I’m excited to be showing off my latest Pinterest-inspired creations at The Pinterest Challenge because, hey, just like me, there are many people who need an extra bit of motivation to actually make the things they see online.
It would mean so much to me if you’d go vote- just click the start ABOVE the picture of mine. The site seems to scramble all the entries every time you visit so you’ll have to look for these crafts of mine:
Upcycle lace scarf
Scrappy T-shirt rug
Handmade Bakers Twine
Hope your week is off to a great start! I am counting down the days till I leave on holidays this week- a little Caribbean cruise on the horizon What a treat.
Doing some quiet crafting, candles lit. Saw this at Shaun Groves’ blog and thought you might enjoy it too.
You see, at the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics — in physical laws — every action is met by an equal or an opposite one. It’s clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the universe. I’m absolutely sure of it. And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that “as you reap, so you will sow” stuff. Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff…
I’d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge. I’d be in deep s—. It doesn’t excuse my mistakes, but I’m holding out for Grace. I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don’t have to depend on my own religiosity…
I love the idea of the Sacrificial Lamb. I love the idea that God says: Look, you cretins, there are certain results to the way we are, to selfishness, and there’s a mortality as part of your very sinful nature, and, let’s face it, you’re not living a very good life, are you? There are consequences to actions. The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death. That’s the point. It should keep us humbled… It’s not our own good works that get us through the gates of heaven.
Have a great week.
…check out the beautiful diaper cakes made by my friend Robin at her appropriately named store, Robin’s Nest!
Robin has been making these beautiful diaper cakes for all sorts of people and the gifts are always so treasured by new mommas and are the centerpiece of the party- everytime I see one of these cakes it makes me briefly consider procuring a baby of my own, mostly for the sake of getting a Robin’s Nest cake (oh, and for this). On top of that, I am so excited when any of my friends, like Robin, use their amazing creative skills to bless people with beautiful baby swag. Warms my heart.
Check out Robin’s website and consider ordering a diaper cake for your next party- it makes a fabulous centerpiece too! She’s working on some for wedding showers and housewarming parties- can’t wait to see those on the website! She has a knack for finding beautiful ways of styling the cakes and including all sorts of baby items (blankets, toys, books, clothes) and other sweet surprises.
PS- Robin isn’t a sponsor or anything like that, so this shout out is entirely because her diaper cakes are beautiful and she has great ideas for bringing joy and fun to families and their little ones.
It is a funny predicament. Seriously, nobody in the upcycling world warns you of the excess crap that you end up with when you save something from a bleak and dismal future in the dump or maybe worse, the thrift store. I was pretty proud of all the men’s XL t-shirts that I had repurposed into scarves and headbands. The issue is that I really only used the body of the shirt and so I’ve been stashing all the shoulder/sleeve material in a drawer that was close to overflowing. It looked like a manly crop-top factory exploded in my craft corner and I wasn’t really eager to do anything about it.
Manly crop tops. Not the most inspiring way to start your Tuesday.
When I saw this pin, I knew it was the only good way to use up my t-shirt scraps and end the near-Hoarders level of stashing that was going on. Darcy felt the same way. He was worried that things were getting out of control.
I followed Rags By Sock Monkey‘s tutorial for the rug and decided to knot all the pieces at the end, making the rug a bit lumpy but more sturdy. All in all, it took about 5 hours for a fairly large rug. Almost all of that was done watching television and the total cost of the project was $0. The best!
I am pretty happy with how it looks. I wonder if it could be a bathmat, although since it can’t easily be washed (maybe by hand in the tub?) it would probably get too dirty. For now, Darcy has claimed it and doesn’t seem to be interested in giving it up.
P.S Want to follow me on Pinterest? I’d love to see your boards too! Just leave your name in the comments and I can’t wait to see your crafty inspiration.
I’m sharing this project here:
Just read this gem of an analogy over at Put Up Your Dukes. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve spent time contemplating the logistics of going to Georgia to
stalk casually approach Keight and tell her something insightful like:
We’d hit it off and I’d eat Chick-fil-A for the first time ever. BFFL? You bet. Read her blog. She’s cool and makes stuff and is real about her life and about Jesus.
Anyways. Here is what she had to say about building Ikea furniture. Love it.