Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cute little table

It has been SO long since I worked on a 'crafty' project. But now that we have made some space in the back room for my 'craft supplies', I am excited about getting going.

I bought this cute little table from someone for $5. I sanded it down using Fred's electric sander. That was a fun tool! lol


Then, I painted it with some paint we already had. It's a pretty sage green, my favorite color to decorate the house with.


I wasn't worried about putting on a complete coat of paint on it because I am going to use crackle effect.  I let it dry, then applied the crackle formula,

I let that dry overnight, only because it got late. 

But I guess since it was in the garage, there were some spots that were still 'tacky' when I applied the white paint, so there are a couple of 'messed up' spots. But, hey, I was going for the 'weathered' look, so it works!
And to make sure it was all dry this time, I stuck it in front of a fan for little while. 

I am really pleased with the look. And here is what I am using the little table for:

this wall area needed 'something' and I wanted a little space to put my jewelry. I made the cork hanger on the wall and the small frame on the table a while back for the jewelry. 

Now.... what new craft to work on ?? 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Giving Thanks 2013

DISCLAIMER:  December 1st started a giant whirlwind of events, I totally forgot to post my November Thanksgiving post... So here it is in January... :/

Again, folks on Facebook posted daily in November what they were thankful for. I posted the ones I did on here last year, and wanted to do it again for posterity. :)

DAY 1: I am thankful for being able to have windows open on this beautiful, crisp day!

DAY 2: I am thankful for a husband who works hard for his family, prays for us daily, and is constantly seeking for how he can 'engage in what the Lord is doing' around him.

DAY 3: I am thankful a church that shares Christ with others. A pastor who preaches the Word clearly and unashamed. A church family that makes this Florida girl feel at home. I really miss being there when I am unable to go.

DAY 4: I am thankful that God knows my future. In times when I have no idea what is going to happen, I know God is in control and I am going to be ok.

DAY 5: I am thankful for the ability to work with kids. Something I have been doing since I was 16. I have tried to 'veer off' and work with 'big people' but something always brings me back to Children's ministry. It makes my heart happy and I walk away every day with something new God has shown me through the kids

DAY 6: I am thankful for the rain. We have such hot, dry summers here. We pray for relief. God is faithful. It may not happen as soon as we like, but it happens. The sound of the rain outside is a sweet reminder of that

DAY 7: Thankful for my job at KidFirst. After nights like I had last night, going to work reminds me to let go of the stuff that brings me down and embrace the 'good stuff'. So I am going to go love and learn with some cuties.

DAY 8: Today I am thankful for my baby girl. Though she is 26 (almost 27!) and having a baby girl of her own, she will ALWAYS be my baby girl. The one who probably has given most of my grey hairs. A very talented, beautiful inside and out young woman, with a big heart, who has grown to be my close friend. We talk daily and that is ok with her. My life is definitely never boring with her in it and I would not trade that for the world.

DAY 9: I am thankful for 2nd chances. We lost Andy for a few months back in 2009. God allowed for healing to happen and we are a family again. Though he may not be the 'nicest' to me (he's such a smart aleck), I am so glad he is with us for now and we get to spend time together. 

DAY 10: I am thankful for my 4yr old Sunday School class. Bralyn, Elizabeth, Caydon, Bradon, Bailey. What a bunch of smart, cute, funny kids! I always leave class with a smile.

DAY 11: I am thankful for my 1st born. Though he had to endure the fact that his parents had no clue what to do since we were so young, I think he turned pretty good. He is a amazing young man who is a lot like his daddy. He will do anything to help out a friend. And his sense of humor always has me laughing. SO glad we get to see him this Friday!

DAY 12: I am thankful for friends who are willing to go out of their way and help me out with a ride, whether it's from the airport ( Tracie Johnson ) or getting to the shop for my car or a ride to work cuz the car is in the shop ( Terri Hammonds ) 

DAY 13: I am thankful for the organization Titus County Cares. They do SOO much good for the community. The people that VOLUNTEER there have such a heart for those in need. Not only their physical needs, but also their spiritual needs. Fred and I are so blessed to be able to work with them

DAY 14: Thankful that God is in control. (I may have used this already, but oh well)
When I have a day completely planned out and then life throws a wrench in it, all I can do is put my hands up and let Him drive. Not an easy task for me but a lesson He keeps teaching me

DAY 15: I am thankful for the opportunity to get together with great friends for the weekend. God has blessed us with couples that have become family. See you soon Colleen , StephenBecky and Tym Caddell !!!

DAY 16: I am thankful for living in an area where there are 'seasons'. I LOVE the colors on the trees this time of year, such a beautiful canvas of God's Creation.

DAY 17: I am thankful for the opportunity we've had to grow a garden. It has been a really fun, learning experience.

DAY 18: I am thankful for the fountain in my front yard. I sit in the living room and love the sound of it, very soothing. IT IS THE LITTLE THINGS 

DAY 19: I am thankful for good night's sleep. It doesn't come often enough, but grateful for when it does. It's going to be a great day, folks!

DAY 20: I am thankful the little things that make my heart happy throughout the day. Right now I hear the windchime in my back porch. Sounds pretty. In a few hours, I will be having my morning coffee with 'Almond Joy' creamer. Yummy goodness. Things that, in the middle of a day that may not be the greatest, helps you stop and think: It's all good. 

DAY 21: I am thankful for our home. A place where I find rest and safety. A place that I go to when the world is bugging me. A place I share with my best friend. A place where my kids can come to for shelter and comfort,if need be. Something not everyone not everyone is blessed with.

DAY 22: I am thankful for the ability to be able to go OUT to eat.. This has been a long week, getting home late and not able to fix dinner. And Fred said the most wonderful thing to me last night "want to go out for dinner?" YES

DAY 23: I am thankful that we have a fireplace. Didn't have an opportunity to have one in Florida and was very excited to find a house with one here.
Today is a wet and cold kinda day and the fireplace will feel really good!

DAY 24: I am thankful that Fred felt compelled to buy a generator years ago. It may come in handy the next couple of days!

DAY 25: I am thankful for the 'Other Nassars'. It makes my heart happy to see Fred and his brother together. (though they can be annoying, lol) I am glad we get to spend time with my Sis-in-Law and my favorite redhead, who is not so little anymore!

DAY 26: I am thankful to have had a little bit of 'girls night out' with these silly gals. Man, I am going to miss you!!  

DAY 27: I am thankful that ___ years ago today, God brought Rachel King Nassar. Hope she has a great day!

DAY 28: I am thankful for a wonderful day. There was collaboration in the kitchen, mom came over and had a nice time, and got to visit with the other Nassars for a bit. 
Life was good today 

DAY 29: I am thankful for Facebook. Not only to keep up with 'old' friends all over the place, but to have a place where I can be entertained by funny people, inspired by wise people (some beyond their years!) challenged to be a better person, reminded of God's Grace, informed of events and things going on here and around the world. It's a fun place to be!

DAY 30: I am thankful for the life God has given me. I can look back at my 48 yrs and see His Hand in all the things I have gone through. Some good, some Great, some not so good, so REALLY bad. He is continually teaching me, molding me, never giving up on me. And for that I am very grateful

Thursday, September 12, 2013

GrandParents Day

I have 'graduated' !  I now work with 2 year olds. And the best part is that most of the kids are the ones I had in the baby room last year. I love my babies! :)

Grandparents Day was last Sunday. So this past Tuesday, our school had a reception for the Grands and kids. We love having the grandparents visit. They are such a vital part of our kids' lives.

Below is a picture of the craft we made with the kids as a gift. We think it turned out quite cute!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day crafts

I work with babies-2 year olds at KidFirst. I absolutely love those babies and the ladies I work with.    On Tuesday, we will be celebrating Moms, and we have been working on a gift for them.

When it comes to Mother's Day gifts, I really think it needs to be made by the kids, not me....But since we are working with little ones, we are kinda limited to 'handprints' crafts. Now, some of our kids HATE to get stuff on their hands, so it'snot really easy to get their handprints done.

