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Monday, August 30, 2010

One of my Favorite Pictures

I love being a missionary. I love living in Eastern Europe. I love working with the people and teaching them scrap booking and paper crafts, but oh do I miss America sometimes. And why you ask? No, it's not the culture, though I do miss the library and coffee at Barnes and Nobel. What I miss most of all is my two daughters and three grand babies. Above is Julia and Jordan. Not shown is their little brother Tripp. Someday, Lord willing, we may be back there to live, but for now it is just visiting now and then.

A Garden Pretty

The last of the day-lilies. Thought you might enjoy it's beauty. Fall leaves some things behind, but brings other things of beauty.

2010 Life Path Challenge

Ever notice how fast the weeks come around, how fast the month passes and soon the year? If you are a crafter, it's already time to be thinking about what to make for Christmas presents and get going. When making such things we think about those we love and how we'd like to honor them with our gift. So today's posting has to do with that.


This could even end up being part of a Christmas present you give them. Or if you are crafting your way through this challenge...do something dedicated and expressive of your love for that person. What better gift to give someone we love than an expression of our love for them and their benefit in our lives. Have fun with it. Coleen

Friday, August 27, 2010



Thursday, August 26, 2010

Blog Award with a Cherry on Top

Just received this from a sweet friend in the U.K. You really need to go over and see her blog cuz it is just beautiful. If you like vintage style, she's the one to pattern after. Just click on the post title and it will take you right there. Tell her I said hi while you're there.

1: THANK THE PERSON WHO GAVE IT TO YOU-THANKS Maisie Sparrow, you're a gem.
2:POST IT WITH PRIDE ON YOUR BLOG- This done and I am honored to receive it.
3: LIST 3 THINGS YOU LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF. Oh dear is right Roz, let's see....
1) I love that God made me one of his children...a joy and a hope for me.
2) I am grateful that I am a missioary and I love Ukraine (17th year).
3) I am glad for the ministry God has given me.
4: POST A PIC YOU LOVE - Ok, I'll have to look around. Do that in the next post.
1) Cassandra at http://www.theglitteredlily.blogspot.com/
2) Kelly at http://kellysartjournaling.blogspot.com/
more later...

Such a Blessing

I have been so blessed to have time this week to lead the ladies of our church in creating crafts during their widows camp. In the top photo you will see it is the Ukrainian tradition to stand while praying so as to give reverence to the Lord. They also cover their heads with scarves. It was a great time for all, but especially for me to be able to play with them in this way.

Vintage Style

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Village of Hope Camp Crafts

These are some of our widow ladies meeting this week at the Village of Hope orphan camp for a time of fellowship and refreshment. I was asked to do crafts with them. Since the weather is still hot here, out of three choices, they chose to do fans and door hangers. I am so grateful for the ladies at First Baptist Church of Carthage, Texas who just sent a box of goodies that helps me to do this work. And these ladies are grateful as well and send their thanks. For more pictures on this event visit our missions blog: http://franksukraine.blogspot.com/ or click on the title.

Monday, August 23, 2010

2010 Life Path Challenge

Vintage is a style I love, I guess because I like the nostalgia of the old pictures. This tag was done with a business card I got in a restaurant in Kiev, Ukraine where we live. Since we are very limited in scrap book/crafting materials here, I use what I can find. This weeks question has to do with nostalgia as well.

What is your most precious childhood memory?

You may have never shared that thought with anyone before, but think how wonderful it would be for others to read something like this long after you and I are gone! Of course, the whole idea of doing this weekly exercise is to have a book or record of some sort filled with things that are precious. If you haven't been here before, please come play with us. Click on the Flickr banner above to see more of the art from this challenge and to download yours. Play once or play weekly. There are many that are writing this challenge as well. Blessings to you all, Coleen

What Lovlies I Received!

These lovelies are a swap I did with Roz from the U.K. The swap was for a 4x6" vintage card in bird theme. I'm altering a book in that theme so I have several lovely pieces to put in it from Roz. It was such a delight to receive her package as she did two pieces instead of one and tied them together with lace. Such a lovely presentation.
This is the back side and I love butterflies. The flower is cut from papers with lovely Christian sentiments. The great fun of swapping is seeing and learning from the techniques of others. Then I teach some of those same ideas to the ladies here in Ukraine when I do my card or scrapbooking classes.
Isn't this a pretty tag? I love the image and the sparkly letters. Roz did both sides so it is hard to decide which side to display at home. Just have to rotate. This was an extra from our swap. What a blessing of generosity.
This is another side of the tag. Here Roz did a glassy technique on the vintage picture. I'll have to get her secret. It was so pretty.

