Valance for Every Room in the House

Valance MaterialWe have several boxed windows in our home.  The latest and greatest thing of the ’80’s.  I was looking on Pinterest for a simple window treatment and came across a pin to use styrofoam panels to create a valance.

Over on Down Home Inspiration are the instructions on how to create this window treatment.  I’m not going to reiterate the instructions she does an awesome job.

 

 

 

Extended Piece

Because my Boxed Window is approximately 48″ wide I had to figure out how to extend my length since the panel didn’t measure that long.  Simple enough just cut it in half and used another sheet to reinforce the middle.

 

 

 

 

 

Test FitSince my window is boxed (and I did a good job of measuring) I didn’t have to attach it to anything it fit very snuggle in the window.  No holes in the drywall…………..sweet!

 

 

 

 

 

Measure MaterialFound my material at JoAnn’s (used coupon of course) measured, cut and wrapped the styrofoam piece and I did end up using pins to secure the fabric.  I was going to use staples but the pins were so simple.

 

 

 

 

 

FinishedI love it!  I found the styrofoam panels at Lowe’s and they were about $14.00 for a pkg that contains 4 panels.  I have a few more rooms I am going to use this window treatment in so this will be very cost effective.

 

 

 

 

 

I love the simplicity of the window treatment the clean lines.  My style is Farmhouse Glam and this window treatment transitions well with my style.

 

What is your style? Do you have a favorite window treatment?  I would love to see and hear from you!

Acts 1:8 – Bible Journaling

I  Am EmpoweredI’m part of a group over at His-Kingdom-Come.com this year and venturing into Bible journaling.  I will let you know I do not draw (much).  I do come up with the layout and use free clip art to give me the out line and then from there I fill in with the color and shading.

I love doing this, can’t explain why except He (God) has sparked a creative gene in my spirit that enjoys the time I spend with Him through the entire process of a new form of worship for me.

The process is reading and meditating over the scripture(s) that we are digging into and allowing God to reveal the design I feel like expressing for the particular scripture in my spirit.

As I think, meditate and pray about the scripture I start to pull together the design and elements that will bring to life what I am seeing and feeling.  Sometimes it comes easily (especially familiar scriptures) and other times I wait on God to give me a word or a combination of items that speak to me about the scripture.   Not trying to be mystical here, but some scriptures do not lend themselves to clip art.  He forces me to be still and have patience until something is revealed.  Because of the waiting I am not always able to create something for the scripture we are on right away.  That is ok, the meditating on the word and spending time with Him is more important.

Sometimes I create in a special Bible designed for journaling and other times I create something on a tag I can insert into my Bible and I also have an art journal.

This particular creative piece is done using good old Crayola Twistable color pencils.  These colors pencils are real inexpensive (approx. $7 for 30 at Walmart (not getting paid to say that).  So far I like them better than the expensive ones I own (isn’t that just like God!)

I lay down the lighter colors first than go back and layer with darker colors.  I use an artist stump to blend and I do prep my pages with Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Satin) and let dry thoroughly.  The pages in the Bible are thin so you need to be careful with how you handle them and the Acrylic Glazing keeps the journaling from bleeding through the pages.

Hope you enjoy and let me know do you Bible Journal or Faith Art Journal?

Oops! I Got Busy

IMG_0166I didn’t realize the last post I did was back in February.  

I got a little busy and then, unfortunately a huge hail storm hit our area where we live and did some major damage to homes.  We had softball (4.25″) size hail and when it is that large with the winds of the storm, it was calculated the hail was coming through at 70 – 100 miles an hour.

We had just put a new roof on our house from the hail storm of March on Friday and then Monday the big hail storm rolled through and we get to put another new roof on along with probably close to $20K in damages.

It is just “stuff” and it can be replaced.  We were scared but not hurt and we will work through all the clean-up and repair one day at a time.

So the beautiful sunflower pictured is for the sheer joy it brings when you look at it.  I have some new Bible journal entries to show you and I will be whitewashing my fireplace in the near future.  Let’s see how that goes and hopefully have some tips and tricks on the process.

“Howdy”- Pillow Talk

Pillow - Invisible ZipperOne more pillow post.  I took the little pillow I made to see if I could put an invisible zipper in right and decided to add a little stenciling to it.

 I won’t bore you with the instructions you can  find how to do this with Freezer paper all over Pinterest and You Tube.  I use a Silhouette and one of their files……so cute!

I pressed down the stencil, used Modge Podge to seal the stencil so the ink would not bleed.  I used a Faber- Castell Big Brush PITT artist pen to fill in the stencil instead of paint.  It came out very nice.

 

Howdy Pillow

 

This came out so cute, and goes perfect with the new covered pillows.

It adds that touch of whimsy to den.  Totally fun!

Pillow Talk

Pillow TalkI finished the 4 pillows that measured 22″ square and I added invisible zippers to all four of them.  I used the tutorial from Stop Staring and Start Sewing and I updated the post from February 18th with some additional information I discovered using a pattern fabric.

Now I am on to some additional things to add to my kitchen window and breakfast nook area.  I tried another tutorial for an easy cornice board, which turned out great.  I’ll be sharing that in a few days.

Lots of things in the pipeline for me to mess around with and here in Texas we are moving toward Spring and that means a lot of fun outside.

Pillow – Invisible Zipper

Pillow - Invisible ZipperUgh!  At least that is what I thought when I decided I wanted to recover the set of 4 large 22″square pillows that came with my den furniture.

Harverty’s wanted to charge $50.00 a pillow to change out the ones that came with the furniture.  I said no thank you, knowing (or at least thinking) I could re-cover them myself.  

I got my new fabric to do all 4 pillows for $35.00, sweet!  Bought the material at Hobby Lobby that was 30% off, plus they used the 40% off coupon too, Booyah!

I decided I wanted to put an Invisible Zipper in them, but first I need to find a good tutorial.  Over at Stop Staring… and Start Sewing, is an excellent tutorial, so I will not reinvent the “how to’s” just click on the tutorial link or the link attached to her website above (or below) and it will take you there. Yes, I did “Pin It” on “Pinterest” in several spots.

I did a practice pillow before I started cutting in to my good fabric for the new pillows (click on the picture to get a close look at the zipper).  I already had a pillow insert, and a cheap curtain from Ikea (note, great way to get fabric at a reasonable price, $7 I think).

I have a Babylock machine and I purchased an invisible zipper foot.  Could I have done this with just a regular zipper foot, yes!  However, I wanted (key word “wanted”) to be sure I was getting as close to the teeth on the invisible zipper as I could so I invested ($16), it was worth it.

Keys to invisible zippers 1) buy a zipper longer than your project, 2) iron the coils out flat, 3) sew the zipper in before you construct the rest of the piece, 4) make sure you open the zipper (after it is sew in) before you sew the rest of the project together.

Some additional information, when using pattern fabric be sure and buy extra fabric to match the pattern.  Make sure you are putting your zipper in the bottom seam of how your pillow(s) will sit on your furniture (usually it is on the bottom of the pillow as opposed to the side of the pillow).  I also ended up using three different feet on my sewing machine 1) the invisible zipper foot, 2) a regular zipper foot and 3) the regular foot.

I finished the 4 pillows and you can see what they look like on the post dated 2/22/2016.  If you are afraid of…or have had difficulty in doing invisible zippers, follow the tutorial by Jona Giammalva over at Stop Staring…and Start Sewing.  Thanks Jona for an excellent tutorial and giving me the swift kick I needed to get this project started.

 

 

 

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!