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

 

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