The Elder Street Art Market!

Yep, mark your calendars for December 7th, 2013 everyone.  I did it!  I just signed up for a booth at the Elder Street Art Market! Every year my church, Ecclesia Houston, hosts an Art Market at the beginning of December and 20% of all of vendor's profits go to Advent Conspiracy. For the last three years I have gone to this market and walked around wishing I was a part of it, thinking to myself I could totally do this and it would be fun.  I love making art, crafts, jewelry! But I let the … [Read more...]

The Influence Conference 2013: Recap (It’s Going to Get Real)

I've been sitting on this post since Monday debating what it was going to become. I was very tempted to just tell you how wonderful the conference was, and that'd be oh so true, but that wouldn't be the whole truth. First of all, if you were wondering what I am talking about, the Influence Network is a fabulous network of Christian women who are striving to use their blogs, small businesses and social media to the glory of God. This past weekend in Indianapolis they hosted a conference … [Read more...]

The Influence Conference!!!

I'm excited for tomorrow because I'm headed off to the Influence Conference! I've never been to a conference like this before and truthfully I'm excited and super nervous. Excited to meet new people and make new friends, nervous because the introvert inside of me is quaking in my boots. While I'm there, I hope to learn a lot about how to better use my blog, and my love for art and creativity. I'll try to keep you posted, so stay tuned to my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for … [Read more...]

What I Learned Making My First Quilt

I've shared a bit about making my first quilt in my last post. Here's the front finished. And here's the back! During the process I learned some key sewing strategies that I hope will help you on your next sewing venture. The Iron is Your Best Friend: Boy, did I learn this fast and hard. All those little triangles seemed like a lot to iron so I started off not ironing the seams open after I finished a row. But after trying to sew two rows together with unopened seams I … [Read more...]

How to Make a Triangle Quilt

Or maybe this post should really be titled How Not to Make a Triangle Quilt. Or how about What I Learned Making My First Quilt. Because yes, I chose a triangle quilt as my first venture into quilting and I definitely learned a lot during the process. It all started with Pinterest (doesn't it always) where I saw this great triangle quilt tutorial and thought, I could totally do that! I set out to get my fabric and made sure to get a little more than the pattern called for, just in case. … [Read more...]

Love Young House Love

If you ask Sean what blogs I check everyday, first one he would say is Young House Love, then a close runner up the Bower Power Blog. Just ask him, I bet that's what he'd say. So, today when he heard me gasp from the other room and then possibly squeal a bit and then all I could do was point to my computer screen and say, "She likes my fox..." He wasn't surprised and instead totally let me have my awestruck fan moment. Check out Young House Love's post today about decorating Clara's … [Read more...]

DIY Paper Mache Animal Head: The Fox Edition

A few months ago I posted this tutorial on how I made a paper mache zebra head that was inspired by Lil Blue Boo Blog's tutorial . This spring I decided to make another mounted paper mache head, but this time a fox! I also did a better job at documenting all of my steps from start to finish. First I cut out a piece of foam board to start off the head, and to make sure it was a good size for my wooden plaque. Then I built the basic shape I wanted from crumbled up newspaper and … [Read more...]

DIY: A-Frame Tent

This past spring I decided I wanted to make a tent for my nephew's birthday. After looking around the web a bit I decided on a simple A-Frame design. The frame was very easy to make. I purchased two 1x2s that were each 8 feet long and I had them cut in half at the hardware store. Also, I purchased 3 dowel rods, 4 feet long and 1/2 inch wide. I then marked two spots on each 1x2, one about an inch one end, and another about 4 inches from the other end. I then got out my 1/2 inch drill … [Read more...]

DIY Masking Tape Paintings

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you are having a great day spending time with your friends and loved ones. This past weekend I got to spend the afternoon being artsy with my nephew. We gathered up some small canvases, masking tape and craft paint to create a fun Valentine's gift for his parents, and a piece for himself. We decided to practice first making a "C" for Corwin and an "I" for Ian. I cut the masking tape to piece together the letters and smoothed them to the … [Read more...]

DIY Tutorial – Paper Mache Animal Heads

Specifically a zebra head! Meet Zebulon, Sean named him while I was woking on him one day and it stuck. This summer I had the idea of doing a mounted head as an art project and after searching the internet for a while I came upon Lil Blue Boo's Blog (which is super great by the way!) and her Unicorn Paper Mache Animal Head Tutorial. I used her newspaper and masking paper construction method to build the basic shape of the head, and let me tell you, paper towel paper mache is the way to … [Read more...]

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