Thursday, April 17, 2014

Good Friday-Have you forgot the Christ?

Every year for the past 4 years I read this book before Easter. It ALWAYS brings Good Friday into perspective.........My book is somewhat worn and so many pages are highlighted, underlined and words circled. It is by far one of my favorite books to read during the Easter season.



Each time I read Six Hours One Friday I realize all the more that because of those 6 hours WE HAVE HOPE....WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN A CHANCE....WE ARE LOVED MORE THAN WE CAN TRULY FATHOM BY OUR LORD! And yet....we seem to forget....
As Max says, "So much happens through the years, so many changes within. So many alterations without. And, somewhere, back there, we leave Him. We don't turn away from Him, we just don't take Him with us. Assignments come. Promotions come. Budgets are made. Kids are born and the Christ....the Christ is forgotten."

Praise the Lord that He doesn't forget us.  Praise Him that because of what He done for us on that cross that we don't have to hang on that tree.

It should have been us you know? The one nailed to a tree, beaten, naked and torn. But yet, God loved us so much that He gave His ONLY Son so that whosoever believes in Him can have eternal life! (John 3:16)


My friends our Lord isn't dead! He's alive. So fitting that as I was about to write this piece for my blog that I was tending to a few plants and just as I was about to throw this DEAD thing away....


 I realized it still had a little life....look closer....



 Don't throw our Lord away...Because of Him...we have Hope!

Today can be a new day for you. You can begin fresh and anew with our Lord. The greatest gift that you can receive will not come from the Easter Bunny, it can only come from our Lord.
 Lamentations 3:22-23
New International Version (NIV)
  Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;   great is your faithfulness.


 Just as this sweet little plant has begun a new life so can you my friend. 


Happy Good Friday and Happy Easter.

Hugs and blessings, 
Cindy
  



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How about a little Easter?

I have been so busy these days preparing for my niece's upcoming wedding that I almost let the Easter Holiday pass me by without a little decor!  Praise the Lord for my oldest grandgirl...she helped Nana save the day with her help.

She decorated my Easter tree for me this year...Just look how cute.

 The best money I've spent in a while was on this little white tree. Half price after Christmas and we are enjoying decorating it for holidays.


Love the pretty eggs.

The beads was another half price item after Christmas!

Some of my eggs are actually painted wood and some are glitter Styrofoam eggs.



One of favorite mini tea sets. Sits at the bottom of the Easter tree.



Don't you just love it?

Another pretty little tea set. I also have the creamer and sugar dish to match. 


How adorable are these glass eggs?


Love my yard sale bunny plate.



He is so adorable!

I received this good smelling candle for a gift recently and love it!



Of course it might have something to do with the name of it. LOL!



Awe...a great Thrift store find...LOVE Snowbunnies.


A little story behind this cutie. The price was marked $7.99. I know that this particular one usually runs around $19.99 or so. I decided to ask if I could get this marked down as I felt this was too high for a Thrift store. Usually Goodwill will NOT mark things down but I figured it will not hurt to ask and all they can say is NO! She asked and I got it for $1.99!


I call this one...Lazy Bunny! I found these at the Dollar Tree. Bought one for each place setting for my table.


LOVE this plate. Actually found two of these when I was on my Mountain trip in February.




Well, the hubby and I will be coloring Easter eggs on Saturday...yep we still do this at my house even though our children are grown and gone. Some things I just can't quit doing!!!! Stay tuned next week for tablescape.....

Sneak peek...........


Happy Easter everyone! Remember, HE LIVES!

I am joining Jann today over at "Have a cup of Mrs. Olson...at http://jannolson.blogspot.com/2014/04/share-your-cup-thursday-98.html

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wednesday in the Word-God's gift to Grandparents

Today is a very special day. It is my oldest grandchild's 10th birthday. She is now two digits as she would say!!!

Grandbabies has got to be the icing on the cake. My grandbabies are so sweet that sugar drips off of them!I know that I can get an AMEN from you grandparents on that one!!! I cannot imagine my life without the 4 grands that I have.


 But for today and because it is her birthday I want to talk brag on our sweet Raygen.





We have already celebrated her special day and she wanted everything bright and cheery.


Yes, Nana made her a cake and cupcakes!!!


Gum balls was the hit of the party!

Lots of color she wanted!

Her grammy made the Spring wreath and it went perfect with her birthday decor.

She celebrated her special day with lots of family and friends.

So in honor of her being 10 I want to say 10 things about her that makes me smile.Okay, grin....and grin big! 

1: Her Smile--it radiates the room when she enters. 
2: Her mannerism-respectful to others.
3: Her laughter--that giddy little laugh makes me laugh.
4: Her creativity--Whether it's decorating,(and she likes for things to match like her Nana and her Grammy) crafts or coming up with new ideas she does it well.
5: Her voice--she sings beautifully
6: Her drive--she will push herself to the next level whether it's sports, singing or playing the piano till she gets it right.
7: Her ambition--to succeed at whatever tasks lay before her.
8: Her personality--that makes her who she is.
9: Her shoe size--We wear the same size so Nana can borrow her flip flops now.
10: And last but not least: Her love for Jesus! At such a young and tender age she has a love for our Lord that simply melts this Nana's heart! 



   Happy birthday to       
our Raygen...... 




Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers. 

Hugs and blessings, Cindy
 




Monday, April 14, 2014

Tuesday Toots-Heart shaped Bird seed

I've been wanting to try my hand at making these little cuties so I did.


I would love to give credit to the website I found the recipe on but cannot remember. However, it worked for me but I did add a little tweaking of my own.

These are so easy to make! Super cute when you get your twine or ribbon in them too.



Such a fun project to do with children.

Here is the recipe for the batch I made.

 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 envelope of unflavored gelatin (4 usually comes in box)
3 tablespoons of corn syrup (I used light color)
 4 cups of birdseed (any kind)

Take a cookie sheet and line with parchment paper.
Cookie cutter of your choice. I used two different size heart shaped ones. Rub the inside of cookie cutters with oil. 

 Heat water in microwave till warm enough the gelatin will mix well. Stir until completely dissolved. (make sure it is dissolved well)

 Add flour and mix well. Then add syrup and mix. I used a wooden spoon to do all the mixing with.
Then add your birdseed and mix well. 

Place cookie cutter on wax paper and fill with your birdseed. Press mixture down good into the cookie cutter so that will be full. The more you press the seed mixture in the cookie cutter the heavier it becomes but makes it easy to put your hole in for the string.  I used my hands because it made it easier for me. Because it is sticky I put a bowl of hot water with a dishtowel nearby and when my fingers got too sticky I would rinse them off in hot water and dry and start again.  I cleaned off any excess seed so it would have a perfect shape. I used a dowel rod for the hole but you can use chop sticks or whatever. Take your dowel rod or etc. and bore a hole just a little way down from the top of your heart shape seed project or whatever shape you are using and be sure to go all the way through to your parchment paper. Then slide your shaped seed out of the cookie cutter, leave on parchment paper and start again. About every 6th shape put oil on your cookie cutter again to keep it from sticking.

 Keep in a dry and cool place til they become firm. Usually about 8-10 hours. I put my batch in the refrigerator to speed up the process. (I hate waiting on something! LOL!) When hardened put your string, twine or ribbon in. Hang them on the trees. 



 Large heart


I think I winded up with around 10 small hearts and 5-6 large ones. Would really be a cute wedding favor for rustic or garden weddings but I would make small ones since you could get a lot more out of the batch. Great way to get the kids involved with something easy and fun. 

And just too cute on my trees.........


Small Heart

My granddaughter Raygen loved hanging them on Nana's trees! Of course she wanted to look every 5 minutes to see if the birds had eaten any.




One last note; be sure to tell your spouse that it isn't a cookie to eat!!!!!

NO, he didn't eat it but almost did!!! LOL!

Okay, here is what I have learned since I made them....on the 4th day after being stored in the refrigerator the white (flour) begins to discolor them. (I done a little experiment with a few of them)  Also, the birds have a hard time eating it unless it is laying instead of hanging.  However, they are so stinking cute hanging in the tree!

 Be sure to tune in tomorrow for Wednesday              in the Word. 

Til then remember,

Making memories with your children and grandchildren is something that no one can take away from you or them and they last a lifetime!!!


Hugs and blessings, Cindy





















Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday in the Word-Bless the Lord

Recently on one my little trips to Dollar Tree I spotted this cute little candle holder. I especially liked it because it has Scripture inside the candle holder.


I thought of several ways to use this. My first thought was to buy several and to use them with Easter decoration with cute little candles in them. 

Then I thought, "this would make a great little gift filled with malt ball Easter eggs or jelly beans".

Another idea was to use at each table place setting and place the silverware in it....YES, my mind thinks like this.....Different and I like different!

I love the  verse inside....

Psalm 103:2 says,  Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits— 


One commentary said the meaning of this verse was;
Bless the Lord, O my soul - The repetition here denotes the intensity or earnestness of the wish or desire of the psalmist. It is an emphatic calling upon his soul, that is, himself, never to forget the many favors which God was continually conferring upon him.

What a sweet reminder that we should praise HIM for His favor on His children. His gifts are unmeasurable and His grace and mercy is everlasting.

 
Well, what did I do with the cute little candle holder?

I decided it would be GREAT as a ring holder!!!


 I need several more I am afraid to hold all my pretty gaudy rings.Well...they are pretty too!

Praise the Lord today my friend.....He is so worthy to be praised!


Hugs and blessings, Cindy