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Monday
Apr142014

Resurrection Eggs

I almost started this post with an apology for my absence the last two weeks, but, since I am working on being authentic in all areas of my life, I decided not to apologize.  Life happens.  Our last couple of weeks have been crazy busy with church projects, a huge outreach from our small group, more church projects (with my hubs and I simultaneously working on separate projects for our church, The Well), and our daily family commitments, and I don't want to apologize for putting God and my family first.  I don't want to pretend to be some sort of super mom who can handle it all.  I can't.  What I CAN do is prioritize, and when life gets busy, there is not room for my little blog.  So, that being said, let's get on with today's project!

Have you guys ever seen resurrection eggs? There are many versions out there, and they are a FANTASTIC way to tell the story of Jesus' last week. Our small group organized an Easter Egg Hunt at a nearby apartment complex. I was in charge of the lesson, and knew that these eggs would be a great way to keep the kids engaged. (Over the last six months our group has been reading Radical, by David Platt, and we have been so convicted to actively, practically, and tangibly live out our faith. The apartment complex has been an area that God has laid on our hearts, and we have been seeking opportunities to minister to the residents, and the egg hunt was just one of many outreaches we have done.  We are so excited to see what God is doing in our lives and in the lives of the residents! A friend told me after the event that, "Your small group is amazing!" I responded with, "God is amazing. We are just obedient." I do not want to seem like I am boasting, so I will stop here! ;) If you want to hear more about what God is doing through our small group, send me a message at kennedyhb@gmail.com)  

I did not have a set of these eggs, so I Googled a number of different sources, and I decided to make my own. With the exception of this teeny-tiny bottle, I had everything on hand.  I purchased this bottle at Hobby Lobby. It was with the dollhouse furniture, etc.

 

I reviewed a number of different blogs that had instructions for DIY Resurrection Eggs, and I LOVED the downloadalbe chart from Heather at The Real Housewife. (It looks like she hasn't created a new post in awhile. I can TOTALLY relate! ;)You can see her beautiful Resurrection Eggs here, and you can download the chart here.  

This is a screen shot of the chart.  It is fantastic! (My watermark got placed on the screen shot of this chart when I put it on my blog, but I DID NOT create this chart! It is from Heather!)

As I have said, there are MANY versions of the resurrection eggs, and this was the one that I thought was best. I am just going to list the eggs in order, and I will let you know what I used for each egg.

1.  Palm branch - I took a leaf off of a fake plant and cut it to look like a palm branch.

2.  Perfume - I bought a tiny glass bottle from the dollhouse section at Hobby Lobby.

3.  Towel - I cut a small strip out of a wash cloth.

4.  Bread - I took the heel of a loaf of bread, tore a piece off, then cut it in the shape of a loaf of bread. *Do not worry about mold.  The bread will become very much like a crouton quite quickly!

5.  Coins and sword - I used three dimes to represent the 30 silver coins Judas received, and I used a Lego spear for the sword.

6.  Crown of thorns - I used three small pieces of wire for the crown.  The first piece (which was the longest), was twisted into a circle, and then I wrapped both ends around the circle creating a "woven" affect.  I left the ends poking out to resemble thorns.  I wrapped two more smaller pieces of wire around the crown, leaving the ends out, adding more "thorns".

7.  Robe and dice - I cut a tunic out of a piece of a purple fabric scrap.  The dice were leftover from the I Spy bags. I had to dig deep into the archives to find this link! ;)

8.  Cross and nails - I wrapped some twine around two sticks from my yard to form a cross.  The rusty nails came from my collection of tetanus rusty lovelies.

9.  Sponge - I cut a piece off of one of my stencil sponges, and then a tore off lots of tiny pieces to give it more of a sponge look.

10. Spices - I used cinnamon sticks to represent the spices that were used in Jesus' burial.

11. Rock - Just a small rock to represent the stone rolled in front of the tomb.

12. Empty - Ummmmm...it's empty.  I probably didn't need to list number 12.  I'm a little OCD and needed to complete the list!

That's it! 

Oh! I almost forgot the egg container!  Obviously, you can use any egg container you'd like, but I really wanted a clear container.  I went to the grocery story and bought a container of organic eggs, and they came in this super sweet, clear box.  

The kids AND the adults (me included!) loved this visual retelling of Jesus' last week.  I created another incredibly simply yet powerful visual for the kids to go along with the eggs, and if my hubs and I can get a few minutes to create a video in the next day or two, I will share that with you! 

I am praying that you are well, wherever you are on your journey. Enjoy the Son!

 

 

Friday
Mar282014

Kreg Jig

Hey guys!  I have been working on so many projects and have not taken a break to create a post.  If you follow HBK on Facebook, you know that I promised a quick update today.  So, here it is! 

