Monthly Archives: March 2012

Month: March 2012 another birthday…

  Another birthday for one of our children.  Another day to reflect on the many blessings, provisions and calling of the Lord on this son’s life — the golden child, the brothers and sisters call him.   We all have a smile when someone says this or refers to him in this manner.  They all know they are — each one to me — a golden child, though they’d insist he is the golden child.  ~smile~ So another year, another birthday… another celebration that doesn’t look like one here tonight.  We’ll make up for it when he returns from Africa in a couple of months — but for now, we have had a day of reflection, stories and melancholy, misty eyes.  Well, maybe that was just me with the misty eyes most all day today.  It’s not that I want him to stay around here — I really don’t — but continue reading

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Month: March 2012 Smash Books & Upcycling

Reusing became renewing became recycling became repurposing became upcycling.  Sort of. Actually, each of these are simply names for doing something new or different with something old or used or originally designed for another use.   Each are probably unique in application, though.  I smugly threw them all together but I know there’s a difference between reusing and recycling for example.  I can’t think of an example right off the top of my head, but I’m confident there’s a difference.  This is only possible because I’ve seen art.  And I’ve seen Art.  I’ve heard music… and I’ve heard… So, Amelia came in to ask if we could go and purchase a Smash Book. I wondered what this product might be — no, I really wondered what this product might cost!  I think, Don’t jump to conclusions about this item… it’s probably not what it sounds like.  And then Sara reminded me continue reading

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Month: March 2012 IndoctriNation – the movie

Below is the content of an email letter I just received… Next weekend (March 16-18) is the nationwide premiere of IndoctriNation through National Movie Night.  Please consider hosting a movie night for this special weekend promotion to share IndoctriNation, which we are honored to have been chosen as the Best Documentary at the 2012 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival last month. National Movie Night is a project of Freedom Film Distributors, and is designed to harness grassroots energy to promote independently produced films like IndoctriNation in local communities around the country and the world. It’s simple!  Hosts are provided with a Movie Night Host Guide to help them plan and run their movie night, along with promotional tools and support.  The IndoctriNation National Movie Night is scheduled for the weekend of March 16-18, so please consider signing up to host a screening of IndoctriNation in your home, church, or continue reading

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Month: March 2012 The Quilter’s Apprentice

Quilts.  Old quilts meticulously stitched by great grandmothers… store bought, machine pieced quilts and ones made by different friends.  I love to look at them — studying the patterns and pieces, but I didn’t know I’d come to love them in the way I have.  I’ve always loved the kinship of customers and clerks in a fabric store, but I didn’t really understand the incredible and instant camaraderie that nowhere else seems to be experienced quite like what you’ll find in a quilt shoppe.   The instant “sisterhood” is unique. As I walked with my friend,  I began to develop a love and appreciation for quilting I’d never known previously — actually, as each day passed, I became more and more intrigued by quilters themselves.  Quilting is not just the stitching of complimentary fabrics and pieces — it’s much more than that. It seemed that the sheer anticipation alone of spending continue reading

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Month: March 2012 Quilt Designs

Country Cupboard Quilt Design Blocks: The Churn Dash quilt block is a traditional design that hearkens back to days on the farm and the pleasure of some of the old domestic chores. The Windblown Puzzle quilt block has a versatile kinetic design like a colorful, spinning pinwheel. The Grandma’s Bowls quilt block will remind you of learning to cook from the resourceful women in your family. The Chimneys and Cornerstones quilt block is an enhanced traditional pattern with an attractive architectural look to it. The Garden of Eden quilt block looks like a little piece of paradise, with an abstract cross and four diamonds. The Heart Can quilt block portrays freshly picked flowers in an old coffeepot. Picture it sitting on your windowsill. The Apple Pie quilt block is so appetizing it actually looks like it would smell good. It’s perfect for a country- or kitchen-themed design. The Honey Pot continue reading

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