??)

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mums the word!!

We've been taking advantage of the cooler weather to clean-up/spruce-up our landscape - including planting a few mums. Loving the punch of color!
Also gives me an excuse to snap a few colorful photos to play "textures" with!!

I used two of Kim Klassen's textures for this week's challenge
Word and Golden

Visit the cafe to see some wonderful works of photographic art!!


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Friday, October 14, 2011


Gotta say, autumn in Tennessee is pretty nice - or maybe that is pretty and nice :)

We've had so many warm sunny days and the evenings have been just cool enough so I don't have to shiver! Love finally having the A/C turned off, the curtains pulled wide and the windows open for that fresh autumn breeze. I've cleaned up the landscape a bit and even planted a few mums to spice up the color palette around here.
The last couple years since we've been down here the warm fall weather has extended pretty much to Thanksgiving. I'm hoping that is a trend that continues!!

I've made several sets of my Turkey Place Cards. It is so fun to see the personality of each one of these guys appear as I attach the eyes.

Also made a few shabby rolled flowers and even a necklace or two. 

Found this Autumn Title in the "archives."
Hope you enjoy it!

Happy Weekend!!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Seeing Red

Texture Tuesday's challenge this week is red.
Looking around my home I find I'm coming up short on that color. I have a bottle of red craft paint, a stray crayon or two and a red marker, but red is a color not very evident here unless it is February or December. And even then I will opt for pink or burgundy.
Hmmm, I'm sure that says something about me ;)

I did find this photo to play with today.
 (Have you noticed we enjoying watching birds around here?)

After applying a couple layers of Kim Klaussen's
Warm Sun texture 
our cardinal looks to be in a slightly more rustic setting.

Wanna see red???
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Scroll - Book Review

The Scroll
By Grant R. Jeffrey and Alton L Gansky

This fictional tale of a Biblical archaeologist drew me in right from the start and kept the action moving throughout.

At the request of an old friend, renowned archaeologist Dr. David Chambers joins an unlikely dream team of antiquity hunters in search of priceless artifacts. Using the secretive Essenes sect's cryptic Copper Scroll as their treasure map the team encounters both treasure and tragedy in their quest.

Co-author Jeffrey is a teacher of Biblical prophecy/eschatology and archaeology, so the book gives you a sense of what is involved in an actual archaeological dig. This Indiana Jones style adventure includes hidden chambers, romance, secrecy, suspicion, betrayal, danger, and redemption all set against the backdrop of the history rich and tumultuous Middle East. An engaging read!

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Press in their blogging for books program. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011


Do you?
Are you?
Have you?

I'm trying to be strong.
The last thing I need is something new to keep be staring at my computer screen.
But the temptation is so great!
And the chatter is so intense!
And everyone loves it so much!
And today what did I come across but a tutorial on how to get started . . .
Notice I'm not above trying to feed your addictive behaviors {evil grin}

But for today, at least, I have resisted.
I didn't even click on that alluring red button urging me to request an invite.
I did discover, however, that I can mosey on over to Pinterest
Type in a search term
and see all the great things everyone else is pinning.
For now, for me
That is enough

Happy October!!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Love, Love, Love

The Texture Tuesday theme this week at Kim's Cafe is Love.
Hubby and I celebrated our 29th anniversary during our spring break get-away to the Gulf Coast.
Our daughter snapped this photo of us on the shore. 

Using what I've learned from Kim's tutorials and by adding her textures
(Crackle Love and Paper Stained Light)
I was able to transform the snapshot to this moody art print.

"Love" it!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Texture Tuesday - Fun with Roses

 This week's texture challenge was a free for all - just use one of Kim's textures.

It's not often I receive flowers but a couple years ago I was surprised by these on my birthday.
Aren't they the most beautiful color??
(very photo worthy!!)

After playing around a bit -
 blurring the background,
 removing some color
and adding Kim's Ugg Love texture . . .

Some dreamy faded roses!

These transformations always amaze me!
But I also find them somewhat disturbing.
How can we trust that the things we
see on a screen or in print
in this computer savvy,
cut and paste,
digitally enhanced world
 what it
appears to be??


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Friday, September 16, 2011

Courageous - The Movie

We had the opportunity to see a pre-screening of the newest movie from Sherwood Pictures
 (think Facing the Giants and Fireproof). 
Just want to say - MARK YOUR CALENDERS!!

