Thursday, November 30, 2006


You gave such an enthusiastic response to my snowflake overlay that I decided to 'speriment around and make some frames to match. I find they do best on a dark background. They don't work well with a drop shadow but a bit of bevel makes them look cool - play around, have fun and ... send me a layout to post here? With the files being downloaded at least 500 times... surely SOMEONE made one tiny layout ... poke poke - I'm such a pest!


After posting yesterday about my diaper bag/camera bag... I came across this in a mystery novel I am reading: 'Geoff opened the back door and handed Clare a diaper bag disguised as an expensive tote' *GULP* And here's little old me doing the very opposite, hey? Yes, if your lookin' to my blog as the latest fashion statement you're bound to be very disappointed. I can't even tell you I shop at a brand-name store either - the nearest large stores are over an hour's drive north. Am I sick? I would rather shop at the thrift store than a walmart! I could not tell you what the newest, slickest kitchen tool is, or what type of heels are in on sandals... I only know what appeals to my eyes and what textures and materials please the artist in me. Nobody eyes me up and down and shakes their head so I'm sure I do ok dressing myself.

No, I put my pennies aside for a few good things. Now, saying this, I DO enjoy walking through the malls when we visit our folks at the coast, and I DO enjoy going Boxing Day shopping there too. Even then, I know that I stir feelings inside that I DON'T like... that 'have to have' feeling. It's only when I see the latest fashions I become acutely aware that I don't 'fit'. I sometimes even buy one thing thats 'in'... but you know how that goes... once you have the shirt, you have to have the jeans, have to have the shoes to match, the purse etc... Its like when you update a room in your house, the rest of it looks old and tired... its a never ending cycle, and I face it... I can't keep up with it all, not unless I spend more than we make. I like to think of this in spiritual terms ... if I am consumed keeping up with everyone else... worrying whats on everyone elses plate then I won't know whats REALLY important. We all like nice and new things, but there is an invisible line where it begins to control us. I don't ever want to be like that.

I also feel stirrings of envy at times - after all I'm human. When I see some women with all the latest of everything and it all seems to come so easy, I am stirred to envy. Its completely natural. But I know that I have what the Lord wants me to have a this time. He's entrusting me financially with what I can handle. Besides which, I would not trade for all the tea in china, the time I get to spend with my sweet husband. I think I'll stick to bliss and little funds. Have any of you any thoughts on this? I would love to hear from you.

Proverbs 13:40

A heart at peace gives life to the body,
but envy rots the bones.

Ecclesiastes 4:4

And I saw that all labor
and all achievement
spring from man's envy of his neighbor.
This too is meaningless,
a chasing after the wind.


On a brighter note, I would like to share one of these sweet, cheesy little powerpoint shows with you that was forwarded to me from my friend Mina. Its a small presentation with music and paintings about snow and farm life. I hope you enjoy, you can find it here:

More oxymorons (let me know if you have any too?)

harmonious discord
hasten slowly
hazardous waste disposal
head butt
health-care system
healthful-city environment
healthy chocolate
healthy city environment
healthy competition
Healthy tan
heavy gas
heifer bull
helicopter flight
hell’s angels
here and there
high ground
Higher education
highly visible covert operation
high-speed computer
hilarious funeral
history of the future
Historical Current Event
hollow point
holy hell
holy land
Holy Roman Empire
holy war
home office
home school
Homeopathic Medicine

Programs 'To Go'

What a TERRIFIC and useful idea. You may remember a previous entry where I showed you Open Office - and open source program that works like Microsoft Word - word processing... and its completely free. Well, they've gone even a (logical) step further and created it to be 'portable'. This means you can load this program, along with a firefox browser etc... onto your flash drive (storage device for your files, you know)... You heard me... if you have a flash drive with 512 of space on it, you can take your programs with you to whatever computer you want to use! HOW COOL IS THAT? This also means you won't be leaving your sensetive information on other computers, it stays with you.


PortableApps Suite is a collection of portable apps, including the integrated PortableApps Menu and the PortableApps Backup utility along with a set of custom icons, an autoplay configuration, folders and a quick start shortcut. Just drop it on your portable device and you're ready to go.

PortableApps Suite (Standard Edition) includes ClamWin Portable (antivirus), Firefox Portable (web browser), Gaim Portable (instant messaging), Portable (office suite), Sudoku Portable (puzzle game), Sunbird Portable (calendar/task manager) and Thunderbird Portable (email client) and runs comfortably from a 512MB drive.


  1. these are great also, thanks so much!

  2. Wow, those frames are stunning! I can't wait to be able to sit down and play with them. I promise to send you a link of my layout, but it will be a while before I get to it. Thank you for all of the freebies that you give, though!

