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Crafts, Sewing

Spending lots of time inside now a days offers more time for me to experiment with some new projects. I have always loved the gnomes and how adorable they plus how they make great gifts to cheer anyone up! But I wanted to make them a little more character like and came upon this idea…Stand UP gnomes. Not only do they stand, have adorable feet, but I can make some fun characters out of each one. I began with my first two and I think they turned out pretty cute.

What do you think?

Praying Momma

I just love her! Praying Momma was my first try. Holding her bible and always praying!

Berry Picker Guy

This one was a little more challenging using old jeans. I also used my Cricut for the words on his bucket as well as the strawberry image. Guess what the bucket is? I also added a back pack. Just so dang cute!

I love doing these little guys!

Gotta have a picnic blanket just in case!

If you want to know how to make these, I am doing a step by step blog soon. I have plans for many more fun characters!

They are for sale too, all proceed help our ranch ministry! $30 each.

Enjoy your days of crafting! Mine will be slowing down now that ministry is kicking into season. But I will be right back at it as soon as the temps turn cooler!

Hope you enjoyed these little cuties!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards

Like most people in the world being cooped up means finding things to do. We have no problem around our ranch as there is A LOT to do always. But with this new way of life it has caused more time than usual, so my daughter and I got to play with a set that was given to us as a gift.

I LOVE IT!!! SO CUTE!!!

My favorite thing to play with when using images like this set is to watercolor. The Gelatos were my pick for most of the cards as I love the shine and brightness. You will need a watercolor painter too and my choice is this one because of the control of how much water goes onto your project. Also, the variety of sizes is awesome for detailed images you may have. I did do one card with the watercolor pencils. I really like the shine with the Gelatos but it was fun to experiment.

Card done by Honey Bee stamps

The never-ending background paper especially from this online store, Scrapbook.com really offers some great variety.

The set is from HoneyBeestamps.com. They have some wonderful watercolor sets.

Enjoy creating and sending some love to others!

Giving a pick me up gift for a dear friend living alone.

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Ministry, Ranch Life, Sewing

Making masks are a big deal right now and ones who don’t have anything to do, it is a perfect way to fill your days PLUS give to ones in need. Not only hospitals need these, but I think nursing homes and assistant living places could surely use a creative mask.

I loved making these but had even more fun creating messages for not only the one wearing the mask but for ones who see the face in the mask.

Simple and sweet messages that are inspiring and give you some ease of mind. I hope you find them helpful.

There are many ways to make masks so I won’t give details on how to make them but the messages I used my Cricut and iron-on vinyl. Expressions Vinyl is a wonderful, personal company with awesome prices, variety, and even videos to spark your creative juices. Try them, you’ll love them too!

Remember all clicks on this blog and purchase helps us help others through True North Ranch Ministries!

Using sports material was fun! The big elastic was for an older gentleman.

Enjoy making someone else smile and protecting yourself and others when your under the whether!

God’s blessings,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Don’t you just love the smell and feel of spring? I sure do! With the warmer temperatures and pastel colors, I get in the mood for making refreshing cards for events and special thank you’s. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Spring die cut boots

Keep on stamping and help brighten somebody’s day! Trust me, every card I make boosts my day! Card making will always be my first choice. I STILL can not buy a card in the store!

COMMENT

Let me see what cards you have been making!

God’s blessings upon you!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Ministry, Ranch Life, Ranch Life

Crafting this adorable trend of making these sparkling tumblers has been both a joy and a challenge but worth every minute your time!

The goodies you will need

I originally got this idea by scanning the youtube for ideas with my new Cricut Explore 2. This gal Jennifer is adorable and as soon as she says, “Hello everybody” I get excited to dig into another fun activity. I watched her video, went out and bought the tumblers, and put my materials together to begin my first one. I think I watched it 100 times (exaggerated of course but seemed like I couldn’t get the process). I just had to go start with the plaid. That was the wrong choice! Here’s why.

First attempt Buffalo Plaid

I made many mistakes on my first one so I want to share what NOT to do.

1.) Don’t start with a plaid go with the first video with some fun blending colors. Simple and very pretty looking!

2) Make sure you use electrical tape for the top and bottom of the tumbler and remove it before putting on your first coat of resin. I kept it on and it caused an unclean finish on the top and bottom. After the first coat I used THICK rubber bands to keep the clean look.

3) Sand tumbler before putting images/phrases/stickers.

4) Make sure your edges are clean cut meaning top and bottom are cut well before applying the first coat of resin. Use an Exacto knife or sharp blade.

5) Make sure your tumbler isn’t too big which will cause a heaviness to the electric spit and make sure it is TIGHT fitting. My hubby had to makeshift as the football idea did not work. The tumbler fell off and caused us to sand again.

See how the edges are not crisp on top and bottom? Also somehow the red spray got on the bottom…not sure I will spray paint first either. We will have to try one without.
Much simpler one to start out with so you get the steps. I loved how this one turned out!

We are making these tumblers for our trading post at the ranch so our need for them to be a little crisper and clean looking was important. If you’re not that particular than play away. The spinner idea of using the spit was great! I would get a system down with one on the spit and after 6 hours have another one ready to go. After the one is fully dry, sand and place my vinyl ( I love this company and the videos are awesome!) on and get ready for the second coat. Sanding really is important!

