Sunday, September 25, 2011

Home Style yays or nays

Looking at practical, flattering decor.

Looking through home improvement magazines at doctor's offices, or waiting to find something to do, I've seen a lot of decor' ideas that cost fortunes, and seem to have simply added more controversy and, well, ugliness than before.  Lets look at some of those.
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The "minimalist" look


This look focuses on simplicity and abstract lines.
This approach to that particular style is a good
one... if you don't own anything. What does this
desk have? A phone, a computer, a book or two,
and some sort of light/ipod dock.  Anything else and
it would look cluttered and over piled.  How much do
you think that flimsy little desk looks like it could
hold, anyway?

Instead, you may want your stuff to not simply
be the decoration, but the containers you put
them in.  Simple shelves are a good idea.  Like
when did function go out of style?!  Some boxes
may be bright for decor, like most on the shelves
there, but not all. Look hard and notice the pale
little cases on the floor and elsewhere.  Also a
"flimsy looking something" cupboard can hide a
 OR this...

The Futuristic look
The "space-age", futuristic, metallic look
goes for wide open spaces with squat
furniture and dimensions that blend and
flow, with soft, swirling, illusional edges.
Unless you fancy yourself an astronaut,
I'd advise staying away from the cold,
non-company-friendly futuristic look.

If you are attracted to this sort of style,
please don't make your floor and walls
the same color! Try simple, modern
furniture, with that geometrical, soft
edge.  Go for contrast pleasing to the eye
and that may just pop out at you in a
soothing style.  Oh yea, and leave a few
things out - pots pans, or shopping bags,
so that it looks like earthlings live there. :)
 OR this...

"Wide open plains"
This look values definition and also a bit of a futuristic
flare.  Subtle contrasts, and most of it's depth left to
huge windows, high ceilings, and matte wall-panels.  I
can't imagine this takes much talent, and must be so droll!
Open floor plans are great, but not when you can get lost
in one  color.

OR this...
Make sure your ceiling is a light white or cream,
and the walls are not much darker.  White basic
furniture and accents are also in, but try at least
something a bit more creative.  Chair covers,
flowers, wood floors or a rug.  Stay away from
contrasting trim and window hangings.
 Wood finish and lighting

This really could be a great look, but wood
panelling just brings us all back too far into the
70s.  The arrangement is OK, and I like the large
windows, but aside from this being a very bare
kitchen, a "dull", or cool-toned wood finish
is very easy to get washed out, and without
 more signs of life can look nice, but
bare and cold.  Add mini trees, a few red and
orange vases with smooth edges, and lighten
things up.  Also, avoid making the furniture
out of the floor.  :)
 OR this...
A warm cherry gloss finish with shiny steal and
brass finishes, some black, and a light floor makes
this room seem a little bit small than it is, but is
much more inviting.  Notice the browns are a warm,
terra-cotta, and the walls are the same color as the
ceilings.  Warm tones, warm light.  Cool tones, cool
light, but make sure it has some popping hot

More fun things:

both these chairs look great!  But not in the
same house.  Some chair coverings and a paint
job can do so much!

Who says color on the floor is
limited to a rug?  If your home has
a funky tile design, go with it! Re-
flooring?  Consider something

Do you like clean, white walls, and
old-fashioned makeovers, but still
want a splash of color?  Sometimes
painting a wooden chair or even a
cabinet is the answer with a nice
wood floor or carpeting.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

homemade CD covers

Storm the Facade

Drink, ye thirsty.


Going Public

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Zesty fruit/veggie smoothie

Category: beverage Makes: approx. 18 fl. oz. Allergens: Milk (may be easily substituted), flax, berries/fruits More Info: gluten free, lactose-free vegan, vegetarian, antioxidant-rich, fiber, great dose of fruits and some veggies,

1/2 cup milk (cow, goat, coconut, almond, etc.)
1/2 of a fruit (I've used mango, pear, and peach), cut
1/4 cup frozen berries (I've used strawberries)
1 small/medium carrot, chopped
2 Tbsp elderberry juice (I used Biotta brand)
1 Tbsp organic flax seed oil
2 tsp lemon juice
dash of stevia (you may used honey, royal jelly, or xylitol, etc.)
Tiny bit each of:
pealed ginger root
fresh lemon peal

chopped beats
ginger juice
coconut cream
fresh cilantro
washed spinach

Combine all ingredients in a sturdy blender. (I recommend a VitaMix) Make sure there are no huge chunks of fruits or carrot. Blend until smooth. Serve chilled. Enjoy!


