Friday, October 31, 2008

Message Sent From A Friend

A friend sent this for me to consider and reflect on. I thought I would post it. What do you think about it?

A Christian German Sends a Warning to Americans - Hymn to Hitler by Lori Kalner

In Germany , when Hitler came to power, it was a time of terrible financial depression. Money was worth nothing. In Germany people lost homes and jobs, just like in the American Depression in the 1930's, which we have read about in Thoene's Shiloh books. In those days, in my homeland, Adolph Hitler was elected to power by promising "Change." He blamed the "Zionists" around the world for all our problems. He told everyone it was greedy Zionist Bankers who had caused every problem we had. He promised when he was leader, the greedy Zionist bankers would be punished. The Zionists, he promised, would be wiped off the face of the earth. So Hitler was elected to power by only 1/3 of the popular vote. A coalition of other political parties in parliament made him supreme Leader. Then, when he was leader, he disgraced and expelled everyone in Parliament who did not go along with him.

Yes. Change came to my homeland as the new leader promised it would. The teachers in German schools began to teach the children to sing songs in praise of Hitler. This was the beginning Of the Hitler Youth movement.
It began with praise of the Fuhrer's programs on the lips of Innocent children. Hymns in praise of Hitler and his programs were being sung in the schoolrooms and in the play yard. Little girls and boys joined hands and sang these songs as they walked home from school. My brother came home and told Papa what was happening at School. The political hymns of children proclaimed Change was coming to our homeland and the Fuhrer was a leader we could trust.I will never forget my father's face. Grief and fear. He knew that the best propaganda of the Nazis was sung on the lips of little children.That evening before he said grace at the dinner table, he placed his hands upon the heads of my brothers and me and prayed the Living Word upon us from Jeremiah 1:4-5' Now the Word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."Soon the children's songs praising the Fuhrer were heard every where on the streets and over the radio: "With Our Fuhrer to lead us, we can do it! We can change the world!"

Soon after that Papa, a pastor, was turned away from visiting elderly parishioners in hospitals. The people he had come to bring comfort of God's Word, were "no longer there."Where had they vanished to while under nationalized healthcare? It became an open secret. The elderly and sick began to disappear from hospitals feet first as "mercy killing" became the policy. Children with disabilities and those who had Downs syndrom were euthanized. People whispered, "Maybe it is better for them now. Put them out of misery. They are no longer suffering. And, of course, their death is better for the treasury of our nation. Our taxes no longer must be spent to care for such a burden."And so murder was called mercy. The government took over private business. Industry and health care were "nationalized." (NA-ZI means National Socialist Party) The Businesses of all Jews were seized. (Perhaps you remember our story in Berlin on Krystalnacht in the book Munich Signature)The world and God's word were turned upside down. Hitler promised the people economic Change? Not change. It was, rather, Lucifer's very ancient Delusion leading to Destruction.What began with the propaganda of children singing a catchy tune ended in the deaths of millions of children. The reality of what came upon us is so horrible that you in this present generation cannot imagine it.Our suffering is too great to ever tell in a book or show in a black and white newsreel.

When I spoke to Bodie about some of these things, she weptand said she could not bear to write them. Perhaps one day she will, but I asked her, "who could bear to read our suffering?"Yet with my last breaths I warn every Christian and Jew now in the name of the Lord, Unless your course of the church in America is spiritually changed now, returning to the Lord, there are new horrors yet to come.I trembled last night when I heard the voices of American children raised in song, praising the name of Obama, the charismatic fellow who claims he is the American Messiah. Yet I have heard what this man Obama says about abortion and the "mercy killing" of tiny babies who are not wanted. There are so few of us left to warn you. I have heard that there are 69 million Catholics in America and 70 million Evangelical Christians. Where are your voices? Where is your outrage? Where is passion and your vote? Do you vote based on an abortionist's empty promises and economics? Or do you vote according to the Bible? Thus says the Lord about every living child still in the womb."Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,and before you were born I consecrated you."I have experienced the signs of the politics of Death in my youth. I see them again now.Christians! Unless you stand up now, you will lose your freedom of religion.

In America priests and preachers have already lost their freedom to speak openly from their pulpits of moral danger in political candidates. They cannot legally instruct you of which candidate holds fast to the precepts of scripture! American law forbids this freedom of speech to conservative pastors or they will lose their "tax exempt" status. And yet I have heard the words of Obama's pastor damning America ! I have heard the words of Obama damning and mocking all of you in small towns because you "cling to your religion."But I am a woman whose name is unknown. My life is recorded as a work of fiction. I have no fear of reprisal when I speak truth to you from the pages of a book. (Though the Zion Covenant books are mocked and condemned by the left in America .)I am an old woman and will soon go to be with my Lord. I have no fear for myself, but for all of you and for your children, I tremble. I tremble at the hymns to a political leader which your children will sing at school. (Though even now a hymn or a prayer to God and our Lord Jesus is against the law in public school!)Your vote must put a stop to what will come upon America if Barrack Obama is elected. I pray you will personally heed this warning for the sake of your children and your grandchildren. Do not be deceived.The Lord in Jeremiah 1:7-8 commands every believer to speak up!"Do not say, 'I am only a youth,' to all whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them for I am with you, declares the Lord!"

