Friday, December 31, 2010

Decoupage Birthday Box

If you have followed my blog for awhile, you already know I love Mod Podge and love to incorporate decoupage into my art work. I've created this cute little box from a brown craft box I picked up at Hobby Lobby.

I hand painted the top and accented it with papers, buttons and sparkle!

Added some cute little wooden feet.....

And Wa La! A whimsical little box to ring in 2011 or some one's special day!
I am donating this to The Mercy House Shop so if you would like to see more, or are interested in purchasing it to help raise funds for The Mercy House, visit the Mercy House Shop by clicking the button below.
I will be donating a piece of my art each month to The Mercy House Shop.

Click button below to visit The Mercy House Shop

By purchasing this item you will be helping to provide options for pregnant girls living in the streets of Kenya. The Mercy House will aid them in nutrition, housing, prenatal care, counseling, Biblical teaching and job skills for sustainable living. Learn more about the Mercy House HERE.

I was in the store the day after Christmas and the check-out guy threw out a "Merry Christmas" and then quickly corrected himself. As I reflected on this, I thought about how wonderful it is as a Christian, that I can celebrate Christmas every day. It doesn't have to be a one day event that ends with a bunch of wrapping paper scattered across the floor. I wake up each day and can celebrate and worship the one and only living God. A God who left his throne in Heaven to demonstrate how much he loves us and wants us to spend eternity with Him.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas each day in 2011!


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Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Free-cycle Reindeer Craft

So what can you do with a bunch of sticks???
We sure don't need them for a fire, since on this first day of winter
it was 70 degrees today where I live.

I have to give credit for this free-cycle project to my hair stylist Tina and Pottery Barn. She was inspired by Pottery Barn (above), so she made her own stick reindeer version (below).

I thought hers was so cute, I had to add it to our "to do" Christmas craft
list, and today was the perfect day.

We gathered up our sticks, a hot glue gun, spay paint, glitter and some jute cording.
And Wa La, we had a simple and free craft project for the day.

It's actually harder than you think to round up the right combination of sticks.

My friend Tina painted hers pewter, but I only had white spay paint, so we
used it and added some glitter "bling". Everything is better with glitter, right?

Wish I had more talent in the staging and photography department, but that's not my gig. Just use your imagination . . . and take my word for it. . . they turned out cute!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."
Luke 2:11

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

The DIY Show Off

handmade projects

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Paper Doll Craft

It's such an easy little craft! It brings back memories for me. The kids love it, and it makes wonderful garland for the tree.

We spent an afternoon cutting and coloring paper dolls in front of the fire.

The possibilities are limited only by your imagination-angels,fairies, snowmen, Christmas trees, snowfakes . . .

We kept it simple; just using supplies we had around the house. My favorites were the dancing girls that we made out of recycled grocery bag paper.

Sometimes it's the simple things in life!

The Girl Creative

preschool corner

Monday, November 29, 2010

Crafting with Friends

This summer, me and three of my friends made plans to get together this fall and have an art day once a month. Okay, so unfortunately, we ended up only getting together twice, but we had a great time.

I love Things With Wings, so we decided to use their art as our inspiration and make some cute scrap collages for our homes. I love how each friend made their collage their own; each is so unique and creative. We used canvas boards, decoupage glue, acrylic paints, and scrapbook papers. We just printed our words off the computer.

Do any of you crafters out there get together with your friends and create? I'd love to hear your stories and ideas for crafting with friends!

The DIY Show Off

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Shopping for Christmas? Give Mercy

Have you started your Christmas list?
Or are you one of those "plan-a-headers" that has already started shopping?

What if I told you could find unique and hand made gifts for those on your Christmas list and 100% of the money you paid to purchase them went to help someone in need?

And what if you never even had to leave your home to buy them?


For me, Christmas is a time of giving in remembrance of the One who gave the ultimate gift for ME. . . and for YOU. It's a time to give generously to those in need. To show Christ's love by giving of our time and resources. I love to give gifts, but I really love the idea of giving a gift that really means something.

One of my favorite "heavenly" blogs that I follow is We Are That Family. If you've never been there, you need to check it out (click above). Learn about The Mercy House and you can give more than a gift when you give for Christmas this year.

