Wednesday, November 30, 2016

12 Days of Christmas, Day 8, Copper Mercury Glass Centerpiece

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Every year I enjoy coming up with a different centerpiece idea for Christmas.   
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For years I thought I couldn't "DO" centerpieces. (And after seeing this one, you might still think I can't, haha! 😄)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Wish list DEALS

Boy, how things have changed since I was a kid.  Who would have thought we would have a day during the holiday season known as Cyber Monday?  I am pretty sure I would have thought it meant something about aliens coming to earth on a Monday.

At any rate, I just had to share a few UH-MAZING deals that are happening on Amazon today.  These are things on MY wish list (feel free to forward to my hubby 😉).  Don't laugh--I am pretty practical girl when it comes to my want list:

12 Days of Christmas, Day 7, Pallet Tree Crate

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I shared last year that the previous year BEFORE we bought a home with 12 foot ceilings, we bought a new 7 1/2' Christmas tree.  Last year I set the tree on an adorable wagon (SEE IT HERE) , but this year I am using the wagon on the front porch.

I decided to build a crate for our tree this year.
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Believe it or not, this is pallet wood.  Some pallets have sheets of plywood on one side.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday Verses

Happy Sunday! The world can seem like a pretty dark place some days. The Israelites also knew darkness, they knew hatred and evil and illness. But, the prophet Isaiah talked about light--a light that would be for everyone, a light that would bring hope and freedom. In this season when we see so many lights, when we add extra lights to our homes, let's remember God's Light that was born in a stable. And let's work on sharing the good news of His Light with others--share it in the way we treat people, in what we say and what we do, in how we love each other.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

7 Unique Gifts for the Cook

Taking a break from the Thanksgiving cooking and prep to share a few gift ideas for the cook in your life.  

While I am not passionate about cooking, I do enjoy it most of the time. Some fun gadgets or beautiful tools make it better and more enjoyable.

So take a break and peruse these ideas for the cook in your life (remember, you can buy gifts for yourself!).

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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Monday, November 21, 2016

12 Days of Christmas, Day 6, Window Words

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I just love when friends and family keep their eyes open for junk for me.  Such was the case with this window that my father-in-law spotted and grabbed for me (actually 3 of them). 
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I loved that they were painted red.  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday Verses

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Happy Sunday! This verse hit me anew this past week as I focused on the "peace that comes from Christ" phrase. Seems to me that a whole lot of strife is running our lives. And even though we are working to find peace, folks are living in states of unrest because we are relying on ourselves to find that peace. We MUST let our peace come from Jesus! In this busy season with full calendars, tight wallets, and political turmoil, it is imperative that we spend not less, but rather more time with Jesus. Take an extra few minutes in the morning to read a devotional or the Bible, pray a little more throughout the day, spend more time thanking God at the end of the day and let HIS indescribable and unmatchable peace wash over you.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Young Guys Gift Guide

Is anyone harder to shop for than young men?  I have two young adult male children, and while I love them to pieces, shopping for them is always a challenge. 

And since I struggle with shopping for them, I thought you might too, so I decided to share 10 ideas that have been proven winners for young men!
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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Monday, November 14, 2016

12 Days of Christmas, Day 4, Pom-Pom Sign

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I am not sure if crafts get much easier than this fun pom-pom sign that you can't help but touch!
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Target has the greatest stuff for Christmas in their dollar spot. Have y'all seen it?  

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday Verses

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Happy Sunday! So, what do you see in this photo? Believe it or not, in the right of it, behind the steam and fog, there is a large bison herd that you cannot see. Life is often times a lot like this picture-- there is so much going on behind the scenes, but we simply cannot see it. And not only can we not see it, we can't predict how it is all going to play out. It is during these times that we MUST hold onto our faith. We have to trust that God can see it all and He knows what is going to happen. It is never easy--really, pretty much NEVER, but trusting and hoping and being patient build our faith and make it stronger for the unseen life happenings ahead. This week find beauty in the fog and faith in the unknown!

Friday, November 11, 2016

12 Days of Christmas, Day 3, Candy Cane Holder

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If you have followed my blog at all, you might remember that each Christmas I like to share a candy cane holder idea. This stems from a childhood memory of a little cardboard Santa's boot that we hung by the door to hold candy canes for visitors.
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I have carried on this tradition, using different candy cane holders each year.  This year's is a simple printable decoupaged onto a jar.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Copper Crush

I have a copper crush...
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and I must admit, it has been going on for awhile. It is warm, but not brash and boastful, hip, but subtle.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

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Monday, November 7, 2016

12 Days of Christmas, Day 2, Faux Fireplace

After a busy week of getting things made for a Christmas show I sold at on Saturday, I am finally back with Day 2's project for my annual 12 Days of Christmas!
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...and the stockings were hung by the chimney with care.  Wait, you don't have a chimney?  Neither do I, well not really.  i have a brick wall and chimney that lead to my basement wood stove (it was originally for the coal burning furnace that heated our old schoolhouse back in the day).  And I have a propane fireplace that is a modern metal tube (yech!) that has no mantel.  

So what is a good stockin' hangin' girl to do?? Why make one of course!
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sunday Verses

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Happy Sunday! The sunset earlier in the week was stunning and I had to stop making dinner to go outside and snap a few photos. But, as I came back inside, I heard the gloom and doom and fear spewing from the evening news and I was reminded that as beautiful as our homes can be--they are temporary. I know we are anxious about the election, nervous and fearful about the future. And I think we absolutely need to pause and appreciate the small wonders around us like amazing sunsets. But, we also need to remember that this is not our permanent home and the things of this world are not enduring. Let's keep our focus on those things that will last forever.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

12 Days of Christmas, Day 1, Pallet Barn Door

Hello and welcome to my 7th annual "12 Days of Christmas" posts.  Over the past seven years through the month of November (and sometimes into December) I have worked hard to bring my readers a dozen unique and DOABLE ideas to help personalize and celebrate the holidays.
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These will not be 12 consecutive days of posts, but my goal is to always complete them in time for you to be able to recreate the ones that you like before the holiday rush.

And without further ado, 2016's first project is an easy "barn door" made from pallet wood.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

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