I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

21 Jan

a christmas terrarium

Instead of meeting for a boring ol’ cup of coffee {not that there’s anything wrong with that!}, my friend and I decided to get together for some Christmas crafting! We’d both been eyeing up all the pretty snow globes on Pinterest and decided to do a Christmas terrarium.

We had absolutely NO idea what we were doing and didn’t see any available instructions, so we pretty much just winged it. I found the jars at save-on-crafts.com and we both scoured our local craft stores for the trees, people, cars, etc.

At first we thought we’d put some “fluff” down. But that didn’t work at all. In the end here’s what we did:

  • filled the bottom of the jar with snowflake-type stuff {available in bags at a craft store}
  • cut a circle out of cardstock to fit the bottom of the jar
  • covered the cardstock with our snowflake-type stuff {can’t think of technical name}
  • tied bakers twine around a tree and hot glued it to the top of our car
  • and then we placed everything inside the jar
  • once we were happy with the placement, we took each item one-by-one and hot glued it to the cardstock inside the jar

We loved how they turned out and truly, they were really easy to make! This summer, I wouldn’t mind trying my hand at a fairy garden!

What do you think? Kinda cute, huh? :)

Posted in christmas, craft, creative

18 Oct

i be paintin’

Sooooo … I’ve been gettin’ my creative groove on again! And I gotta say … it feels SO good!! More on that soon, but first! let me share a project!!

Well … actually … first, first … let me tell you about my inspiration!

At the very last minute and a kind of 1-800-will-you-watch-my-kids moment, I was blessed to attend this year’s Becoming Conference. I walked away SO fully inspired! Spiritually, as well as creatively.

One of the speakers, Annie Omar — founder of Masion Blanche Paint Company, got my creative juices all kinds o’ fired up and I couldn’t wait to get started on a project.

And then I got home. Life happened. Time slipped away. And I didn’t do a darned thing I’d been so inspired to do.

But ever so slowly, I’ve been doing a little creative here and a little creative there. Just enough to feed my soul, and in pieces that are manageable and not overwhelming.

And then the time came …

I finally had the chance to order some of this amazing paint and get my paintin’ groove on!

Such an amateur I am. I don’t know what I was thinking. A friend stopped by as I was finishing my project and asked why in the world I was painting with good clothes on! I also don’t own one of those paint-can stir-stick-thingys, so I had to use Piper’s ruler.

For my first project, I decided to paint this $10.00 stool I found at a second hand store. {And why did Prince’s, Raspberry Beret song just pop into my head?!?}

It took me forever to decide what color to use. I only bought a few and I just couldn’t decide. When all the hemin’ and hawin’ was over, I finally went with Silver Mink.

Friends … I.was.clueless!!

Do I start at the top? Do I start at the bottom? Do I flip it over and do the underside first?

Rookie over here, and I’ve got paint in my hair to prove it!

I’ve never used a chalk paint before so I really had no idea what was “right” and what was “wrong.” So I just went for it!

I kept trying to stand back and look at it and ask myself if I saw it at a store, would I buy it. For the record, the jury’s still out on that answer!

I do like how it turned out, but I still kinda wonder … 2 coats? Wax? Wiping off? How much is too much?

I realize the great thing about this kind of painting is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. But I do think I’d like to do a little more research on some techniques.

When the girls came out into the garage to see my creation, they were a little puzzled. But super sweet listening to me wonder aloud whether I needed more paint, etc. etc. Then they ever so sweetly offered me some advice, “Why don’t you just ask Miss Angela? She paints really good!” Thanks girls. Thanks girls.

Anyway. I found a little spot for my new stool, put a few fall decorations around it, snapped a few iPhone pics, and called it done!

I’m curious, have any of you ever tried something you knew nothing about? Was it a success? Failure? Did you try again?

And even more importantly … can any of you give me painting lessons?!?

