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Glorious fun with tiles!  

A while ago I saw some magnets made of 2"x2" tiles on Pinterest.  They were so adorable!  The idea of making some has been swirling in my dreams for a while now.  Here's the preview image from The Surznick Common Room:


http://www.thesurznickcommonroom.com/2014/06/diy-instagram-magnets.html

I finally got to make some with my daughter's design on them and and they are SO adorable!   She gave them to her employees as part of her "goodbye" gifts, since she is being transferred. 

I've been mulling over ideas for what else I could do with these cuties for a while now.  I love magnets, but there are only so many you can have/give to others and I LOVE this idea and want to do LOTS of it! 

The basic idea is the cool 3D look of 2"x2” tiles with miniature “Instagram” pictures on them, and frost that off with getting to save and enjoy your most favorite images on things that are actually useful, not out of sight in a book or drawer!  

I came up with a few ideas and made mock ups in PhotoShop to see how they would look.  I do this to be sure I will like the final results when a project will either cost more than just a little or will take a lot of time and effort, just to be sure before I start.  I started with a photo of my table and then graphically added the tile pieces with black backing and turned the color of my placemats black too.

I do not own the images on the tiles in these mock ups.  I used many of my fav Instagram images for these mockups, so I could get a genuine idea of how it would look.  No copyright infringement is intended, only compliments!  These projects have not been made yet, just mock ups.  Ok, the disclaimer handled, now for the fun stuff!

My first original and exciting idea was to make a table runner of them.  If a few are pretty, more is better, right???  I love the idea of a "hot pad" the entire length of the table, how awesome is that??  I love the look and it would be SO handy without the utilitarian look of a trivet!  I'd have a 12" plain black drop at both ends.  The fabric runner underneath not only protects the tabletop, but frames the images perfectly!

The tiles wouldn't need to be attached to the fabric, which would make storage much easier, the fabric washable and the runner/placemats usable for other tablescapes as well.  Who has room for lots of one-use-things?  The tiles come with 36 2" squares attached in a square.  Their weight is enough to hold them in place on the fabric runner and are a good size to stack easily for storage.  

I'd use plain black placemats and napkins at the place settings to go with it and plain white dishes.  The need for a heat proof sealant is problematic, though I'm sure it's solvable.




Scale that idea down and I got placemats!  They are no thicker than many chargers I've seen, or the woven hyacinth ones I have (in the mock ups above, from Home Goods).  I love it!  Just as cool as the runner, but smaller and wouldn't have to be heat proof!  One could use just the square of tiles (36 tiles) as it comes for a square charger, and could sit them on black square placemats. 

I'm not a square placemat girl.  I want enough room to put everything right on my placemat and charger!  It just so happens that one and a half sheets of tiles, laid together perfectly fit standard rectangular Hemstitched placemats!   By pushing them together, you can't tell the last 3 rows aren't attached to the big square.
Example of the Hemstitched placemat.





Sweeeeet!!  I don't know about you, but I'm over the moon about this!  I just adore this!!!  So in love with this!

Another project I thought of using these precious little tiles is a serving tray!  I can't wait to make one of these too!!!!  LOVE IT!!!



Buy an inexpensive tray, cement the tiles in place and top with a piece of glass!  Voila!  (I don't grout these projects because you loose that wonderful 3D look and feel.)

This is how I did it:

For the magnets I made, I went to Lowes and Home Depot shopping the tiles.  Lowes had some I really liked.  They were much thinner than many and the edges are roughly beveled, but they aren't white.  They're way too much off white.  Home Depot had white, but they were thick, heavy and a whopping $10 per sheet compared to Lowe's $3 per sheet. 

For the Instagram effect, I needed the edges to be white.  Just for the record, acrylic craft paint won't work.  I bought a can of Rustoleum primer and paint in one and sprayed them white.


Once cured, they are perfect!

The substance they are connected with cuts easily with a razor knife.  I found that a bit of it stays on the tiles.  Just a little more attention with the knife removed the residue.

My results were best this way:
  • have your design laser printed
  • have a dry wash cloth handy
  • brush a thin layer of ModPodge on the back of the pictures
  • position the picture on a tile
  • use the cloth to gently press the picture down, absorb any excess ModPodge and move it into perfect placement
What tore up using my fingers went on perfectly with the cloth!

