Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Our Homemade World Cup Jerseys

This week, my heart is a little heavy, as the FIFA World Cup tournament has come to a close.

Daniel and I have tremendously enjoyed watching the matches this past month.

We got hooked earlier in June, when we watched some of the first games on our Caribbean cruise. The games looked pretty good on a big screen, poolside!

In any case, to cheer on Germany in the finals, we decided to make t-shirt jerseys for the family!

Here's how we did it...

Grab some plain white t-shirts from your closet and scrap fabric in the colors of your team. You'll also need fabric scissors, a sewing machine, paper, pen, and black permanent marker.

Start by laying out your t-shirt. Use the paper and pen to make a fabric pattern of the shapes you want to cut out. For these Germany jerseys, I used paper to get the maroon "v" proportionately correct. I also used it to draw a black circle, white stars, and my white Adidas logo.

Trace and cut your fabric. Then pin as desired. Lookin' good so far!

Then, start sewing! I sewed on all fabric pieces attached to the maroon "v" first, then sewed the "v" to my white t-shirt.

My husband was sweet enough to use the black permanent marker to draw player names, numbers, and the sleeve stripes.

Each one of our shirts took us about an hour to create.

And since we had a little time before the Germany v. Argentina finals match.... We outfitted the rest of the family! Here we have Toni Kroos & Thomas Mueller.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

First Friday Book Review - Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted

Title and Author: Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted By: Priscilla Shirer

Release Date: 2010

Page Length: 144 pages, 7 video sessions

How I got the Book: Lifeway Stores, Lifeway.com/women

Find OnlineGoodreads Amazon | LifeWay

DescriptionWhat do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! In this 7-session Bible study, Priscilla redefines interruption and shows that interruption is actually God's invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city.

Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted - Member Book by Priscilla Shirer provides a personal study experience five days a week, leader helps, and viewer guides for the group video sessions of this in-depth women's Bible study.

My Thoughts:
I absolutely loved reading The Resolution for Women, also written by Priscilla, earlier this year. You can check out some of my thoughts on that book with this blog post. Knowing how talented Priscilla is, I was eager to start this study. This is a bible study you can do on your own or with a group. You listen to audio messages once a week, then have "homework" 5 days a week to supplement, in the study guide book.

Over the summer, our church takes a break from at-home small group bible studies, so this study on my own was perfect to have! I was immediately drawn to the subtitle of this study, "Navigating a Life Interrupted". Wow! That is so me! So often in my (young) married life, I've felt interrupted. Things didn't go as planned or expected.

What Priscilla challenges us to do is think of those interruptions as divine interventions. Essentially, God interrupting our lives isn't to kill the fun or joy, but it is Him allowing us to get on board with Him and His plans.

With poignant questions and many different scripture verses to review, the study guide book really packs a punch. It's helped me better understand the lessons within the book of Jonah, and how to apply them to my life right now.

Priscilla's messages are absolutely life-changing and piercing! I loved listening to them on my morning commute. I have learned so much about myself, my life, and where God is taking me with this study. I highly, highly recommend this bible study!


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Furniture Building

For Christmas, I bought my husband some tools, and ever since he's been building some beautiful furniture for me!

He's even made a few pieces to sell. 
Last weekend, we sold this coffee table and pair of end tables as a complete set to a young couple moving out of state. 

I am a pretty blessed woman. Over that past few months and years (he's worked on a few projects here and there before getting better tools this Christmas), Daniel has made:

  • front porch decorative bench
  • computer desk for our desktop
  • dining table set, seating 4
  • cubby-hole style bookcase
  • living room console table
  • four sets of floating shelves
  • cat tree/condo for our two kittens
  • cedar shower bench
  • adjustable chaise lounge chair for the patio
  • wood signs
  • cookbook holder

Which piece is your favorite? Any ideas for future projects?

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