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my recent pinterest projects

In wanting to decorate my new bedroom, I browsed Pinterest looking for wall decor ideas. And found a couple photo to canvas projects I wanted to try.

One of them I tried was this one – where you print your photo on tissue paper and then mod podge it onto a canvas.

(pinterest – a little bit funky)

Well, printing on tissue paper wasn’t quite as easy as described, at least with my printer. But eventually I got one that was “ok” and here’s how mine turned out. And I like it…

Another one I tried was this one…

(pinterest – A Beautiful Mess)

This time you print your photo on photo paper, and then using a gel medium attach it face side down to your canvas (you need to make sure the photo is reversible or print it in reverse). Then once it’s dry, using a spray bottle you soak the back of the print and rub off the backing paper. It turns out a little streaky, because sometimes little sections of the photo rub off also.

And here’s my interpretation…

I had planned to do this one using that method, but forgot when I printed it to print it in reverse. So I just mod podge’d it to the canvas.

And here’s a picture of them together on my wall…

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i’m moving…

Yes, after two years of living in a 24′ travel trailer, I’m moving back into a house. YEAH!!

My sister Emily and I are renting a house together, we are both excited about this for different reasons.

There are things you don’t even think of when you are living in a house that you think of  and miss when living in such a small trailer.

  • a full size refrigerator and freezer
  • a real bathroom – this includes a full size shower or tub and not having to combat the septic smells or deal with dumping a black water tank
  • being able to cook something without raising the temperature in your home by 10-15 degrees (this is nice in the winter, but really uncomfortable in the summer)
  • having a washer and dryer available that you don’t have to feed quarters into
  • having more than one chair to sit in

I’m not complaining, my needs have been supplied and many wants ~ I’m just listing the blessings I will enjoy once I move. But for now my little trailer is getting full of boxes and my shed is full of boxes. It’s amazing how much that can be fit into such a little space.


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January’s Joy Dare – capturing the gifts

Jan 1 – 3 things about myself I am grateful for ~ my love of making things, my positive attitude, my hair

Jan 2 – a gift outside, inside and on a plate ~ the sunshine, my bed (when I’m not feeling good), and honey walnut shrimp from Hoicin’s

Jan 3 – 3 lines I overhead that were graces ~ “I’m glad you are feeling better”, “if we work together, it will work out”, “thank you, that will help”

Jan 4 – one gift old, new & blue ~ my Bible (gift from 1986 graduation), pictures of Buddy & I at the beach (gift from my sister), the sky today

Jan 5 – something you’re reading, you’re making, you’re seeing ~ blog posts,  jeweled cowl , paper-whites growing

Jan 6 – one thing in my bag, my fridge, my heart ~ Renew lotion from Melaleuca, yummy spinach/sausage/egg casserole, God’s peace

Jan 7 – 3 graces from people I love ~ hugs from nephews, a talk with my mom, and learning from my father


Jan 8 – a light that caught me, a reflection that surprised me, a shadow that fell lovely ~ the flash of the sunlight thru a prism, seeing the reflection of my siblings faith in their children, the Christian heritage I was raised with falling as a shadow across my life

Other thanks ~ playing peek-a-boo with toddlers, green juice (kale/ celery/cucumber/carrot/lemon), a snuggly puppy on my lap, the challenge to take new ground this year, a wonderful Revival meeting

A list of thankfuls – one by one, my goal is to list 1000, being open to seeing the many blessings and gifts from my Father above.

1000 thanks ~ 634-662

A list of thankfuls – one by one, my goal is to list 1000, being open to seeing the many blessings and gifts from my Father above.

June 14, 2011 – July 11, 2011

634 ~ family & friend who helped me move –

635 ~ a fenced yard for Buddy

636 ~ bushes and trees that help my yard area feel private

637 ~ getting to visit the ocean

638 ~ sharing a home with sister & friends

639 ~ the laughter of children

640 ~ watching a boy child learn to navigate stairs

641 ~ walking on the beach and letting the waves bury my feet

642 ~ finding new to me knitting stores & exploring their treasures

643 ~ laughter with friends

644 ~ delta breeze has finally kicked in – cooler days & nights

645 ~ larger shed at my new home

646 ~ internet problems finally resolved

647 ~ eucalyptus groves & misty rain

648 ~ puppy so glad to see me when I returned

649 ~ visiting Monterey Bay aquarium – jelly fish & sea horses my favorites

650 ~ beautiful flowers to enjoy

651 ~ Mary Poppins – fun times with friends

652 ~ a puppy all clean & with a fresh hair cut

653 ~ a day of rest after the busyness of the week

654 ~ God’s grace gives the ability to live without sin every day

655 ~ Joseph forgiveness

656 ~ The Lord is my shepherd & I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for a very long time

