Necktie Angels Tutorial

I really enjoy doing recycle crafts.  I was browsing Pinterest for simple, cute, recycle crafts I could work on for a craft fair I am planning.  I found a really cute angel that was made from a necktie.  I was even more excited when I walked in my local thrift store and found ties on sale 4/$1.  So, being the impulsive crafter that I am, I grabbed up a bunch of ties, went home, and looked at the picture only to realize I would need other supplies to do these angels.  So, like many crafters, I just sat down, started cutting, and came up with my own way to do the angels.  This is what I came up with:





I shared my final product on Craft Hoarders Facebook Group.  Some of the crafters asked for instructions of what I did, so this is my attempt to give a quick, pictorial tutorial.  (Like how I rhymed there? :))




Ok, here we go:IMG_20171031_152645007_1

First, get a necktie and cut off about a foot from the wide end.







Flip the tie over and pull apart the seam, exposing the interfacing, and cut off about an inch.



Then, put a dot of hot glue on each corner and fold over like this:IMG_20171031_152925216Fold that over and glue it down, then thread a piece of heavy string through the pocket.  I used jute because, well, I am a “craft hoarder” and I have a huge spool, and it is cheap, and it works…




Take the ends of the string and tie it tightly in a knot, making a little circle out of the top of the tie.





I found these little ornaments at $Tree.  They are the perfect size for angel heads.  Take one of the ornaments and cover the hanger end with hot glue and put hot glue on the gathered circle, mash them together, and just be patient while it cools off.  Sing a verse from your favorite childhood song or your favorite hymn while you wait, and it should be just about enough time for it to cool down and stick.  Can you see it coming together, now??

Now, take the thin end of the tie and tie a simple knot about two inches from the end, and cut it off so the knot is in the middle.  Flip the angel over and hot glue the ends to the back, centering the knot on the front.

Make a bow from wired ribbon.  I did a double bow because my ribbon is not very wide. Hot glue the bow to the back.  Again, exercise the virtue of patience!!  I used a glitter pipe cleaner to make a halo and glued it on.

I added a hanger made from heavy fishing twine, and there you have it.  Please share your pictures if you make one.

IMG_20171031_155553019.jpgHave a great, creative crafting day!!

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Diabetes Awareness Month-New Recipes

As a diabetic trying to eat healthier, I had to find something that would satisfy my sweet tooth. The catch is, my body has reactions to almost every sweetener on the market, so I use sugar in moderation… But that doesn’t help the sweet tooth. I have found a collection of sweets and snacks that use things like palm sugar and honey. Tonight, I am trying a chocolate almond mug cake with just one Tablespoon of my favorite low fat ice cream. I am loving this!!

November is Diabetes Awareness month. Yes folks, the fold who decide to bring awareness to diseases picked the month that begins a string of sweet devouring holidays as Diabetes Awareness month. I am going to attempt to find some diabetic friendly recipes and try them out. I will share the recipes and my thoughts and experiences with these throughout the month.

This is my first. The recipe makes four servings. I made up the dry ingredients and put them in a jar and divided the wet ingredients.

This mug cake is awesome. It is something different. Rich chocolate with creamy almond filling and crunchy bits of almond was overly sweet. I added just 1 tablespoon of low fat ice cream to tone it down. If I had some cream, I would have used homemade whipped cream. With that, this just!!


2-Minute Chocolate Almond Mug Cake

The wet ingredient measurements for one cake are added to 2 tbsp of dry mix:

1 1/2 teaspoon honey
1 tbsp milk or almond milk
1 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil (as a heart patient,I used olive)
Pinch of kosher salt.

Filling for 1:
1 tbsp almond butter
1/4 teaspoon coconut palm sugar

I ground 4 almonds for the top. If you try it, let me know what you think!!

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Genuine Faith: By Faith

In studying through Hebrews 11 over the last few days, we see so many examples of faith. Rachel Wojo, the organizer of this Bible Study, summed up this chapter like this:

By faith, they offered, pleased, built, obeyed, received, blessed, instructed, refused, crossed, lived, conquered, administered, obtained, shut, quenched, escaped, gained, received, and raised to life. What will you do by faith?

In our Life Group at NLC, we have talked about preparing for persecution. The end of Hebrews 11 addresses that very topic. In looking at this, I saw some points I have not realized before. Let’s look at what the Word says:

Hebrews 11:32-38

“And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.”

In telling about this amazing list of those who had faith, Paul says that if he also told about the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, time would fail him. He tells of the great things they did and then includes others who have done great things by faith and lists, not what they did, but what happened to them. They were mocked, punished severely, put in chains and prison, stoned, sawn in two, tempted, and put to death with the sword. They lived destitute and poorly treated because of this faith, wandering the deserts and living in caves and holes.

