Saturday, September 02, 2017

hurricane harvey fundraiser!!

I'm not someone who likes to sit around and do nothing. Don't get me wrong I LOVE a good nap but to just sit around when there are things to be done isn't like me. So when I started seeing the news of the devastation in Houston and other parts of Texas I was trying to figure out what I could do. What can I do, the mom of five who lives 14 hours away from Houston? What can I do to help since I can't go physically to Houston to help muck out houses like I did after Katrina. What can I do? 

As I was praying for the people of Houston and surrounding areas I thought about how I could get money there because honestly sometimes people just need money after natural disasters. We can send all the clothes and stuffed animals we want but if there is not a structurally sound house to put those clothes and stuffed animals in then it is kind of pointless. And don't hear me saying that sending clothes and stuffed animals is not a good idea, sometimes they just need money for building supplies and food. So I thought of a fundraiser. I thought about trying to find a way to get people to donate money to a good solid organization whom I know would use the money to help the people of the Houston area the best. 

Here is my fundraiser. I have asked a couple of my friends to donate digital files that you can print as you wish and use however you would like. Once you make a donation to one of two places, that I list below and email me (purejoycreative at gmail dot com) a screenshot of your donation confirmation, I will send you a link (within 24 hours) so that you can download these files and use them to color, decorate with, pass out to friends, encourage others, put in your Bible or planner...really you can use them however you'd like. These files are yours and we only ask that you not share the downloaded files or the link with others.

Please make a donation to either The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod World Relief and Human Care by one of the following ways:

  • Online — Harvey donation form.
  • Text — Type LCMSHarvey into the text message field and send it to 41444. You’ll receive a text back with a link to a phone-friendly, secure donation form.
  • Phone — Call 888-930-4438 to make a credit-card donation. Calling hours (Central time) begin at 8 a.m. and have been extended this weekend to 9 p.m. Thursday, 8:30 p.m. Friday, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day Monday.
  • Mail — Make check payable to “The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod” or “LCMS.” On the memo line, please write “Disaster Response/Relief” or “Hurricane Harvey.” Mail your donation to: The LCMS, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861.

Or you can donate to the Texas District of the LCMS by going to this website.

Here are the downloads you will receive!!

More than anything the people of Texas need our prayers. But your donation can go a long way!! Please consider how you can help!! Please share this with others so that they too can donate and receive a little THANKS along with their donations. I may be adding more pages to this download soon!!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Embroider your child's artwork!!

A picture is worth a thousand words...or so they say...actually I believe them. A picture can mean so much. But what about a picture drawn by your sweet child, grandchild, niece or nephew? Those pictures can be so precious. So they go up on the fridge and sometimes they come back down. It's hard to leave them up forever even though they are so precious. But paper fades, gets ripped or wet and is no good anymore. I've found a better way to preserve my kids really "SPECIAL" drawings. You know the ones I actually want to have forever. 

Yes, you can take a picture of it and put it in the book but I have an even better idea. What about embroidering the picture and framing it for your wall?!! Sounds complicated? Nope. It's not. If you know a few basic embroidery stitches you can have this precious art work preserved for all time (or at least as long as thread and fabric lasts...which is a lot longer than paper)!

Get a big embroidery hoop...and even if you have more than one drawing to do one hoop is enough because you'll take the embroidery out and frame it...or leave it in the hoop and just buy more, the choice is yours. Next get some plain white cotton fabric and stretch it in your hoop. I like to do it "backwards" in the hoop because it's just easier to hold the hoop this way (especially with the big 12 inch hoops). Then trace your drawing onto your fabric. You can use a window with sunlight behind it, a glass table with a flashlight or a lightpad/light table (I've used all three!).

Then keep the drawing handy as a reference and just get to work! I use a back stitch for the outline and satin stitch to fill in the big parts. Those two stitches are pretty easy and if you need a tutorial check out You's full of embroidery tutorials. Once I am done I take the embroidery out give it a quick press with a coolish iron and frame it. I like to stick my embroidered pieces onto a sticky backed tag board (which you can find at Hobby Lobby or JoAnns) so that the embroidery doesn't loose it's shape. 

I have had each of my kids draw our family once they turn 5 or 6 and that is the picture I have used to embroider. It is fun to see our family in different stages through their eyes!! My sons is one of my favorites and is kinda what started this whole thing. He drew our family when I was pregnant with my 3rd daughter. So precious!! I plan to frame them and hang them in sequential order going down our hall with other family photos!! Don't forget to have your child sign their name and embroider that too (and the year and their age) so you can remember how sweet that was!!

Another great way to use this technique is on tea towels. Have your kids draw on a piece of paper that has been folded in half the long way and just embroider it near the end of the towel. I actually had my daughters class do this one year for an auction item. Each kid drew a scene representing a different month of the year and we had a "Year of Towels" with their sweet drawings embroidered on them!! It was time consuming, I won't lie but it was a big hit and brought in a lot of money for the school!!

I can't wait to see your kids drawings embroidered!! Please share with me your projects when you do work on them!
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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Christ is the head

"Christ is the head of our home, the unseen guest at every meal, the silent listener of every conversation."

Don't you think that if we kept these things at the forefront of our minds we would treat people differently? Do you think that if you were more aware of the presence of Christ in your home you would serve others more than yourself? Do you feel that if you remembered that Christ hears ALL your conversations that you would speak words in a different way?

I am very passionate about keeping Christ and His promises in the forefront of my mind. I fail miserably on a consistent basis...but GRACE abounds and I am a forgiven child of God. I know that I am loved. I know that I am forgiven. I know that He will always love me. But I don't always live like that is true. I don't live my life in a way that shows that Christ is the head of my home and the unseen guest at my meals. I don't always speak to my children thinking that Christ is listening. I try. I fail. I am forgiven and I try again. I am grateful that He is in my home and that He is listening to my conversations. Having these phrases in my home helps remind me of the truths of Christ. I am reminded of His love and grace and that He loves me and my family enough to be a constant part of our home and family life. He does the same for you. He loves you. He is in your home and listening to your conversations. Let us pepper our conversations with love and grace. Let us invite Christ into every part of our lives, dinner, bedtime routines, hanging out, He is part of it all.

May you remember how much you are loved and that Christ is always present in your home and your life. Speaking words of grace and forgiveness to the people in our homes and out of our homes. Speaking Christ's love and salvation to those we encounter is how we can share His gifts with those around us. You are loved. You are a chosen child of God. Live in His grace!!