Tuesday, December 29, 2009

December 28, 2009 Hello Kitty as... The Cat In The Hat...

This weekend was my daughter's 4th birthday. The theme was "The Cat In The Hat and Other Cats, Too", but it ended up mostly being the Cat In The Hat and Hello Kitty, which was fine, because they are both fun. My daughter loved the very idea of having cats all around, and I surprised her with some fun activities all related to "cat-ness". With that in mind, I thought of how I could make her birthday card a good balance between the two characters, and this is what I came up with .

M, mamma loves you so much! I hope you had as much fun at your party as I did getting it all together. Hugs to you, my sweet girl!!!

(I am a little disappointed because I messed up Hello Kitty's nose and eye placement, so she does not look much like herself. Oh well, it was intended to be her.)

Hope you like it. Have a great day!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December 22, 2009 Christmas Greetings: John 1:4...

John 1:4 (see below in bold and italicized print...)

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1

"In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him." 1 John 4:9

"In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." John 1:4

"...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..." Romans 3:23

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23

Praying that you "...may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- to know the love of christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:18-19

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace." Numbers 6: 24-26

2009 Family Newsletter

Dear Family and Friends,

In a world where gratitude is quickly becoming a lost form of communication and attitude, I am struck by the fact that 2009 has had innumerable moments and challenges which have prompted us to thank God for His continuing faithfulness and help to us and to our family. Just as in preceding years, we have had to face this truth: While we may feel weak, lose control or never have had control to begin with, God is always in control, always trustworthy, always faithful, and never unjust. This understanding has been valuable in our journey in learning to wholly trust in and surrender to Jesus.

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13

Trusting and surrendering, I am learning, must become a lifestyle, a daily habit. So must thankfulness. I am still learning and growing, but here are some of my “Thank You’s” concerning this year:

Thank You, Jesus, for providing a way to go and visit our families and friends in the States last winter; that we were able to celebrate the Holy-days together with them; and that the memories we made still linger sweetly in our hearts.

Thank You, Jesus, for Your peace, wisdom, direction, and help when Dario was hospitalized with pneumonia in February, and for being there for all of the other bouts of illness that have passed our way. For… eventually, they have passed.

Thank You, Jesus, for giving us, me, peace and confirmation to make so many important decisions to change our lives for the better so Anthony and I could be more available to our family; that these decisions released us from things that were important but needed to take a back seat to our spouse, our kids and other things that needed to take precedence. And, thank You for holding my hand along the way.

Thank You, Jesus, for allowing the paperwork and permissions to finally be approved to add on the addition to our home, and for getting us to the point of having walls completed for what will, eventually, be our basement/kid’s play room.

Thank You, Jesus, for providing for all of our needs, in every way, and even giving us some of our heart’s desires.

Thank You, Jesus, that Your Word is true and “never returns void”. We have begun to see the sprouting of some seeds that were planted many, many years ago. It causes our faith to swell in hope and joy.

Thank You, Jesus, for our beautiful family, for my husband who loves me and helps me, and for such great children. Thank You for using them to make me laugh a little every day. “Laughter is like a medicine”, after all.

Thank You, Jesus, for Your inspiration and creativity, which I have asked for more of, and that You have given. Thank You for helping me to use it in encouraging my husband, raising our kids, organizing our home, and in my creative ventures.

Thank You, Jesus, for family who loves us and keeps in touch with us, for kindred spirits, dear friends, and surprise phone calls or letters in the mail.

Thank You, Jesus, for monkey hugs, repeat kisses, and each sweet childish moment that I know will only last for this short season. Thank you for helping me to RELAX and ENJOY my family…

Thank You, Jesus, for needed vacations to the beach, for the escape from every day routines, for the chance to be healthier, and for the chance to make memories with travelling buddies.

Thank You, Jesus, for saving me from my sins, accepting me as Your daughter, loving me no matter what, and for teaching me to appreciate myself for who You have created me to be. We are each “fearfully and wonderfully made.” He has a purpose for each of us in His “Grand Master Plan.” I want to be a part of it, don’t you? So I must, and do desire, to trust in, cling to, rely on, and believe in my Lord.

Thank You, Jesus, for HOPE… that I can know that someday You are coming back for Your children; that I can know that you will take us to live in a beautiful, new home where nothing will ever deteriorate, rot, fall apart, or break again; where there will be fullness of joy, peace and love in Your presence; and where I can be together again with those whom have gone on before us.

On that note… Thank You, Jesus, for Nonna Nunziata (Anthony’s paternal grandmother). When I married into this family she willingly and wholeheartedly adopted me as her grandchild. With a strong will and an amazing perseverance in her faith, we were not surprised to be able to celebrate her 103rd birthday with her in October of this year.

We were saddened, and also full of ironic joy, too, when Jesus called her home on November 10th.

Life has been so full. There is so much more that I am thankful for. As I “count my blessings”, and as I really dwell on every area of my life, I see that the blessings truly are endless, especially when we consider the simple, everyday things that God has given us to enjoy and that so clearly express His love for us. Consider these things: rainbows, sunsets, flowers, waterfalls, etc…

Well, I hope you have enjoyed our family news. And, I hope I have not overwhelmed you with all the words I have inside to share.

We hope and pray that you will have a wonderful Holy-day season. May Jesus encourage and strengthen you to draw closer to Him and to seek after Him with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

In the good times or in the bad time, I will praise You, Jesus!!! Happy Birthday!!!

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

December 20, 2009 My Niece's Birthday Card...

Bloom And Grow In The Light Of The One Called Love... (Lengthy but suits it...)

Today is my fourth niece's birthday party. Here is the card I made her...

S, io ti voglio tanto bene. Auguri e Buon Compleanno!!! :-)

S, I love you so much. Congratulations and Happy Birthday!!! :-)

Friday, December 18, 2009

December 18, 2009 Christmas Post in Italian...

Here is my new Christmas papercut card!!! I love it and am so grateful to God for the inspiration of it.

So... Here is my first of two different Christmas messages. This one is in Italian, and the other I will post at another time (before Christmas Day... hahahhahah!!)

“In questo si è manifestato per noi l’amore di Dio: che Dio
ha mandato il suo Figlio unigenito nel mondo, affinché, per
mezzo di lui, vivessimo.” 1 Giovanni 4:9

“In Lei era la vita, e la vita era la luce degli uomini.”
Giovanni 1:4

“…tutti hanno peccato e sono privi della gloria di Dio...”
Romani 3:23

“Se confessiamo i nostri peccati, egli è fedele e giusto da
perdonarci i peccati e purificarci da ogni iniquità.”
1 Giovanni 1:9

“…perché il salario del peccato è la morte, ma il dono di Dio
è la vita eterna in Cristo Gesù, nostro Signore.” Roman 6:23

“…siate resi capaci di abbracciare con
tutti i santi quale sia la larghezza, la lunghezza, l’altezza, e
la profondità dell’amore di Cristo e di conoscere questo amore
che sorpassa ogni conoscenza, affinché siate ricolmi di tutta
la pienezza di Dio.” Efesini 3:18-19

“Il Signore ti benedica e ti protegga! Il Signore faccia
risplendere il suo volto su di te e ti sia propizio! Il Signore
rivolga verso di te il suo volto e ti dia la pace! Numeri 6:24-26

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

Thursday, December 17, 2009

December 17, 2009 More Crafty Creative, Homemade Gifts and Decorations...

(Got the idea for the Gift in a Jar from Lisa Whelchel's book “The ADVENTure of Christmas”)

(Got the idea for the Gift in a Jar from Lisa Whelchel's book “The ADVENTure of Christmas”)

Christmas Choir/Carolers... http://familyfun.go.com/ (I personally scoured some internet sites for some thumbnail pictures of sheet music and then just saved and printed out the teensy pages to use for these. My friend's two favorite pieces of music are "The Carol of the Bells" and "Angels We Have Heard On High".

The Nativity set up close... (This baby Jesus is one that Antonio made in his 2's class at church nearly 7 years ago. My favorite baby Jesus!!)

Using things I already have, I made a safe section to put out the Nativity set. No little hands can reach, but they can enjoy with the eyes.(Sorry so blurry...) sigh...

What wonderfully colored stockings!!! And they sparkle, too!!! :-)

So pretty!! We are all excited about the stockings... Thanks, mom!

