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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Christmas Cards

I have always sent Christmas cards and Christmas letters. Over the years I acquired a lot of extended family and friends addresses and kept in touch with that once a year Christmas card. Unfortunately, I'm giving that up this year. Postal rates are outrageous, cards are another expense and people can keep up with us by reading my blog or emailing each other. Soooo, I've finally made the decision to stop the tradition. It had to come some time or another so it might as well be now. I hope I've not hurt anybody or made anyone feel like I don't care to keep in touch because that is NOT true. I'm hoping that my blog and emails can keep us more in touch than ever!

By the way, I have been a member of a rubberstamping group and have seen some fantastic work by women making their own cards. These look so professional and you would never know they are handmade with rubberstamp techniques. Here are a few of them:

This beautiful 3D creation is by Nancy Judd. Way to go Nancy! Check out her Blog! http://inkblocks.blogspot.com/
Nancy Judd did this embossed Christmas tree card. There is a lot of work in this card. Notice the layers of matting, the embossed circles that surround the tree. The tree itself is a rubberstamp. She chalked around it for the green "glow" and added little red jewels. Finally tying it with ribbon.Nancy Judd made this elegant holly card. Again, layers of work. Whenever she does a card, she doe sit right!


This stunning card was made by SueR. She used patterned paper to make die cut tags and then folded them to make the petals of the center poinsetta. The patterned paper may or may not be stamped. Also notice her layers of matting. Layers seem to be a big trend in paper art (including scrapbooking) right now. Check out her blog



These two cards are by Mary Lee Carroll. She doesn't mention if she has a blog. I love her creativity for both of these cards. Not only rubberstamped but she used glitter puff paint to outline the angel and to do the snow. She also used silver brads to make the angel dust. She used an origami technique to make the tree and did a great job on the pickup truck. I'm in awe!

You Might Be A True American If...

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, 'One nation, under God.'

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You've never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You still say 'Christmas' instead of 'Winter Festival.'

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You bow your head when someone prays.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You stand and place your hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You treat Viet Nam vets with great respect, and always have.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You've never burned an American flag.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You know what you believe and you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You respect your elders and expect your kids to do the same.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if: You'd give your last dollar to a friend.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Different Christmas Wreaths

I got on the Internet and found some great ideas for wreaths! I was looking for wreaths that weren't just red and green. If you don't feel confident in making your own, you can buy wreaths. I feel intimidated by the thought of making fresh wreaths but I enjoy putting artificial wreaths together.

I liked this odd shape and the different colors...not just the normal read and green.










This wreath is different. They used scraps of wool, felt and little knitted squares. Notice the red buttons for holly berries?



Do you have some Christmas ornaments that are no longer needed on the tree? Before throwing them away, make up a Christmas wreath and use it for a few seasons. I thought this one was really pretty being gold, pink and white. Can you find the tiny creche?














This wreath is made from plastic shopping bags. That's an interesting recycling idea! Again, the colors aren't the normal reds and greens.



Another beautiful wreath made of Christmas ornaments and bead garland. I love the fresh, modern colors on this one!














This one has natural aspects to it (although it may be artificial). Peacock feathers, nuts, pomegranate and the white poinsetta.





















This one is not for me. I can't imagine putting garbage on my front door! But you have to admit it's unusual! Talk about recycling and "going green" !












This is a beautiful wreath. I like the lighter green and fuzzy ivy mixed with the evergreen. The tiny crabapples give a nice red and the red and gold berries fill it out nicely. I also liked how they wove the ribbon throughout the wreath.



Another recycling idea. This little wreath is made up of used CD's. The shiny CD surface is so reflective.














I loved the lavendar color on this one. I think it upgrades it and makes it more formal although it's a very simple wreath.













This wreath is another nice change of color. The burgundy, fuschia and pink roses mixed with the deep purple berries is very attractive.



This wreath has a frosty look with the white ribbons and the frosted pincones and pink balls. A lovely wreath!











This one is not for me but being made of feathers makes a different wreath. Brand new it's very nice looking but the dyed feathers can get dusty and faded. I know I may be silly but how do they get those feathers? Are there naked birds freezing to death somewhere?






