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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mary's Easter Treat

Awesome idea Mary! Loved it!
Candy Box_recessed frame Black libe_800 copy

Stampin'Up!  Bitty Box & Envelope big Z die. Cottage Wall designer paper, Eggcoutrements stamp set, Certainly Celery ink  Barely Banana card-stock, eyelet ,designer label punch,Rectangle glassine envelope, silver stretch cord and Whisper White Organza ribbon. All products are from Stampin'UP! I used the glassine envelope to hold the M&M peanut butter eggs. I have to say that I like the Bitty box die very much and will be using it lots more. 

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I quickly made a dozen of these cards last night for my 2nd grade cathecism class.

I'm amazed how the pic came out of the inside of the card. It almost looks like there is a halo, don't you think?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Learning to Dance in the Rain

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
~Melody Beattie, therapist, author

Someone wise once said, “Circumstances don’t determine your character—they reveal it.” Who we are as human beings is revealed most clearly during times of struggle, hardship, pain, and suffering. It’s easy to be a good person when things are going great. But when times get tough, that’s when you’ll really find out stuff you’re made of.

Nowhere is this more true than with regard to gratitude. Are you grateful when the storm clouds gather, and it rains on your parade? Can you find gratitude in your heart when you don’t get what you want? Do you feel grateful when illness strikes, loved ones don’t show up for you, jobs and careers disappoint, and nothing seems to be going your way?

Gratitude is not a fair weather virtue. True gratitude means appreciating your life no matter what the storms may bring. Is simply being alive gift enough for you to feel grateful?

“You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.”
~Brian Tracy, motivational speaker and author

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Got cake?

WOW, what a piece of cake!
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Got carrots?
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Happy Easter

Love those whiskers & cotton tail, eh?
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Julie used all punches on this basket! Can you believe it?
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Mercede's Bunny

Too Cute!
Super quick post today...
Here's another cute little bunny I created. Hope you are all having a blessed day!


p.s. Dont forget you only have 7 days left to take advantage of the Sale-a-Bration promotions & the Demo Starter Kit discount! Contact me to place an order or join my Stampin Team!

Punches Used:
Circles~ 1 3/4 body, 1 1/4 head, 3/4 muzzle & feet, 1/2 tail, 1/4 eyes & nose
Ovals~ small & large ears
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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Something For God To Do a/k/a SFGTD

A wonderful friend forwarded this to me and I’m forwarding it on to you. WE all have our problems and issues going on. I have a habit of giving my problems to God but taking them back. Hope you have a great day.

From: GOD
Reference: LIFE

This is God. Today I will be handling All of your problems for you. I do Not need your help. So, have a nice day.
I love you.

P.S. And, remember...
If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do Not attempt to resolve it yourself! Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. I will get to it in MY TIME. All situations will be resolved, but in My time, not yours.

Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it by worrying about it. Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.

If you find yourself stuck in traffic, don't despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege..

Should you have a bad day at work; think of the man who has been out of work for years.

Should you despair over a relationship gone bad; think of the person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved in return.

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend; think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.

Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance; think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror; think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity.

Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities; remember, things could be worse. You could be one of them!

Should you decide to send this to a friend; Thank you. You may have touched their life in ways you will never know!
Now, you have a nice day...God
God has seen you struggling,
God says it's over.

A blessing is coming your way. If you believe in God, please send to ten people (including me) please don't ignore this. In this new year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Coffee Filters

Better than paper towels and a lot less expensive...

Coffee filters....
Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing even the large ones.

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome... Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust..

6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters..

13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them.. It soaks out all the grease.

14. Keep in the bathroom.. They make great "razor nick fixers."

15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliquéing soft fabrics.

16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car..

19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies.. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

23. Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book..

25. Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Happy Mail ~ BRak's ~ THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Curt's card:

Jodie's card:

Jen's card:

Dawn's card:

Chris' card:

Carole's card:

Dogs on the Beach

Thanks Lindsay for sharing!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Rita's Birthday RAK

Sorry in the delay for posting, but I did receive this AWESOME Birthday card & presents from my friend, Rita, of Rita's Little Corner.

Little Prayer for Today

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Excerpted from: Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow

We can have better lives if we make up our minds to do so. The choice is ours. Wherever we go, there we are, as the people we have decided to be. We decide. That’s the revelation. We decide if we are going to live lives that are bitter or sweet. We decide, in every moment, to respond from peace or from fear. We decide.

