Semi-Homemade Heart Shaped Cookies Tutorial

Matthew 22:37-39
This is the great and foremost commandment.
John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Actually I cannot eat them. I am gluten free.
I made these for my husband for Valentines.
It has been a tradition for many years.
I started it when his job took him away every Valentine’s Day.
One roll of Sugar Cookie Dough
Two Heart shaped Cookie Cutters
One large and one small
Wax Paper
Rolling Pen
Open the Cookie Dough
Divide the dough in half and return one half to 
the refrigerator until needed.
Sprinkle flour on wax paper.
Knead the dough lightly.
Only use as much flower as necessary. Do not use too much or 
it makes the cookies taste flowery.
Lightly spread flower on the rolling pin and roll dough to about 
1/4″ thick.
Use the large size cookie cutter.
Cut out equal number cookies
Then use the small cookie cutter to cut out a small 
heart shape in the center of half of the cookies. 
Use a knife to remove the center heart.
Be careful not to change the shape of the cookie.
Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degree for 8 to 10 minutes.
Be sure to not cook to long. You want them to be a little soft.
Use a pre-made soft frosting.

Stir the frosting until nice and smooth.
Spread the frosting on the cookie that does not have the 
heart shape cut out.
Place a cookie that does have the heart shape on top of the 
frosted cookie.
There you have a nice Heart Shaped Cookie Sandwich.
Let them sit out awhile to firm the frosting.
They are ready to enjoy or you may store them in an air tight
container for a few days. 
They never last long around my house.
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Tutorial: How to Make a Shabby Chic Junk Gypsy Style Machine Emboridered Wedding Banner

Personalized Wedding Banner
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Matthew 19:4-6

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
 Pick the material for your project. 
My niece picked these four colors and they worked well together. 
We decided to use this size twine for the connecting material. 
You may use ribbon or fabric. 
I chose to embroidery two or three letters at a time. 
Actually, only one stitches at a time but it saves on 
hooping material and time.
I like to stitch the outline and then measure to 
see what size I need to cut the material.
1. I decided the pattern I would use. 
2.  I cut all of the banner material and
tagged each with the letter to be stitched.
There were ten letters in this banner. 
Five for Emily and five for Blake. 
Since I am a visual person,  I organize 
the banners this way so I do not make any mistakes.
I used a stiff interfacing on the banner triangles. 
It gives them a very nice firmness.

 Trim close to stitching trying not to cut stitches.
I cut the twine 24″ long and folded it in half.
  Measure the banner in half at the top. 
This one happened to be 2 1/2″.
Just be sure to measure in case yours is a different size.
 I used scotch tape to hold the twine down for stitching.
 Put the center of the 24″ twine on the  middle mark.
 Hold the twine in the middle and stretch it to the right 
and tape outside the stitching area.
 Stretch the twine to the left and tape outside the stitching area.
Lay the first material of the triangle on the triangle shape.
 Return the hoop to the embroidery machine and stitch.
 I used Heat n Bond Lite to keep the letter material from fraying.
Follow manufacturer directions.
 Peel the backing paper off.
 Place the letter material on top of the banner triangle.
Return hoop to the machine and stitch.
Remove the hoop from the machine.
 Trim close to the stitching without clipping.
 I like to use a Sticky Lint Roller to get all the 
loose clippings off of the banner triangle.
Tape a piece of matching material  on the back of the banner triangle. 
  I top stitched the banner triangle in a coordinating thread and at the
same time it stitches the back piece of material on the banner piece.
You may do it anyway you want.
Be sure to keep your tying string out of the stitching area.
The banner triangle is ready to be removed from the embroidery hoop 

unless you are embroidering more than one letter in a hooping.
This picture is to show the contrasting color top stitch.
I prefer to spend time stitching and then trim all at once.
So, I stitch a lot of triangles and then I trim.
Be very mindful of the string for tying when you trim the triangles.
Pull the top layer back and trim the bottom layer. 
Do the same with the top layer.
Trim all sides of the triangle.
The triangles are ready to tie together to make the banner.
I used Planet Appliques Reversible Banner Pattern.
However, I altered it a little. I chose to use pinking shears to 
trim the triangles  to give it a Shabby Chic-Junk Gypsy look.
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What I am Loving Making This Week

1 Corinthians 1:18
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, 
but to us who are being saved it it the power of God.
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What a Nice Surprise

What a nice surprise I received this morning when I checked my blog.

First of all let me say, I give God the glory for any good I might do. He has blessed me to travel to Zambia four times to do His work there. My heart is still so full of Zambia today that I can scarcely believe I have been there and back already. 
I met Pamela through blogging and entering her Heavenly Treat Sunday Link Party.  She seems to have the kind of attitude that I strive to have. 

First of all, when she describes herself she gives God all the credit.
I have a lot of respect for a mom of six children, especially because she is home schooling them. 
Having taught four year olds for twenty years gives me a deep appreciation for anyone who loves children and wants to train them right.
Let us all strive to live like the Proverbs 31 lady. 
Please leave a comment and let me know how you are doing that. Let us hold each other accountable.
Description of a Worthy Woman-Proverbs 31:

10 An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She looks for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.
14 She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
15 She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
18 She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
26 She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
29 “Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.
Blessings from above from where all blessings flow. God is mighty and all things are possible for him. I give Him the glory for any good I might do. 
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Have You Ever Taken a Sabbatical?

Please continue to visit my blog  as I take a Sabbatical.

sabbatical is an extended time of rest—modeled on the Sabbath day—in which you take a long block of time to focus on something other than your career.  
This will not be a restful Sabbatical. However, it will be a work that is devoted to God.
The concept of a sabbatical is rooted in scripture.  
Starting in Genesis , God illustrates the natural rhythm of six days working, one day off. 
Later, in Leviticus  the Israelites are told to let the land rest one year out of every seven. 
During the seventh year, they’re allowed to eat what the land produces, but they must let it grow wild.
I believe when I return I will have deeper and more meaningful blogs to post.
Thanks to everyone who is following me and continues to come to my blog for a visit.
I pray God’s blessing on each one.
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