The plaid attempt I couldn’t resist! I really love the look, so I tried using some of my favorite color combos. The one thing I can’t seem to get the hang of is getting the squares even looking, one not longer or wider than the others. I am still trying to get the taping down to help me get this part more clean looking.

Working on cleaner squares.
Say NO to chunky glitter! It makes you have to sand a lot! Plus it isn’t as clean as you may think in the end result.

This project I think would be so fun for a teen birthday party or even a bridal shower craft. So much better than games! Once they make their design you can provide the steps for resin and drying.

They also make wonderful gifts!

Ready to make your own? Here is a list as well as your shopping links which all help our ranch ministry. PLUS you get a box full of goodies to begin your project. The glitter is wonderful and many colors to choose from…so get shopping and have fun creating your own tumbler!

Items for your tumblers:

SHHHHH…SPECIAL 15% OFF UNTIL MARCH 15th ON VINYL! ONLY FOR YOU!!!

Epoxy/Resin

glitter

mod podge

spray adhesive

vinyl (words or decor) the blended colored ones are so fun

rubber gloves

electrical tape

masking/painters tape

rubber band, THICK

barbeque spit or spinner

clamps to hold spit in place

tumbler or two

double stick tape plaid look you will want a variety of widths

Free shipping on orders over $49…love their website… full of ideas!

CODE…MARCH15

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Love how this one turned out…used a 2 layer vinyl with glitter vinyl for U
The second attempt on the plaid…vinyl is patterned fun colors!

Well, it has been a little stressful doing these, but with each one, I learn something and they get better and better with each one. I need to not be so anxious and take them off the spit when still drying even if tacky they really need a full 8 hours to get firm enough to take off the spit and another 12 to be fully dry.

I hope you try them…if you do let me know how it went and TAKE A PICTURE!

God bless.

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Bible Journaling, Empower, Living Naturally, Ministry, Ranch Life

Trusting the door

Last November our daughter and son both faced some big trials. “Trial Doors” as we call them. Door number one for our son Mitch as he had to go through 4 months of dealing with a bile duct blockage and have a tube inserted. After the 4th month, he got the tube removed but with news, his liver is in trouble and may need another transplant. Hard news and many sad days of facing “what next?” and what doors the Lord will provide.

Our daughter desperately needed to move home over a year ago but the Lord didn’t provide ANY doors for that to happen It was a hard year for her as well until November when the news of Mitch illness arose. She felt with her whole heart it was time to look into taking the steps to get licensed in MN, (she is a cop in Virginia). My husband and I felt the same way it was indeed time for her to take the test and get the ball rolling! The Lord provided the doors…one wasn’t a good one with hard health news but I believe it was the door for Kinzey to walk through a door she hadn’t pursued during the course of a whole year. So we all trusted…

Being aware of the door

Kinzey failed the first attempt of the test in November which was clear she needed more studying and help. I found out about a class specific to recruits to help pass the test. Remember, she is VA and the class is here in MN. But, she said, “if that is what will help me pass then I will do what it takes!” The Lord once again provided (door 1) the ONLY class in December and even just before Christmas (door 2) so we could have a family celebration at the same time. (We hadn’t celebrated Christmas together for 5 years) She found the class very informative and learned tools (door 3) to help her study better. Come January the Lord provided another… door 4, the date for the test in her state became available. The only date for several months! She passed! (door 5) As soon as she took the test she applied for her dream job back in MN where she interned. They had 2 openings which just became available! (door 6) Can you believe this so far? Seriously as I type this it amazes me!

Dedicated for over 5 years!

Door 7 she gets the email she has been accepted for the several phases including interviews, more tests, and background. One door shut along the way. She applied for another job which opened up in December but when she mailed it, certified even, the department got it late. So, she never did hear from them probably due to it arriving past the due date.

When you recognize the Lord has provided a door for you to walk through it is only by faith we do so. It may not turn out the way we planned but the Lord would not have provided if He didn’t feel you needed to. It is also important to praise the Lord for each step even if a door closes. Each door provides the character He is building in you.

Move By Faith

Yep, that is indeed what the Lord desires from His children. To step out and trust in HIM! With our daughter she will not hear from the department for several weeks due to all the phases they have to hire but we prayed together and trusted if the Lord orchestrated all these details then we shall move on them. We headed out east, packed her up and left her with an empty, echoey house as she waits for the phases to complete and see what is next. It was the first time in 7 years I didn’t cry because I wouldn’t see her for many months, but I did cry as we thanked the Lord for paving the way and the reality she will be home again soon.

Look at the tongue weight!

Jesus IS the Door

One of the many adventures Kinzey and I took was stopping at the Ark Encounter. Truly a trip y’all need to take! AMAZING! Anyway, the most powerful part of being on the exact replica of the ark was… the DOOR!

What do you see?

I wept. I simply stood in front of that door and wept! To think about how God would use this simple wood structure as a metaphor to HIS son awestruck me. The many scriptures signifying Jesus Christ as the Door and how the door had to be tall and wide enough for each animal and other needs to fit through.

“I am the Door. Whoever enters through it will be saved.”

John 10:9

This verse and the analogies we use like”walking through a door”, “when the Lord provides a door”, or “when He shuts a door” are all too significant to the truths our God provided from way back in Genesis. BUT we must as believers be very careful to line up what is in front of us as a door and go before Him in prayer. With every step, it will build our character! It may be a hard door to go through, but if He opens it, there is a reason. It may be a door we are not sure if the Lord is in it. Character building again.

