Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Made with love and suckers!

Valentines for 25 1st graders.  Check!
(sorry about the poor picture quality)

Got the idea from HERE


Thursday, February 4, 2010

The renovation begins!

So My 40th Birthday is coming up.

In 51/2 weeks to be exact.
How did this happen?
Although thankfully a little wiser, I feel like that same girl at 17.  
Where did the time go?
All the other birthdays easily passed without any problems.  30 was a breeze.  I've never been one to care enough about my age to lie or worry about getting wrinkles early.
Why does this one feel different?  It seems that the closer it gets the more obsessed about it I get.  
Have I done everything I wanted to do "in my 30's"?  I know life doesn't end at 40 and I know that I've got maybe 1 or 2 (tee hee hee) good years left on this earth, but am I who I wanted to be yet? 
Am I on the path? 
I know I don't want to be fat and 40. 
(no offense to all my pleasantly plump and happy about it sistas)
I dreamed of being a "fit" young mom at 40.  Well "fit" I aint.  Fit left me at about 34.  Can I get it back?  Is there still time?  
What can I do with 5 1/2 weeks?
Well today was the first day of my  
"40 and fabulous" renovation. 
I'm exercising.
I'm eating well.
I'm reading.
I'm creating.
I'm trying to serve others.
I'm laughing.
I'm organizing.
I'm cleaning.
I'll keep you posted on my progress!

By the way.....big blowout bash or quiet get together with those I'm closest to?  Whatdaya think?


Monday, February 1, 2010

Love all around!

So what does one do with a 2x6 piece of wood?  I'll tell ya!


and this

Besides a 2x6 board that I got at Lowes, here were my supplies:

mod podge
wooden letters
hot glue
distressing ink


I first cut the wood to the desired length depending on how big your wooden letters or your pictures are.
I sanded the wood down a bit to get rid of any jagged edges.
For the "xo" blocks:
I painted the blocks red and the letters white and used some of the distressing ink on the edges.
I slightly sanded the painted blocks.
I cut some fabric a little smaller and mod podged it onto the front of the block.
When it was dry, I glued the letters onto the blocks with hot glue.
I tied a sweet bow and hot glued that onto the top of the block.

For the picture block:
I painted the block a layer of green paint and then a layer of black.  (I like the affect of the green showing through a little when I sand the blocks after painting)
I slightly sand the painted block.
I mod podged my picture of choice onto the block and added a layer of mod podge around the whole block.
When it was dry, I added a decorative handle and tied a ribbon on one side of the handle.

Cuteness right?

The picture of Christ I used was a photo that I had taken of a print I have from artist Liz Lemon Swindle
but you could use any picture you like.  I think I'll do a family photo next.

         I linked up HERE