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Incredibly Imaginative Upcycled Décor for Your Home

 

Carved wood night stand
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Carved Wood Night Stand 

This DIY expert walks you through how to upcycle an ordinary night stand and turn it into unique, artistic home décor with a Dremel tool. 
 
 
Upcycled Pallet Ottoman
Domesticsuperhero.com
 

Upcycled Pallet Ottoman

You would never know this beautifully tufted fabric ottoman was created from an old wood pallet – and it’s an affordable DIY project, too!

 
 
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Stencil Your Existing Curtains

Old curtains look like new again with a stencil from the art supply store. The cute detailing gives the curtains a one-of-a-kind look and is a very easy weekend DIY project. Sometimes it’s the simple ideas that can add a big impact to a room. 
 
 
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Bike-Inspired Stained Glass

You don’t have to be a bicycle enthusiast to appreciate these great upcycled, stained-glass masterpieces made from bike parts and colorful glass. How beautiful are these colors?
 
 
filmstrip lamp
Happy Factor
 

Cinema Filmstrip Lamp

These handmade lamps are made with 35mm filmstrip from different movies. Just think what you could do with all that old film Dad (or Grandpa) took on family vacations! Sounds like a personalized family DIY project in the making. 
 
 
Originally posted July 17, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/crafty-picnic-baskets

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

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Super Fun Outdoor Games to Make for Kids

Giant Jenga Game

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Giant Jenga Game

A Beautiful Mess provides the details on how to make this easy giant Jenga game that is fun for kids and adults alike.

washer toss game

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Washer Toss Game

This game is easy to transport and great to take on vacations. Matt Knowlton from Pretty Handy Girl takes you through how to make this DIY washer toss game.
Bean Bag Toss

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Bean Bag Toss

Monique from Pocket Full of Whimsy stitched up this cute bean bag toss game with scrap fabrics. Keep kids practicing their math all summer long with this simple game.
Outdoor Tic Tac Toe Game

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Outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe Game 

Alecia from Chicken Scratch NY painted a tic tac toe board on a wood disk and decorated a few rocks as ladybugs and bumble bees. Why not take a stump in your yard, which is normally considered an eyesore, and make it into a focal point for play? Kids can leave the game and come back when they want, and the sturdy game pieces will still be there.
Floating pool Basketball Hoop

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Floating Basketball Hoop

Latest Handmade provides step-by-step instructions to make your own basketball hoop from PVC pipe to float in the swimming pool.
Originally posted by Melissa Legates on Jul 23, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/outdoor-games-to-make-for-kids
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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

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Cute & Crafty Summer Picnic Baskets

Kick off summer picnics with these crafty picnic baskets! Make your own with a DIY tutorial or buy a custom handmade design – either way, your picnic will be more delightful with the perfect basket.

Refurbished Thrift Store Picnic Basket

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Refurbished Thrift Store Picnic Basket

Laura from Over the Apple Tree made this adorable picnic basket for her daughter with a basket she found at a thrift store for 50 cents, plus some cardboard, batting and hot glue. The template can be altered for any size basket with a handle. 

Mosaic Picnic Basket

Reecreation Mosaics

Mosaic Picnic Basket

A traditional picnic basket gets an artsy kick with a china and glass mosaic on the lid. You can purchase this picnic basket at reecreationmosaics on Etsy. 

Cloth Picnic Basket

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Drawstring Cloth Picnic Basket

This basket by Clover and Violet is cute as can be and closes up tight with a drawstring. Originally made with Easter season in mind, this cloth picnic basket is great anytime of the year! 

Picnic Basket Backpack

Kathy Kobrick Designs

Picnic Basket Backpack

This handwoven, insulated picnic basket backpack will hold it all – the wine, the meal, the dessert and more! The best part is your hands are free to pick some flowers along the way. You can buy your own from Kathy Kobrick Designs.