This fresh wreath is sophisticated. With a base of magnolia leaves and eucalyptus and cedar to fringe it. Then there are crabapples, pinecones and berries.This wreath is a recycled wreath. You cover wrapping paper cardboard tubes (or paper towel or toilet paper cardboard tubes) with green felt, then cut in 2" circles. Add a fringe of green felt and red pom poms.















I don't have children but I've been to a lot of yard sales and I've seen the multitude of tiny toys that kids seem to accumulate. Here is one way to re-use some of the tiny toys that you were thinking about tossing. I thought this was imaginative and one that kids would love to make and have. I would assume that these toys are hot glued or wired on with floral wire.










I bet children would love this candy wreath too! I guess they are hot glued on? Or maybe have a pin stuck through the wrapper into the styrofoam? Someone did a lot of work.


I found this one on "Pete's Taxidermy" site. I was almost afraid to look in case there was some poor stuffed animal on the wreath somewhere. But there isn't. Someone had a clever idea of using feathers and pinecones. This might appeal to the hunters in the family.










I prefer my wreaths completely filled out with greenery but this might appeal to you. The greenery is attractively arranged.

















I like this fresh wreath. They used boxwood instead of the usually evergreen. It looks like they used baby's breath and red sedum.


Here's an idea! After you've made fresh orange juice, use the rinds to make a wreath! Actually this is very attractive. I like the orange, camellia leaves and evergreen. It's a blujeans and mink look!



Thursday, December 06, 2007

My Dogs

Dresden up close!








What a difference a new, soft pillow can make! I bought this cheap soft pillow at Big Lots. I washed and dried it and threw it on the bed this afternoon. I knew the Iggies would love the soft and warm material. I was right. All 3 of them were vying to get on it! While taking these pictures, Dresden made Capo get up and then he jumped on. But Capo got Dresden back and Dresden lost his place to Cappy. I think Persephone is too smart to get up!

MoneyPenny stands on the ramp that Stan made them so they can get up and down off the bed. She reminds me of that girl standing on the prow of the ship on "The Titanic".

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass is Book One of a fantasy trilogy written by English author Philip Pullman in the late 1990s called His Dark Materials. Philip Pullman is an unapologetic militant atheist. For example, in a 2001 interview with the Washington Post, Pullman said: “I’m trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief.” (Pullman) has said they are in response to C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, the popular children's fantasy series written by C.S. Lewis to teach Christian ideals to kids. "The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe" was made into a blockbusting fantasy movie recently.

"'I loathe the 'Narnia' books,' Pullman has said in previous press interviews. 'I hate them with a deep and bitter passion, with their view of childhood as a golden age from which sexuality and adulthood are a falling away.' He has called the series "one of the most ugly and poisonous things" he's ever read."

In Book Two of His Dark Materials trilogy, The Subtle Knife, the Queen of the Witches says:
"I don’t know who will join with us, but I know whom we must fight. It is the Magisterium, the Church. For all its history … it’s tried to suppress and control every natural impulse. And when it can’t control them, it cuts them out … That is what the Church does, and every church is the same: control, destroy, obliterate every good feeling. So if war comes, and the Church is on one side of it, we must be on the other."


It is reported that Christian and Catholic organizations are calling for Christians to boycott this film. In Googling this, I didn't find any reputable Christian organization doing more than alerting their followers to the heretical theme of this movie and it's creator. I, personally, will not give my money to see this film or read these books. But I'm not afraid of this film either. I'm not ignoring the issue or hiding my head in the sand. For those who want to find reasons to hate Christians, this film and these books will give them all the ammunition, excuses, reasons they want. It panders to their already hostile misconsceptions. They don't know the real Christ, they don't know the real church, they don't know real Christians (human beings still struggling with their evil human natures and yet saved by grace and the Holy Spirit living in them trying to teach them and grow them to be more like Christ on a day to day basis).


