Sunday, August 28, 2011


I feel very inspired since I did a review on The Grandmother's Bible/Daily Devotional.

Here is a new meme I have come up with.  You will choose a scripture from the Bible and tell us how you will apply it to your daily life by posting it on you blog with this meme.  Calling it Mamaw's Weekly Devotional. You could even add your scripture to the header of your blog, optional, for the week as a reminder of your devotion.

Psalmist David

My Scripture for the week:
Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God,...." (King James Version)

How I can apply this scripture to my daily life this week:
Whenever I feel stressed or overwhelmed I will repeat this verse until I feel peace.
I chose this scripture because it has been the promise I have called on most of my adult life. Although the problem may still be present I would feel a peace and be able to endure with patience.

Notes on the Bible by Albert Barnes
Be still - The word used here - from רפה râphâh - means properly to cast down; to let fall; to let hang down; then, to be relaxed, slackened, especially the hands: It is also employed in the sense of not making an effort; not putting forth exertion; and then would express the idea of leaving matters with God, or of being without anxiety about the issue. Compare Exodus 14:13, "Stand still, and see the salvation of God." In this place the word seems to be used as meaning that there was to be no anxiety; that there was to be a calm, confiding, trustful state of mind in view of the displays of the divine presence and power. The mind was to be calm, in view of the fact that God had interposed, and had shown that he was able to defend his people when surrounded by dangers. If this the divine interposition when Jerusalem was threatened by the armies of the Assyrians under Sennacherib, the force and beauty of the expression will be most clearly seen.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fav Craft Tutorial Contestant Maiden D'Shade

Hello! I'm Kim from Maiden D'Shade! I blog mainly about crafty/thrifty stuff but I've also shared a couple recipes. I just started doing recipe reviews. Feel free to explore more at my blog!

Sometimes you see a recipe online and think that it looks or sounds good but don't know if you really want to try it. I happen to really like trying new recipes so I thought that I could review some on occassion for y'all. This is the second one I've done:

Ok, so Alton Brown really isn't a fellow blogger per se, but he does post on his own website so that kinda counts and let's face it, he has some darn tootin' good recipes! And this is one of his simple ones. When the hubs and I saw him make these on his show, we raised our eyebrows, we thought he was crazy and knew we totally had to try it! So we did and these are really good!! Easy, too!

Alton Brown's Koolickles
1 gallon jar of whole pickles
2 packets cherry Kool-Aid
1 pound sugar (~2 cups)

Drain the pickle juice into a bowl

Remove pickles from jar.

Cut pickles in half lengthwise and put pickles back in the jar

My daughter helped with the next part. Add Kool-Aid packs and the sugar to the pickle juice. Instead of sugar, I used 2 cups of Splenda.

Mix well.

Pour cherry pickle juice back into jar.

Secure lid and put in refridgerator for 1 week.

Then enjoy!! 

Really, you will! Don't be afraid of these! Oh! Make and take them to your Labor Day BBQ!! They'll be the talk of the crowd! Serve them in bite size pieces so they're less antimidating!

Thanks for checking this out!

Kim, thank you for sharing this tutorial with us.  I can't wait to go to the store and buy a big jar of pickles and try this out.  Good luck with the contest!

Contestants with the most comments at the end of the month is the winner. No more than four comments allowed per viewer/person. Suggestions: Stop by their shop and favor their shop and/or an item. Share this post. If they have a blog follow them. Like their shop on Facebook. You could even follow me ;) These are just some suggestions.

Patricia aka Mamaw

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 4626 KB
Print Length: 1856 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (May 18, 2010)
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Language: English

For many women, being a grandmother is God's finest gift---they have achieved great depth of experience and breadth of love, and they have grandchildren with whom to share these qualities. The Grandmother's Bible is the first Bible published for this active, engaged, Bible-reading audience. Over 60 well-known Christian women---including Ruth Graham, Elisa Morgan, Elizabeth George, Thelma Wells, Karen Kingsbury, and Carol Cymbala---share their thoughts, stories, and encouragement in this Bible's articles and daily devotionals. With a focus on daily prayer, this uniquely personal Bible offers guidance, inspiration, and practical tools as grandmothers share their love and God's Word with their grandchildren.

*365 devotions -- readings draw grandmothers closer to their Lord and to their grandchildren* Grandchild in Focus -- a simple plan to help grandmothers pray regularly for their grandchildren* Praying the Scriptures for Your Grandchild -- Bible verses in a prayer format* Stories to Share -- over 150 key Bible stories ideal for sharing specific life lessons* Talking Points -- a practical guide for using Scripture to discuss over 40 relevant topics, such as salvation, knowing God's will, friendship, etc.* Perspectives -- original, thought-provoking articles addressing personal aspirations and the joys and challenges of being a grandmother* Special sleeve to hold grandchild's photo* Custom presentation pages* Two-color design in an easy-to-read type* Book introductions, topical index, and more* Complete New International Version(less)

My Thoughts:
I was very excited when I saw the title on this Bible.  I am the grandmother of fourteen precious grandchildren.  I need all the help I can get to keep up with all of them.  I feel as if my prayers have brought several of them to the Lord.  I have been able to draw from this Bible and let it inspire me to be a good example for my grandchildren.  There are daily devotional that I have already enjoy and put to work in my life.  The list of all the features are many. It is not lacking in any way as far as a Bible goes. I will use the generic word amazing for this Bible.  Thank you for such a beautiful Bilbe for grandmothers.  

I highly recommend this Bible to all grandmothers.
Note: You can not review the actual contents of a Bible.

Posted Review on:
Amazon Kindle Review

Disclosure:  I recieved a free copy of this Bible from NetGalley for review. This review is my honest opinion of the features of this Bible.

Disclosure: If you purchase using this link to Amazon I receive a small percentage from the sale of the item.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug: BCX Brand Review and Gorgeous Plaid Coat Giveaway

The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug: BCX Brand Review and Gorgeous Plaid Coat Giveaway: I am a fashionista. It doesn't always show with the spit up covered sweats and ponytails but deep down I love fashion. I watch the Rachel ...

TUTU GIVEAWAY at The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug

As a little girl, I loved to spin and twirl; to put on my dance clothes and flit around the room.  I dreamed of being a ballerina with all the style and grace.  Needless to say, my lack of coordination and less than lithe frame made this dream an impossibility.  However, I dare to say that if I had owned one the the fabulous tutus from TuTu Cute, I would have felt that my dreams were a little more attainable!  Tutu Cute creates not only adorable tutus but also blows and headbands.  The tutus and bows at TuTu Cute are a fantastically whimsical tribute to childhood, when fanciful twirls and delightful daydreams were the theme of the day.

Buy It!  Melissa is offering my readers 15% off their purchase!  That will have your little one pirouetting through the air in no time!  Just use the codeMILLERBUG when you check out to receive your discount!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Peace Love Books: Giveaway: Madame Bovary's Daughter

Peace Love Books: Giveaway: Madame Bovary's Daughter: Summary:   Picking up after the shattering end of Gustave Flaubert’s classic,  Madame Bovary,  this beguiling novel imagines an answer to th...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fav Craft Tutorial Contestant -- REMINDER

CONTEST for the month of August Your FAVORITE TUTORIAL
I am wanting to find some crafty people that love to show off there crafts. How would you like to be a guest and work your wonders through your favorite tutorial and win a prize package.
There has to be some talented crafters out there that are not too shy to give my viewers a craft or sewing tutorial. That also means Cooking/Recipe Tutorials, after all cooking is a handmade craft project also. You can join all the way until the end of August as long as I have an opening. If not you can join next time.

I was going to have the viewers vote at the end of the month for the best tutorial of the month. Instead I believe it will be better if the contestant with the most comments on the Tutorial post by the end of the month will be the winner. I am giving the contestants the option of having a giveaway with their tutorial and can set the rules for the giveaway as they like. It is your giveaway not mine.

We can't have a contest without Sponsors. So we have several people donating something to give to the crafter that wins the contest. If you are a sponsor you can not be a contestant and visa versa.

If the contest goes well it will continue each month.

Also is there anyone who would be willing to help advertise the contest. I made a badge/button to advertise the contest that way whoever wants to grab it and display it on their blog they can.


Donating set of 3 Baby Burp Cloths value $18
Nancy at StylenDecorDeals Donating a set of gift tags. Image is a photo of a similar set of gift tags.
Donating one epatterns of the winners choice.

WENDY at STORMY WENDY MUSIC Wendy is Special Needs and does not post on her blog. Your are welcome to visit her blog.
Wendy is donating two Children's Bracelets a $12 value. Images to come.
Honey10 at 804 Rustic Lane on Etsy is where you can find one of a kind gifts, home decor and wedding decor made of wood with a rustic feel. Honey 10 will help the winner choose and customize one of the items below. What a cute way to get a message to someone.

