Wednesday, March 27, 2013


I've spent a lot of time thinking about Heaven lately. And what it will be like.

I recently read, One Minute After You Die. By Erwin Lutzer

I highly recommend it. It was so helpful to me in clearly understanding the biblical truth of what Heaven is and the choice we make.

The other day Tim and I were watching American Idol when the top ten were announced. This year, they did American Idol differently. Only Ryan Seacrest knew who was a finalist. The family and crowds did not know who would be coming through the doors until they walked through. And as they did, the friends, and  family would jump to their feet, throw their hands in the air and just celebrate.

Tim paused the video right as Kree walked out to show the crowd she was a finalist. Tim turned to me and said,"You know, this is what Heaven will be like. Your dad, granddad, friends and family will be there and as you enter, they will be standing and clapping and grinning, throwing their hands in the air and saying, "YES! YES! YES!"  as you see what the Lord has for you."

I was struck with how amazing that analogy is. I can just see Jesus, going over to my dad, nudging him and saying, "Come on. I wanna show you something." and as I walk into Heaven them being there, just beaming.

Let me show you:

Now, hit play

Do you have the assurance that you will be walking through those gates? You can, it's free. Christ died so you can live.
All it takes is accepting that He died for your sins and without him and his death on the cross, you would be eternally separated from Him. Believe that Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross and rose again, and that His death alone paid the price for your sins. Tell him.

If you are still on the fence, check out One Minute After You Die. and The Bible. 1 John 3:16“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Bible: viewer discretion is advised.

The Bible.
Have you been watching?
We have. And you know what strikes me EVERY TIME it starts? That there's a statement at the beginning. A warning.
It says, "viewer discretion is advised."
This actually makes me smile. And it reminds me of that line by C.S. Lewis when speaking of Aslan the Lion, ""He's not safe, but He's good".
Our God is powerful, right, good, and dangerous.
We are looking forward to tomorrow's episode.
The mission. This picture is from tomorrow's episode.
As I have become a mother, I have identified more and more with Mary. Look at her face.
That is her baby.
Her boy.
And her God.
What her heart must have been feeling is unimaginable. Remember this scene from The Passion of the Christ?
 My heart stops.
 My heart just stops.
As a follower and disciple of Christ, this Easter season is important.
It's holy. It's beyond words what our Savior did for us.

I love the reminder from Christ, "I am making all things new."

Even as He was being scandalized, beaten, and murdered, He encouraged US.
The ones that put Him on that cross.

I encourage you to watch tomorrow night.

The Mission.8/7 central on The History Channel.

I leave you with the song we will be doing tomorrow at church:

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Vintage Soul

So I've been thinking,

What makes Mumford & Sons stop me in my tracks, cause me to tear up, and celebrate all in one split second?

And what makes Kree Harrison, from this years American Idol, make me sit up and listen? Good vocals, definitely. But it goes beyond that.

What makes me disappear into another world when the Avett Brothers start playing? oh and Patty Griffin. I could go on.

I don't think it's just about vocals, or lyrics.

It's about the life they've lived. Now, I don't know any of these people personally, and for all I know, they may have lived an ice cream and waffles life. but I bet not.

When I see Kree, I see pain and life.

It is the same for all my favorite gut wrenching, soul-ripping, artists. They've lost something dear. They've experienced pain.

Maybe it didn't register so fully with me before I felt  life's deepest wound. Before I felt such an indescribable loss, I didn't realize how it affected you after.

I see it in people. I see the gold vain in the rocks that the pressure of sorrow has created. Yes, Ive also seen the bitterness, that those who suffer and get angry, are embracing.

But for those who don't get bitter and angry, and instead let that sorrow and pressure and pain grow them, have a new feature. It's a vain of gold that God creates in the cracks pain causes.

I see Kree's gold.

And I see the gold in my friends who have been fractured. It's in their eyes, their words, their stance, their posture, their hand motions.

I see it.  Thank you God for turning the fractures into ribbons of gold. And thank you God for letting me see it.

James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

To hear a few of my favorites: {I dare you to listen- it'll make you close your eyes and feel every word}

Patty Griffin: Up to the Mountain

  Mumford and Sons Timshel Kree Harrison: Stronger

Monday, March 11, 2013

Marburger Farm Antique Show Tshirt Giveaway!!

So, y'all know I work for the greatest antique show on earth, right? Well, if you didn't know, I do.