Have you ever wanted to be beautiful?
Every girl wants it.  We are all jealous of that pretty girl at school, church, or at the mall. Deep down we feel inadequate.  Majorly.  We seem to know that we aren't good enough. 
We wonder how the celebrities, and the celebrities wives, and the celebrities daughters and sisters are so perfect.  Whats with it? They can sing, pose, act, play, and the whole rest of the Hollywood package.  We brush it off and say- "Yeah, I know I'm no movie star, but I'm doing alright".  But we all want it anyway.  Maybe we've all heard that "God made you very special, and he loves you very much", and "You are more beautiful to God than any movie star", or "He made you just the way He wants you", and all the other things we want to be confident in.
What about when we work up the courage to ask, "Do you think I'm beautiful?".  Or Perhaps we take a more sneaky approach:  "Ah, my nose is too long".  And, if you get somebody nice, they will always say something like this.  "What are you talkin' about?  Your beautiful!".  Or you get one of those middle-school preps who give something like this: "Yea, too bad you have ear-hair to match".  Or the well-meaning friend who really can't deny that that pimple so totally stands out, and pause before replying "Well, that's OK.  I get 'em to sometimes."
Then those fun little Internet games where you can put your face in and tweak it, color it, paint it, and give yourself a whole new 'do'.  We seem to think that if only we had blue eyes with our brown hair, we would be set.  If we just had X-brand's Ultra makeup for a mere $10 more, we could walk and smile like the star on those TV ads inbetween Sesame Street episodes, modeling ankle socks.  What about those super slimming pants with the sparkle on the butt-pocket than garners so many glances.  The plus-size lady with those 5-minute teeth-whiteners that whiten in a promised two seconds may be big, but she still works out how many hours a day to be toned just right. 
Is this what we want?  Do we want beauty, or do we want love?
Teaching children this summer, I really had to reinforce the truths I was telling them in my own mind.
"Did God just say 'Hey, maybe I'll make Bobby just like Dave, and Susie just like Martha?' No, He may have said 'I'm gonna make Dave with curly hair and green eyes, and I know just how tall he will be when he is 5 years old, and 10 years old, and 50.  And I'll make Susie with pretty brown hair and even eyes to match!  And a bazillion adorable freckles, and a big, happy smile!'  God made you just how He knew you should be, and He loves you more than anybody ever could!"

Yes.  God knows how to make you.  He made you.  He is the Master Designer, so if He wanted you to have brown eyes, you darn-better have brown eyes!  He is the Master Color-Coordinator.  Brown skin and dark eyes?  Beautiful!  Light skin and blue eyes?  Lovely!
Just consider a few of these verses from God's own love-letter to you.  You may be surprised how much He has to say about beauty!

Ezekiel 28:11-15
..."This is what the Sovereign LORD says:
‘You were the seal of perfection,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
You were in Eden,
the garden of God;
every precious stone adorned you:
carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,
topaz, onyx and jasper,
lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.
Your settings and mountings were made of gold;
on the day you were created they were prepared.
You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God;
you walked among the fiery stones.
You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created
till wickedness was found in you. '"

Psalm 27:4
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 45:11
Let the King be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your Lord.

Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Isaiah 61:3 bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

Ezekiel 16:14
And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign LORD.

1 Peter 3:3-5
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves...

Proverbs 11:22
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Song of Solomon 1:15
How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.

Romans 10:15
And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Valary-Mac's favorite bands


I really love music!
They are all christian bands, so they are "safe".  I also think it's safe to say that not every single song by one or more of these artists are my style.  I don't necessarily like all the songs a band has.  Sometimes only 3 or 4.  And sometimes I'll only like 1.  If you don't see a great band down there in my list, that doesn't mean I don't like any of their songs.  Plus I can't remember all of those great songs.  I'm sure I'll be tweaking this post for a while. :)
Here I have the name of the group, their genre, and one or two of my favorite songs by them.

