Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wednesday in the Word-God's gift to Grandparents

Today is a very special day. It is my oldest grandchild's 10th birthday. She is now two digits as she would say!!!

Grandbabies has got to be the icing on the cake. My grandbabies are so sweet that sugar drips off of them!I know that I can get an AMEN from you grandparents on that one!!! I cannot imagine my life without the 4 grands that I have.

 But for today and because it is her birthday I want to talk brag on our sweet Raygen.

We have already celebrated her special day and she wanted everything bright and cheery.

Yes, Nana made her a cake and cupcakes!!!

Gum balls was the hit of the party!

Lots of color she wanted!

Her grammy made the Spring wreath and it went perfect with her birthday decor.

She celebrated her special day with lots of family and friends.

So in honor of her being 10 I want to say 10 things about her that makes me smile.Okay, grin....and grin big! 

1: Her Smile--it radiates the room when she enters. 
2: Her mannerism-respectful to others.
3: Her laughter--that giddy little laugh makes me laugh.
4: Her creativity--Whether it's decorating,(and she likes for things to match like her Nana and her Grammy) crafts or coming up with new ideas she does it well.
5: Her voice--she sings beautifully
6: Her drive--she will push herself to the next level whether it's sports, singing or playing the piano till she gets it right.
7: Her ambition--to succeed at whatever tasks lay before her.
8: Her personality--that makes her who she is.
9: Her shoe size--We wear the same size so Nana can borrow her flip flops now.
10: And last but not least: Her love for Jesus! At such a young and tender age she has a love for our Lord that simply melts this Nana's heart! 

   Happy birthday to       
our Raygen...... 

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers. 

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tuesday Toots-Heart shaped Bird seed

I've been wanting to try my hand at making these little cuties so I did.

I would love to give credit to the website I found the recipe on but cannot remember. However, it worked for me but I did add a little tweaking of my own.

These are so easy to make! Super cute when you get your twine or ribbon in them too.

Such a fun project to do with children.

Here is the recipe for the batch I made.

 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 envelope of unflavored gelatin (4 usually comes in box)
3 tablespoons of corn syrup (I used light color)
 4 cups of birdseed (any kind)

Take a cookie sheet and line with parchment paper.
Cookie cutter of your choice. I used two different size heart shaped ones. Rub the inside of cookie cutters with oil. 

 Heat water in microwave till warm enough the gelatin will mix well. Stir until completely dissolved. (make sure it is dissolved well)

 Add flour and mix well. Then add syrup and mix. I used a wooden spoon to do all the mixing with.
Then add your birdseed and mix well. 

Place cookie cutter on wax paper and fill with your birdseed. Press mixture down good into the cookie cutter so that will be full. The more you press the seed mixture in the cookie cutter the heavier it becomes but makes it easy to put your hole in for the string.  I used my hands because it made it easier for me. Because it is sticky I put a bowl of hot water with a dishtowel nearby and when my fingers got too sticky I would rinse them off in hot water and dry and start again.  I cleaned off any excess seed so it would have a perfect shape. I used a dowel rod for the hole but you can use chop sticks or whatever. Take your dowel rod or etc. and bore a hole just a little way down from the top of your heart shape seed project or whatever shape you are using and be sure to go all the way through to your parchment paper. Then slide your shaped seed out of the cookie cutter, leave on parchment paper and start again. About every 6th shape put oil on your cookie cutter again to keep it from sticking.

 Keep in a dry and cool place til they become firm. Usually about 8-10 hours. I put my batch in the refrigerator to speed up the process. (I hate waiting on something! LOL!) When hardened put your string, twine or ribbon in. Hang them on the trees. 

 Large heart

I think I winded up with around 10 small hearts and 5-6 large ones. Would really be a cute wedding favor for rustic or garden weddings but I would make small ones since you could get a lot more out of the batch. Great way to get the kids involved with something easy and fun. 

And just too cute on my trees.........

Small Heart

My granddaughter Raygen loved hanging them on Nana's trees! Of course she wanted to look every 5 minutes to see if the birds had eaten any.

One last note; be sure to tell your spouse that it isn't a cookie to eat!!!!!

NO, he didn't eat it but almost did!!! LOL!

Okay, here is what I have learned since I made them....on the 4th day after being stored in the refrigerator the white (flour) begins to discolor them. (I done a little experiment with a few of them)  Also, the birds have a hard time eating it unless it is laying instead of hanging.  However, they are so stinking cute hanging in the tree!

 Be sure to tune in tomorrow for Wednesday              in the Word. 

Til then remember,

Making memories with your children and grandchildren is something that no one can take away from you or them and they last a lifetime!!!

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday in the Word-Bless the Lord

Recently on one my little trips to Dollar Tree I spotted this cute little candle holder. I especially liked it because it has Scripture inside the candle holder.

I thought of several ways to use this. My first thought was to buy several and to use them with Easter decoration with cute little candles in them. 

Then I thought, "this would make a great little gift filled with malt ball Easter eggs or jelly beans".

Another idea was to use at each table place setting and place the silverware in it....YES, my mind thinks like this.....Different and I like different!

I love the  verse inside....

Psalm 103:2 says,  Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits— 

One commentary said the meaning of this verse was;
Bless the Lord, O my soul - The repetition here denotes the intensity or earnestness of the wish or desire of the psalmist. It is an emphatic calling upon his soul, that is, himself, never to forget the many favors which God was continually conferring upon him.

What a sweet reminder that we should praise HIM for His favor on His children. His gifts are unmeasurable and His grace and mercy is everlasting.

Well, what did I do with the cute little candle holder?

I decided it would be GREAT as a ring holder!!!

 I need several more I am afraid to hold all my pretty gaudy rings.Well...they are pretty too!

Praise the Lord today my friend.....He is so worthy to be praised!

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Monday, April 7, 2014

Tuesday Toots-More Rustic and Burlap Shower/Wedding Stuff

Have I told you how much I LOVE burlap? Things are coming together for my niece's bridal shower and wedding. You can see first post on Wedding/Shower projects here http://creationsbycindyphotography.blogspot.com/2014/04/tuesday-toots-mason-jars-burlap-and-tin.html

Mason jars and burlap project is moving right along....

 Can you believe I found 33 of these at a yard sale?

Good ole tin cans and burlap. The little wooden hearts are just too cute!

 Using this for the shower.  Yep, the iron and glass piece was another yard sale find for $3. Tin cans sure do look cute when dressed up a little.

 Can you guess what these wood pieces will be used for?

 Name plates for each person sitting at the Bridal table. Cute little name cards will go right in that little slice on top of the wood.....

 Bride and Groom Mason jar toasting glasses. Love a little lace and pearls with burlap. 

  The Ring bearer pillow turned out sooooo adorable! 
   The letter H is for their last name.

 Another Dollar Tree find...add a little twine and good to go!

 This reminds me of Texas Road House with peanuts in it! OOH....that's an idea too! 

 Have I told you how much I am loving playing around with these tin cans???? I am in love with this one.

Ooh and this one too!

I just love them all. Somebody needs to STOP ME! I am going CRA-CRA with these tin cans!

Wrist corsages made, all bouquets, boutonniere's and other little tidbits checked off my list...

 Awe...love how this looks...Candles going in these!

Another "fruitful" day with the shower and wedding agenda.

Be sure to tune in to Wednesday in the Word.....

I'm joining the party over at Yvonne's today....

Be sure to take a peek at the Scoop http://www.stonegableblog.com/2014/04/the-scoop-113.html

Til next time remember....

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Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday in the Word-Praying for your Adult children

Years ago I read the book by Cherie Fuller, "When Mother's Pray" and it made such an impact on my life with praying for my children. One of the things she said in her book that made a loud statement to me was this, "If we aren't praying for our children then who is? With that being said a group of ladies decided to be a part of the Moms In Touch Group and for 3 years we had 13 groups with each group consisting of 4 moms each and we met on Wednesday afternoons before our Bible Study class for one hour to pray for our children. NEVER has anything made such an impact on me. To this day the 4 of us that was in that group together have a special bond concerning our children. 

 (Christian book Dist)

Recently I purchased the book and workbook by Stormie Omartian called, "The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children". I began reading the book and could not put it down. I've read the Power of Praying for your children, the Power of praying for your husband and several other books that she has written. I truly enjoy her down to earth yet filled with scripture approach. I would love to teach this study as a class one day.

At the very beginning of her book she points out 7 things that we as parents of adult children MUST KNOW.

1: You need to know it never ends 
(once a parent, always a  parent)

2: You need to know that YOU can't fix them!

3: You need to know that God can change Everything.

4: You need to know you must quit blaming yourself!

5: You need to know you have to forgive.

6: You need to know there is Only ONE perfect parent.

7: You need to know you can wholeheartedly say, "For this Adult child I have prayed". 

 (Christian Book Dist)

 I thought again about the words from Cheri Fuller from her book, When Mother's Pray; "If we aren't praying for our children then who is? I thought of this is terms of our adult children too. Though I would love to think that many are praying for my adult children and I do know that they will pray for them If needed but truly, "WHO is praying for my adult children on a regular basis? ME!

I urge you to purchase the book and the work book. I am truly enjoying the light that Stormie is shedding as I read her book.

Have you prayed for your Adult child today?

"All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children".
 Isaiah 54:13  

Hugs and blessings, Cindy