Bible Art Journaling – I am Forgiven

I am forgivenI love being able to do Art Journaling in my Bible.  It is a legacy to leave for our families future generations.

This is Isaiah 1:18 that tells us we are forgiven….completely.

I had a study Bible with large margins and I am using those margins to create some art.  The pages of this Bible are very thin and I use Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Matte) to prep the pages before I start any coloring.  In this art journal piece I am using Copic Markers, washi tape and stickers.  I used some Golden fluid acrylics first but I couldn’t keep them from streaking.  Looks I will have to learn the technique on the use of them.

It is important to me to be able to read the verses after the art is done.  That is why I like Copics right now, but I have seen others using different mediums and I am going to try my hand at venturing out and learning what else work.

As I stated before I am doing His-Kingdom-Come Bible Study – Take Me Deeper/DNA.  So far I am loving it and if you want to come along on this journey click on the hyperlink and sign up.

I would love to see and hear how your journey is progressing.

His-Kingdom-Come – I Am Statements

I’m doing a Bible Study called “Take Me Deeper” from His-Kingdom-Come.  This month we are studying “Come as you are”.  I have been making some tags to go along with the study.     Read the rest of this entry »

String Art

Eat String Art

I love the new string art decor.  I found mine at Joanns and used a coupon to help reduce the cost.  

 

I liked the word (Eat) of the string art but I needed the string to be a different color (it came with orange).


Easy enough I went over to the embroidery thread aisle and found the color that fit the new colors in the Breakfast Nook.  I got two skeins and that was more than enough to do three letters.

The directions on how to do the string art comes in the kit.  My suggestion is that you make sure you end your string art by doing the outline of the letter.  Doing so defines the word with straight lines. I also overlapped some of the lapping of the string which just gives more depth to the individual letters.

You will have to cut and tie off the thread but you can trim it down and glue the ends to get it nice and neat.

I went a couple of steps further (because that is what my girls call Sherrification) and added shadowing to the edges of the wood with Distressed Ink (Black Soot).  I also used black paint and colored the nail heads.  You don’t have to do these final steps but doing it makes it pop off the white walls in the Breakfast Nook. 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

IMG_3859Just wanted to wish everyone that is following my blog a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

As you can see I have my Santa Claus peddie and ready for the big day.  I am finishing up a small project for my Grand kiddos to give to their parents.  I will start cooking and baking today and then we will be ready for tomorrow.  

 

Here in Texas it is going to be in the 70s so it will be a warm Christmas for us and then rain moves in for the weekend and it drops to about 55.

Spend time with your families and enjoy them.  Life is too short to be mad, hold grudges or stay irritated at someone.  Relax, laugh, smile and have fun!

Pallet – Star for the Mantel

I recently (about a year ago) got to update my home with some new flooring and furniture.  A very nice birthday present from my “jock” husband Mr. B.  It was needed since our things were about 30 years old.

 

IMG_0825 (1)I found a small craft wood pallet at JoAnn’s (used a 40% coupon) and painted it to go with the new color scheme for our den.  

This has become the focal point of our Mantel and I have discovered I can change up the look by just changing out the display on it.  I have had the Wreath for All Seasons on it and now I’m going to make a star with ribbon to be part of my Christmas decor.

 

 

 

IMG_0826I grabbed 5 medium size nails, a piece of chalk and ribbon to match my Christmas decor. I drew a star (the way we were taught a kids) and played with it until I got the size I wanted.  Since I was using chalk I used a damp rag to remove any mistakes or places I needed to redraw.

 

 

 

 

IMG_0827Once I got it where I wanted it I hammered the 5 nails in the 5 points of the star.

At this point I just tied a small knot in the ribbon onto one of the nails (lower left hand corner) and retraced the pattern with the ribbon wrapping the ribbon around each nail.

I wrapped the ribbon twice so it would have plenty of volume and then added a little hot glue on the top of the nail head to help hold the ribbon in place.

 

 

IMG_0862Perfect addition to the mantel for our Christmas decorations.  Next year I will expand the points out to the edge of the pallet making the star larger.

Daughter #2 is after me to paint the fireplace.  I plan to but I am waiting until I find the color I know is perfect for it.  Because once paint it, I have to live with it I have learned to take my time with these type of choices.

 

My ribbon of choice is from Hobby Lobby.  It is cream and gold and has all the names of Christ written on it.  I love this ribbon and have bought several rolls each year.  You will see it again in another post, I will include a picture of the ribbon.