No matter what…every door is a faith walk. We do not know what is on the other side. But the ones who try you can be assured our Jesus is holding your hand!

Unity Stamp Company…such a great stamp!

May the doors are wide open and clear and if not, PRAY and seek HIS wisdom! Enjoy the ride as every door is an adventure!

God’s blessings!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Bible Journaling, Crafts, Ranch Life

Why even have a word?

For many people having a special word to fit a moment or year in time is meaningless. Yep, I would have to agree if you really don’t care about achieving a goal of a purpose beyond yourself. When I first heard about this, I loved the idea. It created a spark in me! My first word or words, Choosing Joy. Two words I know, but at that time it is what I seek more of in my life and to have this word going into a new year helped me focus and be more intentional about seeking joy. Even in hard times. To find joy in situations, people, planning. Having a special word kept me grounded when joy was not present.

What to do with your word

I began taking my word and using it as my morning prayer and looking up passages in the bible around the word. I would then journal and or meditate about what I had just studied. One year I chose PATHWAYS. Another year, REST. It was such a joy to search through scripture and hear and see how the Lord was moving in me to make changes. Repent. Pray. Pray for others. Simply, just embracing and practicing what the Lord is sharing. I am a creative person. I love getting my inks, glitter, stickers, you name it and of course applying the word in some kind of art form. Sometimes these words would show up in my card making.

Given to friend in need
Gift giving (using the Cricut)
Bath Bombs with a message of REST one of my favorite words

This is what inspired this post

I just LOVED this idea!

I belong to a bible illustrated group on Facebook and one gal, Danielle Lariscy, shared what she does with her word of the year. I fell in LOVE with this idea on so many levels! For one, you can remember all the words the Lord inspired you. Year after year reflecting and reading the prayers and praises. Second, you can make it big enough to write a special message of the “WHY” behind your word of the year or whatever you want to write on it. Again, years later being able to relook at what the Lord taught you. I think this will be a fun project for me to do on my days of REST to go back to my words and make these for my bible. I have at least 5 to do…So better get wording!

Get creative!

No, you don’t have to follow the idea. And NO I don’t believe it is a trend. I believe this will be in my life for as long as the Lord has something to remind me about, work in me, or inspire me in ways only HE can! If anything, it does help one stay focused if you struggle in areas of finding joy, rest, peace, prayer, or need to know you are loved. A word…speaks and is powerful! So, what’s your word this year?

First attempt…need some practice…BUT found the Cricut is much cleaner look below!
There is HOPE!!!!
I purchased my Cricut Maker here…Plus it helps our ranch ministry! BEST investment in my crafting and it’s on sale! SCORE!
I love this word as well as the paper! So fun!
A great word to have POP up in your bible…good reminder!

God’s blessing to you! Walking in HIS word, one can always find HIS peace.

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Ministry, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life, Sewing

I love this New Toy!

Last summer Dan (my man), got into his head how fun it would be to make things to sell in our Tack Shack and Hoedown at the ranch. He is wonderful with his hands in crafting with wood and adding images, and color just popped more ideas into his head. SO, we invested in this and have been having a blast ever since!

Latest creation for the porch sign decor.

Ideas Are Endless

We are in the process of building a Trading Post and Workshop at the ranch and creating more projects to give the ambiance of an old country store. I love taking old things and seeing what we can create. Like this bucket. It was so fun to make. Using the Cricut and outdoor vinyl made it come together wonderfully.

Our main source for vinyl is Expressions Vinyl.
WHY? Mostly because their product is amazing and they have wonderful videos that really help you through a project or give you more ideas. I love their Easyweed Siser  Heat Transfer Vinyl.
When it comes to weeding those fine details the Easyweed vinyl peels away really well plus you can remove the iron on vinyl hot or cold after the press. You also don’t have to have an expensive heat press to do the project. An iron will work well too which isn’t the case in most other products out there. Most of them require a press that can reach over 300 degrees. NOTE: Easyweed Stretch needs one of those BIG presses to adhere to the material. They do not recommend an iron let alone a Cricut EasyPress. It needs a firm heavy and consistant pressure so stick with the Easyweed HTV. 
 It looks wonderful. See below…

Expression socks!

They also are a one stop shop! I can get the ink jet printables so we can do images on our computer especially our logo for the ministry and the transfer tape is much less expensive here then other stores. If you do a lot of crafting with a Cricut, you go through a lot of this stuff! Lastly is their line of patterned vinyl for iron on as well as sticky vinyl. The quality is amazing, really! I love supporting them and their dreams too.
Of course the goodies of accessorizing is another added joy. They have that too!

Look at this…they also give you charts for helping you not waste and for projects to come out just right! Can you tell I had baby gifts to get done?

Eco-Friendly Idea For Scrap Material

I have been making lots of pillows for the Trading Post and with that comes of course scraps of material. Long ones. I kept looking at them trying to figure what and how I can do something as they are white and so fresh looking. So I came up with ribbon! And like everything I do, I go crazy once an idea pops into my head!  Using Expressions Heat Set Vinyl. 

