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Saturday, March 30, 2013

He is Risen!

 Isaiah 53:5

"But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed."

Up from the Grave He Arose


Robert Lowry

 Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior, waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!  

 Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior, vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord! 

 Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior; he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave he arose; with a mighty triumph o'er his foes; he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever, with his saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Easter Blessings, Dear Ones...Heather

Friday, March 29, 2013

In Christ Alone


 In Christ Alone

by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless Babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live, I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From a life' s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man
Could ever pluck me from His hand'
Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I stand

I will stand, I will stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground, all other ground
Is sinking sand, is sinking sand
So I stand.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Prayers needed...

Psalm 46:1-3

"God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah"

Prayers are needed for Marie and her family. You all know Marie as Old Lady Morgan. You can read about her prayer needs here. Please lift up her and her family. They greatly need comfort and wisdom right now.

Love and hugs to you all, dear friends!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Got eggs?

Been doing some egg makeovers!  These have been fun especially with having my 2nd cold after the flu during the last month, I can sit on the couch and do them.  So when you are done reading this, please wash your hands and spray some Lysol. It's a good thing that we converse by typing because my voice is gone (some may think that is a blessing).  My students will have an enjoyable day tomorrow... ;)            
     My last two weeks were kind of stinky- it was cold, I had/have another cold, and (cue music of dread)-report cards.  Not a good mix!  But, I received word last weekend that I had won a giveaway from Mary from Marmmies, Mammy's, And More!  God sure does know when you need a "dewdrop of mercy" (I see that happens with others of you and giveaways.  God knows!)! I was at one of my favorite coffee shops with my mom, practically in tears over the week I had had (Nothing tragic, no worries.).  They had free Wi-fi, so I quick checked my email.  When I saw her email, I then changed into tears of joy from her sweetness. He arrived just after report cards- perfect timing! IS HE NOT CUTE!  She is so talented!  I would seriously encourage you to check out her blog and wares.  So prim! The picture below is really the color he is. Ignore the color in the little left one.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mary!  I so love him!

These were some white resin eggs that I purchased at Cocalico Creek.  I liked them, but they just weren't prim enough.  Some of you who like the white look are probably yelling at my post right now,"Don't do it!"

Well, look away, because I am gonna...

Perfectly prim!

     So, these eggs were so much fun to make!  Sweet Mary wrapped my Mr. Bunny in this awesome tissue paper!  The paper has special sentimentality to me in that the ads were from Boston and Worcester (You pronounce it "Wa-oo-sta".  Get it right.).  
     Steve and I spent the second year of our marriage there as he got transferred there as a store manager at a Bass Shoe Store.  We returned after a year because we found out that my dear aunt's cancer had returned.  I basically went into a depression/anxiety state worrying about everyone back home.  I was also a newlywed and never before lived that far from my parents.  Still don't.  I do treasure our time there, now that I look back on it.  
     We lived near Sturbridge. Talk about right out of Norman Rockwell.  Fall scarecrow making contests on the Village Green.  The scenery.  We'd probably still be there, but God had other plans.  So, back to Lancaster we came.  So, this tissue paper brought back memories for me. 
    I modged podged the tissue paper all over the plastic eggs.  I think they turned out pretty cool.  I have 3 left.  I am going to put them on skewers to stick into some arrangements.  Trouble is, I have some other ways to cover them, and I am not sure how to do them.  I mean, I only have 3!  Of course, I am sure there are more plasticy eggs around (I don't mean the kind for Easter Baskets, by-the-way.  The plastic ones that are SUPPOSED to look like real eggs.  Well, I guess after what I did to them, they don't look like real eggs either.  Oh well.)

Feed sack egg and a "redware" egg.

These are the last 3 needing a make-over.  You may think they look fine, but trust me. You KNOW they are plastic close up. Don't be tricked into feeling sorry for them.

     Okay, so these are not eggs.  But they were a fun couch project.  I used 4 circles of the fabric I got on my trip with Granny Trace' to the CLOTH store.  I did a simple stitch around the center, really about an inch from the edge.  I stuffed them  in-between the 2nd and 3rd layer before I finished sewing them.  I pulled them a bit to pucker them up.  Next, I cut slits to make the petals and took pinking shears to the edges.  Then I made pennies and sew them on.  I did then realize it would be easier to sew the pennies to the first 2 layers BEFORE sewing the flower together.  Much easier! I also painted some watered-down black paint to make the center stand out.  You can do this with any cloth.  I saw a tutorial on the internet for these.  My original ones that I did, I crafted with onsaburg fabric, grunged, and baked.  I have shown them on my blog before. I am really into pennies right now, trying to add some color and folk art look to my prim.  I will show Spring Decor pictures later, so you can see my "attempts".  I am running out of steam right now.

These are osnaburg fabric ones that I made for my mom.  She wanted something a little lighter.  I saw some in a store made with homespun material.  You know how it goes, "Gee, I think I can make that!"

Okay, so these aren't eggs, but I had to show you some goodies that I go a few weeks back!

My spring bunny that I purchased from Brenda from The Rusty Thimble. Isn't he so sweet?!

This is a pin keep from one of my favorite ebay sellers, Primpenny. I have 4 of her pin keeps.  I just love it!  I will show you my collection later, with the spring decor post.

This is my ironing board's new look that I had to show you.  I got a little hooked on vintage string and threads.  I will show more later.  The copper lantern was $2 from Goodwill.  I like it!

     Well, that is it for now, my lovely friends.  I took a nap in the middle of this.  I really started it around 11:00 am.  It is now 5 pm. I am going back to my crafting on the couch and watching "Monarch of the Glen". I was watching "Larkrise to Candleford" before that.  The last episode is one of my favorites.  It is a weakness of mine... ;)

Love and hugs to you all!


P.S. Go wash you hands and Lysol your computer!

Isaiah 40:28-31

Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
    and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
    and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint.