"The Gift of God

I Tim. 1:1-8 Timothy and Titus . ."i remind you to sitir into flame the gift of God"   The older I get the more I realize that my call is to proclaim with my life--spoken, written, and lived, that Jesus offers each of us meaning and hope, and promise--he is the Word in whom we find our meaning. That is the "flame" that has been stirred in me,and through ordination commissioned to proclaim. It has nothing to do with a career, money, but simply a vocation. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!...more

The Busy Mom's Guide to Gift Giving

Due to changes in my employment and general malaise due to life's uncertainties, i have been in no mood to deal with holiday gift giving. Are you feeling that same lack of holiday spirit?! Are you also too busy to allow the extra time needed for actual shopping?...more
great article - jen. The holidays are exhausting!more

My Handmade Picks from the Etsy Universe

My Etsy Christmas picks:1)ANY of the gorgeous handbags made by Stacy Leigh right in my home state of MIssouri....shop here.Like this one.... For Entertaining, perhaps some of these etched wine glasses to put one in a festive mood for the holidays! What atmosphere!Red Wine Glasses:...more

Buy Fair Trade, Hand Made or Global Aid

Here’s one of my holiday shopping dilemmas: I want to buy presents for my friends and family, but I don’t want to get caught up in the consumer frenzy. Especially with the reports about dubious manufacturing practices (child labor?) or war-torn starvation in the Horn of Africa. Well, there are great companies out there who are Fair Trade, help women out of slavery and on the road toward financial independence, or simply give back a portion of their proceeds to the areas of the world that are desperately in need....more
@DesiValentine4 Yes, I've got a [fill in the blank] kits lurking in my closet, too! I'll have to ...more

DIY Handmade Favor Boxes for Your Seasonal Holiday Gifts and Treats

Favor boxes are loads of fun to make, give and receive! With so many holidays creeping up between now and the end the year, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite handmade diy favor boxes that can be crafted for any seasonal party. Just use the templates and alter your card stock paper colors and patterns to fit whatever seasonal theme you're throwing a party for!...more
these are lovely favor boxes.more

A Gift of Flowers

When you give a bouquet of flowers, or herbs, from your garden, put them in a mason jar and tie a strip of homespun fabric, or raffia around the neck of the jar, instead of ribbon....more
@HomeRearedChef Please tell him WELCOME!more

Pressing Flowers

We should have been picking the flowers for this craft, but I couldn't post this one without pictures. I just learned how to do that.Pick flower heads...no stems. Place them face down in the pages of a phone book. See? All those phone books that come to your home DO have a purpose! ...more

Last minute gifts for Dad

For Father’s Day we gave Our Soldiers:  1000 Free Memberships to www.secondhalfPLAYBOOK.com See: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/6/prweb8575975.htmIt only took a few minutes.If you need a gift now - give what we gave away free to our soldiers. It could be your answer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54zWleNKhPEA Membership Gift Certificate for Dad is $29.95 (only 8¢ a day). It includes all the features shown in the video + unlimited telephone support – we guarantee a happy user. To Get a Gift Certificate, right now, to give Dad -...more

An Unexpected Gift

I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was. Shocked, actually, and then heartbroken. The two magnificent redwoods in the area just outside our condo’s kitchen window were slated to be removed....more

CARMAZZI BAG1 - Build Your Own Bag

Just released in March 2011, the CARMAZZI 1BAG has been designed to be the only bag a person will ever need, regardless of their situation. The premise behind the bag was to create the perfect laptop bag, but after receiving over 2000 blog post giving feedback, the CARMAZZI 1BAG was born to suit not only a laptop but also the owner’s productivity, travel and fashion demands....more