Saturday, April 30, 2011

Faith Challenge

Philosophy...

Many people advised me not to take Philosophy class in college being a Christian.  They said it would combat against all I believed.

They were right.. It did.

Is that such a bad thing though?

In Philosophy one of the first things I was taught was Descates' Method of  Systematic Doubt. 




He said in his first meditation:


"Several years have now elapsed since I first became aware that I had accepted, even from my youth, many false opinions for true, and that consequently what I afterward based on such principles was highly doubtful; and from that time I was convinced of the necessity of undertaking once in my life to rid myself of all the opinions I had adopted, and of commencing anew the work of building from the foundation...But, to this end, it will not be necessary for me to show that the wholeof these are false--a point, perhaps, which I shall never reach; but as even now my reason convinces me that I ought not the less carefully to withhold belief from what is not entirely certain and indubitable, than from what is manifestly false"



This is actually a Biblical concept.

Ephesians 5:9-11
For the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true  and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Romans 12:9
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

Acts 17:11
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
1 Thessalonians 5:21
Test all things and hold fast to what is good.



That has been my goal.  To test each one of my beliefs to God's Word - the ultimate truth.


The Faith Challenge:

1. God is the foundation.  Build your beliefs up from Him. 

2. Examine each one of your beliefs.  To keep a belief blindly from birth can be a dangerous thing. Beliefs founded in scripture and not the words or traditions of men are ones that are destined to fall.

3.  Pray for guidance.

4.  Find those core beliefs to which you discern to be true.

5.  Follow God with your heart, mind, and soul and a renewed faith!




Thursday, April 28, 2011

Chihuahua Outfit - Made from Leggings

This is Dory... :)
She is a Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix and she loves to wear clothes!
I decided to recycle an old pair of leggings I don't wear anymore into a cute shirt for her.

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Cut the leg off of a pair of leggings about the
 size of the dog's body

 
Next cut two slits on the sides for the arms


Cut off two more pieces from the legging for the sleeves
and cut the sides to make a long piece of fabric



Zig-zag sew the arm piece making a clean hem on both arms



Sew the arm piece to the slit on the body-
 right sides together



Fold over the edge of the arm pieces



Sew the seam underneath



How the seam looks finished


Zig-Zag sew the bottom. 
I liked how the spandex made it curly.



All Done and ready for modeling!

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I love that dog....








Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Eggs: Obsessive Creative Disorder Style

                                                                     
 He is risen!
                      
 I am so thankful to know the true reason for this great holiday! 
                     
 However, one of my favorite parts about Easter is coloring eggs... :)


                                       
They were also so wonderfully provided by our hens.   :)

                                          
 Here are a few of the techniques I tried out...


Rubber Bands

Band the eggs. 
The more rubber bands, the cooler it looks.


Let it sit in they dye for a few
minutes and take off the bands.

Dunk in another color for more effects.


Elastic

Tie an elastic band around the egg.

Let sit in the dye for a few minutes.
Take out and let the egg rest.
The elastic leaves a cool ridge effect when left on long enough.


Masking Tape


Cut out a design in the tape.
See the hearts below. :)

Dip and double dip as you see fit!


Bubble Wrap

Drip blotches of food coloring on a
square piece of bubble wrap.

Wrap and bind with a rubber band.
Let sit for 10 minutes.


First round leaves a more blotchy effect.


Second round has more dots. :)





The Hearts.
For Josh.. <3


My collection





Saturday, April 23, 2011

Prom Hair Tutorial!

My little sister Anna had her junior prom last weekend. Here is a tutorial of how I did her hair. :)
    Don't you love her red hair?




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AFTER
                                                                             


Start with clean, dry hair pinning about 2/3 up.

Curl the bottom 1/3.  I prefer the clamp-less kind. 
They are easy to make too!



It's curled :)

Bring down the next third and curl.


Curl the top.


Creating the pouf.
Put a few curls on the top to the side.
Take a small amount of hair from the middle and roll from the bottom up and pin.  I'm not a fan of teasing, this is an alternative.
Pin the top curls over the pouf and put on a cute headband.







She's all ready!

Pretty huh? :)

Happy Birthday Anna!






Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My First Quilt


I made this Paris quilt to enter into the fair last year as apart of my 4-H project.  It was my first quit and so it turned out a little rough.  I'm happy to have it sit on my bed though!

Since then, I made a gun-themed quilt for Josh for Christmas.  It turned out better. 
This year is my last year in 4-H.  Grade 13! I hope to start my new quilt soon!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Just a Moment...

100 years, by Five for Fighting, is one of my favorite songs because it reminds me that everyday is new and I should be content to live my life to the fullest right now.

That has been something I have been struggling with.  I am a self professed OCD dreamer.  I have all my hopes and plans for the future I sometimes forget to make the most of the present. 

 I am nineteen for this moment. 
I feel too young to be an adult, yet I feel the pressures of having to figure out my life right now. I want an older, more figured out moment.

  

What are you for this moment?


"I'm fifteen for a moment
Caught in between ten and twenty
And I'm just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are

I'm twenty-two for a moment
And she feels better than ever
And we're on fire
Making our way back from Mars
Fifteen.... There's still time for you
Time to buy and time to lose
Fifteen.... There's never a wish better than this
When you only got a hundred years to live

I'm thirty-three for a moment
Still the man, but you see
A kid on the way, babe
A family on my mind

I'm forty-five for a moment
The sea is high
And I'm heading into a crisis
Chasing the years of my life

Fifteen.... There's still time for you
Time to buy and time to lose yourself
Within a morning star

Fifteen.... I'm all right with you
Fifteen.... There's never a wish better than this
When you only got a hundred years to live

Half time goes by
Suddenly you're wise
Another blink of an eye
Sixty-seven is gone
The sun is getting high
We're moving on...

I'm ninety-nine for a moment
And time for just another moment
And I'm just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are

Fifteen.... There's still time for you
Twenty-two.... I feel her too
Thirty-three.... You're on your way
Every day's a new day

Fifteen.... There's still time for you
Time to buy and time to choose, hey
Fifteen.... There's never a wish better than this
When you only got a hundred years to live" 
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No matter the moment... One thing still holds true...
Isaiah 46:3b-4a
"I have created you and cared for you since you were born. I will be your God through all your lifetime, Yes, even when your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you."
Comforting isn't it?  <3

Friday, April 15, 2011

My Eiffel Tower

This is a picture of my "Eiffel Tower" that sits in my Paris themed room.  This was originally a garden stand that was outside in my yard.  I wish I would have taken a picture of it before!  It was very rusty.

So I sanded it to get rid of some of the rust and painted it with gold paint.  Your can buy special paint that is made for rusty objects.  Once it was inside I added the tissue flowers. :)