Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Verses

let God's light overcome the darkness in your light
Happy Sunday! Raise your hand if you are excited that the days are getting longer and it is staying lighter a bit later each day. Light lifts our spirits, makes things easier to see, comforts us and makes us feel safe.  Light is a metaphor for life and goodness. And by God's grace, we have a light that fills our dark and empty places. God's light guides us and consoles us and it is greater than ANY darkness we may feel or experience in our life. This week let's look for the light--whether it be from the sun, a person who radiates, or even a favorite lamp, and let it remind us to feel and trust and be thankful for the light that God shines into our darkness.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Barn Wood Bench

When a friend asked me to donate to a fundraiser for a local family whose son was born with heart complications.  I said of course. I knew I wanted to make something Montana and I know how popular benches are so that is what I did.

reclaimed wood bench for the entryway

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Reclaimed Wood Art

I had a little time to myself the other evening when no one was home and I decided to use it to "play" in the workshop. 

This rustic, boho inspired art piece made from reclaimed wood was the result of that creative time.  

rustic boho art made from reclaimed scrap wood

I am calling it God's eye because it reminds me of the yarn and stick creations called God's eyes that I loved to make as a kid.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Coffee House Decor

Ok, I am pretty sure I have been dreaming of having a coffee lounge or coffee house decor in my dining area since I first spied Central Perk in Friends. 

how to get a coffee house decor look in your home
I mean, who doesn't love the casual, cozy, welcoming atmosphere?  And after seeing what Redhead Can Decorate did, I have been working on creating this in my home.
Redhead Can Decorate coffee lounge

I am not flipping my dining and family room spaces like Redhead Can Decorate did, but I am working on designing a cozy, comfy dining space.  I found a round dining table (with 2 leaves) at the thrift store and I am just about done transforming.  The small round table will be perfect because I only have one kid at home still so most days there are only three of us eating at the table.  I love that I can expand the table when we have company.

Now, I am looking for other pieces to complete the look and feel of the space.  I am looking at both thrift stores and online for what I want.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Talk of the Town Link Party

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Showing MORE Love on MORE Mondays

easy changes to make to get more out of life
Happy Monday!  I hope you took last week to get caught up on getting MORE out of this year.  (SEE HERE) 

With Valentine's Day tomorrow, it is a perfect week to focus on showing more LOVE.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Verses

inspirational quote about forgiveness
Happy Sunday! Montana is called Big Sky Country and when my family first moved here, I remember my little brother saying, "The sky really is bigger in Montana." We have gorgeous, wide-open spaces where you can look as far from the east to the west as your eyes can see--which is pretty darn far. When God forgives us, this is how far God removes our sins from us. AND BONUS, he forgets them.  The problem is, God forgets them but, we don't.  We continue to live in shame and live in the boundaries and shackles of our sin.  God never intended us to do life this way--He wants us to live in the freedom of forgiveness he gives us. We need to accept the work Jesus did on the cross and, just like God does, forget our sins.  This week let's trust that we are really forgiven and let's work on forgiving AND forgetting our mistakes!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Vintage Table Updated with Paint

So, as I shared in my last post (HERE) there are a few things I have learned about thrift store shopping over the years.  Another thing I have learned is that right before you checkout, you should take one more pass through your favorite section (furniture for me) because most thrift stores are constantly putting fresh items out. 
before photo of funky vintage foyer table

The other day on my final pass through I found this vintage table just being placed on the floor at the thrift store.  I took it from the employee's hands and thanked him.


I love the funky, vintage style of this occasional, lamp, foyer (what do YOU call it??) table. It is sturdy, but rough.
funky thrift store vintage table upcycled with paint
Nothing that a little sanding and paint wouldn't fix!  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Vintage Metal Folding Table

After doing THIS--ya know, buying junk, fixing it, repurposing it, painting it--for 16 years I know when I should quickly grab a piece at a yard sale or thrift store and not hem and haw over it.


Such was the case when I spied this vintage metal folding table on sale for 1/2 price at the thrift store.
vintage metal folding table from the thrift store
I didn't open it and set it up to see if it was sturdy, I didn't walk around the store and think about it, I just threw it in my cart.  I knew that the metal top would be great with new legs if needed or that it would make a fabulous, big, metal sign.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Talk of the Town Link Party

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