Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Here's the list in the journal box since it's too small to read:
*to help fix the roof
*to drive the U-Haul
*to cut down your bushes
*to fix the sprinkler system
*to push over your dead tree
*to borrow some black socks
*to build a floor for your shed
*to paint the walls in your new home
*to install new phone jacks in every room
*to help you move from one city to another
*to talk you through installing a LAN connection
*to move the desk, again and again and again...
Then, I went out to look for a new dress the other day and was reminded once again that I really don't like dress styles right now! What's wrong with putting a sleeve and a little bit longer skirt on a dress anyway? This got me to thinking about all my favorite dresses over the years and how they were made by Mama. And of course that's not all she's sewn for me over the years - there are the quilts, the afghans, the bunnies, the pillowcases, etc. So, I created this page about Mama's sewing. The poem reads: Mama loves me, this I know, because for me she will sew, sew, sew.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I ended up with quite a bit of paperwork that needed to be thrown out: old financial stuff that we no longer needed (mostly because I kept more than I really needed to the first few years we were married since I wasn't sure what all to keep!) and lots of student grade sheets and reports from my five years of teaching. I have spent a considerable amount of time shredding all this paperwork - 12 bags so far and counting (when my little home use shredder gets too hot, it decides to take a rest as it is doing now).
Here's a picture of me sorting through my box of bulletin board materials. I haven't touched any of this stuff since I packed it up 4 years ago! Some of this went in the trash, mostly materials that I had laminated for specific bulletin board theme projects or samples of students' work that I had kept to use as examples. The reusable stuff plus a box of bulletin board borders is in the car ready to deliver to a friend who is currently teaching second grade. And a few posters - my very favorites - plus a sunflower painting that a student made for me are waiting to be displayed in my office/craft room.
Here's a list of a few of the items that needed to be used or moved to different areas of the house:
*framed water painting that Robbie's dad did when he was a kid - hung this in the guest room in place of a bought wall hanging
*empty/new photos albums - moved these to the closet in my office craft room beside the other extra photos albums and scrapbooks
*puzzles - I'm planning to open up a shelf for these either near the toy room or in the peach room
*my favorite posters & sunflower painting - ready to be hung in my office/craft room
Using the four Rs - Recycle, Reduce, Repurpose and Reuse, I'd say I did a pretty good job.
Recycle - at least 12 large trash bags of shredded paper, a huge amount of recycled papers, magazines, and catalogs, three cardboard boxes plus two cardboard presentation boards.
Donate - six books ready to donate to the library, two boxes of bulletin board materials ready to deliver
Reuse- I saved all the paperclips, binder clips, rubber bands, folders, and dividers as I cleared my paperwork. All these items are now assimilated in with my other office supplies to be reused.
Repurpose - I added quite a few items to my craft/scrapbooking supplies - old CDs & DVDs, felt from puzzle mat, old dictionary that is falling apart
Check out these before & after photos.
Time to get back to my shredding so I can get that all done before I start on closet #2!
Friday, March 26, 2010
I also got inspired and made two scrapbook pages today. Both of these layouts were inspired by layouts in the Ultimate Guide to Scrapbooking book that I'm currently reading. They are both from 2008 since I just recently got all my digital pictures from 2008 printed. This first one shows us on our Harley (which we have since sold) and our good friends Dick and Iris on their scooter. They recently upgraded to a much larger machine - a spyder!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Here's a little snippet of what's happening in my life today:
1. The sun is shining today and the temperature has almost reached 60 degrees. It's hard to believe that when we woke up yesterday, there were EIGHT inches of snow covering the yard! For an area that has an average snowfall of 2 1/2 inches, we have really had a record winter with three major snows! I am so ready for springtime!
2. I'm in the middle of a four month class called Library of Memories (LOM) led by Stacy Julian. It's all about organizing your photos in a way that you will be inspired to scrap them and tell the stories of your life. Here's a look at my new LOM albums.
3. I started a new two week online class today from JessicaSprague.com called Type+Writer. Over the next two weeks, we'll work on journaling prompts and create six scrapbook pages using different typology. We will be making digital pages which is new for me as I am mostly a traditional and hybrid scrapper.
Well now, that was pretty fun - a little typing, a few photos, and my first blog post is out there for the world to see.