657 ~ sharing s’mores at yummy BBQ restaurant in Aptos

658 ~ little braids

659 ~ cold clean water to drink

660 ~ chicken & vege’s skewers bbq with pasta

661 ~ friend & sister willing to watch my puppy while I was at the ocean

662 ~ a plan for my father’s cancer treatment & the expectation that he will be around many more years with God’s help

just today 3/3/11

I am thinking…

  • of my nephew C. – he is such a wonderful, imaginative 4.5 year old

I am thankful for…

  • the beautiful day, I had the door open, enjoying the fresh air

Outside my window…

  • I see a slight breeze in the evergreen trees lining the parking lot

I am praying for…

  • my sister who had her tonsils removed this morning

I am wearing…

  • a batik skirt and blue shirt

I am creating…

  • fingerless gloves for a friend

One of my favorite things…

  • my puppy, Buddy

I am going…

  • home soon and then to church tonight – looking forward to it

I am reading…

I am hoping…

  • to see my kids soon

I am hearing…

  • jazz music on iTunes radio station

A picture I am sharing…

  • a favorite picture of my Grandpa & Grandma #1, from one of the last family outings my Grandpa was able to attend

1000 thanks ~ a day of joy ~ 343-404

I began my day with a notepad beside me, wanting to list all the joy I could find today…

February 19, 2011

343 ~ woke from a good night’s sleep

344 ~ watching birds eating from the feeders as I lay in bed waking up

345 ~ reading God’s word and talking with him awhile

346 ~ a friend willing to watch Buddy

347 ~ buddy’s joy in 3 other dogs to play with

348 ~ sunshine breaking through the clouds

349 ~ a car that will carry me were I need and want to go

350 ~ windshield wipers

351 ~ a faint rainbow in the clouds

352 ~ cruise control

353 ~ IPOD attachment to my car stereo

354 ~ listening to Ann telling her story

355 ~ a hawk sitting in tree beside the freeway

356 ~ orchards blossoming

357 ~ bird nests in leaf barren trees

358 ~ raindrops raying up the windshield

359 ~ God is writing my story, I can trust him that it will be for my good.

360 ~ cell tower “trees”

361 ~ rolling hills green with spring grass

362 ~ sunflower seeds

363 ~ hawks circling above

364 ~ snow capped mountains in the distance

365 ~ safe arrival

366 ~ unexpected walk in the rain

367 ~ red umbrella

368 ~ smiles to & from strangers walking by

369 ~ Stitches West – a convention hall full of fiber, yarn, fabric, tools, etc

370 ~ fun 3 hours of wandering the isles of fiber and mingling with fiber lovers

371 ~ showing someone how to spin with a spindle

372 ~ learning something new

373 ~ rainbows of color

374 ~ a few fun purchases

375 ~ google maps

376 ~ eucalyptus groves along coastal mountain roads

377 ~ the fragrance of eucalyptus, ocean & rain – one of my favorite things

378 ~ seafood chowder & sourdough bread

379 ~ good ice tea

380 ~ a misty walk along the shore

381 ~ wonderful & beautiful bouquets of succulent plants

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382 ~ waves that keep rolling in

383 ~ the peace that always envelopes me when I watch the waves – I know the God that can control the waves, controls my life

384 ~ random calla lilies blooming on the hillside

385 ~ sea gulls & their cry

386 ~ light houses

387 ~ flocks of birds – dipping & swooping & coming to land in a field

388 ~ the grey of the ocean blending into the grey of the sky

389 ~ pastel houses – side by side and on top of each other on the hillsides of the city

390 ~ bridges that cross the bay

391 ~ the beauty of lights reflecting thru the raindrops on the windshield

392 ~ tail-lights shining on the rain soaked freeway

393 ~ pink cloud line along the horizon as night darkens

394 ~ twinkling of city lights as you come over the hill

395 ~ sweet-tarts

396 ~ there’s still gas left at the end of the day

397 ~ safe return home

398 ~ coming home to clear skies & stars – after the cloud and rain of the day

399 ~ sister saying ‘yes’ to a favor

400 ~ as you count your blessings, you realize who you can count on

401 ~ my little home to come home to (thanks to my parents for letting me use it)

402 ~ heaters that work

403 ~ comfortable chair & a blanket over my lap

404 ~ last piece of chocolate chip cookie pie with a little ice cream on top

changes, a new home and a new puppy

Change – not a very big word, but can bring with it upheaval, uncertainty and unease.  There’s been alot of that over the last 6 months or so.

