Monday, June 17, 2013

Collage Letter DIY Project

Last weekend I attended a friend's baby shower. One of the party planners had a fun Pinterest-inspired idea: each guest got the guest of honor an alphabet letter to hang on the nursery wall! Since my prego friend loves typography, this was a great idea!

Here's the "B" that I made.

My finished "B"

The Project

What You'll Need:
  • Several copies of a printed-out letter the size & font you want it to be.
  • A piece of foam board 3x the size of your letter.
  • A kids' storybook, or whatever else you want to collage with. (Get it at Goodwill if you feel bad about cutting up a book.)

My "B" printout

My book of choice, since my friend loves frogs
Tape your letters onto your foam board piece.

Cut out your letters with an exacto knife and stack them and stick them together.

Start cutting out interesting pages from your book.

Start arranging your pieces on your letter.

Stick down your stuff. If you're a modpodge expert, go ahead and do that. I'm not, so I didn't.

Cut another letter out to cover the bits on the back and glue it on.

And you're done!

I put thumbtacks in the back so I could tie string on it to hang the letter.

This is what I called my "B."

My letter with some of the others in the collection at the shower.

It was such a fun project, and so fun to see it with the other letters—what a great collection! So many beautiful & creative letters!

Monday, June 10, 2013

A Recipe for Contentment

E.B. Pusey (1800-1882) wrote this "recipe" for contentment, and I read it on my lunch break today. I thought it was so helpful—and worth sharing!
  1. Allow thyself to complain of nothing, not even the weather.
  2. Never picture thyself to thyself under any circumstances in which thou are not.
  3. Never compare thine own lot with that of another.
  4. Never allow thyself to dwell on the wish that this or that had been, or were, otherwise than it was, or it. God Almighty loves thee better and more wisely than thou doest thyself.
  5. Never dwell on the morrow. Remember that it is God's not thine. The heaviest part of sorrow often is to look forward to it. "The Lord will provide."
From Elisabeth Elliot's book Secure in the Everlasting Arms