Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Silk Lotus Flower - Threads

Silk Lotus Flower - Threads
This is a link to an easy, great,and fun last minute gift idea! This is a wonderful technique from Mr. Kenneth King.
Flower Brooches are great on anything: jackets, scarfs, hats(yes even your ugly go to knit hat), hand bags, etc.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kids Project link up

Go on over to the csi project blog and check out all the amazing links to fun kids crafting projects.

I promise i will return to my blogging soon but first my sweet little devils must go back to school, there has been no use in arguing with them, they demand every bit of my time so i give it to them, and what little i have left is being spent  finishing project already on  the craft table and  cleaning up around the house.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Summer Vacation 2010

After much deliberation Galveston was our choice for summer fun. It is not host to the most fabulous beaches in the world but there certainly was a lot to do and see. No tar balls or oil slicks to combat just clean fun.

The fairy ride was a great experience, i think i enjoyed it even more than the kids. Its simply amazing  to travel across the water on such a big ship and to see the waterway from a completely different prospective.

The beach was warm and we were lucky to be blessed with overcast days-no sun burn.


Moody Gardens was wonderful. It takes at least two days to see everything with out rushing.  The aquarium and rain forest were fun and the 3D movies amazed the kids, so when it came to the 4D film they could hardly keep still long enough to enjoy it.


       Another great part of Moody Gardens was the Beach in fact i enjoyed it so much i forgot to take pictures. These are all I've got and they don't even begin to show you the fun.

Friday, July 16, 2010

{this moment-that moment}

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. 
Wishing you a beautiful weekend!--soulemama

{that moment} the one my girls capture themselves, it fascinates me to look through the photos in my camera and find little glimpses of how my children see their world. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A mission for a Little Bit Funky

I came across this post a little while ago and was truly touched by it, so in keeping with her passion for this  mission i am re-posting it and encourage anyone reading it to do the same   little bit funky click there see the original post and enjoy the music.

are ya'll ready for this?

I am SO excited to be writing this post.  You really have no idea...I am almost day before Christmas excited...but not why you think.  Well maybe...if you know me...if you can beleive it...the finished quilt is not the most exciting part to me.  

It's the fulfillment of a promise that is making me all giddy with excitement.  

You see...a couple of months ago I felt the nudge to do more with my blog than just write and share...I felt like I was being led to use my blog as a catapult for showing God's love...
Honestly, I was like...ok...just what do you mean God?
And I waited...and prayed.  And then things started clicking...I found the quilt pattern over at Film in the Fridge. You can find it HERE.
"YES!" Is what I wanted to scream when I saw it...I knew what I was supposed to do...and how.
And quickly, because I am human and humans both chicken out AND forget easily what God tells them to do...I emailed a small group of women that I trust and love...some who I knew would kindly remind me of what I had shared with them that God told me to do. 

Basically, I told them..."God told me to do this...please call me out on it if I don't".
Then I contacted sweet Jody from Fabric Shoppe...and told her what I was on a mission to do...wouldn't you know it...she is a pastors wife and hopes to adopt from Africa one day.  She almost immediately offered to donate ALL of the fabric I would need to make the quilt.  

Thinking about it...that is a pretty crazy thing.  That is a LOT of fabric to just send to a stranger who promises to make a quilt to benefit a charity.  I cried in the parking lot after getting her email.
Then a good friend offered to pay for the batting and the shipping. 
God is SO good. 
God is responsible for all of this coming together.  God loves all people.  God loves Africa...and all those sweet people who are suffering from something that is SO easily helped...
To me...each piece of fabric in this quilt stands for a family or person...or BABY...that together we can help...and this may sound crazy...but if you are one of the many who have told me of plans to adopt from Africa...the net you buy just may save YOUR future baby.  Crazy cool, right?
Malaria kills over 1 MILLION precious people PER YEAR!!!
In fact, there are 10 new cases of malaria every second. 

