Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday & The Old Rugged Cross

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Today is "Good Friday" - let us remember what Jesus did for us & read
Luke 23: 26 - 49
& then sing along with this amazing hymn:


"The Old Rugged Cross"  written & composed by George Bennard (1873-1958).  I have always loved this hymn & never realized until now that there is a link to Michigan!! (which is where I live).  George Bennard received some ridicule during a revival meeting and wrote the first verse as a response to that ridicule & he happened to be in Albion, Michigan.  Then, he travelled to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin where he completed writing this wonderful hymn.  Guess where he was when he first performed this song? - In Michigan!!  (June 7th, 1913 in Pokagan, Michigan)!!



I could not pick just 1 video!  Below the lyrics I have included three YouTube Videos of this wonderful hymn.  Please take time to listen. 


Turn with me to number 146 in your hymnals and let's sing:

The Old Rugged Cross

written & composed by George Bennard, (1873-1958)

1. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, The emblem of suffering and shame;  And I love that old cross where the dearest and best For a world of lost sinners was slain.


CHORUS


2.   Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world, Has a wondrous attraction for me;  For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above To bear it to dark Calvary.


CHORUS


3.  In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, A wondrous beauty I see;  For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died To pardon and sanctify me.


CHORUS

4.  To the old rugged cross I will ever be true, Its shame and reproach gladly bear;  Then He'll call me some day to my home far away, Where His glory forever I'll share.
CHORUS

 

Chorus
 

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross, ..........Till my trophies at last I lay down;  I will cling to
cross,        the old rugged cross,                                                        


 the old rugged cross, ...........And exchange it some day for a crown.
cross,        the old rugged cross, 






Many thanks to "JohnnyCash1Fan1" for sharing on YouTube


A special thanks to "ReggieGoo" for sharing this with us on YouTube


Thank you to "TheTrueSeven" for sharing this on YouTube
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Enter to Win $200 in "The Life of the Party" #Giveaway !!

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I've teamed up with a group of ten lovely ladies to host a Paypal Group Giveaway worth $200!! One lucky winner will be selected on May 1st, 2014 at Midnight EST! So go ahead and enter for a chance to win!!
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Themed Blog & Shop Hop - PASTEL Colored EASTER EGGS

 

WELCOME to the 26th
"Themed Blog & Shop Hop"
April 17th 2014!
I'm so glad that you stopped by!

For those of you who are not familiar with "Hops" (a.k.a. Linky party) - a Blog Hop &/or Shop Hop is an event where viewers/followers can upload links onto my blog......Links to their items in their Etsy shops (or online shops) or links to their Blogs. And then we can "hop" from blog to blog or shop to shop.

The theme this month is:
"PASTEL colored EASTER EGGS"
Please share with us any item in your shop or from your blog that has to do with EASTER, EGGS and/or anything that is mostly PASTEL colored.  OR - any item or any post that has any combination of PASTEL colors.

If you have anything that remotely touches this topic - then please share it with us.
 
Although I would love it if everyone joined my blog or became followers of my blog - that is not a requirement to participate in this "Hop". All I ask is that you keep your submissions decent - no offensive content please.
 

Well, actually there is a second rule:
only 2 submissions per person please.
If you do not have a blog or a shop then please still stop by and take a digital walk through our virtual mall. 
 
 
I will be having a "Themed Blog & Shop Hop" once a month - the middle of each month. Next month's hop will be on:
MAY 15th, 2014
 
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ENJOY!!
 
 To online shop owners - please only upload links directly to the items that you would like to share with us - not a link to your entire shop - Thanks.

