This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

How I made my little beach picture....

 The other day I showed you my beach display in the kitchen and showed you this picture that I framed and hung on the front of my pie safe. Today I want to show you how I did it.
 First of all I found this really cute water baby illustration on the net and printed it. I adore vintage illustrations and this is no exception, look at those darling little faces and the colorful sea creatures! It's so precious!
The next step was to find a picture frame. I went out to my shed where I store old frames and couldn't believe it when I found this beat-up wood frame with yellow shipped paint. Perfect. Then I went to my craft cupboard and found a cute patterned paper to use as the background.
 I glued the paper to a piece of cardboard with a glue stick..
...and smoothed it out making sure that all the bubbles are out and the edges are glued down.
 Then I trimmed the photo down to fit....
 ...and then adhered it to the mat I made.
 Then I placed it in the frame.
 I wanted something bright and contrasting to use as a hanger, and decided on this cute gingham ribbon. I cut two pieces about 10 inches long.
 Then glued it securely to the back with a glue gun.
 I glued it once, let it dry and then glued it again. I wanted to make sure it was strong enough to hold the picture.
Then I tied a bow and hung it on a small nail on the front of the pie safe. I love to do projects like this, it's creative, yet simple and cheap. I am really happy with the results!

Have a great day!

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12

Friday, July 15, 2016

A little seaside display....

 I've been wanting to make a little summery-beachy display for several years, but never had enough stuff and couldn't think of a good place to make my display. It finally came together this year and I love how it turned out!
 I made my display on top of my pie safe in the kitchen. I wanted to hang something on the front of it, so I made this picture. I printed a darling old photo from a book cover and framed it in this old beat up yellow wood frame. I really like the results!
 I have been collecting odds and ends for a few years.
 Just last week I found the last piece, which is this reproduction vintage sand pail.
I had a box in my hobby closet that I was slowly filling up with goodies such as the "no fishing sign", the seashells and the vintage saltwater taffy tin, awaiting the day that I created my display.
 A friend brought me this neat cast iron starfish from Mexico.
  This little book about two brothers at the beach is so sweet.
 An old shell-covered treasure box is perfect in the display!
 Love this cute little swimming beach baby.
 The inspiration to the whole beach display was found in a Mary Engelbreit magazine. She showed a glass cookie jar filled with sand and a little beach scene. I loved it the minute I saw it and wanted to recreate the idea.
It's hard to find cool vintage looking figurines and when I found this lovely bathing beauty, I snagged her up and kept her for the day I made my display.
 When I went to the beach with my daughter-in-law a few weeks ago, I found a few more seashells and driftwood and brought home some sand.
 It's so magical!
 Watch out bathing beauty, that crab might get your toes!
 I've had this old book for many years and have kept it in the box, just waiting for this day!
I recently found this wonderful book, We Visit the Seashore, at a garage sale. It's full of reproduction antique beach photos.
 I love this cute little picture that someone had made.
 This was a big craft in the 70s and I think it would be fun to try it again. I think what they did was buy a set of greeting cards like thank-you notes or invitations and then cut out multiple layers of certain items and glued them together to make a 3-D effect. I might do a similar craft with my daughter-in-laws some day.
I am so happy with my cheerful summery beachy scene, it was worth the wait!

"The sea that He made belongs to Him, along with the dry land that His hands formed. Come! Let us worship and bow down; let us kneel in the presence of the Lord who made us!" Psalm 95:5-6

Sunday, July 10, 2016

We've had 3 blissful years here at Blissful Acres Farm!

 We are actually coming up on our 4th anniversary here at the farm, but I realized I never posted this album that I made for our 3rd year here. Besides getting married and having four babies, buying this farm is one of the best decisions Eric and I have ever made. We are blissfully happy here!
 Home sweet home.
 Welcome to the farm!
 Glorious sunrises.
 Our sweet kitty, MacGyver getting a cook drink from the birdbath.
What a gorgeous scene of our three goats and our two cows.
 Oh you sweet thing!
 Walking around in jammies with coffee is a common thing around here!
 The farm keeps us busy as bees!
 Family time around the fire pit is the best!
 Little mister with his two friends running down the shaddy lane on a summer day.
 Tuey and Jasper.
 Sweet little family of geese on our little pond.
 Bountiful berries!
 There's always a chore to be done, but we love it!
 Hello Nellie, Duncan and Daisey!
 I love being a farm girl!
 Breathtaking morning!
We both love gardening!
 Outdoor living is the best!
 Time to relax!
 Blondie, MacGyver and Krammer in the morning.
 We have fun tootling around the property on our quads. This photo is funny, Grayson was driving by Hayden who had the football and tossed at Gray just to annoy him and it landed perfectly on the rack at the front of the quad and stayed there. It made all of us laugh.
 Gorgeous sunsets!
 Family, family, family!
Another beautiful morning. Every day the scene different. Sometimes bright and clear, sometimes raining and cloudy but my favorite are like this with the sun shining through a bank of fog.
 So many sweet memories!
 Eric likes to keep the yard tidy!
 One of my favorite things to see! Our place full of cars, it means our kids are here!
 Farm life is for us!
 This place is good for our souls.
Thank you Lord so much for our little piece of heaven on earth.

"Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it." Genesis 2:15
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