Friday, December 9, 2011

Votives Holders with Apple/Peach Votives Yum!

There is nothing like the scent of a wonderful candle.  Especially those that evoke wonderful memories of days gone by.  I decorated these little votive holders and added the yummy scented apple peach votives to them for my Etsy Shop.  I popped them up this evening and they are adorable.

I think they make perfect gifts for neighbors, bus drivers, postmen and women, anyone who enjoys a smile and a friendly reminder that they are special, needed, and appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by!  Praying all is well with you and yours!  Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Yes, I said it!  I said it right out loud...I said Merry Christmas!  When I was little we never thought about whether to say it or not, we just wished everyone a Merry Christmas.  It was a time when we remembered the blessings of Christ's love for us.  The need for a Savior and the provision of One by our Lord.  We celebrated because He LIVED for us!

It wasn't that we were trying to offend anyone!  We weren't trying to make someone elses faith diminish.  We were just rejoicing in our Gift from above.  If someone had a different holiday they celebrated, they didn't get upset; they just said Merry Christmas, then would follow up with we celebrate Hanukkah or something and we'd discuss what they believed and how the rejoiced.

What happened?  What in the world happened?!  Now, it's an offense to say Merry Christmas...Lord Jesus help us all!

Merry Christmas everyone!  May the love and joy of Jesus fill your lives, hearts, and season!

Blessings and love,

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Gift of Color

I thought I would share some of my favorite Etsy picks in shades of Aqua. One of the greatest gifts that we receive from our Lord is the gift of color. Think of's only for our enjoyment that color has been created. We are "Wowed" by the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets...we are struck with awe at the trees during the fall and we can't help but gape with wonder at the beauty of creation.

Thank you Lord for giving us the colors to make our eyes see with new life and dream with new dreams.

Friday, September 23, 2011


What is the meaning of patriotism according to the dictionary?  It's the "love for or the devotion to ones country". 

So what has happened to our patriotism?  When did it fall away, get lost...all but disappear?  I believe it happens just as it happens with our Christian faith.  It's small steps at first.  We hurry off to work or school before we say a prayer; we cease to open God's Word on a daily basis; the world infiltrates our lives more that God is allowed in.

So it is with patriotism...first we remove it from home and schools.  We forget to share what it costs to be free.  We forget that men and women have died for this flag, this country, and this way of life.

Can you join me in bringing, both, a revival to our Christian walk, as well as, a revival to our patriotism back?  Starting with us, in our homes, communities, and lives.  Let's begin anew to read God's precious Word, to share it with our children and grandchildren...let's begin anew to revive the patriotism we seem to have lost over the generations that have past.

God bless you and God bless this great country!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I discovered the Treasury List function on Etsy and created a couple of lists. Here is a picture of some of my "favorite" treasures. They are all from different shops; don't they make a beautiful collage. If you see something you like just click the photo to access the links to the site.

I've made two lists so far...I hope you'll stop by and take a look. What fun! Thanks for taking the time with me today!



Tuesday, September 6, 2011

My Liebster Award!

"Liebster" is German for Favorite and my friend Jodi's Book Reviews has honored me with the award and asked me to link back to her. So here it is.

The idea is to create a post with a link back and choose 5 other blogs with under 200 followers to do the same. I'm hoping to capture a few followers and help others in the here goes.

Above are the 5 blogs I would like to share the award with. Thank you so much for Following along. Don't feel bad if you can't do this...I thought it would be fun so I did.



Monday, September 5, 2011

Thank you for Visiting

I just had a "Labor Day" visitor and I wanted to say thank you.  It's people like you that make me feel a bit of the joy of the Lord on a day to day basis.

I've been adding to my other blog, Sweet Home Designs, and there are times when this one gets left behind.  I apologize.

I opened an Etsy shop in an effort to support my hobby and hopefully bring a little income in during this difficult time.

Here's one of my latest:

Thank you for visiting and following...I'm so glad you're here!

Blessings and love,

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sharing a Little Christmas...

Aren't these stamps adorable?  Yes, it's time for Christmas in July.  Frankly, I'm excited to share Christmas with you even if it's early.  Christmas is a time for us to celebrate the Savior's Birth...Our Redeemer! 

I truly think with all the hub-bub surrounding this blessed event we REALLY have forgotten the true meaning.

LOTV Christmas Collection

Praying that as you look at these beautiful creations you'll remember the King of Kings and His sacrifice for us.

Card by Bev Rochester
Be blessed Dear Ones with the love and mercy of Christ!


Monday, August 1, 2011

Jesus is Right Here in the Car with Me....

I wanted to share a video with you that has blessed me over and over again.  This sweet lady shared her faith, love for the Lord, with such courage and direction that the outcome could only have been what it was. 

Praying you are blessed too!

Thank you for stopping by!  God bless and keep you always in His care!!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

My First Easel Card!

Well, I told you I was going to try one and I thought I better show you how it turned out. The stamp is a familiar Lili of the Valley stamp that I've used before. I wish I could get a "bunch" more, but for now this is what I have, thank you for bearing with me.

Here it is with the verse showing, the face of the card will actually set just above the placket with the heart.

Close up of the image.

Side profile with kitchen in the background :)

I hope you like the way it turned out! If you try one, let me know and I'll come visit too!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Facebook Page for my Sweet Home Designs Blog

Hello everyone!  I put together a FB Page for my Sweet Home Designs Blog!

I would love to have you visit and tell me what you think!  It's been such a blessing to share my cards, ideas, tutorials, and just plain fun!

Thank you for stopping by!



Saturday, April 16, 2011

Thought I Would Add a Post...

Hi everyone...this has been a very stagnate blog for a very long time.

I had tried, unsuccessfully, to grow a business using the social marketing media. There are those that have been successful, but as I began to think about it...I realized that if only 3% of the people who "join" me in my business venture are could I, in good faith, invite them to invest their money with me? 

I mean, think about it...what venture would you invest in if you knew that there was a 97% failure rate!!?

As I came to the realization that, for me, it was morally and ethically, wrong to try and convince, encourage, or otherwise cajole someone into a business I knew was most likely destined to failure...I withdrew...

I'll keep this blog running, but now under the guys of sharing life, love, faith, and healthy eating with you...Sound like a deal? Great...then onward and upward!

I will most likely start a little Etsy Shop or something...but with regards to network's over...

Blessings to you!