Etsy Shop is Opened!

Hi friends! I am excited to announce that beginning this evening, my Etsy Shop has opened! I’ll be selling pendant necklaces with lovely and inspirational designs. The shop is called Table of My Heart or searched as “tableofmyheart” on Etsy.com. It may sound like a funny name, but it actually came from a Proverb in the Bible. Proverbs 3:3 says, “Let not mercy and truth forsake you: bind them around your neck; write them upon the table/tablet of your heart.” My desire is to share my creativity that has been given to me to encourage you and give you something special and homemade to enjoy! I hope you’ll come take a peek. I’ll be selling items in small groups a little at a time. You can also find me @tableofmyheart and @keepinghomeinmyheart on Instagram. I would love it for you to come along and enjoy this journey with me. Thank you so much for all of your support! Here’s a glimpse of the first batch of necklaces.

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Personalized Pillow Cover

If your looking for a fun project that you can use in your home, these personalized pillow covers may be what you’re looking for. Using stencils, you can make your pillow say whatever you would like. My “tween” age daughter joined in on the fun, but still needed some assistance. (Just in case you’re thinking of getting young children involved, you can even find a picture stencil if that would seem easier than stenciling letters.)IMG_2492[1]

For my particular pillow, I chose the saying, “Coffee, books, & rain”. Don’t get me wrong, I love the sunshine, but there’s something cozy about enjoying a nice cup of coffee, reading, and rain. It also makes me want to sleep sometimes. Haha! 🙂

My daughter chose to stencil “Books & rain” on her own pillow cover. She has always liked to curl up and enjoy a good book when it’s raining outdoors, as well.

Here is what you’ll need (pictured below). All of the items were found at Walmart in the craft and hardware section:

  • A drop cloth (I used a 6×9 size because I was covering about a 26 inch pillow. I had plenty left even after making one for my daughter as well.)
  •  Multi-Surface acrylic craft paint
  • Stencils (A 2 oz. bottle was more than enough for my big pillow)
  • Spouncers (These sponge things are awesome for stenciling!)
  • A Matte Finish spray (to spray, seal the acrylic paint to the fabric)
  • Needle & thread and/or sewing machine
  • Scissors

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Here is a link for the directions. She easily has them all laid out for us. http://www.thewonderforest.com/2013/06/5-minute-pillow-covers-tutorial.html

And here is a couple more pictures of our fun! 🙂

I hope this might give you some ideas to create something special for your home, family, friends, or as a gift!

~Blessings!

 

The LORD is Good

“The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeks Him.”

Lamentations 3:25

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“Consider”

Consider the lilies of the field whose bloom is brief: we are as they; like them we fade away, as doth a leaf.

Consider the sparrows of the air of small account: our God doth view whether they fall or mount-He guards us too.

Consider the lilies that do neither spin nor toil, yet are most fair: What profits all this care and all this toil?

Consider the birds that have no barn nor harvest-weeks: God gives them food: much more our Father seeks to do us good.

               By Christina Rossetti

The LORD is good. Don’t forget, no matter what you may be going through. He is good and He knows our anxieties and needs before we even ask of Him! He tells us in Matthew 6:25-34 to examine the birds and see how they’re cared for. Our heavenly Father feeds them. He asks us, “Are you not much better than they?” Well are you? Of course you are! 🙂

He also tells us to consider or study, think about the flowers, how they grow. They don’t work hard to become what they are. They just naturally have the beauty God created them to have. Just as God “clothes” them with beauty, He will provide for us the necessities of life that we need for our families. He will clothe us spiritually and physically.

He says, “Just keep your eyes on ME.” (paraphrased) “Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness (goodness); and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Give God a chance to show you His goodness. Maybe that means waiting for Him, seeking Him. You can never go wrong by doing what He says.

I also found this link (below) to a bird feeder craft you might have fun making yourself, with your kids, or grand-kids. Blessings!

http://www.craftcreatecook.com/coffee-mug-bird-feeders/

*Photos via Pinterest

Spring Door Decoration

Hi friends! I have been enjoying the early spring weather that we’ve been getting here in Virginia. As the warmer weather began in February for us, our minds automatically seem to shift to fun outdoor activities, spring cleaning, and garden planning. Among these joys, at least for me, is getting to spread a little “springy” cheer around the house with some simple spring decor. This spring door decoration cost me nothing to make and I think, with some assistance, a child could also get in on the fun. I have a screen door so the decoration has some kind of protection. If you don’t, you could always use one of those vinyl picnic table cloths or something of that nature. A list of supplies you’ll need are as followes:

  • cereal box
  • fake flowers or leafy stems
  • old place mat, tablecloth, lace, any old material
  • duck tape
  • jute, yarn, or ribbon
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • sharpie

Step 1: (Shown Below) Collect a cereal box. Mine was 12 oz.

Step 2: Cut off the top flaps.

Step 3: Use a sharpie and mark a dot about 2/3 of the way up the side of the box (toward the front edge).

Step 4: Draw a diagonal line from the dot to the back top corner of the box (this is drawn all on the side of the box).

Step 5: Draw a dot on the other side of the box (toward front)  and repeat step 4 for this side.

Step 6: (Shown below) Connect your dots from the sides and cut straight across the front of box. Now you’re ready to add some material! 🙂

Step 7:(Shown below) Lay cereal box front side down on your material (bottom of box flush against the edge of the material and centered).  I used an old place mat.

Step 8: Make sure it’s centered. Wrap it up, using duck tape on the back of the box. (I chose duck tape because my front door gets extremely hot and hot glue will not work.)

