Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Stephanie's Corner - February Edition

You can never go wrong
with a little pink. . .
a lot works too.
- Dana Dalgetty -

Hello, friends!
It's just me popping in to share some things
that I have been working on and enjoying for the last month.
I also thought I would share with you
some of the pink things that are tickling my fancy.
After all, I love me some PINK!

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I found these oh-so-cute Converse shoes at Kohl's
and when I saw they were on sale
well, they had to come home with me.

They are made with a soft silk fabric,
and don't you just love the texture?!

My sweet mom gave me some Simspon & Vail Valentine's Tea
and mmmm. . .what a tasty tea it is!

The ingredients are:

black teas
cacao nibs
hibiscus flowers
flavorings and raspberry pieces

And while we're on the subject of tea,
a dear friend blessed me with the charming tea pot necklace.
It's such a dainty piece of jewelry
and right up my alley.

Now don't laugh at this next thing that I'm going to share with you. . .
I have been trying at-home facial cupping for a few weeks now.
If any of you have tried it 
I would love to hear your thoughts in a comment below.

You see, about a year after my son was born 
I started to suffer from severe cystic acne.
He is almost 10-years-old and I still breakout
{oh, the joy of hormones!}
Due to the harsh and very painful breakouts
I have gained some "lovely" scars. . .

Facial cupping has many benefits
and one of them is the healing and fading of scars.
Another couple of benefits is the prevention of acne
along with caring for wrinkles or fine lines.
I have a very small smile line around my lips
and I have been keeping an eye on it since I started using these cups.
Did you know that it has almost disappeared!

Since using the facial cups I have noticed a softening of my skin
and quite possibly a small fading of my scars.
So far I love the process!
I am not expecting a miracle overnight,
but I feel with time I will see more results.

And if you're wondering how it works
well, you simply massage some oil
{I am using rosehip seed oil}
onto your face and then you gently squeeze the facial cup onto your face
and glide in an upward or circular motion.
The cup creates suction and gently tightens the skin as you move it.

A little while ago a lovely friend 
blessed me with this delightful scrap journal.

I set it aside to work on 
when I had some nice quiet time to myself.
Well, the other day I pulled it out
and thought now would be the perfect time to start "playing" 
with all the paper goodies.

There are oodles and oodles of paper goods
and the possibilities for making this book extra beautiful
are truly endless.

When I am done I will have to share it with you

At the moment
I am working on several piano pieces,
but one that has me very excited is a new song by David Hicken
called Nampara.

Please click on the video to listen to it, my friends,
and let me know what you think.

I did a little shopping {again} at my favorite online shop
and got this sweet shirt on sale.

Life Is Sweet.

It's absolutely perfect, don't you think?!
The black cat looks like my Duke.

Speaking of books,
I picked up a few from Tyndale when they had a Valentine's Day special.
They had several books on sale for only $5.00 a piece!
I most certainly couldn't pass up that deal - HA!

Here are three that I am going to read soon
and I must say that I am very excited to dive into 
Melanie Dobson's book Catching the Wind.

Have you read any of them?
And if you have, did you enjoy them?

Well, my friends, I think that is plenty for today.
Thank you so much for stopping by and saying "Hello!"
Your comments always, always, always brighten my day!

Have a sweet. . . 

And lazy relaxing day!

Love and hugs to you!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Give Of Your Best To The Master

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, 
do all in the name of the LORD Jesus, 
giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
- Colossians 3:17 -

Give of your best to the Master;
Give of the strength of your youth.
Throw your soul’s fresh, glowing ardor
Into the battle for truth.
Jesus has set the example,
Dauntless was He, young and brave.
Give Him your loyal devotion;
Give Him the best that you have.

Give of your best to the Master;
Give Him first place in your heart.
Give Him first place in your service;
Consecrate every part.
Give, and to you will be given;
God His beloved Son gave.
Gratefully seeking to serve Him,
Give Him the best that you have.

Give of your best to the Master;
Naught else is worthy His love.
He gave Himself for your ransom,
Gave up His glory above.
Laid down His life without murmur,
You from sin’s ruin to save.
Give Him your heart’s adoration;
Give Him the best that you have.

Give of your best to the Master;
Give of the strength of your youth.
Clad in salvation’s full armor,
Join in the battle for truth.
- Howard B. Grose -

A Psalm Of Life
by  H. Wadsworth Longfellow

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
"Life is but an empty dream!"
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
"Dust thou art, to dust returnest,"
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.

Art is long, and time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act - act in the living Present!
Heart within and God o'erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labour and to wait.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, 
do it with thy might; 
for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, 
in the grave, whither thou goest.
- Ecclesiastes 9:10 -

And let us not be weary in well doing: 
for in due season we shall reap, 
if we faint not.
- Galatians 6:9 -

And whatsoever ye do, 
do it heartily, as to the LORD, and not unto men; 
Knowing that of the LORD 
ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: 
for ye serve the LORD Christ.
- Colossians 3:23-24 -

Have a blessed Lord's Day, friends!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Be A Beautiful Cupcake In A World Of Muffins

Happy Valentine's Day,
lovely friends!
Today I have a sweet treat just for you.

Cupcake, (n.):
a smile with frosting on it.

All you need is LOVE. . .
and cupcakes.

These Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes 
are oh-so-tasty and refreshing!
Here is what you will need to make a batch. . .

For the cupcakes:
4 lemons freshly zested (about 2-3 tablespoons)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large egg whites

For the blackberry butter cream:
1 cup blackberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup butter, room temperature
4 cups Confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk or cream

Let's get to baking, sweet friends!

In a large mixing bowl, add lemon zest and sugar. 
Combine them by rubbing it together between your fingers. 
The sugar will look slightly fluffy when you're done, 
and you shouldn't see any large chunks of lemon zest.

