Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Paper Roses - Repost

I can't believe they're not roses.

These are amazing. They seem so real and are so versatile. I found the instructions for these beautiful flowers  at This site is incredible and you must stop by to see all that she has to offer. What an amazing designer she is and how gracious to share her secrets. 
As you can tell by the pictures above I made a few of these but I wanted greener leaves and more color variety. Instead of buying different colored paper, which gets expensive fast, I had quite a few cans of spray paint that my husband and mother-in-law (enablers to my crafting habit) have given me over the past year or so. I thought I would experiment and here is what I came up with. My mind is full of the possibilities with these. I am sure these will reappear in many upcoming crafts projects soon.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Turning Trash Into Treasure

 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."  

Transformation is an amazing thing. As we start to devote our lives fully to God we become a new creation. The picture above is that of a cross made from trash, actually old toilet paper rolls, probably the worst kind of trash out there.  You may think something in your life has left you unworthy of God's love, but there is absolutely nothing you can do to keep Him from loving you. No matter how trashy you feel, how trashy someone has told you that you are, God does not see you this way. He sees your potential. He knows your heart. He can take the trash of your soul and by grace change it to something beautiful. 

2 Corinthians 4:16
 "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day."

 We see time and time again in the Bible where even the worst sinners were transformed by their Faith in Jesus. In Luke 7:37-50, "And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with ointment." 

This woman's faults were pointed out to Jesus, her worth was questioned. However, Jesus knew right away what her true worth was. He was able to see past the trash, the sin and see her potential even though she was a sinner. Jesus said to those who questioned her, to those who felt she was worth nothing: "Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Have faith in God! Give your life to Jesus. Surrender your sorrows, your worries, and your trash. He will take all of it and create something beautiful. 

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CAN---dy Corn and Mummies

Fall is upon us. Halloween is coming. Use up your scraps and tin cans to make something fun.

These were quick and easy. My supply list included:

  • Tin Cans (Soup Cans)
  • Yarn and Tarn (T-shirt yarn)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Glue
  • Wire
  • Drill or Awl 

Step 1: Peel the label off of your can, wash and dry it thoroughly.

Step 2: Use your 1/8 or 1/4 inch drill bit or awl to poke one hole on each side of your can if you want to put a wire handle on it. 

Step 3: Start winding the yarn or tarn around the can. For the mummy it is okay to overlap it and in fact you want to end up with a raised "X"  pattern in the front of the can. '  For the candy corn either one layer or multi layer the yarn.

Step4. Tuck the yarn under when you are finished. You can use a small amount of Elmer's glue if needed. I would not use hot glue with the yarn. It is a mess...we found out the hard way.

Step 5: Apply your googly eyes with tacky or Elmer's glue.

Step 6. Cut a desired length of wire, curl it around a pen or pencil and insert the ends into the can where you drilled the holes. Pull the curls apart a bit to give you the size handle you want.

Step 7: Fill your mummies or Can-dy corn cans with goodies and hand them out, or use them as vases, display items etc.

Thanks for stopping by. Have fun crafting this fall season.