  • Toby Mac (rock, alternative, hip/hop, rap) - Irene
  • ApologetiX (Parody band) - Look yourself, or Real life Savior
  • Super Chic[k] (hip/hop, rock) - We live
  • Skillet (rock, alternative, metal, rap) - Forgiven
  • Owl City (alternative, contemporary) - Hot air balloon, or fireflies
  • Needtobreath (folk, alternative) - Signature of Divine
  • Fireflight (rock, metal, alternative) - You decide
  • Lacrae - (rap, hip/hop) - Prayin' for you
  • Rapture Ruckus (rap, hip/hop, alternative, worship) - All things new
  • DavidCrowder Band (contemporary, worship, alternative) - Oh, Happiness
  • Philmont (contemporary, punk) - The difference
  • Steller Kart (contemporary, punk,) - Jesus loves you
  • Coffey Anderson (parody, worship, contemporary) - You are all I'm after, or Umbrella
  • Group1Crew (punk, rap, alternative, hip/hop) - Walking on the stars, or Forgive me
  • Press Play (punk, rap, hip/hop, contemporary, alternative) - NY2LA
  • Kutless (contemporary, worship) - Million faces
  • Probably one or two I'm just not thinking of right now. ;)

Coffey Anderson

David Crowder Band

A bit of humor

Amazing how the big bucks still
flow for clothing, even during this

No kidding, right?

I can relate

And of corse this one
doesn't relate to anyone
out there, does it?  :)

Dropping views :(

Views are dropping drastically. :O  From about 1700 last month to about 70 so far this one.  Probably because I changed the name and web-link to the blog.  Oh well.  I've never been popular anyway. :)

more Fantastic Foods

Working at an awesome health food and supplement store, there are so many things to try!  Being just a working student, I can't do it all.  That's why I really appreciate when other people have input on foods or supplements they've tried and liked, or didn't.  That's what I'm trying to do for you guys.

Yumnuts flavor roasted almonds, ginger orange

Kaia Foods kale chips, chili lime

Tanka buffalo wild sticks, spicy pepper blend

Beanitoes chips, pinto flax

Monday, September 19, 2011

Darwin's life assesments

When he was a child, his runs to church brought about this comment in his journal

"I often had to run very quickly to be on time, and from being a fleet runner was generally successful; but when in doubt I prayed earnestly to God to help me, and I well remember that I attributed my success to the prayers and not to my quick running, and marvelled how generally I was aided."

Later, at the thought more about being a clergy, these conclusions were drawn

"I liked the thought of being a country clergyman. Accordingly I read with care Pearson on the Creed and a few other books on divinity; and as I did not then in the least doubt the strict and literal truth of every word in the Bible, I soon persuaded myself that our Creed must be fully accepted."

His use of "persuasion" and not logic (though I would personally say I believe the Bible is to be taken literally in It's doctrines, and can withstand and uphold all logic) must not have built the foundation for his later awakening to the realization that he did not see how there could be a god.  He knew not, but disillusioned himself.

In his studies at Christ's Church in Cambridge, these too he readily confessed

“I could have written out the whole of the 'Evidences' with perfect correctness, but not of course in the clear language of Paley,” and, “I do not think I hardly ever admired a book more than Paley's 'Natural Theology.' I could almost formerly have said it by heart.”

In a letter of condolence to a friend, he wrote of
 “so pure and holy a comfort as the Bible affords,” opposed to “how useless the sympathy of all friends must appear.”

Later in life he contradicts.

“I can hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so, the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother, and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine.”

Because of his later writing, he must have either not understood the core of Christian belief in the first place, or forgotten it.  Any slightly educated Christian or Religious theologists would know that this description of Christianity as a whole is an argument upon opinion, and not that of examining what the faith stands for, then contradicting with his belief otherwise. 
Perhaps his feelings of "so pure and holy the comforts of the Bible" were simply that and no more.  Perhaps twas simply a great commune between God and man he fancied as he ran to church and school, and not of whole-life doctrinal Truth.

"At present the most usual argument for the existence of an intelligent God is drawn from deep inward conviction and feelings which are experienced by most persons. But it cannot be doubted that Hindoos, Mahomedans and others might argue in the same manner and with equal force in favour of the existence of one God, or of many Gods, or as with the Buddhists of no God...

....This argument would be a valid one, if all men of all races had the same inward conviction of the existence of one God; but we know this is very far from being the case. Therefore I cannot see that such inward convictions and feelings are of any weight as evidence of what really exists...."

