Home Decor, DIY, Parties, Nesting, Cooking, Random Thoughts...all part of our family's journey

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Jeshua's Superhero Birthday Party was featured on Spoonful.com


Jeshua's Superhero Birthday Party was featured on Spoonful.com!

I have to admit...she calls these a paper chain...when they're actually just curls of comic book paper in jar.  But I guess they would work for a chain :)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

eb & ezer: the meaning behind the name


I know I've posted a bit about our new business, eb & ezer, but I haven't posted about what the name means.  It comes from 1 Samuel 7.12:

"Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, 'Thus far the Lord has helped us.'"

What has just happened is the Ark of the Covenant has been returned to Israel after it was taken by the Philistines as punishment for their apostasy.  Samuel gathers all the people in Mizpah to rededicate themselves to God.  The Philistines hear about the gathering and decide to attack.  God supernaturally intervened and routed the Philistines before they could attack.  The Israelites pursued them.  After the battle, Samuel erects a standing stone as a memorial of the events of the day.

This has been my favorite Bible verse since I was young -- my favorite hymn is "Come Thou Fount" and features this term too.

Whenever I reach a difficult place in my life I can look back and see how far the Lord has brought me and know He will continue to do so.

Friday, March 21, 2014

eb & ezer: NEACA Craft Show


This weekend is the NEACA Craft Show at the VBC. I'm sharing booth space with two of my friends from church. Here are a few new pieces Josh and I created for the show!

Yellow Dresser - $200
Grey & Pallet Wood Coffee Table & (2) End Tables - $200
Grey & White Stripe Side Table - $40
Blue Quatrefoil Stool - $30
Stools - $30 each
Picture Frames - $25 each

Clock - $20
Green Medicine Cabinet - $30
Painted White Milk Bottle - $10


Succulent Planter - $20 (metal piece is from a conveyor belt)

Small Bunny Picture - $20
Burlap Bunny Picture - $25
Wood Trash Can - $30

Saturday, March 8, 2014

eb & ezer at A New Leaf


Here are a couple pictures of the items we took to A New Leaf in Harvest.


You can see more photos of our products at A New Leaf on their Facebook page.


Farmhouse Table & Bench


For Josh's mom's birthday and Christmas present, Josh and I made her a Farmhouse Table and Benches.


This thing is massive -- it's 7 feet long by 5 feet wide and seats 10 easily.  It is skirted and we hand planed the top.  I think we spent more time sanding it than we did building it :)

These photos are from before we added the legs -- we had to put the legs on inside the house because of its size :)


Here is one of the matching benches Josh made for it -- the lid is hinged for storage.  I'm looking forward to having a table like this in our home!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Scrapbooking 101 Album Cover


Last month I started teaching Scrapbooking Classes at one of our local craft stores.  For my first class, I was tasked with creating a scrapbook using only a paper cutter, scissors and glue -- no other techniques or tools.  I did have a kit at my disposal so I could utilize coordinating paper, stickers and embellishments.  I also only had two hours to create an entire book :) The class is designed for beginners -- those who have no experience at all creating a scrapbook or with paper crafting.

Here's what I came up with for the album cover.  I'll add a few more pictures of the inside pages later.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Snow Day Slime


Last week it snowed.  In Alabama.  This is only the second time we've had snow stick to the ground for more than a day in the four + years we've lived here :)  My boys loved it but refused to stay outside for more than a few minutes at a time so we had to come up with some fun indoor activities.

I've been wanting to make homemade slime for a while and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.  Jeshua of course wanted yellow with yellow glitter :)

I tried making red for Elias but discovered off brand glue doesn't work well.

How to Make Slime
One bottle of white school glue
1/4 + 1/8 c very warm water
glitter
(mix together in a bowl)
3/16 t borax
1/3 c very warm water
(mix together in a separate bowl)
Combine the two bowls together and stir until slime forms

I know these are some weird fractions, but this is how the recipe breaks down for one bottle of school glue.  One recipe made enough to store in a pint size jelly jar with a little left over.