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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fabric Canvas: Tutorial

I have long wanted to try to create some fabric canvases after finding some at the PB outlet that were out of my budget. I decided to make mine into fabric canvas frames during Monday afternoon's naptime since I'm doing a picture wall in the girls' room. I love how they turned out! You could take this basic idea and run with it - there are simply so many possibilities. So while the kiddos are doing this right now,

we'll get started!

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Materials you'll need:

- Artist Canvas

I got mine from Hobby Lobby. It was a 2-pack for $7.99 with an additional 30% off sale that they have often. You could easily print off their 40% off coupon and use that this week.

- Adhesive Spray - found at Wal Mart, but carried in most craft stores:


- Tacky Glue


- Fabric - I used a PB canvas drape for covering and linen for embellishement.
- Any embellishing materials you would like: i.e. scrapbook paper, photos, appliques, etc.
- Scissors
- Iron

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Step One: Cut fabric approximately 3 inches bigger than the size of your canvas.


Step Two: Iron fabric so it's free of wrinkles.


Step Three: Following directions on can of spray glue, spray the back of your fabric completely. Lay out carefully on your canvas with sticky side facing down, adhering to the canvas. Make sure it has an equal overhang on all sides. Smooth out fabric so it's taught and wrap around sides. You may want to spray a little more glue on your corners for added durability.

Now I know my fabric is only a shade different than the canvas, but I needed mine to match my other frames hanging on the girls' wall. I really wanted to do a fun patterned fabric, but I'll save that for next time! Back to the project...

Step Four: Cut out any embellishing fabric you are adding. Since I was doing a picture frame, I cut my fabric about 2 1/2 to 3 inches bigger than my 8x10 photo. You could do several layers of fabric or add scrapbook paper or you could go an art canvas route and add appliques using the basic concept I used here on my bird pillows. Like I said, so many options!




Step Five: I washed my fabric on a light setting, dried it to give it a distressed look, and ironed it.

Step Six: Spray any additional layers of fabric, paper, photos with adhesive spray and smooth out onto your canvas.


For smaller pieces of fabric or paper, I suggest using the tacky glue. It is much easier and less messy. Trust me, I know.



When you're done layering and creating (i hope you've gone wild!) Hang it up somewhere and enjoy it!





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Monday, March 28, 2011

Jenks

I spent my cold/rainy Saturday morning in Jenks antiquing with my family for the first time ever.













Now before you let preconceived ideas form in your mind about what a place like Jenks, Oklahoma must look like, let me jut in. They host our awesome aquarium, (of which we have gotten an inexpensive membership to already)


Entrance to the Aquarium


1 or 2 Starbucks, a gorgeous movie theater, some fine outdoor dining on the river, and a string of antique stores. Jenks is the home of the Riverwalk Crossing, which was featured in Southern Living's September 2008 issue. I would love to go on a date with Steven there soon..lots of great restaurants and an outdoor theater.

It beat my expectations that's for sure! I have learned not to judge a town by its' name out here...you just never know.

I discovered I could get hooked to antiquing very easily if not monitored by my hubs. He's almost as dangerous as me though. I was rather proud that although I loved all of these:







that I only walked away with this:




A grand total of 5 dollars was spent on this corn meal sack made of soft cotton. I plan to make a pillow for our bedroom out of this beauty as soon as I finish with the girls' room. (I know, I know...I tend to get ahead of myself sometimes)

I did make some progress on their room today. I picked a project that I could get done in one naptime so that I could get re-motivated to finish things up in there. I am halfway through reupholstering their rocking chair and sort of at a standstill with re-purposing their toy bins. So I needed something quick, easy, and not requiring much thought to get the ball rolling again. I will post with a tutorial about it later on. Right now...we're off to the doctor again! The girls are excited. Me?...not so much.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Approval



Well, I thought I had it down. I thought I didn't care what people thought. I thought God's opinion was all that mattered to me. And then I go out. I've gone out a lot lately, specifically to the doctor. Keller's been struggling with congestion and reflux...being that he's only going on 7 wks old means it's no light matter. I've taken all three with me 2 of the 3 visits in the last week and a half.

And there's always someone. Someone who rolls their eyes. Someone who shakes their head. Usually there are several who make the comment, "You have your hands full!" with eyes wide and a cross between pity-filled and shock on their face as they count and identify ages. It makes me sad. It deflates my bubble of happiness. It shouldn't. But their looks, stares, and comments take away my joy. The joy that comes from knowing that it was God who gave me these little ones. They must not know how rich I feel. They must not know how much - in all honesty - their reactions hurt me.

My dad always taught me not to care what anyone thought of me. Study the Bible. Know it. Search for the truth. You can walk with confidence because you have searched and you have found. Don't waste time looking at other people - making comparisons or judgments. Worry about yourself. You alone will be standing before God one day at the judgment seat of Christ. Be always ready to give an answer, based upon God's Word, not what you think or feel. I can still hear his words ringing in my ears. =)

How I appreciate my dad teaching me that the Bible says,

I Corinthians 10:12 -- "For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise."

