Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Angels came.....

Til Death, do us part...

Dear Viewers...

Two days after my last posting my sweet husband, George, died suddenly on November 23rd. My life is now forever changed. Part of me is missing and I am in deep mourning. George was a wonderful man, husband, father and grandfather. I will forever miss him.

I will be taking a hiatus from craft guild in order to grieve my loss and learn how to restart living again...and I also will be spending more time with Molly, my cat, who is also grieving her Daddy.

I thank everyone who is surrounding me with love and pray, which means so very much to me, but all I can feel now is terrible pain. Please continue to pray for my healing as I feel as if I am lost in a cold dark forest and I need my husband to find me.


The Craft Guild "Thank You" for your generous support at our Christmas Bazaar and Dine In Event. We "Thank" our Bethany Bakers, who always come through for us. It is my understanding at last count, that we made over $2,600, of which $2,000 will be going to the outside project fund.

We are asking for the first Friday and Saturday in December for future Christmas Bazaar's as we can no longer hold a one day - 12 hour event. We ask for your prayers that this prayer can be answered.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Christmas Bazaar & Dine-In Event!

A ceramic tree with lights and garland.

Ribbon trees.

A lovely blue bottle
with cardinals and lights.

3 Glorious Kings!
I only had time to make one set, so if you want them, come early!
They are made of scrap book papers.
And they were inspired from paper towel tubes.
They are bedecked and bejeweled.

Something different for your door or wall.
We have another one titled
"Goodwill To All"

We revived an old craft fro the 20's and 30's.
These are Victorian paper dolls.
We dressed them in lovely gowns made
of material, ribbons and flowers.
They are lovely!

Molly follows me everywhere and
when I am on the computer, she lays on
her bed in the window and enjoys watching
the birds and squirrels. On this day,
she was treated to a bush filled with birds!

Oh so Cute...with a bird on his head.

Happy Holidays...
this frosted bottle is filled
with lights.

These are lovely blue bottles
with lights inside.
This one features the Nativity.

Have treats for cats and dogs.
Shown is a hand painted jar
with treats inside. Here Kitty...Kitty!

Our Christmas Bazaar and Dine-In Event!
Friday, December 3rd from 8 am to 8 pm.

All you can eat breakfast buffet served 8 am to 10 am., featuring:
quiche, hash brown potato casserole, fresh fruit,
muffins, orange juice, coffee and tea.

Lunch and Dinner featuring:
Cream of Corn chowder
Hamburger Vegetable Camp soup
Chicken salad and Ham salad sandwiches
served with fresh Cranberry salad.
Your choice of assorted Desserts and Beverages.

For the first time!
Secret Santa Shoppe for the children.

Crafts...Wreaths...Floral Arrangements...Snowmen...Santa's...
Ornaments...small gift baskets...Jewelry...
hand knit items...and sooo much more!

Baked Goods...Jams...Candies
Attic Treasures and soooo Much More!!!

This will most likely be our last posting prior to our bazaar.
If you have any questions, please call the church at 843-2922
and Joann will help you.

We look forward to seeing you at the bazaar!
Our biggest and best ever!!!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Counting Down to our Christmas Bazaar!

Ahhhh!...Now I have your attention!
This is a warm homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge cake.
Every year, my good friend, Deb Kauffman,
bakes one for her birthday
to share with her co-workers.
And she always makes sure that I get a slice...
it's one of my very favorites...maybe I can get her to
bake one for the bazaar!

Molly, who needs no introduction, of course "jumped" at the chance
of getting her picture taken, when she saw me with the camera.

Cute snowmen heads!
purrfect...for the bathroom...
can you guess what they are made with?

Saw a very similar item in a lovely
new gift shop...a one of a kind.

A very large glass brand snifter.
Filled with glass balls and glitter snow.
(Is that Molly back there???)

White poinsettia's and snowmen.

I painted a winter scene around
this bottle. It turned out very nicely!

Small plates for Santa's cookies!

Carol came up with this cute craft...
Santa paint brushes!

A lovely large wreath with glitter
and shiny balls. Candy canes and a touch of snow.
I liked it so much, that I am also making one for my front door.

Unfortunately, you can not see the detail of this wreath.
They are very detailed, showing the Holy Family with the 3 Wise Men.
A MUST see!

Carol made this lovely
red poinsettia wreath.

Carolyn is modeling 2 aprons, made by
Barb Saylor.

We have shown you sooo much and there is soo much more that you haven't seen!
Our 2010 Christmas Bazaar is bigger and better than ever!

We will be serving an "All You Can Eat" breakfast from 8 am to 10 am;
featuring quiche, special home baked potatoes, muffins, fruit, orange juice, coffee and tea.
Prepared for you by Khris Lehman and staff.

Lunch will be served from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
Dinner will be served from 4 pm to 6:30 pm
The menu will be:
Homemade creamy corn chowder with bacon
( we husked the fresh corn this Summer, and froze it)
Hamburger Vegetable Camp soup
Chicken salad sandwiches
Ham salad sandwiches
Fresh Cranberry Salad
Assorted desserts
Assorted beverages

We have planned our event, so you can sit down, enjoy a meal, meet new friends, relax and
of course, shop...all at the same place!

