Friday, April 29, 2011

Funny Fridays {Manslater}



Okay, so today the Royal Couple is getting married, I couldn't resist! What if they seriously came down the aisle like this? Pin It Now!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Monogram Wood Block

Today, I'm blog swapping with
Meg the blog owner is over here and sharing an awesome craft. Be sure to show her some comment love over at her blog and hop over there to see a new post from me!


Hello all!

I'm so happy to be here today! Well, let me introduce myself. My name is Meg and I live over at A Little Knick Knack. I've been blogging for about a year and a half, and started partly to keep my sanity (3 kids under 5 - enough said) and partly to brag a little bit about what I've been working on! I realized my husband was tired of me going, "honey, what do you think about this? But do you like it? WHY??? " So, here I am! I love to have wonderful giveaways, product reviews and guest bloggers! I just finished a "SEW Basic" sewing series with another blog-friend, where we showed the step-by-step, BASIC (like, how to thread a needle) instructions and sewed a pillowcase. I also have a weekly link party every Friday called Everything but the Kitchen Sink, where the rules are--there are no rules. I'd love for you to come join!

Today, I'm going to show you how to make a monogram wood block. Catchy title, right? I found a nice 2" thick, 4' long board in the remnants bin at Home Depot for $.50. They cut it for me for free, into pieces about 5 1/2" long.

I took those pieces home and spray painted them various colors. These decorative finials I found in the furniture aisle at LOWE'S (they do NOT sell these guys at Home Depot...grrrr.....). They come 2 to a package for approximately $3/package. They are wonderful because they have screws in the bottom and are very easy to secure to your block.

I use floral form to stabalize them while I paint.




Of course, I realized I couldn't paint them all at the same time if I used different colors. Duh. So, they got painted in shifts.




While I waited for them to dry, I used my drill to make a hole in the top and then simply screwed my finials into the hole.




Get your sandpaper (I use a really rough grain, from 100 - 150) and sand the edges and corners.

Here's the fun part. Grab some burlap, your craft bond adhesive spray, and your stayz-on ink...




Use the Stayz-on ink to lightly distress the sides, corners and top of the finial.




Cut a piece of burlap slightly smaller than the front of your block. Start to peel away the first 2-3 strings of burlap from each side, as shown below.



You will get a nice frayed edge. Lightly spray the burlap with your adhesive spray and secure to the block.




Get your trusty hammer and your steel tacks (found at my local Jo-Ann's in the furniture rehupolster section, for less than $2.00 a package),




And simply nail a tack into each corner.




I printed off a monogram that I liked and used a small paintbrush to free-hand this onto the burlap. You could use freezer paper or make your own stencil and use any font you choose.




I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! Thanks so much for having me, Marcie! Have a wonderful day!
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pottery Barn Inspiration

My husband and I are in the process of purchasing our first home, so of course I've been searching the internet and magazine for decor' ideas. Although these three lovely 'entertainment' pieces would be something last on my list, they are stunning! I found these items at Pottery Barn, although I couldn't see myself spending this much money I like to get ideas and search for them elsewhere.

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser





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Monday, April 25, 2011

Unwasted Homemaking Party #16



Welcome back to the homemaking party for #16. Thanks for stopping by to see some great homemaking ideas from fellow bloggers! Hope everyone had a wonderful day celebrating the Resurrection! The following pictures/links are from last week. Also, a not so easy thing to say... if you are linking up you MUST USE MY LINK BACK TO ME. I really dread saying it but, I'm working super hard to grow this linky party so my readers can have tons of homemaking tips so I really need you to use my button! Thanks!


Get ready to party {Homemaker's style}. If your a blogger...

Please copy the code under the 'Unwasted Homemaking Linkup Party' to the right of this post and place it somewhere on your blog. {I want to make sure we continue to grow this party :)} IF NOT I will have to deleted your link! I hate to do this but, I put alot of effort into making this party grow and if anyone links they need to use my button.

Keep it related to Homemaking... which only excludes a few things. Any recipe, family tradition, devotional on homemaking/mothering, cleaning tip, craft etc.
Link to your specific post and not your website domain.


Linkup as many posts as you want! No Limit!



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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Needed... Moving Tips

My household is in the middle of preparing to move three hours away. We are two weeks from take off... what are your moving tips?
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Preparing our Menus for Easter


Are there any other homemakers who will be preparing Easter dinner? Over the past few years I have hosted a few small easter dinners but this will be the first one with my kids and I'm really excited about preparing our first Easter meal together! I'm planning on a sunrise breakfast so I'm trying to make the dinner fairly simple but a meal to remember. I've listed what I will be preparing over the next few days, click on the dinner item and you will find the recipe.




Will you be hosting a Easter dinner? What different things will you be serving?
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Unwasted Homemaking Party #15





Welcome back to the homemaking party for #15. Thanks for stopping by to see some great homemaking ideas from fellow bloggers! The following pictures/links are from last week. Also, a not so easy thing to say... if you are linking up you MUST USE MY LINK BACK TO ME. I really dread saying it but, I'm working super hard to grow this linky party so my readers can have tons of homemaking tips so I really need you to use my button! Thanks!





Get ready to party {Homemaker's style}. If your a blogger...

Please copy the code under the 'Unwasted Homemaking Linkup Party' to the right of this post and place it somewhere on your blog. {I want to make sure we continue to grow this party :)} IF NOT I will have to deleted your link! I hate to do this but, I put alot of effort into making this party grow and if anyone links they need to use my button.

