Showing posts from March, 2013

It's Official, I'm In Love

Yes, I fell hard this past week for Annie Sloan chalk paints.  I had read and heard so much about them on the internet.
I could not be any more pleased than I am.
They are wonderful--
No sanding unless you want to-- I sanded just a little bit on this piece after it was painted and antiqued.
It is a little costly but to paint this whole buffet, I used between an inch and an inch and a half from my quart of paint.  
Some pieces require a second coat.  This one did not. 
I should be able to do another piece or two with this same quart.
Couldn't find my extra camera battery and my battery was dead and the paint was already open--
So I had to go ahead and get started.  I have no "before" picture.
I loved this piece before--it was a dark olive green.
It is in my entry hall which is kinda dark so the piece was just a non-entity.  It was never noticed.
I opened the front door to take these pictures--to get a little natural light and oops, I see I missed a couple of spots with the dark wax b…

Raised With Christ!

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Col. 3:1-4

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New Every Morning

I painted this today.
God desires for Resurrection morning to happen every morning of our lives.
This verse reflects that.

It's one of my favorites!

Lamentations 3:22, 23

Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed.

His mercies are new every morning.

Great is His faithfulness.

I don't think this is a finished piece--will let you know if and when I make changes-- if they are an improvement.  smile

Thank God what Jesus did on Calvary to make all of this possible for us is finished!

Happy Easter Blessings to all who visit here.
May your weekend be filled to overflowing with all the riches Jesus 
secured for us on Calvary.

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A Resurrection Story

Tonight we had an appreciation dinner at Renewal Ranch for the teachers.
The residents spoke from the heart what was in their hearts--
They told of being broken and hopeless when they came--
Dead to dreams, wishes and prayers--

How wonderful to now hear of hope and newness,
Of life, happiness and joy.
What a week to hear these kinds of testimonies!

When Jesus took the sin of the world upon Himself,
the darkness, the heaviness, the stench
permeated the air--

But grave clothes could not hold Him,
Sin could not bind Him,
Death could not defeat Him.

When Jesus shut the windows of hopelessness and despair
and opened the doors of fullness and joy--

The aroma of resurrection filled the air!


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Textured Roses

It is still very cold here in Arkansas but I found these beautiful roses a few days ago at the grocery store.  They were only $10 a bunch and it was a big bunch.  I had company in from another state and they did the job of warming up our home with their incredibly beautiful colors.
Hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are.

Linking to Texture Tuesdays Picture is textured with two layers of Kim Klassen's 0303, one at 62% and one at 94%

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Pardon Me While Life Interrupts

I would say "Sorry for the absence," but that would not be true.I did miss you but I had something that took precedence over my blogging--family!My kids were here from Tulsa and with two other sons and their families who live here over visiting the past few days, we have been a tad bit busy.
This is our newest grandchild, James, who is 3 and a half months old.  Thank you so much to those of you who prayed for him when his mom was having such a difficult pregnancy and when ultrasounds showed the umbilical wrapped twice around his neck.  I can't thank you enough for your faithfulness in praying for us. 

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A Thousand Yesterdays

In yesterday's post, I needed a quote.
Rather than go looking for one, I decided to write my own.
The above quote is what I wrote.

My husband didn't "get it," he said.
I'm not sure I got it.
But I knew what I wanted to say and I knew what I wanted it to mean so I wrote the first words that came to my mind to describe what that was.
In retrospect, I think I am starting to "get it."

This morning I started thinking about the Ark of the Covenant.
~and its contents~
~tablets of stone with commandments~
~some of the manna that fell from heaven~
~and Aaron's rod that budded~

Actually, it did more than bud--it blossomed--
and it did more than blossom--it bore fruit--
and it did more than bare fruit--it bore ripe fruit--

I reread the story of the budding rod
and marveled at all the meanings therein.
Maybe someday we will understand all of them--

But in the meantime--
I can't help but wonder if one reason God placed it there
was to show us that all the investments He made in…

Buds of Promise

linking to Texture Tuesdays Texture 1301-reduced opacity

jasmine from my yard
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My Little Living Room

These first three pictures are harsh in color because of the bright light I was shooting against.  My camera was rebelling I think.  The fourth picture looks almost exactly like the color of my walls and my furniture.
From my place on the sofa, this is my view.  It is hard to believe we have lived here 7 years and I just now finished getting it decorated.
I painted the picture that hangs over the love seat and just bought the architectural elements this past weekend at Hobby Lobby for $20 each--50% off sale.
The desk belonged to my mother-in-law and the stool was given to me by my good friend, Angie.

The drapes--my sister-in-law and I made them--mostly she did--she is an incredible seamstress.  I did a little pinning--LOL!

I painted the canvas to the right of the desk and just now put it in this particular spot.  It is my favorite spot I've had it so far.  It really needs light shining directly on it to get the full impact of the paints so the tiffany lamp works great there, especially…

Nearer to His Heart

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8a

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