The star has been mounted above a doorway. (Sorry, fall theme crafts are still up. Most of the winter themed crafts have become gifts or are mounted in Luca's school workbook.)

This is my favorite star. Giosaia made it in Pre-k.

The Cat in the Hat is ready for the Holy-days and Miranda's coming party... :-)

Luca with our collaboration... (Mr. Plush Snowman for Papà's Christmas present.)

I love to make gifts!!! I love to brainstorm ideas!!!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

December 16, 2009 Christmas Card...

I am very excited! I designed my own Christmas Card!!! Okay, it is only for personal use, but I love it. I will be unveiling it soon, after I complete our family newsletter. Until then, thank you for checking in.

Have a wonderful day and a very Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

December 9, 2009 Christmas Tree Decoration Gifts (Part 1)...

Inchie Cube Christmas Tree Decorations... Done by my first three kids

Close up of Inchie Cube Christmas Tree Decoration

My two wire art Christmas Tree Decorations...

My first attempt at a wire Christmas tree decoration... extra pieces were tidbits from broken shoes or an old little girl's t-shirt

Close up of one of the Christmas tree decorations... made from an old Christmas card

Candy canes... made from wire and Christmas ribbon

Well, I have not done many papercuts over the last week or so, but... I have been busy nonetheless. Here are some of the projects I have been working on. These are for gifts. The recipients do not check on here often, so those of you who know who they are going to... don't tell! :-)

I found these ideas on the following sites:

http://familyfun.go.com/ (candy canes... I did not do it exactly as they did)
(Wire Christmas Tree decorations... added my own details)

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2008/11/17/inchie-ornament-tutorial/ (Inchie Cubes)

I have some other things I may be finishing up soon. Keep on the lookout!

Have fun being creative in any way you know how!!! Happy Holy-days!!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

December 3, 2009 Serenity Paper Collage...

****** Geometric Collage: Serenity... (the stars are in place of the name of the person who will be receiving it)

Well, this piece isn't really a normal papercut. It is more of a paper collage. I like it, though. It was a nice change and brought satisfaction to accomplish it.

I made it for one of my family members for Christmas. It reminds me of the Serenity Prayer, "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

Sunday, November 22, 2009

November 22, 2009 Taste And See That The Lord Is Good...

Salmo 34:8a (Psalm 34:8a) says, "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good..."

I will have this verse in my kitchen someday. I think of it and am just reminded of all the blessings that God has allowed to be a part of my life. So many memories have been made around the table where... we eat the bounties of our Precious and most faithful Savior.

This particular cut was made for a young person at our church who just celebrated his 18th birthday today. It was such a fun party! I knew most of the people and I felt so happy to be soaking up everyone's sweet babies and young kids, since we did not take our own. :-) Good food, good company, and yummy dessert. Yay!

He is going to school to be a chef, so this was a great idea for him. I love the verse for him, and it was nice to have a reason to do a cut for it.

click to enlarge the image...

Have a GREAT day!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

My First Published (Art) Work!!!

It is with great pleasure and much excitement that I announce the coming of a new book called "Exploring the Latest Trends in Mixed Media Arts- Volume 2".

I am excited because... I have one of my creative projects which is being printed in it!!! Yes!!! I am not at liberty at this point to share my project directly with you, but if you check out the book, you will be able to see it. I am one of the "guest artists". :-)

Let me know what you think if you do get a chance to see it! :-)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

November 10, 2009 Le Vite- The Vines...

Le Vite... The Vines

This card was inspired by a book... "4000 Flower & Plant Motifs: A Sourcebook" by Graham Leslie McCallum. My friend, Kathy, owns it and leant it me.

Thank you, so much...

I tell you, my heart got so excited over the beauty and potential of this book. The creative ideas flowed, and I poured over the images as if they were chocolate morsels to my creative soul. I did NOT replicate the images, and would prefer not to; but I did glean ideas from two specific examples on pages 71 and 334.

I was also reminded about a verse from John 15:5, where Jesus says of Himself, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit..."

I made this card after days of brainstorming for inspiration for a card for my Father-in-law's birthday. When this idea came up, I KNEW it would be perfect for him.

So... Happy Birthday, Dad!