The church of today, who unapologetically upholds Scripture and refuses to make allowances that better fit into the world’s ideas, are already seeing mocking, punishment by fines or loss of job, some have even been imprisoned. There is definitely temptation to follow after the world and try to fit Jesus into that ideology. During my lifetime, being raised with stories of the lives of missionaries, I have always heard of these things in other countries, those who were killed because of teaching God’s Word, but never did I dream I would see this same treatment in America.

But do you see that small little bit of encouragement that can easily be missed. It is a reminder that the people of God do not “belong” to the world, in the words, “men of whom the world was not worthy.”

In the words of Christ,

“If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.” (John 15: 19)

Is your faith a real, genuine faith, one that could likely bring persecution in your life? God never, anywhere in His Word, promises happiness for His people. He does promise, to the people of genuine faith, hatred by the world, and the promise of a better life after this one.

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Recipe Reduction Rehab: Upside Down Pizza

I love watching a show called “Recipe Rehab.”  I love all of the new recipes I see there.  I do have one problem with the show.  When I take a family favorite and make it healthier, I want it to be as close to the original as possible, not change it into a completely different dish.  Today’s recipe I will be making healthier is UpsideDown Pizza.  Now, the recipe I found, first was a healthier version than the original posted here, but I have since found a way to make it even healthier, still.  So, here we go…

I am using SparkPeople’s recipe calculator to get an accurate calorie and fat count.  The original recipe, is  LOADED with fat, calories, and grease ( and includes ground beef, pepperoni, and lots of cheese, with refrigerated crescent rolls.  So how does this add up?
Nutrition Facts:

    • Calories631.5
    • Total Fat43.0 g
    • Saturated Fat17.9 g
    • Polyunsaturated Fat1.0 g
    • Monounsaturated Fat11.0 g
    • Cholesterol110.1 mg
    • Sodium1,288.6 mg
    • Potassium552.3 mg
    • Total Carbohydrate29.5 g
    • Dietary Fiber2.8 g
    • Sugars6.7 g
    • Protein29.9 g

To rehab this recipe,  I used lean ground beef, reduced the amount of pepperoni to about 18 slices.  That came out to about 3 slices per serving, and the pepperoni I used was 10 calories per pepperoni.  I reduced the amount of mozzarella to 4 oz. (one cup of grated), and I didn’t use crescent rolls.  The topping recipe is: 1 cup flour, 1 cup skim milk, 2 eggs, 1 Tbsp olive oil.  Pour the topping on top before baking.

This comes out to be:

  • Calories388.6
  • Total Fat17.7 g
  • Saturated Fat6.2 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat0.3 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat2.1 g
  • Cholesterol62.5 mg
  • Sodium685.2 mg
  • Potassium90.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate24.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber1.6 g
  • Sugars4.1 g
  • Protein31.4 g


    That is cutting calories by 242.9 calories, fats by 25.9 g., Sat. Fat was cut by 11.7 g., cholesterol by 47.6, and because I am a stroke patient, the sodium is so important.  Sodium was cut from 1288.6 to 685.2. That is a reduction of almost 47%!!  The important thing is, this healthier version is my family’s favorite meal.  I have made the more fattening one and the comments were negative.  They complained about the grease, even though I had drained and rinsed, the bake in the oven pulled out more fat.  They didn’t like the crust of crescents (which also adds grease) like the one I made.  It was too thick for them.  The more pepperoni used, the more grease is added.  I actually got sick from one serving of the higher fat version, from the amount of grease.

    My family actually likes a thinner crust, so if you also like a thinner crust, just cut the topping recipe in half.  That changes the nutrition to:

    • Calories317.1
    • Total Fat15.2 g
    • Saturated Fat6.0 g
    • Polyunsaturated Fat0.2 g
    • Monounsaturated Fat1.2 g
    • Cholesterol62.0 mg
    • Sodium676.4 mg
    • Potassium47.4 mg
    • Total Carbohydrate15.8 g
    • Dietary Fiber1.3 g
    • Sugars3.1 g
    • Protein28.2 g

      This is a picture of tonight’s Upside down pizza.  I often use what I have on hand and change to fit my time schedule.  I happened to have a flat crust made with honey that I had found at Dollar Tree.  I cut the edges to fit the disposable pan I had.  It was a time saver, and actually cut even more calories.  A salad on the side is a healthy, filling addition to this meal.



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      Genuine Faith: Do You Have It?

      Rachel Wojo’s “Genuine Faith Bible Reading Plan” for day 2 was Hebrews 11:1-10. This section is focused on the triumph of faith, and begins, what many call the “Faith Hall of Fame.”

