Monday, October 11, 2021

T Stands For Trail

 Overcome Power of Fear study: Mathew 10:31 "Fear ye not therefore, ya are of more value than many sparrows.


Hello blog readers!  It is truly Fall today!  We had over 2 inches of rain last night and the temps are wonderfully cooler today!   T Stands for trail craft, today.

I picked leaves up last week while on my walk.   There were a few red ones that had fallen.  Nothing else has changed colors yet.  It is still pretty green here. I had watched a couple of you tubes on how to preserve the color for your leaves to use on projects and I had all the items needed already so tried this Mod Podge one.

I collected these on my trail where I walk.


The first thing I did with them is press them between pages in a book and sit something heavy on the book, a plastic container full of 8 1/2x11 cardstock.  It was heavy.



Next, I lay the leaves out on my silicone mat.  That is the Mod Podge I used, $1.00 at Dollar Tree that I already had.  (did you hear everything is not going to be $1.00 at Dollar Tree anymore?  Bummer!)




I painted the glue on with that old brush.


This is what they looked like after they dried.


I turned them  over and did the other side, too, because on both you tubes I watched they did.  They compared different ways to do the leaves, but I liked them one because I had what was needed for the process.




I think they are pretty.  Can't wait to use them in or on a project.  Use a fan when you do this, the fumes are strong.  I hadn't used so much of this before.  Also, I might have put too much on.  I will know next time.  



Thanks for stopping by for tea today.  I had Earl Grey while doing my project.  Stop over at Altered Book Lover where Bleubeard & Elizabeth host our TSFT and see what the rest of the T Gang are up to this T Stands For (almost) Tuesday.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, September 27, 2021

T Stands For Time For Fall!

 Overcome Power of Fear study: Mathew 10:31 "Fear ye not therefore, ya are of more value than many sparrows.


Hello blog readers!  This has been a wonderful Fall day, and I had a wonderful walk this morning.  I really love these Fall days so far. Last week for the first day of Fall my husband and I decided to enjoy the outside as it wasn't quite as hot. We drove down to the river walk. You remember he recently had a hip replacement so he isn't doing long distance walking.  But , I sat him on a bench and I took a short walk along the river.  There were others enjoying the lovely day, too, including a jogging father with a baby buggy and a dog.  We saw lots of interesting walkers, but I didn't photograph them.  Here are just a few photos.


Keeper of the Plains standing at the point where the Big and Little Arkansas rivers join together in downtown Wichita.  The sculpture is by renowned Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin 



looking the opposite direction





My husband's view while waiting for me: Exploration Place, a Science and discovery center.


And after our or my walk, we went to our favorite burger joint, where we split a chili burger and a half order of fries.  But of course we got our root beers, and took refills with us. 


I am joining up with Elizabeth & Bleubeard over at Altered Book Lover for TSFT.  Come on over and join us.  Every we week we just include a beverage reference on our post and link up with her for a lovely tea party .

Here is the craft I worked on today.  The technique challenge on SplitcoastStampers today was super fun!  I didn't take photos of the process, only the resulting cards.  But, basically, you use your die cut for a stencil.  So I die cut the lantern.  Then I sponged through the die cut negative my colors.  Then I put the actual die cut, the lantern in the negative and stenciled through it,  then removed it.   I used different oxide colors.  Then that was my card; I just added a sentiment and added three stickers, and added it to a panel, then to the base.  Meanwhile, I used the die itself on a card. How cool is that?  One technique= two cards.  



Thank you for stopping by today.  I appreciate it.  I wish you a great week!


Monday, September 20, 2021

T Stands for Trouble

Overcome Power of Fear study: Mathew 10:31 "Fear ye not therefore, ya are of more value than many sparrows."


T does stand for trouble today, internet trouble.  Recently my laptop doesn't always let me online.  All other devices in our home have no trouble getting online, so our wireless is fine.  But several times a day my laptop tells me it can't connect.  I restart and  stand on my head, not really.  But I feel like I am trying all kinds of things, you know the drill , running the task manager, etc.  Then, I come in here right before bed, and now I can get online!  Go figure.  This is a great case for scheduling my blog ahead of time, but I am not much good at doing things ahead of time! 

I have been junk journaling again.  I made tags for a mini challenge in our challenge for Dear Julie Julie September Stashbuster Junk Journal Challenge.




The finished products, bases with 6 added items.

I began with 6 patchwork shapes I had made previously for my bases.  I added quotes from old grandmother calendar, torn music page, photo stickers, lace from scrap, fiber, and eyelets.  We are busting our stash and I was glad to use 5 eyelets from my stash of hundreds! LOL

Close up of finished tags.  I love those little photo stickers.  I have a couple of sheets of these that I purchased years ago at a garage sale.  Using stash! 

I thought those calendar quotes went well with these adorable children.

I might use these in future junk journals, or on cards or a scrapbook page.

