Thursday, May 28, 2015

Summer Bookshelf


There is a bookshelf in my living room which I decorate for seasons and holidays. Even if nothing else gets decorated, I make sure I decorate the shelf! It's my "happy spot."

My family usually goes away for the summer, on assignment (my husband and I are on staff with a college ministry), so for a few years the Spring decorations stayed up until September..I admit it. It bugged me. Last year, I began to remedy that and started making some Summer decor!

So, here is my bookshelf for this Summer:


For the frame, I made a pinwheel bookpage banner, which I will post more about on Monday.

I posted about my vintage-looking paper pinwheels earlier this week. I made a pinwheel bouquet and but them in my rustic milk can.


I made the two smaller pieces of art, which I posted about earlier. The 8x10 "Love the Journey" print came free from The 36th Avenue.



For the movement, I placed fake daisies in a blue mason jar and set it on my distressed red stool I bought from Hobby Lobby.  Next to it is my firefly jar that my mom gave me when I was in high school. I think it actually came from Boyd's Bears and the fireflies light up!


This is definitely Cupcake's favorite part!

I also have my mini vintage mason jar and mini bicycle on the shelf.



Linking To:

MONDAYS
TUESDAYS
Show and Tell with  
Flamingo Toes, Sugar Bee Crafts, A Pumpkin and a Princess, and Snap!  
Tutorial Tuesdays with Hope Studios

 WEDNESDAYS
Work It Wednesday with  
The Happy Housie // The Blissful Bee // The Turquoise Home // Place of My Taste
 
THURSDAYS  
Inspiration Gallery with
Design, Dining, Diapers // Crafterberry Bush // The Golden Sycamore

FRIDAYS
That DIY Party with DIY Show Off  
The Sunday Showcase with Stephanie Lynn

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Beach Umbrella Count and Color Activities for Pre-K


Cupcake loves working with manipulatives and miniature items, so I came up with these fun activities when she was learning the letter "u."

All you need for these activities are drink umbrellas (the cheapest I found was at Target, near the napkins), Styrofoam circles (2/$1 at the Dollar Tree), and construction paper.

First, we did color sorting. I placed colored construction paper circles on the circles and she poked the umbrellas on the the color to which they belonged (also a good fine motor practice).

 
For counting, I placed a number of counting bears under the umbrellas and had her count how many bears were on the beach.


Cupcake will engage in just about any activity if we include music, so I try to include it when she gets distracted. For the bears, I sang (to the tune of "Did You ever see a Lassie?), "Oh many bears, how many, how many? Oh, how many bears are on the beach?" And then she counted them. This song works for just about any activity we do with the bears!

Lastly, we squeezed as many bears as we could under the umbrellas and counted how many bears fit on the beach.


She thought that was pretty funny. When we finished, I let her play with the bears on the "beach." She liked to make them swim in the ocean. :-) 

Linking To:
MONDAYS
Mom 2 Mom with  
Montessori Monday with Living Montessori Now

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Laugh and Learn with  
Hip Homeschool Hop with Hip Homeschool Moms
Tutorial Tuesdays with Hope Studios

FRIDAYS
 Preschool & Kindergarten Community with Homeschool Creations

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Vintage-Looking Paper Pinwheels


I made these pinwheels last year for my summer "mantle." I wanted them to look vintage, so I used vintage looking cardstock and wood buttons.

You can make these very easily, using double-sided cardstock or paper OR by gluing two sheets of paper back to back. Just note, if you glue a button on like I did, they will not actually spin. They are for decoration only!

Here's how to make them:


1-Cut your paper to a square, any size you want the pinwheel to be. I did three sizes for a variety in my boquet: 6x6, 5x5 and 4x4. Measure and draw lines from the corner to the center-leave enough space in the center to hold your pinwheel together. Cut on the lines.

2- Fold alternating corners up to the middle.

3- Secure the folded up corners in the middle with a brad. I found it helpful to poke holes with a needle or pin first, so that the brad could easily slip through.

4-Glue a button in the middle and a stick onto the back of the pinwheel (I just used BBQ skewers).


And that's it! They are super inexpensive, fun, and cute!


Delightfully Creating,

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Linking To:

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Show and Tell with  
Flamingo Toes, Sugar Bee Crafts, A Pumpkin and a Princess, and Snap!  
Tutorial Tuesdays with Hope Studios




 WEDNESDAYS

Work It Wednesday with
The Happy Housie // The Blissful Bee // The Turquoise Home // Place of My Taste
 
THURSDAYS  
Inspiration Gallery with
Design, Dining, Diapers // Crafterberry Bush // The Golden Sycamore




That DIY Party with DIY Show Off  
The Sunday Showcase with Stephanie Lynn

A Humble Example of Evangelism

Evangelism. There are a lot of emotions brought up by this word.