P.S. Please pray for my father-in-law and our family as we deal with the death of my father-in-law's 103 year old mother, my husband's grandmother, this past Tuesday, the 10th. (The exact day this cut was completed.)

Thank you.

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November 8, 2009 Birthday Balancing Act...

Balancing Act By The Cat In The Hat...

Happy 2nd Birthday to my youngest son, Dario!!! His birthday was on Monday, and we had a great party for him on Sunday.

Lots of people who love him were around to share in our joy and gratefulness for God's faithfulness to us through each year.

Dario dealt with Congenital Muscular Torticollis and a few months of physical therapy associated with that, being sick many, many times, and he overcame a powerful bout of pneumonia last February. In his short two years, we have seen that God is real, He hears and answers prayer, and that He is oh so faithful.

The theme that I chose for his party was "The Shape of Me And Other Stuff" by Dr. Seuss. What greater way to bring in a "2" birthday than celebrating the gift of the shape we are in!!! There were shapes everywhere, and lots of color and stripes. There was also the verse from Psalm 139:14 which says,

"I will give thanks to You,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well."

What a blast! We played games, laughed, and just made some neat memories.

I hope you will enjoy this "silhouette and shapes" card which was made with much love for my sweet and most happy little man. I love it and think it is perfect for him. :-)

Happy Birthday, My Sweet Dario! We love you so much and are so grateful for you!!! Remember that the most important thing you can EVER do in your life is... to choose to be a friend of Jesus!!!

And, Friends and Family... That goes for each of YOU, too.

With many thoughts,


To see up close, click on the image... card

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Prairie Patchwork

Miriam's mommy is my friend. She and her family went on a trip last year and her mommy came back with a special gift for me... a snow globe with a Holly Hobbie image in it. I loved the sweet gingham and patchwork apron, the bonnet, and the petticoat peaking from beneath her dress. I loved the gathered blue flowers in her hands. And I loved the words painted along the base of the snow globe... "Love can brighten any day!" It was a special gift indeed.

Miriam's 1st birthday is this Saturday. I knew that I wanted to make her a unique card/gift to mark this special milestone of exiting babyhood and entering childhood. Problem was... I was having a problem coming up with something different.

Have you ever had the problem? When you got stuck into a routine of doing the same thing and had a hard time getting out of it. Some of my papercuts have stuck to a very distinct pattern, and I knew that was not what I wanted for THIS particular gift. But I had no idea what to do instead. So... I went into my china cabinet for some girlie inspiration. And there I had a "Voila!" moment and knew JUST what I would do.

Here we have a Holly Hobbie-ish image that I freehanded from the image in the snow globe, and then I added the very beautiful papers which were provided by my sister-in-law when she came to visit recently. Yeah for lovely papers!!!

I was SO pleased with the result, and both I and my husband agree that this is one of our favorites. I hope you like it as well.

Miriam, Happy 1st Birthday!! May the Lord continue to bless your life in amazing ways! We love you!

If you would like to see the image a bit closer, just click the picture.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

October 24, 2009 A Boy's Dinosaur Birthday Card...

Pterodactyl And Stegosaurus Enjoying The Day...

This is for a boy I know whose birthday party we are going to today...

Samuel, Happy 7th Birthday!!

Dinosaurs are one of the most intriguing creatures in history... (I said ONE of them, not THE MOST!) ;-) How befitting it is to have a "Dinosaur" themed party for this age. 7 is full of mystery. How a child's mind works and learns, mysteries become unveiled, so many things learned.

Wow, thinking about it all- dinosaurs, boys, and so many other things- and how it all works makes me in awe of our most AWESOME CREATOR. Thank you, Lord!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

October 23, 2009 Love Grows...

Love Grows...

This is based off of another cut I did for my nephew when he was born. This one is to my cousin, N.

Sometimes you just need to use snail mail to give that extra special touch of "I Miss You And Think Of You All The Time". Email is great, but snail mail... there is nothing that compares to the joy of opening the mailbox and getting a personal letter, with words carefully scrawled out, thoughts, encouragements, and sometimes funnies and maybe some extra little tidbits tucked inside.

