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I give up…

I just spent 2 hours trying to edit the previous DIY post to make the text and pictures end up on the page as they are supposed to. I hope you get the gist of what I was trying to demonstrate.  If anyone has suggestions of wordpress editing tutorials, please comment. I’m going to go cry. or maybe just eat chocolate.

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DIY Dry Erase Board & Corkboard

so I dream of dry erase.  I kind of wish I could paint my whole house with that nifty dry erase paint (www.whiteyboard.com) so that anytime I have a thought/grocery item/thing to do I could jot it on a wall near me.  But that nifty dry erase paint is also niftily expensive, so here’s my current dry erase (and corkboard) solution on-the-cheap.

We had 2 old frames and I bought $1 white spray paint (Wal-Mart), corkboard (Wal-Mart), a burlap sack (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShadyBeanCafe), some dry erase pens, and crazy glue.

Prep Materials

Next I spray painted the frames white:

Thank you

cheap

Wal-mart

spray paint!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut the corkboard to size and krazy-glued it to the cardboard:

Then I cut the burlap to size (this took a little help from a friend to figure out what graphic I wanted to frame…thanks Jess!).  For the dry erase board I cut the burlap to fit the frame and then just sandwiched it between the glass and the cardboard back, as if I were putting a picture into the frame.  Super easy.

The corkboard was more challenging.  I cut the burlap about 2-3″ larger than the cardboard, then wrapped and stretched the burlap around the cardboard, and secured it with staples.  Just using a regular household stapler (again…thanks Jess!)

I also bought a nifty pen holder from Wally world to stick to the frame to keep the dry erase marker handy.

 

 

 

 

So I’m not saying the staples were pretty….Actually Jess had to save the day (again) by covering the corkboard back with brown paper and adding a wire to the frame in order to hang it.  The dry erase board already had mounting hardware on the back of the original frame.

The finished project hanging in my kitchen:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here are my tips for if you’re doing it yourself.

1) Remember that you are going to be writing on whatever material you’re framing (e.g. fabric, paper, burlap, etc.) so if there’s a beautiful floral fabric with 12 colors, it might be nice to look at but you’re not going to be able to read what you’re writing.

2) The corkboard was definitely more challenging than the dry erase board.  I think fabric might have been easier to work with than burlap, and I probably should have found a deeper frame that would have held the burlap and the frame together a little more tightly.  The corkboard required the assistance of an experienced crafty-person (thanks Jess!), so if you don’t have such a phone-a-friend I recommend just starting with the dry erase board.

So that’s it for my first ever DIY project.  And if I can do it, you can do it.  trust me 🙂

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BONUS!

These were supposed to go in the previous post, but I’m a newbie and my WordPress app was foiling my efforts at adding them.

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C'mon guys follow me!

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The oft-travelled path between the saint's homes in Tel Aviv

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Delirious wanderings of a jet-lagged mind

We’re home!  At least physically we are.  Our internal clocks are somewhere over Greenland.  We are doing our best to keep ourselves up for an hour or so more to get back to East Coast time as quickly as possible.  But I think, at this point, we’ve been up for about…(mentally calculating)…41 hours, minus the 3-4 hours of fitful napping on the plane.

So sorry my posting kind of dropped off there at the end but here are a few photos to wrap up.
Random:

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Israeli Dippin' Dots


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Our 9th floor (out of 12) elevator didn't go up, but apparently it could go side to side.


Conference:
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Singing time at the conference


Last days in Tel Aviv:
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Sweet H Family



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Tel Aviv university


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TAU Museum of the Diaspora


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Iced coffee. Thanks TB!


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Breakfast at Benedict's. Thank you J & J!


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Beach in Tel Aviv

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A Tour

So today is the last day of the tour! Crazy! Isn’t that always how it feels at the end of something you’ve been anticipating? Like how did we get to the end? Anyway, it’s not really the end ’cause up next is a conference. Yay!

So most of my previous pics have just been of RP and I, but it has definitely been a tour with all 43 of us English-speaking ones.  So today’s pics are imbued with a bit more of the tour flava.

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Sun rising over Galilee

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Jordan River (waaaay commercialized)

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The Date Store for souvenirs - yay for decorating with burlap coffee sacks!

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Sweet saints from Switzerland enjoying a coffee at the Date Store

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Amichai our fearless tour guide overlooking the valley of Jezreel

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More sweet saints from Texas and Vancouver

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The tour group marching up the hill of Megiddo

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RP & a brother from Cali

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So I want to say something about this last picture. This is RP and our second guide reading ministry portions as we were on the Hill of Megiddo overlooking the valley of Armageddon. These times were the highlight of the trip. Being able to be physically in these spots while reading about their spiritual significance was awesome. Not only that, but then we prayed. We prayed for the Lord to train us in this age to fight with Him so that we will be qualified to return with Him in the physical fight at the end of this age. Hallelujah!

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Galilee

I like Galilee so much better than Jerusalem.  There is an atmosphere of peace here.

Boat ridin’ across the Sea of Galilee with Chinese, Spanish, and English-speaking saints, singing hymns of praise:

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On from there to Capernaum. Here we visited the ruins of a synagogue which was built on top of the synagogue where Jesus declared that He is the bread of life:

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From there to Mt. Hermon and the springs of Hermon:

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From there we went to a kibbutz, El Rom, which is the highest kibbutz in the world located in the Golan Heights. Here I took a picture of a self-reflective fly:

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And a pensive dog:

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(Super pertinent, right?)

Actually here we learned a lot about the Yom Kippur war. A 19-day battle between Egypt & Syria vs. Israel. The battle of the Valley of Tears, just 1.5 miles from El Rom involved 800 Syrian tanks vs. 180 Israeli tanks and 28,000 troops vs. 3,000 troops. To sum up, not only did the Israelis hold their ground, they even advanced into enemy territory on both the Syrian & Egyptian fronts. This is really a miracle of God.

We visited the Valley of Tears and what struck me was the juxtaposition of the idyllic and war.
The valley is gorgeous.
There are snowy mountains in the distance, pastoral vineyards, and flocks of goats. But pockmarking the serene scene is barbed wire and signs that say Danger Mines!

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Last day of the tour tomorrow!

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Ohalo Manor

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Sun setting on the Sea of Galilee

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