Let it dry, then add a layer of glossy ModPodge over the top to seal it.  Frankly I plan to buy a can of glossy spray sealant for paper and try it next time.  I already had the ModPodge, but the texture it leaves is not ideal for my liking on this project.

Once this dried thoroughly, I used the wonderful, marvelous E-6000 cement from Hobby Lobby to attach the magnets to the backs.  Thanks to Michael's 40% off coupon, 52 magnets were $5.88 including tax.  Let the cement cure and they are ready to move to their new "homes", beautifying whatever you have that's metal!

I can't wait to make the placemats and tray!  I mean I REALLY can't wait!  I'm in the process of going through my image files and choosing my favorites to use.  SO MANY YEARS OF PICTURES!!!!!  Ahhhhh!  A big job for a perfectionist, but a blessing too with so many wonderful memories as I go through them.  I'm also going to use scripture inspirations throughout the project too which will make them so much more uplifting and awesome!  There's nothing like being reminded of God's Word, His Holiness, His righteousness, His goodness and faithfulness toward His children to lift your spirits and really make your day!

I hope you enjoyed this and maybe got inspired to make some for yourself!  I'm thinking CHRISTMAS GIFTS too!  You could make a project from someone's Instagram account and give them to them as a gift!  I've got to think they'd love it as they loved their images enough to post for the world to see.  

Thanks for dropping by and God bless you and yours!

UPDATE:  I have now made three trays for Christmas gifts and have a tip to help in case you try them.

When I finally found trays that would work with the 2" increments I needed, I ended up needing more than one solid sheet of tiles.  This creates an issue of the additional rows of tiles not always aligning perfectly to the main sheet of tile, if I just laid them in the tray as planned.  The easiest solution is to cement the tiles to the tray with E-6000.  However, I wanted the tiles to be removable in case someone wanted to use just the tray alone =  no permanent installation.

I know I could caulk/grout the tiles together and then lay them in the trays as a solid unit, but I LOVE the 3D look and even the little spacer connectors.  Just LOVE it and don't want to do anything to loose that 3D.  I was sad when I tiled my kitchen backsplash and the dimension disappeared when I grouted.  Not again!!!  :)  I adore the 3D of these little tiles!

I am putting the tiles in black trays, so whatever I did needed to be black, and veeeery thin as the handle openings just accommodate the tiles.  I had some black screening left from re-screening my back door.  Perfect! 
  • First I got rid of any little tags of the stuff they stick the tiles together with (to regulate their spacing).
  • Then I laid them on their face on foil (to protect my surface).
  • I ran a bead of E-6000 around all the outer edges, then a dot in every tile's corners.
  • I carefully laid the black screen scrap over them, pressing them into the cement.
  • Then I did the same for the loose rows, putting some cement on the connecting spots too.
  • I pressed the screen down being sure the loose rows were snug and lined up perfectly.
  • Let cure 24 hrs.
Now there is an "invisible", strong common backing for all the tiles.  They can be handled as one sheet and will always line up perfectly.  Their new owners will be able to remove them for any reason, as well as change out the images on them by ModPodging new ones over the top.   Yeah!  They are all so cute!  I can't wait to see people's responses!

Hope this helps!

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DIY Mercury Glass Most Awesome!  

We've all been making our own faux mercury glass for quite a while now, but this one turned out sooooo cool that I had to share!

I like unusually shaped glass containers.  I wash, remove labels and save them.  They are useful for lots of things like vignettes, tablescapes, vases and of course to store left overs in!

I had bought this balsamic vinegar at Home Goods because I loved the shape of the bottle and the very snug fitting plug.  I used the last of it the other day and washed it out as best I could without a bottle brush.  I had thought to put flowers in it, but today I had another thought...I do like mercury glass and I had some Krylon Looking Glass spray paint left over from another project.

You are to apply several light coats of the paint.  I was surprised that a spray inside only resulted in liquid rolling around this time.  I kept turning the bottle to "coat" it, but it just wasn't sticking.  Unusual "bubbles" and patterns started appearing as I'd keep it moving to spread the paint, blowing into it occasionally to encourage drying.  It was so strange that it wouldn't really stick!

Then it hit me - I had not successfully cleaned all the balsamic vinegar out of it!  The film that remained was resisting the paint attaching!  It took a lot longer than normal, but I kept spraying some in, moving it and blowing into it occasionally until no liquid moved any more, then spraying again.

