December 28, 2009

Designer Blogs Giveaway Makeover

Designer blogs has a new look, and to celebrate their first birthday they are giving you a chance to win one of four blog makeovers. Winners will be announced January 18th (instead of the 25th) and all makeovers will be 30% off until the end of January. Enter to win by clicking on the image...

Custom Blog Design

December 22, 2009

How to make Christmas crackers

If you want to know how to make those Christmas crackers this is a good video to watch . Dave Kelly is always a blast . You can find Allison Orthner's blog here and Christy Riopels here

December 20, 2009

A CONTEST

LuShae Jewelry is having a CONTEST! Go HERE to enter for your chance to win $5000 cash to spend anywhere you want and $200 monthly to a random winner. All you have to do is enter your name, email address and blog URL and also display one of their jewelry badges on your blog, website or social profile page and you will be automatically entered each and every month. I thought they were kinda fun , you can see some of the badges below . So if you are curious about the button I will be sporting on my blog ,  this is what it's about . ... with this kinda jewelry I might reconsider getting married ! j/k.

This giveaway is open to all countries. Everyone who enters will also receive a 15% discount off the entire LuShae Jewelry range!

fashion earrings

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December 18, 2009

Dorin's Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I was watching Stephen and Chris yesterday and they made a half-made homemade recipe for these delicious cookie bars.


Because I am going to a christmas party at Trail Bottle Depot on Sunday I thought these would be good to make . They are so easy and I loved watching Stephen and Chris' show yesterday , so I am making them for christmas and for the party. I stuck the recipe in a nice recipe card to print off .



You can find this delicious recipe and more from yersterday's show here.

December 15, 2009

Our Door Decorating Contest .

Our building had a door decorating contest . I won a $20 gift card to Wal-Mart yay! Out of 21 people who entered we were second place . So thank you for that .

To come up with a theme for our door , we chose to call it after the name of our street: Barberry Walk. I thought of just having a christmas tree with 'Berry Christmas' somewhere on it . So this is what we did. I kind of left out the greenery on the right side . I didn't have anymore of it I think. oops :P



For the stump I stuck a picture of our building . It says "Berry Christmas"


The Alphas on the Tree (not the stump) come from cmas alphas from Giggle Scraps at gigglescraps.blogspot.com
Here is our door sideways cause it wouldn't all fit in one frame


We couldn't use paint but it could probably use some more berries and more garland around the door frame .The berries I got at the dollar store. I couldn't find a decent door matt and I didn't know how to make one with letters on it . So the wreaths will have to do . At least it's Christmassy.

We also hung a banner in the hallway

We aren't supposed to cover the emergency info there on the wall lol  Anyway, it's a good thing cause today the fire alarms went off and rang for over an hour . Apparently there was a flood on the 3rd floor . The elevators weren't working either , and there were a lot of perturbed people to say the least , who couldn't use the stairs for one reason or another. A lot of them have medical conditions :(

Veni Veni Emmanuel!

Enjoy a nice advent meditation song.

A Christmas Ornament

This year I had the privilege of entering a christmas splendour ornament exchange . We received a lovely mercury bird clip-on ornament . It was beautiful but my boyfriend dropped it and it broke as he was putting it on the tree that we have .

Thank-you to Beth, who sent her blog address , I contacted her about it and told her we would be willing to pay for one if she were to get another one for us because we liked it so much . I never thought to check out Pottery Barn here in Calgary until after . So , we did. Yesterday. Guess what? We found the EXACT same one we had broken to smitherines!! I was so happy, and so was Phil , that we bought TWO mercury
clip-on birds...
 


See how nice they are sitting in our tree.



Anyway I like to decorate this tree since we have no room for a Christmas Tree . Actually I like those plants . They work perfect as a Christmas tree IMO. Here is our Christmas tree/plant from last year:



and here is this years.



:) It’s perfect for the two of us .

December 13, 2009

What is Christmas?




Here we are talking about the salvation of mankind and of the Incarnation of Christ, the Son of God, who became the new Adam, assuming all that is human, and by this assumption saved and deified man. He came to reconcile us to the Father after the Fall. He became man in order to deliver us from death and corruption and make us the sons and daughters of God and gods by participation. So why did God become man which He was not before? It was to make man god. God desired this so much that Jesus came out of the bosom of the Father without separation, and descended and came to earth for that reason.

He did not come as a Judge to judge the world, not yet, but He came to save it after the Fall. So through the Incarnation of Christ, we, who are corruptible matter are able to partake in His divinity and of His Kingdom if we observe His commandments and His Law. Thus the Word became flesh.

So let Christmas take its real place in our heart and out of respect for our priceless ransom let us love our Lord and Master who paid it. Let us welcome His love and we will know that if He had not wanted to save us after having redeemed us, He would not have descended on earth at all. He would not have been sacrificed because of us. But he did it by His own free will and because of the infinite Love He has for each one of us. But man has distorted the meaning of Christmas. This is what the Lord said once on the 24th December 1991, the eve of Christ's birth...

