Friday, November 21, 2014

Twine Covered Letter

I've been collecting all different kinds of letters in plans of having
 an alphabet wall in my living room.
Some of the letters that I bought are ready to be hung,
while a few need some work-like this one did.

I started with a plain wood letter that I picked up at a thrift store.
If you'd like to make one, you can find wood letters at your local craft store.
Then, you just need to start winding jute around the letter.
I used my glue gun to apply a line of glue along the front and back to adhere the jute.

At the top and the bottom, I wound the jute until the entire letter was covered.

That's it!
Jute makes anything look cute, doesn't it?
Wouldn't it look cute to spell out a whole word like this?
Have a lovely weekend!
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
come before His presence with singing.
Psalm 100:2

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thrifty Thursday #144

I love it when I'm out running errands and I happen to pass right by a yard sale.
It makes it feel like it was meant to be for me to stop. (ha ha:)
That's how it was when I drove by the local high school last Saturday.
The drill team was having a big yard sale in the parking lot.

Since I was right there, I couldn't help but stop:)
I found some good stuff and I only spent $2.35!

I got these four rolls of crochet yarn for ten cents apiece.
While I really want to learn to crochet, I think I'll use these for something else.
You'll have to come back to see what-it's something you wouldn't expect!

I love vintage spools- of any size!
I spotted these two big beauties and was pleasantly shocked that the lady only wanted
a dime for each one!
They are now sitting on a shelf in my living room with two other large spools.

Another item that I love is old books- especially in foreign languages.
I spotted these German books and knew that I'd have to get at least one.
When I found out the lady only wanted a quarter per book, I picked up all four. . .

plus these three on shorthand/speedwriting.
They're all so pretty, I don't plan on cutting them up.
I think they'll sit on shelves as part of my decor.

That's it. Not much, but definitely enough to make the stop worthwhile!

I hope you come across an unexpected sale this weekend!
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.
Psalm 100:2

 This post is linked to Glitter, Glue, and Paint, Craft-O-Maniac,
Be Different, Act Normal, and Ivy and Elephants.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Layout of the Week #98

I read a quote yesterday that said, "There's no wrong way to document your memories."
I think that's so true.
While I am a scrapbooker at heart, I also keep a plain, old photo album for all our pictures.
That way I don't feel the need to scrapbook every photo I take.
I think that helps to keep scrapbooking fun, instead of overwhelming.
If you've never tried scrapbooking, I encourage you to give it a try.
Every other Wednesday I do a tutorial to complete a simple layout from start to finish.
I try to use as few steps as possible while still creating a cute layout. All of the layouts can be completed in under an hour.
Here are my three favorite Layouts of the Week from this year. . .
You can go here to see how to make this one.
This one is layered, but I walk you through from start to finish.
This one is fun because it lets you use up embellishments from your stash.
 If you find one layout that you really like, you can use it more than once. All you have to do is use different papers, embellishments, and photos.
Feel free to look back through all my Layouts of the Week. I walk you through step by step and intend for you to use products that you have on hand.
What a great way to get your photos scrapped while using supplies that you already have!
I'd love to have you come follow along!
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Psalm 100:1

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Recipe of the Week #145- Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Chicken Pot Pie Soup
20 oz chicken breasts, cooked and shredded into bite size pieces
5 1/2 Tbsp butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
15 oz chicken broth
2 cups potatoes, diced into 1/2" pieces
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried crushed rosemary
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup peas
2 1/2 cups milk
6 Tbsp flour
1/2 cup cream
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

In a large pot, melt 1 1/2 Tbsp butter over med-high heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery and saute for 3 minutes. Add chicken broth, potatoes, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Cover with a lid and stir occasionally until potatoes are tender. Reduce heat to low and stir in the chicken and peas.
In a separate pan, melt 4 Tbsp of butter. Add flour, stirring constantly for 1 1/2 minutes. Whisk in milk, stirring to prevent lumps. Bring mixture to a boil while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add this to the mixture in the large pot. Stir in lemon juice. Remove bay leaf.

Note: I omitted the bay leaf- my hubby isn't fond of that flavor.

The name of this soup hits it right on the head! It tastes like you're eating chicken pot pie! All you need to do is make some biscuits to go with it, and you've got a delicious meal that's perfect for the cold weather:)

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God,
that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
1 Cor. 2:12


Monday, November 17, 2014

Mason Jar + Leaf = One Cute Project!

If you're wondering what to do for a centerpiece for Thanksgiving I've got a cute idea
that will take you about five minutes to put together. . .
these autumn leaf luminaries.
All you need is an old Mason jar, a leaf, and some twine or raffia.
You can use small jars or large ones.

Then just tie the leaf to the jar using raffia or twine.
I wrapped the raffia around twice before tying it.
Place a  tealight candle in the jar and you've got a darling candle holder.
It would look really cute paired up with this autumn project from Friday.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
1 Cor. 2:5

Friday, November 14, 2014

Old Book + Leaf = One Cute Project!

I've really been on an autumn kick lately.
 I have a plastic bag full of artificial fall leaves and I can't wait to use them on projects.
That's kind of funny because where we live, we don't have many trees
that turn pretty colors in the fall.
I used the books that I showed you yesterday that I had picked up
at the thrift store. (for 10 cents apiece!)
I started by cutting off the covers with a box cutter.

Then I tied a piece of twine placing a small knot at the back.
Finally, I slid a leaf under the twine.

How cute are these?
Not to mention that it's like a five minute project.
I love cute, quick, and easy!
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Oh sing to the Lord a new song for he has done marvelous things
Psalm 98:1

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thrifty Thursday #143

I always enjoy a jaunt through a thrift store.
I home-school my kids, so sometimes this is what I do to get a little "me" time.
This and swinging by Sonic Happy Hour for a big Diet Coke:)

Here's what I found this week. . . 

I got this stack of books for ten cents apiece.
Not for their reading potential, but for a little project I have in mind.
Come back on Friday to see what it is:)

I got this bundle of pretty lace for fifty cents.
I think I'll use it for gift wrapping.

This bolt of lace was fifty cents, too.
It's beige with some rose colored edging- very pretty and very vintage looking.
I'm not sure what I'll use this for. . . maybe on a pillow?

 I think most people would have passed up these metal rings, but not me.
No Sir-ree-bob!
I got four of them for fifty cents.
They will become a mobile of some sort.
Can't wait:)

Last, but not least, I got this old measuring tape for a quarter.

 One thrift store's junk is this gal's treasure!

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

That your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
1 Cor. 2:5