Monday, April 14, 2014

Passion Week Booklet (Free Download)

Passion Week Booklet by Heidi Woodruff (c) 2013


You may download this booklet.  When you go to print, select "PRINT AS BOOKLET" from your printing options.




https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4s9tS5_0ActSkxMSVlOUmo0M1E/edit?usp=sharing



The following note is from the begging of the "Passion Week" booklet:

March 2013

Dear Friend,

Thank you for joining me in this personal study for Easter Passion Week. Passion Week is the week from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday. As a Christian, Easter is the basis of my faith; it’s my shout of "Amen & Hallelujah!" to Who I put my trust and faith in.

During Passion Week in the year 2010 I went through a daily personal study of where Jesus was each and every day of the week leading up to His crucifixion. My purpose when I printed out my study notes (in 2011) was to share with our COTB (Calvary on the Bay Church) Bible study ladies the journey I went through , so that they could have a guide to do the same. Now each year I repeat this Passion Week study. That is why this is in YOUR hands now: my desire is for YOU to spend quality time in the Word daily during Passion Week. The journey led me through the final days that Jesus spent on earth before He died on the cross. For me. For you.

Although it seem like there’s a lot in this guide, you’ll find it (hopefully) simple to follow. To use this guide, follow the days of the week in the booklet. Listed on each day are the Bible references as to where Jesus possibly was, and what He was doing, a harmony of the Gospels. If you have time, go through all the suggested Bible passages. If you are limited on time, just read one passage. The second daily page is for your notes, thoughts and prayers. The third daily page is for notes I’ve collected, along with occasional thoughts and written prayers. Writing out prayers was something I had never done before, I found I liked being about to go back and read a prayer, rather than just a prayer list. (Not all prayers were written by me.) I also suggest you journal along with the study. It may be something you’ll want to pull out year after year for Passion Week.

Before you begin each day, spend time in prayer and communion with the Lord. I’ve included a communion cup; you can use any juice and bread/crackers. I take communion daily throughout Passion Week. Ask Him to guide you and to open your eyes and heart to truths you may discover for the first time. Or, perhaps He will open your mind to new applications for stories you’ve previously known. If you seek Him, you will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29). If you desire to live grow closer to Him this week, He will be there with His hand held out waiting for you (James 4:8) You’ll know it’s His hand reaching for you when you see the nail scars.

I would also like to challenge you, if you have influence on any children (your own children, grandchildren, nieces/nephews, neighbors, etc.) to take Easter beyond what the world offers, such as bunnies and eggs. Talk daily to your children this week, teach them everything you can about what Jesus did.

Establish in your mind and heart that this week is different. This week you will devote time daily to spend in the Bible and with the Lord following the Perfect Lamb before He was sacrificed. Be passionate about it.


May you have a fierce passion for Jesus.

Heidi Woodruff

Thursday, March 6, 2014

It is well with my soul SIGN

One of our daughters often tells me, "I just keep swimming, keep swimming..."  I always laugh, because I'm on the other end of the phone doing the same thing! Like mother-like daughter! (By the way, our other daughter is exactly like me in so many ways, too! It's funny to have two of me walking around out there....).

I just keep painting, keep painting....... 

I have variety of signs that I do paint, which is what keeps me from being board.  I paint a lot of signs for weddings; I paint a lot of signs for children's rooms; I paint a lot of custom family name signs; and more.  And, for fun I paint whatever I want, and put these signs up for sale on local sales boards, or give away as gifts.

Here's one I had recently painted, then made 2 or 3 more for orders. 
(this measures 14" by 24")

One buyer said she remembers sitting at her at the feet of her grandmother, who sat in a rocker and sang the old hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul".  I enjoyed hearing her memories.

I nailed together thin boards to give it a sort of rustic-mini-pallet look.  What I'd like to do now is make more, and use various phrases from well loved hymns, such as "Amazing Grace", or "Be Thou My Vision".     *Be sure to leave a commit with your favorite well-loved hymn, I may use it next!*

Spring, spring, spring!  Hang in there friends, spring.is.on.the.way!


We had a major wind storm pass through last night and this morning, so when it cleared up this afternoon, somewhat, I made a quick run out to the gardens to cut some camellias.  Our camellia tree is pretty large, about 23 years old, and full of bloom right now.  But that wind storm sure knocked off a lot of blooms!  I brought in a bunch and set them in one of my ironstone soup tureens, ah...springs!

Thanks for visiting today!
          Blessings, Heidi



Monday, February 17, 2014

She is clothed with strength and dignity LARGE Sign Proverbs 31





The first "She is clothed..." sign I painted was a bit smaller than this one.  My next buyer asked for one sized 24 inches by 24 inches.  Also, she wanted not pink, but a gray-tan color.  My background color is MY fabulous "Sugar Cookie" color.  I LOVE PAINTING ANYTHING WITH THIS COLOR!
 
 

When I added the trim it actually measures almost 26 inches square.


This is a wonderful sign for a girl's room, or as a reminder for women who model their lives after the Proverbs 31 woman!
                  


