Mixed Media Mini Canvas

As a parent and Children’s Ministry worker, I seek advice from the best parenting book there is…The Bible:)  Deuteronomy 6 is full of encouragement and wisdom…This was the inspiration for this mini canvas.

Mixed Media Mini Canvas

I started with a plain mini canvas sold in a pack of 6 at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

I used modeling paste and a stencil to create the “diamond” background.

Next, I added color with both Distress Paint (“peeled paint”) & a similar shade in a Pan Pastel…finished with Distress ink pad in walnut stain.

I used the same walnut stain to color the mini clothes pins.

Mixed Media Mini Canvas

I cut the charm background out of a vintage Bible Story Book for Children, sealed with Glossy Accents by Ranger.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love theLord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

THE BEST thing you can do for your KIDS

Praying the Scriptures for Your Children
Praying the Scriptures for Your Children

I am a Mother of 4…3 have already left the nest, so I can say with experience that there have been many parenting moments when I felt frustrated, lacking wisdom, lacking patience and feeling helpless.  We all have those days…especially during the ages of 13-21:)

I have also been involved with Children’s Ministry for over 20 years, and I have seen first hand the life change that happens through earnest prayer.

When my kids were still young, I learned from a Mother further down the road the importance of surrendering first myself and then my kids (which are really God’s kids) to the One who made us…He knows best…He designed our prototypes.  She also taught me that I should start praying for them daily as well as praying for specific Mentors in their lives that they could trust for Godly wisdom and friendship.  Our kids need to hear what we are teaching them from someone else…A second voice speaking the same truths.

A good friend gave me this book, and it became a great source of comfort and guidance to me.  I highly recommend it for all parents.  When we pray God’s will, He will answer.

1 John 5:14

“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”

Ribbon and Gymnastics : Great Scrapbook Project for Kids

Easy Scrapbook Project for Kids

I meet weekly with High School girls to do Bible Study, Crafts, and Baking.  I want to provide a safe place for girls to talk, encourage one another and hear truth in love…

(Titus 2)

This week I have an amazingly talented and disciplined group from a local gymnastics team.  They are putting together scrapbooks for the graduating seniors.  It has been such fun to hear about life as a gymnast:)

IMG_7909Of course the project includes Ribbon!

Easy Mini Scrapbook Project for Kids
Easy Mini Scrapbook Project for Kids

Easy Scrapbook Project for Kids

The girls joke around about how they all have animal print “leo’s” (leotards) so naturally they chose animal print papers.

I had the girls cut out “Base Cards”  that measure  5 1/2″ X 7 1/4 “


Printed paper taped on top that measures 4 1/2″  X 6 1/2″

(allowing room for ring holes)

Rings were purchased at Staples.

Each printed Rectangle is ready for a team snapshot.

We will be adding cute little pockets on some of the pages for team members to write & insert  encouraging notes.

I am so blessed to have the time to “craft” with young girls.  It provides such a fun and interactive vehicle for me to make a difference in the lives of girls who can get so easily discouraged by the culture and the fast times we live in…

We’re running out of  ribbon, so I think I’ll get some fresh ideas from


Mail a Letter : Annabelle’s Alphabet

Annabelle's Alphabet /The letter H in a series of alphabet letters mailed daily to Granddaughter Annabelle  found at 1ArtHouse.wordpress.com
Annabelle’s Alphabet /The letter H in a series of alphabet letters mailed daily to Granddaughter Annabelle found at 1ArtHouse.wordpress.com

Today I completed H, I & J….yay! Only 16 to go!

Hoping my daughter will “capture a moment” of glee, when Annabelle opens her mailbox:) I’ve never known a little girl more crazy over the alphabet!

Annabelle’s Art Corner


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Annabelle’s Art Corner

2 year old Annabelle June is already an artist:)  She has an art table at home in Denver, so I knew she needed one here at Mimi’s house too!  My hubby and I found this beautiful desk at our favorite antique mall in town and “Poopah” went right to work cutting the legs down to make the table JUST RIGHT for our Babygirl.

IMG_7355I love the interesting details, and the color was perfect.

IMG_7345The paper tray was just the right fit, and I found a laminated poster reproduction of an Ad page from our local paper that dated back to 1931.  (I use to work in the Carew Tower downtown/the heading at the top of the page)

IMG_7352I love this old letter holder, and Annabelle LOVED all the markers and stamps it holds.

IMG_7357The are Gramophones, used here to hold pens and crayons.



They were inexpensive to buy to my surprise…$2-$5 dollars, depending on the quality.