Sunday, May 20, 2018

Judging, Feature another Crafter, a Tip

Hello Y'all!!!   It has been quite a while since I shared a blog post.  I haven't forgotten my blog, although it seems like I did.   I have just been busy and it seems like I may even be getting busier.  Seems like warm weather brings on a scurry of activity and I'm ok with that.   I guess y'all have been busy too.   I hope that you are having a great Spring to this point.   As I look out the back window, I see that the blackberries in the back part of the lot is just about finished with blooming and now they will be setting berries.   The worst thing is, they are in such a "chigger infested" area that my husband is always telling me to stay away from that area.  Just mowing, he gets chiggers on him when the weeds and greenery brush up against him.   So, as bountiful as the blooms are, the berries may just have stay back there and be food for the birds.   I do not like chiggers and will do whatever it takes to avoid them, so the berries will probably just stay back there.   boohoo   
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So, we just had Mothers Day weekend.   I hope and pray that all you mothers had a wonderful day and that you was remembered by those in your life that are your children or maybe they are people that you have been a mentor to.  Anyway, I hope and pray that someone told you "Happy Mother's Day".   If not, I will say "Happy Mother's Day" to you and thank you for doing the best job at being a Mom that you knew to do.   I personally am not a mother, but that doesn't mean I can't recognize hard work when I see it.   And being a mother is hard work.  To be a successful mother means giving up your life to the ones that call you mom.   It is actually called sacrifice.   My mother sure done that.   She sacrificed a lot for the six children that she reared.   And all six of us are thankful and grateful that we are blessed to still have her with us.

I went to Ky and spent the day with her on Mother's Day and we had a ball as usual.   I stopped in Russellville and had breakfast with three of my brothers and then went on to Mom's.  I picked her up and we went on to church and had an awesome and powerful service.   God was moving in a wonderful way.   After church service went to eat and then back to Mom's place and one of my brothers and his wife came and we all visited for a while and then it was time for me to make the trek back home.    It was a great time to be with her.   We are looking forward to some exciting days in the future, if the Lord permits.   Anyway, while I was there, she wanted a picture of the two us, so I got that and wanted to share it with y'all.   I love my Momma.   She's a sweet little Momma.    And we always have fun and do a lot of laughing.
I hope that this picture isn't so big that it scares you.   hahaha    We both liked the picture, hope you do too.   I hope you got to spend some time with your mother.   If not, I hope you have wonderful memories that you gain strength and joy from.    So,  "Happy Mother's Day" to all my friends and followers, I pray that it was a special day for you.
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The other day a conversation took place on face book over Priscilla Shirer speaking the word of God.  People can be so hateful and ignorant, and while doing so, they they get to spew their hate  and all that good stuff.  Priscilla was speaking about being used by God (and the word "judge" kept coming up in the comments.)   Being ready to be used by God, and some men were just terribly upset that a woman was actually preaching the word.   To those men, I say "get over it".  Jesus said that we are to "go and tell".   That is what the word "gospel" means, to go tell.    That's what she is doing.   And she does it quite well, I might add.   I think what we are seeing in response to her and the other fine woman preachers, is jealousy.   Jesus faced jealousy in the church of His day too.   As a matter of fact, it was the jealous church leaders and goers that had Him killed.   In the midst of it all, I responded.  When I was done, I thought it was something that really needed to be shared right here on my blog.   So, that is what this is, my response to hurt, hate, judging and sin.   See what you think.   Read on:

""""The reason most people have something to say about judging or not judging, is because most of us have on-going sin in our lives and if I judge you for your on-going sin, then you can judge me for my on-going sin and that is uncomfortable.    We need to get our lives cleaned up, only with Gods help and then we can help others get their lives cleaned up, only with Gods help.     Most of the time our judging comes with a lot of smugness and stone throwing.      We need to drop the stones and drop to our knees and repent.     When we do that, others will be more inclined to do the same.     Repentance is the desired outcome, starting with self, and then working outward to those around us.    If my life is a reflection of the sin around me, then I don't have much of a witness.     If the way I live my life is no different than the unchurched person that ridicules and makes fun of Christians, why would the unchurched person want to follow me to church?     That person wouldn't, and I couldn't blame them.  
    
I hear people say all the time that churches are a hospital for the sick.     Taking that analogy as it is, if I went to the hospital and spent ten years there being treated for a condition and left after ten years of treatment, in a worse shape than I went in, then I would say that something is wrong with that hospital.     Churches are "supposed" to be the place that we can get better; find healing (notice I said "supposed" to be the place to get better; find healing) so that when we leave the walls of the church, we are equipped to take what we have learned with us and share that with those around us, hopefully to have others want to follow us back to church.    On the other hand, if we are still sick when we leave church, then we need to go home, shut the door and don't even try to minister to those around us, because we have nothing but sickness to offer.    It is thru our sickness that we are afraid of the word "judge".     Just know that the enemy wants to keep us sick in sin and afraid of the word "judge".      As long as we are sick in sin and NOT walking in the healing grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, the enemy has nothing to fear from us.    When we claim healing thru the mercy and grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that's when we scare the enemy, because that's when we can make an impact on the unchurched and we don't have to be hateful, hurtful, or mean spirited about it. """"   

