Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Shoe Makeover // July Kreative Recap




July's Kreative we made our own unique pair of kicks...and boy, did they all turn out great! Here is recap of the night in pictures (thanks for taking them Mom and Morgan!). It was a marvelous time!












Inspired? Want to make your own? My tutorial is Here


This is what August has to offer for Kreative....Check out the details HERE!!











Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Paradigm Clothing + Giveaway





I love clothes. But even more then that I LOVE clothes with a Purpose, full of intention. Paradigm Clothing is a label that is trying to make a positive mark in the fashion industry- selling fashionable, super comfy apparel with a message. I could go on and on, but I think they say it best themselves:

OUR MISSION:

Paradigm is all about life. It is the pattern we live by and the lens through which we see the world. Some see with a clear and pure lens, and others have a lens that is a little cloudy. Truth in our culture has become distorted. It has become something that is adaptable to each individual, depending on his or her desires and needs. However, the fact is that truth cannot be molded or changed. Truth has been foundational since the beginning of time. Our mission at Paradigm Clothing is to clean the lens that the world looks through – making truth clear and definitive once more.
Our culture is asleep. We desire to awaken culture through truth. We will do that by presenting clothing with a somewhat hidden message. Clothing that uses art and style to subtly convey a deeper meaning. Our world longs for something different, something fulfilling, something worth living for. It longs for the promise that Christ gave: to “have life to the fullest” (John 10:10). In order for this “something different” to happen, there needs to be a paradigm shift in the minds and hearts of our culture. The lens through which we view life needs to undergo a transformation. Paradigm Clothing is not the agent of change that will bring about this transformation, but is a tool that will be used by the agents of change. We as the Church must be the change we want to see in the world. We are agents of change. It is time for a paradigm shift.


Deep rooted stuff, right?!  I am pumped to be able to bring you this giveaway today! You will be entered to win Paradigm Clothing's new summer release girls sweatshirt, "Riddles"...It is a super comfy sweatshirt with of course an even more super (probably not grammatically correct) message!  Browse through these amazing pics and check it out!









"The Riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man" 

- G.K Chesterton



“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways, 
as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts."
- Isaiah 55:8-9



It is a very human trait to want answers. Yet God does not always give us the answers for why things happen or when our prayers will be answered. We can often feel as though we are stuck in his riddle. As Catholics we call this "Mystery". It is important that we know that God is always leading us to Him and thus to love and goodness itself. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" Romans 8:28. We must try to bypass that tendency to look for answers all the time and learn to trust in the God who is leading us to fullness of life.



Good Luck! 

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Currently {Volume 12}



Thinking About... Our two nieces (shown above) and our nephew (shown below) that live close to us (we wish the rest of our nieces and one other nephew lived closer!)...they are my brother and sister-in-law's beautiful children.  I adore them. They are beautiful. Cyrus our nephew-and godchild- who is turning "ssree" (3) this week is seriously one of the most hilarious, quirky and most thoughtful little kids ever. like ever. And the twins...did you see that picture above?! Need I say more?!! They are smiley, affectionate and just the cutest little ladies around. It is so fun having twins in the family!! The way they interact with each other, love each other, steal each others food, making each other laugh and also making each other cry....its just so darn beautiful...they will always have each other. They are amazing...and my brother and sister-in-law are truly AMAZING for raising such beautiful children. What patience. What love. What courage. What strength. I am just in AWE.






Watching...FROZEN. Yet again, but this time in our backyard!! We invited some friends over for Food Truck Dinner (in our hood) and then a backyard movie....it was seriously a perfect night for young and old alike. 







Listening to...A terrible scream/shriek Charlie has developed now when he is angry or not satisfied with the food I give him....its like the Dinosaur from Jurassic Park- the velociraptor (that is how my husband, the spelling genius told me how it is spelled, because God only knows what a hot mess that spelling job would have been is let up to me. Thank you spell check. Thank you Mike. I am saved)...anywho, its a piercing God-fearing noise that I am not sure if my ears can tolerate much of, so I am really hoping this a quick phase ... please sweet Jesus.

Thankful For... A family day. Oh wow, I cannot remember the last day we intentionally set aside time to have a fun family day. It was glorious. And much needed, I do not know how our lives get so busy, but they do! We went to the Del Mar race track...Gosh, its beautiful, right by the water and the horses are just gorgeous. No big winners ;) but I figure with this family....I AM A HUGE WINNER!!!