I truly find their product slick! No mess in the weeding and finishes so nice on the fabric. (following hint above) You know what else is cool about the ribbon idea? Practice! Yep, when I wasn’t sure how the pattern would look, I used the material ribbon. I tried the regular vinyl as most likely people wouldn’t wash the ribbon and it’s less expensive, but of course the heat ones worked better on fabric but really they looked no different. Just the vinyl will peel off eventually.  Doesn’t hurt to try both ways and see what works for you.

Gabby Ribbon using regular vinyl

I did like the iron-on better…but…it is more expensive especially the glitter or patterns. What do you think?

Iron on Easyweed Heat Vinyl

Definitely fun no matter what you choose! Gabby Ribbon my new crazy!

Love to craft no matter what the outcome! More to show soon as we journey on this winter creating items for the Trading Post!

God’s blessings keep warm!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Ranch Life

Gift Giving

Do you find shopping or making gifts a delightful time? Is it more of a “chore”? Let me challenge you as you shop or decide to make a gift for your special loved one this year to remember what truly is most important.
When God sent HIS only son as a GIFT He didn’t do it as a chore but for LOVE.  This precious Child sent to us from heaven was never meant for us to unwrap. Jesus was given to us as a gift to build a relationship with. Is your gift about relationship building? Is it offering a gift of love? Peace? Joy?   

Pay Attention to Make it Special

When I make a list of whom I need to shop for, I think of the person’s individual needs. I also am careful in my gift-giving to be practical, something they need, and sometimes what they want. I am just really aware when visiting with them in their home what they could use. Listening keenly in conversations in something they want or wished they had and quickly mark it in my phone so I remember. The more you know the person, of course, the easier it will be but always you need to pay attention to make it special.

Special gifts that apply to personality, your relationship, adding a note to relax or a date night.  Encourage family night with a game basket or this one idea I love…

I love making my homemade syrups to put in teas or water…
If you are into crafts, the ideas are endless but not always practical. Quilts are amazing, but not everyone will appreciate the hard work or take care of it so this gift idea has to be very special and unique to the receiver. 
We love our wood crafting but again, not always workable for some of the people in our lives. 

Wrap In Love

Jesus is the perfect gift. His message of Hope and Peace is often what I think of when I give a gift because to me that is a perfect gift. One that brings the person hope, love, and peace. Even if it has to be a gift they may need like underwear it is demonstrating love and you can show that not only in the gift but in how you wrap it. 
You could hide underwear in these cute packages!

LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea…just my kinda ranch-style gift giving! LINK
 

Unwrappable Gift

No matter how you choose, how you shop, or what you pour your time into by making your gifts make sure LOVE is the theme! Giving a gift of your time can be just what that person needs.  Inviting them to a special meal in your home or taking the person out on a coffee date is the unwrappable gift that will last a lifetime. TIME is not often given any more. We have become a “get it done” kind of world. So in your list-making pray it through. Jesus knows all our needs and the loved one you are shopping for. 
Get creative with unwrappable ideas of time together, building the relationship and sharing life together.  

Enjoy wrapping your loved ones with love by seeking to be unique!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Ranch Life

Hey all,

Trading Post

We have some unique-gift giving items below still available. If you’re interested in any to purchase, just email me at tnr@truenorthranch.org.

I will be happy to place your order and arrange to have you pick it up, or figure out the shipping. All Items tax-deductible and help us do what we do at the ranch.

Amazing Gift Ideas!

THANK YOU!

If you want to pay by credit card you may through our website. You will need to still contact me via email so I can walk you through the process.

My email tnr@truenorthranch.org
website, www.truenorthranch.org

God’s blessings!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Bible Journaling, Health, Healthy Eating, Living Naturally, Ministry, Ranch Life

Scary Time

The past 2 months have been the scariest time of my life! The unknowns of walking with my hubby who faced a breakdown for major stress. What is called so much now hit by many, many folks? Yep…mental health. What we faced was much more than just depression. It was a chronic mental state I have NEVER witnessed before let alone watching someone I love so deeply be affected by simply believing in lies and allowing the spiral effect that led to his breakdown.

His face was always sad…lost…broken…amazing what the brain is capable of.

He Guided Me

“I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead of them. Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them.” Ishaiah 42:16. Holding onto this verse over and over as our adult kids and I waited patiently for the Lord to heal our loved one. Many days of darkness just scared us to the core of what we were seeing and hearing from him. His unrationalization of simple things. Not being able to do simple tasks and little things set him off into fear and flight. I felt I had a new colt in training and trying to find the spot of calmness and peace became a moment by moment test and trial.

Talk about unfamiliar territory…we were in the middle of it!

Still not 100%…but he is showing improvement by just getting out and doing what he loves.

The Unfamiliar

Mental health is scary because of the stigma I held in my own head. What I saw in movies, or read in other stories, or even the many I have ministered to in the past. I never really took the time to understand why the brain reacts to trauma, how it happens, and the symptoms that appear because of the trauma. When someone is stressed for a long period of time and not dealing with it by taking time to truly rest-stress symptoms will appear. Warning signs really. For my hubby it was more tired, short-tempered, anxiousness over small things, overthinking small things, little eye contact, not really listening, not doing the FUN things once done before, never taking time to “take a break”, and many more. Becoming familiar with symptoms or signs of depression and anxiety would have helped me be more in tune to him needing help sooner.