This comment of mine got many wonderful remarks, surprisingly so.  I figured I would be beat up as badly as some had verbally beaten Priscilla up, but no, I actually got a lot of great feedback from my response.  Go figure.   hahahaha

Thru it all, the way we live matters.     What others see us doing matters.    How we think matters.     How we speak to others matters.     How we speak about others matters.     What we focus on matters.   The condition of our hearts matters.   Every choice we make in life matters.     Someone is always watching.   Someone is always listening.    So, do not be afraid of the word "judge" or "judgement".    Focus on the condition of your own life and get it in order with humility.   Don't throw stones at anyone you are trying to minister to.  That person needs to know that you care about them.   When you are ministering to someone that has no idea what you are talking about, try to empathize with them and share with them about how you used to be B. C., before Christ.    If you are authentic with them and share real life scenarios, then they can see how you are now verses the way you were before Christ.   That's where a lot of respect for your chosen way of life can be earned and can make an impact.     Some people will not ever respond to you kindly, in that case, once you have done what you can do, you are free to walk away.    You and I are not called to save anyone.     That is what Jesus Christ does, all by Himself.   All we are called to do is spread the gospel.    The word gospel means to "go tell".    We are called to "go tell".     We are to live in such a way that our lives point others directly to Jesus.

And another point about judging others.    I can not judge someone that does not have a relationship with Christ.    They don't know what they don't know and they don't Christ yet.   So, nothing we say makes sense.     But, where the fur fly's is when a Christian points out something in another Christians life.    And this is what we are called to do and scripture calls that judging, and we do have the right to judge another person that calls themselves a Christ follower.   If you are a Christ follower and you are not living up to that standard, then God says to judge that right now.   Wake up, repent, and get back on the right path.   What you do matters, how you live matters to your testimony.   Do want a weak flimsy watered down worldly testimony.  If that's what you want, then that is easy enough to achieve.   But if you want a strong testimony, one that brings glory honor and praise to Christ, then we better get our act together and start living lives that ARE honorable to our Christ!!!    Most of the time, we are so delighted to point our finger.   When in reality, if our heart is right, we would be grieving at being in the position of pointing out another persons sin.    It should always be done with a heavy heart.    Sin is what separates us from God.   Jesus is the One that covers our sin, like throwing a beautiful blanket over the ugliness of our sin.  That beautiful blanket is His shed blood.    That is why it should grieve us to have go to a brother or sister in Christ with  sin in their life.    You may be the very person that can make a difference, but if you go at them gloating, the wall goes up and it may never ever come down.    If we go to them with a grieving heart and a loving heart that genuinely cares, then we can make a difference.     The choice is ours.     Be judge and jury, or be a person that is grieving over the sins of our own lives and the sins of others.  But remember, sometimes we, as Christ followers, must judge sin in the lives of other Christ followers.

What do you think?    Do you gloat over the sins in others lives or are you heart sick?    Do you throw stones or do you drop to your knees?     The way we respond matters.  It makes a difference  to those who are watching us with microscopic lenses.    Make a difference.  Don't be afraid to live a godly life and don't be afraid to grieve over the sin in another persons life.   It may very well be what that person needs, just to know someone cares.    In this world of hate, we can be people that push and pull other people to a higher standard of living for Christ, but it has to be done in a Christ like manner.   Remember, if you see a lady spreading the Gospel, thank God for that woman and pray for her to share the word as boldly as God would have her do it.   Don't throw stones at her, don't say hateful hurtful things.   If you don't like it, move on, change channels.  Remember this if you remember nothing else at all, she is putting the Great Commission into practice!!!   We all need to do that, in whatever format we have.  If we are serving Christ, we don't have the time to try and hurt another person's ministry.  We all have time to pray for others though, and we should.
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Something new that I am going to add to my blog is featuring other crafters that share interesting projects on their blogs.     I will just paste the web addy to something that I found extra fun and interesting.   I hope you like this new addition from time to time.

For the first one, I want to share a project from Helen Griffin.   I love her take on the mini albums with one sheet of cardstock and how she dresses them up and makes it look so easy.   This is one she shared on April 18, 2018.   I sure hope you like her project and will check it out.   Click on the link below, you will be amazed at what she does.   That's the main reason this blog post is so late, I was trying to contact her and got no response.   If for some reason she responds now, and doesn't like this, then I will remove it, but until then, check this out.  It's a fun project.

http://www.helengriffin.co.uk/tutorial-one-sheet-mini-album-trio-in-suitcase-holdall/