Really cool patterns developed.  Yeah!  After all, the method to make it faux mercury glass and not just a mirror look requires us to do a technique with vinegar on tissue and dabbing.  I was not going to be able to do that in this narrow necked container.  As it turned out, IT was doing it for me and so much cooler than I would have done!


I opted to stop before it was fully opaque because it looks really cool.  Even fully dry all the bubbles and patterns stayed.  I wiped a bit of nail polish remover over the opening to easily remove the paint that was on the lip.

I love the end result!  And what's the lesson I learned from this project?  That NOT getting my dishes clean can be a good thing sometimes!  I might just start swishing the thicker balsamic vinegar in my jars, then washing them lightly before making them into mercury glass from now on!

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Explosion Box 3 - Disney!  

After such a looooong wait, here is the last of the three explosion boxes I made THREE YEARS ago!  I love this one SO MUCH!  It's theme is Disney and it's bursting with precious memories and pictures of my girls and I at Disney.  Since I don't share their images on line, my pictures of the box won't be as pretty, but you all have loved ones too so I know you understand.


The top of the box has Mickey and a Disney disc of thick cardboard along with a grosgrain ribbon and tiny red star buttons.  For an extra surprise, I decorated the inside of the lid too this time with stamps, photos in photo corners, rhinestone family initial, button, 3D button sticker, rhinestone, scraps and a 3D clear happiness sticker.  And here's a peek inside!


This box has two photo rings.  One I put photos on and left the backs for her to journal.  The second one I spelled out Disney with puffy, shiny stickers, leaving the backs to be personalized.  

In the upper left photo, the top page is a photo on a stack secured with picture corners.  The left page has a grosgrain ribbon decorated with a paper flower with a red rhinestone brad center.  A mounted photo is tucked behind the ribbon and rich red hearts rhinestones finish it off.

The middle page has a Minnie and name plate of thick cardboard and a photo on a stack.  The page to the right has photos with scalloped white frames and 3D glossy word stickers.  The bottom page has a tiny brown paper bag with tags tied with jute tucked inside.  They are stamped and decorated and one has a photo with the backs for journaling.  The bag is stamped and has two large paper flowers and two tiny paper bag flowers with 3D glossy centers.

The upper right photo shows thick cardboard Mickey hands on one page and a photo mounted on a stack and finished with rhinestone initials.


LOL guess I pretty well covered all this above, but you can see it better here!


In the upper right photo you see a page with flocked "doors" with brad door knobs.  When you open them you see the upper left photo.  It's mounted photos have black and silver rhinestones.  Back at the upper right photo, the page below the "door" page has two crocheted ribbon bands to tuck pictures mounted on stacks behind.

The lower left photo shows the top page with torn papers, two photo strips mounted on stacks, a thick cardboard mouse head and rhinestones.  Below it is a photo mounted on a stack.

The lower right photo shows mounted photos on both pages.  One page has a paper flower with a rhinestone center.  The other page is flocked and adorned with rhinestones.


The upper left photo shows a page with photos on stacks.  There is a tag tied with jute tucked behind a photo used as a pocket.  The upper right photo shows the two sides of the tag.

The lower photos show a page that uses a photo itself as a pocket and has there photos tucked into it, two of which are framed.  It also has a clear 3D sticker.


The upper left photo is so cool!  The page off to the right is again a photo mounted on a stack tucked under grosgrain ribbons secured with black brads.  A ribbon is adorned with a photo in a white scalloped frame and a clear 3D dome on top of it.

Ok that was cool, but the page to the left of it is really fun!  I used the envelope a store gift card would come in as a picture frame.  In the lower right photo you see when you lift the envelope!  I decorated the flap with a photo mounted on a stack and an decorated with a button, a rhinestone, a red bugle bead, a red sparkly foam circle and a thick cardboard star.  On the back of the "picture frame" I put a Mickey name sticker bordered by rows of 3D flocked sparkly dots!  So fun!  You really can use about anything around the house when you make these!

In the upper right photo is a page with tons of mounted photos tucked into a pocket with stickers and ribbon on it.  The page below has a mounted photo finished off by buttons and a floss bow.

In the lower left photo the upper page has a photo in a red scalloped frame on top of the other goodies.  The page beneath it has a mounted photo tucked behind cardboard I tore from a box.  Love the texture!  There's also a flower made from paper and a button topped with rhinestones.


This is a collection of fun close up shots showing the dimensional accents of some of the pages, which is half the fun anyway isn't it?   I hope you enjoyed these amazing explosion boxes as much as I have.  

