August 23, 2010

Custom Canvas

Did you know that you can make any plain canvas into a beautiful piece of art without having any artistic ability? You may ask how this is possible. My answer- Mod Podge and fabric of course! I have wanted to use this embroidered family tree fabric scrap for years but I never knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I love its organic burlap feel, the Scandinavian accents, and the fact that the embroidery work is incomplete on the top half of the tree.  It is so unique and will look great in my dorm room.

To make a fabric covered canvas, like this one, paint the sides of the canvas with two coats of acrylic paint. Then use Mod Podge as a past to apply a complimentary fabric to the face of the canvas. Trim the excess fabric and finish it off with a top coat of Mod Podge, making sure to cover the painted edges too.

Tips and Tricks...
Make sure to steam or iron your fabric so that it will lay flat on the canvas.

August 17, 2010

DIY: Decorated Clipboard

After about an hour of brousing through Mod Podge tutorials on blogs and youtube videos, I finally mustered up the confidence to give it a go.  My goal was to make some personalized clipboards for friends leaving for college.  This project is so easy and fun and can be customized for any occasion.

Final Product

Personalize It!

Step 1:  Gather Supplies
- Clipboard. You can use Mod Podge on practically any surface so plastic or wood would both work just fine.
- Scissors
- Things you want to put on your clipboard.  This is the fun part! You can use magazine clippings, stickers, or make custom images on the computer.
- Mod Podge.  Choose from a variety of formulas including glossy, matte, glitter, etc.  About 7 dollars for a 16oz. bottle.  You can find this at any craft store, Walmart/Target, and possibly at your local drug stores. 
- Paint brush
- Sponge brush.  (Tip: If you don't have one, try using a makeup sponge.  It worked just fine for me.)

Step 2:  Assemble
Use the paint brush to apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the back of scraps that you wish to glue to your clipboard.  Next, place scrap on the board while the Mod Podge is still wet.  (Note: You have to work somewhat quick because the Mod Podge dries fairly fast.)  Remove any air bubbles by smoothing out the paper on the board.  Let dry before adding a new layer of paper on top.

Step 3:  Top Coat
Use your sponge dipped in Mod podge to create a seal over the entire project.  The sponge comes in handy because it creates a streek-free surface unlike the paint brush.  Add a second coat after the first dries for a more finished look. 

Two down, many more to go!

August 14, 2010

Creative Moods

After a long dryspell of creativity, I can finally say that I am in the mood to craft!  I have a few projects in mind, all of which include the use of Mod Podge.  I have never used it before but have been inspired by the DIY projects on Ashley Ann's blog (warning: if you visit her blog, you will become a crafting adict!).  Lately, I have found myself scouring crafting blogs, the Martha Stewart website, and looking back at pictures of past projects.  I came across this owl wallet that I made about a year ago.  I love it and would use it more often if only it had more slots for cards and a pocket for change.  Anyways, expect to see some DIYs in the comming days!  Headed to the craft store to buy my first bottle of Mod Podge.  Wish me luck!    

August 8, 2010

Celebration: Harvest Crusade

Angel's Stadium
Sanctus Real
Phil Wickham
Thousands of lives...forgiven and free.

God showed up last night at the Anaheim Harvest Crusade!   He used some awesome bands to lead the stadium in worship and spoke through Greg Laurie.  At the end of the night thousands walked up onto the field to surrender their lives to Jesus.  Wow, praise God!  As a believer there is nothing more exciting.  There must have been some pretty amazing celebrating going on in Heaven!

August 7, 2010

Catalina Island

Yesturday I went to Catalina Island with my cousins and brother to celebrate my cousin's sixteenth birthday.  It was beautiful and we had an absolute blast!
 Here are some pictures of our little adventure...

August 5, 2010

Words of Inspiration

Photo taken last summer at Walden's Pond in Concord, Massachusetts.

While I do have a favorite Bible verse (Proverbs 3:5-6), I must confess that I did not have a favorite quote until now.  So, here it is...


"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This quote is relevent to me, at this stage of life, because my peers and I are at a point where we are persuing careers and trying to decide what to do with our lives.  I do not want to be a person who is cursed with a lust for the world's definition of success.  I want to be accomplished in the eyes of the Father.  Not just in my job but in everything I do.

August 4, 2010

DIY: Locker Decorating

my senior year locker
The best way to fight the back to school blues is to get excited about something that is somewhat related to school.  Whether it be finding the perfect outfit for the first day of class or even adding a little bit of color to your boring old locker.  This past year, I spruced up my locker with some photographs from my summer, cute floral contact paper, and a locker shelf.  Use tape or double sided adhesive strips to hag the pictures.  You can cut shapes out of the contact paper (like a heart) to make your own stickers.  I also taped on an index card with Proverbs 3:5-6.  This verse is a great reminder of God's power and faithfulness.  Something important to remember with all the stresses of school. 

This year, now that I am heading to college, my canvas has gotten much bigger.  Instead of just decorating a locker I get to decorate an entire dorm room!

August 3, 2010

Three Generations

The lovely ladies.
Nancy (grandma), Amber (cousin), Cindy (aunt), Me, Valerie (mom)
Fact: Someday I'd like to live in an Anthropologie store.

This past week my aunt and cousins from Texas arrived.  Yay!  It's never a dull moment when you get the whole family together.  So far we have had a pool day, a movie day (just the girls)/shooting range day (just the boys), a shopping day (just the girls)/beach day (just the boys), and a family church and barbeque day.  And there is still more fun to come.  Ahh, this is what family is all about. 

All us girls slipped away for an entire afternoon of shopping at our outdoor mall.  And can you believe that we had absolutely perfect weather despite the fact that it is August?  Well, we did.  After a few hours of brousing our favorite stores we were famished and ate the most delicious dinner at Lucille's BBQ.  On our little shopping spree I managed to nab a few deals.  Like Gap yoga pants and an Anthropologie shirt dress.  Did I mention that Anthropologie is my absolute favorite store ever.  However, it is not everyday that I find something there with a reasonable price.  My bargain hunting find there made the day even that much more special.