30 before 30: First Apartment

30 before 30: First Apartment

I cannot contain myself.  There are a hundred things that I should do right now besides write a blog post.  Yet, I find myself sitting cross-legged on my freshly-slipcovered couch, typing away.

Yesterday I moved into my first apartment, and I cannot wait to share some photos.

Before

In a way, this apartment fell in my lap.  A friend from PIU (whom we will call R) rented a furnished basement apartment from a couple who attends a nearby Baptist church.  R graduated in May, and she moved to another part of town to rent an apartment with friends.  I asked R if her landlords planned to find another renter after she moved out, and the rest is history.

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DIY Quote Canvas

DIY Quote Canvas

I write everything down.  Everything.  If you were to see my planner, you would probably get lost trying to interpret the scribbles and chicken scratch that litter the pages.  The reason that I write everything down is that I don’t want to forget it.  I think that wall decor should serve the same purpose.  Pictures remind us of past experiences, and plaques convey important messages.

If you are looking for a creative way to post a long-term reminder, this DIY quote canvas is a simple, inexpensive project that can be completed quickly.

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  • foam poster board
  • material
  • paint
  • paintbrush
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • duct tape

Directions

1. cut material large enough to wrap around the poster board

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2. wrap material tightly around poster board and secure with duct tape

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3. if desired, pencil your quote onto the material

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4. paint design onto material

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5. let dry

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6. display your artwork

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Upcycled Earings

Upcycled Earings

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I will be the first to tell you that I am frugal.  I make no qualms about it.  That is why I could not pass up this pair of $1 earrings.  When I bought them, they were simple gold medallions.  After a few years of wear, the edges began to turn green, and children at the daycare began asking me if the earrings changed color in the sun.  I decided it was time to either retire the earrings or recycle them in some way.

With a simple coat of paint, I gave these earrings a second life.

 

Up-cycled Earrings:

Supplies:

  • old earrings
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrush

Directions:

  • Use the paintbrush to coat the front of the earrings with a layer of paint.  Let dry.
  • Paint the back of the earrings.  Let dry.
  • Repeat steps one and two a couple times so that there are multiple layers of paint.
  • Wear your “new” earrings.
“Spilt Milk” Craft

“Spilt Milk” Craft

Yesterday, I discussed the abstract beauty of spilt milk.  Today, I am going to teach you how to spill your milk in a beautiful way.

I have done this craft with both elementary students and college peers, and both groups enjoyed naming their creations.  With basic craft-cabinet supplies and a little bit of creative thinking you can make your own abstract paintings as well.

Supplies:

  • Paint
  • Construction paper
  • Straws (optional)

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Directions:

  • Fold each sheet of paper in half.

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  • Squeeze a small puddle of paint onto the middle of the paper.

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  • (Optional: use a straw to blow or smear the paint around the paper.)

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  • Re-fold the paper along the same crease.

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  • Unfold the paper.

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  • Let dry and name your creation.

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The Beauty of Spilt Milk

The Beauty of Spilt Milk

It’s raining.  The professor returns a disappointing grade.  You receive an unpleasant phone call.  You lose your favorite hair clip.  The cafeteria serves deep-fried broccoli.  You spill your milk.  The culmination of this series of unfortunate events leads you to tears.  We’ve all had “spilt milk” days.

I’ve been told that spilt milk is not worth crying, but sometimes shedding tears is the only thing you can do.  Ecclesiastes even acknowledges that there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Ecc. 3:4).  The key is to not let the tears linger.  After you let them run their course down your cheek, you must wash your face, and absorb the abstract beauty of the spilt milk.

Sometimes, spilt milk looks like a guitar.

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Sometimes, it looks like praying hands.

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Sometimes, it looks like a butterfly,

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or a leaf,

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or a beetle.

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Ecclesiastes 3:11 observes that God makes “every thing beautiful in his time.” However, “no man can find out the work that God makes.”  Therefore, Solomon concludes that each person should  “rejoice, and to do good in his life” (Ecc. 3:12). 

Don’t be afraid to cry when the milk spills.  But, learn to gaze through the tears and see the beauty of spilt milk.

Because sometimes, spilt milk looks a lot like an ice cream sundae.

 

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**Teaser – come back tomorrow to learn how to make your own “spilt milk” craft.

DIY Mini Pinatas

DIY Mini Pinatas

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Happy Fiesta Friday!  Every fiesta needs a pinata, and I have a simple method for making miniature pinatas with elementary-aged children.  They require no papier mache, no cardboard, and no candy (thus, no sugar-high!)!  Simply color, cut, fold, and glue to make adorable, fiesta-worthy pinatas.

DIY Pinatas for Kids

Supplies:

  • Templates
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Directions:

  • Print templates (found below).  You will need at least one template per child.

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  • Color the sheet

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  • Cut out the shape

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  • Fold on every line and make a definite crease
  • Securely glue the tabs underneath

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  • Let dry

And there you have it!  If you want, you can put a small piece of candy on the inside of each pinata and attach a string to one side.

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Happy Fiesta Friday! What are you bringing to the party?

 

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Picnic Craft for Kids

Picnic Craft for Kids

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As the weather gets warmer, picnic season arrives.  I love soaking in the sun as I eat my meals.  Honestly, I think sunshine may make food taste better 🙂 .

This week, I taught the children in my daycare class how to weave paper.  With help, even the preschoolers were able to make beautiful “picnic blankets.”  Help get your children or students excited for picnic weather by making this craft.

Picnic Blanket Craft

Supplies:

  • Construction paper in contrasting colors
  • Scissors
  • Old magazines or sales-papers
  • Glue

Directions:

  • Fold one sheet of paper in half width-wise (like a hamburger)
  • Face the open end away from you and the crease towards you
  • Cut strips approximately 1 inch apart, stopping about 1/2-1 inch from the edge

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  • Cut 1-inch strips width-wise from the other piece of paper

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  • Begin weaving the individual strips through the other piece of paper.  The strips should be alternated to make a checkered pattern.  If one strip begins under the other paper, the next one will begin over the other paper.

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  • Continue weaving until you have filled the paperpicnic5picnic6
  • Cut pictures of food from a magazine or sales-paper and glue them to your picnic blanket

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Happy Fiesta Friday!

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