Zeke’s Great Outdoors Bedroom

My favorite thing about my room as a child was this very sweet bunny sporting a pink tutu painted on my wall.  I wasn’t overly fond of rabbits or even ballerinas but I sure was fond of that ballerina bunny.  Even as a child, I knew it was special because my mother had painted it on the wall for me.  I just remember how cool it was of my mom to paint that for me and my sister on our wall.  I wish I could say that lovely critter kept the peace in that room but anyone who has ever had to share a room with their sister knows that not much holds THAT kind of power!

When we designed Zeke’s room we wanted it to be something he could grow with.  Besides the woodland theme being completely on trend, one of the things that drew us to our property was the forest setting in our own back yard.  So, we decided to bring that on in to Zeke’s room and his bathroom.

The very first thing I decorated in our new home was his wall.  I had a very specific idea in mind for what I wanted to paint.  Now, I am not exceptionally skilled at painting.  Our front door still needs to be painted and I’m terrified to pull the trigger.  This Spring though, I WILL tackle it….okay maybe this summer.  Anyhow, I chose a design that took zero skill.  Like none.  It’s amazing what you can do with a little bit of painters tape and some paint.  Now, I will recommend not painting when its 90 degrees out unless you want the paint and tape to just slip right off.  Not that I know from experience or anything….I’ve just heard that.

I started out by outlining the main 3 mountains peeks with tape and then the horizon.  I then filled in the main mountains with the first color allowing that to dry.  Once that dried, I removed the tape from the main mountains and brought it to inside line.  I went on to paint the horizon and let that dry completely.  I then finished it up by taping off the snow peaks and painting those as I had painted the mountains.

 

 

Talk a big impact for no required talent!  Zeke loves his mountains and shows everyone who comes to visit!   

We finished off the room with some room décor from of course, Hobby Lobby.  We scored most of this for at least 40% and I just happened to have the little trees from my Christmas décor.  How perfect, right?

I stumbled upon an adorable Bear comforter at Target and they had one left in the right size.   It’s like it was meant to be! (excuse the poor picture quality but you get the idea.)

 

Now if we can get the 2 year old to keep his adorable room clean, we’d be golden.

 

Happy decorating!

Zeke’s 2nd Birthday!!!

I can’t believe my little man is 2 already!!  And let me tell you, the switch has flipped.  It has been defiance and challenge all day every day for the last week.  I was super excited to celebrate him a little this morning before work but he was having none of it.  Time out before 6am.  It was one of those days.  But, of course, we still can’t get enough of our Littles even when they are being complete and total jerks.  I took one look at the photo we had done in anticipation of his birthday and I was immediately consumed with overwhelming, soul consuming love for that kid.  Seriously…having kids can drive you crazy in the best of ways!

By now I’m sure you know Z was a preemie.  He made his hasty appearance at the unripe age of 31 weeks 5 days gestation. At his first post NICU graduation doctors appointment we were told to give him 2 years to be totally caught up and in the clear of possible delays, or complications from being a preemie.  It was naivete on our part to not think about life after the NICU.  We were target fixated and the target was Z’s NICU release!  Anyhow, the idea of just waiting for the other shoe to drop for the next 2 years was a little defeating.  Thankfully for the most part, the first 2 years of Z’s life have been uneventful.  Well, as uneventful as raising a child is…so I guess not at all uneventful…Anyhow. We had one scare with a possible seizure and lots of test later ruled out any delays or damage.  So to celebrate hitting this milestone we decided to capture what the last 2 years have meant for us.  My wonderful friend and talented photographer was able to catch this for us despite the photo taking place after a day at a new daycare, separation anxiety and a 45 min meltdown.  See, preemies DO grow into a normal toddler!!

 

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Come back soon to see Z’s Construction Birthday Party!  Also, if you’re in the Puget Sound area and looking for a great photographer check out my girl at http://www.sharrisamariephotography.com/

 

Happy Partying!

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Building Our House on a Rock

Our little house is moving right along!  We have a roof and windows and doors.  Even siding!  It’s just sitting there looking all housey.  We still have another 2 months worth of long nights and hard work but it sure is looking like our home a little bit more each day.  We even went out and put our stamp on it last weekend.

