Monday, June 18, 2012
Rather than purchase costly plaster wall repair kits to repair my plaster walls, I thought I’d try this inexpensive and effective method. Expanding foam plaster wall repair. Here’s the How-to video.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Learning about lime plaster how-toscan prove confusing. I hope the added links help clarify lime plaster methods. Part 2 of this post teaches how to apply the Venetian Plaster Finish.
Stephanie’s Venetian Plaster
Marble Dust or Flour (medium mixture)
Chipped olive oil soap (Melt it in equal amounts of distilled water)
Fresco pigments or lime-safe universal tint
Water (some say use distilled in order to omit salts)
A high torque drill with paint mixing whisk attached
Clean Bucket with Lid (You can purchase these at building supply centers for under $5.00)
A high torque drill with paint mixing whisk attacked
Clean Bucket with Lid (You can purchase these at building supply centers for under $5.00)
Venetian Plaster Tools; a video
- Remove wallpaper. Using a wallpaper steamer remover is best.
- Seal old
plaster with oil-based primer such as Kilz oil-base primer
- Repair all imperfections (Large cracks should be opened up and filled with plaster patch or use joint tape and plaster made from 80% drywall compound and 20% Plaster of Paris. Feather the plaster out smoothly.)
- Sand the repaired areas then prime with acrylic primer
- Stainless steel plastering trowel
- Plastering corner trowel – This is a must to finish corner edges.
- Plaster mixing bucket or tub for larger jobs
- Plastering float
- Straight edge Straight edges are used to check to see if the service is level
- Tarp – To protect floors and furnishings
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Kicking Eternity captures readers’ attention, not by a reach-out-and-grab-your-interest beginning, but by the characters’ personalities. They are real. Feeling curious about the lead character’s motivation for her choices, I read on.
Fresh out of college, Raine’s life seems buttoned up and neat, but it’s not so. She’s faced with troubling circumstances, due to her brother’s meth addiction—a sad reality many people suffer nowadays—the temptation to entangle herself with the unbeliever, surfer-dude Cal, a camp Rec director named, Drew, who seems ever at her side, and her father’s outdated attitudes toward woman which hinder her dreams of becoming a teacher in an African orphanage. But I had to wonder, did Raine truly long to teach in Africa, or was she attempting to escape her intolerable father and the memories of a childhood spent in subjugation? My question was never directly answered, but I assumed she longed to escape her or at the very least prove to her father that she was fully capable of making life decisions for herself.
I like that Ann Miller is willing to write about real issues and characters who battle with daily temptations and inner turmoil. Her characters are not the cookie-cutter characters one finds in far too many Christian novels of today. Raine, Cal, Drew, and even Raine’s father and mother are relatable characters.
Forbidden love, difficult family issues, unpredictability, and characters that learn the importance of spiritual growth all twine together in Kicking Eternity, making it a 4-star read for me.
I recommend this book. It grants readers a glimpse into the lives of flawed characters as they deal with difficult issues and how God works in their lives.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free e-book from the author. 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."
Short Blurb: Fresh from college, Raine scores a teaching job at New Smyrna Beach Surf and Sailing Camp. A crush on the camp rebel/art teacher threatens to derail her plans to teach orphans in Africa. The broody recreation director spots her brothers meth addiction and Raine's enabling. Raine believes she is helping her brother--until lives are threatened.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Follow God, not men.
22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. (Luke 17:22-24, KJV)
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (II Corinthians 10: 4-5, KJV)
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:13-23, KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:22-26, KJV)
3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. (I Corinthians 12:1-11, KJV) Actually knowing the entire chapter is good.
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. (Galatians 6:1, KJV)
20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:20-22, KJV)
The Trinity Foundation (Monitoring and Investigating ReligiousFraud)
With the cameras in hot pursuit, Derren faces his toughest project yet, going in search of an unsuspecting member of the British public prepared to adopt the guise of a pastor and miracle worker.
His chosen one then has six months to learn the trade and flourish across the pond as a convincing pastor.
The final phase of the volunteer's extraordinary challenge sees them attempt to perform faith healing miracles live in Texas, but will Derren's new recruit be accepted as a faith healer or cast away as fake healer? (from http://derrenbrown.co.uk/blog/2011/04/derren-brown-miracles-sale-tonight-9pm/)
Sunday, June 3, 2012
to go or come after; move behind in the same direction: Drive ahead, and I'll follow you.
to accept as a guide or leader; accept the authority of or give allegiance to: Many Germans followed Hitler.
to conform to, comply with, or act in accordance with; obey: to follow orders; to follow advice.
to imitate or copy; use as an exemplar: They follow the latest fads.
From: Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2012.
Writing is my ministry, not my job
June’s blog chain theme at ChristianWriter’s .com is, ‘Pursuit’. Click on the appropriate date and read what my friends have to say about pursuit.
6/2 Chris Henderson, TheWriteChris
6/3 Stephanie Boles, 80 Acres and a Book
6/4 Lynn Mosher, Heading Home
6/5 Brian Jones, Andeluvia
6/6 Steve Olar, Snickerdoodles
6/7 Cindee Re, Breathe Deeply
6/8 Brian Jones/Pippin, Andeluvia
6/9 Deborah K Anderson, target="_blank">Faith, Fiction, and Unvarnished Truth
6/10 Mike Johnson, The College Field Manual
6/11 Adam Collings, The Collings Zone
6/12 Chris Vonada, I'm Just Thinkin'
6/13 Victor Travison, Lightwalker's View
6/14 Terrie Thorpe, Light for the Journey
6/15 Pauline Creeden, Hosanna's Christian Reader
6/16 Kristena Tunstall, Mommy’s Angel In Heaven
6/18 Keith Wallis, wordsculptures
6/19 Tracy Krauss, Expression Express
6/20 Carol Peterson, From Carol's Quill
6/21 SandiGrace, Heart Gazer
6/22 Edward Lewis, Sowing the Seeds
6/23 Traci Bonney, Tracings
6/24 Noel Kline, A Clean Heart and Cozy Home
6/25 Pegg Thomas, The Sheepish Scribe
6/26 Marilyn McKay,
6/27 Joseph Lalonde, Joseph Lalonde
6/28 Israel Ikhinmwin, Israel's Blog
6/29 Jacky Brown, JayBees Blog
6/30 Suzette Emilia