Welcome Ladies! Grab yourself a cup of coffee (or in my case a mug – LOL!) and join me in exploring all things crafty, DIY, and home related. We were uniquely created to give God all of the glory in everything that we do (Col. 3:23-24; 1 Cor. 10:31; Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 2:3-5).
Author: Jo A. Vazquez
Hi there ladies! My name is Jo Ann Vazquez. First and foremost, I am a follower of Jesus Christ, love my Bible, and really enjoy reading and studying, as I seek to know Jesus more and more each day. I am very happily married, have two handsome grown sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and 3 precious grandchildren. I enjoy doing crafty things, DIYs/repurposing, and decorating my home for the seasons. I most especially enjoy blessing my church family with my crafty things whenever I get the chance. I pray that I can be a blessing to you as well. Thank you so very much for coming by to visit me. Have a blessed day! Jo :o)
Hi ladies! Hope you are enjoying your Sunday. I have so many projects to work on and was very happy to finally be able to get this one done. I have really bad allergies and I’m constantly using tissue – especially when the weather is very humid and rainy outside.
I had this mason jar and knew that I had nothing I would be using it for since all of my other canning jars are smaller. Until I start growing my own vegetables I don’t really have use for 1/2 gallon size canning jar – LOL! I knew I was going to turn it into a tissue holder but never had the time to work on it. I finally decided to get it done today. I’m glad I did because it’s rainy outside and my sinuses are going crazy right now!
Below is a video explaining my tissue holder project. Have a blessed evening!
He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
Happy Tuesday ladies! Today we are going to talk about paper scraps.
Paper crafters love their scrapbook paper pads. Why? Because you can use this beautiful paper to make cards, cover a journal book, etc. Too many things to list. But what do we do with those perforated strips at the top?
Tip #1 – Instead of throwing away the perforated strips from the paper, you can use them to make greeting cards. Create a unique patchwork pattern using coordinating paper.
Tip #2 – Another idea, would be to cut the strips in half and turn them into flags or banners.
These simple tips for using your scrap paper is a great way to create unique cards and also make use of what you have instead of throwing it away. I hope these tips help you. Please watch the youtube video below for more details and how to use these scraps of paper.
Have a blessed evening.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
Happy Tuesday! Last Monday started the first day of Fall and it always makes me think about how beautiful the mountains in North Carolina look in the Fall. I have never been able to see in person the Fall leaves in the mountains but hopefully soon I will be able to. I’ve always gone in the Summer time and once in Winter when my Dad passed away. The pictures above show the Fall leaves but picture it all green in the summer time – it’s just as beautiful. Apart from being with my family (and church family) this is my most favorite place to be.
Today’s tips are going to be about how to work with silk florals but more specifically Fall foliage since it’s that time of the year.
Tip #1 – How to get rid of those pesky labels. When working with silk florals and foliage you can’t escape the labels which have the price/SKU and brand name on them.
The one on the right you will need scissors to cut off. The one on the left has to be done gently because the stem is covered with paper tape and will rip very easy when removing the label. These two types have no easy way around removing labels.
But, these types of flowers/foliage are very easy to remove without having to cut them off which can be time consuming because the labels are hard to cut through because of the little loop. Trying to get your scissors’ blade in between the branch and the loop is very hard.
If you take the little top off the branch, you can slide the leaves off and then slide the label right off. Once the label is off you can reattach everything.
With these type of florals, all you need to do is pull off the flower and slide the label right off. In the photo on the right, although the label’s hole is small it easily slides off the flower base.
Tip #2 – Easily cut down the size of your bouquets and do it evenly without measuring. Trying to cut through the fat part of the bottom of it can be difficult. Even more difficult is trying to get all of your bouquets to be same size or alternate heights evenly. First thing you will need is a good pair of wire cutters. This DeWalt wire cutter is the best I’ve ever used.
Once you have a good pair of wire cutters, you are ready to get started. On bouquets, you will notice that there are notches every so often on the base. All bouquets that are the same size usually have them in the same place. These markings make it easy to cut and also gives you a guide for cutting all of your bouquets evenly. If you are trying to alternate sizing you cut on another notch.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.
