DIY Musical Border

DIY Musical Border

I love music.

So it’s only fitting that I have my room decorated with sheet music, right? :)

The idea came to me one day to have a musical border on the long wall in my room. I could only find one option for sale online though, and it was pricey.

It was time to get creative.

I found some songs that I’d printed out years ago and haven’t played in a long time (and didn’t know when I’d play them again), so I chose to “re-purpose” them. This border takes only a few supplies and not much time, and adds a lot of personality to a room (it would also be neat for a music room).

before and after

So without further adieu, here’s the tutorial:


Sheet music
Command Strips
Glue Stick


Command Stips

Cut the Command Strips into sixths as shown in the picture. (Since these strips are quite strong, they can be cut into sixths and still hold the paper quite well.)

Cut the Command Strips into sixths

Arrange 5-6 sheets of music as desired and glue the pieces together where they overlap with a glue stick. Continue making these sections of wallpaper until you have as many as needed for the length of your wall.Arrange the Sheet Music


Turn the sections of wallpaper over and adhere the pieces of command strips on every other sheet of music (or as needed).

Adhere the Command Strips

Adhere to the wall, section by section. (My sister stood at a distance and made sure it all lined up properly.) Glue the sections together where they overlap. Add additional pieces of Command Strip if needed.

DIY: Sheet Music Border

DIY: Sheet Music Border

DIY: Sheet Music Border

And…ta-da, you’ve made a musical border! :)

Do you enjoy making DIY decorations? What is your favorite project that you’ve made?

Winter’s Beautiful Things


This blog has been quiet, so I’ll give you a lil’ recap. :) I’m excited about a trip to Israel planned for this spring! (Yes!!! I have a ticket!!!! I’m amazed at how the Father has brought this about! :D) I’m also still loving being a babysitter, spending time with family & friends, and simply living life day by day.

I continue to be amazed by the beautiful things around me.

Yeshua is so good.

Here’s a little of winter’s beauty:

one of those random moments when you’re standing in the kitchen and you discover a piece of art:

Red Carnation

colorful pens & pencils in a jar

bundling up to write poetry in the cold

thrift store shopping

Saturday night game nights

bright yellow yarn (‘cuz it brings sunshine to my winter)

crocheting & listening to Audrey Assad music

my sister restoring our great-grandma’s quilt:

AG's Quilt

fluffy snowflakes falling (those are special ’round here ;)

late-night baking

late-night snacks

laughs with Uncle Dave & Aunt Debbie

“Visit many books, but live in the Bible” C. H. Spurgeon

my dad who volunteers to do dishes

starting off Sabbath with a steamy mug of tea

a walk through the woods on Sabbath morning:

IMG_3541-001people that live life passionately

family hugs

♫ can’t live a day with out you ♫

prayers that are already being answered

when the sun comes out

new blue walls

praise in Romanian:
(do you recognize the tune? :)

What are some beautiful things that you’ve enjoyed this winter?

In This I Have Peace…


“All the way my Savior leads me
Who have I to ask beside
How could I doubt His tender mercy
Who through life has been my guide?

All the way my Savior leads me
Cheers each winding path I tread
Gives me grace for every trial
Feeds me with the living Bread

You lead me and keep me from falling
You carry me close to Your heart
And surely Your goodness and mercy will follow me

All the way my Savior leads me
O, the fullness of His love
O, the sureness of His promise
In the triumph of His blood
And when my spirit clothed immortal
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages
Jesus led me all the way
Jesus led me all the way”

All the way my Savior leads me

Don’t Forget Whose Child You Are

My Niece & Nephew

I love it when a beautiful song comes to mind, playing softly in my heart and soothing my soul.

I often have a song in my heart, and the other day it was “This Little Light of Mine” by Addison Road. One line in particular spoke to me that day. It’s so simple, yet powerful:

Don’t forget whose child you are.

In a noisy world where it’s so easy to drown out the still, small voice of our heavenly Father, it’s so important to remember whose child we are. We are His children. He is our Father. He loves us more than we could ever fathom. Our devotion to Him is so small compared to His devotion to us.

Don’t forget whose child you are.

Our identity is not in our faults, our sins, our problems. It’s not in our past, our present, or our future. It’s not in our title, our degree, our accomplishments, our job, our personality, etc.

We are His children.

He is our Father.

And no one can take that from us.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Yeshua Messiah our Master. (Romans 8:37-39)

Don’t forget whose child you are.

Cast your burden on Yahweh, And let Him sustain you; He never allows the righteous to be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)

My Dear Piano (a silly post)

Sometimes you’ve just gotta laugh.

