Blessed are the peacemakers...

Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

-James 3:13-18


A quick announcement...

Hi there...

First, we interrupt this announcement to bring you a quick follow-up to my last post and a request for your feedback...

My kind reader Mandy left a comment suggesting that some of the old Blogger templates that "stretch" across the entire width of the page don't always show up correctly in all browsers. She wondered if I had had any issues with this. In answer to that question - I personally haven't had any problems with it not showing up correctly on either my desktop or my laptop...and since Blogger has come out with a "compatibility mode" for handheld devices, it shows up correctly on my iphone as well. So, if any of you folks out there have trouble viewing my blog correctly on your particular monitor, please let me know! I appreciate your participation in this experiment... I don't want things to be all wonky when you visit!

And now, the announcement:
I just wanted to let you know that my Etsy shop will be closed over the weekend while I participate in a local art show. I will be re-opening for business sometime on Monday, August 1st, so you can come back and shop-til-you-drop then!
Yesterday I did a practice run of setting up my display in the driveway, and I was pretty happy with how it turned out. I spent about 6 hours out in the blazing sun and 100+ degree heat setting everything up like a madwoman, and then I immediately tore it down again.

I'm pretty sure my neighbors think I'm crazy...

Crazy like a fox.

It's so much easier to work out all the details and know exactly where everything's going to go BEFORE you stumble out of bed at 0'dark-thirty the morning of the show and have to go set it all up before your customers show up. Yep. Learned that the hard way.... But not this time! I may actually even get to SLEEP the night before this show! Whoo hoo!

Planning ahead....that's my game.

Here's a little peek into my tent - it was so crammed into the driveway that the only way I could photograph the whole thing with my iphone was through my kitchen window - hence the panes... How do you like my pennant banners? I just made those recently... They were super easy, and I think they're kind of festive.

I even had a surprise visitor who showed up ready to do some shopping...

But I said, "Sorry, bud, no early birds....uh...or early toads either."
So he hopped away, with an injured and slightly aloof look on his face. Toads can be kind of snooty like that.

He did mention that this one was his favorite before he left...


If you're the local type and are interested in coming to the show, shoot me an e-mail and I'll give you the details on when and where it is. I can't give it out to the mass public here, because, you know, there are crazy psycho killers out there, and I'm paranoid like that.

I hope you have a lovely weekend!


Quotables: Samuel Lover

"Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise."

- Samuel Lover


How to Find and Use an Old Template in Blogger

Today I thought I'd share a little blogger tutorial with you.... my lovely reader, Diane, recently asked me what blog template I am using. She liked the fact that my header and posts aren't all "smooshed" up but instead stretch out across the entire width of the page.

Since I wondered the same thing a while back and had to ask someone else how to find the setting to change it, I thought I'd share the instructions here with all of you, in case you'd also like to know. So, here you go....

How to Find and Use an Old Template in Blogger
A little disclaimer: I am hardly an expert in this sort of thing.... nevertheless, I hope this is helpful.

First, go to your blogger dashboard, and click on the "Design" tab.

Click on "Edit HTML" in the bar right under the big tabs along the top.


Before going any further, back up your current template, just in case you mess something up. You can back up your template by clicking on the "Download Full Template" link near the top of the page.

Ok, now that you've backed up your template, scroll down until you see the heading for "Old Templates."

Click on the link that says, "Select Layout Template." You will then see all of the old templates that used to be available in blogger before they made all the new changes.

In the lefthand column, go down to the second image, and you should see an option for "Minima Stretch." That's the template I'm using...

Check the circle next to the template you'd like to use. You can preview it if you'd like. Then click on "Save Template" near the top of the page.

You may have to change your banner width or adjust the sizes of images in your sidebar so that they also "stretch" out the full width of the available space you now have on your blog.

So there you go....

I hope this has been helpful. I'm by no means an expert, but if you have any other questions, I'll do my best to answer them, or find the answer if I can. Happy Blogging!


The List that Never Ends: #341-350

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
- James 1:17

Thanking God today...

341. ... for fresh-picked blueberries.

Photo via Pinterest

342. ... for the feel of cool water on a hot, muggy day.

343. ... for a place that makes you feel like a kid again...

344. ... and friends who do too.

345. ... for a successful surgery for a little niece...

Photo from my Sister-in-Law

346. ... and a birthday party for another niece.

347. ... for laughs with Josh.

348. ... for BLT season (with garden-fresh tomatoes and basil - the only time it's worth it!)

349. ... that God knows everything that happens, and will sort out all the injustice and evil in the world one day...

350. ... for the hope of no more death, no more pain, no more sin, no more tears, no more evil, no more suffering...



Turn, turn, turn...

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

- Ecclesiastes 3:1-11


You might be a redneck...

...if you spent the morning picking blueberries out in a field off an unmarked gravel road...

...and got so hot in the blazing sun and bathtub-like humidity....

...that you got inspired to tell your best buddy and fellow blueberry picker
 about a little watering hole you knew of...

...and the two of you decided that the thing to do would be to go jump in it and cool off...
...after stopping by a little BBQ stand to get your lunch....

...and then walking through a hayfield to get to your destination...

...of a crick.

("What is the difference between a 'crick' and a 'creek'?," you may ask...
A crick has cows in it at some point upstream from you.... :o/ )

So you come to the crick with a swimming hole....and a tiny waterfall...and a rope swing and tree house...

...and you, your best buddy, and your dog all go for a swim,
right there in the crick.

Yep, with cows upstream.

You might be....


And, in other news, I'd like to invite you to visit this lovely blog written by Jenni C, a friend I've made in this amazing world of the blogosphere. I was honored to be her first artist interviewee there today....

So please stop in to check out the interview, and be sure to browse around through her archives too - she is a very talented artist herself, and she has some beautiful and fascinating photographs of her native land of South Africa, as well as tutorials, craft ideas, spiritual encouragement, and pictures of her adorable kids...

Plus, she's just great.
I know you'll like her.... :o)

Thanks again for having me, Jenni....
and, the rest of you, go check it out!


I hope you're having a lovely day....
Go jump in a crick or something.
It's lovely, really,
whether you're a redneck or not.


Quotables: William Penn

"He that lives to live forever never fears dying."

- William Penn


The List that Never Ends: #331-340

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
-Psalm 100-

Thanking God today...

331. ... for the safe capture and return of a shrew to its natural habitat (which is not my kitchen!)... (See Beth Stone in a modern adaptation of "The Taming of the Shrew" - one performance only, hopefully!)

332. ... for a really, really good deal on a replacement and the installation of Josh's car window, which was broken out in a storm a couple of weeks ago.

333. ... for a chance to serve others.

334. ... for a wonderful, relaxing weekend at the lake and a good time with friends and family.

335. ... for fresh lemonade (and my pretty new container to put it in, found on clearance, and a gift from my Mom - thanks, Mom!)

336. ... for hydrangeas, Queen Anne's lace, and those crazy passion flowers...

337. ... for a possible opportunity for some friends...

338. ... for watermelon.

339. ... for a key that once was lost but now is found.

340. ... for the fact that I once was lost but now am found...

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Carpe diem...

For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

- II Corinthians 6:2


Quotables: Epictetus

"You are a little soul carrying around a corpse."

- Epictetus


It's a major award!

Thank you to everyone who voted for my felted bunny....
and thank you for the prize, LambAround!

The List that Never Ends: #321 - 330

Thanking God today...

321. ... for finding our lost doggy.


322. ... for a husband who crawled through a poison-ivy-infested briar patch to disentangle said lost doggy.

323. ... for food, fun, and fireworks with friends on the fourth.


324. ... for a good deal on a car window to replace the one broken out during a storm.

325. ... for Pinterest - I'm addicted.

326. ... for air conditioning...

327. ... for getting those pesky business & sales tax returns out of the way, and for my accountant-friend who always helps me with my not-so-fun paperwork.

328. ... for Sunday afternoon naps.


329. ... for amazing little surprises in unexpected places...


330. ... for His creativity.

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With my mouth...

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever:
with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.

- Psalm 89:1


Shop Update...

Hi there...
Just wanted to let you know that I updated my shop yesterday.

There are several new necklaces - here are just a few of them....



...and a brand new item: 
magnets for your fridge or inspiration board!



So, pop on over to the shop and take a look - you'll find these and many more items -
 perfect for yourself or for a gift...

Have a lovely weekend!


Quotables: A. W. Tozer

"Like the eye which sees everything in front of it and never sees itself, faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests and pays no attention to itself at all. While we are looking at God, we do not see ourselves - blessed riddance. The man who has struggled to purify himself and has had nothing but repeated failures will experience real relief when he stops tinkering with his soul and looks away to the perfect One."

- A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God


The List That Never Ends: # 311-320

Today I'm continuing my list
of 1000 things
with which I've been blessed....

I thank God....

311. ... for lighting bugs. Who else would have come up with little bugs with rear ends that light up???  God is amazing.

312. ... for finally getting to see my husband's life-long dream of getting into the military become a reality. He was commissioned week before last as an officer in the US Navy, and he will be serving as a Navy Physician Assistant once he finishes his program. He's been trying to get into the military for years, but has always been rejected due to a minor heart murmur. They recently changed the regulations regarding his condition, which made this possible. God let it all get worked out when it needed to get worked out..... Yay for opened windows.


313. ... Persistence - people who don't give up on things - whether it's reaching a goal (yay, Josh!), hanging on in tough circumstances or marriages or whatever.... and a God Who doesn't give up on me.

314. ... for comfy shoes.


315. ... and bandaids (for when you don't have #314).

316. ... for a break from school for Josh, and for an opportunity to make a quick trip to the beach with some of his family.


317. ... for three days of sitting by water with a couple of good books.... ahhhh.....


318. ... for the freedom that we enjoy here in the US, and for the people who have made and continue to make that possible - thank you for your service.


319. ... for a chance to celebrate that freedom with friends before Josh heads back to school....


320. ... for the spiritual freedom I have through faith in Jesus Christ.


Happy Independence Day....

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

- John 8: 31-36, KJV

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In case the world needs a reminder...

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. - Psalm 122:6