Crafts & DIY · My Hallmark Obsession

Fill the Truck: Fabric Daffodils

Today I am struggling.  I’m struggling with patience.  I’m struggling with negativity.

I’m basically driving the whole Struggle Bus.

In short: I’ve got a bad attitude.

So, I thought I’d make something pretty.   (that didn’t involve masks)

Do you remember my Hallmark Inspired Truck that I keep out all year long?  Well, it needed something SPRINGY!

I meant to have at least two other Fill the Truck posts in between my Shamrocks and this one, but….well, quarantine life.

Alright, enough ho-hum…let’s get to some pretties, shall we?

I found a really cute, easy tutorial for fabric daffodils HERE from Crafty Staci  She gives you three ways to make them.  I followed one tutorial for the first one I made, and then just sort of wings the other two.  Remember, my attitude today.  I ran out of patience with that too, apparently.

 

Anywhoodle, I used some wooden skewers and wrapped them up with fabric for the stems….

HOT glue those bad boys on the back

Then, I just happened to have this cute little Terracotta pot Georgia painted for me back in 2018.  (says so on the bottom)

And for the dirt?  A rolled up brown sock that is one of a million without a match that I have piled in our guest room.

 

See, Who needs to run to the craft store to create something new?

Well, I might not NEED to…..but I REALLY REALLY REALLY cannot wait to anyway.

Also, I need to catch up on my Spring Fling Hallmark movies! (Perhaps that will lift my spirits?)

Have you been watching???

Crafts & DIY · Tutorial

Decorate the Windows: DIY Washable Window Paint Cross

I’ve seen this on so many of my friends and families Facebook Feeds…and I’ve been wanting to do it…

It’s just that: Paint is not an essential item.

I tried to order it online.  It’s either astronomically priced OR won’t be delivered for over a month.

I tried putting it in my pick-up grocery order:  NOT IN STOCK. no subsitutions

So whatever, I bought some Chalk Markers and went on with my life.

 

Well, it’s Holy Week…and the idea of having a large cross painted on one of our windows is just too good for me to let go.

Yesterday, we made it happen.

And I realized, it was WAY easier than I thought it would be to make our own washable paint from the paint we already had.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

WASHABLE PAINT: ACRYLIC PAINT, DISH SOAP, WATER

OTHER: PAINTER’S OR MASKING TAPE AND BRUSHES

 

I did the taping, because, well, I’ve reached my limit of “4 children distance learning from home with severely limited contact with the outside world for the past 3 weeks” expectation to work together in a manner that would please Jesus on this project (you’ll see I was not wrong)

Then I used a very little amount of paint, we’ll call it “a Squirt” with a tsp or less of water and “a drop” of dish soap for each color.  Super technical measurements.  If the mixture is TOO runny, you’ll know…because it will drip.   So use less water than you think at first.

(I also tested this out and it came off very easily with my natural window cleaner)

Then, my only “rule”  was to try and not let any of the same color touch…and let them go to town.

 

80% of the way done, and all was right in the world….

and then it wasn’t.

Daughter on chair spilled paint cup on head of daughter on floor.

Daughter on floor does. Not react well to many “uncomfortable” or sensory triggers

Guilty Party

After this, the last painter standing “accidently” painted some of my curtain pink.

 

Come Quickly, Lord Jesus!

We Need You Now!

 

All joking aside,

Paint washed away from the Hair.

We can now be reminded of the Beautiful Symbolism of the Ultimate washing away….

In a time where we could all use the Comfort.

I couldn’t think of a more fitting day to publish this post than today…what would have been my mom’s 70th birthday….but will be forever 67 in our eyes until we meet again.

Crafts & DIY · Free Printable · From the Vault

The Common Table Prayer: Free Printable

I didn’t forget to post this morning….I was just contemplating what I wanted to say.

I have often been found making jokes over the past week regarding the rapidly evolving Coronavirus situation.  I do that.  Call it a coping mechanism…or whatever you want.  It’s how I do life.

I’m not going to get into what I think about whether it’s overblown, not being taken seriously enough, or if my family has enough toilet paper to make it through the next few weeks.  (I do know I have plenty of scrap fabric….so we’ll be good, I think)

If you have questions or concerns, I DO suggest you look to the CDC (they are called the CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL for a reason)  If you want a more personal opinion: see how your friend or family member that is a Health Care Professional is living their life and taking care of their family.  We go about this the same way…all the time.  We go to work, deal with the diseases everyday, and wash our hands a lot.

