Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine Treat (Peanut Butter Balls) {The Twinery}

Hi there! 

Today I'm sharing a delicious treat with you!  
Okay, it's not easy to share homemade, chocolate-dipped peanut butter balls through the internet...but I can at least share the recipe with you. (And the recipe makes plenty to share with friends and neighbors.) 
You can find the recipe here:

Recipe:
4 cups natural peanut butter (just peanuts and salt...no sugar)
8 cups (2 lb. bag) powdered sugar
2 cups butter
2 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients and chill in refrigerator until firm.
Scoop into balls and place in fridge or freezer until firm.

Melt 2 pounds chocolate chips with 1 stick (1/4 box) Gulf Wax paraffin wax in a double boiler (or a dish over a pan of hot water).
Dip each peanut butter ball in chocolate coating. Place on tray that has been covered with wax paper & return to fridge or freezer to firm up. Dip tops in melted chocolate (if needed) and return to fridge or freezer to firm up. Store in fridge or freezer.
This recipe is pretty forgiving. Add more peanut butter, more butter, more sugar...more chocolate...whatever you want. 

And I don't pretend to be some master chocolatier - these aren't the prettiest things. (In fact, my friends and I call them my "peanut butter blobs".) 
But they sure do taste good!
Once you've got all those treats made, it's time to wrap them up.
I created these quick and easy boxes that each hold three peanut butter balls:
And, of course, I used The Twinery's twine to add an extra pop of color (and hold the boxes closed).
...delicious treats all packaged up and ready to pass out for Valentine's Day! 
(If you don't eat them all first.)

Enjoy!
Supplies: 
Twine: The Twinery (Solid Charcoal, Solid Honeydew, Solid Pink Sorbet); 
Patterned Paper: Heidi Swapp; Jen Hadfield;
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); We R Memory Keepers (1-2-3 Punch Board);

Friday, February 5, 2016

Love & Adore You

I'm back with another shaker card today. (These are so fun!)

This one features two shaker windows:
I filled them pretty full, and love it that way. It gives a great backdrop for the die cut sentiment:
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies: 
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink; 
Dies: My Favorite Things (Love & Adore You Die-namics);  Spellbinders (Classic Heart);
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh; Martha Stewart; 
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board);

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Adventures in Bible art & journaling :: Which journaling Bible should I get? And where can I get it?

If you are interested in Bible art & journaling, please consider joining me in the "Bible Art & Journaling" group on Facebook.
For those who are just getting started in Bible art &/or journaling, you may be wondering where to get a journaling Bible and which one is right for you.
You can find an overwhelming number of choices online...but let's break them down a bit.
* ESV Single Column Journaling Bible:
This has cream colored pages, single column text (as opposed to the more typical double column Bibles), and lightly lined side margins that are approximately 2" wide. Where the text does not span the entire line, you will have more margin space (particularly in the Psalms and Proverbs). (Available in solid hardcover with elastic strap, floral design hardcover, floral cloth covered hardcover, trutone/leather-look paperback with leaf design, and leather flap cover with strap.)
There is also an ESV Journaling Bible with two coulmns (that measures slightly smaller).

This has cream colored pages, single column text (as opposed to the more typical double column Bibles), and lightly lined side margins that are approximately 2" wide. Where the text does not span the entire line, you will have more margin space (particularly in the Psalms and Proverbs). (Available in solid hardcover with elastic strap, brown imitation leather with cross design, brown/blue imitation leather with flower design, and leather flap cover with strap.)


​* Note-Taker's Bible (available in Several Versions):​
The Note-Taker's Bibles have white pages, double column text, and un-lined side and bottom margins. The side margins are 1 3/8" wide (space on the left-hand side for left pages and on the right-hand side for right pages) and the bottom margin is 1 5/8".​ The Note-Taker's Bible is currently available in the KJV, NKJV, NIV, NASB, and Amplified versions of the Bible.


Looking for more room than the typical 1 1/2 - 2" margins on most journaling Bibles currently available? How about a full page to work with? You might be interested in an interleaved Bible.

* Journaling Bible, Interleaved (ESV):
This has cream colored pages, double column text (7.5 point Lexicon type), and a full blank page for notes, prayers, &/or art next to every page of Bible text. (Available in hardcover, trutone/leather-look paperback, and leather flap cover with strap.)



There are also journaling Bibles coming to the market that have some art (either pre-colored or with line art for you to color in) on some of the pages.

* Inspire Bible (NLT):
Features over 400 line art illustrations for you to color in. On the pages without art there are 2" wide lined margins for more art and/or note-taking. Single column text ("generous 8.65 font") on cream colored pages. (Available in hardcover and imitation leather.)
Features close to 400 line art illustrations for you to color in. On the pages without art there are 2" wide lined margins for more art and/or note-taking. Single column text (Standard Text Size - 8.65 point). (Available in pink hardcover, tan hardcover, and silken flexcover.)
* Beautiful Word Bible (available in Several Versions):
Features 500 color verse illustrations. On the pages without art there are wide lined margins for more art and/or note-taking. Single column text (8 point text size).

