Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional About Showing Mercy to Others
Happy Sunday! Do you ever wish you could have a "bird's view" of life so that you could have a clear perspective and see everything all at once? God wants us to take the higher perspective and overview when interacting with others. He wants us to look beyond people's behavior and see their stories, see their pain. When we remember that everyone has something they are dealing with, it easier to show them mercy rather than judgement, love rather than disdain. Take the time to really see people, and be patient and merciful with the hard to love people in your life.

Friday, November 9, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Day 2 Scrap Wood Card Holder

I just remembered most years I write a bad days of Christmas rhyme for each day. I totally forgot this year. I think I am going to pretend I didn't remember and leave the bad rhymes out this year. 😆
Easy DIY Christmas Projects

Day two's project is a quick and easy one that can made from a couple small scrap wood pieces.

Easy DIY Christmas Projects

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman

Welcome to my 8th annual 12 Days of Christmas posts. Every year, I think, am I really going to do this again? But, I love Christmas and I love sharing ideas with you, so here we go!

12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman
We are starting simple (and we may stay that way for all 12 projects!), with a couple easy to find thrift store finds.
12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman
Tart pans are plentiful at thrift stores, maybe because no one makes tarts anymore. These two rings were purchased together, along with a couple cream colored wool sweaters (I wasn't sure which one I wanted to use). Choose wool to prevent unraveling.
12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman
I simply drilled a hole in the rim of each tart pan and used wire to secure them to each other.

I cut the sleeve off of the wool sweater, after washing and drying it in hot water.
12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman
I also cut the band off the sweater, tying a knot where the side seam was. I cut the scarf to the length I wanted after I glued it to the "neck" of the snowman and I cut fringes into the end of it.
12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman
A little hot glue secured the hat and scarf to the tart pan snowman. 
12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman
I used a piece of twine around the top sweater cuff to make the top of the hat. I also added a pine spring and berries (also from the thrift store) with hot glue.
12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman
You can spray paint the rings white if you like, add a red or plaid sweater hat and scarf.

A simple, quick, sweet snowman for only a few dollars.

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12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Reflecting Love
Happy Sunday! A good reflection accurately returns or throws back what is "put into it". In other words, "What goes in, must come out." When we spend time with God, whether it is in prayer, worship, or reading the Bible, it is reflected through loving others and being kind to one another. When people are unkind or rude or hateful, we need to remember that they are reflecting what they know and what has been embedded in their lives. We can break that by giving the unmerited love and forgiveness that is given to us by Jesus. The saying, "What goes around comes around," is often used in a negative way when we want someone to get what they deserve. But, grace says we don't have to get what we deserve. When we share God's grace and love with each other, we break the cycle and change the reflection.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Letting God Define Us
Happy Sunday! Dictionary: a reference book that contains an alphabetical listing of words that define them, along with other pertinent information. Definitions are important when we don't understand a word's meaning. But, what words do we use to define ourselves? Do you use labels such as mom, teacher, student, etc.? Do your activities and what you do define you--you are a good cook, a creative artist, a gifted athlete? God never intended for what we do, how we perform, and what others say about us to define us. While these things might determine what we do and what we are passionate about, they are fleeting and fickle and can change instantly. God wants to be the only one that defines us. When we look in his dictionary, the Bible, we see that we are precious, wanted, planned for, honored, and above all else, loved beyond measure. Let's work on letting God alone define us and focus on knowing that we are who God says we are, period!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Make a Side Table from Reclaimed Wood

I am knee deep in Christmas projects--snowmen, signs, snowflakes, etc. BUT, I am trying to hold off sharing anymore Christmas with y'all until November (but I am not making any promises). Plus, I need more than Christmas decor items for an upcoming sale.

I couldn't decide what I wanted to build and then I spied a great slab of barnwood in the corner of the workshop. It is 10" x 24".
Make a Side Table from Reclaimed Wood
I decided it would make a perfect small bench or side table.
Make a Side Table from Reclaimed Wood

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sunday Verses

be content no matter what season you are in
Happy Sunday! I love fall, it is my favorite season. The only thing I don't like about fall is that it means winter is soon to follow. And, although I like some snow in the months of December and January, I am usually not thrilled about the many months of cold and snow that we get in Montana. But, because I choose to live in Montana, I try to be content with our long winters and I know warmer weather will eventually return. Life is a series of seasons--some our favorite times and some we suffer through. But, when we know that God is a present in ALL of the intervals of our lives and we trust that a new season will come, it is easier to be content in whatever situation we are in. To be satisfied and grateful wherever we are is a true gift of faith.

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

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