His statement that "...this argument would be a valid one, if all men of all races had the same inward conviction of the existence of one God; but we know this is very far from being the case. Therefore I cannot see that such inward convictions and feelings are of any weight as evidence of what really exists...." is a valid one.  However, he is using a very general sense of  "we know this very far from the case" is not.  We also see that his observation of the whole human race may be quite lacking.  We see that all humans have the same cravings, and same diversity.  We look for love and acceptance, have a general knowledge of good and evil, and all choose to worship something.  Whether ourselves, another human, nature, other objects or places, or simply the unknown.  Either we all worship a "god", or we go into self-denial, as recorded by today's phsycologists, and exhibit un-natural symptoms.  We see this throughout history.  Perhaps Darwin misperceived.
Merriam Websters online dictionary, top line, describes "god" as "the supreme or ultimate reality".  Going on to the others.

a :  1: The Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe b Christian Science : the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind
2: a being or object believed to have more than natural attributes and powers and to require human worship; specifically : one controlling a particular aspect or part of reality
3: a person or thing of supreme value
4: a powerful ruler

We see that Darwin may be relating to any one of these descriptions. The Grecian and Roman gods were not all-powerful.  These gods were a conglomeration of those of the nations around them, and openly fabricated myths and fantastic stories of imagination and perversity, closely tied to mankind's own fantastic fantasies and perversity.  Could he mean this kind of "god", or all "gods" in general? 

Now we see that this story of this "ape" man, Darwin can either be a gigantic triumph for "humanity", who had formerly believed in an absolute truth and a standard of morality (a subject in which Darwin constantly contradicted himself), or a tragic diversion from the truth which has misguided and disfigured the world.  Now to choose...

More to come... "The bottom line - all or nothing"

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

BIG painting project

Three, 4'x6' sanded pine ply-wood boards, all needing to be done and painted in a week, by Valary-Mac.
The murals/signs are for a parade in a town near us.  Our church is setting up a ministry tent there.  Apparently somebody said I was "artistic", and they believed them, and asked me if would do the artwork.  I said I would.  After all, how hard could it be?  :D

These are the original samples done up on the computer.  But things are never the same after they go through my fingers.  Besides the need for them to be on a completely different angle.  There were many changes to make before a conclusion.

Click image to enlarge.

I didn't have all the fruits of the
Spirit on my very first draft, either.

Heart make-over
  Here are two of them in our basement atop sawhorses, right after using smelly, oil-based, unwash-out-able, primer.

Most of the paint on my apron was from the primer.  That was nasty stuff!

I didn't think before donning my
good kitchen apron for painting.

Definitely splattered.
My plan, after the primer was dry, was to apply a base coat of a color.  The colors I chose were blue, purple, and grey. Then a slightly lighter shade of that color over top with a handy-dandy roller to create a scratched, distressed, modern look over top.  This gives depth and character.


Then add some outlines and colors.

The beginning of fruits of the Spirit,
or "Character Qualities".

The question here is "If you had a
personal trainer or plastic surgeon,
what would you change first?"

More pictures as I progress.

"Heart makeover"  What would you
choose to loose.  My favorite part
was painting the hands making a
heart over her chest.  And the Afro.
I love 'em.  I've always wanted one.

You know you've always wanted
green eyes, haven't you? :)

Juicy grapes.  Later on I added more
definition, because the light
purples really blend in with the light

Then penciling the words.  This was non-creative and monotonous. Then painting those words in.  Then at least they were easier to see, and it was fun choosing the colors.  Then outlining the light-colored letters with black Sharpies.  I had help for that part.

This is probably really hard to see.
But it was for us too, so its fair.

Part of the word "choose".
I had a wonderful friend come over
for probably four hours and just do
lettering. Painting them in, and out-
lining them. (She's awesome!)

Finishing touches.

I forgot to rotate this one so you
can see it better, and the shadows
from our tree aren't helping any
either, are they. :)

Lining them up side by side on our
driveway.  I'm so excited!
See how the green vine turns into
a black vine when held next to the
purple board?

Washing out my brushes.

Soon, the boards will be hinged together, and will be displayed, along with the irresistible lure of free water bottles, and plenty of tracts, for tomorrow.