Friday, October 24, 2014

Can You Be-Leaf This Garland?

I enjoy making garlands.
It just takes a little bit of time to make a whole lot of cuteness.
Today I used some leaves that I had picked up at the dollar store and made this one. . .
I used four different packs of leaves,

and ran them through my sewing machine.

As I ran them through, I turned them every which way.

I started off leaving space in between the leaves, but then decided
that I liked them better butted up against each other.
I can't wait to hang it up. :)
I hope you all have a lovely weekend- try to get out there and enjoy time in the real leaves!
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.
For of Him and through Him and to Him
are all things, to whom be glory forever.
Psalm 94:36
 This post is linked to Tatertots and Jello and The Creative Collection.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thrifty Thursday #140

On Thursdays I share photos of items that I've found during week
at thrift stores, yard sales, or estate sales.
 But many times when I go to these places, I don't buy anything.
If I don't have a use for it or if it's too expensive, I won't buy it.
Sometimes I don't even see anything worth buying.
This week, I went into two thrift stores and didn't buy one thing---at first.
Although there was one item I was on the fence about.

 This Stanley thermos.
I'm not a coffee drinker, and even if I was, I don't think I'd like a used thermos.

However, I'd been on the lookout for one of these ever since I saw a picture
 of one turned into a lamp.

I thought this project would be so cool, but I knew I couldn't do it by myself.
So, I texted my hubby to see if he'd be willing to help me.
I didn't want to spend the $5 unless it was for this lamp.
I didn't get an answer from him, so I left without the thermos.

Ten minutes later when I was already across town, my hubby answered and agreed to help.
Luckily, the thermos was still at the store when I went back later that day.
I can't wait until I can show you guys the lamp!!

So, that's it.
Just one item for Thrifty Thursday.
I'll try not to let that happen again:)

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

But the Lord has been my defense,
and my God the rock of my refuge.
Psalm 94:22

 This post is linked to Junkin' Joe and Embracing Change.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Check This Out!

In last week's Lovelies That I Love post,

The creator of this plaque, Misty, happened across this post and wanted to offer all my readers
 a 10% discount on anything in her store Misty Michelle Design.
Use the code THANKYOU2014

How fantastic is that?!?

Here's some more of her beautiful work:

I love this one.

Not only do I like her quotes, but I think the pictures she pairs with them with are awesome.
You can find this one here.

This one makes me smile.

There are just so many to choose from- you just have to stop by and take a look!
Thanks so much, Misty!
I can't wait to come by and do some Christmas shopping:)
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.
Psalm 94:19

This post is linked to Ivy and Elephants, I Heart Naptime, and My Girlish Whims.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Recipe of the Week #141- Chili's Copycat Salsa

Chili's Copycat Salsa
2 cans (14.5 oz) whole tomatoes, drained
3-4 canned whole jalapenos, not pickled
1 yellow onion, quartered
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tsp lime juice

Place all ingredients together in a food processor and puree until smooth.

Note: I doubled the amount of salt and garlic salt. I also added an extra 1/2 tsp of both cumin and lime juice. Also, I used fresh jalapenos instead of canned (but only 1/2 a fresh jalapeno which might account for me needing to add the additional spices. I don't like spicy salsa).

This sure was tasty! I remember Chili's having AWESOME salsa. Of course, we are a big salsa eating family:) My hubby and boys can take down a whole bag of tortilla chips in one sitting if they've got some salsa. We will be making this recipe again.

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus
and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved.
Romans 10:9

This post is linked to Skip to My Lou, It's Overflowing, and Natasha In Oz.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Decoupaged Pumpkins

Living in southern Texas, I don't get to enjoy the pretty colors of fall or even much fall weather,
but that hasn't stopped me from having all sorts of fall-ish crafty ideas bouncing through my head. . .
I couldn't wait to cover a pumpkin in sheet music.

Ever since I'd seen one like this on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it.
I tore strips of sheet music and adhered them to the pumpkin using Mod Podge.
I used a white pumpkin as my base so there wouldn't be any orange peeking through.
Then while I was in decoupaging mode, I thought that it might be fun
 to cover a pumpkin with an old map.

Because, quite frankly, if I'm given a blank canvas of any sort, at some point,
I'm going to want to try to cover it with map. :)
What do you think? Kind of different, but kind of cute too, huh?
Make sure to stop back because I've got lots more fall themed ideas up my sleeve!
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.
For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Romans 10:13


Friday, October 17, 2014

Cheap and Easy Halloween Decorations

Believe it or not, but you can find some cute holiday stuff at the dollar store
as long as you don't wait until too close to the holiday.
I find that they have more selection about a month in advance.

I got all the stuff to make this Halloween garland at the dollar store.

You can go here to see the DIY.
Everything (except the grapevine wreath itself) used on this wreath was bought at the dollar store. 
Go here to see how it was made.
I'll be heading to the dollar store this weekend to find some harvest themed
decorations to use in some fall projects.

I hope you all have a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
With Him are wisdom and strength
Job 12:13
 This post is linked to Craft-O-Maniac, I Heart Naptime, and Too Much Time On My Hands.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thrifty Thursday #139

It's one of my favorite days of the week. . . Thrifty Thursday!
The day where I show you the gems I found at my local thrift stores.
One of the stores had a large basket full of patterns.
I dug through looking for some old ones.
I got five from the seventies.
Groovy, huh?

They were only a quarter apiece.

I also happened across this letter L.
I do believe that's the last letter I need for my alphabet wall.

I picked up this French Literature book  for a quarter.

The print is all in French.
I have a simple project that I'm planning for this.

Last, but not least, I found these leaf cookie cutters for a quarter each.
I have something planned for these too, but it's not baking!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
O Lord, how great are Your works!
Psalm 92:5
This post is linked to Tatertots and Jello and Be Different, Act Normal.