Monday, September 4, 2017


When we start collecting we never know where it will lead or what causes us to collect something in the first place. I have always loved blue and white pieces just never thought about collecting it.
I started out with some small pieces and moved on to larger things.

When someone would ask me what I wanted I would say, Oh, just anything blue and white. I have a neighbor who helped me out a lot - when I told her I was starting a collection of blue and white we went to her garage and she had a box full she was going to give away and I just came along at the right time. Well that helped my collection grow into what I have today.

I just added a new piece the other day. A small shoe from Holland that didn't make the picture.
Enough about my collection. What do you collect? Let's share with each other.

Til we meet again,

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bible Journaling

Hello friends,

I hope some of you are still out there after all this time. It has been a long, long time since I wrote anything since I lost my husband in 2012. These last 5 years have been rough. Not only did I lose him I also lost my dog Pennie in 2013.  He had given her to me for my birthday the year we were married in 1999. She was almost 15 when she died. Then the next year, in 2014, I lost my cat, Maverick, that he brought home from a jobsite on the day before Thanksgiving the next year. But as we all know life must go on. So let's fast forward to the year 2017 and move forward.

I have started many projects during this time and I guess my favorite right now is bible journaling. I purchased an English standard version single column journaling bible. I really do like it because it is so easy to read and work in.

I love the columns that give you a place to write. I make sermon notes at church on Sunday and also do some drawings. You can take a verse and expand on it by drawing or just writing out the verse. Sometimes it takes a while to decide which one to do. In the beginning I would look for inspiration on Pinterest. There is so much out there. All you have to do is look or maybe even google the subject of bible journaling and you can find a lot. Hopefully within the next year I will have a lot done.

Washi tape on the edges at the beginning of each book.
I went to a journaling class at my local Lifeway Bookstore and got the idea of using the Washi tape from someone who was there.

This is some of the artwork I've been doing. Sometimes it take a while to decide which verse to do. I look for inspiration on Pinterest. You can get some good ideas and a lot of the ones on there you can download and just trace on the bible pages. I use Prismacolor colored pencils to color with. To me they are one of the best. The colors blend very easily and the lead is soft so it colors real well especially on the thin pages of the bible.

This was the first one. After I did it I was hooked and would sometime look until late at night trying to decide which one would be next.
This is one of my favorites.

One of my favorite verses.
I have a lot more work to do on this. Hopefully I can share some more at another time.  Feel free to comment and if you are not a follower I would love for you to joining me on this my next journey of my life. We never know where it will lead.

 Hope you have a blessed day.
Til we meet again....

Friday, April 6, 2012

He Is Risen

Friday would have been the day Jesus was crucified on the cross. On the third day...
what an awesome day it was when our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
It will be another awesome day when He returns. Let's not forget why we celebrate Easter.
"Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when we think not." Luke 12:40.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Til we meet again,

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

In Memory Of

First let me say hello to all my blogging friends. It's been so long since my last post I don't know hardly how to begin.

It has been a hard last 5 months. In October of last year my husband found a knot on the right side of his neck and after several test it was determined that it was cancer. They also found a spot on the backside of his left lung. He went thru radiation and chemo for about 3 1/2 months for the place on his neck. They ran some more test and said his neck looked good. We were going to wait about 3 weeks and then start treatment on the lung. He was feeling much better, but you know that God is in control and he said it was time for him to come home. I lost him on Friday morning, March 23rd. The doctors said it was not the cancer that took him, but that his heart was so weak from all the treatments that it just couldn't keep up with his body. I'm thankful for one thing, he didn't lay and suffer for a long time with cancer. I miss him everyday so much, but he is in a much better place and we will meet again one day.

Please keep our family in your prayers.

Til we meet again,

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Autumn Tag Swap

The first picture is the tag from my new friend in California and the next two pictures of tags is the one I made for her.
What a fun time I have had participating in the Autumn Tag Swap over at It's A Very Cherry World. Some of us had no idea what we were doing, like me, but we tried anyway. Thanks for your ideas.

