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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Purse Tip


I really like those fanny packs, only worn around in front. You know the kind that snaps around your waist and leaves your hands free, but all the essentials are there. As a BBW, it wasn't easy to find one with a belt long enough and when I finally found one, I eventually couldn't wear it because I developed a pinched nerve, caused by a spur, in my back & hip. So I had to resort to other measures. I don't like purses with dinky little handles and with my rolling shoulders, the longer straps would slide off, so I got to wearing them over my head across my chest with the purse hung up in the armpit area and choking off a boob when I had to have my hands free for shopping. Not a pretty sight mind you, nor very comfortable.
So I went shopping and found a purse with a handle that was adjustable at a garage sale (50 cents). The strap looked like a belt with a buckle which came apart. It only had one hole in the end, so I punched a couple more with my crop-a-dile hole punch. Still it wasn't long enough, so I went up to our local thrift store, found a small girl's belt for 99 cents, tried it to make sure it would slide through the buckle on my purse, cut off the end, added a few more holes and wha-la! I can wear my new purse in comfort on my hip where it belongs. Wow! Can't beat a new purse for $1.50!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tool Tip


I love all the newest gadgets, but can't always afford them. So the next best thing is to crank up the ole creativity and repurpose an old gadget into a new one. I found this stainless steel holder thingie at a thrift store for about 50 cents (I had no idea what it was in it's old life at the time, but later my husband told me he thought it might have held pipes, you know the smoking kind). Anyway, I brought the new-to-me gadget home, cleaned the dust off of it, looked it over (it revolves!) and added a few things to it and wha-la – on the top shelf, it holds all kinds of scissors, hole punches, pliers, a hammer in the center, and in the bottom spaces where I guess the bowls of the pipes went, is just the perfect size for embossing powder jars. And it has a handle in the center, so if I need to move it to clean off my table (yeah, right, in the next century), I can!

P.S. The above might also be a revolving spice rack. Looks very similar to something I saw at a thrift store this last weekend with all the jars in it. This is the mark on the bottom -- MADE IN CHINA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. MMII M, KAMANSTEIN, INC., ELMSFORD, NY10523

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Fruit of the Spirit = Bananas


I found some cool Fashion Magic Brites Sunbathing Bananas T-shirt transfers (#19835) recently by Western Trimming Corp. Chatsworth, CA. I thought about using them for prizes for my Sunday School class and applying them to pillow-slips instead of T-Shirts as they are pretty big! I'll have to add some paint to finish them off with eyes. If I were to use these transfers for T-shirts, they suggested using Westrim's small sunglasses, lips, & pail w/ crab buttons.

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Sunbonnet Card


I made this card after reading a book about one of my favorite childhood authors. This is a template card of a sunbonnet such as Laura Ingalls Wilder might have worn as a girl. Recently I wrote a short biography about Laura for my history blog as she lived in Missouri and Kansas too. I don't know who the rubber stamps are made by as they were given to me, unmounted, by a girlfriend and she doesn't remember where she bought them. As a sidenote, in 1915, Laura and Almanzo owned a dog named "Inky."

Here's a link to Laura Ingalls Wilder's biography on my History Nut blog.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Just Knuckle Down and Do It!
“ for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

I was diagnosed with A.D.D. (attention deficit disorder) by Dr. Grace Ketterman, M.D. several years ago as an parent of a child with the same. One of the pitfalls of this condition is I struggle with procrastination.
I tell myself, ‘I don’t feel like making cards today,’ so I fill my day with other things. I didn’t get the cards done, reasoning there’s always tomorrow. Tomorrow comes and somehow, I still didn’t get them made and sent again. God, in a still small voice behind me says, “Come on, just knuckle down and do it!”
I read somewhere that procrastination is really disobedience. James says in his letter that if anyone who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins (vs. 4:17). That means I’m being selfish and disobeying God when I delay. Somebody might not get the lift s/he needs to keep going one more day. Ouch!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your understanding, grace, and forgiveness. Keep nudging me in the right direction towards obedience. And help me serve others with a smile. Amen!

Today’s Tip:
“Try to set aside a little time on a consistent basis for card creation. If a given time is scheduled, you are more likely to get to it.” ~ Sandi Genovese.