Have a great weekend y’all! I’m hosting a backyard concert tonight for my friend Reeve Coobs, who just released her first album!! {I’ll share photos next week on the blog … AND … I just may have a little giveaway news too!}.

Posted in craft, creative

24 Sep

orange you glad??

I have this friend who is a creative genius … like her pores ooze creativity {no exaggeration! just look at her website!}!

A few weeks ago, when I noticed her upcoming birthday on my calendar, I may have hyperventilated a little. Cuz seriously, when it comes to gifting to a pore-oozing-creative-goddess, what’s a I’m-fresh-outta-creativity girl supposed to do?

Needless to say, while aimlessly perusing Pinterest one day, I saw the perfect idea for my color-theme-loving-friend!

She loved it!

And the best part about this gift idea? It doesn’t just have to be a birthday gift. “Orange you glad …?” can be asked for just about any occasion!

And seriously, what is it about a basket full of one-like-color-goodness that makes a heart swoon?

Posted in birthday, creative, friends, gift idea

19 Jul

antiquing, decorating, and grand-dad’s clothes

I wear your grand-dad’s clothes
I look incredible …
{lyrics from Thrift Shop}

I’ve been so very thankful for my friend Angela … in more ways than one! But today I’m going to share how she’s rubbing off on me!

To sum it up in a short and sweet sentence, “She’s helped me see things in a new way.”

Quite honestly, before I started hanging around her, I would’ve seen the things in these photographs below and just passed them by. And to be even more honest, because I didn’t shop in thrift or antique stores, I probably wouldn’t have seen them in the first place!

But all that’s changed.

In the past, I wouldn’t have known what to do with any of these items. And now, my head is spinning with possibilities and my heart flutters with the potential loveliness!

Loveliness, no? And trust me, I was so sucked in by the other things I saw, I stopped taking photos!

Funny story, I’ve been doing a lot of some redecorating lately and Wynter says to me, “Soooo … is our theme kinda broken up, torn apart stuff?” Outta the mouths of babes!

Anyway. Just wanted to share that, along with other things in my life, I’m also seeing decorating in a new way … a new light … re-purposing and finding value in something another may have thought of as junk.

Thank you dear friend for showing me how to look at the things around me in a different way.

{^^ sweet Angela with a different vantage point ^^}

Posted in creative, friends, shopping

8 May

teacher appreciation and a lil’ bit o’ crazy!

So awesome, right?!? The teachers loved our teacher appreciation gift this year. Practical with some funny thrown in for good measure! What I loved most though? It was a no-brainer for me and I was oh-so-very-thankful for that this year. I’m currently drowning in the craziness of life, and no-brainer, fun gifts are exactly what this worn-out momma needs!!

Our school does teacher appreciation on one day … it’s not a week long thing. On Wednesday of Teacher Appreciation Week, the room moms arrange to have baskets outside the classroom doors for the kids to leave gifts. For Hunter’s class, one of the parents suggested the kids also bring in a flower for the teacher and teacher’s aide … that parent left a vase outside the classroom to collect said flowers.

Teacher Appreciation Wednesday was also plant-growing-salad-making-teaching-moment-day and each of the kids were assigned to bring in something to make a salad. Hunter was assigned 24 cherry tomatoes.

One of the other girls had a field trip to attend and needed a “sack” lunch. And well … I don’t know, all I remember was a crazy, tasmanian-devil-like whirlwind of a morning. I was shoving stuff at Hunter explaining who to give stuff to and where to leave it {she also had the front desk administrative to leave a gift for}.

Between making breakfast, a sack lunch, explaining gifts, flowers, letting dogs out, water bottles, vitamins, papers signed in book bags, general morning craziness … and let’s not forget … a photo for Instagram! …

When I finally returned home from school drop-off errands, guess what I noticed in the fridge?

24 cherry tomatoes. Humpf!

{free download available from chickabug.com}

Share some of your “crazy” with me?

Posted in creative, gift idea, pinterest