 

Step 9: (Shown below) Turn box right side up. With the loose material, you will cut from the top a 2 diagonal lines down toward the front of box(toward each front corner)  Fold in.

Step 10:(Shown below) You can cut the excess material after folding in the sides. Use duck tape to fasten. You may need some tape underneath the material on the insides as well. Fasten your string on the back with plenty of duck tape and/or staples 🙂 Add your faux flowers or stems.

Here is what I ended up with. 🙂

It may seem like a lot of steps, but it really only took me about 20 minutes. I didn’t worry about putting any material across the bottom of the box because when it hangs, it will slope outward from the top a little. I couldn’t see the bottom of the cereal box, but if you want to cover it up you can use whatever means you need to. Hope you enjoy this and I would love it if you shared your results in the comments.

With God’s Help: Part 1

*(The original published post of this article was published in the summer of 2016, but was somehow  erased. Forgive me for posting it again, but I wanted to make sure I had “Part 1” archived)*

I’m so glad that Jesus doesn’t expect me to be perfect! Lord knows I’m not! My comfort is this; He is perfect. He is my Savior. He is full of grace. He is ready to help. What love the Father has lavished upon us through the Son! (1 John 3:1)

When I read stuff in the Bible like Titus 2:4-5, I’m glad that he is the One who enables. It states: “That they (older women) may teach the younger women to be sober (aware), to love their husbands (affectionately), to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”

This is not something anyone can do perfectly. In fact, we learn through our failures most of the time. There is so much meaning beyond these words. Because the New Testament was written in Greek, there is more richness in the definitions that we sometimes have to dig for. Just by using a concordance to the Bible, you can find these gems. I use Blue Letter Bible, a free app on my phone.  After looking up these nouns and adjectives, here’s what I discovered:

Discreet: of a sound mind, sane in one’s senses. Do you ever feel like going insane? Haha! See, God knows us so well.

Chaste: exciting reverence (excited to respect God), pure from carnality,modest, pure from every fault, clean. Wow! Only through the blood of Jesus. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but by His mercy He saved us. (Titus 3:5)

Keepers at home: caring for the house, taking care of household affairs, the watch or keeper of the house. Watch means guard. It’s a military term: to be aware. Knowing what’s going on inside and outside of our homes. Not just with the house /building, but our family.

There is more, but that in itself is a lot to take in! You might feel overwhelmed when you look at that, but God didn’t write it to make us feel overwhelmed and burdened. Remember He is perfect and when we become His children, He makes us more like Him. We bear fruit in our lives just by abiding in Him. A tree branch doesn’t have to  struggle to push the fruit out. It just happens. With God’s help, He can do this in us! He loves it when we ask for His help.

Invitation or Card Ideas

Do you have a small gathering or party coming up? When in a pinch or just for fun, these simple ideas for creating your own “homemade” invitations can help you get your guests ready. I recently had a brunch with a couple of friends and had the idea to create a few invitations with some items that I already had on hand. Maybe a loved one’s birthday is coming up or you want to write a “Thinking of you” card. Whatever the occasion, you definitely need to be in a crafty mood, and remember to have fun! When I start to feel overwhelmed by a project, I just set it aside for a while until I feel like picking it up again. 🙂

This particular brunch was for a church-related event so I wanted to put a Bible verse on the invitation that would be encouraging. If you like this particular idea ( pictured above),  I have listed a few items you’ll need and a step-by-step drawing (slideshow) of the lantern jar below.

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  • scrapbook paper
  • card stock
  • thin Sharpie or other choice of pen
  • fancy scissors (I used children’s scalloped scissors)
  • watercolor paints, brush, water
  • raffia (to tie and display a bow)

Almost all of these items can be found at a dollar store, as well. I am not a scrap booking, card making person, but this was a fun little craft for me to work on. When you use the watercolors, be careful to not use too much water on your brush. I usually dip my brush in the water and/or paint and blot it on a paper towel before applying it to the paper.

 

 

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My drawing and painting were done very loosely which made this project even more fun because it’s meant to be a “relaxed” style. I hope you can use some ideas from this and create your own beautiful creations for your friends or family. Blessings!

No Sew Drop Cloth Curtains

If your looking for a quick, neutral update for your window treatments, using painter’s drop cloth is a fairly cheap alternative. I had seen this idea used all over the internet, but had yet to find a method that seemed easy enough for me. Recently, I stumbled upon a friend in the land of Instagram who had made simple, no sew drop cloth curtains, and displayed them beautifully within her home. You can find her on Instagram @sweetgeorgiacottonandpine ,and her name is also Laura. Her idea is the inspiration behind this project. 🙂

All you need is some painter’s drop cloths, curtain clip rings, and a ruler. I bought both items from Lowe’s because they were both available in the store. The curtains I currently had measured 83 inches in length so I knew that 9 feet (108 inches) would be plenty long enough to fold over at the top to create a sort of ruffled valance. Washing and drying the drop cloths first will make them softer and take out any creases from being folded in half within the package.

After the cloths are dried, simply fold over the tops, using a ruler to create your desired length valance. Afterward, place clips evenly beginning at the ends and working your way toward the middle. Here is what happened when I laid mine out on the floor. 😉

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Next, simply hang them up! Here is a couple of before and afters. I like my geometric curtains but will make use of them in another room.

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They’ll be super easy to care for, and I love how the tops just have this relaxed, draped look. I hope this gives you some inspiration, just like Laura @sweetgeorgiacottonandpine gave me! Blessings!

~Laura