The Simple Woman's Daybook for December 7, 2018 For Today, December 7, 2018 This is where it all began Looking out my window, it's a beautiful, sunny day. We haven't had sun in days and days, so this is an amazing, wonderful sight! I am thinking that I ...

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  1. The Simple Woman's Daybook for December 7, 2018
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  3. Cats, Cards, Kids and Kitchen
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The Simple Woman's Daybook for December 7, 2018


The Simple Woman's Daybook for December 7, 2018


For Today, December 7, 2018
This is where it all began



Looking out my window, it's a beautiful, sunny day. We haven't had sun in days and days, so this is an amazing, wonderful sight!
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I am thinking that I am married to the most wonderful Christian man.

I am thankful that my kids are all in the area so we can visit often.

One of my favorite things is wrapping Christmas presents to Christmas music with the excitement of the recipient opening it.

I am creating a huge granny square afghan and a ripple afghan.  The ripple afghan is being made with the small amounts of yarn left over from other projects.

I am wearing P.J.'s. I love P.J. days!

I am reading another Amish novel. I love the simple life described in these. I'm not sure I could live like this, but sometimes the simplicity is refreshing.

I am listening to Christmas music by The Piano Guys called, Family Christmas.
 


I am hoping to get some work around the house finished. Tim is working on the crown molding in the kitchen.

Tim also thinks of the true details of a project. Look at the tile that will be in the center of the tile above the stove. I love sunflowers and we both love watching the Goldfinches at the feeder all year long.


I am learning that God does so much for me, for us, that we're not even aware of.

In my kitchen the smell of crockpot chili fills the air. Tim loves it with pasta. I prefer it with a little cheese. I really like it the next day when it's thicker and more tasty.Image result for crockpot chili


In the school room, Tim continues to learn how to do things to remodel our house via You Tube. He didn't know how to do Compound Molding Cuts, until he watched many videos. It's truly amazing what you can learn out there.



In my garden the plants have been cut down and they are covered with snow. It seems to be early for us to have snow that stays on the ground.

 Our neighbors put a great lighting system in their backyard. Who would have thought that Christmas lights on the above-ground pool would look so great! The lights on the shed change colors and move. Tim says he wants to put lights on our pool next year. Who would have thought? He puts the lights up for me because he knows I love lights.



Shared Quote
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A moment from my day-I have been working on lots of Christmas cards to send to family and friends. Hopefully I am finished. I've made over 200 cards to donate and use myself.




This is a poinsettia I made from a kit a friend gave me. She had the flower paper cut and ready. I added the greenery. This is an electric tea light. I put silver washi tape around the base to cover the white plastic.


Closing Notes-Tomorrow Tim and I will go to breakfast with his Dad, and Ben and Rachel.  Then all of us but Tim will go to our church to see the play, "It's A Wonderful Life." 
One of the outreaches of the church is 82nd Street Theater. The idea is to bring kids to church to be in the plays and minister to them while they are there.



My son, who is the Youth Pastor is the stage manager so he interacts with all of the kids in the plays. He has a great vision for this church. He sees the importance of cultivating a youth group, who will need a college age group, then a young marrieds group, which will increase the kid's groups. He has truly been blessed to serve with youth.

After the play, Sarah will meet me here and we'll go to Maria Gardens to purchase sprayed poinsettias. It's something we've done together in the past that Sarah sees as a tradition. So tomorrow is the day we'll go.
The plants are sprayed with a special dye that won't hurt the plants. Then if you like, glitter is applied.
 Image result for painted poinsettias

Then we'll go to get something to eat. One of our favorite places is called, Pizza Fire. One of our favorite pizzas is chicken instead of pepperoni or sausage. It's better for me to eat.
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Blessing of the Day: God continues to amaze me with the people he's put around me. People that minister to me, and people I can minister to. To feel the joy of ministering to others is incredible. We each have the ability to do this. We just have to step out to make a difference in other's lives and shine the light of Christ, for His glory. Through your actions you show the love of Christ to others who may not know Him. They may begin to wonder why you are the way you are......different from most.
Bring joy to yourself and those around you by reaching out to others. You will be ministered to as well. It's a WIN-WIN for everyone!

