Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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We paint a lot of signs & adding hardware can add up so we were excited to try out this keyhole slot router bit from Rockler.

Many of our signs are fairly heavy, especially the reclaimed wood signs so on those we'll still use d-rings but on our smaller signs this will be perfect!

First, Eddie made a template in order to keep everything straight and neat.

We use a BOSCH router -- I love it.

Now it was just a matter of lining everything up and letting the router do it's job.

See the arrows in the picture below?  Line up your router below the top of your sign first, because in order to create your keyhole slot you will move the router up towards the top of your sign.

Once your lined up then slowly sit your router down on your board and move forward until you are stopped by the template.

What we learned is that you shouldn't lift up the router without turning it off -- that is if you want your keyhole slot to look nice & tidy.  Tip:  Turn off router, then lift it up off your sign.

Within just a few minutes of doing the first one and getting a feel for how it worked, Eddie had done 18 signs for me!  We are loving this new little tool.

Before we go, we wanted to share a few of our signs with you real quick, just in case your new around here.

You can find us on Etsy by searching -- mangoseedmarketplace -- all one word.  Thanks for stopping by and let us know if you try out the keyhole slot router bit.

Prayer -- First Day of College

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dear Lord,
She starts college today and I know she's excited, but you see what she brings in her heart - anticipation, adventure, love, anxiety, motivation, hope &  new found freedom.

As she looks for a fresh start, remind her of your faithfulness every single day.

As she looks for new friends, remind her you are always with her no matter where she may go.  Help her to find true friends and be a true friend in return.

As she looks for adventure, remind her how you walk on water, turn water to wine, feed thousands from just a few pieces of bread & bring life out of death. 

May she have the patience to believe even when she doesn't see the results right away.  Help her to find her voice and to use it to be an advocate for herself and for others.

May her greatest adventures be found in your presence and the greatest love come from your heart.  Place a supernatural hedge of protection around her and always deliver her from dangerous situations.

Weave your wisdom into the fibers of her soul; bearing the fruit of confidence, clarity, contentment and a light heart.  Help her not to fear failure, replace her fear with a love that moves beyond her ability to understand.

Help her not to judge, rather help her to be patient and curious.  Most importantly, I pray that your grace surprises her daily!  Amen.

Chatting at the Sky - Sending prayer for college freshmen.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

So you remember about a month ago when our washing machine kicked the bucket?  Well we've had our new machine now about 2 weeks -- and I'm sending it back.

We had our old Samsung front loader washer/dryer set for about 8 years.  Loved them! While we were shopping for the new washer, I let the salesman talk me into the new top loader by Samsung.

It's a nice machine and the wash tub is HUGE!  However, it sounds like a rocket launch when it spins AND I've noticed when we do our bedding that it winds up unbalanced -- then we have to rearrange everything to try and balance it out before the cycle will finish. I have NO TIME for that.  So today, we went back to Home Depot and bought this Samsung front loader that is very similar to my old one.

Luckily the manager that helped us today was super nice and scheduled for pickup of the other one the same day that they deliver the new one.  The only down side was that we had to pay for the new one and we'll get the credit when they pick up the old one...ugh.  You have no idea how much I am hoping that this new front loader will work/sound & clean just the way I remember the old one did!  

Apparently, I do not like change as much as I thought I did. LOL

Okay enough about all that, I'm ready to see what you've been up to!

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