Monday, May 30, 2011

1st ever tip-toe thru tuesday party

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tiP-tOE tHRu tUEsdAY
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hello birds!   thanks for joining me!  i'm pretty excited about this.  i've wanted to host a linky-loo party for a while, but was trying to figure out a good name for it. 
         (and i wanted to wait until there were at least 50 followers...
         there's nothing worse than having a party and not having anyone show up) 

that being said, i'm soooo glad you're here!

a few things before we get to the party....

yOu knOW tHe rULeS....

Link up a craft, ongoing project, chidren's activity, faith-based posts, photography, etc that you have created (etsy is welcomed, but no commercial sites please)

Link to your post directly so we can find it easily


Grab the buTToN in the left taskbar or on my buttons page and pop it on the post, your sidebar or link party page


I would love it if you followed me, especially if you are going to contribute on a normal basis...but i'm not going to require it


Do unto others.... visit a few other links and give comments to the other lovely bloggers that have taken time and to create and link up

 

next week, i'll feature 4 posts from this week's party!
        all right, lovelies...link 'em up!


Sunday, May 29, 2011

redoing the file cabinet

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this fiLE caBiNEt is in our dining room next to my craft cabinet.  it sticks out like a sore thumb.  but i'm attached to it, so it has to stay.  plus, what else would i do with the year and a half of pictures and drawings i've yet to scrapbook?

anyway.  here's your bEfORe

i was trying to figure out how i was going to pReTTy iT uP when i found this post by Jackie over at House of Sarager.  look what she did with an old filing cabinet. isn't it darling?

so off i scooted to hOmE dEPoT (where they know me well) and picked up suPPliES so i could beautify the cabinet.  the first thing i did was remove those bulky institutional plastic handles.  then out i went onto the deck to spray 3 coats of mocha latte colored spray paint on the file cabinet.  after the paint was dry, i put it in the garage to let it aiR oUT for a few days.  ((i love using spray paint, but the smell of the freshly painted items makes me a little gaggy))  it took 4 days, but it was finally uN-sTinKY enough to come into the house.



the days that the file cabinet spent in the garage gave me plenty of time to figure out what i was going to do with the front of the file cabinets.  i was stuck between two very different types of wall pops blocks. so i went back to my inspiration at House of Sarager  aNd wHaDDaYa kNOw?

i picked up the exact same wall-pops she used.  i didn't want to copy the original idea exactly.  what's creative about that?  and i liked the pattern on the other one, but not the colors.  then...

**tINk**
the lightbulb went on!  i remembered i had these:



Roommates Paisley Wall Decals

i got them at target for $10 because i thought they were cute and that i could use them on soMeTHinG as i was redecorating!  i knew they would work perfectly on the file cabinet somewhere to add a little fLaIR to the latte brown i spray-painted it.  my next hurdle was to fine odd-sized handles to replace those bulky standard file cabinet ones.  another trip to hOmE dEPoT.  as God would have it, i found them!  attaching them was an ordeal in itself.  because the file cabinet is made out of such thin metal, it was pretty hard to find cabinet (machine) screws that would work.  enter hOmE dEPot. 

Bear went with me to help find machine screws that were short enough (and wide enough) to hold the new drawer pulls on.  incidentally, if you ever do a project like this, i used #8-32x 3/8" machine screws (round head combo).  the screw length plus the nuts that they came with were perfect for getting the drawer pulls on securely. yAy!  the bee-A-U-tification only cost me $19.  works for me :) here's the finished product:





this darling piece has found it's way into the nook in our dining room where Bear and i keep all of our crafting stuff.  i'm sooo much more organized.  ~and~  it's alot more appealling than milk crates stacked on top of each other, right?


 
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

joplin: there are no answers

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i don’t know what to do with all of this
           but to hand it up to God.
                                           still, it weighs heavy on my heart.
the tornadoes that have ripped across the country
                       in the past months have been horrendous,
            unlike any in the past.
but the latest, in joplin, missouri hit too close to home.

i have been trying to process this for days
as i remain riveted to the news in heavy prayer
that many more survivors will be found
or confirmed safe in another location.

