Friday, August 29, 2008

"A" For Thankful Thursday...

Sorry I am late... I will be late next week, too, as we are going away on Sunday and will not be back until Saturday. So you know... :-)

Anyway...

1) ants, aardvarks, asps, anteaters, antelope, alligators, Arabian horses, armadillos

2) Antonio, my first son, who likes: Air guitar, All balls, Animals, Americana

3) Baby's Arms Reaching Around my neck, giving Amazing kisses upon my Ample cheek...

4) Apple pie, Astronauts, Anograms, Allegories, sweet Aromas, autobiographies, axioms

5) never Abandoned or forgotten, Access to God's throne through Jesus, Always in Jesus' intercessional prayers, And Amazing unconditional love...

6) Art, Arches, story of Noah's Ark, assertiveness; Ability to hear, see, smell, touch, and love

7) Antarctica, Aspen, Asia, Arkansas, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Avellino, Ambler

8) Friend's Availablity to chat on the phone, blog, and keep in touch by writing

9) Anything that makes us Abound in wholesome, healing, clean laughter...

10) Attractive flowers, like Azaleas; Auburn tresses; Authentic, down-to-earth people

Wandering Waif Collection GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Wandering Waif Collection GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

You must check out this little outfit... It reminds me of "Little Red Riding Hood", Contemporary version, and well, I am just loving to look at it. You will, too. :-)

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Blog Award!!!...


Then the Arte Y Pico award comes from MoziEsme (http://moziesme.blogspot.com/ ). Esme and her mommy keep us updated on her life in Mozambique. Check it out when you can... Thank you!!!


Now the rules are that I have to post the rules and pass the award on to five people. So here are the rules:


Choose 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award based on creativity, design, interesting material, and overall contribution to the blogger community, regardless of the language.
Post the name of the author and a link to his or her blog by so everyone can view it.
Each award-winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award.
The award-winner and the presenter should post the link of the “Arte Y Pico” blog ( http://www.arteypico.blogspot.com/), so everyone will know the origin of this award.
Please post these rules.
And I'm passing on the award to the following:

1) Nancy (neatcs.wordpress.com) Love your work with ATCs, and the humor and faith you include in so many of you pieces...

2) KreationKween, at http://keelazkreationz.blogspot.com/- You are so creative! Your art is bright and has so much character...

3) Octamom at http://octamom.com/, You are the mother of a multitude, you blog, you are a photographer, and God uses your words so often to inspire, soothe, minister to, or teach my heart... thank you.

4) Good News From A Far Country, at http://goodnewsfromafarcountry.blogspot.com/- What beautful descriptions of the places you have visited, and I love the crafty things you make, by yourself or with you daughter... thank you for sharing.

5)Hurrayic.blogspot.com- you inspire your readers with your craftiness and with giveaways that will encourage them to really do so. You have come up with some really fun and amazing birthday party ideas for your kids. WOW!!

Free Book Give-Away- "Crictor"...

Come Back Often to have your chance at winning some fun kid's classics for your own personal library collection!

http://www.vintagechildrensbooksmykidloves.com/2008/08/great-monday-give-crictor.html

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Free Paper Toys...

Womaninthetent sent me this link for paper toys that just need to be printed and then cut out. Cute stuff! Take a look!And, thank you, Woman In The Tent!

http://www.thetoymaker.com/2Toys.html

Friday, August 22, 2008

Garden Party Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Garden Party Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Bi-WEEKLY Giveaways!!! Check Back Often to this site run by a self taught seamstress whose work is like "art-to-wear"... And... You can win some of it. How cool is that? Just go to this site for more information to this and OTHER sweet giveaways... Have a great day!

Received In Trades...



Received in trade. Top from Skylerdragon and bottom from N. Torsen... Thank you!

Received In Trades...



Got the cats from Ruthart... and the other from Blackberrywillow... Thank You!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

"H" For Thankful Thursday...

1) Happy smiling kiddies with Hotdogs in Hand while playing Hide-n-seek...

2) HOPE (the noun/verb... and also including my Baby Hope whom is with Jesus now), Heaven, Health...

3) Hee-haws from donkeys... Hawks, Horses, Hounds, Halibut, Hams, Hamsters...

4) Hair and Good HAIR days without using all that Handy gook to keep in Held down...

5) Words like: Haberdasher, Hackneyed, Halcyon, Harmony, Heroine, Higgledy-piggledy, Humdrum, Hodgepodge, Hullabaloo...

6) Havens, Hay Rides, Hammocks, Hugs, Huddles, Handshakes, Heard words...

7) Handfulls of blossoms or Handwritten pictures and notes Handed to me by my Handsome, little ones or my Hubby...

8) Henry, Hailey, Hattie, Heather, Hugo, Hannah, Hans...

9) Hip Replacements, Heart transplants, Hearing aids...

10) Belly laughs and all the Hah-Hahs that Help me Handle the Hard times in life...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tete-A-Tete The Sea Maid Way...



Made for a trade on Flickr... :-)

An Update On One Journey To Africa...

Please check the link below for two updates on this group's trip to Kenya. The group also includes my cousin, Elva Frye, who recently came out with her first Contemporary Christian Praise and Worship cd. Please check the link below for her information and to hear some of the songs she wrote, some with her husband. Be blessed.

http://journeyoffive.blogspot.com/

http://myspace.com/elvafrye

Another Writing Contest For August...

Now, I am not sure if I will actually be participating in this one or not, but I like the topic... "The New Normal". There are so many possibilities for it. I do hope some of you consider writing something for it. If you do, let me know so I can read your entry... And if I do, I will post it here. Have fun writing-away...
http://www.mamablogga.com/august-group-writing-project/

August's Write-Away Winner...

Well, here is a list of the winner and honorable mentions. You MUST read them... Really. It was clear to me why the were listed. Check them out when you can...

http://scribbit.blogspot.com/2008/08/augusts-write-away-winner.html

Thursday, August 14, 2008

You Will Love This "Relaxing" Giveaway...

http://decortoadore.blogspot.com/2008/08/in-good-ole-summertime-giveaway.html

Here Is A Story To Remind Us That Waiting Is Important...

http://see-beyond-now.blogspot.com/2008/08/waiting.html

Thankful Thursdays Begin Now...

I got the idea from this site... Only they do Thankful Tuesdays. Since today is Thursday, I will begin now. Otherwise I may forget while I wait for Tuesday to come back around...:-)
Anyhow, check out this site for their Thankful list. http://beyondbw.blogspot.com/

I have gathered that you take one letter from the word Thankful for each Thursday until it is completed. I don't know, but I am thinking that I would just start the word all over again, but I guess that depends how it goes. I mean, there is always some thing to be thankful for, and we need to keep on "Counting our blessings..." So... here I go.

1) Toes on babys, Ticklish sons and daughter, Treats from my hubby

2) Tracy, Timmy, Titi's, Titzi,

3) Teaching opportuties gone right

4) Tigers, Thrushes, Trees, Tulips, Tiny Treasures found in nature

5) Time to be Together with family and friends

6) Tanzania, Turkey, Thailand

7) Telephone calls and letters from far away

8) To be able to Touch and Taste, Tastebuds for Tasting food, Teeth, Toilet paper

9) Transportation, Trains, Taxis, Tubs, Tables

10)Trails of blogs to explore

Enough Counting- Here Are Two More ATC's...

"Birds Plow-watching..."
"In The Window: Mamma, For You..."



With each ATC that I do, I am getting confused on what number I am at, so... I am not counting anymore... Here are the latest, completed today.

A Fun And Surprise Give Away...

Check out her art, and sign in to win...

http://karineardault.typepad.com/karine_ardault/2008/07/blog-giveaway.html

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Two Weddings In One Week- And One Original Papercut ATC Card...


We had a wedding yesterday and another on Saturday. I will post more on those another time, but just wanted to share the card I made for this past wedding. It says "Auguri" (say ow-goo-ree, try to roll r) which means "Congratulations" in Italian. It is an ATC that has been brightened up with glitter gel pens. Turned out okay, but, might have been better for a birthday and not for this occasion. Too late. Not perfect, but still personal and original! :-)

Ooh, Ooh, Ooh- Maps And Atlas Art At (One Of) Its Best...

Ooh, ooh, ooh, if you can... go check out this link. Look at these cool papercuts made out of maps and atlases. How neat! And all "nature-inspired". I just may try that. Now to get some maps and atlases! :-)

http://zencrafting.blogspot.com/2008/08/claire-brewsters-magical-landscapes.html

http://www.clairebrewster.co.uk/index.htm

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Outreach To A Neighboring Town...














Well, I do not have NEARLY enough pictures to show you on this. All I can say is that I felt unprepared and inadequate when I began these projects, but I knew that the ideas had been inspired by the Lord. Praise Him for granting us strength, wisdom, joy, hope, peace, and encouragement for each day!

I was volunteered early on to do crafts for the kids and to paint the puppet theater. I was able to get a great group of women to help me do the crafts. We split up into groups of two to three to accomplish four different crafts. We anticipated more kids showing up so we did 150 pieces per craft. We did not need that many, but it worked out because not only did the kids enjoy the activities planned, but so did the adults. There were enough to go around! Here are some pictures of the hearts that my partners and I cut, sanded, drilled, and burned writing into (Jesus Loves Me in Italian). The kids colored the hearts with markers, then we added yarn to make necklaces or bracelets, their choice. The topic was "The Empty Heart" with the lesson speaking of our need for God to fill the void in our hearts, to heal us, and make us new again... The other lessons were as follows: 1)the story of Jesus letting the little children come to Him (we made cards with a stamped figure of a boy and girl touching a heart the kids had to glue in between both figures. The heart had the name of Jesus on it. Signified how Jesus wants to be a part of our lives, and He truly loves us and wants to be our Friend. 2)Second were our hearts, 3) Was the story of the two houses, one built on the sand and the other built on the Rock (the craft was a small bottle of cooking Sea salts that had been colored by grounding down colored chalk, then they were layered as you would colored sand. A piece of paper in the shape of a house had the reference verse on itand was glued on the outside, and it was closed off with hot glued-on rocks to signify building your house on the Rock.)4) Was the story of Zaccheus. And, sadly, we had a tragic death occur in our church family, and that lesson did not occur. The craft was a tree made of different posterboard pieces. A verse was written in the "leaves", Zaccheus was to be colored then glued to a wooden clothes pin. By pinching the clothes pin and moving him up and down, he would appear to be climbing the tree. Each of the projects was interactive, some more than others, but I knew, by experience with my own Kids, that they would better remember the stories and the lessons behind them, if they had some hand-on stuff to do and then take home with them...

Then, here is the puppet theater. Anthony had to help me put the logo on it as I completely BOTCHED it, and got really frusterated. It says, "Gesu, Amico Dei Bambini", which means, "Jesus, Friend of Children". In the end, our unplanned working- together brought the whole thing together beautifully. Then, here is our dear friend, Claudio. His mom is a seamstress, so she made the curtains, and he helped to put them up and to take it to our outreach location. I was sad to see my craft "babies" go. :-) It was a very crazy time. A sacrifice of praise on behalf of me, my family, my hubby. It was very time consuming, and there were moments that were very stressful in getting it to all come together. In the end, I was blessed that God had chosen me to do it. We have outreaches here every summer, but this was the FIRST year they also included activities for the kids. And it was Great! The kids loved taking part in every day. They loved the activities. They loved learning new songs and singing them in front of everyone. They were sad when it was over. I was... excited about how it all went, but so very tired. So... I am ready for a break. But we plan on doing it again at the end of September. So the break is short lived. Good news is... we have enough crafts to cover then, so it will be a little less stressful. We are ready on so much, ahead of time. Nice!

Please help us to pray for the up and coming outreach we are doing in our own little town at the end of September. May the Lord touch hearts to follow Him, and prepare their hearts even now... And ours, too. Amen.

Belated July: Friend Isabella's Birthday Party...













Parent's of the birthday girl, my friend, Kathy, and her hubby, Ciro :-)

Kathy and her beautiful baby belly!!!




Isabella and the card I made for her...



It was a Strawberry Shortcake Party!!! What a great theme it was! Thanks for inviting us, "S" family, we enjoyed spending some time with you... Hope you had a great day, Isabella! :-)

Belated July: Anthony's And His Mom's Birthdays...










370 Years Old???!!!???!!! Okay, we did not have enough 7's! I told some people that Anthony was turning 36, well, I was momentarily not "with it" when I said that. He turned 37, and my Mother-in-law turned 70. Here are some pictures covering the simple event... It was only the immediate family.