Check this out and let me know if like this idea or not and also let me know if you would like to be featured as a favorite crafter.   Just let me know what y'all think.
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My tip for this blog post is this: when you go shopping, always be on the look out for something you can repurpose.    Check out the clearance jewelry, you never know what kind of gems you will find that you can take apart and use as elements on your own creations.   Never look at anything without seeing at least 2 or 3 different ways you can use it.   Cans can be repurposed  into tool holders or paintbrush holders with a little paint and decoupage.   Boxes can be used to make art journals.   Magazines and ads in the mail can be made into beads.    The inner tube from paper towels can be turned into jewelry and many other things.   Chains from the odd ball jewelry can be used as texture on mixed media projects or as an element on a card or something.   Leaves and flowers can make fantastic images to get prints from with paints and sprays.   Rocks and shells are wonderful elements for mixed media.   We are only limited with our imagination.   So, think outside the box or can or ad or magazine or whatever, and something totally new and different.   It's fun.   Try it, you'll like it!!
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Ok y'all, you knew I wouldn't get a post in without mentioning my latest addiction and passion, my paper beads.  Well, I'm still addicted.  I think it may be a serious addiction.   But, I am NOT searching for a cure or anything to relieve the symptoms.   hahahaha    I have several more beads made and another beautiful set, but I will share that in the next time I post.  Just a little something to whet your appetite, so be on the lookout for more beads and completed jewelry.  

I have a friend whose daughter in law is having an event to raise money for the foundation that she started after her sister passed away suddenly a few years ago.   The foundation raises money for the schools in the county with a focus on special needs children.   It is an awesome foundation and I have started supporting it with jewelry for a silent auction.  So I have pulled some pieces and sets to donate for the silent auction.   Just pray that they sell and raise at least one hundred dollars.   I pray for double that though or more.  Because it is a fundraiser.   If I can remember and find out what the jewelry brings, I tell y'all next time.
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One last thing, I will be doing a give away again pretty soon.  I won't be advertising that I will be and you will have to read the blog post to know when it is and do as I ask for you to be eligible to win.  What makes one eligible to win, is to be a follower of mine and to leave me a comment in that blog post.   That's it.  Then I will have a drawing, if I get a lot of comments, I may draw two or 3 names, if not, I will just draw one name.  If I don't get any comments, I get to keep the jewelry for myself.   hahahaha   So, there you have it.   Tell anyone you know that loves beautiful hand made jewelry and have them to follow me and then be on the look out for when I will be doing a drawing.  I am getting pretty close to five hundred followers and when I get there, I will have a BIG drawing.  But that is quite a while away, so I'm not up in the air over that, yet.  hahaha  Anyway, be on the lookout!
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Well, I hope that seen or read something here today that made you smile today.    I hope that you have a blessed day in the Lord and that you take time everyday to praise God for something.  He woke me up this morning!!!  Praise God for that!!   If you seen anything worthwhile here today, share it someone that you think would enjoy it.   Tell them that God loves them and wants to be in relationship with them.   I can't wait to see you back here real soon. 

God loves y'all and so do I!!!   hugs and blessings, patty

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

More Beads, yes, I said MORE BEADS hahaha and a Tip

Hello Y'all!!  Here in my neck of the woods, it's as if nature is still having a hissy fit!!   It's having a tough time going in to Spring here.  But......I do have to say that I do enjoy the coolness.  Because I know me, I don't like hot.  So I should be happy that it's still cool here.  I am loving all the colors of beautiful flowers, wild ones and all.  We still have boocoos of those little Johnny Jump-Ups in our yard and that makes me VERY happy to see them.   I was afraid that the very cold wet and snowy weekend we just had, that it would make them go away sooner than usual, but they are still perky and pretty.  Maybe they are like me, they like cool weather too.  hahahaha   I was blessed to get to spend the day with my Momma in Ky yesterday.   We had a good time, as usual.   Lots of dining out and lots of laughter and a little purchasing.  Can't beat a day like that.    I got to go to one of my favorite crafty places, Mighty Dollar, (where everything is a dollar) while we was together and I did a little mini craft haul.   Can't wait to see what all I can do with my fun stuff.   I picked up 2 mini albums, one is already an album, you just add your pics or your mini pieces of art and boom, it's done.   The other one is a tad larger.  It has really thick chipboard for the front and back, that you cover or decorate how ever you wish.   Then the pages are a thinner chipboard that you decorate too.  You add pockets, tabs and any and all kinds of ephemera to make it just plumb gaw-juss!!!!  I picked up some mini wood pieces that are wood burned, those are really cute.  I got 3 or 4 different pkgs of napkins for some napkin art.  

I'm gonna stop right here for a commercial break and throw in my tip for this post.   When you are looking for napkins, they are not all created equal.   Just be aware of that.   It's not something we usually think about, unless we are using them for napkin art.   A lot of the napkins only have one beautiful corner on it.  And the way they are folded in the pkg, you may not notice it until you get home and take one out and see that only one corner has a design in it.   That's ok for cards and smaller crafts, but if you are wanting to make beads with them, then you want a full napkin and not just one corner.   And you can piece together 4 corners of 4 napkins to make a full sheet of images for your project, but you have to be extremely careful with the delicate pieces once you have the other layers peeled from the napkins.   So, just remember to try to make sure your napkins are fully covered with the image.  I picked up some beautiful napkins and realized they only had one corner of beauty on them and I reluctantly put them back.   sad sad sad     Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.   hahaha

I also picked up 3 pkgs of brown Scotch brand cover up sheets.   I have never seen those anywhere before.   They are used to cover up info on boxes or manila envelopes that you may already have and want to re-use.  They are peel-stick with permanent adhesive.  There is 6 to a pkg.   And they are 12 inches x 12 inches.  Perfect size and of course they have a writable surface.   So, as I sit here now, I am regretting that I didn't pick up all the pkgs.   Sometimes I just have a mini regret, and this is one of those times.   ggg   I am envisioning many uses with these and I will share what I do with them.   If any of y'all have some and use them in your crafting, please share.  But that is the gist of my mini haul at Mighty Dollar.