“...today I come with peace-terms and a Message of Love, but the peace I am offering is blasphemed by the earth and the Love I am giving them is mocked and jeered in the Eve of My Birth; mankind is celebrating these days without My Holy Name; My Holy Name has been abolished and they take the day of My Birth as a great holiday of leisure, worshipping idols...I have warned the world...”
In this message Christ shows us how much He is offended by our indifference and by our deviating His Birth into trivial things, celebrating Christmas in the wrong way and without remembering the real reason. For many people celebrate the Christmas tree instead , and the exchange of gifts, and the food, eating until sick, going on holidays and amusing themselves to folly, instead of adoring Jesus as the first shepherds did in the manger.

The Lord says:
“...Satan is deceiving the world once more with the same lie he deceived Eve ... that they too can be God (1) and are self-sufficient and do not need Me...” June 1, 2002
The world today, our Lord says, refuses the glory of God and prefers to live as if there is no God, for the world is paying no attention to God's Law or precepts. The world refuses to give glory to God and instead glorifies itself, playing God.

Jesus said:
“...they are doing all these things because they have never known either the Father or Myself...all they do is wither their soul for they snapped their navel string attached to Me and that nourished their soul...they are heading willingly into the eternal fires...” July 25/26, 1989
As you see from these messages, God is not pleased, especially when it comes to Christmas time when one should be living Christmas the right way and giving glory to God and remembering Jesus as our Savior who redeemed us.

The article is by Vassula .
(1) 2 Th 2:4, Ez 28:2


Merry Christmas!

The Advent Virus

WARNING……WARNING: ADVENT VIRUS
Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:

  • A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
  • An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
  • A loss of interest in judging other people.
  • A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
  • A loss of interest in conflict.
  • A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)
  • Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  • Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
  • Frequent attacks of smiling.
  • An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
  • An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
Please send this warning out to all your friends. This virus can and has affected many systems. Some systems have been completely cleaned out because of it.

[Taken from Christmas quotes ]

Emmanuel's Song

Emmanuels song was dictated to Vassula Ryden by Jesus Himself. He said that even if you do not know how to sing, that if you say this with the heart , the intonation will turn into a sweet melody in His ears. It is so beautiful and the words are Holy . I love it and I wanted to share this with you for the third Sunday of Advent . REJOICE!

Emmanuel come,
come, My Beloved,
come and revive my soul,
come and endow my soul with life!

Oh Beloved of the Father,
I have opened the door of my heart,
will I have to wait very long
before You step in my chambers?
Your mere passage in my heart
will leave behind a trail
of the most delicate fragrance of Your perfume;
because Your Love will remedy my pitiable soul;
Spirit of Love, grant me only my share of Your Love;
Emmanuel come, come my Perfect One,
come and ravish my soul,
or else destitution shall overtake my miserable heart!

O Beloved of the Father, how Beautiful You are!
Son of the Most High, who is like unto You?
come and draw me in Your Footprints,
we shall take the road together,
we shall follow the signs laid down by Your Father's Hand,
leading to His Garden of Delights,
we shall, my Beloved, with one single heart and one single mind
follow the sweetly scented trail Your Father laid out for me;
to encourage me, He has covered my path with sapphires,
He has for my reassurance signed His Holy Name
with oil all over me;

Oh Beloved of the Father,
You, whose Hands are still dripping with pure Myrrh
since Your Resurrection,
come and ravish my soul with a single one of Your glances,
enough for me to keep my soul tranquil and quiet,
enough for me to rejoice my eyes in Your Presence;
Breath of my garden, Fountain of my soul,
Source of Sublime Love,
altogether adorable and Holy,
of which all fruitfulness comes from You,
pour out Your Spirit on all mankind,
display Your Great Love in Heaven and on earth;

Oh Beloved of the Father, You are wholly Beautiful;
to what shall I compare You my Life?
to a column of incense smoke,
to a ray of glittering Light,
to a breath of pure myrrh;
Your Presence, Lord, stands majestically before me,
and ah, as though I were queen myself,
You raise me to embrace my soul,
delicately whispering Your Love in my ear:

"My dove, I am sick with love for you;
I come from the highest heaven to visit you,
I have laid aside My Crown and descended from My Throne
I will not delay,
only a little while now, a very little while,
and the ban will be lifted,
I will renew you and I will give you back your divinity;

"My beloved, I will give water from the well of Life free
to you who thirst for My Love,
your King will take no rest, none at all, beloved of My Soul,
not until you allow Him to seal on your heart
His Divine Kiss, a Kiss from His Mouth( Song of Songs 1:1)
Have you not noticed how the sun darkens
every time you doubt of My Love?

