Monday, January 23, 2017

More Fun on More Mondays

Getting More out of life this year by making small changes
How are you doing with adding MORE in your life this year? Are you making small changes?  I am--I am practicing getting more quiet (SEE HERE) with some deep breathing and quiet coloring and puzzle time and I am making room for MORE health (see here) by drinking more water, doing some squats and calf raises and weight lifting in the extra minutes I find.

Who is ready for, NEEDS, more FUN in her life? I do, I do!
Have more fun in life free printable
And I think mid-winter, mid-life, mid-whatever calls for adding a little more FUN and PLAY in our lives. Fun is good for us--physically and mentally.

We get into our routines, we get caught up in the stresses of day to day life and we simply forget to have fun.  We think we don't have enough time or money for fun.  

But that is not true.  We can do small things, change up our routines, and look for fun in our every day lives.
Free printable worksheet about adding more fun in your life

Print out this week's printables, (QUOTE HERE and WORKSHEET HERE) add them to the binder I hope you have started (SEE HERE) and find some ways to have more fun THIS WEEK.

Enjoy and let me know what you are doing to have fun.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday Verses

Bible verse about love and moving mountains
Happy Sunday! It has been an "interesting" week and I have seen a lot of positive things and, unfortunately, a lot of negative. And here is where I am at: all the noise and all the arguing mean nothing to me without love. I have dear friends and family members who have different thoughts and opinions than me and that is okay. I love them and their differing views do not change that. And we can talk and we can discuss issues and try to understand our varying opinions, but if we do it without love, it means nothing. If we want to change the world, move mountains, have others listen to us (no matter which side we fall on), we have to do it with love, with respect. This week let's let love lead us.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Wood Stool Makeover with Paint

Some makeovers are just so easy and quick that you know they were meant to be. When I spied this stool for a decent price at the thrift store I knew what it needed to make it fresh and new.

before photo of a cute wood stool from the thrift store
Some of the wood finish was already coming off.  The rest of it was pretty glossy so I gave it a very quick sanding (like a less than 2 minute sanding). I then wiped it down with white vinegar.
Fusion Mineral Paint transforms a thrift store wood stool
I chose to use Casement, which is a great, bright white paint from Fusion Mineral Paint.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hand Painted Signs and Etsy Shop

After four, yes 4 years, I decided to open my etsy shop again.
hand painted signs on reclaimed wood for sale at etsy

I have been having so much fun painting small signs on reclaimed wood.  I keep painting and painting... 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 Home Decor Trends

Each year I like to guess at what trends in home decor are going to be hot in the upcoming year.  Sometimes I am right, sometimes I am not.
2017 home decor trends and easy ways to add them to your home

My suggestion with trends is to NOT jump both feet, full-on, empty your bank account on to any trend, but rather find small ways to incorporate the trend into your home.  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Talk of the Town Link Party

Welcome back to Talk of the Town!
Talk of the Town link party button

First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!

Monday, January 16, 2017

More Health on More Mondays

Welcome to our third week of getting MORE in 2017! 

(week 1 HERE, week 2 HERE)

The number on resolution that people make, year after year, is to get healthy and lose weight. 

And, it is a great goal.  Except we seem to have a tough time keeping it because we often set such big goals that we get overwhelmed and frustrated and we quit.  Some of us have already quit on day 16 of the new year.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Verses

Bible Verse about God seeing beauty in our hearts
Happy Sunday! A few weeks ago my daughter and I headed out around our town to take a few wintry day portraits. One place we stopped is an abandoned house and farm located just a few miles from our home. The falling buildings, rusted trucks, broken bits and pieces that were once part of someone's life were all beautiful to me. When others see the place they might see garbage and junk, but I see something different. And, it reminds me of God and how he sees us. He looks past all of our ugliness, all of our faults and mistakes, all of those things that are broken, and he sees beauty. It is comforting to know that God looks at us with unconditional love-- he sees our hearts and thinks we are beautiful.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Upcyling an Old Chair with Reclaimed Wood

Oops I did it again...upholstered an old chair with reclaimed wood that is.

use reclaimed wood to transform and upholster an old chair
This old chair came from a neighbor several years ago.  I can't even remember what the original upholstery looked like, but I reupholstered it POORLY with cheap fabric that pilled and let it sit in my bedroom for too many years.
old antique upholstered chair
When we moved, it didn't make the bedroom cut, so I decided it was time to part with it, but not before it was upcycled.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Reclaimed Wood Sofa Table

So, when you have a college student who is an architecture student and who is poor and needs money, what does he do?

Over the Christmas break he builds a fantastic table to sell in mom's booth.

Sofa table made with four different types of reclaimed wood

And he builds it with great detail that he enjoys meticulously working on.  He used four different types of reclaimed wood.

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