Friday, October 28, 2011

Let the running begin!

Catching the torch from Michelle Single...

Debra Miller's steady stride, warm heart and sharp mind create the perfect combination for a brisk November run in Wisconsin.  As a Mechanical Engineer, her steel trap memory comes in handy not only to remember differential equations, but to recall events in great detail along with useless facts about the '80's.  Her warm heart attracts the very best of friends, friends for whom she'll drive 350 miles to visit and attend stamping parties with.  It is the same warm heart that created a card ministry which donates handmade cards every month to people who are home bound or might be lifted by a note of encouragement.  Put on some Contemporary Christian, grab a cup of coffee and share the perfect blend @ http://creamcityangels.blogspot.com/

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Catching the torch from Kristin Robbins...


Keep it on the Christian Contemporary station but travel a bit further north with us to Manitoba Canada and the home of Leigh Penner. We love the title of Leigh's blog, TO THE FULL, which comes from John 10:10 "I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full."  Live it to the full she does alongside her husband Cameron and three children, Austin (12), Johan (9) and Sage (7).  As an example, this weekend Leigh is hosting a crop for 30 women in order to earn money for her forthcoming ministry trip  to the Congo, and it's not the first time.  Don't be nervous for her though.  She preps for it by being a substitute high school teacher and she has her black belt in Tae Kwon Do (yes, she breaks boards with her bare feet ;) Her art is to the full too, from her photography to her scrapping and stamping.  We're sure you will appreciate every last bite @ http://leighpenner.blogspot.com/

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Catching the torch from Sarah Gough... 


Take one look at that baby picture and you can figure out that Meredith Winston's middle name is Joy.  Meredith spreads that joy around a little Boston suburb, to her husband of 15 years, to two children (ages 7 and 5) to Katie, a pit bull mix who was rescued even before she was born, to scrapbooking, stamping, photography, crafting, cupcaking, reading, volunteering, blogging and to living.  At one point Meredith was creating in a spare bedroom upstairs but those little sunbeams were getting trapped in isolation, so together with her husband they decided to change the rarely used dining room into a family art room.  Now the entire family creates and joy radiates once again.  Make sure to stop by for a bit of your own refreshment @ http://www.papercanteen.com/ .
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Catching the torch from Esther Porter...


Purple just happens to be Jessica's favorite color, so how serendipitous that she is running with November's purple torch.  Sometimes things are just meant to be...like Jessica and her husband meeting on Valentines Day (how perfect is that?) or dreaming and reading Anne of Green Gables while growing up in the New York 'burbs and then moving to the country to raise two boys, 12 chickens and grow her own vegetables.  A year ago she dreamt of starting a blog and now has over 500 followers!  Jessica is currently dreaming of a new craft room, the kind you see in magazines or on Pinterest.  We have no doubt that that dream will come true too.  In the meantime she stays busy as a VP for the PTSO at her boys school and is single-handedly making over 100 birthday cards for the staff.  We hope to see a few Amber Ink cards in the mix on Jessica's award winning blog @ http://chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com/

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Pipertäjä is getting us ready for the holidays, winter weather, Santa, reindeer and snow from the blissfull Arctic region of Finland.  The beauty of this is that as daylight gets shorter in Finland, crafty time gets longer!  This brings the most inspirational of moments, when at night, with the lights off,  the spark of inspiration strikes for the most brilliant of creative ideas.  Pipertäjä simply turns on the light, pumps up an audio tape in her new craft area  and creates some of the most gorgeous projects you have ever seen, but never the same one twice.  You'd never guess that summertime is her favorite with it's sea of turquoise - because in winter...she seems to find heaven.  See what we mean @ http://pipertaja.blogspot.com/

3 comments:

Rhonda Miller said...

Yay, I can't wait to see all the fabulous inspiration you ladies have to share with us.

Dilsaver Designs said...

Yay, congratulations ladies!! You will have so much fun :)

Leigh said...

What great write-ups! Thanks so much for letting me carry the torch this month!