Sunday, December 10, 2017

Brrrrrr, Projects, a Tip, and......

Howdy Y'all!!!!   I hope where ever y'all are today that you are nestled inside somewhere cozy.   It's pretty cool outside here, in my neck of the woods, and has been for a a few days.    Threats of spitting snow and colder temps has me thinking of pots of home made soups and stews.    Anything easy for the cold days of winter ahead.    Make a pone of cornbread or corn bread muffins to go along with it and you have a meal fit for the queens and kings that we all are, of our own little castles.   hehehe    We mustn't let those titles go to our heads though.   Those only work in the confines of our homes.    hahaha    I don't think the drs or people that check me out at any of the stores would jump on the band wagon of calling me "queen", although I may try it someday, just for the fun of it!    hahaha     
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I just wanted to share a little bit of history with y'all today!!   Guess what today is.    Go ahead, make a guess.    Ok, I'll let you have one more guess.   hehehe    Made that guess yet?     Well, I'm gonna wait for a few minutes before I tell you what today is.    But, you don't want to miss it!     hehehe
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On  a more serious note, and to cover the tip for this blog post, when you are making your soups, stews, or casseroles this winter, look for ways to lighten them up some.    I am finally developing a taste for the low fat (lf) and fat free (ff) versions of a lot of dairy products and salad dressings.    Such as lf or ff cream cheese, or lf and ff greek yogurt, or lf or ff sour cream, or just some of the plain cheeses in the lf or ff versions.    Those save lots of calories and fats.    When it comes to greek yogurt, I have 99% traded in sour cream for greek yogurt.   Greek yogurt has a LOT of protein, sour cream has very little protein.    So compare what you find in your stores and see what has the most protein and the least carbs in the fat free versions and then try it and see if you can train your taste buds to like something that is more healthy for you than it full fat, high calorie counter part.    Small changes over the course of time can add up to big benefits  in your over all health.

Another thing I have started doing this year is using sodium free broth as a way of adding a lot of flavor to soups and stews, dried beans, any of the greens that I cook.    I look for the sodium free Swanson stock or broth at Wal Mart and I will stock up on it.    Aldi does carry Fit and Active unsalted chicken broth or stock, but the sodium content is higher than the unsalted Swanson brand.   I think it's something like 140 mg per cup vs maybe 40 mg per cup.   Either one you use will be a better choice than 900+ mgs per cup.     I use the chicken and beef sodium free broth and it saves a me LOT of sodium.   I am very sodium sensitive, so I have to watch out and not add too much to anything I fix from scratch.    I use lots of onion powder and lots of diced onion in a lot of stuff I cook.    I just have to watch for sodium in everything.    uuggghhhhh

We enjoy hamburgers from time to time, but I have found Butterball turkey burgers at Wal Mart and Kroger that is just ground turkey and a little sea salt.   That's it!    I will use a sprinkle of liquid smoke on the burgers and it gives them a darker color and it really enhances the flavor without added sodium.  We really enjoy those a lot!!   Just something for you to look into, if you want to, that is a healthier version of any of the ground "meat" patties.    

An alternative to some of the meat products is the vegetable replacements.   There is all kinds of those products on the market now, and I think they are getting better and better.    Manufacturers are starting to look for and use more and more "non gmo" products in their healthier foods and this is always a plus.    I have some frozen crumbles in the freezer now waiting to be turned into meatless tacos and they will be delicious!!    

One of the best and healthiest thing we can do for ourselves, is cook most everything we eat from scratch.   It is hard work, it does take more time than opening boxes or bags, but in the long run, we can control the fat, carbs and sodium and get more vegetable based protein in our diets.    I love to do one pot meals and my husband NEVER complains.   He loves getting home cooked, with love, meals.  And I love preparing those meals.    So, when time allows, toss a few items in a skillet and serve up a wonderful meal in 20 or 30 minutes.     I need to share more of my simple recipes with y'all so you can see how easy it really is.     Anyway, I hope something is this mess of ramblings that there is something good and new for you, maybe a new idea or two.    If you have any easy meal ideas, share them in the comments, we all would love to know what they are.    I hope these are some tips that you can use in your everyday cooking experience.     Just be on the lookout for ways to lighten up your fav dishes for a healthier, feel better, fitter you.
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On the night of December 11th in 2015, my best friend succumbed to the cancer that she had been battling for the biggest part of that year.     Such a devastating situation.    If you or someone you love has symptoms that are unusual for you, symptoms that don't go away, or even just the feeling or intuition that something isn't quite right, go to the dr, sooner than later.     Volunteer to take them or at least go with them for a show of support.    Plead with them to go, if that's what it takes.    Beg on bended knees, just don't let anything unusual go untreated.    It might not help, but on the other hand, it could be a life saver.    We both knew she had not been feeling well, but we knew she was under a lot of "outside" stress and just figured that was taking it's toll on her.    Even at that, I begged her to go to the dr and she just brushed it off with a silly laugh and we both would just laugh it off and go on to the next subject.     But, by the time she realized it was more than stress, something was really wrong.   So when she did find out it was cancer, ok, let's get started with treatment and she did.   Each week seemed to find her worse and worse and frequent trips to the dr and she was getting weaker and weaker.    She rallied for the weekend of the Christmas Parade, the weekend before Thanksgiving, here in town and was out and about and seen a lot of people and spread of lot love and joy.    Shortly after that, she took a turn for the worse and went home to be with her Savior on the night of December 11th, 2015.

