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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A Series of Hope (photo overload) on: February 04, 2014 12:30:49 PM
My best friend and I have been friends for a long time but it wasn't until we were both diagnosed with autoimmune diseases that we became the very dearest of friends.  We were the girls that were making something out of life while being sick.  We often spoke of our paths in life and how motherhood was not for us.  So imagine my surprise when last June she walked into my house crying and said "I am pregnant."  She was happier than I had ever seen her, it was a beautiful moment that I will treasure forever.  I immediately got onboard and came up with a bunch of crafts for us to make together.  We were having a great time getting ready for Shane (baby's name) when Jen (my best friend) found out Shane is very sick and may not live past birth. 

I felt so helpless in the face of her heartbreak I didn't know what to do at first.  Then I remembered I believe in miracles, I believe that anything is possible with God and I believe in the power of prayer. With this in mind, I went to work on putting Shane on prayer lists around the world.  I also decided that as Jen's best friend it was my job to make sure she keeps hope alive.  I was immediately inspired to make a series of postcards that I could send to her for the rest of her pregnancy.  I had no idea how many I was going to make but I decided as I made them I would pray for Shane.  It turns out the magic number was 10 postcards.  I named them a Series of Hope.

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The first one was sent today.

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12   / HOME SWEET HOME / Re: 2013 Featured Projects: Home Sweet Home: General on: January 28, 2014 07:51:56 PM
I cannot express how shocked and honored I am to have 3 of my projects featured. I had such a fun time with each one of them and am tickled pink you guys liked them! Thank you so much.
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Renovated Rococo chair on: January 28, 2014 07:23:47 PM
Beautiful job
14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 88 ENTRIES / Re: Firecracker Wreath on: July 08, 2013 10:09:25 PM
Thank you for the feedback. I am just impressed it lasted through the party  Smiley
15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 88 ENTRIES / Firecracker Wreath on: July 05, 2013 12:52:56 PM
I am a dollar store addict so when I saw this challenge I got really excited and went a little crazy in the brain with ideas.  In fact this challenge turned out to be a real challenge for me because I had to limit myself to one idea.  I decided that since we (my boyfriend and I) were hosting a 4th of July party, decorations was the direction to go in.  I am not usually a wreath type of person but I was browsing pintreat and saw a really cool 4th of July wreath and inspiration was born.  

I didn't take a picture of what I bought but the list is:

4 packages of different sized Styrofoam balls
1 twig wreath
1 string of red, white and blue stars

From my stash I used:

blue, white and red spray paint
rebar wire
cardboard
silver scrapbook paper

The don't always like how things I make turn out but I am pretty proud of this one.  It is completely crazy but the 4th is all about fireworks and I think the theme is carried out in this wreath.  I had to take a picture of it not on the door because my front door isn't the greatest.







***update*** the wreath survived the party...gotta love that dollar store!
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dollar Store Pendant Light on: May 30, 2013 09:07:07 AM
I am so glad that so many people like how it turned out.  It really is a very easy project that anyone can do!
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dollar Store Pendant Light on: May 13, 2013 06:43:31 AM
I recently moved into the darkest house that you can imagine....well at least the living room is horribly dark with only one window.  I decided that an overhead light was just the thing to make my living room livable but I had to work around the lack of electrical in our ceilings.  I thought and thought about what kind of light I wanted and then I saw a string pendant light on pintreat.  I decided to take the idea and make it my own.  I made a trip to the dollar store found the pendant lighting electrical thingy (not sure what it is called), 3 different types of string (thin hemp string, thicker hemp and twine) and a beach ball.  I dug out some glue from my stash, filled a big bowl with watered down glue and soaked the string/rope for a minute.  I then started wrapping the string around the ball.  I repeated the same thing with the two other sizes of string/rope.  I think that different types of string give the light a great texture. 









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18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wingback chair - it's painted! It's reupholstered! It's both! on: May 11, 2013 12:59:28 PM
Love the color choices!
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pennies are so cool on: May 10, 2013 06:51:49 AM
I was on pintrest (where I spend way too much time  Smiley )and saw the most fabulous kitchen floor made of pennies.  I decided then and there I had to have a coffee table covered in pennies and luckily I had just the coffee table to do it to.  My boyfriends sister had just closed her offices and gave us a marble top coffee table.  The marble was so beautiful I decided it had to be the top of the kitchen island leaving me with a base to a fancy coffee table.  I got the boyfriend to build a simple wood top that fit the coffee table and I went to work sanding and painting.  I then super glued $18 worth of pennies to the top of the table.  I then had the boyfriend pour thick poly over all of the pennies.  I LOVE how it turned out.  Unfortunately it does not photograph well.







Thanks for looking!
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wood Slices to the Rescue on: May 10, 2013 06:29:24 AM
I live with a man that feels it necessary to have a dart board in our living room.  When I moved in with him he had the UGLIEST dart board set up and I just couldn't allow that to continue.  I told him that if he allowed me to change the backing for the dart board then it could stay.  After much contemplation and research I decided that I would make a board covered in slices of wood.  I got Art (the man I live with and am about to marry) to start cutting 1 inch thick wood slices.  I had no idea I was taking on a massive project.  I thought maybe 100 slices of wood would be enough...not even close Art ended up cutting 523 slices.  Along the way we ran out of wood so I asked art to cut down a tree (a small one) in our yard, he came back with a tree that was shaped like a heart...totally awesome and wonderfully romantic. Any who as Art cut I stained.  I decided that I wanted to have some depth to the board so I chose 4 different stains.  Once the slices were dry I started the huge task of making them all fit.  It was the hardest puzzle I have ever done!  That being said it was COMPLETELY worth it because I love how it turned out!







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