Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Rustic Farmstand Pumpkin Sign

I knew I wanted a sign for fall that was rustic and looked like it had been painted by a farmer for a roadside farmstand. A little "playing" and I got the look I was after--rustic and simple.

how to make a rustic farmstand style sign

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Devotion on Making Life Easier with Jesus
Happy Sunday! Do you have a do-it-yourself attitude and independent spirit, or have you ever been called strong-willed? I sure have and while being independent is an admirable quality, it also can make life awfully hard when we try to do life apart from Jesus. Some of us try to do life without Jesus because we have fallen away or are ashamed of how we are living or we have never sought a real relationship with him. But, this is not how our Father intended us to live. He wants us to remain in Jesus no matter what--to let him be a part of everything we do--the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is not always easy to let him in, but it always worth it. And if you are not sure where to start, simply talk to Jesus, repeat his name if that is all you feel like you can do and practice daily relationship with our Father.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

How to Update and Outdated Chair

When I purchased a kitchen table at the thrift store, it came with three, outdated, less-than-lovely chairs.  Hello 1990!
before picture of an old chair updated with wood and paint

I almost left them at the store, but I had room in my truck so I threw them in, and I am happy I did. I eliminated a few parts and pieces and added some paint and barnwood to update the outdated!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Verses

devotional about God's never ending favor and joy
Happy Sunday! In this current season I feel like I know a lot of folks who are going through some rough stuff. I am talking the really hard, life altering situations. And in these tough times, there is sadness and anger and fear. But, there is also hope. My prayer is that people know that hard things do not last a lifetime. Sadness and disappointment are a moment in the whole scheme of things. Peace and happiness will return and when we rest in God's never ending favor, we will KNOW, even when we don't feel it, that joy WILL return, and that it is worth waiting for. Knowing this truth, helps us to keep on keeping on!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Thrift Store End Table Makeover

I shared a few years ago that I definitely enjoy building furniture rather than just painting it to resell.
quickly makeover a thrift store end table with paint and stain

But, sometimes things are a no-brainer, like buying this little icebox reproduction nightstand for a few dollars from the thrift store.  I knew it would be a quick makeover with a little paint.

upcycle a thrift store end table with paint and stain and give it a rustic cabin look

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday Verses

devotional about faith
Happy Sunday! Yesterday, our smoky skies cleared for a time, it rained a bit, and we were happy to see our beloved mountains. More than a million acres have burned in Montana in the past six weeks, and on most days we have not been able to see the mountains that surround us. But, even on the days we haven't seen the mountains, we KNEW they were still there. Faith is the same--it is the thing that assures us that God is working in the background even when we don't see it. When we are praying and waiting on Jesus to answer, we have hope that He will act. Faith enables us to trust in KNOWING that God "has got this" whatever this may be. Faith helps us to keep going even when we don't see the whole picture or know the entire plan. This week, let's practice resting in faith.  

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Pallet Board Thunderbird

I have had a thunderbird on my brain ever since by daughter bought a piece of jewelry with a thunderbird.
So, I decided to make one from pallet wood.

make a thunderbird or phoenix from pallet boards

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunday Verses

verse about God's Strength
Happy Sunday! I have a dear friend going through the hurricane in Houston right now. She and her family are safe, but boy, have they been battered with rain and wind. Honestly, I cannot imagine and I am sure Texans are feeling weary. This verse assures us that when we are weak and exhausted, when we are bruised, when we feel defeated, God will not break us. God is a loving Father. Jesus is gentle with hurting, broken people. He loves us compassionately and with kindness that we simply cannot fathom and understand. And all he asks is that we simply accept that love and when we are strong enough, share it with others. Rest in that truth my fellow bruised reeds and flickering candles. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Verses

show love and mercy to all
Happy Sunday! This verse has been on my heart for several months and in the past few weeks I have been reminded of it again and again. Jesus did not come to this earth armed with a long list of do's and don'ts or with his finger pointing at us. He doesn't stand in front of us, arms held up with wrists crossed in an X. Rather, Jesus stands in front of us, arms flung open wide, restoring and healing us. And, Jesus asks us to do the same: to stand in front of one another, with open arms and with hearts full of mercy. Somehow we have made mercy hard and we do not show love to all, to those in our communities and to those right in front of us. Before we do anything else, before we worry about the "rules" and the rights and the wrongs, we MUST show mercy--we MUST love with wide open arms and wide open hearts and stop the condemnation and hate. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rustic Industrial Wine Rack Made from Pallets

Last week I showed you how to make a back to school crayon box (here) from two pallet boards.
pallet boards make a great rustic industrial wine rack

This week I made a rustic, industrial wine rack from two pallet boards.

Use pallet boards and plumbers tape to make an industrial wine rack
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