So, I just have to say that my world has been a little less bright without her in it.    Every day I laugh about something and think that Jamie would get a kick outta that.    I know that her husband and son and daughter-in-love, as Jamie called her, miss her something terribly.   She had always talked of having a grand baby and I know she would have been an awesome grandmother.    So, I just wanted to remember her today, on the anniversary of her "home going" and say that I will always miss her, till we meet in heaven someday.   You'll never ever hear me say that "heaven gained another angel", simply because that is NOT scriptural.   God made angel beings and He made human beings and one cannot ever become the other.    But I will say that heaven gained another HAPPY soul!!!!     If I know anything about her at all, she is exactly where she longed to be, even before finding out she was sick.   So, I am happy for her in that respect.    But for those us who loved her, we do miss her.   She was a very fun, funny, lovable and upbeat person.    She did not want to waste time with unnecessary drama and trouble.  She loved spreading love.   That's why I called her "Pearl Love".    She called me "Pearl Joy" and I loved it!!    Anyway, just wanted to share a bit about Jamie today and encourage you to take care of yourself and encourage those you love to take care themselves, it could save lives.
I love you Jamie!!!!
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I have a project or two to share with y'all today.   I have done so much stuff over the last few months and just haven't gotten them uploaded to my blog, so I will share a few more today and maybe a few more paper bead jewelry pieces.     These are in no particular order, so if seems outta sync, it is.  hahaha
The first one is a snowman swap that I was in and we made a snowman for each person.   This is my pile of snowmen.   They were fun to make and share. 
This was also for a swap in the the same yahoo group.   It was supposed to be a fall card, and I kinda forgot it was to be a card and made a small 5x5 canvas type pic with an easel on the back of it.   The background is such a yummy crackle, I loved it, so did the recipient.
These next 2 pics our outta sequence and I didn't want to mess with it, so I left it as is.   This is the end project.    The next one is the starting of the project.   I was doing a quick workshop at our Family Community Education club and I took some 140 lb watercolor paper and cut it in strips and and then we all took a strip and colored it with markers of all kinds, just making it colorful. as you will see below.
Once we had the papers colored up the way we wanted it, we took a pencil and drew in some feather shapes.  One large and two small.   We then cut them out and took some burlap string and strung the feathers and beads on to make a little feather ornament of sorts.   They were really pretty and fun.
This was another swap and it was to be a Halloween or Fall item.    I don't do the scary, icky stuff.  I know a lot of people do, but I don't, so I chose a Fall theme.   I found the pumpkin out of balsa wood at Hobby Lobby and colored it with markers and sealed it.   Then I used a 6x6 canvas and put my background colors of green towards the bottom and blue and purple for the upper background.   I had some 6 inch wide metallic ribbon with an open weave and put over the canvas for a bit of extra texture, and I loved that.   I dug around in my embellishment box and found some metal leaves and those were perfect for 3 corners.   I made a small tag and just wrote on it and inked the edges and used 2 or 3 different kinds of ribbon and looped it thru the hole in the to of the tag and glued the tag to the canvas.   Project done.    I loved it!
So, while I was pkging the Fall pumpkin up, I found my little scarecrow man and  stamped him on the envelope and colored him up right nice and he was done, pkg sealed and mailed.
I was digging around and found 2 skeins of the wide yarn and finger crocheted them up, so I have 2 more scarves to either keep or give away.    I love the peachy orange, it's really pretty.
This scarf is like a tan, whiteish, and gray.   It was different to the other skein, but it is SOOOO soft.  It feels kinda like real fur around your neck.   Just really cozy feeling.   Wouldn't mind having a spread made from this, but I don't remember what it was called.   It will go with a lot different clothes.
So, I needed to make a couple of stars for some friends and this was the process of one.   I just took some kind of chipboard box, maybe cracker boxes and covered it with aluminum tape and then die cut it with my Big Shot and then used an embossing folder.  I got it all glued together and used the tiny little clothes clips from Dollar tree to hold it all together.
This is the front side.   I used two or three colors of thinned down paint on it to make it look old and faded.     I LOVE making these!!!!     I couldn't find the finished stars, but they were beautiful.   One was a blue dirty white washed star and the other was a red dirty white washed star.    They looked very rustic and old.    My friends could not believe that I made them.     They really loved them.
And speaking of Dollar Tree, I got a tub of spackle there and wanted to see how it would work for making embellishments.   As you can see, it worked pretty well!!!!    I just used a spatula and filled each little well with an ample amt of spackle and let it sit up.   It was light as air when I took it from the molds.   The only thing, you don't want to get them really wet when trying to paint them, they will almost disintegrate.    Just do a dry brush technique or even mix paint into the wet spackle compound before filling the mold.   This technique works very well for a light weight embellishment.    The only one that didn't come out good was the long one that is still in the mold in the picture.    I believe I remember the key breaking too, but I got too rough with it taking it from the mold.   But there is a lot of fun to be had in one of those little tubs of spackle or what ever the stuff is.  It's cheap too, so I'm all over it y'all!!!   hahaha
So these next few pics was made at Cheatham  County Creative Day.   I believe there was 8 or 9 ladies from our clubs that went that day.    The above picture is my stone dragonfly.    It started out on a 6x6 inch canvas with a piece of purple textured cardstock put down and then I chose my stones.  The largest part of the body is actually a piece of sea glass with a stone in front for the head and then 4 more stones behind for the back side of the dragonfly.    Then I picked out 3 more pieces of sea glass to put in 3 corners.    When I got home, I brushed on some Inka Gold rub in 2 or 3 different colors and I LOVE my dragonfly.    But, I did a little more with it on down in the pictures.
This is a copper flashing picture that we made by scrubbing a coloring page that was printed off the computer.   It was taped to the flashing and then we used the ball point of the cheap bic pens and went over all the lines of the coloring page.   When we was satisfied with that, we rubbed on a dab of black paint and then quickly lifted the excess off with a paper towel and these turned out great.   It was fun.
This was taking an old worn out quilt and cutting shapes and had stitching a stocking and using buttons and lace and baubles.   Not my "favoritest" project, but I managed to squeak thru it.   hahaha
This was the bag that we made to carry all our goodies in.    It was 8 small squares placed strategically to form the design and then a button glued to the center.
Another fun one was painting a rock.   I just painted a snow man head.   When I got home with it, I painted front and back, so no matter how you see it, you see it's face.    I liked him a lot.
So, this is my finished dragon fly.    I took some gold and glittery texture paste and brushed some on lightly around the dragon fly background and the I put a border all around it with the same texture paste.    It still remains my favorite one for the day.    With the copper flashing pumpkins coming in a close 2nd.    It was a very fun day.

Ok, so I ran outta space before I could add any more paper bead pictures.   That's ok though.  Because that will just give a reason to get back on here quicker.   I will have a few more projects made up by then and hopefully a few more beads made.   It is quite addicting.   Not anything one would need rehab for though!    hahaha   I hope not anyway.     hehehe     "But I love my addiction, I really do!!!"   
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I just wanted to share something I wrote and shared back on Christmas Day, 2014.   I hope you enjoy it today and throughout the Christmas Season.

We Need A Savior
God knew we needed a Savior.     God knew we needed someone who could relate to us in every way.     How did you come into this world?     Well, Jesus came into this world the same way, as a helpless little baby.     He needed His diapers changed.     He needed to be fed.     He needed to be watched over.     He needed to be nurtured by His mother's love.       He needed to have a strong earthly father figure in His life.    He needed to be taught certain things by His earthly parents.     Jesus had to cut His baby teeth in the same we cut ours, through a lot of tears.     Jesus had the same scrapes and cuts and dings from playing and being a boy that most other little boys did, and a lot of little girls had those same scrapes and cuts and dings.     Jesus knew how badly it hurt to stump His toe on a rock.     Jesus knew what it felt like to play till He got thirsty and tired and kept right on playing for a while longer. 

Jesus also knew what it felt like to not be a part of the "in" crowd. After His ministry started, there was a lot of people that was looking for and planning and plotting ways to kill Him.     And He knew it.     All of those people were from the religious crowd too.    The religious crowd was so full of religion that there was NO way for them to believe that He was the fulfillment of all the teachings that they had been taught and were, indeed, teaching  too.    They just could not believe that He was the long awaited Messiah.       Yet, He had power to heal the sick, cause the blind to see, make the lame to walk, raise the dead and the power to forgive sin!    The religious people could do none of these things.       The religious people were too afraid to come near anyone that needed help of any kind, because they didn't want to become "unclean".    The religious folk expected every one to have smile on their face and act a certain way. 

What about us, how close are we willing to come to someone who needs help?    Are we willing to come close enough to get dirty?    Do we expect people to look a certain way, to wear certain clothes, and to smile all the way through what ever it is that's killing them on the inside?    Are we willing to get close enough to smell the rot and stinch of sin?    Are we willing to get close enough to wrap our arms around them and say "Let me tell you about someone who can help you"?    Just how close to those who need a Savior are we willing to get?

Jesus came for ALL of humanity!     Let us make sure that everyone that's in our sphere of influence has the opportunity to hear and learn about how the King of Kings and Lord of Lords was born a babe, yet grew to be the long awaited Savior of the world.        He is still in the business of changing lives and forgiving sin and restoring the years the locusts have eaten.    He is still in the business of seeking and saving the lost.       He is still in the business of renewing and restoring broken lives.        He is still in the business of giving hope to the hopeless, help to the helpless, and life to the walking dead.    Friends, if you have experienced that, you have something to be extremely happy about this day, the day we celebrate the birth of Lord and Savior!        If you haven't yet experienced that, let me just say, that it's not to late.   Today is the day of Salvation!     He did what He did for those who need Him!    Guess what, we ALL need Him!     I hope that if you decide you need Him, that you won't put it off.    Jesus has never turned anyone down that was looking for a relationship with Him!    You can count on Him.     Celebrate the Christmas season today with a new reason for celebrating.    Celebrate Christmas as being the day you stepped into new life and a new relationship with the Savior of the world!!!!      written by pjg Dec, 25th 2014
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Ok, I guess I made you wait long enough for the mystery of what today is.    hahaha     This is the 200th blog post I have made since the beginning of my blog back on August 13, 2013.     I am gonna do something I have never ever done before.    I am gonna have a give away.     For everyone that is a google+ follower of mine and leaves a comment, down below, to this blog post, I will have a drawing and the winner will receive a paper bead necklace, bracelet and earrings set, that my hands made.     I will have the drawing sometime on Christmas Day and then I will send a private google message to get your addy info.    How does that sound?     Just remember you have to be a google+ follower of mine and leave me a comment below.     Yay!!!   I'm excited!!!!
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Well, this is about all I have today.    I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the projects that has kept me busy this fall.      I hope that you have a wonderful day today.   Tell someone you know that Jesus is the Reason for every day to be a day of celebration with purpose!!!!!      Just know that God loves you more than you could ever imagine!!!!!     Have a beautiful day and don't forget to leave me a comment for the chance to win a paper bead jewelry set, if you are a google+ follower of mine.    Hugs and love to all, Patty

Saturday, December 2, 2017

What I am up to, A Few pics and a Tip

Good evening Y'all!!!!    Here it is December 2nd!!!   WOW!!!!     I feel like I am in the Twlight Zone where days are being taken off my calendar and I can't stop it.   Does anyone else feel like that?  Oh, maybe it's just me.   But anyway, I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and didn't stuff yourselves too much.   hehehe    Oh, what business is it of mine if you "Gobbled till you Wobbled"?    Hahahaha    My family had a great time.   We all got together at Mom's on Saturday after Thanksgiving and we all gobbled till we wobbled!   hahaha     No, I didn't.   I can honestly that I did not stuff myself, this time.    Oh, I wanted too, trust me.    Mom makes the BEST EVER dressing and I wanted to take a pan of it and hide, seriously!!!    But we all had great time.   Some of my nieces and nephews was missing but that was ok.   It's hard to get everyone together on the same page at the same time.   On Thanksgiving Day my husband and I went to Shoney's out of town and a wonderful meal.    It really was a pleasant time for us.    While he was off, I did do some serious cooking so we would have some good easy meals and that always pays off to have it prepared, heat and eat style.
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I have so neglected my blog this year and I am to the point of being ashamed of myself.   I have been busy with first one thing and then the next.    I have been doing a lot of different crafts and aiming to share them, but I move on to the next thing and forget to post.    Well, a couple or three months ago, I think I found my niche.    Of all the things I have done, this seem to be the most pleasing, for now anyway.   hahaha     I used to roll paper beads many years ago, but never did much with it.   But you know how the crafting world is these days.    It's "go big or go home" and I have went big, I guess.    I started rolling paper beads and more and more and more.    I have an addiction!!!   Seriously!!!   But that's a good thing.   Only in crafting is an addiction a good thing.   hahaha     I think so anyway.   hahaha

I was working on a swap a few of months ago and I used a piece of 12 x 12 sheet of designer paper to make an envelope for the card that I had made the lady I was sending my card to.    I had a couple of pieces left of the paper and I couldn't bear to not do something with it for her.   So, I started thinking and finally thought of making paper beads and turning it into jewelry.   Well, you know how you can get lost in the "rabbit hole" when you are trying to learn something.     I got lost and bit by the bead bug.    I got the beads rolled and found out how to seal them and preserve them and made the earring wires and then strung the beads and bead finding on the stretchy cord and it turned out soooo beautiful.   When I sent them to my swap lady, she really loved them, as I was praying she would.  She said her friends at church really liked it and the the bracelet and earring went perfectly with her sweater.   That made me so HAPPY!!!!!
They are not perfect, but they was made with a lot of love!!   I put some light blue rondells between each bead on the bracelet and put on my signature cross.   Each piece I make has a cross on it.   And for the earrings , you can see the crosses and I also put on some silver bead caps and I also made the ear wires.   And she really enjoyed receiving this.   In all of these, the paper beads is what ties them together.

So, the next set I made was this set.  
This was from one whole sheet of 12 x 12 designer paper.   I cut it in varying strips and made mostly bicone beads and a few short tube beads and a couple of barrel beads for my earrings.   For the necklace, I put together a focal point of several different pieces in varying lengths and colors of metals and you see the cross.   There is also a rondell between each bead on the necklace.     The bracelet has silver bead caps and a round silver bead between each bead and the the cross.   Then the earrings are the same as described above.   Everyone really likes it.

While rolling beads, many beads, I found the designer paper for the next set, and I love it too.
This paper came from a designer pad that I had gotten a couple of years ago and I had been hoarding it!!!    I didn't know what for, but NOW I DO!!!!!   I made varying lengths of tube beads and I love them soooo much!   I dipped each end of the beads in chocolate brown metallic acrylic paint and let it dry.   Oh how I wish you could it in hand, it is stunning!   I also glazed each bead with deco art glamour dust acrylic paint.   It is clear when it dries, with just a tiny bit of sparkle.   I have done each and every bead that I made that way and then I put 3 or 4 coats of sealer and then at least 2 coats of a glossy finish on each bead, by hand.    Blood, sweat and tears come to mind!   hahaha    And lots of prayer, seriously.    Again, I used rondells between each bead on the necklace.   I used different spacer beads between the beads on the bracelet and then I made the earrings as previously described.   With each piece having my signature cross.   They don't match at all, other then each cross on the earrings match, but the crosses on the 3 different pieces in each set does not match.   I love that they don't.

So, with that set came the one I am about to share.   Keep in mind, I have made several hundred beads over the last 2 or 3 months, like I said it is addictive!!!   So, I have many, many of the beads from the set above.   I love making those.   They are so vintage looking and they feel so good in my hands.   Ok, back to this next set.    I LOVE this set.    It truly was a labor of love.   I will have a hard time parting with, but I don't plan on it any time soon, maybe not anyway.   hehehehe
 The beads are really big!!!!    25 to 30 layers big!!!!     I'm not gonna tell what they are made from, but it was a hoot and a half making them.   Can you guess?   Bear in mind I said I put a coat of glamour dust and then 3 or 4 layers of sealer, actually pc petrifier.    And then 2 layers of vibrance, a glossy finish. 
So, this a very time consuming craft, thus the neglection of my blog.   hahaha    So, it has been with good reason that I haven't been around much.    I can't wait to get more beads made.    hahaha
I put different types of bead caps on all the beads and a rondell between each bead.   The paper beads are the focal point of the necklace, so there is nothing hanging in the center like the others had.    But I did put my cross on the necklace up where the chain is attached to beaded area.   A cross on one side and a heart on the other side.
Here you can see the earrings pretty good.   I know I have said it already, but I do love this of jewelry.  It makes me so happy.    On the bracelet, you can see some of the saucer beads I made.  These are kinda smallish and then there are short bicone beads.   A bead cap on each end of the beads with a rondell between each bead.   Lots of glitz and sparkle.    I wish the pictures could capture the beauty.
I should have put a quarter down in these pics so you could see the size of these beads.   The ones on the necklace or huge.   In the above picture, that is the center bead on the necklace and it's almost the size of an english walnut.
This pic shows the HUGE cone bead that I used as the connectors, kinda.    It was gonna be a bicone bead, but before I put anything on it other than the glue, instead of getting it centered, I pushed it all down to the end and it made a very nice cone.    I made 2 of them exactly the same size for that purpose and it worked.
See the cross on the top of the necklace on this side.   The other side has a small heart on it.   I also forgot to mention that I put 3 little bangles on the bracelet.  One was the heart you see above and in the middle was a silver cross and then the third piece is a silver disc that says "live love laugh" and I love that.

I also made my Mom a 3 piece set but, can you believe it, I forgot to take a picture of it!!!   I am so mad at me!   hahaha    But she loved it and that's all that matters.   Oh my gosh, I have been having so much fun with this!!!!   

So, I need to tell you what I have planned.   I pray that I can pull it off.    I hope to start combining my paper beads with antler tips and  and antler beads and antler discs.   If that works out, it will be the best of both worlds for me!!!

I was looking for more pictures of my beads, but they are not on my computer, they are still on my cell phone.   When I get them transferred over, I will share them.   Lots of beautiful beads to run my fingers through.    Oh, I will making Christmas presents with a lot my beads, so I will be sharing them and not hoarding all of them.   hehehe
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I have a neat tip for you tonight.    With the weight loss and "trying to get healthy" journey I have been on this year, sometimes I just crave stuff that I know is bad for me, really bad for me.   You know, like junk food or party snack food.  I was craving it tonight while I was working on this blog post.   So, while my pictures was uploading, I hit the fridge.   The thing that I really like a lot around this time of the years is cream cheese and buddig lunch meat rolled in little straws.   Well, my tip is to get the fat free cream cheese and look for what ever really thin sliced meats that is 10 calories or less per slice and indulge!!!    My supper for tonight was a piece of naan bread, five fat free cream cheese and ham straws and eight really large black grapes.   It's hard to believe that is filling, but it is.    I had grain, dairy, protein and fruit.   I had a lot of veggies at lunch, so I got that covered.   hehehe   But I hope you will give that a try sometime when you are craving stuff that is bad for you, clean it up a little, a whole lot actually and have a little fun while you're at it.   It was a fun plate of food, colorful and delicious.    That's my tip and I hope you can use it.
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As I think about the turmoil that our planet seems to be in, and I don't see it getting any better, it really breaks my heart.    Right here at home, we see people disrespecting one another in every imaginable way.    We see hidden sin coming to light.    We see the NFL getting more full of themselves every day.    News media is so biased.    Hollywood is full of yesterdays garbage.   People are still figuring out more and more ways to hurt others.    In the work place, in the market place, even in our churches, people keep on hurting people.   I ask myself sometime, "will it ever stop"?    The answer is yes.     Yes, it will stop.    It will stop when God says, "Son, go get 'em, bring 'em home  now!"    I do not know when that day will be.   I just know that day will happen.    I know it will happen.    Do you?    Are you ready for that day to happen?     I sure hope and pray that you do know it will happen and that you are ready for it.    If not, there is no time like the present  to admit that you are a sinner bound for hell, and believe that Christ is the Son of the Everlasting God and that He died on the cross and rose from the dead and is now seated at the Fathers right hand, waiting for you to call on His name for salvation.    Ask Him to come into life in a very real way and lead and guide your direction from this day on.   He will save you!!!!   He will save you from an eternity in hell.   Yeah, I have had people laugh at me.   That's ok.    I still believe it.   Just because someone laughs at me, it doesn't negate the fact that they are going to hell if they don't make the decision to follow Christ.    Following Christ is not easy.   Jesus, Himself, said , "pick up your cross and follow me, daily".     If it was easy, He would not have called His Way, a cross.    So, it ain't easy.    But it is rewarding.     A former pastor spoke from the pulpit many years ago; Brother Larry Craig, was his name.   He has since gone home to be with his Lord and Savior.    But he spoke about a hobby of his.   It was going to cemeteries and looking at headstones and reading them.    He told about some of the funny stuff he had seen and read and he also spoke of the serious ones.    The one that I will never forget is this.   "God is.   All is well."    I hope and pray that before you lay your head on your pillow tonight that you can read that quote and feel that same peace.    So when we think about all the turmoil that is taking place over this planet, let's take our eyes of the world and focus on the cross and what Christ has done for us and say in our hearts, "God is.   All is well!"
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Well, that's just about it for tonight.    I hope you seen or read something here tonight that put a smile on you face and a tickle in your heart.    Keep Christ in Christmas this season.   Say Merry Christmas every chance you get.   I hope and pray that everyone has a wonderful night of refreshing, healing sleep and rest and that you wake up tomorrow with a new purpose in your life.   Pray for those that are in need and hurting.  There is so much need around us.  Tell someone that "God is.   All is well."  They may need to hear some good news and that's some good news!!   Always remember that God loves you and so do I.   Till next time, hugs and love, Patty 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Thankful, Reminiscing, Projects and a Tip

