Sunday, February 17, 2013

Feeling lovey-dovey....

Actually, I have been feeling very ill these last couple of months and my doctor has figured out that I have an under producing thyroid.  Which means that I have to be on medication for the rest of my life.... Boooooooooo!!!!!  So I am drowning my sorrows in getting crafty and lovey-dovey... Crafting and decorating are my form of therapy... anyone else feel this way???

I decorated for Valentine's Day a little differently this year with these great book page heart garlands.....













We have a sweet heart shaped rock collection....


My love notes :-)

Some close ups of my Love Potion #9 altered jar...


free printable from the internet.....





Some book-page garland... love it!!

altered my chalkboard for Valentine's Day....  





I squeezed in some crafty time and completed this layout using some American Crafts Neapolitan supplies.  I think the colors are amazing in person, hard to translate to photos...  I had a sketch from an Embellished layout from years ago that I wanted to try - but it required lots of stitching... so I hunkered down on the couch with my sweetie and we had a TV night together that was quite productive....











I saw the Valentine's challenges on 2p's, and was inspired to create this heart layout of my sweeties at my daughter's graduation.  I challenged myself to not use any of my go-to supplies (like ribbon and buttons).  I think it turned out great....








I have been reading the book The Power of a Praying Wife, and let me just say..... LIFE CHANGING!  Most things in that book, I think I had already came to terms with on my own at one point or another.  Or at least I knew that things should be a certain way in the eyes of the Lord.  However - reading the words that it is okay to be a certain way (and not be a goody-two shoes wife - or keeping up with the Jones-es wife) is really inspiring.  The reminders in that book are ones that I greatly need, as a wife of 13 years and counting to my sweet hubby.  Marriage is not easy, and having patience and grace with one another is a daily.... wait no.... minute to minute challenge when you factor in health issues, household demands, financial pressures, children, etc.... you know the rest.  Anyway, I have highlighted something on every page of this book so far - and I wish I could remind myself daily of these things.  The biggest things that resonate with me are working on yourself first - praying for yourself to be patient and the type of wife that God wants you to be.  The book talks about submission - and not in a crazy, unhealthy, or kinky way people....  It says, "Submission is something you give from your heart, not something demanded of you".  And "establishing a hedge of protection around your marriage" in the way of your faith and prayer.  This book really has some terrific prayers in it - which is often a challenge for me to find just the right words to convey my true wishes and longings to the Lord...  Anyway, I cannot say enough good about it, highly recommended and I am excited to purchase the other books in the author's series....

 
Hope everyone finds some crafty time and look out Spring - here it comes!!!!!
~HH