Beth is donating a gorgeous cork star from her shop. The wrapped vines of this star reminded me of a vineyard and the beauty of the grapes and warmth of the sun. A long-lasting, festive decoration suitable for year round and a very unique wall hanging too!
This 10 inch wine cork star would be a great accent piece for wall art. This cork star is great for hostess gifts, house warming, wine tastings and perfect for small spaces that need an extra little something to spice up the wall.
Ky and Kin on Etsy will be donating a teether similar to this Plush Whale Baby Teether a $20 value.
Super plush adorable soft teal baby teether. made from pale teal cotton, detailed with a linen tag that holds the natural wooden teether. this cute little whale measures approx 7 1/2" by 3 1/2", not including the teether holder.
what baby wouldn't want a cute whale to play with and be able to soothe their teeth with an all natural wooden teether!


You may be in for a surprise if you comment on the tutorials!

1. Juanita at THERE ONLY CAN BE JUAN and HEART FELT STUFF on ETSY scheculed for 8/1/11

2. Amanda at Ninth Street Notions and NINTH STREET NOTIONS on ETSY scheduled for 8/8/11

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I am so excited to win this giveaway!  I never win and last week I won two books from two seperate giveaways and then this.  I feel so blessed.   I entered the giveaway via my
 book blog.  Check out the books in the post below.  Thanks again Joy and Serena.

Edgy Inspirational Romance: Notice anything new around here?: "I’ve give you a hint, she starts with Serena and ends with Chase! You’ve gotten peeks of her snarky humor and fondness for Princess Bride ..."

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Giveaway at Laura's Reviews - REMEMBER ME BY CHERYL ROBINSON (1 COPY)

Go to LAURA'S REVIEWS be sure to stop by and join the giveaway and author's guest post.

Two best friends test the limits of loyalty in a stirring new novel of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Erica and Claire had vowed to stay best friends for life-until one indiscretion destroyed that bond forever. Twenty years later, tragedy reunites them in an unexpected way. Now they must confront the past, discover its untold truths, and rebuild a friendship destined to endure.

Friday, August 12, 2011

I Was Featured on The Steady Hand Blog

This was a big surprise to me.  I feel very honored to be featured by April Mazey on her blog
The Steady Hand. If you get a chance stop by and check it out.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fav Craft Tutorial Contestant - Amanda at Ninth Street Notions

Welcome Amanda from Ninth Street Notion to It's About Time Mamaw's.
Whichever contestant has the most comments will win a prize package valued at $90.
Viewers can make a total of 4 comments each up until the end of August for their choice for the best tutorial for the month of August. So be sure to leave your comment!

Hi everybody! I'm Amanda, from Ninth Street Notions. I like to share fun crafts, sewing projects, and recipes on my blog. Feel free to come check me out sometime.

Up until last winter I didn't even know how to sew a button. If I got a tear in something or lost a button, I just got a new item of clothing.

But I got tired of not being able to find clothes that I liked and that fit. So I decided to learn to sew, so I could make my own clothes. That led to me learning to make various other items for around the house, like this pillow.

I developed this idea after seeing a little girl's dress that had a cute little ribbon and buttonhole detailing around the collar. I wanted to use that same look for other things. Here are the directions for making your own. This project is great because you can change up the ribbon to match your decor.

Gather your materials:

(1) 17"x17" piece of muslin
(2) 17"x10.5" pieces of muslin
(2) 24"x7/8" pieces of ribbon
polyester stuffing
(the muslin pieces can easily be cut out of 1 yard of fabric)

On each of the smaller muslin pieces, fold down 2" on the long edge and press. They should now be 17"x8.5".

Along the raw edge use a decorative stitch or zigzag, depending on your machine's capabilities. This will secure the folded section. Repeat for the other small muslin piece.

Place a ruler along the edge of these pieces. Mark a 1" line at the 3", 6", 11", and 14" spots, in between the fold and decorative stitch. Repeat for the other small piece.

Use your machine's button hole function to sew a buttonhole over each of these lines. Carefully tear out the center using a seam ripper. Repeat for the other small piece.

Attach the two smaller pieces to each other, both pieces right side up. Carefully line up the buttonholes on each piece. Pin together, so you don't lose the placement.

Now lay the ribbons over the buttonholes. Leave a small section hanging out on the edges. Lay the large muslin piece right side down over the ribbon. Pin together.

Sew all around the edge using a 1/4" seam allowance. Clip the corners and turn through the center gap. Poke out the corners. Fill with stuffing.

Run the ribbon through the button holes. You will probably need to push the stuffing and pull the two front pieces a little bit to get the placement correct.

Finish with a little decorative knot or a bow. If you would like longer tails on the bow, make your ribbon pieces longer.

Thanks for letting me share this easy project with you!

Amanda I want to thank you for entering the contest and sharing this great tutorial with us. Good luck!

