Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Prayer picture frame

For this project you will need a picture frame, scissors, tape, a ruler and markers or a printer

You'l need to cut the paper into the size of the opening, then use a dry erase board marker to write the prayer requests on the glass of each picture. Inside each picture I taped the name of each person that I want to be daily praying for.

Promises in a Jar

For my birthday my mom sent me 21 promises from the Bible, among other things all with the 21 theme.

I loved the promises but wasn't sure where to put them.... until I thought of the empty pickle jar sitting on my counter. I am going to put this jar at an easy to reach place in my house so when i'm having a hard day or just need to be reminded of God's love for me I can pick one out and be refreshed.

As I use the promises I think I'll make more. They are so easy to make. Simple type (or copy and paste from online) the verses on a piece of paper and then cut the paper in strips so their is one verse per paper. then roll them up and place them in the jar.

A little Organization and Decoration

This last week I was talking with a friend and we ended up desiding that I needed to redesign my upstairs living room area. It has been our storage area and because out basement is musty and it needs continue to provide room for storage. This was a little of a dilemma in my planning the space since I didn't want to have boxes everywhere. the other major problem is that the two walls are slanted since it is part of the upstairs...... but creativity won out... 

 Here is a before picture :p 

So I went and bought 
a Blanket
Pillows and pillow cases
Cloth to cover the inside of the shelf
 A table with a lamp
since we had painted this room not to long ago I went to Walmart paint department where I had gotten the paint and found the same paint swatch... then looked at other colors and since I knew I wanted black it ended up being black and gray. But having the paint swatch helped me pick out pillow cases... i was going to do black and gray pillow cases and then i saw that they had some light green ones, so i walked over not expecting them to match my paint swatch but they did! so i was able to get some green pillow cases that match so wonderfully :D

The other side of this room still needs to be finished and hopefully I'll have time today and this weekend :)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Spring, Alergies and Good Books

Well this week's weather has been wonderful! It makes me feel alive again and ready for some more excessive... But then the day after everything warmed up I got hit with a cold :( as much as I am hoping this is just a cold it feels much more like what I would imagine allergies feel like (I've never had them before). My nose feels like its packed full and by eyes feel a little irritated. my whole head feels like it weighs an extra few pounds and I don't feel quite as energetic as I had felt the first day of the nice weather. But I am sure this too will pass and hopefully won't become an annual occurrence. 

This week of spring break has been so wonderful and I am dreading going back to school on Monday :(  By Andy's suggestion I started a wall of my photography :) Right now there are 9 big frames and 4 small ones and we will switch out old pictures for new ones as I take more that we like. It is fun to have my art up on the wall for guests to see.

I started a new book last night. its called Crazy Love by Francis Chan and so far it has been amazing. The first chapter was all about how Great our God really is and how little we daily remember it and live it in our lives. Here is a video that he made to show just how insignificant our earth is... It amazes me just how small we are in the universe and it is such a good reminder to see. The Awe Factor of Gad I hope that you watch that it isn't very long :)

Despite my cold i'm about to go work with some young horses today and then hopefully go ridding for a little while :) I am excited to get outside and I'm hoping that my cold won't slow me down too much :p

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

DIY Kindle Case

Last week I decided to make my own kindle case. The cases out there can be so expensive. I didn't think it was worth buying one so I decided to make my own. Here is how I made mine. (for under $10)

What you'll need:
Cloth for a cover (I used an old shirt)
Old Book
Elastic Straps
Construction Paper

Step One:
Find a book that your kindle will fit inside. For this I went to Goodwill and sized my kindle up to books till I found one that would work and bought it for $5.
Step Two:
Cut out all the pages of your book and also cut your cloth to be 1"-1.5" than the book on each side (A non-stretch material works best for this).

Step Three:
Superglue the cloth to the book and allow to dry. I also decided to place a strip of cloth in the center because my felt wouldn't cover that area

Step four: 
Cut out felt and paper to cover the two inside covers of the book
Step five:
Sew on 4 elastic straps to the felt to keep the kindle inside the book. When you're sewing them on make them a little tighter than you think you need to. Once you glue it down the flatness of the felt seams to make more room.
Step six: Superglue the felt down to the book (for this step I used E-6000 superglue) and place something heavy on top of felt while it dries.
glue paper on left cover.

 And you have yourself you're very own kindle case!

let me know if you have questions in the comment section below.

Spring Break

Well spring break started for me at noon on Thursday and I celebrated by going down to Milwaukee for the weekend and spending time with my Mom, and two younger sisters (Kim and Kalli). It was so good to see them and spend some time with them. They are in the process of unpacking and setting up their new apartment. They just moved two weeks ago from a 5 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom apt. so everything is a little crammed right now. but they have done a great job of making it look like home. I wanted to show you but I am realizing that I didn't take any pictures this weekend :(

It feels amazing to have a break from school. I've slept in every day and gotten some much needed cleaning done :) The weather this week has been beautiful! its supposed to get up to 75 today!!! So latter this afternoon I plan to go horseback ridding at a friends house :)

Wow it has been a LONG time since I've updated.... guess this semester has been more busy than I had expected. Seems like time has flown past and I can't believe that this semester is already half over. Driving in everyday takes up more time than I had anticipated and the house has been unusually messy this semester... but classes are going well so far. I took a welding class which ended this last week and that was a lot of fun. I was able to learn 5 different ways to weld and practice them all. Some were much harder than others and i have a new appreciation for welders.

My photography class has been fun and a little challenging at times. here are some of the pictures I've turned in for assignments. We haven't done as many assignments as I had hoped we would have but part of that is because it is a beginning class so she has to explain how our cameras work and everything else.

Blurred Motion (Christmas lights with 10 second exposure)

I hope that you all are having a good week. Hopefully I'll be updating a little more often in the future :p