Christie

battle envy

How to Battle the Sin of Envy

Why is she so successful when I am struggling to keep my head above water? Have you found yourself asking this question or one similar? Are you battling the sin of envy?

battle envy

Yes, that is me. The one who tries to follow Christ while the Devil continuously points out my downfalls. I have envied stay-at-home moms because I think they have more free time. I have longed for an elegantly decorated home and an overflowing bank account, and when my husband and kids less than desirable traits make their next appearance, I wonder what it would be like to have that picture perfect family portrayed on TV. I have fell into the trap more than my share of times, but by the Grace of God, I have been pulled from the downward spiral of envy and resentment and learned to embrace my blessings with each passing day.

Christians are Not Exempt from Envy

I have found it is such an easy trap to fall into. “Oh, it’s just a little sin. Everyone does it.” We tell ourselves everything to justify the contempt that boils in our veins and redirects our hearts to focus on a course that is not in line with God’s plan. Christians struggle with this because we are human and humans sin. Each day of our life, we will continue to battle the sins of the flesh.

What Tempts You?

Maybe you want that seemingly perfect life your best friend has. Her husband has a lucrative business and she stays home and goes shopping whenever she desires. What about Nancy at the Sunday morning service two pews up from you, she lost 100 pounds and looks fabulous! Look at the attention she is getting. You have only lost one pound on that worthless fad diet you started. Just like that, the thoughts creep in, mostly unnoticed. Before you realize it, you start daydreaming about the life of someone else and how you wish it was yours. You find yourself wasting time staring at your own reflection picking out your flaws and comparing your body, family and entire existence to what you think it takes to make your world perfect and happy.

What to Do When You are Battling the Sin of Envy

Allow the Holy Spirit to work in you.

Envy destroys contentment which is the heart of happiness and it devours your love of others. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you with the strength to overcome your coveting ways and pray daily for God to guide your thoughts and actions.

Recognize that Envy is Brooding in Your Life

Take a honest look at yourself and how you feel about your life, the lives of others and what you desire. If you find that you are wanting what others have and you feel bitter because you do not have it, this is a sign of envy. It is a product of our sinful nature as humans, but you do not have to let it control your life. As a Christian, we strive to live Christ like daily and that requires you to see the sin and work on removing it from your life.

Develop a Gracious Attitude and Focus on the Positive

Each of us have things in our lives to be thankful for. The little blessings that God has bestowed upon us which we typically overlook. Spend time with God thanking him for what you do have such as your health, the health of your family, your home, your job, food on the table and the love of friends. Those are only a few of many aspects of our lives we should take time to notice. Once you find yourself calling out the good things in your life, you will not have room in your heart to focus on what you think is bad.

Understand All Things of this World are Temporary

The things that stir up an envious heart are the same things that we cannot take with us to the grave. The nice car, the decorated degree, the recognition, the bank account, all of it means nothing when we draw our last breath. Indeed we come into this world naked and we leave carrying nothing with us. Rather than spending your time focusing on what is here today and gone tomorrow, root your heart and soul on what lasts forever. Develop a giving attitude, read the Bible as your instruction manual on how to live a life that is pleasing to God and learn to store your treasures in Heaven. You will notice how your focus shifts and before you even realize it, the envy that once controlled your heart will be replaced with a generous love of life and others.

how to make a burlap wreath for fall

How to Make a Burlap Wreath for Fall

If you want to learn how to make a burlap wreath for fall, let me show you how I created a simple and easy design for my door in about 10-15 minutes tops. Oh, by the way, please forgive the dirty looking and drab front door. Painting it is on my to do list!

how to make a burlap wreath for fall


Supplies I Used to Create My Fall Theme Burlap Wreath…
  • Two rolls of 6 inch natural burlap ribbon (no wires)
  • One 12 inch metal wreath frame
  • green floral wire
  • craft glue
  • two simple yet cute burlap covered Styrofoam pumpkin decorations with embellishments
  • wired craft ribbon featuring pumpkins
  • wreath door hanger

how to make a burlap wreath

Once I gathered my supplies I was ready to get started making a cute little wreath for my front door.

how to make a burlap wreath

I started off by folding my 6 inch burlap in half lengthwise and wrapped it around the bottom of the metal frame and secured it in place by tying it with a piece of floral wire. As you should be able to see in this picture, always keep the part of the metal frame that bends outward as the part of your wreath that will be visible. The back part of the wreath should be the side that turns inward.

how to make a burlap wreath

After securing the starting point in place by tying it in a knot with floral wire, I weave the folded burlap through the loops of my metal frame carefully checking as I go to keep each look the same size.

how to make a burlap wreath 5

Once I have one loop through each part of the metal frame, I grab the three loops with my hand holding them tightly and use my other hand to twist the back of the ribbon in two tight twists and then start weaving the ribbon through the bottom of the wreath again right beside of the first three loops and repeat this process about four times until I get the first part of my frame filled up to the divider that you can see in the picture above. I then cut off the ribbon and tied it with a piece of floral wire securely to the divider and twist the fly away end into the wreath and out of sight.