I honestly don't have much to show, because I do not want to post pics of the bathroom/closet area until I have finished the shelves and towel hangers, etc.  However, here is a sneak peek of the hand towel shelf I am building! This is from Whitney over at Shanty 2 Chic, and it is perfect for my space! She posted a great tutorial, and I have all of my pieces cut and stained, I just need to assemble them!

I made a comment on FB yesterday that I was finally going to test out my Kreg Jig--which my husband bought for me almost a year ago! Oops!  I guess I let intimidation get the best of me... Anyhow, this shelf is going to require pocket holes for the screws, so I decided it was time to conquer my fear!  I had just read the manual and gathered my courage, and then it was time to get the short people from school.  We went straight from school to visit some family from out of town, and by the time we got home it was too late to test out the Kreg Jig.

Cut and stained boards, waiting to be turned into something fabulous. Does anyone else using their dining room table as a workbench? It is a weekly occurrence in our house!

At 7:45am, before my husband went to work, he helped me set up the Kreg Jig and he coached me while I made some practice holes.

Sweet husband helping me set up the jig.

Me, testing out the jig for the first time. (I probably shouldn't have started with mitered boards, but I did, and I had no problems!)


My first ever pocket hole!  You.guys.  This Kreg Jig is a game changer!!!  I am ridiculously excited about it and cannot wait to see what I can make!


So, I am working on finishing my bathroom/closet area, and I'll show you that (hopefully!) next week. Today, I want to show you what I just made this morning.  A little random, but that's life!

My sister in law just bought her first home, and she has had this beautiful, unframed, canvas art that she bought while traveling/living overseas.  As a house warming gift, I decided to frame the canvas for her.  She wanted something simple and rustic, which is perfect, because I can only handle simple right now!  Anyhow, yesterday I measured, cut, and stained the 1x2's for the frame using my miter box.  **Sidenote: Making a frame is WAY EASIER than cutting trim!** This morning I used the Kreg Jig to create pocket holes to attach the pieces together.  

I used a small amount of wood glue on the joints before I screwed them together. The pieces attached so seamlessly--I felt so professional! Honestly, I know it's silly, but it is incredibly empowering to create something on your own.  Even if what you create isn't particularly grand, just knowing that you created it and can continue to improve your skills is a pretty fantastic feeling!

Front of the frame

Back of the frame (I know these are not great or even interesting pics, but I am so happy with frame--and the fact that I conquered my fear of the unknown with this project--that I have to share it with you!)

I'll be sure to take a picture of the final product, but this will give you a general idea.  I love it!!! (And sorry it's blurry.  I was in a rush!)

Okay, it's back to work for me! I am going to go make some shelves!  What are you up to today?! Whatever it is, be sure to enjoy the Son!

Tuesday
Mar182014

Tuesday Tips and Recipes #11

I'm getting back on track and posting a TTR on a Tuesday!  (I hope no one fell out of their seat...;)

My husband and I are in a couple's small group that meets on Monday night.  Last night we hosted a St. Patrick's Day dinner for our group.  Another family was going to host the dinner, but due to illness, the dinner was moved to our house last minute.  And, me being me, I couldn't have my friends over for a party without some decorations, so I made two St. Patty's Day "buntings" in less than 20 minutes.  Literally, less than 20 minutes. I timed myself!

For this project, I used:

scrap book paper

twine

a paper cutter

hot glue

Tip #1: If you do not have a glue gun stand, I recommend this one. I bought it at Hobby Lobby for $2.99, and it is a HUGE help, especially for this project!

Tip #2: Do not measure, just "eyeball" your triangles and start cutting.  It's okay if they aren't perfect. (Gasp!) This is a quick project. Just go!

 

I used 10 sheets of 12x12 scrap book paper, and I cut out all of these triangles (I had several left over) in eight minutes. BAM! (The ones on the left are just scraps, but I save them for my mixed media art pieces, or for my kiddos to use on their projects. Waste not, want not and all...)

Tip #3: Hang your twine where you want your finished product to go.  Trust me.  You only have a few minutes and don't have time to fuss with twisting!

Tip #4: Hot glue the paper triangles directly to the twine, WHILE IT IS HANGING ON THE WALL. This ensures exact placement and no twisting.  Maybe twisting isn't a problem for you, but every.single.time I make a bunting/banner, I lay it all nice and neat, and when I go to hang it, the pieces are all sticking the wrong directions!  By hanging the twine first and then gluing the pieces directly to the in-place twine, I eliminated all twisting.  And I was able to complete both the buntings in under 20 minutes.  (I set a timer for 20 minutes, and I literally finished with 27 seconds left, so it was close, but still under 20 minutes! clean up took about two more minutes.)

