Saturday, April 7, 2012

Think on These Things # 8 Glorious Day

In Christ Alone
Songwriters: Getty, Julian Keith; Townend, Stuart Richard

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless Babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save

Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live, I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From a life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man
Could ever pluck me from His hand
Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I stand
~~
Linking to: Photography Friday @ It's Overflowing
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Friday, April 6, 2012

Dying He Saved Me

Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit
John 19:30

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Pretty Easter Cake and Spritz Cookies

I made these treats for Bible study.
I totally copied the cake from a lovely place I recently visited.
Pops and Podge shared their fabulous Directions/Tips for  making a beautiful Easter cake.  They included a lovely lemon filling and egg-shaped cake pops covered in melting chocolate for the top.
Check out their yummy blog!
The springtime cookies are made using a cookie press so they fill a tray quickly. Add a few sprinkles of colorful sugars and a tiny chocolate chip for the center.

Classic Spritz Cookies
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter or margarine, softened (do not substitute vegetable oil spread)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (14 ounces)
Colored sugar or sprinkles (optional) 

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Beat butter on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add sugar, egg and vanilla; beat well. Add flour, 1 cup at a time; mix well. Dough will be soft; do not refrigerate.

2. Fill Cookie Press, fitted with disk of your choice. Press dough onto ungreased cookie sheet 1 inch apart. Decorate cookies with colored sugar or sprinkles, if desired.

3. Bake 10-12 minutes or until firm but not brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove to cooling rack. Repeat with remaining dough.

Such a pretty little cake that whips together quickly using items already in the pantry.
I didn't add the lemon filling.
It calls for a white cake mix but I had only French Vanilla.
A tub of frosting
Candy bar with nuts ~ probably better without nuts to make chocolate curls but that's what I had.
I divided the batter into three bowls and added food coloring.  Poured into three 8-inch pans and baked.
When cooled, I frosted and patted coconut onto the sides,
shredded the chocolate bar with a vegetable peeler and mounded onto the top of the cake.
Hollowed out a nest and popped in a few foil-covered chocolate eggs.
~*~
For detailed how-to and lots of great tips, head on over to Pops and Podge!
Linking to:
Inspiration Friday @At the Picket Fence, Foodie Friday, Anything Goes @Bacon Time, Design Dazzle, Refresh Your Nest Friday @ Making Lemonade, Friday Food @ MomTrends

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Finished Tutorial for Crochet Easter Egg

I completed the tutorial for making a crocheted Easter Egg shown in this post.
It ended up being two parts because my camera abruptly stopped recording long before I thought it would.
Though not typical Easter colors I think this pink and blue version looks sweet for a baby's 1st Easter.
You can make a solid color egg, use variegated yarn or choose any combination of colors for your egg.
You can also work with a thinner yarn and smaller crochet hook for a smaller finished egg.
 Making this video was harder than I thought it would be, but I hope you can follow it and be inspired to try your hand at crocheting.
Any suggestions for making a video small enough for blogger to accept it would be appreciated.  The original video was way too big and I think the smaller version isn't as clear.

To print Crochet Term & The Abbreviations chart above, right click and save to your computer.
OR Print from HERE
Here is the pattern:

Crochet Easter Egg
PRINT PATTERN
NOTE: When working in rounds, I mark the end of each round with a piece of contrasting yarn and move it as I complete each round.

Starting at the bottom of the egg
ch 3.  Join with sl st in 3rd ch from hook to form a ring
Rnd 1: Work 8 sc in ring
Rnd 2: *sc in next sc, inc in next sc. Repeat from *around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Repeat rnd 2 (18 sc)
Rnd 4: sc in each sc around, increasing 1 sc in every 3rd sc. (24 sc)
Rnd 5: work even for one round  (24 sc)
Rnd 6: sc in each sc around; increasing in every 4th sc. (30 sc)
Rnd 7-8: work even for two rounds (30 sc)
Rnd 9: sc in each sc around, increasing in every 10th sc. (33 sc)
Rnd 10-15: work even (33 sc)
Rnd 16: sc in each sc around decreasing in every 10th sc (30 sc)

Begin stuffing your egg.  You will need to add more at the end but I think you can get a better shape if you begin at this point.

Rnd 17: Work even (30 sc).
Rnd 18: sc in each sc decreasing every 5th sc (25 sc)
Rnd 19-20: work even (25)
Rnd 21: Sc in each around decreasing every 4th sc (20 sc). Continue stuffing your egg.
Rnd 22: Repeat last rnd. (16 sc)
Rnd 23: Sc in each sc around, decreasing every 3rd sc (12 sc)
Rnd 24: Sc in each sc around, decreasing every other stitch for two rounds till closed.  Break off.
video
part 1
video
part 2
Linking to:

Made By You Monday, Metamorphosis Monday, Show Me What You Got, Get Your Craft On Tuesday, T' Time, Tutorial Tuesday, Wow Us Wednesdays, What's It Wednesday @Ivy & Elephants, Home Decor & Organizing Party, Show & Tell @Blue Cricket, Look What I Made! Whatever You Want Wednesday, Wow Me Wednesday @Polkadots on Parade, Grace at Home, Transformation Thursday, Delightfully Inspiring ThursdayFridays Unfolded @Stuff and Nonsense, Show & Tell Friday @My Romantic Home, Home Sweet Home @The Charm of Home, Inspiration Friday @At The Picket Fence, Potpourri Friday @2805, Design Dazzle Party, I'm Lovin' It @Tidy Mom, Say G'Day Saturday, Anything Goes @Bacon Time, Weekend Wrap-Up @Tatertots & Jello, Serendipity Saturday, Sunday Show Off @Twigg Studio, Link Your Stuff @Annemarie's Crochet Blog, Tickled Pink Friday @504 Main, Sunday Round-Up, Serenity Saturday, DIY Project Parade, Mop It Up Mondays, Sunday's Best @My 1929 Charmer, Sunday Showcase Party, Easter Link Party @Dear Lillie

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Little Wooden Cross from Sticks

 I made a humble little cross just like this several years ago with the verse from Luke 2:11 {A Savior has been born to you} and each year lay it atop a Christmas cake to remind us why Jesus was born.
This Easter, I made some more for little hands to hold as they learn what Jesus Christ did for us.
~*~
We gathered sticks from the back yard looking for ones that had some straight sections that I could cut into about 4.5-inches x 2.5-inches.
I secured the pieces together using a length of dental floss and finished with a square knot in the back.
A printed Bible verse, trimmed and punched with a hole was then tied to the cross.
cross without tag
Linking to:

Made by You Monday, Easter Link Party @Dear Lillie, Metamorphosis Monday, Bunny Blog Hope @At The Picket Fence, Mop It Up Mondays, T'Time Linky Party, Tutorial Tuesday @Hope Studio, Get Your Craft on Tuesday, Wow Us Wednesdays, What's It Wednesday @Ivy & Elephants, Wow Me Wednesday @ Polkadots on Parade, Look What I Made! Transformation Thursday, Crafty Scrappy Happy, Grace at Home, Delightfully Inspiring Thursday, Whatever You Want Wednesday, Fridays Unfolded, Vintage Inspiration, Creative Inspirations, Inspiration Friday @At the Picket Fence, Anything Goes @Bacon Time, Refresh Your Nest @Making Lemonade, Frugalicious Friday @Finding Fabulous, Design Dazzle, Friday Food @MomTrends, Show & Tell Friday @My Romantic Home, Food Adventure Friday, Do Something Crafty, Weekend Wrap-Up Party @Tater Tots & Jello, Strut Your Stuff Saturday, Sunday Round up

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