Saturday, May 31, 2014

Vintage Gwen Chapel-Nehemiah

Well I've been a bad blogger lately! May has been so busy, can you tell?
I've got a few crafts I'd like to squeeze in and a few recipes I've wanted to share.....
We'll see how I do since tomorrow May is behind us!

Just finished a She Reads Truth study on Nehemiah and wanted to link up for She Shares Truth!
This study was great timing as my church has started a building project! We are building a new 400 seat (wowza!) sanctuary! I was able to pass along a few encouraging quotes to our leaders.
So for the She Shares assignment I'm going to answer a few questions....

Why does the book of Nehemiah end the way it does?
I think the ending is a great reminder....sometimes we need a Nehemiah in our lives.  What God found in Nehemiah was a focused, get the job, no one's going to stop me attitude.  Don't we all need that type of person in our lives? A positive influence who will help us to the finish line.
Nehemaih is awesome!
 But he's not Jesus.  
The children of Israel were in a pattern and the only person to get them out of that pattern is Jesus.
It's always Jesus!

What does God want us to see here about Himself and the Church?
I think God doesn't want us to forget what can happen when we join together and work towards a common goal. There's a lot of work to be done for the Kingdom.  There's no time to not be His holy people. There's no time to give the enemy place.  There's not time to be a lazy Christian and not do what you know is right. Jesus has come and is coming again soon!

Loved going through Nehemiah! I also joined Kristin Schmucker's 31 Day Scripture challenge and finished the book of Leviticus today! I will be sharing what I gleaned from that book soon!

Have a happy weekend lovelies!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Show & Share #146

Happy Wednesday!
Time for another party!!

Most viewed link from last week....

(oolala I must say!)

...and my favorite...


Great posts ladies!!

On to the Party!
*Link to a specific post--not your home page, no giveaways, or no etsy shops
*Link a post you've done in the last month
*Post the party button on your blog and follow me
*Visit & comment on at least TWO other links posted
(You can grab a party button to the right ---> just click on the buttons tab!)

Thanks for being here!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Show & Share #145

Having a great week so far?
 I sure hope so!
Let's party!!

Most Viewed Link....

....and my Favorite Link... sweet tooth might have picked that!!

Great posts ladies!

On to the Party!
*Link to a specific post--not your home page, no giveaways, or no etsy shops
*Link a post you've done in the last month
*Post the party button on your blog and follow me
*Visit & comment on at least TWO other links posted
(You can grab a party button to the right ---> just click on the buttons tab!)

Thanks for being here!
Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Vintage Gwen Chapel-Saturday Song

When I find a gooooood worship song I can't help but to share it!!
Really, they are all good but there's certain ones that resonate more to you than others, don't you agree?
I'm sharing a simple version, although the full band by the original artists is fantastic too.

Song: Give Me Faith by Worship on the Porch
Original artists: Elevation Worship

Psalm 119:68 AMP
You are good and kind and do good; teach me Your statutes.

This is a listen to over and over and over again song for me!
Be blessed lovelies!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Chic Couture-May Beauty Boxes

Beauty box time again.  Sadly, I cancelled Birchbox. I know it's only $10 a month but I needed to make a financial trim and Birchbox was it.  Bottom line, I feel like you get more beauty products with Ipsy and that's what I prefer.  Birchbox did send a very tempting 'we want you back' email but I need to focus on some goals I set for myself! And I didn't cut Julep because I can skip, thanks Julep!
And so here's my Julep....

I switched to Bombshell because I really liked the colors! Laree is a golden pink taffeta shimmer and Saaya is a golden apricot shimmer. And then I added on the Creativity Kit that goes with the Pile Wand. I have been so busy that I have not been able to try any of this yet.  The month of May is just so dang busy for me!!

And here's my Ipsy...

I just got this earlier this week.  I usually look in my glam room to see what I'm getting and the thought didn't even cross my mind this month!! When I opened the bag I immediately smelled something heavenly! It's that Chocolate Soleil bronzer and my oh my!! It's the only thing I used...just today and love it! Can't wait to try everything else!!

What did you get?
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Happy Weekend!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Peacock Feather Art

It's that time of year again....garage sale time!!
I've never really been a big garage sale shopper although I'm really wanting to change that.  
I do love hunting for a treasure, I mean bargain! 
I had a sweet friend ( I used to be her youth pastor so *choke* that now I'm calling her sweet friend! Where did the time go?!) recently get a really cool apartment in which she desperately needed stuff for.  So her mom put together a successful apartment warming.  Well I was on my way to shop for her present when a see a yard sale sign so Lil' Hunkie and I took a little detour. The sale was mostly guy and tools, with a little bit of housewares.  Gold frames caught my attention....

....perfect pieces to make over!! I really liked the lady! At $1 each I couldn't pass up! My friend was decorating some in peacock colors and so I thought surely I could do something peacock feathery.  I stopped at Hobby Lobby and got a metallic turquoise, purple and gold paint.
Then I cleaned them up and took them apart. I had a little bit of spray primer that I blasted each with. Painted over the primer with the gold.  Once dried, I found a Google image to go off of and free-handed the feathers. 

It really was not that hard! 
They mean a little bit more than store bought art since I painted them,
 the best kind of gift I think!
 My friend loved them and her mom immediately found a place for them once
 all the guests had left! 
Bingo! Touchdown! Mission accomplished!

Now to find some more garage sale finds to makeover!!

Happy Thursday lovelies!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Show & Share #144

Is it Wednesday already?!
Here's last week's most viewed link..

....and my favorite...

Yay for stylish animals!!

On to the Party!
*Link to a specific post--not your home page, no giveaways, or no etsy shops
*Link a post you've done in the last month
*Post the party button on your blog and follow me
*Visit & comment on at least TWO other links posted
(You can grab a party button to the right ---> just click on the buttons tab!)

Thanks for being here!
Happy Wednesday!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Mother's Day & What Matters Most

(DIY Tile Coaster I made for gifts!)

Well Mother's Day has been over for about 2 minutes now.  
Hope you had a great one! Ha! I sure did! I try not to make a big deal out of this day that way when I do get blessed it means a little more, know what I mean? A couple of week's ago my hubby surprised me with a bird bath that I've wanted for a while now.  Totally not like him! So I just kept telling myself that the bird bath was enough.  Well I came home on Thursday from work and Hunkie had taken Lil' Hunkie shopping and I immediately had to open my gift or else someone would've have eventually just told me what was inside! A lovely new hummingbird feeder, my favorite perfume and some pretty packaged lip balm. I sure am feeling blessed and my hubby probably doesn't realize he's speaking one of my love  So it's not really about the things, though they are awesome and I love them!, but more about doing for others and how you make them feel. I feel like my husband might finally be 'getting it'.

And guess what? I totally stunk at being a blogger this last week! I had intentions of posting more than just the party but life has been a bit more full lately.  We had a lovely lady in our church lose one of her sons unexpectedly and his service was last week. Another lady lost her dad.  My sister was on pins and needles waiting to hear if she passed one of her extremely tough classes so she could graduate nursing college. My niece had her last high school band concert.  And Lil' Hunkie had a routine heart doctor visit. 
So during all that I found it hard to be a blogger.  Sometimes what matters most is being there for a friend, giving encouraging words, sitting front row at a concert, and just being the best mom you know how. I love being a blogger! But it got rearranged in the list of what matters most. And you know what? 
That's ok. One of the bottom lines of blogging is being good at balancing it within your life. And my opinion is that it's more than ok if there's no time to blog if your attention needs to be elsewhere. 
I've wanted to say that for a long time.  
It felt good.

I really do hope you had a great Mother's Day!!
Like the tile coaster I made for my family? How about I share the graphic?
Just right click and save!

Have a great week lovelies!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Show & Share #143

Time for another party!
Here's last week's most viewed link...

...and my favorite...

...great job ladies!!!

On to the Party!
*Link to a specific post--not your home page, no giveaways, or no etsy shops
*Link a post you've done in the last month
*Post the party button on your blog and follow me
*Visit & comment on at least TWO other links posted
(You can grab a party button to the right ---> just click on the buttons tab!)

Thanks for being here!
Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Vintage Gwen Chapel-Our Remarkable God

Back today with a post for She Shares Truth. When I read the prompt for this last Monday I immediately knew I had experienced somewhat of a commissioned moment just the day before!

I got the opportunity to go to lunch after church with some of my family without my Hunks (Lil' Hunkie was at grandma's and Hunkie wasn't feeling good). My youngest brother has a fairly new fiancee and though she's been coming to church with my brother she's not been around church as long as my family has.  I've not spent much time with her yet and had wondered about her children. So I asked  about them.  Well she immediately started crying and I immediately felt bad to make her cry in public! She has 3 kids and doesn't have custody of them right now due to things that couldn't be helped and wasn't her fault in the past. She told me the whole story right then and there. 
God has been moving in her life. I mean it is plain as day what He is doing for her! She's got a peaceful home and a new job close to that peaceful home with an increase in pay!
And she mentioned that God had been blessing her.  But then came some words that I knew God had a response to in the form of my voice. 
"I just hope He'll work with my kids so I can have them back."
{It was something like that, I know for sure she used the word hope.}
Now first of all, I'm glad she is hoping. But sometimes there's one more step past hope. It's called faith. It's called belief.  
So when she said those words, the Holy Spirit was quick to respond with....
"No, no, God is not done.  He has began a good work in you and will finish it."
More wet eyes.
On both sides of the table.
And my red-headed sister in law saying "Get me outta here!"
Cause she knew God had just spoken and didn't want wet eyes in public too!
And do you know what? God moved in one of her children's situations this past week.
He is simply not done!
I believe God is constantly working but to get to actually see it, well it's remarkable!

Happy Weekend lovelies!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Firmoo Sunnies Review!

Sunnies season is upon us!
 And if you're like me and have to have prescription sunglasses then a great place to shop is Firmoo.
They have a great selection and even have a virtual try on system. Even without the try on system, Firmoo provides easy access to the dimensions of the frames which is how I decided on which style to get.  I did already have one pair of Rx sunglasses but they do not fit me well at's like the frames are too small for my round head and so they sit on my face crooked! I couldn't stand that so sadly I didn't wear them and had to listen to my hubby give me a hard time about not wearing sunglasses! Well not anymore!

Day 1....

I could immediately tell a difference in fit! Soooo much better!

And after about a week....

Trying to get a good #selfie! Ha!

If you're looking to increase your stylish sunnies collection then make sure and check out Firmoo!
And for the first 5 people to comment below "I ♥ Sunnie Season!" I'll email you  a $30 voucher to use towards a pair of sunglasses!
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Happy Friday and Happy Sunnie Season!

*This is a sponsored post.  Firmoo did supply me with a pair of sunglasses to review. 
All opinions are mine.*

Thursday, May 1, 2014

DIY Coasters Using PicMonkey

Remember this?

My 20 year high school reunion favor....a diy tile coaster!
Well I had a request from my niece to make some for her band banquet to use as gifts for the band teachers. Just like last time I used PicMonkey to design the graphic and thought I'd share just how easy it is!!

What you need:
paper and ink
tiles (can get at Lowe's or Home Depot for around 20 cents each)
Mod Podge
foam brush
square cork (can get at Hobby Lobby in a 6 pack)
glue such as E6000 or hot glue

Here we go!

Open up PicMonkey and choose collage.  You'll have to choose just any photo you have on your computer.

It will automatically bring up a 3 box collage.  X out of all but one, it will leave you with one big square.  Resize the square to 400x400. (See red circle.)

Next choose 'Swatches'. I used the red polka dots found under Winterland. 

Drag the swatch to the square.  

Then click on 'Background' (see arrows) and make the corner rounding 100%.  

You now have a circle!! Click on 'Edit' at the top.

Choose 'Overlays' and add a music note. Resize so that it fits from top to bottom in red circle, it will be black.

Then in the Overlay edit box, click on 'Blending Modes' and choose 'Overlay' to fade it.  
Now you can add words by clicking on the double Tt's. Once you have your words, save and print out.  
Now you're ready to make a coaster!

Trim graphic to be just under 4x4.  I don't have a fancy cutting tool so I did it the old fashioned way....fold, fold, fold, and tear. Then apply a layer of Mod Podge to the tile and smooth on your graphic. Put Mod Podge on top of the graphic and let dry overnight. Apply a second coat of Mod Podge in the opposite direction of your first layer.  Let dry for at least 2 hours. Then glue cork to back of tile. Seal the front of the tile with sealant and let dry for 24 hours. And done!

So, so easy and easy on the wallet!! 
 I've been using my high school reunion coasters and they still look the same!

Happy Thursday lovelies!!

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