Thursday, May 1, 2014

Philip and Lori's new home on Easter Sunday

Philip and Lori have moved their family into a wonderful new (to them) home.  We had our Easter dinner there one week later.  It is a 5 bedroom home, which is wonderful for their 8 and possibly will soon be 9 children that they have or are in the process of adopting.  They raised a family of 3 children who now are grown  .Both girls (Kara and Kelsey) have 4 children of their own, so it is a wonderful "gang" when we all get together.  Since many of you have followed my posts on their fire, I thought you might enjoy seeing some pictures I took Easter.
The rooms are all very nice sizes, so they "fit" their family and guests when they entertain.
Nathan, their son is living in Washington now, so he wasn't able to join us.
A largest portion of the furniture you see was donated to them.  The community, churches, friends and so many they didn't even know from many states as far away as Missouri, Wisconsin, Mississippi, etc.  The out pouring of generosity was amazing and we thank God each day for their blessings!!!  Our biggest thanks though, is that they all survived the disastrous fire.
The kitchen is very spacious and plenty room for several of us to work
in it at a time. 

This is where the family gathers to watch TV, play games and
do their home schooling.

 Jon and Jim (family friend) in the "Bible Study" Room.  A room to get a way and have friends.

Dining Room - a great place for their entire family to eat.
Kara - oldest daughter
Her children were off playing.  Travis was home cooking as they had his family coming to their house for Easter dinner.  Kara just stopped by for a few minutes so we could see the kids.
Todd, Kelsey, and boys

The kids taking time out from their Easter Egg Hunt
I tell Lori often that I had one daughter and now look at our family.
Jon has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren too, so we are doubly blessed.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

And the winner is~~~

  You can see all last weeks challenge entries by clicking here!
This week's winner was chosen by a random drawing and
Darlene is this week's winner.  
Congratulations Darlene!!!!!
A big thanks to those of you who created a card for the challenge.
I will be sending Darlene a badge for her web site and Terri will be sending a gift from Joan's Gardens.
 You can see Darlene beautiful card here!  I love the addition of the cheese cloth to her card.  Makes great texture.   If you haven't left her a comment yet, please do so. It is always nice to read how others enjoy our cards.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Challenge #11

 On Lori's shower invitation, I asked everyone to bring their favorite recipe and one ingredient.  I said we would  use these recipe cards for a drawing for a nice gift.  I wanted to make this gift, so I etched a vase/candle that I had purchased quite a long time ago.    I wish you could see it in real life as it is so pretty.  It is very hard to get a good picture especially since I am not the best photographer.
This picture is with green material and a Votive Candle I made when I had my Soap and Candle
 The next picture is with lace added over the green

This shows the vase without the candle.
Etching  with the Armour Etching Cream is very easy if you get the right image.  The first image I tried  was more detailed without a lot of etching space, so I did another one and I really love it.
Lots of possibilities for wedding gifts, showers, and many of your household glass items you would like to label
There are great videos on YouTube for Etching with this the Armour Cream, especially using the Silhouette and Cricut.
Click here to see one that does not use the Silhouette Cutting Machine.
Products Use:
Armour Etching Cream (can be ordered at Joan's Gardens)
Here is what you need to do for this week's challenge!
You can make 3 projects this week
Below is what you need to do for this week's challenge
  • Make an Altered project (can even be a card you altered)
  • You must use a product sold at Joan's Gardens.  Also, mention that you are doing the card/project for Joan's Touch Challenge. It would be nice if you would add this link to your post:
You will have until next Monday, May 5 morning 6:00 AM EST to link your project.
A winner will be chosen from a random drawing for week 10 and the winner of the challenge will be announced May 6.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Lori's Kitchen Shower

It was a beautiful day yesterday for Lori's Kitchen Shower.  We had 21 attend for Brunch and she was so blessed with many lovely gifts that she needed for her kitchen.  At the end of the shower she announced that she "can now cook".   It was a great day. (For those of you that might not know, their house burned to the ground in February and everything was a total loss)

The menu was Quiche, Scones, Fruit Slush and Chocolate Covered Strawberries.  I had 2 tables set up in the family room and extended the kitchen table to seat 8.  Everything looked very pretty and I am happy to say the food turned out very delicious.  I always worry about that when making pie crusts, especially for that many. 

Lori Opening Gifts
Lily (oldest Great-Granddaughter, Kara, Lori, Joan and Kelsey
After the shower.
The guests in the Family Room
Fruit Slush, Scone, Quiche and Chocolate Covered Strawberry
Kitchen Table
Two tables like this in Family Room
I had purchased paper plates, cups and napkins for the shower.  But, something just kept gnawing at me everyday and I finally gave in to it and decided to use my china etc.  I am just not a paper plate kind of "girl" for these kind of parties.  I was so tickled that I listened to myself and even though it was a ton more work (still washing dishes today) I was so very please with the way everything turned out.
I can't thank my friend Sherry and my two granddaughters for all their help.  They dished up the food, cleared the tables, stacked the dishes and moved all the furniture back to put the house back in order.
I was so very thankful!!!
It was a great day indeed!!!

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