The truth is, it doesn’t take very much effort to make our lives “sweeter.” It does take willingness, though – willingness to make tiny shifts in how we perceive our experiences and our fellow travelers. Instead of perceiving everyone and everything as a potential threat or obstacle, we can choose to approach each moment as an opportunity to be peaceful. And each time we choose the peaceful response, we are paving the way not only for our own happiness but for a peaceful world as well.

Joy is always available to us, moment by moment. But we must keep our minds open and pay attention. A closed mind or a mind filled with fear or judgment will never know joy. A red rose beginning to open, a willow tree swaying in the breeze, the rainbow after a shower, the dew glistening on each blade of grass in the early morning, a baby taking her first steps–all these moments hold the potential for joy.

How Can We Walk Through Life's Rain With You?

I wish I had a big red umbrella that would keep all the rain out of your life. I would hold it over your head and the drops would splash, splash and you would never even feel them.
But I don't have a big red I'll walk through the rain with you.
God doesn't intend for us to go through our storms alone. We all need our "foul weather friends" who will venture out into the weather with us.

There are two questions we must answer to not only survive but thrive through life's storms;

Who will walk through the rain with us? And will we let them?

Friends love through all kinds of weather. Proverbs 17:17 MSG

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of my beloved father's passing, just 5 days after my birthday. I always think of him and will remember him eternally forever until we meet again face to face in heaven.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Continuous Chest Compression CPR - Mayo Clinic Presentation

Let's play the Glad Game, eh?

In her wonderful book, The Wealthy Spirit, Chellie Campbell describes how, when she was a girl, her mother taught her to play "The Glad Game." On days when Chellie came home from school complaining about something - a bully on the playground, a harsh teacher, a skinned knee, or difficult homework, Chellie's mom would hug her, kiss away her tears, and then suggest, "OK, enough complaining. Let's play 'The Glad Game.'"

The Glad Game is another name for a Gratitude List. The Glad Game helps you focus on what's right in your world today, instead of what's wrong. Chellie's mom was a very wise woman, teaching her that no matter what your troubles, there are still plenty of things to be grateful for: a sunny day, good food to eat, a loving family, a house to live in, a family pet to love, a handful of friends to enjoy, and much, much more.

Chellie would follow her mothers suggestion:

"I'm glad I have you as my mom."
"I'm glad the weekend is almost here."
"I'm glad I have some nice clothes to wear to school."
"I'm glad I don't have to share my room with my sister anymore."
"I'm glad I get to watch TV when I finish my homework."
"I'm glad we have pie for dessert."

Playing The Glad Game is a terrific way to change your attitude in a hurry. We all slip into self-pity once in awhile; after all, we're only human. The important thing is to cut the pity-party short and shift into gratitude. An attitude of gratitude will get you much farther in life than complaining and self-pity. Try it and see.

This is one of many short chapters in Learning to Dance in the Rain...The Power of Gratitude.

Dancing in the rain isn't something that most of us are born knowing how to do. We learn it. We learn it from others; we learn it from Life. The more we dance, the better we get at it. With practice, dancing in the rain becomes almost automatic. We no longer seek to run from storms...instead, we toss back our heads, throw out our arms, pick up our feet, and DANCE!

I wish you Joy

Monday, March 22, 2010

Janet's class

Just love that bunny Janet used, don't you?
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LeeAnn's Bunny But

Too cute, just love that Peter Cotton Tail!
Punch Art Bunny Bottom
Stamps - Simply Said, Well Scripted
Ink - Basic Gray - flowers, Black - words, Bashful Blue, Gable Green, Sahara Sand
Card stock - Whisper White, Gable Green, Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel, Pretty in Pink
Accessories - 1 3/4" circle, 1/4" circle, large oval & Jewelry Tag punches, pom pom, dimensionals, scallop circle punch for clouds, sponges, markers, SU cutter kit, paper snips 
The bunny's bottom is a 1 3/4" circle & large oval punches.  His toes are 1/4" circles & he has a pom pom tail.
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Julie's Bunny teacher gift

Awesome teacher gift idea, Julie!
I cut the 2 layers of grass out of green felt and hand stitched the bottoms together. The eggs are punched from the Sweet Pea DSP with the wide oval punch. The bunny is bunched from the 1 3/4, 1 3/8, 1/2 circles, the large and small ovals and word window for the teeth. I set a pink brad for the bunnies nose.
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Pink Panther Quotes