I am in Prayer for you, and for the Church! Lori Kalner

Finished Accordion Book

Hello Heather: I have enjoyed TW making your accordion book.
I will be making more. This was so easy, once you get everything
down and in place. The pic is not very good but you can see the
beads along the spine of the book.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pinwheel Pocket

my little art post for the day. Pinwheels
They are pretty small. I guess you could
call them miniatures.

Dutch Sheets' Prayer Request

I've seen many blogs voicing their opinion and beliefs on the election in the US. I've even watched French editors of newspapers state they should have a right to vote on the American elections bc of the effects globally. But they would never vote for a black president so they are glad America is moving to do something they would never do.

I made a decision today to post this letter from Dutch Sheets requesting we pray. Some that read my blog are pagan, some are Christian, some are neither, or have no opinion but "as for me and my house we will serve the Lord" as stated in Joshua 24:15.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but more and more I see the only group not allowed to voice their opinion is the Christian. Or if they state it they are attacked unmercifully.

Here is the letter if you choose to read it. Since you get to choose you can't be offended by it. You can close this blog and decide not to visit me again. But again it is your choice.

From Dutch Sheets October 20, 2008

Dear Praying Friend,

In 2000, I wrote the 2nd most important letter of my life—a call to prayer for the elections of that year. I'm now writing what may be my most important letter. I knew the importance of those elections in 2000 was beyond any in my life up to that point and that the spiritual warfare surrounding them would be unlike anything any of us had ever seen. That letter was read by millions of people and I believe millions of them responded by praying. I also believe the prayers turned the tide.

You may question whether President Bush was the right choice; obviously, he has made some blunders in his tenure as president. But two of his decisions alone left no doubt he was God's choice: Roberts and Alito. These two Supreme Court Justices have proven critical in the process of breaking the hold of humanism, death and anti-God agendas that have ruled the Court for 50 years. I assure you that more devastation—the shedding of innocent blood, immorality, decay of the family and an erosion of our godly heritage—has flowed into our nation through that institution than any other door in America. The poison allowed into America through their decisions is beyond any of our abilities to articulate.
The reality in America is that you don't need to control Congress or the White Hose to rule the nation. You only need 5 people – 5 out of 9 on the Supreme Court. And for decades those who disagree with just about everything you and I stand for have been in control!

In Bush's two terms, the process of turning this around began with the appointments of Roberts and Alito. Now, we win some cases 5-4 and lose some 4-5. (We barely outlawed partial birth abortion. The vote of one judge saved thousands of babies from this horror.) We need one more conservative Justice for a consistent majority, then more to build a strong major majority.
In Obama's own words, "the next president will appoint at least one, perhaps two or more Supreme Court Justices." He's right. Almost certainly two or more older, liberal Justices are waiting until after the elections to retire, in hopes of Obama winning and appointing more liberals to replace them. And he certainly would. He voted against the confirmation of Roberts and Alito. So did Biden. And Biden led the fight against Justice Thomas several years back, another of the 4 solid conservatives. Make no mistake about it, the two of them do have a litmus test for Supreme Court Justices, and a major part of that test is Roe vs. Wade.

McCain and Palin, on the other hand, both have very strong pro-life positions. This alone makes the choice for President simple. To vote for the 2nd and 3rd most liberal senators (Obama and Biden), both of whom are firmly and blatantly pro- abortion, would be unconscionable. Obama has actually said that if he wins, he would like his first action as president to be the signing of the Freedom of Choice Act, which would eliminate every other law against any aspect of abortion (partial birth abortion, parental notification, etc., etc.). And with a democratic majority in the House and Senate, pretty much any legislation he and Biden want to pass will be a slam-dunk. There are many other unrighteous positions they hold but this position alone makes the choice easy. If they win this election, it will set America back decades in the cause of life and the restoration we seek.

Just as many of you do, I too, want to see a first black President, but not Senator Obama. To allow that noble and godly desire, the economy or one's position on the war to trump this issue of life and death for the innocent unborn is simply wrong. The scriptures teach that if we choose first to exalt righteousness and turn from evil, God promises to heal our land (see Proverbs 14:34; 2 Chronicles 7:14). It is righteousness that exalts a nation, not wealth, prosperity or armies. If we will finish the process of removing the curses of death and anti-God laws off of America by electing a president that will continue to shift the Court, God will grace us with breakthrough in other areas such as the economy, the war against terrorism, etc. My faith is not in a person, and certainly not a political party, for the healing of America, but I know God's word and His ways well enough to know that our decisions do move Him to action or inaction.

