Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Daily Prayer

SUNDAY-The Lord's Day
O God, I have prepared my house for you, please come into my heart as my honored guest so I may spend the day in your presence.
Lord, help me wash away all my slefishness and vanisty, so I may serve you with perfect humility through the week ahead.
TUESDAY-Ironing Day
Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles of prejudice I have collected through the years so I may see the beauty in others.
O God, please help me mend my ways so I will not set a bad example for others.
THURSDAY-Cleaning Day
Lord Jesus, help me dust out all the many faults I have been hiding in secret corners of my heart.
FRIDAY-Shopping Day
O God, give me the grace to shop wisely so I may purchase eternal happiness for myself in all others in need of your love.
SAURDAY-Cooking Day
Help me my Savior to brew a big kettle of brotherly love and serve it with the clean, sweet bread of human kindness.
Blessings, Michelle

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Accuquilt-Diamonds-Pink Saturday-Homebread

Pink Saturday-stop on over to Beverly our lovely hostess and check out all of the links. http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/

Diamonds, Diamonds and more diamonds...This is my wip, I have been inspired again by the great Kaffe Fassett Fabric and Quilt designer.  In his book "Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts",  the quilt "Bordered Diamonds" caught my attention.  I'm using the accuquilt die, diamond, to do my cutting for me...layered up fabric, as you can see below, gives me lots of diamonds in no time at all. 
These are my piles of diamonds all cut and ready for putting border strips on them.  I have several layers in each pile.
Strips cuts, ready to be added, and this lovely fabric will be my binding...I think it will work out great, love the design.
This is what the die looks like, on the underside, don't you just love those little pink polka dots.

Here are three with borders added, as you can see I'm going to use brights....

Home made bread last night, added dried blueberries and cranberries....from the book "Dough:   Simple Contemporary Bread" by Richard Bertinet.  Awesome book, great photos, great recipes and a DVD to show you how.  Notice my salvage potholders have "pink" in them.
Daisy got a new leash...and yes it's PINK.
Have a gret weekend!  Hugs, Michelle

Sunday, March 20, 2011

25 Reasons for Praising God-Hebrews 13:15

A few more pics from my trip to the Botanical Gardens mixed in this post today.  I'm sure we can all come up with more than 25 reasons to praise God.  I'm adding mine #26 to go along with my photos:  Song of Solomon 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.  Feel free to write a praise verse in the comment area if you would like.

Twenty-Five Reasons for Praising God
We praise God for...
his splendor and majesty...Psalm 104:1
giving us salvation...Psalm 96:2; Luke 1:68, 1 Peter 1:3-6
bearing our burdens...Psalm 68:19
hearing our prayers...Psalm 66:20
giving us his strength...Psalm 59:17;68-35
his marvelous deeds...psalm 9:1;26:7;52-9; 72:18
his guidance...Psalm 16:7
his compassion...Psalm 28-6; 2Corinthians 1:3
his righteousness...Psalm 48:10
his enduring love...Psalm 106:1
his enduring faithfulness...Psalm 117:1-2; Isaiah 25:1
forgiving our sins...Hosea 14:2; Ephesians 1:7
his comfort...Isaiah 12:1; 2 Corinthians 1:3
his wisdom...Daniel 2:20
his spritual blessings...Ephesians 1:3-6
forgiving our sins...Hosea 14:2; Ephesians 1;7
we praise God because he made us...Psalm 139:14
he is worthy of praise...2 Samuel 22:4; 1 Chronicles 16:25; Psalm 48:1
he keeps his promi
ses...1 Kings 8:15, 56
he is in control...Ezra 7:27
he is eternal...Nehemiah 9:5
he is powerful and mighty...Psalm 21:13
he is sovereign..Psalm 47:7; 66:4
he is trustworthy...Psalm 56:4
he is holy...Psalm 99:3
he is preparing a glorious future for us...Isaiah 61:11; 62:7-9; revelation 21-22

Have a blessed week, may God's favor and goodness be with you....Michelle

Friday, March 18, 2011

National Quilting Day, Give Away, and Pink Saturday

Celebrate National Quilting Day....check out info here:   http://nqaquilts.org/nqday
For all my quilting friends I'm having a giveaway, see bottom of the post for details {jelly roll}
Pink Saturday-stop on over to Beverly our lovely hostess and check out all of the links. http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/
I'm featuring an Art Journal Quilt for National Quilting Day and also for Pink Saturday featuring some finished handmade cards.
Each week I'm trying out new techniques/color/composition/tools etc for a small  8"x10" art journal quilt.  Today I actually sewed a photograph right no the fabric and then trying out different sized circles for the quilting, it was fun.  The cards feature some hot pink original designs made by me  and the other subdued  flower cards are from the stampin up club nite I attend. 

 Happy National Quilting Day, be sure to click on the icon at the top for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree with Accuquilt Barn Quilt Contest.

Kaffe Fassett Jelly Roll is what I'm giving away in celebrtion of National Quilting Day.
1.   Follow my blog for an entry, and leave me a comment anything about quilting
2.   Leave another comment telling me you have posted about the giveaway
 I will announce a winner on Monday,US bloggers only this time, good luck and happy stitching.
Hugs, Michelle

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Accuquilt-8 point star-Botanical Gardens-$1,000 Shopping Spree Contest

Color, Design and Texture-I took a trip to the Botanical Gardens last Sunday, and as luck would have it there was an orchid display, which I photographed as well as the "green" stanbys .  As I was looking at my pics, I found a few that have inspired me.  I have had the Accuquilt 8-point star die on my wish list for a long time and after reviewing my photos I've found a few that have me "seeing stars" what do you think?  I love star quilts.  Accuquilt is having a "Design A Barn Quilt" contest and you could win a $1,000 shopping spree, just click on the icon to the right to enter. 