What I WILL say is this is the first time my husband and I have discussed the spread of disease and germs so thoroughly with our children. (with the exception of when my mom was sick and couldn’t come visit)  We don’t get to protect them from the world around us…the world and it’s problems will find them.  So we make sure we are part of their safe place and sounding board.

As we sat around our dinner table last night….

we discussed what’s happening, and some of the possibilities of what is to come….

and We Prayed.

We prayed the Common Table Prayer and Return Thanks that we do every sit-down meal.  If you’ve prayed this prayer before, it’s likely you rush through and never give it another thought….but I urge you to slow down.

Ponder each line.

It’s so good.

It’s so NEEDED.

And that is why I knew I needed to share this project I made back in July of 2012 with you.  Please feel free to print and use in your own home.  The Super Large Framed version is what’s hanging in our kitchen right

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CIRCA July 17, 2012 from my previous blog:

I have a great idea for some artwork for our Kitchen Dining Area…but I needed to first make the Subway Art Print.

While I was at it, I thought I’d share 🙂  It’s a 4×6 jpeg….but think how fun it would be printed out 2ft. x 3ft.!

The Common Table Prayer:

Black & White

 

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White & Black

CTPrayer-W&B

 

Crafts & DIY · From the Vault · Tutorial

Flashback Friday: Lucky Craft from the Vault

One of the things I am most excited about is sharing with you some of my old blog posts from “For What It’s Worth…or Not” from way back when…
So, on Fridays I’m going to treat you to some Flashbacks!
It’s crazy to think that this was originally publish on March 8, 2011.
NINE YEARS AGO?!?!?!  woah. that can’t be, I remember this so vividly….
At any rate, here you go….no editing, just raw content here.  I totally STILL have this frame, and it’s part of my yearly March decor. 🙂
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Find an early-90’s Home Interior Special picture frame
(or any old frame you are not particularly fond of)
and paint it Green
Pick up some wooden letters at your local craft store
These came in a pack of 2….
so a lucky someone is going to get a surprise from me soon
Paint them Green
Make the U into a Horseshoe by drawing a little design
(Hint: if you go with a lighter green, you can use a permanent marker to draw on it, otherwise, you’ll have to use a paint pen or paintbrush)
Arrange your letters in any way you’d like on a piece of cardstock
I used the “LOVE” sign as inspiration
Place in your frame, and show off your last-minute creativity
If you don’t make this craft you will have 7 years of bad luck and every time you wear the color green a bird will poop on your head….even in the middle of winter.
Just Kidding!
(it will only be 6 years)

 

Crafts & DIY · My Hallmark Obsession · Sewing

Fill The Truck: Felt Shamrocks

Last year as I was perusing down the Christmas clearance aisles….I came upon this beautiful vintage red truck that screamed out to my Hallmark heart!  I believe it was filled with a “sack of hot cocoa” when I bought it.

Now, normally, I take after-season-clearance deals and pack them away with my like-seasonal decor so that when the holiday rolls around again I get surprised by new things!  It’s like buying yourself a gift that you can still be surprised by!  (can you tell I don’t receive many gifts from other people very often?)

Well, since my Hallmark LOVE cannot not be contained to the Christmas season….this truck is part of my home decor all year round.

So, I need it to “haul” things for different seasons/holidays.

For MARCH….I needed: Shamrocks, of course!

I tried a few different projects, but couldn’t find one I liked more than these quick felt Shamrocks.

I was going to do a tutorial, but Lauren over at Molly and Mama did such a fantastic job, you can head over there if you need the step by step.

I did have take a few of my “ugly” first drafts and add buttons to the center to clean them up a bit…

And now, my Hallmark Truck is ALL READY for March!

(P.S. Hallmark’s Spring Fever movies start premiering on the 29th this year if you’re wondering)

What did you say?  You don’t have a truck like this to fill?   ….and you are looking for one to add to your decor

Well, you’re in LUCK!  I took the liberty of “shopping” for ya 😉  You know…just in case…even found you a few color options 😉 You’re welcome! SHOP HERE