And I was pleased to see, when I got back home, the city crew had been busy at patching some of the potholes on the road that you could lose a small vehicle in.   The potholes had gotten so big that you could almost rent them out as a spare room or a guest room.   Back earlier in the year, on one of the back roads going into the local Lowe's, there was a pothole big enough that someone had placed a shopping cart in it and all you could see was about half the cart sticking up from the pothole.  That's true!!  I drove by it myself and seen with my own eyes.   That is so terrible.   But I guess the places that work on vehicles get to stay busy.    If you take your eyes off the road and hit one of those holes, it could really cause some damage, not mention it would scare the bejebbers out of ya!!!  hahaha
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So I think I mentioned something about more beads.  Right, I did, more beads. Yeah!!!  Just a few more.    Hahahaha
I bet you thought I was kidding, didn't cha!    Well, obviously I wasn't.   hahaha   You know the sad truth, this isn't even all of them.     I just took a hand full from each different group of beads for each individual pic.   Plus, I already have more that haven't been photographed yet!!!!   
Yes, I know, it's a sickness............but I'm not looking for a cure, really I'm not.    But I am looking for things to roll to make more beads.   hahaha   This was from a thin magazine that I got in the mail.  It was just a few pages thick, but the pages were very nice, not like some of the magazines that have very thin scratchy paper, this was thicker and smoother, perfect really.  It was just an  advertisement, but it made for some gaw-juss beads.
 I use all kinds of boxes that food items come in.
After watching a few videos last year and people not using some of the stuff I was interested in using, I just started using what I wanted to use.    These are very thin in width, about 1/8 of an inch wide, but very thick in depth, disc beads.   Very hard to make, but as you can see, very worth the struggle.  
Just a word of caution, don't tell me it can't be rolled, I may just find a way to do it.   hahahaha  These are what's called olive beads.
 I love all colors and shapes and sizes as my pictures can attest.
These particular beads was from a cardboard box that I didn't like the outside of them so I just painted them with metallic rose gold paint and then finished the usual steps of putting the finishes on them.    I also made a bunch of really narrow ones to use as spacers when I start making the jewelry.  Really neat looking.
These are from cousin willies buttery explosion popcorn boxes.   Yes, they are and I LOVE them!!!
 These are great fall color beads.
These are from a brochure at the Kroger deli.   About 10 ply thick.  Love these too.    Those big ones that you see in the forefront, right hand side of the pic; David could have easily used in his slingshot for taking down Goliath.   just sayin'.   hahahaha
When I am making my beads, I take notation of the box I use, the width I cut my beads, the color of paint (if I use paint) and anything else that I do to the beads.
When I get done with my beads, I put them in a ziploc bag along with the notations on the beads and when I am showing them to someone, all the info is right for them to see.   Then I put the ziploc bags in a box that is for my finished beads only.    I now have 2 good sized boxes full.    I also have another good sized box with unfinished beads in it, and it's almost full.    In this box is the beads that I need to take thru my 6 step dipping process.   This makes the water resistant.   They are sealed through and through, inside and outside.   I won't say they are waterproof, but they are water resistant.   Even if they touch your skin, sweat should not be an issue with them at all, because they are sealed so well.
These are from some designer paper.  Love these.   I tipped the ends in rose gold metallic paint.   
These and the ones below are quite elegant looking made up into jewelry.
These are from the same designer paper but they are tipped in chocolate brown metallic paint.   Love love love these!!   
 These are from a calendar.    These beads are amazing.
These are from a frozen pizza box.  I love them!!  These are really big and I also painted them because I didn't care for the outside color.
 These are from kroger taco shell boxes.  See, you can use any box and they are quite lovely.
 Something else to remember is that the finishes you put on them can make them look different too.

This is from a box that blueberry bars, kinda like the fig newtons, came in.  hahaha
 These are from the Sunday funnies.   LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!
These are a cross between an olive bead and a barrel bead.   I love them, they are made from a napkin adhered to cardstock.    The next 3 pics are also napkins adhered to cardstock.   Yes, I'm crazy, but it's oooooh so fun!!!