We can, however, hold their hands in place to get a trace of them. So I decided on a handprint craft where the kids can still have an active part in making it for their mom. :)

I got some canvas, contact paper, and paint. We traced their hands on the contact paper, attached the handprint to the canvas, then let the kids finger paint the canvas. Again, some of the kids were not thrilled to get their hands messy, but we survived through it!  lol

Once they covered the whole canvas with paint,
 I took off the contact paper and we are left with a white handprint. 

As you can see, we have a lot of babies! hehe 

Once the paint dried, I went back and used a silver Sharpie and traced out the hands,
 wrote the kids' names and 2013. 

One of my kids' paint slipped under the contact paper and the handprint was a bit smeared. 
So I decided to fill the hand with the silver sharpie. It looks ok.

We have a couple of really little ones, so we made their footprint on tile.
 I have always wanted to do that! :)

Once they were all dried, I sprayed Shelac to seal the canvas and tile. 

I really liked how they turned out, so I decided to do that same thing with my 3 yr olds Sunday School class.
But since I waited till last minute with that decision, Walmart ran out of the 8x10 canvas, 
so I had to get 11x14 size. AND since it was bigger, I felt their little hands would get lost in the canvas. 
SO I decided to do BOTH hands and add a heart. 

I also had a couple of the kids in class who had siblings, so I thought, why not! 
I added them to the canvas as well.
This is a 3 yr old and his 6 yr old sister. 
This is my favorite little 3 yr old and his 4 yr old sister and his 7 yr old brother! 

All in all, I think they turned out really cute and I think the moms are going to like them. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Easter Wreath

Again, I have been wanting to make an Easter wreath since last year... I bought a bunch of plastic eggs, thinking about changing them, either by paint or fabric, so they don't "look" plastic.

But then I changed my mind. :) 
I like the flowers and the little duck. 
You can't read it, but the little sign under the duck says "welcome spring"

This one is very simple. And after next week, I am going to take off the egg and pink flowers and add some pretty sunflowers I got at Hobby Lobby. 
This wreath should last until I change it to the red,white,blue one I want to hang in May. 
Of course, need to make that one... hehehe

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Jewelry organizer

This is another attempt at a Pinterest craft. It took me forever to get it done. Mainly, I kept putting it off because I was intimidated....
I got the bulletin board and 5X7 frame at a local thrift store. I had the green tule that I bought a long time ago only because I liked the color. (hehe) And I used some screen material we had left over from fixing our window screens. I have seen it with chicken wire, and I would have preferred that. But I didn't have any of it.
I don't have a lot of jewelry, but where I had it stored, it was a mess and I would rather go without wearing any than to tackle the mess. So I thought maybe this way, I would be more inclined to use the stuff! lol

It's cutesy, nothing fancy, but I am happy with how I came up with ideas to fix issues with it in the process. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

American Flag from Fence Boards

I have a TON of things from Pinterest that I would love to make. But I admit I haven't made most of them.
Early last year, we replaced our fence and had a bunch of old boards. I went and looked up any and all crafts I could make with them. One of them was a very cool American flag. I totally intended to make it for last year's 4th of July, but alas, I didn't....
About 4 months ago, I had Fred cut the boards I needed to size. But, I still didn't make it.
Well, I finally did! :)

I think it came out so cool! Since I was going for a 'rustic look', I didn't have the stress of making it 'perfect'. I wish I was artistic. I think that would be such a great 'de-stresser'. Oh well, painting fence boards was pretty therapeutic, it made me happy!
I didn't make a 'tutorial' for it, as I was lucky to just get it done. (hehe)  But if I was to make another one, say if someone wanted me to make them one (wink), I would make step by step instructions. Not that it was all that hard, really.
Now, I have to decide where I want to hang it. I want it to be visible to the street, but not sure how I can attach it to the brick wall of the house. Fred will help me figure it out!

Now I just have to finish up another project I worked on while waiting for the flag to dry. I guess I will have to post about that too! LOL