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M is for Mod Podge

I’m going to let you in on the ultimate Poor Girls’ Secret… ready… it’s… drum roll, please……

MOD PODGE

{Courtesy of Flickr}

You may laugh. Giggle, even. Mod Podge may be a remnant of your youth. A afternoon activity that involved making hideous ornaments (that, at the time, you thought were beautiful, of course) or kitchen magnets your mother never used.

Not anymore. I own one bottle of Mod Podge, and I’ve already gotten three projects of my own, plus two projects others friends did (sharing is caring… ah, more memories of childhood!). So, five projects. Two frames and three boxes.

Joanne’s offers a great selection of Mod Podges (the next kind I plan on buying is one of the shimmers or sparkles). Once you have your Mod Podge, you may be wondering what you’re going to be ‘Podging on. Well, Michael’s has tons of wooden frames, boxes, etc. They tend to be super-cheap – which is, of course, a plus! Then, all you need is some magazines to clip images from.

My most recent Mod Podge endeavor was a round box I got for about $2. I quickly decided that it would be the perfect place to keep my headbands in. Since this was my third Mod Podge project, I decided to do more of  theme with how I laid out my cuttings. I did darker photos on the lid, and lighter on the bottom. Then on the inside, I, for the most part, tried to go with black and white. Once the Mod Podge had already set, I realized maybe doing the light on the inside – DUH. Whatever, I’m happy with the result!

{Two coats of Mod Podge helped make it more shiny & smooth!}

{Summery, bright colors for the bottom half}

{Monochrome color palette on the inside}

{Inside of lid, har har har}

Other Mod Podging projects I’ve done…

{Wood box from Michael’s}

{“Les Lettres” – it’s a box where I keep all the special notes I’ve received}

{The inside, with a picture of my blogging idol: Emily Schuman}

{My “headband mirror.” It’s next to my closet & I can make sure my headband is well-adjusted before I head out the door!}

So, all you need is some Mod-Podge, a surface, some paint brushes, and time! Then there ya go – a great way to make new accessories for a room or a heartfelt gift for a friend!

Restore us, God Almighty;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.

Psalm 80:7

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Glorious Green

I know yesterday I ranted a bit about my disdain for St Patrick’s Day. But just because I refuse to wear green today, doesn’t mean I won’t wear it ever. In fact, I really don’t wear a whole lot of green. Here are some affordable finds in green and maybe it will inspire you and me to wear more of the color…

{Mossimo Supply Co. T-Shirt Dress, $18.00}

{Madden Girl Gummie, $39.95}

{Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, $2.04}

{Merona Solid Wrap, $12.99}

Have a fantastic day!

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D is for Deals

Sunday, after church, my crafting friend and I planned on going to Joanne Crafts. We carpooled the short drive from church, and arrived to the shopping mall where our beloved store is located. We burst out of the car with excitement and wove our way through the aisles to the back corner where the quilting fabrics are displayed. As we approached, my jaw dropped. Two rows of fabrics that were all marked 50% off. Pardon my lack of eloquence here, but I almost peed my pants. There were tons of beautiful, quilting-weight fabrics. They were affordable to begin with, and with the discount were around $2.50. I was flabbergasted. I quickly filled my arms with bolts of lovely prints and marched myself to the cutting counter.

My true happiness came at the checkout counter though. For my four yards, plus a remnant I had purchased (pictured below) at 50%, I paid around $12. I still can’t believe it.

{New fabrics}

This Spring, it’s time to be more conscious of deals out there. Scour the ads in your local paper for special coupons or flip through that Entertainment book the neighbor girl guilted your parents into buying. Another great resource I’ve recently discovered is Create For Less. It’s a crafters dream. Tons of products, accessories, and tools at discounted prices. I purchased a  Fiskars Self Healing Mat for $17.99, an item that costs $22.99 at Joanne’s.

On an unrelated note, I got my camera to work again (fingers crossed)! So here’s a collage of some better quality pictures for B is For Bible. I would have some for C is for Carrot Cake… but that would be a picture of the inside of my stomach… hehehehe!

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I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20

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A is for Address Book

A is for address book!

Remember back when the only form of correspondence, other than a phone call, was a hand written letter? There’s something about receiving a piece of mail with your name on the envelope, containing a note that someone took time to sit down and write out. It’s a feeling that can’t be matched. Mail makes us feel special, like someone cares.

So to kick off my A to Z, I’m featuring address books. You can’t send a loved one a special letter unless you have their street address, of course. I say, this Spring, we bring back the address book. A quick place to jot down someone’s address, phone number, email, etc. Keep it in your purse, and you never risk having it all wiped (like what may happen with a cellular phone).

I made my own this morning, and I’ve come up with a template for you! Found here. This is a completely free address book! All you have to do is print and cut out those pages, then cut two pieces of paper large enough to cover your dividing pages. You can add your own pages in between the dividers, or you can just use those. It may be nice to cut out some pieces of lined paper, so you have a more uniform area to write. Then whole punch all of it and tie with a ribbon, this is how my turned out:

There are also plenty of affordable options, I’ve picked out some especially cute ones to share.

A is for Address

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

James 1: 2 & 3

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One-Yard Wonders

Betcha thought I forgot about my book reviews! But don’t worry, I didn’t!

One-Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins is the book I’m highlighting today. This book was the third of the three craft books I received for Christmas, and by far my favorite.

{ Image from Barnes & Noble }

It opens up Sewing Fundamentals. They let you know the 25 Equipment Must-Haves, and then go on to explain the basics about fabrics, how to use patterns, sewing terminology, key techniques, and tons of tips on how to make your homemade project look professional.

After that first chapter, we jump right in to projects. The following ten chapters are filled with amazing projects in mouth-watering fabrics. They start with projects to do around the home, if you’re looking to get organized – then this chapter is for you. The third chapter is jam-packed with aprons and other helpful, household accessories. Craft organization comes next, and in the fifth chapter we find ourselves with a plethora of crafts for the girl on the go. The sixth chapter is devoted to clothes and accessories, and the seventh to different bags. Chapters eight to ten has tons of things to sew for children. Finally, the book closes with crafts for, “Your Furry Friends.”

This book has some amazing features, along with the incredible crafts. Each craft has a photograph and diagrams to help you as you go through the instructions. There is a detailed materials list, including what kind of fabric works best. They let you know the finished dimensions, as well as how much seam allowance you need to leave. The book comes with the patterns you need for all the crafts – which is pretty cool. The only part about that, is the patterns are hard to fold back up exactly how they had them before, and then fit them into the envelope they came in.

However, the best part is that everything is made with just one yard, or less! In fact, when I made the Not-Ugly Car Trash bag a few weeks back, I had tons of fabric left over! How great is that? In fact, I think I’ll probably take some old clothes and use the fabric from them to do the crafts. (Upcycling, whoot whoot!)

If you love a good deal and easy-to-sew crafts, then this one’s definitely for you.

This book retails for $22.95, but there are tons of awesome deals out there…

Barnes & Noble – $13.31 online

42% off the list price! They do have them starting at $12.90 used, but since it does include patterns, I wouldn’t suggest second-hand.

Amazon – $13.04

27 cents cheaper than B&N. You save 43% here, ooooh.

Target – $17.21

25% off the list price. Once again, looks like B&N or Amazon are your best bets.

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

1 Corinthians 5:14 & 15

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