Thursday, May 21, 2015

Word Art Wednesday and life in fast lane

Life right now is in the very fast lane, high speed family changes.  Wedding, Selling the house, moving, kids moving.  It is all good, it is all exciting and we feel all in the will of God for our lives. But it is a lot happening all at once. A lot of lane changing for Steve and I as we begin to recreate our lives.  I know I have said this before, and I will say it til the end of my days. 
I am thankful for the unchanging Mercy of the Lord and for His Word
 that truly is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.    

I woke up yesterday with a mountain load of things to get accomplished, and the verse from Deuteronomy 30:14 came to my mind: 

'But the WORD is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, That thou mayest do it.'

I Love that verse but it has been a long time since it has come to my mind.  I looked it up first thing and thought thank you Lord, this is my compass for the day, I need to accomplish something that was not on my task list.  I trusted He would let me know what it was. 

The first thing I did after reading a bit and praying was to go online to see what my favorite blog had for the day : Word Art Wednesday 

I was so surprised to see that very verse in Deuteronomy!

As the went on, that verse gave me the courage to do and say a few things with confidence, that I had to plan to say and do.  God is like that, He works in ways that baffle us.  His timing is always perfect as is His love for us.

Here is my card for the Word Art Wednesday challenge 
It is simple

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you feel the Spirit of hope and Love in your day!
Ginny M

Monday, May 18, 2015

Image prompt

Over at OSA this weeks' challenge was to use a fashion photo as a prompt .  of course it must be Asian and it must  have a hand stamp on it.

Here is my take:

The fashion photo:

my card:

I thought I had polka dot paper and I am sure if I had had the energy I could have turned this into polka dot paper but I like it as is!

Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Saturday, May 16, 2015

sound barrier needed

Yesterday I spent quite a bit of time in my kitchen, I made 16 quarts of chilli and canned them.
I've decided to turn my freezer off and save the dollars it takes to run it.  For the most part it is only half full.  I buy spices and flour in bulk, which will get portioned and sent to the deep freeze.  I'm not trying to build up a store house of food in the event of a disaster.  I am trying to keep up with a busy lifestyle that includes  a family that likes to eat, good food, made from scratch and organic if possible.
I spend a lot of time at homemaking and I enjoy every minute.  My oldest sister Cherie got me going on this 35 years a go with a simple sunset cookbook called "MAKE A MIX COOKERY"  It was a great idea then and still his.  I've always cooked ahead and made mixes ahead.  I have relied on my big freezer for big batches of just about everything.   The down side of that is they are expensive to run and if you have a power outage for any length of time, you run the risk of loosing everything in it. 

So that being said I have always wanted to can.  I had a friend in high school that used to "put up" everything her husband grew in there amazing garden.  They had a room the size of a 1 car garage filled with shelves that were filled with beautiful jars containing the reddest tomatoes and greenest beans and everything tasted delicious.  Charlotte would feed her family thorough out the winter with the best of foods grown in her own back yard. 
As I become more health conscious and more knowledgeable in food science, I am learning to "put up"  food for my family.  Last week I made 12 pints of apple butter and it came out delicious. This week I found a  24 qt pressure canner on craigslist for 25.00.  I have watched you tubes as I have no one here to teach me and I have purchased a bevy of used books from Amazon on food preserving. Jars, lids and tongs are a part of the the needed equipment. all of these things will cost less than a couple of months of electricity to run the freezer.
Thursday I purchased ground beef, pork and turkey on sale, cooked it all up along with the other essentials for chili.  Total cost for the batch $26.00 for 16 quarts of wonderful chili.  I now have 13 quarts ready and waiting to become a meal on a busy day.

I cooked the Chili up the night before and let it simmer over night, that being done I had a clean kitchen to start the canning process.  My kitchen is very small ( but super efficient) Doing things in stages and cleaning after each one is very important.
With the Jars prepped and ready , I filled and sealed and put them in my pressure canners according to directions for food type and altitude.

                                               16 quart and 24 quart canners in action:

Now while these were processing for 90 minutes - two pressure cookers going full speed ( can you hear it? )  I had F-16's flying over practicing for this weekends air show, the cookers and the planes were bothering the Great Dane who also barked for 90 minutes non stop. 
I walked into my craft room to get away form some of the noise and I stepped on a glue bottle which the cat running around knocked over.  The glue bottle sounded like a gun going off which made the dog and the cat run.  I think I lost it a little and yelled at the dog to shut up - 85 minutes into               the bark-a-thon.  Which thankfully he did.
I think the blue angles shut down for lunch too..

This is what happens when you step on a glue bottle:

Here is some of my Chili!

Next in the Que, a non dairy cream of mushroom soup!!  No more yucky canned soup for sauces and definitely not for eating!  I'll have homemade, preservative and chemical free with the best of ingredients.  Yum

Thanks for stopping by!!
Ginny M

Friday, May 15, 2015

Word Art Wednesday an birthday cards

Word Art Wednesday has a beautiful verse and devotion this week to go with their anything goes challenge!

Here is the verse:

and here is may card (s) this batch will become birthday cards!

Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tried something a little different

I had a tiger swap card to make for an OSA swap today.  I tried something a little different.

I stamped my tiger with Stazon and just worked in Tim Holtz Inks

 My first attempt was very random , I just wanted to get a feel for the ink on the glossy paper.  I grabbed photo paper by accident.

I started working the inks and felt like I wanted a more controlled application

Using small sponges I got the look I was wanting

Finished card.

Fun, give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by
Ginny M

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Under the wire

I'm posting today for the Word Art Wednesday May 6th challenge - nothing like last minute.
                     Tomorrow there will be a new verse and new devotion and a new challenge.                                 That is one thing about the Word Of God, It really is new every day.  

Here is the verse:

One of the things I love most about the Lord is that he never changes, He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  No rule changes no capriciousness.  
His remains Immutable, His Love and plan for our lives is perfect.  Even when we go astray, he loves us still.  That alone is reason to seek Him and to rejoice .

Here is my simple card

I hope you take time to hop over to Word Art Wednesday and join the inspiration!!