Do your shopping for Christmas this year at The Mercy House Etsy Shop and 100% of money paid for items will benefit The Mercy House.
You can click the box below and it will take you there.

I will be donating an art piece each month to the Mercy Shop Etsy Shop.

December's piece is a mixed media original that wishes all a Merry Christmas. It's painted in acrylic on a hand-textured 8 x 8 inch canvas board. It's accented with painted papers, fun wording, sparkle paint and buttons. I've given it an aged look and sealed it with a protective finish. A cute ribbon hanger is attached. The back is covered, signed and marked especially for The Mercy Shop.

You can purchase this here and 100% of your purchase will go toward The Mercy House

There are so many other wonderful items, like jewelry, baby items, etc. All hand made with love to benefit The Mercy House.

Or if you are interested in helping The Mercy House in other ways,
click this link for other ways you can help.

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Heavenly Blogs

It's been a huge growth year for me. Both as a Christian and an artist. Over the past year I've prayed specifically that God would break my heart for what breaks his; that I would have a generous heart, not just with giving money, but also in giving of my time and talents; and that God would use my passion for art to bless others and bring Him glory.

I'm also learning to say "no", which is SO hard. There are so many wonderful and even Godly things that people are doing everywhere-prayer groups, Bible studies, charity events, even volunteer school activities. I've started saying "let me pray about it", and waiting for God to direct my paths. Believe me when I say, I'm never sure if I'm hearing him correctly or not, but at least I'm bringing it before his throne first. I've said "no" to some things I've really wanted to do, and "yes" to some things really out of my comfort zone, and I'm starting to see God at work.

I started blogging last year about this time because I was so inspired by all the creative blogs. After about two months I was totally burned out. The weekly postings, frantically linking up to blog parties, spending what little bit of free time I had taking pics and trying to figure out html, etc., started to take a toll. My hub and kids started to complain about mom always being on the computer, and so I started to evaluate if I was using my time the way God wanted me to. I started questioning why I felt so compelled to blog. Was it my journalism/writing background? Was it a creative outlet? A way to validate myself or my passion for creativity? A way to eventually promote my art or make a few extra bucks? A new challenge from my daily routine?

So I took a break and prayed-and I'm still praying. I check my favorite blogs a few times a week, post something when I can, and I'm truly at peace about my current blogging status. It's fun; it's definitely addictive for me; and I love making new friends and gaining new inspirations; but right now my blogs are just a hobby. I'm not making any money, promoting my wares or really even have a purpose or an end goal in mind.

But as I expand my blogging horizons beyond crafting, I'm starting to catch a glimpse of perhaps why I was so compelled to start blogging. When I read blogs like We Are THAT Family , A Holy Experience, Woman on A Mission, and Boots McBlog, I'm continually amazed and inspired about how God is using bloggers to make a difference for His kingdom. And amazingly enough, God in all his mercy, is still working on my self centered, self absorbed heart. It's becoming more and more, that unless what I'm doing makes a difference for His kingdom, even if it's just a hobby, it's not really worth doing. So here I am, a year later, trying to link a Godly purpose to my time spent on the computer.

I'll be posting a couple more times on this topic so stay tuned to find out where God is leading me. I'm so excited to let you know what I'm going to be doing through my blogging hobby for His Kingdom!!! Hint: see "Give" art above!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Homemade rustic frames

I wish I could also take credit for the photography here, but my neighbor took this beautiful photo, and she's not even a professional. I had to have a frame for it, but didn't want to spend big bucks for the look I was going after, so here is the result of my "el cheapo" idea.

I purchased a ready made 16 x 20 unfinished wood frame at Michaels for 40% off (about $7)
Purchased a large sheet of unfinished birch bead board from Home Depot (around $38-but keep in mind I can make about 6 to 8 frames out of this depending on the sizes). Then I went to Savers and picked up some old wood frames in smaller sizes (.99 cents each).

Cut your bead board to the size of the largest frame (in this case I cut it to fit a 16 x 20). Stain all the woods, paint and add glaze/distressing. Then glue all the pieces together. The only downside is that in order to change the picture you have to pop off the smaller frame from the bead board backing. I just attached it with drops of hot glue in each corner so it would be easier to remove. I'm planning on making a whole collection of these!

See you this week at these fun get-togethers: