Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DIY Paperweights

Last year we remodeled our kitchen. In the process I ended up with several samples of granite and solid surfaces. So tonight I decided to make paperweights out of them. I used my Silhouette machine to cut some words out of vinyl. After sticking the words on the squares, I glued felt on the back using E6000 glue.
So easy - and so cute!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Survival Kits

Last week the teachers all came back to school for workshop week. We had 15 new employees, so I decided to make something to give them as a fun welcome gift. After searching for ideas on Pinterest, I decided to make survival kits.
Of course, I didn't get a picture of the final product - but here is the card I put with each gift.

I found plastic pencil boxes at Wal-Mart, and put all the items from the list in the boxes.

I made special boxes for the new secretaries.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Where did the month of August go?

Today is August 31. The last day of August. Tomorrow is Labor Day. Wow!
Where did August go?

I turned on the computer so that I could write a new post, and I realized that I haven't posted since the end of July. So it's time to reflect on what's happened in the last month. Here are the highlights:

  • My brother and his family visited us at the beginning of August. They live in Japan, and we hadn't seen them since 2010 - so we had a lot of catching up to do. 
  • The same weekend that Mark and his family came to Minnesota there was a 75th anniversary party for our aunt Velyma and uncle Laurry. It was so nice to see my family and extended family! 

  • Craig and I went camping the second weekend of the month. We went to Scenic State Park near Bigfork, MN. It's a beautiful state park.

We forgot our coffeemaker, and our old fashioned coffeepot, so we had to improvise.
The coffee was good!

We did a lot of biking. Our favorite part of the park was seeing all the huge trees - some of which are over 200 years old (according to the park ranger.)

  • Craig started working on the office in his shop with the help of a friend from church.

  • Most of the month, for me, was taken up with work. Every week was busier than the week before.  All the teachers came back last week, so there were lots of extra meetings, etc. So pretty much all I did last week was work.

  • Our grandson, Andrew, turned 8 years old in August. 

  • The very most exciting that happened in August was that our son-in-law, Mardo, got his visa so that he, our daughter Carrie, and their son Micah can move to Minnesota from Guatemala! They arrive this coming Friday. So we have been getting ready for them to be here. We moved furniture around downstairs. Craig worked on framing in the windows in the living room so he wouldn't have to do it after they come. And today we bought a crib. 

  • God taught me several lessons in August - about keeping my eyes on Him; about being a new person in Christ - all the time, every moment of every day living for Him; about paying more; and the list goes on. I am so thankful that He never gives up on me - I fail so often but He lifts me up, sets me on my feet, and encourages me to try again. 

I am looking forward to September, to see the blessings God has in store for us in the coming month. I hope you are too.

What are the highlights of your August?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Flea Market, Silhouette and Mary Lou

Last weekend I went to a flea market in Crosslake, and I found a enamel cast iron skillet that was perfect for Mary Lou (our vintage camper.) So today I went out to find the perfect place to hang it. Craig and I found the place, but decided that I needed to add a little decoration to it.
So I got out my computer and my Silhouette machine, and created a vinyl design, which I then attached to the skillet. I just love my Silhouette!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Quick Card Making

 Yesterday I wanted to make some cards. I went back to my board on Pinterest and found a card I wanted to try to make - but I decided right from the beginning to make more than one of the same style. So I picked out paper for 5 cards - first I cut the two background papers. Then I punched out the stars with a punch from Creative Memories. I picked out cardstock for the card, and I found stamps with sayings that would fit on the card. I assembled all five cards, and then got out my box of embellishments and found some buttons and gems to put in the centers of the star. After attaching them, I was done. I know that making 5 cards of the same design took way less time than making five different cards... and it was fun to make them each unique with my choices of papers, stamps and embellishments. (If you want to see my inspiration from Pinterest, click here.)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Percy's Playpen

Percy loves being outside. Up until last weekend whenever we had him outside he was on a leash. We've been working with him, training him to come when we call, and to stay close by - but we couldn't trust that he'd come back if he took off after a chipmunk or other animal. So we tried tying his leash to the deck, but he'd get all tangled. Last summer Craig tied the leash to a snow shovel, and Percy dragged it all over the yard. This summer Percy was tied to a five gallon bucket - but he'd still manage to drag it into the woods, and we'd have to go in and untangle him time and time again.
So Craig finally decided to put up a fence. We went to a garage sale a couple of weeks ago and picked up some 4 feet metal posts, and then we went to Menard's and got 4 foot high garden fencing. Craig made a wooden gate and put some posts in the ground for the gate. Last Sunday we put up the fence. Everything was going great until about 3 PM when the mosquitoes, deer flies and horse flies descended. I tried to hang in there, but they were biting me all over, and were driving me crazy. I made it until we got the fencing to the last post, and then Craig finished up while I escaped into the house.
Since then Percy has spent hours out in his "playpen" - the fenced in area. He loves laying out there just watching the world around him. It is nice for us too, because we don't have to worry about having him run away, and we don't have to get him untangled all the time.
Of course, when I went to take his picture he went and hid behind the bushes :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Put On Your Armour

Last Sunday the youth leader at our church gave the sermon. His text was Ephesians 6 and he used his experiences as a Marine in the reserve corps as examples. He talked about how we are in a battle - a spiritual battle. We know that God has victory, but we will still have battles on our lives. He had these three main points to have victory over the spiritual battles in our lives:

  1. Know your enemy. Satan, the father of lies, is our enemy. His main weapon is lying. He gets to know our weaknesses and uses lies in targeting those weaknesses. We need to learn where our weaknesses are, so that we can begin to strengthen ourselves and be ready.
  2. Know the chain of command. Marines learn that their chain of command starts with the President of the United States, and goes on down from there. They learn to take orders from all superior officers. The Marines know that they are fighting for the freedom of all Americans. As Christians, we take our marching orders from God. We also know that we do not battle on our own, but that the battle is really God's.
  3. Know your weapon. When someone becomes a Marine they are issued a M16. That weapon is to go everywhere with them. They eat with it, they sleep with it. They learn how to clean it, shoot it, repair it. They know that weapon inside out. As Christians we have been given a weapon - the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. As I thought about this, the picture came to my mind of the light sabres in the movie Star Wars. That light sword is bright with the power of "the force". Since we're fighting a spiritual battle, we need a spiritual weapon and it's a powerful because it's from God. It's the Word of God. Hebrews 4:12 says,
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged
sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

We need to know our weapon. How do we do that? We need to read God's Word, the Bible, every day. We need to meditate on it, and memorize it. Finally, when the lies come (and they will) we need to use the verses we've studied and memorized to combat the lies. God's word is TRUTH. God's Word is LIGHT - just like the light sabre from Star Wars. The lies cannot stay in the light and truth of God's Word. They are defeated in our lives as we use our one offensive weapon- the Word of God.

Read Ephesians 6:10-17 for yourself. 
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Now get in the ready position - put on your armour, take up your sword and experience victory in your life through the power of the God of the universe, who loved you so much that He sent His Son to die on a cross to win the ultimate battle against sin.