Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Winter on the Praries

We have been blasted the last couple days, and for the next few days to follow, with -35 C (-45 w/windchill) temps here, howling winds and just nasty winter weather! We were spoiled with very mild temps so far, although this is not unusal winter weather. Thankfully, I work from home so do not have to brave the elements, but my thoughts & prayers are with those who have to work outside in this....mailmen, police, firemen, (among others) and those who are outside in this - the homeless. Although we have many options in my city for the homeless to get in out of the cold, there are those who, because of mental illness, addictions, and fear, choose to not utilize them. I pray for their safety, and their wisdom to accept the help offered them. I thank you Lord, for the blessings of warmth, shelter and the means to sustain them.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Crosses we bear

The crosses we bear are not supposed to be heavy enough to crush us,
...but they are heavy enough to bend our knees. ~Author Unknown~
God will give us the strength we need to face each and every challenge that we face....when we look to Him, when we humbly ask Him for the help we need. He never once promised to eliminate the trials of life. For without these, we would not grow closer to Him. As a matter of fact, it would have a reverse effect, we would grow further away from Him. We would become independant of Him. We are all blessed with an inner strength from the Lord. But there are times when that strength is sapped, when we are running on empty.
"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Isaiah 40:29-31 (N.I.V.)

So when the trials of life drive you to your knees ....... pray.

Templates, templates and more templates

As I journey through the various forums, I always see the question "Where can I find a template for....?", so, today I thought I would share a list of sites that offer templates. Please, please be sure to read each creators TOU and abide by them. This I am sure is not a complete list, so if you have any I missed, just let me know and I can add them. Enjoy!

http://inkastamps.com/archive.html - some free w template
http://www.bydonovan.com/templates.html
http://www.houseofstirfry.com/chia/templates/tempI.html
http://www.jersgirl.com/
http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns/
http://www.bellesprintables.com/
http://www.primdoodles.com/printables.asp
http://dazzlemania.com/
http://www.paperworks.biz/projectsheets/
http://www.pccrafts.com/
http://www.primdoodles.com/printables11.asp
http://www.stampington.com/html/tempting_template_index.html
http://www.cpforbes.net/tuckbox/tuckbox.cgi
http://www.sweetestthings.com/
http://www.stampersmall.com/templates/
http://thecraftypc.stores.yahoo.net/projects.html - some have templates
http://victorineoriginals.com/
http://www.pbase.com/455rocket/calendar
http://www.ustamp4fun.com/projectgallery.htm - many w templates
http://templatehub.biz/freebies.htm
http://www.crafttvweekly.com/- check archives
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ - join in the forum , a wealth of projects
http://www.copycraft.com/templates.html

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Ultimate Craft Room

Came across this on a site and had to share it. This woman has a craft room most of us could only dream about, one I'll never have. My "craft room" is part bedroom closet, part computer room and part kitchen table LOL
http://twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/pg.asp?cmd=display&layout_id=1285148

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Here are my first 2 handmade cards.......made for my Christmas thank yous. I printed the ty on my puter, and used a strip of Cuttlebug embossed paper behind the layered flower & snowflake.The pointsettia and snowflake was generously shared by Tracy at
So, tell me whatcha think of my first attempts?

A new journey.........

I am not a blog person, but who knows, it may be a journey I enjoy. I have no idea what or how often I will share here, but gonna try my best. You may find my papercrafting items, words of ummmm wisdom, yea wisdom, LOL, just sharing my day, or, nothing!