Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday Verses

Devotional about making it through hard days
Happy Sunday! Recently, I was recalling a high school ski trip I took with friends.  The friends I went skiing with were all much better at it than I was. After feeling frustrated on a challenging to me run, my dear friend made me stop and turn around and look up the mountain. She said, "Look at what you just made it down, you can do this!" Her encouragement kept me from quitting. When God's people were feeling discouraged, he often would remind them what he had done for them and the many challenges and hardships they had survived with his help. On the tough days, the days when we are not at our best, the days when we mess up and feel disheartened, we need to remind ourselves that we have made it through other hard days and times. We need to hear God's whisper, "You can do it, I've got you and because I do, you've got this, keep going." 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Thrifty Thursday Hanging Side Table

I know,it is NOT Thursday. But, even though I actually had this project done Wednesday (that is a tad early for me 😂), I had to wait for some sunshine to get pictures. They are still not great photos--dear daughter's attic room doesn't get much light on this end.
Make a Hanging Side Table from 2 Easy to Find Thrift Store Items
These two thrift store items were purchased separately--a cute, boho plant hanger and a lazy Susan. I bought the plant hanger for, well, a plant and I always buy lazy Susans, if the price is right, for round signs and small table tops. 
Make a Hanging Side Table from 2 Easy to Find Thrift Store Items
I never intended to use the two together, but I spied both of them at the same time hanging out in my craft room (i.e. glorified laundry room) and ding, ding, ding--I had an idea, a hanging side table! 
Make a Hanging Side Table from 2 Easy to Find Thrift Store Items
I removed the lazy part or the spinning part from the lazy Susan and lightly sanded it and stained it with espresso colored stain.
Make a Hanging Side Table from 2 Easy to Find Thrift Store Items
A clear coat finished this really (cue sarcasm) difficult project. 
Make a Hanging Side Table from 2 Easy to Find Thrift Store Items
I set it in the plant hanger and that was all it took to make a perfect hanging side table. I hung it near my daughter's papasan chair, that sits in a cozy corner of her bedroom. The slanted attic ceiling was the perfect height for the hanging table. Her turntable, aka record player, sits nearby and it is a perfect spot to have a cup of tea and read.
Make a Hanging Side Table from 2 Easy to Find Thrift Store Items
If you need to hang it from a higher ceiling, you could use chain or rope or laundry line to hang the plant hanger from the ceiling. Oh, and the lamp? A thrift store tripod and a lamp kit!

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.
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