Wednesday, November 24, 2010

joyful about thanksgiving

Love these printables that I stumbled across here at "Craftily Ever After."
I printed a small one and am in the first stage of decoupaging it onto a to come...want to wear it on Turkey Day!
Blessings to everyone out there in BLOG land!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Look whoooooo's back in the sewing room!

Had a sew along with one of my "sewing sistas" lately and got inspired to create a ton of "hooties!"

This one is an applique on my shirt - I'm not the model that my daughter is...apparently.

joyfully proud

THIS is when I'm proudest of my Ben.  He doesn't even know how his gift of music pleases others.  We do the services at a convolescent home once every 3-4 months and on this day, he played a few songs on the piano following the services.  Thank you, Lord, for his gift.

Friday, September 17, 2010

cookie sheet chalkboard

A chalkboard for a little more than $1??? Saw this idea when I was "blog browsing" and thought it'd be a cute camp craft for next summer. 

cookie sheet from Dollar Tree

my new secret weapon

do it the "joy way" - slop it on!!
I hot glued ribbon to cover my "sloppiness" on the edges.

2 coats later...and a little houndstooth ribbon and a swoosh of the paint pen...

Ready for game day!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

joyful about back 2 school - ally's turn!!

Lil' miss started her preschool last week and was just...well...giddy! The boys have been in school for a few weeks and she could not WAIT for it to be her turn!  We are so thankful for her to be in a program that prides themselves in letting kids be kids and teaching a daily Bible curriculum.  What a blessing! What a joy!

Meanwhile, we've been knee, shoulder, & waist deep in a kitchen renovation.  Will be posting pics soon!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

he calls me 'joyful'

Happy Birthday to my husband who calls me "Joyful."  Today is his birthday and what is he doing? He's finishing up preparing the walls of our kitchen so I can begin painting.  He's always planning a project, working on a project, or enjoying a finished project.  Such a hard-working, devoted, loving, supportive, and FUN father & husband.

Don't you just love this picture? This was taken in 2005 and our 2nd child was just eaten up w/his Daddy.  My hard-working man was about to leave to help the hurricane clean up efforts in Mobile for a month.  We ALL missed him, but it changed my lil' man for a while.

Birthday Boy - Thanks for always doing what you can to keep us feeling joyful! We love you

joyfully sharing

I've been featured on one of my favorite crafting blogs, SOMEDAY CRAFTS.  I contributed to her "Back 2 School Bash," a week of back-to-school projects, ideas, and tips!  This blog is one that I check almost daily.  It's become part of my new addiction that I call 'blog browsing.' If someone would feed & bathe my children, I could do it all day! Happy Saturday...enJOY!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

joyful about washable marker

My lil' beauty thought it would be fun to try out Crayola marker as lipstick.
So thankful it's washable!

Monday, August 9, 2010

joyfully behind

Who's ready for Back to School??? Meeeeee! I'm so dreadfully behind on some of my sewing projects.  I was inspired to create this print that I'm going to hang over my sewing machine in my craft room.


Click here to download & print an 8 x 10 print for yourself - enJOY!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

williams wednesday - joyful about school supplies

I don't know about anyone else - but it just seems like...5 seconds ago...that my 1st grader and 5th grader were like this:

Monday, August 2, 2010

joyful about back 2 school

I'm JOYFUL about back to school and want to "treat" the teachers a bit.  Here are some water bottle labels that I created to tape onto the bottles (after removing the existing label) and attach a drink mix (not pictured).  I used yellow & green polka dot because those are our school colors.  Boy designs are on page 1, Girl designs are on page 2.  Happy Back 2 School, joyful people!

Waterbottle-back2school Boyp1 Girlp2

Thursday, July 29, 2010

joyfully nostalgic

Was browsing through old photos and just wanted to marinate in these for a bit...
Ben - 9 months

Jake - 9 months

Ally and me - 9 months

Do you see the theme here? I'm missing my 9 month old days :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

joyfully listening

In an effort to try to do more listening than talking (surprise), this book was recommended by a friend of mine.  I had expressed to her that I truly want to be about what my Father wants for my life.  She said that this book would truly speak to me, and it HAS!  I would recommend one for everyone's bedside tables!

Here's what "spoke" to me today:
"To follow Me wholeheartedly, you must relinquish your desire to please other people.  However, your closeness to Me will bless others..."

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Williams on Wednesday

The JOY of SV youth camp came and went so fast that it was just a blur -- but a happy blur.  I enjoyed every minute..even the busy ones.  I've had lots of jobs in my time, but never had any as busy as working in the crafts house.  At 12:30 on Monday when crafts began, I had no idea I'd be going BACK to Walmart that evening for more supplies!  I had two awesome helpers who quickly became friends.  You know, sometimes you just feel like you were MEANT to meet someone? That's how I felt about these 2 ladies - just as crazy as I you Robin & Allison!  Also, can't go through an adventure without my good friend, Steph being you, girl!

Most popular crafts:
marshmallow shooters!
duct tape wallets
canvas art
ceramic banks

More importantly, we spent the week exploring "What Faith Can Do."  Our theme for the week was "FAITH: Just do it" and we explored James 2:22, discussing how we should live out our faith in our actions.
Our theme song was "What Faith Can Do" by Kutless. 

The big question for me was "Will you do this again next year?"
A most resounding and JOYFUL...yes! 

And now a few shameless pics of my boys enjoying
the camp experience!
Ben on the "Wheel of Death" (aka merry-go-round)

Jake enjoying a "small" blue slushie

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Gettin' my CRAFT on!

I've been busy crafting lately, preparing for our Youth Camp at church.  Here are a few samples of some crafts I'll be doing with the kiddos:
8x10 canvas art

painted water bottles "Faith: Just Do It"

"design your own" coffee tumblers

duct tape wallet

wooden frames - design your own

It oughta be lotsa CRAFY FUN!!


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