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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Stampin' Time

The hot weather we've been having has been good for me - because it has driven me downstairs to my craft room where it is cooler. It's been a while since I've felt like crafting, but now that I've begun, I don't want to stop!

I've been having fun looking on Pinterest for card ideas to use as inspiration, and then even more fun creating my own cards.

If you click on each picture you will see one of my inspiration pins for each card. Of course, there were lots more. You just have to love Pinterest!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Saturday Supper

We had a special supper tonight - just to celebrate Saturday. This afternoon I found a recipe on Pinterest for Peach Cobbler. I got the ingredients out, followed the recipe to put everything in the pan, and put it in the oven. Next, I started the garlic green beans, using I recipe I had found online. We've had them once before- and they were so good, that I couldn't wait to make them again. Craig grilled some steaks, and I put together salads for us both. I also sauteed some  mushrooms and onions for Craig's steak.
 When everything was ready we sat down to eat a delicious meal while watching the end of the MN Twins game - and they won 9-3.
Here are some pictures of our special supper.

I started with a tsp of butter and a tbsp of olive oil in the pan. I added a can of portabella mushrooms, drained, and slices of onion. I sauteed them for a couple of minutes. Then I added 1/2 cup of beef broth and salt and pepper (to taste) covered the pan and let it all simmer for about 5 minutes. Then I removed the top and let the liquid cook down.

Click on the picture to get the recipe.  I added onions and bits of bacon.

Here's one of the salads. Doesn't that look yummy?

Here's Craig plate. A wonderful Saturday supper!

Peach cobbler.... I know it's not the best picture - but if you click on the picture you can get the recipe and see better pictures. We each had a piece while it was warm, and we had some vanilla ice cream on top.

Did you have a special supper recently? You don't need to have a special occasion to have a special supper.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Grad Cards

We were invited to a couple of high school graduation open houses this summer... and I jumped at the opportunity to use my Silhouette machine to make cards.
First I designed the letters, then made the box around it. I was able to join the letters together - but couldn't get the Silhouette to join the words to the border. So I just had the Silhouette cut out the whole thing, then glued the border to the cardstock first, before gluing the words. I glued white paper with a bit of a pattern border on the inside of the cards, and they were done!
A simple card, but fun because I made it!