Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Holy Thursday

Celebrating with Friends:
* Thankful Thursday ~ Spiritually Unequal Marriage
* Get Your Craft On ~ Life with Lori

My Virgin Mary Apron is one of my original designs and often in demand. I started sewing a new batch of them this week. The fabric is so pretty so I try to keep the apron design with minimal distractions. The floral pin is the perfect accent.
In Celebration of Holy Week
Holy Thursday celebrates Christ himself in the Eucharist and of the institution of the sacerdotal priesthood. Jesus' last supper with the disciples celebrated Passover with a washing of the feet and sharing of his body and blood. It was more than symbolism. It was Jesus' service in life and death.

Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet
It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. John 13:1-5

The Lord's Supper
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. I Corinthians 11:23-26
Have a Blessed Holy Week!
Yoli :)

Good Friday

On this Good Friday especially at the 3 0'clock hour, many Christians will stop to pray and mediate on the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us on the cross. Never has greater love been shown. I wish you and your family a blessed Easter.
Jesus Sentenced to be Crucified
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!" And they struck him in the face. John 19:1-3

The Crucifixion
Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull. Here they crucified him, and with him two others, one on each side and Jesus in the middle. John 19:16-18

Jesus and his Mother Mary
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. John 19:25-27

The Death of Jesus
Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:28-30
God Bless You!
Yoli :)

Wednesday Gratitude

JOIN IN, it is Wednesday Gratitude at Heart and Home with a sweet friend Heidi. It has been a blessing to share stories, comfort, and inspiration. This Holy Week I am reminded of the great love the God had for us. I am looking forward to time with family this coming long weekend.

I am linking to Penny Pinching Party where I am sharing about my latest penny pinching, USED furniture. I have been shopping the used furniture section of Craigslist. I got a set of leather sofas for a steal. I also found a 3 piece living room tables for $50.

I'm also participating at Outdoor Wednesday. The Texas Hill Country is filled with beautiful flowers this time of year. I like the image of the cactus and flower, living in harmony. Isn't that what live is about?

I wish you a blessed Wednesday!
Yoli :)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesday ~ Red Fun & Pinatas

Participating in Ruby Tuesday has inspired me to incorporate red into my living room. My sister Jessica also has splashes of red accents throughout her gorgeous house. I am really trying to bring bold and vibrant colors into my house. Below is a picture from my favorite inspirational store, Crows Nest Trading. I can't afford their prices but I sure can use my single-mom income to make my own pillows and accents.

For Toot Your Horn Tuesday and Sew Cute Tuesday, I am also posting about the beautiful Alexander Henry fabric that I just bought last week. I met a friend of mine at the Quilt Haus in New Braunfels, TX where I live. and I found the Pinta fabric. I made several "Fiesta" aprons for the Weslaco Onion Festival, and they all sold.

Have a fun Tuesday!!
Yoli :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Spiritual Sunday ~ Blessed Day

This Spiritual Sunday is a blessed one for us. I am so thankful to God for his many blessings. My sister Jessica from JOY Marie's Boutique and I had a booth at the Weslaco Onion Fest yesterday, and it was a huge success. My mother is an angel from heaven. I have been a single mother for over 5 years and she has been the one to help me raise the kids. She is always there for us with her wisdom, love, and support.

My kids are back home from Spring Break at Grandma's. The house was so quiet and I missed them. I'm glad to have them back that I headed to the grocery store to make a traditional Spanish meal. I am making sizzling beef fajitas, chips & salsa, cheese sauces, and rice. The meat is slow cooking and I write, and the scent of spices are filling the house in such a festive way that I can't wait to eat. NOTE: We also to go Chili's for their version of the common Tex/Mex food, so take it from a Latin girl; it is just as good.

I pray that God blesses each one of you and takes you through a beautiful journey of hope, love, and faith.

Love & Prayers! ~ Yoli :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wednesday - Spring Break, Beach, and Sandwiches

It is Wednesday again and I'm joining Heidi at Heart and Home for Wednesday Gratitude. This week I am grateful that my kids are out of school on Spring Break. They are spending the week with Grandma, who is spoiling them for sure. I am grateful for a quiet house....shhhh.
The kids are going to South Padre Island, TX. It is a beautiful beach resort just 50 miles from Grandma's house. Here is a picture of my kids at SPI a couple of years ago.
I'm linking to Outdoor Wednesday. It is perfect timing because the my kids will be going to the beach today. I'm sure they will have fun while I work all day in my indoor office.... blah.

I'm also posting at The Thrifty Home with Jen at her Penny Pinching Party. While I am alone this week, I bought ingredients to make submarine sandwiches, which is my Penny Pinching brag. I could eat sandwiches ever day, so this penny pinching idea works for me. I bought a pack of sub-breads, honey ham, tomatoes, and a bag of Lays BBQ baked chips. The total came up to $11. I already had cheese, mayo, and lettuce at home, so I did save there. I bought enough to have a sandwich for 4 evenings. I figured out that 1 meal at Subway or Quizznos would easily be $6-$7. I am saving money while I enjoy one of my favorite quick meals and I'm not tempted to go out since I have groceries at home.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Yoli :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tuesday ~ Ruby Red Floral Pins

It is Ruby Tuesday and I've got the perfect post.... red roses. We are getting ready for the Weslaco Onion Festival and have been working on hair flower pins.

I am joining in at Sew Cute Tuesday where Misty has a fantastic blog at Creative Itch Boutique. I am sewing my Senorita Aprons this week and I'm making matching red rose pins that I will put on every apron.

I'm also going to Toot Your Horn because I can see my crafting skills improving. I am getting more efficient and talented in my designs.
I give my thanks for Niecy Nash from Clean House for bringing the floral hair clips into style. She has make flowers a beautiful fashion statement. I think it looks so pretty, feminine and flirty.
Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!
Yoli :)

Monday ~ Loteria Apron

Happy Monday!! I am looking forward to a productive crafting week. I am planning on getting a lot of good sewing time this week because my kids are out of town. My kids are on Spring Break from school this week. They are in spending time with family and friends back home. I'm preparing for the Weslaco Onion Festival where my sister Jessica and I will have a booth. My project for the week is to make several of the full-length aprons. Below is the "Loteria" apron that I made with a turquoise blue rick-rack. I really enjoy making them because I get to embellish with stones and I get to play around with different designs.

Today I am join in at several Monday parties and enjoying special time with awesome women. There are so many outstanding projects and pictures being posted on these blogs. I love visiting around, meeting new friends, and getting inspired.


Enjoy your Monday and have a great week!
Yoli :)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spiritual Sunday ~ Pray for our Military

It is Spiritual Sunday and time to share stories and reach our for prayers. My post today is dedicated to our Military. I don't have a family member who is serving in our military. I haven't lost someone in battle. But, I wake up each day in a free country where I can enjoy my day, see my kids go off to school, and spend quality time with friends & family. All of these things are possible because of the service and sacrifice of our military. Lets not get so busy in our life that we forget those who serve for our security. Lets stand together in faith and kneel together in prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father God, I come to you in prayer for our military. I place each one of them in your precious hands and I ask that you send to them your military of angels to protect them. My heart felt prayers go to their families who carry the load back home and wait in anticipation for their safe return. Their sacrifice is never in vain and I am appreciative every day of their service. Please guide them with courage, love, and faith. ~ Amen ~

Years ago I read the book The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. It gave me a basic understanding on how people have a primary way of expressing and interpreting love. It is so amazing how our Military show their love for us in all the languages.
In prayer and love,
Yoli :)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Pink Saturday ~ Easter Confetti Eggs

Happy Pink Saturday. I've been visiting around at Beverly's place How Sweet the Sound. There are so many gorgeous items being posted, so many talented ladies. I am back home for the weekend, where I'm reminded of my childhood love for confetti eggs. They are called "cascarones" in Spanish. Growing up we would carefully break the eggs when we were cooking so we could save them for Easter. We saved them all year and started to decorate them a couple of weeks before Easter. They were my first love of crafts. They are so easy to make and fun to break on Easter day. After I had kids, I taught them to make cascarones. It seemed more work as an adult, but more fun for my kids.

I love the pretty pink egg with the flower mosaic. Some people are very talented. I will admit that my eggs were probably not the pretties ones on the block. Oh what wonderful memories.
Have a great Saturday!
Yoli :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Finally Friday

Happy Friday. It has been a long and very eventful week at work. I have worked late hours and come home exhausted, yet I can see God working in our life. Things are just falling into place and it isn' a coincidence, it is the loving hand of God guiding us.

I am stopping over at My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday to show off the gorgeous puppets my daughter and I made. I'm also attending 2 parties at The Shabby Nest and at Fingerprints on the Fridge. These ladies are my blog heros!

My daughter Gina had to do a puppet project for one of her classes. She had to make a Queen of Sheba and the King. Gina has a good inventory of felt sheets so we had a lot of colors to choose from. I sewed the layers together on my sewing machine. We added metallic rick-rack and added sparkle studs for an added touch. We had so much fun. It took us about 30 minutes to get both of them done.

Gina wanted something fancier than sock-puppets, and I think they came out adorable. Have a special day today!

Yoli :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wednesday ~ Free Outdoor Laughter

I'm happy to join Heidi at Heart and Home for Wednesday Gratitude. As I'm writing this post and wondering what to write about, I hear my son laughing loudly with joy. He is upstairs watching his favorite TV television talk/comedy show "Red Eye". My Wednesday Gratitude is for the sound of laughter in our house. We moved to our new city 2 1/2 months ago and the transition has been challenging, stressful, and exhausting. It has been tough for my kids because they left behind their friends, school, and family. It had been a while since I had heard my son laugh so heartily. Thank you God for my son's joy and for being there to guide us these couple of months.

I'm also posting at The Thrifty Home with Jen at her Penny Pinching Party. My post is to promote FREE activities around your city. In this economy, we need to get creative about entertainment. There are many free activities, we just need to do some research. Start by going to your local Chamber of Commerce website or look in the newspaper for upcoming free events.
We spent part of our day at a festival "Luminaria" is San Antonio’s annual celebration of art and artists. It is free of charge and showcases all art forms in an outdoor setting and inside various venues downtown. There were poets, theater, artists, musicians, dancers, and lighting artists that luminated the downtown area buildings.

I'm linking to Outdoor Wednesday. My kids and I enjoyed a long day outdoors this past Saturday and it was a blast of fun. So my dear friends, head to the great outdoors. There are parks to be enjoyed, flowers waiting to be admired, and memories waiting to be made. Oh, and don't forget to take your camera.
Here is a picture we took this past weekend in San Antonio, TX where we spent the entire day outdoors!

Enjoy your Wednesday because it only comes around once a week.
Yoli :)