This sign is available for purchase from my Etsy shop (Everyday Cookies Custom and Hand-painted Signs).  You may select ANY color for the lettering. 

Thank you for visiting today!  I do wish I could blog more.  I'm on Instagram, though, and post there more frequently, so follow me there if  you'd like!

Blessings,
    ~Heidi

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Proverbs 31 Verse Handpainted Sign

So often I'm asked to paint a sign for friends and family (and sign buyers) of something they've seen online.  It's often hard for me to say yes, as I don't like to copy!  But when it comes to signs I have been wanting to make, say for myself, then I say "yes".  This is one of those signs.  I see people do the "Pottery Barn Copycat" (look for those boards on Pinterest!) and don't you wonder WHO Pottery Barn copycatted in the first place? Anyway, this is my version of a lovely sign someone asked me to paint.  I'm happy to make more, and in addition, I'm happy to put any Bible verse on it!
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"She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."
(Proverbs 31:25 NLT)

If you want to purchase this sign let me know if this is the Bible version you want: I can use any version, such as KJV, NKJV, NIV, etc.

The size is 18" by 22". The color shown is pink, but I can paint it in any color.

This is a hand-painted sign. I can paint any verse as well.

A final sealant coat for years of enjoyment. My signs are intended for indoor display.

Shipping is a flat rate of $20.   The sign, as shown, is $35.

You can purchase here via email (hwoodred@aol.com) or purchase via my Etsy store here:

Everyday Cookies Etsy Store
 
Everyday Cookies Etsy Store
 
 
Thanks for visiting me here today!
       ~Heidi
 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

French Trugs and Wood Totes

A while back when a friend and I were shopping up in Florence at an antique mall I spotted this tote on display way up on top of a shelf:



I couldn't get down fast enough! Once I had it in my hands I turned it 36o degrees looking for a price tag, without any luck.  I asked the clerk about a price and he said he'd call the seller.  A few minutes later he found me with the {bad} news: "NFS". Yes, the dreaded "not for sale".  Why do sellers taunt us so?  Fast forward to a week before Christmas when I miraculously was able to get Mark to that store to take a look!  I told him "This!  This is what I want!"

Today he cut up some wood and nailed together a rustic version of that tote.  Here's our version make with wood from our old siding:

 


While he was cutting up that I made another version of a trug. I used some scrap wood; I save everything! The round handle was made from a piece of driftwood we found at Whiskey Run Beach about a year ago!



I'll probably white wash or paint both of these; white, it's my signature color, I guess!

I've been looking up wood totes, tool boxes, trugs, French market trugs, French garden trug and more.  Don't you just love how "French trug" sounds so romantically nostalgic?  I do!

Here's what Google said:
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trug
trəg/
noun
Brit.
noun: trug; plural noun: trugs; noun: trug basket; plural noun: trug baskets
  1. 1.
    a shallow oblong basket made of strips of wood, traditionally used for carrying garden flowers and produce
 
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Just for fun do a google/online search of "French Market Trug" or something like that, you'll love what you find!
 
Happy New Year and many blessings to you in 2014,
               ~Heidi

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 













































































































































































 
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             Happy New Year and many blessings,
                      ~Heidi

Sunday, December 22, 2013

NOEL

Merry Christmas!

We've been busy as everyone else, but realized GASP we didn't have a tree up and it's just days to Christmas.  I blame it on the fact that Thanksgiving this year practically fell in December!  So after a fun weekend away we took a little hike around our property and found the perfect tree.  It was so small we decided to put it in a watering can!  I filled the can with rocks to steady it, then just poured the water for the tree right in the watering can. 



NOEL!   (The sign is a pallet style sign; I painted a bunch of these and "Be Merry" for gifts this year.)


Christmas blessings to you all!
         ~Heidi

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Oatmeal Apple Craisin Cookies= I'm thankful for the abundance of apples!

For me, November is Thanksgiving Month!  All month long I journal the things I notice that I'm grateful for each day.  There's no order of importance; I just write out what comes to mind for me that day.  Yah, I know I don't look so good being thankful for cookies, and such which many others are being very serious writing about how they are thankful for family, etc.  Hold tight, I always get to the important things too!

Today I'm thankful for the abundance of apples where we live.  This is what will be in my journal today!


This is my third year using the Gratitude Journal here.  I just print it out (on card stock) then use a loose leaf metal ring to hold it together.  I write out my daily notes, sometimes printing them out. I print out photos I use, recipes and more.  It becomes a sort of scrapbook journal by the end of the month.  I cherish my past years' journals and wish I had done this for a long time prior.



Our apple tree today:


Today when I ran on my lunch hour I notice our McIntosh apple tree was ready to begin picking.  It's a very late apple, but if you pick too soon all the apple is too tart.  I picked a bucket of apples after the run then came in and made a quick batch of Oatmeal Apple Cranberry Cookies.  I'll be bringing them to our Ladies Bible Study tonight, after leaving a plate out for My Mark!
 
