As I sit here sipping a cup of piping hot Russian Spice tea (the name sucked me in today – usually it’s coffee for me any moment of the week), I can’t help thinking about my last blog post (July!) and how much crazy has happened since then. What a whirlwind few years this adventure … More Old doors and their usefulness
What do you do when you’re snowed in because it snowed a couple feet in south eastern Pennsylvania? Besides shovel and hide inside, of course. I got a little antsy this weekend, so I finished off some sparkling cider (because sparkling anything tastes better – and hey, it was on sale!) and scrubbed up the bottle … More Upcycle a Bottle
Maybe you remember my obsession months ago with making string art? A Christmas/birthday gift for my sister-in-law! Here’s how it all went down: 1. Pre-made board from Lowe’s. 2. Minwax wood stain (Early American 230). 3. A husband who can illustrate the world (thank you!!!) 4. Tap shallow holes around map to make a … More Map of the World: String Art ed.
Today is Christmas-decorating day! Our Christmas decorations are sparse this year—no big tree, no ornaments, no lights. Why would we opt to not decorate for the best holiday of the year? Great question! Here’s a piece of huge news: Nate and I have bought a HOUSE!!!!!! And here’s the huger news: We settle three days … More Deck the halls!
I went on a bottle painting kick last week. Craft paint was on sale 3 for a dollar and I couldn’t resist. Plus, letting paint drip down into the bottles is heap of fun. Painting the outside of some was okay, too, I guess! So many ways to arrange! I love how old and not-quite-perfect … More Just Jazzing up Some Old Things
Happy weekend! I hope yours has been as relaxing and stress-free as mine! I am cherishing every moment I have this summer. It had certainly been one full of blessings, family, friends, and wonderful moments. A few days ago, I shared my faux canvas wall art with you all. It was so fun and easy … More Words on Canvas
And so ends my mini-vaca to Buffalo. The last four days have been some of the best of my summer. I can never get enough time with family! I knew while I was here there would be a lot of down time when everyone was at work or helping out with VBS at church in … More The Magic of a Saw and a Staple Gun
This week has been just wonderful! Aside from studying for certification exams, this week has been just excellent. Mini-golf, morning coffee, soccer golf, dinner with Daddy, yard sales, crafting, reading. THIS is summer. Last time I shared the picture below, an almost-finished version of my painted window. The only thing left was a paint job … More The Never-Ending Window Project: Part 2
Sometimes, you screw up. Sometimes, you get a ‘brilliant’ idea, and it totally, completely, 100% fails. This was by far one of my more… irreparable fails. Most of the time, I can fudge, adjust, smooth over, or cover an ‘oops’. This time, not so much. It began with a brilliant idea to paint my last … More The Never-ending Window Project: Part 1
If you’re curious how nail/string art works, I’ve added a mini sheep to my quickly growing collection… What you will need: wooden block (A.C. Moore has a selection of unfinished blocks of various sizes/prices) wood stain nails cotton yarn paper/printed pattern sand paper (optional) How to do it: Sand any rough edges and stain the … More String Menagerie