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!!!!
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!!!
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 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 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.
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.
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
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