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

    

I'm still Here After All This Time


I thought I'd begin with a little humor I saw in the stamping world.




I got 130 Christmas cards off to South Carolina Juvenile Justice System and 10 off to a Texas Hospital Fundraiser. Now I can concentrate on my personal Christmas cards. I'm so glad I had my Stamparatus from Stampin' Up. When you make multiple cards, it's quicker to use a stamp positioning tool like this. I can't imagine how much longer it would have taken to make cards without this.

This is one of the House Mouse stamps I used for Christmas cards for South Carolina Juvenile Justice System and my private stash. He's so cute! This was also made for a challenge on Splitcoast where we were to use pearls.  I stamped in memento rich cocoa then colored with Copic Markers. I cut the circles out then dry embossed the green paper. I stamped the sentiment and added it and the image with dimensionals.

 Here's another Christmas card I made for my personal stash. I also sent a few to Splitcoaststampers Cards for a Cause this month. They needed Christmas cards to auction off to earn money for a Texas hospital.

This is my inspiration for my card.  

I used the same stamp set and sponged the top layers. I changed the embossing folder, greeting and changed the orientation from vertical to horizontal.
I stamped the image then sponged it with a dauber and added rhinestones. I dry embossed the heather layer then stamped and punched out the sentiment.
The sentiment and image were added with dimensionals.

This is the front of a card I made for Cole, who is a 3 year old with brittle bone disease who broke his leg and is in a full-leg cast. His grandma asked for cards for him so she and he would have a fun time opening cards to help him get through this long time of not being mobile. I made a peek-a-boo card. 

This is the inside of the card. He has a sheet of magnet behind the card base. The images all have magnets on them. Cole can move them and place them wherever he wants time after time. I hope he enjoys this. It reminded me of Colorforms.
Do you remember playing with Colorforms? You took vinyl pieces and placed them on a background. I loved these things. We played for hours with these.
Colorforms Create-a-Story Miss Weather Re-Stickable Playset
I saw Mom Sunday and she seemed pretty good. I came at lunchtime and brought my own lunch. I also brought two chocolate chip cookies from Panera Bread, which is on the way to Mom's. When she was finished with her lunch I put the cookie on her tray. She loved it! 
I broke off part of my cookie and gave it to the lady who was sitting with Mom. She was delighted to share in our cookie time.
 I took the rest of my cookie and placed it on Mom's tray and she finished that one too. I've learned not to say anything about the cookie or she'll refuse it.  So I place it on her tray and she eats it like it came with her lunch! LOL Love these times with Mom.

Mom turned 86 the day I visited. I told her it was her birthday. She says she doesn't need anymore birthdays! She put her fingers in her ears and said, "la-la-la-la-la, I can't hear you!" She still has her great sense of humor after all she's gone through. Love you mom.

Verse of the Day:Plain and Simple, You can't take it with you. We lay up our gifts in heaven not here on earth. Knowing Jesus enables us to do just that.
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Here's a song called, Never Let You Down by Hawk Nelson. Give it a listen and see what you think.
 


    

Cats, Cards, Kids and Kitchen

Lots has gone on since I last posted. I went on a ladies retreat from my church. It was a wonderful time of praise, prayer, learning and deepening relationships.  It was amazing to have 18 women  take time away from their family to grow closer to God and each other. 
I got to room with my daughter-in-law Rachel, which made it all the more special for both of us.

This is a picture of my supervisor, Chloe. It seems she knows just when I need to get things done and helps me by snuggling in for a nap.  She's so sweet. Some times I let her nap and other times I have to move her.


I've been working on Christmas cards for South Carolina Juvenile Justice System. They nee 122. I'm so happy to help. These cards were made using two-sided designer series paper. then I added a sentiment and leaves in copper. I love how they came out. The background is dry embossed the Tin Tile embossing folder.


This is one of the cards we made at this month's class. It was designed by Lee Ann Greff.
 This used the Tufted embossing folder.

