Thursday, February 27, 2014

Grace at Home No. 95


Hello and welcome to this week's Grace at Home party!  This party is a place to pause and remember that we are all recipients of God's grace--and to share the ways we try to make our homes reflective of that great grace and love.

Last week's party was wonderful.  Here are just a few of my favorites.

Gretchen from New Every Morning showed us her new mudroom--a space that is intensely practical but is now also inspiring and welcoming!


Luisa from Living and Learning with Luisa shared a mini-redo of a small bathroom.  A few little projects added up to a whole new look for that room.

Mini DIY bathroom reno
Brandi from Nest of Bliss created a lovely backdrop for her mantel using free wood from a pallet.  Stunning!

DIY Pallet Backdrop
Scooper from a la mode really inspired me with her post sharing seven simple things she did to cut her grocery bill in half: The Non-Guru's Guide to Groceries and Meals.


Kathy from Miss Grace-Filled Life shared a simple recipe for biscuits that I'm going to try.  These look delicious, and the men in my family love biscuits!


Mindie May from Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo shared a very practical tip for cleaning your microwave and eliminating odors.


And my new friend Richetta (can you believe how similar her name is to mine??) from Affirming Beliefs challenged and blessed me with her post, "Is God in Your Plan?"



Thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button (the code is right over in my sidebar).  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

 

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!



Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday soul care


On this Lord's day, here's a reminder that I need.  Perhaps you need it, too.



Every blessing to you, my friends.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Grace at Home No. 94


Hello, friends!  I hope you're having a wonderful week.  Welcome to this week's Grace at Home party, where we pause to celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace.

Here are some of my favorites from last week's party.

There were lots of Valentine's Day posts, of course.  The one I liked best was written by Debby from My Favorite Things, who shared some beautiful wisdom inspired by--of all things--candy conversation hearts.  You need to see this!



The hilarious Kari at A Grace Full Life created a cheerful little laundry room--and you really should see what she started with!


Tammy from The Colored Door used a small section of wall space to make a Kids' Command Center.  This is wonderful!

kids command center with no holes in the wall - the colored door

Tammy from One More Time Events admired some pricey mother of pearl candles--and made some for herself by recycling materials she already had.

Pier 1 inspired at One More Time Events.com

Elizabeth from Beauty Observed shared the recipe for these gorgeous Cranberry Bliss bars.  Don't they look delicious?

Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars recipe from Beauty Observed.

As for me, I created some beauty for our home by making a watercolor portrait of our house, and I wrote out step-by-step instructions for you to make your own!




Thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button (the code is right over in my sidebar).  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

 

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!






Tuesday, February 18, 2014

How to create a portrait of your home


I'm sure many of you have already tried the wonderful new app called Waterlogue.  If you haven't, you're in for a treat!  In just a few seconds, Waterlogue can create a beautiful watercolor from a photo.  

Want to see an example?  I used Waterlogue to create this:


from this photo:


I was so thrilled with the result that I had the "watercolor" printed in a large size and framed it!  If you've wondered how a Waterlogue picture would look printed out, here's your answer.



Isn't it lovely?  I've always wanted just the right piece of art for my foyer, and I think this fills the bill.

Here's how to make your own.  If you don't already have it, you'll need to buy Waterlogue from the App store.  At $2.99, I think it's a great deal!

1. Select a photo.  I chose a photo of my house that I had taken last summer.

2. Email the photo to yourself.

3. Open the email on your iPhone and save the photo.  (Note: You don't have to use a photo that you took with your iPhone camera to use the app; you just have to use a photo that you've saved on your iPhone.)

4. Open the Waterlogue app and select your photo.

5. Follow the Waterlogue prompts at the bottom of the screen (very easy to use!) to create a painting you like.  I used the "natural" option for this project.

6. Scroll further through the options and click on "No Border."  This will eliminate the curved edges.

7. Once you have the painting looking like you want it, click on the heart to save it.
"Services" will pop up on your screen.  Click on "Mail" and email the photo to yourself.  At the prompt, choose "Actual Size" to email the photo in its highest resolution.  (This takes a minute, but it's worth it.)

8. Open the email on your computer.  Download the attached photo and save to a flash drive.  (The file will be pretty large--probably more than 3 megabytes.)

9. Take the flash drive to a printer and have the photo printed in whatever size you choose.  I had mine printed in a 12"x16" size so that it would fit in a ready-made 16"x20" frame.  My local FedEx Kinko's office was able to print it while I waited for $2.00.

10. Frame as desired.  I had a custom mat and fillet cut for mine.

My foyer isn't grand or glorious, but I like for it to look nice.  Here's a photo of it taken from the front door.  As you can see, it leads to both the living room and the dining room.


And now I have the perfect piece of art to hang over the antique deacon's bench!



Please forgive the glare--the sun was out in full force when I took this photo.  Here's a glimpse of the artwork taken from the dining room--no glare from this angle!



Here's a framing tip: Even if you purchase a frame from a large retailer, look for a local frame shop to have your mat cut.  (If you're in my neck of the woods, check out Frame Warehouse.  They do great work for very reasonable prices, and the turnaround time can't be beat, plus their website features printable coupons for discounts on larger jobs.)


The wheels in my mind are really spinning now--I can't wait to create some more lovely watercolor paintings!

Have you tried Waterlogue?  Have you printed anything from it?  Please share!

I'm joining these fun parties:

Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Grace at Home No. 93


Welcome, friends!  Hope all is well in your world today.  Here's how things look in mine:


Snowstorms in this part of North Carolina are rare, so we've been relishing the wintry landscape.

Now it's time for the weekly Grace at Home party, where we pause to reflect upon the ways we make our homes a reflection of God's grace.

Here are a few of my favorites from last week's party.

How pretty is this Valentine's tablescape created by Fabby from Fabby's Living?  So beautiful!


While I'm enjoying our rare snowstorm, this time of year I start longing for springtime, so I really like this vignette from Shirley at Housepitality Designs.

Spring Vignette

I always like finding new cleaning tips--and this list of uses for rubbing alcohol is great!  Thanks to Amanda Michelle from The Well-Groomed Home for sharing this.


I don't mind cooking dinner, but I'm terrible at meal planning--so I really appreciated this guide from Laura at The Turquoise Home.  Check it out!

The Average Girl's Guide to Monthly Meal Planning
Last but not least, I love "The Jesus Character" from at Calista at A House and Yard.  This is wonderful!
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Thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button (the code is right over in my sidebar).  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

 

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!



Thursday, February 6, 2014

Grace at Home No. 92


Welcome, friends, to this week's Grace at Home party!  I'm so glad you're here to reflect with me about how we are all recipients of God's grace, and how we can extend grace in our own homes.

Here are a few of my favorites from the last couple of parties.

Penny from Penny's Vintage Treasures shows us how to decorate with vintage Valentine's cards.  When it comes to creating a romantic home, Penny is the best!


One of the ShabbyGals created a play kitchen for her daughter from a couple of old end tables.  You have to see all the details!


Jen from At Home in the Northwest made a charming night stand from a plain IKEA piece; read her post to see how she did it.

IKEA RAST HACK AFTER - at home in the northwest

Tammy from One More Time Events shares a very creative way to make decorative topiaries. So pretty!

how to make indoor topiaries

If you're a homemaker suffering from the winter blahs, you'll want to read "A Homemaker's Motto" from Roxy at Living from Glory to Glory.


And for another piece of winter refreshment, check out "Let Your Lights Shine" from Bernadette at Barefoot Hippie Girl!


Thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button (the code is right over in my sidebar).  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

 

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!