Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas begins with Christ

I was visiting my friend, Deb who blogs at jeremiah-2911.com when I saw that she posted a new version of my favorite Christmas song. It is sung by Pentatonix and it is sung so beautifully that I just had to share. Listening to this song always, always brings tears to my eyes. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11

I hope you all have a wonderful, joyous Christmas. I will be taking a few days off to spend more time with my family, but I will be back to blogging again soon. Merry Christmas... :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


My goodness, can you believe that we are only a week away from Christmas? With Christmas just around the corner, I thought some of you might be able to use a good gift idea. I've been obsessing over this craft project that I've been seeing on Pinterest and today I was finally ready to give it a try. It's a handmade sharpie mug.

If your interested in learning how, all you'll need is a white mug and either a sharpie or a sharpie paint marker. I used a regular sharpie and I found my mugs at the Dollar Store. Just be sure to wash them before you start creating your 'masterpiece.'

Draw your design. I chose a snowman design that I saw online, but you can customize your mug any way you want to. Oh and don't worry, it you mess up, just wash it off and start all over again. It isn't until you bake it that the design stays on permanently.

I'm not an artist by a long shot, but the snowman looked easy enough.  
To bake them, I simply placed the mug directly on the rack in the cool oven then turned the oven on to 350 degrees. Bake it for a half an hour. After 30 minutes, I turned off the oven letting it cool completely while it was still inside. Then I removed my 'new' mug after about an hour.

I have to say, these mugs are incredibly easy and were so much fun to make. My daughter was supposed to create a mug, too, but the design she chose was a bit more complicated. Since it wasn't turning out quite the way she thought it would, she washed it all off and decided to start over tomorrow.

No, my mug isn't perfect at all. I actually made the smile too wide and hubby thought his nose should have been a little bigger. I'm still happy with the way it turned out and here's what the mug looks like now.

One last thing... people have reported the marker washing off in the dishwasher. If this is a project you're interested in trying, it's recommended that you hand wash it to keep your design intact.

Well, thanks again for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week. Blessings... :).

Monday, December 8, 2014

Happy Monday

Sparrows on the Fence
Good morning, how was your weekend? My weekend was uneventful. (Note to self: Complain to hubby that I'm long overdue for a date night).

 Speaking of hubby, here he is holding the pot of pasta we had for dinner last night.

I baked an apple cake for dessert and  boy was it delicious.

 The icing was really super sweet, though. 

Now, I've been away from my computer for a couple of days so I need to catch up on my blog reading and see what you all have been up to. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Life Lately


Happy Monday, my friends. I hope you had a fabulous weekend after Thanksgiving and you're slowly easing back into your regular routine. The day before Thanksgiving and the day of was a whirlwind for me and after all the cooking and cleaning, I wanted my weekend to be as lazy as possible. With that said, I didn't do much afterwards.

One thing I've been trying to do, is be more consistent with reading my bible every morning. It doesn't always work out the way I plan, but it's important to me that I put God first then the rest of the day seems to run just a little more smoothly. As of this post, I'm on 2nd Chronicles.

Also, my daughter was so excited when she found an old record player at the thrift store for $10.00. They even had a few old albums, too and one was a Christmas album. So, I went to visit my daughters at their apartment and we spent some time listening to records and talking. (Oops, excuse my hands in the picture.)

I skipped the turkey sandwiches after Friday and went out for lunch a couple of times. Once to Chick Fil-A...

... then another day, to a restaurant called Logan's.

It always feels so good to have somebody else cooking and cleaning up afterwards.

I'm not sure if I mentioned this before, but my husband plays the guitar on the worship team at church, so I spent some time listening to him practice.

I wish you could hear him because he's actually pretty good.

So, that's about it. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day and week.