Deja’ Brew Coffee Digital Clip Art Kit New in the Store!

ajr01-225-a9-1I finally was able to spend a morning getting a new digital clip art kit into the store!  This one has been long awaited by many of you.  It’s my Deja’ Brew Coffee Collection.  For those of you that are quilters or love to sew you may have already seen the fabrics that debuted in January with Studio E Fabrics.  This digital clip art kit coordinates with the fabrics and if you love to sew the possibilities are endless.  You could design and print your own coordinating pieces on printable fabrics such a Pabric (www.pabric.com) and create a whole kitchen decor between the items you print yourself and the fabric panel from Studio E or the coordinating fabrics!

For those that don’t sew you’ll also find plenty of ways to use this artwork, especially if you love to create your own gift/food products for gifts or as a crafter.  If you don’t sew, try using the coordinating fabrics as your “gift bag” by cutting out large circles of fabric with pinking shears, putting your cookies, chocolate covered coffee beans or other goodies inside the fabrics and creating your own gift tags, product toppers or other packaging options.

There will be a paper pack to coordinate and a Deja’ Brew Holidays that contains both fall and winter designs that coordinate.  Look for them in the next couple days if everything goes okay.  Enjoy!!

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Catching Up!

BY THE WAY, before I begin, I will be out of town for my niece’s wedding this weekend, so if there are any problems with any store purchases I won’t be able to attend to them until I get back.  I will not have internet access.

Well, I’m not really catching up with anything work-wise, as I continue to be blessed with more work than I can at times comfortably handle.  However, I thought I would “catch you up” on what’s been happening around here.

I am going to my Niece’s wedding and will get to see my sweet grandson this weekend.  Next week I am committed to creating a new art kit for digital clip art here at the blog store and at Aimee Asher Elite www.aimeeasher.com.  I have been quite neglectful of you all but I think of you and of writing often.  I think I will work up the “Deja Brew” collection as a digital kit for those who have been so patiently waiting for it!

I have signed licenses with five manufacturers that are new to me and in totally new categories.  Next year I will have 4 new table top/kitchen collections coming out.  It’s too early to tell you or show you the specifics but I’ll let you know.  I’m very excited at how the designs have turned out and look forward to seeing them actually made into products.  In addition, I have a very large scrapbooking and card crafting collection with a UK manufacturer.  It will only be available in Europe and other parts of the world, so my US customers won’t see it here, but many of you are in the UK so I’ll let you know where to look for it and what it is when it’s ready.

I continue to have a fabulous relationship with Studio E Fabrics.  We partner together to bring my fabric visions to life and do so with incredible attention to detail and quality.  We’re working on a new collection that’s about 80% finished.  I think that I will release the art from that collection soon after it goes to production.  It could be quite fun to do printable fabric designs to go with the fabrics and so many of you have both sewing and digital crafting passions!

I’m afraid my husband’s back is not improving.  For those of you that pray, please lift him up for healing and restoration.  It’s so hard to see such a physical, energetic man become so down and in so much pain.  The doctor has ordered an MRI so we’ll see what that indicates.

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY:  Rom 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  NIV

COMMENTARY:  The world promises us “hope” in a lot of things.  Most recently an entire political campaign was based on that word.  We hunger for hope.  We need hope as much as we need the air that we breathe.  But have you ever had your hopes dashed?  What was your hope based in?  If it is in a politician or a political party — no matter which one, your hope will be oh-so-easily dashed.  Is your hope in your retirement account ?  Boy, that can be riding pretty low at the moment!

What is your hope?  Is it in things?  Is it in people?  Is it in your dreams?  My hope is in “The God of hope,” the one that fills me with all joy and peace as I’m learning to trust more and more in Him.  I so love the verse for today.  Do you want to be so filled with joy and peace as you learn to trust in him, that you OVERFLOW WITH HOPE by the POWER of the Holy Spirit?!  I sure do!

Sometimes my God of Hope prepares me for tough times by asking me a simple question.  When it is in advance of a time of trouble, it lets me know He’s on top of the situation and taking care of things.  As many of you know, we went on a wonderful church camping trip July 4th weekend.  I walked around the camp one afternoon and heard the still small voice of the Holy Spirit whisper to my heart, “Will you trust me?”  Four words out of nowhere.  To be honest it triggered a small panic attack, because I’ve walked with the Lord long enough to know that a question like that can be leading to a time of great trial.  However, a lifetime of trusting Him made it easy to give the “correct” answer, “of course Lord, I’ll trust you,” though I can’t say I was at great peace about it.

