Saturday, March 26, 2011

One Week

One week ago today my life changed forever.

I have written, erased, and written this blog many times. I'm not quite sure how to put something that has been so life-altering into words. You always hear of other people having those moments. You just never think it will be you.

I'm a planner, always have been. Ryan is moving this Sunday to Plainview for 5 weeks. He has to go for school, so I planned out my life for the next 5 weeks to keep myself busy while he was gone. I planned out what I would spend my time doing this summer. I planned out what our life will look like when he graduates. I planned out our children and our future. I planned, but then one week ago, plans changed.

One week ago, my mom was diagnosed with cancer. In one single moment, plans changed. For a planner, being helpless is the worst possible thing. To say that my world crashed a bit would be an understatement. This 'perfect' world I had planned crashed.

I can't plan our way out of this, but have finally been able to do something I have always struggled with- letting go and letting God. In this past week, I have come to the end of myself so. many. times. but He has been faithful to pick me up and hold my hand during the darkest days of my life so far. I can't answer or fix the questions and fears we have, but I can trust that He set this road out for us and He is walking down it with us. I have prayed like I never have in my life. I have realized just how helpless I am and how much I need Him. It is a constant struggle, but He has been so faithful.

So many of you have called, texted, facebooked, or said a prayer for us. We can never tell you how thankful we are and how much we covet your continued prayers. We are hopeful to meet with an oncologist this next week. We are praying that God would lead us to the right doctor, and that we would be able to come up with a treatment plan to beat this. We are also praying that the Lord would continue to reveal himself to us, that we would continually praise Him for the faithfulness He has already shown us, and that we would seek ways to give Him glory through this and to draw closer to Him. We are also pleading to Him for healing. Thank you for remembering us.

I'm not even going to try to plan when I will be crafty again. Maybe soon, but who really knows.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

iPad Case Makeover

I prescheduled the next few posts because I am in Abilene with my mom as she has surgery. She's not having a complicated surgery, but it has been rescheduled twice over the past few weeks due to an unexplained small fever. Needless to say, its been a frustrating process that we are all ready to put behind us. (Ecspecially my poor mom!) Lord willing, she is having her surgery on Thursday so I will be there helping out with that. Now to the crafty stuff:
Like my camera case, my iPad case had a case of the blahs. I didn't take a 'before' picture but it was plain, plain, plain. I simply added some ribbon to make a tie to close the case and added a fabric flower to it for a little pizzaz.

You know I loved it because it was cheap, easy and fast!


I'm limking to the 77th Penny Pinching Party at  http://www.thethriftyhome.com

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hymn Art: A Tutorial

If you've known me for very long, you've probably gotten this as a gift. These things are so easy to make and inexpensive. They make great gifts for anything!

You will need:
- a hymnal (check out thrift stores)
- a frame
- a piece of scrapbook paper
- brown paint and water
- a paintbrush
- a lighter
- double stick tape or a glue stick


This will literally take you about 20 minutes! Here's how:

1. Pick your favorite hymn. Rip it out and crumble it into a ball. Get a tiny amount of brown paint (obviously my paint squirted way too fast and I got way too much!) Spray some water into your paint to dilute it quite a bit. You want it to be really thin.


2. Get the thinnest part of your paint on your brush and just 'paint' it on the hymn. Let it dry. (And if you made a complete mess with the paint like me, use this time to clean it! Ha!) In the past, I would put tea bags into a bowl of water and let the hymns sit, but I have found the painting method to be much easier and faster.

3. While this is drying, you can cut your scrapbook paper down to the size of your frame. Position the 'pretty people paper' on your scrapbook paper any way you would like and then just trace and cut.
4. After your hymn is dry, you may want to crumple it some more depending on how wrinkled you want it. Next, take your lighter and burn the edges to your liking. This takes a lot of hot air! Luckily, I have plenty of to spare!

5. Lastly, tape or glue your hymn to your scrapbook paper and put it in the frame. Done! Quick, easy gift in less than 20 minutes.
The possibilites with these are endless. This was a simple one that I threw together to fill an empty frame before we had company coming over. In the past, I have added embellishements and pictures. Truly a simple, neat gift!


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Tip Junkie handmade projects and Get Your Craft On! with Today's Creative Blog.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Camera Bag Makeover

Before I even got my new fancy schmancy camera, I would browse cute camera bags and camera straps. While browsing, I did not browse the prices of said cute things. There are some way cute straps all over Etsy for relatively cheap, but bags were a completely different story. They are adorable, but not so easy on the old bank account. So to Plan B I went.




I found this bag at Best Buy for about $30. Easy on the account, but boring on the eyes. I'll be honest- I wanted to go buy new fabric at Hobby Lobby right after we bought this bag. Luckily, it was closed and so I had to come and look through my stash. I ended up having some cute fabric right here and did not have to spend any of my monthly blow money.


It's definitely not as cute as those etsy bags, but will work just fine!


Can't forget the strap cover too!

I'm linking to a few parties:


giveaways

Monday, March 7, 2011

Things I Love: My 'Breast' Friends!

Yes, you read the title right. I love my breast friends. Truly, I do. They are some of my very closest and dearest friends. Let me explain.

