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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

A bit of crafting ♥

Good morning,  I've stayed up a bit longer than planned.   Yesterday I received my Distress Oxide Sprays in the post, and its just been lovely to work with them.   The colors I selected are:  chipped sapphire; tattered rose; salvaged patina; bundled sage; candied apple; saltwater taffy.   The other colors that I had on hand, are picked raspberry; spiced marmalade.   Here are two I created. 


Since I don't have a good place to take a photo, this will have to do, it would have been better in the daylight. 
I had a bit of fun with the top card, light tack tape, cut into strips, and a combo of using the distress oxide sprays and ink pads dabbed with a sponge.  I really like the look of a washed sunset with the look of water.   I wanted a butterfly to add a touch of whimsy, so using a sticker I had on hand from the Paper House gave it a nice touch.
The next photo is done with the sprays using a stencil that came free in my pack.   Art Stencils by Lisa Horton.
The inspiration came from thinking about the memory of my sister-in-law.  She would have loved these.  :)
I forgot to mention the card base is a thick watercolor paper.   I wouldn't recommend using a light weight card stock as it would curl during the drying process.

It's another work day.   I hope you all are doing well.   Please leave a comment, I really appreciate hearing from you.  ♥
Blessings, Mary ♥

**Just an added note, when spraying make sure to cover those things you don't want splotched.  My poor keyboard suffered in the process! **
It can be wiped off.  lol 

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Around the garden...and a chat


Thought I would pop in for a little visit.  Here are some photos taken earlier today, I just love to sneak up on little bugs that might be hiding on the top of flowers or between petals.   All the while I was looking for the perfect picture, a bug that sounded like a big jet kept buzzing around me, it was probably a horsefly.   

  I haven't worked on any crafting lately, just haven't had any motivation.   The other thing that happened recently and wasn't even sure that I should mention it but I will, my eldest brother had to have open heart surgery, on the day of the funeral for my sister-in-law.   So that could be another reason for my "low" feeling.    I received word that he is home now and is feeling okay.   If you think about it, please say a little prayer that all turns out well for him.  

On a good note, I got to visit with a friend I haven't really seen since the early 1970's or late 60's.  She and I grew up in the same neighborhood, right next door.   And how did we meet, well, she had come into my line at work.  When I turned to bag up her stuff, I thought she looked very familiar to me.   I asked if she remembered me, she looked into my eyes, because during that time I was wearing a mask.... and she said yes, I do remember you.   From that time on,  I have sent her some cards, and we've texted.... and this past Saturday we got together for a long chat and lunch at my house.   What a wonderful time we had.   ♥     And honestly for me, it was just refreshing to have this time together, especially since I no longer have my sister-in-law... I really feel like the Lord orchestrated that meeting.  ♥   Praise Him.

I wrote something down, in my journal... to remind me of God's love during this time of grief, and scriptures too.  I want to share with you.  
Neither be ye sorry: for the joy of the LORD is your strength.  Neh 8:10  
The righteous is taken away from the evil to come.  Isa 57:1
Willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  II Corinthians 5:8   

When I think of my loss, I am thinking of just me, how I feel when that person is gone.   I wasn't ready to see them leave.  No final goodbyes.  No kiss on the cheek.  No I love you.   But I know deep in my heart she loved me.  I don't need to look downcast - look heavenward to our Heavenly Father as she rejoices always in Him.   She would want that.   Don't worry about me, she would say.  Keep trusting in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.   Amen.    You are loved, we miss you. ♥    

Thank you for coming by today, share some love, leave a comment.  

Hugs, Mary  

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Hello, in memory ...

 Hello to all my blog followers,

  Its been a while since I have posted anything on here, mainly just cause days roll into other days, work keeps me busy too.   And we recently got some sad news.   My sister-in-law recently had surgery to correct an aneurysm which went very well and she healed.  Then just recently she found out that she had cancer, she had been in the hospital for a couple of weeks prior to being sent home to hospice care.    Well, she passed away on July 2nd.   My husband and I didn't really get to say our goodbyes, or to even pray with her...  she went so fast.    Now she is in Heaven's Glory.  

She and I weren't very close, but the last few years I would have to say that we talked more, and visited.

She is and will be missed.    Yesterday I worked on a craft this is what I made in memory of her.   Apricot and pink roses line the inside of the pail, which often were her favorite color of flowers. And added in 2 pink butterflies, and a clear glass heart.  Lace was added around the outside rim.  Everything except the pail and movie tickets, are from Renae Bouquets shop.   I decided to add in Tim Holtz movie tickets because she use to watch movies.     Even though we had a rocky start to get to know one another, the Lord worked it all out in His good timing.   Praise Him.   

I hope you all are doing well.   I have missed not being on my blog I really have.  I just need to make time to be on more often.     I thought it would be nice to just have these set around on my shelves in my kitchen, which by the way, is where she would often visit, (in her home).    It's another work day or should I say evening.   Yep.   And its been so dry and HOT outside.   Have to keep veggies watered every day.    Thank you for stopping by.   Sending out hugs, and love ya!   Leave a comment to let me know you've been by... I love to read them.  ♥   Mary