Do you enjoy arts and crafts? Memories of family and friends? Handmade creations like original jewelry or soft crochet scarfs? Then you'll love it here, where we explore all of this plus much more. So grab a cup of your favorite brew, relax, and join me in my journey.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Yes...I'm Still Here

When did my life become so hectic?
Oh yeah, when I got great ideas of more things for me to do. lol
I've started taking some on-line classes to renew / revitalize my writing skills for more freelance copywriting / blogging jobs.
We've switched Hannah's homeschool from mostly on-line to mostly workbooks, which is better for her, but more work for me.
I've decided to jump into the craft / art show scene this year, with 4 lined up already, besides my weekly table at the local farmers market.
So to prepare for ease of portability and set up, I hit up Pinterest for some ideas.

Hat Stand

I've been on a real hat kick lately, and these stands would be perfect!

Suitcase Jewelry Display

And how about this great jewelry display?  It's made from an old suitcase, and I just happen to have one in the shed!

rack necklace display

I also like the idea of using a great vintage rack head for some of my long necklaces.  And I just happen to have one of these lying around also.

3 tier display stand
And for my new line of candles, this sectional stand would work great.

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I already have shutter shelving, but they were somewhat difficult to set up, but these are arranged differently, so I'm going to try it this way.  Of course, I'll need to buy new wood for shelves, but you got to spend money to make money. :0)

So, what do you think?  Do you like any of these ideas?  What do you do for your craft show displays?  I'd love to hear from you, because I am excited, and very nervous. 

Be blessed,

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What To Do When You're Snowed In?

Besides fight with your kids?
How about taking video's of your cat playing in the snow...
I missed when he was pouncing on a leaf frozen to the ground.
It was pretty funny.

Want to know what else I'm doing?
Setting up my spring/summer/fall craft show schedule.

I love doing craft shows, meeting people, watching them touch and look at my creations.
When it's a good day, they actually purchase something.  :0)

First up?

I participated in their fall show last year, and this is a very well organized show.  I'm looking forward to jumping into the craft season with this show.

April 2, 2015 is the first day of 
in Pecan Park, 
in historic downtown Statesville, NC.

This market is open every Thursday evening from 4-6, and is a great time.  We have our own balloon man, tons of fresh fruit and veggies, fresh baked goodies, and handcrafted items.
Plus special times of live music.

Then there's the Statesville Arbor Day Celebration...
and The Spring Art Fest at The Coffee Mill....
The Hiddenite Art Festival...
The Taylorsville Apple Festival...
and any other festival I can find within a 75 mile radius of my house.  :0D

I love it when a plan comes together.

Be blessed,

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The First Day Of My New Life

It was in August of 1982.
I was a single mother of 2 living with my mother in Tonawanda NY.
My husband had left for Texas to find work, and to be honest, our marriage needed the break.
I knew about God, and Jesus.
But they were mostly just someone I prayed to when I needed something.
My mom had a relationship with them, but didn't push them on me.
Sometimes I wish she would have, my teen years were...well...difficult.
Anyway, here I was with 2 young children and only 23 years old.
No college, no job, and no prospects.
He had a plan for my life,
but first I needed to meet Him.
Really meet Him.

A dear friend from the church I attended off and on invited my mom to a special  church service.
So, like most everything else, all us girls went with my mom.
To a Messianic Jewish Temple.
Where my destiny awaited.

What I am about to tell you is the absolute truth.
While I can't remember much about the service, 
the songs, or the sermon.
I will remember this until my dying day.

I was standing next to my mom, realizing that my life was in a mess, and I couldn't fix it.
The preacher was telling me about someone who knew me, and loved me, 
and still chose to die for me.
Then the preacher directed everyone to bow their heads and close their eyes.
That's when I felt Him.

With my head down and eyes closed, I swore someone put their hands on my head.
My eyes flew open, and I looked around, but there was nobody near me.
So I closed my eyes again.
And again, someone put their hands on my head.
They were heavy.
They were warm.
And they felt good.
And I knew they belonged to Him.
The one I had been looking for all my life, I just didn't know it until then.

When the preacher asked all those who raised their hands to come down to the alter.
I froze.  Literally.  I could not move.
An usher came up and asked me if I wanted to go down.
I yelled at him for peeking when the preacher told everyone to keep their eyes closed.
There was a woman sitting next to me.
I had not noticed her when we first got there.
She calmly took my hand, and walked to the alter with me.
Turns out, she was the preachers wife.

On the ride home, my sisters kept teasing me, but it didn't matter.
I felt lighter, and happier.
And I couldn't stop smiling.
For months.
In fact, I still smile every time I remember this day.

It's been 32 years since then, and my life has been up and down.
I had a third child.
That marriage ended in divorce.
I met a wonderful man and remarried.
And through it all....
I could always feel those hands.

Thank you Jesus for loving me.

Be blessed,

Friday, February 13, 2015

A Book Review - Motivate Your Child by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller

As a mother of many children, of all types (bio-step-foster-adopted), I am always looking for support, encouragement, and advise.  So when the book "Motivate Your Child" by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller because available for review, I grabbed it.

There are many pages of this book where I highlighted, stuck post it tabs, and wrote notes...it was that helpful to me.  One of my notes was from the chapter on discipline...how, and how much.  For a time out, I had always gone by 2 minutes per year of life, but this book talks not about obedience, but about there being a heart change in your child.  Which is much more desirable in a person.  So there is no time limit, but let the child work the issue out in their own hearts and time.  Then when they can understand what they did, and why they did it, they are better equipped to allow God to change their behaviors.  I like that!

There are 2 major sections in this book...
Moral Development In Children and
Spiritual Development In Children.

Now while there are 2 separate sections, so this book would be helpful to non-believers as well, I personally feel that separating the moral from the spiritual will still leave your child empty.  For our world to change, we need to change, and to help our children to change, thereby leaving a lasting legacy in our world today.  Let me share with you a great quote I saw the other day...
"Lasting change does not come only from laws and legislation, but from the hearts produced by spiritual revival."  Bobby Jindal
How true is that!  This book is a great first step in changing the world, starting in your own hearts and homes.

An added plus in this book is the interactive supportive website, The 414 Family Challenge, for those willing to take up "The Family Challenge" given in this book.  I have bookmarked it and can't wait to start implementing all I have learned between the pages of this book.

Here's some information on the authors.
Scott Turansky has been a pastor and missionary for more than 33 years and is an author of several books. In addition to pastoring full time, Scott also conducts parenting seminars on Saturdays around the United States (http://www.effectiveparenting.org/). He is the cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting (www.biblicalparenting.org) and has co-authored four books.
Joanne Miller is a pediatric nurse with 26 years of experience and the cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. She is the coauthor of seven parenting books.
So now I challenge you, be the start of something new in your home and family.  Pick up this book and embark on a new path today.
Be blessed,
* While I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers, the opinions are completely my own.^


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