Butcher Paper Picnic Baskets

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Butcher Paper Picnic Baskets

These individual picnic baskets from Oh Happy Day are made from butcher paper – you can download a free template. They’re fun and inexpensive to make, and the best part is everyone gets exactly what they want in their own baskets. 

No Sew Basket

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No-Sew Fabric Basket Weave
ChiWei from One Dog Woof used a standard pattern for a paper basket weave and instead used fabric for this no-sew basket. What a great way to coordinate your fabric to your room and leave it out all year long to multi-task as an organizer.

Originally posted July 17, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/crafty-picnic-baskets

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

 
 

 

 

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Mouthwatering Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes

Barbecue sauce is serious business for some, and it seems like everyone has strong opinions on the matter. We say, why just stick to one? There are so many to try, whether they get their distinctive taste from fruit, soda or spices, they all have one thing in common—the YUM factor! Have a great summer trying out these recipes for a tasty, sweet and tangy delight.

Fruity BBQ sauces

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Fruity BBQ Sauces

These BBQ sauces get a sweet punch from fresh fruit. What a great way to incorporate summer’s harvest into your festivities. 

Fiery Peach BBQ Sauce from Kitchen Confidante

Blackberry BBQ Sauce from Smitten Foodie

Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce from Ziplist

Fizzy BBQ sauces
Fizzy BBQ sauces

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Fizzy BBQ Sauces

Soda is the hidden ingredient in these two BBQ sauce recipes:

10 Minute Best Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce from Linda at With A Blast

Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce from the Noble Pig

Date BBQ sauce
Date BBQ sauce

Rabbitfoodformybunnyteeth.com

Date BBQ Sauce

This Medjool Date BBQ sauce has no refined sugars. Plus, it is gluten free, vegan and naturally sweet. 

NC BBQ sauce
NC BBQ sauce

Amazingribs.com

North Carolina BBQ Sauce

Classic Hill Country North Carolina Barbecue Sauce gets its zing from crushed red pepper and vinegar.

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BBQ bible

Barbecuebible.com

Asian-Inspired BBQ Sauce

Tired of your usual BBQ sauce? Give this Great Wall Barbecue Sauce from the Steven Raichlen recipe book Barbecue! Bible: Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Bastes, Butters, and Glazes a try. It contains ginger, rice vinegar and soy sauce to give it an Asian accent. 

This was originally posted on July 9, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/homemade-bbq-sauce-recipes.

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

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Celebrate Canada Day with Recipes Featuring Maple Syrup

Happy Canada Day! Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of three colonies being united in 1867. And what is more Canadian than maple syrup? We hope you enjoy these recipes for both sweet and savory treats loaded with the good stuff…and a few surprising ingredients, too!

black-bean-maple-truffle

Ambitiouskitchen.com

Fudgy Maple Pop

There is a reason Mom sometimes won’t advertise the ingredients until after you’ve tried it. These secretly healthy black bean truffles with maple syrup are good, and good for you, even if most people don’t think of beans and sweet treats in the same context. They are also packed with protein powder for an extra boost. These truffle pops won’t bust your waistline, so be brave and give them a chance.

cookies

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Crunchy Maple-Inspired Cookies

Maple syrup jazzes up these cookies. Warning: you will want more than one!

Vermont Maple Meringue Cookies by King Arthur Flour

Maple Almond Butter Cookies by Sweet and Natural

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Gluten-Free Mug Pancake

Sometimes you just crave a pancake or two, but you can’t justify making a whole batch. This gluten-free mug pancake uses maple syrup as the sweetener and won’t leave you feeling sluggish like it’s flour-based counterpart. Plus, it is a snap to make and clean up.

maple-syrup-popcorn

Thishomemadelife.com

Maple Glazed Popcorn

Although scientists agree all sugar is processed the same way in our bodies, maple syrup offers something many of the other sugars don’t —nutrients. Maple syrup contains higher doses of manganese, zinc, calcium, B2, magnesium and potassium —beating out both honey and agave nectar. This tasty treat isn’t overly sweet — just right for a quick snack.

main dish

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Savory Sweet Meat Dishes

Maple syrup isn’t only for yummy treats. These meat dishes get a sweet kick from maple syrup as well.

