It absolutely kills me to get rid of useful things. Take this huge pile of alphabet stickers, for example. They are in perfectly good condition, but I have used up many of the "important" letters. Now the colors don't match, there aren't enough to make recognizable words and I don't have the coordinating papers for many of them anymore.
So what's a girl to do?
Here's where creativity comes in. I used a variety of sizes, shapes and colors of leftover alphabet stickers to make the background for this card. They're all overlapping and jumbled together, so it doesn't matter that they're all different - a hodgepodge of surplus supplies.
Then I used a few more to make the 'thanks' for the front and there you have it. It only made a slight dent in the thousands of letters that I have, but it made for a lovely card.
If you have ideas for using up these useful, although plentiful, letter stickers, please share them. Apparently they're like bunny rabbits - I don't think I had this many sheets of letters a few days ago.
One of the characteristics of a woman who is leading a victorious Christian life is virtue. A virtuous woman is willing to conform to both moral and divine law, someone who glows with purity and goodness. Sounds like an overwhelming goal, doesn't it? Well, just like everything else in our lives, God has given us exactly what we need to triumph in the virtues He would have us attain.
"And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman" (Ruth 3:11).
Ruth was a poor widow, one who chose to leave her native Moab for her mother-in-law's home town of Bethlehem. She was given the choice to stay behind, but her relationship with Naomi was more important. Ruth was devoted to both her former family and the new family that would greet them (Ruth 4:15).
While she was forced to work in the fields to supply the household's needs, Ruth worked with diligence and stamina. In the second cha…
A local paper crafter told me a couple of weeks ago that she was loving the opportunity to make some bulletin boards. It was like making cards or scrapbook pages, just on a larger canvas. This had me thinking!
So when I was asked to put together a Christmas bulletin board at the church this weekend, I pulled out one of my favorite card templates and used it on that larger canvas. Wrapping paper, wired ribbon, card stock letters and glittered Christmas ornaments replaced my usual scrapbooking supplies.
Then I just had to come home and make a card with the same layout. I love this design and how versatile it is. I could use this exact same arrangement for Christmas or birthday photos on a scrapbook page.
How creative can you get with the same layout, shape, template or design?
I attended a beautiful funeral this week for my elementary school music teacher. She was one of the first people, in addition to my family, that instilled the love of music in my heart. That passion for music changed my life.
The funeral service was filled with people who knew her, loved her and treasured her love and wisdom. We were able to remember the good times we shared, deal with the heartache we carry and prepare our hearts and minds for a future without her until we meet in heaven one day.
In a society that now tries to distance itself from death as much as possible, the tradition of a funeral has been pushed aside. The most important thing to remember is that funerals are about the living, not the dead. There is nothing else that can be done for the deceased, but the living need a place to share their thoughts and feelings about the reality of death.
When someone you love dies, please remember these truths about the purpose of the funeral: