Happy Valentine’s Day 2018

The greatest love story ever written was written to you and me from the God of the universe…

For God so loved the world, that he have his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life – John 3:16

The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. – Jeremiah 31:3

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.                                                                                                                                                                 – Ephesians 2: 4-8

 

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth…                                                                                                                                – 1 Corinthians 13:4 – 8A

On this day that we celebrate love, remember your sweetheart, your kids, and all those who you love, but don’t forget your first love, the One who gave Himself for you.

This is my commandment, that  ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. – John 15: 12 – 13

Roses That Never Fade

I was trying to come up with a simple project to make for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. I don’t know about you, but I always thinks of roses and chocolates when I think of this day. Something about the combination is just perfect.

I love roses, I mean, what’s not to love about a rose. Roses are beautiful! They come in all colors, and sizes, and they smell heavenly. Heavenly roses reminds me of the beautiful hymm, “Where The Roses Never Fade.” Have you ever heard this hymn, it’s lovely. I thought I would type it out for you to read….

I am going to a city,
Where the streets with gold are laid,
Where the tree of life is blooming,
And the roses never fade.

Here they bloom but for a season;
Soon their beauty is decayed.
I am going to a city,
Where the roses never fade.

In this world we have our troubles,
Satan snares we must evade.
We’ll be free from all temptations,
Where the roses never fade.

Loved one’s gone to be with Jesus,
In their robes of white arrayed.
They are waiting for my coming,
Where the roses never fade.

Here they bloom but for a season;
Soon their beauty is decayed.
I am going to a city,
Where the roses never fade.

O I am going to a city….
Where the roses never fade…

What a beautiful, glorious thought, to be reminded that there’s a better place waiting for us some day. Roses in Heaven will (hopefully there will be roses there) will be perfect, and without nasty thorns!

Roses seemed like the prefect idea for a Valentine project. My daughter and I used to make felt flowers and turn them into pins and headbands. Occasionally, we would make a rose. See the roses below, they are made out of felt, and will last a long time.

If you would like to make some felted roses, there are a lot of templates online that you can get for free to make your own, but, I want to show you how to make a coffee filter rose. I made some of these a few years ago while creating an art project. If you haven’t seen any of these roses, you will be surprised how beautiful they look.

                   

These roses look complicated, but they are actually quite each to make. I even made a wreath last Valentine’s Day with just plain white filters.

          

To make the roses, you just need coffee filters, food coloring or acrylic paint, a glue gun, and in my case, a pin back to make a pin for Valentine’s Day, and a small piece of felt.

Fold your filters in quarters, and to add variety, I cut them into 3 different sizes. You will need at least 6 total to make a flower, so I made 2 in each size. You can also cut a scalloped edge on them to make them look more realistic.

             

Next, make your colors. As you can see above, I just used my acrylic paint and diluted each with water. It just takes a couple of drops of paint, then add water. Next, you will dip your filter into the paint. You can dip into several colors with one filter, or just try one color.

Next, you have to be patient unfold the filters and wait for them to dry. I used a hair dryer to speed up the process, but if you have the time, you could dye them one night, and finish them the next day. If they aren’t completely dry, you can still make the flowers. Begin stacking your filters, largest to smallest. You will glue each layer in the center with a glue gun until you have all your “petals.” Then, you just scrunch up the petals until you make it look realistic.

        

Now you have created a beautiful rose. See how simple. The possibilities are endless with this project. I made a pin with mine, but you could make a whole stack of them, and use them to adorn cards, wreaths, hats, etc. They aren’t as delicate as they look.

      

As I mentioned, I made mine into a pin. I just cut a circle out of a piece of felt, glued the pin back onto the felt, and then glued the felt onto the back of my pin. My pin is a little large, but you can make it smaller by cutting your filter pieces smaller.

       

I hope you give these beautiful roses a try, these roses want die. They would make a beautiful gift for someone on Valentine’s Day or Easter, Mother’s Day – all coming up.

Hope you have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Goodness

Hey everyone, just thought I would do a quick post on some homemade goodness.

I went to the store on Valentines Day to purchase some cute holiday cupcakes. I was just in the mood for sweetness. I didn’t ask for any chocolates this year, but wanted a little something sweet. Do you know that there wasn’t one package of Valentine cupcakes. All that was left were cookies. I guess that I wasn’t the only one in the mood for a holiday cupcake!

Well, I thought, “I’ll just get a pack of regular cupcakes.” There were several flavors, but I just couldn’t get over the price. I kept telling myself, “I can make them much cheaper that this.” I wasn’t really in the mood to go home and bake, but I thought that me and my youngest could do it together for Valentines Day. I already had a chocolate cake mix at home, and decided to make some yummy homemade icing.

If you have never made homemade icing, you should try it. It is soooooo easy, only takes a few ingredients that you probably have already, and doesn’t cost a lot to make. It really makes a cake mix cupcake taste special.

All you need is:

1 box (1 lb.) of confectioners sugar, 1 stick of margarine, 4 Tbsp. cocoa, 1 tsp. vanilla, milk as needed to thin.

I started by softening the margarine in the microwave. Next, I added the sugar and cocoa, then the vanilla. I used my mixer to blend the ingredients together, and just add the milk as needed. This recipe was enough to cover a dozen cupcakes with a little to spare, but we piped the icing in a pastry bag so it took a little more icing than just spreading it. We had some sprinkles, and added them to the top.  I would double this recipe to cover 24 cupcakes, but one batch is enough for a sheet cake. Homemade icing taste so much better than store bought, and it saves money as well.

Give this recipe a try, and let me know what you think.

Valentines Day 2017

Valentines Day is a small holiday that we celebrate to acknowledge our love for those special to our hearts. In my home, we don’t really make a big deal out of this day. Normally my husband and I will go out to eat, exchange cards, and maybe a little gift. I try to get my children a little something, nothing big. I do like the holiday because it is a nice day to remember those dear to our hearts.

This special day centers around L-O-V-E. Four little letters, place together to form a word that means so much to us all. We all want to feel loved, appreciated and special to someone. Love is vital to our joy and contentment. The Bible reassures us that  God’s true love will never fail. What is true love? The type of love that we find in God’s Word. When I say true love, I mean love built on the truth of God’s Word. This kind of love NEVER fails.

God’s Word has a lot to say about love. We are given a good description of what love is and is not in 1 Corinthians 13. Based on the Bible, “Charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.”

God’s love is a selfless love that “Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” God’s love is kind and patient, long suffering. His love gives to others, seeking nothing in return. This type of love will never leave you alone, heartbroken, or lonely. Doesn’t that sound wonderful. God has made it possible for everyone to know His love.

John 3:16 is the easiest way to describe how much He loves us. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Now that’s giving love and expecting nothing in return! God’s love sets the example for us as believers.

True love is a giving love. True love seeks to encourage others. True love puts others before self. Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) The verb “lay” is the present tense which means a continual action (dying daily) for others. He tells us here that we are to daily surrender ourselves for the needs of others. We all know that we can’t do this alone, but only through the help of the Holy Spirit. When we allow God to lead us in our loving, then love will never fail.

I hope that you have a wonderful Valentines Day with those you love. Take time to remember our Lord, and His great love for us. He reminds us in John 15:9 “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.”

       

Easy Project Idea

I like to change things up in my home every now and again, and special holidays or events are one way that I can do that. Valentine’s Day is a special day, and a simple “holiday.” It is very easy to add a few simple changes to get ready for this special day. Just by adding a heart garland or changing out a wreath will give you a little festive mood without breaking the bank.

I love paper products, and whenever Valentine’s Day draws near, you can find all kinds of cute paper doilies, heart-shaped paper doilies, glitter, vintage looking valentines, etc. After Valentine’s Day, when these items are marked down, I try to stock up for next year. Last year, I bought some pink and white paper heart doilies, and decided to use them for a quick bunting or garland this year.

         

All I did to make the garland was plug up my glue gun. I had some twine that I cut to the length I needed, and I spaced out the hearts and just glued them to the twine. This makes a cute decoration, and it’s very simple to make. The white hearts keep the look neutral, so I could leave it up after Valentine’s Day.

Another simple project is a wreath. I really enjoy making wreaths. They aren’t just for doors. I love to hang them in a room. A wreath can add a lot of style, or accent a holiday. I found a really simple project for a wreath using coffee filters. The filters make a very fluffy, full looking wreath for not a lot of money.

Isn’t that cute. I love how it looks, but I wanted to make something for Valentine’s Day, so I purchased some cute red and pink glitter hearts and pompoms to add to the wreath. To make the wreath, you need a pack of coffee filters, plenty of glue sticks for your glue gun, your glue gun, and a wreath form. I bought a foam wreath from the dollar store.

To begin the wreath, I pulled out several filters (they are hard to separate). I took one filter and gathered all the edges and  then kind of bunched it up so that I could apply some glue to the bottom of the filter. I started gluing the filters around the outside edge of the foam.

I worked my way from the sides to the top, and then the inside of the wreath.

Please be careful with the glue gun. I burned my fingers several times trying to stick the filters to the wreath.

After you have finished with the filters, you can add extras if you want. I added in my hearts and pompoms, but you could just leave it plain. You can also add a decorative ribbon to hang it, or a bow. I added a ribbon, by tying it to the door hook, so I could remove it if  I wanted.

                   

I have made similar wreaths using cut paper, or vintage book pages, and they are really cute.

          

Coffee filters are great to use for craft projects. I have made watercolor flowers with them by just applying paint to the filters, and then bunching up several at a time to form a flower.

I hope you give this project a try. It is a little time consuming (I finished in about an hour), but it is very inexpensive and easy, and creates a big impact. Feel free to contact me with questions