Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Scrap Wood Valentine Box

Do you remember making valentine boxes for school? I loved wrapping a cardboard shoe box in construction paper and then plastering doilies and hearts all over it with white paste that I may or may not have enjoyed eating (ew?!!). 

DIY Scrap Wood Valentine Box
I decided to make a grown-up, farmhouse style, valentine box from some scrap boards.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday Verses

God Speaks to Us in Little Ways
Happy Sunday! This year I am trying to practice some moments of stillness and quietness, and it is hard. We live with so much noise and distractions and big gestures that it is difficult to recognize the small, but important moments. God certainly can speak to us in big, dramatic ways. But, he often wants to get our attention in a small, quiet voice: a friendly smile, a generous act of a neighbor, a song, nature. I wonder how often I miss God because I am looking for the spectacular and I don't hear his gentle whisper. This week let's look for God in the ordinary, every day moments where I know he is waiting for us to simply pause and be still and hear his quiet, loving voice.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thrifty Thursday Valentine's Day Centerpiece

Upcycled Thrift Store Finds

With Christmas all put away, I decided I need a new centerpiece. I thought about a wintry one, but chose to jump into Valentine's Day.

DIY centerpiece for Valentine's Day made from thrift store finds

Monday, January 7, 2019

Primitive Dry Sink Made from Pallets

A pile of pallet boards...

Primitive Dry Sink Made from Pallets
became a primitive dry sink or bucket bench. In the past, a dry sink would have held a pitcher and bowl for cleaning up. It often has an upper towel bar or closed shelving under the top tray area. A bucket bench was often kept outside a home and held buckets of water for clean up and other uses inside the home. I decide this piece is sort of a combination of both primitive furniture pieces.
Primitive Dry Sink Made from Pallets

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Sunday Verses

devotional on God's love never fails and his mercies are new every day
Happy Sunday! It's a new year, a fresh start--does that excite you or scare you? I have seen this quote a lot in the past week: "Today is the first blank page in a 365 day book, write a good one." And while that is true, it stresses me out. What if my first page (January 1) was poorly written--a day spent putting things off and eating too much junk food and being lazy? Did I ruin the whole book? The truth is, each day we get a blank page and a new chance. With God we can't ruin the book with a bad day, a poor decision, or when we totally "screw it up". God's fresh pages never end, he is faithful with new mercies (i.e. compassion, grace, forgiveness, charity) each and every day. Be encouraged knowing that God's love never fails and that his mercy is ALWAYS fresh.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Thrifty Thursday Sweater Basket

Upcycled Thrift Store Finds

Happy New Year and oh, happy day, Thrifty Thursdays are back! Once a week (most weeks) I will share a project made with easy to find thrift store items.

Upcycled Thrift Store Finds
This week's project started with a couple sweaters, a wire waste basket, and a leather belt (not pictured).
Make A Cozy Sweater Basket From Thrift Store Finds
An hour, and these simple thrift store items, plus a few supplies, and I have a cozy sweater basket or container, perfect for winter decor.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Year in Review

My Favorite Things

It's THAT time of year, time to be reflective and also look ahead. Honestly, I am not sure I am in the mood for either--the couch and Netflix have been rather appealing. But, it is good to look back and to reflect what I accomplished in 2018 and to guide where I want to go in 2019. So, here are some of MY favorite projects from this past year:

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Devotional on Doing Things Differently
Happy Sunday! I love taking back roads and new ways to familiar places. Sometimes the new routes are out of the way or take us somewhere we were not expecting. With a new year upon us, it is a great time to ask God what things he is wanting for your life this year. How does he want you to love others differently? What new areas does he want to work on in your life? In which new situations does he want to exert his influence? Be open to God, trust that his ways may not be the usual and familiar, let him love you and gently influence your life in his manner and on his timetable in this new year. And remember to ask him to open your heart and mind to unfamiliar paths that allow him to do great works in you and through you.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Sunday Verses

devotional on experiencing God's peace
Happy Sunday! Peace on earth--what a fabulous declaration from the Christmas angels. But, peace seems to be harder and harder to find some days, especially at Christmas time. We are busy, over-booked, under-funded, out of time and patience--stressed. This year I thought I was going to keep it simple, but I realized that resulted in my putting things off and then becoming anxious about what I still need to do. So, how do I combat that and experience the very peace that this season should be about? I practice being still, slowing down (if even only for a few minutes), breathing, being grateful. I repeat this verse to myself and l ask Jesus to calm my mind. Pause, breathe, and let the peace that only God can give wash over you. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Day 11 Snowflake Sign

12 Days of Easy Christmas Ideas

We are getting down to the wire here with my 12 Days of Christmas projects. I am still adding decor to my home and when a project only takes five minutes like today's project, down to the wire is okay!

Stencil a Snowflake on an Old Record for Quick Christmas DIY
I have a little level shelf (see how I made it HERE) under my big clock in my great room that needed a little extra Christmas decor. I had placed two of my favorite snowmen on it, but nothing else. I decided I wanted a snowflake. 
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