After watching four videos on how to make a reusable mask and making a few practice masks, I finally came up with something I like. I much prefer using 1/2" cotton twill tape instead of elastic. I can get a better and more comfortable fit that way. Here ...

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Mask Pattern

After watching four videos on how to make a reusable mask and making a few practice masks, I finally came up with something I like. I much prefer using 1/2" cotton twill tape instead of elastic. I can get a better and more comfortable fit that way. Here are my instructions. I hope you are able to open and use this pdf successfully. Remember, the Lord is on High, and He is control of even this dreadful virus!


Painted {Fabric}

So, after creating my new "to-do" book, I wanted a bookmark to match. If you missed my new painted book, click here. To get a matching bookmark, that meant that I needed to paint some canvas. So, I cut a piece from my bolt, and went to work. I painted away, and then I watched our favorite team play football yesterday and competed the doodles. I love it so much that now I don't know if I can cut it up into bookmarks. Maybe I should just make one bookmark, and then sew the rest into a pencil case. Hmmm, decisions, decisions.

I used the same Stencil Girl stencil and products that I used for the "to-do" book. I just added one more paint color--the light lavender which is Apple Barrel Wisteria.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you like today's creation. Enjoy your week! I'm off to paint another book and more fabric! :)

Painted {Book} Cover & Update

Has it really been since June since I posted last? Wow! I do have good reason, and I have not created since then. I have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and disc degenerative disease. I have been in horrific pain since the very last week of May (the week before turning 54). I was finally diagnosed in July and have been trying various treatments since that time. I still suffer with pain daily but thankfully it is no longer in the 7-9 range. Praise God! Learning to deal with chronic pain has been hard, and I am still asking "Lord, what are you teaching me through this?" But yesterday I created for the first time in a very long time. It brought me such incredible joy that I have to try to make myself do it each week. It is healing to be able to just get my hands messy in paint and create.

So, what did I create? I painted a book cover. Oh my goodness, I am in love. This is a book I have had, the pages are empty, and I have decided that it is going to be my new "to do" book for home and for work. Yes, I am now working part-time at our church, and that also has been a great joy and blessing.

To create this book, I used the Deconstructed Floral Bouquet stencil from Stencil Girl. I then grabbed a few paint colors and began finger painting. Yes, I used my fingers. I started with a makeup sponge but I can't blend the paints as well so I dove in and finger painted. I actually prefer that. Here is what it looked like as I started:

Then I added more leaves and let it dry overnight. After it was dry, I used my Posca pen to add all of the white doodling. Once I did that I finished with my favorite paint splatters. I must always finish with that. :)

The leaves were created from a Sizzix die cut called "Leaves." I just die cut the leaves using an old folder. It was then very easy to use it as a stencil. I will use that technique again for sure. I really had a great time doing this. I hope it inspires you in some way! Have a blessed week!

The {Tiny} Journal First Pages

So, do you remember the tiny journal I shared in May? If not, click here. I began working on the pages last week, and I must say I am in love. I am approaching this journal a bit different. I want:
  • the pages to have scriptures that speak to me that day.
  • the scriptures done in my own handwriting.
  • the pages to be super fast and simple.
  • the pages to inclue fabric and stitching.
  • the pages to not be completely covered.

So, this is a bit different from my other journals, and that's what I love about this little bit of happiness. With those "wants" in mind, here are my first pages.

Psalm 139:1-3

James 4:8

The pages inside this book also include papers that I still want to see. So, keeping that in mind, I also will be leaving a bit of the original page showing because these pages either meant something to me or are just things I like.

I hope you enjoyed these first pages. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to post again sooner than later! Have a blessed week!

My {Tiny} Journal

A couple of months ago, I purchased this cute book for $0.50. It measures 5 1/2" x 3", and I knew I wanted to turn it into a journal. I finally finished it yesterday. Here are a few details about this adorable little book:
  • There are four signatures.
  • There are 8-10 pages per signature.
  • The pages inside include maps, receipts, envelopes, painted papers, book paper, graph paper, etc.
  • The edge of the book is finished with inky fabric. I use flour sack towels from Hobby Lobby. Love them!
  • The closure is done with an eyelet and sari ribbon.

I can't wait to begin playing in this book. Thanks for dropping by. Have a great week ahead!

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