Now for my ticket to Elizabeth's TSFT party over at Altered Book Lover.  I just have to have a drink related part to my post.  I remembered to take photos when we went out to eat this week.  It is a Home Grown local restaurant with comfort food for sure, just breakfasts and lunches, which is great for us.
We both had sausage, not just any sausage, but Yoder sausage, from a nearby Amish community. It all was delicious!  The food, service and d├ęcor were all great.  Just a little noisy, but we were in a kind of side, so not so noisy where we were.

My husband had the sausage & gravy & biscuits, and I had the sausage 2 eggs over easy with French toast and strawberries.  Of course, a sign of the times, you see my mask on the table.

This photo is for Elizabeth; it was on the wall right beside me.

Loved this artwork on the wall I faced while eating.  Sunflowers again!  I am sunflower crazy all of a sudden.  I guess I always knew  I loved sunflowers.

Actually the name of the restaurant, on the wall by our table.  Looks like grass in the letters.

I did want to share some photos of my walks this week, but it is late, so I will just share the one from this morning of the double rainbow.




Happy T Day to all the T Gang.  Have a great week!


Monday, September 13, 2021

TSFT & Art Journal Journey

Overcome Power of Fear study:  
Ps. 27:1  "The Lord is my light and my salvation;  whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"


Blogger is being obnoxious today!  Finally found a place that gives you choice of "compose view" or "HTML view".  Somehow it had gotten on that later view.  I didn't know that even existed and I have never noticed it before! LOL  
Oh, Good afternoon!  It is time for another TSFT  post.  Today I am also joining Art Journal Journey with a vintage scrapbook page.  I read the rules, and I think a scrapbook page works because it is 12"x12" page.  Elizabeth and I discussed this and I think she said it was okay.  :)

I have begun a heritage album for my sister.  This is the 4th page; the other pages are an actual family tree with names and dates on them. I will try to share other pages with you in the future.   I don't think she knows any of this information or seen any of the photos before, so I hope it is a great surprise and treasure for her.  She won't see it on my blog, I don't think....


The flowers were cut out of an old piece of lace I had.  The frame and corners are just from my 20 year old scrapbooking stash.  The letters were rub ons that I then punched out with a small circle punch.



Words from Tim Holtz


The little tickets are from Tim Holtz.




Tim Holtz people.

I just wanted to keep it simple as the photo  of our great grandparents is the real star.

I did walk this morning, later than normal, but even though it is already 90 now, the breeze was cool.  
I usually walk two mile East and back on the Red Bud trail which has been redone to be a concrete sidewalk, but today, I went west, which is gravel.  It was shadier, and not as busy, so I enjoyed it.  


A nice trail, but I am still in the city, after all, as you can see below.




Through one of the openings I could see a mixture of rural and urban, but for the most part it is quiet on the trail except for the birds singing.  It was a lovely walk.

I am  still am into sunflowers, so below is a photo of the door to my beauty shop.  She had this wonderful decoration, like a bottle cap. :)




This afternoon, I am working on addressing October birthday cards and writing in this week's challenges in my older journal on the right.  On the left is my newer sunflower journal which will start in November.  I am already beginning to write challenges in it, and the birthdays for those months. It occurs to me to include the Art Journal Journey, TIOT and Tuesday tag challenges in my journal.  Maybe I would remember to do them more often!  
 I also cut some frames to send my crafty friends in their birthday cards. 


Oh, and here is my beverage for TSFT in my favorite cup.



Happy T Day to the T Gang!  Thank you to all of you for stopping by.  I appreciate your comments.  Have a great week!

Monday, September 6, 2021

T Stands For Tea

 Hebrew 13:6  "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear"


Hello readers!  Here I am posting again, on a Monday evening.  I am sharing some of my lesson from church last night, and some art and a photo for the T Gang.

Last night at church we had a missionary who talked on the topic of "How To Overcome The Power of  Fear", which is very timely. So many people in our world today are afraid of so many things: bad news, sickness, loneliness, failure, and even death.   People are afraid of so many things either real or even  imagined.   Fear can cause physical and mental illnesses.  Our missionary listed some ways to overcome the power that fear can have over us.  I just wanted to share them with you.

How to overcome the power fear?

II Chron. 20: 3-19

1. See the Lord in prayer and fasting verses 3-4

2. Trust God's sovereignty  verses 5-6

3. Trust God's faithfulness  verses 7-9

4. Hear what God has to say  (See what he says in his word, below) verses 15-17

5. Worship God even when afraid. verses 18-19                           

Their are 365 mentions of "Fear not" in the Bible.  Here are a few:

For the fear of being alone:  Is. 41:10 "Fear thou not; For I am with thee"

For the fear of bad news:  Ps. 112:7-8 "He shall not be afraid of evil tidings, his heart is fixed trusting in the Lord

Fear of the devil or death:  Heb. 2:14 "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."

I plan on doing a search for all the mentions of fear nots.  There would be one for each day of the year.  I hope you will do this search a long with me.  Let me know what you think.


