Monday, July 30, 2007

Baby Gift

Hello! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was a bit unusual because I stayed home with the girly instead of taking her to church. She still has a nasty cough. I did get to go out yesterday afternoon to a baby shower for my sweet friend Teyah. She has a little boy and will be having a sweet baby girl soon. I made this canvas collage for her gift. It was fun to create.

Okay, I am still struggling with this blog thing. I really wanted my text before the picture, but the picture appeared first anyway. I tried the "drop and drag" method to move it, but when I did that it made it so you couldn't click on the picture and enlarge it. Then I thought I would try to "cut and paste" my text before the picture and it wouldn't let me do that. Oh, wait a minute. Let me try one more thing. Okay, I got the text and pic where I want them. The question is, once again, will you be able to enlarge the picture? Guess we will see. It's not a huge deal, but it does allow you to see the details a lot better.

Well, I was going to post a bit more but sweet girl woke up from her (very short) nap and is wanting her mommy. Have a great day!

Saturday, July 28, 2007


I just finished this collage a few minutes ago. It's for my sweet girl (who has bronchitis right now, poor thing). I think I will hang it in her room. I thought about selling it at a Rett Syndrome fundraiser, but I'm not sure anyone else would want it with the picture of my daughter's hands. Besides, I'm not sure I could give it up. If you want to know more about Rett Syndrome you can go here or here.

I've been using the phrase "Holding hope in her hands..." a lot lately. A classic symptom of Rett is wringing or clasping hands. Sweet girl's hands are always together and I like to think they are that way because she is holding "hope" and doesn't want to let it go. We are hoping for a cure someday so her hands can finally "let go." I also included Isaiah 40:31 "but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Her little legs are getting stronger and we believe some day she will walk!

Well, I guess that is all for now. I'll show you another fun project next time. I hope you all have a blessed Sunday!

Friday, July 27, 2007

The Refuge

Usually my thoughts come out through my writing. Today I have no words.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Tea Party Dreams

My sweet girl is turning 5 soon and I have been preparing for her tea party. I'm a bit stressed because I just want everything to be perfect. I thought I would share a few things I have been collecting for the party. The yellow gingham is a long, narrow piece of fabric with ric rac on one end. I found it for $1 at an antique store. I think it will make a great table runner. In the little purse is a piece of blue with white flocked polka dots. I don't know what I will do with it, but it matches the tea cup on the napkins.
I found this little embroidery piece at the thrift store. Isn't it sweet? I also found the little tea cups (10 in all) at the same thrift store for 25 cents each. They are the perfect size for little girls.
Now I need to share with you my "Tea Party Dreams" so you will know why this party means so much. I wrote this back in April '05.

In the corner of my daughter’s room sits a child-size wicker chair. Not quite blue. Not quite lavender. I bought it for Martilee’s first birthday with anticipation of tea parties, teddy bears and dress-up bonnets. I dreamed of special mommy-daughter times - escapes from the world of her two older brothers and bugs, balls and guns made of sticks. I knew it would be a while before she was actually old enough to sip juice from a miniature tea cup and make-believe her bear was a royal guest. Until then the chair could sit in her room; a throne awaiting its princess.

Shortly after her first birthday my little girl’s life became filled with doctors, blood tests, EEGs and more doctors. Instead of dreaming of tea parties I wondered why she could no longer hold her sippy cup. Instead of anticipating her saying, “I love you, Mommy,” I questioned why she had stopped babbling. How would she ever run into my arms for a hug when her legs couldn’t hold up her tiny body? How would she play make-believe when reality was she may have a terminal illness?

While still searching for answers, our family prepared to move to another state. Gathering up things to sell on a yard sale before the big move, I pondered that little wicker chair that was never quite the right color to match the room. Maybe I should just sell it. After all, my tea party dreams seemed to be fading right before my eyes. But did giving up on those dreams mean I was giving up on Martilee’s future?

Soon after settling in to our new home we got what we had been searching almost a year for. We had a diagnosis for our precious little girl. She has Rett Syndrome, a neurological disorder that affects speech, hand skills and coordination. It can also include seizures, irregular breathing, curvature of the spine and a myriad of other symptoms. Martilee is 2 ½ now and her life is filled with physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. She may one day walk with assistance and she is learning to communicate in new ways. An arm brace helps to control the almost constant movement of her hands.