Every 30 seconds, a child in Africa dies from a malaria infection.  A child that is no less precious or loved or held dear by his parents than our own children.
By buying ONE net a family of four can sleep under an insecticide-treated bed net, safe from malaria, for four to five years.
The benefits of bed nets extend even further than protecting those sleeping underneath them. The insecticide woven into each net makes entire communities safer – killing and repelling mosquitoes so that they can’t go on to bite others who may not be protected by a net.
Although $10 for a bed net may not sound like much, the cost makes them out of reach for most people at risk of malaria, many of whom survive on less than $1 a day.

Just us $10 is a couple of latte's...a movie...a shirt...a lunch out...a CD...a couple of magazines...any number of frivolous things that we all throw money at...can I challenge us all to give those up for a day...or a week or a month...and give a net or two or three instead?
Can you help me show God's love to people in Africa?  And wait with me for God to show up in a big way?  Each net you buy is ONE entry into the raffle to win this quilt!
It's a beauty...if I do say so myself...considering that I only started sewing a little over two years ago...I feel so BLESSED that God would use me in this way to do something big.
It is approx 51in by 73in.  It would be cute as a twin coverlet...or on a couch...or hanging on a wall.  
And fyi--my home is smoke and pet free. :)
And as a special little help you remember what this quilt represents...I added this cute little tag. :)


And now for the begging...
PLEASE go buy a can click HERE to go to our page.
If only each daily visitor to this blog bought ONE...we would more than double or triple our goal.  So net DOES make a difference!

PLEASE feel free to copy this ENTIRE post and repost it on your will probably have to check the links but feel free to post away....anyway you choose.  I would LOVE nothing more than to go through my reader and see this post over and over and over again!!

We will choose a winner NEXT FRIDAY the 23rd!!  So every net bought by Thursday the 22nd at midnight will count as ONE entry...and I have a totally unbiased judged in mind to do a VIDEO reveal of the winner!!!

 AND there will be other prizes as well.  If you would like to donate a prize PLEASE contact me...I already have several offers and I would like to extend the deadline to donate.

You guys are awesome.  And I love you...truly.  I can't wait to hit "publish" post...I feel like all of this before was like heading up to the highest point of a roller coaster and hitting "publish" will push it over the edge...

Now...pretty, pretty, PLEASE...go BUY A NET...and spread the word!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

{this moment}

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. 
Wishing you a beautiful weekend!--soulemama

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Project memory Bear

   Recently a friend approached me about making a few bunch of memory bears. If your not familiar with these cuddly little creatures check these out. Basically they are bears made from a loved ones clothing or a wedding dress or any thing that represents a memory that you would like to keep around. I am not exactly a bear person but i am quite sentimental so this project has been great fun for me--except the part where i can't seam to find the perfect pattern.
   I have scoured the internet, scavenged through book store and exhausted all of the library 's resources.
So far this is what i have come up with:

To big, puffy, and non-jointed.

To small, big nosed, and non-cuddly.

To strange 

To long armed.(but really cute)

So the next step is the one i was trying to avoid, i must now draft my own pattern.

   My plan was to keep it simple and just get a tried and true pattern and use it well so much for that. I am pretty sure that the problem lies with in me, obviously no one else has my vision of what it should look like and the one that does(click here-Bears)) is not giving away her money maker. We will see how this goes, wish me luck .

I Got a Package from FedEx Today!!

Yeah, that's right i got a package from FedEx and guess what was in it?
Free grub of course.

I was selected by the lovely Ms.Emily from not so idle hands for her "reader giveaway".(read about it--click here)These are truly yummy, we eat a lot of granola bars around here and these have passed the taste test!

And how perfect that they came today, we were almost out of treats.
But not any More!

Along with the delicious snacks i received a gift card to Sam's Club, so now when these are all gobbled up i can buy more!

I would like to give a big thank you to Emily for choosing me, to Nature Vally for creating such delicious treats, and to My BLOG Spark for making this all possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you--with all that thankfulness youd think i received an Oscar!


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