Now to the heart of my reason for writing this letter (I realize I am "preaching to the choir"—most of you who know or listen to me are conservative enough to vote for McCain and Palin.) I have not written any appeals for prayer concerning this election because:

1) Others have, and

2) I believe our movement has matured to the point that the prayer base of the Church is already praying.

But I now feel the need to raise my voice. I am appealing to you to pray for these elections the next two weeks like you've never prayed for any in the past.
Faithfully. Passionately. Boldly. Ask God for His mercy and grace. We deserve His judgment for removing His influence and authority from our government, schools, homes and businesses; for the killing of 50 million babies; for leading the world in the consumption and exporting of pornography; for passing laws to reject His; etc. But mercy triumphs over judgment and in His wrath He remembers mercy. In 2000 we actually lost the popular vote and won the election—talk about grace! Please pray for this grace to be released again.

But I am also asking you for something more than normal prayer. For those of you who understand spiritual warfare, I am asking you to also include this aspect of prayer. There is no doubt that we have entered a Daniel 10 moment in time: "Then he said to me, 'Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, I have come in response to your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia'" (Daniel 10: 12-13 NAS). The spiritual warfare in this election is incredibly fierce, and just as it was in Daniel's day, is all about the restoration of a nation. And also like Daniel, we must keep praying until we win the battle in the heavens.

In August of this year I predicted that September would mark a shift in momentum for these elections. This happened with the appointment of Sarah Palin as the Vice Presidential nominee (who is a true Esther in our generation), but when the economy began its meltdown and the media ramped up their unprecedented attacks on Palin, that momentum wasn't sustained. But we can see it turn again if we approach this battle as the spiritual warfare it truly is and bind the evil forces involved (see Matthew 16:18-19). The reality is that this election can be the breakthrough we need to fully shift the Court (and ultimately our nation) or it will be an immeasurable setback that could take many years to reverse—if ever.

Please understand what I am saying: if we engage in this battle and do what I am asking—in mass—we will win; if we do not, we will lose. I, for one, don't intend to allow the latter. I am in Washington, D.C. now (October 20-22) with Lou Engle and a team of prayer leaders from around the nation to war for this election. Join us! Lose some sleep, miss some meals—pray! Pray like never before for these elections. And as you do, involve yourself not only in petitioning prayer but also in spiritual warfare. Use your God-given authority over the plans and strategies of satan's kingdom. Bind all witchcraft that is working to control the outcome, including occultic powers that are suppressing truth. Release Christ's Kingdom rule in every way the Holy Spirit leads you.

Don't be deceived and don't lose hope (if you have to, turn off the TV.) It is not too late to turn these elections. God is plenty powerful enough to do so. The real question is will we rise to the level of prayer and spiritual warfare necessary to release that power. And remember, we don't need a majority of Christians who are willing and able to do this—only a praying remnant. We can do it!

Here are some practical suggestions to consider:

1) Fast (a meal a day; a day a week; a Daniel fast; 3 days; 10 days; TV; etc.) and spend the time praying.

2) Agree in prayer with someone everyday for God's will to be done.

3) Form/participate in prayer groups regularly. Churches could pray everyday.

4) Take time in every gathering to pray. (Take 15 minutes in every service to pray for the elections. Turn an entire service to harp and bowl style intercession—worship and prayer combined.)

5) Join 2 or more on a conference call and pray for 15, 20, or 30 minutes.

6) Pray on the way to work (and on the way home).

7) Pray before you go to sleep.

8) Pray before church services.

9) Ask God to give you His strategy—He will!

In His grip,
Dutch Sheets

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Felted BIrd

a little project with a deadline. My felted birds are just
taking shape. I want them to have a lot of bling. Actually
it is supposed to be a hen.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Old LP Records

While at my local library I was browsing the Friends section
again and came across old LP records. I bought this one for
.25c because I loved the cover. Actually I loved the ladies
dress. Anyone have an old record player? Gone digital. I
may end up altering the record. who knows where i will go
with this.

Monday, October 27, 2008


I painted my sketch paper, let it dry then cut it according to Heather's directions for folding it into a book. Then she posted how to make the cover and back. So far so good. My cover is left over from St Paddy FAT trade this year. Never throw anything away. This is addicting.
The name of my little book: Key2S"u"ccess -Smile.
The key is "U". I am going to run the ribbon down one page and attach the key to it. Then I think I will make a vellum pocket on one page to slide the key into.
I'm off to make more paper and check Michelle's TW project. It might be made into a book too.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Eye Luv Loosely

The caption is a play on the ole' tv show - "I Love Lucy" starring
Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo. This is my soul journal #8 intuitive
page. You were to glean pics from magazines that caught your
attention. Then using NO words on the page do a layout. Give
me your opinion on why I chose the pics I did? I enjoyed tearing
out the pics but then i used scissors to cut the orange arch and
the dress form. Why be precise on those two?