Now all I did was simply repeat the first step starting a new section of my wreath by tying the starting point to the frame with the wire and begin the looping and twisting process until I reach the next divider and I am ready to cut it off and secure it tight.

how to make a burlap wreath for fall

At this point with about two sections of your wreath filled, it should look a bit like this on the front. Note that I have been fluffing, shaping and shifting my burlap loops around to my liking as I go but you can wait until you are finished to do this step if you want.

the back of a homemade burlap wreath

The back of your wreath should resemble something like this. It will not be perfect but isn’t that the beauty of homemade? You can nip, tuck and fix as you like, but who sees the backside of your gorgeous wreath anyway?

how to make a burlap wreath for fall decorating

All you have to do is continue repeating the steps making sure you fill up your sections before starting a new one. It took me about four sets of loops in each section (being sure to twist the back of each twice) to fill up a section. Now you have your charming wreath complete, it is ready to boasts some lovely embellishments.

I fashioned a handmade bow out of the pumpkin inspired wired burlap ribbon I had and tied it into the bottom framework of my wreath. I prefer wired ribbon for making bows because it is easier to shape as needed.

Next I add a generous amount of craft glue to the backs of each of my pumpkin decorations (found them pre-made at the craft store) and I nested them down into the chosen areas of my burlap that I wanted to showcase them. I found a piece of two of the burlap I wanted to firmly press them to in order to hold them in place and then straightened the remaining folds around the decorations and let them dry. Since they were made of Styrofoam, I could have poked some of the floral wire through the bottom of them and fashioned a little loop to tie them onto the frame and nestle them into the folds of burlap as well, either way works fine, just be sure to secure them down deep enough to hide the back but not too deep to cover up the decoration.

Sorry, I completely forgot to take pictures of the process of making the bow or adding the decorative accents to my burlap wreath…

how to make a burlap wreath for fall

Once the glue is dry and I have secured everything in place and adjusted the parts of the wreath as needed, it was ready to hang up on my door and boast some lovely fall charm.!

This wreath costed me only $14.00 to make and it was so much fun so I call this a win-win DIY project. I hope this tutorial has helped you learn how to make a burlap wreath for your fall inspired home and keep up with me while I continue to discover new and exciting ways to make my home gorgeous. By the way, I totally need to find some inspiration for painting my door! Sigh…….

Blue and White Painted Pumpkin Ideas

16 Awesome Painted Pumpkin Ideas

If you are looking for some painted pumpkin ideas that turn a simple pumpkin into a charming work of art, you are going to be very happy you stopped by to take a look at these.

I get autumn fever every year and start scouring Pinterest, blogs, and everywhere I can think of to find unique and very creative ways to make my fall decorating capture that extra something each year. After all, who wants the boring same ol same ol when you can amp up the decorating juices a few notches by trying something different.

So, grab a cup of hot chocolate and take a stroll through the pumpkin patch with me and lets discover how some very talented ladies making lackluster pumpkins come to life.

Elegant and Sparkling Blue and White Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Elegant Blue Painted Pumpkin Ideas

This project may take some time and attention to detail, but if you want to dress your home in sophisticated style and glamour, these breathtaking pumpkins will certainly do just that. Alisa shares with us how she makes ordinary pumpkins turn into these lovely works of art with her glam pumpkin painting tutorial.

Nontraditional Pastel Pumpkins

Pastel Colored Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Kellie with Nest of Posies shares with us an easy way to break the standard tradition of painting pumpkins and shows us her idea of making feminine easy fall decorations using real pumpkins, spray paint and glitter.

Blue and White and a Touch of Glitter

Blue and White Painted Pumpkin Ideas

I promise, this is my last of the beautiful blues, but are they not absolutely gorgeous? Iandeeseelandeedo shares with us an effective way to turn a coffee table into a pretty focal point for fall. Her pumpkins look fresh and add the right touch of cool charm during a season typically sporting warmer colors. Unique= I love it!!

Splatter and Mesh Paint for Pumpkins

Splatter Stencil Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Sometimes you can get super creative with simple things around the house. Natalie with cremedelacraft shows us how she used mesh bags to stencil paint her pumpkins to give them an inexpensive chic look. You probably have some old plastic mesh bags in your home already. Produce such as fruits or onions typically come in these bags. I love how the colors come to life and create a bold and impressive work of art.

