Tuesday, March 29, 2011

17 more projects, part 2

I'd like to have some curlicue doodads above a few of my pictures, but don't want to spend much money on it. Well, I don't want to spend ANY money.
Here is a picture hung in my dining room with a metal curlicue doodad over it.  (Were you wondering what the definition of "curlicue doodad" was?)  These little toppers help the look of a rectangular picture hung under a vaulted ceiling.  Like I said, I don't want to spend much on these, so I am looking at some ideas. 

I just found out that curlicue is spelled with a "c" rather than a "q" - curlique.  Thank you, Mr. Spelczek.
I picked up one little piece of metalwork from the 90%-off section at Hobby Lobby - my kinda price tag!  The catch is that an end is broken off.  I think I can recreate the end with a craft stick, Mod Podge papier mache and Rustoleum's hammered-look spray paint.

That will take care of one little picture.  But I want to take care of a BIG picture, so I am looking at some DIY inspiration - a real trash-to-treasures story:

Something like this project from Suzy's sitcom.  Pretty cool, huh?

Or How-To Gal's versionHer fabric wall art here is simple, and the variety is unlimited. I might have to make one of these, too.
OK, it turns out there are TP roll rescuers all over - I like those wreaths

But now THIS TP roll art is just outrageous! - and fascinating!  The tree is delicate and lovely, but the faces are a little creepy, though still fascinating.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Some scriptures I am pondering this Sunday

From Proverbs 22:

1 A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.
2 The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all.

9 He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your mind to my knowledge;
18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, That they may be ready on your lips.

22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate;
23 For the LORD will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them.

  and from James 1:

5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

 and from I Timothy 6

6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.
7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.
8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.

I am praying, Lord grant me the contentment to know just how rich we are, the generosity to hold possessions loosely and  to give with humility, the vulnerability to be approachable, the wisdom to discern real needs, both physical and spiritual, and the willingness to help.


Monday, March 21, 2011

17 More Projects

I have that whole 17 Projects vibe goin' on in my head again. I am wanting to do it myself!  Today I'll show you some home decor inspirations that are calling my name.  Maybe later this week I'll show you some more, including crochet and sewing.  Hey, maybe I'll even get crazy and post recipe inspirations!  Here is the today bunch:
 We painted Earthgirl's room LAST YEAR, but have yet to add a new bedcovering, window treatment, and accessories.   - We already have purchased enough polka dot fabric for a duvet or quilt top, and enough floral for pillowcases. 

We found this inspiration from Hobby Lobby

The pillowcases may even get You Go Girl's posh pillowcases treatment.

I have the plainest white cabinets.  I'd like to mess with them a little and give them some kind of character:
It would be a good idea to close the pantry door before taking a picture, huh?

Kitchen re-do, especially using that beadboard wallpaper.

 Maybe I could beadboard the cabinet doors, then mould them?  I like how they upgraded the cabinets without purchasing new cabinets:

Drab to Fab's kitchen re-do

A blog post link-up on kitchen cabinet re-do's is brewing over at Funky Junk Interiors.  I'm looking forward to perusing the results - I could find some heavy-duty inspiration there!

I want something aqua, like this:

Sweet as June Aqua re-do.

or this for Flea Market Trixie

OK, that's all for today.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

In case you are curious....

So here is the dissection of the cow's eye.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

We interrupt this Spring Break for Science Club...

Happy glasses at Science Club...the better to see the cow's eye they will be dissecting soon...

Now back to Spring Break - let's make some lemon cupcakes!

Spring Break, day 2

Tie-dye, biking, and playing so long in the woods that Bandaids were needed when they came home.

We dyed a pair of pink shorts, a pink tank top, and used Tulip dye in Violet (who knew I would wind up with a stash of tie-dye supplies?).  Tie them up with rubber bands,
 Dump them, stirring around occasionally (this big blue spoon was permanently discolored from last summer's tie dye fun),

Wait for about 15 minutes, or until you can't wait any more,

It helps if a new Justice for Girls catalog arrives,

Rinse a lot, remove the rubber bands, rinse some more, and Ta da!

For more on tie-dye, take a look at the tie-dye posts over at the Sm'Arties blog.  It is a lot easier doing tie-dye with 2 10-year-olds in March than doing tie-dye with almost 50 4-16-year-olds in August!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring Break, day 1

(Wowee, I have not posted on this blog for a MONTH!  No apologies, nothing's wrong, just busy and pictures are strewn between two computers and I could not seem to get words and pictures together at the same time.  I have several partial posts lined up - a couple of which went completely out of date without being finished.  I didn't like them that much anyway.)

We break for Spring Break.  We love getting together with friends who are normally in different schools, having fun, maybe even going places.  This year we will be staying at home, and hope to see friends every day.

Today, Earthgirl has 2 friends over.  They have played outside on the Greenway, watched a movie, eaten homemade pizza (I expect that soon they will be asking to make cookies...), chalked up our driveway, ridden bikes, and right now are putting on make-up and doing hair. 

Is it Spring Break at your house?
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