Thursday, October 30, 2014

From Summer to Christmas?

Life goes on and increases it's speed as it goes!  My last post was August and now I want to mention something about Christmas?  Where'd those months fly off to?

I was looking through some holiday ISSUU (online magazines) issues and came across a Christmas issue for Amy Power's "Inspired Ideas" from four years ago.  It just so happens I have an article published in this one!

http://issuu.com/inspired-ideas/docs/christmas
 
 
So go take a look and perhaps you'll get in the mood to get started on crafting some fun Christmas things. Be sure to check my craft on page 156-159.  :)
            
              Blessings,
                       ~Heidi
 


Monday, August 18, 2014

Marshfield Vintage Market ~ Coos Bay Oregon ~ 2014

We just finished up the 1st Annual "Marshfield Vintage Market", here in Coos Bay, Oregon! My daughter and I had a blast! We thank our families, friends and even neighbors who helped us.

Here's just a few fun photos for now...


 (Melissa and I at the show)
 
I have a dress form I dolled up for the event. I was inspired in part by the Junk Gypsies.  This was a two day event, and on day one I had a beautiful metal crown to top her off. Our neighbor/fellow vendor, Fox Hollow Cottage, (Shannon) bought the crown on day one:

So for Day Two I brought a red cowgirl hat:

I had a pair of boots at her base, painted pink! Someone bought the boots within the first two hours:
 
You should see me in my cowboy boots...
 

I had various signs set out, I think every last one of them sold!

 
Coos Bay wanted and needed an event like this!  The organizer, Thea Synder, owns Haven Décor in downtown Coos Bay. If you live here, or come to visit, please visit her store and say "Hi"!
 
(Outside the grand entrance of the show...
showing off a couple of our vintage trunks...
Jessica helped us with the one on the bottom.)
 
Life is Good! 
And I thank God for His blessings!
~Heidi


Thursday, July 31, 2014

I tried it and I like it!

(Photo filled post....)

I tried it and I like it! What is it? Coconut oil!



Jessica (daughter #2) mentioned making some chocolate chip cookies using coconut oil a while back. Honestly, I'm late for the dance, as I'd never heard of coconut oil for cooking.  Then I remembered even a longer-while back Melissa (daughter #1) had mentioned coconut oil for use for... something, but I just didn't remember!

I bought some coconut oil, which in itself was a challenge here in our town. I think I had to go to three store before I found a jar of it.  I originally was looking for "oil", as in canola oil or olive oil. I didn't even know it was a hard oil, as in "Crisco Oil"!  I had even called Jessica from the store when I couldn't find it, and that's when she said it's a solid oil.

Once home I used Jessica's recipe for "Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies."  Now I'm not like our daughters, who love chocolate chip cookies and/or chocolate chip cookie raw dough, (I do like a good sugar cookies!), but this raw dough was to die for!  Here's the recipe:



The baked cookies were yummy, too.  For some reason the dough reminded me of the chocolate chip cookie "dough" in the ice cream by the same name!



Fast forward a few weeks to a day out in the country picking blueberries.  I only had time to pick about 4 pounds, so bought a box of 15 pounds (the blueberry farm workers had picked them earlier that day).  I "sold" 5 pounds to my friend, then took the rest home to freeze.

Tonight for dinner I decided to make Blueberry Muffins, but use coconut oil for the "soft shortening".  Here's the recipe I used:

BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Grease a 6-muffin tin

1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup soft shortening (this is where you use coconut oil!)
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Mix all ingredients except berries; gently fold in blueberries; fill muffin tin; bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes (tops will be a nice golden color when done); serve with butter!

(Sorry, I don't write out complete recipe instructions, once you've made a muffin-or whatever-you've got the technique!)


I have to say, these were the best blueberry muffins I've ever tasted!  I guess 1/2 cup of sugar will make anything taste good to me, but I think it was the coconut oil! (The main dish tonight was Sweet and Sour Pork over rice, just so you know it wasn't just muffins for dinner!)

I've been busy with various projects: my "big girl job", painting signs for my Etsy orders, and other custom signs orders from locals; and now a big even in our town called "Marshfield Vintage Market".  Here's the poster.


Melissa has a space and I'm her side kick!  I'll bring signs and other projects I've been working on, too many to even begin posting photos at this point. 

And, finally, just for fun, a sampling of recent signs I've been painting:

(this sign is at Leaf's Treehouse, Coos Bay-unless sold)


(this sign is at "Overcoat", the store in Myrtle Creek, OR)


(this sign is at Leaf's Treehouse, Coos Bay, unless sold)


(this sign is at Leaf's Treehouse-unless it's sold)


(this sign is at Leaf's Treehouse, Coos Bay-unless it's sold)

(This sign is headed to the store, "Overcoat" in Myrtle Creek , Oregon, next to Dairy Queen. You simply must stop and visit Tonya if you are anywhere close!)



Blessings,
        ~Heidi

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Perfect Year End Teacher Thank You Gift

I was asked to paint this sign by a couple moms. I suggested having the children write their names and the date on the back.


Both moms reported back to me that the teachers had tears in their eyes when they recieved the signs.
(There were actually three signs given out....)


I designed the signs to look like chalkboards, though they are not chalkboards. The are about 16" by 24". 

 
I'll list this on Etsy soon.
 
So, how is your summer starting off? 
         Blessings, Heidi

Saturday, May 3, 2014

He has shown you O man LARGE sign

https://www.etsy.com/listing/178557876/24-inches-by-24-inches-she-is-clothed-in?ref=related-2

My large sign, "She is clothed..." is the perfect daily reminder that my strength comes from God.  I've painted this sign many times and knew it was perfect for a girl's room.  But what about verse sign for a boy's room. Ah, a buyer had me paint the perfect one, Micah 6:8.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/182227411/he-has-shown-you-o-man-what-is-good?

The Bible version I used was NKJ (New King James),  because I like the way they worded the "O man" part. If you 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 24 inches by 24 inches. (With the wood trim , it's about 26 inch square.) The color shown is called "Melted Chocolate" (a brown that for some reason shows up darker in the photo than it is). I can paint it in any color.

Bible verse signs are great for boys and girls rooms, they memorize the verse in no time at all!

Blessings,
          ~Heidi

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