Decoupage Pumpkin Inspirations

Damask and Stencil Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Debbie with Confessions of a Plate Addict never ceases to amaze me with her beautiful sense of style and an eye for decorating. She shares with us her version of a Country Living delight featuring decoupage pumpkins. These beauties are covered in paper which actually looks like fabric. Her designs are elegant and timeless. Love the mix of orange and green.

Glazed painted pumpkin ideas

Kate with Centsational Girl has some of the most awesome creative ways she decorates for fall. These glazed pumpkins stacked in a planter or urn create true curb appeal for her home. She gave these lovely Cinderella pumpkins a bronze glaze treatment which brings out their natural beauty. This is an easy DIY with an enormous high-end look.

Gold Glitter Painted Pumpkin Idea

Gold Glitter Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Glitter just makes everything sophisticated and gorgeous, or so I think. These pumpkins are coated in sparkle and shine creating an eye-catching elegant DIY fall decorating idea. Malia with Yesterday on Tuesday teaches us how to create our own glitter painted pumpkins. You can use plastic, ceramic or real pumpkins for this lovely idea. They would look fantastic in a formal dining room.

Chevron painted pumpkin ideas

Chevron’s popularity is still going strong and creating a cute Chevron painted pumpkin is a very crafty way to add a boost of style to your front porch decor. This lovely inspiration may take a little attention to detail, but it is worth the effort when you get the finished results. Painter’s or masking tape neatly placed in the zig-zag pattern will make this design a real success.

Washi Tape Pumpkins

These crafty pumpkins are not painted but sure do look like it! Washi tape can make some really cool patterns on numerous types of materials so why not dress up your pumpkin by adding some strips of this tape and design your own fall masterpiece? Different sizes and colors give these pumpkins a personality.


Painted Pumpkin Ideas for kids

Everyone loves a fun pumpkin decorating project and these cute inspirations will be something both you and your children can do together.

Pumpkin painting ideas for kids

Kids love to paint and painting is so much cleaner than carving pumpkins. Get creative with them. All you need is a sharpie to draw the outline and paint in different colors and of course, pumpkins.  You can also add embellishments if you like such as hats, ribbons and bows.

Minion Pumpkin Tutorial

Who does not love cute and silly Minions? These little guys have been popular for a while now and your kids will love helping you create them. Lucy with Craftberry Bush shows us how to make Minion Pumpkins in her online tutorial. Thanks Lucy!

Sesame Street Pumpkin Painting Ideas

Another super cute and totally fun painted pumpkin idea for kids is Sesame Street Pumpkins. These wacky guys are colorful and will get both you and your children into the spirit of Halloween and fall decorating. Jodi with meaningful mama shows us how she, her husband and children paint Sesame Street pumpkins.

Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Another fun idea for making pumpkins turn into characters for fall! Spider Man and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. The kids will love how they turn out when finished. Louise with Messy Little Monster helped her children paint these character pumpkins.


More Awesome Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Monogrammed Pumpkin

Itsoverflowing

Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Black and white painted pumpkin ideas

Front-Porch-Ideas-and-More

No-Sew-Throw-Pillows

DIY Throw Pillow Tutorials

So, I have admitted to being a pillow addict and I have been searching out throw pillow tutorials. I have gotten a tad bit crazy about em lately and even purchased a new sewing machine so I could start making some charming little decorative pillows for my home as well as for my shop.

After doing my research, I have been delightfully surprised there are so many inspiring ways to make a pillow. Well, I have been so inspired that my husband would prefer not to accompany me to the fabric store because he knows that I cannot just walk in and grab and go. I just fall in love with the gorgeous fabrics and the numerous textures and styles.

I want to share with you some pillow perfect inspirations I have stumbled upon in my quest to become a DIY sewing queen.

basic-throw-pillow

Get crafty with the basic throw pillow. This simple design is a quick way to spruce up your decor. They actually make a room look totally different. All you need to create this charming accent pillow is basic sewing skills and a machine, some nice fabric of your choice, cutting utensils, throw pillow insert and fabric glue.

Cut out two square pieces of your fabric about an inch to inch and a half larger than the size of your insert. Sew the two pieces of fabric together with the wrong sides facing each other. Leave about a 4 or 5 inch opening on one side of your pillow cover. Once you are finished sewing the fabric together, cut the corners diagonally so that they look nice and professional when you are done. Be sure not to cut into the area you have sewn. Simply cut the edges of the corners. Now you are ready to turn your pillow right side out, push out the corners of your fabric with your fingers, stuff in your insert through the opening you left and carefully close the opening with your fabric glue. Now you have a cute throw pillow to add some gorgeous style to your home!