If you want to make one of your own, there are lots of Youtube tutorials out there.  The only part I think a tut would help is in understanding that each of the three layers of "pages" are a bit smaller than the one under it so that it all folds up happily into the lid.  After all, when you are done you will have added lots of thickness to the pages, so they can't all fold up right against each other!!!  The sky's the limit with these little treasure boxes.  I especially love using things that are already around the house or would have been thrown out.  Up-cycling things is so satisfying!!

I gave this one to my other daughter.  If you missed the box for my other daughter and my sister, they are here and here.  Each one is sooooo different from the others - just so fun!!  LOL it may have taken me three years to get the posts finished, but doing the posts has made me think I might just need to make another one now!  Hmmmm....who do I know that needs a happy explosion box...?

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Explosion Box 2 - Grungy!  

After such a looooong wait, here is the second of the three explosion boxes I made THREE YEARS ago!  I love this one too.  It's a grungy box I made for my sister.  Since I don't share their images on line, my pictures of the box won't be as pretty, but you all have loved ones too so I know you understand.


The top has a chunky, textured initial embellished with rhinestones.  I stamped the butterflies on the paper and also a red paper which I cut out and attached as 3D interest.  There is grosgrain ribbon with rhinestones on the sides of the lid.  The body of the box is too fun - it's FLOCKED!  Here's a fun peek inside at the goodies!  You are seeing a ring of discs of scrap paper which she can add photos and journaling to the backs.  I made another of my precious tiny picture albums to tuck inside. 


The little book has a cover of flocked paper and closes with floss wrapped around black brads.  She can slip a photo behind each of the round frames and journal about them on the page facing the photos.  I just LOVE these little books!

In the upper left photo you see a brown box I made and tucked a bunch of white tags into.  Each of those tags have the face and name of someone she loves on them.  She can write on the backs.  The box is decorated with more of the plastic cup flower punch outs I mentioned in my last post and some tiny paper flowers with rhinestone centers.   The tutorial for the plastic cup flowers is here and another explosion box I made featuring them is here.  I also have a digital scrapbooking kit of these 3D beauties available here.

There is a black photo frame on the bottom page, and on the top page there are four flaps (flocked!).  Two flaps are blank to add a photo or text and the other two she can add to the back sides.  The center page features an old book page accordion folded into this rosette topped with an antique button and jute bow.


Here you can see the photo tags and box better.  The faces are hidden as I explained above.  These really are adorable and so is the little box.  The tag on that page says "together" and is stamped and embossed and mounted on a piece of double stick foam to give it height.


The upper left photo features tiny white origami flowers I folded from circles, and stamped stems and leaves.  The upper right photo shows a card mounted with photo corners.  She can add a photo or journal on it...or both!  Below that is a page with a ribbon band to tuck goodies under, embellished with an enamel metal butterfly that I removed from an old earring.

The lower left photo shows a rosette made from ribbon with a big rhinestone center and paper ribbon underneath.  The page below it has a large pocket stamped "family" to tuck things into.  The lower right photo has two tiny white picture frames on one page and a band with star brads to tuck things under on the page facing it.  


In the upper left photo you see more plastic cup flowers.  In the upper right photo, two more tiny black picture frames.  The lower left photo has a flocked pocket with a sticker on it.  The lower right photo has a paper bag pocket with a tag inside that has a clear 3D sticker on it.  There is also a ribbon band to hold things at the top of that page.

So there is another example of the many things you can do with an explosion box!  I really put a lot of time and love into making this for my sister and I love how it turned out, but this story has no happy ending.

I have never had an experience like this before.  When it didn't arrive at her house, I contacted FedEx.  After many calls and tons of phone time, I was told they could track it to Nashville, and then it "didn't exist" any more!  No further explanation was ever given, only that it doesn't exist any more.

So, I zipped photos I had taken of it and e-mailed them to her so she could at least see what her gift was.  It was indeed sad, but life goes on!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back for the third explosion box - it was Disney themed and oh so cute!  Have a great day!

UPDATE:  I have gotten all three boxes posted and you can see the other two here and here

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Explosion Box 1 - at last!  

Tonight's a BIG victory for me!  I have had this post partially done for THREE YEARS and tonight I've finally finished it! 

Don't you just love explosion boxes? They are so fun and full of surprises!   Well, I made three of them in 2012 and always meant to share them, but never managed to find the time to finish this first post.  Tonight I FINALLY have one of them to share! 