"approach Me, dearest soul,
and I will pour out on you
countless treasures from My Sacred Heart;
for you alone I have stored them,
to turn your soul fair as in springtime and into an ivory tower,
a Heaven for Myself alone,
have you not realised how I have grafted you to Me?
let Me hear your voice again ...."

How Splendid You are, Anointed One,
Sacrificial Lamb of God,
encircled by Your angels and all the saints,
Irresistible One, Reflection of the Father,
Light thrice holy, One in Three, Three in One Light,
Brighter than a thousand suns,
how have I been deemed worthy
of seeing the Son and in the Son, the Father?

"Have you not heard, My dove,
that the lowly will rejoice in Me
and that the poorest will exult in My Presence?
have you not noticed My weakness I have for the wretched
and how I delight to instruct the poor?"

My God, My God!
who is this arising like dawn
shimmering in the twilight, like the morning star?
who is this fairer than the moon,
adorned with the sun
and a Gate wide open in Her Heart?

"She is the Queen of Heaven,
She is My Mother and your Mother,
the loveliest of women, beautiful as Heaven,
radiant as My Glory, unique in Her Perfection,
the Delight of My Soul,
She is the Woman with the twelve stars on Her Head for a crown,
the Vessel of My Glory, a Reflection of My Eternal Light;
She is the One whose Presence in My Courts
outshines all the constellations put together;
She is the Vessel of the True Light,
The Word, made flesh, and who lived among you,
She is Grace in Grace,
and the Sweetest Song of the psalmists;
She is My Theme of Joy,
My Honour and My Boast,
She is the Gate to Heaven
the One who shows Her children
how to enter into My Kingdom,
She is My Masterpiece,
She is the Consoler of your Consoler,
Co-Redemptress of your Redeemer,
the Bride of My Holy Spirit;

"daughter, I will take no rest,
not until I take you too into My Mother's House
into the Room of Her who conceived Me,
to reveal to you too Her Beauty,
then, all the mysteries that seemed to you like a well of enigmas,
will suddenly like a clap of lightning
be revealed to you too, My beloved,
and you will understand why the Woman clothed with the Sun
descends now from My Courts to you all at a moment so obscure;
let your eyes, My dove, be fixed ahead,
your gaze be straight before you;

"by the Path that I trod on I will return, My love,
I will come and look after My Vineyard Myself,
Emmanuel will be with you;"

I love this Christmas Vector Pack!

Look what Louise of Adorigraphics is giving away for freebie friday ....a Christmas Vector Pack! They are so cute!

If you want to get the  'Christmas Splendour' , kit you can also pick it up from her shop. Heather from butterflygirlms made the blog background I'm using , for freebie fridays. I think they are both AWESOME!




The reindeer ate up the cardboard scraps !



December 10, 2009

Christmas manger digiscrap collections

If anyone is looking to add to their digiscrap collection for Christmas , here are two manger themes. Thanks to the talents of the Scrappy Kat and Tinkay Designs. To get them , click on the images .



and here:



Aren't they nice?! I think if you are into digital scrapbooking these are a must for your digiscrap collection .

December 8, 2009

Free digital scrapbook software

I found new software that I can use for digital scrapbooking today. It is called Serif digital scrapbook Artist! I have heard good things about it at , Scrapshot Magazine and Designs , even better in some ways than photoshop. Anyway I made my first digital scrapbook page ever! lol check it out...


If you click on it , you can get a better look .
It is amateurish , yes. This is my first digital page ever!

December 7, 2009

December 4, 2009

The Weather and Gingerbread Christmas Holiday Train

UPDATE TO LAST POST: RE: GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS

1.  gingerbread Christmas add on pack where I got the cute snowman pic and background from.

2. Here is the blog train where you follow all the different blogs to pick up the whole gingerbread kit as you go along. There are some really nice blogs over @ Lots of pretty thingsAnyway that is just one list I'm sure there are lots more .

3. I'm on a blog train now over at nibblesskribbles but I gotta go to the store to pick something up for supper . The weather is frightening out there , burrrr, there is a :winter snowstorm warning and it supposed to get a lot worse as the day progresses.

Here is a link to the holiday hub





Here is a cookie for you . click on it to go to the designer

December 2, 2009

I'm dreamin ...of a .....merry Christmas!

I just had to take a pause from downloading a lot of fun digital christmas fun scraps and all sorts of things to wish you all a Merry Christmas cause it's coming too fast .lol  Our building is having a door decorating contest and I have a door to decorate by Saturday .  I'm not a designer . I will post a picture of it when I'm done . In fact I think I will go around and take pictures of everyones door lol. (those who are participating in the contest anyway)



See what a nice kit this is?!!! It's called gingerbread christmas AOP by Isabella Le Roux . I'm sorry I don't have the link but you can get your free digy scraps here and everyday there is something new. It won't stop till Christmas . It feels like Christmas dunnit? If all I get this year are digy scraps I'm happy :) I think I'm getting a new printer though ......I hope yay !