Monday, March 18, 2019

Boards and Banners

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, here I am again and as I was putting my pictures away in our new home I ran across some snaps I thought I'd share with you. So this is a little different kind of post with lots of pictures. Here goes.

I have always been pretty involved in my church and when it was announced someone was needed to help with the bulletin boards at Harris Creek Baptist Church outside of Waco, Texas, I knew that was me! I have always love paper crafts and loved to draw  and learned to do calligraphy many years ago so I became the Bulletin Board Lady starting in 1993. We had two large bulletin boards - one at the front of the church and one at the back. This was a long time ago and I went to town. I was always popping in to the teachers supply shop to buy background papers, letters, stencils and most importantly - construction paper. Most of the boards I made were layered pieces of construction paper.
So gaze your little peepers on some of the bulletin boards I made. Most of the snaps are not very focused so I will apologize right now! ;)

 The picture you see here is all layered construction paper and was stapled down in layers. I was so very creative and added a real faux garland of flowers!







 This was one of my favorites and it's really blurry. I used markers to draw on the construction paper.
 The angel was 3D! I was so clever and used a little Styrofoam ball covered in fabric and real feathery wings for the angel. Her gown was gold lame' fabric with stiffening gook! Remember this was the early 1990s!

Here I used my markers and made an ornate sheet music.





 I still remember drawing this one. I drew a little silly for everyone in our choir. That's supposed to be me, second one from the left. I can't remember why I drew that little lamb!










I'm sorry if you were bored and if you've stayed with me...thank you.

 Now on to the banners. We had moved to Galveston at this time and during the early 2000s the pastor of our small church asked me if I would considered making banners for our church. Well, here we go again!! I'm pretty creative and love to sew so "Yes"!
 I knew you could order premade banners, silk printed and very nice but our little church couldn't afford to do that so I went to town! I did order their catalogs to get some ideas.
 I kept the road pretty hot from Galveston to Southern Imports in Houston buying satins and silks, sequins and colored fabrics for the banners. The dove had a red sparkly for his eye.
On this banner the symbols were hand painted and Jesus and the cross were fabrics ironed down with interfacing.
This one was really pretty and very sparkly. The crown had batting behind it and I sewed on sparklies!
 This one was all hand painted.
 Fabric cut out and ironed down. As I look at this, the grapes are pretty funky looking! Oh well.
 I remember getting this idea from a Christmas card I had received.
Oops, very blurry, but this was very pretty. Lots of shiny fabrics and sequins and bordered with fringe. 

Well, there you have a very different post and it was fun for me to reminisce about some of the things I used to love to do for Jesus and I hope you enjoyed it.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

The Heart of Worship


When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that's of worth
That will bless your heart
I'll bring you more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You're looking into my heart
I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about you,
It's all about you, Jesus
I'm sorry, Lord, for the thing I've made it
When it's all about you,
It's all about you, Jesus
King of endless worth
No one could express
How much you deserve
Though I'm weak and poor
All I have is yours
Every single breath
I'll bring you more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You're looking… 
~ by Michael W. Smith


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

One Day at a Time

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel with all of this moving and trying to set up our new home! I'm gonna tell you - moving twice, well if you count moving from New York, three times in six months is just too much!! I'm almost worn out but get a little something done each day. So...with all my complaining out of the way, I'll show you a few snaps. Actually, a lot of snaps.

 Here is the living room for now. I swapped out the bedroom rug which is mostly blue with the living room rug for here. And...it looks good with my valances I made! So much to do still!! I was loosing sleep at night because there were no plugs in the floor to plug in my lamps!! But Mr. Precious came up with the idea of extension cords poked under the rug! Voila! It worked and now I have lamp light! You can see the old TV opening on the right side of the fireplace. Well we scooted my drop leaf table in there to hold my dogs. One day we plan on getting the opening made to look like the builtins on the left side. One day at a time I keep telling  myself. Oh, the big floral arrangement is trying to cover up the opening that goes into the den. This is a little bit of a crazy house.

