Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Late Valentines Card

So, I know it is a little late, but I made my boyfriend of 4 years these cute little Lotto Tickets of Love! 
They were super easy to make!


I printed these out onto a nice pink colored cardstock.


Wrote in pen (make sure it dries) whatever you want. I decided that he could hold the remote for once! :)


Cover scratch off area completely with white crayon!


Mix 2 parts acrylic paint (your choice of color - I had gray laying around) with 1 part dish soap.


Mix together. Try not to get as many bubbles as I did.


Cover the crayon area with the paint/soap.


Let dry. Now it is ready to scratch off love wins!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My New Obsession

This past weekend, I was at home for my birthday. The weekend before that I was sick in bed at college. So naturally, I went on Pintrest. For me, a girl who loves crafts, this was a bad idea. I was on it alllllll day and night. I came up with so many things that I HAD to do. Well, I did some of them this past weekend.

I'm a golfer, and as most golfers recognize, we have lots of hats. I was tired of thumbtacking them to a wall, I wanted them to look nice!

So I took one of my old golf clubs (my 8 iron!) and used command hooks and shower hooks. Viola!

Then my dad was jealous.... so here is a step by step way to make your own golf club hat rack!


 Grab a golf club that you are no longer using (or go to a golf store and buy a cheap used club).


 Buy Command Hooks. Any style works. The silver matched the accent colors (doorknobs and such).


Find the wall space you want to use.


Clear it off!


Put the Command Hooks on the wall. I used a level to make sure it was even. You could eyeball it!


Hang the club on the hooks to make sure you like how it looks.


Use shower hooks to hang on the club and hold your hats up.
For mine, I used the plastic $1 pack of 12 shower hooks from Target.
For my dad's, I used silver 'S' shower hooks from Kmart (His hats did not have the velcro band on the back).

Overall, I say mission accomplished!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Bitterblue

"Bitterblue" is one of three novels written by Kristen Cashore.

"Bitterblue" brings back many of the characters that we have fallen in love with in "Graceling," including Po and Katsa.

"Bitterblue" is set in a realm that is recovering from Bitterblue's father's deceiving grace. A grace is abilities that some people have that set them a part from the 'normal' people.

Bitterblue's father, Leck, lied to the whole country and ruined his people. He tortured people and wiped everyone's memory causing them to think good things happened instead. Once his curse was dispelled, the people were turned blank and empty.

Leck's lies hurt and destroyed people's lives. Bitterblue was on the throne helping restore people's lives back to normal.

This is similar to people now. We have been deceived by things of this world. We have fallen into a glassy-like state and accepted the world. We no longer see the world for what it is.

Christians now need to focus on the Word and how to separate ourselves from the horrors of the world. Bitterblue knew that as she tried to fix everything, she needed to help her people separate the good from the bad.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Kill Me Softly

Sarah Cross' novel "Kill Me Softly". It is based on the fairytales that we have grown up loving. But this is one with a twist.

The marked or "Somnolent" princesses carry through with their story. Our main character, Mirabelle, is a somnolent princess of the one and only Sleeping Beauty, but her spindle is actually a razor blade.

The story is sweet, frightening, and very traditional. It follows the true story. With Grimm's basis for the regular stories, this book follows through with a great traditional tale with a new spin.

I really enjoyed reading the part where Blue mentions that no matter how hard you try to run from fate, it brings you back - like the cars in Disneyland or DisneyWorld, you swerve left or right, WHAM!! back to the tracks.

This was an interesting thought for me. You can make whatever decisions you want, but no matter what you do, you always fall back into God's plan.

Example- Joseph. His brothers sold him, was wrongly accused of rape, and was locked him in jail. God placed him in jail so that he could interpret Pharaoh's dreams. This was God's plan all along. For Joseph to save Egypt.

Example- Jonah. He ran from God. He hid from God. Although God saw him all along. Jonah then went to Nineveh, which is where God wanted him all along.

We can run from God, but we can never hide from him. Our plan is never outside of his. We make our own decisions, but we can never run from where he cannot find us.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hello All...

Hello to all you brave souls about to embark on this journey with me. 

I am not diving into theological ideals in books, but many aspects of books can still have God's glory in them regardless of whether or not the intent was there. 

God created us and so as we are in his image, we carry the need that no matter what we do, we glorify him. 

In all things, in every season, we glorify God. While reading books from authors who do not profess a faith or any faith at all, this can seem somewhat daunting. 

But I LOVE reading and I still see the glory of God through words.

So welcome to this journey.

I want to leave us with something that has stood out to me today: a quote from Robin LaFevers (the author of His Fair Assassin series) (Check out her full article here.)
                "I’m often asked why I write books for kids and teens instead of grown up books, and my answer is always this: I write for kids and teens because the books we read when we’re young begin to shape and define not only our reading tastes, but our very selves. Rarely do the books we read as adults become a part of our emotional DNA in quite the same way."

My goal for this blog is to not only read as much as I can and to find things in books that can strengthen a Christian faith while enjoying modern teen novels, but to glorify God through beautiful words.

Sincerely, 
A Reader