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Glass Bead Magnets

This isn’t a new idea by any measure. If you’re any sort of a crafter I’m sure you’ve at least seen this before (if not made dozens for your fridge already). But hey, we don’t judge… if this is the first time you’ve seen these ridiculously-easy magnets, we’ll take you through it step by step.

1 – Look through magazine to find photos, patterns, or words you’d like to see every time you walk by the fridge

2 – Put a small dollop of clear glue on the flat part of a glass bead

3 – Place the bead on the picture & press real hard until there are no air bubbles underneath.

4 – Once it’s dry (you can flip it over without the bead falling off), cut around the bead & glue a magnet to the bottom.

Tah-dah! That’s it!

We like this craft a lot because it takes zero concentration so we can chat all night! We’re not fooling anybody, that’s why we’re in this anyway.

January 28, 2010 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

Prayer Quilt

We can’t take credit for this one, Brenda introduced us to the idea of a prayer blanket thanks to the ladies at her church who have been doing this for years. Basically, they create a blanket for a specific person who is sick or hurting or just in need of some comfort. The beautiful part is that the time used to make the blanket is spent in prayer for that person. Once completed, the whole church prays a blessing over the blanket & the recipient.

We loved this idea immediately!

It all comes back to that “small things with great love” idea. We can’t fix someone who’s hurting, but we can give them something soft to cuddle with, pray for them, & love them. So that’s what we’ll do!  For our first ever prayer quilt we picked out a very dear friend who has been through a lot & we got to work!

The quilt took the look it did for a few reasons:

  1. We don’t all sew. Plus we’re doing this in a coffee shop. So we went with the rag quilt method.
  2. Her favorite color is blue + t shirts are cozy = blue t shirts to make the squares
  3. We loved the embroidered note paper, & we know she loves the song “It Is Well” so that will be our center patch.

A rag quilt is a really easy project but just takes some time. It’s great for families to work on because it’s easy enough for kids (& us!) to make. Cut squares of fabric, snip the edges to make a fray, & try the frays together.

We made 1 ft squares & trimmed the fray every 1″. Try to keep the number of frays even on each square so you have the same number to tie together. You can see we used patterns as well as any shade of blue shirt.

* Note: trim the fray longer than pictured, they were too short to tie

Now we’re at the tying stage, the best part. A few people will be taking the time to sit & pray while we tie hundreds of knots together. Lastly, we’ll get one large piece of fleece to be the back of the blanket, frey the edges, & tie the quilt to the backing. Then we’re finished! We’ll update with a final photo when complete.

December 3, 2009 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment


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