Friday, December 24, 2010

From my heart to yours ~

May the love and light of Christ my Lord fill your heart and home this Christmas and throughout the new year.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Busy baking and...

~ Looking forward to a Christmas Eve bonfire with our youngest, her boyfriend, and his family. It's a tradition for them and a first for us.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cute as a Button Cookies

Since this is one of my all time favorite Christmas cookie recipes, and Christmas is just around the corner, I thought I'd re-post it just in case you missed it the first time....

I've been a member of the Button Floozies blog for quite awhile, but I think today is the first time I've posted something there. International Button Week seemed like the perfect time to share this recipe there and I thought I'd share it here too, but be sure and check out the Button Floozies blog if you love buttons of the non-edible type! For now, enjoy some of these...

Swedish Wafer Christmas Cookies
(from Marilyn Stender to Rosalind Hose to Debbie Doughty to you!)

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 2 cups sifted flour (I'm not sure if sifting is necessary with our "modern" flour, but I do it because I love using my sifter ;)
  • Plate of granulated sugar, set aside
  • Combine butter and whipping cream in mixing bowl.
  • Mix with an electric mixer, slowly adding flour until well blended.
  • Cover and Chill until firm
  • Roll dough out 1/3 at a time to 1/8" thickness
  • Cut into 1 and 1/2" circles.
  • With fingers or spatula, transfer to plate of granulated sugar and coat each side.
  • Transfer to ungreased cookie sheet. They don't expand much so they can be close.
  • Prick each cookie with a toothpick four times so it resembles a button.
  • Bake @ 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Watch bottoms closely, they brown before the tops.
  • Cool and fill
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg yolk (you can use dehydrated eggs yolks if you prefer. I tried them for the first time with this batch and they turned out fine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sifted confectioners sugar
  • Food coloring. I usually make half pink and half light green.
  • Combine butter, egg yolk and vanilla in mixing bowl.
  • Beat with an electric mixer, slowly adding confectioners sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • Add food coloring drop by drop until you reach desired color.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Thursday, December 02, 2010

A fun project for the new year!

I just love Elizabeth's blog, Bluebird Papercrafts. She is so VERY creative and generous with her ideas and images. She also hosts the best swaps. I usually wait too long to join them, or am too intimidated to even try, but not this one, the Happy Homemaker Tag Along. The commitment is for two tags per month for the whole year. Wish me luck!

Monday, November 15, 2010

I blame Facebook!

I haven't blogged in nearly two months and I blame FB! It's quicker and easier and it seems that most people prefer that. With so many amazing blogs and internet sights to visit, I must admit, FB does have its advantages, BUT, I miss blogging! To me it seems more personal, like an online journal. Blogs are definitely more appealing to the eye ~ and I love eye candy! Sooo... I thought I'd better stop whining and stop neglecting my own blog.

I've been feeling Christmas in the air for a long time now. I even put up my faux tree about a week ago. I'm hoping to get it decorated this week, but before I get too carried away I thought I'd share this card I made for a friend's birthday last month. I copied the little girls from a vintage pattern envelope and cut them out by hand to layer over the faux pattern scrapbook paper. I typed out the "sew glad we're friends" on my trusty ole typewriter from the thrift store, cut them out and glued them on. The "lace" was made with a Martha Stewart punch. A little embroidery floss, a Jenni Bowlin button, and sewing machine stitches around the edges complete the sewing theme. Hopefully I'll be finishing up more projects and sharing them soon :)

With Christmas just around the corner I'd love to hear your gift giving ideas. Leave me a comment if you have one you'd like to share. Thanks!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Another Multitude Monday on Tuesday

69 ~ Celebrating my birthday early with Melea and Ben

70 ~ Getting to spend time with my brother, sister-in-love, nephew, and niece-in-love, after way too many years 

71 ~ Wisdom gleaned from Beth Moore

72 ~ Getting to attend Bible Studies at my church home

73 ~ The ladies who facilitate our Bible Study

74 ~ Freedom of religion

75 ~ Freedom in Christ

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Multitude Monday on Tuesday

holy experience

61 ~ I am so grateful for men like Shaun Groves who use their voice to speak for the poor like this:

62 ~ and their time with projects like this:

Compassion Bloggers: Guatemala 2010

63 ~ And I am grateful to these bloggers:

64 ~ Amanda Jones, and,

65 ~ Ann VosCamp, and,

66 ~ Lindsey Nobles, and,

67 ~ Lisa-Jo Baker,  for going and sharing so those of us who may not be able to go can still SEE and Do something. Like this through Compassion Bloggers, or this through World Vision, or maybe even this through Holt International!

