and my Christmas gift came early.
In the corner of my daughter and son-in-law’s home the tall, fresh cut Douglas fir was lit by twinkling white lights that cast a soft glow on an assortment of homemade and specially bought ornaments. I relaxed in the wing back chair taking in a quiet moment the other day when something under the tree caught my eye.
A card made from red construction paper had been placed carefully under the tree. It was the large printed letters that caused me to kneel among the evergreen boughs and piney scent of fresh cut fir. There were no frilly bows or dangled loops of ribbon. No sparkle and glitz yet the package had been carefully planned for someone special.
Kneeling low to catch a glimpse inside, I touched the pages to open it slightly. Large printed words, the tell-tale signs of a 7-year-old’s handwriting helped me recognize the sender of this special gift.
My heart skipped a beat and what I saw changed me. The gift wasn’t a traditional gift at all but a lasting promise made by a Creator God. Tears pooled in my Nana eyes when I read:
“Cast your cares on Him because he cares for you.”
She listened carefully when I read from my Bible, and remembered the verse in 1 Peter 5:7. Pouring into her she is now pouring into her own family and keeping God’s word close, in her heart. When thinking of the most precious gift she could give her family, she gave the gift of truth, the promises in God’s word. My granddaughter, Maddy, is learning to love the Lord like I do at such a young and tender age. Lord, keep her close to you, all the days of her life, I pray, Amen.
We are almost done!
This video reviews how I made the pieces I’ll embellish the Hand Bound Journal with.
List of products used:
Tim Holtz Collection, layering stencil, honeycomb [stampersanonymous.com]
Ranger Mini-ink blending tool (pouncers) [rangerink.com]
Stampabilities rubber stamp, Jesus [Hobby Lobby]
Ranger Distressed Oxide Ink, Abandoned Coral
Black pigment ink
Sizzix If you don’t have a die cut machine, craft stores sell pre-cut die cut pieces.
Welcome to Art from the Heart!
I hope you’ve done some creating! I’d love to see your finished work, send me a photograph!
Today we are going to turn silk flowers into a pop of color to display in a living room, bathroom even a kitchen. I promise you’ll love it like ship lap!
On the Cheap!
I purchased the two metal vases at Goodwill for under $5.00. I will admit, I usually have to look a couple places to find almost exactly what I’m looking for. But this time, I went to one Goodwill after work and there they were! I purchased the silk flowers at Craft Warehouse, five bundles for $2.00 each. They are not the expensive brand but not the cheapest either. They were on clearance (after summer clearance?) and I used a $5.00 off coupon.
I want just the flowers to show and at the same height so I used garden clippers to clip them away from the bunch. At that point they were too short for the tall vase.
I stuffed newspaper in the bottom of the vase to bring up the height. I saved the shortest flowers for the shorter vase! Now, the plastic and fake looking leaves are hidden and you are left with a great pop of color!
The three short videos below show measuring and cutting the inside paper, attaching the paper to the book and assembling pieces to use to embellish your book.
Video measuring and cutting paper and decorative paper
Video Attaching paper to book
OOOPS! One last video for today: Gather ephemera embellishments
Someone asked, okay. Ephemera is:
“items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.”
Like a ticket stub or a library card! Think Upcycle!
Goodness, one learns a lot when you watch yourself on video…who knew I had such a hand and finger habit?
If you have questions, suggestions, leave a comment! I love hearing from you!
Join me next week for the final installment – the fun part-It’s all fun! We’ll decorate the inside of the book. This is where your heart shows through!
This is the third installment of our hand bound journal project. There will be 3 videos published this week to guide you into decorating the front cover, attaching the inside pages and tips to look for items to embellish your book with. The fourth video, embellishing the book, will be available next week.
printer paper, for inside paper
2-sided heavy card stock printed or solid (one sheet is needed per paper folder)
Waxy flax thread
paper and materials for cover
4 small eyelets (If you are making a larger book with additional paper, you will punch more holes in spine and use more eyelets and more waxy flax)
Adhesive tape gun or other adhesive tape roller (permanent adhesive)
Heavy duty paper punch
Stop what you are doing, get out of your routine. If you’re standing, crouch low. This is what I saw the other day when I sat on the floor with my granddaughter.
She’s just learning to sit up by herself. I see dimples and piano fingers!
This is that scarlet runner bean I keep talking about. Who knew when I opened it the bean inside would be varied shades of lavender and purple? Aren’t they delicately beautiful? By the way, you can eat the green bean when it’s in its tender green stage. Or, wait for the bean to dry, harvest the beans inside and cook them or add them to soup! As the bean dries they change from lavender or purple to a rich dark brown with black markings.
I challenge you this week to observe, become aware of, detect, spot and notice. Reply in comments what it is you noticed today!
That fabulous scarlet runner pole bean in our garden this summer, I’m drying the seeds for next year. Find out more here, at the Good Life. Beans are a good crop to start with if you’ve never dried seeds before. Yay!
Today, pink high top Converse tennis shoes start at $55 a pair. In 1973, they were red, at the local Wigwam, and I probably paid $7.99 for my first pair. Did you know Converse first became a thing in 1908? Wish I still had those red tennies.
In my craft closet I have a rubber stamp that is well inked and missing a corner, “kindness is the greatest wisdom.” If this is a famous quote, I don’t know who said it. But I know who said it first.
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 ESV
Jesus’ life is an example for us. He spoke to religious leaders, lepers and government officials with the same kindness. He didn’t judge, but his parables instructed in a way that everyone could understand. His story telling opposed the sin and not the sinner.
This week I couldn’t choose just one quotable quote. You’ll see what I mean.
“Only speak words that make souls stronger.” Holley Gerth
They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Frederick Beuchner, author, theologian
Look at your own life and see if it isn’t so.
Note to self. Embrace kind.