Paul Edwards is the host of The Paul Edwards Program, a columnist and pastor. His program is heard daily on WLQV in Detroit and on godandculture.com. Who's Afraid of The Golden Compass? Paul Edwards “The Paul Edwards Program” These exerpts were taken from Crosswalk.com. http://www.crosswalk.com/movies/11560628/page2/

"Pullman is not completely wrong when he characterizes the Church as an organization obsessed with holding power by suppressing and controlling. (italics mine)

"But such a Church is not the true Church as defined by Scripture. Contrary to Pullman’s depiction of the Church, Jesus never sought positions of power. On the contrary, he retreated to a mountain alone when the crowds came to make him king, and refused Satan’s offer to be granted all the kingdoms of the world. Jesus mandated that His followers deny themselves, lead by serving, humble themselves like children and achieve true greatness at the end of a path of suffering and humility.

"Pullman’s depiction of the Church is a false one, but it does not follow that the Church Pullman depicts does not exist.

"Throughout history people who have identified with the Christian faith have done horrible things in Jesus’ name. In New Testament times, when the Church was in its infancy, the true Apostles combated those who claimed to be apostles, but were not, and tested them and found them to be false (Revelation 2:2). In the church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul identified men who were disguising themselves as apostles of Christ, calling them “false apostles” and “deceitful workmen,” pointing out that “even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). Such false apostles are still within the Church today. The Apostle John warned that “many antichrists have come,” and that not all who profess the faith are truly “of us” (1 John 2:18, 19).

"Pullman chooses to identify as true what in reality is a false religion in the garb of Christianity—while ignoring the work of the true Church in the world. Redefining good as evil is a plot element Pullman uses throughout the trilogy, and not just in relation to the Church. The books are a prime example of what Isaiah warned against when he said, “Woe to them who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness” (Isaiah 5:20). "


By calling on Christians to boycott the movie are we trying to "control"? Are we doing exactly what Pullman accuses the church of doing? Should we see the movie and read the books? Paul Edwards says, "It seems to me the proper response from those who are convinced of the truth ought to be to engage error, not run from it. "

and

"We should be willing to read the books and see the movie with our children (of the appropriate age and level of maturity), engaging the difficult issues raised by Pullman, and allowing the True Compass, the Word of God, to guide us into all truth—to bring to light the hidden things of darkness. If true followers of Jesus Christ boycott The Golden Compass we run the risk of validating Pullman’s thesis that Christians suppress and control, rather than engage in open and honest debate in a vibrant, passionate and intelligent defense of the faith."


Although I see Edward's point of view, on the other hand (OTOH), can I give my money to see a movie and buy books which would enrich someone like Pullman. Our money, our time, our presence at a movie that debases our Savior and the people He died for?

What would Jesus do? I don't think He would hide His head or hang His head but, neither would He stand in line at the movie theatre, pay His money and sit and watch it either. I just don't see Jesus sitting in that theatre. (Of course, that could be said about 95% of all movies couldn't it?)

I think we can read up enough about it to know what it's about and make our own decisions as to how evil it is. And then ignore it. Let it die a quiet death. I don't have children, so it's not an issue in our house but for those who have children, it would make more sense to me to Google this with them and show them the articles about the movie and the claims of it's creator, Pullman. Then tell them this is why you don't want them to support the movie with your money. Show them how it goes against everything you believe as a Christian. If your children live at home and use your money, then you can control the purse strings so your money doesn't go into Pullman's pockets. But, please don't just say, "Because I said so..." Go with them to the computer, Google it and go to some reputable Christian websites and show them Pullman's quotes, the movie's quotes, theme, etc. So they can see that you have reasonable opinions for why you are putting your foot down.

But if someone does go to see this movie or reads these books, it doesn't mean they are going to hell. They may have Edwards' ideas of getting to know who your enemy is. So try not to judge others. But, we can all agree that Edwards and his fellow atheists need our prayer. The best thing we can pray for is that they will come to know the true Christ and accept His free offer of salvation. Jesus can save anyone, even the most rabid atheist! Remember the Apostle Paul was so angry with Christians that he persecuted them even unto death. It took the Damascus Road experience to change him and then he became a believer and apostle of the Christ he had so hated.

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