I've been following these bloggers as they traveled to Guatemala City last week and I can't get the people or these verses out of my mind:

"This was the sin of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters were arrogant, overfed, and unconcerned; they did not care for the poor and the needy." Ezekiel 16:49

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27

68 ~ I am so grateful that it takes so little (from my perspective) to "release a child from poverty in Jesus name" by partnering with organizations like Compassion.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Multitude Monday

holy experience

49 ~ Crisp fallish mornings

50 ~ Blue skies full of bright cotton clouds

51 ~ my God who forgives my sins and hears my prayers

52 ~ time spent alone

53 ~ time spent with others

54 ~ the new Costco in town

55 ~ September birthdays

56 ~ the gift of praise

57 ~ our worship team at Redeemer's Fellowship

58 ~ our pastor

59 ~ Stacy & Connie

60 ~ Marian

Monday, August 23, 2010

Lani nui loa!

Halau Hula O Aulani  keiki (children)
Halau Hula O Aulani dancing Maori. This one's for you Siany!
Me, Amy Hanaiali'i (one of my favorite Hawaiian music artists!), John

I couldn't go to Hawaii this year, so guess what, Hawaii came to me! I just happened to see a commercial on TV last week telling about the First Annual Umpqua Hula & the Arts Multicultural Festival. Let me tell you, my jaw dropped and my heart raced! The next day I went out and bought our tickets for both days. What a weekend it was! I didn't even know we had the renowned Kumu (hula teacher), Pekelo Day, living near our little town! Students from his halau (hula school) here in town and all over southern Oregon came to participate. He even pulled some friendship strings and brought in award winning Hawaiian music artists to perform as well! Combined with our local Kuma Sharon Smith and her halau, Halau Hula O Aulani, the dancing and music was literally non-stop for two days. Oh yeah, it was lani nui loa (very much heavenly)!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Multitude Monday

The 37th anniversary of this day is August 18th, just two days away. So today for Multitude Monday, and in celebration of that long ago day, I'm going to share 37 ways my husband has blessed my life so far and one to grow on.  (The numbers start where I left off in my gratitude list.)

11 ~ Faithful to me

12 ~ Gentle

13 ~ Patient

14 ~ Makes me laugh

15 ~ Fun to be with

16 ~ Quick to say he is sorry

17 ~ Quick to forgive me

18 ~ Supports my dreams

19 ~ Always tells me to spend lots of money and have a good time when I go shopping

20 ~ Shops with me

21 ~ Loves our daughters

22 ~ Prays for our daughters

23 ~ Would give you his last dime

24 ~ Has given me his last piece of chocolate many times

25 ~ Longs to grow in faith

26 ~ Prays that others will do the same

27 ~ Cries with me

28 ~ Cries without me

29 ~ Always sees the good in others

30 ~ Has a servants heart

31 ~ Will drop what he's doing to help others

32 ~ Loves his dog and spoils her

33 ~ Spoils me

34 ~ Thinks I'm beautiful

35 ~ Laughs with and at me

36 ~ Works hard to maintain our yard and make it beautiful

37 ~ Pretends to put up with my cats but secretly loves them

38 ~ Pretends to listen country music 'for me' but secretly likes it

39 ~ Brings me flowers just because he loves me

40 ~ Feeds all the birds in our neighborhood

41 ~ Worked 30 long years to provide for his family without ever complaining (well, maybe a few times right before he retired!)

42 ~ Still works two days a week to provide for a few of our wants

43 ~ Offers to help around the house whenever he sees me working

44 ~ Took over dish washing duty when he retired

45 ~ Makes dinner one night a week, most of the time!