Keep it related to Homemaking... which only excludes a few things. Any recipe, family tradition, devotional on homemaking/mothering, cleaning tip, craft etc.
Link to your specific post and not your website domain.


Linkup as many posts as you want! No Limit!



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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Worth Dying For music video

AMMO Worth Dying For is another CD that I endorse. I don't agree 100% theologically with the group but their music is solid and calls for passionate Christians to fight for their relationship with Christ against our flesh and against our fleeting desires for this world.


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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Beautiful Things

If we are honest without selves, if we are truthful about the state of our heart, the sinfulness even after conversion, then we can sometimes feel hopeless. However, we are able to find our hope in Christ. Christ has provided a way not only for our justification but our sanctification. My husband purchased this amazing CD Beautiful Things by Gungor. It's so refreshing to meditate on these following lyrics,
"All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us
All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You
You make me new, You are making me new"


So grateful that God is making beautiful things out of our sinful life, not to make much of us but, to Glorify Him!
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Homemaking Linky Party #14





Welcome back to the homemaking party for #14. Last week was canceled due to Spring Break so I hope everyone has had time to get ready to post for this week! Thanks for stopping by to see some great homemaking ideas from fellow bloggers! The following pictures/links are from last week. Also, a not so easy thing to say... if you are linking up you MUST USE MY LINK BACK TO ME. I really dread saying it but, I'm working super hard to grow this linky party so my readers can have tons of homemaking tips so I really need you to use my button! Thanks!


Get ready to party {Homemaker's style}. If your a blogger...

Please copy the code under the 'Unwasted Homemaking Linkup Party' to the right of this post and place it somewhere on your blog. {I want to make sure we continue to grow this party :)} IF NOT I will have to deleted your link! I hate to do this but, I put alot of effort into making this party grow and if anyone links they need to use my button.

Keep it related to Homemaking... which only excludes a few things. Any recipe, family tradition, devotional on homemaking/mothering, cleaning tip, craft etc.
Link to your specific post and not your website domain.


Linkup as many posts as you want! No Limit!



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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Preparing our Children for Easter


Preparing ourselves is vitally important, but so is preparing our little ones for Easter. Children learn through some of the ways adults do. Just as I prepare myself for the death of my beloved Savior through books I also try to prepare my little ones for the Death and Resurrection through age appropriate books. Here are a few books that I recommend. Noel Piper has several books she recommends for our little children. What books do you suggest to prepare our children for Easter?






The Jesus Storybook Bible
by Sally Lloyd-Jones
$9.33 purchased via Westminister Bookstore









Big Thoughts for little Thinkers : The Gospel
By Joel Allen
$5.49 purchased via CBD








The Missing Sheep
by Carine MacKenzie




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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Country Charm

I'm always wanting to improve the inside/outside of my home to create more of a welcome country charm. Here are a few things that are inspiring me right now, simple but very cozy! What's your favorite?

How inviting is this for a Springtime Brunch?

I would like to incorporate some of these ideas in my own bedroom.
Country Charm Bedroom via Better Homes & Gardens

Check out the charm from these Rustic Cupboards from Country Living.

Wouldn't this be lovely to sit and read on in the Spring or the early summer mornings?
Outdoor Bed via Country Living
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Preparing for Easter {ourselves}

This is the second part in the Preparing for Easter Series. Yesterday I shared the importance of preparing ourselves for Easter through reading. Today I'm sharing with you some music that can help prepare our hearts for Easter.

Although music shouldn't be the main way we focus on God, it can aid in focusing our minds on the things of God. When we play, listen and meditate on Cross-centered music around Easter we will be fostering our hearts towards Christ and the focus of Easter.
Here is a sample of my playlist.

Hosanna {Andrew Peterson}
Behold the Lamb of God {Andrew Peterson}
How Deep the Father's Love for us
In Christ Alone {Keith & Kristyn Getty}
Power of the Cross {Keith & Kristyn Getty}
Beneath the Cross {Keith & Kristyn Getty}
I will Sing of my Redeemer {Fernando Ortega}
Pierced for our Transgressions
Before the Throne
Alas, and did my Savior Bleed {Sovereign Grace}
I will Glory in my Redeemer {Sovereign Grace}
Before the Cross {Sovereign Grace}
Were you there {Selah}
Lead me to the Cross {Hillsong United}


What music do you listen to leading up to Easter?



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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Preparing for Easter {ourselves}


Preparing for Easter seems to be a lot harder than preparing ourselves for Christmas. We have to be very intentional in our homes, with our children and ourselves in order to grasp how joyous and glorious Easter Sunday truly is. In order to celebrate the resurrection of Christ from the dead we have to first understand and focus on the necessity of the Death of Jesus.
During the next few weeks I encourage you to focus your heart and your children's hearts towards the cross. I've listed three books {out of many} that are an excellent read to prepare ourselves and to begin understanding the weight of the cross. What books do you read as Easter approaches?





Fifty Reasons Jesus Came to Die











Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ










The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul
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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Your Thoughts on Easter?


I'm starting a series on Preparing for Easter and want to know your opinions about Easter. I know this is going to be controversial but, I would really like for you to respond one way or another. Please either comment or e-mail me your opinions!


Do you decorate with eggs and bunnies around easter time?
Does your family participate in easter egg hunts?
Does your family embrace the Easter bunny?
Why or Why not?
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Friday, April 1, 2011

Funny Fridays

How true is this of our culture? If you ask the typical youth on the street or in the church if the music they listen to is 'wrong' or goes against their beliefs/morals, they will say, "No, I just listen to it for the beat!"

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