Saturday, August 27, 2011

Gift from Alaska...

Check out this AWESOME picture of
Diane & Dennis...
I am SO jealous!!

We have had record high tempertures here in New Mexico
109 degrees...yikes!
Let's just say...that SNOW looks so inviting...

While on her trip to Alaska,
Diane picked up this sweet little gift for me

It is a Sourdough Starter

(Diane is SO generous and just LOVES to SPOIL us!!!)

I always had Sour Dough Starter in the refrigerator
ready for breads and my favorite...Peach Cobbler.
When I became ill, I lost interest in EVERYTHING
I am now starting to bake again and I am really excited
to start my Sourdough...

This kit has the Sourdough Starter along with directions and recipes...

This is a very simple recipe...
starter packet, 2 cups flour and 2 cups warm water
into a bowl

mix gently with a wooden spoon until smooth

now cover with plastic wrap and a dish towel
Place in a warm place for 36-48 hrs
(gently stir several times a day)

Thank you so much Diane!!!
Have a Blessed Day...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Monday Everyone!!
I am so glad to have survived the weekend...

Thursday was my husbands birthday...Happy Birthday Babe!!!

This is the b-day card I made for Roy,
my friend Karen gave me a piece of this really cool
sticky back metal sheet
that already had this awesome patina all over it,
and I used one of her vintage truck stamps with black staz-on ink to
stamp the image onto the metal sheet
 then used some grey card stock along with the
new My Mind's Eye Portobello Road paper collection
and some Tim Holtz gears to create his card

Then friday was spent adding the finishing touches to the decorations for my Mother-in-laws 90th Birthday party.  I was in charge of decorations and wanted to Upcycle and here is what I decided to make...

these "flower bouquets" were made using vegetable cans that were spray painted,

here is the cute card box that I created for her
It's a Flower Pot!!!
The theme was "Shades of Blue"
but she also LOVES flowers so I went with that...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Cheerful Giver...

Hello Everyone!!
I have been SUPER busy lately, but even in the CRAZINESS of life...there are lessons to be learned

I have known for some time that I was placed on this earth to be a servant,
and I TRY  to do so cheefully!  I LOVE to share with others and I
will help you in any way that I CAN.

Unfortunately...I have a hard time accepting gifts or help from ANYONE even family. 
Now this is not necessarily a bad thing but...
the Lord wants to Bless ALL of his children
EVEN  his servants.  Right?

It is easy to Bless your family with a kind word, or a home baked dessert, or maybe help them financially if they are going thru hard times but has the Lord ever used you to be a Blessing to a stranger?  Well today I was reminded that the Lord does know our heart and he pays attention to the "simple" things that we get excited about.  I have been collecting rubber stamps for about a year now but lately there are more important things that we need so I had not been able to add to my collection. 

Today I had a new FRIEND stop by to bring me a gift...
yeap you guessed it...STAMPS!!!
I just have to say that...there is no question in my mind that this was from the LORD...
My friend Gloria
(she & I met through our husbands who work together)
 had no clue that I {heart} stamps! 

The reason I wanted to share this with you is because I want you to know that the "little things" that we do for others can make such a difference. 
I am EXCITED about all my new stamps but...
 ECSTATIC about the new friend God has placed in my life...

(there are 5 Close to My Heart sets and 15 Stampin Up sets)

(and 16 single stamps)

Thank you for stopping by....
Have a BLESSED weekend  :-D

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bingo Card Picture Frames...

I've had these Jenni Bowlin Bingo Cards for a while now
and I thought I would create something with them... 

I took the new Tim Holtz Small Easel die...

 and some thick black chipboard


and I created some picture frames for my grandbabies

Here is Bryan (age 3) on his first day of school (August 2010)
and Savanna (12 months) sitting in Bryan's classroon "Reading" a book...

the possibilities are endless!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

One man's junk is another man's treasure...

Have you ever come across something that well...looks like junk?

My husband & I were driving home one evening and what do we see,
 an old canapy bed that someone decided was JUNK!

we knew IMMEDIATELY what we wanted to create with
this canapy bed...

Yeap...a bench!!!

Isn't this just awesome?