Saturday, August 17, 2013

HSCRC13 #14

This is my card for the Hymn and Scripture Challenge13 #14 located HERE.    I found SO many verses that talked about the Holy Spirit, but finally picked one of the most well known as it's just plain GOOD.
Gal. 5:22 mentions what we would be like if we were constantly filled with the Holy Spirit and not fighting him with our own willfulness.
(love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self control)
The Spirit is the breath of God that breathes Spiritual life into us when we believe.  God breathes the life into all living things and I have represented this with the flower.  I am always very inspired by God's creation in nature.  Flowers are beautiful and anyone whose life is controlled by the Spirit of God is beautiful too.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

First Beans

I said in my last post that I could see some beans that were ready to pick and I took my picture to prove it, but when I sent Bob up there on the ladder, he came down with an entire meal.  They HIDE.  They really do.  I am excited to get a meal out of my little garden.  Bob said there are lots of little ones up there and I can see lots of flowers, so it's lookin' good.  We may have more than one meal of fresh beans, but I will still head to the Farmer's Market for some to freeze.
Good Night All.

Where's Jack

I think you've probably heard the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  I have, but can't remember it very well.  Bob must be Jack.  This is a half barrel that I planted some climbing beans in and on the bottom I put a little tripod for them to climb on.  Bob decided they needed more climbing room, so he stuck a very long piece of conduit in there for them to climb on.  Not sure why because Alvin and Bugs B. couldn't reach them anyway.  They had already chewed off the ones in front and I think I got smart with this barrel.  There have been "no beans" forever and then I went out and looked and way up at the top where I can't reach,  and can hardly see, there are BEANS.  Picture below to prove it.
I am going to have to get Bob to get a ladder tonight and pick these guys before Alvin remembers he can climb.
These beans are not what I have seen in the gardens of my friends who are for real gardeners, but they are beans if my camera can be trusted and one of these days, I will have enough saved up for a meal.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

On Straw Bale Gardening

I am not a gardener.
I've said it before and I will say it again.
I am not a gardener.  I get tired just looking at the weeds and what the bugs do to my attempts is always nasty, but this year I tried something different.  I was very excited about Straw Bale Gardening   I bought the book.  I studied the book.  I did exactly as the book says.  I planted pickling cucumbers among other things.  I saw lots of blooms on the bale that had them, but never thought to look for cucumbers - even tho' the book said they could grow 4-5" in one day.  So this morning I thought I would just check.  Do these look like little pickles to you?  I told you I was not a gardener.  They totally got away from me but I picked nine of these and put most of them in a salad for lunch.  They are awesome.  I couldn't quite believe how FRESH things taste right out of the garden.  I think I will watch them a little closer now and may even get some little ones for my Sweet Refrigerator Pickles.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

HSCRC13 #13

Hi Everyone,
This is my card for the current Hymn and Scripture Challenge (HSCRC13 #13) located HERE.  I can't remember singing this hymn, but my sister can and good old Mister Bob sang me the first two lines.   I didn't have to look far to find a great thought and that thought reminded me of another song.  I picked the second line of the first verse (Our Shelter in the stormy blast).  This reminded me of "A shelter in the time of storm" and I immediately thought of my Our Daily Bread Lighthouse stamp.  It has verses to go along with it and Proverbs 18:10 was perfect.
God is SO MANY things to us and  "shelter" is so necessary lately.  He is our Help, our Hope, our Shelter and I added a Lifeline out of twine and a music note for Joy.
A lighthouse is not only a shelter, but a warning with a huge light to lead us to it quietly - in the middle of our storms.  We tend to run AWAY from any storm that comes along, but God is there in the middle of it to shelter us and care for us.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Victorine #65

Good Morning Everyone
Today starts another Victorine Originals Challenge and this one is White on White with one Color Accent.
I think that combination can be an awesome and elegant card.  So many options.  I put the background of off white cardstock through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dot embossing folder and then stamped and cut out a Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Oval for the Victorine Originals Sentiment.  The flower is a double Prima held on with a button brad.  Enter your own card .  You may just win the draw.