but those victories are overshadowed by
          the news of those lost in the storm.
and the children.
oh Dear, Sweet Lord.
the children that are with Him are healed
                 and are seated at His feet.
these little ones, so fresh to the world will be rewarded.
i can be certain of their eternal life in Heaven
because when Jesus presented the Beatitudes, He promised that
“God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
for they will see God.”
(Matthew 5:8)

there is so much grief in these towns.
it hangs in the air like a fog that cannot be lifted.
so many people searching desperately for an explanation.
God will allow us to understand what He knows
                                                  we can handle.
on the day that we ascend to Heaven,
                            all that is unseen on the earth will be visible to us.
it was likened to embroidery in a poem by an unknown author.
from underneath, the strands of thread are
                             jumbled, tangled, and seemingly make no sense.
but from above a beautiful picture graces the eyes.
when our time on earth is through,
                   God will allow us to see His work
               and all of our questions will be answered.

these tragedies did not happen because of the actions
of any person or group of people as the abusers of The Word purport.
when Jesus heals a blind man in the book of John,
                 He testifies that the man’s blindness
           was not caused by the sins of anyone,
“but so the power of God could be seen in him.” 
  (John 9:3)
though it does not heal the loss or alleviate the inconsolable grief,
                surviving times like these gives us
             the gift of grace that others may not be afforded.

it is such despairing moments, that remind us 
             how much we need Him every. single. moment.
without darkness, there can be no light.
and in these the darkest of times,
God shines His light on those
who seek Him to give solace and peace

while praying just before his betrayal by Judas Iscariot,
Jesus asked God to change His plan.
in the same instance,
           Jesus felt pulled to see his Father’s will be done (Luke 22:42).
Jesus, Our Lord and Savior, struggled with His own death
               despite the knowledge that
           it was for the salvation of His people.
reassurance came through knowing that it was
                 all a part of God’s plan for the world.

if Jesus struggled so much with his own demise,
      can you imagine the pain that envelopes His Heart right now?
glad is He that these precious souls have joined Him in everlasting life.
but there is heart-wrenching sadness in how it happened.
God heard the cries of the frightened children
                 and the wounded parents.
He didn’t ignore or abandon them,
                      but was holding them in His Hand.
God’s will is not for anyone to suffer,
               but to grow stronger in faith so that it is proven
           that we are worthy of the Kingdom of God.
lost in the sea of sorrow, it’s difficult to hear
                His voice beckoning us towards His open arms.

He wants to wipe away our tears.
He wants to mend our hearts.
He wants to assure us that we will heal.

when my son becomes upset with me
because things do not go as he planned,
he still allows me to be there.
to rock him.
to shush his cries.
to make it all better.
all that he knows is that mommy is holding him.
and that’s enough.
we must strive to seek that level
  of comfort in the Lord.

Jesus told us in the Sermon on the Mount,
“God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4).
this doesn’t mean that we will wake up one morning
            and forget that someone we loved has been lost.
rather, this is a promise that when we join our Heavenly Father,
            the sadness of this world will be wiped away by
His amazing love

God sent part of Himself, His only Son to the world
                       with the intent that He would die on the cross.
but His plan was not completed with the death of Christ.
it still unfolds like endless ripples
              from a rock tossed into a pond.
there are not always answers, for we only see one side of things.
like a child trusts her parents to hold her hand across the street,
                 we must hold fast the the Hand of the Lord.
we must trust God with everything that has happened, as well as everything that will happen.

 
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

personalized for Pip

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Pip, my teenager, is obsessed with pArAmoRE. she started liking the band during her tWiLiGHt sAgA phase. now that she’s realized how similar it is to vampire diaries, it’s sort of lost its sParKLe (teehee). when we re-decorated her room the fiRSt time, we put 3 twilight posters on the long wall. i chose to use posters because i remember how fickle and ever-evolving my interests were when i was a teen. i wanted something that was inexpensively changed out, but still reflected who she was.

but i digress… i ordered 3 pArAmoRE posters off of amazon.com. when they arrived, i noticed that one of them was in a sMaLL flat envelope of the non-poster variety. after opening it up, i found that it was a promo poster you’d find in a record store (or whatever they’re called these days. i don’t know, i’m from the eMPiRe reCoRDs generation.) so i had to do something to fill the gap that the little poster was going to leave.
enter mODgE pODgE. i’ve been wanting to try modge podge for awhile now. i even bought some at the store last week. glad i found something to do with it. i had a few old canvasses that i painted for Little Man’s nursery. at some point, something had stretched and dented the canvas that was really visible when the light hit it.



i used some scrapbooking paper and letters to make Pip a personalized pArAmoRE piece of artwork. (wow say that end part 5x fast). i’m pretty happy with the end result… i think that there’s something miSSinG in the center of it. am thinking i’ll scan one of the album covers to put on there?? maybe tOMoRRow.

while i'm at it, i thought i'd give you a tOUr of Pip's rOOm

disclaimer: it's the 1st room of the house i redid.  not much craftiness in here...