Chipotle Maple Chicken by the Creekside Cook
Oven Roasted Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin with Maple-Ginger Glaze by the Tasty Kitchen

spaghetti-squash-with-maple-syrup

Thepioneerwoman.com

Light and Healthy Maple Spaghetti

Spaghetti Squash with Maple Syrup and Shallots is a great dinner. Just add a side salad and you are good to go — or it makes a great side to a main dish like the maple pork tenderloin or chicken.

Brussels-Sprouts-with-Walnuts

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Sweet Greens

This often-overlooked veggie is treated with a healthy dose of sweetness – try these Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup and Walnuts. Tasty and good for you!

maple-glazed-carrots-1

Cubemarketplace.com

Sweet and Salty Carrots

Save some bacon from your breakfast to sprinkle over this yummy recipe of Maple Glazed Carrots with Bacon.

Originally posted by Melissa Legates on Jul 01, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/happy-canada-day

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

 

 

 

DIY Makeup for Less

DIY Makeup Tips — Get the Look for Less

Good makeup can be pricey and sometimes not so gentle on your skin. But you can create your own foundation, eye makeup, lip balm and facials for half the cost. That way you’ll know every ingredient that goes on your skin and you can customize your look just the way you like.

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Lemon Sugar Scrub

How you treat your face prior to putting on makeup is half the battle to achieving glowing skin. Why buy expensive toner or scrubs when you can use lemon and sugar to scrub your face into perfection? Kandee Johnson discusses how to clean your face naturally with common pantry ingredients in this tutorial video.
Organic Foundation makeup

Gwendolyn Sweaney

Organic Foundation

Mineral makeup is all the rage, but it usually comes with a hefty price tag. Author Gwendolyn Sweaney of Natural Organic Beauty Recipes shares a economical recipe to make foundation, along with many other great tips.

 Click here to see DIY Makeup Brushes video

DIY Makeup Brushes

It’s all about the brushes to create a flawless finish. Sara from Sara Beauty Corner shows you how to use human hair (yes, I said human hair) to make several inexpensive eye makeup brushes out of pencils and glue for about oh … $3 for a pack of pencils and $2 for bottle of glue versus $5 to $40 to buy just one professional brush.

DIY Mineral Makeup

Buy a kit from Brambleberry and mix your own eye makeup in various shades and you get to control the all natural ingredients that go into it. Let the Soap Queen show you how.
Click here to see Eye Makeup from Food Dyes video

DIY Eye Makeup from Food Dyes and Baby Powder

You Tuber Some Randomness from Me creates eye makeup from food dyes and baby powder. What a great way to introduce cosmetics to younger girls!

Charcoal Eye Liner

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Charcoal Eye Liner

Britanie by Beauty mixes activated charcoal and coconut oil to create an eye liner that is a fraction of the cost and lasts all day long.
Recycled Lip Gloss

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Recycled Lip Gloss

Hudan Kattan from Huda Beauty recycles crumbled blushes and eye shadows into lip gloss by adding Vaseline.

 Click here to view the video on Natuarl Eye Make-up Remover

Natural Eye Make-up Remover

This DIY is virtually free because who doesn’t have a little olive oil in their kitchen cabinet? Tati uses it to clear away mascara and eye makeup at the end of the day.

Honey Rose Facial

Kirsten Anderberg

Relax and detox with a homemade facial. Kirsten Anderberg, author of Homemade Cosmetics: Over 100 Recipes You Can Make at Home, mixes egg, honey and rosewater to make her personal favorite recipe, a honey rose facial.