To Blog owners - you may submit any post that fits into the theme - it can be an old post from many months ago (it does Not have to be a recent post). Also, please submit the link directly to the post and Not a link to your homepage - Thank you!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MARCH 2014 Theme Blog & Shop Hop RESULTS

I would just like to thank all of you again for either visiting or participating in my 25th "Themed Blog & Shop Hop" - I had so much fun and I hope that you did also!
Now - The Results (If you haven't already - please checkout these wonderful shops & blogs) (Remember I have 2 "featured buttons" if you were featured and wanted to place one on your blog - NOT a requirement)

 
With the most "likes":
God’s Growing Garden
Rainbow Turquoise Earrings by CreationsByJanetUSA
SaLe - Chakra Turquoise Earrings

 With the most "clicks":
God’s Growing Garden
We have a 4 way tie for the most "clicks":

How To Dye Featers by "Feathers in the Woods"
how to dye feathers

Table Scaping Fun by Stone Cottage Adventures




Thank you all for your wonderful submissions!!!
 Please join us tomorrow for the 26th Themed Blog & Shop Hop! 





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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Easter Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Yoghurt | www.pinkrecipebox.com

Usually I’m not a fan of meringue (the base of the pavlova, in case you’re unfamiliar with this dessert) but meringue is the perfect thing to make a nest-shaped Easter dessert.

If you whip the egg whites up into the right consistency, you can pipe the meringue into a curly-swirly nest shape like I did. If you’re out of piping bags, you can always dollop the mixture onto the tray and then use a spoon to create the delicate swirls and nest shape.


Sally Hansen Limited Edition Palm Beach Jellies from "In the Makeup Aisle"
This collection consists of 6 sheer jelly polishes that really reminded of the OPI Sheer Tints. I swear every time OPI releases a different type of polish all the brands release there version of it. I don't think this is the last sheer jelly collection we will see this season.


DIY Easter Egg Garland | The Jenny Evolution
Don’t you just adore Easter and all of the sunny decorations that come with it? This DIY Easter Egg Garland is the perfect chance to introduce bright, cheerful colors back into your homes even while the weather outside is rainy and dreary. (Well, at least it is in Chicagoland!)

I have a craving for doughnuts that just won't go away.  And since I am truly incompetent at making fried doughnuts, the three or so times I have made doughnuts have been in the oven. Although, I confess, I have never actually ATTEMPTED to make fried doughnuts, I doubt that me and a pot of hot oil are a good combination under any circumstance.

Optimize Your Blog Post for Pinterest in Eight Simple Steps!

Optimizing your blog for Pinterest has become almost a necessity for anybody that's serious about blogging.  I've picked up a few tips and tricks along the way that have really helped me get the best results from Pinterest.  I hope these help y'all too!








This was a fun vignette to create, using the pink gingerbread travel trailer and  spring flowers I purchased to use in the gardens. Since it is much to wet to work in the flower beds, I arranged the flowers around the little trailer and snapped away. A fun way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.







Google-Plus-SEO 

I love Google+! I like it sooo much better than Facebook, mostly because it doesn’t have all the drama and personal issues that are posted all over FB, at least I haven’t seen it on G+. I also find it easier to use and more visually appealing than FB with more features, no games or requests for help building or upgrading their Post Office.

Anise Hyssop (an herb) is an excellent addition to your garden both for the herbal benefits and for attracting butterflies.  Pollinator such as the butterfly are very important for your garden and for balancing a sometimes delicate eco-system.

Transform a Dollar Store glass plate and candlestick into a beautiful gold glitter cake stand!

Now, let me tell you something about my house. If you read this blog regularly, you know I have 3 boys. Which means I don’t get to bust out my girly side all that often. My life is way more sports and dirt than princesses and glitter.
But today, my friends, I’m embracing the glitter. And gold. And all things sparkly.

How to Make Vanilla Extract from "LittleOwlCrunchyMomma"
Vanilla extract is one of those things that you should always have on hand in your kitchen. It just adds that little bit of flavor to so many homemade goods that just make them shine. I first learned how to make my own vanilla extract from Marillyn over at just-making-noise. I pinned her recipe a long time ago, and finally got around to trying it months later.


Small Armoire Makeover from "The Interior Frugalista"
Small Armoire Makeover from bedroom to dining room
My most recent project is a Small Armoire Makeover that I've had since the late 70's.  When we completed the Master Bedroom Closet Expansion we no longer needed it so I decided to give it a makeover. Now that it's finished, I think it's Too Pretty For A Bedroom Armoire!

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