Smoothin’ out the road

YES, the Lord smoothed out the road! HOW? With many who came alongside us and helped. First,  we learned what he was facing was ok. One therapist stated it’s ok to not be ok. Next, support therapist, support groups in our area, books like Turning Toward Joy, this was huge for us to find joy again. Learning from the Giants wonderful book by John Maxwell. And another one good for Dan was Experiencing God’s Forgiveness. If you have a loved one who has gone through abuse, addiction, divorce, or the many other life issues and has had difficulty forgiving someone especially themselves, this book is great! 

Most of all…the Bible! Being in HIS word has saved us both and our marriage. If you are the caregiver as I was, reading your bible and daily devotional time with Jesus is a must. Studies have shown caregivers can fall into a depressive state themselves and must keep healthy with eating right, daily exercise and keeping close to their Jesus!

We also sought out natural ways to begin healing the brain. Fight the moods, anxiety, and of course the joint pain that comes from being on meds.  Being on meds helped to stabilize his brain to get back into balance. But along with that, we are doing supplements especially CBD oil.  Interesting about this oil, Dan was taking it during the winter months and we ran out. Within a month from not taking it his mood became more unstable deeper depression set in. I believe now this is ONE factor of Dan spiraling downward. He is now back on it!  In time, we hope to eliminate the meds as they have many side effects where natural supplements do not. This CBD oil is one we both will stay on. It helps with joint pain as well as mood. Be proactive if you are facing the road of depression or know you may head into a season like a winter. Taking some of these has made a world of difference. For me as well because with this trial I learned I need to take care of myself as well in the area of mental health. 

Here are some I found out from Jonathan Otto’s series on depression. Wonderful experts who have seminars on the very issues we faced. 
MSM 
Anti-inflammatory supplement so important to take daily,  Glucosamine with Chondroitin Turmeric. 
And from Global Healing, Lithium Orotate
Also daily probiotic, Omegas, and multivitamin (we take Plexus)
For immune boosting, I made capsules of Astragalus Root Powder
Spring has sprung so capsules of Spirulina Powder too
Lastly, because this is an amazing herb for health, Ashwagandha Root Powder. Read here about its health benefits…Amazing brain health! 

Connect with natural healing doctors in this area as they can best help you and your situation. Everyone is so different it is always best to consult with your own resources in the medical field and natural medicine. 

Hope in the Unfamiliar

Hope is on the way. One of my favorite songs and so true. The Lord will lead you. He will show HIS pathway to better health and out of the darkness that floods our world in the area of mental health. He has all the answers! Seek HIM…be in the Word daily, ask for prayer warriors as days can be hard for you to think, and most of all know, you are loved by a Mighty Savior who sees YOU and knows what you are facing. HOPE is on the way. He made a promise…He will do these things and not forsake you! Amen to that mental health!

I am still in AWE of our Lord’s healing…He’s back!! SMILE and all!

Do’s and Don’t

As of today as I update this blog, Dan is doing 100% better! PRAISE THE LORD! What did…many things. Combining consistency of therapy, meds, sleep, eating well, doing things he always loved (ranch and working with his hands), and forgiving the past and himself!

But I do have something I want to share as I walked this trail I should not have done and things I know to do…hope this helps with anyone facing this trial.

DO:

  • Pray daily together
  • Do a devotional together and as a family
  • Let them know their family wants them to get well
  • Listen, and give credibility to their feelings
  • Seek help for yourself and offer to attend the therapist together
  • Go for walks, get exercise, go for a bike ride, do things together
  • IMPORTANT make sure you have Power of Attorney as you may need to be soul guardian if they fall deep enough they can’t take care of themselve

Don’t:

  • Tell them to pray about it and or say healing will come if you trust God more
  • Make them feel guilty for the impact this is on the family
  • Blame or criticizing
  • Expect meds to solve everything or the other way around; not do meds because of certain stigmas or beliefs
  • Let them continue in a pattern of sleeping or wanting to be alone

He was so excited to get back to cooking over an open fire again!

Lastly let me share Dan’s months of depression started three years ago. The stress of his job increased so much in the last year it led to him falling very hard very fast into a spiral of believing many lies from the enemy. After Dan sold his business he still was facing many days of doubt and his mind at this point had spun out of control. His mind had new games. He may not have the job anymore, but he still hadn’t dealt with the “new” life either. He began this journey of deep depression in early March. It is June now and he is back to his old self, PLUS realizing how deeply out of control he was from simply never taking time to rest. I hope he will have the courage to speak to audiences about his journey and be an encourager for all who face this giant of mental health. He is one happy man now, FREE indeed! We pray others will too.

Peace to you,

Love deeper, talk sweeter, and KEEP IN THE WORD

Lee

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Bible Journaling, Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Horse’s and girls…

During our Midwest Bounty event, we had some down time and one of the ranches brought a box of cards one of their supporters made. I went absolutely NUTS when I saw these cards! Not just because of the horses and little girls but because the words are perfect for what we do in ranch ministry! Oh I just love them! Here are a few I made.

I love using wood slivers my husband keeps for me from projects.


Watercolor, Chalks, Blending Pens

The sets are expensive and they are for acrylic blocks. They don’t have the image for you to see and can be a little frustrating especially for the words. But the words really make these interchangeable.