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

The Best Handmade Wedding Gifts

The Best Handmade Wedding Gifts

Weddings gift registries are helpful for choosing a great wedding gift, but how many toasters can one couple use? Consider the gift of handmade to show how much you care. You can buy direct from your favorite artisan, make something yourself, or you could even help the couple defray wedding costs by offering to handle a DIY wedding project, such as making treats to set a dessert table or creating unique reception décor. Here are several ideas to inspire you!

handmade paper wedding decorations

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Handmade Paper Wedding Decorations

Handmade paper decorations are not only affordable to create, they can add a lovely, light and airy feel to the wedding’s ambiance. Get the whole wedding party involved in a fun papercrafting day with these great ideas from some of our favorite papercraft experts:

cookies and cupcakes for wedding dessert table

Dessert Table Goodies

Here’s a line-up of eight desserts that can be easily customized to any wedding theme. There’s something here for everyone with chocolate, coffee, banana, vanilla and yes, even bacon…the star of many desserts these days!

Recycled Starburst Mirror

Amanda Lee

Starburst Mirror

For the couple who’s into environmentally-sound décor, make this recycled magazine starburst mirror by Amanda Lee of House Revivals. One of the best investments you can make in the thoughtfulness of a wedding gift is your time!

handmade personalized wedding vase

Felicia Nilson

Personalized Ceramic Vase

Help the couple commemorate their wedding day with a gorgeous hand-thrown and hand-carved ceramic vase, personalized with their names. Click here to see all the options from the Maid of Clay shop.
leather honeymoon Scrapbook

Eva Buchala

Honeymoon Scrapbook

Eva Buchala creates wonderfully-distressed leather honeymoon scrapbooks for couples to fill with photos and mementos. It would also make a great early wedding gift for them to use as a guest book.

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

 

Juneteenth Celebration

Soul Food Recipes to Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth Celebration
Juneteenth Celebration

Note: Juneteenth is coming up this Thursday. Here are some great BBQ recipes for the celebration. Juneteenth is an annual celebration where African-Americans come together with family and friends to celebrate the end of slavery. It started in Texas because freed slaves there found out a whole TWO AND HALF YEARS after President Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation that they were actually free. Sometimes progress takes some time to filter down in society.

Originally posted by Melissa Legates on Jun 17, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/soul-food-recipes-to-celebrate-juneteenth

June 19th, known as Juneteenth, is a national commemoration of the end of slavery in the US. Juneteenth is about people of all races, nationalities and religions coming together to acknowledge a time in our history that continues to influence our society today. Families around the country celebrate with barbecues and picnics, so here’s a collection of soul food recipes that will surely please everyone!

Molasses-Barbecue-Sauce

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Molasses BBQ Sauce

This molasses BBQ sauce from Fredrick Douglass Opie, author of Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America, is great on beef, pork or chicken.

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Fried Catfish Fillets

You’ll love this spicy, fried catfish from the author of Cajun Cuisine and More, Paul Raphael. Serve it with hush puppies and sweet potato fries.

collard-greens

fatbackandfoiegras.blogspot.com

Greens with Ham Hocks

Author of The Southern Slow CookerKendra Bailey Morris, cooks up delicious collard greens with ham hocks.

lima-beans

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Beans, Beans, Beans

Member of Real Men Cook, Joseph White, combines ground beef, bacon, molasses and beans for his Florida Boy Baked Beans recipe. And because there’s no such thing as too much bacon, try this lima bean recipe by the Homesick Texan.

Healthy-Candied-Yams-watermark

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Candied Yams

Sweet, sweet yams – check out this healthy candied yams recipe from My Whole Food Life.

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Brown Butter Cornbread

This brown butter cornbread from Grandbaby Cakes belongs on everyone’s plate!

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Sweet Treats

Every good meal deserves a sweet ending…or two or three. This coconut cake from Sweets: Soul Food Desserts and Memories by Patty Pinner hits the spot, as does this Sweet Potato Pound Cake by Jocelyn of Grandbaby Cakes.