After getting married and graduating, we moved to Midland in 2007. We both had wonderful college experiences and did not want to leave San Angelo. But leave we did. That first year was rough. Life after college in a new town is rough and I was a baby . We met people here and there and made a few friendships, but I craved close girlfriends that I could laugh with, cry with, and just do life with. In 2008, we began going to a new COM group at our church. For awhile it was just one of those things you went to twice a month and saw people for a couple of hours. Can I just say its hard to build relationships like that? But eventually a BUNKO group was started and my dear friend, Tiffany (who was practically a stranger at the time) approached all of the girls in our group about joining her in a walk benefiting Breast Cancer.

I will admit I was really reluctant at first. I even went to the meeting telling Ryan I probaly wouldn't do it. I practically knew noone, I didn't have a particular tie to Breast Cancer, and did I mention it was a 60 mile walk, we had to raise $2300 each, and we would sleep in tents?!?! (of course they were pink tents!) I'm not sure what changed my mind that night. Maybe it was listening to how this cancer has so strongly affected Tiffany's family or maybe it was just peer pressure.:) But whatever it was I am so, so grateful I left that night signed up.

Of course, for such a long walk we had to quite a bit of training. We would meet each Saturday and walk. and walk. and walk. and of course we would also talk. and talk. and talk. Over the months these 'strangers' began to be some of my very best friends. They became the people I would call when I had a hard day at school, that I would laugh so hard I would cry with, the exact people I had desired for so long to have in Midland. I look back and know there was no way I would have met and got close to some of them if it wouldn't have been for the calluses we got that year.

Finally, we traveled to Dallas in November of 2009 for the 3day. We were prepared to walk, we even had our pretty pink tutus and matching backpacks ready. But I'm not sure any of us had any idea of what exactly to expect. It was easily one of the best experiences of my life. I have never before been a part of something so big for one cause. As we walked (picture thousands of women- and men too!- in ridiculous pink clothing walking all over DFW), there was such a sense of community spirit. I think we all agreed that the 'cheer stations' were our favorite part. So many people joining together like that truly is a powerful, blow you away type experience.

We went back again this previous year to be a cheering station. We were definately 'Cuckoo for Coconuts' and had a blast being the encouragers for a change.




Currently, we are getting ready for the 2011 walk. This year we are Hooter Heroes! (complete with capes, of course!) We are already fundraising and will begin training walks soon. I look forward to it with so much anticipation and am so, so thankful for the 3Day for bringing me some of my BREAST friends!

**If you would like to contribute to our team, please visit our team website. You can also contact me if you would like to purchase a Hooter Hero T-Shirt!**


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Old Window Headboard

I have a slight (ok, major) obsession with old windows (and old doors, and old frames and old books- ok anything old.) I have them all over my house and my poor Nana's garage is stacked with plenty more I just KNOW I'll use someday. (atleast that's what I told Ryan when I bought them).

This obsession began way back in the day when my college roommate's parents were getting new windows. They offered to let me have their old ones. They were huge- 8 pane windows. I had NO idea what to do with them- but I loaded them up and carried them in the back of my car forever. Finally moved them to my parents and then moved them to our first apartment after we graduated and got married.

They just sat on our balcony forever until finally inspiration hit! I decided they could make the perfect headboard for our spare bedroom. The only problem was I needed the glass out. I figured I would just hit them with a hammer a few times and it would be easy. Well, let's just say those things were GREAT storm windows. At the time we lived in an upstairs apartment. I worked on them forever with a sheet down on our balcony. After awhile I called in for backup and Ryan got his first taste of his new wife's crazy habits. (Little did he know that was the tip of the iceberg! Poor guy!) We loaded them up in the back of his truck and worked. and worked. and worked. Finally, we got that silly glass out. (I'm sure our neighbors thought we were crazy- we kinda were)
The rest really was easy. I just went to Wal-mart and got their old boxes and cut cardboard to the size of the window panes. I hotglued batting and fabric on the cardboard and hotglued them to the window.

After all this time (and moves), it is still my favorite part of our house.


I'm linking to The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday!

Easiest Scarf Ever

I don't knit. I wish I did, but I don't. I remember in college, a group of older women would meet in our favorite coffee shop and knit. I wanted to join their little posse, but I think I might impale myself with those huge needles if I tried. So, I never thought I could make a scarf (without risking my own death atleast).

Until...This little tool came into my life. Funny looking, right? Awhile back I went to Snyder and hung out with a good friend of mine who enlightened me to this little slice of heaven. And you want to know the best part?!? They sold it right there in Snyder at Wal-Mart. That is a miracle folks, so I was able to go let my mom buy it for me get it right then and get started.


It is so, so easy and cheap! You basically just wrap the yarn and then use the hook thing (technical I know) to loop the yarn over itself. It makes tubes out of the yarn, and you can use the tubes however you want to. The smaller end made the tube for the flower.


This is the scarf I made. I totally copied it from my friend who copied it from a gift she got. (You can call me a copy-cat. I'm basically immune to that word since I hear it 957 times a day from my Kinder friends) She also made some really cute mini ones for her daughter.

I loved it and got a lot of compliments on it. The only downside to it was that I found out about it later in the season, so I didn't get to wear it much. There's always next year!


I don't think this would necessarily qualify me for the coffee shop club, but it was quick and easy so I loved it! Here's to being a fake knitter!
P.S- Wanna know one reason I hardly ever blog?! Uploading pictures makes me crazy! It takes me forever! Anyone else have this problem?