Saturday, June 28, 2014

Bee Pot

Summer has arrived! There are many chores to do in the is a pot redo!
This is the before:

1. Wash and dry the terracotta pot.

2. Paint two coats of white paint. I used what I had...Anne Sloan Old White

3. Use double stick tape to tape a piece of white tissue paper to a piece of cardstock measuring
 8 1/2 X 11 to fit your printer.
I used a bee photo with Jardin 1914 from the Graphic's Fairy: husband said, "Honey, you spelled garden incorrectly..."

4. Decoupage with OUTDOOR glue and let dry and cure two days before potting. (The pot was sticky at first.)

Plant your favorite pink blossom and watch it grow!

The hard part is deciding where to put it....on the porch?

On my desk in the kitchen? I do love my new kitchen.....we have been working since last November.... but that's another post (when we get the flooring done).

Here in the kitchen Mona can let me know when it needs watering...

One down.....two to go!


Monday, June 16, 2014

One cup

Bonjour peeps!

     June has been an awesome Hebrews 12 month for me! If your not familiar with Hebrews 12 you should be.....brush the dust off the family Bible, or Google it....find a version you are comfortable with and READ....just drink it in! It is an awesome chapter in the Bible on trails. We don't like pain, suffering, bad news,...but it is real life if you are a child of The Most High. After the first 5 verses, the writer quotes Proverbs 3. Interesting." My son, do not make light of the LORD's discipline, and do not lose heart, when he rebukes you, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."

  My trial began on 2/28/2014 with a gallbladder dx and surgery 3/1 that came with the promise of more surgery with a "lesion" they found on the right kidney. More Dr. visits and  one MRI later....did I tell you my MRI experience was like being swallowed by a large octopus, placed in a freezer, and shot by a firing squad! They need better earplugs for the! After another consult with Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa....we opted for the 34 year old doctor from Brown University to remove the lesion using robotic surgery. All I can say 5 days post-op is AWESOME job folks!

Which brings me to this photo of a canvas....a real piece of art created by me....but it was not my idea....if you Google Vicky Papaioannou you will find a You Tube video entitled Art journal: Take life one cup at a time. I watched and learned by this master artist and did my own version because I do not own all the supplies she has, but I am thinking mine is good enough to sell. The entire amount will be given to the charity
Their mission
1. Prevent human trafficking by providing aged-out orphans with educational opportunities and safe living conditions.
2. Promote and expand fair trade by networking with Kenyan artisans in order to provide sustainable income opportunities allowing them to impact their local communities.
3. Provide widows with the vocational training and access to healthcare and clean water needed to provide for their families.

It would look great in your kitchen! Email me by July goes to the highest bidder in the continental USA. Opening bid is $30.00. The entire amount given will go to Take Heart.
The canvas is an 11 X 14" and unframed. The cups are made from scrapbook paper, with each cup hand cut from different papers. The background is made from 1 in squares applied with matte gel. The title is black paper cut with the cricut machine.

Email your zip code for a estimated cost of shipping.

Ignore the green umbrella that is tilting because the whipped cream is melting on the hot coffee...did you notice my shot at humor with Mary Engelbriet's take heart pin keeper. My coffee cup is also ME given to me by a friend. The lovely flowers are from my sister that brought them to the hospital.....there's just something special about a fresh bouquet! I reminds me of PARIS...which is where we were a year ago! I am oh so thankful to the LORD for allowing this 34 year old whippersnapper to remove the lesion without difficulty and this healing that is going on slowly by surely! Thanks to all for the prayers!


P.S. Happy Father's Day to my son! You have such a gift in your arms! I am so thankful for the man of integrity and wonderful father you have become! Mandi is the most excellent wife and mother! (She is worth the 3 years I prayed for her!)

Isn't he the cutest grandson ever?
Happy Father's Day!

Okay, you peeps behave yourself....and if you are blessed with Proverbs 5....incredible warnings in that chapter....the devil would love to steal your joy.

Ephesians 6:12......For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Hannah's Wedding Shower

Last weekend we hosted a wedding shower for Brent and Hannah. I love the colors she has chosen.

Hannah and her mom.

Brent's mom, Bridget, Hannah, and Kathy.

Sisters and the bride: Kayla, Hannah, and Carly (we are missing Mandi!)

Congrats Hannah and Brent!

Thanks to all the hostesses for the food and decorations!
Michelle the sandwiches are becoming your signature dish!
Thanks for all the decorations!
Olivia, the almond cake was amazing!
Carol, thanks for bringing the punch. Raspberry sherbet with 7-up and pineapple is my favorite!
Lindsay....what would a party be without your cupcakes? Chocolate on chocolate with the cream cheese-chocolate chip filling makes the best tasting cupcake! They were too pretty to eat!

Brent and Hannah's banner was created using scrapbook paper, paper lace doilies, and letters cut from the Ellison machine.

Recipe for Michelle's Sandwiches:

Hawaiian Rolls
Swiss Cheese and Ham
Turkey and Provolone
Poppy seeds

Make sandwiches and cover with saran wrap until needed.
Just before serving melt 1 stick of butter, 1 TBSP Worchestershire and 1 TBSP poppy seeds. Pour mixture over sandwiches and bake in 350* oven for 20 min. 
These have the most amazing flavor!