Friday, June 26, 2015

Twine Net Drink Holder {The Twinery}

Today I wanted to share with you a quick project that can be created using a Mini Bundle (15 yards) of The Twinery's twine (I used the new tri-color Firecracker twine):
To create the twine net for your mason jar, it is a fairly simple process of knotting. (I used a series of overhand knots.)
I think these would be fun to create with a scouting troop!

First, cut your 15 yard Mini Bundle into 10 strands (1 1/2 yards each).
Then, knot as follows:
Photos 1 & 2: Tie all 10 strands of twine in a knot, keeping the knot at the center. (You will have 10 strands approximately 2 1/4' long on each side of the knot - a total of 20 strands that you will use to create your net.)

Photos 3 & 4: Take two strands (starting with one from each side of the large knot) and tie them into a knot approximately 3/4" away from the large knot. 
Photo 1: Continue working around, knotting two strands together until all 20 strands have been paired up and knotted approximately 3/4" away from the large knot. This will form the 1st row.

Photos 2, 3, & 4: To create the 2nd row, take two strands (one strand from a formerly created knot, and the second strand from the formerly created knot next to it) and tie them into a knot. (Again, keep them spaced approximately 3/4" away from the previous knot.) Continue working around, knotting the 2nd row until all 20 strands have been paired up and knotted.
Photo 1: Lay the base of your twine net on the bottom of a mason jar (or other drinking glass), keeping the large knot at the center. From here, the glass will keep your net's form and make it easier to work with.

Photos 2 & 3: Create more rows by taking two strands (one strand from a formerly created knot, and the second strand from the formerly created knot next to it) and tie them into a knot. (Again, keep them spaced approximately 3/4" away from the previous knot.) Continue working around, knotting each row until all 20 strands have been paired up and knotted. I created 6 total rows in this way.

Photo 4: To start forming the handle, split the net in half, gathering half of the strands on one side and half on the other. (There will be 10 strands on each side.) Knot these as you did to create the previous rows of the net, starting at the outermost strands (which will separate one set of knots from the other). This will create a total of 10 knots on the 7th row. For the 8th row, gather 5 strands (both strands coming from 2 of the knots on the 7th row, and one strand from another knot on the 7th row) and tie them together in a knot approximately 3/4" away from the previous row. Do this with all the strands, which will create a total of 4 knots on the 8th row. Then, gather all 10 strands on each side and knot together, for a total of 2 knots on the 9th row. Bring both sets of 10 strands up and knot together to create the top of the handle.

Wow...that was harder to explain than I thought! 
It really is a simple process once you get started and hopefully the pictures and description together will help it to be clear.
This is a great way to keep your drink close, but not completely tie up (pun intended) your hands.

You can also find a tree branch (or some other convenient place) to hang your drink...
If you'd like a drink holder that can be worn on your shoulder (purse style), I would recommend starting with 10 strands of twine at least 2 1/2 yards long. (Go even longer with the strands to create something that can be worn cross-body or sling style.)
The finished product (without the jar) can easily fit into a pocket or purse - so bring one along with you to your next picnic or outdoor party.

I am thinking it might be fun to create some outdoor candle jar holders like this, too! 
Or maybe even a reusable fruit/veggie grocery bag?
What else can you see being created with this net technique?
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies: 
Twine: The Twinery (Firecracker);
Tools: Fiskars (Scissors);

Friday, June 19, 2015

Book Review :: Jesus Calling for Little Ones by Sarah Young, written by Jean Fischer, illustrated by Antonia Woodward

Jesus Calling for Little Ones is the newest in the Jesus Calling book series by Sarah Young. Jesus Calling for Little Ones is a bit different from the other Jesus Calling books in that it is not a 365 day devotional. Jesus Calling for Little Ones is a board book with 26 full-color board book pages (13 page openings). The full-page illustrations by Antonia Woodward are adorable and are done in a gentle, muted color palette. 
Each page opening in Jesus Calling for Little Ones has both a small portion of text (written as if it was from Jesus to your little one) and a corresponding verse (from the International Children's Bible). The text of Jesus Calling for Little Ones is different from many other books in that it can be read in order like a story, but also makes sense being read with the individual pages on their own.