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

Fine artist Lisa Clough

Living with chronic pain – Artist thrives despite painful medical conditions through prayer, diet and a steady dose of painting

I submitted this article to Guideposts magazine today.  I worked with fine artist Lisa Clough to create this first person accounting of her story. She continually amazes me how she works through her chronic pain to create amazing, whimsical paintings.

With all the pain she encounters on a daily basis, I would probably choose the option of staying in bed and feeling sorry for myself versus pushing myself to the limits as she does.

So if anyone is of the praying sorts, please pray that this article makes it into Guideposts, which is on my bucket list of magazines to be published in. She deserves to have her story told.

I hope you enjoy the inspiration. Feel free to share with those who may be experiencing chronic pain in their life.

Melissa

 

Lisa Clough (as told to Melissa LeGates)

When most people think about Christmas, they might remember the smells of cookies, pies or turkey cooking in the oven – or time off from school. For me, I equate Christmas to having a sore throat. I had one every year of my childhood because of my compromised immune system. So I know it sounds odd but sore throats remind me of being excited to wake up and open presents.

Soreness, pain, nausea and tiredness have been a part of my life as long as I can remember. They are not exactly my friends but I have learned to deal with my chronic illnesses through my faith in God and his calling in my life.

Yes, I said illnesses. I have three that I have to keep in check to function each day, although you would never know by looking at me.

That has always been the frustrating part – convincing others I actually don’t feel well, especially doctors.

For so many years, doctors treated me like I was making things up. It doesn’t help that I talk really fast, especially when I am frustrated, so doctors always thought I looked too energetic to be sick.

My main complaints have always been nausea and fatigue. I have woken up with the feeling of being rested only about five times in my life. On top of having Celiac disease, Fibromyalgia and Ankylosing spondylitis, I also don’t retain REM sleep therefore I never really feel rested.

Here is a quick rundown of what those diseases do to me. Celiac disease is a reaction to eating gluten that damages the lining of the small intestines and presents it from absorbing parts of food important for staying healthy. So if I eat those cookies and pies, I immediately feel nauseated and end up in the bathroom. Fibromyalgia causes long-term, body-wide pain in joints, muscles and tendons. So it essentially feels like somebody is stabbing me in my side or legs some days. Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of long-term arthritis that affects the bones and joints at the base of the spine and over time the spinal bones fuse together. This is the reason why I cannot sleep with a pillow, and I really miss them. I cannot stretch like a normal person can when they wake up, because sometimes the muscles around my rib cage will tighten to the point where every breath is agony. And REM sleep, oh how I would love to get some. REM, or Rapid Eye Movement, is a stage of sleep occupying only about 90 – 120 minutes total of a night’s rest but without it people often feel drowsy the next day, which is my case every day.

However, it hasn’t been all bad. My sicknesses have afforded me plenty of time to stay inside and get better at what God has designed me to do – create.

I am blessed to make a living as a professional fine artist. I paint. I draw. I play violin. And if I have any energy left, I love taking on new hobbies like quilting, crocheting or working with mosaics and glass.

So I don’t really have a lot of time to feel sorry for myself.

Even as a child, I never blamed God for feeling so sick. While all the other children were outside playing, I was safely tucked away in my bed drawing or coloring. I have the best mom in the world, and she would bring me hot tea to cheer me up and make me feel better.

Those years struggling to find out what was wrong with me set the foundation for my craft. Although God designed me to be an artist, I don’t think it is some sort of magic and Poof, He made me instantly great. I have had to work really hard at perfecting my craft the same way a doctor learns the skills they need to cure others.

It also helps that painting for me is a type of prayer. When I create, I feel closer to God than almost any other time. If I go long without painting, I start to feel disconnected and depressed. It’s not just that I like to paint, I have to paint and create. There is a force driving that need in me. I can only assume it is His will pushing me, and I’m grateful for that.

