Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Change. . .

Our little family is changing.
 Change is part of life, I totally get that.
 But some change is harder than others. And most change has pain involved. 
This time will not be without pain. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Office Chair makeover

Remember this lamp and chair I bought from a yard sale last year. I did a little revamp of the lamp, and the chair was about to get a makeover as well. 

I started by unassembling the back and seat cushions so I could paint the exposed wood.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Life, Loss and Healing

Life has a way of changing us.
Changing our minds,
changing our beliefs,
changing our circumstances,
changing our perspectives.
But most of all...changing our hearts.

Time is a funny thing.

Remember when you were a kid and waiting for Christmas was a lifetime away. Now it feels like time is passing at light speed.

I have tried to write about the events of the last month over and over again.
But every time I started, my mind just got flooded with so much emotion that my hands could not type fast enough.
So please forgive me if none of this makes sense.

When I was growing up I did not understand my dad. In fact, if I'm being honest,  there were many times when I don't think I even liked him. I had my own ideas of what I thought life should look like and in my mind, this was not it.

I have been thinking a lot about scars lately.

I have a scar on my knee from Kindergarten. Its actually a memory that makes me smile.I won't tell you what year, but I will tell you where. We lived in Pierce City, MO. and I was being chased by a boy. But not just any boy, a boy I liked! And then I fell on a rock. What I have left from that fall is a memory and a scar that I have stared at most of my life.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Smithsonian National Zoo

Sunday was such a beautiful day. The birds were singing, the trees were blooming and ALL the animals at the National Zoo had come out to play. So we decided to take a sunday drive and say hello. 
And did you know that the entrance fee into the National Zoo is FREE!
I know...right! Pretty crazy.... 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Prayer. . . .in the form of Song

Wish it could be easy
Why is life so messy
Why is pain a part of us
There are days I feel like
Nothing ever goes right
Sometimes it just hurts so much

But You're here
You're real
I know I can trust You

Even when it hurts
Even when it's hard
Even when it all just falls apart
I will run to You
Cause I know that You are

Lover of my soul
Healer of my scars
You steady my heart (x2)

I'm not gonna worry
I know that You got me
Right inside the palm of your hand
Each and every moment
What's good and what gets broken
Happens just the way that You plan

And I will run to You
You're my refuge in Your arms
And I will sing to You
Cause of everything You are

You steady my heart (x2) 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Paper & a Deck of Cards

I saw this wonderful idea for a Valentines day gift on Pinterest called "52 reason why I love you". Using a deck of cards you put one reason on each card. But it was just words. I am such a visual person that words alone were WAY to boring for me. So beginning in January I started gathering ideas of what I wanted to use to help illustrate each of the 52 reasons why I loved GT. But as usual, time FLEW by and other projects took priority. ie. . .100 days of school, Valentine boxes for kids, Sonja coming for my birthday, MY get the picture. 
So ON VALENTINES day morning I got up and brushed my teeth went downstairs and got coffee, and started what I thought would take me 3 or 4 hrs to assemble. 
Kids got home from school and I was only on #25
GT came home from work around 8:30 and I still had 4 more to finish. . .
13 hrs later I was finally done.

I gave it to GT unwrapped and with out much explanation, except that I was still in my PJs because I was thinking of him ALL DAY long while making his gift! 
As he started going through each card and tears were rolling down his face, I knew he did not really care that nothing else had been done that day.  And I no longer feel guilty that I was a mess. 
Here is the finished project. And if your counting. . .there are several I left out. Some were just inside jokes that would not have made sense, and some that were just personal.

My $15 settee

I bought this cute little settee and a yard sale last October. The previous owners were using it as a dog bed. So after I did my best to clean it up, it was time for new life! 
(some of these photos were taken with my phone so the color is off a bit)
I used chalk paint for the wood, and painters canvas from Lowes for the fabric. we go

Friday, February 17, 2012

Repurposed, re-Loved!

I am inspired by many things.
But I have a special fondness for books. Old books, new books. . ALL kinds of books. I love turning a page and not knowing whether I will laugh, cry, be encouraged or convicted.
This was a gift I made for someone dear to me. I have made altered book projects before, but never one like this. I wanted it to be a more than just words in a book.
I wanted it to be a visual feast!
 I started with some of my favorite inspirations and my favorite quote and took the cover off an old book.
Next I fashioned 4 pages from cardboard

 The first page is Do Brave Things. As with most of my paper projects, I have a basic idea or feeling for the layout. But as I start playing with the paper and bits of ephemera, it takes on a life of its own

Dare to Dream

And something I need to be reminded of often. . . You are Loved

And the last page, Follow your Heart.

I hope you are inspired to find something old and make it new again!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

{Balloons and Sunshine}

Last night when we were picking up GT from work he was in the middle of taking down all the balloons off the cars. So naturally the girls wanted to know if they could keep them. With a little negotiating and bribery (lets just say there were many chores involved) the girls convinced GT to let them take them home. 

Then two minutes after we walked in the door from church this afternoon BOTH girls were begging me to grab my camera and do a mini session in the back yard with them and their new balloons. 

I <3 girls!!

How could I refuse! This was the result of todays mini backyard balloon session, ENJOY!

Happy January friends!