Why did I choose all the legs?
Some were covered up by Lucy.
Why did I choose Lucy's imitator?
Why place the dress form on the skirt?
Why did I highlight her with an arch?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Care Package

OH Wanda sent this great care package and it arrived yesterday.
Thank you ever so much for my doll. I am definitely priviledged
to be blessed with her. Do you see the angel at the bottom?
And Wanda's kitties were so thoughtful; they sent Bear a goodie
package - a bag of treats. He was so excited and of course tore
right into the bacon strips. Well not really - I gave him only two.

And the skeleton straw - he is just the cutest thing. Even the
paper its wrapped in is great. I can use it to make some great ATCs.
I am so grateful for my dear friends that I have met online. The artists are caring, giving and so full of life - willing to encourage others.
Thank You Wanda

Friday, October 24, 2008

Oak Tag by Stacey

Sandy shared on her blog that Stacey is having a give-away. Check out her blog - that's one way to get to know more of the wonderful bloggers online.

And while checking out new bloggers in my world, but not necessarily new to blogging; Christy is a fantastic web designer, altered book artist and wonderful journaler.

Have a great day, I am off today and have many errands to get finished. (sigh) I would rather be reading or making art. Deadlines are looming and i need to get in to my art room.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Light Reading

I have had much time to reflect on what is really important to me. I'm not able to go upstairs and wrap my mind around another art project. I have two books that seem to keep compelling me to open the pages and dig deeper. Larry Julian's GOD IS MY CEO, following God's principles in a bottom-line world and FINDING GOD BEYOND HARVARD - The Quest for Veritas by Kelly Monroe Kullberg.

No matter how this election goes I know in my own conscience I must vote Pro-Life. That is the final and most important factor for me. Psalm 139 says it all - He knew you before you were in your mother's womb. I know what it is to grow up poor and I know what it is to live with a middle-class income and prosperity.

BUT do I know, really know, what it means to TRUST the ONE TRUE GOD for everything in my life.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Knot Your Mom's Slippers

Monday I received a beautiful pair of handmade slippers in the mail. I
just love the colors - turquoise blue and chocolate. Leilani made them
and sent them as a "get well" gift bc of my doggie's surgeries.

She has the most adorable babies. She is a new mommy with a gorgeous,
and personable little angel girl. Thank You so much Leilani. My tootsies
tend to get cold on the wooden floors. They feel great.

I like this quote from - Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)

"Your vision will become clear
Only when you look into your
own heart.
He who looks outside dreams.
He who looks inside
I feel like I've been in a dream-state for some time now. While dreaming is good I do want to live in the real and now. I'm looking inside and the feeling is "empty." Probably all this
is brought on this morning bc my dog was standing up and just fell over. It scared me and stunned me at the same time. I called the vet and she said the morphine-type drug needs to be cut back. My dog probably became so relaxed that he just fell over. Thank God he fell over on the good leg and not the healing leg.
Well today is a new day and a day to be lived in the fullest. I think I will take a shower and spend some time thanking God for all He has given to me. Keep praying for my oldest son
he still is looking for a job. His music is going great. He was headed back to the beach to meet with a radio person. As he was going out the door last night he just kind of slide that comment out. I need to check and see if he is making contact to take another step with his music.
At 12:30am my middle son was finishing up his shift and called to ask if we were still up. Oh I was sleeping so good and his dad had long since retired to bed. But he was excited to bring a gift to his dad. The police dept have these beautiful collector medallions and he had purchased one for his dad. On the back the statement made: Protection and Prevention through Professionalism.
Give the gift of yourself to someone today through a little smile, a kind word or a simple gesture like opening the door for someone.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Focal Point

Yesterday after dropping my dog off for surgery I needed to run by
the library to return an interlibrary loan book. I stopped by the
Friends of the Library section and found a great little book for .50
cents; regular $22.99. It was in perfect condition. Focal Point is from
the editors of Memory Makers books. Lots of great techniques in it - artistic altering, embellishments, sensational surfaces - are just a few
of the chapter titles. Now to find the time to really browse through -
oh who am I kidding, I can't browse through. I really want to try the
techniques as I read them. (sigh) oh for another day, but not today.

So don't forget to check out this section at your local library. You can really get some great bargains for almost nothing. And when you are finished you can always take it back, donate it again for someone else to buy it. How's that for recycling.

Answer to Prayer
My vet did not charge me for her fee doing the surgery again. I can't believe she did that. My son just explained why it is so important to watch my dog for signs of pneumonia. While in surgery he had vomitted causing it to go back down into his lungs. My son said it could be several weeks to be concerned with pneumonia. I realized when the vet said something it was critical just not how critical.
My doggie seems to be very perky today but then morphine-type drugs give that false sense. I am grateful to God for all He does for me.
One of the hardest things to do - use a band to wrap under his belly and help him walk outside so he does not put full pressure on that leg. I realized why that bothered me last night - our first Bear was 13 years old and began to have seizures. He was so helpless - we had to help him outside in his last days. Boy, I am glad God finally showed me why that bothered me to the point of anxiety. With that knowledge brings healing for me.

