Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday Verses

devotional for advent on slowing down
Happy Sunday! It is advent, a time to reflect and prepare for the joyful celebration of the birth of Jesus. BUT, for most of us it is all about being too busy and too stressed and having too little time.. This verse, one of my favorites, makes me want to take a deep sigh. It reminds me that God is not looking for busy religious activity from us. He does not want big, complicated performances and gestures. He simply wants us to walk with him, to look around us for those that are right in front of us who are in need, and to then act mercifully with those people. In this season of advent let's practice slowing down and enjoying the season. Let's breathe and look for those opportunities where God wants us to act justly and walk humbly with him.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Day 10 and 11 Christmas Entryway

12 Days of Easy Inexpensive Christmas Ideas

On the tenth and eleventh day of Christmas
Beyond the Picket Fence gave to me
Old book ideas and a decorated entryway.

Um, ya, that doesn't rhyme and yes, I am "cheating" and combining two days again because there are all sorts of thrift store Christmas decor ideas in my entryway.

pallet wood shelf decorated for Christmas with thrift store finds

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Day 9 Hot Cocoa Station

12 Days of Easy Christmas Ideas using thrift store finds

On the ninth day of Christmas
Beyond the Picket Fence gave to me,
A station for hot cocoa, coffee, and tea.

I am not sure who came up with hot cocoa and coffee stations, but I must say they are one of my favorite new traditions for the holidays and winter. They welcome family and guests and just say, "Stay and be cozy and enjoy."


I have been using an old drawer for mine, but decided I wanted something a bit smaller and not so obtrusive. A thrift store wood tray was the perfect item to hold and organize my hot drink goodies.
use thrift store finds to create a hot cocoa station

Monday, December 4, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Day 8 Gallery Wall

Make easy and inexpensive christmas decor from thrift store finds
On the eighth day of Christmas
Beyond the Picket Fence did exclaim,
"Let's upcycle a thrift store frame!"

So, today's thrift store upcycle for Christmas is certainly nothing new, but it is an EASY and INEXPENSIVE way to create something new for Christmas.

Make easy and inexpensive christmas decor from thrift store finds

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Devotional about Grace
Happy Sunday! Do you ever wish you had a "pass" to get through life--you know, something that would make the wrongs right, give you a fresh start, and make life more doable? Thankfully we do, we have GRACE. Grace is the thing that makes enduring through and enjoying life possible. Grace is the gift of pure love, it forgives all things, it transforms us. Grace tells us that there is nothing we can do that will change God's love for us or his behavior towards us. And while grace is not a free pass to DO anything we want, it is the gift that brings us justice and mercy and love every day and I am thankful for it.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Day 7 Simple Centerpiece

create easy and inexpensive decor for Christmas with thrift store finds

On the twelfth day of ChristmasBeyond the Picket Fence was very pleased,to share a simple, thrift store centerpiece.


We recently downsized from a seven foot long table to a round table that has two leaves. After all, there are only three of us living here these days (with two adult boys out of the house) and a seven foot table was a bit much. 

A new table meant I would have to rethink my centerpiece for Christmas because I typically use a rectangular tray. I knew I wanted something round, something simple, something with some height, and candles.

use a metal game board and siple items to make a christmas centerpiece

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Day 5 & 6 Stockings and Stocking Hanger

christmas decor ideas from the thrift store
On then fifth and sixth days of Christmas
Beyond the Picket Fence gave to me,
Stockings and a hanger that are delightfully.

Ooh, the rhymes are getting bad. And the days are getting closer to Christmas so I decided to combine two days because there are several thrift store finds in this stocking display.
stockings and hanger made fro thrift store items

Ladders are a pretty common find at thrift stores or building reuse places like Habitat for Humanity Restores. This tall one is pretty rickety and past its prime for safety standards, but makes a perfect stocking holder or hanger (which do you call it?).

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Sunday Verses

devotional on persevering through the tough times
Happy Sunday! During a recent stop by the local ski hill (which was not open yet) to check out the new ski lift, this safety panel caught my eye. I thought, "Gosh, how many of us wish we had a similar control panel on our lives?" What if we could simply cancel the tough stuff, slow life down, skip a trial, or use the emergency shut down button when we didn't want to go through something? But, unfortunately, life does not work that way and we ALL have hard things to experience and endure. Persevering through the trials makes us stronger, more mature, and transforms us more into the people God wants us to be. Jesus knows life is not easy, he sees us struggle, and through it all he promises to never leave us, he promises to comfort us, and he promises to turn our defeats into victories. These promises encourage me and help me to endure during the trials and I hope they encourage you too. Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Day 3 Upcycle a Thrift Store Wreath

12 Days of Thrift Store Christmas Ideas

On the third day of Christmas
Beyond the Picket Fence gave to me,
an upcycled thrift store wreath!

Have you priced out faux greenery and wreaths lately? Yowsa! The thrift stores I have been perusing lately have had no fewer than three pine wreaths--some pretty good looking ones and some not so much. I purchased this one for $1.99.
upcycle a thrift store wreath to make a rustic christmas wreath

The key to upcycling what may be a tired looking thrift store wreath is to  add to it. You can add Christmas balls, small toys, berries and twigs, kitchen utensils, mittens, etc. Check out the thrift store aisles to find the perfect wreath filler that fits your decor!

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