Saturday, January 30, 2016

Introduction to Bible Journaling

Hello Everyone! Bet you thought we had forgotten about our little blog, but the truth is that life has been a whirlwind for us since Halloween. Leigh has moved across the country to start grad school and with the Holidays and a huge work load, we just haven't had any time for blogging. But we hope to get back in the swing of things again and start sharing some crafty projects with you.

The only crafty thing I've been up to is journaling in my new Bible. Have you heard about Bible Journaling? If you are a scrapbooker or crafter you will love it! I found out about it on Instagram and soon decided it was something I just had to try. There is an awesome website called Illustrated Faith that has lots of tips and examples on it.

My Mom gave me the Crossway ESV Journaling Bible for Christmas. It is a single column Bible with a 2" lined journaling column.

Here is my first entry -

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Owls are one of my things, so I looked for a verse about being wise and decided on 
Proverbs 10:1 A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.

My second entry was also about wisdom - 

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This is Proverbs 2:1-5 and is talking about the Value of Wisdom. Verse 4 is "If you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures. I sketched this out in pencil, went over it in pen, then colored it in with water colors.

My third entry is about something I struggle with on a daily basis - Patience. 

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This is from Ephesians 4:1 and is about Being Patient and Bearing with One Another in Love. What a great reminder for me, to slow down and breathe whenever I become impatient.

I've found it so relaxing to take the time to sketch and create something in my Bible. I can work on it in the evenings when I have a few minutes and It doesn't require a whole lot of expensive supplies. 

Anyone else out there coloring in their Bibles? Leave me link to your website, Instagram or Facebook page. I would love to see your work!

Here's to a wonderful week ahead!


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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Easy Under Cabinet Lighting and a Secret On/Off Switch

My birthday was earlier this month and my sweet Hubby got something for me that I have always wanted - Under Cabinet Lighting!! I can't tell you how excited I was and how much I love them. They were so easy to install and make our kitchen look amazing!

Just a note that this is not a sponsored post, but hey Lowe's, we would love to be sponsored! LOL!

Here's a photo with the lights on - What do you think?

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 Here's the same view without lights - big difference isn't there?




These photos were taken during the day but at night the light looks so lovely and makes our kitchen look like a million bucks!

Here are a couple more shots - 




The lights that we installed are LED Light Bars from Lowes and they come in three sizes. While they aren't cheap, they should last forever or 36,000 hours - whichever comes first! They also have a built in dimmer so you can easily bring the light up or down.

Click on the photo below to go to the Lowe's website - 



Here's what they look like from below - 

We were able to easily install them by drilling a hole in the corner of the cabinet and another into the microwave cabinet. The cords disconnect from the units so you can feed the small end through the holes back down to the lights. Command adhesive hooks help keep the cord secured so that they don't show below the cabinet.

The units also link together which is perfect for the right side of our stove as there are two separate cabinets there. We used more Command hooks to keep the cords out of sight.



It's no secret in our family, that I'm kind of a light-a-holic and not only that but I'm extremely lazy when it comes to turning all the lights on and off. I know there are fancy systems out there that turn your lights off and on, but they are very pricey and I'm the Queen of Cheap! 

So here's what we use to turn our lights off and on - 


These are available in the Christmas Shop at Wal-Mart now and they are amazing! You get 3 plugs and one remote control in the package. We used two plugs for this project and the third is going to be used for my Christmas Village on the bar in the kitchen. You can't beat the price on these and they last for years! I have one in the living room that operates all the lamps and another in the craft room upstairs.

One of the wireless outlets was plugged into the electrical outlet that the microwave plugs into and the other was plugged in behind the fridge. We also used a three outlet plug into the wireless outlet for the microwave cabinet. That allowed us to plug the right and left units into the same wireless outlet. 

Here's a photo of the 3 outlet plug - you can get these at Lowe's too for about $4 - 



Here's an up close  photo of the remote - 


It's small and hangs on the side of our fridge - 


Hanging it on the fridge is the only way to keep it from being lost in our kitchen and another command hook works perfectly.

This is one of the best birthday presents ever and we were able to do it all ourselves! Such a great feeling to be able to accomplish a project like this without having to pay someone else to do it for you!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and here's to a wonderful week ahead! Can't believe we only have another week and half until Thanksgiving! 


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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Our Halloween Dining Room

Last Halloween we came up with spooky decorations for our breakfast room chandelier, so this year, it was time to decorate the dining room too. All it took was a length of black tulle, spider diecuts and a couple of strands of mini skeletons from Dollar Tree to make it look creepy and elegant.



 It looks great surrounded by paper rosettes and paper lanterns.

 I love the black and white vibe we have going on in there this year. Here's a peak at all of our dining room decorations-















All in all, it came out even better than I expected. This year, there wasn't a plan - just kind of threw it all together in about an hour using items we made and a few decorations we picked up at Dollar Tree and Target.

Are you ready for the big day? We hope to take the kiddos trick-or-treating on Saturday, but right now there's a 100% chance of rain!!! Oh well, guess we will all be using the umbrellas on Halloween!

Wishing you a Happy and Dry Halloween!


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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Painting Party and a Wicked Witch Sign

Have you ever gone to a painting party? We've gone to Painting with a Twist several times, but yesterday we went to a local shop here in Crosby for a party and had an amazing time! This was an early birthday present from my Mom and she couldn't have given me anything better - love you Mom!

Anne with The Antique Trunk, was an amazing teacher and since there was only 5 of us there it was so much more relaxed and fun. Anne even let us choose a painting that I found online. Thank you Anne for such a fun day!





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None of us were sure of painting the witch, so we decided to let the Cricut do the work for us! So much easier and we all loved how it turned out.



Here's the painting that I found online and sent to Anne - 


Our paintings are pretty close to the original, except for the man in the moon. We didn't think we could get that level of detail so we just placed the witch over the moon. 

Of course, I couldn't wait and had to hang mine up today. But it looked a little lonely and I decided it needed a little Wicked Witch Sign.

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The witch is a stamp from Inkadinkado that I picked up from Michaels a few weeks ago.


I stamped her on colored paper, but in hindsight, I think it might have been better to stamp her on white paper and fill in the white with colored pencils? Hmm.... next time I'm going to try that. 

It's hard to see in the photo but she has a bit of orange tulle over her skirt and ribbon trim that was hot glued on. Next time, I think she should be purple with a black tutu skirt? The combinations are endless and I know that there are going to be many more versions of her by next Halloween.

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The arrow sign came from Hobby Lobby and was painted and covered in a piece of scrapbook paper.


The black and orange bakers twine came from the Dollar Spot at Target and was the perfect finishing touch.

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Inkadinkado Stamps, witch, witch stamp, Wicked,

Hope you had as much fun this weekend as we did and hope you have a wonderful week!

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