Thursday, January 30, 2014

DIY Upcycle That Old Cork Board... Before it ends up in the trash...

I'm purposing to post to the blog once a week this year. I'm already behind a couple so I'm going to try and catch up and then grace you with a new lovely every Wednesday. :^) We'll see how that goes! 

Last month, I took a day and updated an old cork board for my studio. It was one that I pulled out of a trash can! Everything has potential. :^) 

Here it is before.

This board had lots of use in it's first life. It just needs some sprucing up!

Paint is the first order of business. 

Then some pretty silk fabric. I cut it to size and then hot glued the edges all the way around. 

Love my little glue gun. :^) This is a close up of the ribbon I added to hide the rough edges of the silk and it makes a smashing boarder.

And it's done! 

I put it to use right away. 

It really added some class to my little studio/office. 

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Every Girl Loves Pink? Lace Girls Gown - Patchwork Curtains

I'm hoping to give you updates on what's going on in the studio once a week. Does that interest anyone?

We got about 8-9 inches of snow yesterday!! So we are enjoying another day snowed in!! :^) 

Last week I made this fun little girls gown. Pink silky fabric with a lace overlay. It was so much fun to make! Most little girls love pink, it's NOT my cup of tea, but it should be adorable on any little girl.  

The fabric flowers on the back are attached to the streamers which are detachable with hook and eyes to allow you to zip the zipper up and down. 

These flowers where fun to make and completely stitched by hand. They turned out lovely and better than I'd hoped!

What are you making? 

I've been commissioned to make some curtains and just began cutting them out today. 

I like using these fiskars rotary cutters, but it seems like I always manage to nick a spot or two on the blade, so every cut must be done twice so I can get a clean cut. It still is easier cutting when I am making lots of the same size shapes with my plastic-ruler-measurer-cutter-dealy-bobber. 

I'll let you know how these curtains progress. :^) 

But now, I'm going to go crochet with my Mom while she spins and watch the Walton's!

Have a pleasant, snowed in day!


Friday, January 3, 2014

Dressember 31st - Happy New Year Results

New Year's Eve we had a fun gathering with our church family. Food, games, music, dancing, coffee and bubble tea!! It was a grand time! The ladies and girls surprised me and to show their support almost every lady there was wearing a dress!! Grace made her dress [above] just for this purpose. And most ladies mentioned, 'This is the ONLY dress I have!' and one sweet lady said, 'This is the first time I've worn a dress in 15 years!'. 
Wow!! Thank you, sisters in the Lord, for your sacrifice and your support!! I love you all so dearly!
Dressember ladies!
Photo credit: Bickel Famliy
Photo credit: Back Forty Coffee

Photo credit: Back Forty Coffee

Photo credit: Back Forty Coffee

Photo credit: Back Forty Coffee

I took my camera, cause I wanted to take lots of pictures, but when I pulled it out, there was no memory card!! :^(  So I took a couple shots with the camera on my phone. I hope to be adding more pictures from friends as they email them to me. :^) 

Through sponsors like you, and God's blessings, we were able raise more funds then I imagined, just by wearing a dress every day!
The total? 
... Drum roll please...


These funds went straight to Grace's Campaign 1:17 to get her closer to her goal of $4,500.00 in one year. She will be donating all of the funds raised directly to International Justice Mission so they can set slaves free and bring justice to their oppressors. (IJM is a human rights organization that works to rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression.)   

We praise God for allowing us to be a part of this kingdom work! Thank you for partnering with us this past month!

Can you imagine... 

There are children as young as 4 and 5 years old who are in forced labor. 
There are girls 7 and 9 years old who are held captive in brothels around the world.
These sweet children can have hope, and you can be a part of that hope.

Praising God as we ring in this coming year He grants us!

Waiting for midnight!


Thank you all so much for your support and prayers this month! God did big things, and He's NOT DONE YET! Be sure to go follow the Campaign 1:17 blog and see all the creative ways people are raising awareness of modern day slavery this year!! You can be a part too!

In Christ,