If you follow my blog, you might remember seeing my tutorial on turning plastic cups into beautiful 3D flowers.   I have made a digital scrapbooking kit of these 3D beauties too that's available here.  I knew I'd find something to use them on and this was it! I love how all the plastic cup elements add such a different flavor and texture to my scrapping, and they didn't go into the landfill!  Can you spot all the shapes I punched from the plastic cups?


Here are the first plastic cup flowers!  They have rhinestone centers.  The lower set of petals have a marvelous bumpy texture and the top petals are smooth.  I love that!  I just punched them from different areas of the cups.  The leaves are made from the cups too.  You can't tell from the pictures, but some of the text and graphics in this paper set have a delightfully embossed subtle glitter accents!  


Among the tons of delightful surprises throughout the box, look at the tiny book I made and left loose inside the box when it's closed.  Every page has an oval picture frame.  Slip a photo into the envelope from the top and add the journaling on the page facing it.  Wrap the green floss around the two rhinestone filled brads to close the book.  Too sweet!!!

The discs on the ring have paper on one side and are white to add your photo on the other side.  The little green pocket is filled with white tags to attach your photos too on one side and journal on the backs.

In the center is a row of plastic cup flowers with rhinestone centers.  There is a yellow plastic cup petal on the page to the left attached with a pink rhinestone filled brad.  The page to the right is woven strips adorned by butterflies that I colored with ink sprays and finished with 3D gloss.

The page to the top has a scroll for photos or journaling as you wish rolled up and secured with a green bow.  The bottom page has an embossed aluminum foil covered heart shape tucked into a strip of flowers punched from plastic cups.  A photo could be tucked in behind it.

The two flowers in the lower left corner are made of plastic cup punches and rhinestones.


In the upper left photo you see a pink page with blue cording to tuck photos or other treasures underneath.  It is finished with a plastic cup flower with a yellow rhinestone center.  In the top right photo we have two plastic cup petals on one page and a stack with a plastic cup disc on top attached with a green rhinestone filled brad and gold brads to it's sides.

The lower left photo has a pink picture frame to slide a photo behind, decorated with a ribbon bow and pink rhinestone and enamel butterfly dangle.  When scrapping, think out of the box and use bits and pieces of things you've saved.  All the metal enamel butterfly elements I used were parts of old earrings.  Lovely touches and they didn't cost a thing!  Beneath that is an embossed card with baby buttons sewn to it that tucks away out of sight.

The lower right photo has a pocket made from a large white label in the center.  It's stuffed with cards to add photos or jouraling to the backs.  There is a green enamel butterfly next to it.

Above it is a butterfly pocket for photos and goodies to snuggle into.


The upper left photo has more scalloped punched trim with a plastic cup flower and rhinestone center.  Across from it is a page with ribbons to tuck photos behind and a journal card.  The upper right photo features more plastic cup flowers.

The lower left photo has a strip of flowers punched from a plastic cup attached with brads to tuck photos behind.  The lower right photo has another picture frame to slip a photo behind.

I'm not sure all the details are shown, but it gives you an idea of the possibilities.  Truly, they are endless!  I love how it turned out.  It's bright and cheerful and filled with fun secrets to discover.  I gave it to my daughter who I'd describe just the same way! 

I still want to share the other two boxes, but it's 1:30 in the morning and I need to head to bed!  I'll see if I can't share them sooner than another THREE YEARS!!!!  :)  Hope you enjoyed it and thanks for stopping by!  If you want to make one, there are tons of Youtube videos on it, but the only part that you might need it for is to show you that each of the three layers need to be a little smaller than the one before it, so it all folds up nicely once you have filled it!  And of course they are good for getting ideas!  TTFN and God bless you!

UPDATE:  I have gotten all three boxes posted and you can see the other two here and here!

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Apple Roses & ChocolateTart Birthday!  

Yesterday was my oldest daughter's birthday.  She is beyond amazing and a constant blessing and inspiration to me.  No one ever told me that children can grow up to be your best friends, but it's true and I've been twice blessed!

So, since she is so special, we made a couple of special desserts for the day.  Yes, I said "we" because she loves to cook and these were just fun and look so elegant!

We had never made either of these recipes before, but boy are we glad we did!  This is the first tart I've made.  I recently got a set of three Wilton tart/quiche pans from Home Goods and started Googling recipes so I could try them out and...voila!