This is an Orville Redenbacher popcorn box.   The small one, the 3 bag size box.    Very colorful and fun.
These are from a peacock napkin adhered to a piece of light teal cardstock.   I then used a wavy blade in one of cutters and I am hooked on a new technique.   I had not seen these anywhere.   They will beautiful when I get them done up with all the finishes on them.
The neat thing about this technique is that you can use all different colors of cardstock using the same napkin print and they will all be mixable and matchable, because of the napkin.   So this is pretty cool.    Whatever color is in the napkin can be used as the cardstock base.   I use stick glue to adhere the napkin to the cardstock because I don't want to saturate the napkin with a wet glue, because it will tear very easily.   On the upside, if it does tear, it can be easily repaired and used anyway.   More than likely the tear will be on the inside of the bead and will not even be seen, so, there ya go.
These are about 1/4 inch wide at the widest and they make up into beads quite beautifully.
The wavy sides make for a very beautiful bead!!!   I can not wait to get all of the napkin beads dipped and finished, they will be simply divine for sure.    You can also click on the pictures and it should bring them up larger for better viewing.
Don't let anyone tell you that you can't roll something.  Find out for yourself.   You may even have to make yourself a roller that will do what you need it to do.   That's what I done for a lot of these.    Just have fun and only you can determine what you can and cannot roll to make a bead.    

At some point in time, when I get burned out on making beads, I will start making more jewelry.  But, for now, I keep finding things to mix and match.    Just like the above peacock beads.   Layer the napkin on different colors of cardstock and they take on a whole new look, but they can be mixed and matched easily because of the napkin.   Oh my gosh, so many beads to make and so little time!!!!   hahaha   And also some of the finishes that can be used can also give a different look.  Just experiment.   That's what I did.

Well, I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into my addiction.   Again, I tell you, I'm not looking for a cure, just more items to be made into beads!!!!    hahahaha    If you have the same addiction, I would love to hear from you.    If you would like to have the addiction, I would like to hear from you.   If you just like looking at beautiful beads, I would love to hear from you too.    Now, go make a bead.
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Well, I hope you enjoyed your visit with me today.  If you did, leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of my bead addiction.   hahaha     I do love the fact that we, as crafters, have it within our abilities to reduce, reuse and recycle items that would otherwise be thrown away.   I hope that I am making "heirlooms" that will be around for generations to come.   At least, I won't be one throwing away the materials that I used to make them.   Someone else will have to toss them out.    I just thank God for the creativity that He has given me in all areas of crafting and arting.    I'm not the best at anything, and it's not about being the best.  It's about doing the best I can do.  Doing the best we can do and encouraging each others in our endeavors.    There should be no competition in our crafting and arting, just encouragement.    I am constantly praying for God to show me more and more and more, and He does.    I hope that you are asking God to help you with your creative nature.  Just realize that everything that you have the ability to do comes directly from Him.   I believe with all my heart that He wants us to be as creative as we possibly can.   Thank Him for your creativity and even ask Him to increase your nature to be creative, He will.    After all God is the creator of creativity.  Yay!!!!  Everything good comes from Him!!!!  Praises!!!   Thank you Father for allowing me to be as creative as I am, and I ask you for more creativity every day.    Amen!!!!
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I hope you liked what you seen and read here today and I pray that you will come back real soon.   I have some more fun stuff to share.    I can't wait to see you back here real soon.   Just remember that God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you, so much so that He provided the only way known to God Himself, and that is through Jesus Christ.   I pray that if you haven't already accepted Christ as your Savior, that you would consider that today would be a good day to do that.    Have a great night of refreshing rest y'all!!   May your tomorrow be filled with so much creativity that tomorrow won't hold it all.    hahaha    Love and hugs to all of y'all!!     patty

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Some Projects, This and That, and a Tip

WoW!!!!  2 posts in 2 days!!!!!   Am I sick, or what?     Blessed to say that I'm not sick, so I guess it's "or what".   hahahaha     Yesterday when I was getting the pictures together, of some of my beads, I realized I had missed several projects that I really had intended to share.   So, since this morning is a slow morning, I thought I would use the time wisely.    We did make a quick run early this morning to have a tire looked at on my car.   It had been causing some warning lights to come on, on the dash.  Hubby had aired the tire up 2 times since last weekend, so today was the day.   We took the car out town and then I fixed breakfast when we got back home and while we were eating, the phone rang.  It didn't take long for them to fix it.    They are pretty good like that.   I do feel better knowing that it is fixed now.    