      Abel’s faith was shown through the sacrifice he offered to God, which led to a fit of rage from his brother Cain, whose offering was not as pleasing to God. Cain killed Abel out of this prideful rage and even though Abel died that day, the testimony of his faith lives on. When your days on earth are no longer, will others still talk about your walk of faith, the sacrificed you made for the glory of God?

      Enoch lived a life pleasing to God, because of his faith, and Scripture tells us he was “taken up so that he would not see death.” (v. 5) Verse 6 speaks volumes to us, today.




      “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”




      This verse tells us that coming to God in faith is a belief in the existence of God, but also the action of “seeking” God.

      When things are going well in our lives, it is easy to see God at work. We have to ask ourselves, “When things get tough, do I seek God, or do I become complacent in my quest to seek after God?”

      Next, we see Noah. He was a man of faith, so strong, that God warned him of coming danger and gave him directions to be able to save his household. Noah was ridiculed for doing something no one else had done. He was shamed by people for following what God directed him to do because it seemed crazy to the world around him. Verse 7 says,

      “By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to his faith.”

      Noah’s inheritance of righteousness was not given because of the work he had done in building the ark, it was given in accordance with his faith. This reminds me of another verse from Ephesians.

      “For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

      God gifts us with the faith, which will bring us to salvation. He gives us this faith so that we can’t boast in what we have done, but what He does. We should be taking a look at our walk of faith. Does it go along with the world, or does it often look out of place to the world around you bringing ridicule and shame from others? I pray that God grants the kind of faith that keeps me obedient to Him, even when those of the world think I am going “overboard” or being “fanatic.”

      And then there is Abraham. God had made a promise to him that he would receive an inheritance and God called him to go. Abraham had no idea where he was going, but he went, obeying God. He lived in the land of his inheritance as an outsider, a foreigner, in tents, looking for a city in which God would be the architect, builder, and foundation. Does your walk of faith take you to places where it is hard to see God as the designer? Has God called you to be in a place you don’t want to be? Whether physically or emotionally, God is in control of your calling. He plans ahead of time, for our walk on this earth. Another verse that confirms this is Acts 17:26-28:

      “and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’”

       In closing today, I am praying for God to grant me the faith of Abel, to sacrifice for Him daily; for the faith of Enoch, that even when I can’t see it, I can have it; the faith of Noah, to be obedient to God, even when ridiculed by the world around me; And the faith of Abraham, to go where God leads, even when the road is a struggle. I pray that I can remember my faith comes from God, it isn’t something I can muster up or create, and because He is the author and perfecter of my faith, I can rest in that promise.

      “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2


      *My JPEG Picture was made with graphics from Dreamn4everDesigns and BlueCatDesigns. These were part of the WeBelieveBlogTrain for digital scrapbookers.  It was in the train named “Faithful.”

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      Genuine Faith: “Daughter, Your Faith Has Made You Well”

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      I have started the Genuine Faith Bible Reading Plan, moderated by Christian Author, Rachel Wojo. It was scheduled for March, but I am just finding it, so I started it today. The plan provides Scripture, which encourages those participating to have a belief and faith that is lived out, and not just a knowledge.

      The first reading was Luke 8:43-48 (This account is also found in Mark 5:21-43 and Matthew 9:18-26).

      43 And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, 44 came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. 45 And Jesus said, “Who is the one who touched Me?” And while they were all denying it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing in on You.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me.” 47 When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”   Luke 8:43-48 (NASB)

      This is the account of a woman who has an “issue of blood,” who has tried everything to have it stopped, and nothing has worked. She has had a “discharge of blood” for 12 years. 12 YEARS! Now, this first reading hits very close to home for me. And I have to tell you, I just can’t even imagine what 12 years of endurance would be like. I have always had a struggle with my feminine cycles. The longest cycles I have had in my life have lasted for about 6 months, and those were very difficult times, physically and emotionally. I can’t imagine having that situation during Bible times. In this time in history, in the Jewish life, women were considered “unclean” during their cycle. Many of you have heard of the “red tent,” the place women could live together “outside the camp” during this time. But for a woman to be considered unclean by a community, was to be an outcast. In Mark, we see that she had spent “all that she had” with physicians and nothing had helped, but she had grown worse.

      My heart breaks for her. My body and mind cannot even fathom the turmoil and suffering she must have gone through. She was at her wit’s end. She had nowhere else to turn. Have you ever found yourself so worn, hurt, worry that you felt like you were at the end of your rope. This woman had put her hope in other people (physicians), material goods (money to pay for those physicians), and was only left to herself. But then, she heard of Jesus, His healing miracles, and she placed her hope in Him. She had so much hope and faith, she fought through a crowd and was only able to reach the hem of his cloak. Christ felt power leave from Him, and her illness was healed immediately. When questioned, she faced Him with fear and trembling and fell before Him and told Him the truth. And in that instant, her hope and faith in Christ was met with peace. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

      What a miracle! This is a great example of this woman, this outcast, sick, and hopeless, turning to Christ and placing her hope and faith in Him. My prayer is that I can remember to have this kind of faith, to reach for Him in times of need, and know, with confidence, that if I only have enough fortitude to reach out to Him, His power will heal.



      *My JPEG Picture was made with graphics from Dreamn4everDesigns and BlueCatDesigns. These were part of the WeBelieveBlogTrain for digital scrapbookers.  It was in the train named “Faithful.”

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      Healing Through The Word; Part 1

      Funny things a stroke does to your brain. It effects the brain in such a way, that even though you remember or know how to do something, the brain can’t communicate that to certain muscles. For example. I remembered how to write with my dominant left hand, even trained my right hand how during this time, but I couldn’t convince my left hand to remember. While concentration has not ever been a strong suit for me, it has pretty much gone out the window and won’t come home when I call. Gone are the days of my long, in depth Bible studies. Since my stroke, I have been praying that God would heal my mind so I could focus and study. I have longed and thirsted to be bathing in God’s Word, once again. As I pray, I am faced with the reality of getting away from those long studies even before my stroke, so the stroke can’t be blamed for my sluggardness in my study. God is using the stroke to show me I have been the one to move. Now, what I don’t have seems precious.

      Wednesday night, during our life group at church, God spoke a quiet but profound thought to my mind. “You have been going about this the wrong way! Instead of praying for your mind to be healed so you can study, why not study so your mind can be healed through God’s Word?” Wow, that was a “knock the wind out of me” thought.

      So I began looking up verses on healing, I am going to study those, in context, and see what God reveals through His Word. Today, I am starting with Jeremiah 30.17:

      “‘For I will restore you to health

      And I will heal you of your wounds,’
      declares the Lord,
‘Because they have called you an outcast, saying:
“It is Zion; no one cares for her.”’

      When I look at this verse, along with the whole of chapter 30, I see that God is promising to restore Israel(Zion). This chapter is rich in promises and encouragement, but it is also rich in one of the attributes of God we want to forget: a God of wrath.

      As chapter 30 begins, God is giving Jeremiah this prophecy of restoration. In verse 3 we see:

      “For behold, days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel and Judah.’ The Lord says, ‘I will also bring them back to the land that I gave to their forefathers and they shall possess it.’”

      What are those coming days? We see the answer in the previous chapter, the description of those days. In chapter 29 is found, one of those verses we like to use for encouragement, but it is often thrown around out of context:

      “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”

      God certainly knows the plans He has for us, and He does give us a future and a hope, but when I look at this in context, I see that this promise will come AFTER 70 years of punishment and captivity. This is what the entire passage says (Italics and underlines are my emphasis):

      “For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’

      Going back to chapter 30, the prophecy goes on to say that God is hearing their cries of terror, not peace. Verse 7 even says:

      ‘Alas! for that day is great,
There is none like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s distress,
But he will be saved from it.

      Today, God has revealed that through a time of suffering and trials, God renews a thirst and desire for Him and then restores His people. Verse 15 says:

      “‘Why do you cry out over your injury?
 Your pain is incurable.
 Because your iniquity is great And your sins are numerous,
 I have done these things to you.”

      And then that refreshing promise in verse 17:

      “‘For I will restore you to health

      And I will heal you of your wounds,’
      declares the Lord,
‘Because they have called you an outcast, saying:
“It is Zion; no one cares for her.”’

      Father God, thank You for your grace. My suffering could have been so much worse than it has been. Thank you for renewing that thirst and longing for you. Thank you for reminding me of what great sin I am capable of, for tearing down my pride to remind me there is no good in me, apart from You. Amen

      This new hymn has been in my mind for over a week, and now, it makes more sense to me. It is about feasting in the House of Zion and restoration.

      We Will Feast In The House of Zion

      We will feast in the house of Zion
      We will sing with our hearts restored
      He has done great things, we will say together
      We will feast and weep no more

      We will not be burned by the fire
      He is the LORD our God
      We are not consumed, by the flood
      Upheld, protected, gathered up (Chorus)

      In the dark of night, before the dawn
      My soul, be not afraid
      For the promised morning, oh how long?
      Oh God of Jacob, be my strength (Chorus)

      Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed
      You are the Faithful one
      And from the garden to the grave
      Bind us together, bring shalom.

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