For the first time this year, we will have a special Santa Shoppe for
the children! No parents allowed in the Santa Shoppe!
Just give them a list of names,
perhaps ages of young ones that they are shopping for
and their spending money.
Santa's helpers will assist them! Their gifts
will be wrapped and ready for under the tree!

We will have homemade jams, wonderful fresh baked goods,
including sugar cakes and apple dumplings. Special candy and soo much more!

What makes this event sooo very special???...
Everything has been made by the Bethany Craft Guild
and our wonderful Bethany members!

We strongly feel that the Lord Blesses
us, as we work, pray and plan our
events every Wednesday morning from 9am-noon.
We would LOVE to have you join us!

We are sooo happy that
we are now handicapped accessible!
Everyone can enjoy our event!

More to come later!
Mark your calendar and plan a day of fun and excitement with us!
Friday December 3rd 8:00 am to 7: 00 pm
Bethany United Methodist Church
1401 Mt Rose Ave York


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Now For Some GLITTER!

This wreath is in various shades of purple.
The balls, leaves and "Peace" message are all glittered!
I purchased all the items for this wreath, after Christmas last year.
It is big and beautiful!

But as I always tell you, the pictures are not as lovely as the products.

I also purchased all the items for this wreath last year.
She is silver and full of glitter and Glory!

The theme the birth of our Saviour.
Again, every thing was purchased last year.

These 2 ornaments were purchased last year.
I loved them and knew that I would incorporate them into a wreath!
If you look closely, you will see them in the wreath above.

I featured this wreath earlier, then realized that I hadn't finished it!
It is a lovely quilted piece that I purchased at a yard sale!
I added my touch and it is now adorned with gold glittered stars.
And it lights up!

Christmas isn't Christmas without the
sweet smell of gingerbread!

I purchased the glittered gingerbread men after the holidays last year.
I purchased and made glittered buttons (using a 40 o/o off coupon)
and adorned him with candy canes.
and used gingerbread ribbon that I found in my ribbon drawer.

This small wreath is adorable.
It was made from bells purchased after Christmas last year,
and all the other items were in
my crafting supply containers.

This lovely centerpiece was designed from
items that I had in my crafting containers.

This photo shows you that there are 3 ruby red
candle holders in the center.
I put in 3 battery flicker lights.
You can also burn real candles, if desired.

I found the sleigh in our donated items.
The rest was in my crafting supply containers.

This arrangement is very special to me. I inherited the fiber optic Santa and sleigh
from my Aunt Helen's estate last year. She was a wonderful, loving
Christian, I decided that she would be pleased if I created
an arrangement and donated it to our Guild. I made a little snowman and created
a snow scene with trees and birds.
It will look lovely placed anywhere and perfect for someone in
a nursing home!

I found a wooden egg and holder in my Spring crafting supplies.
I saw Santa right away!

Here is a side view, so you can see he is indeed an egg!

As you can see, I've been busy in my basement, making wreaths...why in the basement?...because glitter, glitter, glitter, is everywhere! I even managed to get some on the wreaths!! I have made 7 wreaths, at this time, but can only show you 6...the 7Th, must wait until candy canes go on sale. It will be adorable and pictured later!

Did you ever wonder how hard it must be to create Christmas crafts in July, August, September and October??? Believe me when I tell you that it is a challenge. Most of us go shopping after Christmas for items on sale up to 80 o/o off. And we ALWAYS use coupons! If we were not bargain shoppers, we could not sell these items at the unbelievable low prices that we do. Also, many of you donate items to us, and most of you would not recognize them after we have designed them into a one of a kind craft.

And lastly...I recently bought a lovely little book titled, "Whispers of Encouragement". I'd like to start sharing a verse with you at the close of each posting.


The most beautiful world is always
entered through the imagination.
If you wish to be something you
are not---something fine, noble,
Good--you shut your eyes, and for
one dreamy moment
you are that
which you long to be.


Enjoy your day, and if you enjoyed what you saw, please take a moment and click on comment on the bottom of each posting and let us know. Dee

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The knitting needles have been clicking!

Carolyn has been very busy making more beautiful
hand knitted items that you will NOT find in any dept. store.
If you are looking for quality hand knit items,
come early for a good selection.

Above is a lovely cranberry sleeveless sweater.

This photo shows the design in the center.

Molly being a cool cat, loves "girly" things.
So she posed with this hand knit bag that
Carolyn made. This bag is fully lined with 3 inside pockets,
one for keys and a double pocket for your cell phone and sunglasses.

Carolyn made some warm cozy slippers.
The top ones are called "Dorm Slippers" and
the bottom ones will stretch to fit.

I (Dee), made these counted cross stitch
wide mouth lids for canning.

Oh yes...did I forget to tell you that we will have
special home canned treats?
More about them later!