46 ~ Tries to listen to me even when I interrupt a program he's watching

47 ~ Buys me two candy bars when I ask for only one

48 ~ Tells me he loves me EVERYDAY!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


These are the places I've been to so far this summer...

~ All over Australia

~ The Appalachian Trail

~ The Alpujarras foothills in Spain

~ Haines, Alaska (pictured)

And these were my tour guides:

Bill Bryson ~ In a Sunburned Country

Bill Bryson ~ A Walk in the Woods

Chris Stewart ~ Driving Over Lemons

Heather Lende ~ If You Lived Here,I'd Know Your Name

Monday, August 09, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

I've been thinking about miracles and blessings and serving a lot lately. I serve a big God and I want to do big things, great things for him. I think it will take a miracle for me to do great things. But I think he has been trying to show me that little things can be big things too. And sometimes the little things are miracles. I just need to keep my heart and eyes open to see them. In serving him, in serving others, the most important thing is the attitude of my heart and the amount of love that goes into it.

With those thoughts in mind I have decided to join the Gratitude Community over at Holy Experience to help keep me focused on the many blessing in my life, big & small, and just as importantly, the ways I can be a blessing to others.

holy experience

1 ~ phone calls from my daughters

2~ remembering I don't need to fix dinner tonight because there are leftovers in the fridge

3 ~ a husband who is content to eat leftovers

4 ~ a husband who loves to garden and provide fresh produce for family and friends

5 ~ quiet times spent talking to God in prayer

6 ~ quiet times spent listening to God in prayer

7 ~ the assurance that God loves me just the way I am, but isn't finished with me yet

8 ~ two stacks of lovemade pillowcases, ready to be delivered. One for Conkerr Cancer, one for my grandsons

9 ~ traveling vicariously through books all summer long

10 ~ the sound of the breeze blowing through our maple tree on a cool summer afternoon

Well, that's ten down! Only 990 more to go, lol...

Monday, August 02, 2010

Ready, Set, SEW!

This is the fabric I chose to make pillow cases for the Craft Hope project #9 :: ConKerr Cancer. I've never made them before, but figured they couldn't be too hard. Then I found this easy-peasy-quick-as-a-wink tutorial on YouTube. Since I don't have a serger I finished them using french seams.

Seriously, these only take about 15 minutes to make so I'm going for more fabric today! Check out the tutorials below and let me know if you decide to make some.

French Seams (There are no raw edges to unravel with this method!)

1 ~Fold the pillowcase with the wrong sides together. Stitch 1/4" seams. Trim the seam allowances to 1/8".
2 ~Turn the pillowcase wrong side out and press. Stitch 1/4". That's it!
3 ~Turn so the right sides are out, press, and your pillowcase if finished :)

Fabric Requirements for the Easy Tube Pillowcase:

3/4 yard of bright 100% cotton print (if you are making these for Craft Hope/ConKerr Cancer)
1/3 yard of bright 100% cotton print (if you are making these for Craft Hope/ConKerr Cancer)
3" of bright 100% cotton print (if you are making these for Craft Hope/ConKerr Cancer) This is totally optional. I didn't use any for the two in the pictures.

I've read that the greatest need is for pillowcases that would appeal to boys and teenagers. You may want to keep that in mind when selecting your fabrics.

One finally note. After making mine I prewashed and ironed them so they will be ready for the Oregon area coordinator to deliver. You can find out your area's coordinator by checking here.

Friday, July 23, 2010

This morning...

I went out to the garden for my daily appointment with God. It's a commitment I made last September and one that I try my best not to miss. We usually meet in the spare room of my house, but the weather has been nice in the mornings lately so I decided to take advantage of that. As I sat there on my swing I couldn't help but think of this quote:

"One is nearer God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth." ~author unknown

It's such a lovely thought, but I'm so happy it isn't really true. My God is willing to meet with me anywhere and everywhere, and in fact, my heart is his home!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I love these guys!

