Two Tips Tuesday – Washi U Doin?

Washi you doin? LOL! Hope your week is going well.

Today’s tips, if you haven’t already guessed by now, have to do with washi tape. For those of us who enjoy crafting, especially paper crafts, it is an amazing tape that has so many uses that you could not even imagine. It comes in many different colors and sizes. You can find anything from apples to zebras printed on them.

What is washi tape you might ask? The definition of washi is Japanese paper. Washi tape is basically a type of Japanese paper with an adhesive backing used for decorative purposes. There are thousands of uses for it. From decorating a greeting card to decorating your furniture. Even though I could overload you with all of the many, many different uses, I am only going to share with you two practical and organizational uses for washi tape.

Tip #1 – Why not give a little bit of life to those ugly black binder clips. In literally seconds you can give it a completely different look. Since washi tape is like masking tape, you can tear it very easily. Just stick a piece down on the front of the clip and rip it off on the end (no scissors needed!). Do this for the back and top as well. Now you have a decorative binder clip that is personalized and much prettier to look at.

Tip #2 – Using washi tape as flags is a great way to tab pages so you are able to find things quickly. Some people use different colors of washi tape as a way to color code what they are working on. For note taking, I have a traveler’s notebook cover and inside I keep two notebooks, one for Sunday services and the other for Bible studies. I also keep a supply of washi tape in there. I use washi tape flags to mark the pages for each week of Bible study notes. Makes it easy to find where my notes start at end for that week.

I hope you find these uses of washi tape useful and can start imagining all of the things you can use it for. May the Lord bless you and keep you.

Randomness

Hi everyone. I apologize for not posting lately. Been very difficult – now I’m in jury duty for this week so needless to say I’ve been extremely busy and without access to my computer.

Very excited to see how nice my plants are coming along. Hopefully this weekend I will incorporate a trellis so these vines have some place to climb. Been neglecting my plants lately though since I haven’t been home much to care or them.

Here’s another pic from my craft room. This is a DIY memo board I made using an open frame (I think I purchased it from Hobby Lobby), chicken wire (Home Depot), and a stapler (Home Depot). I have it on the wall next to my desk. I like to post things here, ideas of things I want to work on (old school Pinterest). Nothing is posted now because it’s a surprise and you’re not supposed to see it. LOL!

Well just wanted to give you a quick random update. Have a blessed evening.

Two Tips Tuesday – Taking Root

Hope everyone is enjoying this Tuesday. Today’s tips are about prepping the roots before planting.

Tip #1 – When you purchase your plant and get it home it is best to transplant it into a larger container so it has room to grow. Many times it is difficult to remove the plant from the pot because it is filled with roots and fits very tightly. To easily remove the pot, put it on its side, press down with the palm of your hand and roll back and forth a few times.

Once you have loosened the plant, grab it by the thickest branches and pull out. The plant should easily slide out of the plastic pot. Once it is out you can see how tightly it fit inside the pot and how tightly wound the roots are.

Tip #2 – I have always broken the roots up before transplanting them. I find that this helps give the plant a head start in growth and helps to spread the roots out. There are some who don’t agree with doing this but there are many who do believe it works.

Hope you have enjoyed these tips. Have a blessed evening everyone.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Two Tips Tuesday – Look’n Sharp

Happy Tuesday everybody! Hope you are doing well and look’n sharp. :o)

As you can see today’s tips have to do with how to keep our scissors nice and sharp. Working with dull scissors, no matter what the task, can damage your projects and your scissors.

Tip #1 – You need to keep your scissors’ blades clean, dry, and sharpened. *Please be careful when cleaning scissors – wrapping the blade with a cloth while you clean it can help. Clean/Dry – If you have sticky gunk on the blades don’t forget to use the Goo Gone I told you about last Tuesday. Make sure you wash them with dish soap to get the oil off and dry them really good. Store them in a dry place. Sharpen – You could use a sharpening stone or scissor sharpener sold in your local hardware store. A less expensive option would be the aluminum foil in your pantry. Take a piece of the foil large enough that you can fold it so you have a nice thick stack and just start cutting through it with your scissors. This is great option for sharpening your blade.

Tip #2 – Use different scissors for different projects. Never, ever use the same scissors you use to cut paper with to cut fabric. This will dull your blade. A great pair of scissors to have are ones with a titanium blade. They are stronger, sharper, and easier to clean. My favorite paper crafting scissors are Tonic Studios (Tim Holtz) brand. They have a serrated edge and cut like butter. Also, try not to use your scissors to cut thin wire (in a pinch I’ve had to use them). Try to use wire cutters. If you don’t have a choice then keep a dedicated pair of scissors just for that. The best way to keep track of which scissors are for which project, is to mark them with a permanent marker or put a label on them.

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And if I see someone (namely my husband) in my craft room trying to grab a pair of scissors to cut something. This is our conversation – Me: What do you need the scissors for? Him: I need to cut some paper. Me: Those are for fabric. Here, use these. Inside I’m saying – back away from the scissors slowly and no one will get hurt. LOL!

Stay sharp my friends!

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17

Broken Communication

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Sorry for the delay in posting. My internet and cable have been out at home since Friday and it is now finally up and running. Yay!

This had me thinking about how dependent we have become on the internet for communication, how lost we can feel without it, but at the same time how liberating it can be without it. I can remember the days of the rotary phone, putting your finger in the holes to dial, turning the dial, and listening as the rotary dial spins around.

