Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Lesson of the Bag, Days of Thanks - November 27, 2013

Life has been busy and everything that I have planned has not happened.  At times that is frustrating, but I am thankful for so much.  I will spare you the details of the craziness that is my life (I need to learn to say no), but I wanted to share a little thing that happened yesterday.

Last week I was asked to speak to a group of domestic violence advocates about what to expect when they are called to the ER to assist sexual assault victims.  I attempted to coordinate a different time, but the only time that would work with our schedules was yesterday morning.  I went ahead and made the appointment early enough in the morning that I could make it to the city to wrap up my Thanksgiving shopping.  This year's shopping included searching for a new refrigerator as mine is simply not big enough for 24 at Thanksgiving or for the 14 year old rugby player that I feed on a regular basis.  I found the perfect "new to me" refrigerator on my 3rd stop, but had to drive to a different area of town to purchase a filter for it.  By about 1:30, I had my refrigerator purchased, the filter purchased, and only had 3 grocery stores, a bakery, Starbucks, and hopefully a quick stop at Michael's left to hit.  Oh yes, I hadn't had a bite to eat or a sip to drink all day.  Undaunted, I stopped at a deli and grabbed a sandwich, chips, and diet coke, stopping long enough to finish before starting the rest of the list.

It was after 5:00 when I pulled into my last stop - the final grocery store.  I rushed to grab all my grocery bags and headed into the store.  There was a minor traffic jam inside the door, so I skirted around it and pulled around the corner to arrange those bags, my purse and my shopping guide.  It was at that moment that I discovered that I was missing one of my cooler bags.  Since I was in a hurry, I decided to hope that it was in the car and forge ahead.  I wrapped up my shopping, bagged my groceries (yes you bag your own at that store), and loaded them in my car.  The cooler bag was not there.  "I guess someone got a new bag", I said to myself as I took my cart to the corral.  I passed a second cart corral and rolled into a cylinder and stuck in the corral was my nice blue cooler bag!  I literally laughed out loud, causing some other shoppers to look strangely at me.  When I explained, one of them said, "It's nice to know there are still good people out there."  I completely agree!

As I settled in for my 30+ minute drive home, I had a bit of time to reflect.  There are still good people out there.  I think many would have just picked up that bag and said "finders, keepers", but they chose to do the right thing.  To me though, it is even bigger than that.  God chose to give me this little reminder that He cares about the little things too.  He had already worked out the big thing when He provided the refrigerator.

Are you seeing God in the little things as well as the big things?  I hope so.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 21

Today I am thankful for thoughtful neighbors.  We have been blessed with some great neighbors through the years.  God is so good to allow us to live near these great people.

What are you thankful for today?  Take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Fall Flowers Tag

Good morning everyone.  Fall crafting is winding down, but I still have some things to post.  Today I have a tag that I made to go with a swap I am doing.  I really hope my swap partner likes it as much as I do.  3 Girl JAM has perfect ribbon for the fall crafts we love to do.  I used Halloween Harvest and Sunflower for this pretty little tag.


I also used the following items:
DCWV - Autumn Melody and Pumpkin Patch matstack
Recollections flowers and leaves
Prima "Say it with Crystals" bling
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Lace (from my stash)
K. Andrew Designs "Fall-o-ween" stamp set
We R Memory Keepers Crop-o-dile and eyelet


Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Days of Thanks - Day 20

Today I am thankful for music.  As I was on my way to prayer meeting tonight, I had my son turn on one of my favorite CDs.  It was was such a blessing to hear music that glorifies God.  There are times when it's easy to get discouraged, but the Lord so often has the perfect song come to mind to uplift the spirit and focus me back on Him.  This is where I need to be.

When I was a child, my grandfather would ask me if I had a song in my heart.  As I got a little older, he had a favorite song that he always wanted to hear me sing.  He passed this to my mother.  She sings when she's cleaning, cooking, and more.  She has taught so many little lessons through songs and it continues to the next generation as she sings to her grandchildren.

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
Psalm 98:4 (NKJV)

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 18

I haven't spent much time on the blog the last few days, but I am still thankful.  Tonight, I am thankful for completed projects.  I have a big project for work that I am ready to submit tomorrow.  God is so good to allow me the opportunity to complete this and to provide me with the mental capacity to do so.  What are you thankful for today?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Angel Christmas Cards

Even though we haven't celebrated Thanksgiving yet, I need to be working on Christmas cards.  I generally send or hand deliver more than 100, so I need to get a head start.  I decided to make some today and will post more in the future.

I have really enjoyed seeing the night sky backgrounds this year on YouTube.  While thinking of those coupled with a snow scene card I saw on YouTube (maybe on the Simon Says Stamp channel, but not sure), I developed this pretty card in my head .  Unfortunately, I didn't have the colors of distress ink that seem to be popular for the night sky scenes, so I pulled the colors I did have and played with them until I achieved a combination that worked for me.  I really liked the way these turned out and may make more later in the Christmas season.


I used the following products:
Paper Trey Inc - white cardstock
Georgia Pacific - white cardstock (to line the card)
Recollections - teal cardstock from the "Cool Water" pack
Tim Holtz - Joyful Song stamp set
Close To My Heart - Everlasting Life Holidays stamp set
Distress Ink - Iced Spruce, Faded Jeans, Broken China
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versamark ink and clear embossing powder
1/2" corner chomper from We R Memory Keepers


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 15

Today I am thankful that I am feeling well.  The last few days have been busy and I ended up being sick yesterday.  Today I felt better and was able to accomplish a few things.  God is so good and I am thankful for his blessing of food health.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Give Thanks With Ribbon Challenge - Thanksgiving Charger

Good morning everyone.  Today is the first day of a brand new challenge over on the 3 Girl JAM challenge blog.  It's all about Thanksgiving and thankfulness so I hope you join along.  You can link your project below the post.  Be sure to hop over to the challenge blog and see the other projects my design team sisters have for you.


I decided to alter a charger to showcase the 3 Girl JAM ribbon.  I will zoom in a bit to show the detail, but I wanted you to see the overall effect.  I used both the Harvest Orange and Sunflower ribbon from the Harvest Bundle which you can find here.  I purchased the chargers and Recollections bling from Michaels.


The base of the charger was filled in by adhering layers of a napkin with Mod Podge.  It was also sealed with Mod Podge.  Before the sealant layer dried, I sprinkled a small amount of fine glitter from EK Success.  The napkin actually had a passage from the Bible printed directly on it.


The flowers were part of a mixed "as is" bag that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.  The bow was made using the wonderful 3Girl JAM bowmaker and tying the 2 colors together into a double bow.


After I was all done, I realized that I needed a to make a quick thank you gift for the guest speaker of a meeting I had coordinated.  I grabbed another charger, a different napkin, and some Hot Chocolate ribbon and quickly made this second one.  There is some Sunflower also woven through the flowers in this one.  I used Scotch Quick Dry adhesive instead of Mod Podge and it worked really well too.  I didn't seal the top of this one.


Now it's your turn.  What are you making for Thanksgiving Decor this year?  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Days of Thanks- Day 14

Today I am thankful for my siblings.  There are 11 of us and that makes for a lot of people when you start adding in-laws and nieces and nephews.  They are each special to me and I'm so thankful for them.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 13

Today I am thankful that I have a few days off starting tomorrow.  What are you thankful for today?

Remember to take some times to enjoy the little things.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 12

Today I am thankful for my parents.  They have raised 11 of us.  The sacrifices they made are more than you can even imagine.  They taught us about the Lord and made sure that we were in church.  They loved us and still do.

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Missing the Craft Room

Life in the last several days has been busy and exhausting.  I have had little time in the craft room, but plan on posting later in the week.  See you soon.

Days of Thanks - Day 11

Today I am thankful for the men and women who have served and are currently serving to keep our country safe.  We live in the greatest country in the world and that is partly due to these brave men and women.

What are you thankful for today?

Take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 10

Tonight I am thankful to be home and in my soft bed.  I'm thankful for rest at the end of a long work day.