I just lined up my triangles and quickly glued them on.  This step only took a couple of minutes for each bunting.

This is not a great pic, but it is the only one I have of this bunting, and I am too lazy to go take another one. (I am actually a bit under the weather, but lazy nonetheless.)

 

Here are just a few fun shots of the "green" mantle.

 

 

And a pretty little green wreath.  The ground FINALLY thawed enough for me to pull the sled (from Christmas!) out of the ground.  I had taken the wreath and berries off of it, but it still felt Christmas-y to me! 

And here is one of my little leprechaun, all dressed up for school.  And yes, she dressed herself.  She wanted to wear every shade of green she had, and I think she rocked it! (And she LOVES doing her own hair--ponytails and headbands!) 

I hope you find some of these tips useful!  Have a great day, friends!  Enjoy the Son!

Monday
Mar172014

Master Bath

You guys.  I like being honest and open with you about "real life", but as I was reviewing pics for this post, I have decided there is such a thing (as far as pictures go) as too much honesty!  Let's just say that when I removed the wallpaper in the master bath, I found a significant amount of damage and mold.  If you desperately need to see this nastiness, email me and I will send you pics.  Otherwise, just trust me.  It was awful!

But now it is lovely!

And, because we all love a good before and after pic, here you go!

Ummmm, not sure what happened with the quality of that before photo, but I have very limited time this morning, so I am going to leave it. Please forgive me!

This project took me 10 days.  It probably only took about 15 hours, but when you spread that out in 30-90 minute increments, you come up with 10 days.  If you have a completely free weekend, you could definitely knock this out.

Again, I am not going to show you all the pics, but you will get an idea of what I was dealing with in the next pic.  Here are the steps I took to get the bathroom from "before" to "after".  1) Remove all wallpaper and glue (took three days). 2) Remove all mold and seal with Kilz primer (took two days). 3) Repair all holes in drywall (took two days). 4) Replace trim where it had rotted (took one day--it was the first time I had ever used my miter box to actually miter anything! I generally just use it as a chop saw.  I learned a lot, and I will be much faster next time!) 5) Paint ceiling and walls (took one day). 6) Cut, paint, and hang shelves (took one day).

Here are some pics of steps one through four. This is pretty gross--sorry!

This is step five.  Such a difference with just a couple coats of paint! I always say, "The quickest and cheapest way to transform a room is with a gallon of paint." This room is proof of that!

I have a bunch of pics of step six, because, to me, this was a huge part of the room, and it was practically free! I really wanted some thick, dark-stained, wood shelves over the toilet.  I figured I could make my own for about $25/shelf (that includes the brackets), but I am trying to complete the entire master bed/bath for under $500, and even though $75 for shelves is a pretty good deal, I decided to save my money, for things like drapes, etc.!, and just recycle some old shelves.

I had these shelves that I garbage picked from a neighbor last fall.  They are solid wood and they were the right depth.  All I needed to do was cut the length.

 

Since I wanted dark-stained shelves, I decided to paint them and give them a faux wood look.

For the first coat, I used a medium brown, and I just left if very streak-y.

For the second coat, I mixed light tan, dark brown, and a metallic bronze color.  I just brushed a little of one color on the board, dipped the same brush in the next color and brushed it on the board, etcetera, until I achieved the desired affect.  (You do have to be careful with this step, because you can end up mixing your colors too much, and then it will just look like a brown mess!) I like the way they turned out!

 

While my shelves were drying, I started thinking about how I would "style" my shelves, and since it was almost 50 degrees on this particular day, I gathered up some items and took them to the garge for a couple coats for spray paint.  Keep in mind, I have a very small budget, and I didn't want/need to purchase anything new for the shelves.  Here are a some of the things I knew I could use.

These little jars needed a good cleaning first!  They have been sitting (unused!) on a shelf for a few years!

My shelves were dry and ready to hang.  The only problem was, I apparently purchased a cheap brand of anchors, and they kept breaking!  I was so discouraged!  It had been TEN DAYS since I started the project, and I just wanted it to be done!  Unfortunately, I had no more time that day.  I only allowed myself 30 minutes to hang the shelves (because, I didn't anticipate the anchors breaking!), and after 30 minutes, I only had one shelf hung.  I took a pic and posted it on FB with an "almost done!" caption, and then I headed to the elementary school to teach a fine arts lesson for my son's class.  ***I do not know much about fine art, but our school, like many, has a Fine Arts Explorers program that is PHENOMENAL, and they just need parent volunteers to teach the lesson.  If you do not have a lot of time but still want to volunteer in your child's class, I HIGHLY recommend something like this!  I probably spent four hours total going over all the provided material and preparing the art project, and one hour teaching it.  The kids had a blast, and we all learned something new!  In case you're wondering, my lesson was on the artist Faith Ringgold, and we focused on her "story quilts". All that to say, I was so close to being finished with the project, but I was out of time for the day.  Off to school I went.

