Monday, January 11, 2016

One Day....

If you have not been following The Charm House fb page, 
you have missed out on some awesome digitals that I created....
What can you do with these digitals?
Create you own journal by printing out the digitals.
Frame them to encourage you daily.
Save them to a file on your computer to be daily encouraged.
What can I NOT do with these digitals?
You cannot sale these ( these are a gift from me to you). 
You cannot produce more than 5-10 of each card to give to friends.
And please do not take credit for my work.
I purchase images, work with them to get the colors I want, find the perfect quote for it and put a lot of love into it! I don't sale these cards, my intentions is just to make the world a little brighter by encouraging others through them. 
Thanks!!!!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Growing up to be an Indian Princess!

I don't think I was ever cut out to be a "girlie" girl! 
I loved playing in the woods in my pretend cabin.
I loved hunting for treasures in junk piles.
I loved my jeans and t-shirts.
I loved getting dirty!

It must have been the right thing to do....
I have my own tribe of WARRIORS.
I became an old lady with a wild imagination.
I still love playing in the dirt.
And a junk pile is still my favorite place 
to search for hidden treasures!

Life is good when you can be just what you wanted to be!


Thursday, January 7, 2016

A Special Visitor!

Yesterday I had a very good friend from my childhood stop over and visit. As we sat there and talked, she told me that 
God had laid it on her heart for us to pray together. 

WOW, it is so awesome how God moves! 

I was so thankful that she was the willing vessel that God had sent to offer me encouragement! 
God please use me to do the same thing for 
someone else who needs to be encouraged!


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A little something for your Journal....




This blog "Hey, Sweet Pea" is so encouraging 
and I challenge you to spend a hour just reading her blog! 
She is so dang awesome!

For your Journals.....




A new Adventure.....



I want to start sharing my encouragement pages with you as I design them.
I will be using The Charm House fb page
( https://www.facebook.com/TheCharmHouse/ )
and my The Charm House Blog
( http://www.thecharmhouse.blogspot.com/ ) to post.
I hope they will encourage and help you as much as they do me. I enjoy opening myself up each morning and asking God what do I need to help me get through the day. He shows up, gives me a quote or scripture and I play with it in my design shop. This is the planner that I use to place all of my pages in. It comes with a yearly planner, but I took it out to give me more room for what I thought I truly needed. Each design will be a jpeg. This means you can save it to your computer and print it for your book. All of the pages I design will be 8.25 in height, but they will vary with the desigh on the width. After printing my designs I choose to laminate them due to the fact that I look at them every night. I like this planner and if you shop wisely and have patience you can find this planner much cheaper. Consider using a JoAnn's or Michael's coupon to purchase. Also, don't limit yourself to my design. You can make it even more special by adding sparkles, washi tape, stickers, etc. I will start with my first few designs later in the day..... Thanks and I hope you enjoy!
https://www.simplestories.com/products/carpe-diem-planner

Friday, January 1, 2016

My Hope and Joy are found in Him!
Praying for a blessed wonderful 2016 for everyone!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Dashboards!

So ... I have been hit by the Midori BUG! 
And I love creating dashboards 
for my friends and my ETSY shop!
I am in the process now of taking copies of some of my 
Mixed Media and creating dashboards with them. 

EXCITING!



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Another fun day of gift wrapping....

Another day of gift wrapping!!
 I have always thought that part of the gift 
was in taking the time to wrap the gift! 
What do you think?




Tuesday, December 8, 2015

This year I have had so much fun wrapping gifts. 
This is one that I sewed a piece of craft paper together 
(with sewing all over it) for an odd size gift. 
I then used a little washi tape, banner, ribbon and moose embellishment to finish it off.
 I love it!
 I finished it so that the person receiving can use it to wrap another gift.
 Repurposing at its finest! 
This time next week I will be expecting the best company in the world!!!!


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Gift Wrapping made FUN......

Barbara Mandrell


I love to wrap gifts......
I also get so much joy out of the presentation of the gift.....
I want the person receiving the gift to know that I love them 
and
that I want to give "my best" to them!


When I wrap gifts, I always use cheap kraft paper.


Sometimes I will add polka dots to my package!



Often, I even make my own ribbon....
This is old vintage paper placed on top of each other and then sewed.
I will cut this piece with decorative scissors making 2 ribbons!


To enhance the look, I use Christmas washi tape going down the middle.


I then decided to draw circles 
with a black marker around each white dot.


I couldn't stop,
 I had to add smaller polka dots in teal and red!!!


Placing of the ribbon with a dab of hot glue to secure it.


Now comes my favorite part....
The Bow!


I use three pieces of ribbon always using wired ribbon....
The first one will lay on top of the box to secure my bow.
The second one ties around the bow.
The third one makes the actual bow.
Now you can fluff easily because you have used wire ribbon.
Don't forget to cut the ends of your tags to make them pretty!


My finished bow!
Add a few embellishment to complete your look.
I used a "hello" tag.
Paper Clip.
A Christmas Bear image.
Glitter Snowflake.
And finished off my piece with a little Glitter Glue!!!!


He is so precious!
 Now all we need is a name tag!




Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Pioneer Woman and My Husband.....

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Reid is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Reid does not demand his own way. He is not irritable or touchy. He does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. He is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out.  He loves me, he will be loyal to me no matter what the cost. I will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand my ground in defending him.

Girls, it as simple as this..... 
Take 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and replace the man you love in certain places. If he fits, then there is a better chance that he is the man God has waiting for you.

From the first time I met Reid on a blind date, I knew that he was the man for me. I actually called my mother and told her that I just went to lunch with the man I was going to marry.

We never knew that my life after the age of 30 would be covered in bad health. We never knew that my bad health would be our walk with the Lord to teach us and others about LOVE! 

Reid has given me story after story of strength, forgiveness, 
romance, passion and love.....

But this one has to be one of the best.......

Each year as soon as the tickets go on sale, Reid purchases our Country Living Fair tickets to Stone Mountain..... Not only that, he always purchases the "early bird" tickets to give me an advantage of seeing everything without the crowds. This is the one time of the year that I am encouraged and inspired by so many artist at one time. It's like a "work function" for me! Reid goes with me knowing that he will be the one waiting in lines, running my errands, my "gofer"........

This year with his new job that has been going incredibly well (It really was a "God Thing"), we decided that Sister would take me...... I appreciated her taking me so much, but it felt "weird" asking her to do some of the things that I would ask Reid to do.  

One of the guest this year was "The Pioneer Woman". I love this lady, her love for her husband and family; and her willingness to make us better cooks! I took my book, hoping for an autograph... The line was too long and I knew that I did not have the strength to stand in it. 
So, home I went without my book being signed.

Returning home, I found Reid with a heart that was sad because he didn't go with me, then he found out my book did not get signed. He really felt bad and it took me the longest time to convince him that it was alright, but next year we will remember the importance of us doing this together.


Weeks and weeks later....... I opened the front door to find a package on the door steps from The Pioneer Woman. It was her new book "DinnerTime"! I immediately called Reid to thank him and he said, "I didn't do it, it must have been Sonya (Sister)". He ask if it had been signed and I said, "I don't think so". That did it, I knew he had done this. So, I looked harder for her autograph..... There it was for me!!!!


I was so excited and then he told me his story.

He felt so bad about me not getting my book signed that he contacted Ree Drummond herself.  He told her the story of us attending the Country Living Fair each year together, my health problems, him being my "gofer" and that this year he didn't get to go with me and he felt bad that my book did not get signed. 

This lady is even
more incredible than I realized...... 
She told Reid that she would send him another book that was autographed..... He offered to pay for it, but she said that your wife has already paid for one so have this one as a gift! WOW!!!!

All of this is just an awesome story of the love and goodness of God and his people! Yes, I knew that Reid was the one that God had on hold for me.  But, I never knew that Reid (my husband) would be the man that he is today!

Life is Good!!!!



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