I Peter 3:15 -- "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready
always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:"

I Corinthians 4:5 -- "Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the
hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God."

How I need to bathe myself in verses like these on days like today. In fact, I think I'm going to print these off right now and hang them up on the mirror in my bathroom so I can try to memorize them.

I must be satisfied with seeking God's approval alone + nothing. Lord, please help me. I know I can't do it alone.



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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Artichoke Bites




These are addicting! They are good cold or hot and I've been eating them 24/7. I'm serious. I got done making a fresh batch when Tammy got here late at night last week and they did not last long! I got this recipe from Darby over at flythroughourwindow. She has some other good lookin' recipes I'm going to try out. I'm attempting to branch out here lately and try some new things. The winners get posted on here. So please know if they're on here...they are pretty darn good!

Artichoke Bites

Serves 8
1 {8 oz can} artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
1 cup {4 oz} shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 envelope of Italian salad dressing mix {I used Good Seasons}
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 ready-made pizza crust {like Boboli, but I found a wonderful thin crust pizza crust in the bakery at Walmart}

Preheat oven to 400°. Place artichokes, shredded Cheddar, mayonnaise, salad dressing, and Parmesan together in large bowl and mix well. Spread evenly over the pizza crust. Bake for 15-20 minutes until hot and bubbly. Let cool and cut into bite-size pieces.

Thought this picture was amusing...


Shiloh was swiping bites while I was trying to get a picture. =) That's my girl!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

German Chocolate Cake




I have been craving this cake for a couple weeks now. Well...ever since the last time I made it actually. I made this cake for Steven's birthday and instantly became a coconut convert! The icing is spectacular and well worth the time you sit stirring. This recipe came from here, but I have added some tips I think you will find helpful in parenthesis. Enjoy!


German Chocolate Cake


Cake:

1 (18.25 ounce) package butter cake mix
1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs

Frosting:

(You will most likely need to double this. I have both times.)

1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 cup white sugar
1 cup chopped pecans (I didn't use the pecans because Steven didn't want them.)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flaked coconut

Directions


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 8 inch round cake pans. (I only used 2 and left a little batter in the bowl. I have some great helpers who help me with what's leftover.)

2. Combine the cake mix, instant vanilla pudding, cocoa, buttermilk, vegetable oil and the 3 whole eggs. Mix until blended and pour the batter into the prepared pans.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cakes test done. Set cakes aside to cool.

Frosting:

In a medium sized sauce pan mix the evaporated milk, white sugar, 3 egg yolks and the butter. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is thick. (It should resemble a soupy applesauce consistency. This will take about 25 - 30 min. of stirring. It's my excuse to read a magazine :-)  Trust me, it will be worth it!) Remove from heat and beat until partially cooled. Beat in the vanilla. Stir in the flaked coconut and the chopped pecans. (I then chilled the frosting in the refrigerator because it is still not thick enough to ice at this point.) Use to fill and frost cake.


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Monday, March 21, 2011

Progress in the Girls' Room

It has been a relaxing weekend here for me. Laid in bed and watched The Bucket List with Keller this morning...in complete peace and quiet. Held him while he slept and it felt good. Wonderful actually. I love babies and I think they're one of God's greatest gifts to us.

I thought I would take a moment to share with you some more progress we've made on the girlies' room. Steven's been getting in on the action and even surprised me and brought home an $8 bird cage he picked up at an antique store. He gets brownie points for that. I'm not a wife who enjoys a bouquet of flowers from the store. (I think they are a complete waste of money.) But bring home an inexpensive rusty bird cage and you have completely made my day!!! I'm weird like that.

I've done a little more spray painting, but with Steven's help and supervision this time. I'm afraid he'll never trust me again. =( We went to a soccer field at dark and used the headlights of our van and an app on Steven's phone to give us light while we painted the bird cages and some smaller items I had in the room. I'm sure we looked ridiculous, but it kept the paint off the cement (many jabs were made about that) and it was a fun little date for us.

Here's some snapshots of the progress for you:



These shelves have been around a long time and they are surprisingly sentimental to me. They were my first real home decor purchase! I was 15 years old and my mom and I stopped in Wildflowers - a small gift shop in Delaware - that was going out of business right before we moved down south. I bought these shelves, a gold decorative plate, and a vase filler sphere made of twigs and dried leaves. My mom thought I was nuts with that purchase! The shelves were dark and starting to chip all these years later, so I spray painted them an off-white color and I like them even better now! So girly and pretty...

The frames were purchased for like a dollar something at a consignment sale. The bird house was around $2.50 from Wal Mart. I spray painted it and used spray glue to attach the scrapbook paper on the roof.

And then I've made these pillows for the girls...




These were sewn from a soft flat sheet my mom gave me. I used Emily's applique tutorial as a sounding board for the birds.

I also used the applique tutorial to make these a while ago:


I'm showing this because I cannot stress enough how valuable this tutorial is! You can make all kinds of cute stuff with the basic concept and add your own creativity to personalize. And as a side note, these shirts were recently on clearance for a dollar at Wal Mart!!!