Here is where I left the project.

And when I came home after school with the kiddos, this is what I found!

Eeeeeeee!  My incredibly thoughtful husband went out on his lunch break and grabbed some better anchors and hung the shelves for me while I was gone! I love him!!! 

Here are some beauty shots.

I LOVE how this basket turned out!  

And how about these jars?!


The shelf brackets are from Hobby Lobby.  It's hard to tell in the pic, but I chose them because they were brown and they were the right size!

Here is the price breakdown for this project.

Paint: $93 (samples $18, ceiling paint/1 gallon $30, wall paint/1 gallon $45 {I only used a very small amount of paint in the bathroom, but since I am going to be using it in the other rooms, I'll just include it all now and keep a running total}) 

Drywall repair: $10 (I had everything on hand except one 4x4 patch for $4 and a fresh container of spackling at $6)

Shelves: $40 (The brackets were $6.99 each, but I was able to get three of them at 50% off, one at 40% off, and the other two at full price.  Long story--several trips to get these brackets! I paid $4 for a couple of bronze paints that I was low on, and another $4 for the can of spray paint.)

So that is $143 for the bathroom.  Ugh.  I am feeling less confident about my $500 budget, but I am going to try my best not to blow past it!

Next up is the weird, closet area.  This post is long enough, so I won't share pics today, but I will be starting that area tomorrow! 

For now, I will leave you with one more happy pic!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Enjoy the Son!!!

 

Wednesday
Mar122014

Book Page Foyer

Hey, Folks!  I am working away on the master bed/bath project, and I don't have a lot to show you yet. (If you follow me on FB, you have already seen some nasty pics of the mold! Yikes!) And today is the last day for East Coast Creative's  Creating With The Stars link up, so I thought I would take this opportunity to show you the completed foyer and enter it into the contest. You've seen sneak peeks here and there, but never the whole thing, so here goes!

If you've followed me for awhile, you know that I love books, and, specifically, I love to decorate with book pages. A couple of years ago, my husband and I set up a temporary photo studio (scroll towards the end of the post to see the studio) in our living room, and I have wanted to try book pages on our walls ever since.

What do you think?!

 

Now, I knew this would only have the desired affect in a small dose, so I choose the foyer.  It is a very small area, but it is the first thing people see when they step into my home.  I also knew that this would be/will be a pain to remove. I already had incredibly damaged walls, so I wasn't worried.

See? Not smooth to start with!

I took one of my garage sale purchased dictionaries and cut out random pages. {I LOVE a big, old book full of words, and you can't pass up a $1 deal.} This particular dictionary is from 1963, so there are some GREAT words in it! And, while I say I chose random pages, I do have young readers in the house (who will grow up to be adolescent readers, etc.), so I was very careful to edit most of the pages. ;) I wanted to try to get the whole alphabet on my walls, so I chose a couple of pages from A, B, C, etc. I used my paper cutter to cut various squares and rectangles, and just used wall paper paste to adhere the pages to the wall.  Since the walls were already imperfect, I did not try hard to get the pages too smooth.  Just slathered the wall with paste and went for it. {Someone please remind me, in 5-10 years, how much I liked this. I am SURE I am going to be kicking myself when I have to take this down!  Maybe I will just drywall over it...;) 

Here is a "before" pic. I cannot believe how marked the banister had become!

Painting the banister and adding book pages to this little triangle made SUCH a difference!

This is when the walls were done, but the doors were still blah.  

Painting and glazing the doors made a HUGE impact! (Left door is finished, right needs glaze here.)

Here are some outside pics of the front doors.

Before

After

And here are just some more fun shots of the book pages that I adore so much!

I love the "sneaky pete" page!

 

And my daughter loves that the switch plates are covered, too! 

This dictionary actually had both of my kids' names listed as proper names.  I also hid as many family and friends' names as I could on the walls.  It's fun to search! 

All the little drawings add loads of interest. I was originally just going to use bookpages, but I am glad I went with a dictionary.

I cannot remember what I was trying to show with this pic, but I know that I emptied out the bins to take it. Thinking...thinking...thinking...I don't know, but I feel like if I specifically tried to take this pic, I must have had a reason, no? I think I was just trying to get a pic of the corner, because it is the only place that two "papered" walls meet.  Anyhow, enjoy this random photo.


And since I've already told you I emptied the bins to stage the photo, here is how they normally look!

Just one more shot of this yummy, word-filled wall!

There you have it! If you try something like this, let me know--I'd love to see it!  

Enjoy the Son!