 

 

Wreath for All Seasons

IMG_0805This beautiful, full and luscious wreath is made out of an old Hymnal.  I happen to have one in my stash but you can usually find them at Half Price Books.

 

 

 

IMG_0799This wreath has been all over the internet and Pinterest but here is my take on make the wreath.  It is not hard but a little time consuming.  Of course I added a lot of detail to mine but you can simply if that is more your style.

I started with a styrofoam wreath, this one is round but you can also use the wreaths with a flat back.  I made a loop out of jute and used two pins to hold it on the wreath.   When done this wreath is light weight so it doesn’t require a heavy duty hanger.

 

 

 IMG_0800I took some pages of the Hymnal and glued them to the back of the wreath, overlapping but making sure the song titles were readable.

This just makes a nice finished product. The wreath looks great from the back and the front when finished.

 

 

 

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I tore out songs from the book (a lot, a lot, a lot), I trimmed the sides down and then using my rotary cutter I cut all the pages in 4″ squares.  Using an ink pad and a sponge applicator I inked both the front and back of the squares.  

 

 

 

Hmmm, I forgot to take additional pictures of the process.  That is what happens when you get so involved in what you are doing.  

The next step is a repetition of taking the 4″ square, using a pencil (or a small dowel rod) and placing it in the center of the square wrapping the edges up around the pencil and putting hot glue on it and attaching it to the wreath.

Here is where the time consuming part comes in.  I worked on this wreath for several days, making sure I covered the front, and both outside and inside of the circle.

Once that was done then you can go back in and add squares of burlap or ribbon or even decorative picks.  You could even add some glamour mist to bring in a little color.

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Retired – So ready for the next phase

sherriDecember 2, 2015 I have officially retired from the financial industry.  I have approximately 6 licenses in this industry and they will expire if I do not work in it for 2 years.  

I have reached that point in my life where I do not care that they expire, I am ready to move on to something else.  I will miss my friends at work, but that is what makes this wonderful.  They are friends not just work people.  It will take an effort to stay connected but we will do that!

I am excited about the future and what it has to bring for our family.  I’m going to work on getting my Christmas up and taking some pictures of the new items I am making and adding this year.  

Hopefully, I will have something to post that shows at least the progress.  First order of business is to get up and get moving………..that means treadmill and the new episode of “Fixer Upper”.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

IMG_3800This year, 2015, has been a difficult year.  Mom passing away, a health scare that amounted to nothing but an important wake-up call.

The rest of this year and into the next year will be the first time I will maneuver through holidays without my Mother.  I am not sad, because I know she is in a better place and not in pain but for the last three years her life consumed mine as I devoted my time to take care of her.

I am thankful for family and friends who supported me through this time.  I am looking forward to reconnecting and sharing time with those who understood where I needed to be and did not add pressure to the situation.

This next week is my last week at work.  I will start a new journey and can’t wait to show you some fun things.

So stay tune.  My first efforts will be to get my house organized and cleaned out of “stuff”.  I have a long list of items I want to share.

Thank you for your understanding and patience with my absence for the last 3 years. 

Christmas – Just a Few Weeks Away

IMG_3018It is hard for me to believe Christmas is only a few weeks away.  Where I live, in Texas, it is still unseasonably warm.

This year I have completely revamped my den and so I am going to have to revamp some of my Christmas decorations.

I purchased 3 of these red wreaths a long time ago and my thought is to spray paint them with Mirror spray paint with some accent of white.

I will be posting the process when I start this project.  Today I am trying to get my craft room put back together so I can start more postings at the beginning of 2016.  Big news for 2016.

Today, Texas has had a huge amount of rain (14″ in some parts) and it is a cloudy day with more rain on the way through Sunday.

Stay tuned we’ll be back with some “stuff” to show soon.

Visiting My Sister

FrameI have a sister that is 5 years older than me.  She has been in a facility for the last 7-10 years because of dementia and short term memory loss.  It doesn’t run in our family, it came about through unfortunate choices.

My Father (who is 91) and my Step-Mother wants to go see her and take her out for her Birthday.  She is over an hour away from where either one of us live.

Today, I will drive us over so we can all celebrate together.

I recently, did a strength finders course and my #1 strength was responsibility.  My #2 Daughter said, “Mom that explains a lot about why you do what you do”.

All I know is sometimes as a child of God, you need to step in an fill the gap.

I will try to upload some new pictures and show you what I’ve been working on next week.