Inspirational Rock Art-Coming Soon Our Etsy Store

Jules and I have been busy working on a new project and will be opening our Etsy Store soon featuring inspirational art.  We are putting all of those rocks Jules has collected to good use with inspirational sayings and creating rock art.  Here is a sample of one of our encouragement rocks.

Inspirational Rock Art

We have been having a ton of fun with this and can’t wait to share it with you!

Blessings!

Jen

Create!

We are halfway through the week!  I hope it has been a good one so far!

I recently read something in  Guideposts Daily Devotional that really struck a chord with me.  The author of the devotion talked about something J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, that one aspect of God’s image in us is our ability to create.  To me this was a really interesting and inspiring thought.  Genesis 1:27 talks about us being created in God’s image and to think that our ability to create is part of that image is a very exciting idea!

I have always loved to write, draw, paint and craft.  Maybe it is a mid-life crisis (ha!), but recently I have felt the need to find more time to work on the crafts and projects that bring me peace and joy.  Jules has written before about finding or making time for a hobby and I think it is great advice!  So one of my New Year’s resolutions is to find time each week to do something creatively.  As you might remember reading in a  previous post, Jules is a “stoner” or rock collector.  She has bags and bags and boxes of rocks!

She has convinced me that painting these rocks is a lot of fun and so I’ve been trying it out and she is RIGHT !(shh-don’t tell her I said so!)  It was fun and relaxing. We ordered gel pens from Amazon for painting and they come in lots of fun colors.   Here are some pictures of some of my recent attempts.

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So how about you?  Do you enjoy expressing your creative side?  What hobbies do you enjoy?  If you haven’t tried rock painting, I would highly recommend it.

Have a great week and remember to find some time to do something that brings you peace and joy!

~Blessings,

Jen

 

In a Fairy Garden–Part One

Good Morning Followers!

It’s been a long time. Lots of health issues to be dealt with that has left me with little energy! While recovering I had LOTS of Pinterest time! I decided instead of focusing on planting flowers this summer, I would do a fairy garden. It was so much fun planning and creating. I made a few houses out of clay pots decorated with Sculpy Clay. I utilized some old marbles and Sculpy Clay to make “Gazing Balls” for the yard. I have lots of my collected rocks that I used to make paths. Here are a few pictures to show my final creation. In the next segment of fairy gardens I will show you what I did with my kids old wagon, and the “Beach Garden!” I encourage you to try this, even if it’s on a small scale. And if you have done one, we would LOVE to see your pictures!!

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See you soon!

Julie

 

Easter Bunny & Banner Craft

Hi There Friends!

Jules inspired me to get out my craft supplies and do the Easter project I’ve been eyeing on Pinterest! This is my own variation of the one I saw and I love the simplicity of it.  So if you feel inspired to do a simple Easter craft, this would be a good one to try!  You can get creative with the colors and even the words or shape of the bunny.


Easter Craft Blog
Supplies:

1 canvas any size (I used 9 1/2 ” x 10 ”  I cut the cost by using a 40% coupon from Joanns)

Acrylic paint (your color preference-I used a light blue), white acrylic paint

Assorted paint brushes (stiffer brushed work best for getting close to the edges)

Stencil of a bunny shape your choice-(I did a Google search for image of rabbit and found this one.)

Ribbon-any color

Scrapbook paper

Glue Dots

Gel Pens or Sharpie Marker-your color choice

small needle or pin

Directions:

1. Choose your bunny pattern, print and cut out using an X-Acto knife (Be careful not to cut on a soft surface).

2.Using 5-6 glue dots, glue the bunny on the canvas (the dots will peel right off when you are done).

3.Paint around the bunny stencil with the acrylic paint color of your choice.  Hold the paper down with your finger as you paint near the edges of the bunny so the paint doesn’t seep under the paper.  I did two coats of paint in blue.  When the paint dries, lift the bunny stencil off and peel off any remaining glue dots from the canvas.

4. Use the white paint to touch up any edges where the paint may have smudged on your white bunny. I painted my bunny white, but you could easily leave it and just use the white of the canvas.

5.Using scrapbook paper (I found small scraps of paper to use for this.), cut the triangle banners.  I cut the paper two inches long for this size canvas.

6.Use a gel pen or Sharpie to write the words on your banner.  You could laminate the paper or use contact paper to cover the triangles so they will hold up better.  I did not have this available for my project so I just used the paper.

7.Cut the ribbon to fit your canvas.  Leave some slack in the ribbon so it can drape down and have room to tape the ends in the back.

8.Use the needle or pin to poke a small hole at the top of the triangle and feed the ribbon through using the pin. I alternated threading the ribbon over the top and up through the back. (Honestly-this was the most challenging part of the whole project-feeding the ribbon through the tiny holes).

9. Tape the ends of the ribbon on back and use the glue dots to secure the triangles so they do not flip around.

The whole project took me about an hour from start to finish.  I used a Command Hook to hang it in our hallway and it makes me happy every time I see it!  I feel a sense of accomplishment at actually doing a craft and  I love the words on the print. It reminds me to take time to reflect, give thanks and REJOICE! during this blessed Easter season.

Thanks Jules for inspiring me to get crafty!

~Blessings,

Jen

Doodling the Day Away!

Hi folks,

As many of you know I have been “stuck” home recovering from what was supposed to be a simple procedure. I’m pretty much confined to sitting and doing nothing. I’ve spent a LOT of time on Pinterest and came across some drawing directions and thought it looked kind of fun. Now I consider myself crafty, but drawing has always been my brother and sisters thing, but hey, I’m sitting here…why not try. I have  supplies for probably any craft anyone would want to do (seriously, I have a LOT of stuff!!) so all it involved was gathering a few things from the craft room. Of course, the first thing I would need is a sketch pad!!

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I have lots of markers so I gathered them and went to the directions for drawing flowers, shapes, etc. I discovered it was really fun doing it step by step. The more I practiced and drew, the more relaxed I felt and was really enjoying it!!

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I must admit…I kind of amazed myself that I could make the drawing look like something!! I like drawing birds, but I found as simple as they looked, it took some practice!!

Ok…so more looking around on Pinterest and I found a pin about hand coloring stamped objects. You betcha, I have all of that…so gathering supplies I go…(still same bunny sketch book!!)

Drawing for blog 6It was fun picking colors and filling it in. At first my sister thought I had drawn it…sorry sister, my talent hasn’t gotten that amazing with a couple of drawing lessons!! But…she challenged me to try it on my own, and I did!!

Drawing for blog 4Well…even I must admit not bad for a first try…hmmm…maybe I can draw! Maybe my own mind has been setting unrealistic limits.

How often do we do that to ourselves? Say we can’t do something that we have never even tried! Quite self defeating behaviors I would say! So I pushed myself out of a zone of “I can’t do that”and actually discovered a new hobby!!!! What might you have wanted to try and thought you couldn’t. It doesn’t have to be drawing. It could be crafting, cooking, sewing, photography, some new exercise…anything…there are NO limits. I challenge each and every one of our readers to dig deep, find that new hobby or interest and share it with us! We love to hear from you!

Happy Friday,

Julie

Crafting Inspiration!

I saw this project several months ago on Pinterest pinned from Crafts Unleashed. I bought all the materials and well, they have sat in my closet for months!! So today I tackled the project “Beach in a Box.” I used my own picture taken from one of my favorite places in the world, Lexington, Michigan. I spend many work breaks walking out on that harbor, so when I look at this box it brings me right back to summer!

Materials Needed:

Wooden Hinged Box

Mod Podge or Decoupage

Dark Brown Craft Paint

Light Grey Craft Paint

Foam Brushes

Miniature Garden Tools, Metal Pail, Flip Flops, Wagon, Bench (anything you want really…you can find these miniatures at Hobby Lobby by the doll house stuff.

Vacation Photo

Sand

Small Screwdriver

Paper Napkins

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I first removed all of the hardware to make it easier to paint. In order to make the box look a little bit more like driftwood I painted the entire box a dark brown color. Before it was completely dry I went over it with light gray. Before that dries take a paper napkin and rub paint off in different spots, especially on the edges where it would naturally be worn away. Let all dry.

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When the box is dry, start on the inside by giving the lid a coat of Mod Podge or decoupage. Make sure your picture has been trimmed to size first.

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Adhere your photo to the lid. Be sure and smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles and allow to dry completely. (I missed this direction and immediately put a coat over the picture and got bubbles….so LET IT DRY FIRST!!

When dry, apply a coat over the top of the photo. Try to get the brushstrokes even. ( Don’t worry, that milky look disappears as it dries.)

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Allow the box to dry completely.

I sealed the rest of the box with decoupage as but this is optional.

Add your sand….as much as you like. I really like playing in the sand, so mine is deep.

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Final step is adding your miniatures, and there you have it!! A Beach in a Box. I plan on taking mine to my office for the times when I just need to relax a little.

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Have fun with this project, find some inspiration and most of all have fun!!

Julie!