Monday, October 20, 2008

2nd Surgery

I thought this vintage sewing pic was interesting. I may use it on one of the round robin altered book pages I am doing in the IW group. There
are so many inspirational women we can look back in history to and use as examples. I'll post two of the pages I finished for Toni's book maybe tomorrow.

If you could pick a time frame to
have lived in would you have
picked now?

I am off in a few hours to drop my doggie off at vet for second surgery. Mentally I don't know if I can handle this long road to recovery. But one day at a time, bite sized, I may be able to look at and work through.

Toughest part: having to help him outside, using a sling to lift him up. And knowing he has not been able to drink water since his first surgery. We have to mix it with something for him to stay hydrated. This is teaching me so much about myself - drink plenty of water. I went to work on Saturday evening and didn't take anything to drink. I thought I would perish. Hubby brought me a peppermint tea, nice and warm, on a cold evening. But I was still craving water.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Love of a Father

My hubby and I went to see the movie "Fireproof". After purchasing our tickets we ran into another state police officer my hubby knew. His mother had suggested he and his wife go to the movie while she watched her grandbaby. Sounds like a great deal to me. They ended up sitting
behind us in the theatre.

The father in the movie reminded me of my hubby with our sons. He is wonderful and loves to encourage them. Caleb reminded me of my middle son, the police officer. He runs to his dad for advice and encouragement.

My friend said she found the book of dares at Walmart and purchased 2 copies for herself and hubby. I must stop by there and see if they have any copies left. Has anyone else seen the book?

We still want to take our sons or treat them to the movie with their girlfriend and wife. I cried mostly bc it touched my heart so much that a father would care for his son and want to see his son's marriage succeed. The defining factor - his relationship with Jesus Christ.
Refreshing - no cursing, no sex scenes, no violence. What a great movie!!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Polka Dot Kitty

Several posts back I showed only a portion of this kitty.
This is the front cover of a list book I made. I need to
buy a beautiful pink pen to attach and then it is off to
a new home. Its one of the gifts for my 400th blog post.
I loved needle-felting her. She is Miss Prissy Pink.

My dog is having a hard time settling down. He is not
putting his leg down at all. Back to the vet on Monday for
another surgery.
My wonderful neighbor came over and fixed my computer. He is willing to help answer any questions I have. He is a tech for the school system here in Va. We are going to swap - his knowledge for my making him a couple of memory quilts for his granddaughter and him. His wife passed away several months back unexpectedly. She was the one that had received my angel from Heather and thought it was hers. We never know when our last day on earth will be. So enjoy your life - live, laugh and laugh some more. Lighten up!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Under His Wings

What a doodle/graphic design?! I can boast about this one. It belongs to my son. He put it on the computer but didn't tell me.
I found it when I was looking for one of my pics.
I ask if I could post it. This would make a great little quiltie. I have a bunch of black/white fabrics I've been collecting. Maybe I
will try to create a small fabric postcard.

Psalm 91:4

He will cover you with His pinions,
under His wings you may seek refuge.

I love this vivid picture that Peggy Ruth gives:

She lives in the country and has a mother hen with a brood of chicks.
One day she saw a hawk flying overhead. The mother hen squatted down and began to cluck.
Her brood came from all over and ran under her stretched out wings. Then the mother pulled her wings down tight, tucking her babies underneath. The mother did not run around like a "chicken with its head cut off" but instead called them to her. They knew her voice. Just like scripture says "His sheep know His voice and come to Him."

I think for today I will seek refuge under His wings. My eyes feel like I have a ton of grit in them and they are swollen today. My dog won't even put his leg down. I believe the "morphine-like" drugs numb him enough to give him a false sense of wellness in his leg. But when they wear off after he has finished a dose he realizes how badly it hurts.

I know God realizes how badly his brood are hurting today. He's just waiting for us to run to Him. See you under His wings.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wild Woman Finito

Wild woman finally has beaded bonnet. I tried painting the lace
black - yuck. So I followed Noel's lead and painted it reddish.
I like it. Now I think I will see what I can do with an ATC for
her. Actually she doesn't really look wild; does she? She's laying
on veggie/fruit fabric.

Psalm 91 Memorization

I'm on verse three -"For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
and from the deadly pestilence." Psalm 91:3
Have you ever thought about a snare, or a hook, or a mine? They are all traps set
for different vermin. They are custom made to fit the animal sought after
And I thought it interesting that pestilence is a lethal disease that attacks people.
It seems the snare used by the enemy against me is "negative words". I am
so struggling with lies of the enemy. The people that deflate me the quickest - of course -
my family - the ones I love the most - the ones that know me better than anyone.
Today I called my hubby, something I never do, during a very busy time.
But he still made time to listen to my words through my sniveling.
When he came home on a break he made phone calls that I couldn't
seem to make and arranged to drop the truck off at our mechanic.
Then he headed back to work for a long night. I feel really bad that
I bugged him with this stuff. Why couldn't I do it myself?
Total melt-down.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Black Cover Contest

I was reading Marie's blog post on journals. She had posted about the black cover contest.