It is a sunshiny day today.   Right now, anyway.   It makes me feel good just to see some sunshine.    Perks up my spirit a whole lot.   Our back yard is full of those little Johnny Jump Ups.    They are the prettiest little purple flowers, kinda like miniature pansies,  that just makes a purple  carpet over the whole back yard. with a smattering of the white ones scattered in.   I thought about getting some glitter and sprinkling it  on them to make them even more beautiful.   hehehe   Purple and glitter does this heart good, for sure.     See, I took a picture of one of the larger little clumps.   Looks kinda like a miniature Begonia.   I am not a flower person, I just love the beauty they possess.   hehehe
I hear a few lawn mowers in the distance, in every direction.   Just another reminder that Spring is definitely here and that will be an all to familiar sound very soon.    I looked out the kitchen window this morning, and one lone Dandelion had changed from the yellow flower to the puff ball, just over night.   It is quite pretty amidst the luscious green of the grass.    I wish I had a penny for every puff ball that I have blown off in my life time.   Funny at the things you remember at the most odd times.   But it's fun to remember the simple things in life that puts a genuine smile on your heart.   When we can smile and be thankful for the small, simple things, then we know that we can and will be all the more grateful for the big things in life.    Even the things as simple as smiling at a puff ball, is God ordained.    Do you believe that?    I sure do.    I try to take notice every day of simple things and just thank God for them.   Sometimes I will hear the neighbor children out playing and they will be giggling and hollering like kids do, and almost instantly I'm transported back to the days of being a child myself and recognizing the sounds of familiar and happy times.   Again, those are things that I thank God for.   I hope you have a lot of fun times in your memory bank that you can thank God for too.    If not, then today is the day to start taking notice of the small things, the simple things around you, and thanking God for them.   Some day soon they will become pleasant memories for you to think about and share with someone else that may not have very many fond memories.
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So, back to some of those projects.    I love to play.   That's about all I do.    I am not an expert at anything, but I do love to play!!!   So, this is what I'm sharing, some play time.    
This is one of a set of 4 atc's.   I used a number of different items on these and I love how they turned out.
All different colors of sprays and inks and rubs on these.
 Little punched flowers and punched butterflies, feathers and a cross.
A small gemstone and some stickles and some of the nuvo products to make the little 3 little raised dots on each one.
 I was pretty happy with these.

I am gonna throw out my tip for this blog post right now.   I do enjoy making atc's, artist trading cards.   Since they are 3.5" x 2.5", if I am making cards or some other paper craft, when I'm done, sometimes I will take the larger scraps and cut them down to the proper size.   I will even cut scraps of watercolor paper to that size too.   Then when I make my atc's, if I'm gonna use the watercolor paper as the base, I can easily cut 1/8" off a long side and a short side of my decorative papers to get my ever so slight border, then attach the trimmed layer to the watercolor paper layer.   But I have a lot of atc bases cut and ready to be arted on and in lots of different colors.   Some of them are already sprayed for the background or they may have texture paste already.   I also punch lots of extra pieces when I am punching flowers, or feathers or leaves or crosses, or just whatever.   I have a small drawer that I can pull small items for atc's in and it makes it really handy.   I hope this is of a help to anyone who has a lot of good sized scraps from other paper crafts and don't know what to do with some of them.   Now you can use them for atc's. 
This is the base for my easel Easter Card.   I put some texture blue glitter paste that had sand in it around the edge of the base.   Oh yes, I did say glitter.   hehehe    When I got these 2 pieces layered together, I cut a piece of 140 lb Canson watercolor paper to size and used that as my card base and easel.   I inked the edges of the watercolor paper base with bronze metallic ink pad.
I used many of my small, made by my hands, flowers and leaves around the edge of the piece.   Then I dug out my shell chips and put several pieces around with the flowers.   I painted some stickles on the flowers to make them firmer to the touch.    
This is one of 2 art journal pages that I done for a friend to put in her art journal book.   The theme of her art journal is Wings, so I knew what I wanted to do for her.    It is an 8" x 5" watercolor paper.  The background is sprayed lightly with different colors of mica sprays.   I used some stencils and texture paste.   When that dried, I rubbed some bronze inka gold rub over the stenciled areas.   Then I used random feathers.  Pulled out some of my shell chips and finally I made the sentiment piece, (my own quote just for this piece,) and adhered it with foam tape to elevate it a bit, and then I added dots of paint in and around the sentiment.   I am very happy with it, I hope my sweet friend is too.
This is the second one.   It was done exactly the same way as the first one, but this one is butterfly themed.   The quote on this one is my own quote too, specifically for this page.   All the butterflies are fussy cut.   I did draw in the little antenna for the butterflies.
This is the 2 of them side by side.   I was very happy with the outcome of these art journal pages.   I have a couple more sets to make for 2 more ladies and who knows, maybe more for others as time allows.   It is a fun easy way to relax, stretch my artistic skills and share my art with others.   It's a win, win, win situation for me.   Woop Woop!!!!  Be sure and click on the pictures and it should bring up a larger picture for you see the detail real good.

Well, as I said earlier, I am certainly not a pro at this mixed media stuff, but I do hope that my love for trying shows through anyway.    I love playing.   I love playing with a purpose.   And I love to try new things.    I also enjoy writing my own sentiments from time to time.    I am going to turn them into stamps so I can use them more now.  Feel free to use them, just remember they are my original quotes.    hehehe  
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I hope you have a great rest of today.   I hope and pray that tomorrow will be an awesome Resurrection Sunday for you.    Find some time to thank God for the un-derserving love that He has bestowed upon you.    Thank Him for the Resurrection of our living, loving and reigning, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.   Jesus Christ!!!!    The cross could not hold Him and the tomb could not keep Him!!!   Hallelujah!!!!     Thank You!!!!  Praises to Your name, Yeshua!!!! 