Choosing a journaling Bible:
There are many journaling Bibles available, all with different options (and different translations). When choosing a journaling Bible, I would suggest making a list of your priorities first.

What is most important to you in a journaling Bible? 

Do you want the most room for words/art? (If so, I would suggest choosing a single column Bible that is either classified as a journaling Bible or as one with wide margins.)

Do you have a very strong preference for a particular translation? (If so, your options will immediately be narrowed down quite a bit, depending on your translation preference.)

Are you particular about the base color of the pages? (Many of the available journaling Bibles come with cream colored pages. Only a few offer white pages.)

Is your biggest concern having lined (or unlined) margins? (Many of the available journaling Bibles come with lined pages. Only a few offer unlined pages.)

Do you prefer (or need) a large print journaling Bible? (So far, it seems like this one may be a good option with its claim of "generous 8.65 font".)

Are you most concerned with finding something affordable? (There are all sorts of price ranges in journaling Bibles, ranging from $10-15 up to $80 and more.)



If just coloring is more your style, there are a lot of beautiful Bible coloring books available. (These aren't childish coloring books - they are created with adults in mind.)

...and still, none of these tools are required to have some art-ful worship time. Just get some plain paper or a journal (or a canvas) and draw...color...paint...whatever suits you.


If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
And if you have anything additional to share, please do. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Book Review :: Princess Bible, ICB

The Princess Bible, ICB is the International Children's Bible (ICB) version of the Bible. The Princess Bible, ICB is bound in a hardcover decorated with glitter, foil, and faux pearl accents. 
The decoration (foil/glitter/faux pearls) is only on the front cover of the Princess Bible, ICB. The 5 faux pearls (on the crown) are inlaid. The spine and back cover are only printed. The glitter seems to be well adhered - you aren't going to be finding glitter all over your house. This Bible also includes a ribbon bookmark.
Inside, there is a pretty presentation page backed with a page for the girl to fill in her family history. This is immediately followed by a "Why Should I Read the Bible?" page and a 4 page illustrated Bible time line. These items at the front of the Princess Bible, ICB are all in a section of coated, full-color pages.

Besides the front section, two inserts, and one section at the back, the rest of the Princess Bible, ICB is the plain, double column, black text (including the words of Christ) ICB version (©1986, 1988, 1999, 2015) of the Bible. The print is larger than the standard print size you will find in most Bibles. There are a few lightly "highlighted" (gray background) verses throughout the text (verses from the "Key Verse Highlights" at the front of the Bible - 7 pages of topics & verse references) and some words in bold (defined in the Dictionary at the back of the Bible). After the Dictionary are two study tools, "Where Do I Find It?" and "What God Promises About...", but otherwise there are no special study notes and/or decorative accents.

The first "insert" of 4 coated, full-color pages contains the pages: "How Do I Know Jesus Loves Me?", "Bible Verses to Know", "My Favorite Bible Verses" (a lined page, for the Bible owner to fill in), and "Knowing Jesus Better". The second "insert" of 4 coated, full-color pages contains the pages: "How Do I Pray?", "How Do I Forgive?", "How Can I Let God's Love Shine Through Me?", and "How Do I Study the Bible?". After the Dictionary at the back of the Princess Bible, ICB, there is another section of coated, full-color pages containing the pages: "The Names of God", "The Miracles of Jesus", "The Disciples", "Kids in the Bible", and 4 maps ("Abraham's Journey", "The Desert Wanderings", "Jesus' Last Week in Jerusalem", and "Palestine in Jesus' Life").
Because of the simple and easy to read text of the International Children's Bible (ICB) version and the decorated cover and interior accent pages, I think the Princess Bible, ICB should definitely be considered for any little "princess" in your life.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Book Review :: I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook by Judah and Chelsea Smith, illustrated by Alexandra Ball

The I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook is a new storybook written by Judah Smith (author of Jesus is ____.) and his wife, Chelsea Smith. The I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook has a printed hardcover (shown in the cover image) and has a ribbon bookmark.
First, let me say the the illustrations in the I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook (by Alexandra Ball) are absolutely adorable and heart-warming. I love the muted color palette and the adorable illustration style.

The I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook has a somewhat unique format for a storybook Bible. It is divided into Old Testament stories and New Testament Stories, but within each of those are sections that have between 1 and 5 stories. These story sections each have their own introductions and "I Will Follow Jesus" conclusions. Each introduction has a Bible verse and each conclusion also has a prayer. (As an example, the first section in the Old Testament stories is "Creation" and it has an introduction (titled "Creation"), three stories ("God Makes Everything", "God Is Our Friend", and "A Bad Decision"), a conclusion (titled "I Will Follow Jesus"), and a prayer. The introduction and conclusion are what I would call "devotional style", and the stories are just that - Bible stories. If you are looking for a solid, Bible-only version with nothing added...this isn't for you. This is a storybook, and is written as such.

Overall, the I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook is a fun addition to your bookshelf and I think this is something that many kids will enjoy looking at (and listening to) repeatedly.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.