I know I'm supposed to do it, as a follower of Christ. Even more, it's part of my ministry! But, even so, I lose the passion to do it. That's why it's been a great refresher to study about the heart of evangelism with my girls.

I love the passage in John 1:35-51, which describes how some of Jesus' first followers shared their faith. They were young-brand new followers. They knew very little and yet they ran to tell those they loved about Christ.


I am going to focus on Philip and Nathanael because that is my favorite part of this passage. Philip, with very little knowledge, ran to find and tell Nathanael about Jesus. Notice that Philip did it urgently and intentionally. He didn't just share with whoever was most convenient or yell out on the streets. He ran to find Nathanael and tell him.

Nathanael scoffed at him, "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there" This didn't stop Philip. "Come and see for yourself," he simply responded and then brought Nathanael to Jesus.

I love this part of the passage because it addresses two of my greatest fears in evangelism and that of my students: lack of knowledge and rejection.

Philip just met Jesus. All he knew was that Jesus was the Messiah whom was prophesied about in the Law and Prophets. His lack of knowledge didn't stop him from telling others about Jesus. His faith and joy in Christ surpassed his lack of knowledge.

Nathanael scoffs at Philip and yet that doesn't stop Philip either. He doesn't become offended or angrily try to debate Nathanael. He simply takes Nathanael to Jesus and lets Him prove Himself to Nathanael. And guess what? Nathanael surrenders his life to Christ!

Philip is a great example of how we should approach evangelism: with humble boldness and faith. So what if we don't have all the answers? God is bigger than all of our question marks. So what if someone laughs in my face? Their need to hear the Gospel is greater than my need for man's acceptance.

Lord, help me be like Philip and share the Gospel with humble boldness. Let my faith take over my fears of rejection.

Delightfully His
Linking To:
Titus 2 Tuesday with Cornerstone Confessions 
SDG Connections with Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood
Thought Provoking Thursday with 3D Lessons For Life
Faith Filled Friday with Missional Women

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday at 22 Weeks Pregnant

It's time for another What I Wore Wednesday with Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy and this time I'm dressing a baby bump!

I was pregnant in the Winter for my first pregnancy, so I will say that dressing a baby bump in 80-90 degree weather is not nearly as fun-and sometimes not at all fun. It also amazes me that sometimes I look uber pregnant and sometimes I don't look pregnant at all, depending on the cut of the outfit.

So here are five outfits at 22 weeks.


So, here I am looking a little pregnant.

This dress is from JC Penney, I think, and it's not maternity. But, it's empire waist cut so it works.
Cardigan: Pickyourplum
Shoes: target
Jewelry: Charming Charlie

Here I am looking much pregnant.

Tank: Old Navy
Skirt: I actually cut this into a skirt from a sundress I didn't want anymore. It has an elastic waist, so, again, it works.
Vest: Zulily
Shoes: Target

And then I don't look very pregnant.

Dress: Zulily
Jewlery: Charming Charlie
Sandals: Kmart

And now I look pregnant again.

Dress: Old Navy (not maternity)
Vest: Zulily
Belt and Sandals: Target

Sorry for the bad pics, but you get the drift. :-)

Top: Zulily
Jeans: Old Navy
Sandals: Kmart

This may be the last time I wear jeans pregnant!

That's all for now!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Easy DIY Summer Art


Hello friends! I am back after an unintentional hiatus from blogging. I guess I just needed a break and to focus on getting my life in some sort of order (ha) after a first trimester of being incredibly tired all.the.time.

I enjoy creating mix media-type and paper art for my seasonal bookshelf. Here is some very simple mini arts I created for my Summer shelf.

Summer Banner Art:


I made this one with Martha Stewart paper and baker's twine. I printed the "summer" on cardstock on my computer before adding the banner. I do not have good handwriting!

Bicycle Art:


This one is my favorite! I had this bicycle button that I believe I got in a pack at Michael's. I can't remember the company, unfortunately. I tied a small baker's twine bow in the button holes and glued it onto newsprint scrapbook paper card stock. I made the sun with various scraps of orange and yellow paper. 

Delightfully Creating,

Linking To 

MONDAYS
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FRIDAYS
That DIY Party with DIY Show Off
The Sunday Showcase with Stephanie Lynn

Monday, March 30, 2015

Why I've been MIA

I've been neglecting the blog lately-and also crafting, but for good reason!


Yep, we have a new little blessing coming in September!

I've been SO TIRED, ya'll. With Cupcake, I was super sick. With this one, I've been super tired. Pretty much all I do is stay-at-home-mom it and sleep. My house is a mess and I can never seem to get a handle on the laundry. True life!

But, I'm seeping great! Haha

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