Call me old fashioned, but I miss the days when I had to wait a week or even two for that letter I was expecting from that special person in my life. No, I do not mean a boyfriend. I mean cousins, grandparents, friends, my parents, anyone I cared for... The anticipation, the thrill of it finally arriving, the step by step opening while trying not to tear the precious paper inside, and soaking up every blessed word... sigh...

What special and (mostly) pleasant memories. I cannot wait to get this out to N. Yay!! She is not expecting it!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

October 19, 2009... Sputtering and Growing...

Wilderness Beauty... Nathalie's Papercut

Consuming Fire... based on 1 Kings 18: 24, 38

Verse 24 says, "Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God..."

Verse 38 says, "Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water..."

The idea for this cut has been on my mind for a long time. It is such a powerful story and it makes my heart swell with joy and rejoice over the Lord's faithfulness. He did not just consume the sacrifice, but went the extent of consuming everything near to the sacrifice as well. It just amazes me, His grandness, His power, His faithfulness... Wow!

To read more about this particular story, go to 1 Kings 18... Fascinating.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Cake As Poetical As A Rainbow... Gorgeous!

Whisk Kid: Say it with Cake...

I have found the cake I would consider using for every birthay from now until my last child is 18. It is gorgeous, and is SO fun. Come check it out!!! Click the link above.

And have a great day!

Monday, September 28, 2009

September 28, 2009 Autunno A Cassano...

Autunno A Cassano (A.K.A. Autumn In Cassano)

This papercut is for my friend, Sue, and her family. They are moving back to the States. It is another hard move for me. Not only is Sue my friend, but her oldest son, N., is one of Luca's dearest friends. He does not have many, so it stinks that they will not grow up together.

I am grateful, though, that we have had them as a part of our lives. We actually have not spent that much time together, but... the time we HAVE spent has been so enjoyable.

We miss you already, Sue, A, and family. God bless you, keep you safe, and draw your hearts closer to His. We love you, and look forward to when we can be together again.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

September 19, 2009 Autumn Is Upon Us!...

Autumn Pleasures...

Another Autumn is upon us, and with it many changes. In preparation for the routines that Nature follows, the leaves will change color, if you have those kinds of trees near you, which I mostly do not. I miss that.

But we do have many fruit and nut bearing trees that are known to this area. So harvesting is just round the corner.

In all of the changes that are overtaking the scenery and routines, with summer over, school begun and harvesting being prepared for, there is also, today, the birthday of my oldest nephew. He is 24 today. Amazing. To think, he was just turning 14 when I first met him. And now, he is a man.

Life is definitely full of changes. I have said it many times before. It is sad sometimes to see how quickly it all goes, but... at the same time, it is very exciting.

I look forward to seeing where the Lord directs your life, Ale. May your heart always be directed to follow in His steps and where He leads you.

With so much love,
Zia Celita

Thursday, September 17, 2009

September 18, 2009 As Promised... THE WINNER IS...

NATHALIE THOMPSON!!! You are the winner!!! Click her name or click HERE to find out more about Nathalie and her lovely, creative blog and her Etsy Store.

Browse around and be amazed at the endless creative possiblities that are around you, too. Have fun being creative!!


Sunday, September 13, 2009

September 13, 2009 Romani 12:12...

Romani 12:12 (AKA Romans 12:12 Says, "...rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer..."

Life is full of so much change. I have always been challenged by the "hellos and goodbyes" of life, sometimes by death, sometimes by moves, sometimes by a change of interest, sometimes just because.

Today is the last day a cousin-friend of ours will be living in our small town. She will be leaving very early in the morning to move to Milan. We will miss her very much. She is great with my kids, is a sweetheart, and is a part of this community. It will be odd not having her around, maybe indefinitely, but I do not mourn her going. Rather, I just want her to always remeber that wherever she goes she is not alone. I, we, desire that "God protect her, keep her, make His face shine upon her and be gracious to her, and that He give her peace", but we also look forward to seeing the growth and maturation that will become "her" while away from all she has ever known.

God go with you, Titzy. Vi vogliamo tanto bene!!! (We love you so much, T...)

By the way, click HERE to enter my upcoming giveaway. You have until September 17, 2009!!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Our 10th Wedding Anniversary Card (mine to my hubby)...

This is the card I made for my husband for our 10th wedding anniversary. See my message to him HERE...