Some Gorgeous DIY Throw Pillow Tutorials

Red-and-White-Throw-Pillow

Textured Design Red and White Coral Pillow from Sew Passionate

Harlequin-Throw-Pillow

Harlequin Throw Pillow from Freshly Pieced

Simple-DIY-Throw-Pillow

Simple Envelope Pillow Tutorial from The Happy Housie

Stencilled-Heringbone-Throw-Pillow

Stenciled Pillow Tutorial from Two Delighted

Easy-Throw-Pillow-Tutorial

10 Minute Throw Pillows from Creek Line House

No-Sew-Throw-Pillows

No Sew Throw Pillow Tutorial from Live Love DIY

Multifabric-Throw-Pillow

Multi Fabric Throw Pillow Tutorial from Just Another Hang Up 

Felt-Sunflower-Pillow

Felt Sunflower Pillow by Fab You Bliss

Burlap-Pillow-Tutorial

Embellished Burlap Throw Pillow Tutorial by The Golden Sycamore

I hope these creative throw pillow tutorials have inspired you like they have inspired me. All of these projects look so amazing. I cannot wait to get to the fabric shop and start gathering my supplies to get started on some of these. I do not have a particular favorite because they are all wonderful. What do you think? Let’s get crafting!

DIY Lamp Antique Whiskey Jug

DIY Lamp Project

Welcome to the tutorial of my first DIY lamp project. The lamps I have in my living room are simply old and outdated so I wanted to add something more interesting and appealing to my lighted decor, however every lamp I could find for sale came with a crazy price tag that was way over budget. I found some super cute ideas for Mason Jar lamps but unfortunately I could not find any lamp kits for them within a 100 mile radius! So, after a bit of digging around for more ideas I stumbled upon bottle lamp kits and that is when my old whiskey crock jug lamp idea came to life.

DIY Lamp Whiskey Jug

I inherited this antique whiskey jug/crock jar from my grandparents. Needless to say it is pretty old. I am not completely certain about the age of this antique jug but I believe it dates back to the 1800’s. I have had it sitting in my dining room floor for years. There was not really much I could do with it as far as decorating except place it in a corner and call it old rustic country. Today, this old jug got a makeover and I am gushing (just a little) about the results!


Supplies I Used for My DIY Lamp Old Whiskey Jug Project

  • Hazelnut Waverly Brand Chalk Paint
  • a paper plate or other item for pouring your paint
  • Medium sized sponge paint brush
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Bottle lamp kit
  • standard light bulb
  • Burlap lamp shade

Before I did anything else I made sure I cleaned the outside of my jug with hot soap and water. It was quite dusty. Since the jug has been around a while, it has a few scrapes here and nicks there but that just gives it a history and some personality. After it was painted, I could even see the flaws without really searching for them.

I laid down my drop cloth in my chosen work location and poured some of my Hazelnut chalk paint and got ready to work. The good thing about this paint is you can barely smell it, or at least I think so. It also has a nice thick texture and is so easy to use.

Painting-an-Antique-Whiskey-Jug (1)

I started at the top of my jug and just worked my way down. I would let the first coat dry in the sunshine and by the time I was finished painting, I added three solid coats for good coverage. Notice my little cat Tiger partially photo bombed this picture. He is my baby and had to come see what mommy was doing. The wet paint was not the most desirable color to look at but as it dried it started turning out nicely.


Painted-Antique-Whiskey-Jug

Here is the old whiskey jug after I added all of the coats of paint and let it dry on the porch. This color is neutral and perfect for any room. My living room walls are yellow so I knew it would work perfectly. I like the way it made the old jug look like a fresh pottery creation.


Putting Together The Bottle Lamp Kit For the DIY Lamp

I forgot to take pictures of this step but it is not hard to do at all. I purchased one of those $6.00 bottle lamp kits at Wal-Mart. They come with several size adjusters for the size of your bottle opening. My opening was still a little bigger than the largest adjuster but I improvised by using electrical tape to thicken up the sides of the adjuster so it would fit snug into the opening of my jug. I am sure there is another way to do it but that worked for me.

I enlisted the hubby on putting together the lamp kit since it involved just a little bit of electrical wiring. It was like a 8 minute job if that much and it comes with directions so don’t let it intimidate you. It is super easy.

Once he was finished with that and we tested it out to make sure it worked all I had left to do was fit it into the top of my whiskey jug and add my burlap lampshade, turn on the lamp and stand back to admire the results.

DIY Lamp Antique Whiskey Jug

My simple DIY Lamp design. I just love its rustic and Earthy charm!


Get Awesome ideas from these blogs…

DIY by Design 

1 2 3 21

%d bloggers like this: