Friday, May 22, 2015

Do You Journal?

So, do you journal?

Ever since I had my sons, I've kept a notebook where I write down 
the funny things they say and do.
I treasure these memories.

I also keep a notebook that, at the end of each day,  I write down what I was thankful for that day.

I have to admit I don't journal as often as I should.
But I've found something to help me.
It's an AWESOME product. . .

You can go here to see how they work.

They are darling journals that come with prompts and room for pictures if you desire.
There are all kinds to choose from.
They would make great gifts.

I bought the mother/son journal to do with my 13 year old.
We've just begun doing it, but I am thrilled that I will have this keepsake.
Memories not just from my perspective, but from my son's as well.
Simply awesome.

Here's a page my son filled out.

Here's my version of the same journaling prompt.

There are all sorts of workshops offered by the Gadanke site if you need help getting started 
or if you need help knowing what to do with your journal.

I hope you're as excited as I am about these journals.
Once you try one, I think you'll be hooked.:)
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Evil men do not understand justice,
 but those who seek the Lord understand all.
Proverbs 28:5

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thrifty Thursday #167

Recently I was able to take a trip to Canton Trade Days in Canton, TX.
Let me tell you, if you ever have the opportunity to go, you need to!
It was a secondhand shopper's dream!!!

Last week I showed you my first round of pretties,
and today I've got more to share.

Check out this rockin' tractor seat.
I only paid $7 for it.
Isn't it cool?
The best part is I have to figure out what I'm going to attach it to.
Any ideas?
I'm thinking a cool base from a stool of some sort. 

It was love at first sight with this rusty wire basket.
It's about the size of a laundry basket.
I know just what I'm going to do with it! Wait and see:)

I got this sweet, old soda crate.
He's going to pair up with the two fruit crates I showed you last week.
I'll show you what I plan to do with them soon.

Yes, this is an old bike wheel- and yes, I actually paid money for it!
I envision some sort of chandelier. . .
I got this, the soda crate, and the wire basket for $40. My bartering skills came in handy 
with this deal. :)

I love burlap- especially burlap coffee bags.
I couldn't believe that these were only $1.
I got this one-

and this one.
These were the only prints available.
But now as I look at these photos, I'm wishing I would've picked up more. . .

That's it for this week- isn't it all so lovely?!?
I'll show you more next week. Be sure to swing by!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those 
who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
2 Tim. 2:22

This post is linked to Ivy and Elephants, Too Much Time, and  Embracing Change.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lovelies That I Love

School is going to be out in just a few weeks.
If you're thinking of getting your child's teacher a gift and don't have the time to make something,
take a look at these ideas that you can buy. . . 

This shirt is darling, don't you think?
It says, "Live, Love, Teach."

I don't think you could go wrong with a personalized necklace.
I love that this one has a ruler charm, an apple charm, plus two stamped charms.

This is something she could use year after year.

I think these tumblers are awesome.
I keep a cup of ice water with me at all times, and I love it when I get a cute cup.
These can be personalized as well.

Even though this isn't necessarily a teacher-specific gift, I had to share it because 
what teacher wouldn't love a globe necklace?
I know I would if I were a teacher:)
(I love anything having to do with maps.)

I appreciate all teachers- I know it's a hard job.
Brighten your child's teacher day and get her a nice thank you.

I'm not affiliated with any of these companies, I just like their stuff.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

But shun profane and idle babblings, 
for they will increase to more ungodliness.
2 Tim. 2:16

This post is linked to Plucky's Second Thought and My Girlish Whims.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Recipe of the Week #170- Crock Pot BBQ Ribs

Crock Pot BBQ Ribs
1-3 lbs ribs
1 can Coke or Dr. Pepper
1 bottle of BBQ sauce (18 oz)
salt and pepper

Place ribs in a circular way to fill the Crock Pot. Pour soda over the ribs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours. Empty liquid from Crock Pot. Pour BBQ sauce over ribs. Cook on high for one more hour.

Who doesn't love BBQ ribs? They're a definite hit at our house.
I actually prefer this recipe over my usual rib recipe, so I'll be using this one from here on out.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
Psalm 118:8

This post is linked to Between Naps on the Porch, What's on the List?, and The Dedicated House.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mini Album Monday #54- Album Made From Gift Bag

I don't know what the weather is like where you're at, but it's a stormy day here
which is great weather for crafting. :)
I have a cute and quick album tutorial to share today.
This album is made with a gift bag.

Since it's made with a gift bag, I think it would make a great gift
for birthdays, teachers, or even Mother's Day and Father's Day.
If you'd like to make one, it's really easy.

You need:
 a gift bag
various papers- I used scrapbook papers, notebook paper, a map, handwriting paper,
 kraft cardstock, and graph paper
one shipping tag
one round tag
two strips of decorative tape or two small strips of pattern paper
two office rings
hole punch
paper trimmer

To start, you need to cut your gift bag in half.
I left my handle on because I thought it looked cute, but you can cut yours off if you rather.
Then trim all your papers to fit.
Measure the size of your bag halves, then all your papers need to be trimmed
 1/4" smaller than that.
Once I cut my bag in half, the two pieces measured 4 1/4"x 5 1/4",
so I trimmed all my pieces to  4"x 5".

Once all the papers are cut, you need to punch holes in them.
I lined all mine up and placed a clamp around them to hold them still.
Place your tag sideways- your holes should include both corners of the tag.

Then I punched holes with my Cropadile (it will go through quite a bit of thickness).
If you're using a regular hole punch, you will probably want to divide up your pages in half or thirds before punching holes.

Then bind your pages with the office rings.
Note: I always add page reinforcers on the backs of all my pages to make sure the holes will not tear.

For the cover, place two strips of decorative tape or pattern paper at a slight angle on the tag,

then adhere a small round tag on top of the tape.
This is where the title will go.
Here are what my inside pages look like:

The pages are pretty simple, but you can decide whether to add embellishments.
You can make it as fancy or simple as you'd like.

You could make one of these for your child's teacher.
Then take a picture of every student and have them write a note to the teacher.
On each page, you'd place a student's photo and note.

You could do this for a birthday.
Take photos of the guests and have them write a note to the guest of honor.
Then adhere both a photo and note to each page.

That would be great for a baby shower,

or a bridal shower.

The opportunities are vast:)

What do you think?
Simple, huh?
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations
Psalm 119:90

This post is linked to It's Overflowing, Tip Junkie, and Skip to My Lou.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Quick and Easy Gift Idea

Recently a friend and I had to come up with a gift idea for Mother's Day
that we could quickly and easily make for around 30 ladies.

That's not necessarily an easy task when trying to keep it low cost, too.

Here's what we did--
it's a great idea if you need to make several gifts--
perhaps for Teacher Appreciation.

It's a recipe card holder
made from a binder clip!

It could also act as a photo or gift card holder.

We got the binder clips at the dollar store; they came six to a pack.
Then we cut small strips of paper to cover the bottom (black) part of the clip 
and attached the paper with Mod Podge.
For a finishing touch, we added a little bow to each clip using a glue gun.

We only spent money on the clips. The paper and bows I already had on hand.
Even if you have to buy some, the amount of paper and ribbon needed is so little that this project would still be very affordable.

We added a "recipe card" with a poem and placed a gift card behind that.

Here's what the poem says:
Recipe for Life
Ingredients needed: 
1 cup good thoughts
1 cup consideration for others
1 cup kind deeds
3 cups forgiveness
2 cups well-beaten faults
4 cups prayer and faith
tears of joy, sorrow, and sympathy

Directions: Mix good thoughts, consideration, kind deeds, forgiveness and well-beaten faults. Add tears of joy, sorrow, and sympathy for others. Fold in prayers and faith to lighten other ingredients and raise the texture to great heights of Christian living. Pour all into your family life. Bake well with the heat of human kindness. Serve with a smile!

Quick, cheap, and easy.
Not to mention. . . cute!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, 
to which you were also called and have confessed
 the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1 Tim 6:12

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thrifty Thursday #166

On Monday, I showed you photos of my trip to Canton Trade Days.
Today, I'm going to show you some of the treasures I brought home.

I'll be honest. I brought home so many things, it's going to take
 several Thursdays to show it all to you. :)

Trust me, it's all good stuff!

Isn't this lovely?
There's no glass in it, so I don't know if it's officially a window, but that's what I'm calling it.
It stands about 34" high. I paid $15.
The photo doesn't do justice to how pretty it is - it has the chippiest paint!

One item that I knew I wanted to bring home from my trip was a few old fruit crates.
I got this one and the next one for $37 together.
They were priced $20 apiece and I couldn't get the guy to go any lower.

How great are the graphics on both of these?
Wait til you see what I did with them.

I picked up these two small film canisters for a friend.
They were priced at $4 apiece, but I got the guy to take $6 for both.
I used to never barter, but after watching shows like Flea Market Flip, I've become much more comfortable doing so.

I was super excited when I spotted this old Army trunk.
It used to hold a carpenter's tool kit (which is stenciled on top).
The lady was asking $20 for it, but she took the $15 that I offered.

It's in great shape.
All we needed to do was give it a good wipe down.
I gave it to my older son for storage in his bedroom,
although every time I walk by it I wonder what I could use it for. . . .

There's plenty more to show you,
so please stop back next Thursday to see what else came home with me.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue 
righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
1 Tim. 6:11

 This post is linked to Embracing Change, My Salvaged Treasures, and My Girlish Whims.