Friday, January 13, 2017

Beauty For Ashes and Word Clouds

The Wind can sure wreak havoc and it did just that to this door 
on our greenhouse this week.  

When I went to water plants, on the windy day,  this was what I found.  
I guess a gust  caught the door and whipped it right into  shards.  

 What a mess and I'm still sad.  
It was  quite a labor of love from Myguy.  
I took the photos to text to him at work when I found the door broken and then started 
cleaning up all the glass.
Here are the salvaged panes stacked on my desk.  
See the irony?   

After cleaning up all the glass, I carried the  broken
wooden  pieces to the burn pile.  
While there; look what I found.

A charred bird and bracelet. 
Not long ago, a friend sent a gift to me.  
The package looked like something you could mail a poster in? 
It resembled a tinfoil type box.  
Inside, was the most beautiful Cavallini art paper and a beautiful card.
When I wrote her and thanked her she replied back and asked 
what about the other things I sent you?  
Other things?  There was the paper and the card in the package.  
I didn't see anything else.  She was positive she put other things  in there.   I really figured  it must have gotten mixed up 
in her wrapping paper stuff or something and it never got sent?  
That she'd come across it in her house?  
Then she asked if I could go get the box.
The box? 
The box was  already gone.
  I'd already thrown the box away.    
She was sick about it and I ...felt ....terrrrrrrrrible.  
Anyways, long story short .... the bird up above and the bracelet are from my friend!
Some of our trash gets burned if it's burnable  and the rest we put in the dumpster.  
You know; even if I would have ever dreamed I could find the things she said she'd mailed,
I would never have dreamed these two things would be salvageable but look...
A bracelet that says Let your light shine
and this beautiful little bird.  
I took the photos as I was cleaning it all up and sent them to her.
She was delighted and  told me that the bird was all white when
she mailed it.  That sounds beautiful but really, 

 I just don't think this could be any more beautiful.
I love it soooooooooo much.  
I'm wearing the bracelet too.  
It too is a unique color but they have even more story 
now and God spoke straight to my heart through them.  
No surprise that her word for the year is restoration. 
Mine is  illuminated.  
Chicken skin is what we both got from all this.  
Those are her words for goosebumps.  
Now more about words- 

 This afternoon I made a word cloud from your
one little words that yall have shared with me.
If anyone else wants to share  theirs, I'd love to see this cloud grow.  
Then I made this one too.  
I used an app on my phone called Tag Cloud.  
It was really fun but the more I fiddled with it, then it started making the words all bigger and 
when I saved the picture;  the words were running outside the square which wouldn't work.
Thankfully I saved these two photos before it started messing up.  I couldn't find anywhere on the app
to adjust the size of the font.  Maybe I missed something?  I'll play around with it again another day.  
The picture started out black and white but I added light to it in editing.
Feel free to use and share them.

Alright, gotta run.
Addie is in my spot next to Myguy on the couch.  
Til we meet again, 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Jan 11 Peanut Butter Love

 It's going on midnight and I just finished two double batches of 
these peanut butter cookies for our shop guys.  
I can happily say that dishes are done, and I'm finally kerplopped into this wonderful 
olde chair with  a hot cup of vanilla tea.  Since I still want to 
sketch abit I'll try to wrap this up  but I think this is a true
keeper recipe so wanted to share here.  

I came across this recipe on Pinterest this week,  and thought they were so dang cute.  
If you want to look them up directly from there; they are called
Heart shaped peanut butter cookies and are by the Semi-sweet Sisters. 
The cookies pictured on their site are way cuter than these.  I think the difference
was they made them  a lot smaller.  But since these are for 
hungry working men, I always make them huge.
Here's the recipe in case you want to try them:  

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 stick salted butter melted
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/2 cups of flour
Preheat oven to 350
In a medium sized bowl ad sugar, brown sugar, and melted butter, stir until creamy.  Add peanut butter egg and vanilla and stir til smooth and creamy.  Add flour and baking soda and stir until well combined.  
Keep in mind I doubled that recipe and made all of them... then turned around
and started over and made another batch because they turned out so good.

I'm veering from their directions to share  how I did it instead.  
This part of their directions was a little harder for me to  get at first.

 First you  make dough balls and set them out on the pan.  
Then dip a glass in sugar to slightly flatten them 
Then take a butter knife and make a slit at the top and after you do that 
take the knife and give it a little lean to the left and then put it back in the slit and do it to the right. 
Then knife down and use your four fingers on both hands to pull the two top curves of the heart
out a little bit and then push the sides in a bit then as you go down towards the bottom you use your thumbs on both hands to squish in and make the point.  I hope that makes sense
Then I dipped the fork in sugar again and made the criss cross.
You can see how my cookies are bigger because it was harder to
get the design all the way down.  Smaller ones do look cuter,
Anyways then bake at 350.  
Mine took 10 minutes and the recipe says 10-12.

I think Myguy and Trent both tasted the love 
when they did testing.