I have linked to the sites where the recipes are, underneath this picture.  

Chocolate Glazed Tart with raspberries and Apple Roses.
Apple Roses
They were both a big hit.  You should drop by these lady's sites and try these wonderful recipes yourself.  There is even a video along with the recipe for the apple roses. God bless all the wonderful people who take time and effort to share tutorials, information and recipes on line.  They bless us all!

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful spring...summer that God is giving us!  Be sure to thank Him for it too!

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Resurrection Day Cake and Peeps Nests!  

I hope you all had a blessed Holy Week and Resurrection Day today.  We were blessed to have a fantastic lesson Friday night walking us through the Jewish Passover and seeing the countless ways that it confirms Jesus Christ our Messiah, our Passover Lamb.  We use all authentic attire and elements for this lesson and it's awesome every time! 

God said that the Passover was to be celebrated forever.  When Jesus fulfilled the Old Covenant on the cross and bought the New Covenant with His blood, we may think the Passover ended along with all the rest of the old Law.  This lesson shows how, at Jesus' last Passover, He fulfilled the Jewish Passover and changed it into the Christian Communion/Lord's Supper, which we indeed do forever as God said. 

It's very powerful when you have the information.  You never take the Lord's Supper the same again, now seeing Jesus not only as our Lord and Savior, but the perfect Passover Lamb who's saving blood covers us and saves us from death, like the Jewish Passover lamb's blood on the doorways saved them from death.  It's an amazing and rich study.  When you are done, there can be no question that Jesus Christ Himself is indeed the long awaited Messiah, and that He is also our perfect Passover Lamb, ending the need for a new lamb to be offered each year. 

It really set us up to be so excited about Resurrection Day today!  Even after 37 years of being saved, it just keeps getting more and more exciting!  And that's what we did!  We celebrated at worship today!  We shared a joyous meal, looked into the Word of God, sang praises, loved each other and eventually went home, blessed!  Thank you Jesus SO MUCH for being our Passover Lamb, for loving us and giving Your life for us!  Thank you for conquering death for us and providing us a way to heaven through repentance and YOU alone! 

Now on to the adorable fattening goodies!!! 

We are all so busy these days.  Those of us who blog, Instagram, Pinterest etc. have even less time.  That said, though there are many blogs I appreciate, I only follow every post of one very special blog...Home Is Where The Boat Is.  

It is breathtakingly beautiful to the point that it's uplifting just looking at the gorgeous photos.  Her blog is FULL of fantastic recipes, many of which have become staples in my home.  She also has the cutest, most cleaver ideas for holiday treats.  But what I'm in awe of is her unsurpassed gift from God to make things beautiful, and a gift of photography to showcase it all. 

That said, this last week I have made two of her special ideas to help celebrate Resurrection Day. 

First, I took her Mini Easter Basket Cake idea and changed it just a bit to fit my budget.  Instead of buying the expensive pan to make the cake "nests", I bought shortcake shells.  To save the cost of the utterly precious foil wrapped treats and then buying candies on top of it, I used Peeps and some sprinkles I already had.  I wrapped them individually with tags wishing a "Happy Resurrection Day" for giving. 

I did learn that I didn't need to use so much food coloring when tinting my coconut, but they were pretty anyway, just different than I was going for.  Next time I'll know to use less to get the pretty soft colors she got.

Those were great and people loved them, but this is what I have been SO EXCITED to make ever since I saw it on her blog...  Dash over and see her fairy cake here.  She has a plainer version here, Berry Quick and Easy Layered Cake.  

Of course for me, it had to be the ultra over the top magical fairy cake!  It was perfect for our Resurrection Day Celebration lunch today at church.  It has such a luscious, organic feel about it.  The angel food cake feels like earth, the flowers and berries - new life with such abundance and goodness!  It makes me giddy just thinking about it!

Mine didn't turn out as beautiful as hers, but it was still gorgeous and DELICIOUS, praise God!  The frosting is a lemon curd/cream cheese mix and is great on it.  I didn't have the cute little chocolate mushrooms she had, but they weren't missed with the wild violets, azaleas, strawberry blossoms and runners.  She uses pansys and violas in her cooking a lot, so I checked with her and the violets in my yard were ok since we've never used chemicals.  No one actually ate them anyway.  Love how it looked with my dishes...for all of 5 minutes before we took it to worship!






