Our campus pastor made a joke this morning that it’s been a week now, so everyone can go back to eating normal, as their big plans for fitness and health have all faded and all New Year’s resolutions have been abandoned already. Haha! So true. I’ve never made a New Year’s resolution, ever. I think it’s a wonderful thing if people strive to better themselves, I do, but how about NOT just once a year and then those dreams fade in a week? My very good friend Michelle chooses a word to live by every year instead of a resolution. LOVE this idea. LOVE IT!
Michelle, you’re just too smart for your own good :)
So, I’m going to follow suit.
I choose BEAUTY.
B E A U T Y
I want to surround myself in it, bathe in it, soak in it. The beauty of the world, in people, in things…
I’m starting with my immediate surrounding. I have so many wonderful pictures just sitting on my laptops. Ugh! This year (and I’ve already started!) I’m going to print more photos, and hang them. I have so many ideas on how to wake this old apartment up and bring some life into it with all of my photographs! I’ll be blogging everything as I go :)
I also want to strive to bring beauty within myself by spending more QUALITY time with the Lord. Today’s sermon was about spending 10 minutes in silence everyday just listening, turning off all electronics and any other distractions and just sit and listen. I really feel like this is going to bring beauty into myself. (For someone who’s not a big advacote of church, I sure did get a lot out of today, lol! More about THAT another time)
I want to love people better, and help people more, and I have so many ideas rolling around in my brain that lately I feel like I could just burst.
I want to buy more fair trade, go thrifting more, create more, learn/play my Ukulele, cook/bake more, help more, serve more, etc…
What is your word?
I blogged religiously for four years as the Flipflop Mamma, and had a pretty good run. I had my little corner of the web and I was happy and cozy there for a while, but as I do with most things in life, I became burned out. I just wasn’t into it anymore and so I slowly tapered off. A couple years have gone by and I strayed so very far away from myself that I almost didn’t know who I was looking at some days. And because of the straying, I had to delete my flipflopmamma email, which deleted my entire old blog (but you can still find the cached version).
These days? I’m finally feeling like ME again. ME feels good. Wanting to cook dinner, wanting to clean (for the most part, I mean, who really wants to clean??), wanting to do fun stuff with my family, etc. I think that naturally, as everything comes back, blogging just falls into a little place in my life.
I have some BIG plans for this blog, and I hope that people will enjoy stopping by here and seeing what’s up :) (like really, do you have better things to do??) ;) I plan on visiting some folks too, so if I haven’t been to your blog in a while, or ever, let me know and I’ll stop by for a short visit.
I’ll be sharing a lot of life on here, some recipes, some DIY’s, and maybe some (un-sponsored)giveaways. I told you I had big plans!!!
Today I’m going to share a fun and simple (because really, if it takes too long I’m just not into it, I’m all about instant gratification, and also, I’m all about really bad run on sentences) DIY project :)
How To Make A Canvas Print, At HOME!
I originally found this on A Beautiful Mess (LOVE that blog!), and thought that I’d give it a try. I love canvas prints. You can click on the link above to see print and get more clarification if you feel you need it.
The picture I used was a little light to start with, so next time I’m going to use a high contrast black and white.
1. I used and 8×10 picture (laser print) on an 8×10 canvas.
2. Spread a thick layer of a gel medium over the entire canvas, and then place the picture (picture side down) onto the canvas. Your print will be backwards when finished so don’t use a picture with words.
3. Let the gel dry overnight.
4. Spray the picture with water and slowly start rubbing the paper away, be very careful not to rub away the actual pictre (and ouch, I got a blister!). Once I removed most of the paper, I used my fingernail and scratched lightly.
5. Once all the paper is removed, coat the entire canvas print with gel again. (Since I forgot to take a before picture, I took a picture of it next to a similar colored picture)
Have fun, and thanks for stopping by!