Friday, November 21, 2014

Vintage Ashtray Turned Pin "Cushion"

That which you create
in beauty and goodness and truth
lives on for all time to come.
Don't spend your life
accumulating material objects
that will only turn to dust and ashes.
~Denis Waitley



At a flea market last year I bought this beautiful avocado Missouri-shaped ashtray. The good about it-- Green? Hello... My home state? Hello... From the '60s? Great things came out of the '60s! Hello...-- and its potential far outweighed the bad-- It's an ashtray, Kelley. An ashtray.

Yes, but look at the back!

Isn't it a neat little piece?

Pondering for a year the potential of the piece in my Inspiration Station the idea finally came to me to turn the ashtray into a magnetic pin catcher.

To do this, I busted open the magnetic paperclip desk mate I paid a dime for at a garage sale several years ago. Using my trusty glue gun and some friendly felt (more papery than regular felt; that's all I can buy around here in Manila), the magnet is secure on the bottom of the ceramic ashtray. 

If I ever want to remove the magnet the hot glue will pop right off of the ceramic.

The ashtray turned magnetic pin "cushion" is now a pretty tool that puts a smile in my Inspiration Station. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Same Differences

A great marriage is not when
the 'perfect' couple come together.

It is when an imperfect couple
learn to enjoy their differences.
~Dave Meurer

Friday, November 14, 2014

This Week in My Guam Home

Wherever you go,
no matter what the weather,
always bring your own sunshine.
~Anthony J. D'Angelo

It's been drippy here on Guam where America's day begins, but hey! I'll take that over the winter that has blasted various parts of the US mainland! Temperatures are typically in the low- to upper-80s here-- just another day in paradise

Here's a quick peek at what I've been up to.

30 minutes before sunset

It's been my tradition to cross stitch a monogram Christmas ornament for newlywed couples. By the time I'm finished this year, I will have cross stitched an E, an S and three M's-- five weddings!

E is for the Estradas who were married privately in January here on Guam. In late-October, surrounded by their families and friends, the couple celebrated a formal ceremony under the stars among the majestic Georgia pines in the Atlanta area.

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Estrada


I discovered seven embroidered notecards yet unlined with writing paper. They turned out pretty!


The sewing machine's been a'purring, too. I made a Purpose Institute "uniform" dress for myself. (I'm an instructor.) The island of Guam was "free-hand" machine stitched on the upper left bodice. The Purpose Institute logo magnetic pin completes my new uniform. (I'm teaching tonight!)

To photograph them, I took our new relax-pillows pillowcases off below... Wrinkled by love in the Guam apar-tel.

These Christmas pillowcases...

are for a couple of very special
MKs (missionary kids)

Jon in 2012

Ella in 2012

who, with their parents, will leave Manila in about four weeks to return to the States. Waaaa...

We're Christmas-gifting our Micronesia ministers with an excellent book and our has order arrived! 

Buy R. T. Kendall's The Power of Humility and read it. Then read it again. A great under-$10 gift idea for every reader-leader on your list.

My "oops" is healing nicely. Here's what my left pointer finger looked like Wednesday after one week of healing. (It doesn't look like this anymore as that nail chunk peeled off today.) I trimmed the nail and keep the wound clean and dry. Most amazing is the fascinating healing process of the bodies our Creator has fashioned-- fearfully and wonderfully made.

All three of Guam's thrift stores were graced with my presence before a pair of thrifty finds came home with me. In the future I'll share what becomes of

--this Guess-brand
cream, 100% linen jacket
{-> two Christmastockings}


--and this First Prayers for Little Children
{-> embroidery project inspiration}

50 cents

Hugs and happy weekend to you!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Peanut Butter Pretzel Snack

A snack is a small amount of food
eaten between meals.

Thank you, Abrielle {our great-niece},
for sharing this recipe with us. 

Peanut Butter Pretzel Snack
1 cup peanut butter
1 stick melted butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 bag mini chocolate chips
Bag of mini pretzels

In a bowl, mix peanut butter and melted butter, combining well. Add powdered sugar, combining well, until you can roll the dough into a ball.  (Add more powdered sugar if needed.) Fold in chocolate chips. 

Sandwich one walnut-size ball of dough between two pretzels until all dough is used. Refrigerate snack in an air-tight container.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Gifts for Sewists: Vintage Sewing Notion Bookmarks and Art

Being creative is not a hobby.
It is a way of life.

Take out the zipper application guide insert.

Make a bookmark with it.

Just "laminate" it
with clear, (wide) packing tape.

Insert it in a gift for a sewist.

How about a gift tag or bookmark made with a vintage rick rack wrapper? "Laminate" it with clear packing tape. Punch a hole. Insert a salvaged selvage "tassel."

Or how about a gift embellishment crafted of vintage notion packaging? Cute art for a sewist's studio.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Four Days for Family

I think togetherness
is a very important ingredient
to family life.
~Barbara Bush

Where four days for family began

Los Angeles, California

Two family meals at Paco's Tacos

Not excluding at least five horchatas 

Two golf games

One girls' morning out... shopping

Playclothes in Burbank was a highlight

One family meal

Mr. Fearless Leader and his esposa

at Roscoe's

Our Stouders

Our Boytes

... and not neglecting to mention In-N-Out Burger and Paradise Cove in Malibu and The Original Farmer's Market and The Grove, and El Faro Tacos and Marie Callendar's for dessert {coconut cream pie}.

One trip

Our wonderful children

Our Stouders


The father with his children

the Conejo Valley Mountains

The mother with her children

One graveside remembrance

Our children at President Reagan's grave

Six suits bought at Al Weiss's below in L.A.'s Garment District-- three suits desperately needed by each of our sons. {Dad covered the cost of one of their suits.}

One gorgeous sunset

Us, 33 years

at Santa Monica Pier

Stouders, one year

where together we witnessed

Boytes, three years

And, etc.

Four days for family

 Our family's favorite shot
recorded at Point Dume State Beach, California

Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who has blessed us
with all spiritual blessings
in heavenly places in Christ.
~Ephesians 1:3