I love that she does the same thing I do here...after her features, she tells you where she got everything so we can duplicate her design.  So here goes:

Dickinson's Lemon Curd
Philly Cream Cheese
Cool Whip Whipped Cream
Angel Food Cake - Sam's Club
silver pedestal - Home Goods
white pedestal - Home Goods
Amelia dishes - Pier 1
flatware - Oneida Michelangelo
glue glasses - Pier 1
hyacinth mats - Home Goods
yellow mats - Home Goods
yellow napkins - Home Goods
red napkins - Home Goods
green napkin rings - Home Goods
bunny basket - Hallmark
chick basket - Hallmark
bunny & chick salt & pepper - Hallmark

So again, Happy Ressurection Day and thanks so much for stopping by!

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God of Wonders by Third Day  

Here's another awesome praise and worship song.  Go with it!  You know you want to worship Him!



"God Of Wonders"

Lord of all creation
of water earth and sky
The heavens are your Tabernacle
Glory to the Lord on high

[Chorus:]
God of wonders beyond our galaxy
You are Holy, Holy
The universe declares your Majesty
And you are holy holy
Lord of Heaven and Earth
Lord of Heaven and Earth

Early in the morning
I will celebrate the light
When i stumble in the darkness
I will call your name by night

[Chorus]

lord of heaven and earth
lord of heaven and earth
Hallelujah to the lord of heaven and earth [repeat 3 times]
holy......holy....holy god.....

[Chorus]

Precious lord reveal your heart to me....
Father holy..
[backround]...Lord god almighty...
The universe declares your majesty
You are holy, holy, holy, holy,
Hallelujah to the lord of heaven and earth [6x]
 
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My Hope Is You by Third Day  

I have loved this song forever!  What a difference it makes having access to truly inspired praise and worship music.  Water for my soul! 



"My Hope Is You"

To you, O Lord, I lift my soul
In you, O God, I place my trust
Do not let me be put to shame
Nor let my enemies triumph over me
My hope is you
Show me your ways
Guide me in Truth
In all my days
My hope is you
I am, O Lord, filled with your love
You are, O God, my salvation
Guard my life and rescue me
My broken spirit shouts
My mended heart cries out...

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Your Grace Finds Me by Matt Redman  

You great grace!



"Your Grace Finds Me"


[VERSE 1:]
It’s there in the newborn cry
There in the light of every sunrise
There in the shadows of this life
Your great grace

It’s there on the mountain top
There in the everyday and the mundane
There in the sorrow and the dancing
Your great grace
Oh such grace

[CHORUS:]
From the creation to the cross
There from the cross into eternity
Your grace finds me, yes your grace finds me

[VERSE 2:]
It’s there on a wedding day
There in the weeping by the graveside
There in the very breath we breathe
Your great grace

The same for the rich and poor
The same for the saint and for the sinner
Enough for this whole wide world
Your great grace
Oh such grace

[CHORUS]

[CHORUS 2:]
There in the darkest night of the soul
There in the sweetest songs of victory
Your grace finds me
Yes your grace finds me

Your great grace
Oh such grace
Your great grace
Oh such grace

[BRIDGE:]
So I’m breathing in Your grace
And breathing out Your praise
I’m breathing in Your grace
Forever I’ll be

[BRIDGE 2X]

[ENDING:]
Your grace finds me
Yes Your grace finds me

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I Am Not Alone by Kari Jobe  

I am NOT ALONE!



"I Am Not Alone"


When I walk through deep waters
I know that You will be with me
When I'm standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow
I will not fear

I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me

In the midst of deep sorrow
I see Your light is breaking through
The dark of night will not overtake me
I am pressing into You
Lord, You fight my every battle
And I will not fear

You amaze me
Redeem me
You call me as Your own

You're my strength
You're my defender
You're my refuge in the storm
Through these trials
You've always been faithful
You bring healing to my soul

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All I Can Do by Mikeschair  

All I can do is, say THANK YOU!