 I'm just having a hard time decorating, y'all! These shelves are on the left side of the fireplace and are too high! Mr. Precious had to bring in the 10' ladder. I thought my milk glass would look good in here so I lugged in every piece I own, and honey that's a lot, and started poking it on these shelves and it looked like a display case in an antique store and not a pretty one at that! So I just poked a few things in here. Maybe I'll get my decorating groove back!
 It is dark and rainy outside so I fiddled with this snap so you could see it better. Here you can see how the living room is open to the kitchen.
Here you can see how the living room is located to the front door and dining room on the left of the front door. You also can see a little fuzzy bum bum searching for her ball under the sofa.
 Notice anything odd in this snap?
Yep, that's my doll house. The only one I kept. Y'all I had four!! But Mr. Precious convinced me I just couldn't bring them all. I may have sobbed a bit but got over it and he was right - I don't have any room for them all here and I'm dealing with it - so that's why she is sitting on the ledge - no where else to put her. Have I mentioned how I miss my basement?? This house is a little over 2500 square feet - not a little house but smaller than the last two houses we've had. We tossed and gave away everything we could think of before we left New York and after we got here - we've become best friends with the Goodwill Donation Center! :)
Here's a little spot at the end of my piano. Love those little hymn pages that are hand painted with the names of the hymns. Got those from Etsy many years ago. I need a new lamp shade too. Will I ever get this right?
 Okie dokie, on with the kitchen. This is how the kitchen looked when we bought the house. Remember, it was much darker in person.
 Here is my new 'white' Bosch dishwasher. I just love it. Don't you love that beautiful backsplash? I almost threw up each time I came in here!! So...
 Yay! I got my new backsplash! I could have gone with fancy tile and I looked but I decided on using just a simple white rectangle subway tile and I really like the clean and simple look it gives. I'm loving my white cabinets too! I just love an all white kitchen but getting white appliances aren't so easy. I can't tell you how long it too to get all these. But they're here now! Yay again! You see there are no knobs yet. I tried before the cabinets were painted to drill holes myself - uh uh. I barely made a dent with my drill. So, we'll get someone over to drill holes eventually so I can put knobs on. Who would build a kitchen with no knobs on the doors? A guy maybe? :)
 You may need to put on your sunshades since there is so much light in here! My new fridge and microwave.



We had the island painted a beautiful blue and I don't have my colors near me but it's painted a pretty blue from Sherwin Williams
 The cream tiles were yanked off and fresh white ones where put up on the island too! I'm sure that the raised area is an eating bar but we don't need that and I don't like bar stools. Maybe because I'm vertically challenged? So I'll just poke up some cute stuff there. Excuse the little stool you can see in the right hand corner - like I said - vertically challenged. :)
 I poked Charlotte at the end of the island to hold some things. Don't you name your furniture pieces? ;)  She'll sit here until I find something else. I've got table cloths in the two drawers and doggie poop bags in the little orange LeCrueset! I'm so talented like that you know!
 In this snap you can see my new fridge! Yay! It's white too. You can see the kitchen is really not very big but it's working out just fine for me. Oh, speaking of knobs I'm thinking of putting on a different kind on the blue island. I really don't like those pendants hanging down over the island. Again I keep telling myself - one day at a time!
 I got up on my stool so I could take this snap for you! The above the cabinet space is odd too! I couldn't poke much on the left hand side because the ceiling slants! Shoot! Can't change that so I put in some short tureens on the right and a couple of pieces of milk glass on the left side. I'm not finished yet and need to put some trays or platters or something behind the tureens above the fridge. Do folks still use greens up there? I kinda like that idea.


Willow wanted to say hello and she wanted to make sure you saw her! She is very fuzzy right now and needs to go to the beauty parlor. I love this little cutie.
 As you can see I don't have a lot of counter space here. Mr. Precious loves his coffee and has two pots over there in the corner by the fridge - a coffee maker and a Keurig. The window goes all the way down and meets the counter top. I'm still not sure how I want to dress the windows yet. Again, one day at a time.
 We changed out the sink faucet. The porcelain sink is pretty so we didn't change it but it's shallow and I'm forever splashing myself and everything else.
 I just have to have a few little pretties around me. These yardbirds make me smile while I'm doing dishes.
 Love my hens on nests and found a new - the one with the red comb! Ain't she sweet?
If you've followed along with me for very long, you know I love Milk Glass. Found this the other day and the little mandarins look so cute all poked in. 

Hope you've enjoyed this long post. If I haven't visited you, please forgive me! I'm trying so hard to get back to normal. It's taking me longer than I thought it would. Again I keep telling myself - one day at a time.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

One Day At A Time (you knew it was coming didn't you?) 


I'm only human, I'm just a woman.
Help me believe in what I could be
And all that I am.
Show me the stairway, I have to climb.
Lord for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time.
One day at a time sweet Jesus
That's all I'm asking from you.
Just give me the strength
To do everyday what I have to do.
Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine.
Lord help me today, show me the way
One day at a time.
Do you remember, when you walked among men?
Well Jesus you know if you're looking below
It's worse now, than then.
Cheating and stealing, violence and crime
So for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time.
One day at a time sweet Jesus
That's all I'm asking from you.
Just give me the strength
To do everyday what I have to do.
Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine.
Lord help me today, show me the way
One day at a time.