Art for Adoption: Face Painting #2

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This past Saturday I had the privilege of setting up my little face painting booth at the Heritage Festival in downtown Andrews, NC where we live.   As soon as I was set up to paint,  kids began lining up and before I knew it, I had been painting faces for 3 hours with no break! These kids were so excited to have their faces painted. When I was finished with each one, I would hand them a mirror so they could check out their transformation… it was my favorite part!  Some of the little ones actually squealed with excitement when they saw their faces painted! Shy little girl’s lit up in smiles when they saw themselves as a butterfly or kitten.  One little boy got his face painted like Spider Man, then after lunch, he came back to have his face re-painted like Spider Man again!

The people at the festival really enjoyed it, and so did I. I painted faces from 10am to 4:30pm and raised over $185! I am very thankful for such a fun and rewarding way to raise money to bring  our new son home from Haiti.

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So far, I have been able to raise $241 painting faces and I am scheduled to paint faces this Friday night (4th of July) for ArtWalk in Murphy! So, if you are in the area and would like to get your kid’s face painted, stop by. I will be set up outside the Murphy Art Guild.

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Check out our fundraising project and help us raise money to adopt from HAITI

Check out our fundraising project and help us raise money to adopt from HAITI

DIY: Branch and Initial Wall Hanger

girls Room 3This DIY is from a photo I saw on a pinterest “rabbit trail” the other day! It was an instant challenge!
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I had all the supplies required and a few minutes of free time to work on a project! Since I took down the girls bunkbeds last month, I’ve been looking for ways to personalize their bed that was unique and not over the top! A wall hanger displaying the first initial of the girls names was a great idea! This little photo was just the inspiration I needed!
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This is what I did:
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Dead, dry branches = check
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Spray branches with gold paint = check
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spray gold
Attach dry branch to the wall and hang decorated initial = check! check!
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(Daughter finds a roll of left over birthday streamers and insist you use them in “hers” = check!!)
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Easy as pie!
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Check out our fundraising project and help us raise money to adopt from HAITI

Check out our fundraising project and help us raise money to adopt from HAITI

Low Budget Summer Porch Decor

frontporch3A friend of mine just sent me an amazing book by Myquillin Smith, aka TheNester! (Go here to order and get your own copy.) It is called The Nesting Place – It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful! I have been so encouraged and spurred on in my quest to make our home… OUR home sweet home.
I mean, she’s right. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful! I have thought about this a bunch over the past week as I’ve been spring cleaning and re-decorating outside.

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I’m not trying to put out the vibe that I’d rather have my own hand-made pallet furniture on my front porch than a bright new set from West Elm. But, it does make me happy when I can create something useful, pretty and cozy to make our home feel relaxed and inviting for only a few dollars!

– Pallet Benches: I purchased 6 pallets from a tractor supply place for $2 each last spring. After trying out my own design (which was a big fail), I followed this tutorial and made two benches for the corner of our porch.
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– Quilted Seating: For the quilted seating I actually cut up an old quilt and sewed together these cases and stuffed them. To make sure the quilt pattern was enough for the project, I used a brown sheet as the underneath side of one and an airplane blanket for the underneath of the other. Luckily, I had enough to make two pillow cases as well!
– Side tables: Recently I moved my poppy red side table from the porch to another part of the house. I am in love with stumps as side tables (which The Nester uses in her book as well). Walking to camp everyday we pass a huge pile of tree stumps. So, I piled some in my truck and gave them a new home!
These sell between $159 and $199 on West Elm’s website, so… score!
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– Christmas lights: I tied Christmas lights to the ceiling of our little corner to make it nice to visit once the little’s are in bed. It really is a cozy spot and I only spent about $15 total!
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One last little tip I wanted to share had to do with my entry way to our home. Last summer a group came to pressure wash and re-stain our porch. One gal asked if I wanted to keep the 5 gallon buckets they used to do something artsy with them one day. As it turned out, she was brilliant. I chalk painted them white and used them as flower pots for these hostas! Grouped with some fire wood, poppy’s and a hand-made wreath… I’m happy I went with the blue door… maybe I’ll do the backdoor this summer!
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There IS beauty in the imperfection. – Myquillin Smith

Myquillin’s perspective and insight on decorating our homes, is refreshing and enjoyable. I’m thankful for this reminder as my family opens our home for guests and visitors over the next 10 weeks.

