Friday, April 30, 2010

So Glad It's Friday

I am so glad it's Friday. I don't have to call anyone or fax anything until at least Monday. I get to pick up my new glasses (thanks Mom and Dad) tomorrow. I get my hair cut tomorrow. Mike and I are going to a concert. There will be time to continue packing. And time for scrapbooking.

I'm entering another layout over at The Scrappiest. This is based on sketch 62. More circus pictures! And more scraps used up! Woo hoo!


The background paper is a piece of American Crafts and the pink letters are also American Crafts. Everything else is just random stuff. I love the picture of those elephants.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

We Are Kids

I am just now getting around to scrapping our circus pictures from last month. This is for a sketch challenge over at Sketchy Thursdays (hurry and upload your take on the sketch by 10pm EST on 4/28). The given sketch utilized blocks so this is what I came up with.

The paper is all pieces of scrap paper that I've kept for far too long. I've even got some old Scenic Route chipboard (haven't used that paper brand in FOREVER) and stickers on here. And of course, some sparkly American Crafts Thickers letters.

It feels good to see some old stuff in my stash getting used finally. It's all about taking the time and figuring out what can go with what, something that I usually find tedious. I'm so used to coordinating paper lines and embellies that when I look at my scrap drawer I'm like, "AH! NO!" But I read on other scrappers' blogs about how they just pulled this and that from their drawer and everything went together perfectly! But surely they have days where absolutely nothing works, right? Does mixing and matching random scraps ever overwhelm you?

Friday, April 23, 2010

A New View

I'm a few chapters into By His Wounds You Are Healed, the Bible study for women I wrote about a few posts ago. One chapter was all about looking at life not from an Earthly perspective, but from a Godly perspective. In this chapter, I found the Bible verse from 2 Corinthians that I put in my last post and I have to say, just thinking about that really got me through the week. We've been having so much trouble with getting our mortgage but I decided to focus on the good things to come (what I can't see) instead of focusing on the bad in the present because the bad always goes away at some point. I just kept telling myself that.

And then we found out Thursday that we are approved for our mortgage and so now things are moving forward. Yay! There are still some issues but I know that next month it will all be over with and we'll be in a new and more spacious place and I'll be able to get a new desk and have a room for scrapbooking. :)

Then I came across the new scrapbook challenge over at the All About Me blog and it was about viewing your world from a different angle. And I thought, How perfect? I can scrap about viewing my life from a Godly angle and use the 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 verse. So that's what I did:

The LO is based on sketch #59 from The Scrappiest. I used up some old Christmas paper and raided my ribbon stash on this one. My goal is to use as much of my scrapbook supplies before we move so that I have less to pack. Although that means more physical scrapbooks and those things are heavy. Oh well. Gotta make the movers work for their money.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Beauty

I hope everyone is enjoying Sunday. I just popped on to share a few things with you all.

This is a LO I did for a challenge at the Favorite Things blog. The challenge was to scrap your favorite city. Well, New York is not my favorite city but I had these great pictures of the blooming trees and flowers in the park where I sometimes eat lunch and thought, "Why don't I do a LO of my favorite spot in New York?" So that's what I did. I used the papers and embellies from the Bo Bunny paper pack I got over Easter. The green letters are American Crafts.


Isn't that pink tree beautiful? There are magenta tulips surrounding it. Every day at lunch at least 10 people stop to take pictures of that tree.

In other beauty news, I finally got around to listening to a song that my friend Danae posted on her blog a few weeks ago. It's called "Just Showed Up for My Own Life" by Sara Groves (born in NJ, grew up in MO). It's really pretty and really great and if you want to listen to the song (just listen, not buy), just type in "sara groves just showed up for my own life" in your Google search bar and the first result you'll get is from iLike.com. Just click where it says "play song from iLike.com" and the song will begin streaming (playing) and you're good to go.

You can also go here to hear a snippet of the song and watch a very moving trailer for Nomad. According to Wikipedia: "Sara was chosen as the subject of a film released in August 2006, titled Sara Groves - Just Showed Up For My Own Life, the first installment of a new reality film series called Nomad: The Show With No Home produced by Fearless Films Inc."After watching the trailer, I definitely want to find out how I can watch the film in its entirety. You might feel the same way. UPDATE: This is the website with clips from the film. It's Film 01.

And last but not least:
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (New Living Translation)
For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Domestication

Here I am in my PJs doing laundry on a Saturday night and watching 48 Hours: Hard Evidence (three teens get high on LSD and kill one teen's mom; lesson: never have children).

Just wanted to share a recipe that I made last week. I was reading a magazine and saw this Hillshire Farm ad that had four recipes on it. The recipe for Cheesy Potatoes with Smoked Sausage sounded good to me and we already had most of the ingredients in our fridge, so I was like, "Awesome! Let's do this!" And here's how you can do this:

Cheesy Potatoes with Smoked Sausage adapted from Hillshire Farm recipe
Ingredients:
1 package Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage
1 bag Ore Ida frozen hash browns (put the bag in the fridge during the day so they are sort of defrosted by the time you make dinner)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. (Some nonstick cooking sprays are not gluten-free. I always wipe the pans down with butter. Put a plastic baggie over your hand, dip it in the butter tub, and then rub the butter into the pan. Hand stays mess-free.)

2. Cut sausage into 1/2-inch cubes. Combine all ingredients in large bowl.

3. Spread mixture evenly in prepared pan. Bake 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned.

I don't have a picture of this b/c I forgot to take one, but oh boy. It's delicious. My favorite things in life - meat, cheese, and potatoes. YEAH!!!!

There are more fun recipes at Hillshire Farm's website: www.gomeat.com

While not cooking new recipes, I've been watching a lot of Bewitched. It seems that every time I turn on the TV, TV Land is running a Bewitched marathon (the classic TV show, not the stupid movie version). I've decided that I don't want to be a witch (I can't wiggle my nose), but instead, I want to own Samantha Stevens' wardrobe.

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You can't really tell from this picture just how awesome Samantha Stevens always looked (I couldn't find any good full-body images) but on the episode I watched today, she had on this flower-patterned sheath dress (something like this, only with a white background, not blue and not a v-neck... or this) and a side ponytail with a green ribbon tied in it. MUST HAVE IT! GAH!

Alright, time to eat a Skinny Cow ice cream cone and watch Shrek 2.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bible Study for Women

A few weeks ago, the author of the blog Practical Theology for Women wrote about a new book she had written - a Bible study for women through the book of Ephesians. The author, Wendy Horger Alsup, wrote that she had a few copies to give away to people interested in reading her book and reviewing it on their blogs. I, of course, jumped at the opportunity to a) get a free book and b) get a Bible study for women, for which I had been looking. The book, By His Wounds You Are Healed, came in the mail last week and I'm just now sitting down to start it.

I'm really excited to delve into the book deeper, especially because not only did Ms. Alsup provide space for taking notes, but she also provided questions in the back of the book to provoke further thinking and discussion. I just love me some good discussion questions (wish I had someone to discuss them with).

I read through the introduction today (I want to take this book chapter by chapter, one day at a time) and it wasn't until I got to the last paragraph that it became clear to me why I was meant to "win" this book. I hope Ms. Alsup doesn't mind my quoting her here, but I really just have to share this with you all:

This book is not about supernatural spiritual power to change your circumstances... This is about hope that God has done something on the cross that changes how we think about our circumstances! This is about responding to grace when we used to choose anger. This is about learning to endure in peace when we used to fret with impatience. This is about getting a vision for what God has done and is continuing to do for us in the heavenly realm and letting that vision make a real, radical difference in how we approach our struggles daily.
[bold emphasis mine]

God only knows that I am probably one of the most impatient people on the face of the Earth, especially when it comes to things I can't control. And unfortunately, the past several weeks have been chock-full of things I can't control. I'm always wishing I can control everything, get everything done right away, have everything taken care of as soon as possible. But life is not like that and I constantly struggle with just letting go, being patient and saying, "Okay, God. It's in your hands."

I've tried a mantra from author Florence Scovel Shinn: "I place this burden on the Christ within and I go free." Saying this is apparently supposed to change your mindset and calm you down, but I haven't really found it to be that freeing. I guess I don't know what calm feels like. I kind of want to feel God's hands on my shoulders or hear God say, "Calm down now. It's okay." (Though I suppose God could be speaking to me through my husband.)

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that now my excitement is not merely, "Oo I get a book and I get to review it" but more "Oo I think this Bible study could be just the thing I need. How did God know?" Oh, He always knows.

If any of this intrigues you, I encourage you to check out Ms. Alsup's website and keep following along on my blog to hear more of my thoughts on the book. You can also purchase the book, if you are so inclined, by clicking here. (For 15% off the book, use coupon code FR7S5NDB. The code is good through June 1.)

Monday, April 12, 2010

It's Been Awhile...

...since I scrapbooked. Over the Easter weekend I went to Archiver's with my mom and (she) bought me a paper kit from Bo Bunny. (It was on sale.) So this past weekend I got to play with it. I made a cute Thank You card and this LO:

San Fran Grace
by PopGoestheLaLa
Scrapbook.com

Can't wait to work more with the rest of the kit. This thing seriously had just about everything you could possibly need. I love the ribbon selection.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Pictures from Easter

my sisters

we dyed Easter eggs


the finished product