Hello from England!

Welcome to my blog!
We are a christian family living in the Sunshine state (before that we spent four years in England and two years in Turkey).

My posts are of everyday life and my love of crafting. I hope to inspire you in some way to share your talents too.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment.
Cheers and God's blessings to you and yours!

Monday, March 28, 2016

It's More Than Bunnies and Eggs

I was just thinking about St. Patrick's Day, shamrocks, the color green and 
BAM!
Easter popped it's little head around the corner!

I hope you had a truly blessed Easter celebration.  It's an important week in the life of Christ - a pivotal moment in history that we certainly cannot overlook.

The older I get and the more my christianity develops, the more I realize that  I don't want my kids to think of the Easter bunny when they think of Easter.  The first thing I want to pop in their heads in Jesus.  Plain and simple.  I want them to think of Jesus' last days on this earth, not about plastic eggs filled with candy.  Yes the eggs are fun and filled with delicious num-nums!

Spring is a wonderful celebration.  Baby animals are being born, the winter blues are subsiding, crops are growing and fields are greening up.  Although our Easter was filled with about 72 hours of rain this year, we still went to church like we do every Sunday and welcomed those who only go twice a year.  I prayed that God would soften their hearts, give them a desire and longing to want a stronger relationship with Him, and that they would see the true meaning of Easter.  I also pray that they see the need to belong to a church and have a church family whether it's ours or the church down the street.  

With that being said, I made some spring and Easter cards:






I came across a new way to make boiled eggs (Olivia loves deviled eggs).  Put in a mini muffin tin, bake 30 minutes at 325 degrees, then immediately submerse in ice water until cool.  Worked great!!



May Jesus' light ignite your heart with a burning desire to know Him.  I pray that you have a blessed spring season.  I think Puxatawny Phil needs to retire...my family in Kansas had snow on Easter morning.  



Thursday, March 17, 2016

Irish Blessings to you!!

Irish Blessings to you!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day.  This day holds a special meaning for me in a couple of ways.  I am 1/4 Irish, my daughter as red hair (only one in immediate and extended family) and I've been to Ireland!  I have fond memories of my trip there and wish it was closer and affordable to go again.  What a different and welcoming culture - and beautiful landscape with rolling hills.  If you haven't been, please note that as breathtaking as photos are, it's even better in person and grabs your heart.  God is so good!

Here are two St. Patty's day cards I made.  They were made yesterday, so they weren't mailed out to anyone due to my tardiness...but I made them!  I also have some goodies for the kids I forgot to photograph, but oh well.  


I'm also on the ball that I have started Easter cards (it is early this year), and I also made a birthday card for a sweet lady at church.  It's below:


I love Irish blessings.  Here is a link to see one of my favorites.  This is also a good one.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Secret

Mesh seems to be the new creative outlet for wreaths (or they have been for a long time and I'm just now warming up to the idea?)
Several mesh wreaths incorporate the same popular inspiration of using burlap in wreaths.  I am personally not a fan of using mesh in this way - it gives it too much of a retro / 80's feel to me.  I did come across a different method to use the mesh and off I went...


Want to know a secret?  IT WAS SO EASY!  Had I sat down and produce it without stopping, it would have taken me a couple of hours (the first time anyway).  I incorporated fun St. Patrick's goodies in it to celebrate March.  Once Easter comes around I have Easter goodies to use and I can easily remove the shamrock decor.  Here is my finished project on a white background, and then hanging on my front door:




 I was pleasantly surprised and thought it turned out cute!  What do you think?  I would have incorporated yellow mesh into it, but the craft store was out. 
:(

Want to know another secret?  God has our lives already planned out and they will be revealed in HIS time, not ours:

(from my Feb 26th daily devotional with words of inspiration):
I am leading you, step by step, through your life.  Hold my hand in trusting dependence, letting Me guide you through this day.  Your future looks uncertain and feels flimsy -- even precarious. That is how it should be. Secret things belong to the Lord, and future things are secret things.  When you try to figure out the future, you are grasping at things that are Mine.  This, like all forms of worry, is an act of rebellion:  doubting My promises to care for you.
Whenever you find yourself worrying about the future, repent and turn to Me.  I will show youth next step forward, and the one after that, and the one after that.  Relax and enjoy the journey in My presence, trusting Me to open up the way before you as you go.
Psalm 32:8
Deuteronomy 29:29

Yesterday was the Primary Election.  God already knows who is going to win -- and whomever it is, they already have my prayers.  Our leaders, whether my choice wins or not, need our prayers to lead our country and hold fast to good and moral values.

Here is a sweet card Annette made me using some new Stampin' Up products...love this!!  What IS her secret talent?    I think it's inspiration from her heart!