Patricia aka mamaw

Thursday, August 4, 2011

What Are You Currently Reading

I have not shared much about my reading since I started my book blog, It's Time To Read Mamaw. So I decided to share a Q&A with you.

1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What are you planning to read next?
4. What is the next book are you considering to buy?
5. If you were asked to recommend a book to your best friend what book would that be?

Here are my answers:
1. I am currently reading:
Lone Star Trail (The Texas Trail Series)
by Darlene Franklin

Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Moody Publishers
ISBN 0802405835 (ISBN13: 9780802405838)

The six-book series about four generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history spanning from 1845 to 1896 begins with Lone Star Trail.

2. I just finished reading:(received a copy from FaithWords/NetGalley for review) My book blog,It's Time To Read Mamaw, is on KISS OF NIGHT'S Blog Tour list for October 6th
Kiss of Night: A Novel
by Debbie Viguie

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: October 7th 2011 by FaithWords

Centuries ago, Raphael was a blasphemous knight who fought in the Crusades purely for his own mercenary benefit, and to satisfy his taste for killing. Now, condemned for his evil passions and hypocrisy, he wanders the earth a vampire, cursed with first-hand knowledge of the supernatural world he once denied existed. The powerful relic he still possesses from his days as a Crusader has been stolen by a rival vampire who has recruited an army of soulless underlings to aid him in spreading evil. At the time he learns this, Raphael has been hunting this vampire for nearly a century, and it seems the final battle is destined to take place in Prague.
For help in this quest, Raphael must enlist the aid of two humans, David and Susan, who suddenly find themselves immersed in a world they never imagined, entangled with supernatural forces they can't control. Susan, in particular, finds herself conflicted as she struggles with her inexplicable attraction to Raphael. In the end, both Susan and Raphael will be called upon to exercise courage and faith, and in the process, the question What would happen if a vampire truly accepted God? is answered. from GoodReads

3. The book I plan on reading next from
by Kim Cash Tate

How can she believe God cherishes her when she can't forgive herself?

Kelli London once dreamed of being a songwriter. As crazy as it seemed, she hoped that God would use the lyrics that came to her while she slept. She dreamed about Brian too, that the love they shared would be a forever kind of love. But choices she'll forever regret upended her hope . . . and turned her dreams to dust. When those dreams come knocking once more, she's forced to deal with the pain of the past.

Heather Anderson's life has spun out of control-first, an affair with a married man, then a one-night stand with the drummer of a popular Christian band that left her devastated. Broken and alone, she cried out to the only One who can save her. And He did. But that's just the beginning, because now she must leave behind the only life she's ever known.

Two women with shame-filled pasts form an unlikely friendship. What does God's forgiveness look like for them? Will they ever believe that He loves them . . . and can still offer them a life where they are cherished?

Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: August 30th 2011 by Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
ISBN 1595548556 (ISBN13: 9781595548559)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

4. I am considering buying:

The Lightkeeper's Bride (Mercy Falls #2)
by Colleen Coble (Goodreads Author)

A thrilling romantic mystery set in the lush Victorian age.

Central Operator Katie Russell's inquisitive ways have just uncovered her parents' plan for her marriage to wealthy bachelor Bartholomew Foster. Her heart is unmoved, but she knows the match will bring her family status and respectability.

Then Katie overhears a phone conversation that makes her uneasy and asks authorities to investigate. But the caller is nowhere to be found. Mysterious connections arise between the caller and a ship lost at sea.

Against propriety, Katie questions the new lighthouse keeper, Will Jesperson. Then a smallpox epidemic forces their quarantine in his lighthouse. Though of low social status, Will's bravery and kindness remove Katie's suspicion and win her love. Katie and Will together work to solve the mystery of the missing girl and the lost ship as God gives the couple the desire of their hearts.

Paperback, 284 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2010)
ISBN 1595542663 (ISBN13: 9781595542663)
primary languageEnglish

5. The book I would recommend to my best friend:
Texas Rain (Whispering Mountain #1 of 5)
by Jodi Thomas

The first time Rainey Adams meets Texas Ranger Travis McMurray, she steals a kiss-and then his horse. Now Travis is determined to track down this intriguing woman and bring her back to the Whispering Mountain Ranch as his bride. But this renegade may be too much for even the toughest Ranger to handle.

Hardcover, 571 pages
Published March 21st 2007 by Wheeler Publishing (first published 2006)
ISBN 1597224634 (ISBN13: 9781597224635)
original titleTexas Rain
seriesWhispering Mountain #1
charactersTravis McMurray, Rainey Adams