March 23, 2012

Easter Song

Weathered Lancaster County salvaged wood sign.

"Easter Song" is one of my favorites at Easter time. "Easter Song" was written by Annie Herring.  It was recorded by Herring & siblings group, "The 2nd Chapter of Acts", on their self titled album in 1974.  It was later recorded in 1977 by Keith Green, with an additional verse, on the LP "For Him Who Has Ears to Hear".  And, my husband's favorite, GLAD included it on "The Acapella Project" in 1988. You can find these recordings on YouTube and I recommend taking the time to listen.  

Easter Song

Hear the bells ringing, they're singing 
that you can be born again
Hear the bells ringing, they're singing, 
Christ is risen from the dead!
The angel up on the tombstone 
said He is risen, just as He said
Quickly now, go tell His disciples 
that Jesus Christ is no longer dead!

Joy to the world, He is risen, hallelujah!
He's risen, hallelujah!
He's risen, Hallelujah!

Here are a few things I've been working on for my Etsy shop inspired by "Easter Song".  

Print on fabric and salvage wood frame with original blue chippy paint!

Tags for Easter gifts or to hang from pussy willow branches with speckled eggs!

He's Risen, Hallelujah!

March 7, 2012

Rejoice - The Lord is King!

Those who know me well, know that I am a huge news junkie!  I wake up and turn on my favorite 24 hour news channel to see what is happening in this crazy world.  If working at my computer, I have my EyeTV tuned again to the news.  If I'm making dinner, the small TV in the kitchen is tuned to,  you guessed it -- the news!  

The news has been pretty grim and sometimes I think I need to just turn it off, it's better not knowing all the terrible things happening.  Just live in the here and now.  But, I just can't do it.  I want to be informed about what is happening.  I want to be able to pray for my leaders, country, and world.  I want to pray for the upcoming election.   

Yesterday was a big day in politics, Super Tuesday.  I was praying for the candidates, but then realized that I need to also remember and trust that even though I get caught up in all of this, God knows the outcome.  The outcome of the upcoming election, the outcome of what happens in the Middle East, the outcome of where the gas prices will go .  .  .  I know Christ is in control of it all.  I need to continue to pray, I need to stay informed, but I also need to Rejoice, for the Lord is King!

Rejoice - the Lord is King!
1707 - 1788

1.  Rejoice - the Lord is King!  Your Lord and King adore!
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing  And triumph evermore:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice!  Rejoice, again  I say, rejoice!

2.  Jesus the Savior reigns,  The God of truth and love:
When He had purged our stains  He took His seat above:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice!  Rejoice, again  I say, rejoice!

3.  His kingdom cannot fail -- He rules o'er earth and heav'n;
The keys of death and hell  Are to our Jesus giv'n:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice!  Rejoice, again  I say, rejoice!

4.  Rejoice in glorious hope!  Our Lord the Judge shall come
And take His servants up to their eternal home:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice!  Rejoice, again  I say, rejoice!

I made the paper wreath at the beginning of this post from old book pages.   The inspiration was from Simple Joys Paperie, who sells beautiful book page wreaths on Etsy.   It took me a few tries to get the cones just the way I wanted them.   The word "patience" comes to mind with this project!   But, if you have patience, persistence, and an old book with yellowed pages; you can make this kind of wreath with little or no money.  If you don't have either patience or persistence, then you may want to visit Simple Joys Paperie on Etsy  at: to purchase one of her lovely wreaths.

Have a Blessed Day!

March 5, 2012

Sweeter as the Years Go By

Well, it's officially a new day and I'm still trying to figure out Blogger.  Since I'm still awake, I decided to post today's Hymn of the Day.  I chose "Sweeter as the Years Go By".  I was going through old photos and came across this one of my grandparents, Charles and Mabel Kough.  My Grandmother Kough loved to sing and when I was in elementary school, she would have me play her favorite hymns on the piano and she would sing along.  When I saw this old photo of my grandparents, this hymn came to mind.

Sweeter as the Years Go By
Lelia N. Morris, 1862-1929

1.  Of Jesus' love that sought me   When I was lost in sin --
Of wondrous grace that brought me  Back to His fold again --
Of heights and depths of mercy  Far deeper than the sea
And higher than the heavens,   My theme shall ever be.

3.  'Twas wondrous love which led Him  For us to suffer loss --
To bear without a murmur  The anguish of the cross;
With saints redeemed in glory  Let us our voices raise,
Till heav'n and earth re-echo  With our Redeemer's praise.

Sweeter as the years go by,  Sweeter as the years go by;
Richer, fuller, deeper, Jesus' love is sweeter, Sweeter as the years go by. 

The song speaks of Jesus Love being sweeter as the years go by.  For my grandparents, their love grew sweeter too.   I love in verse 3 where it says:  "With saints redeemed in glory  Let us our voices raise,  Til heav'n and earth re-echo With our Redeemer's praise!"    I know my grandma is singing along in heaven today!  

Have a Blessed Day!

March 4, 2012

A fresh start . . .

First, let me say that learning to create & write a blog at age 47 is like learning to roller skate. There WILL be falls, but with determination and practice, I hope to master this blogging thing!

Why the blog?

Long story short, for the past 16 years I've worked as a medical transcriptionist. The story of God's hand in that career I will share at another time. It was the perfect job for a mom of three rambunctious young boys! I worked from home and was not bound to any specific schedule. Awesome! I took the boys on outings, to sport practices, church activities, etc. and fit the work in each day when I could. There have been rumblings for years that the medical transcriptionist would be replaced by a Dragon, ha ha (Dragon Naturally Speaking). Well, that time came for me back in November. The office where I work is converting to electronic medical records. Gone are the days of paper patient charts, typed office notes, and snail mail consultation letters. My skills are no longer needed. I've continued to work in the office abstracting or converting patient information to the computer system. Uh, boooring, but still bringing home a paycheck is a good thing! At this point, I have about two more weeks to work doing this before I join the ranks of the unemployed. So I'm writing this blog to let my friends know what I'm doing and hopefully get some feedback.

Why "Hymns and Verses"?

Those who know me, know that I'm a pretty crafty gal and love to decorate. My husband, Mark, and one of my best friends, Cindy, have been encouraging me for years to step out in faith and start my own business. Now just seems to be the right time. I had so many ideas, but decided that I wanted my products to have meaning, bring joy, and invoke happy memories! I finally settled on the idea of using the hymns that I grew up singing in church as inspiration for creating home decor accessories. The verses part is basically the same idea but verses from childhood poetry, nursery rhymes, songs, and even quotes made by famous authors or the founders of our great nation. My mind is FULL of ideas that I can't wait to create!

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here is a photo of a piece I made called "The Doxology". I know, I really need help with the camera skills! However, I hope you can get the main idea of the piece. My inspiration was an 1800's advertising piece that I found at The Graphics Fairy.  It included the angels with the trumpets, sheep and flourishes. I edited out the advertising words and added the words of "The Doxology". Can you believe my boys, ages 22, 20, and 16 didn't know what the Doxology was!

I printed the design on a natural cotton fabric that looks a lot like natural linen.   The frame is made from wooden house siding from an old Lancaster County home that was torn down and the wood salvaged. The print is 8 x 10 and including the frame it measures approximately 16 x 18.

Please stop by my Etsy shop and let me know what you think.  There is an easy link on the sidebar that will take you directly to my shop.  Thanks so much for your support and I hope you will stop back again soon!