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25 free prints for you!

hey guys!

look what the nice people at Color Inc gave me to give to you! If you click on the link on the right or the picture above and use my promo code you can get 25 free prints! How nice is that? 🙂 Thanks Jared for being so generous! Now you can get those Christmas pictures you all wanted to print but were too afraid to buy because of this silly economy…:)  have fun! and let me know what you get! love ya.  

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here are some of our adventures from the weekend! it was a crazy one! we went to the theater to see Japanese drums with my boss and her husband. then we went on the historic house tour with my boss on saturday morning. today we went for a hike in the gorgeous 70 degree weather! did someone say this is novemeber? seriously. and of course, there are a ton of pictures with the puppy because who could resist the cutie?
so fun to play with :)

so fun to play with

going to the theater!

going to the theater! (not with the puppy though)

historic house tour

historic house tour - what a cool house! it used to be the water tower building for an old farm

going for a hike! :)

going for a hike! 🙂 kina more of a walk

pretty lake

pretty lake

walking on the leaves is harder than it looks!

walking on the leaves is harder than it looks!

yes, i am having fun

yes, i am having fun

happy puppy!

happy puppy!

the pretty lake from the other side

the pretty lake from the other side

sleepy

sleepy boys

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o for the joy of boxes!

i love interesting boxes. i especially love it when gifts are wrapped interestingly or in an beautifully shaped box. i know what matters is what’s on the inside, but if the outside is pretty, it makes the inside all that much better!
  my friend and i were suppossed to make some boxes from a paper source template this weekend, but she got sick, so i decided to make a tutorial for one of my favorite things to make! little gift boxes 🙂  As some of you know (you graduates out there you) i love to send little trinkets in these. also! one of my favorite gifts to give is a little box like this, and then putting together bible verses inside and calling it a verse box! whenever you find a good verse, just write a little note, stick it in the box, and then on a rainy day you’ll have all sorts of encouraging verses for you already set aside for you! and a pretty box to open… 🙂
 
enjoy this little tutorial!
back of box

back of box - notice all the butterflies!

here is the example that i’m going to work through with you. i don’t know about you, but i’d LOVE to get a gift that was placed in such a thoughtful wrapping! 🙂
to get started get together this little list…
a little “box” (here i use an old chai tea tin) , pretty paper, modge podge, paint, fabric, little pretty things… you’ll see 🙂 anything that you think you can glue on!
 
an assortment of boxes

an assortment of boxes

an example of some “boxes” you can use to start with. Anything will work! I got that star box from Micheals, but my favorite is to use old tins of boxes of stuff I use. It’s recycling at its finest! 🙂
modge podge

modge podge - one of my favorite things!

 and of course you’re going to need a good amount of this! one time for an art class in college i used this to cover a whole table with magazine images. how fun is that?

all the pretty things that is going to go on/in the box

all the pretty things that is going to go on/in the box

 then here is the collection of paper, pictures, magazine images, old glass tiles, stickers, flowers and tags that i’m going to use to decorate the box. you can start to see the theme already. start using that modge podge!

start using that modge podge!

start using that modge podge!

 now, begin to use the modge podge. it’s just like glue, but it works best if you put a layer of modge podge on the tin, and then put the paper on, and then put a layer of podge modge over the paper.  to make life easier, use more bits of smaller paper rather than large pieces of paper. the larger the paper the harder it is to get it to lay like you want it to! especially on a box like this that has curves…

more modge podge

more modge podge start attaching the pretty little things

 now you can see that i’ve started to add the decorations. i’ve even done the bottom of the box! it’s ok to totally wrap the entire thing. sometimes i just let this dry because i think the collage can be very pretty. so if you like it the way it is, you don’t need to paint it. it’s totally up to you.

start to paint!

start to paint!

 so, if you’ve decided to keep going. get out that paint brush, and sponge. your sponge is your best friend for making interesting textures and layers over the pretty paper…   paint the lid tooand don’t forget about the lid! i don’t mind that some of the original red is showing through, and i’ve even added some buttons and stickers.

don't forget the inside!

don't forget the inside!

 now this part might be a little tricky.  i’ve used a hot glue gun  as well as more modge podge to put a fabric liner on the inside. won’t that be pretty?

add pretty things to hide mistakes

add pretty things to hide the mistakes

 mistakesit was a little harder than i thought. 🙂 most of the time i just leave the pretty tin because i think that’s interesting too. so whatever you fancy. if you make mistakes, don’t worry, you can always use your pretty little things to cover it up. sometimes the inside needs a lot of hiding!

sometimes the inside needs a lot of hiding!

sometimes the inside needs a lot of hiding!

 as you can see, i added a couple things on the inside… 

side of the box

side of the box

 now you can see my finished project. i got a little crazy with the butterfly theme… but it’s still pretty and it sure was fun!  lid- buttons and stamps

front of box
front of box- all about butterflies!

you can see the little glass tiles stick out quite a ways, they’re a fun addition, but kind of challenging to get to stay attached. 🙂 i hope you now can feel confident to make your own box for that special gift for that special someone… 🙂 enjoy! if you’d like to see more of my boxes, i’m hoping to have some more pictures up in a couple of days and maybe sell some on etsy! i’ll keep ya posted!  let me know how it goes if you do make one! 

 

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happy halloween nyc!

we spent our halloween saturday in new york city! talk about a lot of crazies who come out that day in the crowds. it was a fun day though! it probably wasn’t the best idea to go into those germ-infested subways when i’m just getting over a cold… but it was so fun to go with our dear friends Jenna and Justin because they had never been! and it was the first time JT and I got to go together! we actually had so much fun we didn’t take the camera out much…opps… but i hope you enjoy our little adventure anyway. 🙂

now we’re both relaxing trying to get enough rest for the beginning of a new busy week… and jt’s napping on the couch when he should be studying… hu hem…

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enjoying the small things…

as some of you know, i like to ask hard questions that make a person think so that i can get to know them better… one of my favorites is the question, “what are the three things you love besides God and your family?” and one of my favorite answers for myself is “the little things in life, like a snowflake on your eyelashes or the leaves changing color or a sunset over a mountain…” 🙂 so here is me enjoying the small things this weekend:

God is Good isn’t He? 🙂 have a beautiful week enjoying the small things in life that are gifts!

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weekend work

hi! i hope you all had a wonderful weekend. 🙂 my husband is still sick, so i’ve been doing a lot of painting and watching movies. what fun! here are the creations from the weekend. the buttons on the paintings gave my scanner a hard time, so sorry some of them are blurry. let me know what you think! 🙂

possibilities

"when one door closes, another always opens" (the writing below the door)

i like the wacky hair of this girl 🙂 wish i could pull it off… ha. the whispers in my heart keep telling me that the  possibilities are endless… will  i walk through the door when the opportunity opens?

i miss you

there's so many people i miss...

the list could get really long if i started… you know who you are… all of you who are so far away!

 

joyful noise
“make a joyful noise to the lord all the earth!” psalm 98:2 (the handwriting includes other psalms and songs)

this piece is a praise to the Lord through my painting… i’m not very good at singing… i’ll be the first to admit that i’m horrible at singing. my joy comes through art and being creative. so here is one that screams of praise to God! also, the girl reminds me of my dear friend Stephanie, who has a voice of an angel. i loved to stand next to her during worship when we were in college. 🙂

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