Good Monday morning!!!!   Did that sound all chipper and upbeat?     Well, I tried.    Look at the second word, that answers it all.    Yes it's Monday!!!   And I am really trying to type this in as chipper and upbeat manner as I can and I do hope it comes across as such.    I have learned that one of the best things I can say about Monday's is this.   "Praise God I lived to see another Monday"!    Monday's make me feel like a weary soldier climbing another mountain, getting ready for another long battle.    And you know what, if you love  and serve the Lord, that is exactly what we are doing.    Every day is one more day that we are in the battle of our lives.    Trying to stay alert and aware of the snares and traps that the enemy sets for us.      Scripture says the enemy is like a roaring lion.   I believe it!!!   But, scripture also says that the enemy is like a wolf in sheep's clothing.   I believe it!!  When we see the roaring lions, we know to beware.    But, when we see the wolves in sheep's clothing, most of the time we don't think about the possible danger we could be in, till it's too late.    So, even tho it's Monday, and even tho we are pushing into an uphill battle, let us not grow weary in our minds.   Let us stay alert and on point and seriously question everything.    Especially the things that give us just a bit of a twinge that maybe, just maybe, something is not quite right.   More than likely, that is the Holy Spirit warning you to steer clear.     Just some food thought as we go into this week.
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I was blessed to get to go to Ky yesterday and go to church with Mom.    I love our Sunday's together.   One of the things I get to do is stop in at Arby's and have breakfast with "The Brother's Five"!     That is what I have started calling my brothers, officially.     And when I show up, it's "The Brothers Five, Plus One".    So Plus One gets to have breakfast with them.   hahahaha     It sure is a fun time.     I was thinking last night on my way home about how blessed by God we truly are and we do talk about that.    I do not know know why God has put His hand of favor on us, but He surely has.    Yesterday, we was talking about when we were younger, just kids really.   Mom still has one brother alive and he turned 91 on Oct. 31st.     His wife is our Dad's sister.     They are the only 3 left of their generation.    All the rest of our Aunts and Uncles, and our Dad has passed on.    One of my brothers had a picture of our uncle on his cell phone from where our cousin had posted his picture on facebook and we were talking about it.    He was leaned up beside a really old, cool looking car and the Brother's Five was wondering what the car was.    One of them said, "If Dad was still alive, he would know what it was".    And he would have.     The conversation kept on in that vein and then you know the laughter ensued.     

My dad and brothers used to build houses.   They were the best in their occupation!!!   If you had a house built by their hands, you had a GOOD house.    They was building a house in Muhlenburg  County one time and that was a big coal mining county.     One evening they was heading home and a coal truck was tailgating dad for several miles.    He had a camper on the bed of his truck where he stored his tools, so the driver couldn't see how many men was in dad's cab.    The trucker kept riding dad's bumper, dad told one of my brothers to hand him that big old pipe wrench in the floor board.    Dad rolled the window down on his side and held that 2 foot wrench out the window and waved it around a bit and the coal truck backed off.   (Yes, he would have tossed it back at the coal truck if he did not get off his bumper.   The truckers in that area had a history of being notorious for bullying drivers and intimidating them.)  Well, a few more miles down the road, the coal trucker decided he wanted to see if he could stir up some trouble.    So he came alongside dad's truck and was leaning over to look into the cab and seen 4 grown men in that cab and he backed off, big time!!!    

That was a new story for me.   I had not heard that one, so I'm glad I did.   But that was something you didn't do.    You did not want to mess with one of them, because they was like a hornet's nest.   You don't just stir up one, you get the whole hive on you and I will make a promise that it's not what a sane person would ever want.    They bothered no one, but they took nothing from anyone.     You always wanted them on your side and the same holds today.    My brothers have all grown up to be awesome, upstanding men in their communities.    They set good work examples for their children and anyone else that wanted to know what it meant to be a man.     So, today I'm feeling kinda thankful for all of my brothers.     I am feeling kinda thankful for all the guys that appreciate their roles as being manly men.    My husband certainly fits that category.     And I am ever thankful and blessed by God for having such an outstanding, upright, and godly husband.
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I have neglected my blog for so long and have so many projects to share and I want to share them all, but I will just share a few of them for now.   I can't even remember what all I have done, but I will just put pictures up and talk about them.   How does that sound?     I hope that thru it all you can get some inspiration from them.
 Ok, so I decided to go with the watercolor paintings I had done back earlier.    +Heather Kraafter  had painted a watercolor sunflower.   She made it look soooo easy and I loved her painting and I thought I may be able to do that.  Well, I didn't blow dry ANYTHING, and as a result, mine looks like a blob, but hey, what the heck, I never said I was painter anyway.   hahaha    But I will say that I had fun painting it!!!   Heather is an awesome inspiration and does beautiful art!!!!
So, for this one, I watched Lindsay of the Frugal Crafter do a leaf painting with 4 leaves.   I loved what she done.   I just didn't want to paint that many leaves.    So, I just painted one.    I have some cardstock with leaves on them.   So for this and the rest of the leaves, I traced the leaves lightly with a watercolor pencil, onto my water color paper,  once I had fussy cut them.   Then I took packing tape and fully covered the traced image.    I took my craft blade and cut around the traced image and peeled off the excess from around the leaf.  I painted the background and dried that, then I peeled the clear tape from the leaf area itself and painted the leaf.    Lindsay had painted the leaves, with them looking like they were laying on the deck outside, so that's what I tried to do too, with the one above.    I was pretty dag gone happy with results of it.
So, this is the 2nd leaf I painted.   I painted it in the same method I painted the one above.   I just painted a different background.    You can click on each one to make them a little larger. 
 This is my 3rd leaf, in the same manner as above.     I really love the technique and would suggest you to go to the frugal crafters site and find the tutorial on this.    She is listed in the list of sites on the  right hand side of my blog.
This is the 4th leaf  and I showed the leaf I traced around once I had it fussy cut.    I thought it turned out pretty good.
 This is the 5th leaf and a little different background.   I really love the background of this one.   I did finish off all the leaves with a brown pen and some white highlights.
This is the 6th leaf, but the 7th painting that I done in a short few days.    Overall, I was pretty delighted with my painted leaves.    I scanned them all into my computer and I can now print them for card fronts.    But, by scanning them in and trying to print them, I found that I now need a new printer!!!!    The print head is all dried up and makes streaks across my prints!!!!   UUGGHHH!!!    If it's not one "thang", it's another!!!!    It was all kicked off by Heather painting her sunflower.    I would suggest anyone going to the Kraaft Shaak and searching out Heather's videos.    She is such a great artist and she makes you feel like you can do anything she does.     She is also taking her art on the road.   So be on the lookout, you may see her rolling thru your community some day.   If you do, chase her down, you won't be sorry.     Also, check out Lindsay of the Frugal Crafter and look for the watercolor video of the leaves and the new technique of using the packing tape to get a perfect background and peeling it from the main focal point and painting that.    It's a pretty neat technique.  You will find links to both of these ladies on the right hand side of my blog in the list of blogs that I like.    Check them out, you won't regret it.

So, that's all I'm gonna share today, I just want to push myself to post more often.   Just got in a rut of not posting, but I have been doing a lot of fun stuff and I need to share it!!!!   hahahaha
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My tip for this post is to go to the grocery market as soon as you get done reading this and snatch up all the riced cauliflower you can get your paws on!!!!   Yes!!!!   Seriously!!!!   Did I say "seriously"?  Well, that's exactly what I meant to say!!!!

