Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My Afternoon Agenda

1. Eat this.....

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2. Take care of this Sweet Girl..... She's not feeling well today.
3. Read this.... So excited to find it at Walmart today!

And the Reese's Dark may or may not already be eaten. I'm not telling.

{When you're given a box of candy, don't gulp it all down; eat too much chocolate and you'll make yourself sick; And when you find a friend, don't outwear your welcome; show up at all hours and he'll soon get fed up. Proverbs 25:16}

Can you believe I found the word "chocolate" in the Bible?! It is from The Message translation.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Scarf Love

I've been loving scarves lately. Here in the south I find it rarely gets cold enough for my winter coat. Most days I will just throw on a jacket or sweater and wrap a scarf around my neck.

Before Christmas I decided I wanted to find some scarves for Sweet Girl. Because of Rett Syndrome she drools quite a bit. I hate for her to have to wear a bib - she is 7 years old. I decided a scarf would help keep her shirt dry and be stylish at the same time. Unfortunately, when I started looking for scarves it was hard to find much that was cute, easy-wash, soft.....

I wondered what I could make so I did a little Googling and came across this T-shirt Memory Scarf. Perfect!

Here is my version for Sweet Girl. (She isn't mad. She just refuses to ever smile for the camera.)
This scarf works great for the intended purpose. It catches the unfortunate drool. It keeps her warm and dry. And it is soft and easy to wash.
Sweet Girl gets lots of compliments when she wears it and people enjoy looking at the "memories" from the shirts.

I recently made a fun scarf for myself. Last week I was sorting some things to put in my antique booth when I came across some old quilt squares. I was about to tag them and try to sell them when I had a thought - "These would make a unique scarf." Off I went to my sewing machine.

I cannot believe I am showing you this picture. I absolutely despise pictures of myself. To make matters worse, this one is blurry, off-center and just plain yuck. But I did want you to see what the scarf looked like "in action."

All I did was sew the squares end-to-end, fold the whole thing in half, right sides together and stitched - leaving one end open. I turned it, pressed it and stitched the end closed. I probably should have (and may still) top stitch around the whole thing.

There are so many colors that it goes with just about anything. I also like that it is light-weight and will still work on cool spring days.

I'm linking up to Make Your Monday over at Twice Remembered. Head on over to see what others are making today.

{Good friend, follow your father's good advice; don't wander off from your mother's teachings. Wrap yourself in them from head to foot; wear them like a scarf around your neck. Proverbs 6:20}

Friday, February 12, 2010

Fingerprint Friday - Snow Day!

I am linking up to Fingerprint Friday over at The Rusted Chain.

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:
I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know its true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God

So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them?
We currently live in South Arkansas. Snow is rare here, but yesterday God sent us snow!
I actually heard on the radio this morning that there is snow on the ground in all 50 states right now. Isn't that amazing?!

Oh, how refreshing it was to hear the squeals of delight as the children played in the snow. School was closed today "due to inclement weather." We probably don't even have 2 inches. And, actually, most of it is melted already. It is a snow day, nevertheless!

I know that many of you are probably praying that God would make it quit snowing. You have had enough. But down here we are enjoying every bit of it. I am, anyway.

God's fingerprints are certainly evident in each tiny snowflake - intricate, unique, creative, beautiful!

Thank you, God, for this snow day!

Be sure to head over to The Rusted Chain to see other's interpretations of God's fingerprints.
{He spreads snow like a white fleece, he scatters frost like ashes, He broadcasts hail like birdseed - who can survive his winter? Then he gives the command and it all melts; he breathes on winter—suddenly it's spring! Psalm 147:16-17}

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


re·pur·pose (rē-pûr'pəs)
tr.v. re·pur·posed, re·pur·pos·ing, re·pur·pos·es
To use or convert for use in another format or product

Today I wanted to show you a couple of my recent repurposing projects. Please forgive the bad photography. I know that most of the issue is me, the photographer, but I really do need a new camera. Mine is just worn out, I think.

Several months ago I bought this old aluminum lunch box at a garage sale. I wasn't sure what I would do with it, but for $1 I figured I could come up with something.
It is now my new recipe file box. Before, I had my recipes in an ugly plastic file box that was overflowing. I like this so much better. Inside the little jar with the "quilted" top I have some paper clips, mini post-it notes, etc. Handy for when I need to mark a recipe or make notes about it.

The tab files are some I had picked up from Target's $1 Spot a long time ago.
I love my new recipe box and it looks really cute sitting on top of my refrigerator!

One more repurpose project before I go....
Did any of you see these in the Christmas section at WalMart? I spotted them before Christmas, but didn't want to pay the price. But I immediately thought of all the fun things I could do with that container.
  • a picture frame and photo storage
  • a gift tin filled with handmade cards
  • a fun display piece filled with a collection of buttons, marbles, etc.
  • a gift tin filled with homemade goodies
  • craft supply storage

After Christmas there were a lot of these left. There were also other varieties with plain tins (without the "window"). It took WalMart awhile to mark these way down. Even 50% off was too much for me - and everyone else, obviously, considering how many were still on the shelf. Finally, they went to 75% off and I snagged several. I think they ended up being around $1 each.

Okay, I have to admit that the snacks inside were worth the $1. Yummy!

For now, I have two of them holding some Memory Makers foam stamp sets. Eventually they may be repurposed (again) into something else.

What is your most recent or favorite repurpose project? I'd love to hear about it!

{Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21}