Fourth of July, 2012

This morning while I was out walking our dog, Buddy, my thoughts were filled with our country’s upcoming celebration of July 4th, Independence Day.

Most often when I think about celebrating July 4th, I envision being with family and friends for a picnic as well as watching a beautiful display of fireworks in the evening at our local park.  But this morning my thoughts were on all of those brave young men and women who have and continue to sacrifice their lives for our freedom.  It was during this time that the following thoughts came to me as I continued to walk and I wanted to share them with you:

 THE HANDS OF TIME
The Hands of Time keeps marching on,

Snatching up who it will.

It never slumbers nor sleeps,

Making a mockery of death.

But for all those who have gone on before us,

May they be remembered as they rest in peace.

And may we never forget their sacrifice in laying down their lives,

So that we can live in Freedom.

On Independence Day this year, may we have a renewed appreciation for all the men and women who have given their lives and for those who continue to do so to help shape this great country of ours.

May God bless us one and all and help us to continue to be thankful for our freedom. Because we truly live in a land that is indeed “the home of the brave and the free.”

Equal To or Lesser Than

Two weeks ago, my husband and I invited my daughter and her husband to go to dinner with us because we had received a “birthday card” in the mail for a dinner at a local area restaurant.  It said that if we purchased one dinner, we would receive another one of “equal or lesser value” for free.  Ordinarily we would not have used this card, but my son-in-law had just received word of an exciting job offer in another state, so we wanted to celebrate and go somewhere where they had not been before.

Both my husband and son-in-law ordered exactly the same dinner, and my daughter another dinner.  I, on the other hand, decided I could not eat that much food so I opted to get a wrap with one side–on the lighter side–which I barely finished.  We then ordered two desserts to share.

However, when the bill came, the waitress had deducted my “wrap” instead of the dinner of equal or lesser value.  When my husband questioned her, she said it used to be done that way.  Now their policy was to deduct the lesser meal.  Although my husband explained that my order was technically not a dinner, she would not back down.  We paid the bill and sadly left.

The next day I sent an email to the restaurant and explained that we were not disappointed in any way with the food–just the wording on the card–and felt “cheated” by the way the waitress handled our questions.  When I further noted that we had purchased three regular-priced dinners and that the waitress had deducted mine, they immediately apologized and sent us another card in the mail.  My husband and I plan to go back to the restaurant, and we will order two lower-cost dinners and bring any leftovers home for another meal.

As I thought about this incident throughout the week, the more I realized that God does not make us feel lesser than in His eyes.  He created us in His image and He treats us with the same unconditional love that encourages us as we daily walk in our faith with Him.  Let us continue to walk with Him throughout our journey and treat one another with His love.

Until next time, blessings on you.

Lights…Camera…Action

The Year 2011 will be over at midnight tonight when the ball drops in Times Square in New York City!  2012 is just around the corner.  I have been watching this event since I was a little girl and I would always beg my mom to let me stay up to keep her company until my dad would get home from his evening shift at work.  Grabbing my blanket, I would curl up on the couch and wonder what the new year would bring me.

As I looked back over 2011, I have been reminded of so many positive and wonderful things that have happened in my life….friends and family members who have inspired my creativity and dreams and who have motivated me to follow through with getting projects done.

When I watch the ball drop tonight, I will look forward to 2012 with enthusiasm and look foward to all of the possibilities that lie ahead of me.  I titled this post Lights, Camera, Action because it represents the following to me:

Lights – light bulbs (ideas, inspiration, creative thoughts)

Camera – visualization (create the ideas that you see)

Action -Follow through and just do it!

I hope that each of you have a wonderful and blessed New Year, and that it is filled with creative ideas that become completed projects!

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

It is hard to imagine that one week from today is Christmas!  For most of us, we are still trying to get last-minute shopping and baking done so that we can sit down and enjoy our wonderful families on that day.

If you are feeling stressful, take a few minutes to remember the “reason for the season” and make this week a time to reflect on all your blessings.  Spread some kindness and good cheer.

Last week while I was at the Family Bookstore, I had two 25% off coupons.  Since I could only use one for my purchases, I asked one of the ladies who was still shopping if she needed a coupon.  Cheerfully, she accepted this free gift, and I felt like a better person for giving it to her.  This week I had to purchase some gifts for some special people at our church.  When the cashier asked if I had a coupon, regrettably I said “no.”  She said, “Well, I have a 25% coupon right here” and proceeded to deduct 25% off each item that I purchased.  When I left the store, I smiled knowing that she had given back to me what I had given away the week before.  It was awesome!

So over the holidays and in this coming year, I know one of my goals will be to continue to “pay it forward.”  Have a very wonderful Christmas and blessed New Year!

Until next time, be inspired and happy crafting!

 

 

Clutter, Clutter Everywhere!

Clutter, clutter everywhere!  Clutter, clutter in my hair!

Recently, our church had a yard sale, and I was happy to contribute some items.  However, when I began to look around my house for items to donate, I was overcome with “clutterphobia.”  They say that “someone else’s trash is our treasure.”  But in that moment of truth, I had discovered that by allowing myself to live with clutter, that I was actually stifling my creativity.  There was a lack of inspiration and motivation to finish all those unfinished projects.

I would like to share some of the tips that I have implemented in my continued effort to de-clutter my home.  I hope you find these helpful.

Sort through items you want to keep, give away, or throw away.  I found if I put items in boxes and marked keep, donate/give away, or throw away, that the task seemed less overwheming.  At this time of year, depending on the items, you can donate clothing, unused craft supplies, furniture, and decorative items to local churches, rescue missions, the Salvation Army, shelters, or YMCA’s.  Before you purchase an item, if you stop and ask whether you want it or need it, chances are you don’t need it.  So don’t buy it.

Don’t try to do it all!  I have been crafting for over 30 years and have collected my share of stashes.  But when I began to de-clutter, I realized that I had purchased two machines over the past few years, a Cricut and embroidery machine, that I never used.  So I donated the Cricut with all the accessories to our local elementary school and the embroidery machine to a dear friend who happened to be looking for one.  What joy in giving!  It felt like two heavy burdens had been lifted.  In trying to do it all, I lost sight of what I had a passion about.  So if you have something just sitting around, evaluate whether or not you are truly going to learn it and whether you have a passion for it.  Don’t hold on to that “until someday” mentality.  Do it or let it go!

Start and finish one project at a time.  Too many unfinished projects lying around can make you feel overwhelmed so that none of them get finished.  Concentrate on one project at a time, finish it, and then go on to the next one.  What a feeling of accomplishment at completing the task at hand!

So even with the holidays upon us, let’s resolve to begin cleaning out unnecessary clutter in our lives.  You will be amazed at the transformation of the newly organized space, as well as a more tranquil feeling from within yourself.

Until next time, happy creating!

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