My husband’s back was pretty sore at that point, but he figured a time of rest would help him over it.  Within two weeks he was at the doctors and in the process of trying to figure out how to get better — and out of work.  I won’t go into all the details, but to say that suddenly huge problems and issues cropped up almost everywhere in our lives would be a gross understatement.  I shared my “word from the Lord” with my family and we keep reminding ourselves “Will we trust Him?”

For those that do, the promise is the God of Hope will cause you to overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Hang in there!  In the midst of your fear, stop look up at heaven and declare out loud “Lord, I choose to trust you no matter what things look like.”  He will not fail you!

PRAYER:  Lord, if I have placed my hope anywhere but in you, please show me where it needs to be placed.  I pray that you would make today’s verse alive and real and working in my heart.  Fill me with your joy and peace.  Teach me deeper levels of trust in you and let the power of your Holy Spirit cause me to overflow with hope for my future.

I do trust you Lord.  I do place all of my hope in you.  Give me your vision for my future and show me that which you desire me to “hope for,” I truly want your will for my life.  AMEN

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Grace Made Perfect in Weakness

Once again it has been much longer than planned between posts and especially between posting digital clip art kits for you guys.  I have had my wonderful, adorable, too-darn-cute-for-words grandson (and of course his Mommy) here for almost a month.  For those of you unacquainted with life with a toddler, lets just say that they tend to take over a home and utterly alter its routine!  I have some wonderful photos that I’m unable download off of my digital camera because I can’t find the cord and OF COURSE it’s the only cord like it in the house.  When I find it you can expect some cute ones.

What a treasured time it has been however.  My absolutely favorite part of the visit has been seeing the “little boy” that was hiding in his grandpa-pa!!!  My sweetie is just adorable with his grandson.  I haven’t laughed so much in a long time.

Life is rich even when circumstances are challenging.  We’re going through some tremendously difficult struggles.  My husband injured his back and it isn’t healing so he’s out of work.  If you’ve ever dealt with the California Worker’s Compensation system you have some idea of what we are going through. In addition we have family members that are suffering deep pain and we hurt with them.  And yet in the midst of the struggles there are events of tremendous joy.

Are you in the same place?  Is life overwhelming you? Does it feel like life has thrown you a curve ball, or two or three, maybe you’ve even been hit by an out-of-control pitch?!  If not I rejoice with you!  If so, today’s verse and devotion was written with you in mind.

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY: 2 Cor 12:7-10
To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  NIV
DEVOTION:  This morning in my quiet time I read the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians.  He always helps me to put my “smaller” struggles in context, LOL!  I say “smaller” in that I have yet to be beaten and left for dead, imprisoned or chased from city-to-city by an angry mob.  However, at the same time, I have learned that God doesn’t grade on a curve, allowing only so many to pass the test — His grace and His empowering is abundantly available to all of us in our trials. God doesn’t look at you or me in our trials and say, “Buck up there, Susie’s going through much more than you, you should be ashamed of your pitiful faith!”

Instead God’s grace is always there for us and never more so than in our weakness.  When am I weak?  I am weakest when I have absolutely no power to change my circumstances, when the financial/emotional/physical need is so much greater than my ability to bear.  I am weakest when I am worn down by surprise after surprise, and disaster after disaster.  It feels like my faith is hanging by a thread and my courage ran out the back door!  You know what God says to you in that time?  It isn’t “I’m disappointed in you, get a hold of yourself,” it’s “Call out to me in your weakness and I will pour out my power into you and through you.  Give me a chance to show you how much I care and how powerful I am!”  There is no greater comforting arms to run into than the comforting arms of our heavenly Father.

PRAYER:  Lord, I’m pretty much at wit’s end.  Wave after wave of circumstances have hit me and my strength — such as it was, is gone.  I feel like I can barely hold my head above water and I’ve been ashamed to come to you in my weakness.  I haven’t even shared with those close to me how very empty and weak I feel.  Yet you tell my that your grace is made perfect in weakness.  Show me your grace.  Show me your power.  Show me how to hold on to you as I am storm-tossed and am feeling powerless to rise above the waves.

Lead me in your strength.  Bring good out of circumstances that were brought about by evil.  Give me your hand to hold onto and help me to become a better person for having gone through these difficult times.  AMEN

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