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Thursday, November 19, 2009

:: Inspire Me Thursday :: JoysHope

Do you read the blog JoysHope?
You don't?!  Well... click here then.
You're Welcome.

Please welcome Julie from JoysHope
to The Benner Daily today!
She is here to inspire you...
This is something she's good at!

So, sit back, relax, and be inspired.


Greetings Friends of the Benner Daily.

I'm Julie and I ramble on and on over at Joy's Hope.

My life is full of pink and drama, I'm a recovering Diet Pepsi addict, love me some spicy food and could lock myself away from the world with just my sewing machine and Dave Matthews for weeks and weeks if my life allowed.

Would you believe me if I told you that you could make A.Maz.Ing Christmas gifts for less than 50 cents each?  (By the way... why don't keyboards have cent signs?)

Seriously, 50 cents.

Take that crappy economy!

Here's what you need to make eighteen gifts.
Why eighteen?  Why not eighteen?

A six foot long 1x6 pine board from Lowes or Home Depot cut into 4 inch pieces.
(Bat your eyelashes at the nice lumber man.  He just might cut it for you.)
Black paint
Mod Podge
Wire edge ribbon
Foam brush
Staple gun
Cute xeroxed pic of your family, preferably taken by DrewB.


After you or nice lumber man cut your wood, paint each piece and sides black.


Trim your picture.  The board is actually a bit less than 6 inches wide.  False advertising.
Put a thin even coat of Mod Podge on the board.
Lay your picture on top and smooth out all creases and bubbles.


Cut a 10 inch piece of ribbon.
Admire the cuteness.


Staple the ribbon to the back.
If you want to be fancy, cut a piece of felt the same size and glue it on to hide the mess.
If you are lazy (like me) just write 2009 on it and call it good enough.


Hang the cuteness.
How easy was that?
Give one or a few to your in-laws, your grandparents, the mailman, whoever.
You made eighteen.
No need to be choosy.

I'm going to make a bunch of all different pictures and hang them on my tree.

Have fun with these.  They are my new obsession.

Peace out girl scouts!


Thanks for the inspiration Julie!
This is something I definitely want to try.
I mean, what mailman wouldn't love to get something
like this?  ;o)


Let me feature YOU!!  Just email me with your blog address, and a project(s)/ tutorial you'd 
love to share!  Come on!  Inspire us!!
My Email:


Kari said...

hey girl- I don't know if it is just me, but the pics aren't showing up?

sb said...

The pics aren't showing up for me either. :(

PamperingBeki said...

Julie's rad.

Even though she'll tell you she's a dork.
She's not.

(no pics showing though.)

mel said...

GREAT Idea!!! I heart Julie!
I will be making these soon!
p.s. pictures are fixed, I can see them!

zippy said...

I came across your blog and site through V & Co.

I can see the pics now for this project and I LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing. LOVE you camera straps btw.

Celeste said...

Love it!! Julie's awesome! :)

Trish said...

Great idea Julie!!!

Oh and by the way since I know you rock a MAC like me then just push the 'option' button and the '4' button you will love what you find ¢ :)

jan said...

Just discovered you today on V and Co. your store and camera straps. Your picture idea is so neat....must tell my daughter. She is always looking for fun inexpensive gifts for the relatives. Thanks for giving away one of your creations.

TERRi :) said...

I love it!!

forever folding laundry said...

TOO cute. Julie is almost too full of creativity to like. (Almost.)


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Mod Podge Amy said...

That's awesome. What a great job!

Jacky said...

Great idea!! I would totally do that with just a "pretty" decorative picture, too. ;)

Heather at All A Flutter said...

I love this! I am definitely givin' this a go this holiday season!!

The McKays said...

love this idea!

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

This is great! I love it. I'm visiting from V and Co and love your straps. Gorgeous!

GloJoeSews said...

Love the camera straps!

Michelle said...

Adding to my list, absolutely adorable!

shana said...

always fun to find a new blog . . . thanks!

Laura said...

Hi found your blog through your fabulous giveaway at The Vintage Pearl. Thanks! I just love your photo board idea. I will definitely be giving it a try with our wedding photos.

Tracy Williams said...

Love the Christmas gift idea...grandparents would LOVE that with pics of their grandbabies!
I found your blog through the Vintage your camera straps! To die for...I had no idea those even exsisted! Now, I have another Christmas gift idea for my Mom! :)

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Rachael said...

i saw this yesterday + bookmarked it for this year!

love it!

Lindsay said...

adorable project!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Inksstillwet said...

Visiting from the Vintage Pearl. I'm going to try this project with the kids! They will love having a homemade gift under the Christmas tree to give to Grammy!!

Infertility Goddess said...

I didn't realize you had a blog too. I have been to your etsy shop drooling over your camera straps many times. You have a great blog and good taste. (I am a joys hope blog follower too)

Stephanie said...

I found you through Joy's Hope. I love this cute!

Liz Spencer said...

Found you through the Vintage Pearl. Wow, gifted, smart and thinking outside the box! Thanks for sharing the photo idea. I adore your camera straps.

kaylin rose and mara anne said...

love that idea...i think i might just have to do that too!
thanks for sharing.

Nicole-Lynn said...

Very neat!

Wendy said...

Super cute camera straps! I just discovered the vintage pearl and your great shop! I LOVE the Christmas idea!

gdyup said...

Love your camera straps!

And Julie, she's the greatest isn't she!

Glad I found a new blog to read!

Tracey I.

Tiffany said...

Heard of you from The Vintage Pearl! LOVE those straps...I've seen them before but NOTHING like yours....LOVE the ruffles!!

Deanne said...

Love the ruffles on your strap girl! They ROCK!

Kari said...

Love this project! Makes it all better now that the pics are up :)
Thanks Shey for featuring Julie's work!

Julie said...

I love it!! Great idea!!

meg duerksen said...

this is so good julie! i love it!

redhead31100 said...

I love the Julie Zebra In Brown Camera Strap Slipcover- job well done!!!!!