Our family business, that I had been helping run for the last 10 years, closed it’s doors in March. So the “security” of a job, income and even housing was gone. So I began to send out resumes, probably about 50-60 of them over a three week period. I was called back by 4-5 different companies, interviewed by 2 – and started my new job on April 1st.

I am now working for Enterprize Glass Company in Rancho Cordova. It is a small glass company that mainly works for property management companies, replacing windows and screens in apartments or rental properties. There is the owner, Rick and one other glass technician.

I handle anything and everything in the office – and have even cut some glass for orders. It has been interesting, prior to my coming – all their bookkeeping was done manually with ledger cards and a check register. When I interviewed with the owner, I told him that I was very interested in switching things to computer (Quickbooks). Well, I am doing that – I just about have all of 2010’s info in the system. But due to some circumstances, I’m having to enter information for 2007, 2008 and 2009 – so it has been challenging pulling it all together. The income isn’t near to what I was making – but then neither is the responsibility or the stress. I think at this time, it’s a good trade-off.

My new home – is a 21′ travel trailer.

It is my parent’s trailer, but they have kindly offered to let me use it for awhile.

In this picture, where the bookcase is between the vertical cabinets was originally the head of a queen-size bed. There was a frame that came out into the room, and there was barely room to walk on each side of the bed. We took out part of the bed frame (it is in storage, so my parents can put it all back together later and use it), and I put in the bookcases. I almost had to grease them, to get them to fit. I made a cushion to have seating along in front of the bookcases. I found the rocking chair on Craigslist. And my Uncle Pat made the small table narrower for me, which will be used for multiple purposes: eating, sewing, computer, etc.

This picture shows the area that used to be a dinette booth. Now it’s my bed. The length was 3″ too short for a standard twin mattress, so I bought a memory foam style mattress that I could cut down. It’s comfortable but it’s a good thing I’m short.

I’ve basically moved into it, but still use the house kitchen and the house restroom for showering. In another month or so, I will probably move it to a small trailer/RV park near my work. I am looking forward to having my own little space and only a 2.5 mile commute. I plan to ride my bike in good weather.

So – a new puppy

I have been thinking about, researching and planning to get a new puppy for awhile (about a year or so). I had decided on a Havanese. They are small (which is a good thing since my new house is so small). They don’t shed much and are hypoallergenic (don’t cause allergy problems), which is another good thing as I some times have allergy problems. From what I’ve read they seem to be a good companion dog. I’ve looked at many websites for different breeders and lately had found one that I kept being drawn back to. I ended up calling the breeder, Linda earlier this week to ask a few questions. You can probably guess the end of the story – my new puppy is coming home next Friday.

This first picture is from when he was 5 days old. He kind of looks like a little hamster or something…

This second one is at 5 weeks, he’s starting to look like a puppy…

And this last one as at 9 weeks, just over a week ago. He’s a cutie.

I talked with my boss and he is ok with me bringing him to work, today he said he was looking forward to me bringing him in.

I’m still trying to decide on a name. If you’ve seen my facebook posting – I’ve had some help in that direction, my cousin Dave’s suggestions were to call him “Stupid” or “Ethel”. My older brother suggested “Stay” – as in “come here, Stay – come here, Stay”. The Crain boys are always to be counted on to be helpful. At the moment I am considering – Ripley, Bailey, and Riley – I like names that end in “e” sound.

So back to changes…

With all the changes and upheaval in my life over the last few months, I have been so thankful for one thing that has never changed, I’m thankful that my anchor in life’s storms in Jesus. I’m also thankful for my family, how we can stand together in tough and trying times.


God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled,
though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God,
the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved:
God shall help her, and that right early.
The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved:
he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Come, behold the works of the LORD,
what desolations he hath made in the earth.
He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth;
he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder;
he burneth the chariot in the fire.
Be still, and know that I am God:
I will be exalted among the heathen,
I will be exalted in the earth.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Psa 46:1-11