And join in a giveaway I am hosting in honor of this special day HERE!!!

A Mix Of Days...

Today is an odd mixture of anniversary days for me...

Please click HERE to see what I wrote about it.

Have a great day!

OOH!! A Prompt Journal...

I love this idea... a prompt journal.

"20 library book pocket cards, bound together with sturdy chipboard covers,
and using a lovely patina-ed antique silver wire.
This handy little prompter measures approx. 3" x 5".
Of course, every page has a book title which suggests something to write about or
illustrate. It could also be used for a spontaneous game of charades!"

That is what my blogging friend, Nathalie, says as she describes a giveaway she is hosting to win one such prompt journal. I love it and would totally use it.

If you are interested in putting in your comment to win as well, click HERE!!!

Try to do something creative today, and have fun doing it!!

I will do just that! :-)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Papercut Giveaway!!!... (see below)

In honor of my and my husband's 10th wedding anniversary which is coming up in a few days, and because I have reached my 100th post on this blog, I thought I would host another papercut giveaway. What do you say? Are you up for it?

I would like you to answer this question, as a way to comment and possibly encourage others as well...

"Which verse, quote, or saying has inspired you in your marriage? And why has it touched you?"

For me, there are SO many, but I cannot let go of the idea that we are to "encourage one another daily". I know that I often think of it for my friends, my family members, my kids, but... I have a clearer understanding that it especially applies to my husband.

And, in those moments, which have been many, when I have not known HOW to encourage Him, I have gone and prayed to our Maker and Best Friend, Jesus, imploring Him to give me ideas since He knows and loves my hubby even better than I do. You see, He knows each of us down to the very cores of our beings, the things we think, feel, hear, see, breath. He loves each of us intentionally and intensely. I cannot be that to anyone without His help. For His is a pure, true, and holy love. So, when I ask Him into my marriage, my days, our joys and challenges, it gives us, as a couple, and our family, the opportunity to see God do amazing things, with love, and according to His perfect plan for each and every one of us.

I desire to trust in, cling to, rely on, believe in and live for Jesus with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Yes, there are moments when we, I, are weak, tired, discouraged, frustrated, but that does not change the fact that God is still there, wanting to be a part of our days, our lives, and each moment.

Lord, take my marriage, my family. I dedicate it to you once again. Make "beauty from our ashes" and bring to completion the work that You have begun in us. Thank you for loving each of us so much. Help me, my family and friends, and each reader to feel Your presence and be drawn into the sweetness of your rest, comfort, joy, and peace. Amen.

The verse in 1 Corinthians that says "(Love) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things...!" has also had great impact on me.

To enter the giveaway:

1) For one entry, leave a comment on this post answering the above questions (INCLUDE YOUR NAME SO I KNOW WHO IS LEAVING THE COMMENT ALONG WITH A WAY TO CONTACT YOU).

2) To leave a second comment for a second chance to win, link me on your blog and come back here with the info on where I can find where you did so. (leave a separate comment from #1's comment) AND (INCLUDE YOUR NAME SO I KNOW WHO IS LEAVING THE COMMENT ALONG WITH A WAY TO CONTACT YOU)

The giveaway will be open until September 17, and I will inform you of the winner on the 18th.

Weave Your Way In Me, Lord...

This is how I feel about my papercuttings... It is my own tangible way to understand God's own role in being Creator, Master, Artist of my life. I have an idea which I draw out in pencil. I correct, adjust, and organize, then I cut it out carefully, anticipating that, with each snip or slice, I am getting closer to the official surprise piece of art. I am never 100% sure how a piece will come out, but I love that rush of hope and joy that fills me as I see it all coming together.

I love that God KNOWS the perfect way to Create, Correct, Adjust, Organize me and my life. He does not guess, but KNOWS. I can trust that He really does see the whole picture, and He knows what is best. His seeing is for the past, the present, and the future, and my ways, in every sense, are known to Him.

Weave Your way in me, O Lord!!

Philippians 1:6 says, "being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ..."


Jeremiah 29:11 says, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Corrie ten Boom Quote: (which I remembered when looking at Mud And Coffee's blog... Thank you for the reminder!!)


My life is but a weaving
between my God and me,
I do not choose the colors
He worketh steadily.