BlackCover Blog ask you to post this or something to the effect:

Got a blog? Post an entry about our site with something concerning our search for “Moleskine alternatives” in the link text. You are welcome to state that the only reason you are doing this is for a contest. For example: “Check out this site which is dedicated to finding Moleskine alternatives. I’m shilling to win a contest, so please check them out!” The entry HAS to be dated today (October 14, 2008) or after. Send an email with your name, mailing address, and a link to the blog entry to This counts as two entrys.

Funny thing is this: I was just thinking and said to my hubby today I am almost finished my journal and will need another one. Its so cool when its like my thoughts and words go off into the air and end up coming back to me. I love it.

Anyway if you are in need of new journal maybe you will win one. Check out their blog.


I am now watching my son's church and they are in worship. He is playing and singing with the praise group. He's amazing to be able to watch live anywhere in the world. I give my all to Jesus who paid the ultimate price for me tp live free.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Who's The Guy?

I don't know why but yesterday before going to work I began
to draw and this guy appeared. Who is he? I don't know but
he does have a little bit of my son's hair style. I've never taken
a drawing class. I'm sure there are many things wrong with the
drawing but hey I think this has encouraged me to try another
drawing one day. Don't know when but one day.
I am memorizing the 91st Psalm.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
I drew a cave opening with rocks in front and above the cave I drew angel wings surrounding the cave. I also drew a house with an angel covering the house as another visual. I need visuals.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Black/white Beautiful In His Sight

Our soul journal prompt is doodle. Kathryn gave suggestions and so
for once I followed - black/white, tree, adjectives, and patterns. I
started with the arch and added the tree. Then I divided the outside
with border lines. From there it just evolved. The words I chose:
"speak to me", "plain jane, plain jane", "dark, weird, scarey", "pathway
leading one way", "whack", "giving, living, loving", "what,where, when, who", "zip", "dove", "knock and it shall be open to you", and "the door
to life". Can you find them all? Eyes and faces and a bird. The only
color - a stain glass window. It pretty much sums up our lives - all the
pieces make a whole and I might add quite a beautiful piece. Even when
the pieces seem to be ugly, distressing, troubling, unsettling and hard to figure out it all makes since to the Creator and Maker of you and me.

Kathryn's prompts are very inspiring and I love her work. She puts so much of herself into each one. Have a great week soul sister. The door is open wide, enter and enjoy your life.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


What do you think about the name "Lollipop" for my Wild Woman?
She's what I would call a doll on a stick. You can put her head on a pen/
pencil. I am thinking of adding this simple beading as her covering;
but maybe dyeing it black!! What do you think?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Surprise Gift

Today has been one of those headache days. I was able to take hubby lunch at his work. But after that I was washed out and slept until around 7pm. I mean I was totally out-of-it.

This is a surprise gift taunt - a needle-felt. Someone will be receiving this soon. I'll tell you later what it is.

Psalm 91
I finished reading this book. I wept reading the testimonials of soldiers who prayed this prayer every day while fighting during wars. Entire squadrons were untouched and miracles occurred while they were under attack. One town posted pics of every soldier from their area and a group of people in town prayed for the soldiers safety every day. All of the soldiers returned home safe.
There is one thing that can not be taken from me - my faith in God. As the years fly by now I realize how important my faith is in this crazy world.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Box of Great Stuff

I never did show you some of the great stuff I got from Hannah Grey.
There is all kinds of neat paper ephemera, boxes to cover/decoupage,
trinkets and more.