God is the foundation of our family and he will always be the foundation of our home.  So we decided to put it in writing.  I grabbed a few sharpies and some scripture and we got to work.

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Front Door

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Kitchen window

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Bathroom

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Back door

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Z’s Room


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Front Door

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Great Room

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Even Z got to pitch in.  However, we made it very clear this is a one time only opportunity to draw on the walls!

 

Here are some of he verses we used…

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. – Matthew 7:24

But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.  – Joshua 24:15

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. – Psalm 51:7

Create in me a clean heart O’ God. –  Psalm 51:10

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. – Hebrews 13:2

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. – Colossians 3:12

For this child I have prayed. – 1 Samuel 1:27

My son give me your heart and let your eyes observe my ways. – Proverbs 23:26

I will lie down and sleep in peace for you, alone, O Lord make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8

Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other. – Romans 12:10

Above all things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. – Colossians 3:14

Jesus answered, “It is written:  Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. – Matthew 4:4

 

Even though we have had a rocky start (to put it lightly) to building our home, we are reminded that we can stand solid on the foundation of God!

And check out our sided house!!

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4 Year Annivesary and Wedding Throw Back

Today is a very special day for me!  Well, for the Hubs too.  4 years ago today, I married my very favorite person in the universe.  It’s crazy to me that it has only been 4 years.  It’s hard to imagine life before him at this point.  It’s like we always were.  I kind of feel like that’s God’s way of telling me, “Yep, I had you in mind when I made him.”  I recently came across a post in which a woman told the story of how she and her husband came to be.  It’s one of those magical stories where boy meets girl. 1 day later boy and girl profess their love and very quickly after boy and girl get married and then boy and girl become husband and wife and live happily ever after.  I always marvel at these kinds of stories.  That’s just not my personality.  In fact, everything in my very being is the exact OPPOSITE of that.   I’ve never been one to get too caught up in my emotions.  I remember wondering, as a young teen, what that would be like.  That Romeo and Juliet kind of love.   I’m methodical.  I’m cautious.  Even with my husband, who I knew after 3 months I wanted to spend my life with.  We spent 2 romantic, adventurous years dating before we got engaged.  He spent a year working over time to stuff money away for the ring he wanted me to have.  Do you want to know the message that sent me?  I was worth waiting for.  And I love that sentiment.   One of “I can’t afford to mess this up.” People get swept up in the romanticized stories of love at first sight and those statements of “I can’t live another moment without you as my wife!”  And I get it. They’re totally dreamy. Perhaps our language of romance looks a bit different than others.   Don’t get me wrong.  I am not saying one way is better than the other.  I understand both. Ours is not a grandiose love, rather a quiet love weaved into every word and every action.  I know, it doesn’t sound as romantic but take a moment to think about what that means.  Your partner is choosing you. Every minute of every day.  They are choosing you.  That sounds pretty romantic to me.

Well, now that you know my philosophy of marriage let me show you what our wedding was like!  We had it in an old theater so we ran with them theme.  We had program’s made up to look like playbill, however I don’t seem to have a picture of it and it’s boxed up in storage so you’ll have to use you’re imagination.

 

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Okay…I know it’s a weird picture to jump off with but I sent the boys a bouquet shortly before the ceremony.  I had to remind my hubby exactly what had caught his eye in the first place.  His is Jack Daniels girl.  We met at a birthday party and the moment he heard I was drinking a Jack & Ginger…it was all over.

 

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My hubby picked the colors and went with green, black and white.  A little more formal than I would have chosen however, I didn’t much care.  Plus the venue was a bit more on the formal side so it worked.

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My mom made my bouquet and wrapped it with black and white striped ribbon. I loved it!

 

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And here’s a picture of the hubs.   Just because he’s cute.  (But don’t get me started on his lapel flower!)

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I wore my green heels for the ceremony but changed into my converse immediately following!

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We both had our specialized Chuck T.s because live in ours.

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I love adding fun surprises to events so I loved the idea of a colored slip that popped out every now and then.  My sweet mom sewed me a very basic slip and it was exactly what I wanted.

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We had a friend make some movie posters for us and they lined the hall leading to our greeting line.  We had a play on “Meet the Parents” and  “Father of the Bride”.  Honestly…I think the “Father of the Bride” was my favorite.  I will have to find a picture to share but right now can’t seem to find them.  They were all a hit!

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One of my very best friends and bridesmaid gifted us our party favors.  Personalized Jones Soda!  They were totally adorable!  favors

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We also made these candy favors and used these adorable gift tags!  Get them here.  They became they’re very own photo op.


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Our cake!  I loooooved our cake!  We still get cupcakes from the bakery every year on our anniversary which means….YAY CAKE tonight!!


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We used these adorable Wedding mad libs to get some advise from our guests.  You can get them here.  These were super fun to read after the wedding!  We had a few guests that had a lot of fun with these…

 

Until next time….Cupcakes!!

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DIY Toddler Valentines

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**Please forgive the pictures.  I didn’t think about pictures until we were already started so my camera phone had to do.**

My toddler is going through a, ummm….we’ll say phase. Dear Lord, please let it just be a phase.  Over night my sweet, fun loving, easy going little dude morphed into a crazy Todzilla.  He’s melting down over EVERYTHING.  He asks for banana and then cries because….I gave him a banana.  Along with the tantrums has come a refusal to sleep. Or I guess it’s probably the other way around.  It’s probably the refusal of sleep that has encouraged the tantrums.  Last night he cried from 1-2:30am.  The only thing that would calm him down was me holding him.  I know I’m not the only who struggles with just wanting to bring your kiddo back to bed when they have a bad night.  The struggle is for real. For.Real.  But! I resisted and did not cave.  Instead I compromised.  I laid on the floor next to his crib holding his sweet little hand through the rails until he calmed down.  About 30 minutes and one very sore arm later, I could hear is breath get calm and steady. I tip toed out of his room and back into bed when I looked at the monitor and saw two huge round staring into the monitor.  5 seconds later he looked for me and when he saw I was gone it was full hysteria.  Again.  By this time I had been up for almost an hour and a half.  I told myself…”10 minutes.  I’ll give him 10 minutes.”  At minute 9 he was jumping up and down calling for Mommy (insert pouty lip and teary eyes here…Mine..not his.)  Then all of the sudden he went from full freak out to silence.  Not another sound was made.  He laid down, grabbed his stuffed giraffe and finally, FINALLY, drifted off to sleep.  90 minutes later my alarm went off.  Gotta love Working Mom Life.

 

Where was I going with this…?  Oh yes, since he has been a bit of a terror, I have tried to distract him with different activities.  Monday night we did toddler yoga.  Oh my gosh you guys.  If you have a toddler, try it.  It is the most adorable thing.  No need for a video, or class.  Just look up some classic, simple yoga poses and demonstrate for them.  Z’s favorites are Downward Dog, Cobra (or as he calls it, Sleepy) and Downward Dog Split (in his version, he stands up and lifts his leg like a dog peeing on a hydrant).  We’ll definitely continue with the yoga as long as he’s interested.  The comedy of it alone is worth it.

 

So back to last night.  I decided to distract him with a little art and we made or own Valentines.  Z loves to “watercolor”.  I quote that because he’s more interested in stirring color into the water than actually painting with it.  But, every now and then he makes it onto the paper. We did have 1 meltdown when I told him he could not drink the pretty water though.  (Mom’s can be so mean.)  Anyhow…Here’s what we used.

 

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Watercolor Palette

Paint Brush

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Blank Post cards (I didn’t want to use my nice watercolor paper :/ )

Alphabet Stickers

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So, this is a super simple DIY for the kiddo.  Mommy (or Daddy or Grandma or Auntie or Uncle or Papa…just somebody) pick a phrase and stick the letters on your “canvas”.  Then let the kiddo paint away.  Once they’re done, let the cards dry and carefully peel off the stickers and Viola!  A piece of Art to give to their loves ( aka Their Mommy’s, naturally 🙂 )

**Tip:  Hold on to old plastic table clothes for arts and craft time.  Hello Dollar Store!  I can’t guarantee it’ll help keep the paint of your kiddo but it will help with your furniture! Then again you could always cut one into the shape of an apron and you’re set!

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I personally love the way they turned out.  I tried really hard to let him pick which colors he wanted to use and mix as he wished which, admittedly, is a little tough for me.  Right now every color to Zeke is Yellow, so this is also a great way to practice colors with your kiddo too!

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Be forewarned…You can expect your watercolor palette to look like this when it’s all said and done.  But to me, it’s totally worth it.  And by worth it, I mean the palette was only $2.50 (from Michaels with a coupon)!  Plus, it’s watercolor…the palettes clean up easily enough.  I think this DIY would work great with acrylic paints too or even sponge painting for a different look.

Are your kids DIY’ing their VDay cards?  Have you tried watercolor with them?  I’d love to hear about it!

Until next time…Happy Painting!

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DIY Valentine Mugs

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As you may, or may not know, my husband and I are 7 months into a 6 month 12 month construction project to build our own home.  Things have not gone exactly as planned and due to some unforeseen problems with the seller, the project has doubled in time and exceeded our original budget.  So these days, we are pretty tight with our dollar.  With Valentines Day right around the corner we have alleviated the pressure to buy each other gifts since we’re, momentarily “broke” (but rich in spirit! Haha).  So, we established the “no gifts” rule and then, suddenly, a piercing sound hit my ears.  It was Monica Geller (from Friends) saying “Make the gifts! Make the Gifts!”  Now I don’t have a friend like Phoebe to loan me her sweet sock bunny for the occasion so I turned to a trusty DIY.  The good ol’ Sharpie Mugs.  Did the Friends reference just age me?  I feel like it aged me.

 

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Ceramic Mugs (Dollar Store)

Oil Based Sharpie Paint Pens (I have a Painted by Me ceramic paint pen from Joann’s that works well too)

Rubbing Alcohol (for mistakes as I made many!)

Qtips/Cotton Balls (to wipe up my many mistakes)

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  • Clean the mugs with Rubbing Alcohol
  • Draw to your hearts content
  • For mistakes simply use a cotton ball or Qtip with Rubbing Alcohol and wipe off paint
  • Place the mugs on a cookie sheet in a cold oven.  Set the oven temp to 350 degrees
  • “Bake” for 30 minutes and turn off oven.  Leave the mugs in the oven until the oven is completely cooled.
  • Wait 72 hours, yes 72 hours, before using the mugs.

 

**Hand wash mugs only.
***I did notice that the gold Sharpie still chipped off even after using this method.  If you’ve figured out a better method for the metallic sharpies, spill!

 

Here’s my final product!  Obviously I just can’t resist a cute Pun.  The bacon one is sure to be a favorite!

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Have you tried the Sharpie Coffee Mugs?  Did you learn any good secrets?  Please dish!

 

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Watercolor Canvas

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OH MY GOODNESS!!  We finally have our permits back to start building our home!!  I’m beyond thrilled with this new. We purchase a lovely piece of land back in June and we have been working to get the permits approved ever since.  We ran into a snag when originally applying for them, we discovered that the previous owner had put in a driveway and not had it permitted.  Unfortunately, there are just bad people in the world who try and take advantage of others to make a dime (or in his case to make about 100 million dimes!  Seriously, he’s cost us about $10,000 OUT OF POCKET!  No, I’m not bitter at all. Why do you ask?) and he did exactly that with us.  Long story short, he lied on our contract about permit violations and because we are not Mr. & Mrs. Money Bags, we didn’t get very far when speaking with a lawyer about it.  In the end, we found that it was cost more than we have to obtain the lawyer and bring a case against the seller as we will end up out for the the whole ordeal.  And it gave us no guarantee that we’d get everything that was wrongfully taken. Moving on…. now that we’ve done the work to fix everything that was done, we FINALLY got permitted to pour our foundation.

Now that we are finally making progress I am allowing myself to plan the fun stuff, like wall art.  My dear sweet husband has had to adjust over the last 4 years to having a wife that is cheap quite the penny pincher.  I am THAT person who says “Why pay so much for it when I can make my own?”  And sometimes that works and sometimes that doesn’t.  Honestly, I’m still unsure if this DIY worked or not.  I think we’ll have to wait until we’re in the house to decide.  Take a look and tell me what you think…

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Canvas (Walmart $6 for 2)

Thin Washi Tape (I had it on hand but it came in a pack of 4 for $3)

Water Color Palette

Small to Medium Paint Brush

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I began with the blank canvas, decided on a design and taped it off with my Washi Tape.  The reason I chose the Washi Tape had entirely everything to do with the width.  It was the only tape I could find that was as thin as I had wanted it. I tested to see if the Washi Tape would bleed by doing a trial run on water color paper.   On the watercolor paper it did not bleed and worked perfectly.  However…I learned at the end of this project that the water color will bleed through on the canvas.  My cousin used this technique with acrylic and hers bled as well, however not as bad.

I picked a color palette and randomly painted triangles.  I think now, that it may have better to work out a pattern with the colors.  It’s purely a matter of taste though.  I let it dry and peeled back the Washi Tape to reveal A LOT of bleeding. From the little experience I have with water color, my first thought was Alcohol.  It totally worked!  I wish I had taken a before picture to show you but I was too focused on cleaning up the bleeds to stop for a pic!  Using Q-tips dabbed in alcohol, I gently rubbed the areas with bleeds and they began to wipe up quite a bit.  However, the bleed of color into the triangles were pretty much a done deal.  Well, I mean it’s watercolor, so I could’ve gone back and fixed it up but it would’ve taken FOREVER!  So no.

The result was a grungey version of what I had originally imagined.  I kind of like though.  So what do you guys thinks? Will you be trying your own canvas art?  There’s just so much you can do with a little bit of paint and a touch of creativity (or an active Pinterest account!).  I’ve also been working on some hand lettered pieces for our Master Bedroom which I’m kind of excited about.  I’ll be sure to share those with you when I’m all finished with them.  Even my husband is excited about them, so that must mean they’re at least interesting. 🙂 Ha!  Until next time….

 

Happy DIY’ing

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P.S.  For those of you curious about the previous owner and his legal responsibility we are filing a formal complaint with the Attorney General upon completion of the home.  It’s only at that point that we’ll have all the information and the dollar amount he has costs us.  Prayers for resolution/peace is much appreciated!

Beginners Bible Journaling – Part 2

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So last week I introduced you to my favorite way to worship and spend time with God and this week I want to give you a peek into what that looks like.  Now, I am by no means an artist.  I have a teeny tiny bit of expiernce with watercolor but that is proving to mean nothing since I am working with thin bible pages rather than watercolor paper.  So, bible journaling is not just for those artists.  It’s just another means of drawing (pun intended) closer to God in a creative way.  I have found that not only do I retain scripture better, but it am able to grasp a deeper understanding of it.  Journaling pushes me to search for meanings that I may have glossed over previously.   So without further ado…here are the first handful of pages I have journaled.

The Beginning Inspiration Credit:                      Cloud Inspiration Credit:
 Pinterest; Diane Scott?                                         Instagram: Tai Bender @growingmeadows

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There are mix of mediums used from watercolor, markers, stamps, distressed ink, and gelatos.  The pages range from cute and whimsy to down right oogley.  Like I said, bible journaling is not just for artists.  Anyone can do it and yes, sometimes, it can get ugly, but sometimes…a lot of the time, God will make it beautiful.

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These are my front pages (the back of my cover).  I wanted it to be a welcome mat for God.  Every time I open my bible I am instantly reminded to invite the Holy Spirit in.  I’m reminded that I am spending time with my Father and despite my lack of artistic ability, I am his child.  My son is 20 months old.  His artistic talent stops at scribbles (sometimes they make it on paper)!  But I treasure his pictures so and hang them on the fridge with pride.  That’s how I imagine my God.  Hanging my flawed pictures, created for him by his child, on the walls of his home with pride.

Have I convinced you to give this a go yet?  If so, here’s some of the supplies I use.supplies

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Mechanical Pencil

White Eraser

Micron Pen

Distressed Ink

Ink Blender tool

Stencils (lots of stencils)!

Twistable Colored Pencils

Gelatos

Have you tried bible journaling?  I’d love to see what you’ve done!

Happy Journaling!

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A Beginners Bible Journaling – Part 1

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I have been stalking bible journalers for a couple months now and am fascinated with the concept.  I recently got hooked on mixed media, hand lettering, doodling and water coloring.  I love everything about it and have loaded up my Instagram with some amazing artists so inspiring that I was itching to give this new form of bible study and worship a whirl.

Journaling bibles are a new concept to me.  I used to be terrified to mark in my bible let alone write, draw or paint in it! But man, what a beautiful form of worship. I know there are people out there that may not agree or understand it but ask any creative Christ follower and I bet they’ll get it.  We get stuck on those set ideas of what worship is and what our relationship with Christ is supposed to look like.  We’re comfortable with music and prayer but to deviate from this may seem self indulgent or disrespectful.  But, God created us each to be unique from one another.  I do not believe that God created me with the voice of cat in heat and intended to limit my worship to song.  No, he created in me a different form of talent.  One I know he rejoices in when I use it to worship, fellowship or just be with him.  I love that saying…A bible that is falling apart is usually the sign of a person who is not.

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I bought myself my very first journaling bible for my 34th birthday.  This beautiful bible showed up last week and I have had my nose in it all weekend long!  Talk about being inspired to surround yourself with the Word.  We’re currently doing The Bible in a Year as a church and of course, we’re starting with Genesis.  I’ve pushed read through Genesis no less than 20 times.  I struggle to understand the lessons that God has laid out for us in these chapters.  But this weekend I was able to slow my reading waaaaayyyyy down.  Because I wanted to illustrate Gods word, I really had to make sure I understood it.  It forced me to really dig deep and get to know the one who wrote it.  I am thrilled to be starting my Bible Journaling Journey and can not wait to see what God has in store for our time together.

 

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Now, these are merely the supplies I have collected over my history of scrapbooking, adult coloring books, hand lettering, watercoloring etc with a couple of new additions (I just picked up a few Gelatos this weekend).  Yes, I am a professional dabbler!  It’s a problem.  However, it comes in handy when I want to try my hand at something like bible journaling.  I’ll blog later about the individual supplies and why or how I may use them but for now, I would recommend at least a decent set of colored pencils and a micron pen or two.  I have a micron pen in size .05 and .01.  The Crayola Twistable Colored Pencils are a great “affordable” option and I’ve been using them in my adult color books.  I also forgot to add a mechanical pencil and white eraser to my supply list both these items are also great to have for basic supplies.  Below is a picture I did using just micron pens.  The writing itself was inspired by one of the many incredibly talented women on Instagram whom I can not recall the name of at the moment. (If you are her, or recognize the inspiration please let me know so I can rightly credit the inspiration!)  I regularly hop on Instagram to find inspiration or to practice lettering.PicsArt_01-06-09.20.36

Here is a sample of my “adult coloring” (Seriously?  Please tell me I’m not the only thinks that sounds dirty?) that was done with the Twistable Colored Pencils.

 

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You can really approach bible journaling anyway you like.  I’m a prefectionist and so I tend to draw, write or paint things out on a seperate piece of paper first or at least sketch lightly on the bible in pencil.  Even still, there is quite the learning  curve between ARTing all over regular/specialty paper and bible paper.  It’s much thinner though my journaling bible pages are thicker paper than my regular bible. But hey, if your the personality thats to just want to do it, then by all means dive right in and let the Holy Spirit inspire you.  If you mess it, who cares?  This is for you and God and we all know God can make beautiful things out our mistakes!  And if that’s not enough empower you just channel your inner Bob Ross.

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I found a lovely group of bible journalers on FB and a few of the members suggested I start with a Permission Page. This is great for any of my fellow Perfectionists who are intimidated by making that first mark.  What are Permission Pages you ask?  Well, they are actually what the name suggests.  Take a look at mine below.

 

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THIS BIBLE IS FOR:  Write down what your journaling bible is for.  A few examples:  PRAISE, WORSHIP, GETTING MESSY, BEING INSPIRED, GETTING TO KNOW GOD.

THIS BIBLE IS NOT FOR:  Journaling bibles are for growing your relationship with God and HE should be our focus. Write in the section things that may hinder that.  Some examples:  PERFECTION, SHOWING OFF, INTIMIDATION, FEAR.

AND MAY…: This is the section were you put in writing the mistakes that WILL happen.  My 3rd journal entry was awful. It was messy, the colors where off, it got smeared…it was just a hot mess.  That really gets under my skin.   That something ugly will forever be in that bible.  However, I learned a lot from that particular study and while it may not be beautiful as far as art goes, my heart is a little more beautiful for that time spent with God.  Have you ever heard the saying “A bad workout is better than no workout?”  It’s true!

The number one piece of advice, of course, is to offer up the time you spend in your journaling bible to God.  Use this as a tool to draw near to him and be inspired in your relationship, scriptual study and your art.  The best way to woo a creative is to speak creative.  Let God woo you!

 

Happy Journaling!

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EASY DIY Pillow Lounger


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My son is going on 19 months this month and his personality is really starting to develop.  I have a feeling he is going to be a fun loving, rowdy, energetic ham.  He’s developed his own interests and favorite activities.  One of his favorite things are pillows. He’s really into pillows.  Like really into pillows.  He likes to collect them from around the house and pile them up in the living room and spend the next 30 minutes jumping, falling and rolling around in them.  It’s actually quite entertaining for the whole family though he does get a little territorial of them.  It’s pretty normal to find him trying to steal the dogs beds, or at the very least join them in it. 

So of course, when thinking of Christmas gifts I knew I wanted to give him some awesomeness in pillow form.  I like sewing, I just hate the measuring and cutting it takes leading up to the actual sewing.  So I wanted a project that would not require scissors or measuring tapes.  What can I say?  I can be a pretty high maintenance crafter sometimes.  Well, not only did I NOT need scissors and a measuring tape for this project but it also only took about 20 min. Tops. Here’s what you’ll need…

 

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I got each pack of 2 pillow cases from Walmart for $5.  I probably have some packed away in our storage unit that I could’ve used but who has time to go sifting through the unit when you can get them for $2.50/piece?   It was the same case (yep…I heard that pun too) with the pillows.  I’m sure we have extras stored away while we’re in the middle of construction on our new home but Walmart also had pillows for $2.50.  They didn’t have much selection of design for but my toddler will not care.

 

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I started by turning on the Hallmark channel and grabbing a few Hershey Peppermint Kisses…you know…crafting fuel.

 

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 Then I got to pinning the two long sides of the pillow cases, one on top of the other, making sure to keep the opening of each on the same side.  And, no, I did not iron them first (Call me a lazy crafter).  You don’t want to take up too much fabric for a seam allowance other wise it may be hard to stuff your pillows in.

 

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I repeated this 2 more times until all 4 cases were sewn together.  I understand that I bought cheap pillow cases so I couldn’t expect too much from them but there was 1 out of the 4 that was noticeably longer.  I’m a little OCD when it comes to stuff like that (oddly enough not at all OCD about the wrinkled cases.  Yes, I did take note of that) so it drove me a bit nutty!  But I doubt my 18 month old pillow monster will notice, or care. 

 

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You’ll end up with a seam that looks like this on both sides.

 

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It was at this point when I realized it may have been easier to add the pillow closures BEFORE I sewed the cases together but to be honest (a) I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use ties, buttons, snaps or velcro and (b) I had none of those options on hand.  So I will come back around and probably had a piece or two of velcro to each case so it’s lays nicely.  I definitely did not want to sew them closed because, well you know….dirty, sticky, smelly little boy.  I see it becoming good friend with the washing machine in the future.

Here is the (almost) finished project laid out.

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It folds up really nicely into a squishy chair or a lounger.  I can’t wait for the kiddo to see it.  He’s going to love it!  And to be honest, I tested it out…He may have to fight me for it on movie nights!  I love this age when it’s the simple things that make them the happiest!

 

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Are you crafting any of your kiddo’s Christmas gifts?  I’d love to hear about them!

 

Happy Crafting!

 

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