Earrings, Day 2

Today you will string the beads in the order that you would like them to hang off the ear wire. I usually always put colored or glass beads in between metallic beads. This will make them look more polished.

One more note about metallic beads. You can actually buy sterling silver beads and head pins at Hobby Lobby for about the same cost as other metals. It’s been my experience that they always look nicer and last longer. An added plus is that they are definitely easier to clean.

After you have placed the beads on the head pins in the order you would like, go ahead and use your wire snips to clip off about the upper half of the head pin. Don’t discard this piece…I try not to waste anything! Keep it and I’ll show you another technique at a later time for making a bracelet.

About storage…this can be tricky since you are working with so many tiny parts. I’ll share a picture in the next day or two of the stacking canisters I purchased at the dollar store to keep my parts… but, you can use baby food jars, a tackle box, anything that has compartments and can seal fairly well.

Tomorrow, we’ll begin to learn to use the earring tool.

It’s Wednesday…I didn’t get to post yesterday. My hubby was at home working all day.

It’s a beautiful day today…this following a few days of VERY stormy weather. My daughter commented on how beautiful, bright and green everything seemed to be after the rain stopped yesterday. The spring rains always do have a way of washing the dust off everything and making all the spring colors really vivid.

Prayer Requests:

My Sister In Law and her family are still having a car struggle.

My friend Maribel, had her 5th baby yesterday…I can’t wait to see her. Their babies are always so cute!! Please pray for a quick and easy recovery!

My husband’s Aunt June. I’m not sure why, she’s just on my mind this morning.

Today I’m thankful for:

My dear friend, Christy. Thank you so much for your sweet note this morning. You are more like a sister to me than anyone I have ever known.

My baby Emma. I love to hear her sing…even in the middle of the night. My heart feels so full for her, I’m so thankful that God chose my arms to place her in for this time.

Of course, the beautiful weather outside.

My friend Sherri. Our two families are working a co-op with our children right now. My husband is teaching our older children electronics theory and she is teaching our older children food and nutrition. (Something that we’re really, REALLY working on around here!)

It seems like my husband’s business “The Concierge Network” might be on the verge of it’s first major step forward. The Lord has been so good to give us a clear focus for building this stream of income for our family.

Why am I thankful?

Someone asked why I would post this as a daily part of my blog.

It’s important that we all remember to thank the Lord for all that He is doing in our lives. Even in the midst of bad times, we can always find something to be thankful for…even if it’s just that we’re still breathing….at least you still have life within you.

I find that if I start my day by thinking of at least five things to be thankful for, it helps me to have a more positive attitude and outlook on the day. Negativity can rob us of our joy….don’t even give it a chance to stick it’s ugly foot in the door. Try starting your day out thinking of things that you are thankful for and you’ll be amazed at how much better things will actually be!

What I’m learning:

Ground flax seed is not only very hard to vacuum out of carpet but makes a nasty smell when you try! Yes, my two year old has struck again! I’m not sure what in this box lured him into sprinkling it across my living room but we had fun cleaning this mess up this morning.

On the web, www.SmallSteps.gov is a GREAT site on the food pyramid. This site allows you to customize a diet and menu to your lifestyle. I still don’t completely agree with the government’s view of nutrition…we’re trying to limit animal sources and dairy around here, but it is still a very useful site.

Today’s Scripture Meditation:

John 7:37-38

“On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”

Are you thirsty? Are you looking for the streams of living water? Take the time today to read John 4:10-14.

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