Thursday, December 15, 2011

Our miracle

Today December 15, is a significant day for our family. . . .

Today marks 16 weeks of life and growth for our baby no.3. . . . 
 our miracle baby!   
During a time of uncertainty and discouragement,
God reminded us all, who is in control!
That with God, all things are possible!   
I have learned so much from this journey, but overall,
 God has taught me to truly wait on Him!
Life is about His timing, and His will, not mine.

Praise be to God!

All my love,

Monday, December 12, 2011

ABD Trunk Show recap

Here is a recap of our recent {and first} Trunk Show & Sale...  It was a bitter-cold Friday evening, but after postponing and rescheduling once, we were not about to cancel again.  As we set up, {already suffering from frostbite} we made the decision to simplify, cutting many corners to ensure a quicker clean-up. Despite the temperature, we had a wonderful evening of huddling, laughter, and fellowship!  - Thank you to all who came out! Because of you and your support, we are able to do what we love, create!

Who:   Amelia Bedelia Designs, Diamond Designs by Ruby Showalter, and
Tiny Wishes by Belinda Koogler.
What:   A Trunk Show & sale of our products
When:   November 18, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where:   The Showalter Barn, Mount Crawford


A special thank you to Molly Whitmore Photography for capturing this event for us!

Thank you, again, for all your love and support!


Monday, December 5, 2011

Knock-off Organic Bloom frames

So we've all seen and drooled over the Organic Bloom frames.  Maybe you even have a few?  They're fun, versatile, and are available in gorgeous shapes and colors!  ...........

 My only problem with them is the [ridiculous] prices!
$30-60 for one??!   Ahem.

Anyway! This baby right here, is the inspiration for this $8 [each frame] DIY project. The "Lucy" frame. I love the curves and rectangular body. 

To get started, you'll need a wood plaque, any shape or size, as long as it's slightly larger than your photo print, and paint. [my plaques are from Hobby Lobby, $2.99 each!

 Paint the plague, giving it a thorough coat.
 Once completely dry, use a piece of fine-grain sandpaper and gently rub the edges and corners of the plaque.     [Above, you can see what you're trying to achieve]

How easy was that?? Now we're ready for photos!..... 


Picking up where I left off yesterday, my wood plaques are ready, after being painted & distressed. 
It's time to add photos. 

You need a photo, slightly smaller than your plaque.
[ I trimmed this 8x10" to fit, and rounded the corners. ]

There's a couple options for applying photos: 

1.)  If you change out photos frequently, and want to be able to, I recommend using sticky-tack as your adhesive. {pretty self explanatory}

2.)  If you want the photo to be permanent - you'll need Mod Podge, a foam brush, and a dry rag.

Using Mod Podge...
- brush a layer of Mod Podge on the back of your photo.
- brush a layer of Mod Podge on the face of your plaque.
  - center your photo on the plaque, pressing it down
- smooth out bubbles with your rag, rubbing in circular motions.
Let set 5 minutes.
-  finish by brushing a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the photo edges & corners
* Above right, you can see the streaky residue of Mod Podge, it'll dry clear
My plaques didn't have holes or hangers on the back,
so I added ribbon to one of the plaques, using hot glue.
The finished product....

Each plaque ended up costing me approx. $8.00 to create, you can't beat that!

Happy Creating!