I hope you have enjoyed your visit here today.  I know it was pretty recent since the last update, but I never know when I'll have time to get still enough to make a post.   Check back frequently, hopefully there more new stuff pretty soon.    I appreciate your visit.    Remember that God loves you and so do I.    hugs and love, patty

Friday, March 30, 2018

Good Friday, Beads, Beads and More Beads and a Tip

Good morning Y'all!!!    It's not very eventful in my neck of the woods yet, although rain is expected again.   I seen some geese fly over yesterday with umbrellas.   Sure was a sight to see!!!    Hahahaha  Oh well, someone needs rain, so I'm not gonna complain.   Although, yesterday when I had an errand to run, it wasn't raining when I left the house.   When I got out on my street, it started sprinkling and the closer I got to my destination, the harder it rained.   Fortunately for me, I had on my hot pink rain coat with a hood!!    The only thing missing from my rain coat is a healthy dose of glitter.   hahahaha All that got wet was my jeans and shoes.   hahahaha    I'm not complaining though.    God knows what He is doing.   I sure can't say that for the rest of us.    I never dreamed I'd live long enough to see this country fight so hard to give up the freedom that so many have fought and died for!!!    I never dreamed I  would live long enough to see the day when grown adults, with 50, 60, 70 years or more of real life experience would be listening to and be bullied around by a bunch of younguns that's barely out of diapers!!!!!   What's wrong with this country!!!!   Greed!!!!   Greed!!!!!   Greed!!!!  Where do people, kids in specific, get the money to go on the protest marches?    They are paid off!!!   By whom?    By whomever has the most money and by whomever has the most to gain.    These children are marching for the right to live and not fear guns.   I just wonder how many of those same "children" that were marching have had abortions.    I just wonder how many of them will eventually have abortions.    I wonder why they are not marching for the right of an unborn baby.    I wonder why they are not marching to prevent bullying.   I wonder why they are bullies themselves.   I wonder how many of them will be in church on any given Sunday.    I wonder how many of them have parents that care about where they are at any given time of the day or night.    I wonder how many of them have both parents in the home.    I wonder how many of them stand up and bully their parents.    I wonder how many of them will ever do anything with their lives besides turn into little mini hitlers.    And, no I did not capitalize that word, because it does not deserve being capitalized. I do believe that we are living in the final of the final days.    I am so happy that I have fewer days ahead of me than what is behind me.    The best I can say is that "stupidity reigns"!!!    All hope is gone for humanity to ever do the right thing.    The future of this country does not look hopeful at all.    I can only say that my hope is in the Lord!!!!    My hope is in Jesus Christ!!!    My hope is the One that loved me enough to die for me!!!!    My hope is in the Resurrection!!!    My hope is in the Lamb of God!!!!    My hope is in the empty tomb!!!!     My hope rests in seeing The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords coming again in the clouds, just like He promised He would!!!!   I am so ready for that day.    It can't happen soon enough to stop the madness of this upside down world we live in!!!   Come Lord Jesus, come!!!!

Philippians 4:8 
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.   King James Version (KJV)

When my mind starts racing and I feel like my head is about to explode, the above scripture is my "go to" scripture for a little bit of sanity.   Scripture is the only place that we sink our mind into and come out all the better for having placed ourselves in it.    I find myself spending more time in the Word.  If you find yourself perplexed about the days in which we live, maybe more time spent in Bible study would be a good place for you also.     

When I read the above scripture and think about what is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of a good report, any virtue and praise worthy, the only thing that comes to mind is JESUS CHRIST, my Lord and Savior!!!!    I pray that you feel the same way.    Trust in the Lord!!!

Today is Good Friday.    What is that?    What is so good about today?    Well, today is the day, by some interperturpeters, that Christ was crucified.    There is some argument that it may have been a different day.   I don't know enough about calendar of the day to say yay or nay.   I do know enough to know that if there had not been  the crucifixion of my Lord and Savior, there would not have been a Resurrection!!!    The resurrection is what gives life to my hopes and dreams of being with my Savior some day.    So, of all the days that I am thankful for, Resurrection Day is the day that matters to me.    When the stone was rolled away, and the tomb was found empty, and the cloth that had been on Jesus' face was neatly folded, that was the sign that Jesus would come back to claim His own.   His work on the cross was finished, He said so himself, when He said "It is finished".    But the folded napkin meant He would be back!!!   Folks, He is coming back!!!!   Praises and Hallelujah!!   Are you ready?  I pray you are!!!
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It seems like all I do any more is make beads!!!   I am a bead making machine.   hahahaha   I have several thousand beads made and I must say that they are beautiful!!!!    I love them.    I love everything about them.    I love turning them is gorgeous jewelry.   Although, right now, I am just making beads.   hahaha   I need to get more pictures made of all the beads I have made.   Some of them are stunning to say the least.
This is actually the first jewelry I made from paper beads.  It was made with designer paper.   It was a gift.    I may have already shown some of these before, but I'm ok with it.   hehehe
This is the first that I made for myself.   Designer paper also.   I also made a necklace to go with this one.
 This is another set of mine.  I really enjoy this set.
This is a set of beads made from cardstock.   They made up nicely.   Looks really pretty.
You know I love me some purple.   Made with cardstock.
This too, was made with cardstock and then real amethyst stones on the jewelry.
 This is a really pretty set.  It has pearls on the bracelet.  Then each bead on the necklace has an eye pen thru it and connected with  jump rings on either side of the eye pen rings.   Looks very nice.
This is another of my favorites.   It is from designer paper pack.  They look victorian.   These are tube beads and I dipped each bead end in metallic chocolate brown paint.   They are very beautiful.
This was a set jewelry made with layered beads and tube beads.  This set turned out really nice.
This is beads made from something like a cracker box.  Then I painted them with rose gold paint and they are spectacular.  I love them.   The spacer beads between the chipboard beads are made from the victorian style designer paper and the ends are tipped in rose gold paint.   If you look real closely at the bracelet, on the very far right is a little teapot.   It is made with one of my paper beads.   hehehe   I love it!!!
This is  another set of jewelry made with victorian style designer paper beads.   I am always looking for more ways to decorate them, but keep them classy looking.
This is my Comic jewelry on a white background and it is stunning.   It looks like it weighs a lot but it's really light.
This is another set of jewelry that I am pretty proud of.   It has an animal print on the designer paper and then small wooden beads between the beads.   It looks really nice.
This is a really pretty set of jewelry too.   These were mostly long tapered bicone beads.   I really enjoy these. 

