Crocheting with Embroidery Floss- A bit of what I've been working on for my shop!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Recently I discovered how much fun crocheting with embroidery floss is! Not only is the process of creation fun, but the results are SUPER CUTENESS!! 
Look at these DARLING little crochet flower earrings I've been making!

Aren't they the sweetest ever? I am so happy with how they've turned out! 
Soon they'll be going into my shop, along with some other items I'm working on!

I'm calling these 
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The Prettiest Little Crochet Flower Necklace!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Isn't this the most adorable thing?! Last night I saw this necklace on etsy and FELL IN LOVE! Instead of paying $26 for one, I thought I'd try to make my own. And I do think it turned out quite lovely! I LOVE it! It's my new favorite necklace :)

I just used cotton crochet thread and my little tiny silver hook {US3/ 2.1MM}. I crocheted it like I was crocheting a big flower with the scallops. Formed it into a spiral and made several stitches running through the bottom to hold it together. I sewed a glass pearl bead in the middle, clipped a little "O" ring (sorry, don't know the name of them!) onto one of the petals, and strung it on a necklace chain. 

EASY and ADORABLE! (if you crochet, I guess!) 

I'm really loving it, can you tell?? 

My new pretty flower makes me happy :) 

AND... I just got a job yesterday and today was my first day of training! 
This makes me happy today too! I'm WAITRESSING!!
Pray for me, pleeease! I get freakishly nervous about new things!.. especially since I've never had cash register experience.. those machines scare me.. okay, so it's more like the people I'm afraid of.. afraid if I do something wrong they're going to yell at me and then I'll cry.. ya.. will you pray for me? K thanks :)

DIY business cards for my shop

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Exciting news! I've had 3 sales in my shop!! 
I've been so excited about those sales and had way too much fun packaging the items for mailing
.. I'm just like that! 

So I thought I'd make my own business cards to add along with the items!-- on the CHEAP! .. and super simple! I recently saw these DIY business cards and was inspired to make up my own too. (Her's are suuuuper cute!) 

I used cardboard food boxes! Yah! It doesn't take long to have a collection of boxes.. seriously, if you had looked under my kitchen sink when I was saving these up, you would have though I hadn't taken my trash out in a month! SO I just traced business card sized card onto my cardboard and cut out all my cards!.. I pretty much have a million of them :)

Then, because I love rounded corners, I used my corner cutter to give the cards cute rounded corners.
See, much cuter already!

I L.O.V.E Michael's craft store! I found the cuuutest stamps in the dollar bins! I used this little stamp and my little ink pad which I also got from the dollar bin.

I stamped a sweet little birdie on each card and just wrote my shop name and website.. 
on EACH CARD!... my fingers kind of hurt. My handwriting is not the prettiest.. it depresses me. But I'm going to have a custom stamp made with my shop name and website!! :) I created what I want it to look like, font and all, and I'm just saving up to buy it (from an etsy seller).

Here's the lovely and attractive backs of my little business cards! .. I hope I don't make people hungry for pizza or whatever else I'm advertising on the back of my cards!!

And that's pretty much all there is to it! 
Told ya they were super cheap and simple. 
But I think they're cute and I like to put them with the orders.

100 Follower Giveaway WINNER!!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Yeah! This giveaway was sooo much fun! I loved reading all your comments and finding out what accessories are a MUST for you all! Like I said, mine are earrings, and like one of you said, "I feel naked without them!" .. it's true! :) 

Okay okay! On with the show here! 

And the winner of my lovely little crochet flower necklace and matching hair pins is .... 

 {comment number 42 on}

She said...

Congrats Rachel!
Here's another necklace to add to your collection for everyday "musts" !! 
I hope you love these!

Thanks everyone, for making this giveaway so fun!! 

And thanks for following my blog! I like you guys :)

Sculpture of Christ's Crucifixion in Groom Texas

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I got an incredible email forward today and I just had to share it! This is just amazing! 
There's a place called Groom, Texas where there is the most beautiful and amazing metal cross and sculptures of the crucifixion of Christ. I guess some man (Steve Thomas) was sick of all the crude and perverted billboards being displayed on the highway nearby, so in 1995 he was inspired to make this huuuge cross that could be seen for miles! The piece of property was even donated just for this!

But what I find so amazing is the life size statutes that show the progression of the crucifixion.
(I'm not sure, but I believe he made these statutes as well)

In Sunday school at church I am going through a study called "A Life Surrendered." It takes us through Christ's life as He was on earth and shows us all the areas He lived a humble and surrendered life to His Father. One area that is always on my mind now about my Jesus is that He was human like me and was terrified ("in agony") of what was to come- His death. To live and to know that this kind of death was approaching for you and to know it had to be done...  I am speechless.

I think I stopped at this photo and stared at it the longest.. 
My Jesus was filled with such humility. And to know that he did this for me. To know that He knew He had to do this because it was His Father's will and there was no other way.

Beautiful, isn't it! 
I couldn't help but feel a little moved and choked up by these photos. And that's a good thing! 
(you can find more info by searching on google)

My Jesus, fair, was pierced by thorns,
By thorns grown from the fall.
Thus He who gave the curse was torn
To end that curse for all.

My Jesus, meek, was scorned by men,
By men in blasphemy.
“Father, forgive their senseless sin!”
He prayed, for them, for me

My Jesus, kind, was torn by nails,
By nails of cruel men.
And to His cross, as grace prevailed,
God pinned my wretched sin.

My Jesus, pure, was crushed by God,
By God, in judgment just.
The Father grieved, yet turned His rod
On Christ, made sin for us.

My Jesus, strong, shall come to reign,
To reign in majesty.
The Lamb arose, and death is slain.
Lord, come in victory!

O love divine, O matchless grace-
That God should die for men!
With joyful grief I lift my praise,
Abhorring all my sin,
Adoring only Him.

 These are lyrics to one my favorite songs, "My Jesus Fair." 
I cry every time I hear this song. 

(You can listen to it here)

I hope this post has moved your heart like it has mine.
I hope it has been a great reminder too.
We should never forget the agony and pain that Christ experienced as He, in love, paid the debt for our sin.

"For Christ also hath once suffered for our sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit." - 1 Peter 3:18