DIY Puzzle Picture Frame Artwork


This project was completed a while ago, but has not made it to the blog yet. I have gotten pretty behind with posting some of my DIY’s, so much so that recently when I’ve done stuff I’ve been lucky to just take before and after pictures. I’m going to try to catch up with some of my projects and be a little more faithful with posting. I will not apologize though, because mostly I’ve been busy with two children two and under so I think that’s a good enough excuse.

Let’s set the stage, shall we? As far as father-in-laws go I lucked out BIG TIME and got one of the best. He was/is a great dad to my husband, he’s a great grandpa, and he’s pretty nice to me too. Case in point, for Christmas he cut out six, interlocking, unfinished, wood puzzle pieces and gave them to me to do whatever I wanted to. So basically a super fun, blank canvas. He saw the idea in a bookstore, but knew that with our powers combined, we could do it for a lot cheaper and much more customized.

I found lots of pictures and quotations on the interwebs for inspiration, mapped out where I wanted everything to go on the puzzle pieces, and had my dear, sweet husband cut out four shapes to serve as picture frames.

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Then I painted all six pieces two different colors using white spraypaint and a really fun blue latex paint that was given to us. (Sidebar: that has been a very faithful painting sheet and has seen many a project.)

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Here they are all dry and put together. We ended up stapling them all together on the back so that they would stay together on the wall and we only had to hang it in one spot.

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And here are the individual puzzle pieces after I hand painted the designs and put pictures in the frames.

‘You are my sunshine’ with Ellery and Grandpa last Christmas and surprisingly the only other colors that I included.

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“Be still and know” Psalm 46:10

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Look at those two geeks. We were madly in love. (Still are!)


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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart” Proverbs 3:5 with those awesome in-laws of mine. ;)


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“Family” with Scrabble tiles.
This is us last Christmas meeting our twin niece and nephew.

I can’t even tell you how many times I have had to re-hotglue the “f” back on. Most of the time due to one little toddler (who shall remain nameless) prying it off.


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“But as for me, I will always have hope” Psalm 71:14

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And here it is all together. It just so happens to fit PERFECTLY in this spot in our little hallway. Almost as if it was designed specifically to fit. I love it.

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It sits right in between the door frames of the bathroom and Benji’s room.

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Thanks for the awesome Christmas present, Pop! I had a lot of fun making it “us”.

Oh..and lest you think that I have excluded all of our other family members, don’t worry there is a whole slew of other pictures on the gallery wall in the dining room.

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Benjamin 3 Months


Growing like a weed…

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Ben 3 months old

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It’s no big surprise, but I am in love with this little man. He is such a people person and loves giving smiles and chuckles to anyone who will give him the time of day. He talks and squeals and goos and is very talkative all the time.

If you follow me on facebook then you know that he is also scooting all over the place. He does this thing where he arches his back and pushes with his feet and can wriggle all over the floor now. This means that we have to be a bit more vigilant about strapping him in and not leaving him on elevated places (like the couch).

He had a very exciting month with visits from his grandparents (my parents—yay!) and his Oklahoma cousins. He did so well with varying schedules and being passed around and all that goes with that. Every time we saw his cousins the first thing they each would do (unprompted) was come right over to him and give him a kiss on the head. So sweet. He, of course, loved all of the snuggles he got from my parents .

Since about 2 1/2 months he has been pretty consistent with sleeping “through the night” about 6-7 hours and only getting up once in the night and then the early morning. Of course there are exceptions and I don’t mean to advertize his sleeping habits since I know that can be a sore spot for some. But this is a where I document a lot of his progress and development and so it is the record I keep for myself. He goes anywhere from 2-4 hours between nursing, but usually it’s around 3 which makes me real happy. We have been very successful with the wake/eat/play/sleep pattern and he usually does okay with being laid down to fall asleep on his own.

Sometimes the “schedule” goes out the window or he just wants to be held to sleep and I have been SO okay with that this time around. There seems to be a lot less stress and mom guilt for me this time around. With Ellery I was so intent on doing things “the way we were supposed to do them” and now I realize that I can create good habits, but I also can decide what is best (or what I want) in any given situation because I AM HIS MAMA. hah! It has been very freeing to just sit and snuggle when I want to or whatever it may be.

He still takes about 3 naps in a day and today when he woke up from two of them Ellery and I went in to get him from his crib. Even though he was staring at the wall as soon as he heard our voices (both times) he would start smiling and cooing. Then Ellery (carefully of course) would go in his crib with him and bounce on the mattress. They both loved it. Then we played a game of “where’s your smile” and I would get smiles from Ben and Ellery alternatively. I love how she loves to interact with him and even watch us interact with him. She is such a good big sister.

Keep posted for a 2 year update on her. Crazy. Town. My baby girl is two.

Thanks for reading.

Benjamin 2 Months


Remember when Ben turned 2 months…almost a month ago?