I worked tonight and after the beautiful sunset the weather turned

Thursday, October 09, 2008

400th Post Blog Winner

is Jacq. Here is a pic of my son's hand with the winning name he drew from the Uncle Buck's container where I added all the names.
I will be sending you a goodie box and a triptych Colonial doll.
I was on an interesting blog last night and think I will attempt to follow her instructions. Cami Walker challenged everyone to do a give-away every day for 29 days.
Doesn't matter what the give-away is, just that you begin to give away something - a smile, a parking space (oh that's a big one, esp. if its close to the store and raining, lol), stash goodies, a kind word, etc. You get the idea - right?! Oh one other thing she asks you to journal about it and sign up on the site. She's trying for 2000 participants. I have to admit I didn't sign up; not sure I will.
Well it just so happens that today was my 400th blog post give-away deadline from last week. So the winner of my first ever give-away is Jacq.
I decided to make sure that all eight of you will receive a give-away from me within the next 29 days. So you won't know when you are getting a package. Just be on the lookout in your mailbox. How's that!?!?
How I Came To Know You
Jacq, Fannie and I met online in a fabric postcard exchange.
They have the same birthday in November. Jacq does some wonderful fabric gifts and is a wonderful quilter.
Fannie was in my first postcard mail art exchange.
She encouraged me to begin a blog. And I have not regretted it one day.
What a talented woman, artist, entrepreneur!
Sherry was a member of FAT long before I joined a year ago.
It was my first Yahoo group. What did I know; I was wet behind the ears and green; oh so green. She has a wonderful embroidery business.
I ordered my nephew's new baby gifts from her. They were beautiful.
Noel and I met through FAT too. But I loved reading her blog and her son's blog on "the mask." She is a fantastic beader and all around artist. I have a beaded icicle doll and beaded fish from this great artist.
Cecilia and I met through Latest Trend and an auction Cynthia sponsored to assist a kidney transplant recipient. I was able to acquire Cecilia wonderful leaf piece. The technique was unusual, the art piece a treasure.
She doesn't have a blog yet.
Needlewings Wanda and I met on FAT. She is funny and very out-of-the-box in her artistic abilities.
You are never disappointed with her trades, her workmanship and most of all her great sense of humor. She is busy with classes right now.
Linda and I met through her group on altered books. Her altered books are amazing pieces of art. Oh to one day create like that! She sponsored a round robin altered book exchange and I jumped in with both feet. Its great fun.
and last but not least
Jan has posted through Noel's blog site. Jan has more in common with me than she knows. I see she created her blog in Oct 2007 also. I love her quilt work.
And she is having a blog give-away too. Check her out
Thank you all for giving me an opportunity to get to know you.
I consider you all dear blogger friends.
Blogger is being a bugger and not keeping my paragraphs,
so everything is coming out jumbled. Arrgh!!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Personal Lexicon SJ Page

While sitting with my doggie I worked on my lexicon page. Its really
always interesting where these end up - definitely not what I plan!!
My favorite numbers are 3 and 8. I listen to a song my son wrote
over and over - it soothes me. The song title "Surrender". And that
is what I do when I listen to the words and music. Just give Up - in
a good way of course.

Do you remember the dreamsicle ice cream? I loved those popsicles.
That's where this page began - a childhood memory of ice cream.
Dreams - everyone should have plenty and the wings to help them fly.
I love the butterfly symbol - the freedom, flitting here and there and
everywhere. The guitar leads my sons into their music and the oldest
is learning to play keyboard/piano.
I collect stones/pebbles. I have a heart shaped rock that I just absolutely love. I have one that returned with me from the Caribbean - its gorgeous and pure white. I have a house picked out
that I named Bethzur - House of Stone. It reminds me of my FIL who helped his brother build homes.
When I look at this page I feel calm, relaxing and whimsical. I believe flourishes help to make it whimsical.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Size of the Heart

Here is a soul journal page I did yesterday while sitting in my living room watching my doggie. He's hurting so bad he won't even put his leg down. He will allow me to cover him up with a blankie so he can't bite on his incision. He's struggling to go out to the bathroom.
The journal page is associated with a woman's figure and her clothing size. And yet the real issue at hand is the heart of the matter -Outward appearance vs inner beauty of one's self. Self-esteem for so many women is measured by the outward influence of those around us. My "Joy" woman was drawn by looking at a pic without watching myself draw. The other woman was drawn looking at the woman and then watching what I drew. This continuous line drawing is very interesting. Maybe this is an indication of what women need to truly begin to measure themselves by - their heart.

Monday, October 06, 2008

What's In A Name

Alien - I need a Name

Here is the latest on my wild woman. I used "I Kan Dee" chalk on
her face. I'm in the process of making her face flat with a poufy back. She may even be added to a container/box of some kind, not sure yet.
I would like to add some radical hair but we will see.

I slept most of yesterday trying to catch up on lack of sleep from days before. Hubby informed me we have eight weeks before our anniversary cruise. I'm going to have to go on vacation to get rest. lol

Last night hubby took me to dinner and then the book store. Well as usual I found a new purchase. I bought "The New Creative Artist" by Nita Leland. I am a book addict. I also received my new Quilting Arts magazine in the mail. I'm not sure but I thought if you had a subscription to a magazine the whole point was getting it before anyone on the newstands. I think my post office is still holding pieces of my mail back.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Updated Wild Woman

Work was slow and while I had free time I was able to get this far.
What do you think of her now? I have a few ideas for her but not
sure I can execute them. I can not believe I am embroidering these little stitches. Small beginnings are better than no beginning at all.
It has been a rough night on the floor with my dog. Not much sleep through the night. His incision has opened in one spot and will not quit. He was limp and his coat has lost some lustre. I really believe he is dehydrated. Well if we can get him through today its to the vet on Monday. We put a longer hood on him so he can't reach the opening.
Its a great day to be alive in the Lord. Happy Sabbath day of rest. By the way, do you know how to take a rest. Not just with your body but your mind and soul. Rest In The Lord.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Wild Woman WIP

