Thursday, October 18, 2018

Stencil a Rustic Sign for Christmas

I know, I know... it is only October, it is fall, an elf dies for every Christmas "thang" shared before December, BUT...I am show preppin' and in crafting world that means Christmas is NOW!! 

So sorry, but not sorry because this sign is pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself 😉.
Stencil a Rustic Sign for Christmas
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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday Verses

devotional on God knowing us and loving us
Happy Sunday! I recently spent a wonderful few days with friends who have been friends for 38 years. The time was filled with laughter and tears and real talk, and as one friend said, "It is good to be with people who know your shadow." Yes. When people know your shadow, they have seen your good and your bad, they know the details. God too, knows our shadows. He knows our dark places. He knows the ugly aspects that we try to keep hidden. He knows and he still loves us madly and unconditionally. Jesus loves us and wants a relationship with us regardless of what our shadows look like. If you have been avoiding God because you are afraid of what he might find in you, stop. He already knows and he doesn't care--let him love you today right where you are.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Make a Table with Vintage Wood Ironing Boards

What do you say when a friend asks if you want some vintage ironing boards bases (she made signs from the wood tops)? YES, of course!
Make a Table with Vintage Wood Ironing Boards
I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them. I flipped them and turned them and eventually put two together to make a table base. 
Make a Table with Vintage Wood Ironing Boards

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sunday Verses


Devotional on letting go
Happy Sunday! I have been seeing the saying "Autumn is about to show us how lovely letting go can be." Letting go can be challenging. It is in our nature to want to hold on to familiar things and ways--they comfort us and can be easier than moving forward into new and unknown places. But, God is all about letting go of the old. He tells us over and over that He is making all things new for us and that He wants us to have a fresh start daily. When we let go of the familiar and comfortable things in our lives and embrace and believe that the newness that God has for us is good, we can move forward in faith and with a fresh and positive spirit.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Stencil a Fall Sign for the Porch

Stencil a Fall Sign for the Porch
I love fall, but I can hardly believe it is October already. It is time to get serious about fall decorating (or about as serious as decor can be 😉). And, a quick and easy stenciled sign for fall is a perfect place to start!
Stencil a Fall Sign for the Porch
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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Working Together
Happy Sunday! I am sure most of you have heard about geese and how they support each other and work together to fly hundreds of miles (if you haven't, look that up!). God created us to work together. He puts people and relationships in our lives that encourage us to work together. God wants us to accept each other, faults and all, and to just love each other where we are at. It is not always (or ever?) easy, but it builds our faith and it teaches us about HIS unconditional love for us. Working together in unity enables us to accomplish more. Supporting each other, forgiving each other, loving each other makes Jesus smile.  

Friday, September 28, 2018

Hand Lettered Give Thanks Sign

Fall is here (at least in Montana) for real now--the leaves are changing, there is frost in the mornings, and I have started making for fall shows.

I put together some sign blanks with the same thin reclaimed boards I recently acquired (SEE HERE). Sign blanks are simply boards joined together that are initially left blank to later use for painting signs.
Hand Lettered Give Thanks Sign
After an Instagram poll, I decided to make a sign for fall. ( I was already to go for Christmas signs, but readers voted for fall). Of course, giving thanks is really a yearly thing, or should be, but it is especially perfect for autumn. 
Hand Lettered Give Thanks Sign
I sketched out my sign with a pencil first. I used a dart board to make a circle and hand-lettered the give thanks. I use white, semi-gloss, latex paint and a small liner brush to paint the sign.
Hand Lettered Give Thanks Sign
For the circle or wreath, I painted the main line or circle first and then I added more lines and leaves. When the paint was dry, I stained over everything, wiping the stain from the paint. this gives the paint a nice off-white warmth rather than stark white.
Hand Lettered Give Thanks Sign
Comment with one thing you are thankful for!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Barnwood Wall Cubby

Where do I get my ideas? Everywhere, really--Pinterest, Facebook, catalogs, nature, need. I try to never copy (an when I do I give credit whenever possible!!) and rather be inspired to create something that is unique and my own. And sometimes I am inspired by the material.
Barnwood Cubby Wall Shelf
I recently acquired some nice, thin barnwood boards (these are cut-offs from a cabinet builder). I will be using most of them to make signs, but I knew they would also make a nice wall shelf that wouldn't be too heavy, because a'int nobody likes trying to hang up heavy stuff.
Barnwood Cubby Wall Shelf

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Blooming Where You are Planted
Happy Sunday! I am sure you have heard the saying, "Grow (or bloom) where you are you planted." But, sometimes that is difficult and it feels like we are stuck. We wait for our circumstances to change and when they don't, we feel discontented. To be content where we are takes a change of attitude. It requires us to be grateful for the things and opportunities that are in front of us, to choose to find joy in the small things, to forgive those who have hurt us, and to be faithful right where we are. Practice choosing contentment wherever you are planted and let God work where you are.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pallet Wood Pocket

I Have had this pallet scrap piece hanging around since I wrote my second book, Wood Pallet Wonders 
Wood Pallet Wonders

Pallet Wood Pocket
I am not sure what it was leftover from, but I suddenly saw a wall pocket.
Pallet Wood Pocket
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