With the sweet text, cute illustrations, and sturdy build, I think Jesus Calling for Little Ones is a great book to share with your little ones. 
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Book Review :: Redo Your Room: 50 Bedroom DIYs You Can Do In A Weekend (from the editors of Faithgirlz! and Girls' Life Magazine)

Redo Your Room is a great little book packed with quick and easy projects to decorate any girl's room. The book is laid out almost magazine-style (similar to that of Best Party Book Ever! that I reviewed previously), which makes it fun to browse and easy to find what you are looking for. 
Redo Your Room is divided into 10 sections (labeled as chapters), 4 of which are tips and tricks for making your space work well for you, and 6 of which are loaded with DIY projects. 

The projects have written out instructions, but do not have step-by-step photos (which I think would have made this book even better). Each project is rated on a scale of difficulty/involvement: one scissor (Quick 'N' Easy), two scissors (DIY 101), or three scissors (Craft Queen). (Most of the projects in the book are level one or two). In addition to the focal projects, there are sections labeled "Quickie Craft Alert!" or "Instant Update" with more projects and ideas to try out. 

I love the style of Redo Your Room, and with the great variety of projects included you are sure to find something that will work for you. My daughter has already implemented some of the tips she found in the book, and we have several projects from Redo Your Room that we are hoping to attempt in her room.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Spring Birthday Table Decor {The Twinery}

Today I wanted to share with you a quick way to spruce up a party table (great for birthdays, tea parties, or garden dinner parties) using The Twinery's new Spring Blossom twine.
First, to create a small, decorative vase, I took an empty jar (this one formerly held a delicious beverage) and wrapped it with Spring Blossom twine. (Mine had already had the label removed, but it is not necessary for this - just cover that label up!)

I find it easiest to keep everything in place simply by using a strip of adhesive. Adhesive with a backing that peels away is best - just remove a bit of the backing at a time:
Tip: You may need another strip of adhesive on the opposite side of the jar if you are dealing with a tapered area.

When I finished wrapping the "vase" I added a few little embellishments - but it looks great even without them thanks to that Spring Blossom twine.

Next, I went to work on a little decoration for some party favors - a small picture frame. I wanted to give it a more personal touch, so I created a simple washi tape banner to string across it.
Step 1: Lay a strip of washi tape so the twine is across the midpoint.
Step 2: Fold washi tape over and adhere together.
Steps 3 & 4: Cut ends of washi tape "flags" to finish. 

These frames can also double as placecards - just write each attendee's name on the glass with a write on/wipe off (dry erase) marker:
Put a few flowers in your new twine-wrapped decorative vase, set the table, and you are ready to party!
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies: 
Twine: The Twinery (Spring Blossom); 
Tape: My Mind's Eye (washi tape);
Accents: Studio Calico (wood veneer feathers); 
Other: (paper doily);
Tools: Fiskars (Scissors);

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Growing In Unity :: Blog Hop

The Introduction:
If you are hopping along with us today: You should have come here from Doreen's blog. If you did, you are in the right place! Welcome!
If you aren't already a follower, I'd love to have you follow my blog!
If you are on Facebook, please "like" Ink Blots by TRD.

If you are one of my regular readers: Thanks for coming back! I love having you! Please feel free to join along in the hop - you can start at the Unity blog.

The Hop Order:
Amy
Lynda
Teresa
Brittany
Maria
Doreen
Tifany <--- You are here
Wynne
Paula

The Project:
I created these stamped clothespins with the May HOPE Sustain You sentiment kit from Unity Stamp Company. They are a fairly quick project, and would be great as a simple hostess or housewarming gift...or just to add a bit of color to your own home. 
Just stamp, color, and you are done!

The Prize:
TWO lucky people will win the Frankly Said sentiment kit. (The winners will be announced with the GIU post on Wednesday, June 3rd on the Unity Stamp Company blog.)

Thanks for stopping by today!