Hi everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday.
As you can see, today we are talking about curtains. Some of us have curtains on our windows and glass shower doors in our bathroom. And some of us have blinds for our windows and shower curtains in our bathroom. Just as glass shower doors and blinds need special care so do the curtains and shower curtains need special care as well.
Tip #1 – Pressed Window Curtains. I have these long white curtains in my living room that I love (I got them at Ikea). Because these curtains are cotton they tend to get wrinkled very easily. Ironing curtains is very low (at the bottom) on my list of favorite chores to do (I really don’t like ironing – LOL!) I needed to find a way to iron them that wouldn’t take up a lot of time and not make the chore so terrible. What I did was buy a good garment steamer like the one you see in the photo above on the left (Black & Decker with blue base). I can have the curtains actually hanging on the rod and go up and down steam pressing them. This makes it way easier and way faster. Not so terrible of a chore now. Done!
Tip #2 – Clean Shower Curtains. I don’t know about you but trying to get the bathroom curtains and vinyl liners really clean can be frustrating because it is not a hard surface that you can scrub. I have found a way to get both the shower curtain and the liner clean at the same time. Your washing machine. I take both the curtain and liner and put them in the washing machine on warm cycle using laundry detergent. While they are washing I clean the bathroom. When the cycle finishes, take out the curtain first and then be careful to lift the liner out letting the water drain from it into the machine’s drum (speaking from experience – water puddles all over the floor – LOL!). I usually wrap the vinyl one into the cloth one and carry it like that to the bathroom. Hang them back up wet and let them dry on their own. Because they are hanging, as they dry it helps take the wrinkles out. Done!
I hope these tutorials were helpful to you. If you enjoyed this please hit the like button and comment if you have any questions. Have a blessed day! Jo :o)
that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
Happy Monday everyone! Just wanted to share with you a collective haul of vintage lace. Some of the lace comes in pieces (possibly cut out from a crocheted tablecloth, a wedding dress). I also received doilies and other vintage items that were knitted. I was so excited to receive these. I will be using them for crafting – possibly junk journals, altered books, or glass jars. I have a lot of different ideas but trying to decide which one to do first is hard – LOL!
Below is the video – enjoy!
that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself,
I posted on YouTube yesterday a video of my winnings from a Memory Dex Challenge I was in.
I need to back track and explain . . .
It is my understanding that the idea of a memory dex card came about 3-4 years ago from paper crafting artist, Heidi Swapp. Remember the old days when we used rolodex cards on a spinner to keep track of everybody’s phone numbers and contact information? Well they are back! This time though crafters decorate them and will swap them with other crafters so they can keep each other’s information so they can stay in contact with each other. They are also used for daily devotionals with Bible verses on them, keeping photo memories, and many, many other uses.
I never posted here on my blog the video of the memory dex card I created for Debra’s birthday challenge. The challenge was to create a memory dex card for her to keep using her favorite colors and things. Below is the video of that memory dex card.
Well, there were quite a few people who entered the challenge. I think there were at least 20 people. She did a drawing and there were prizes that we could win. She made beautiful hand sewn totes, bags, and other things. Well, I won 3rd place! Praise the Lord! So, what I won was a pretty zipper bag and I was able to choose the one I wanted. I chose a pretty blue and green one, looks almost like peacock feathers. Below is the video of that.
That is what I received in the mail yesterday. I was so excited to receive it and not only did I get the zipper bag, she sent me some other goodies – stickers and things I can use to embellish cards. She is a very sweet lady who I’m enjoying staying in contact with through You Tube.
I hope you have a blessed Thursday!
THE ULTIMATE PRIZE-
But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.
I hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to Wednesday – half way through the work week – yay!!!- LOL!