Add the melted butter to the sugar mixture. 
Cream mixture until fluffy and combined.
Sift together flour and baking powder, 
and add to the sugar mixture, beating until combined.

In a separate bowl, add milk, sour cream, vanilla, and egg whites. 
Whisk together.
Add the milk mixture to the flour and sugar mixture, 
and beat at medium speed, just until combined. 
Mixing too much will cause the cupcakes to be too firm.

Line a greased muffin tin with cupcake liners. 
Divide the cupcake batter evenly between 12 molds. 
Bake in a 350° oven for 15-19 minutes, 
or until a toothpick inserted into the top comes out clean. 
Allow to cool completely before frosting.

And don't forget the blackberry butter cream frosting!

For the frosting, add blackberries and lemon juice to a small saucepan. 
Over medium heat, bring mixture to a simmer, stirring often. 
Your blackberries will become soft enough 
that they will basically mash themselves while you're mixing. 
Simmer for about 20 minutes, 
or until you have about 1/3 cup of blackberry puree mixture.

If you don't want seeds or skins in your butter cream, 
strain the blackberry puree through a fine mesh strainer at this point. 
Allow to cool to room temperature.

In a large mixing bowl, add butter and blackberry puree. 
Beat together with a mixer until mixture is smooth.

Add in the Confectioners' sugar, 
and beat on medium-high until mixture is smooth and creamy.

Add your milk or cream and vanilla and beat again to combine. 
Test your butter cream now. If it's still too thick, continue adding milk or cream, 
1 tablespoon at a time until butter cream reaches desired consistency.

You can frost your cupcakes with the blackberry butter cream 
as soon as they are completely cooled. 
You can find the original recipe HERE.

Cupcakes don't ask silly questions.
Cupcakes understand.

You're the icing 
on my cupcake,
sweet friends!

A balanced diet
is having a cupcake in each hand.

Life is short, my friends,
so make it sweet!

I hope you have a most beautiful day!
Much love to you!

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

What Wondrous Love Is This

Not father or mother has loved you
as God has,
for it was that you might be happy
He gave His only Son.
When He bowed His head in the death hour,
love solemnized its triumph;
the sacrifice there was complete.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow -

Dear friends, enjoy the music 
while you read the words of this beautiful hymn.

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! 
What wondrous love is this, O my soul! 
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, 
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down, 
When I was sinking down, sinking down, 
When I was sinking down beneath God's righteous frown, 
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul, 
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing; 
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing.
To God and to the Lamb Who is the great 'I AM'; 
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing; 
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on, I'll sing on; 
And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on.
And when from death I'm free, I'll sing and joyful be; 
And through eternity, I'll sing on, I'll sing on; 
And through eternity, I'll sing on.
- Unknown -

This beloved hymn, with its plaintive modal sound,
is one of the best known of our authentic American folk hymns.
Like all true folk music,
the origins of this text and music remain unknown.
It is simply the product of devout people who,
when reflecting seriously on the sacrificial gift of God's Son,
respond spontaneously with amazed adoration
for this "wondrous love."

This hymn first appeared in 1835 
in a collection titled Southern Harmony by William Walker.
These simply stated words with their appealing music
have since ministered to people everywhere,
extolling the profound truth of Christ's love for each of us.
- Kenneth W. Osbeck - Amazing Grace -

The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, 
Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: 
therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
- Jeremiah 31:3 -

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have eternal life. 
For God so loved the world, 
that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life. 
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; 
but that the world through him might be saved. 
- John 3:15-17 -

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, 
that we should be called the sons of God: 
therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
- 1 John 3:1 -

Love saw a guilt of sin, 
and sought a basis of pardon.
Love saw the defilement of sin, 
and sought a way of cleansing.
Love saw the depravity of sin, 
and sought a means of restoration.
Love saw the condemnation of sin, 
and sought a method of justification.
Love saw the death of sin, 
and sought a way of life.
Love sought,
Love found!
- Unknown -

Have a blessed and beautiful Lord's Day!
{{{ hugs }}}

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Love For A Friend

It's the friends we meet along the way
that help us appreciate the journey.
- Unknown -

Happy day to you, lovely friends and followers!
I hope today is filled with lots of joy and beauty.
I'm very glad to have you here
and today I have a fun little sewing project
that you can whip up in no time.

Supplies needed for the fabric tags:

scrap fabric
fusible fleece
lace trim
satin seam binding
stamps and ink

You will need to cut out two
3 x 4 1/2-inch pieces of fabric.
Trim the corners off so that the fabric looks like a tag.
You will also need to cut out one piece of fusible fleece
that is 2 1/2 x 4-inches in size.

Iron on the fusible fleece to the back side 
of the front piece of the tag.
Does that make sense!?
{I apologize for the low lighting in a few of my pictures}

Using a cute stamp and some ink
stamp something onto a piece of fabric
and then stitch it onto the front side of the tag.

Tuck some lace trim and satin seam binding
between the two layers and pin into place.
Sew along the edges of the tag and voila!
You're done.

Sew along the edges of the tag and voila!
You're done.

If you want you can add some buttons
or other kind of embellishment to your fabric tags.

It's not what we have in life,
but who we have in our life that matters.
- Unknown -

You may have noticed in the first picture that I shared
that there is an envelope that matches the tags.
I made the fabric envelope specifically for the tags
so that I could tuck them in something.

If you would like to make a similar envelope 
you can find the tutorial HERE.
Simply adjust the size according to your preference.

You can also sew on a piece of white fabric
and use it to write a message for someone special.

And finally,
here is another envelope and tag set
that I created.
You can find it in my Etsy shop.

Happy sewing and creating!

Hugs and love to you.

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February 14th.
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