Their newest movie offering is called Courageous. We loved it!! It captures your attention from the first scene and keeps you engaged throughout the whole movie. It has a real-life feel to it, situations and conversations you have probably experienced in your own life. It has laugh-out-loud funny moments mixed with I-didn't-bring-enough tissue moments. It also has a strong message of taking responsiblity for you and yours that our families are desperately needing right now.

Check your local theater - Courageous comes out on September 30th.

I am so thankful for the loving and courageous men in my life!

There's still time find some great goodies in the Etsy PAFA team's
fall celebration.
The party continues through September 17th.

Happy Weekend!!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Stained Glass Hearts

Stained Glass Hearts
by Patsy Clairmont

More than a Book – an Interactive Adventure

Feel as if your life is a mishmash of bits and pieces and have no idea how everything fits together?

Patsy Clairmont has been there and she’d love to guide you through a journey of introspection. In the end you will more easily see yourself as God, in his redeeming grace, sees you. Then you can allow His joy to shine through the beautiful mosaic that is uniquely you.

Patsy shares the personal stories of pain, heartache, joy and redemption of her own life’s journey. She has a very personal and inviting writing style - feels as if you are chatting and sharing with a close friend. The book is broken into short easy to read chapters. Patsy sprinkles favorite quotes and scripture throughout the pages. At the end of each chapter she invites you to visit wonderful art museums and galleries to view some of her favorite stained glass works, paintings, music, poems and books - all with an engaging story and life lesson attached. And the best news is that all these beautiful works are as close as your nearest internet connection! 

I so enjoyed this book! Patsy’s joy is definitely contagious. I came away with fresh eyes and a joyful song of praise in my heart. 

I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through their BookSneeze program. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Texture Tuesday - Do

Snapped this guy while he was on his travels across our driveway.
He looks to be quite intent on the task at hand.
Just "do"-ing his thing.

Kim's Texture Tuesday challenge this week was a "do" photo
to use her Autumn Burst texture. 
So with that goal and inspiration from a new song
by one of my favorite artists.

(This video is so fun!!)

This is what I done did!! :)
I used the texture Autumn Burst as well as She Loves You Yeah

Be sure to check out what others "do" with their photos by visiting Kim's blog.
(Kim's also hosting a giveaway - so you may want to "do" one of your own photos as well!!)


So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do,
do it all for the glory of God.
Thanks for stopping by!!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Patches the Scaredy Cat - Texture Tuesday

I used a photo of my daughter's cat Patches for this week's "orange" challenge.
We got Patches as a kitten for my daughter's 11th birthday. He was a great companion for her, although he definitely had his peculiarities.

I called him the ultimate scaredy cat. See that look in his eyes - you would think I was aiming a dangerous weapon at him - not a harmless camera! Sadly, Patches died earlier this year, just shy of 15 years with her. It was amazing to me that his little fraidy heart hadn't given out on him many years before.

He was definitely an indoor cat, but when he did go outside he hugged the ground and was constantly glancing in all directions looking for danger. In the autumn if he stepped on a crunchy leaf he scared himself and looked around to see who or what was following him before darting back toward the house. And if the door was shut AHHH! - panic attack!!

The poor guy once got a sticky glue-type mouse trap stuck to his foot and hid under the couch - didn't think we would ever see him again! We were able to free him by reaching under the couch with a yardstick and prying the gooey thing loose.

And he cracked me up one day when I was getting meat out of our chest style freezer. While curiously watching me he leaned in a bit too far - fell in  - panicked! - jumped out - jumped back in! - scrambled around and finally found his way out again. Yes - I had a cat running laps in my freezer! Could have won some money if I'd had a video of that escapade!!

Thanks Patch for the companionship and leaving years of stories and giggles to remember you by.
I used Kim's Pumpkin Grunge and Scripted Edges textures.

See more "Orange" here

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Fall Celebration!

If you are looking for a reason to celebrate today take a look at all the
items being offered for sale by the members of the
Primitive and Folk Artists team on Etsy.
To view all items in the celebration click the link below.

And to continue the celebration be sure to check out the
PAFA team giveaway - so many beautiful prizes to be won!
Find out how to qualify and see those fabulous prizes
by clicking the above link
Don't miss out!!

Fall has never been so fun!!

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