"Christ said go and help the widows and the poor. It's really Christianity 101 and we should actually be doing it!" ~Duncan Phillips (of The Newsboys)

If you've been looking for a way to Go and Do you really should watch this video and check out this link. Then start praying about it for next summer...

They have a new CD out too!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


I was checking out my Bloglines this morning when I came across the Poladroid Project at Vintage Pleasure's blog. It's very cool. And now I don't have to keep kicking myself for passing up that Polaroid Swinger (exactly like the one I had as a teenager) at our church garage sale a couple of years ago!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sew busy!

I made this Jane Market Bag, another lunch size bag and a couple of little wallets this week. Feels good.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

My childhood friends and me at the foot of Lady Liberty this January. Little did we know only three of us would remain by Mother's Day. Now those memories are even sweeter. Give your loved ones some extra hugs as you celebrate today!

*This little guy just informed me that this is his favorite holiday "because it involves explosions!"

Friday, July 02, 2010

Sweet signs of summer

It drizzled as I picked these from our backyard this morning, rained a little later, and it is still cloudy and gray, but these remind me that it really is summer despite what the weather is doing!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Button Card Monday

I know, I know, it's Tuesday. What can I say? I finished this late last night and I needed better light for picture taking. Anyway... I love pretty much all things mid-century, so when I discovered Creative Breathing it was love at first sight! I just love the way she incorporates vintage images from cards & postcards into her art. She has hosted some of the coolest tag swaps. Like this one for example. I've been tempted to try and do one, but I feel intimidated by the quality of the art so when she posted this and asked for others to tag along I jumped right on board.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

If I were a post, I'd be totally random like this one.

Here's a fun twist on an old survey that floats around the internet from time to time. I saw it on Malissa's blog, Sleepy Hollow Folk Art, and decided to play along. Let me know if you decide to play along as well, or just leave me a comment with your own favorite "If I were" answer.

If I were a month, I'd be September .
If I were a day, I’d be Sunday.
If I were a time of day, I'd be 7:00 PM.
If I were a font, I’d be Vintage Typewriter.
If I were a sea animal, I’d be a dolphin.
If I were a direction, I’d be North.
If I were a piece of furniture, I'd be an easy chair.
If I were a liquid, I’d be honey.
If I were a gemstone, I'd be diamond.
If I were a tree, I’d be a redwood.
If I were a tool, I’d be a stapler.
If I were a flower, I’d be a peony.
If I were an element of weather, I'd the wind.
If I were a musical instrument, I’d be a cello.
If I were a color, I’d be deep red.
If i were an emotion, I’d be joy.
If I were a fruit, I’d be a pineapple.
If I were a sound, I’d be waves lapping on the shores of Hawaii.
If I were an element, I’d be oxygen.
If I were a car, I’d be a convertible.
If I were a food, I’d be dark chocolate.
If I were a place, I’d be Hawaii.
If I were material, I’d be flannel.
If i were a taste, I’d be dark chocolate.
If I were a scent, I’d be a tropical breeze.
If I were a body part, I’d be the heart.
If I were a song, I'd be a song of worship.
If I were a bird, I’d be a hummingbird.
If I were a gift, I’d be time.
If I were a city, I’d be Venice.
If I were a door, I’d be french.
If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be slippers.
If I were a poem, I’d make you ponder.

And here's one of my own:
If I were a summer day I'd look like the one in this post :)

Monday, June 07, 2010

"Stops Rain"

I saw this on Dawn's blog while blog hopping this morning and at first glance I thought it said, "Stops Rain." I guess my mind read it that way because I'm not in pain but, I am sick of the rain. The last time I mentioned that fact someone told me they love the rain in a tone that implied I was somehow inadequate. This is Oregon after all. Land of liquid sunshine. Land where people don't tan, they rust. Land of the web-footed humans and all that! So let me say in my defense, I love rain too! Seriously. As soon as fall is in the air I say bring on the rain. Winter? No problem, bring on the rain. (In fact, I'd rather have rain than gray skies.) Early spring? Let it rain. BUT, come late spring and certainly by early summer I say ENOUGH! Stop it already! It's time for a little sunshine. A little warmth. Even a little heat. I used to hate the heat until the summer we had none. Now I realize there is a time for every season. I just wish the rain realized it too!

