The Thing about Art is…

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Friday morning my husband was helping one of our
sons with his school art assignment
and I overheard him say,
“The thing about art is that you have to be patient.”
At that very moment it was as if God cleared His throat
and looked directly at me.

“What? I don’t even do art. I’m not the artsy type, Lord!”

THINK OF YOUR SEWING PROJECTS?

“Um, well, I don’t get to them very often and when I
finally do carve out the time to be creative I have to
rush through them and them they get all messed up,
and I have to rip them out and start over.”
(and yes, I talk to God in giant run-on sentences!)

SO YOU RUSH THROUGH CREATIVITY BECAUSE YOU’RE IN A HURRY
TO GET BACK TO THE THINGS YOU “HAVE” TO DO THAT ARE
ALREADY EASY AND COMFORTABLE?

“Yeeees?”

WHAT IF I’M TRYING TO CREATE SOMETHING NEW IN YOUR HEART
AND LIFE? IT WILL REQUIRE PATIENCE.
WORK.
THE UNKNOWN.
WILL YOU LET ME?
WILL YOU BE PATIENT?
WILL YOU LET ME
BE THE ARTIST?

(tears)

“Yes! Forgive me for rushing and yet digging my heals
in at the same time. Help me to let go when you say so;
push forward in any direction you lead; stop trying to
figure out what the final results of the “art project”
will look like. I trust you, Lord Jesus!”

Denim for Baby, too?

If you’ve read very many of my posts you already know
that I totally love to make new items out of “old” jeans.
It’s often called, “Upcycling” but it’s just plain fun and
a great way to be wise with money!

This idea came from Pinterest.
Now, Pinterest and I have a strange relationship…
I don’t have one, but when a google search sends me
to someone’s board I cannot lie… I like it.

While hunting for a printable bib pattern I found
a few pictures of these adorable little bibs.  SO CUTE!
So I busted out the bag of “old jeans,”  (thanks, Chilly,
little boys and Zach) and whipped up a few for a sweet
little girl born to our precious friends in Chicago-land.

Now, the other pregnant lady in my life (Hi Kelley) will know
what to expect when she’s done expecting!

 

Bib 1 front

Front

Bib 1 back

Back

This is a great project if you’re just beginning
to sew.  Fun!

 

(Note:  I wrote this post a few days ago… cuz as you
read this I’m actually on vacation. Yippee!)

 

 

 

Denim Pillow- Netta’s Niche

Oh how I love making things out of old jeans.  There’s so much fabric in one adult pair.
And so my obsession continues.  (Click here to see my other projects, and here.)

denim pillow
Last night I made a pillow cover for a coverless pillow
form that was awaiting some love. The two legs of the jeans
made the actual pillow, and a back pocket makes a nice
“hiding” spot in the front.  This pillow will be a little gift to my
son’s 1st grade teacher.  Perhaps she’ll find use for it in her
“reading spot” or where ever. Since she can pop off the cover
to wash it, hopefully it will be a helpful addition to her
classroom for a long time.

(I have two other denim projects in the works, but not complete…
Yet! )

 

Earth Day, Shmerth Day 2012

Being resourceful & finding new uses for things is a normal way of life for us. I grew up that way & those skills were sharpened as the size of our family grew. Every year I share another practical way to be smart with what you have… and this year is no different.

NOTE:
This project wasn’t planned as an “Earth Day Project.”  This is the way it came to be…

The bridal shower of our sweet friend was just a week away.
Trips to the fabric store for “gift-making supplies” continued to be thwarted by various events.
I was running out of time!

A venture into the “less-than-organized” basement.
Items found:


-A dress never worn
– Decoration fabric from last year’s July 4th party
-Old jean scraps from denim projects,  donated by several friends (including the groom-to-be!)
-Fabric from projects of Christmas past
-Pillow fabric (that was never used for pillows… or anything else)
-Ikea curtain panel that had been dyed green (that once hung in the house where several bridesmaids now live!)

Add to this strange collection of materials the bin of “this & thats” from my Mom… and the outcome is an
APRON FOR EVERY SEASON!

Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter

 

We don’t wait until Earth Day to do something smart with what we already have…

We don’t recycle just cuz it’s the politically correct thing to do…

Earth Day, Shmerth Day!  We just live this way.

 

 

 

 

(Special thanks to the apron model, my youngest daughter.)

 

 

We all wear jeans… and they wear out. Here’s more ideas for reusing that denim.

 

 

 

 



 

I Have Famous Family Members

Wow!

My family members are famous this week!  🙂

Chilly’s movenber mustache was featured in the Detroit Free Press (A major newspaper in the city… that’s actually not free) He’s the 6th picture featured and the caption mentions our church!

And Courtney’s Chunky Knit Button Cowl Scarf was featured in a Made In Michigan site complied by etsy (and it’s modeled by Mariah)

 

Wordless Wednesday, Patriotic Banner Tutorial

Using fabric scraps and old denim jeans I made this banner to

decorate our yard on July 4th. Here’s how… in pictures only.

 

 

(Note: I wasn’t driving. Just waiting for my daughter to finish

 cheer camp for the day.)

 

 

I linked up to a couple of craft sites this week:

Thirty Handmade Days

Cat on a Limb

Cereal Box Postcards

A blog  that I LOVE reading – Infarrantly Creative–  recently posted a cute

project and my boys & I made a few today and mailed them off to some

cousins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the teachers,

kids directors &

moms who read this…

maybe you can get a new idea…

and it’s cheap…

well, FREE, actually (if you eat cereal).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used this project to talk

about family, practice using a ruler,

for cutting and handwriting practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are so many cute ideas out in “cyber land.” I’m so

grateful to have such a wonderful resource at my fingertips!

 

A New Tree


Some people are celebrating “Earth Day” and that’s cool.

When you’re a large family on a not-too-large budget you tend to be

quite green… but it’s really just frugal & smart.

(To read my Earth Day post from last year click here. )

 

Today I’m celebrating a tree.

THE TREE!

The cross that Jesus died on…

to take my place,

forgive my sin & to give me NEW LIFE!

REAL LIFE!

Life that goes beyond situations

& even beyond death!

 

 

 

 

The  EGG makes a

lovely symbol of new life…

and this week my kids made

an Easter Egg tree.

We gave old things a new life.

 

 

 

 

 

 


It’s made from:

-old clothes & curtains, cut into strips

-twigs we gathered recently on a walk around the neighborhood

-spray paint from the storage in the corner of the basement

-ribbon scraps from other projects long ago

-glue from the school & craft supplies

-a blue bucket from Target, $2.50

(Is this a “Green Project” or what?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(This is blurry but I just

HAD to add it… for obvious

reasons!)

 

 

 

 

But really, we made this tree cuz I  wanted my children

to make something memorable & fun that now

decorates our home and will remind them JESUS gives NEW LIFE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have LIFE in JESUS?

What are you doing to celebrate THE TREE?

 

Here’s two ways you can join in the celebration…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details here