What are you thankful for today?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 9

Today I am thankful to have a job that I love.  It's hard and it's not perfect, but I work in a great place and have great co-workers.  God has blessed me in placing me on the ER team.

What are you thankful for today?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 8

Today I am thankful that I was able to get a lot accomplished on a couple of projects.  It may be baby steps, but good none-the-less.  Thankful for the little things!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 7

It was an incredibly busy work day.  I am barely going to get this posted in time to call it "Day 7".  Today I am thankful for so much.  I am thankful for time spent with good friends at the end of a very long work  day.  As mentioned for on Day 1, I am so thankful for hope.  I was reminded once again today how many people have no hope, but in Christ alone, I am not without hope.  What are you thankful for today?

Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

"Thanks" Mini Cards

Good morning everyone.  I don't know about you but I have to say that fall is greeting me with its nippy mornings.  I miss the summer, but I do love the beauty of the fall and the warmth I feel snuggled into my craft room.

My 14 year old son is a newspaper carrier.  Last year I made little thank you cards for everyone on his route and he signed them and included them in one of the newspapers in November.  I decided that he should carry out this tradition this year for each of the 60 or so people on his route.  These cute little cards fit the bill perfectly.  I used some Halloween Harvest, Merlot, and Sunflower 3 Girl JAM ribbon to add a special touch to these little beauties.



I also used:
Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut cartridge - "Card" feature cut at 5.542" wide X 2.514" high
Core'dinations Safari 12X12 paper
Paper Trey Ink - Vintage Cream card stock
DCWV - Autumn Melody Matstack (2 1/4" X 2 1/8")
ATG





I am linking this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Keep it Clean and Simple
Click here to find out more.


I hope you find the video enjoyable.



Don't forget to enter the Anything Goes Challenge going on over at the 3 Girl JAM Challenge Blog by linking below.  Thanks for stopping by and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Days of Thanks - Day 6

Today I am thankful for unexpected blessings.  It never ceases to amaze me how God always has something better and is ready to show it to us when we least expect it.  Why am I surprised when God sends an unexpected blessing?  He is so good - ALL the time.

What are you thankful for today?
Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 5

Today I am thankful for my fun son Heath.  He has been such a blessing to our family.  He makes us smile and keeps us entertained.

What are you thankful for today?
Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 4

Today I am thankful for my daughter and that I have a little more time with her at home.  She loves the Lord.  She even is learning to like her little brother.  I treasure the time we are able to spend together.

What are you thankful for today?

Thanksgiving Organization - Without a Filofax

Can you ever have too many organizers?  Probably, but I don't think I have gone that far yet.  When I was thinking about the things that I needed to do for Thanksgiving, I was debating on the best way to start my lists.  I thought about using my Filofax or Day Planner but then I decided that I want to keep track of our Thanksgiving celebrations for years to come.  This way I will be able to keep all my Thanksgiving recipes in one place.  I can also see the place cards that I make so that I don't risk repeating them.  Since I'm getting old and forgetful, I can also keep special memories listed in there.  There's no way that I'm buying a new Filofax for this so it was time to pull out a trusty ole' composition book.


I used the following products:
Zig Pure Brown, Pure Orange,  and Wheat pens
HOTP Fall paper and other Fall paper from my stash
Paper Trey ink - Vintage cream cardstock
Tim Holtz Holiday Paper Stash, Gathered Twigs and Ripe Persimmon Distress inks, Thankful Silhouette stamp set
Brown Trim from the lace section at Joanns
Recollections flowers and leaves
Ranger - Crystal Stickles
Homemade glitter spray
Smash Stamp
Kraft tabs
ATG and hot glue



I am entering this in the following challenge - Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 3

Today I am thankful to live in a country where I can openly worship God without fear of imprisonment or reprisal.  It was a blessing to be with my church family this morning and to listen to my husband share from God's Word.

What are you thankful for today?  Post your thankful post in the comments below.  Don't forget that we have a giveaway going on right now.  For more information click here.

Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 2

"My beloved is mine, and I am his."
Song of Solomon 2: 16a (NKJV)

Today I am thankful for my Daniel.  We have been married for nearly 23 years and he is my best friend.  He is a wonderful husband and dad.  He works hard despite living in constant pain.  He is my hero.

