Friday, June 29, 2012

Photo Friday: Fence

This picture was taken at our local zoo. Behind the wire fence a wild turkey was strutting around and showing off for us.

Come back next week to link up your photo with the inlinkz tool. In the meantime, if you have a photo you want to show, put the link to your post with photo in the comment section.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Nail Art

I polish my toenails year-round. I think that pretty toes are important even if they are covered by shoes in the winter. I know they're painted cute. I go with some shade of pink and if I feel especially festive I'll put on a coat of glitter.

But this week, I tried something different. Nail art.

love this!
pin via Jessica's pin board

After looking at the picture above, Bekah and I both tried replicating the striped nail.

We painted our base coat a light pink, cut strips of tape, stuck two pieces of tape to each nail on a diagonal, then painted over nail and tape with hot pink. We started with our toes but after we decided we liked the look we went ahead and did our fingernails too!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Photo Friday: Rama

Meet the newest addition to the "Kitty Homeless Shelter", as our house is known to the kitty neighborhood. Rama, who is part siamese and part something else, came up several weeks ago. He was a bit hesitant at first but he was soon letting us pet him. When we were trying to come up with a name for him, we thought of the king of Siam in the movie The King and I. After a bit of research as to the king's name we decided to call him Rama since that was the king's common name and we didn't think we were up to calling him Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramenthramaha Mongkut Phra Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua everytime we saw him. :)

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Since I was little, poetry has been a big thing in our house. We read it, we memorize it, we recite it, we listen to it. We like a wide variety of poems: serious poems, historical poems, children's poems, funny poems. 

This poem I've heard ever since I can remember. Any slight reminder of the poem, and Mom would start reciting it. I've heard it so many times while growing up, that now I've memorized it as well. 

Mary had a little lamb,
A little pork, a little jam,
A little egg, a little toast,
A pickle and a great big roast,
An ice cream soda topped with fizz,
And boy! How sick our Mary is!

It isn't a meaty poem or one you memorize for the words but it's part of my childhood along with all the other poems I was exposed to. And I'll never forget it. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Creepy Crawlies

It's the third Wednesday of the month so that means it's time for the Note Card Party again! 

A Haven for Vee

The theme in my four photos this month are "creepy crawlies."

daddy long legs

wheel bug

black swallowtail caterpillar 

yellow jacket

Corner Chair Giveaway Winner

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Typography Art Print, Photo Matte, Friend Photo Holder

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Little Robin

This week it's Jessica's turn to host the Photographer's Collaboration. The theme for this week is editing.

To be honest, I don't edit too much. When I first started taking pictures I thought the art was in the photographs and that editing was "cheating." Now that I take more pictures I don't think that way but I guess I'm just too lazy to edit every photograph. I use Picasa to edit and do collages but our pictures are in our Kodak software. So to put a picture into Picasa to do something creative with it, we have to first save the picture into a folder in My Pictures. If I have to save a picture for some reason, I have a fun time playing around with some of the different effects.

For the challenge this week, Jessica asked us to edit a picture using some kind of editing software and show both the before and after pictures. 

I chose to edit a picture I took of a fledgling robin that was sitting on our porch rail while testing out his wings. 

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Come Thou Almighty King

Come Thou Almighty King
words by Charles Wesley

Come, thou almighty King,
help us thy name to sing,
help us to praise!
Father all glorious,
o'er all victorious,
come and reign over us, Ancient of Days!

Come, thou incarnate Word,
gird on thy mighty sword,
our prayer attend!
Come, and thy people bless,
and give thy word success,
Spirit of holiness, on us descend!

Come, holy Comforter,
thy sacred witness bear
in this glad hour.
Thou who almighty art,
now rule in every heart,
and ne'er from us depart, Spirit of power!

To thee, great One in Three,
eternal praises be,
hence, evermore.
Thy sovereign majesty
may we in glory see,
and to eternity love and adore!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

me and my daddy --April '95

Happy Father's Day to the best dad in the world. 

(And my giveaway is open until Monday so you still have a chance to win an item from Corner Chair.)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Photo Friday: Building

Friday is here again.

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If you want to show us a picture, just take the button, put it and a photo in a post, and comment with the link. The first Friday of every month I have an official link-up.


Linking up this photo to the Photographers' Collaboration.
Rachel is the host for this week's theme: 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Photo Shoot {Part 3}

Gavin and Ben, the two I thought would be the hardest, were the last to have their photo shoots. 

Gavin is not always photogenic. When you try to take his picture he makes a fake smile or his eyes get real big (think "deer in headlights" look).

Out we go, just the two of us since it was hot yesterday and no one else wanted to venture out to watch. As I was snapping away I tried to come up with funny things to say to get him to laugh. Usually Gavin will laugh at any bathroom humor but after several attempts he told me that he doesn't laugh that much. Right. :) But as it turned out, even without that many laughs and giggles we got some great shots! 

Gavin is a talker. (And even he doesn't dispute that.) Between every picture he had something to say.

After the last picture I told him that unless there was somewhere else he wanted to pose, then we were done. With that he jumped up, said "ALRIGHT!", and ran into the house. When asked if he had a good time he quickly responded with, "no." But he endured it all really well.

Ben, on the other hand, was looking forward to his photo shoot when I first mentioned it to them a month ago, but after the siblings photo shoot didn't go so well for him, I think he lost a little interest in it. Ben wanted his mama out there with him so the three of us tramp out into the heat and start the shoot. At first, like all the others, he was a bit hesitant to smile. But after the first few pictures were taken he warmed up and started giving me some smiles.

He really wanted to have his picture taken on the slide but he had so much fun with it that he didn't want to stop! :)

He made it through the photo shoot without shedding one single tear! Yay!

It has been so much fun doing these photo shoots and it's nice to have these pictures of the kids. I'll miss doing them.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out:
Photo Shoot {Part 1}
Photo Shoot {Part 2}

Sunday, June 10, 2012

I Need Thee Every Hour

Another hymn story...

This story was found on Nethymnal:

Annie Hawks wrote:
One day as a young wife and mo­ther of 37 years of age, I was bu­sy with my reg­u­lar house­hold tasks. Sud­den­ly, I be­came so filled with the sense of near­ness to the Mast­er that, won­der­ing how one could live with­out Him, ei­ther in joy or pain, these words, “I Need Thee Ev­e­ry Hour,” were ush­ered in­to my mind, the thought at once tak­ing full pos­sess­ion of me.
After writ­ing the lyr­ics, Hawks gave them to her pas­tor, Ro­bert Low­ry, who add­ed the tune and re­frain. The hymn was first pub­lished at the Na­tion­al Bap­tist Sun­day School Con­ven­tion in Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio, in No­vem­ber 1872. Some years lat­er, af­ter the death of her hus­band, Hawks wrote:
I did not un­der­stand at first why this hymn had touched the great throb­bing heart of hu­man­i­ty. It was not un­til long af­ter, when the sha­dow fell over my way, the sha­dow of a great loss, that I un­der­stood some­thing of the com­fort­ing pow­er in the words which I had been per­mit­ted to give out to others in my hour of sweet se­ren­i­ty and peace.

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I Need Thee Every Hour

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessèd Son.

I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

T-shirt Turned Cute

What do you do when you have an old t-shirt with a hole in it and a good t-shirt of the exact same color? Embellish the good one, of course! The next think you have to do is figure out how to embellish it...

Hmmm...what to do, what to do? I found several great ideas but nothing had all the right elements I was looking for. But what was I looking for?

Enter Twigg Studios.

I can't even remember how I came across this blog. Maybe through a linky party? Maybe through pinterest? But however I came across it, it had the thing!

I decided to pin the idea so that when I got around to doing this project I had the inspiration photo right at my finger tips mouse click.

Want to know what the idea was?

Inspiration photo and link


The plain  t-shirt without any embellishment.

I cut out ten big (cd pattern) size and 40 little (2 1/2 inch circle) size yo-yos then arranged them on the shirt in the way I wanted. I tried several different patterns before coming up with one I liked. I sewed them all on the shirt and even added a few more to fill in some gaps.

"New" t-shirt with yo-yo embellishment.

And just for fun, I made a new headband to go along with the shirt. Made out of a piece of a piece of white with small pink flower design cord and three pink yo-yos I had in my collection that match perfectly, I now have a new outfit.

Photos 1 and 3 were taken by Bekah.

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Linking up to Kristin's The Dress Project where you take a dress or shirt and redesign it.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Photo Friday: Wildflower

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Another Photography Quote

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” -Ansel Adams

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Week 5 of the Photographers Collaboration is here! This week Nela of Beloved Star is hosting.

The theme:

This picture is of my harmonica sitting on Bekah's book of music staff paper.

And don't forget to check out my GIVEAWAY...

Monday, June 4, 2012


Who is ready for a giveaway? The sponsor for this giveaway is my friend Kate who recently started her own shop on Etsy called Corner Chair.

Meet Kate:
When my hubby and I first got married, I was planning on being a "stay-at-home" wife… but we love to be together, so I turned into a "stay-with-hubby" wife. I love having the opportunity to come with him to my new family's business, and commandeered a chair in a corner that has turned into my office. The Corner Chair is my own tiny workspace, and I love it.

I grew up in a family of crafters, and always had awesome supplies at my fingertips. My family encouraged any desire I had to create things (except when my sewing project was put ahead of my chores!). I was always allowed to put things in the family store, which resulted in numerous businesses throughout my childhood.
I began to figure out my own style in my teenage years, which has ended up being quite a mix of antique, vintage, old fashioned, and cozy. When I was introduced to my *now* husband, it was by someone who knew that we both loved "old stuff." It was almost "love at first antique," although he still doesn't understand why I love vintage campers.
I have been writing down quotes for years without knowing what to do with them, and when I discovered the art of hand lettering I started creating page after page of quotes to hang in our home. I realized we don't have enough walls to hang them on, and I should probably start sharing them with others! Now my hubby has started making frames for my "quotage" in his workshop.

Take a peek at some of what Kate has to offer...

Initial Earrings, "K" Monogram Earrings, Tag Earrings

All Things Hand Lettered Typography Bible Verse

 Father's Day Card, Blank Dad's Day Card, Card for Dad

Small Houses Hand Lettered Typography Quote

Joy Banner, Hand Drawn, Typography Banner

Kate has generously offered one of my readers one of her lovely pieces of art.

A Typography Friend Photo Matte Art Print

Typography Art Print, Photo Matte, Friend Photo Holder

This photo matte print has a space for a 4X6 photo and comes with clear photo corners for easy photo placement.

 Enter for a chance to win below..

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This giveaway will be open until June 18. Winner will be announced on my blog the day after.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages
words by Augustus Toplady

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

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The Lord is my Rock, and my Fortress, and my Deliverer. ~ Psalm 18:2

Friday, June 1, 2012

Photo Friday: Peek-a-boo Squirrel


I've decided to change things up a litle bit. Instead of having a weekly link-up I'm going to have a monthy link-up. The first friday of every month I'll have a place available for you to link up. I will still be doing Photo Friday every week so please feel free to post a picture and the button anytime and comment with your link.