Last Wednesday, on my way home from a visit with Mom, I popped into the new Ruler store up there and done a quick sashay through the store.     I picked up some packets of taco seasoning and some of the new flavored taco shells.   I didn't know why those struck me to the point of picking them up.   It's not my usual grocery fare.    Anyway, I also got 3 cans of refried black beans.     Just unusual items for me, but by now, I was all in, so I keep on foraging.    I got some other things and then I hit the frozen veggie freezers and I was in my happy place.     They had some riced cauliflower!!!    I started throwing that in my buggy like a mad woman!!!   Hahahaha   Yes, I just did that!!!!!    I figured a good half dozen bags was enough for starters.   Hehehehe

I got all my goodies loaded up in the car and happily headed on my merry way.    I was jammin' to my good ole' Southern Gospel Music on my thumb drive when all of the sudden, "I heard the angels singing and the heavens split, and right there, right then and there, in that very moment, Patty's Heaven Sent Taco Recipe was born!!!"    It did, I kid you not!!!!   It's a funny thing what the brain can do when you got nothing but Jesus on your mind!!!!    Praising God and Glorifying His Son is great on so many levels!!!!    If you don't think so, try it sometime.     It just lets the puzzle pieces of so many things in life just slip together, easily, when we are not stressing over something, but Praising our Creator.

So, without further ado, here is my-----

Patty's Heaven Sent Tacos

1 12oz pkg of frozen riced cauliflower
2 tablespoons of water
1 pkg of taco seasoning
1/2 cup water
1 can of black refried beans, or whatever kind you can get
Taco shells

Put the frozen riced cauliflower in a good sized skillet sprayed with a little non stick spray, with 2 tablespoons of water and cook on med low till browned slightly, you may have to add an additional tablespoon of water or so along.   (I did not do this, but next time I will add some diced onion.)

Once the cauliflower is browned, add the pkg of taco seasoning and 1/2 cup of water.   Stir that really well till all the seasoning is mixed well thru the cauliflower.    Open the can of refried beans right into the same skillet and mash it up and get it stirred around into the mixture and just make sure the refried beans get up to heat with the rest of the mixture and just simmer for a minute or two, adding another tablespoon or two of water if necessary.

While the mixture was cooking, I popped my shells in the toaster oven to toast them (and also get some of the grease out of the shells).

I did take a couple of slices of kraft cheese and break each slice into 3 strips.  Since I used 6 shells, I put one strip on each filled taco and that was all I used then.   Just the filling and a little strip of melty cheese and those tacos were the BESTEST!!!!    Did I just use bad grammar again?    Oh yes I did, but do you think this little ole gal from the sticks gives a hoot about that?    Heck NAW!!!!!     I been using bad grammar my whole adult life and I ain't gonna change now!!!   hahahaha

That was some of the, again "BESTEST" taco mixture I ever eaten and it did NOT have a speck of ground beef in it!!!!    Probably the healthiest tacos I ever ate!!!   You can go ahead and add some of the typical taco fare, diced tomatoes, diced jalapenos, shredded lettuce, just dress them up nice.   My husband said they were DELICIOUS!!!!!     He had no idea he was eating refried black beans and riced cauliflower till I told him and even then, he said they was still good, knowing what they was made from.

So, again, after I leave, go and get the rest of the riced cauliflower you can find and hoard them!!!!  That's what I am doing!!!!    hahahaha    I'll give you a pint of blood, but I won't give up my riced cauliflower!!!!   Just sayin'!     hahahahaha

And a word on Ruler.   The Ruler franchise is owned by Kroger.    There are a lot of places that won't let a Kroger store come into town.   Kroger's answer to that situation is Ruler.    Kroger store sells other brands and Kroger brands.     Ruler sells mostly Kroger brands and other brands.    Plus, if you have a Kroger card, they will scan it and you get the Kroger points for gas.    Yay!!!     Anything I get at Kroger, I can get a Ruler for a few cents cheaper.   If you see one during your travels, check it out.
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Well, this is about all I have today.   I hope y'all enjoyed your visit here today.   I know I sure enjoyed having you here.     I would love for you to leave me a comment.   Tell me something you are thankful for.   Share with us your favorite riced cauliflower recipe.    Tell someone you know that Jesus loves them and that He is waiting for them to call on His name.   There is no sweeter word in the human dictionary than Jesus.   It's sweeter than honey and a whole lot better for you.   Let's say it together.    Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!!!   See, what did I tell you.     Have a blessed day in sweet and precious name of Jesus!!!    God loves y'all and so do I!!!!!     hugs and love, patty

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Crafts, A tip, Quilt Show Pics and "There's More"

Good afternoon Y'all!!!   The weather is just a little bit perfect today!!!    Thank You Lord, for the beauty of today!!!    It has been up and down for a few days now and the temps are a bit cooler, and YES, I do find myself loving that to the max!!!     I think it's fair to say that Fall may actually be here now.     I love the beauty of the Fall, but once the beauty of Fall is gone comes the bleakness of Winter.    That bleakness is something that I do have to deal with from time to time.     I just have to learn to take one day at a time and not worry about what is coming, just be thankful for what is.    So, I am thankful for today.   Because God made this day for us to enjoy and if we make Him a significant part of today, it will be blessed indeed!! 
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I hope that everyone is having some crafty fun these days.    My mojo came back with a vengence and I am so HAPPY!!!!     I have so many pictures to share that I don't know where to start.     But, the first weekend in October, the Family Community Education Clubs thru the UT Extension Office had our 2nd Annual Quilt Show.   So, I will share a few pics of it before I start sharing my stuff.   It was a very big success, again.     I am so thankful and grateful to be a part of this wonderful group of ladies who are actively seeking ways to live for Christ through the activities that we share with the community.   There was lots of people from far and wide who came to this event.    It really was a fun day.    I did take LOTS of pictures too.   
Ok, so I thought I would start off with a little Tennessee Pride.    There was a couple of Vandy quilts too, but I didn't see them in my pics, and I thought I got pictures of every quilt in the place.
This was one of the corners that had 3 beauties in it.    The one on the left with lots of white was hand embroidered!!!    It was gorgeous!!    Well, they all were!
This was a really fun one.   This was Sunday dress shirts and ties made into a quilt.   The shirts and ties came from 3 generations of men in the same family.   It was a labor of love for sure.
I think Dresden Plate is my favorite of all time quilt patterns.    But then again, I never met a quilt I didn't love.    This one was beautiful.
This little one here was a really sweet quilt.   I think they may have said it was a story quilt, because of all the different scenes on it.   I looked and looked at this one.    It was a happy quilt.
This quilt was the quilt that I had on display.   Where it was hanging does not do it justice because it can't be seen real well.    But it is a Dresden Plate.   It was made by my former Pastor's mother in law.    When my Dad died in 2012, Eunice brought it to the funeral home and gave it to me.    I do believe it is the last quilt that her mother pieced and quilted.   The date on it is 2000.   It is a treasure!!!
This one is  3 Sisters memory quilt.    It is so fun and funny.   It is a T-shirt quilt.    I think I laughed at it every time came near it.
This one is another beauty.   I just love the colorfulness of this one.   It is a Wedding Ring quilt.   It may possibly be a Double Wedding Ring quilt, I almost think that's what it is.   It really is beautiful.
This was one of the tables with some of the smaller items on it.   The main thing featured  above is an Easter Egg Cozy.    Each little pocket is made from a pot holder sized quilted piece and then they were all attached in a circle.   Everyone loved this piece.    Just above that in the same picture is a cardstock quilt that I made about 5 years ago.   Everyone loved it too.
This cute little Christmas Tree is adorned with a Quilt Chain that was made from a salvaged quilt.   It was old and about to fall apart and the one that made the Christmas decorations from the old quilt had it at the Christmas Sampler for sale and the lady that bought it, brought it and showed it at the Quilt Show.    It garnered a lot of comments too.   Everyone loved it.
 This is a Parasol Lady quilt.    It is quite lovely and colorful. 
This last one is on display at the local museum.    It is a quilt featuring all the Family Community Education Clubs going back 90 years and each club done an extra block or two featuring an area landmark or an event that happened in the community of the local club.   It had a lot of interesting events and places featured on it.    It is a county treasure for sure and quite beautiful.

