NEW! Tea For Two Digital Clip Art Kit

There are 16 pieces in this beautiful, hand watercolored BRAND NEW art kit by Audrey Jeanne Roberts. Made up of very detailed and elegant artwork, there are 4, 12″ papers, 3 tea labels, 4 large art pieces suitable for card fronts, 3 tea cup elements and two incredibly detailed borders.

This kit would be perfect for making all kinds of printables including teabag covers, greeting cards and to decorate gift bags for Mother’s Day or other feminine gift giving occasions. Use it to create scrapbook pages of a special day or High Tea, the uses are endless.  This artwork is extremely detailed and life-like. This kit can be used to create your own cards, craft with or for scrapbooking.

I have been very, very, VERY busy this past month and have really missed being able to write a little here every few days.  I’m hoping that I’ll be back on a more normal schedule in a few weeks once Surtex starts.  Actually most of my work hasn’t even been doing new art for the show, but fulfilling manufacturer’s requests for artwork and designing products.  I’m very “itchy” to get creating again soon, but also very, very, VERY thankful for the work in a time when many in my industry aren’t working.

TOMORROW I’ll be drawing for the twice monthly FREE digital clip art kit.  Just post a comment on any post in the month of April and you’re entered!

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY:  Isa 40:28-41:1
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

DEVOTIONAL:  I thought I would write something I was currently very familiar with… being weary!  Weary is more than tired, it is tired beyond easily being refreshed.  Weariness is an accumulation of a long season expending a great deal of energy.  When we grow weary we also can be easily overcome — by sickness, by discouragement and by the enemy of our souls.

Sometimes we have no choice but to walk through seasons where we are required to give out more than we have within us.  When those seasons come, how can we get through them in a victorious manner?

We can turn to Him who never grows tired or weary and who freely gives us His strength if we just ask Him for it!  During this season of long days (and even long all-nighters) I love to remember this verse and ask God to give me His strength for the task.  I especially love the “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.”  I used to be on the front end of that scripture but now find myself on the other end of life and my strength isn’t what it used to be.  But God’s strength can enable me to run and not grow weary, walk and not faint!

PRAYER:  Lord, I have tasks to accomplish that are greater than my strenth can handle.  My day is long, my time to rest and renew is short… please refresh me with Your strength.  Make my hands strong enough for each task, help me run and not grow weary, walk and not faint.  Renew my strength like the eagles and let me mount up on the winds of the storm to soar in your strength.  AMEN

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My Newest Fabric Line is Out!

I just happened to check Studio E Fabric’s website this morning and noticed that “Deja’ Brew” is up on it.  This coffee collection was so much fun to put together, it combined two of my favorite loves  — COFFEE and the color palette!

If you click on the images they will enlarge so that you can see the detail.  The first fabric is a panel fabric.  It was designed so that you can use the squares to create fun and creative quilts, or use the individual designs for pillows, place mats, kitchen decorative items and wall hangings.  I can’t wait to see what is made with them.  If you make something out of my fabrics, please let me know I’d love to see what you’ve created!

LINK TO DEJA BREW QUILTING FABRICS.  I will be attending the Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, PA next month for the debut of the line.  Anyone attending that show please make sure and stop by the Studio E booth and ask for me, they’ll know how to get a hold of me and I’d love to meet you!.

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A Very Special Man Left Us Yesterday…

My paternal grandfather, Earl Flint, went home to be with the Lord yesterday.  He was a few days short of 99 years old and was a rock and a pillar in our family.

Grandpa was tiny, I think maybe 5′ 4″ but he was a big, big man.  I remember him for years smoking a pipe and quietly presiding over family gatherings.  When I was a little girl, all I had to do was smell a pipe and I would frantically look around for grandpa!!

Grandpa didn’t come from a Christian home.  In fact, from what little I know of his youth, I believe he had a very difficult time of things.  I never heard how he came to the Lord, but when he did it was for LIFE and with his whole heart.  He was a prayer warrior.  Even in his declining years when he was in and out of things mentally, he still prayed.  When the tsunami hit he sat in front of the TV and prayed non-stop for those who were suffering.  My grandmother, his wife of 73.5 years had passed just a few weeks before but he was consumed with praying for others not wallowing in his grief.

He was a hoot too.  At one of their anniversary parties, he literally put a lamp shade on and was dancing around the house!  Grandpa and grandma were still madly in love after all those years and would be frisky with each other right up until the end — what a wonderful example of married love they were.

Grandpa saw grandma at church, she was the organist and figured out how to arrange a “blind date” with her!  He said he was very, very patient… he waited 2 weeks before asking her to marry him.  I believe she was 15 at the time.  The two of them didn’t come from Christian homes but they sure built one together and their influence has spread far and wide in the family they raised.

Bye, Grandpa… give Grandma a hug for me and tell her how much I love and respect you both.  I’ll see you again one day.

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Blog Contest Winner Today!

I am missing writing so much, this is the busy season and my head is spinning with new ideas and not enough time to get them all done!!  I also am very blessed to have manufacturers that are clamoring for work to be done (believe me, especially in this economy that’s a VERY GOOD THING!)

But I woke up and actually remembered that I needed to draw the blog contest winner this morning.  I had no helpers so I had to pull the numbers out of the jar myself… and the winner is the 11th comment on this day’s post: LINK TO POST HERE.

She won my newest kit “Retro Doodles” which I’ll be uploading here some time today or you can see it at  Congratulations to the winner!

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