The Craft Guild Imagineers are continuing to create daily at home and weekly at church, to make this the BIGGEST and BEST, Christmas Bazaar ever! Tell your friends and neighbors to pull up our web site at bethanycraftguild.com to see some of our creations and to mark their calendar for Friday, December 3RD. We will be open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, to accommodate everyone who works outside the home.

We plan to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner AND we are planning a special Santa Shop for our little shoppers! More details later!

Our group is very unique! We do NOT have vendor tables, everything that you see has been created be approximately 12 Imagineers!

This year we will also have a very nice section of Attic Treasures.

Can't wait?...neither can we...so we have to get busy crafting!

p.s. The next posting will have 7 lovely wreaths and more Christmas items, that I have been working on at home. This is the year of "Glitter", you should see my basement!...George kicked me out of the Dinning room!...too messy!


Monday, September 13, 2010


Monday, September 13

Hi Everyone...

I hope you will bear with me as my family and I have had a very difficult week. We buried my nephew today. He was just 50 and a victim of the economy. David was laid off from his job, his wife worked at the same place and 4 weeks later she was laid off. their home in which they were very proud of was next...they lost their home. Finding their selves homeless with a 12 year old daughter, they moved in with David's Sister, Gail and her husband. A month ago David's unemployment stopped, 2 weeks ago his wife's unemployment stopped. Neither had been able to find employment. Last Wednesday morning, his wife found him. David died of a heart attack in his sleep.

This made me realize that David is just one of thousands...who has died or actually kill their self, because of what has happened beyond their control, to their life.

What I am asking is simply this: "Love your neighbor as your Brother." If you know of any family that has fallen prey to the economy...help them in what ever manner you can. No matter how small or how large, do something to help the person or family. Food, money, encouragement, prayer, help to find employment, just do something!

I learned a lot about my nephew today, that I did not know. Oh, I have always loved him! He was very special. All of my sister, Betty's children are "My Favorite!", because each of them has a special quality about them that is unique. Today, I learned that David was always helping his friends in need, rebuilding old friendships, always making new friends, a coach on his daughter's softball team. He loved the Phillie's, camping, playing horseshoes, and much more that I did not know! He enjoyed and loved life and he loved his family. His daughter, Debbie was the "apple of his eye". I don't think David attended church, I'm not sure, but this I do know, that he lived a Christian life and he knew God as his Holy Father.

David is the 2ND Son that my sister has buried. Her 1st Son, Sonnie, died suddenly when he was just 7. He was a sunny little boy and we miss him still! I can not imagine the anguish that a Mother feels, losing her children. She is a widow, having lost a wonderful Irish husband and Father to their children. I am asking prayers for her pain and the pain of David's wife, Terry, daughter, Debbie, his siblings and family. Betty told me that she believes that the Lord will never give her more than she can bear.

A United Methodist Pastor, in New Jersey did the service. I'm sorry but I don't remember her name. It was a beautiful service and the rooms were filled with photos of David smiling with his friends and family. It felt warm and comforting, sitting there and listening to her speak of David and his Holy Father. She read a poem titled "The Dash" by Linda Ellis. As soon as we arrived home, I searched for it on the Internet. I'd like to share it with you.

The Dash
by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tomestone
From the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
And spoke of the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all of the time
that she spent alive on the Earth.
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line was worth.

For it matters not how much we own;
the cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life's actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent you dash?

On the drive home from New Jersey, I fully realized how much I love my family and how very proud I am of each and every one of them. They are a wonderful Blessing in my life and I intend to tell them that more often!

Thanks for "listening." Dee

Sunday, September 5, 2010

More Creations from the Imagineer's!

Barb and Carole working on Gingerbread ornaments.

Gail putting cinnamon apple slices into a dehydrator.

Someone donated this black iron sled to me (Dee).
I had fun creating Santa being pulled by a reindeer.
There is a tree on the back of the sleigh that lights.

Dee bought this quilted piece and
covered the edge with greens and white lights.
I named it "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear".

This cute little doll was made by
Mary Buser.

This sweet arrangement was created by Dee.
The photo really does not show it's beauty.
The balls are shiny silver and glitter red.

This lovely rose creation was done by Dee.
The black iron foundation piece was donated
to me.

This Snowman was painted and decorated by Dee.

This "Welcome" board was made by Carolyn.

You would never know it, but this is a gourd!
She is a Russian Babushka doll.
Her face was painted by Gail,
and Dee created her outfit and necklace.

This snowman was handmade by Dee.
His snowball filled watering can says "Think Spring"!
He is holding his garden hoe in his other hand.

I never feel that my camera shows the full beauty and detail of the craft that we make, however, I do hope that you enjoy seeing some of the items we are creating. Many items shown are simply one of a kind, so if you see something you like, plan to attend our bazaar.
There will be many more surprises to come. We have great fun creating something out of nothing, and letting our imagination take over and the Lord guide our hands.

If you view our postings, we would love to have you comment on what you see. Please click on "Comment" at the bottom of the postings.