Wednesday, September 25, 2013

DIY Photo Coaster

Oh Mod Podge how I love you and love how versatile you are. I long to be as versatile as yo some day! Hee Hee!  Another project brought to you by using, what else but, Mod Podge.  I think I need stock in this product. 
These coasters turned out very cute! They would be wonderful Christmas gifts for friends or grandparents.  They are very easy to make, just takes a little bit of patience waiting in between the coats of Mod Podge. 

Gather your supplies:
4x4 white ceramic tile
Photos of your choice cut to size
Mod Podge
Paint brush
Clear Acrylic Sealer
Small Felt Circles used for furniture

1. Start by cleaning and drying tiles.
2. Rough up tiles surface with sandpaper so Mod Podge on back of photo adheres to tile better.
3. Apply thin coat of Mod Podge to back of photo.

4. Center photo on tile and smooth out with credit card.  Let dry.

5. Apply thin even layer of Mod Podge over top of tile and photo.  Let dry. (Try to keep your brush strokes even because they will show up a little when it's dry.)

6. Repeat step 5, two more times.  Let completely dry between coats.
7. Once Mod Podge layers are completely dry, then spray a coat of clear acrylic to make coasters water resistant. (Do this step in a well ventilated area.)
8. Adhere felt pads to bottom of tile to protect table tops from being scratched.
I recommend waiting 72 hrs before using your coasters to make sure all layers have set completely.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Chew on this...

Sometimes our prayer can be one word and the word this week is "Baptism".  Pray for those who were just baptized this past Sunday. Remember and send up a prayer of thanks for your baptism, the day God declared you as His child. Pray for those who are swaying on the fence to hear the call of obedience to God's call.  Pray for those God is calling you to witness to and bring to His family. Pray for the true meaning of Baptism and worship the Lord! ~ Frances

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

DIY jewelry holder

I was on a mission this week to organize my girls earrings.  They are everywhere in their rooms, on the tables, dresser, floor, everywhere.  I have seen these $1 frames in Michael's for a long time and finally thought they would be perfect for this mission!  You could make these a little fancier for yourself by the scrapbook paper you use.
These were so easy to create! I will be letting my girls make these for their friends birthday. They would be perfect gifts at a very little price.  You could pair the jewelry holder with a gift card to Claire's!
I got my supplies from Michael's and Home Depot.  You will need:
$1 wood frame
scrapbook paper of your choice

any embellishments you want to add
patterned sheet metal and sheet metal cutters
spray paint
Mod Podge
Gorilla Glue
1. Start by cutting the sheet metal to size.  Use the insert inside of frame as your template.
WARNING!!! Use extreme caution while cutting the sheet metal.  It is VERY sharp.  I recommend to wear some gloves while cutting it.
If sheet metal is not your thing, you could use burlap to size desired and use the holes to hang earrings.
2. Spray paint the sheet metal or you could leave it as is.  Since I am painting accent frames same color as sheet metal, I sprayed them all at same time.
3. Trace outline of frame onto scrapbook paper, then cut out.
4. Apply Mod Podge to back of paper, then apply to frame.  Let that dry.  Once dry, sand as needed to smooth paper edges. Then apply a coat of Mod Podge on top of scrapbook paper and sides of frame to seal it.  That will also give it a more finished look.
5. Glue accent frame to scrapbook paper frames. Let dry. Be careful using Gorilla Glue because it expands quite a bit, so use a thin amount. Add any other embellishments you want!
6. Insert spray painted sheet metal in center of frame, then insert peg to back of frame.
7. Lastly hang your jewelry on it and enjoy!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Chew on this...

Pray for the ability to share our testimony. Do we give enough info to bring glory to God and all He has done in our life or too much? From the study of Daniel by Beth Moore, Daniel 4:2 "We can get too graphic and take the attention away from God. Over-sharing can also have a strong tendency to glorify man rather than God. You see, the essence of giving glory to draw attention. If our testimonies are so graphic that they steal the attention from the point (God's greatness), they cheat Him of glory, however
unintentionally. Nebuchadnezzar told us just enough to convey the seriousness of his estate, strike the fear of God in us, and magnify the throne of heaven." Pray for God to give us just the right words when sharing our testimony with others. Pray for the right words that will give God all the glory! ~Frances