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Cloudy winter days are good for quilts and stories and quiet project days with friends.


Today, Penny got out her favorite Winnie-the-Pooh book that was my Mom’s when she was little.  This one was printed in 1961, and shows it was loved by its tattered edges.


“Good morning, Christopher Robin,” he said.

“Good morning, Winnie-ther-Pooh,” said you.



My friends, Sophie and Kahlan came today to play with me; together we did some watercolor painting on some Pooh drawings that I had traced onto watercolor paper.

We enjoyed the quaint sayings that are so classic.











The watercolor artists




“Make room for me in that comfy chair, Ruby, let’s read a Bible Story together…”

This is the story of how the Apostle Paul came to be used of God in starting churches after the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Many people at that time thought Jesus was a big fake and that His followers were causing trouble.  In these early days, Paul was called Saul, and he hated anyone who called themselves a Christian…




















The End.

You can read this story of the Apostle Paul’s early days in Acts chapters 8 and 9.  Paul wrote much of our New Testament.  He traveled about to spread the news of Jesus’ resurrection and started churches in many cities.  The Epistles that we have in the New Testament are a collection of letters he wrote to the churches to help instruct them in the way of Christ.  His story is an amazing example of how God can change the most destructive life and use it in a beautiful way in His Kingdom.





On Monday, February 15th, our little art group got together to create another page in our Gratitude Journal.  Our topic this time was Valentines, of course!  Hannah brought a pile of paper doilies, some shaped as hearts and some round.  Its always fun to see each person design their own page in their own way.  What great creativity fills this room.  Penny was busy inspecting and admiring.

Here we are gathered around the work table in my craft room.




Ariellah, (8) watercolored over her doilies and is now peeling them off.  Penny is excited to see the pretty pattern underneath.






The two older girls are carefully creating their masterpieces.




The boys are enjoying the window seat to read in.




Celestia water colored over her heart doily, and is now giving it a stained glass look by outlining the individual shapes.  That sure makes it look classy.




Kahlan used a pouncer to ink over her doilies.




Ariellah added a teddy bear, some roses and a list of things she loves and is grateful for.




She writes:  “I love my Mom, and my family, and my dogs, and my bear, and my church, and my Bible.”




Hannah’s finished page.  I love the intensity and the blending of the colors she used when water coloring.




Celestia’s finished page, “Love is the master key that unlocks the gates of happiness.”




Penny admires Kahlan’s finished page.  The soft inked colors are so pretty.




My own page with lots of background stamps, one is a quote by Helen Keller:  “The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”





We all enjoyed raspberry scones afterwards, and Penny enjoyed making her very own wee little ones.  Notice also that Penny has a new dress for 2016!  She was thrilled when I added the little roses to the waistline.




Clean up time is a breeze with so many helpers, though we always make a tremendous mess!  What fun we have doing this together.  We are working on a gratitude page each week in our art journals and look forward to seeing the collection we will create by the end of the year.







In September, Penny and I had a neat project to work on together.  We got out lots of  stamping supplies, ink, and pretty papers, to work on making some Scripture cards in Spanish.  Our friend Christine and her family were headed to the Dominican Republic to visit some orphanages.  We worked together to make these cards for the orphans.

This verse, Philippians 1:6, in English says, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”




This is Penny’s friend, Violet, who is helping to make the cards, she will be the one to take the colorful cards to the children in the Dominican Republic.

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23





 On each card we also put the five colors of Penny’s beads. (The Bead Story.)

“Walk in love, as Christ loved us, and gave himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” Ephesians 5:2




John 10:4  “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.”

Psalm 31:3  “For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.”

Romans 11:36  “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”




Together with Christine’s help, and that of Penny and Violet, we made 100 Spanish verse cards.  I hope the children will enjoy these pretty cards.




We also made 40 cards in French for a school in Haiti that they would visit as well.

Philippians 1:6  “Je suis persuadé que celui qui a commencé en vous cette bonne œuvre la rendra parfaite pour le jour de Jésus-Christ.” 

In English: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

 It was an exciting project, and I had so many favorite designs.  I wondered about the children that would receive each card; what was their favorite color, did they like animals or flowers best, trains or teddy bears?  Would they hang the card on the wall by their bed?  Each child is gifted by God for special things in their future.  I wonder what they will become?  May God bless each one!

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I recently learned from a friend how to make one of these padded bulletin boards with ribbons.  I invited some of Penny’s people-friends to come make some too.  We had a delightful day crafting together, and each had a lovely keepsake to put into use that we made ourselves.  Maybe you would like to try this too.

For the base, we used a sheet of 1/2″ insulation board.  This is a neat option because you can stick push pins straight into it, or just tuck your papers or photos behind the ribbons.

Here, Thabeh uses a utility knife to cut this sheet down to the size she would like.




Next, we layered our choice of fabric, (generously sized), face down;

Then the layer of quilt batting (the same size as the insulation board);

Then on top, the insulation board:




Then we folded the fabric over onto the insulation board and hot glued it into place.  This will be the back.




On the front, we marked the very center with a pencil and drew lines 5 inches apart to mark where the ribbon will lay.




The girls enjoyed being creative with the ribbon colors, and we pinned them in place wherever they crossed.




We each enjoyed picking out a variety of buttons from our big button jar, that was the fun part!




Here is the HUGE Button Jar!!




You know, its always best to dump them all out so you can dig through them properly.




Old buttons are so fascinating!







Here is a string of little buttons I once put together for a bracelet.  Penny loved those best.




I sewed my buttons on with a strong thread, right through the insulation board.  But on one board, we just used the glue gun to hold them in place, just to be quicker.  Thanks for helping, Penny.




Smiles from Cici and Thabeh…




 At the last minute, we decided to glue on some silk flowers, a very pretty touch.

Here is a close up of Thabeh and Adama’s smaller boards.


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Thabeh and Adama’s big smiles, eager to go put their memory boards to work.




And Cici’s too!




Here is a bit of artwork from a friend that I tucked into mine once it was hung on my wall.

I had cut my insulation board to fit this 18 x 24″ frame that I had.




We made fun memories by crafting together today.  Good-bye girls!!

They said, “Let us know when you find another fun craft like this.”

And Cici wants to go start a button box of her own.