Sunday, February 26, 2017

The road to recovery

I was so sick last week.  Thursday
I would have to have gotten better just
to die.  I slept all day.  But I
am on the road to recovery finally.
 I never used to get sick...

I managed to get a card made
in the middle of all that.

 I'm pretty  happy with how it turned
out.  I made the card and then 
realized I didn't have any green
ribbon.  Gasp!  A trip to Hobby
Lobby.  Such an imposition in my
life.  NOT!!  I love that store!  I'm
not sure if I ever made that clear or not.

Today I am signing three songs!
"Forevermore", "I will bow to you",
and "Our God" .  The only thing
I'm a little concerned about is the
last song where the bridge is:
"and if our God is for us then who
then who could ever stop 
us and if our God is with
us then what could stand against?"
It doesn't seem that fast, does it?
I'm here to tell you it is.  And we
don't sign most of those words!
It will be a challenge but I have to
remember it's not about me, it's about
God.  He's going to take my hands
and use them for His glory.  (I hope!)

Before I go practice some more,
a picture of my daughter in law,
Heather, and my three grandsons,
Bradley, Sammy and Wyatt.

Isn't that a great looking bunch?!
Also, Congratulations, Judy on your new
grandson!  I'm very glad everyone is doing well!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Silly snakes

I know there are some people,
even friends of mine, that don't
like snakes, but these are hard
to dislike because they're so cute!

Aren't they adorable?  I have two more
patterns, but I haven't gotten anything
done in the last few days.  When I
sit in my chair and just watch TV 
and/or doze off, you know something's
wrong!  I think I'm starting to feel 
better now, but I'm sure not there yet.
I'm absolutely loving this weather.
It's been drizzling off and on, but
other than that, it's just beautiful
out.  So warm!
I have to get motivated to go out to
the store and get a few things.  I'm
going to make sweet and sour 
chicken for dinner tonight
and the only things I'm missing
are the sweet and sour sauce,
pineapple, tomato....It would be 
easier to list the things I DO have
for the recipe:  Chicken.
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Birthday greetings

I've not been feeling well the
past couple of days.  I so rarely
get sick, so when I do, I usually
do it right.  Saturday night I was
pretty sure I'd have to get better
just to die.  But I'm pretty  much
over it now.  I just can't sleep
because I can't breathe through
my nose.   I woke up at
3 am and couldn't go back to
sleep.  That is certainly annoying.

My friend has a birthday coming
soon.  This is the new die set I
just got.  I'm not thrilled with
this card.  I like it, but it 
didn't turn out the way I wanted
it to.    I definitely should
have made the flower/leaf
at the top in navy, too.
Classes started again last night.
Monday night is finger spelling
and I need that very much.  I'm
slow at both doing it and under-
standing it.  There's only four of
us in the class, so we pair up and
finger spell to each other.  It
was a fun class.  On Saturday I
have a religious signing class which
I am looking forward to.
I'm loving this weather, but I 
hear Saturday the temps are
going to take a dive.  I have
to keep reminding myself
that it's still only February!
Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Offset lines

The weather has been fantastic!
I'm enjoying it so much.  Yesterday
because of the way the wind was blowing
(thankfully very little) I could smell
the bread baking at the McDonald's
bakery factory.  It smelled so good!
Simple pleasures.

I saw a card like this online and thought
it was pretty cool.  I didn't cut it quite
right, though, and I had to free hand
the flower part.  But it's OK.

This is made with a new die and
I wish I hadn't gotten it.  I didn't
realize you had to emboss the
edges after the die cut out
the shape.  I have never had good
results with embossing this way I end
up tearing the images in the paper.
Drives me crazy.  (John would say short
trip!) I was so looking forward to
getting the die and so disappointed
when I tried to use it.  Oh, well.  Thankfully
it wasn't too much.  
I did get some new dies yesterday in
the mail which I already love.  I have
to play with them a little to get just
the right card, but there are so
many different ones and many, many
ways to arrange them on cards.
I'd better go get Lili up before she
wears her screaming voice out....
Happy Saturday!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Abstract day

I love abstract patterns although
some are hard to figure out.  I have
one right now that I can't figure
out for the life of me.  This one
was much easier.

Isn't it cool?  I think maybe it  needs
something in the circles, but I don't
know what.  Maybe it just needs
to be left alone!
This is the first card I made with
the mermaid die and I hate it.

It's so plain.  But I didn't know what
to do with it.  The "water droplets"
look ridiculous, too, but there you
have it.
I'm going to church tonight to 
see the movie "Fireproof" which I've
probably seen 15 times, but it's a
good movie and I can see it with
friends, so it's a win-win.
It's supposed to get warmer today!
Yay!  Again.  I'll believe it when I see it,
but I'm hopeful. 
Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hello Mermaid

This mermaid die was one that I
ordered recently from Walmart
(free of charge, remember?!)
I thought it would be easier to
make a card with it but it hasn't
proven to be so.  I finally got a
card that I'm happy with.

What I would really have loved to
do is cut it from the sparkly paper
but it just wouldn't cut through 
no matter how hard I tried.  It
would have looked so pretty.  I
love how the marbelled paper looks
behind it.  (My computer flags the word
marbeled whether I use two "L's" or
one, so sorry, I don't know what the
correct spelling is. )  It might have
looked good to mat the circle with
some sparkly paper, but I didn't
think of it until just now.  Naturally.
I hope everyone had a good Valentine's
day on the 14th, but you are all wrong
if you think it's really the 14th.  
Valentine's day is really the 15th.
That's the day all the candy goes
50% off!  ;)  I have controlled 
myself and not gotten any candy
from this holiday.  But I have a feeling
it's going to be on sale for a little
while yet.  I guess I'll have to avoid
stores until everyone buys
what is left.
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Two views

I made this card a couple of days,
then realized it would make a 
great card for a guy if it was in
different colours.  I happen to
have a guy birthday coming up so
I used brown and red for the 
second one.

It took me a while to figure out how
to stitch this.  Sometimes the
patterns aren't very clear especially
when they are very detailed as this
is.  So I slept on it.  The old adage
is true.  I woke up the next morning and 
all of a sudden I understood how to
stitch it.  I love how they both turned out.
I saw this on Facebook and thought 
it was worth sharing:

I don't know about you, but I forget
this quite often.  Recently I've been 
dealing with something that is
pretty much an aggravation but seems
a big deal to me.  I  need to learn to
put things into perspective, for one
thing, but I need to remember to lean
on God and let HIM handle the day
to day aggravations-and worse-
because He sees the big picture and I
don't.  In the end it all turns 
out OK usually, but I don't think that
far ahead.  He knows what's going on
and the whys and wherefore's. I know 
I should trust Him more but sometimes
it's hard not to take things into my 
own hands-or at least try!  So I pray
frequently that he strengthens my faith.
Happy Wednesday!