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Many years ago it was common place to write and send a handwritten letter to family and friends. Then came the internet and everything changed. Nowadays people send out e-invitations, e-cards, e-everything. I’m happy to see that cards and letters have been making a comeback but now it has become a specialty and not the norm. Look at the struggles the U.S. Post Office has been going through. That’s a pretty good indication of the decline in handwritten letters.

How do we communicate with each other? Is it a phone call, text message, e-mail, or a handwritten letter? Is it the norm or only on special occasions? How often do we communicate with God? Is it the norm or only on special occasions?

The letter cannot reach it’s destination without someone to get it there. The phone call or e-mail cannot reach the person on the other end without having a phone or e-mail service to get it where it’s going.

If the phone line is broken or the e-mail service is down. There is no access to these services. Is our communication line with God broken? Is it in need of repair? How can we fix it? Jesus is the best one to answer those questions. Let’s see what He has to say about prayer.

Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Matthew 6:9-13

The first thing we notice is “Our Father.” That speaks of an intimate, personal relationship with God. That can only happen through Jesus Christ.

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

1 Timothy 2:5-6

I really like this outline that John MacArthur illustrates regarding this relationship:

When outlined from the perspective of our relationship to God, we see: Our Father showing the father/child relationship; hallowed be Thy name, the deity/worshiper; Thy kingdom come, the sovereign/subject; Thy will be done, the master/servant; give us this day our daily bread, the benefactor/beneficiary; forgive us our debts, the Savior/sinner; and do not lead us into temptation, the guide/pilgrim.

The Lord’s prayer is an example, an outline for us. The focus is on God not on us. His glory not ours. When we seek His will we are aligning to His will not our own.

If you do have a connection – is the connection only once in a while or on special occasions (Easter, Christmas, Sunday Service)? If it’s the norm, we should be praying all of the time.

pray without ceasing,

1 Thessalonians 5:17
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As followers of Jesus Christ our prayer life should be like the blood flowing through our veins, it doesn’t stop. If it stops, we are dead, disconnected. The same can be said about reading and studying the Word of God. Both are extremely important in our walk as Christians.

I pray that you be connected to our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ – through prayer and the Word of God, and that the connection be one that is constant and without interruptions. Be sincere with the Lord. He is waiting for your call.

If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the lines are cut, there is no connection. If you aren’t connected but want to be, this would be a good place to start –

…spiritual transformation. According to Scripture, true believers follow Christ (John 10:27), confess their sins (1 John 1:9), love their brothers (1 John 3:14), obey God’s commandments (1 John 2:3John 15:14), do the will of God (Matt. 12:50), abide in God’s Word (John 8:31), keep God’s Word (John 17:6), and do good works (Eph. 2:10).

John MacArthur

Sneak Peek/Vlogging/Pinterest

Happy Wednesday everyone! Just wanted to give you a sneak peek of my craft room. Don’t worry there’s more to come. I will start sharing other photos of my craft room next week.

I’m very excited to let you know that, God willing, in a couple of weeks I will start vlogging (video blogging) as well. To God be all glory!

The YouTube channel is called – Uniquely Created. Here is the link – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7cNH88kmIcgIGZEJqrPeXw/featured?view_as=subscriber. I recently updated the channel and plan on sharing a DIY for the first video to get my feet wet, a craft room tour, and a series on craft room organization where I will break down the different areas of my craft room. I will post the vlogs here as well so you don’t miss a thing.

Do you have a Pinterest account? Have you ever visited Pinterest? Think of it like a giant virtual cork board where you pin ideas to inspire your creativity, projects you would like to tackle, or maybe share a Bible verse. I would love to hear what you like to pin about. I want to start being intentional about posting my photos on Pinterest. I am always pinning photos of others and using them for inspiration in DIYs, décor, gardening, craft room, and Sunday School lessons/classroom décor. So I think it’s time I start giving back and share mine so I can bless others.

Have a blessed day! Jo :o)

Two Tips Tuesday – Sticky Situation

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope you are enjoying it wherever you are. Today’s tips have to do with those pesky stickers and how best to remove them.

Trying to scrap them with your fingernails while the sticker is dry is not an option if you have a beautiful manicure or if you are like me who has horrible looking nails – you can try scraping the stickers off with your nails – LOL! Either way, it doesn’t really do a good job. You are still left with a sticky situation.

Tip #1 – If the stickers are on glass, put them in warm, soapy water and let them sit for little bit. The stickers will peel off like butter. Any residue can be scrapped off – in my case – using my fingernails :o)

Tip #2 (and my favorite) – Spray Goo Gone on the sticker, let it sit, and then rub with a paper towel and it will come right off. You need to be careful where you spray it because it has oil in it and you can mess your clothes up if your not careful (speaking from experience of course). I absolutely love the orange scent it has. As you can see from the label it can be used to remove other sticky situations as well.

As you can now see, these are the jars that I put in the sink, I was able to get all of the stickers off. Boy do I have a DIY project for you! Stay tuned to see what I do with these spaghetti sauce jars. Hint – Refreshing Summer Decor.

If you have any questions please leave me a comment below and I will do my best to help you out. If you enjoyed the tips please hit the like button. If you haven’t subscribed please join so you can receive the latest tips and DIYs.

1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.