When I hear a piano that sounds like this….

It’s hard not to cringe, even if it is my very first piano ever. {awwww….}

Now….before you judge my dear piano too much, I’m gonna defend it.

Sure it’s almost an antique, and it might sound like a steel drum, but it’s not that bad. Personally, I think the scuffed wood, peeling felt, and missing knob, etc., adds to its charming personality. And all pianos should have plenty of personalty (just saying).

Alrighty, so yes, I’m in a silly mood.

But in all seriousness, I have hope for this piano. All it needs is a piano tuning (or two) and some tender loving care.


Time will tell, and I’ll keep you posted with future songs if I’m correct.

Regardless, I’m thankful for it. And I’m thankful for my dad and brother who courageously moved it in all its awkward glory.  I’m also thankful for my oldest brother who cleaned all the keys, and for our friend who scoured the Internet to find out how old it is. (It was born in ’67, just so ya know.)

Everyone has been so helpful.

It’s already getting the tender loving care it so deserves.

Welcome to your new home, dear piano. I like you already.

My New Piano

You Satisfy My Soul

you satisfy my soul
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This song is beautiful in so many ways.
I hope that it encourages you as much as it encourages me.

You satisfy my soul with Your love
You make my heart sing

You lift me on eagles wings
Just when I thought that my heart it would faint

Hallelujah, You make all things beautiful
Hallelujah, trials and testing prove there’s gold
Hallelujah, You turn mourning into joy

What’s a song that encourages you right now?

Writers, Artists, & Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

Remember last year when I started the Thankfulness Journal?

Setting out to write 10,000 things that I’m thankful for was quite an endeavor. I’ve yet to reach that ambitious goal, but thankfulness lives on in my heart.

Here are some joyful things from this week:

Meeting Fellow Writers & Artists—This week I had the privilege of attending a three day writers’ workshop taught by Renee Andrews. She is an excellent speaker and so inspiring.  It was wonderful to connect with fellow writers and artists in my community and share our nerdy love for the printed word.

Shannon @ Unfading Joy—I love her entire blog, but especially her post for this week. It resonated with my soul.

Cherry Blossoms—The large cherry tree in my backyard is in full bloom and showering the grass with white petals.

Mason Clover Music—I love the way that he weaves scripture verses and Hebrew into his songs. It reminds me of Revive Conferences where I first heard Clover sing and where I’ve made so many wonderful memories with friends.

How about you…What are you thankful for this week?

I Can’t Stop Listening to This Song

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Ever since last Wednesday, when I discovered Brandon Heath’s song “When You Look at Me,” I’ve listened to it every day (and sometimes several times a day).

The song feels like summer. And despite the fact that it was snowing outside my window, the imagery of redemption in the chorus resonated with my soul.:

It’s like I’m barefoot running through a golden field
Like a child that’s how you make me feel
Oh Lord when You look at me

It’s like I’m twelve feet tall without a care
Your forgiveness feels like floating on air
Oh Lord when You look at me

I love happy music that glorifies my Savior. It fills me with joy and reminds me of what Yahweh has done in my life.

It’s like the weight of the world falls off of me
And I can just be who You’ve made me to be
Oh Lord when You look at me

It makes me want to dance.

What’s one of your favorite happy songs?

The Art of Celebration

Art of Celebration

I love Rend Collective’s latest album, The Art of Celebration. It inspires me to embrace my name.

I want to cultivate the art of celebration, being jubilant about what Yahweh has done in my life. I want to praise Him in the storm, even though my heart is breaking, because praising Yahweh shouldn’t happen just when I’m happy. Celebration shouldn’t explode only when I feel like it.

There are times when we cry.
There are times when our hearts break.

But that’s not the end of our story.
The end of our story is joy.

Sorrow may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)

Our God is bigger than bad times. He’s deeper than the aching of our hearts. He’s stronger than our fears.

He is our celebration.

Our greatest joy.

What is something you can celebrate today?

Won Me Over

Photo by Jay Williams (

Lately I’ve been enjoying the song “Won Me Over” by Audrey Assad.

One of my favorite lines is…

Running from you is running to you
You’re everywhere, I couldn’t escape you

Think about that for a little bit.

The idea of Yahweh being everywhere, that even when we’re running from Him, we’re running to him. The more we run, the more broken we are, and the more we know that we need him. It’s the motion of mercy. We can’t escape His love.

I was full of fear and prone to wander,
lost & lonely till the day you won me over.

What’s a song that you’ve been enjoying lately?