Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sunrise is a magical time for Mother & Daughter bonding

This summer so far we have been lucky to have two trips to two different major bodies of water. We just moved to the southern east coast and we got to spend a weekend at the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Gulf of Mexico visiting family. My daughter and I took one morning rising before the sun and headed out to the beach to see the sunrise on the water. We have spent her whole life on the west coast so we have only seen sunsets.

Our first morning was at Myrtle Beach. We were blessed that morning to have some fantastic moments together as we walked along the water watching the majestic sunrise. We were honored along the way to be part of an amazing set of events.

I was approached by the first couple to take their photos with the sunrise... he then, out of no where he took a knee and purposed to the love of his life while was taking them. A moment my daughter and I got to witness first hand one a lonely beach the morning that changed their lives as a couple.

The second couple a bit later approached me to take their photos with the sunrise... she was about 8-9 months pregnant. As I took their photos they posed holding hands then he knelt to his knee also and kissed her belly and you could just see the love.

As we walked and talked about the beautiful things we were seeing and the honor it was to be a part of their special moments... we saw a family playing in the waves... and older couple walking holding hands... and we came upon a small sand shark that had died and washed ashore.

That morning we sat there after all we had seen, after the sun rise was done and the day had begun, we talked and shared what it was about life that was so precious. Not the things we have or own, not where we live but who and how we love.

I have never experienced such chronologically laid out moment in time where things just fell into place. Maybe, since we are not normally early risers, we were more open to seeing these moments in the quite and calm of the morning sunrise on the beach. It taught me to always take a moment and breathe, look, listen, feel and embrace it all.

That morning I will never forget. It began a tradition for my daughter and I... the next trip we took one morning to do the same thing, rose up before the sun and headed off to the beach. Our morning was much less eventful that day but we connected a little more, having time to talk, reflect, dream together.

Now there is no vacation/place (we move a lot due to being a military family) that we will go without a morning walk to witness God's blessings of a new day with my precious daughter. 

May your day be blesses in all the right ways.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Henna Foot and Knee/Leg designs flowers and flourishes L. Grace Lauer

Hello my wonderful readers,

I have been working on my henna skills and having fun doing it. A couple of new patterns and designs are found below. I am hennaing just about everything to practice... even junk mail sheets.

Henna Leg Design for Summer Fun

It was inspired by a hand design from this page though it doesn't say who the artist was. I would love to know if anyone recognizes.

Henna Sunrise Foot Design

 This design was inspired by a henna hand by Fatima Zohra

 I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Party Time Tuesdays Coordinator

Monday, July 14, 2014

Henna Hands - working my mehndi/mehendi skills and techniques

Hello readers.

I would love to share with you all my latest henna hand designs. I have been working and practicing on my lines. Thicker and thinner, details and bold. These are the latest works for hands and palms. Please leave a comment below with your thoughts.

Lotus Palm

Back of Lotus Palm


Playing around with More of an abstract henna

 Henna Cuff and Paisley Design

Thank you for viewing. Please leave a comment with your thoughts below. I love to know what I can do to get better at my craft as well as if I am creating a style people like.

Some of my other Henna:
Henna Hands - lotus, paisley, fun
Hand and Matching Foot
Henna for Homecoming
Henna Belly Blessing (baby shower)
Special Occasion Henna and Gilding
Classic Car Henna

PS: All my henna is made by hand in my own home.  I use all natural ingredients and essential oils. No PPD is used here and none of my henna is black henna or dangerous. I worn all my customers about PPD henna aka: Black Henna, be an informed consumer and be safe!

Party Time Tuesday Coordinator

Monday, June 30, 2014

American Flag Wreath created in honor of our country's Independance Day - Happy 4th of July!

Good Morning every one! It's the beautiful month of July! I love this month don't you? Here is a fantastic project I want to share in honor of my country's Independence Day, July 4th.

Happy 4th of July, Everyone! 

This is a special project because my daughter made this for me (we made a second one for you!)... she is nine now. Believe it or not I only helped her measure (so we bought the correct amount of supplies) & cut. She did all the rest of the work, under my supervision. I am so proud of her!

This item is up for sale or if you would like to order one you may contact us through our Etsy store: Uniquely Grace or on the Facebook page I have created for her items, "You are Tutu Cute". She is dedicated to dancing and has decided she would like to expand her dance education. She is creating items to sell and taking orders for not only wreaths, she also creates tutus, tutu dresses and pet tutus.
Coordinator for Party Time Tuesdays

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Turn Your Favorite Scrapbook Paper Into Wall Art in 4 Simple steps!

Welcome back  for an extremely easy project that is sure to spruce up any room. It can be made as simple as you want or you may embellish it with stunning flowers, gems and trinkets.

 Turn your favorite scrapbook paper (you know the stuff... it's been in your stash for so long because you won't dare cut into it or cover it up with photos because it is so pretty) into decorative wall art panels.

Are you ready to get started?

Here we go... 

  • Beautiful Scrapbook Papers to match your room
  • Embellishments of  flowers, gems, book pages and trinkets and words
  • Picture Hanging Hardware for the back  
  • Helmar Acid Free Glue 
  • 12 x 12 wood board 1/2 inch thick so you can add the hardware to the back (as many as you desire to make... it works best if you make them in pairs, 2, 4, 6, 8 depending on the space you wish to hang them.) 

Step #1: 

Spread your Helmar Acid Free Glue over 1/2 of your board (I bought a board at the big box hardware store and they even cut it for me into 12 x 12 blocks for free) or you can purchase them at a local hobby and craft stores pre-cut.  This is raw wood so the glue will absorb faster to into the surface, I used a bit more then I would usually.   You can gesso the wood prior to this step and use less glue and save a painting step later on.

Step #2: 

Place your beautiful scrapbook page over the top of the Acid Free Glue while it is wet and use a Helmar Glue Spreader/Old Credit Card/School ID to smooth out all bubbles and creases. I prefer for this step a flimsy credit card type card so that there is a softer touch to the paper minimizing the chance of snagging (Paper vs. Cardstock). Begin smoothing out in the center of the paper and then to the edges. 

*Repeat step #1 for the second half of the board and then repeat step #2 to finish adhering the scrapbook paper to the board.

Step #3: 

With a sanding block, distress/remove any excess parts of paper from around the edges. Round the corners with this tool as well.  Clean up any excess Acid Free Glue that may have seeped out in Step #2 and paint the sides of the boards (if you did not gesso them prior to step #1).

* If you want some simple panels (like the teal ones in the display photo at the top of this post) you could be done. How easy was that? (Skip to Step #6)

Step #4 (Optional): 

Use your glue to adhere your lettering prior to any embellishments.  I used a tiny paint brush to apply the glue to the back of the letters so there would not be much excess. I lined it up with my quilting ruler to help keep a strait line with the board. The praise I chose to add was the Chinese Proverb: A Book is like a Garden carried in the pocket.

Step #5 (Optional): 

Embellish with your style! I added these book pages using steps #1 - #3 and more flowers, bing, gemstones and trinkets too. Have fun with this!

Step #6: 

Install the picture hanging hardware on the back side of our panels. Make sure to have the right side up.

I hope you enjoyed this project. It is one of my favorites and oh so easy to create something for a powder room, livingroom, kitchen and can be done in almost any scrapbook paper size, 6" x 6", 8" x 8", 12" x 12".

These could also make great gifts for Mother's day, Teacher appreciation, birthdays etc.

Have a fantastic day!

~ L. Grace Lauer