Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Verses

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
Hebrews 13:5
Content--a word I have been trying to embrace.  After all my car troubles a few weeks ago, we started looking for a new car.  My car did get completely fixed and is running just fine, yet we started thinking we needed something better, a little bigger, newer.  Then we started crunching numbers, how high of a payment were we willing to go for?  How many bells and whistles did we "need"?  After discussing it and praying about it and warding off the salesmen, we came to our senses and decided we were just fine with my current vehicle.  We were content.  This world tries to keep us uncontent, telling us that we need something bigger, faster, shinier, newer.  But, the Bible tells us to be content with what we have, so that is what I am working on doing and let me tell you, content is a much more peaceful place to be in, just as God planned for us.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Mad For Plaid

I love finding wool, plaid blankets at thrift stores and garage sales, but they are rare in these parts.  So when I saw this one full of holes at thrift store I snatched it up, for 50 cents!  I knew there was enough of it without holes that I could use it for a few projects. 
repurposed wool blanket message board http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/mad-for-plaid.html
And one of those ideas was a bulletin board perfect for a lodge look or a man's office (yes, my bulletin board obsession continues).  I started with this frame--the 1978 puppy poster in it now hangs in my daughter's room.
repurposed wool blanket message board http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/mad-for-plaid.html
Painted and distressed the frame,
repurposed wool blanket message board http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/mad-for-plaid.html
And covered a piece of bulletin board cut to size with the blanket.  Cozy, with a purpose! 
repurposed wool blanket message board http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/mad-for-plaid.html

repurposed wool blanket message board http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/mad-for-plaid.html
Find more ideas at Funky Junk Interiors!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Under $100 Linky Party

Are you ready for spring?  I sure am!  However, we really don't have much of a spring here, and it is my least favorite season as it usually means more snow, lots of mud, 1 week of spring-like weather and then 90 degrees.  Right now we are under a dangerous storm warning, with arctic air on its way--oh goody!  Still, my tulips should be popping up through the snow within the next month or so.  Looks like some of you are getting spring fever too.  So many great links last week, thank you!

A little business to take care of: please, please, please link up to the specific post, not your blog and please no links to things you are selling, thanks!

Inspired Nesting's darling burlap pillow is bound to get you thinkin' spring.
Who says trash can't have class?  Check out Creekside Creations Ballard inspired trash can.
How fun is this desk from Beyond the Screen Door?
I don't know if I'd mind being put in time-out if I got to sit on a stool as cute as this one made by Little Guess Family.
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My kids keep begging me to make these from Frugal Christian Living:
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My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia added a little FREE bling to her already fantastic craft corner.

Under $100 Linky Guidelines

1. Please link to the specific post, not your blog!
2. Please only post ideas that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you share the cost of your project, but not necessary.
3. Please include a brief description in link up.
4. Grab my Under $100 button on the sidebar and include it in your post or a link to Beyond the Picket Fence so people can find you and more great ideas.
5. Please check and make sure your link works. If it doesn't you can delete it and try again.
6. Please no direct links to sales sites, i.e. ETSY or just a plain ol' commercial site, we are looking for inexpensive ideas we can recreate, thanks!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Belted Inspiration

I like leather belts--they inspire me for some reason.  Perhaps, living in Montana, I am a rodeo queen wanna be, dreaming of wearing a prized belt with a flashy buckle (nah, I don't think that is it).  They are inexpensive at thrift stores, especially on half price days and come in a variety of colors and styles.  Whatever it is, I have made a few things with them:
A belted basket,
repurposed leather belt http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/belted-inspiration.html
A seat/side table,
repurposed leather belt http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/belted-inspiration.html
And a star.
repurposed leather belt http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/belted-inspiration.html
My latest idea started with a pile of belts and an old framed picture.
repurposed leather belt http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/belted-inspiration.html
A little black paint on the frame, a little weaving and staple gunning, and I got this:
repurposed leather belt message board http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/belted-inspiration.html

repurposed leather belt message board http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/belted-inspiration.html

repurposed leather belt message board http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/belted-inspiration.html

repurposed leather belt message board http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/belted-inspiration.html
The hamster wheel is still turning with more belt ideas so stay tuned!  Find more ideas at Today's Creative Blog and Coastal Charm and The Shabby Nest!
PS--The peace loving girl in the upper left corner of the photo is me, circa 1972.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Boarding