FAT is having a trade on Wild Women. So I decided to hand embroider. I know, I know you can't believe it either. Seems like it is helping me to keep my mind off my doggie's problem. I must say I have cried off and on about it. I hate seeing him hobble around on three legs. And a special thank you guys for encouraging me to trust in the Lord for this situation. You all are so very special.
What do you think so far? I have a few ideas rolling around in my head about putting it together instead of just stuffing her. We will see what happens.
My oldest son has several job leads. I know there is a perfect one out there at this time just right for him. He has been asked to lead a small life group of young men at church. This is a big step for him and God. I love when I called him yesterday to tell him I was praying for his situation he said, "Mom, I have to give a word of encouragement tonight at life group. And as I was riding around in the car I felt like I was to share about this: a car has the power to get us where we need to go; so what is powering you in your spiritual life? What direction are you going in?" That is not his exact words, bc they were so much more powerful when I heard them coming from my son. The fact that he needs a job but his heart and mind and spirit were focused on where he was going in the Lord. That brings tears to my eyes bc he has struggled so long to allow God to really love him. He see his destiny in the Lord. Rest assured God is in control.

Friday, October 03, 2008

My Son's Graphics

My son did this paper art graphic yesterday. I told him it reminds me of the rings on a tree. You know the ones visible after its been cut down.
The rings reveal the age of the tree. I am going to color this in and use
it for backgrounds for ATCs I think.
On a sadder note I have been in tears most of the morning. Its been 2 weeks since my dogs knee surgery. Yesterday we tangled up in his leash and in order to keep my balance me leg moved out and kicked him hard
in his leg. So hard it went up underneath his belly. The vet confirmed what I felt last night. He will have to begin again and have another surgery. He has a fever and you can tell he is not feeling well. I wonder why this had to happen? Why didn't I just let myself fall? No matter, it has happened and now I must deal with it. In two weeks I take him back and see how goes it. Then we schedule surgery again. That's the factual version.
Now I am asking God to please heal my dog's knee without another surgery.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

400th blog post Give Away

400th Post Give-away
and Going Strong

On October 17, 2007 I began my life as a blogger thanks to Fannie.
So one week from today October 9th, 2008 I will pick a name from
the comments left on this post. And if there are none well that if fine too.

I don't have many readers but that is ok. I never started out really
expecting to. My blog was more of me wanting to talk to God and
express my appreciation to Him for my creativity and artistic
abilities, whatever they may be. And I wanted to be consistent everyday
to post something on it. Writing/journaling is what I absolutely love!!!

I have confirmed, as I knew from childhood, I love trading homemade
art with people and receiving mail in my mailbox. There was such a
deep desire to get mail as a little child with my name on it. To me that
is the weirdest thing. But hey whatever the reason I am enjoying it.
Joining groups have helped me achieve this wonderful desire. I have been fulfilled beyond measure. I have met artists all over the world.

Many bloggers have a give-away when they reach a certain milestone, so I thought 400 posts was a great mile stone. I will do a give away and one art piece I will do for the winner is a doll triptych. Above is an example of my first ever triptych. My little tag is felted with my interpretations of a flower vine. I really enjoyed doing this. Believe it or not it took a lot of time. But I have no regrets. This piece leaves for CT this morning headed to Nj my trade partner. She heads up FAT - Fiber Artists Trades. This is by far for me my favorite group that I have found on yahoo because of the way we trade art.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

God's Shield of Protection

A Mighty Fortress Is My God

His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. Ps 91:4

I enjoyed time with my middle son yesterday. He came over to check on our doggie bc he had his staples taken out early that morning.

My hubby gave my son two really great cds on police officers and how to deal with the aftermath of a shootout. He called his dad to express how much it had helped him. He is planning on making a few to give out to his buddies on the police force. They should actually become part of the training while in the academy. You don't realize how much this does effect a person even when they have been trained on gun fire.

I was able to share again with him about what God had revealed to me about him and his brothers. He allowed me to express all the great qualities I see in him. The night before my youngest son's girlfriend was over and shared a story. One of my middle son's lt. came in to her work and said if he ever had to have one person beside him in a situation it would be our middle son. He talked about how brave and in control our son is.

My son shared he meets officers all the time that ask about his dad and how he's doing. They wish my hubby was still a police officer. The respect my husband has earned is bc of his relationship with Jesus. If he did not have that relationship he would be a different person.

I shared with my son he needs to draw on Jesus's strength not his own. God will give him all he needs to do the jobs he is required to do.

I am reading God's Shield of Protection - Psalm 91 by Peggy Joyce Ruth. It is a comprehensive look at the protection promises given by God. I am in the process of memorizing this Psalm. I feel it is very important to me at this time in my life.
God's Laughing
Now you all know how I find coins in weird places while I am walking. The other day my hubby walked up to the entrance of our neighborhood bc someone had littered. He headed up there to pick it all up. He was frustrated but when he came back he was laughing. He opened his hand and said to me, "When you walk you find change but when I go I find bills." There in his hand was a $20.00 bill. I laughed and laughed bc he had gotten the vision I always share with him about God when I find change. What a Great God we serve!! lol