What about you? What are you CURRENTLY up to?




   A Mama Collective

Friday, July 25, 2014

4 Fun Girl Birthday Pary Themes // #3 Whimsical Fairy Party





Stop #3 of this series brings us to Gigi's 3rd birthday! This so far has been my favorite of the 4, because I love decorating with whimsical inspiration and really diving in and being girly girly!!


Welcome to Gigi's Enchanted Forest!  I hope you enjoy all the fun party inspiration!


Created Pixie Hollow out of a dead tree in our backyard and many handmade fairy houses.  The fairy houses were made out of $1 bird houses you can find at your local craft store and all the fun little details were found throughout the house and things I owned....you have to start thinking like a fairy!
Toadstools!  Materials: Bowls & plastic flower pots (the cheap ones that come with your plant when you buy them) spray painted and fabric for the dots adhered with glue


Magical Bubble House: Made from crepe paper and held down with heavy sticks! The kids loved this place!




Dress Up and encouraged Imaginary Play!  The boat and life size building blocks are made out of cardboard boxes!


Marble Race Track: Pool Noodle cut in half and marbles! This was a great tactile, easy activity for young toddlers.


Perfect Toddler Lunch:  All yummy finger licking goodies served in a colorful ice tray. 
HUGE HIT...with kids and parents!!





Delectable Dessert Table!! Toadstool cupcakes and Fairy dew drop cookies (meringue cookies) and of course "The Cake"





Look at that sweet fairy. Happy Girl!

My sweet friend Morgan, over at Pepper Design Blog also featured this party, please head on over there and see what she liked about this fun day! Click HERE.  Also thank you to Morgan for taking most of these beautiful pictures!......and Morgan is interviewing me today on her blog, come on over and say hi!







Wednesday, July 23, 2014

3 DIY Shoe Makeovers



One shoe...Three different ways of making it yours and truly unique. All you need to start is a white canvas shoe, this one was found at Kmart, but there are many other places you can find a perfect shoe for this project. Have fun!

1. Homre Ombre...

Supplies:

  • Watercolors
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • water
  • shoes



Step 1: Moisten your entire shoe with water using a clean paintbrush.



Step 2: Choose your color from your watercolor paints and start at the toe of the shoe, using a different paintbrush


Step 3: Really saturate the toe of the shoe with paint. Be generous. I went about half way up the toe and stopped


Step 4: Take your clean water brush, dip it in water place it at the toe of the shoe and "pull" the paint towards the back of the shoe. Repeat this process until shoe is covered. I wanted the emphasis on the Ombre to be noticeable only at the toe of the shoe, so most of the shoe is one color, but if you wanted the entire shoe to really have the ombre effect keep adding water and diluting the paint


to adjust the color of your shoe or if you did not put enough paint on the toe of your shoes to really stretch out over the whole shoe, make a diluted solution on the side and add that to your shoe, followed by the water paintbrush to smooth it out


Done. Perfection. 

This is a really easy project. Highly recommend and the result is gorgeous!


2. Stella Stencil

Supplies:

  • desired stencil design
  • acrylic paint
  • textile medium fabric solution
  • sponge brush
  • small brush
  • towel
  • shoes


Step 1: Start with the acrylic paint color of your choice and mix it with the textile medium. 
Half paint/Half Medium. Mix. Done.


Step 2: Stuff your shoes with a towel in order to help the shoe be firm for your stenciling

Step 3: Affix the stencil to the desired area of your shoe, you can use tape, but I found if you have a friend around to hold it for you, that is best.

Step 4: Take your sponge brush dip in paint and go for it. The technique I recommend is dabbing at the design instead of actually brushing.


Step 5: Go over any noticeable imperfections with a small brush and fix them up


There she is. beauty. 

The stenciling was a but harder and it really helps to have another set of hands to help you.  If you look close you can notice some imperfections and unevenness so perfectionists....beware!

3. Polka-Dot Princess

Supplies: 
  • Paint Pens (make sure they can be use on fabric, you dont want the ones that will bleed!)
  • Shoes



Step 1: Choose your color paint pen and polka-dot away. I decided to make a lot and vary them in size. I also just free-handed them, but it would also look nice if you were to use a stencil


Step 2: REPEAT




This project was by FAR the easiest in supply needs and in effort. I was thinking this would be a super fun project for young girls....or 30 year olds ;)


Finished products one more time....



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