My First Pinterest Inspired Project Of The Year

I decided to jump on the band wagon and try making canvas style pictures using enlarged copies from Staples.

I have seen lots of pins on Pinterest that explains how to do this project and this is the one that I pinned and got inspired by.

I am going to make this a two part post.

In this first part, I will show you my pictures, how I cropped them and what I did to get the look I wanted, and how to get them enlarged.

(Before I go any further, I must tell you that I am an iPad addict. I worry that I will forget how to use a computer because I like to do everything on my iPad, including my blog posts. )

My son- in- law is an amazing photographer, so I was thrilled when he wanted to take some pictures of Marley.

This is my favorite shot!

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I knew that this was the picture that I wanted to use for my engineering print, but I just wanted Marley without the stuff in the background.

I used a free app called PhotoPad to make this picture black and white. I also used the filters to posterized it.
If I had needed to crop the picture, I would have done that as well with this app.

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Then I used a $2.99 app called Juxtaposer to erase the background.

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I also have some great pictures we got on the cruise of the grandkids that I want to enlarge. This is the first one I wanted to use.

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I cropped this picture using my Photpad app. Then I added a soft edged black border using a free app called PS Express.

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When I was happy with the way both of these pictures looked, I put them on a memory stick and went to Staples.

For Marley’s picture, I ordered the 24×36 engineering print for $3.29.

( remember, you can only get black and white with the engineering prints.)

And for the grandkids, I asked for a large colored copy, I believe it was 11×16 for $.98.

( make sure you ask for the color copy on copy paper or they will think you want the poster for $19.99.)

I browsed the store while they worked on my order and 20 minutes later,
my prints were ready.

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I could not be happier with the results!

Faux Crystal Chandelier

Last year, when my daughter was redoing my granddaughter’s room to make it look more “ grown up” now that she is a teenager, we were discussing all of the different fads. One of the things that was very popular was to replace the existing lighting with a chandelier.

The problem is, the ceilings are way too low in their house. Then I remembered something that I had seen on the internet a while back. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it again, so I don’t have a link to share with you, but some clever person made a faux crystal chandelier to cover an outdated dome light.

Since there is a small dome light in E’s bedroom, I shared this idea with her and she loved it!

Basically, you take an old lamp shade and some clear plastic cutlery and you end up with a fabulous crystal chandelier.

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To make this I used:

* An old lampshade (one that has the top and bottom wire connected works better but since I didn’t have one, I had to connect the two with fish line)
* 2 boxes of plastic cutlery
* Lots of jump rings
* Thin wire
* Pliers
* Dremmel

I have been wanting to share this with you for a while now but it is a very difficult project to explain.

OK, I will give it my best shot!

The first thing you need to do is to strip the lampshade down to the wire frame. Then you will need to remove the portion of the frame that held it to the lamp. If you have the right kind of shade, when you get down to the frame, the top and bottom rings will be connected, all you would have to do is turn the frame upside down with the larger ring fitting up next to the light fixture and the smaller ring hanging down.

Here is an example of a frame that has the top and bottoms connected.

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Where as, this frame has no pieces going down the side. So, when you take the shade material off, you are left with two separate pieces.

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In a perfect world, you would have a lampshade, with the sides connected, that when turned upside down, the large ring would just fit, perfectly, over the globe of your dome light!

But, for this project, I had neither! When I stripped the shade down to the frame, I had two separate pieces. And, when I held the large ring up to the light, it was way to large for the small dome. So, the Captain cut the ring down to fit perfectly and I was able to glue it together, after I added all of the pieces, with E6000.

OK, now the next step is to take your pliers, with the sharp section that is used to cut wire.

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And cut off the utensil portion leaving just the stem. This is a good project for a rainy day!

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Once you have all of your stems cut, get out the Dremmel and drill a hole for the jump rings.

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For the small inner circle, I attached a jump ring to a stem and slid it on the circle until it was full.

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For the larger, outer ring, I wanted it to be long enough to hide the top of the inner circle, so I attached two stems together with a jump ring and then slid them onto the circle with another jump ring until that circle was full.

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I glued both rings closed with tape and E6000.
Then I added some thin wire to the large ring. This wire will go under the globe of the light fixture and that is what holds it in place, over the dome light.

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If I had had the right kind of shade, this project would be complete. But, since I didn’t, I had to figure out a way to connect the bottom ring inside the larger ring.
I decided that fish line would be the best option. It is hard to see in this picture, but it worked perfectly.

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Here is the finished product.

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I wrapped it up, and mailed it to my daughter.

When she hung it up, she also hung a purple blown glass ornament in the center.

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You would never know that this was made with plastic forks, knives and spoons!

My granddaughter just loves it!

Linking up to:

Monday

Market yourself Monday at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
It’s So very creative at It’s So Very Cheri
A marvelous mess at Marvelously Messy
Newbie Mondays at Debbiedoo’s
Monday LinkUp Party at Making The World Cuter
I Gotta Try That

Tuesday

Get your craft on at Today’s Creative Blog
Take a look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts
Show me what ya got at Not Just A Housewife
A Bowl Full Of Lemons
Tout it Tuesday at Claiming Our Space
home decorating and organizing link party at Organize Your Stuff Now
Uncommonly yours at Uncommon Designs

Wednesday

Look what I made at Creations by Kara
Lil Luna link party at Lil Luna
Wildly Original Roundup at I Gotta Create (7pm)
whimsical Wednesday blog hop at Random
Whimsy Wednesday at The NY Melrose Family

Thursday

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage (Wed night)
Hookin up party at House of Hepworths (Wed night)
Dog gone dirty craftin at Rhinestone Beagle
Made you look at Made in a Day

Friday

Frugal Friday at Shabby Nest (Thur night)
Friday flair at Whipperberry
Friday fun party at Craftionary
Fancy this Fridays at Truly Lovely
Freedom Fridays at My Turn (For Us)

What The Bible Says About Love

I thought, what better day to talk about what the Bible says about love, than on the one day that we make it a point to celebrate Love!

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What is Love?

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

What the Bible says about loving ourselves:

Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good. Proverbs 19:8

For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church. Ephesians 5:29

What the Bible says about loving our spouse:

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25

And so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Titus 2:4-5

What the Bible says about loving one another :

No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

What the Bible says about loving your enemies:

But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.
Luke 6:27

But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44

And most importantly, the ULTIMATE LOVE!

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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

What Does The Future Hold For My Blog?

Well, I can’t believe it, I have been blogging for a whole year now!

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For the past several weeks, I have been praying about what direction I should go with my blog.

I thought about monetizing it, which would mean that I would have to switch over to WordPress.org. I would also have to get more serious about networking and building relationships with other bloggers. I would have to devote much more time to my blogging than I do right now.

I also thought about giving it up altogether. I told my self, ” you did it for a year, just be proud of that!”

But, after weeks of praying about it, I am feeling led to keep things the way they are for right now.

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I am not sure that I will be posting as often as I did the first year, but I will still be sharing with you:

My DIY projects
My home
Delicious recipes
My Boston Terrier
My faith
Organizational skills
Thrifty finds
Family events
And my Pinterest pins

I feel that God is wanting me to keep this blog as is for now,
so I feel very blessed to have you as a follower and look forward to sharing with you for another year!