{There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven... Ecclesiastes 3:1}

*I am more than happy to bring you this weather update:

Thursday, June 03, 2010

"Five fingers too"

This weekend my six year old grandson was drawing pictures of his family for a book he was writing; carefully counting out five fingers for each hand. When he came to his Bompa's (grandpa's) hands he stopped to ask me, "Do you guys have five fingers too?" Somehow I managed to answer without laughing, "Yes, grandparents have five fingers too."

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Remembering All Who Served

  Freedom Is Not Free
   By Kelly Strong

I watched the flag pass by one day. It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free

My daughter borrowed the picture & poem above for her blog today. I borrowed her sentiments below for mine :)

"Even with the freedoms and beliefs that I hold dear often threatened, and with all that is wrong with this country... I know that the price that has been paid for me to be free to voice my opposition, the price for me to take a stand when I see the need, the price that has been paid. It's value is one I find hard to say anything other than THANK YOU. This land we love may be imperfect, but the people who have fought to keep my freedoms available to me, the families who have given their loved ones whether I would say thank you or not, the men and women who wonder if they will ever come home again. No matter what their reason, or whether it is right or wrong that they are serving... They SERVE. When the government tells them they are needed, whether or not they agree, THEY SERVE. I have seen the scars that some of my friends and loved ones have returned with. I have witnessed the effects of scars that can't be seen with the eye. The price is high. You don't have to have lost your life to have paid dearly for this country and it's people. There are missed births. Missed childhood milestones. Broken marriages. Broken souls. The least I can do is say THANK YOU. Because the sacrifices they have given for nothing in return from me... they deserve my thanks. So THANK YOU. Thank you children. Thank you wives. Thank you mothers. Thank you fathers. Thank you brothers and sisters. I am forever grateful."

Saturday, May 22, 2010


I made this for a friend from church that just delivered this little sweetie last month. Is there anything more precious than a sleeping baby? Tell me if you know what is.

{ created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13-16}


And the guys at ImprovEverywhere. Fun stuff :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Red Thread Sessions

Rebecca Sower is sharing some tutorials for projects she's come up with using red thread over on her blog. She's calling them "The Red Thread Sessions." The first one was super cute and super simple so I've decided to try and keep up with the rest as well. I just love her art!

Friday, May 14, 2010

My favorite song right now

"I've loved this song since I first heard it. The honesty and vulnerability of the lyric reminds me that to pray means to come as I am, imperfections and all, because ultimately, God seeks communion with us, the real us... and that's freeing." ~Amy Grant.

Psalm 34:18 -
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." (New International Version)

"The Lord is there to rescue all who are discouraged and have given up hope." (Contemporary English Version)

"If your heart is broken, you'll find God right there; if you're kicked in the gut, he'll help you catch your breath." (The Message)

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Good times & Turkey Eggs

I had so much fun this weekend with my daughter Rachel!

It all began Friday with a trip to The Wren's Nest for this. But first we stopped in Eugene to look for vegetarian cookbooks because of this. I bought this one. And this one. I/we still plan on eating meat, but only from pasture-raised, hormone, antibiotic and chemical-free sources like this one we found Saturday right here in our own area. We were so happy to find this guy!

I bought these turkey eggs from him.

Yum! They taste just like chicken eggs. Seriously.

The Farmer's Market and Master Gardener's Plant Sale were the only places on our agenda Saturday, but naturally, like all good shoppers, we hit a few garage sales too. Enough to fill the CRV to the brim with treasures :)

I get to spend next weekend with my daughter Melea! More good times, I'm sure, but I don't think there will be more turkey eggs :)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Call me CrAzY!

Not only did I start another project today, I also set up a new blog for it. (Don't worry, M.Kate. I WILL finish your project. And Rachel, I liked your idea, but I thought it would be FUN to have another blog. Like I said, call me CrAzY!) This project involves inchies again, but this time they will be stitched. 100 of them! Lookie here if you want to play along.