Boarding--a popular word in my house since my boys are avid snow boarders.  However, boarding to me speaks of bulletin boards, one of my favorite things to make--nothing like something cute to help you get organized.  I am working on a few that aren't quite done, but thought I'd show you some from the past to link up at Donna's Funky Junk Interiors Party.
One of my faves was my PB inspired board:
 bulletin boards message centers http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/boarding.html
I spray painted this one with a number theme.
bulletin boards message centers http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/boarding.html I made this one with a $3 oval frame I picked up at Hobby Lobby.
 bulletin boards message centers http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/boarding.html
This is a combo bulletin board/chalkboard message center made from a bunk bed ladder.
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Recently I shared these bulletin boards made from hotdish holders:
bulletin boards message centers http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/boarding.html
I used a coffee sack and some old garden fencing on this one.
bulletin boards message centers http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/boarding.html
I used a vintage tablecloth to cover this bulletin board.
bulletin boards message centers http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/boarding.html
And finally, have made many with the criss-cross ribbon.
[bulletin+board.jpg]bulletin boards message centers http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/boarding.html

[toile+bulletin+board.jpg]bulletin boards message centers http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/boarding.html

bulletin boards message centers http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/02/boarding.html
If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know I love not only bulletin boards, but message centers as well.  I will save those for another day.  Go check out more ideas at FJI!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Under $100 Linky Party

Linky love is so easy to give, especially when there are so many fantastic links such as:
Sweet pedestal bowls from The Speckled Dog.
Junk Restore's bumblebee lampshade is beeutiful.
Have single socks?  How about making adorable sock speciman art like A Home For a Bunny did.
Dreamy buffet redo from Between Blue and Yellow!
Spring Fever?  Check out Social Salutations spring mantel.
House Revivals Jimmy Choo inspired upcycled purse is fabulous.
Check in over the weekend, working past my caretaker, children, holiday busyness to get some projects done.  I can't wait to see what you have in store for us this week!
Under $100 Linky Guidelines

1. Please link to the specific post, not your blog!
2. Please only post ideas that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you share the cost of your project, but not necessary.
3. Please include a brief description in link up.
4. Grab my Under $100 button on the sidebar and include it in your post or a link to Beyond the Picket Fence so people can find you and more great ideas.
5. Please check and make sure your link works. If it doesn't you can delete it and try again.
6. Please no direct links to sales sites, i.e. ETSY or just a plain ol' commercial site, we are looking for inexpensive ideas we can recreate, thanks!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Under $100 Linky Party

So, McLinky started charging (as did Linkz) and with my crazy, busy, beautiful (?) life I didn't pay in time so previous links disappeared.  I can get them back (quite frankly the whole thing makes me crabby!!), but I haven't figured out how yet.  I can still show you some fabulous things from last week.

Domestically Speaking gave an invaluable tute on painting laminate, yes painting shiny unreal wood.
Love these fun dog leash holders from Saturday Mornings!
West Furniture Revival whipped up some simply divine numbered pillows.
Little Family Fun's square felt farm animals make me smile.
Sweet altered spoons from Everyday Cookies!
and finally, since everyone has had so much snow, here is a recipe for snow ice cream from The Pampered Mom.
 Thanks all for your kind words and prayers.  Life is slowly getting back to "normal", I still don't have my car, but hubby is home from hospital and doing much better--I will take him over the car any day.
Under $100 Linky Guidelines

1. Please link to the specific post, not your blog!
2. Please only post ideas that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you share the cost of your project, but not necessary.
3. Please include a brief description in link up.
4. Grab my Under $100 button on the sidebar and include it in your post or a link to Beyond the Picket Fence so people can find you and more great ideas.
5. Please check and make sure your link works. If it doesn't you can delete it and try again.
6. Please no direct links to sales sites, i.e. ETSY or just a plain ol' commercial site, we are looking for inexpensive ideas we can recreate, thanks!
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