Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter!

 Good Friday, friends! 

We are just days away from Easter! As we rush home from work, pack our bags, clean the house, run to the grocery store, bake a few desserts, load the car and set off for Matt's parent's house, I can't help but stop just for a moment and reflect on the cross.
Earlier this week in bible study, we studied Jesus going to the cross and conquering the grave. It is hard for me to imagine what it must have been like for Him on the cross - the shame, the humiliation, the horrific pain, all while knowing He was totally innocent!
But Jesus, our holy and righteous and blameless God, took on all of our sin because He loves us and because we are worth it! To me it is overwhelmingly humbling and deeply encouraging to know that we are on the receiving end of this kind of love. Jesus desires a relationship with us, one that is personal and life giving! His resurrection gives us eternal hope.

He is not here, for He has risen! 
-Matthew 28:6

I pray you all have a blessed Easter!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Family Room Furniture

We need a couch. Matt sold ours while I was at bible study last night. In fact, I came home to new living room furniture...
He was quite proud of his new setup. However, now we really need a couch before he gets too comfortable with beach chairs for our family room furniture. 

Before I give you an idea of what we're looking for, let me tell you what we don't want...
Our last couch was a microfiber sectional. Although it was super comfy, the "L" took up half of our teeny cozy family room. So we need a much smaller sofa for this room.
I know all of you moms out there are going to call me CRAZY, but we really want a white/cream couch. I just love the look of a white couch, and we have a white dog (that sheds terribly). White couches somehow look even more gorgeous under a nice big floor lamp like one of those made by Kichler Lighting.

So now that you know what doesn't work in our family room, I need any advice you have for sofa shopping on a budget. Here are some of my very favorite styles out there right now...
{PB Buchanan Sofa}
{Bassett Custom Classics Sofa}
{Kelly Deck Design}
{Williams-Sonoma Pierce Sofa}
{White Slipcover Sofa} 
 Where to shop? Slipcover vs. Upholstered? Fabric recommendations? 
Sofa advice welcomed!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Book Page Wreath

I finally got around to one the crafts that has been on my project list for a very long time – the book page wreath...
I have to be honest. This project was a serious time commitment. I had no clue it was going to take me an entire weekend and multiple severe hot glue burns to make my wreath. Not kidding about the glue burns. There is so much glue involved in this project that you are guaranteed to walk away with a few injuries. But all in all, it was worth the pain and the time. I am totally obsessed with my newest addition to our dining room.
 Now, there are a million tutorials out there, but I had a hard time finding a tutorial with very clear instructions. This project can get a little confusing so I am going to show y’all how I made my wreath.
You will need:
Styrofoam wreath
1-2 books
Glue gun & glue sticks
 I wanted my wreath to be huge, so I used a 16 inch Styrofoam wreath. You can also use a straw or stick wreath. I also wanted my wreath to look a bit aged instead of bright white, so I picked up a 1952 Baptist Hymnal from a local antique store. You will need a ton of pages, so make sure you get a very long book or two books just to be safe. My hymnal was 500 pages and I used almost the entire book.
 Here comes the fun part. Rip out all your pages. Curl each page into the shape of a cone and staple it at the end. This step literally took me over 4 hours and an entire bottle of wine.
Here is a close up of the cones.
 Hot glue the very back row FACE DOWN on the back of the wreath. As you add more rows you’ll be working forward.
 Next, hot glue another round of cones in between your first row. I glued this row of petals a little higher.
 Now glue a third row. Make sure you fill in any gaps. The fuller, the better.
  Now flip your wreath over and admire. Flip it back over and fill in any gaps you didn't see before.
 This is a good time to add a string for hanging. I used a thick strand of jute.
Now start adding rows to the front. You can stick to a pattern, or just glue them wherever you want {which is what I did}. Make sure each row is a bit shorter than the last. Trim the tails off, or glue them down.

Here is what the back of my wreath looked like after a few rows. After each row, I flipped it over and glued the tails down.

I made smaller cones for my inner-most row. After you finish your last row, fill in any gaps. You are done! Go hang that beauty!

Such a ham! I swear he does this on purpose.
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