So I paint whales, flowers, stars and planets, and anything else that pops into my mind. I love animals; they inspire a sense of awe and wonder in me. I like taking God’s creations and placing them in settings that don’t normally exist together. For me, it is like creating a new world inside our world.

So no, I don’t feel sorry for myself despite my pain. The knowledge that God is in control and that everything happens for a reason keeps me positive. Even now, I hear from others who have physical afflictions, who tell me how encouraged they are after hearing my story. If that alone is God’s reasoning, then it’s all worth it.

Plus, I don’t have it that bad. I have a roof over my head, a husband and family who loves me, art supplies and internet access to share my work. God also blessed me with an inquisitive mind and through internet-research I learned eating raw foods or embracing a vegan diet diminished my symptoms greatly. So now my health is in my own hands. If I feel poorly from eating like crap, I am the only one to blame.

I figure, worst case scenario, if I never feel totally well while I’m here or Earth, then Heaven is going to feel that much more amazing to me. Not only will I be able to worship non-stop, it will be pain free!

That is a pretty exciting thought for me!

Native Californian Lisa Clough is a self-taught fine artist who lives in Frisco, Texas with her husband Matt and two Italian Greyhounds. You can check out her artwork at www.lachri.com and watch her speed lapse painting videos where she invites you into her studio every Wednesday to learn painting tips at www.youtube.com/user/lachri. She also loves teaching art classes around Texas and offers online student consolation. “I feel when we are blessed with a gift and called to perform for Him, we should be working harder than secular artists to represent Him in the best way possible and grow our gift,” Lisa said.

Camouflage Crafts

Celebrate Our Soliders with Camouflage Crafts

Originally posted by Melissa Legates on Jun 14, 2014 at http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/camouflage-crafts

The Army celebrates its 239th birthday today. There are lots of ways to celebrate our soldiers – we have 480,000+ on active duty around the world. Make a camouflage tote, camo toys or even camo cupcakes – and some of these camo crafts would make a great Father’s Day gift, too. So take some time today to tell people in uniform that you support them and their family.

BDU Shirt Purses

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BDU Shirt Purses

No need to tie a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree – military spouses, family and friends can proudly proclaim their support by carrying this camo purse made by Army wife Melissa.

Camo Minky Puppy

Ginger Peachy Kids

Camo Minky Puppy

It’s hard for kids to say goodbye when Mom or Dad is deployed. But you can turn an old battle dress uniform (BDU) shirt into a cuddly friend for the kiddos to love until their soldier comes home safe and sound.
Camouflage Cupcake Sandwiches

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Camouflage Cupcake Sandwiches

Whip up these treats and watch them disappear! Debbie from Life is Sweets baked these camouflage cupcake sandwiches for her sister’s boyfriend who serves in the Guard and is going overseas for a year.
Camo Play Barricade

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Camo Play Barricade

Blogger Midwest Moma rescued these boxes headed for the dumpster and sprayed them camo-style for her son’s Nerf Gun War Birthday Party. They make great barricades for little kids and those young of heart to run, hide and shoot with their Nerf guns. What a great way to recycle and create a playland for a few hours.
All Around Tote Bag

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Camo Tote Bag

Jen Eskridge, author of Deploy that Fabric: 23 Sewing Projects that use Military Uniforms in Everyday Life, sells lots of great patterns to turn BDUs into purses, tote bags and quilts.
Camo and Flag Braclet

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Camo and Flag Bracelet

Stacy Risenmay from Not Just a Housewife crafted these cute camo and flag bracelets from polymer clay. Wear them in remembrance of the soldiers you love.

Camo Wreath

Faccia Bella Couture

Camo Wreath

This camouflage wreath made by Faccia Bella Couture is a great way to let people know you love a soldier and support the Army all year long.

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Melissa LeGates is a freelance writer and retired Air Force journalist who specializes in features and B2B writing. She is also a colored pencil artist and blogs about it at coloredpencilenthusiast.wordpress.com.

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