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Monday, 22 September 2014

Tissue Box Makeover

I finally got on the chalk paint bandwagon.
I made my own.
Got the recipe on You Tube here.
I had a stockpile of thrifty finds that were patiently waiting for their makeover.
I spent an entire day painting.
These will each have their own makeover story eventually. (Smile)
I wanted to start small when using the clear and dark wax.
I figured the tissue box was small enough.
This is a heavy oak box purchased at a thrift shop.
Painted in China White purchased at Lowes.
I applied a coat of clear wax purchased at Lowes and then applied Annie Sloan's dark wax purchased at a local shop, The Dandelion, that just started stocking Annie Sloan products.
I should have gone a bit lighter but this was my first time.
I was thinking of how I could add some pizzazz to this tissue box
 and I thought of the words "Bless You" after someone sneezes.
I used the tutorial here at Confessions of a serial diyer
on how to transfer letters so I thought I'd give it a whirl (on something small!)

I went to PicMonkey and clicked on "Design" and then clicked on "8x10".
I clicked on Text and chose a font that would be easy to trace and colour in.
I used the font called Emily's Candy.
In picture one I used sidewalk chalk that the kids play with and coloured the back of the words.
In picture two I trimmed the paper and taped it to have it centred on the side of the box.
In picture three I used a sharp pencil to trace the letters.
In picture four you can see how the tracing came out.
In picture five I used a fine tip sharpie to trace the outside
 and then in both picture 5 and 6 I used a medium and larger tip to colour in the letters.
I may not have traced completely perfect but the end result looked pretty good!
Not bad for my first time.
I had no problems tracing over the wax.
Blends in quite nice.
Well that's one "small" project done.
More to follow.
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Saturday, 6 September 2014

A rainbow...just for me!

There is just something about a rainbow.
Actually there are many things when you think about it.
The colours...always in the same order (Isaac Newton)
When there is a double rainbow, the colours are reversed (thanks Wikipedia!)
The perfect shape of an arc.
The amazing story of Noah's Ark always comes to mind.
The rainbow was God's promise that He would never destroy the earth with a flood again.
Whenever it rains and the light of the sun is nearby, I always run out to find a rainbow.
It's been a long time since I've seen a complete arc.
On Wednesday evening I had a client to visit. When I left and walked out the front door there was a perfect, beautiful, arc of a rainbow right in front of me.
As I was admiring it, God said to me "Just for you".
Wasn't that sweet?
I've been asking to see one for a long time.
A beautiful rainbow for me to see, and everyone else was blessed to see it too!
These pictures were taken with my phone.
When I got home I grabbed my camera because there was still a piece of the rainbow to be seen.
But it couldn't be seen from my back yard.
So I took these pictures of the sky...just as amazing!
In Roman 1:20 it says,
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God...
While I admire and appreciate God's wonderful creation, I do not worship it, but I worship the One who created it.
Isaiah 45:18
For this is what the LORD says-- he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited-- he says: "I am the LORD, and there is no other.
 God created the earth and the fullness thereof for our sustenance and our enjoyment.
Do you ever feel like God had something special just for you to see?
God cares.