Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Do you need an inexpensive & easy gifty? I borrowed this idea from Violet at Create Beauty. She had these on her blog last year and I filed the idea away to make co-worker gifts this year. What you'll need:
*taper candles, any color
*fine glitter, color coordinated to candle
*clean, plain paper
Since I was making so many, I bought candles in bulk, using a 40% off coupon, of course! Ribbon was also on sale and I already had the glitter & glue.
Assemble all your elements: tear the sheet music, cut the ribbon, prepare your glue & glitter area. That way you can do these assembly line style and be done in no time.
Tear the sheet music, so it has a nice distressed edge, 1-1/2 - 2" wide and long enough to go around the candle. If you're a scrapbooker, you probably have an assortment of inks to tint the edges if desired. Glue the paper to the candle. Then cover the candle (& some of the paper too, if you want) with a thin coat of glue, applying in random lines and using your hand or a sponge brush to cover the taper. On a sheet of plain, clean paper, lay down some glitter & just roll the taper over it til you get the desired coverage.Tie ribbon around it & voila! Instant glitz.I put them in pairs in a cellophane bag & tied a ribbon around the top. Everyone seemed to like them. Candles & glitter. At Christmas, you can't go wrong with this combo!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Recently she started a new job and I sent her an email of congratulations & prayer for favor. Here is an excerpt of her reply:
I haven't had such great respect and kindness since I left [a previous company]. I am blown away by the attitudes of all around me, it is so refreshing. [goes on to list the things she loves about the new workplace]. This is even better than I dreamed. Why do I limit God, over and over and over, I know better from all the years track record with him, but I still do it. ...God is so good I am once again overwhelmed with His greatness and unending love - in big things as well as little things. He has a way of working things out in a wonderful way.
As I read this and reflected on her last year, I thought, Why DO we limit God? Look at all He did for [friend]. She did what she knew to do & let Him take care of the rest. And He did it quite well!
I was scheduled to give a devotion to the staff last week & since this was really on my mind - because I am so there - these are the answers I came up with to the question
Fear of the unknown.
But God says: "I know the plans I have for you..."
Fear of failure.
"...to give you a future and a hope." [Jeremiah 29:11]
OK, then how about:
Fear of success. We know He is a big God with big ideas. Maybe we're afraid of just how big His plans might be. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." [Isaiah 55:9]
Fear of giving up control. This can also be a lack of trust, lack of faith. Or maybe it's due to past experiences of disappointment or disillusionment. Our reaction is to take matters into our own hands. Pride also factors in to a fear of giving up control.
"Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time..." [1 Peter 5:6]
You have to trust God's timing and His way of bringing about His best plans.
Why should you deal with this fear? Verse 7 continues, "...casting all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." It alleviates a lot of stress!
I mentioned disappointment and disillusionment. But God says, "Do not remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold I am doing a new thing!" [Isaiah 43:18-19]
A new thing? Uh oh. Fear of change strikes! Maybe we're limiting God because we don't want any changes. One word: trust. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." [Proverbs 3:5]
The last thing is, we don't feel deserving of God's great plans for us. We know all the scriptures about His love for us but still don't feel like we deserve it. If that's the case, then it's time to meditate again on GRACE. God wants to give us His grace. It's Satan who wants us to feel dis-grace.
Let go of the wheel and let God drive. Don't be afraid of the journey. Embrace it with wild abandon! The Message version of Ephesians 3:19 puts it beautifully:
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
I'll have a new doll to show soon! I'm going to a workshop this weekend. Looking forward to two days of learning new things, spending time with the Dames, and having creative fun.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Merciful Father, I have squandered my days with plans of many theengs (things). Theees (this) was not among them. But at this moment, I beg only to leeve (live) the next few minutes well. For all we ought to have thought and have not thought...all we ought to have said and have not said...all we ought to have done and have not done...I pray thee, God, for forgiveness.
You can view the scene on YouTube here.
Sometimes we converse in movie-speak around our house and that first line comes in handy when faced with a task we'd rather not do: "I have squandered my days with plans of many things; but theees was not among them..."
Seriously, though - that's a thought provoking prayer, isn't it? Maybe we shouldn't wait until faced with an epic battle before reviewing our lives and asking forgiveness.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Patting myself on the back. I made this little crown/empress graphic myself. I took a picture of the crowns on my office wall & zapped it with Photoshop. Fun fun! Please allow me a little smugness - I was collecting crowns before they became trendy. They were hard to find, too. And I declared myself the Empress of the Universe about 8 years ago.
There are many Queens.
But only one Empress.