There have been some rough times and I have shed lots of tears. But I didn’t sell that little wicker chair before we moved. It is in Martilee’s new room now. It is as much a part of her room as the antique iron bed and the angel quilt her Grandma Dixie made for her. Just last week, Martilee sat in the chair for Easter pictures. Her brothers, on each side of her, were instructed to “grab her quick” if she lost her balance and started to fall. She looked quite like a princess sitting there with her royal guards protecting her.

I haven’t given up on those tea party dreams, only altered them a bit. Delicate china cups may never be a part of our special mommy-daughter times, but as I hold her plastic sippy cup to her mouth I am thankful for every moment that I have. She may never speak the words I long to hear, but her beautiful eyes and engaging smile help me make it through the most difficult days. That little wicker chair will always have a place in Martilee’s room. Not quite blue. Not quite lavender. My dreams aren’t quite what I anticipated, but just as that chair was a gift to my daughter, she is a precious gift from God.

I need to call Grandma Berta now. About the time I bought that chair she bought an adorable miniature tea set. She was dreaming of special grandma and granddaughter times. It is still sitting on a closet shelf unopened. I think it would look perfect sitting next to that little wicker chair.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Tree

This tree is across the road from our house. For some reason, I am always taking pictures of it. I wonder why? It really isn't a beautiful tree. It is scraggly and misshapen; imperfect. Maybe I am drawn to it because it parallels me and my life. I am imperfect and certainly misshapen, but God still loves me. He is still drawn to me. No matter the season of my life, He still sees beauty in me. In the springs of my life, when I am growing and thriving, He loves me. In the dormant winters of my life, He loves me. Each season I capture the image of this imperfect tree with my camera, just as He captures my imperfect heart.
"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." I Sam. 16:7

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Card Contest #3

Well, here is my entry for week #3 at Sketch This Cards! It has been a fun contest. There are a lot of super cardmakers out there and I have enjoyed seeing all the entries. For this card I used blue cardstock and Paper Studio dots paper. I also used a vintage BINGO card and BINGO game piece (what is that little round B 10 thing actually called?). The large red numbers are felt from an old flannelboard set I picked up at a garage sale. I've been waiting to use them on something. What else....a little stamping (so cool 2), rub-ons from K&Co., blue elastic and a "total" button from an old adding machine. My oldest boy will be 10 next month and I already have his card made!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Tuesday Tip #2

No pictures tonight. I will just make this quick because it is late. First for my Tuesday Tip....A couple weeks ago several sticks of chewing gum went through the washer and dryer. There were no big globs of gum stuck to the clothes. Instead it was sort of like a sticky residue all over the clothes. I did a little Google search and found out how to remedy the situation. Take a paper bag and cut a piece from it. Lay the paper on top of the fabric and iron it. Keep moving the paper around to where the gum is. Somehow this takes the gum right off the the fabric. I honestly thought the entire load of laundry would be ruined, but thanks to this tip, all of it was saved!

Now on to the corner cabinet guessing game.....I am a bargain shopper, but not quite as good as ya'll think I am. I paid $80 for the cabinet, but have been told that in the right place I could easily add another zero to the end of that price. I'm not interested in selling it, though. The winner is Julia, who happens to be my cousin. I'll be sending a little something her way. Thanks for playing!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Red Gingham

Okay, I am going to hold out a little longer on my guessing game from the previous post. Go ahead and scroll down and post a comment if you would like. I'll let you all know tomorrow. I found this tablecloth at the local thrift store last week for $1.50. I never use tablecloths - too messy with kids, I guess. I love this one, though. It cheers me up just looking at it on the clothesline. Maybe I should just hang it out there each day.

Hippotherapy is the highlight of my little girl's week. The last two Tuesdays it has rained. We are praying for sunshine tomorrow. My little girl needs to ride her Smokey.

I guess I don't have much to say tonight. I'll be back sometime tomorrow. Good night.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Favorite Find

Well, I told you yesterday that I would share with you my favorite auction find. Here it is! I was so excited when I bought it that I was actually shaking. Silly, I know. But isn't it terrific?! It's huge - about 6'8" tall (I know that because my husband just stood next to it and it is the same height as him). Guess how much I paid for it.....In fact, leave me a comment with your guess and I will send a little something to the person who gets the closest. No fair if I've already told you how much. I'll take comments until Monday evening and then let you know.

So, the top I keep open for display. There is also stuff on the very top. The bottom is where I keep all my crafting goodies. I can't believe I am actually showing you the inside. It is really messy, but I know where most of the important stuff is. See those little green file drawers? I paid 50 cents for them and they sure are handy. I also have an old wooden drawer in there, some cigar boxes, old jars, recycled fruit cans with fun labels.....So, I don't have a beautiful studio, but I sure love my corner cabinet and all it contains.