So…..I was so sick last Tuesday that I didn’t go to work and completely forgot to post Tuesday’s tips. I’m sorry. :o(
Hurricane season starts June 1st and ends November 30th although, most storms peak between August and October. We are now well into hurricane season. Dorian came through devastating the Bahamas and narrowly missing Florida. We now have Tropical Depression Ten out there. Everyone waiting to see if it will develop into Hurricane Jerry. There are so many tips that could be shared but today I would like to share just a couple of tips for preparing for hurricane season.
Tip #1 – Batteries – Always keep a good stock of batteries and do not keep them in your battery operated lights and radios. Batteries are always one of the first things to go when everyone is the stores getting ready for a hurricane to come. Keeping a supply of batteries is important but so is not keeping them in all of your battery operated things. Besides keeping a few flashlights around in case the power goes out, make sure you take the batteries out of everything else. If you store them away you will probably find that the next time you pull them out for hurricane season they will be corroded and possibly damage the inside of your radio or flashlight. Corrosion increases greatly when you leave them in.
Tip #2 – Groceries – Can’t help but notice people aimlessly walking through the grocery store throwing anything they can find that’s a can into their carts. Save your money and only buy canned goods you know everybody is going to want to eat after hurricane season is over. How much money is wasted on things you know you will never eat and is probably the last thing you would want to eat on a hot, humid day without power. Even if it means buying multiples of one thing – at least you know it is something that you can serve your family that they will want to eat no matter when you’re serving it. Oh, don’t forget your manual can opener – your electric can opener will only work as a heavy paperweight after a hurricane – LOL!
Does the thought of a hurricane coming give you anxiety? Has your life become a hurricane? There is only one who can calm the storms of anxiety and life. His name is Jesus. If the disciples would have trusted Jesus to begin with, they would not have been afraid of the storm they were in. In the storms of life, having Jesus as your Lord and Savior is the only way to make it through those storms.
When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
I’m posting here a two part video tutorial on what you can do with paper fans once you are finished using them. Paper fans are very popular now for decorating and for photo backdrops at parties. They are beautiful when they are first put up but once you take everything down it’s very difficult to find a way to store them. They get smashed and it will be very difficult to keep them looking like they did when you first put them together.
I have found a solution for this by turning them into embellishments for your card fronts or for your junk journal. Below is the two part video series. Enjoy!
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.
I’m back after taking a couple of weeks off from posting on Tuesdays. How is everybody doing this Tuesday? I hope you are doing well.
Things have been just a little bit crazy for me – well a whole lot crazy actually – LOL! Between working full time, helping with decorations for my niece’s baby shower, taking my granddaughters to swim class everyday, working on Sunday school classroom décor for new curriculum, studying for next year’s curriculum, vlogging, tutorials, crafting . . . . I think I might run out of room here if I keep going.
My tips for you this week are about learning how to deal with the craziness of life, the daily grind, trying to keep things in order when everything around you feels like it’s about to explode.
Tip #1 – Learn to prioritize things. This can be a huge struggle because sometimes we want to make a list and prioritize everything we need to do but we just don’t know where to begin or what exactly should be first because we think everything needs to be first. So we don’t bother with it. Then everything that needs to get done piles up and we feel like things are closing in on us and we are about to explode.
Sometimes making those priorities means that something will have to be put further down on the list or maybe not even make the list. When I saw that things were getting just a big overwhelming. I had to take a step back and take a break from a few things.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Our first priority should always be Jesus Christ. Only in Him can we find true rest.
We can’t navigate this path we are on unless we let Jesus be LORD of our life. When the things of life take priority over Jesus, everything can become cloudy and we lose direction and focus. Jesus should always be our first priority.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Tip #2 – Stick to it. Many times we have great intentions. We try and get organized, make our lists, put Jesus as first priority on those lists, but then next week rolls around and something comes up and it throws a wrench in everything. Some days you may feel like you don’t have a minute to spare, believe me I understand completely, but we always need to learn to make time (priorities) and stick to it.
I have found that, no matter how busy a day can get for me, when I am in God’s Word everything always falls into place and the yoke is light. The sky is clear and the path ahead is manageable.
Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.