I was so excited to be making an autumn tag. This was my first try, but I'm sure it won't be the last. First I looked for something stiff enough to make a tag out of. Well, I was in luck because I had just decided to bake a cake and when I emptied the cake flour box there it was, the perfect piece of cardboard. I cut out the tag and proceeded to find something to go on it when I remember that my tag was going to a bear lover. I found a picture of The Three Bears strolling thru the woods, so with a little paper, some glitter and some old buttons from my collection I was in business.

My tag would be going to Linnea in California at Neabear's Sewing and Craft Mess. It has been so much fun learning to make tags. Can't wait to see what everyone has created.

When the mail came on Monday my tag arrived from Linnea in California. I love my tag. It is soooo sweet. I love the colors. I can't wait for the trees to be turning all the oranges, browns, and reds we see here. Then I will take some pictures to share.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week and go over to see all the tags that were made for the autumn tag swap at It's A Very Cherry World. Thanks Sue, you are the greatest.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Til we meet again,

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Part 3 The rest of the story.......

They told me before I left home to bring clothes for cool, rainy weather. Well I didn't really need my rain gear for it only rained one day the entire two weeks we were there. We traveled everyday to someplace special. I really can't say which day was the best because all of them were fun.

We saw several of the cathedrals, and all of them were beautiful. We saw Stonehenge, King Arthur's roundtable, the ships in Portsmouth, London Bridge, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the beautiful countryside, shopping at Harrod's Department Store, Windsor Castle and many more places and things. This picture was made outside Windsor Castle.

Yet, still the best part of my trip was spending time with my mother and getting to know her and my half sister. We would stay up late at night and just talk. She had planned to come to the states several different times but everytime something would come up so they couldn't make the trip. I was so fortunate to get to go see her.

My half-sister and her husband ran a pub called The Coach and Horses. We would go there and meet with some of their friends and just sit and talk and eat some of the best English cooking. My sister was the chef and everything was so delicious.

My new friend at the pub..... She was so friendly.

You see I could just ramble on and on about my trip. When I think about it the memories just come flooding back as if it were yesterday but this story must come to a close.

When we left for the airport that morning there were a lot of mixed emotions. I really didn't want to say goodbye not knowing if I would ever see her again, but I knew I had to.

We ran into alot of air turbulence on the way home and it made the trip a little rough. It was a long trip, but I was so glad to see my family and friends. I took so many pictures and the memories will be with me forever.

Well you see, that was the last time I got to see my mother because she got sick in November of that year and died in December. I will never forget the wonderful times we had together.


Hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Til we meet again....

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

On my way to England

And the story continues.......
I decided to make the trip in September. I had a friend at work that love to travel and he said he would fly over with me and then fly on to Germany for the second week of our trip. I had to get a passport and after that we got our tickets. I was so excited about going. Things were finally coming together. They did a story in our local newspaper about my trip to see my mother. You see it had been nearly 50 years since she had seen me. I was very nervous and excited at the same time.

We boarded the plane in Atlanta, GA and flew all night. Not only was I nervous but also excited about the trip. I was scared about flying for you see I had only been on a plane one other time, it was much smaller and a 3 hour trip. Some of the people aboard the plane slept including my friend so I had plenty of time to think and get more nervous. I think that is what probably made me a little sick. A stewardess saw that I was not feeling well and ask if I needed something. I told her I was nervous and felt a little sick. She carried me to the back of the plane and got me something to drink and some crackers to eat. We decided it was only a case of nerves after I told her why I was going to England. It wasn't long before I was calm and ready to go back to my seat.

We had a good flight over and by the time the plane landed everyone knew why I was going to England. When we landed at Heathrow airport in London it seemed like it took forever to get our bags and go thru customs. And then the long walk to where people were waiting.They were suppose to be holding a sign up with my name on it but they forgot it but we had no trouble recognizing each other. The tears began to flow as we ran to each other. It was as if we already knew each other. She was so easy to talk to. At the airport along with my mother was a half sister and my mothers' husband. They had only been married about 2 months.

So here we are. Our first picture together. Peter on the left, my mother,Jean, in the center, my half sister Jenny in the background and I am on the right. As you can see we are very happy. They had planned a wonderful 2 weeks for traveling over the countryside.

More to come....

Have a blessed day.
Til we meet again...