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Ben 2 months old

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So I love the laundry basket charting idea, but a) he is already getting big for it and b) we bought a brand new one and the edges are a little sharp still so I have to put a blanket in with him so he doesn’t get hurt. We’ll see how long I can squeeze him in there.

At his 2 month appointment he was 13 lbs. even and 23 3/4 inches long. He got some of his first shots and was NOT very happy and did NOT want to nurse after, but he did calm down with his pacifier. He loves that thing—a little too much. He spits it out during the night and seems to need it to settle himself back down in the wee hours. So, some of my nightly trips to his room are just to give it back to him.

We love giving him all sorts of nicknames. He is commonly called Ben, Benny, Benji, Benny Boo Boo, Brother, Baby—pretty much anything that starts with a “b” I guess. He started giving real smiles at about 4 weeks and he has not stopped. He loves looking at faces (even his own) and smiling and cooing. I love all of the little noises he makes!

He is a very content baby and mostly only cries when he is hungry, sleepy, or needs his pacifier. We even took him to a movie with us a few weeks ago and he did great! He loves his swing and going for walks. He still sleeps a good deal during the day and has a few nighttime feedings. At about two months I started putting him in his crib for his first long stretch of the night and he seems to do pretty well with this.

Also, it is very difficult to get pictures of Ben without Ellery being involved. lol.

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Ellery is still loving her little brother and regularly gives him kisses and worries when he’s not around. She has learned how to give him his pacifier the right way and says “pacifier Ben” so much that we think it’s her nickname for him. I love how she says his name too, “Ben-ja-MIIIIIN”. We are so blessed. I’ll be back soon with a 3 month update. Where does the time go??

Rearrange-eosis and a Gallery Wall


Most people that know me even a little know that I like to change things up pretty often in my home. One of the comments I hear the most when people come to our house is “Oh, you rearranged again.” I’m pretty sure that I have a disease called rearrange-eosis. It’s a condition where I very regularly feel the need to rearrange decorations or furniture or perhaps the entire house. I’ve had it for just about as long as I can remember—I distinctly remember moving things around in my childhood home—and it definitely got worse in college.

Two roommates encouraged the habit and probably suffer from the same disease. In fact, I’m pretty sure my first roomie and I rearranged our room together almost once a month. You never knew when you were going to walk into the room and be faced with a maze of dorm room beds and dressers as we figured out how things would fit and if we had tried this thing in that place before. I also had one roommate who I drove a little crazy. Don’t worry, we worked through it without too much heartbreak. My current roommate (my wonderful husband) is very gracious as I often move things around, ask him to move things around, put more holes in the wall than you can count, patch up holes in the wall, etc.

Case in point, I’m about to show you my “new” gallery wall that I put up a little while ago which has now been completely replaced by something else. In my defense, my hubby made me a beautiful faux mantle/shelf for my birthday and I had to make room for it somewhere.

Almost everything I used in this gallery wall was either something that was handmade or that I’ve had for a while and just needed a new home. Here it is above the t.v. in our living room.

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You can kind of see the “shelf” Mike built for the DVD player and remotes that rested on top of our old, BEAST of a t.v. We found a really good deal on a flat screen so that is another big change our living room went through recently.

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The indoor barn quilt is something I made a little while ago and I am still extremely proud of it. It’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever made. The “choose to see the good stuff” picture is actually black construction paper and a chalk pen that I free-handed. It was a really good reminder in the midst of busy days at home and I am hoping to find another place for it or create something similar.

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The cross I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby a long time ago, the mirror is something that I believe I was given by my rearranging-partner-in-crime-roomie, and the “love” sign is from a craft store that I painted.

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Next up was the wall art I made based on Hillsong’s inspiration song “Oceans”. If you haven’t heard the song, you should really listen to it. It is one of my favorite new songs and whenever I hear it (or see the wall art) I am reminded that my growth as a follower of Christ comes in the PRESENCE of my Savior. Not in the best intentioned books or small groups with amazing friends or any other “good” thing. (Those are really good though). It comes when I am still before my God and get to know Him better in an intimate, personal way.

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I used two old canvases that I repurposed, two vintage handkerchiefs (one was my grandmother’s), and cardstock that I cut out with my Silhouette. I love the floral fabric peeking out from the letters.

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The “O His Love Divine” canvas was a gift from one of my besties and was made with wooden letters glued to canvas and then painted over.

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I really enjoyed the gallery wall while it lasted, but I can’t wait to show you what the wall looks like now!

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I can’t see myself being cured from rearrange-eosis anytime soon.
Any one else suffer from this disorder?



Sunday’s Thought 7.13.14



Matt 5 48

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This is something I have wanted to do for a while and I don’t know why it’s taken me so long. I rarely post on Sundays because if I did, I wanted it to be a different tone. I love the idea of having a thought for the week or a verse that has been on my mind that I can share.

It says, “Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. ” That is Matthew 5:48 in The Message. The ESV translation is, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect”.

This is what I want for my week and my life.