This is just a small sampling of the quilts.   I wish I had space for all 500 pictures I took.    The next post, I may share a few from the trunk show.    They were all beautiful too.    There was a lot people that attended the trunk show.   That is my favorite part.  (If you go back and click on each picture it will make a little larger.)

I don't know if there are a lot of Quilt Shows that take place across the country, but if you get the chance to go to one near you, jump at the chance, you won't be disappointed.   Well, I'll say you shouldn't be disappointed.     Last year we had many more quilts from the 1800's.    I really wish we would have had more old quilts, but we didn't and that is ok.   Because what we did have was still pretty spectacular.    I am happy that I got to be a part of it and once again, got to touch some pieces of history.    To look at some of these quilts and know the energy, effort and time that went into each one of them is very touching.    I dare say that most of the piecing and quilting of the older quilts took place after the rest of the house had turned in for bed.    I can just imagine some mother, grandmother, wife, setting and working diligently on a quilt to keep her family warm on a cold winter's night.  Back in the day, they were utilitarian, but now, they are works of art.    They must be recognized as such too.     The utilitarian quilts are just as lovely as the ones made for show, especially when you consider the love and thought that went into each one.

I sure hope you enjoyed this little tour of the quilts this year and I must say that I am already looking forward to next year.  
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I do have an easy "tip" for you today.   It's actually nothing special, but I'll share it anyway.     So, when you have your die cutter out or are working on your electric cutter, cut a few extra pieces and stash them in a clear shoebox or a stufftainer to have on hand.    I can always share with someone else from my stash if I have plenty cut and it's always appreciated.    What ever I am working one, I will always cut extra.    It's a good way to use up smallish pieces and then have on hand to share with others.    I will be having my Family Community Education club meeting tomorrow and I have dug around in my surplus and will taking some tomorrow for the craft project we will be working on together.   Had I not had a good bunch of pieces already cut and ready to go, it would have been a challenge, but, it's ready to go and I'm not stressed.    So, when you are cutting something, while you are set up, cut more to share.
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"There's More".    What is the first thought that you have when you hear those 2 words?     I forget where I heard those words in conjunction with I am gonna share today.    A lot of times, I will hear something that stirs me and when that happens, I have to get away so I can let God show me what He wants me to see instead of someone elses view.     So, when I heard, "There's More", I turned the television off and met with God.

So, let me share with you what God has shared with me.    One thing is this, makes no difference how the situation looks, "There's More".     Makes no difference what the diagnosis is, "There's More".    Makes no difference where you are in life, "There's More".     You know what, sometimes the "There's More"  is suffering.     Sometimes, the "There's More" is coming with the diagnosis.     Sometimes, the place you are in life is not good and "There's More".     The not so good stuff is there for each one of us, and it seems like when it starts raining, "There's More".

When it seems like the "There's More" is always nothing but painful and hurtful, just remember, you are not in this alone.    If you know Christ as your Savior, you are not alone, "There's More".     He is the Author and Finisher of "There's More"!     Look at all the lives in the Bible that He changed for the good.    And the "There's More" that He gives is good.    He says, "Yes this situation looks difficult, but "There's More"!     He says, "Yes, that diagnosis may be terminal, but "There's More"!     He says, "Yes, the place you are at right now is not good, but "There's More"!    

Romans 8:37 speaks of us being more than conquerors.
Psalm 68:35 speaks of God being more awesome than His holy places.
Psalm 71:14 speaks of David saying he hopes continually and will praise You (God) more and more.
Matthew 6:25 Jesus speaks of life being more than food and the body being more than clothing.
Acts 20:35 Paul quotes Jesus as saying "It is more blessed to give than to receive."
Hebrews 10:17 says "their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more".
James 4:6 says "but He gives more grace".
1 Peter 1:7 says that our genuine faith is more precious than gold that perishes.
2 Peter 1:10 says to be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble. (call and election is referring to one's own salvation experience)
Revelation 21:4 says there will be no more death, nor sorrow, no crying and no more pain.
Revelation 22:3 says there shall be no more curse.

I think at the end of all these "more's", I can say, "But wait, There's More"!!!    I think the "more" that most of are waiting for is the "more" that is an eternity in the presence of our Lord, Savior and Messiah, Jesus Christ.    From all the descriptions of what heaven is gonna be like, I dare say that someone will be showing us through the streets of gold and saying, "but wait, There's More!"    At every turn, there will be "more".     It seems like every time we turn the news on, there's more and more garbage, pain and evil.   That's what the news media wants to report and they have plenty to report.     Some day and some day soon, that will change!     Jesus is coming and "There's More"!!!  I do look forward to "There's More", how about you?
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Well, that's about it for today.   I hope and pray that where ever y'all are, that you have a most spectacular day ahead of you.     Take some time to reflect on the beauty around you and then realize that "There's More" coming some day!    Woohoo!!!    Praises!!!     Tell someone you know that "There's More" blessings ahead, because Jesus loves them.    I hope you seen or read something here that will inspire you to inspire others.    I hope that when you are crafting, you will cut more than you need at the moment, then you can share with someone else.    The next time you are outside and pick up an acorn, think of all the lovely things you can do with an acorn.    I love acorns!!!   Seek out a Quilt Show, you will be happy you did.     Always remember that God loves you so much that He made a way for you to be in relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.    I love ya too, see ya right here next time with some more crafty goodness.    hugs, patty

Monday, September 25, 2017

Fall, Crafts, Fall Crafts and a Tip

Well, it's Fall in my neck of the woods, but it's still HOT!!!!!     I reckon I am ready for the winding down of the year of 2017.    Makes no difference if I am or not, it's happening and it seems like it happening faster than ever.    The older we get, the quicker those years just clip right on along.    I guess the fast pace of the years rolling on along means that we get to meet Jesus faster.    If that's the case, hey, I'll take it.     With as hurtful as people are, with people being bound and determined to do everything they can "to make a statement", the main statement I have to say at this time, "I am ready for Jesus to split the Eastern Sky!"    How about you?     Keep your eyes looking up, He's  coming soon!!!
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I have been crafting like mad here lately.    I really have.   I have impressed me with all I have done.   Hahahaha     Well, I don't know if I have actually impressed myself, but I have enjoyed being industrious.    It seems like I had slowed down to a snails pace with being creative, but I have gotten back to speed for a little while, and I am LOVING it!!!!

