Thursday, February 14, 2019

Thrifty Thursday Pick Up Sticks Lamp

make a funky lamp from thrift store pick up sticks

I recently found these at the thrift store: XXL yard game pick-up sticks. I wasn't sure when I bought them if I was going to upcycle, repurpose them or use them for projects. But, soon project ideas started running through my head, so they won out over outdoor fun.

thrift store finds
I loved the colors painted on them and decide to use 15 of them (3 of each color) to make a funky lamp.
Make a Funky Lamp from Thrift Store Pick Up Sticks

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sunday Verses

Take Time to Rest
Happy Sunday! Like much of the country, it has been cold here in Montana. And while that is not unusual, for me it sure has induced a need to hibernate, more so than usual. I have been happy to stay home, avoiding social events, but that has made me feel a bit guilty. Why do we feel like we always have to be doing? It isn't from God.There are several verses in the Bible telling us to rest--from work, from worry and fear, from stress and anxiety. Jesus needed and took time to rest. When we allow ourselves time to slow down, to renew in quiet, to pause, and embrace rest rather than feel guilty about it, we are able to better connect with Jesus. Give yourself permission to slow down, receive God's gift of rest and grace, and enjoy the quiet days.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Rustic Grain Elevator Painting

For the past two months I have been playing with painting some of my favorite Montana scenes and spots. Here is my latest:

Rustic Grain Elevator Painting
I use salvaged pieces of plywood as my canvas and scrap wood pieces and chunks as my paintbrushes.
Rustic Grain Elevator Painting
This photo was my inspiration for this piece. My painting is not an exact replica, but rather inspired by the photo.
Rustic Grain Elevator Painting
The background is my starting point, I usually use two or three colors. I then paint and fix and paint and add and sand until I am happy.
Rustic Grain Elevator Painting
My final step is adding a frame, staining everything, and clear coating. I have sold a handful of these paintings and am enjoying the challenge and creative aspect of painting with scrap wood pieces.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Reclaimed Wood Hearts

'Tis the season...for HEARTS! I have been working on a few projects. This reclaimed wood heart art is an oldie, but one that is always a favorite. 

Reclaimed Wood Hearts

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sunday Verses

devotional on God holding us together
Happy Sunday! Do you ever feel like the glue that is holding everything and everyone together? Are you the keeper of the schedules, the encourager, the planner, the chef and taxi driver, and all of the other roles you manage keeping your family sane? I have complained to God about having to be the glue, asking him who is helping me keep it all together. He gently reminded me that HE is the glue, NOT me. I might be the bottle through which his glue is dispensed to my family, but Jesus is the bonding component. Through him all things were created and his ever-present embrace binds us to him. He keeps us from falling apart--let's lean into him and let Jesus work.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Rustic Heart Painting

I have been having a lot of fun painting with wood scraps on pieces of plywood. My latest painting was an easy, colorful, rustic heart.

Rustic Heart Painting

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Sunday Verses

God Waits for Us
Happy Sunday! Have you ever had to wait on someone? Waiting can make us feel annoyed, irritated, frustrated, and angry. Knowing how we handle waiting, it really is amazing to think that God waits on us. While we wrestle with our pride and independence or our feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness, he waits patiently for us to come to him. And when we finally do, he does not chastise us for making him wait, but he shows us mercy and grace and compassion. God created us to need him and he longs for us to realize that. When we do, he happily welcomes us with loving arms--no matter how long we have made him wait.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Thrifty Thursday Guest Room Vignette

My guest room is, well, a hodge podge of leftovers. AND, it has pink carpeting that we would love to tear out. But, until then, I have tried to embrace the pink by decorating with grey and white and few green and pink touches. I decided the room needed a more homey touch. I decided to start with some vignettes for the dresser and night stand. 

I scoped out vignettes on Pinterest and with a few pins in mind, I set out to the local thrift store. I found so many good things! These are just a few of them:
Thrift Store Finds Become Charming Farmhouse Vignette

I put some of these, and a few more things purchased previously at the thrift store, to create a cute, farmhouse vignette on the top of the dresser in the spare room.

Thrift Store Finds Become Charming Farmhouse Vignette

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Rustic Reclaimed Wood Bench

A snowy day gave me the perfect chance to work in my workshop. I wasn't sure what I was going to build. I spied a lovely little piece of live reclaimed wood and decided to make a quick bench. 

Rustic Reclaimed Live Edge Bench
When I say quick--I mean it takes me about 15 minutes to put this together, another 15 minutes were spent on sanding, and about it took about 15 minutes to clear coat this rustic bench.

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." 
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