What are you thankful for today?

Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Latte Mini Altered Notebook

I have a mini notebook to share with you today that is cute and can slip into your purse for those quick notes we all need to make.


I used the following items:
3 Girl JAM Cherry Lipstick crinkle ribbon
Paper from WeR Memory Keepers, Paper Trey Ink - Vintage Cream, and Core'dinations Foundations - Sassy
Stamps - Paper Trey Ink - Latte Love; TPC Studios - Coffee Cake; K. Andrew Designs Coffee and Tea for You and Me, K. Andrew Designs Coffee and Tea for You and Me image set, K. Andrew Designs Coffee and Tea for You and Me Tag-a-long
Memento Tuxedo ink, Archival Coffee ink, CTMH - Ruby, Denim; Distress ink - Victorian Velvet and Antique Linen
Scor-Tape
Gelly Roll Stardust - Clear glittery
Distress marker - Peeled Paint
Zig 2-way marker - Pure Pink
Bling (from my stash)

Please enjoy the video.


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

I am linking this to the Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes challenge found here.
I am entering this in the current 3 Girl JAM Challenge - Anything Goes.  You really should go and play along!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Days of Thanks - Day 1: Hope

"In Christ alone, my hope is sure."

Today I am thankful for hope.  You don't have to look far to view a sea of hopelessness.  I was recently asked, "What's the point?  We are all going to die anyway."

Friend, there is so much hope.  Jesus wants you to turn to him with open arms reaching for the hope that only He can provide.  He doesn't offer a "maybe" kind of hope.  He offers a hope that is solid and sure.  He offers it freely to those who trust in Him as their Savior.  King David put it this way:

"Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Morever my flesh also will rest in hope, for You will not leave my soul in Hades, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.  You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence."
Acts 2:26-28 (NKJV)

What are you thankful for today?

What's Going On at DJ's Sundries?

Good morning friends.  I will admit that today is a post heavy kind of day.  My busiest crafting season is upon on us and I'm afraid that I have more to do than I have time to get it all done.  There are lots of posts coming that I hope you will find fun.  Here's a sneak peak of what's to come:

Days of Thanks
(Giveaway Alert)
Each November, I try to post something that I am thankful for everyday.  It's so easy to stay busy getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas that we forget to take time to be truly thankful for all of God's blessings.  I hope that many of you will comment with what you are thankful for each day.  On December 1st, I will use Random.org to choose one comment from the month to receive a set of the "12 Days of Christmas Tags" (more on that in a bit).  This is something that anyone can use.  They will be completely finished and will not require "craftiness" on your part.  Ready to join me?

Thanksgiving  Place Cards
I haven't decided on this year's style, but I plan to have around 20 people at my house for Thanksgiving.  Place cards are a fun part of my Thanksgiving decorations.

Christmas Cards
Of course, I plan to make Christmas cards.  Last year, I actually purchased my Christmas Cards ((GASP)), but this year I hope to make all of them.  This will be a bit of a challenge as I generally send out more than 100 cards each year.  Look for those posts to begin coming soon.

12 Days of Christmas Tags
For the third year in a row, I plan to post 12 days of Christmas tags.  I plan to begin a little early this year so that you can have plenty of time if you would like to make some for your family to share.  This has been a fun tradition in my family for several years.  This year's tags will feature the Graphic 45 "12 Days of Christmas" collection.  If you would like a sneak peak of the past 2 year's posts, click here.  Look for this year's tags to begin posting on December 1st.  Remember the giveaway above?  The winner will get to see the completed set before anyone else.

Bits and Pieces
Mixed into the special posts, look for some journals and some mini journals.  We will re-visit some older Cricut cartridges and of course mix in some pretty tags.  There will be at least one other home decor project for Thanksgiving and some mini thank you notes and notes of encouragement as well.  I hope to have a "Crafty Time with Aunt Cheri" and maybe a special storytime feature (if I can get permission from some publishers).  So hang onto your hats and let's get ready to craft.

Don't forget to take some time to enjoy the little things.