Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Great Read. . .

If you like junkin' as much as I do,
you will LOVE this book.
 I fell in love with the Junk Gypsies when I came across their awesome tv show several years ago.
So I was delighted when they announced that they were writing a book.
I was honored to be chosen to be in the group who got to read the book before it is released.
It's a whole lotta awesomeness!
You can go here to pre-order it.
Want to know a little bit more? Here's what Amazon had to say about it:
In their first book, the Junk Gypsies—sisters and stars of the popular Texas-born brand and HGTV show—combine big dreams, stories of roadside treasures found, and down-home design projects inspired by epic makeovers for friends like Miranda Lambert, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Sadie Robertson. Amie and Jolie Sikes, the Thelma and Louise of the design world, are the Junk Gypsies: a family with an addiction to flea markets, wanderlust, and Americana inspired design. In their world, cowgirls are heroes, road trips last forever, and junk is treasured. Beginning with a little bit of faith and a whole lot of heart and soul, the sisters travelled the back roads of America like gypsies, collecting roadside trinkets and tattered treasures while meeting kindred spirits and lively characters along the way. With a mix of hippie, rock n’ roll, southern charm, and big dreams, these small-town Texas girls became restless wanderers and owners and operators of their dream business and bohemian brand, Junk Gypsy. Filled with stories from their unique journey as well as DIY projects and bohemian inspired designs, Junk Gypsy is a tribute to all the rowdy gypsies, crafty junkers, free-spirited romantics, and true-blue rebels who have ever dared to dream big.
This will speak to the junkin' soul in everyone.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Monday, August 22, 2016

A Bit of News

School is starting today.
We home school our boys with online public school,
so I'm going to be taking a hiatus from my blog to make sure they get a good, solid start at school.
I hope you all have a fantastic week!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God
 and into the patience of Christ.
2 Thes. 3:5

Friday, August 19, 2016

Simple Crochet Flowers

Today I have a simple crochet project to share with you.

crochet flowers

I watched this video to make them.
It was a great tutorial- very easy to follow.
I will admit that my first flower (not pictured) didn't turn out very flower-like.
But after a little practice, I was able to whip them up.

I'm thinking that I'd like to make several more, then make a garland out of them.
Wouldn't that be cute?
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

But the Lord is faithful,
who will establish you and
guard you from the evil one.
2 Thes. 3:3

This post is linked to Crafts a la ModeEmbracing Change, The Craftberry Bush,
and Tatertots and Jello.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thrifty Thursday #229

The thrift store was having a book sale-
12 books for a dollar.
So, naturally, I had to go through all their books.
Here's what I found. . . 

I loved this little book.

It doesn't have a copyright date, but it is definitely book.

I picked up this Worship Hymnal. Even thought I have several, I can never pass these up.

This old Reader's Digest book is in great shape. I'll probably turn it into a journal.
I picked up the second book because I thought it looked like a good read.

This is a Mother's Encyclopedia. It's full of medical info.
I'll use it for papercrafting.

I am a sucker for old textbooks. This one was printed in 1967.

I also got this 1967 Reading textbook.

I love the graphics in these old books.

This paperback was printed in1951.

Once again, I was drawn to the graphics.

I was intrigued by the title of this book.

It's filled with written instructions on several different dance steps.
Cute, huh?
It was printed in 1962.

This pages of this book and the earlier encyclopedia will become pages in a junk journal.
I love the fun element they add.

It was printed in 1966.

I didn't find this book too interesting until I opened it up. . .

and saw the reprinted ads inside. Isn't this cool?
While this was a slow week of secondhand finds, I am tickled with each of these books I got.
Do you enjoy finding old books?
Well, we have rain forecasted for the rest of this week, so I don't know if I'll be able to find any yard sales this weekend. I wish you luck if you are able to find some.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Establish Your word to Your servant,
who is devoted to fearing You.
Psalm 119:38

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Lovelies That I Love

It's Wednesday which means it's time to go shopping. . .
How do you like these pretties?

I am drooling over this black and white ephemera pack.
It could be used in a scrapbook, a journal, or to make a banner.

I think this cameo bracelet is absolutely beautiful!
It comes in a few different colors, but I'm partial to this one.

This t-shirt is too cute.
I love the sentiment and the color.
How awesome is this vase?
It can be personalized.
You can choose your own message and choose from several different fonts.
I'd like one of everything:)
I'm not affiliated with any of these companies; I just like their stuff.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statues,
and I shall keep it to the end.
Psalm 119:33

 This post is linked to Simple Nature Décor, My Girlish Whims, A Cup of Joe,
Lil' Luna, and Plucky's Second Thought.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Recipe of the Week #234- Sinfully Simple Fruit Cobbler

Sinfully Simple Fruit Cobbler
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole milk or half and half
1 stick melted butter
2 cups fresh or frozen, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, or combination

Spread berries in the bottom of an 8"x 8" seasoned cast iron skillet.
Whisk together 1 cup sugar, flour, and milk until just blended. Whisk in the melted butter. Pour batter over the berries. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup sugar evenly over the batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until golden brown and bubbly.

My hubby said this is the best cobbler I've ever made. I've never made one in a cast iron skillet before. I love anything that I can whip up in five minutes!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

But as for you, brethren, 
do not grow weary in doing good.
2 Thes. 3:13

Monday, August 15, 2016

Mini Album Monday #79- Family Album

Today for Mini Album Monday, I have a fun family-themed album to share.
It showcases my mom's parents and siblings.

I chose green pattern paper with family themed words on it for the covers.
I also used some coordinating green paisley paper throughout the rest of the album.

The interior pages are actually one large piece of cardstock that measured 18"x 26".
I folded it in half, then folded up the bottom 2 1/4" on each side to make the pockets.
I then accordion folded every three inches to make the pages.

I started with an old family photo on the first page
and a bit of information about the family on the second page.
I had my mom write the journaling so that her handwriting would be documented in this book.

Each page has a pocket.
I left the very first pocket empty, but in the second one, I put a recent family photo.

The next two pages feature my grandparents.
You'll notice that the only pattern paper I used was small pieces to cover the fronts of each pocket.

In each pocket is a tag with information about every family member.
Here are the prompts I used:
Married to
Known for
My mom filled in the info on each of the tags.
On every tag (except my grandfather's), I included a small photo of that family member when they were young. I couldn't find a photo of my grandpa as a boy.

The next two pages feature my mom's older brother and sister.

Here is the backside as the album is pulled open.

The first two pages on the back feature my mom and her younger sister.

The last sibling, her younger brother, is here on the left with a quote about family on the right.

I adhered the folded cardstock to two pieces of chipboard for the covers
 and used a ribbon for closure.
The only embellishments I used in this album are different brads and ribbons at the top of each tag.
I am so glad to have this album with photo and details about aunts and uncles who I unfortunately don't get to see very often.
Do you have any photographic records of your family?
If you're a mini album lover like me, swing by here every other Monday
to see a new and different mini album.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
I have chosen the way of truth
Psalm 119:30