Parrish and I took one of our VBS craft ideas for a test drive yesterday and it turned out pretty cute, so I wanted to share.
-Blank drawstring backpack (these can be purchased on oriental trading.com) OR anything blank you'd like to decorate (Michael's and Hobby Lobby sell kid's and adult aprons, tote bags, canvases, etc)
-Fabric paint in brown, white, black and gold/yellow
-Paint pen in the color of your choice (I used brown)
-One large and one small paint brush
-Cardboard to place inside backpack to keep paint from bleeding through
-Some little hands willing to participate :)
-A nearby sink or lots of baby wipes to clean up in between hand prints
I started by inserting the cardboard and then writing "They will soar on wings like eagles... Isaiah 40:31" on the back pack.
It was a fun, quick project that we'll do at VBS in June but would also be fun to do at home or even in celebration of the 4th of July this summer.
In other news, the nursery and master are really coming along and I cannot wait to post the before and after pictures. For now, here is a taste of what we've had going on around here.
Recently I have been asked by several people to select paint colors for their homes, so I thought I would put it out there that I do, in fact, offer this service. For $35 per room I will come to your house and discuss your goals, then select paint colors for your walls, ceiling and trim. For those of you not in Birmingham, this can be done via email. You can send me pictures of your room or room(s) and I can can put together a paint plan for you from afar and then email it to you. Kitchens are $50 because this includes paint selection for the upper and lower cabinets as well. I can also help with hardware and lighting selections for an additional fee.
If you have a home decorating project that would be suited to antique bead board on the walls and/or ceiling, I can also help you with that. I can help you figure out how much you will need and work with you to select the appropriate color to have it painted and distressed in, then provide you that material as well as help in selecting the appropriate carpenter to hang it (in the Birmingham area). Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact us form on our website at www.oliviacharlesantiques.com to inquire about pricing for your project.
In addition to paint selection services, I am doing some design work as well. If you would like help selecting fabrics for your room or a design plan for your entire room, I can do that too. Please email me at email@example.com for pricing.
In the next few weeks around here we'll start work on the living room bookcases with sliding antique doors to conceal the tv and I cannot wait to see it all come together (can you tell I am in a major nesting mode?)
And (I promise this is the last thing in this longest blog post ever) on a much more serious subject, I would like to ask you to please keep my brother Hunter in your prayers. He recently joined the Army and is currently being trained to drive and operate the Husky Mine Vehicle, which saves soldiers lives by detecting the mines from the protection of an armored vehicle instead of the soldiers detecting them with handheld devices. He will be deployed to Afghanistan in October and we are all praying fervently for his safety and time there. He amazes me with his selfless bravery every day and we are all lucky that men like Hunter are willing to sacrifice of their time, talent, and energy to defend this country.
Although as a family we are all obviously worried about Hunter and would prefer that he not have to be deployed, I was reminded this morning in a caring bridge post by my friend Elliot's mom of Proverbs 16:9...The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.
I am thankful to be in complete dependance on a God who guides our steps, even though the steps aren't always in the direction in which we planned in our hearts. Jeremiah 29:11 promises us that the Lord has walked those steps before us because he knows the plans he has for us...plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us HOPE and a future.