 They stack so cute and just think how you could decorate them 
in pretty wrappings for Valentines day. 
Alright yall, 
Time to hit the hay.
Until we meet again,

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Few Random Blessings Jan 10

I'm thankful for this  extraordinary day.  
For the loves in my life and that God chose me to get to be his Dollface, their Momma and her Grammy.
I'm thankful for overall good  health and strong bodies.  
 - That Spring  dropped  in for a day or two.  
Just two days ago we had snow melting; but today... it was warm.  
Really warm.  I'm thankful for colors of blue hydrangea, bachelor buttons and Arkansas cotton in the sky.   I'm grateful  I got to see it... and feel it.  
I'm thankful to have heard  coconut chimes clankeling  crazy from a pine tree limb in the breeze.
How it all smelled really clean.  
I'm thankful that for the better  part of the afternoon, our kitchen door was left open so 
fresh air could waft through the screen. 
What a beautiful day.  
Thank you Lord. 

I'm thankful this little wren was perched 
in my arms most of the day.   

For those smiles that melt me over and over again.  

I'm thankful for every moment I get to spend with her.  

For the feeling my AngelMother was smiling down on us today.  
I wonder; could you feel something  too sweet baby girl?

 For so many gifts I didn't know I'd ever get to experience.  
Thankyou God.  

For a son who spoke his mind yesterday
and how I realize he's  noticed more than I ever imagined. 
Thankyou God for growing him strong and insightful. 

I'm thankful for crazy friendships and snorts
and wild art, and salt, and light and  ripples across the big pond. 
How Cora's sister challenges me in the Book of Samuel, and that 
grace, peace, shine, illuminated, restoration and echo 
all share ONE  common Denominator.   

...that Myguy really is  growing out his  salt n pepper beard
to be "in this whole thing  together." And ...
dang if he doesn't look really good in gray might I add.  
Thank you God for this gift of marriage- 
being one twogether. 

Thankyou God for all these things and so much more,
thank you for my everything.  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Bible Tote Organizing and Samuel Study

 Today begins a new study in 1 Samuel with the Good Morning Girls.  
I decided not to  buy the journal that goes along with it.  And instead, I'm using a plain notebook; but did 
print out all the study questions and made a guide in the front of my notebook how they teach
to color code.   I'll be using watercolor pencils and an aquabrush.   I'm not sure how I'll do with that, but since there's no right or wrong way, we'll
just see what happens.  I'll start by only highlighting the verses that  really stand out for me.  
This all reminds me of a Catholic bible I brought home from my Gram's funeral.  Inside it; I remember seeing Gram  had color coded a few things as well.  I don't have that bible anymore.
I gave it to one of my siblings.  But if Gram thought to do this for study; I want to as well.  
Gram lived and breathed Jesus.  

A friend of mine recently inspired me to get a tote set up with all my current bible study things.
So last night I dumped spools of vintage ribbon, bows, burlap, tulle, etc out of this tote
and loaded her up with things I'm actually using.    A journaling bible, the new study materials for Samuel, Salt and Light study, an In Touch Devotional, war binder, Documented Faith, The Broken Way Book, Counting Gifts tn, pen pouch, washi tape, scissors, stickers, and journaling cards.  This is a new concept for me; the whole 
everything in one place!  

Dishes are done for a change.
Time to carry this tote to bed and finish the study questions.  

Friday, January 6, 2017

Jan 6 Snow Day

Not seeing one snowflake last year;
these feet couldn't help but hit the floor runnin limping  for our bedroom
window this morning to see if the weatherman was right.  
What a joyful sight!  
Pure white snow.  
I could hardly wait to dig out my olde snowboots and go for a walk.  

 First I filled all the birdfeeders and left seed here 
and there for my feathered friends.  

Then grabbed new batteries for one camera, my cellphone,
and started pulling on the layers.  
I left all three dogs at home.  
Addie and Francoise would've gotten too cold since 
they'd been shaved and sweatered.  
And Aspen; well, I just didn't feel like hollering her back from 
every jackrabbit, coyote, and fox trail.  
It was just me and the quiet.  
Oh; and that beautiful sound of crunching snow 
beneath my boots.  
 I took a ton of photos.  
Before I got back to the house, my iphone up and died though.
The battery was charged; so ??? 
What a party pooper.
Thankfully I had my other camera as a backup.  

 The donks and horse don't seem to like the cold at all.  
They did get happier with a ration of grain though.  

 I found myself watching for light to photograph as much 
as the snow today.
Maybe to go along with my one little word this year  I should start an album
of  illuminated shots.  

I stayed out as long as I could stand it today.
Everything stayed warm but my hands.  
Taking photos in mittens is impossible for me.  
So when they started going numb; I headed for the house.  

Later this afternoon, a friend and I were talking about Valentines day and 
after chatting about framing  prints, I decided to run back outdoors and 
take these two photos before the snow up and melts.   
 I'm anxious to print them out and try them in black frames.

Well, once again; dishes are calling.  
 Seems to be becoming a  habit  to blog before dishes.  
They should soak abit don't you think?  Least that's my story.

I sign off tonight with a new scripture picture.  

Feel free to print and share.

 Thanks for spending your time with me!
 from the olde shed.