Here's another birdhouse I found at target for a dollar. It sits on their dresser next to a pot of artificial sunflowers ...



It was hot pink and I spray painted it too, adhered the paper to the roof, and put some dirt from outside in a planter I found at Burlington Coat factory for a couple bucks. LOVE it!

Last picture...




Do you think that sun mirror is overkill??? Be honest. I promise I can take it. =) I am a minimalist by nature and cannot stand clutter! I can't decide if that mirror is clutter or cute.


Things left to do:

1.) Finish recovering rocking chair
2.) Take apart pink bins and reconfigure with canvas
3.) Cover wall canvases with fabric

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Friday, March 18, 2011



The Lord did it again. He used this lovely lady to encourage me this morning and give me just what I needed to hear. It is a new day...so grateful for that!

And look who I get to wake up to on this new day...


Happy Friday everyone!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Progress!

I love progress. I kind of love it too much according to Steven. =) Things getting done hinges on my joy more than I care to admit. It is a refining process, chiseled by the Holy Spirit, on a daily basis.

With that being said, the Proverbs 31 woman looked as if she made an awful lot of progress on a regular basis. I love that girl! And I want to be just like her.

On that note, Emma and I have made some progress. {Praise the Lord!} We actually started on this project about a month ago when I saw this idea on ThePleatedPoppy as seen below.



I got my fabric out and I started snipping while Emma started gluing.

Super fun and very therapeutic (I might add) for all you tired mommies out there who need a no-brainer, non-perfect, stress-relieving project to do with your kiddos. Bonus: it's also educational!!! They will be so proud of themselves after you lavish praise on what a perfectly imperfect job they're doing. Because imperfect rules with this project!

After you've collected lots of snippets, glue the fabric onto card stock squares or rectangles cut to desired size. I used some alphabet stencils I had to make a pencil outline of each individual letter on the card stock squares. This made it easier for Emma to just glue the fabric in the lines with minimal help from me. Click here to get more pictures of these steps.

Then, Steven hung these up for me...
Beautiful door knobs (50% off from Hobby Lobby) that we used to tie our "clothesline" from twine. I love them! I attached the letter cards to the twine with mini clothespins found in the craft aisle at Wal Mart.
So that takes care of one wall.
And these are some snippets from what I've been doing for parts of the rest of the room...
While I did this:
The girls did this:
Please don't ask Steven about my spray painting skills. I mean, don't even mention it. We had this whole long discussion before he left for work about my lack of focus and the detriment it causes when spray painting. A brief instructional period followed. And then I still got carried away...
But a girl has to hurry when you have so much going on. And then throw an unexpected doctor's visit in your afternoon and all attention to unnecessary details gets thrown out the window.

(Any tips on how to get this up would be greatly appreciated.)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Purchases and Presents

I confess. I have not even begun to work on the girls room yet this week. Shame on me I know! I'll just pull a few late nighters here in the next few days before "Gramma Tamma" arrives so we can have it looking spiffy for her. However, I did do a little shopping over the weekend and check out a few of the things I picked up. They are undergoing renovation tomorrow.




I have not been a complete slacker. I've been working on lots of these...





and a variety of these...





...all weekend and stayed up till 1am last night/this morning so I could get them sent in the mail today. (You should have seen me and my little ducklings all lined up in the post office. :) People are so kind to open doors for me and things. It makes my day when people go out of their way for us tired mammas with little ones in tow.)

Anyway, Steven was gone overnight on a business trip. Emma and Keller were snuggled up in our huge bed asleep while I worked. So why not stay up late? (Uh, because you have to get up every few hrs. to feed your snuggle bug and the kiddos don't know that you went to bed past your bedtime so they're going to wake up at the regular ole' time anyway.)

I didn't talk myself out of it, but a few diet cokes today did the trick. Me and my kiddos even managed to squeeze a trip in to Chick-fil-A for milkshakes and an afternoon at the park in celebration of Daddy coming back tonight from his trip. We missed you Daddy!

Emma sort of helped me wrap our gifts. She loved the part where I took the scissors and slid them along the table while cutting the paper. Amazing what amuses children! I love how Emma wants to help me with everything. We have some good conversations during these times. I try to let her help as much as I can and teach her as we go. I try so hard not to get frustrated, but sometimes I slip. She's my artsy one and loves all things crafty. A girl after my own heart! We really are buddies and I can't wait to see how her creativity grows and how she uses her God-given gifts.




I hope all of my fellow Grace moms enjoy them! I will miss getting to see all of the new babies...what joyful times new babies bring!

And speaking of new babies...I happen to love mine...a LOT! And I got pictures back today from Kara and this one is my favorite:


He was 12 days old here and isn't he just absolutely precious?!!! I could gush all day about how adorable I think he is and what sweetness and joy he brings to my life. There is just something so wonderful about having a little newborn around. God sure knows how to dump the goodness on us, doesn't He?!

Well, I'm off to a good night's rest (hopefully) so I can focus on the girlies' room tomorrow. I'm sure they will be helping so we'll see how productive we can be.

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