Here is the Link for the company. Happy shopping and fun playing with this great group of stamps!
For a simple video on watercolor even in your bible look below.

Gotta love being creative and best part…GIVING THEM TO SOMEONE IN NEED!

God’s blessings,

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Ministry, Ranch Life, Sewing

So simple

I began sewing just a few years ago. So simple and easy is super important to me. I love this idea of just making a casing for the pillow as you can take it off and wash it. I have a tendency to pick brighter colors so this is super important to be able to wash them.

Where I get tea towels

Tea towels are wonderful to use so here is where I get mine. Of course, there are many ideas out there, just remember if you purchase from the link you are helping our ministry as ALL proceeds go to the ranch.
Thank you in advance!

Tea Towels Variety of colors
Red Truck
Dog and bike
Dog and leaves
Grey Checkered fabric (Fabric.com has great fabric, link on sidebar)
same with the pillows good prices
20 x 20 pillow
Pretty much anything you love you can plug into the search and find something fun. Just make sure they are cotton. 

How to

This print of snowman I found at William Sonom
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  1. First iron your towels
  2. Cut one 20.5″ by 20.5 ” Piece (this is my front piece)
  3. Cut two 20.5″ x 13
  4. Now for hemming to make a clean look. Take one 20.5 x 13 piece and fold it over 1/2 ” on the 20.5 sides. Iron in place fold again, iron hiding your raw edges. So the same with the other piece.
  5. Once folded and ironed, stitch with 1/4″ seam.
  6. Next, take your square piece 20.5″ with the right side facing up
  7. Overlap the two back pieces which will create an envelope to your pillow opening
  8. Pin everything in place and sew all the way around
  9. Use 20×20 pillow to fill
Step 2
Step 7 & 8

Love this! I bought a 20x 20 pillow
Nice folded back

Your done! Isn’t that simple?

Yeah! I hope you make a ton! Especially for gift giving! I will post more as I make them for the Hoedown!

Happy sewing!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Tea is sure my thing

There is no doubt I love tea! I love making my own blends to preparing specific teas for illness and building immune systems. I love anything tea!

Tea cups, tea blends, herbs, and yes even making tea cup cards!

Comment below get free pattern

If you make a comment below and want the pattern, I can email it to you. Of course, free of charge! We are all about that around our ranch ministry. When you click and purchase from any link, you are helping us reach kids in need of hope and healing!

What you will need

Pattern background paper preferably prints on both sides. Here are my favorites for this project.
Anna Griffin Collection
Bo Bunny
Doodlebug Collection (love this one for lots of stamping and gift ideas)
Tag Die Cut (use your background paper to match)
Washi Tape
Washi Tape (for planners too)
Bling of course!

Add the tag either tape or let hang while wrapping around handle.

Great Greetings

Now you have an adorable card to give to a loved one or attach to a gift. I make up a tea blend and put inside a little bag.
I also will add a verse to the tag for extra encouragement. 

A side note if you are making your own blends, put the herbs on the tag or somewhere on your card. This will help your receiver know what’s in it just in case they can not have a certain herb.

Enjoy making your little tea cup greetings! They are adorable!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards

Big Hug Card

Why do I love this card so much? Well, I really believe all homemade cards really give the receiver just one big HUG! I used the Paper Hugs Stamp set by The Stamp Market. As you can see below the die gives you an option to use the “fatter Paper Hug” as a shadow effect to the skinner one.  But on one card I reversed it using the fatter as the main image. Another great die and inexpensive too! With all the cards you will need a Big Shot or Cuttlebug. 

The saying is from the Hello set below

Because I love a cop…

Yep, we have an officer in our family! Plus my hubby and I served on the Mounted Patrol in our county before life in ministry got crazy. So what better stamp to have than a Donut Card plus you get the die-cut.  Hello Set is cute with plaids and fun HELLO!

The HELLO comes with die cut

Well…the letter die cut is amazing! SO fun because of the thickness of the letters you can easily use background papers to make the letter pop and they are not SO huge you can’t fit a word on a card. The diversity of having the letters is truly awesome! The set is below. I’m telling you…you won’t be able to stop…like you see below!

Background papers like wood is awesome! Love Echo Park.
And my gingham! Alphabet set 
Dots and floral too!
Fun colors are important to make the letter pop.
Such a fun and easy die cut to have!

Big Hugs…

The Rose is pretty and I couldn’t resist only because I can think of many events this one can be used. Below I made a mini wrist corsage. The background paper really made this turn out stunning! 

Pretty wristbands

The Rose is also nice and dainty too.

I have seen many flowers in recent parties with babies and wedding showers and with these die cut you too can make some really awesome decor. Just dressing up the craft room was fun! The Magnolia is a hot flower for many crafts and ideas so I got one of course and I love it’s a fresh look.

HUG someone today

Did you love the cards? Please let me know what you think and especially if you made a card for a loved one! Post a picture too!

God’s blessings to you!

Love deeper, talk sweeter, and HUG today,

Lee

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Crafts, Healing, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Letting Go…Let it Ride

Facing situations with people that are just plain annoying can really eat at your thoughts. Recently I was in a meeting where one gal was pretty dominating. We had much planning to do to organize and set up for an event and I am sure you have experienced this once or twice, but you have an idea and instantly it is shot down. Ok…well me too. I continued to share ideas “letting it ride” that one of the ideas didn’t go over, but then there was another, then another, and another. “Letting it ride” was not going so well! So I became quiet. Not sharing anymore. Becoming…not Christian-like.

