Repurposed. Jars.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Friday!

Jars. I have a bazillion of them. I have a complex or something, because I cannot get myself to throw away any glass jars.  I hoard them in my garage.  In order to lessen the piles upon piles I try and use them for any storage solutions that I can think of- food, art supplies, toiletries, gifts…anything. They are so easy to repurpose because all you need to do is give the lid a quick spray of paint and maybe even add some washi tape, and poof you have given it new life.  Here is another way I utilize jars in my home....

Happy Repurposing!

Blessed is She // Daily Grace for Pondering Hearts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I want to share with you this amazing ministry I am very blessed to be a part of!  My lovely friend Jenna, followed the whispers of the Holy Spirit and launched this incredible work and I am just so proud of her.  So what the heck is it? Blessed is She is, 

"A community of women, in the trenches together, trying to grow in our faith and apply God’s word to our daily lives. Join us as we love each other, support each other, and dive into the Word together. We share daily devotions based on each day’s scripture readings." 

"Blessed is she who believed that there would be fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord" Luke 1:45 

I feel very very privileged to be a part of the team that makes this ministry run, and in case your interested, I wrote the devotional for today, so check it out. If you want to subscribe and get a daily newsletter sent to your inbox of the readings of the day and a personal devotional written by a woman for women, then head over here, scroll all the way down and put in your information.  
This ministry means so much to me. I love Jesus, I love His Word and I have such a heart for woman of all walks of life. In these modern times it gets hard to sit down and read, let alone have quite time with the Lord.  Life is fast paced and we have to work hard to keep up. I am so glad that there is no longer a fight for me to find my bible, figure out the readings and have a few moments to listen, because now its just sent right to my email! Hallelujah!  When I see the Blessed is She devotion for the day in my inbox, I know its time to give God at least those 5 minutes in my day! I hope you are blessed by this ministry, please keep it in your prayers. 

Also, Jenna, again such a talented woman! Designed an incredible Advent journal

It is a great tool to dig into season more, really stay focused on what is important and prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ! All proceeds go to the costs of running and expanding this ministry.

Happy Thursday!

A New Spin on a Old Tradition // Prop Staging Photo Birth Announcement

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello, and Happy Monday to you all! We went off the grid this weekend on our annual family river trip, where we camp, water-ski, play games, eat lots of junk and laugh a lot. There literally is no cell phone reception, so it was especially nice to not have the temptation of "plugging-in"....but its Monday, we are back to the swing of things and now doing tons of laundry and getting plugged back in ;)

I love sending out snail mail! But I never carve out the time to do it routinely, so whenever there is an excuse to send out a cute card I am all over it. Christmas is crazy I send out close to 200+ Christmas cards! So before Charlie man was even born, I was already thinking of what birth announcement I would send out! I was brainstorming on Pinterest and came across an idea that I liked, it involved taking a picture of the baby but including all the birth information using props. LOVED IT! 

So let me break down what items you will need to pull this off...

1. A Camera, or even your phone. Whatever you use to take the actual picture make sure you have lots of natural light!....thank you Morgan for taking this picture for me, you are amazing!!

2. Cute outfit for baby, or consider wrapped in a blanket? naked? think about what you want, or maybe do all of them, but think of what your preference would be and do that first in case the babe is not cooperating

3. Backdrop- choosing a white backdrop is really key here since you are going to have so much interest elsewhere.  My friend Morgan, who took this photo, brought this comfy, hairy, white blanket from her home (upon my request!) but you could find your own equivalent here.

4. Ruler- you can keep your eyes out for them at thrifts, garage sales and such or my trusty friend amazon has one here

5. Clock- set the clock to the time the baby was born. I found this one at a garage sale, its broken, so the clock still is set to this same time....its a happy reminder every time I see it =)

6. Calendar Month- I just found a printable calendar I liked with the month I needed.  It was important to me that the Month, Year and numbers of the month were big and visible.  Circle the date your child was born

7. Blocks- make sure to get enough of the actual letters you want on the blocks. I got lucky and scored a set at the dollar section at Target. You can find a set on amazon too.

8. Something with a flat surface, I used a piece of bark (from our christmas tree) in this picture. This is for adding information later, I added the weight numbers.

9. Add any other props that you like or have sentimental value. I just liked the elephant so in the mix it went.

10. Use a photo editing program to add the weight and height details afterwards (I used picmonkey)

And because I love are some more keepers =)  Gah! I cannot believe he will be ONE soon!

Not preggy yet? Pin this idea for later!

Follow Cassie Kent {Kent Heartstrings}'s board Kiddos on Pinterest.

Sharing With: Oak & Oats

Repurposed. Lazy Susan.

Friday, October 24, 2014

For a fun storage solution and general “catch all” container I repurposed what I think is an old chip and dip bowl.  I found this at the thrift and loved that shape and the fact that it is a Lazy Susan and spins around!

All I did was gave it some fresh paint and thus gave it a whole new purpose. I used Martha Stewart metallic gold and it’s my new obsession. What I love about it, is that it goes on really light, so I had to do many coats to get the coverage I wanted, but the coverage has a gold leafing effect so it looks old and handcrafted and has a great texture about it. I like that you can very lightly see brush strokes. The end result of this easy update was even better then I anticipated!  Go forth and repurpose. ;)

Have you done anything lately that has given an old object new life? Happy Friday!

Washi Tape Art // Kid Friendly Craft

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This is me and Gigi's most recent kid friendly craft. Washi Tape Art. Wow, someone hold me back, washi tape is my new obsession. Its like nail polish or lipstick, I need every shade, color combination and pattern.  Gigi loved doing this craft and now is as addicted as I am, we want to put washi tape on.everything. Sorry Mike, our house will be covered. So for this craft you will need:
A blank canvas
Washi Tape
Mode Podge
A Sponge brush
And the directions are pretty straight forward: 
Hand washi tape to child
Sit them in front of canvas
Modge Podge over design
Enjoy and Hang masterpiece
Enjoy crafting and the fun quality time with your little one!

Linking up With: Pretty Pintastic Party

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