Crafty Things

Memory box & card: You’ve touched my life

"Stop procrastinating and write a blog post already" I keep telling myself! I put the task on my calendar for this morning and promised myself that I would make this a priority today! If I made New Year's resolutions, I would say mine would be to quit procrastination and stop chasing those "squirrel" distractions! I should have blogged about this a few months ago but better late then never! I am in love with altered cigar boxes that hold handmade cards! A lot of work? Why yes, yes it is! But oh, the results are well worth the effort! This memory box and card were created at the request of a sweet friend who wanted something special for her mother who was celebrating her 80th FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Living a Life of Prayer – The Prayer Box

The idea of prayer has been heavy on my mind lately.....for quite a few months actually. I've been examining my own level of commitment to prayer, why I pray, how I pray and if I really believe in prayer. "I'll pray for you".....if I could earn a dime for every time someone has said this, right? This common "comfort phrase" has grown in popularity it seems, becoming more visible through social media, so many posts on Facebook about real life tough situations and we respond "I'll pray for you" Do we mean it? Or, is it just something we can respond with to let the person in need know we aren't ignoring them and to show the world that we're present we type these 4 little words. But FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Layering with a purpose

Just a quick post today to show you a few cards & tags I made recently! I started off with the tag which was used to teach other ladies at a local Scrap booking crop which raises money for missions. I do this event twice a year and each time I try to raise the bar on my creations for the ladies to do as Make-it-take-its. I always chuckle because the ladies look at what I've made and always say they wish they could be so creative and by the end of their time with me they have been creative by making it! Read more

2014: Daily Public Prayer Challenge

I do enjoy a's not a resolution, rather, an opportunity to do something you're passionate about without the stress (this is my definition!) I began thinking a few weeks ago about doing something a little different in 2014 that I would enjoy doing and something that would enrich my faith. I have spent the past year learning more about prayer and I have come to cherish the time I spend each day in conversation Read more

I Alone Cannot Change the World

"I Alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone to create many ripples across the waters" Mother Teresa What a powerful quote made by such a beautiful person! I love the message this sends to us all.... not one of us has the ability to change the world (gosh....I hope you've figured this out!) but what we can do is become a part of the change which can be done in a variety of ways. What's important is to get involved, become educated, be passionate and truly care about others. What a difference one person can make....combined with others who are similar in spirit, this is how change is made! I was commissioned to create this project which was a challenge from the beginning FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Team in Training – Wipe out Blood Cancer

There's a first time for everything right? Today is one of those times for me.... When writing blog posts, it's often difficult to take what's in your head and relay it through the keyboard....I think we've all probably had this struggle at one time or another. I was asked to make a canvas that could be auctioned off to raise funds for the leukemia and lymphoma society, so I made one because the cause is important and because the young lady who asked me to make it is young and passionate about bringing more awareness to cancer. No way I was saying no to that! It's an important cause, one that we can all get involved with.....specifically, this young lady (Helen) and her team are FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Friends are Friends Forever

C.S. Lewis said “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” Friendships are so wonderful to have and for some, they are life long relationships which become a precious part of our lives. I was commissioned to create a special gift for my friend Joy which she was giving to her friend as a keepsake. Joy and her family are moving and with that, I'm sure, comes mixed emotions. You are excited for what lies ahead but also go through a bit of grieving for relationships that change because of the miles that will be between you. Joy mentioned that her friend was a support and encouragement FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Elegant is as Elegant Does

   I am deeply mesmerized by the power of black and white when used together in something I create! I began this morning with no idea as to what I would create. All I knew was that I was going to pull down one of the cigar boxes I picked up recently and somehow incorporate it into my project. I sunk into a chair, gather paper samples, mixing and matching things for quite some time, but nothing was creating an "ah ha" moment for me, so I decided to stop and step away for a while. I went for a walk as this always helps me to refocus.....breathe in....breathe out....don't forget to! Out of nowhere, I remembered a statement from Mr. Bivens which has come to me quite frequently FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Sweet Hour of Prayer

What began as a desire to use a song sheet in a card, turned into a day spent pouring over the words of this hymn, and recognizing the opportunity for a deeper, more meaningful prayer life with God. When I decide to create a card / card set that shares my faith, I am able to spend time reading Scripture, listening to music, talking with my Heavenly Father and creating. I've learned that if I don't willingly enter into a place where I can close off the world and be alone with God, my ability to create is affected. I'm blessed to have this special time with Father, it is precious and sweet to me. I grew up singing this song and hearing my father play it on the marimba. If I close my FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Wine a bit…you’ll feel better

I'm a quirky individual about certain things.... When I have my morning cup of coffee, I take a moment to select which coffee mug I'm going to use. I've got to get that special feeling inside of me when I'm choosing it, it's just something I do. Same goes for those times when I decide to indulge in a libation, especially a glass of wine. I look over my wine glasses, I may reach for one glass, only to be persuaded by an unseen force to another. If the glass isn't the right choice, it messes with the experience in my book. See....I told you I was quirky! I enjoy the enjoyment of things, meaning, if I'm going to do something, like drink a cup of coffee or tea or, enjoy a glass of wine, FULL STORY HERE....... Read more