Tuesday, July 28, 2009

BonJour Decoupage!

We set out early on our bikes this morning only to look up and realize we better pedal real fast before we are washed away with the thunderstorm that blew in rather swiftly.
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Anna and I decided to try out a new craft. My friends birthday is next week and she loves handmade stuff as much as we do so we wanted to make something special for her. So we thought we would try decoupage, Anna has been asking to try this out for a couple weeks now since she read about it in one of her craft books.

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This is a very fun craft and we really enjoyed it. We have definitely not mastered this yet we seemed to be getting glue every where yet our paper was still curling up lol!

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We used our scrap booking paper as well as some paper fairies we purchased from Micheal's that we thought were pretty.

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Anna's Box.

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My Box.

Now we just need to fill them with chocolate and a few handmade treasures and wrap them up with a nice bow for a lovely birthday surprise!

The boys were busy doing things alot less girly! Reading, playing guitar, drawing, things like that!!

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I have learned that spending unhurried time with my children showing them how to draw, making crafts, playing an instrument, showing them a good book to read, introducing them to nature, I have found that time well invested. So often now I will turn around and see my children start a project on there own keeping themselves busy, cultivating character and blooming into the person God has planned them to be keeping busy in the home. And you know what that means? They are not asking to play video games, bickering with each other, eating snacks when they are not hungry, asking to be brought somewhere and the blessings of this are a mile long.

The bible has alot to say about being idle and lazy. In our house when the chores and work are down I allow quite a bit of creative freedom we certainly do not mind a creative mess or two around our place and we are always open for a new adventure!

“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise” (Proverbs 6:6).

5 comments:

  1. Your boxes turned out quite lovely for a first try. Looks like you have mastered it to me! Very nice!!
    Love the lessons you are instilling into your children's lives!!
    Have a blessed week!

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  2. This is a fun craft and it does help to keep you and the children busy!

    I agree with you on laziness, it is a disease that creeps up when you least expected ;(

    Thank you for sharing your day...

    lady m

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  3. Your boxes turned out great! I love decoupage, but haven't done it in years...and I agree with filling time with good things. My mom was so instrumental with that in the lives of us girls, and now we all love to craft and keep our hands busy.:)

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  4. Dear Heather,

    What a fun and thoughtful gift for your friend! It looks like everything worked out in the end, and that if you're like me, you'll be looking around for other things to decoupage now!

    So true about children not knowing how to do things for themselves. How wonderful that you are giving that gift to yours.

    Love,

    Marqueta

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  5. I haven't thought of decoupage for a long time! It looks like you had a great time with great results!
    I agree - the time is so well spent when you give your children the freedom to learn something that they enjoy and that they can do when all the work is done (or you just need a break!).

    BTW - I really like your skirt!

    Cheryl

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