Along with all the crafting and talking about Fall, I have done some Fall Crafting.   Hahaha    I have also done some Christmas crafting.     I done some water color paintings.     I done some finger crochet.    I have reworked some jewelry that I had made a couple of years ago and wasn't really happy with it, but I am now.     I have done some small canvases, multi media style.    I have the supplies to make a revamped denim and lace top.    I can't wait to get started on that.   Hopefully I can have it finished by Christmas anyway.    I have made some of my tiny quilled flowers to put on cards and other crafting projects.    I done a small 5x5 inch crackle piece.    I made a barrette for my hair and I love it!!!     I found a snowflake button and have done some reconstructive surgery on it into make a pin.   I have completed the projects for at least 2 swaps I am in and will be working on more .    I made 3 more of the sizzix stars and painted and decorated them to look like old layers of peeled paints.     I can't remember what all else I have done, but I will be sharing a few pictures along of all the stuff I have done and I will start the sharing tonight.

So the first project I want to share with y'all is a tip that came in the form of necessity.    I was working with some of my 6x6 inch paper pads and trying to save all the scraps by placing them inside the pad, only to have them fall out every time I picked the pad up.    After picking scraps up more times than I care to remember, I said to myself, "You have got to do something!!!"     I listened to me and I did something.    hahaha    I do not know if this is a new idea, but I haven't ever seen it.    Maybe because it's so simple that noone wanted to share it, (because it is so simple.)    hahaha   But......on the slim chance you have the same trouble I have with keeping scraps together with the paper pad they belong to, here are the pictures and some descriptions of what I done.    
 So, this was the little paper pad I was working with and dealing with the little scraps.   Picking them up off the is not all that fun.   Hahaha     So..................
 I dug out an envelope.............
 and opened my paper pad to the very back of it........................
and folded the flap of the envelope to the back and put score tape on the envelope................................
 and peeled the backer off the score tape off and stuck it to the inside of the back of the paper pack and this........
is what it looks like.    No more falling scraps and all the small pieces are there just waiting to be used for just the right project.      I positioned the envelope to be less than a 16th of an inch lower than the back, just so that any of the full length pieces wouldn't be crushed.     It worked so well that I done all of my little pads  like that and will do my large ones very soon.    It does make keeping up with scraps a breeze and no more wasting time picking them up off the floor.
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Conformed or transformed- which are you? Have you ever thought about that?    It is something that is on my mind a whole lot here lately.     Without even looking in a dictionary for the descriptions of these words, I'll tell you my take on them.     Conformed, in my mind, is being just like everyone else, even if we don't want to be.   Going along with the flow, so as not to disturb the status quo.    Going along to satisfy the egos of those around you.     You know what I'm talking about.    Laughing at the off color jokes, saying all the faux curse words, going places with friends that you really don't want to go, maybe even drinking or doing drugs..............you see what I'm talking about.    "Just going along to get along."     Now, like I said, this is my personal opinion of what conformed is about.

Now, what about transformed?     Well, again in my mind, transformed is kinda the opposite of conformed.     Transformed is not being like everyone else, but being different and standing up and living up to values that God and you have chosen for your life.     Not going along just to get along, but stepping up and standing up for the things that move you.     You may walk away when the joke telling starts.    You don't want to sound like everyone else with the words you choose to use.     You are not afraid to leave a situation that is not appealing to the choices you have made for your life.

Does any of that make any sense at all.    

Lets look at Romans 12:2.     And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God. King James Version

Let's look at this same verse in the New Living Translation.    Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.    Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

If we are just going along to get along, how pleasing is that to God?     I love the New Living Translation in just plain simple language.    To conform is to copy.      Do you want to copy or mimic everyone you ever come in contact with?    If we are going along to get along, that is exactly the hoops we will find ourselves jumping through.    We are even expected to jump through hoops at church sometimes to, you know, going along to get along.    Don't talk about any of the obvious problems, because we love the customs of the world and want as many of them in our churches as possible, because after all, we want to conform with what the world wants.   Right?

What does God want for us?    God wants us to be totally different from the world.     God wants us to think differently than the world thinks.     God wants us to have thoughts that are higher than this worlds thoughts.     We have to have a renewing of our minds if we are going to know the will of God for our lives.    We are not going to renew our minds when we are thinking the way the world thinks.   We have to set our thoughts on the things of God.     It is only when we start thinking about God and how He thinks, we will start knowing His will for our lives.     

You know what, we don't have to live loud lives for the people around us to recognize that there is something transformed and different about us.      God may have not called you to preach or to teach, but He has called to you to be transformed, to learn to recognize the will of God in our lives.    The will of God in our lives is good, pleasing and perfect.     No.....we will never be perfect, but Jesus was and is perfect.   The will of God in our lives reflects the perfection of Christ in our lives through His shed blood.    That is what makes us good and pleasing and perfect in the sight of God.

I don't know about you, but I will take the transformation of Christ in my life any day over being conformed to this world.     We have been called out to make a difference.     If we are not making a difference in our circle of influence, maybe we need to seriously look at what Romans 12:2 and decide if we are conformed or transformed.     

I don't care what Hollywood says, I don't care what the so called sports figures says, and I don't care what the thugs out there say, but I do care what the Word of God says.     This scripture calls us out from the world.     So, we will either go along to get along or we will make a difference.    I pray that we will choose to make a difference in our circle of influence and in our churches.
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All this stuff about all the sports figures not wanting to salute the American Flag, you should be ashamed of yourselves!!!!     But hey, you are just taking advantage of the freedom that American soldiers, men and women, have fought and died for. for you to have the freedom to disrespect the American Flag, the American Soldiers and the United States of America!!!!     I have spoken about how I feel a time or two on my blog and I'll say it again.    I've never spent a penny on buying a ticket or shirts or any other kind of ephemera of any sports team, and I never will!!!     I've never put a bite in any of their mouths, and I never will, in the form buying something.    I will feed anyone that's hungry, but I won't feed them better than I am accustomed to eating.    hahaha     Yes, this behavior is upsetting, especially if you have people in your family that have served in the military to help keep America free and safe.    Take a walk thru some of the military cemeteries and just see the countless  numbers of headstones for all the brave heroes!!!!!     Calling a sports figure a hero is a slap in the face to all the people that have died for this country.     99% of the sports figures aren't even worthy to stand on the sacred soil in those cemeteries!!!!    Wake up America!!!!
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Well, that's about all I have for this evening.    If you hung with me to this point, let me just say "thank you" for spending a few minutes with me this evening.   I appreciate your visits and I appreciate your comments.     I hope and pray that you have a great restful night of sleep tonight and that you wake up in the morning refreshed and renewed and ready to face the day that God has made for us.    Let's be purposeful about what we say, do and think tomorrow and see if we can make a difference in our circle of influence.     Tell someone that God loves them.   They may have never heard it before.      God loves y'all and so do I!!!!   hugs and love, Patty