 

Here's the recipe:
HEIDI'S OATMEAL APPLE CRAISIN COOKIES
 3/4 cup butter (use real butter!)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
3 cups oatmeal (uncooked)
1 cup diced apples (with no skin)
1/2 cup dried craisins


Mix sugars and butter; add eggs and vanilla; add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and oatmeal; then stir in apples and craisins.

Drop by spoonfuls (I use the Medium sized Pampered Chief scoop, which is about 2 Tblspn) onto a Silplat matt (or greased cookie sheet, or parchment paper) and bake for 10 minutes (in preheated 350 degree oven). Watch the cookies, though, so not too cooked and not too doughy--every oven is different!

Cool and eat 3 to be happy today.



Blessing, Heidi

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Have yourself a MERRY little Christmas

Yes, I'm going to mention Christmas now!  It is November, so it's safe, right?

I continue to paint signs for my Etsy shop.  Every once in a while I create a new and different sign, which is what this Christmas sign is (for me, at least!).

https://www.etsy.com/listing/167183696/have-yourself-a-merry-little-christmas?ref=shop_home_active


It's available for purchase from my Etsy shop here. 

My custom family name signs continue to be one of my top sellers for a gift (Christmas, wedding, anniversary and birthday).




I also offer a custom name sign for a Christmas sign here.



Please note, if you are planning to order one of my signs for a Christmas gift it would be so very helpful for me if you order early!  At some point I will need to look at the calendar and choose a deadline date for sign orders to be placed to arrive by Christmas.  (Most likely the first week in December.)

           Blessings,
                       ~Heidi

Monday, October 7, 2013

Lea's Apple Prayer Bread Recipe

  (Ceramic bowl made by Jessica in 2002- high school pottery class!)

 I finally found the Apple Prayer Bread recipe. I had hoped to find it on Leas blog or saved on one of my computers, that way I could give you the link or copy and paste. But I only found my original hard copy. So I just took a photo of it for you. (Someday I will retype it, but it's just so charming directly from Lea, a dear friend at the blog, "Shabby Olde Potting Shed".)

 
She lines her loaf pans with cinnamon sugar before pouring the batter in them.  This makes a sweet and tasty crust!
 
 

I'm posting this via my iPhone and I have a lot to learn on posting this way. Like...how to insert links. I'll just come back on my big girl computer to do that.  {{edited 10/8/13--completed!}}

On Saturday after I uploaded the .2 iPhone iOS (I had already done ios7) my phone crashed and I lost everything. Note to self- use the iCloud! I rebuilt everything except my contacts. So if you get a chance and know me... Please send me your contact information! (Or there will be no more random surprises from me! Lol)  
 
{{edit note 10/8/13--"Billy" at Apple was fantastic to help me recover my contacts, some photos and more.  Fabulous phone help! Also, the AT&T folks recovered my voice message system, too!   Can you say now I use iCloud??!!!}}

Have a blessed day and remember:
   Everyday Counts!
    ~Heidi 




Thursday, October 3, 2013

FALL-ing Deeper

I'm falling completely into the season!
             Here's just a few of the reasons....
-- Love the crispy nights when we can burn wood in our woodstove; I also enjoy the simple process of cutting and splitting firewood

--Love seeing all the apple trees all around loaded with abundant fruit
         (loved reading someone in the paper offering apples for anyone that wants to come pick)

--Love our McIntosh apple tree, also loaded

--Love decorating our porch and our entryway with signs, pumpkins, sunflowers and more
(notice the wooden slate wall hanging...we found it last year on the beach after a storm!  I let it dry out for year...it's perfect for the entry way)


--Love making Lea's "Apple Prayer Bread"  (this is my FAVORITE bread recipe)
             ...SEARCHING FOR HER ONLINE RECIPE, BUT CAN'T FIND IT!
                      will add when I find it!

--Love that the new season of my favorite show has begun (Amazing Race--though I missed the very first show because of a big storm we had which knocked out our power for two nights in a row, about 8 hours each night)...and did you know? I've always wanted to be a contestant on Amazing Race!

--Love that fall is salmon season and I caught one already (in our bay from our boat)

--Love that we live less than 5 minutes from the slough where I can fish from the bank for salmon (one of my goals this year is to catch one from the bank--not happening...yet!)

--Love that I don't feel guilty for sitting on the couch after dinner (as opposed to summer nights were we tend to stay outside until the sun sets, which is close to 10 PM on the longest days here)...or just make crafts, like this "Booo" pillow I made for Jessica (our daughter)...it was inspired by the Pottery Barn "Booo" pillow


--Love shopping trips with the girls...JFF  (just for fun)



--Love that I can get serious about crafting Christmas gifts now; in fact, I'd better get with it as Christmas is now 82 days from now!   WHAT IS IT NOW?  CHECK YOURSELF!

--Love visits from the grandchildren, including the special weekend they stayed with us!

 
Goodness gracious....there was so much more I'd love to post, but have run out of time!
Please enjoy each and every day, love your family and be kind!
Blessings, Heidi