“Sew” Much Fun

I am having such a good time making homemade gifts for Christmas this year! With needle and thread on the brain today, I made some gift tags to go along with the gifts I’ll be giving! Once I made I set, I had the thought that they would make pretty cute prints in a sewing or craft room too!

"Sew" Gift Tags

sew funnysew awesomesew wonderfulsew handsomesew pretty… & sew cool! Click on each print name for a free PDF copy! And CLICK HEREย for your own set of gift tags to attach to your homemade gifts this Christmas!

DIY: Calendar Prints to Wall Art Plaques

With Thanksgiving officially behind us and Christmas approaching quickly, I’ve got presents on my brain. And not the ones that I hope to find under the tree for myself… the ones that I’ll share with others! I’m a sucker for homemade gifts, so this year I want to share with you some of my favorite DIYs that I’ve done this year. Who knows?? Maybe one will inspire you to make some homemade gifts this Christmas season!

First up: How to turn your favorite calendar prints into wall art plaques ๐Ÿ™‚

I love prints (if you can’t tell from my FriYAY Faves collection…) and I loooooooove Rifle Paper Companyย (P.S. They are having a 30% off Black Friday sale through Monday). I’ve been a huge fan of Anna’s for years now, and my hubby did a great thing and bought me the 2014 Travel Calendar last year around this time. I’m already looking forward to getting another Rifle calendar for 2015… Maybe the Honey Bee? or Les Fleurs?

Anywho… I digress.

Calendar Prints to Wall Art Plaques

I was so in love with my Travel calendar that by June I couldn’t bear the thought of parting with it. Sooooo I decided to make the first 6 months permanent features on my wall. Here’s how:

  1. Buy a large wooden plaque to adhere each print to. I got mine from Walmart with a coupon for only $2 each!
  2. If you want the plaques to be a different color, go ahead and paint them and let them dry completely before the next step.
  3. Lay the prints face down on the plaque, and on the back of the prints with a pencil trace the outline of the plaque to get the calendar pages to the exact size you desire.
  4. Cut your prints out carefully. Mine needed a lot of trimming because it was a large calendar, but whatever you do, make sure those lines are straight!
  5. Use Modge Podge to lightly coat the wood in the area that the prints will go. Be sure it’s a very even, very thin coat to ensure that the paper won’t bubble.
  6. Lay the prints gently on the wooden plaques. Be sure to get any bubbles out my rubbing over them.
  7. Dry, hang with 3M strips, and voila!

Calendar Prints

Ours look great in our pantry area of the kitchen!! I love that we were able to repurpose these pretties and now we get to see them every day! Plus, if you are thinking about doing this project to make gifts, one calendar equals 12 pretty presents to give to friends and family! And each with their own unique print ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy!

A Month of “Awesome” – Day 17

I like to craft. I also like the Bible.

I had an old canvas that as far as I was concerned had seen it’s last wall. It just didn’t “flow”, you know? So rather than taking it to Goodwill or throwing it away, I repurposed it for a craft.

Micah 6:8 has been a big very for me this year. It’s been in my silent prayers. You know, the one’s you’re slightly scared to say out loud. But they’ve been for myself. For hubby. For family. For friends. And Micah has taught me that all-in-all the Lord’s love is constant and our job is to simple do what’s right, appreciate the grace the God has given to us freely, and step alongside Him in our day-to-day lives. Easy, right? Well… not always. So this canvas’ new life is to be my reminded every morning of what I need to do.

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To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. Really awesome.