The Next Stop:
Supplies: 
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company (May HOPE Sustain You);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Markers: Zig;

Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Review :: The Hiding Place - Young Reader's Edition by Corrie Ten Boom with Elizabeth & John Sherrill

The Hiding Place (Young Reader's Edition) is a version of The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom that has been abridged for young readers. This is an incredible, faith-building story. 
I hadn't previously read the full version of this story (The Hiding Place) and had only heard bits and pieces of it in conversations with others, so I was excited to be able to review The Hiding Place (Young Reader's Edition)

***If you haven't heard the story and don't want potential spoilers, you may want to stop reading here. Just know that I highly recommend getting this book for you and/or your kids to read.***

The Hiding Place (Young Reader's Edition) focuses mainly on the events in Corrie and Betsie Ten Boom's lives - and what an incredible series of events it is! From hiding some of the most difficult-to-hide Jews (to protect them from the Nazis) to living in a concentration camp themselves, it is amazing to follow along on their journey and find God with them every step of the way...even in barracks infested with fleas. 

I highly recommend getting this book for you and/or your teen and tween-aged kids to read. 
FTC Declaration: The publisher (Chosen Books -  a division of Baker Publishing Group) has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review :: The Day is Waiting illustrated by Don Freeman, words by Linda Zuckerman

The Day is Waiting is a book that is the result of a somewhat backward process in comparison to traditional books - this one was created from a compilation of illustrations first, then a simple story was written to accompany the illustrations. The illustrations are done by Don Freeman (illustrator of Corduroy), and the story was written by Linda Zuckerman. 
The illustrations are definitely the highlight of this book - there are a variety of illustrations created with different techniques (a variety not generally found in picture books). The story, in my opinion, feels like an afterthought - it doesn't seem to add anything to the illustrations. I would have preferred to have a book of larger illustrations with no text.  

Even so, the illustrations are colorful, inviting, and great for the imagination - they would make great framed art in a child's room. 
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Review :: Princess Joy, Princess Grace, and Princess Charity Sticker & Activity Books - inspired by Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson, pictures by Omar Aranda

The Princess Parables Sticker & Activity Books each contain 16 full-color pages with a variety of activities and 50 reusable stickers that any 4-8 year old girl is sure to enjoy. 

The activity books also have a small story that run through them about each princess. (There are five princesses in The Princess Parables series. They are: Faith, Joy, Grace, Hope, and Charity.)


The activities in the Princess Parables Sticker & Activity Books are simple and a range of levels - some may be a bit too difficult for a 4-year old to do on her own, some may be too easy for an 8-year old to hold her interest, but altogether there is a good range. Here are some of the types of activities included:
  • Finish the picture with stickers
  • Finish a drawing
  • Color the picture
  • Word Search
  • Decode the message
  • Count the items
  • Find items in a picture
  • Compare two pictures to find the differences
At under $4 retail, the Princess Parables Sticker & Activity Books are a great value and would be a fun gift for a little girl in your life. 
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Book Review :: NIrV Gift & Award Bible by Zondervan/Zonderkidz

The NIrV Gift & Award Bible is a basic, economical option for anyone looking for a Bible.

The NIrV Gift & Award Bible has a glossy paper cover with interior pages that are similar in color and thickness to newspaper pages. The NIrV Gift & Award Bible comes shrink-wrapped with a paper wrap (no sleeve or hard box for storage).
The NIrV Gift & Award Bible has black text (including headings and the words of Christ), laid out in two columns. This is the NIrV version of the Bible. The text is somewhat small and the margins are minimal (about 1/4"). There are no footnotes or maps like you might find in many Bibles, but at the back of the NIrV Gift & Award Bible you will find a couple helpful resources like a Dictionary (7 pages) and "3 Ways to Read the Bible" (8 pages).

The NIrV Gift & Award Bible has the basics you need at a great price. If you don't have much to spend on a Bible, I would recommend the NIrV Gift & Award Bible, but if you can afford something closer to the $15-20 price range, I would suggest that you look into something more like the NIV Gift Bible or NIV Gift Bible for Kids.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

WINNER :: Growing In Unity

Thanks to all who stopped by and commented throughout my week as the Growing In Unity gal...and a very special thanks to each of you who are followers of this blog.
and
Congratulations!

Please send me an e-mail with your US mailing address so I can get your information to Unity Stamp Company. (You will each receive 25 random stamps.)
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