Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Verse When You are in a Funk
Happy Sunday! Grey, gray--I am not sure how many shades (or spellings) there are, but it seems we have had a lot of them lately. And, as typical for me this time of year, I have been feeling a bit "grey". When March hits, I am over winter, but it is not over. I miss warm days,  and we stayed home during spring break while EVERYONE else was on a beach. I feel like I lack motivation...mwuh, mwuh, mwuh, mwuh (Peanuts' teacher voice). I try to be a look on the positive side kind of a person and thankfully, my pity parties don't last long. But, even when I am in a funk, I KNOW God is on my side. I KNOW he is loving and patient with me, gentle and kind with my bad attitudes. God comforts us now, is a part of our every day lives, and knowing that helps me to look forward to brighter days.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Rustic Reclaimed Wood Art

We are on spring break this week, but stuck at home. I always get bummed seeing the fun (tropical locations!) everyone else is experiencing. We have been trying to do something new or out of the ordinary each day--ya know, a staycation. Here we are in Yellowstone (after sitting in the hot pots). 
Yellowstone National Park
I also have been having "spring break" in the workshop--playing and just having experimenting, not working on anything in particular.
Rustic Reclaimed Wood Art

I spied some decent trim board scraps in the corner of the workshop and decided to start chopping angles and came up with this art piece.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Chippy Vintage Style Sign

Signs, signs, signs--they have been all the rage for quite awhile now. And honestly, I am over the ones that have a saying on them. But, I am still loving signs that look like vintage advertising signs like this Fresh Flowers sign I just made.

make a vintage style advertising sign with this paint technique

Monday, March 12, 2018

Reclaimed Wood Desk

I have mentioned before that my middle kid is an architect student. He likes to dabble in my workshop every now and then. So, when a friend asked him to build a desk, he did.

desk pieced together with reclaimed wood

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Devotional on Being the Light
Happy Sunday! I recently finished reading the book A Man Called Ove. There are many great quotes and bits of wisdom in the book. One of my favorites is, "You only need one ray of light to chase all the shadows away". I read it as the last bit of sunshine for the day was streaming through the window and my dog was trying to bask in its warmth. What a difference even a small amount of light can make and what a difference one person can make in someone's life. We are called to be light to others. Being a light means we talk with others, share our lives and ourselves, love others. It doesn't have to be elaborate--a considerate word, a phone call or text to check-in on someone, a simple act of kindness. You never know what sharing a little "light" might do for someone.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Chippy Shabby Shutter Shelf

Chippy, shabby, shutter shelf--say that three times fast! I have been holding onto this dilapidated shutter for a bit now--I finally decided to use it or lose it!

make a coat hook and shelf from an old shutter

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Devotion about Changing our Attitudes
Happy Sunday! We are experiencing record snowfall this winter in Montana. That, along with many horrible driving days and below average temperatures, has resulted in a whole lot of grumbling on my part. I try hard to not complain about the weather because I choose to live in a state that has a lot of winter, but my attitude has been less than stellar lately. Last weekend I was stir crazy and we decided to hike to a waterfall that we have seen many times in the summer, but have never experienced in the winter. And as we hiked into the trailhead (because the road to the trailhead is closed), I saw familiar places with new eyes and a new outlook--it was good for my soul. Looking at life through a different lens and with an encouraging attitude is so good for us. God created us to be cheerful beings and knows that practicing being positive is great for our health. This week, let's try to "do life" with a fresh and cheerful disposition.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Update a Thrift Store Basket with Paint

Thrift Store Makeovers and Upcycles at Beyond the Picket Fence
Spring is springing, well sort of. While it is still snowing here in Montana, and we are experiencing colder than normal temps, the calendar has turned to March--the month that signals the HOPE of warmer days, some day, probably not until June...

But, with Easter being a month away, it is time to start decorating for spring and baskets are a perfect way to bring a touch of spring into your home.

Upcycle Thrift Store Baskets with Paint for Spring

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pink Coming in Hot

If you haven't noticed, PINK is coming in hot this spring, in both home decor and clothing. I have seen so much of it--a lovely blush pink. 

I decided I needed a few blush pink items in my booth for spring. This sweet little 1930's end table was the first thing I painted

pink color trend for spring 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Not Worrying
Happy Sunday! Tick-tock, tick-tock, raise your hand if you know anything about watching the clock in the middle of the night while ruminating on the world's problems. There is certainly plenty to worry about. I have heard a lot of fearful talk lately--moms who want to take their kids out of school, people who want to move to other countries, folks who are buying weapons in bulk. Please hear me when I say, I GET it. Life is hard and scary and sometimes the unimaginable does happen. I say this knowing a bit about when bad things happen, having had my baby son die in my arms. I understand fear and worry. But, I also know God did not create us to worry. He does not want us to fret over things that we have no control over. He wants us to trust him. We cannot hide from the horrible things, but we do not need to be anxious about them either. Give it to God, over and over if necessary, and rest in HIS gift of peace. 
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