Sunday, January 23, 2011

Butterflies on the Loose!

I was inspired by this picture I found while browsing for inspiration:) And decided I would take the same idea into my girls room with the butterfly wall stickers we found for $9 at I found a great frame at a local thrift store, gave it a quick whitewash, hung it, and arranged the butterflies so they looked like they were escaping and there it is. It just says so much without saying anything ( I guess that would be why  the old adage, eh?) I love how it turned out, and with the large frame being a thrift find for $10. A great project to give a room some character, spunk, life...and what not:) for under $20 greenbacks, not bad for a weekend!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Old Book turned NEW Journal for 2011!

She's found her "RE:purpose"

Ragged pages!

Found the "Ex Libris" in another old Reader's Digest book, and had to cut and paste! 

My lovely mess...
Original book

I have seen a few different ways to re-purpose an old book into your own blank journal or sketchbook. I really like to look of keeping the cover intact, and then finding a great cover! We'll today I struck "gold"! God Bless the Vets! I found a cute mid-size hardcover book, that was simply titled "Prayers". PERFECT! I love to write my prayers so this was a find! I cut out the exsisting pages, used scrapbooking paper to redo the cover, made the pages all jagged by just tearing the outside edge, then used an awl and "yarn darner" needle with some white embroidery thread to sew the binding. I am pretty sure there are some better "techniques" out there. For me it was starting and finishing a single project at once:) (the little thing, you know!) So 2 hours, and a fantastic mess on the kitchen counter it is!! Now I just have to remember what I did to show some great ladies in our Craft Group how !!! hahahahaaha:)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy Re:New Year!

The holiday bustle has ended, the tree is out by the dumpster for recycle, new toys and clothes are scattered happily about the children's rooms, Auld Lang Sine has been wildly sung at midnight and I smile and sigh as it was all so wonderful! I am learning to listen to God as I mother my children, cook (learn & try to cook:) for my family, arrange my home, and reach out to our neighborhood. I feel like I am in Kindergarten all over again, with so much to learn when it comes to being "in the world but not OF it":) To create a Godly home environment, to be vulnerable and honest about my flaws, and to heartily grab hold of the challenges and plow forward in God's grace everyday. I am almost 30 ( 10 days and counting...) and I can say with confidence I am so thankful I am where, and who I am today! I am tapping into "my music" my gifts that God gave me, and the "good works" he's designed me for...after much striving, time, $$ (personal growth type books, precision schedules, writing down goals, working, talking traveling with a business) and effort...trying to CHANGE myself, and coming up exhausted (and the same) I've accepted the gifts, the ideas, the place I am and what a wonderful gift God gives when we "Cease our striving and know that HE is God."  (v.s. us and our lofty plans for a "Good life") God is renewing what I once knew about myself, renewing my dreams (his dreams) and renewing my passion for the little things in life (like a tasty dinner on time for my family...which as I blog is close to getting a "little too done":) hang on a sec...
Okay, pork chops have been smothered and "crocked" in the crock pot for dinner (gotta love the crock!) 
I am challenged to find my MUSIC my PASSION this new year, and trust God thick and thin. So glad I am not walking this mothering road alone He is with me, day in and day out. What a rich heritage to be a daughter of the King! I love motherhood. May God RE-new the promises, desires, ideas, dreams, passions hidden in the deep of your heart this year. A very happy RE-new year to you my friend!