 
 
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Friday, May 20, 2011

the long wall

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my husband and i have different tastes... mine is more eCLeCTiC, thrift store while his is clean and tRaDiTiONaL.  we’ve got quite a long wall that runs in our living room and dining room. before we repainted, i struggled with what to put on it. 




i’ve seen several examples of gallery walls on a few different sites…

i wish i could remember all of them, but this one by Jean at The Artful Parent is the only one i can remember the origin of.  and this arrangement that i have had stuck in my head ever since.  ((oFF toPiC,  if you haven't been to Jean's site, you've seriously gotta check it out).
from The Artful Parent/Jean Van't Hul


From Libbie Grove Design

 
From The Cellar Door Stories

 i’ve got a million eXtRa fRAmEs, plus two huge ones i picked up at a garage sale last weekend for $2 apiece. so armed with a hammer, some nails, and my pile of frames, Little Man and i set to work. i diDN’t pLAn or template anything out (which i’m sure is the proper way to do it). i held the frames up against the wall until i got them where i wanted them. Bear was handing me nails.

my goal was to create a space that reflects our family, but also gives us a noNPerMAnEnT, iNTeRchaNGabLe space to display our kids’ artwork. aside from the frames, i wanted to include some items that have sentimental meaning to me.  i framed 2 embroidered tea towels from my great-grandmother's house.  i also wanted to include embroidery hoop art that i’ve seen eVeRYwHeRE, but again, the only examples i can remember and find are at  Under the Sycamore and at 3 Boys and 2 Little Ladies.


i wanted to used one of the aPRoNs that my great-grandmother made that had been sitting in a bin at my mom’s. it makes me smile to think of GraM putting around her kitchen in this. i’m sure there was an easier way to make it. i should have probably done a little research before starting. i’m not sure how everyone else secures the fabric on the backside, but i smeared liquid stitch on the hoop and stuck the fabric to it.

a wonderful suRpRiSE while i was doing this was finding her haNdWRiTinG on the inside of the hoop. it was marked with the price $1.29 from when she had worked at phillip’s department store when i was little.  the result is a little plain.  i have to dig out some of her coSTuMe jEWeLry to spruce it up a bit, i think.







after that, it was pretty smooth.  i got together Pip and Bear's aRt that i knew i wanted up there first and stuck it up.  i used scotch sticky squares to hold the frames level and to stick up the artwork. 


i was nervous about what the hubster was going to think about it. but when he got home, he actually said that he liKEd it.  since you don't know him, i'll tell you this.  he never offers his opinions on my puttering in the house.  i usually have to solicit his input.  so for him to speak up made me sooooo haPPy.

here’s the final result. 







 
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bible character file folder matching game

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our house is a collector of all things uN-nEEdeD, uN-waNTeD, uN-wHAtEVeR. we’re constantly donating trunk-fuls of items to charity, but seem to accumulate things just as fast. not that we’re super shoppers or anything. it’s something here and there, bags of things brought over by my mom, that sort of deal. that being said, my mom got Bear a set of Bible Heroes gO fIsH cards in his Easter bucket.

he’s too young for them, but wanted to play with them, so i found a way to make it work as a mATcHiNg gAmE.

after i got the background paper and the stationary cards put in the right place i used self-laminating sheets on each side of the folder. ((the folder is too big to fit into my laminator)). i secured the edges with clear packing tape. i laminated the corresponding cards in my laminator and cut them out. then i used circle shaped velcro pieces to connect them when they are matched. hint: put the soft fuzzy side on the cards that are loose, otherwise the rough (hook) side may snag your couch cover…i learned this the hard way :P
then i let Bear have a go at it. he seemed to like it.
                                              aGaiN. and aGaiN. and aGaiN.
am just kicking myself that i didn’t remember this earlier. i did this for several of my early childhood classes and at the center i worked at before he was born. but it’s safe to say i’ll be making more fiLe foLDeR mATcHinG gAMeS in the future.

 
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Friday, May 13, 2011

water spots and soap scum, oh my!

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we have had hoRRibLE problems with our dishwasher lately. it doesn’t seem to be getting the dishes clean. they come out sPoTTy and coated in wHiTe fiLm. i added more jet dry thinking that it might work, but it didn’t. my husband suggested getting some of that dishwasher cleaner stuff that you put upside down in the rack and run it through a wash. but when i was in the aisle at target looking at all the different dishwasher chemicals, i saw this.



i figured for the same price as a one-time bottle of cleaner, i could get several runs out of this. i filled up the soap container in the dishwasher with the powder and ran it through a cycle. then i filled the dishwasher with the diRtY diSHeS that had accumulated on the counter. i could not believe my eyes when the dishwasher was done washing. everything looked bRaND-sPaNKinG nEw!

check out my before and afters

can you believe it? we have been sprinkling it into the pre-wash bin and putting our regular tabs in the main wash and our dishes still look awesome! i got it at target, but i’m sure that other stores carry it as well. bUy sOmE, you won’t regret it.
 
 
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

me likey

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i found a 2 foot remnant of the most daRLiNg fabric at hobby lobby the other day thinking i could use it to cover a pillow or for some wall art.

i took it home, opened it up and
                         i absotively, posilutely fell in lerve with it!!!

it has the cOLoRs and the pERsoNaLiTY that i’ve been looking to add to our family area (an L-shaped kitchen, dining, living room combo).

the only problem was, i wasn't sure if they had anymore since it was a remnant.

Bear and i went back today and bought their last fiVe yARds
                                            -aNd- it was 30% off. yAy!!



 and wait until you see what i have planned for this!!!

 
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Monday, May 9, 2011

ugly, sticky chairs

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sticky chairs, sticky chairs
what’s all over you?
sticky chairs, sticky chairs
it’s not your fault
ok. if you’re not a fRieNDs fan, the above will mean nothing to you.
if you are, then you will have that tune
                     stuck in your head for the next 3 dAYs…..
                                                            and, you’re welcome.
a few years ago, my husband and father-in-law a nice table at a local thrift store for around $450. it was fruitwood, had 2 leaves, 4 chairs, and 2 captain’s chairs. our current table was old and had been “in the process” of being refinished for a few years. it was a bit wobbly too. i wanted the table, but at that time we couldn’t afford it. so the in-laws got it for me for my birthday.

the set got delivered and i vAcUUmeD it, feBrEEzeD it, pLEdgEd it and it was set. i’m not sure what happened, but over the past few years that we’ve had it, the finish on the backs of the chairs has become tacky.
         not gRApE jelly or sPiLLeD jUiCe sticky.
they just had this mysterious stickiness that
                     sometimes got worse if it was humid.

 
we’re in the process of re-doing our living room/dining room/kitchen
                or livi-din-itchen as i sometimes refer to it
(y’know, like how schools have cafegymatorium?)
and these chairs, i gotta tell you, are such an eYeSOre. the 1970s scalloped edge of the table is tagging along for the ride
(sorry it's upside down. i have a tendency to forget bEFoRe pictures)

3 coats of paint on the table base, it was white. fresh, clean white.
then came the fun part. wielding sandpaper and a hyped-up toddler i attacked the table. Little Man helped me to distress it. i LOVE it.

here's a shot of the chairs before:

i had to take the seats off of the chairs to paint them. and if you think the blue fLoWErY fabric was bad, wait until you see what i found underneath...





wait for it...






 

wait for it...



totally rad, right? yup. those are pineapples you see. even the goLDeN giRLs wouldn’t have tolerated this.

 
i recovered the cushions in some great heavy fabric i found on clearance at hobby lobby. i added a few more layers of quilt batting to add a little more cUsHY for the tUsHY and stapled away. then i scotchguarded the daylights out of them (i have a toddler and a husband with the dRoPsiES)

 

after 4 coats on the chairs look great too. after i got the seats fastened back on, i could hardly believe they were the same chairs!

the last step i need to do is coat the white with polyurethane. here’s a great tip i found in this post by Sharon @ Two Girls Being Crafty : there are 2 types of poly: one for paint and one for white paint. if you don’t use the kind made for white paint, it will yeLLoW. so i’ll be off to home depot tomorrow in search of it. then they’ll be completely done.

 

the finished product is exactly what i want our hOmE to fEEl like.
and do you want to know the best part? the sTiCKineSS is gone.


 
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