Even the letter I received had such a cute bird picture on it that I had to save that as well. Maybe it will go in my bird book.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I had some of these in the garden, but they didn't do so well after a month of upper 30's Celsius (95-102F.) and no rain. Today we have cooled off and had our first rain in way too long. Thank you Lord for the rain.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

2010 Life Path Challenge

For our question this week I have something that will bring to mind actual physical places, but on the other hand, you might not want to limit it to that. Think outside the box because there is more to this life than what we experience in the physical. Especially when it comes to artsy people. So our question this week is not really a question, but a statement.


Certainly be sure to think about those places you've loved, like homes or vacations and you might want to devote more than one page of art or writing to this, but places you have loved may also be places in your mind....like a creative mood. Keep open and remember, what you put into this is what you will have as a treasure later to share with family and friends. Enjoy. Coleen

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

I wanted to share with you these lovely little ATCs that came to me all the way from Indiana over the big pond to Ukraine from my friend Lindy. I promise you that they are lovlier in person as the camera doesn't really pick up the bling. And I love bling. I"m just a glitzy gal. It is always interesting how God disposes people to one another and this is an example. Thank you Lindy for your kindness and love.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Sometimes I do swaps on Swap-bot.com. I often choose the swap based on something I want to learn from the process of what I am doing. This mini-quilt was one of those. I had a whole month in which to do it, but I kept putting it off. I felt confronted, but then that is why I did it. So I could get past that. In the end, I did it over a couple days and I was happy with the result. I handmade everything including the flowers. No sewing machine. I like working with fabric and want to do more. Hope you like it too.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Mean Guard Dogs

This is Gracie, our watch dog (on the left) and Samson, our real watch dog. Jeff just happened to catch them in a nice morning shot hanging around the front door. It's not hard to figure out what they were waiting for. Notice the hydrangea bush in the background. It has purple and pink blooms all on the same bush. Go figure!

Purple/Pink Hydrangea

I planted hydrangeas probably 10 years ago in our sandy soiled garden and only in the last three years have they finally started blooming. They stayed small for so long and if I really was a gardener I would have figured out to fertilize them or something to give them a boost. Of course we keep putting black soil into the sand every few years, but it doesn't take long before it seems to drop down and disappear. Nonetheless, God is gracious and I have lovely bushes now.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Architecture, Yerevan, Armenia

Somehow through osmosis, I'm sure, my dad instilled in me a love of architecture. I suppose it was his pointing things out and talking about them when I was a kid. In June we were in Armenia where my husband was awarded an honorary doctorate. It was my first time even though he's been working there since 1997. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the buildings from around the city center.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Flying Tangles

Just some zentangle fun, inchie (1"x1") size. Did these for a swap on Swap-bot.com. One inch square is a pretty small size to be working in, but it was fun to do.

Children's Evangelism, Bucha, Ukraine

In late June we had our first overnight camp at the Village of Hope. We had 40 kids plus 20 workers. Attending were youth from Antioch Baptist Church of Conway, Arkansas to help with activities. They did a great job and the kids loved asking them questions and finding out about differences in cultures.It was raining this first morning so activities were indoors.
Joel Matchok doing a great job telling kids why they are special.
Planning session while kids have a rest hour.
Now that is an entrance that means fun for a little kid.

Our U.S. team looking on during an activity.

Guardian at the Gate

Our little front porch bear in full bloom. Looks like before long you won't see him at all. I had a friend last year give me some starts from her beautiful hanging pot. She said just stick them in some dirt and they will grow. I was skeptical. I wanted to root them first in water, but I did as she said. What you see is the result of doing the same thing this past spring. I just broke a few pieces off another and stuck them in the dirt. Amazing how things grow.

Monday, August 2, 2010

2010 Life Path Challenge

This is the front side and below is the back side.
I don't usually do the back side of a tag,but because I like to make them so them so they can be hung from a door knob, that means it has to be balanced. So if I put buttons on one side, I have to balance it. I could do that on the front, but I just got carried away and was having fun.

Question for this week:

I know this sounds like last weeks question, but it is not and actually should bring some different ideas to the forefront of your mind. Take your time and think on this for a bit. It will be quite interesting to have this documented. We all have "events" that shape and mould our minds, hearts and character. What are yours?
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