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Scripture (Journaling)



Thank you for your faithfulness to follow theonething1721 blog.

I know I’m a little behind in posting – these favorite things should have uploaded a month and a half ago…I’m now at a place of getting more vision and inspiration and more time.  Blessings!

Ornaments 2014

Altered Altoid Tin Lids

I guess because I have so many Altoid tins that I’ve collected over the years, I figured I’d do something with them again.  Last year I used the bottom of the tins turning them into ornaments, that became my most pinned pin on Pinterest!  Those ornaments are still my #1…but I still had all the lids to turn into projects and decided to make a few more.

Last year’s review:  2013 Altered Altoid tins.

Varieties finished
Varieties finished

Here is my new 2014 line-up of tins:

2014altoidornThese are much more colorful and detailed (just goes to prove with practice you can improve).

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Favorite Things

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

After some Black Friday shopping all I could hear was the song “My Favorite Things” from the “Sound of Music” running through my brain from the store speaker system.  So I decided to post a few favorite things of my own. Here are a few tidbits of things I’ve been doing, until I can breathe again from my non-stop schedule.

First there was my favorite birthday…

Images of my awesome surprise kidnap party
Images of my awesome surprise kidnap party

bonsai 1 - Copy fiddleleaffig - Copy hugging bonsai - CopyMy birthday came and went with many surprises and three awesome plants.

plaque I helped organize an elegant 90th birthday party for my husband’s aunt who flew all the way from Germany to celebrate.  I made a three layer carrot cake with lots of brandy and rum and cream cheese frosting.  It was my first attempt to decorate with rosettes all over.  It turned out beautifully, thank you Jesus! Our family had a great time laughing and sharing happy memories.

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I’ve been trying to craft for the holidays and have gotten a little behind, but the inspiration continues.  I love seeing things coming together, inventing new things from my imagination. A special post when I get those crafts done.workshop 1

This morning I woke up to the camellias blooming out my window, before the rain began to fall (glorious rain for California).  They are so pretty and pink. camillas - Copy

Final favorite thing today…


Vacation Daze

Road Trip Days #4

We are loving all the days on the road, seeing things we have never imagined.  Sedona, Arizona is an absolutely wonderful and beautiful place. The natural rock formations that surround this area are an incredible testimony of God’s imagination and glory.  I thought I’d just give you a small view of  what we’ve experienced, it has been such a great place to journey to on this vacation.

sedona3sedona6 Sedona7 sedona5 sedona2 Sedona1These pictures don’t even do justice to the grandeur and scope of Sedona.

Carl and Peter at ancient ruins after off-roading in a jeep.

Our next destination: SoCal and Orange County.

The desert is hot and kept messing with my hair....haha!
The desert is hot and kept messing with my hair….haha!

Wonders and Majesty So Far

Three Days So Far

We have finally taken some time off and I thought I’d share some of the exciting things we’ve done so far.  We were planning our vacation to go see our son and his family in Texas and at the last minute we had to change our 2014 road trip to an entirely different direction,but we have not regretted it in the least.

The first day we drove eleven hours to Las Vegas where it was 108 degrees!

Las Vegas

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 Next Stop: The Hoover Dam

My husband is really interested in how things were built and the Hoover Dam has always fascinated him, so we had to stop and check it out.

Then the Grand Canyon

A huge thunder storm rolled in – in Arizona they call it a monsoon – with thunder and lightning.  The lightning caused several fires burning during the rain which made the skies almost black, not the nice sunny day we were expecting.  Wet and cold….after the 108 degrees in Las Vegas we were not prepared with warm jackets and neither were all the tourists.  Everyone tried to find plastic bags to stay dry.  Nevertheless, we found the Grand Canyon to be beyond spectacular.

Well, we are off on more adventures…many awesome memories so far.