By the way, I did some "creating" today and it felt good. I can't show you because the project isn't finished and it is a gift for someone. The photos will have to wait. I do have a quote to share, though. My dear friend Pamela called me one day to tell me she had heard it on Focus on the Family and it made her think of me. "Our creative God loves it when His creation creates."

I think that is what I will leave you with tonight. Good night.

P.S. Sorry if there are weird spaces or the photo placement is strange. I'm still trying to figure out the layout.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Matthew 7:7

This is just a collage that I did several months ago. I had taken the picture of the old door and wanted to do something with it. I decided to use Matthew 7:7 and it all just sort of fell into place. It is now hanging just inside our front door. Sorry the pictures aren't great. If you click on them they should enlarge.

I'm still not sure what I should blog about, what kind of pictures to share, etc. I don't know if my ramblings and such will be interesting to anyone. I'm tired today and a bit "down." Just lots of stuff going on. I may have to do something creative tonight. That always makes me feel better - except when I have to clean up the mess afterwards. I'm always jealous when I read blogs and see pictures of these wonderful craft rooms and studios. I create at the dining room table, so if the family wants to eat (which they usually do) I have to clean up my messes. Oh, maybe next time I will show you where I stash all my creating goodies. It's my favorite auction find ever!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

My Rock

But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. Psalm 94:22

This is just a picture I took on the campus of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX. It is part of a beautiful sculpture called "Jacob's Dream." I loved the image of the bird sitting on God; resting on the Rock!

This is the card I made for week #1 of the card contest over at Sketch This Cards! I used some fun paper from my stash, vintage sheet music, an old shipping tag, a vintage button and some old lace. Hopefully Mom checks her mail before reading the blog today. Otherwise, it won't be near as much fun to open that envelope that I sent her.

I don't really know who is reading this blog. Hopefully there are some of you out there who are enjoying it. I know it's not much compared to the blogs I read, but maybe it can be a blessing or inspiration to someone out there. If you are reading this, I would love for you to leave a comment just so I know you are out there. Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Card Contest

I might be back with more to post later, but just wanted to get this card posted. I am participating in a card contest at Sketch This Cards! This is a three week contest and this is week #2. I've never done anything like this before, so it is challenging and fun. Maybe later I will post week #1's card. Can't post it quite yet because it is in the mail to someone. If I post it here she might see it online before seeing it in person. Anyway, back to this card. I've not done a lot with large flowers. Didn't want to go out a buy any, so decided to create my own. (Remember, make the most of what you have?!) I used an old sewing pattern and some BasicGrey paper from my stash. Kinda felt like I was back in elementary school making tissue paper flowers!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Tuesday Tip

I wanted to share this picture that I got super-cheap at Hobby Lobby. I'm not sure where it will end up because my kitchen is all about roosters and red. But doesn't it look great with the green gingham apron?! They are perfect together. That is not why I bought the picture, though. It was the scripture that really drew me in. "and he shall give you another Comforter" John 14:16. Just as tomoto soup is comfort food for the body, the Lord is comfort food for the soul. Isn't that wonderful?!

I came across a blog once that featured a Tuesday Tip each week. I thought that might be fun. These tips will be totally random and I'm not sure if I can come up with a good tip for every single week. Of course, these won't necessarily be "my" tips. In fact, the first one comes from my SIL Leanne.

Since it is summer and yummy corn on the cob season this is a great idea to pass along. Have you ever struggled with buttering that yummy corn? I've tried rolling the ear along a stick of butter and that sure makes a mess. Using a knife is difficult because it seems the butter is always sliding off. Thanks to Leanne our family now has a much better way. Take the heel from a loaf of bread and slather it with butter. Then rub that over your ear of corn. Works like a charm! Just add more butter for the next ear.

Hope you can enjoy some comfort food and the ultimate Comforter today!

Monday, July 9, 2007


Well, I guess I am entering the blog world. You will have to be patient with me as I figure this all out. I have no idea when I am going to find the time to do this, but it just seemed like so much fun. The blog won't be dedicated to any one thing - just random thoughts, photos, etc. For tonight I will share some "Americana" photos even though the 4th is over.

A fun little collage tag made from an old Lotto card.

A blue bike....
...and a red trike!

Well, I guess that is all for now. I'll try to think of something interesting to blog about so you will actually want to read this. Good night for now.