Here's the next card from class. The pie crust is made using soft suede paper and the Basket Weave embossing folder. It also features the Buffalo Check background stamp.
 The 3-D project we did was this mini notecard/envelope holder with a decorated pen and a covered post-it note.

 This is a card for a good friend who's been feeling a bit down lately. I hope she gets a laugh from this. The sentiment is computer generated.

This is the inside of the card. I just received this stamp set recently and had to use it. Isn't she just a hoot?

I've been busy with family fun. Sarah and I went to North Royalton High School's Craft Fair. This is a long standing fair that is always crowded. Last year it was raining all day. Even in spite of that  I couldn't find a parking spot after a half-hour, so I left.
This year I asked Tim to drop us off. We shopped then had him pick us up when we were done.
I had a great time with Sarah.
We were supposed to get pizza at Pizza Fire in Broadview Hts., but we both had headaches.


Check out this Community Day that Stampin' Up had this year.  Each year there is one day when all Stampin' Up employees give back to the community in some way. Love this company.

Can you imagine never having had your own bed?  We take so much for grated here in the U.S.

 



Verse of the Day: This verse is always something that smacks me in the forehead. I am guilty of doing things that keep me busy.  I'm praying again that this verse will help to renew my committment to focusing on God and what HE has for me to do each day.


Blessing of the Day: Tim has finished putting up the fans, handles and hardware on cabinets and installing the microwave in the kitchen! He's so amazing at all he takes on. I'm so thankful for his commitment to updating our home.

Thank you for stopping by. I'll try not to be such a stranger and post more often.
Blessings,
    

CARDS, CACTUS AND CATS

I belong to a group of stampers on Splitcoaststampers.com that are called Crafters of Faith. Each month we have a Bible verse challenge that we use for making something. This month our challenge was:
November 2018: ~ Hostess: Vickie
scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
challenge: anything goes!
I stamped the greenery twice. I cut part of the second one for the leaves behind the sentiment. I punched out ovals then dry embossed with tin tile embossing folder. I sponged the edges then layered them to look like a pumpkin. I added the sentiment and leaves with dimensionals.


CAT'S CORNER
I never know what these crazy cats will do. This is a large basket on my desk that Chloe believes is hers. It's really where I put things I've used in card making that need to be put away.
I thought this pose of Chole's looked funny and rather uncomfortable! LOL  She sat there for a long time like this.



Two days ago it was in the fifties. I sat outside with my coffee. Not long after I sat down, I received two cool kitties. They were happy with warm tummies, sitting on the human warming machine.

This morning I took out on of my stamp containers to look through my stamps. In no time Chloe jumped up there. Not to be outdone, Phoebe had to do the same thing.  No wonder I don't get things done some days! LOL

This is my gorgeous Christmas Cactus in full bloom! It sat in the eastern sun all summer long. This is my reward. Such a beautiful creation from God. I'm loving it.
 

Tim got a picture of the tree in our backyard. This tree has only had yellow leaves in the 18 years we've been here. This year God tipped the leaves with a bit of orange and red. So lovely and appreciated, my Creator.

Verse of the Day:
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Check out the song from MercyMe called, Best News Ever. Knowing we are God's children and will spend eternity with Him in heaven, is the BEST NEWS EVER!
 

Blessing of the Day:
Tim finished the downstairs bathroom.. I am so amazed at all he's learned to redecorate our home.

Thank you for stopping by.
Blessings,

    

The Simple Woman's Daybook for October 30, 2018




The Simple Woman's Daybook for October 30, 2018



This is where it all began.



Looking out my window it is a mild fall day. All of us got outside to the back porch. The birds were chowing down on the thistle in the feeder. There was standing room only for a while.


Chloe decided she'd had enough bird and chipmunk watching, so she jumped up to my legs to plop down. Phoebe was in my lap that's why Chloe chose this spot.  Phoebe soon abandoned my lap for Tim's. Chloe is an irritation to Phoebe many times. Phoebe works hard to find places to hide from Chloe just for peace and quiet! LOL
 Our Butterfly Bush continues to bloom. Tim cut it back part-way through the summer and it's rewarded us greatly for that.


