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How to Add a Pop of Color with Flowers on the cheap!

October 17, 2017

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!



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Hand Bound Journal continued

October 16, 2017


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!




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Hand Bound Journal Cover Page

October 15, 2017


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)


Paper cutter

Ruler, pencil

Adhesive tape gun or other adhesive tape roller (permanent adhesive)

Heavy duty paper punch

Video 1

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To Be a Noticer Takes Time

October 13, 2017

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!




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Kindness is the Greatest Wisdom

October 11, 2017

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!

It’s Trendy

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.


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Create. Vinyl Wall Art!

October 9, 2017


I used a Cricket machine to cut the vinyl letters. If you don’t have one ask your crafty friends! This is also the technique I used to create the letters for The Best Things in Life wood wall art. The supplies needed to create your own vinyl wall art:


Cricket machine

12″ x 12″ Cricket mat

Adhesive-Backed 3 mil Vinyl, I use the Cricket brand available at most craft stores

Tape measure to measure the wall area, pencil

You can use the applicator stick that comes with the vinyl to rub it onto the wall. However, the wall I used is lightly textured and my finger worked better.

Measure the space, determine and mark the center point. I also drew light marks to show a straight edge to use for placement.

Cricket settings: 

Blade: 6

Speed: 3

Pressure: 5

Letter size: 4 inches (I discovered afterwards larger letters would look better. I’ll try 6 inches and post a new picture)  Practice on a sheet of card stock if you aren’t sure about the size and placement of the letters.

Center the phrase on the wall: place the “middle” letter on the center point first and work out to the right and then to the left. For a space in the phrase, use a letter to “measure” the space.


I hope you’ll join me October 17 and we’ll add a pop of color with Silk Flowers on the Cheap! I think you’ll love it like ship lap!


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Hand Bound Journal, installment 2

October 8, 2017

Welcome to Art from the Heart!

This is the second video with step-by-step instructions to make this hand bound journal or photo book. We’ll use:


ruler, pencil and paper cutter

foam paint brush


One-sided scrapbook paper, four sheets of 8.5 x 11″

rubber brayer and bone folder (or use your hand)

white glue

wax paper or parchment paper


There will be a pause while I’m gluing (awkward!) No, I’m trying to figure out how to make the video speed up during this part of the instruction…stay tuned! Watch the video below; leave questions or comments in the comment box.


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On Being a Noticer

October 5, 2017

I am a noticer and yes, I made this word up.  I think I was born that way. As a child I was always looking up or staring at the ground. Go on a walk with your favorite kid. You may see a red winged blackbird and hear your four-year-old granddaughter exclaim, “it sounds like a tiny scream!

Move closer to a tree and study the pattern in the bark. This tree looks swollen like something grew too fast within and almost burst its seams.


The knotty pattern of the backyard swing leaves me wishing my grandchildren were here today.


This pole bean has surpassed the expectation of what a bean should look like! Now I know the view that Jack had… They are mammoth! This is no joke, they are almost as long as my arm, I measured one at 15 inches! Incredible!


Reply in the comments, what caught your attention today that made you stop and notice?


The second video instruction for the Hand Bound Journal will be posted on October 8, 2017.

I hope you’ll join me!



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Fall is in the Air

October 4, 2017

Friends Like Family

I have fond memories of long Saturday bike rides with friends in the fall and gathering afterwards at my house to make homemade soup. This biking trail in Olympia is beautiful this time of year (or anytime really). Sheep, apples that crunch when you take a bite, oh, the sea, the sea!

Not So Trendy, Always in Style

There’s a grocery store where we live now that offers samples of their homemade soups. I’ve noticed a change in the weather, sunny but chilly mornings…the leaves are changing from pea green to gold and crimson. Fall is in the air and there are crowds in the “soup line.” Thank goodness I never hear them say “No soup for you!”

I think this Chicken Soup recipe by Paula Deen may become one of your favorites!

On the Nightstand

I’ve just started reading the novel “Before We Were Yours,” by Lisa Wingate. I can’t seem to put it down. The story takes place in 1930s America and focuses on the unraveling of the lives of children who were taken from their families to be adopted by wealthy Americans.

The unusual verbs and delicious adjectives are powerful, “I swallow another swell of emotion.” Haven’t you done that? Can you relate? “Her thick gray hair is braided and twisted around her head, and that, combined with the colorless dress, makes her almost ghostlike, a remnant of some long forgotten past.” Tell me the words form a picture in your mind!


“Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation.  Noah walked with God.” Genesis 6:9 NLV

Recently we hiked with friends at Blue Lake near Mt. Saint Helens. Blue Lake was affected very little by the 1980 eruption. However, the absence of the great trees that once graced the mountain slopes has resulted in yearly debris that silts up the lake. Muddy waters have continued since the original blast. New life sprouts green but mature trees can’t get a foot hold there.

I thought of the muddy waters of my own life and repeated struggling that kept me from receiving the help God longed to give me.

In the Bible, the writer of Hebrews wrote about Noah’s trust in God, “By faith, Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.” Hebrews 11:7 NLV

In the rising, muddy waters of today’s culture, do you fear for the next generation? Noah made a choice to trust God. God saw Noah’s character and He told Noah what he must do to save his family. Noah believed in things he could not see. This Bible promise gives me hope.

God has a plan for those who want to walk through life with Him. It is isn’t based on what we’ve done but who we trust and believe in. When I turned to God, He showed me which way to go.  It’s as simple as talking to Him and asking for His help.

Are you stuck in muddy waters? Has it “rained” in your life without evidence of a rainbow, far too long? Where will you look for answers?  God sees you and wants to make a covenant with you.


“Pay attention to the thing that brings a tear to your eye or a lump in your throat. They are signs the Holy is drawing near.” Frederick Buechner, author, theologian, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.




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Create. The Best Things In Life

October 3, 2017

Today we celebrate the inspiration of family and friends and Create!

The DIY pallet craze hit and I can rarely find free wood pallets now. I bought these at Craft Warehouse:

I lightly sanded the wood by hand, you need a smooth surface to apply vinyl letters. I painted a coat of white paint and let it dry and sanded again. I want the white to show through giving it that aged look. I painted the purchased wooden tag (after a light sanding) with Pink Chiffon acrylic paint. Using a rag I wiped some of the paint off and sanded again.

I had this stencil and decided to add a little more style and pop by stenciling here and there, using the brush to “pounce” color into the stencil. I used a red that didn’t really match but when I mixed it with the pink it blended and looked like it belonged.


If you’ve never stenciled the key is to use a dry stencil brush and very little paint. This keeps the paint in the negative space and from seeping under the edge. I wanted a subtle look and I think I accomplished that. If you don’t have a stencil brush, improvise with a piece of sponge. Again, make sure it is dry. Pounce the brush onto a paper plate to get most of the paint off. You can always go back over it if it isn’t dark enough. I sanded again over the stencil area too and it looks like the stencil has been there all along!

You can buy a vinyl saying at most craft stores or make your own. Measure the board width to make sure the vinyl letters will fit. I used my Cricket and you can go here to see how I cut the word from purchased vinyl. I practiced first on card stock to make sure I had the size and font just right.

After consulting with my husband, Greg, I clipped metal clips on the tag and secured the tag with wood glue. You don’t have to use a fancy clip but this is what I had. I’d love to find some old, rusted clipboard clips! I’m not in love with the gold bow…stay tuned!





DIY Best Things in Life!

Tuesday, October 17:

How do you like the pink bow? And the cute chalkboard sign is just what I didn’t realize it needed. Instead of a glass doorknob, the darker knob and solid (not transparent) bow goes better with the rustic, vintage look.