October 21, 2011
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October 14, 2011
October 12, 2011
We went to San Diego last month
to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary.
This was right outside our hotel.
And since we got stuck in the Great San Diego Blackout
we took a little walk
and had a nice view of the city.
Soon we couldn't see it anymore though, it was too dark!
October 11, 2011
2. I accidentally through away some earrings I had just bought at a mall food court. I must have set the (small) bag on the tray and forgotten about it. I was just going to count it as a loss as the earrings weren't expensive enough to warrant me digging through a food court trash can, but my friend reached her arm in there and pulled them out. She was a good friend.
3. I won't tell you how many times I've forgotten some of my groceries at Walmart, but it's more than once.
4. And yes, each time I did contemplate just leaving them their, but I am too frugal to do that now. Besides, it was always stuff I really needed.
5. Once I was running a bit late (something I never do, as I can't stand being late) and was searching everywhere for my phone. I couldn't find it and was about to leave with out it when I realized it was in my pocket. Okay, that was just last week.
6. Surprisingly, I've never (knock on wood!) locked my keys in my car.
7. But my husband has, with our then one year old daughter strapped in her car seat. Thankfully it was fall, so it didn't get hot in there.
8. I once picked up the phone in my room (it had a cord!) and was going to call a friend, but kept getting a busy signal. That was odd because she had told me to call at that time. I called two more times before I realized that I had been dialing my own phone number. No wonder I was getting a busy signal, I was using the phone!
9. I can't think of anymore so I don't know if it means I'm not that dumb, or I'm just forgetting other incidences.
10. But probably it's the latter.
October 03, 2011
October 02, 2011
September 30, 2011
This is another one of those projects that was sitting around forever before I got around to completing it. I had everything to do it for over a year before I finally go around to it. Kind of silly since it was such a simple project! It's hanging up in my dining room now and I love it! It 's a really easy and inexpensive project, so I thought I'd do a little tutorial on how to make your own.
1. One or more wooden picture frames. You can spray paint your frame(s) any color you want, so you don't have to worry about finding matching frames. I got lucky and found all three matching frames at my favorite thrift store in a color I liked all at once, but I've never had that happen to me since!
2. Old silverware. Mine came from a thrift store. It doesn't have to be matching. I intentionally chose different sizes and patters to make it more interesting.
3. Scrapbook paper. I just raided my overflowing and ever growing paper supply. If one of your frames is bigger that 12x12 (standard paper size) make sure you get two pieces of your paper in a pattern that you can match up. The paper on my biggest frame is actually two pieces, you just can't tell because I lined the patterns up.
4. Matte ModPodge. It can be found at a craft store or Walmart craft section.
5. E-6000 clear multi-purpose glue. You can also buy it at a craft store or at Walmart in the craft section.
6. Flat art canvases in sizes to fit in your frames. Sometimes you can find these at Walmart, but they don't always have very many sizes, so you may have better luck at an art supply/craft store.
Spray paint your frames if desired.
You are going to cover your flat canvases in paper. Cut your paper to the same size as your canvas. Brush a coat of ModPodge on the canvas and and lay the paper on top of it. Smooth it out as much as you can. I like to use a brayer for this, but you can use a rolling pin or your hands. Once your paper is smooth, brush another coat of ModPodge on top of it and let it dry.
Once the ModPodge has dried, decide on your arrangement of the silverware. When you know the way you want it to be, glue it down with the E-6000 glue. Obviously some of the silverware is not flat, so just put the glue on the parts where the silverware touches the paper. The glue is really powerful stuff, so even if you can only put a bead of glue on the back of the spoon head, it should still stick once it's dry. Make sure you let the glue dry for 24 hours before you pick up the canvas though.
Once the glue has dried, but your canvas in the frame. Two of my frames had little staples in them that I could bend to hold the canvases in, but one did not. On the one that didn't I just pulled out my E-6000 again and glued it into the frame. If you need to use glue, make sure you let it dry before hanging it up.
That's all there is to it! I don't know why it took me so long to get around to this project, it was so easy. Hopefully it won't take you as long as it took me! It's a fun and inexpensive way to add some whimsy to your dining room. I'm always getting compliments on it.
If anyone makes dinnerware art, I would love to see it! Post it on your blog and let me know. I'll come check it out and maybe even put a link to your dinnerware art here!
Lately for my 52 Weeks project I have been reading Proverbs. I have to admit, I'm struggling with this book a bit. It's not that it's bad, of course, but that it's so random! It's good, but it's been a hard book for me to get through, even more so than Numbers. Maybe it's better to read only one or two proverbs a day, instead of several chapters, but if I'm going to finish the Old Testament by the end of the year, chapters it is.I'm celebrating because today I finished Proverbs and ended on a high note. This was the one thing in the book that stood out to me more than anything else:
"When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly."
Proverbs 31:26 (The Message)
This is not me, but oh, how I want it to be! The Lord and I are working on it.
And now I can't wait to see how He's going to speak to me through Ecclesiastes!
September 29, 2011
Sometimes I like to think that fairies come at night
and place drops of dew on blades of grass
even though I know it's not true!
"The Lord says, "Then I will heal you of your faithlessness; My love will know no bounds, for My anger will be gone forever. I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven. Israel will blossom like the lily; it will send roots deep into the soil like the cedars in Lebanon." Hosea 14:5-6