Envelopes!

My friend, Pam, over at Lost Art, has some cute pictures of envelopes she made. ¬†I was inspired a few years ago to make my own and have really enjoyed it. ¬†I use scrapbook paper (if using regular and not two-sided, then you’ll need to make a liner), and old calendars. ¬†I use envelope templates that I purchased from Paper Source. ¬†Although there are free ones available online, I like these plastic ones. ¬†They have faired well through many, many uses.

Here’s some that I’ve made. ¬†I hope you will try this easy craft. ¬†It’s a nice way to brighten someone’s day when they receive this in their mailbox!

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handmade envelopes

This Summer in Pictures

This and That

I am happy to report that I have now lost 10.5 pounds…and yes, that .5 is very important!! ¬†I am learning to eat healthy and to eat good portions. ¬†I am learning to exercise each day. ¬† Right now I am doing that by walking but I’m thinking about joining a local gym. ¬†I would love to swim and do water aerobics and I would also like to do some strength training.
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The past three weeks have been so pleasant as far as the weather goes. ¬†Temperatures in the 70’s during the day, 50’s at night, and low humidity. ¬†We haven’t had to run the a/c much this September!
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On September 9, we had my mom’s memorial service in NJ. ¬†It was a bittersweet time but it turned out really lovely. ¬† ¬†Here’s a picture of me and my siblings after the service:

My brother read a psalm and Michael sang “Amazing Grace” and was able to share the gospel with those that attended. ¬†Afterward, just our family went out to eat together. ¬†Then Michael and I had to drive back to VA.
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I know everyone says this all the time but it is hard to believe that September is almost over. ¬†Seriously, this month went by so fast. ¬†The leaves on some trees are just starting to change and I’m looking forward to October when they will be in all their glory! ¬†Our hummingbirds are still coming to the feeders but less and less frequently. ¬†I think they will be moving on soon.
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I am enjoying swapping post cards and other items over on swap-bot.com.  I will post about it soon!!

Gone!

I had decided to put all my vacation pictures onto a separate page but I messed something up and they all disappeared so I will have to try again…but not this week!

I am on the “craft team” for our upcoming VBS and we have been busy preparing all the crafts. ¬†This week we have two prep days plus all the stuff I’m doing at home. ¬†I am taking this material:

and cutting it into these squares–ALL the material!!

Thankfully I have a rotary cutter and the material is thin so I can layer it. ¬†I have about another hours’ worth of cutting to do!!

Besides the two VBS prep meetings, I am feeding the homeless tomorrow and going to our church’s baptism in the evening. ¬†Wednesday I’m getting my hair cut and prep meeting that evening. ¬†Thursday during the day I am free and will probably do chores but Thursday night we have a deacon’s meeting. ¬†Friday the exterminator is coming over because I keep seeing ants in my kitchen and Friday night I’m going out to dinner with a friend. ¬†Whew!

My weeks are not normally like that; it just happened that everything fell into place this week! ¬†I’m thankful that my days and weeks are usually much quieter.
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I have been having trouble with my eyes not focusing well for close-up reading when I first wake up. ¬†I like to do my devotions in the morning and it has been very hard to do that. ¬†This morning I started listening to John MacArthur’s sermon series on Philippians on my iPhone. ¬†I think this solution will work very well!
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My girlfriend, Trish, and I signed up to go The Gospel Coalition’s 2012 Women’s Conference. ¬†We’re so excited. ¬†I’ll be able to fly down using the vouchers I got when our flight was twice-bumped coming back from my sister’s in NV. ¬†Can you imagine a whole weekend with all those wonderful speakers? ¬†I know the Lord will have a lot in store for me!
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That’s about all from here. ¬†It has been thundering for about two hours now but no rain. ¬†I know a lot of the country is in a similar situation. ¬†We need relief from this heat and help for our plants! ¬†I hope you all are able to stay cool wherever you are!

A Busy Week

This week has been very busy preparing for Julianne’s graduation and party. ¬†Tuesday I went grocery shopping and picked up most of the items I need for her party. ¬†My fridge is now full of 192 hot dogs!! ¬†Tomorrow my husband and I will be picking up charcoal, etc. for the grills and also water bottles for the party. ¬†I decided to go with water instead of soda because it’s healthier and it won’t attract bees! ¬†(But I guess the hot dogs aren’t healthy. ¬†Oh well!)
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Speaking of healthy, I have not drank a Dr. Pepper since May 9th. ¬†Woo Hoo!! ¬†I have to say that I look longingly at the bottles when I’m in the checkout lines at Target or the grocery store. ¬†Actually, I haven’t had any caffeine drink since then. ¬†I’m trying to drink more water but truthfully it is hard! ¬†Pray for me!
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This afternoon Julianne and I went up to the local community college to take their placement test and apply to attend in the fall. ¬†She did very well on the reading/writing part and “ok” on the math part. ¬†But we expected that so it was fine. ¬†Tomorrow I have to call to make an appointment to see the dean and give him some paperwork since she is only 16. ¬†After that we can pick out her course of study and then wait until July to sign up for classes. ¬†It’s amazing to me that this time has already come. ¬†The years have literally flown by and we are entering a new phase in our lives.
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I still haven’t put together Julianne’s scrapbook. ¬†I asked a friend to help me tomorrow night. ¬†I hope she’s available. ¬†I haven’t a clue how to go about putting it together. ¬†Well, I can put it together but need help making it look nice!!
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That’s about all from here. ¬†Things should get back to normal around here next week and I hope to be able to post more. ¬†Until then may you have a blessed day!!

Graduation

I’ve been working on invitations for Julianne’s graduation party to be included in her announcements. ¬†It’s getting closer.

We had a photo shoot the other day and now I’m waiting to get them back from the photographer so I can include them also. ¬†Here’s a preview: