Friday, June 24, 2016

Flashback Friday: Patriotic DIY's

It's the last Friday of the month,and that means we're gong to flashback
 to previous DIYs all keeping in the same theme.

This month I'm featuring patriotic projects since the Fourth is right around the corner.

(Does anybody else feel like this month just flew by?)

I totally love how these centerpieces using Pepsi cans turned out.
Go here to read more about them. 

I used a bit of fabric, lace, and a fabric flower to put together this patriotic cap.

For this project, I adhered two small flags to the outside of a glass vase.

This patriotic banner was made using paint chips and small flags 
attached to twine using tiny clothespins.
Cute and easy!

This simple project was made covering jars with sequined wristlets
that I found at a thrift store. If you have a daughter who has outgrown some of these,
this is the perfect way to use them!

Follow the links to read more about these projects.

I hope you all have a delightful weekend!
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

Rejoice in the Lord always. 
Again I will say, rejoice!
Phil. 4:4

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thrifty Thursday #221

I got some very sad, disappointing news when I went into my favorite thrift store this week.
It's going to be closing at the end of the month!
I am so bummed!
It turns out that the owners own the secondhand shop next door and can only afford to keep one of the shops open. I wish they'd close the other one instead. . . .

Of course, there are several other resale shops in town, they're just not as good as this one.
It's clean and organized and run by senior citizens.
I'm hoping they'll bring those gals over to the other shop and let them work their magic.

Anyway, my finds this week are from two different trips to the thrift stores.
Ironically, the first three are from the other thrift store- not my favorite one.

I love vintage paper products and games.
Therefore, I simply cannot pass up a Bingo game.
While this one isn't too old, it had Bingo cards that can be used for projects.
It was only fifty cents.

I also picked up this awesome weather book from the fifties.

All the images look like pencil drawings.
I paid fifty cents for this, too.

I also found these lovely file folder labels.
They're old enough that the directions say, "Place this side in typewriter."
They were only a quarter.
I'll use these in scrapbooks and Junk Journals.

I got this wooden Lazy Susan for $4.
I can't decide if I'm going to turn it into a desk organizer like this
or if I'm going to paint it like this.

These plastic bobbins came in packs of three for ten cents.
I picked up two packs.
I thought they might look cute in a glass dish.

So, did you find anything good this week?

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless

Seek the Lord while He may be found,
call upon Him while He is near.
Isaiah 55:6

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lovelies That I Love

I hope you're all having a great week.
Are you feeling like you may need a little break?
Then you're in the right place. Take a look at these cute lovelies I've found online.

I cannot tell you how much I love these stacking name rings.
I love the font and the handmade look of the rings.
What a great way to wear a mother's ring!

I think this embroidered dress is so darling.
It's a perfect summer look.

I always love to have a cute notebook to carry in my purse.
The next time I'm at Hobby Lobby, I'm going to have to pick up this one.

Sometimes instead of carrying my whole purse, I like to carry a wristlet.
How much do you love this one?
It's so bright and cheerful.

I think this wooden plaque is delightful- I love the quote and I love the bike image.

Sigh. Wasn't that a nice break?

I'm not affiliated with these companies; I just like their stuff.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving,
let your requests be made known to God.
Phil. 4:6

 This post is linked to Skip to My Lou, Crafts a la Mode, Tatertots and Jello,
and Plucky's Second Thought.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Recipe of the Week #226- Easy and Delicious Fruit Dip

Easy and Delicious Fruit Dip
1 package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Mix the ingredients together and serve with your favorite fruit.

How easy is this? Wait until you try it- the dip is so good, you don't even need fruit. Of course, the fruit just makes it better! I served it with strawberries the first time, but next time, I think I'll try a variety of fruits.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Do all things without complaining and disputing.
Phil. 2:14
This post is linked to Between Naps on the Porch, Wake Up Wednesday, The Girl Creative, 
and My Girlish Whims.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mini Album Monday #76- Travel Album Made From File Folder

In the midst of this already hot summer, I thought we could take a look at
 a travel themed mini album.
We've always done most of our traveling during the summers which is kind of crazy when you consider how hot it gets here!

The cover is half of a file folder cut in half.
(I just love making albums out of office supplies!)

The inside cover has a strip of pattern paper and a label sticker stamped with the phrase
"This belongs to".
The first page is just a piece of 8 1/2"x 11" piece of cardstock cut in half
with a strip of pattern paper along the long edge.

The next page is part of a pattern paper with a map design.
I cut out a bracket on the outside edge.
The tab towards the bottom is actually a stamp sticker folded in half around the page.

I always like to add tabs to my pages to make them easier to turn.

On the back of the map paper, I added a stamp that has the definition of travel.
The next page is another half sheet of cardstock with a bit of pattern paper.
I added a ticket folded over the edge. You'll notice that I use tickets quite a bit.

In between the next two pages, I added this tiny pink card that says, "Remember."
It just gives a bit of space to add a story.

The next full page is a sheet of ledger paper turned sideways.
I added a stamp at the top that says, "Notes".
The embellishment is just a circle punch with a stamp on it.

The next page is another small one: it's an old postcard.
I can leave the photo that's printed on it or just cover it with my own photo.

I thought the backside of the postcard would be a cool place to add journaling.
The next page is another piece of cardstock with a strip from an old map.

To give this cardstock a bit of a different look, I used a scalloped border punch
 along the outside edge.

Here's another piece of ledger paper.
I figure this will leave lots of room for journaling or can be covered with photos.

What mini album would be complete without a paint chip?
The embellishment is part of a map punched out with a circle punch.

I covered the back of the paint chip with pattern paper.
The next page is taken from a French travel guide. I adhered it to a piece of cardstock.
I added a ticket at the bottom corner with a clip at the top to add mementos.

The last page has a notebook page border compliments of another punch.

The final page is half of a manilla envelope added to hold mementos from our trip.

I also added an envelope on the inside of the back cover which could hold mementos or a photo cd.

Here's the back cover. (I just love this travel themed paper.)

The beauty of binding this book with office rings is that extra pages/pamphlets/other memorabilia
 can be hole punched and added right into the book.

Stop back by on the next Mini Album Monday to see this book full of photos and memories!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph. 5:20

Friday, June 17, 2016

Check Out My Gallery Wall!

I am so excited to show you my new wall décor in our living room.
It all started with buying a canvas featuring a recent family photo.
Then I drew out a plan for what to hang around it, and my hubby helped me to hang it.
(Is it strange that I drew it out first?)

I incorporated many thrifty finds like a wine crate, old bobbins, and a printer's tray.
What do you think?
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
And be kind to one another, 
tenderhearted, forgiving one another, 
even as God in Christ forgave you.
Eph. 4:32

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thrifty Thursday #220

We haven't had too many yard sales around here lately-
probably due to the all the rains we've had this year.
I do believe we are way ahead on our average rainfall.
I did, however, get to go to an estate sale this past weekend.
It was in a nearby town, so I just assumed it was a hop, skip, and jump away.
 (Geography is not my strong suit.)
My hubby took me and it actually took us about 30 minutes to get there.
 (Turns out it was quite a few hops away:)
You're probably wondering if it was worth the drive.
Well, since I'm blessed to have a hubby/best friend who truly enjoys going with me to these secondhand sales, I'd have to say that it was worth it- even if we hadn't found anything.
But we did find a couple of things- or actually I did.
He looked, but didn't see anything that he wanted

I loved this old school desk from the first time I laid eyes on it- even though it was extremely dirty and covered in cobwebs from years of sitting in a barn.
It was marked $15 and everything was half off the marked price.
I wasn't sure if I wanted it for $7.50 since I already have two of these desks at home.
I offered $5 and the lady said she'd take it.
Well, for that price, I couldn't just leave it there, could I?

I also got these two old yardsticks for $1.50 each.
I'm wanting to get quite a few of these for a project.
That's it. I only spent $8.
Two good finds, don't you think?
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
The Lord is high above all nations,
His glory above the heavens.
Psalm 113:4