I work for Marburger Farm Antique Show.

I help in lots of ways and recently I helped with the design of their Spring Show Tshirts. (yikes! its approaching FAST!)

And personally, I LOVE them. That works out well for myself.

  Here they are:
The front has a small logo on the top left, and the back has all the names of the 12 historic buildings that are on our property.

We are so excited about them we are giving one away. Go comment HERE to enter to try to win one! I guarantee, you will LOVE it!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Baby boy to big boy.

My sweet first born hooligan grew up over night. Literally.

Here he is with his signature long blond hair and curls.

We took him in to get a "new look"


And he came out 3 years older!!

I just cant believe this BOY is my baby. Im too young for this!


Monday, March 4, 2013

How to create a color palette using Photoshop

There are many times I have a photo and need to create a color palette based on the colors in that photo. Here is a photoshop tutorial on how I create this:
First I open my saved photoshop color box. I have a vertical and horizontal version.
When its open it look like this:
Then I go to file->open->and I find and open the picture I need the color palette of. In this case I just chose a image of some vintage barkcloth.
Next I use my mouse and click and drag the top tab of the barckloth down an inch or two so that photoshop has both the palette form and barkcloth photo open.
Then I, using the move arrow, click on the image of the barkcloth and drag it into the center large box of the palette form.
Then I click on the barkcloth and drag it to the top left corner of the large black box.
Then I {Photoshop shortcut} click on the barkcloth image, click ctrl T (which makes it transformable) then holding down the shift key I grab the corner of the barkcloth by clicking and holding left mouse key and drag it until it fills the black box. Be sure to let the mouse key go first then the shift key- this keeps the dimensions correct.
Next on third layer down in the layer section I double click on the tiny black box inside layer 6.
It opens the color picker. Next grab the eye dropper tool and click anywhere on the barkcloth that you want the color to grab.
Continue this process for all the layers. Layer 6 to layer 1. Just double click on the tiny black box inside the layers section, grab the eye dropper and click it anywhere on your image you want the color of.  It'll fill the boxes below with the color you grab.
When you are finish, you will end up with this. Save it as a Jpeg or whatever format you need.
This is so helpful when working on blog layouts, interior design, any thing that needs a color scheme. I love it!
Here is another example using my vertical color palette form.
Here are the vertical and horizontal color palette forms. Feel free to save them and open in photoshop to use.
have fun!

Friday, March 1, 2013

How I make signs

First, let me explain that these are treasures:
 No, they aren't trash even though they came from a trash bin. :)
I make my signs on discarded wood. Doors, windows, cabinet doors, sidings, fences, etc. If I like the way it looks, it'll be painted on.

I start with a word, illustrator, or photoshop document. When I create a new page I put the dimensions of my piece of wood or size I want the sign to be. In this case, my scrap piece of crapped up wood was 16 inches wide by 6 inches tall. I needed a sign for my gate so, here is how I did it.

I used Adobe illustrator and made the document 16x6.

When I create the document of that size it allows me to see how my wording will fit. I choose fonts that I like to make the sign look good.

Here is the document I created for this sign.

Then I drew some guide lines on my crappy wood with a pencil. I had my printed document beside me to help give me guidance.

Then I "emulate" the font. Is that a technical process??! I am not sure. I can pretty much eyeball copy any font. That skill helps in this process but you could always use tracing paper.

Here are photos of this sign progressing.

I had my pencil guidelines to keep my letters exactly the same size
I just penciled in my letters, I used a baby wipe to erase when I made a mistake.
Kept writing until I had it like I liked it.
Then, now, forgive me here, I was being ultra lazy, but I used a sharpie. I just needed a sign dang it! Most of the time I use paint. Whatever kind I have. Craft, wall, left overs, I mix paints for color... etc.
So, here I have outlined the letters in sharpie marker.

Then, get ready for it, I colored them in. with sharpie. {cringe} I DO normally use paint. I suggest paint. High quality paint. Sign paint. -kidding. use whatever you have. the cheaper the better.
So I colored and colored until I have the sign below complete. Took maybe 20 minutes.

Here are a few others I have done. These are just around my house in various places. Most don't stay long. Friends and family have a way of running off with them.
I cannot tell you how lazy- er, I mean, efficient, I am. I am not exact, I make mistakes but it just adds to my "vintage" look. :)
Trust me, you can do this too. 

Good luck, just grab a piece of crappy trash wood and try it out. You may surprise yourself.