Tuesday, December 25, 2007


Tuning Part Two: How to Play the Fiddle

Tuning Part One : How to Play the Fiddle

Left Hand Positioning

How to Grip the Bow for Playing the Fiddle

How to Put on New Violin Strings: Pt 2

How to Put on New Violin Strings: Pt 1

How to Tune a Violin With New Strings

It's a boy!

Travis Michael at about 2 hours old
Born Dec 23 at 11:38 pm to Todd and Amber, fellow covenanting friends from Alaska, Travis was 9 lbs 8oz at 21 ½”long. His big brother Duke was brought in to meet him for the first time late in the evening. The next morning a little sleepy and confused he made his way to his parents room to eliminate his uncertainty. "Mom, did you have a baby last night or did I just dream it?"
Many congratulations and thanks for sharing your joy with us!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

How to Play Vibrato on the Fiddle by Jay Buckey

I have been looking around lately for fiddle sheet music and today I came across Jay Buckey. Here is Part One and Part Two of his fiddle vibrato instruction. He also has free tablatures available for download here. Enjoy. www.jaybuckey.com

Saturday, December 08, 2007


Have you ever taken note of the fact that while looking through clothing catalogs, your eye is very often drawn only the articles of clothing and not to the model who is wearing them?

The reason for this phenomenon is very simple. The clothing manufacturer is trying to sell the clothes, not the models. They intentionally dress the models in colors that are not suitable for their hair, eyes, or skin tone. The color of the garment being modeled becomes the focal point rather than the model's face.

This is important to consider when choosing clothing for ourselves. Modesty dictates that our clothes draw attention to our face and eyes rather than our bodies. When a person wears colors that compliment the way God created them, the effect will be a spotlight on their face.

Here Milly is sitting through a draping session where colors of all seasons are tested against her skin tone.

Just as God has created four seasons in nature, so he has created each one of us to be complimented by the color scheme of one of these seasons.

There are two basic divisions of color, the warm or yellow under toned colors and the cool or blue under toned colors. Within each of these divisions there are two more groups. Within the warm colors, there are Autumn and Spring and on the cool side there are Summer and Winter.

Someone in the Autumn category will look great in colors such as the warm browns, oranges, and mustard yellow one would see outdoors in the fall. Their colors are strong, both vivid and muted (powdered). A Spring looks best in clear colors, either bright or delicate but never muted or extremely dark. A Winter should choose clear, true, vivid colors such as black, pure white, or jewel tones. Summer's colors would be softer- clear or muted but less intense than Winter colors.

From L-R: Autumn, Summer, Winter, and Spring color fans.

Color fans make shopping for clothes so much easier. You no longer have to waste time and money trying on or purchasing items that will just end up hanging in the closet never being worn. Most of the time people tend to gravitate toward their season's colors without knowing it, but when an article of clothing from the wrong season is bought because, "It's such a great deal" well, it ends up not being such a great deal after all because they never end up wearing it.

Miss Renae turned out to be an Autumn, just like her Momma who is watching in the background.

Color seasons are hereditary. For the most part, a person will be the same season as one of their parents. In the rare case that a person isn't, it would mean that their color season had been inherited from a generation prior to their parent's generation.

Why is it important to have your small children analyzed? Children that are wearing the wrong colors often look like they have dirty faces. It doesn't matter how many times you lick your thumb and scrub their chins the dirty look won't go away. This can be important if family pictures are coming up!

Only a Spring could get away with wearing that.
Men also need to have their colors done. In the wrong colors they can look unshaven, blotchy and even sickly. When working in a public arena, looking sharp plays an important in making a good impression.

Millie is a Winter.

As a side note, this particular color Millie is draped in is one of what we call cross-over colors. It may be worn by someone of any color season. A fact which could come in handy for situations such as choosing bridesmaids dresses that everyone will look good in. Crossover and neutral colors are helpful if there are multiple seasons living in a home. Decisions about home decor and linens (etc.) can be made much easier this way if you know what your family members seasons are. Often when one sees a pallet of colors in their season they find that there are many more colors that they will branch out into.

Checking for eye harmony colors. Mrs. B is an Autumn.
It's amazing how many colors God has created our eyes with.
Finding your eye harmony colors, and there can be many, is a wonderful thing to do. Do you ever wonder how some people's eyes stand out stunningly? Is it just because God gave them big blues? Actually, when you wear something that is in harmony with one of your eye colors, your eyes become radiant beacons bursting with color. And you thought it was photo editing ;o)
Once you know what season you are you will also be able to determine what make-up will compliment you. The nice thing about having makeup from your color season is that you can have one set of makeup that will match any outfit you put on, assuming it's also from your season. No more matching red toned shadows with your red toned blouse etc. All the colors in your season's color pallet go together so no matter what you decide to wear, your look will be complete.

Voter Resources

David Barton and Wallbuilders known for presenting America's forgotten history and heros with an emphasis on our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage, have put together a page of election resources and information. You can register if necessary, make comparisons between candidates on biblical issues, track Federal legislation and view voting records and much more.

Also there are excellent resources produced by Wallbuilders:

The enemies of sin

We do not walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called if we be not faithful friends to all Christians, and sworn enemies to all sin. ~Matthew Henry on Ephesians 4

Monday, December 03, 2007

Bread Machine Success

Auto bakers can be frustrating. Andrea and I have spent time perfecting a recipe that we have used again and always had success with. It is whole wheat, sweet and the kids loved it. What more could you ask for? Here is the recipe and a recent success story.
Whole Wheat Honey Bread
2lb loaf~Whole Wheat Mode~Medium Crust
3cups (store bought) wheat flour
6Tbsp softened butter
1tsp salt
1Tbsp Gluten (leveled off)
8 Tbsp honey
9.5 oz of warm water (nuke 35 seconds)
1Tbsp of active dry yeast
Variation #1: 3 cups home ground flour requires 2.5Tbsp of gluten.
Variation #2: 2.5 tsp of instant (rapid rise) dry yeast requires 8oz of warm water.

"Praise the Lord, the bread worked!!!! It is beautiful!!!!! Very
round on top, a delicious color of brown, easy to cut and tastes
wonderful!!! I was a little concerned at first because it wasn't
rising well, but when it beeped, it was done! I was beside myself.
Thanks soooooo much for the new recipe!!! If it wouldn't be too much
of a problem I need some more ground wheat, I will bring 20 cups (grain) on
Tuesday regardless. Thanks so much for y'alls support and guidence!
God Bless,