15 Minute Drawing Challenge: Jeremiah 17:8

Today our inspiration and verse is:

Jeremiah 17:8  (ESV)

He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Set the timer…
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Stop! PENCILS DOWN, everyone.
I am trying to work on my skills. 15 minutes is a super short amount of time to complete a nice painting or drawing. But, it’s a perfect amount of time to focus and be creative! This week I used an old set of watercolors from the kids craft drawer! (Confession: I painted at McDonalds while my kids played on the indoor playground). I hope you are enjoying this challenge as much as I am! Now, snap a shot with your smart phone or camera and leave your permalink in the comments! Can’t want to see all of them!

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15 Minute Drawing Challenge: Ephesians 3:14-19

15 Minute Drawing Challenge: Ephesians 3:14-19 (ESV)

If you are joining us this week, check out this post for how to participate!

Today our inspiration and verse is:

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

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This week I added an illustration to keep things interesting and challenge myself! I am encouraged by Paul’s prayer today! I am thankful to know that I am strengthened with POWER through the Holy Spirit! 2014 is going to be full of adventure and change, challenges, hard times and beautiful blessings! I want to be strong to notice, experience and participate in my relationship with Christ! I am thankful for this passage!

Stop! PENCILS DOWN, everyone.
Now, snap a shot with your phone or camera and leave your permalink in the comments! Can’t want to see all of them! If you have small kids, invite them to join you or have a separate time for them to get creative!

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15 Minute Drawing Challenge: Ephesians 5:1-2

15 Minute Drawing Challenge: Ephesians 5:1-2 (ESV)

Today our inspiration and verse is:

Walk in love

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

 

Set the timer…

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Stop! PENS, Markers, Paintbrushes DOWN, everyone.

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Now, snap a shot with your phone or camera and leave your permalink in the comments! Can’t want to see all of them!

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15 Minute Drawing Challenge: Isaiah 6:3

15 Minute Drawing Challenge: Isaiah 6:3 (ESV)

Today our inspiration and verse is:

Isaiah 6:3

And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

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Stop! PENCILS DOWN, everyone.
Now, snap a shot with your phone or camera and leave your permalink in the comments! Can’t wait to see all of them! If you have small kids, invite them to join you or have a separate time for them to get creative.

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DIY Custom Guitar for Alani

When my 5-year-old looked me in the eye and said, “Oh mama, I want to play the guitar just like you…” my heart melted! I knew exactly what to get her for Christmas this year! A few weeks ago I found this guitar at a thrift store for about $13.
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I sanded off the Cars theme, painted a few coats of red acrylic paint, sanded some more then added the sharpie hand-lettering design and finished with a spray coating of sealer.
It was a bit time consuming, but it turned out great.
She LOVES IT!!!
Note:
THIS IS a PLASTIC guitar. It’s not even a starter guitar. It doesn’t hold a tune and the action is way too high for her little hands. But it’s a great INTRO guitar.
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Besides, her joy and beautiful songs are way louder than her guitar playing. I am so thankful for a little girl who has a heart full of songs to glorify Jesus.
Alani = Great!

15 Minute Drawing Challenge: Luke 2:6-16

15 Minute Drawing Challenge: Luke 2:6-16 (KJV)

Today our inspiration and verse is: Luke 2:6-16

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

 

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Stop! PENCILS DOWN, everyone.
Now, snap a shot with your phone or camera and leave your permalink in the comments! Can’t want to see all of them!

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15 Minute Drawing Challenge: Luke 2:10-11

15 Minute Drawing Challenge: Luke 2: 10-11(ESV)

Today our inspiration and verse is:

Luke 2: 10-11 (ESV)

10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

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Stop! PENCILS DOWN, everyone.
Now, snap a shot with your phone or camera and leave your permalink in the comments! Can’t want to see all of them! If you have small kids, invite them to join you or have a separate time for them to get creative! I really enjoyed sharing my 15 minutes with Alani today!

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