Hugs, Michelle

Sunday, March 13, 2011

TV Commercials and God

This is a photo of my daughter a few years ago, it's one of my favoritie, she is the best bubblegum blower of all, she always blows the bigest, bestest bubbles.    I hope you enjoy the below blurbs.

A Sunday school teacher asked her class to look at TV commercials, and see how they could use them in ways to communicate ideas aobut God.
Here are some of the results:

God is like Brayer Aspirin...He works miracles.
God is like a Ford...He's got a better idea.
God is like Coke...He's the real thing.
God is like Hallmark cards...He cares enough to send His very best.
God is like Tide...He gets the stains out that others leave behind.
God is like General Electric...He brings good things to life.
God is like Sears...He has everything.
God is like Alka-Seltzer...Try Him, you'll like him.
God is like Scotch tape...You can't see him, but you know He's there.
God is like Delta...he's ready when youa re.
God is like Allstate...You're in good hands with Him.
God is like VO-5 Hair spray...he holds through all kinds of weather.
God is like Dial soap...Aren't you glad you have Him.

Praise God, have a blessed week.  Michelle

We pray Father for provision for those in Japan Lord, for leaders across the world to step in and help, we pary for the churches in Japan to show Jesus Love.  Amen.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Tote Bag Finish/Crochet Slippers-Pink Saturday

Pink Saturday-stop on over to Beverly our lovely hostess and check out all of the links. http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/

Pink Saturday and St. Patty's Day-Pink and Green, two of my favorite combos.  I have a different style tote today, not my usual larger one with straps, but todays is shorter and has open hole handles, quilted pattern on my long arm.  I've used the lovely Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane fabric, I love roses.  I've put some of my newest crochet project inside too, I'm working on the Japenese Flower that's going around blog land.  Elizabeth Cat has a great tutorial for the crochet flower with great photos to go along...if you have never stopped over to her blog it is a must....color and color.  http://byelizabethcat.blogspot.com/

These Mary Jane crocheted slippers are so easy and worked up so fast.  You could make a pai ron a week evening after dinner.  I found the pattern here:  http://goodknits.com/blog/mary-jane-slippers/  The tutorial is great with good photos to follow along with. 
Happy Pink Saturday!  Hugs, Michelle

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Journal Quilt 2011

Journal Quilt Challenge, I've decided to join in when I can.  Not sure if I will be able to make one a week or not, but will make them when time allows.  You can get more information on the icon at the right.  There also photos here:  http://www.flickr.com/groups/1536032@N25/pool/with/5396013361/

I've been saving my salvages for quite some time now, but haven't done any projects with them and so I though this would be a great opportunity to use these.  I know it's simple, but I just wanted to try out the sewing them down onto foundation fabric and arranging in a rainbow color way.  Some weeks will be involving more time and technique than others.

I had this polka dot binding in first photo left over from another project and I think it was just what I wanted for this little journal quilt. 
Cheers, Michelle

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Who Am I?

Embrace what God says about your idenity in Christ.  Who am I?
I am the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13)
I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14)
I am a child of God (John 1:12)
I am part of the true Vine, a channel (branch) of Christ's life (John 15:5)
I am Christs's friend (John 15:15)
I am chosen and appointed b y Christ to bear His fruit (John 15:16)
I am a slave of righteousness (Romans 6:18)
I am a joint-heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him (Romans 8:14-17)
I am God's temple.  His Spirit dwells in me (1 Corinthians 3:16)
I am joined to the Lord and am one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17)
I am a member (part) of Christ's body (1 Corinthians 12:27)
I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconcilliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
I am a son of God and one with other believers (Galatians 3:26,28)
I am an heir of God, since I am a son of God (1 Galatians 4:6-7)
I am a saint (Ephesians 1:1)
I am God's workmanship, created in Christ to do His work that He planned all along for me to do (Ephesians 2:10)
I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God's family (Ephesians 2:19)
I am righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24)
I am a citizen of heaen (Philippians 3:20)
I am an expression of Christ because He is in me (Colossians 3:4)
I am chosen  by God, holy, and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12)
I am a child of light and not of darkness (1 Thessalonians 5:5)
I am one of God's living stones and am being built into a spiritual house with the rest of the believers (1 Peter 2:5)
I am part of a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, whose purpose is to praise Him (1 Peter 2:9-10)
I am an alien and stranger to this world in which I temporarily live (1 Peter 2:11)
I am an enemy of the devil (1 Peter 5:8)
I will resemble Christ when He returns (1 John 3:20)
I am born of God, and the "evil one," the devil, cannot harm me (1 John 5:18)
I am not the great I AM, but by the grace of God I am what I am (1 Corinthians 15:10)

Taken from book " Being Great Mom, Rasising Great Kids", Sharon Jaynes

Have a blessed week in the Lord!  Michelle

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Doll Quilt-Pink Saturday

Pink Saturday-stop on over to Beverly our lovely hostess and check out all of the links. http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/

I used the accuquilt cutter block churndash for this quilt and added a couple of borders.  Making a sample up of doll quilt or smaller quilt is a great way to see if you will like a certain line of fabric color combinations to use for a larger quilt.  This line of fabric is Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey.  Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend.  Hugs, Michelle


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