I am carrying on the theme of sunflowers again this week I am afraid.  I have started a September Junk Journal , and guess what?  It is sunflower themed! LOL

So, I am making this journal for myself as a journal to keep track of challenges

Here are a few photos: 

I am making the cover out of an old tablecloth and a file folder.  It will be soft.  I like soft covers rather than hard book covers.

I am using Dear Julie Julie digital "Frosted Sunflowers"

I found these papers at a craft sale cheap and will be using these papers in my journal.


We went out to eat for our 55th anniversary, and of course I forgot to take photos.  I hear you laughing, Elizabeth.  LOL  So, I took this photo of my warm ups of the left overs.  Delicious.  I ordered sausage & shrimp with pasta and pesto sauce at the Red Rock Canyon Grill. It was just as good the second day as when we ordered it in the restaurant!   I didn't even know what pesto sauce was, but I do now, and love it.  Elizabeth can I make it with the basil I froze?  Would that be the same as fresh?  Also, in the photo I have t bag sacks and loose tea.  I was thinking of filling the bags ahead of time because I haven't been doing it as I go as I am usually not that patient when I want a cup of tea.  It is still sitting on my dining room table; as I haven't done it yet.  At least the photo is my ticket to the party over at Albred Book Lover where Elizabeth hostesses TSFT.



Well, that is it for today.  Hope everyone has a wonderful week!  Thanks for stopping by and for your comments. 

Monday, August 30, 2021

T Stands For Time For the T Gang

 Romans 1:16  "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation  to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."


Good afternoon!  Another hot day in Kansasland!   However, I still managed to get in  a walk early enough to get home by nine, before it was too hot! On my walk this morning I noticed sunflowers beside the trail and  I thought of Nicole  as she told us last week the wind blown down  her sunflowers. So that thought inspired my Blog, today.

 For those that don't know, Kansas is the Sunflower State.  It is our state flower.

 I saw these on my walk and had to photograph them.  Someone must have planted them along our rail to trail.  After I started thinking about it, I wondered if they were black eyed susans. I looked up online and sunfowers have bigger leaves, like in my photo and tend to be taller.  These were over 6 feet tall.  So, I think they are sunflowers.




Here is a photo of  what are definitely sunflowers.  This was from a road trip through Kansas near Tallgrass  Prairie National Preserve in 2016..








Here are some better photos than I could take from the internet of sunflowers in Kansas.



I think sunflowers are beautiful.  One of my favorite flowers.

And since this is supposedly a craft blog, here is a Z Fold Sunflower card, (keeping the theme).  This is one of the cards I made for our Dare To Get Dirty Challenges on SplitcoastStampers earlier in the month.  The papers are Stampin' Up.  I used a pierced rectangle die to cut the one panel.  I added a sticker flower and stamped the sentiment which is River City Rubber Works.  I sure miss that company.  They were right here in Wichita.


And here is a photo of my Sunflower Tea pot, which I had to look for.  I was afraid for a few minutes that I had given it away when we downsized!  This is for my ticket to TSFT where we post something drink related on our post in order to join Bleubeard & Elizabeth over at Altered Book Lover for T Stands For Tuesday.  Some of us post on Mondays because it is already Tuesday over seas where some of the T Gang are.


I hope you enjoyed this Sunflower Post.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week!

Monday, August 23, 2021

T Stands For Hot Again!

 One of my favorite Bible verses KJV Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.


Hello!  We are boiling hot here, 98 pushing 100 F. We, however went out to eat and to the pharmacy.  But, now back in our nice cool home.  I also walked early this morning, my 4 miles on the Redbud trail.  Got home before nine, so before it was too hot, but still humid, 34% humidity.  We have a great breeze here, so we are grateful for that!

I am sorry I missed our tea party last week, but was busy with the last week of our Dare To Get Dirty Challenges over on Splitcoaststampers.  I did finish 42 cards for 49 challenges.  I guess I am loosing it.  I used to be able to get them all done in a week!  But the good news is I now have 6 more Christmas cards, one Halloween card, 16 birthday cards, of which one is a shaker, 4 are masculine, and one is a  slimline card.  I have one sympathy card, 2 anniversary cards, and 15 cards that can be whatever I want them to be!  Oh, and one art type journal card that I can either make into a card, or put in a junk journal or use in a scrapbook!  I used so many different techniques, too; from smooshing, stenciling, teabag art, napkin art, watercolor, to name a few!  

Here is a photo of all except the journal card:



And the journal card:  I used assorted Memory Mists sprays for the background, assorted stamps, modeling paste, water color, metal pieces, and a scrap, and stamped at sentiment and punched it with an oval punch, and layered on a scrap of lace.  I hadn't used the sprays for years, and the prayers were clogged so only used the ones that weren't clogged.  I will have to get some new sprayers, because I tried to wash to unclog, and that didn't work! LOL  These sprays are still good, and were bought years and years ago at a stamp show.



Now, my ticket for Bleubeard & Elizabeth's T Stands For Tuesday party! This is one of my Dare To Get Dirty Challenge cards.



Wishing everyone a great week!  Happy T Day to the T Gang!  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you found a little inspiration.