  3. I love reading your stories:) I am a thrift store shopper too.:)Sometimes my dh and I spend the day just going to them.We don't always come home with something..but you never know when you might find something wonderful.When I was younger I wondered how people got so many dishes in their cupboards..well..I discovered thrift stores and went crazy.LOL.I'm not much into fashion...I have to wear a tennis shoe brace when I walk for any that kind of kills the "look".Get all dressed up and wear tennis shoes.LOL I haven't worn a pair of high heels or a dress shoe for years.Close to seventeen to be exact.So..I envy someone who can walk and wear the kind of shoes they like.God supplies all my needs and I am blessed with so much..for instance...friends like you who are generous and share their lovely designs with me:)Thank you.

  4. Well, you've done it once again! Blown me away with how wonderful this element is! I love all you include in your blog. Sorry I haven't emailed you but a cetain little girl keeps distracting me. I'll try to go do it now. TFS! I love snowflakes!

  5. Thank you for the beautiful frames! I enjoy checking your blog daily and have many of your freebies on my hard drive! Thanks, too, for sharing your love for the Lord with us.

  6. Love the frames and the grungey overlay. BEAUTIFUL!!

  7. Ooooh, oooooh, oooooooooooooooh! and ahhhhhh too! Lol. Thanks so very, very much for the gorgeous frames!!! I love them tons and will have to use them soon. That quail hiding is doing a pretty darned good job! I always get a kick out of when I find critters like that. My favorite is when I find a cat hiding out in plain site and I always point and say I see you! (Well, if no one is around to think I'm a nut that is!) And when I tell you that the look I get from the cat is one of astonishment then absolute anger, I'm not kidding... its hilarious! But poor lil' quails I would leave alone... or take their picture just like you. Like the saying goes, take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. :D

    Oh, yes, did you try the grapes? I freeze grapes for Amelia sometimes and call them ice-cream... she never questions it and loves them just the same, lol.

    Thanks again! :D

  8. I made a LO just for you using your great stuff. Check it out!

  9. These frames are just gorgeous. Thank you so much.

  10. Gorgeous, just gorgeous

  11. Thank you so much, love the snowflake frames.


  12. Beautiful frames! Thank you!

  13. Very nice! Thank you so much for the frames and your generosity of your freebies!

  14. Wow- ty so much for the freebies!

    I just found your blog and I really enjoy all of your "ramblings" and advice and scripture!

    ITA about shopping at thrift stores! Why buy a pair of pants for $30 when you can get it for $2-3? You will never be able to have it all- so why bother trying is my motto LOL!

    God is good and it is so much more exciting to see how He will provide for me rather than being impatient and racking up a bunch of credit card debt!

    Thanks again and God bless!
    Laurie G

  15. These frames are awesome. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  16. Thank you so much for putting together such a wonderful blog.I enjoy reading it daily.You and Miles sound like such wonderful people and I know what you mean about secondhand shopping my husband Brian and i have filled our apartment with well loved pieces that our looking for a home where they can be enjoyed once again.
    I thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful elements.
    I hope to get back to doing layouts soon,I am having a hard time due to a very saddening loss of a well loved pet that passed on in a horrible and foolish way that i have a hard time forgiving myself for and has caused me to lose faith.
    I read your blog and the proverbs are very uplifting to me on days when it just seems to hard to bear.
    I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  17. Thanks so much, this has to be my very favorite so far! I LOVE them.
    I have the same philosophy and outlook that you do about fashion, possessions and happiness :). I really feel comforted reading your blog, it gives me that feeling of touching base with an old friend that you would first, and foremost describe as being "the best kind of person". Keep being you, you seem pretty great, and I totally understand the love you have for your hubby, I feel the same way about mine-if I could only have one other person on this earth to talk to and do things with for the rest of time, my hubby would be that person. :) Sandy

  18. These frames are lovely, just lovely. Thanks. cg

  19. Thank you for the beautiful frames

  20. Oh, thank you for the lovely frames. I read back postings and found the grunge set. Love them both!! Mighty good reading along the way also. Power for the brain and the soul. Thanks,

  21. Loved these crystal snowflake frames! They are awesome...

    This is the 2nd time I'm trying to get Blogger to accept my comment... yesterday Blogger said it was... but I don't see it!! Blogger loves to play tricks!

    Thank you for the gorgeous frames... and the golden pear... and everything!!

  22. Lovely snowflake frames! Thank you very much! They go great with the overlay! :)

  23. Lovely frames - thanks

  24. Beautiful frosty frames! I know I'll use these! TFS!
    We might be related! I will do anything to stay out of wal-mart! I hate all kinds of shopping and that is why my husband does the grocery buying! Well, I will go to Goodwill, and scrapping store and garage sales ect. Sometimes I think I should be more chic but I'm not so oh well! People love me as I am.


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