Wednesday, July 28, 2010

If I were a horse I'd be a PALOMINO!

Look at this gorgeous creature!! I'm so in love with horses and particularly the Palomino. For starters Cream & Caramel is my favorite color combo. I can't get evidenced by my creamy & mocha logo, hangtags, business cards. It's all about the creamy!

I love this beautiful girl. Snapped her photo at the Kentucky Horse Park a few weeks ago on vacation with my husband. Wish I could have taken her home with me. All of the horses were so gorgeous. Check out the Appalousa (spell-check?) in full gallop.

I have always loved God's description of the horse in the book of Job (ch. 39): "He paws the earth and rejoices in his strength... Fiercely he paws the ground and rushes forward into battle when the trumpet blows."

"Rejoices in his strength". That gets me every time. How glorious!!

Ahhhh, I gotta go again to the Horse park. I highly recommend it.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Need a great gift idea?

Since it's Christmas in July I thought you might appreciate a few gift ideas. I've honestly never been good at shopping early for Christmas - because I hate waiting to give it to 'em - but maybe you're more disciplined than I am in that regard.

Here's a Bible Tote I gave to my gorgeous niece for her birthday this year. She LOVES her MeMaw's chocolate chip cookies so I baked a big batch of cookies for her from Mom's recipe and filled this "chocolate" brown PBT chock full of cookies. Of course, I had to make sure the Tote matched the whole chocolate chip cookie color scheme (what can I do? I have to!) I found the the plastic bags (for gift baskets) at the Dollar Store and then wrapped the whole thing in tons of brightly colored ribbons.

I did one for my Mom full of her favorite Avon products (lots of good smellin' stuff) and some beautiful earrings I found on Etsy. She loved it!!

Maybe you have someone special in your life who would love a Bible Tote filled with goodies? How about a "Perfect manicure" PBT, a SPA PBT, a Sweet Treats PBT, a Jane Austen PBT (their favorite Jane Austin book - uhhh Pride and Prejudice!!!! - and the movie to match)....the possibilities are endless.

I hope this helps give you lots of ideas of your own. It's one of my new favorite gifts to give. Who doesn't love a basket (aka bag) full of goodies.

How would you use the PBT to make a great gift? What would you want in YOUR PBT goodie bag? Don't be shy...tell! I'd love to hear it.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

It's CHRISTMAS IN JULY at Penny Bennett Totes!

It's Christmas in July at PBT and I'm celebrating with a big SALE!

Starting NOW thru July 31st my Small Bible Totes are ONLY $22.00 (reg. $29) in my Etsy store (instock PBTs only).

I know that everyone could use a little break these days so I hope this will help in some small way. Please feel free to share with your friends and family who might appreciate a good deal too!

Thanks so much for allowing me to share my PBTs with you. It's truly a pleasure!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I made myself a cute blouse!

I finally made this cute little prairie blouse for myself today. Had the pattern and fabric forever. I love the crinkle soft fabric with pink paisley embroidery. It's just a simple little pattern but I think I love it. Last summer I made myself some dresses and I wanted to make a few blouses for this hot weather. And I have the perfect PBT to match! Gotta love it.

I hope Mom will be proud. She used to make about everything I wore! All I can say is God love her for all those Electones (college pop choir) outfits. Everything was silky or stretchy or nylon. Oh my WORD. Horrible fabric. LOL She's a GOOD woman!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

4th of July Favs!

Shady bike route and home-grown tomatoes!!!!
Couldn't decide which to devour first. Both were delicious. The breeze on this curve was awesome..and man it was hot!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Free indeed!

It's the 4th of July and there is a spirit of celebration in the air. I can hear firecrackers outside my window as we speak. My Daddy made homemade vanilla ice cream this evening - our favorite - and I ate as much as I possibly could since I probably won't have any for a long time to come. What joy!

On the cover of the church bulletin this morning were the words "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM". (2Cor. 3:17). As I read those words I was immediately reminded of the time in my life when God heard my desperate cry to come running back to Him - after years of trying to do it on my own - and He enveloped me in the most luxurious love and peace I'd ever felt. I knew I was home. I was free!

I felt free to love Him and let Him love on me even though I didn't deserve it after years of ignoring Him. Free to let Him change me and show me the woman He created me to be. Free to let loose all that joy that had been pressed down with work and worries and life. Free to read His Word and not be afraid of it.. to know He would never leave me alone there. And, He never has. He's been wonderfully good to me there. A wonderful teacher! Every time I pick it up it's an adventure. That's why I take the Bible with me just about everywhere I go. I just can't get enough! There's always something new....a new adventure to be had. I never get tired of hearing His voice!

As I road my bike today with the wind blowing thru my hair and the sun shining on my face (corny by true) I thanked God for this glorious gift of freedom. I realize it comes at a great cost and I am truly grateful. I celebrate our freedom with God and thank Him for it! He loves to party ya know! Just look at all the feasts and celebrations He planned for His children in the Old Testament. He actually scheduled them and made it a law to come together and celebrate with Him. How cool is that? Ya gotta love it! I bet they had home made ice cream too! Ya think? Oh well, a girl can dream! With or without the ice cream I'll celebrate with Him any day!

Happy 4th of July everyone. I hope you've had as wonderful a day as I've had. Simple, relaxing and FREE!

Sleep tight......