Oftentimes He weaveth sorrow
and I in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper
and I the underside.

Not 'til the loom is silent
and the shuttles cease to fly,
will God unroll the canvas
and explain the reason why

the dark threads are as needful
in the skillful Weaver's hand,
as the threads of gold and silver
in the pattern He has planned.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Less is more???...

I have had to do some soul-searching both spiritually and creatively in the last few minutes, and I realized... I am not a fan of "less is more"!! In my papercuts I have come to relish color, while still appreciating the works of fellow papercutters whose work is more muted in tone.

I am going through a phase, let us call it, of wanting color, color, and more color. And less color is not satisfying to me.

The last two cuts I made are an exception, though. There is a time for everything, it says in Ecclesiastes, and those two cuts needed to be more calm.

I have seen that my life, in general, often reflects little desire to live with "less". It is easy to fall into the "unsatisfied" mode and always want more, more, more, but... It is never quite satisfying, is it?

I think there is a good reason why Paul says in the book of Corinthians that he had learned "in whatever state I am in, to be content"... He learned the value of doing with what he had, the value of suffering and still being able to praise and give glory to God with thanksgiving in spite of it.

Ouch! Not such easy lessons to learn, I tell you, but I am learning that I need that.


"Less is more" may not always be comfortable, may not be what I always want, but... Who actually said, or why would we think, that "having it all" is better in the long run?

September 7, 2009 Sister-in-law Birthday Cut...

Isaiah 26: 3-4

Says, "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord is everlasting strength."

That was the verse that touched my heart today. As I did this papercut, I originally thought of the title "I surrender all"; but this verse came to mind as I was brainstorming, and it fit PERFECTLY. So... God inspired the title, since I was not on that track.

Peace is not something we can naturally attain, as some people might try to make us believe. It isn't just about a white flag that we wave in surrender to our will, or some other more powerful force, or otherwise. It IS, rather, found in trusting and surrendering to God above, who knows the best way for each of us. When we trust in, cling to, rely on, and believe in Him as a small child does to his father, we learn that He directs us, guides us, challenges us to grow in His loving way, and He gives us "strength for today and hope for tomorrow". His discipline is not to destroy us, but... to make us better and help us.

Ironic? Maybe so. But, I guarantee that we will be much better off if we lean on Him instead of ourselves.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6

You may be a good person, but the smallest sins that exist in our lives mess up all the goodness. It is like mixing just a smear of dog poop into a chocolate cake. Putting it that way, "a little goes a long way" in destroying the goodness.

God's standards of goodness are not our own. He regards a lie as murder, and lust as adultery. That is intense, but His ways are perfect. He plans are perfect. If we do not surrender to His ways, and trust in them, we will always struggle to have peace, hope, inexplicable joy, and true and amazing Love in our lives.

Those things and all things truly good are found in God, whom loves and cares for us.

Monday, September 7, 2009

September 6, 2009 Just Back From The Beach...

We have just returned from the beach. Although I took my papercutting equipment with me, I did not have the opportunity to do any cuts. :-( I was sad about that, but I believe that my creative break was also a little necessary.

Anyhow, here is the newest cut based on a wooden piece of art that we picked up from someone selling them on the beach. I loved it at first glance, knew I wanted it, and knew I wanted to see how I could do a papercut on it.

(Note to my papercutting buddies: is that allowed?)

Blessed And Joyful...

That is how I feel about motherhood, even with all of its challenges, difficulties, and passing milestones... I miss my babies already, for my baby is a toddler now, and my others are getting so big so very fast. sigh...

This is the wooden piece of art that we bought, alongside the papercut. There are some differences that I added or took away in making the cut. I really like it... It is very simple, but lovely.

This papercut is a gift to a very good friend of mine, Kathy. She just celebrated her birthday while we were away.

Kathy, Love you. Happy Belated Birthday!!!

If you desire to see it in larger form, just click the picture.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

August 25, 2009 Two Cuts For Two Trades... Yay!!!

Based on 1 Corinthians 16:13
"Watch, STAND FAST in the faith, be brave, be strong..."

It has taken on personal meaning for me, and I have recently been thinking on how often I am weak and feel that I can barely kneel much less stand. But... The Bible is clear to state that "when we are weak, God is strong." With Him on our side, we are strong when we remain focused and in tune with Him. We fight our best fights while on our knees--- in Prayer!! One of my cousins reminded me almost a year ago... "Prayer is the work!!" Oftentimes we think of praying when our circumstances have gotten too bad for us to handle or to know what to do. In reality, how much better would it be if we started off with it?

It also reminds me of this verse that has come to mean SO much to me... Romans 12:12 "...rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer..."

Well, it is something to think on... Fight the good fight... Have a blessed day!

The Outer Road (Made for Trade with Bernie)...

Friday, August 7, 2009

August 7, 2009 25th Wedding Anniversary Card...

25 Years Of... Loving And Growing Through The Mountains And The Valleys"

This cut was made for my Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law who just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

Marriage is full of it's challenges and its triumphs, its joys and its sorrows... It is FULL. There are moments high and moments low. In my own marriage and my sister-and-brother-in-law's marriage, we have seen God help us through each moment of every day. We have had Him give us "strength for today and hope for tomorrow". He has filled us with peace and joy unspeakable in some of the hardest moments of our lives, and He has provided for our needs.

The length of years, the love still found and growing... it is ALL a testimony of God's amazing FAITHFULNESS.

Congratulations, Dina and Elio!!! And... Thank you, Jesus!!!

The four buds are symbols of their four children. The roses symbolize them and their love. And, as clearly seen, there are mountains and there are valleys. They are in between, under the shining Sun, which sybolizes The Son, Jesus...

Saturday, August 1, 2009

August 1, 2009 Two Cuts For One Goodbye...

God Bless...

The Clothesline (Aka: Corda Per Bucato)...

Our special friends from the American base are moving back to the States. We are... sad for us, happy for them. We had a going away party for them yesterday, and I made two cuts for them. The bootshaped one was the group card, and the Clothesline cut was our gift to them...

We love you guys so much! We pray for you, and Hold You In Our Hearts!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

July 25, 2009 Birthday Cards For Two Special Kids In Our Lives...

Happy Birthday To You! (I wish I could type in little music notes...)

This card was especially made for Luca's little friend Nicholas V. Tonight he is celebrating his last birthday here in Italy, as he is moving back to the United States with his family in just a few weeks. The cake expresses it best- in the colors of the Italian and American flags.

Just remember that each is a part of you, Nicholas! We will miss you, and we hope you have a wonderful and memorable birthday!!

By the way, have I recently mentioned how much I enjoy polka dots?

Best Wishes... For Isabella S.

This cut was made from wrapping paper. I loved the pattern on it, and just had to use it for something special. Wrapping paper tends to leave more rough edges and snags more because it is a delicate paper to cut into, but it turned out pretty well.

Happy Birthday, Isabella!

Both cards are brighter in person, by the way. If you would like to see them a little closer, just click on the image.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

July 19, 2009 Hubby's Birthday Card...

I Give You My Heart...

Although we had a party, too, this was the best birthday gift I had to offer him this year.

"Anthony, I love you. I thank God for the days He has blessed you, and essentially us, with. For we know that "this is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it."

Psalm 118:24

Happy Birthday!!!"

Saturday, July 18, 2009

July 17, 2009 Two New Baby Cuts And A Happy Birthday Cut, Too...

Geremia 29:11 #2 (scripture reference is in Italian spelling)

This cut is for the baby boy born to a neighbor of ours down the street. I have yet to meet this new, little blessing from God, but I plan to soon.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 says, "For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart."

To me, that is a "hope mingled with joy" cut. I have had my personal journeys in search of truth, and I have found God. I am continuing on in my journey, sometimes walking, running, trudging through. When I have been too weary to take the steps to continue on, He has met me where I am. He is a faithful and loving God. Thank you, Jesus!

The Visitor (AKA in Italian... Il Visitatore)

This cut is for a friend of mine who just had a baby girl. She lives far up north but is here visiting family for summer vacation. So I get to share this with her before she goes back to her home.

Happy Feet Playing Soccer...

My second son just celebrated his 7th birthday, and we had a "Footbook" And All Things Feet party. It was a blast. I have yet to post pictures, but when I do, I will attach the link.