Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Happy Chappys!

We’re the Chapman family, or as our family blog says, “The Happy Chappys”. Our family is an eclectic mix of wonderful personalities,
God given talents and a love for one another. Our family includes
Phil (Dad), Beth (Mom), Chloe, Noah, Billy, Ty, and Abby; seven Happy Chappy’s in all. If I had to say in a sentence what our family is all about, I would say, “We are a happy family that follows Christ through this pathway of life.” Proverbs 3: 5&6 is our theme verse.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He (God) will direct thy paths.” Phil signs all his artwork with this verse as a reminder to give all the glory to God for his talent, success, and family.
Our family picture is a rainbow of color. Three of our children are gifts from heaven, adopted just 1 1/2 years ago. We have been so blessed~we cannot imagine our life without them. Having a “regular” job has it’s security, but I would never trade my home business, home schooling, family-traveling lifestyle for that security. As we travel along life’s pathway, we truly aspire to give God the glory for what He has done, is doing, and will continue to do in our family as we work and minister for Him. “Hands to Work, Hearts to God” is a Shaker saying that truly describes our family; each member has an important part in making our home, business and faith work out for our good and God’s glory.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Our Project: Tin Can Caddy

A great recycling project to use up your odds-n-ends of scrapbook supplies. Done in as quick-as-a-wink (A wonderful craft project for children!) as well.

List of needed supplies

  • 3 recycled tin cans- washed/ dried & labels removed
  • 3 types of misc. colored co-ordinated ribbon
  • 3 sheets of color co-ordinated scrapbook, wrapping, or printed paper
  • 1 yd. galvanized wire
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Needle nose pliers/wire cutter
  • Nail & hammer or electric drill

Picture of supplies

Put 4 holes in each can (two over two, like a button) using either the nail & hammer or electric drill.

Measure & cut each paper to fit around can.

Spray adhesive on back of paper strips.

wrap paper around cans

Connect the three cans together, using wire through the bottom holes
twist with pliers to tighten & push end down

To make loop handle: connect the three cans together
using wire through the top holes (wire needs to be 3x as long as bottom hole wire).
With excess wire, loop into a handle and twist bottom. (see Photo)

Measure three strands of ribbon to go around each can with some overlap.
spray adhesive onto ribbon. wrap ribbon around cans ( we did 2 ribbons on top, 1 on the bottom).

Take three more strands of ribbon & tie a knot using all three base of loop handle.

Fill with silverware & enjoy!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Family Photo

We finally took a new family picture!
We thought it would be good to have a new one done
since we will be traveling a lot this summer and can give it to our family.
Here is a preview, guys. Hope you like it!
We also needed an updated photo for Amy,
Because I am going to be the featured artist the first two weeks of June
at her website