Tuesday, August 31

crafty gift idea

way back in may, i promised pictures of the gifts i made for mother's day... well, without further ado:

[all the pieces of the puzzle]

[all the pieces jumbled up]

[picture of me & my sister 
- on mom's picture cube]

[picture of my man & our niece
- on mom c's picture cube]

this was super easy to make & lots of fun to assemble. all you need are wooden cubes, printed pictures of your choice, a paper cutter, mod podge, & a foam brush. trim your picture to the size of the assembled cubes, then cut each picture into the correct-size pieces to fit onto each wooden cube. use mod podge to adhere each picture piece to a wooden block & also to seal the picture.

you can choose any pictures you like. since i made these for mother's day, i picked out photos with kiddos in them.  my mom got pictures of her three children [including shaun], as well as pictures of us with her. shaun's mom has six kids with all of us married in, as well as three grandkids, so i made sure to include everyone.  

both moms loved the gift, as did our dads - they are lots of fun to play with!

Monday, August 30

back to blogging!

after a nearly two-month hiatus, i'm back! this summer was a whirlwind of traveling, camp, visiting family, moving my sister to texas, youth ministry work, & other crazy life stuff. i haven't been home that much. i miss it! but as the school year begins, the dust is settling, & we're getting back into routine. this means back to working on the old casa, and boy, does it need it... as i sit on my couch writing this, i'm surveying the den, & this room alone needs some serious tlc. dvds are piled next to the television, books are piled on the coffeetable, papers are piled on the side table, various boxes & bags are piled on the fireplace hearth... piles, lots of piles! and that's just the den. i can't even think about the piles of laundry in the basement, the piles of suitcases in the bedroom, & the piles of everything-except-the-kitchen-sink in the office! needless to say, it's time to refocus on making this house a home.