Friday, April 3, 2015

Flower Crown Tutorial

I had been jealous of boho brides for too long.  It was finally about time I make my own flower crown. The challenge now is wearing it in public. I don't usually wear big statement pieces. I never wear my favorite silver 4" heeled boots, or the  large black statement necklace my hubby got me for Christmas.  I just fear people will judge me for being a show off our attention seeking.

That being said, I will post it on the internet for the whole world to see. And thanks to some positive feedback from my girlfriends, I think I will dare to wear this gorgeous huge flower crown to church Easter Sunday. 

Supplies: Faux flowers, floral tape, thin ribbon.
Instructions: Tie the ribbon around your head to measure the length needed. 
Lay the ribbon out in a line and arrange flowers along it. Trim stems as needed and don't be afraid to deconstruct flowers. You can take out petals or turn one into two if you want.
Tie the tape around the back of the flowers inside the plastic backing or stem and tie firmly to ribbon. You can slide the flowers up and down the ribbon at this point to make them spaced out or crammed together.
Try on your crown before trimming the tape. Edit as needed and trim the tape. Take tons of pictures, post photos on instagram.  But also, be brave and wear it in public!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Minimalist Easter Egg Wreath

I'm gonna post anyway.  I already missed Valentines and St. Patty's; I'm not gonna miss Easter.

So, how does the world's easiest most minimal wreath sound? Sounds good to me.

Faux or blown dyed eggs
Wreath Form

To do:
Tape eggs to wreath.

How's that for a craft done with basically no clean up and finished before naptime?  I was thrilled to find these gorgeous natural looking eggs at my grocery store on the Easter decor section on sale.  I also used my rusty, industrial looking, naked evergreen wreath form i I from Christmas. It has evenly spaced hooks welded into it for stuffing greenery and it was so simple to take the eggs on. Surprisingly, not a single egg has fallen despite a rainy/snowy day last week. 

I even had leftover eggs to add to my lantern, which led to restyling the bookshelf. notice only the top of my bookshelf is shown while the shelves are in disarray. But hey, my kitchen floor is mopped, so I had a pretty productive day.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Sometimes I'm not proud to be a stay at home mom.  Yes I am living out my calling, following God's path for me. And I know what you are thinking, what an amazing blessing, you are so lucky to spend this time with your family. I smile and nod and feel a little self conscious about complaining but that's the truth of it.  Sometimes those niceties aren't enough  to overcome  my hard heart.

Then I read this.
"She tells us how lucky we are to be able to live with our children. She doesn’t have lofty dreams or occupational goals . . . her one wish is to be able to live and work in a way that allows her daily interactions with her kids. Something most of us take for granted."
Written by Kristen, blogger of Rage Against the Minivan, about a sex worker she met on a trip with Exodus Road.  A group of blogger moms left their homes for a short trip to South East Asia to interview sex workers and those trying to save them.  The girls who willingly enter  the industry, so their families can survive. They endure insane situations I have a hard time just reading about.

And my mind is blown. And my heart is shredded. And I know a God who's  heart  is shredded for these women. And there are people working out their freedom.  Prosecuting their victimizers and providing them a life where they can live their dreams.  As a stay at home mom, I feel a responsibility to these women.  So I want to give them that dream. 

Sometimes it feels too big for me, and the truth is many women will die before given an opportunity for education. But the Bible says, "for we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast  out from him." 2 Samuel 14:14 NASB

Through the organization Exodus Road, we can make that happen. Stay at home moms, working moms, independent women, loving fathers, all night partiers, whoever, we can lift up some of the least of these. Provide an education, reunite  families, and give thanks for your position, whatever it may be.

Join my campaign for education on Indiegogo because they need what you can give them.

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