This is a sampling of the jewelry I've made so far.   I got all the rest of my beads and took pictures of them in my light box.   I felt like I needed to show more jewelry before I showed just the pictures of the beads.   I can't wait to share them.   You won't believe some of the beads I have made.  I can't hardly believe it myself.   When I get ready to start making jewelry, I plan on having lots and lots of beads made.    The joy for me comes from making the beads!!!!     I absolutely LOVE making them!!!     I have got to where I can envision the end product and that is exciting.    Once I get the beads made, then the dipping process starts.   I dip each bead 6 times. 4 dips in one solution and 2 dips in another solution.   This makes them HARD and shiney.    They are probably not water proof, but they are water resistant.    You don't want to go swimming or bathing in the jewelry, but one time, by accident, probably would not hurt the jewelry.

I got all my beads out this morning and took pictures of all that I have ready now.   Some of them need to be dipped, but I will get that done this coming week and then hopefully I can get started on another batch quickly.   I can't wait to show you all of the other beads I've made.   You won't believe how spectacular they are.    Well, I think they are anyway.    hahaha     My husband can't believe that I can make beads out everything that I do use.    I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek at some of my beads and the finished products.
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For the tip in this blog post, I will encourage you to look at everything, you may be tempted to toss out, with a discerning eye and to think what you can do with it before you throw it away.   That is where some of my most beautiful beads have come from.   And I will prove it later on.    There is lots that can be done with just about anything.   We just have to think outside the box.   I had already been using food boxes as the chipboard for some different kinds of jewelry, and lots of other stuff, but since I started rolling beads, I look at everything with a different eye.   If it's not necessarily a pretty coloration on the box, then I may paint the beads once I get them rolled.   But if the colors are nice, then I will use the colors and enhance them as much as I can.    So, before you toss a box, look at and see if you can use in some of your other crafting.   I bet you can.    I bet you can find a good use for some of the stuff that would eventually end up in a landfill somewhere.     Give it a try and let me know how you use your new found crafting media.
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So, last weekend I went to Mom's and after church went to get a bite a to eat.   She mentioned she needed something from WalMart, so after we got done eating we ran back to WalMart and picked up what she needed.   In the process, we ran into the Easter Bunny.   When we walked off, Mom said we should have had our picture made with "him".   I said before we leave, we will.   As we headed to the check out, there the Easter Bunny was and I said let's get our pic made "him" now, and we did.   And let me tell you one thing, never assume that all Easter Bunnies are "him's".   hehehe    Needless to say, this little Bunny may have to undergo some therapy in the future.   hahaha     Needless to say, we was all rolling!!!!
Proof positive that we are never too old to have a lot of fun!!!   So, here I am with the Easter Bunny and my Mom!!!   Sure do love that little Momma!!!!   Someone had said that I was bound to get a big Easter basket, but I doubt it.   I don't think you get anything if you harass the Easter Bunny!!!   hahahaha
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Well, that's about for this go around.   I hope you enjoyed what you seen here.   If you did, share it with someone.   I hope and pray that you have a wonderful Resurrection weekend.   I pray that you stop and think about the sacrifice that Christ made for you.    It's not about the Easter Bunny, it's about the empty tomb!!!   It's about our Risen Savior!!!    It's about how much God loves you and me!!   It's about living for Christ, sharing Christ with others and making sure that others know how much He loves them also.    It's about a relationship, the only relationship that really matters, because it's the only relationship that we will leave this life with, if indeed we do have a relationship with Christ.   You are the only one that knows if you do have a relationship with Christ.   I can't make it for you, if I could would.   But I encourage you to examine yourself and see if Christ is real in your life.  If He is, Praises!!!!   If He isn't, there is no time like the present to ask Christ to Lord of your life.  Wow, wouldn't that awesome to share Resurrection weekend with Christ!!!!   No better way to celebrate every day than to know that Resurrection weekend was the time you came to know the Lord as your personal Savior.    Remember that God loves you!!!!   I do too!!  Happy Resurrection y'all!!!  hugs and love, patty