Thursday, 8 November 2007

Sing Along Songs

I know this is a long post, and I dont usually write this much, but if you have time please read it. Thank you. There are so many lovely hymns and songs out there, almost difficult to choose, but this is one of my all time favourites. The words are as follows:

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
(Refrain)

I need Thee, O I need Thee;Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.
(Refrain)

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.
(Refrain)
I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
(Refrain)
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou bless├Ęd Son.
(Refrain)

Annie Hawks (the writer) wrote:
One day as a young wife and mo­ther of 37 years of age, I was bu­sy with my reg­u­lar house­hold tasks. Sud­den­ly, I be­came so filled with the sense of near­ness to the Mast­er that, won­der­ing how one could live with­out Him, ei­ther in joy or pain, these words, “I Need Thee Ev­e­ry Hour,” were ush­ered in­to my mind, the thought at once tak­ing full pos­sess­ion of me. After writ­ing the lyr­ics, Hawks gave them to her pas­tor, Ro­bert Low­ry, who add­ed the tune and re­frain. The hymn was first pub­lished at the Na­tion­al Bap­tist Sun­day School Con­ven­tion in Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio, in No­vem­ber 1872. Some years lat­er, af­ter the death of her hus­band, Hawks wrote: I did not un­der­stand at first why this hymn had touched the great throb­bing heart of hu­man­i­ty. It was not un­til long af­ter, when the sha­dow fell over my way, the sha­dow of a great loss, that I un­der­stood some­thing of the com­fort­ing pow­er in the words which I had been per­mit­ted to give out to others in my hour of sweet se­ren­i­ty and peace.
This card is for this weeks SALT challenge; 'From the hymnbook, take your inspiration from a hymn or song that means a lot for your faith. Old hymn, new song, overtly Christian or kind of hidden, God speaks to us in music in all sorts of ways.' Please feel free to join in, and see the lovely creations the other girls have come up with.
I used DCWV ever after paper, QK Snowflake die for the clock hands, and the off-cuts from the petals to add a splash of colour.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Hanging Tapestry

My latest creation for a new baby born 'Osian' is his name (it's welsh). The couple have been married 13 years, and the Lord has granted them this mircale of life. Praise Him! So I wanted something special. Inspired by Kate's work at Craft Life work I made name hanging, I was really pleased with the results. Made from blank Beer mats, and decorated with torn paper, I used a stitch stamp and other baby stamps for detail, inked the edges with silver, and used some silver QK swirls.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Saved by the Swirls

My latest commission for a frame. Specifications; simple, with burnt orange and gold colours, mahoganny coloured frame. If you know me, you will know I find simple difficult, so added as little as pos, but then had permission to add more, so I did! Thanks to my QK revolution for the swirls, time consuming sticking it down, but happy with the results. It is needed for this weekend, as a wedding present, so must go and get it ready for posting!

Monday, 5 November 2007

Heard it through the Grape Vine...

DCM are doing an interesting challenge this week... 'All styles are welcome but there MUST be an element of handcutting somewhere. It could be a greeting, a shape, letters printed on your pc and handcut, anything goes as long as you did it by hand.' So I mixed die cutting with hand cutting! (hope thats allowed!?) Anyway the grape vine was stamped and YES- cut by hand, and finally had the opportunity to use that wine glass from the Quickutz dies!