I am thinking that these rainy, gloomy days aren't good for me. They make me want to sleep to pass the time.

I am thankful that Tim's once again working on our house. Today he began patching and sanding the small bathroom.  Of course that means I have to use the upstairs bathrooms. I didn't realize how often I use the bathroom! Well, I got my steps in today with all the up and down.

One of my favorite things is finishing a book. Now I can pick the next book to read. I have so many books here that people have given to me or I have picked up that I don't need to use the library for a while.
I finally finished, The Cast by Danielle Steel. I have renewed it many times from the library.
The Cast

I am creating another rectangle afghan where I made the rectangles and crochet them together. I finished the ripple afghan.


I am wearing long sleeves, jeans, shoes and socks.  

I am listening to quiet piano music. I sometimes just need calming music in the evening.

I am hoping to get some cards made tonight.


I am learning that I can advise my kids, then I must let them make their own decisions. 

In my kitchen it is dark. We went to Panera Bread tonight for dinner. It has a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

In the school room I continue to learn from YouTube videos from card making stampers.
I am also learning some amazing facts about baseball from a series on PBS by Ken Burns.
Babe Ruth was an excellent hitter and pitcher. He had a wife and child who lived a private life in the country away from all of the crowds and press. Babe grew up in a reformatory because his parents couldn't handle him. A priest there taught Babe how to bat. 

Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns

In my garden there are still strawberry plants flowering, but not for long I fear.

A moment from my day: 

I stamped the bottom cat, then covered her with a mask and stamped her sister on top. I colored the top cat with pink and the bottom cat in calypso coral. Then I used the blender pen to mottle her fur. Then I added the bow. I added googly eyes to the top cat. Then I dry embossed with paw prints by Nicole.
I don't know if it's a bad hair day or the fact she has a bow in her hair, but the bottom cat sure isn't happy!


This was for the sketch challenge last week.  Here's another cute cat duo. Today I added a little bird and a heart. I colored the images with Copic Markers Then added the bird with dimensionals. I added the dsp then the heart and image.


This is for a double challenge. Free 4 All challenge was to make a Halloween or Fall card. The Mix challenge was to make a royal garden using your favorite colors and/or flowers.
I chose turquoise and brown with a touch of pink as my favorite colors to use. I stamped in blueberry for the watering can. Then I watercolored with the zig brush and water. I covered that with copic grays. I added champagne shimmer mist with a brush to the pitcher and image. I used stampin' write markers to trace the cotton. I colored the cotton with my snow marker then heated it. The leaves were colored with granny apple green marker. The flower is colored with a watercolor pencil colored with a blender pen.
I added dimensionals to the back of the pitcher. I placed the burlap ribbon behind the pitcher with glue dots.
The background was inked on the embossing folder. Then the embossing folder was put through the big shot.

Here is my inspiration for my card: 
I changed the animal, the shape cut out and the colors. I stamped and colored the kitten. I cut out the top part then dry embossed the frame with holly. I attached the kitten to the back of the frame. I added foam tape to raise the frame and kitten up. I added a bow in the corner with glue dots. I stamped the buffalo check background stamp then drew green lines with SU stampin' write marker. I added the background to the frame, then mounted it all on a white card stock base.


Here's my inspiration for my card:
Aflutter Quilt #1
I colored the dark colors on the back of the vellum and the light ones on the front. I added clear wink of stella to the flowers, leaves and butterflies. I attached the vellum to white card stock with vellum tape. I dry embossed the background then added the panel to the card base.


 Can you say, root bound?!  Tim helped me transplant this to a larger pot. I guess this Spider plant really liked being outside all summer.

Verse of the Day:Matthew 9:13
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Closing Notes
 Having a purpose in life is what it's all about. We need to find what gifts God has given us, then shine God's light onto this earth using that gift. Our purpose is to praise God and share him with others. 
We need to be willing to step out in faith and do what God asks us to do. Even if we don't understand it, we need to do what He asks. He has our best interest in mind.

 
Blessing of the Day:  Tim and I went to dinner. Tim also got work done in the small bathroom.

Thank you for stopping by. Sure would love to hear from you.
Blessings,

    

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