Let it Ride set (find here)
Letters Die Cut by Honey Bee (find here)
I used Gelatos (find here) for my colors translucent and brights,  or here blending with an aqua painter pen (find here) 
(LOVE using watercolor when using open stamps)
The blending pens from SU! are good too, I just don’t like them as well.
The wood paper (find here)
Mounting tape for 3D effect (find here)

Gotta get a barn door look!

It’s a matter of the heart

Simply put our hearts are jealous, rebellious, full of sin. When I felt like I wasn’t heard and thinking my ideas weren’t worth importance, it wasn’t the gal’s fault for putting the ideas down or the others in the room who didn’t jump in and say, “awesome idea Lee!” What I was feeling was unimportant. I forgot life isn’t about me. The event is an important agenda. Jesus is the focus and center of it all. Not my ideas, not my goals, not anything!

“The Lord looks at the heart”. Samuel 16:7b Jesus know my heart. What I am thinking. Thoughts which don’t belong to a follower of Him.

Let it ride brings peace

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21

True verse! If I choose to focus on the needs of my feelings of self-worth I set myself up to be bucked off! Peace only comes when I choose to “let it ride”, let the Lord lead. Give my concerns to Jesus and He will sort them all out. If someone has wronged me, by praying and seeking the Lord on the issue to “let it ride” and pray for them, or address it with love, He will lead the way!

Coloring in the horse giving a silhouette look

Love to hear your comments

Please let me know what you think of the cards. Not that I need affirmation or compliments, but it is fun to see fellow crafters give ideas and tips too.

God’s blessings upon you and

ENJOY THE RIDE HOME,

Lee


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Crafts, Ministry, Ranch Life, Ranch Life

Beautiful Memory

Kids who come to the ranch are often facing some serious situations. From being abused, bullies, losing a parent, parents in prison, and or suicidal. One of the activities we will do in a session is offered for the child to put essential oils on the horse. This activity has many benefits not only for the child but for the horse!

I will introduce the oil box to the child and allow them to choose up to 5 oils. Once they choose the essential oil I have them open the cap and offer the horse to smell it. If the horse likes it, he will lick and chew maybe even try and eat it.  The funniest thing they will do is lift their nose up in the air showing their teeth. It looks like they are smiling but in fact are smelling the air. Some favorites of our boys are Peppermint, Ylang-Ylang, Tummy Rub, Frankincense,  Lemongrass, and Aligning. 
If he doesn’t like it he will turn his head away or swish his tail.

Horses love the smell of the essential oils! So does the child!

Watching the Love Exchange

Once the child has the oils which both of them like, I have the child drip a little on the horses back. All along the back. By taking their fingers making a back and forth motion down the spine, I have the child watch the horse’s eyes, ears, and tail. If the horse yawns, or breaths out, they are responding by relaxing and enjoying the treatment. Not only is the horse enjoying this experience but the child is inhaling the oils and receiving the benefits as well. A child who faces trauma will instantly respond to giving love and receiving love. Indeed a beautiful thing to watch!

Allowing the horse to smell the oil before applying.

After the child has given the oil treatment to the horse. I will ask if they would like to make a bracelet with their favorite oil on it so they can remember this special time. Usually…I get a BIG YES!
So off to the tack shack we go to make a bracelet while the horse grazes in the round pen. The horse will like to roll in the sand and relax a bit before being turned out plus we have them close by while we craft. 
The bracelets are simple to make and the beads are inexpensive as well.

Talking while Crafting

We get are beads from Oriental Trading as they give back to our ranch when we purchase their items. If you purchase anything as well when you click on the links, you also will be helping us continue to reach kids in need of hope and healing. 
We use the Natural Lava Stones to hold the essential oil and stretch cording so it can fit any size wrist. Some children will end up making one for mom or sibling so it helps to have the flexibility to fitting. The company carries lots of variety and of course, like everything on this site, I love the free shipping for orders over $39. No prob there!

The children love Lemongrass as it is soothing and keeps bugs away!

One teen girl really did herself proud with this one! Love the colors she chose!

Simple Activity and Memorable

Every session is unique but when a child chooses to do the essential oils and craft I get especially giddy as I really love this activity! I love the freshness of the essential oils. I love the emotion poured out from the child and horse. I love the special chat time while making the bracelet. But mostly I love how the child can walk away from the ranch with a memory!

Make One and Comment Below

Please let me know if you make one and even send a picture! If you’r a mom, what a special time you can share with your children. If you’re a grandparent, you too will enjoy this wonderful activity!

Many blessings and keep it natural!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Coffee Time

Oh this set is fun! I just loved making these! A little putsy…but worth it. If you decide to make a shaker card with this set that is your putsy part. But a simple card is just as cute!

Shaker Coffee or Tea Cup Card

Snowflake Die cute card 3d look using white decorative paper

BURRR..but cute!

So simple…of course when you have the right tools anything is simple. This snowflake die makes it quick and easy for your card to turn out beautiful. The one receiving this card will be blown away! You do need a BigShot to use dies. I love mine because I can do multiple cardstock, metal, felt, and so much more. It is a tough machine and is a wonderful tool for your craft room.

I also beautiful paper Stamping’ Up use to have, but am sure you can find some that will meet your winter look. Vellum would also be striking!

Teeny Tiny Tea Cup

Winter card making

Well, this little idea of course just fits who I am on so many levels! For one, I get to make a cute card using fun background papers and two, well…it’s TEA! You can make them for any occasion and of course, add your favorite tea blend as a gift. Attaching to a gift or put a tea bag inside will make a special person feel loved. The bling is a fun add on too.

Wouldn’t these be great for Valentine’s Day? I made these for the ladies bible study but the ideas are really endless. Enjoy.

Winter card making
Winter card making

Snowman Tags

Making these tags is super simple with the die cut Top Note and of course the background paper and ribbon. I also used some fun googly eyes which added even more character to each one. The eyelets are bigger and heavy duty to attach the ribbon. They sure don’t need to be but when making tags I like to use the heavier eyelets. I also use the “quite” eyelet tool called the Crop a Dile vs. hammering the eyelets. This makes my hubby VERY happy!

Winter card making

Winter Wishes and Thank You’s

Lastly is my winter kinda monochromatic cards. I say kinda as I added the foiling paper for color. I also used the shimmery white cardstock from Stampin’ Up! Anytime I can get a shine or sparkle on a card just makes it for me! I used the star or snowflake folder for the background again you need a Big Shot or Cuttlebug to get that image impressed. It came up lighter on my Thanks card as I used less of a sandwich when rolling it through my Big Shot causing a less impressed image. The Pine Cone die cut and Spellbinders Alphabet set were the dies I used. LOVE my alphabet set as I use it a lot!

Winter is a great time…

Yes, this is a perfect time to stamp some cards you may need in the days and months you don’t want to be inside. I do enjoy taking the cold days (today is -23) and make my summer birthday cards and ranch ministry thank you’s. NOW…back to stamping and I just got 2 new sets and one of them is a horse set from Stampin’ Up! So excited…hope to show you next month what I created.

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life

Cute Shaker Card

This card is so dang cute! I came upon this card and fell in love with it! The die cut is by Honey Bee Stamps and the papers are from a variety of sources which I will post on the bottom of the blog.

I just couldn’t stop making them! The ideas were flowing!

A Little Hard To Get Started

The shaker card has always been a little tricky for me but what made this one a little bit more was the thinness of the outer frame. I had a hard time getting the right 3D tape to work. I began making the card the old fashioned way with pastor board that is super thick. Only one made with that…too much work. So I began working and playing and came up with the below final. I make the video to help you make your shaker and not go through the tedious trial and errors. I hope you find it easier by the video.

Step by Step Video

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List of Supplies

Big Shot Machine with extender

Honey Bee Stamps, Coffee Cup Die

Honey Bee  Coffee Cup Die

3M tape

Transparency film

Glue and double stick tape

Background paper Lumber Jack addition

Solid colored Cardstock

Having the extender for your Big Shot will help when running this longer die through.

Comment if you have tried this die cut

God’s blessings and hope you enjoy this card as much as I do!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Health, Jarrin, Ranch Life, Ranch Life, The Boys

It’s winter and the dryness on my dog’s paws are looking cracked. I decided to try some recipes to see what works best and of course is easy to make. This paw protector is wonderful! The scent is great and even though he licks it I know it is safe for him plus protecting his little pads.

Paw protector wax- like substance also helps break down the ice and snow that may collect in his pad. Every time we come in from outside, especially after being down at the ranch I check his paws to make sure there is no snow inside the pad. By applying the paw pad protector this cuts down on the snow accumulation. I just have to remember to put it on him BEFORE we go outside.

Paw Pad Protection for your pet

Recipe

4 tbsp organic shea butter

8 tbsp organic Calendula infused oil  (I have a recipe here)   

2 tsp carnauba wax                    

4 tbsp organic bees wax.          

 4 tbsp coconut oil                        

1/2 tsp vitamin E                      

1 tbsp organic  Sunflower oil.

 30 drops Rosemary Essential oil    

 15 drops Lavender Essential oil.    

10 drops of  Tea Tree Essential oil

In a double boiler, bring the calendula oil, shea butter, carnauba wax, beeswax, and coconut oil to melting point. This should only be about 2 minutes or so. Remove from heat and add vitamin E and your essential oils. Stir again and quickly and carefully pour into your molds. Paw mold, tins, (from any dollar store) or cupcake mold

TIPS

#1. I like to mix the first ingredients in a  4 cup glass measuring cup. I place this in double boiler and stir with a plastic spoon. This helps pouring into my molds easier and using the plastic spoon I can throw away for easier clean up.  #2. I add a tsp of Apricot oil as this oil is helpful in dry chapped skin. #3. Adding a few calendula flowers to the mold make for pretty presentation. I doubled this recipe because of the thick molds used.

Gift Ideas

Paw Pad Protection for dog

Just take paw and place is ointment and rub onto pad. You can also take some in your hand and rub directly onto the paws. 

Paw Pad Protection

Adding tags to your gifts is quick and easy as well as special when you use these little framelits from Sizzix. Using my BIGSHOT I can use material, metal, more than one piece of card stock, it’s wonderful. Makes gift giving fun and easy!

So let me know how your little 4-legged buddies do with this ointment. I hope they like it and it works for you! I invite comments!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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