Friday, October 30, 2009

Our House is For Sale!

After praying about it for about a year, we believe that it is time to put our house up for sale. We are planning to move to the area where Bob works but we are very open to whatever God has for us. Would you please pray for us? Especially, that we could walk in peace through this whole process. If you are interested in our house, please leave a comment and I'll get back to you. :)
We have a beautiful home and it will be hard in a way to leave it. But we believe that God is faithful to provide what we need for the next season of our life. He is leading us to walk by faith and not by sight. I find this challenging yet necessary. The right things are not always easy to do.
How is God directing you to walk by faith and not by sight? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Sickness had prevented us from heading up to North Georgia for a weekend visit. I had hoped to get some apples from the orchards while they were in season. Amazingly, our Wal-Mart had the exact variety of apples that I would have purchased in N. GA! So I bought several bags.

Here are the sliced apples already canned up.


Here are the rest of the apples cooking away for applesauce.

Applesauce is one of those "easy to can" items. It is oh, so good and fresh when it is homemade.

If you have never tried canning, apples and applesauce are a good place to start. They are water bath canned and it is pretty easy.

Happy Fall,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Craft Show ~ Fallfest

Here is our booth at the Fallfest. We got there early, around 7:30 am. You can see the pretty garland hanging on the edge of the tent.

This was my table of goodies. Julia made the adorable crocheted donuts and we decided to put them with the rest of the crocheted items.

Julia's jewelry table is eye-catching and pretty! It all looked so professional that people were stunned that this was done all by her. They often asked how long she had been displaying at shows and how many shows she did a year.

Overall, it was a good day. We did manage to sell some things. Other sellers said that they were slow, too. The good news was the weather. Rain had been forecasted for the whole day but the forecasters were wrong! Yay! Sunshine and blue skies ruled the day! It was quite warm, temps in the 90's. Except for the loud country music, the day went smoothly. I probably won't sell there again but it was a good experience and it was nice to see friends from town.
We will be posting many items on Etsy so if you were disappointed that you didn't make it to the Fallfest, just check out our Etsy shop and you can still buy these cuties! Just give us a few days to take the pictures and get them posted. You can find the shop here.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Cute, EASY, DIY Garland

This adorable garland is so easy to whip up you might put it at the bottom of your "to-do" party list!! I got the original idea from The Purl Bee and you can find the site here. I modified her instructions to make it even easier!

All you need is a charm pack of fabric squares and a sewing machine. Mine are 5 inch squares. (Similiar to this pack. It's not the one I used for the garland but just so you know what to look for in the store.)

I started the sewing with a small piece of ribbon in case I wanted to tie the garland to something. Fold the squares in half with the right sides out to make a triangle and sew down the long folded side about a 1/4 inch from the edge. Slightly overlap them at the tips and just keep sewing until you have the length of garland that you want.

Using fun, bright fabrics, you could make these for parties, to decorate a nursery or even decorate for the holidays. Just get the charms in seasonal fabrics and away you go!!

Happy creating!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

About Myself

My friend, Michelle, at She Looketh Well is having a giveaway. The only requirement is that you introduce yourself and then link back to her site, which you can find here.

So, here is a little bit about me.

Now, I have to admit right up front that I really don't like talking about myself but I will give this my best try.

I started blogging because my beautiful daughter, Julia, had a blog and had met so many nice, friendly young ladies that were sweet, like-minded and serious about God that I wanted to get in on the action and meet some women who were like that, too! And I have!! I was in need of some friendship and encouragement and have found so many nice women here in blogland.

Mainly, I write about what I am learning in my walk with God and the study of His Word. Occasionally, I will post tidbits about my projects or what is happening in our lives.

Here is my best friend and my husband, Bob. He is so good to me and we have a great relationship.

(I don't really love NY by the way, it's just tourist propaganda.....)
And these are my great children! Julia, Steven and Mark. They have been homeschooled all along and are a delight to me.

I have many hobbies and love to produce things. Sewing, quilting, crocheting, canning yummy food, beading, and reading top my list. "Function" is my favorite word, just ask my kids.... Pink is my favorite color with lavendar a close second. I am usually at home enjoying my life as a keeper at home.
Above all, I am a believer, a Christian since I was 12 yo. The Lord is my light and my first love. I seek to serve Him in all I do. I desire to fulfill my role as a Titus 2 woman and continue to grow daily in my walk with the Lord and in the knowledge of His Word.
I guess that about does it. Everything else is just fluffy stuff. :)
Now that I've introduced myself, how about you leave a comment and introduce yourself. I would love to get to know you!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Win-Win Attitude

The other night, my dear husband led our family in a teaching of Philippians 1. I gained a fresh perspective of this passage. Even though Paul was in prison, he had an amazing attitude.

He was thankful.
Php 1:3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

Php 1:4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Php 1:18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

Expectant, hopeful, not ashamed, bold.
Php 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

Throughout this chapter, we see that Paul has a win-win attitude. It doesn't matter to him that he is in prison. The leaders will see Christ. '

He doesn't mind that some are preaching Christ for the wrong motive. Christ is being preached!

Paul is content with either option of death or life. Life has a purpose, which is to strengthen the believers. But death would be glorious, for then he would be with the Lord.

Wow! Lately, I have not been walking in a win-win attitude. And I am not even in prison! My problems pale in comparison with Paul's situation. Lord, help me to have a win-win attitude and to walk in your peace.

May you have a win-win day and walk in His peace,

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fallfest Craft Items and a DIY

Our small town has a Fallfest every October. This year Julia and I are having a booth and hoping to sell a lot of our crafty things.

Here are the beaded watches that Julia designed and I put together. (Teamwork, it's a beautiful thing...)

I crocheted these earrings using embroidery floss or crochet thread. If you want the pattern, just let me know and I'll be happy to pass it along.
These are hot pads or potholders (depending where you live :). They are made from cotton yarn using two strands together and a large hook. Very fast and easy.
This item is used almost daily in our house. These are heating pads made from flannel material and corn. The corn holds the heat longer than rice or flax and smells nice, too.
Not pictured here is homemade peach jam that I plan to sell at the show.
Julia is selling her beautiful jewelry with lots of new designs and popular colors.
If you live nearby and want more info, just leave and comment and I will get it to you.
Hoping you have a productive day!

Friday, October 2, 2009

How to Change the Font of your Blog Post Titles, Sidebar Titles, and Dates

My sweet friend, Cindy, asked how to change the post titles to a prettier font. So Julia showed me a post she did on it. If you want to read her post, click here.

But she learned it from a tutorial on Click here to go to that post. The instructions are very detailed but it is somewhat challenging to do. But go ahead and give it a try. The results are worth the effort.

Besides, it's good for your brain to be challenged now and then. :)

Have fun,

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Road Not Traveled....Yet.

The journey continues but the path is a new one. It seems a little rocky right now. Not too hard but somewhat challenging. Occasionally, a bump or two lines the way.
Hopefully, there is a beautiful light at the end of the path, a rewarding place to rest.
We now have a daughter who has graduated high school and is continuing her education in her future role as wife and mother while still living in our home. She is not a child and neither is she an adult on her own. So the way is new and we have never been here before.
What Godly advice can you give me? Have you been down this path already and can give a guiding hand? I would love to hear your story and will carefully regard your advice.
Thank you,