Sunday, February 27, 2011

takin' a vote.....

i was bored with the "normal" font so i changed it to this cutesy hand written lookin' font ----- do you like it? is it hard to read? do you want me to change back? let me know---majority wins!!!!

seems like forever......

since i posted on this blog. i mean to do it more often, but sometimes life gets in the way! this past week was a busy week - busy at work, busy at home. busy making wedding invitations. busy praying & studying my scripture challenge for sunday school. and then i wanted to just take time for ME. i needed to read. i usually have 3 or 4 books "going" at the same time. amazing how my feeble mind can keep them all straight!!!

i'm reading:
the Bible
a book on prayer
12 extraordinary women by john macarthur
desiring God by john piper

and then i just had to re-read my most favorite "real-life novel" "black heels to tractor wheels" by the pioneer woman!

i want her life!!!

so in the meantime, i'm reading the Bible, a book on prayer, 12 extraordinary women by john macarthur and desiring God by john piper. and doing lots of praying.

and in the meantime, you're looking for some stamping stuff!!!! so here you go!!! these are the cards we made at this month's stamp camp. there was one other, but i sent it to someone before i took a picture of it! the last picture is my messy craft room, which i need to go tidy up so i can work on those invitations some more!

have a blessed day.....i am!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

wedding invitations!!!!

i spent the whole day working on my nephew's wedding invitations!! there are many steps to these & it's taking awhile. i have the "save the date" cards done; the response cards & envelopes done; the outside purple part of the invitation is done; yesterday & today i worked on the inside part of the invitations. i printed them, cut them to size, embossed a silver "S" & an iris on them & matted them on the red paper. now i have to attach them to the purple cover, cut the ribbons, assemble them.......whew!! that's 340 "S's", 680 irises, 170 ribbons, 170 invitations, 170 response cards, 170 save the date cards; still have the large outside envelopes to do--gonna just do an "S" on those..........they are beautiful & i'm so honored that Brian & Monica asked me to do them for them!!! i checked online & if they were to pay a company to do these (by machine with no embossing) they would be almost $4,000!!!!!! they are paying for supplies, but not labor.....pretty nice wedding present, i'd say!!!! it's been fun & i'm happy to do them!!!

i usually HATE my pictures, but this one turned out pretty good!!!

have a blessed day!!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

i have a REALLY BIG FAVOR to ask everyone.......

(this is a VERY long post --lots of pictures)

i would normally not ask something like this, but i have a friend who needs a favor. he does a prison ministry where he visits & mentors guys in prisons all over texas. some of the guys in the prisons are very accomplished artists (they don't have much else to do there all day, so they draw) & many have given my friend their artwork. he needs to sell some of these pieces to sponsor a guy in a halfway house. he'll take your best offer (i would imagine $20 to $25 for the smaller pieces, more for the bigger ones, or whatever you think is appropriate.) i've seen them & they are amazing! some of them have entire books of scripture written in the most smallest print i have ever seen -- & it's all hand done, not electronically printed!!!! there are colored pencil drawings, ink pen, watercolor, oils. the troy aikman ball point pen drawing was done on a piece of white fabric! the detail is utterly amazing!!! the picture with my hand covering the anatomically correct naked woman is really something! there's so much going on in it!! it's all done with ball point pen -- & he never messed anything up when drawing it--there would be no way to correct it if he did!!!!! it almost made me cry to think that guys with this much talent are sitting behind bars for some stupid crime they did to throw their lives away but just because someone cared enough to talk to them & spend time visiting with them, they've given their lives to the Lord & are using this God-given talent to spread the Word!!!!! so my favor is: would you take a look at the pictures to follow, tell all your friends to come here to my blog & look at them & if you'd please consider purchasing one/some, it would really be a blessing.

we're going to post them on ebay, but i wanted to give y'all 1st or email me or leave a comment here if you're interested in any. thanks so much!!!

thanks so much for your help!!!
have a blessed day!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

so, the only person who cares about me is....................................

nancy barlass!!!!! SHE called me at 3:05pm to make sure i was awake!!!!!! i love you too, nancy!!!!!

what do ya do when ya .......

......go to bed at 11:30pm & wake up at 3:00am??????????

first you pray --- you have a really beautiful, really intense talk with God.

then you get up & make "dirty rice" for your lunch because you're tired of tuna & yogurt for lunch everyday! (& it'll probably be dinner "today" too!!) (notice the time on the clock!!!)

while that's cooking, you go make some cards for some special boys in your life. (we'll be making that skateboarder card this sunday at stamp camp!!! it's so cool!! at least i think so!!!

then you go update your blog & check emails & find you have a couple more things to pray for......(but that's a good thing!!)

then you look at the clock & it says 6:00 & you think "how can 3 hours go by so quickly NOW, but in the middle of the day they seem to drag so slowly?"

oh i dread 3:00 this afternoon!!!!! hopefully i won't be asleep at my desk then!!! somebody call me then to be sure!!!!!!!

well, hopefully i'll see some of you sunday at stamp camp! have a blessed day --mine's been blessed so far!!!!!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

2-4-11 ice on the bluebonnets!

didn't get the 1-3" of snow they were predicting, but we did get ice! these are the bluebonnets in my backyard & flowerbed....all covered with ice! they are hardy though & will be all perky once they defrost!!!

i'll have to see if i have any blooming bluebonnet pictures from last year on this computer - if i do, i'll post later.

i've done some stamping the past couple days, so i'll have a few pictures to post soon - been getting ready for next sunday's stamp camp too! i love the cards we're doing!!!

i've also spent a lot of time snuggled under my quilt on the couch - doing lots of reading & praying. there is a pastor/author by the name of jim noble - his wife diane is a stamper & has a wonderful blog. she posted the following the other day & even though i haven't asked her permission, i'm sure she won't mind me writing about it here. this is just a little excerpt of what she wrote----

"love the LORD your God with all your heart & with all your soul & with all your strength. these commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. impress them on your children. talk about them when you sit at home & when you walk along the road, when you lie down & when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:5-7 I want to be able to say to God, "i love you with all my heart!......"

that's what i want for my life too!!!! to tell God everyday that i love him with all my heart!! to know Him well enough to be able to say that!!! ahhhhhhhhh--life is good!!! i am soooooooooooooooo blessed!!!!!

have a blessed day!!!

*p.s. if you want to be blessed too & don't know Him, email me!!! call me!!!