Monday, December 12, 2011

Coaster Gifts

I wanted to make some easy office gifts this year to give to the awesome women I work with.
I decided on homemade coasters!

They looked realy pretty and easy to make.

I found some tutorials online and could have used modge-podge...... but I haven't had luch with that particular crafting product and I really wanted to make this as easy as possible!

I bought some beautiful tiles at LOWE's:

And decided that stamping something on the tiles would be the easiest way to do this. I used this stamp pad because I read on another blog that it would work really good on the tiles:

Once I got them all stamped, I sprayed them with a light coat of spray paint sealer:

I stuck 4 round felt pieces to the bottoms of each one, stacked them in groups of 4 and tied them with ribbon.
(I don't have a final picture!!)

Everyone loved them and it was a really inexpensive and easy project:)


My Backyard Eden

Monday, December 5, 2011

Beautiful Story.....

"When I was about twenty years old,
 I met an old pastor's wife who told me that
when she was young and had her first child,
 she didn't believe in striking children,
although spanking kids with a switch
pulled from a tree was standard punishment
at the time.

"But one day when her son was four or five,
he did something that she felt warranted a
 spanking--the first in his life.
And she told him he would have to go
outside and find a switch for her to hit him with.
The boy was gone a long time.
And when he came back in, he was crying.

"He said to her, 'Mama,
I couldn't find a switch, but here's a
rock you can throw at me.'
All of the sudden a mother understood
how the situation felt from the
child's point of view: that if my mother
wants to hurt me, it makes no difference
what she does it with; she might as
well do it with a stone.

"The mother took the boy onto her lap
and they both cried.
Then she laid the rock on a shelf
in the kitchen to remind herself forever:
never violence.
Because violence begins in the nursery--
one can raise children into violence."

~From a peace prize acceptance speech given by Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking

$2 Frames

Wow, I come up with some really original blog titles! LOL

So, I was at my fave store again (Habitat for Humanity) and came across these ugly as all get-out chunky frames:

 (There were 2 of them!!)

I bought them for $2 each and took them home.

I decided to (obviously) remove the artwork:

Then I gave them a coat of spray paint. During this process I realized that the frames are not wood (I was fooled!), but some odd unknown material. So, the paint didn't go on super smoothly...... but I actually like the distressed look it gave them:

 They are perfect for this blank piece of wall in my house and I see them when I come out of my room; my bedroom door is to the right of the mirror.

Total cost: $2!!