"All I Can Do (Thank You)"


I could write a love song
Tell You what I think You wanna hear
But it wouldn't be good enough, no
Yea I could try so hard
To give it everything I've got
But I'm not ever gonna measure up

All I can do is thank You
For this life I never deserved
Wanna thank You for the grace
I know I don't have to earn
You love me, You love me
Your mercy is proof
All I can do is say thank You
All I can do is say thank You

It would have been easy
But I'm glad You never walked away
Cause Your love runs deep for me
And I see this beautiful world
And it brings tears to my eyes
And I think it's beautiful to be free

All I can do is thank You
For this life I never deserved
Wanna thank You for the grace
I know I don't have to earn
You love me, You love me
Your mercy is proof
All I can do is say thank You
All I can do is say thank You

(Thank You)
For hope, for love, for all the ways You move
(You)
For everything You do
(You)
What else can I say but thank You
Thank You

I could write a love song
Tell You what I think You wanna hear
But it wouldn't be good enough

All I can do is thank You
For this life I never deserved
Wanna thank You for the grace
I know I don't have to earn
You love me, You love me
Your mercy is proof
All I can do is say thank You
All I can do is say thank You

All I can do, all I can do, all I can do
Is say thank You
All I can do, all I can do, all I can do
Is say thank You

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I Am by Crowder  

I am, holding on to YOU!  In the middle of the storm, I am holding on to YOU!



"I Am"

[Verse 1:]
There’s no space that His love can’t reach
There’s no place that we can’t find peace
There’s no end to Amazing Grace
Take me in with your arms spread wide
Take me in like an orphan child
Never let go, never leave my side.

[Chorus: (2X)]
I am,
Holding on to You.
I am,
Holding on to You.
In the middle of the storm,
I am Holding on,
I am!

[Verse 2:]
Love like this, Oh my God to find!
I am overwhelmed what a joy divine!
Love like this sets our hearts on fire!

[Chorus: (2X)]

[Verse 3:]
This is my Resurrection Song
This is my Hallelujah Come
This is why to You I run
This is my Resurrection Song
This is my Hallelujah Come
This is why to You I run
There’s no space that His love can’t reach
There’s no place that we can’t find peace
There’s no end to Amazing Grace

[Chorus: (2X)]

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Lead Me by Sanctus Real  

The cry of so many of our hearts.   May God please touch our men's hearts to cry out for what this man seeks God for.



"Lead Me"

I look around and see my wonderful life
Almost perfect from the outside
In picture frames I see my beautiful wife
Always smiling
But on the inside, I can hear her saying...

"Lead me with strong hands
Stand up when I can't
Don't leave me hungry for love
Chasing dreams, what about us?

Show me you're willing to fight
That I'm still the love of your life
I know we call this our home
But I still feel alone"

I see their faces, look in their innocent eyes
They're just children from the outside
I'm working hard, I tell myself they'll be fine
They're in independent
But on the inside, I can hear them saying...

"Lead me with strong hands
Stand up when I can't
Don't leave me hungry for love
Chasing dreams, but what about us?

Show me you're willing to fight
That I'm still the love of your life
I know we call this our home
But I still feel alone"

So Father, give me the strength
To be everything I'm called to be
Oh, Father, show me the way
To lead them
Won't You lead me?

To lead them with strong hands
To stand up when they can't
Don't want to leave them hungry for love,
Chasing things that I could give up

I'll show them I'm willing to fight
And give them the best of my life
So we can call this our home
Lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone

Father, lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone

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The Only Name by Big Daddy Weave  

Yeah!  When I wake up in the land of glory, with the saints I will tell my story, there will be one name that I proclaim!  Yeah!  Jesus!  Jesus!  Jesus, just that name! 



"The Only Name (Yours Will Be)"

Yours will be the only Name that matters to me
The only One Whose favor I seek
The only Name that matters to me

Yours will be
The friendship and affection I need
To feel my Father smiling on me
The only Name that matters to me

Yours is the Name the Name that has saved me
Mercy and grace the power that forgave me
And Your love is all I’ve ever needed

When I wake up in the Land of Glory
And with the saints I will tell my story
There will be one Name that I proclaim

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, just that Name 

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We Believe by Newsboys  

Precious confession!



"We Believe"


In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only one foundation
We believe, we believe
In this broken generation
When all is dark, You help us see
There is only one salvation
We believe, we believe

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He's given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He's comin' back again, we believe

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing
And in our weakness and temptations
We believe, we believe!

We believe in God the Father!
We believe in Jesus Christ!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
And He's given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He's comin' back again!

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live loud our God we'll say
We believe, we believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
For the power of God, has torn the veil!
Now we know Your love will never fail!
We believe, we believe!

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He's given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He's comin' back,
He's comin' back again!
He's comin' back again!
We believe!
We believe
 
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