Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wood Pallet Wonders and a Gratitude Board



Hey all, how are you? So, I have casually mentioned that I spent my summer writing another book on working with and building with wood shipping pallets. affiliate link (You can get my first book HERE.) And, my second book is now available for pre-order on Amazon HERE

How did a second book come about and how is this one different?
My editor asked me if I had a second book in me. Interestingly enough, I had brainstormed new projects for another book a few months prior to her asking. I wanted this one centered around the seasons and holidays, but with projects that were versatile and could be easily changed up for other holidays and decorating. And... Wood Pallet Wonders was written. 
awesome book with complete directions and colored photos

The new book offers much of the same basic information as the first book--tools you need, where to find pallets, how to take them apart, paint techniques. Some of this information has been updated. The projects are all new and different from the first book and range from very simple to more expert builds (although if you follow me at all, you know I never build anything too complicated).


A few projects did not make the book due to a space issue, which in my mind is a better issue to have than not having enough material. One is this very simple gratitude board, perfect for the upcoming month. I thought I would share it with you now so you have time to get it made before November. I am sharing in more detail than I typically do, which will give you a nice example of how projects are shared in Wood Pallet Wonders, (LOTS of colored photos in the book!)
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Small Ways to Keep Extra Pounds Off During the Holidays

Happy MORE Monday! These posts started in the new year when most of us make the BIG resolutions that are often forgotten and left behind by February or March.

simple ways to keep holiday pounds off
I wanted to motivate us to continue with and keep our resolutions by making small changes throughout the year.

The changes have focused on different areas--health, money, relationships. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Verses

god has already overcome anything we are facing
Happy Sunday! Folks, life is just hard, isn't it? There is pain and problems and forces coming against in all directions some days. There are mountains we are facing that seem insurmountable and those that are in the distant that we can barely see, but we know are there. And, many of us are choosing to live in defeat. We worry (oh, how I struggle with this) and we stress and we forget. We forget that God has already won the victory, that HE is greater than anything we are facing, that HE has overcome the giants and the mountains we face. Let's claim and believe and live in the victory Christ won for us on the cross. Amen?

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Buffalo Checked Bison Sign

Oh, how I love this buffalo check stencil from Funky Junk Interiors' Old Sign Stencils. It is perfect for adding a rustic, cabin vibe to anything.
Funky Junk Interiors Old Sign Stencils

I decided I definitely needed to make a buffalo checked bison (or buffalo, although in North America they are bison).

Monday, October 9, 2017

Let's Give MORE Grace

In the beginning of the year I started a series on Monday called MORE Mondays that offered simple and small steps to improve our lives and get more out of life this year.
simple ways to get more out of life this year

And then summer happened and book writing happened and I put the MORE Monday posts on hold until September. But, then a big computer slow down occurred and for about 5 weeks every post took me three to four times longer than normal and I just couldn't create printables. But, all of that is done and cleared up and so my MORE Monday posts are back for the rest of 2017.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday Verses

devotional about loving others without limits
Happy Sunday! I love the message version of these verses because it really spells out HOW we are called to love others--without reserve and with everything, like Jesus loves us. We are not called to pick people apart, to decide if they are worthy of love, to love them only if they agree with us. We are simply asked to love as we are loved, without limits. It is not always easy, but God has a plan for that too. He tells us to hang out with him more, read his word, pray, and learn how extravagantly he loves us and then ACT and show that love, HIS love to others.  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fall Porch Decor on a Budget

Yesterday I showed you my quick fall sign I made with pallet wood scraps.  Today, I am sharing the rest of my porch, or at least one of my porches decorated on a budget with thrift store and garage sale finds.

use thrift store finds and pallet wood projects to decorate your porch for fall
This porch we call the breezeway porch because it leads into the breezeway (which is enclosed) from the garage to the mudroom. It is the door that most everyone uses because we have no path to the front door (YET!).

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pallet Pumpkin Sign

I "needed" a new fall sign for my porch AND I had recently "cleaned" (or removed excess paint) from paintbrushes on some scrap pallet boards. 
make a hand painted sign for fall on pallet boards

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sunday Verses

Happy Sunday! We had a long fire season in Montana this past summer. But, even though the smoke was miserable, we also know that fires are sometimes necessary and that good can come from them. Fires release seeds for new growth, rid forests of dead materials, renew the soil, and allow for a more diverse ecosystem. God is an expert at bringing good from bad. He allows the hard times to refine us, to make us better, and he tells us the hard times will not last--joy is ahead. Rest this week in knowing that trials are not forever and trust that God's mercy and grace bring us wonderful joy in the future. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Rustic Farmstand Pumpkin Sign

I knew I wanted a sign for fall that was rustic and looked like it had been painted by a farmer for a roadside farmstand. A little "playing" and I got the look I was after--rustic and simple.

how to make a rustic farmstand style sign

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Devotion on Making Life Easier with Jesus
Happy Sunday! Do you have a do-it-yourself attitude and independent spirit, or have you ever been called strong-willed? I sure have and while being independent is an admirable quality, it also can make life awfully hard when we try to do life apart from Jesus. Some of us try to do life without Jesus because we have fallen away or are ashamed of how we are living or we have never sought a real relationship with him. But, this is not how our Father intended us to live. He wants us to remain in Jesus no matter what--to let him be a part of everything we do--the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is not always easy to let him in, but it always worth it. And if you are not sure where to start, simply talk to Jesus, repeat his name if that is all you feel like you can do and practice daily relationship with our Father.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

How to Update and Outdated Chair

When I purchased a kitchen table at the thrift store, it came with three, outdated, less-than-lovely chairs.  Hello 1990!
before picture of an old chair updated with wood and paint

I almost left them at the store, but I had room in my truck so I threw them in, and I am happy I did. I eliminated a few parts and pieces and added some paint and barnwood to update the outdated!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Verses

devotional about God's never ending favor and joy
Happy Sunday! In this current season I feel like I know a lot of folks who are going through some rough stuff. I am talking the really hard, life altering situations. And in these tough times, there is sadness and anger and fear. But, there is also hope. My prayer is that people know that hard things do not last a lifetime. Sadness and disappointment are a moment in the whole scheme of things. Peace and happiness will return and when we rest in God's never ending favor, we will KNOW, even when we don't feel it, that joy WILL return, and that it is worth waiting for. Knowing this truth, helps us to keep on keeping on!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Thrift Store End Table Makeover

I shared a few years ago that I definitely enjoy building furniture rather than just painting it to resell.
quickly makeover a thrift store end table with paint and stain

But, sometimes things are a no-brainer, like buying this little icebox reproduction nightstand for a few dollars from the thrift store.  I knew it would be a quick makeover with a little paint.

upcycle a thrift store end table with paint and stain and give it a rustic cabin look

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday Verses

devotional about faith
Happy Sunday! Yesterday, our smoky skies cleared for a time, it rained a bit, and we were happy to see our beloved mountains. More than a million acres have burned in Montana in the past six weeks, and on most days we have not been able to see the mountains that surround us. But, even on the days we haven't seen the mountains, we KNEW they were still there. Faith is the same--it is the thing that assures us that God is working in the background even when we don't see it. When we are praying and waiting on Jesus to answer, we have hope that He will act. Faith enables us to trust in KNOWING that God "has got this" whatever this may be. Faith helps us to keep going even when we don't see the whole picture or know the entire plan. This week, let's practice resting in faith.  

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Pallet Board Thunderbird

I have had a thunderbird on my brain ever since by daughter bought a piece of jewelry with a thunderbird.
So, I decided to make one from pallet wood.

make a thunderbird or phoenix from pallet boards

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunday Verses

verse about God's Strength
Happy Sunday! I have a dear friend going through the hurricane in Houston right now. She and her family are safe, but boy, have they been battered with rain and wind. Honestly, I cannot imagine and I am sure Texans are feeling weary. This verse assures us that when we are weak and exhausted, when we are bruised, when we feel defeated, God will not break us. God is a loving Father. Jesus is gentle with hurting, broken people. He loves us compassionately and with kindness that we simply cannot fathom and understand. And all he asks is that we simply accept that love and when we are strong enough, share it with others. Rest in that truth my fellow bruised reeds and flickering candles. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Verses

show love and mercy to all
Happy Sunday! This verse has been on my heart for several months and in the past few weeks I have been reminded of it again and again. Jesus did not come to this earth armed with a long list of do's and don'ts or with his finger pointing at us. He doesn't stand in front of us, arms held up with wrists crossed in an X. Rather, Jesus stands in front of us, arms flung open wide, restoring and healing us. And, Jesus asks us to do the same: to stand in front of one another, with open arms and with hearts full of mercy. Somehow we have made mercy hard and we do not show love to all, to those in our communities and to those right in front of us. Before we do anything else, before we worry about the "rules" and the rights and the wrongs, we MUST show mercy--we MUST love with wide open arms and wide open hearts and stop the condemnation and hate. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rustic Industrial Wine Rack Made from Pallets

Last week I showed you how to make a back to school crayon box (here) from two pallet boards.
pallet boards make a great rustic industrial wine rack

This week I made a rustic, industrial wine rack from two pallet boards.

Use pallet boards and plumbers tape to make an industrial wine rack

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday Verses

we need to stop comparing ourselves to others
Happy Sunday!  I love wildflowers. Each variety is different and beautiful in its own way. Wouldn't it be absurd if the flowers sat around and compared themselves to each other? But, we compare ourselves to others all the time. God created each of us individually and remarkably. Yet, even when we know this, we still compare just about everything--our homes, children, weight, spouses, jobs, vacations, etc. We need to stop. We need to embrace our individuality, our own strengths and weaknesses, and chose to appreciate those traits we admire in others rather than compare. When we trust and value God's opinion of us, we will not feel the need to compare ourselves with others and we will experience more peace and happiness.  This week, let's appreciate our uniqueness and stop the comparison game.   

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Back to School Box Made from Pallet Wood

Some of you have kiddos back in school already, wow! I know, across the country they all go pretty much the same number of days, but my little birdie that is still at home doesn't start until August 30th. 

With the onset of the new school year (whether it is now or soon), I thought a fun and quick gift idea for the teacher or for your child was needed so I cam up with this crayon shaped box made from pallet wood.
an easy back to school teacher gift made from pallet wood

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Talk of the Town Link Party

Welcome back to Talk of the Town #84!
Every Tuesday at 7 pm Central

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Talk of the Town Link Party

Welcome back to Talk of the Town #83! Every Tuesday at 8 Eastern, 7 Central PLEASE NOTE – There are now *2* separate link ups; the first is for DIY/Vintage/Repurposed links and the second for recipes. Thank you!  
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday Verses

love is patient and love is kind
Happy Sunday! Today hubby and I are celebrating 29 years of marriage. Most of us, Christian or not, are familiar with the love verses in 1 Corinthians telling us what love is and how we should love one another. The love described in these verses is perfect love and something we strive for, but fall short of so many days. I think if we could master the first two descriptions of love--patient and kind--oh, what a different world we would live in. I try to remember to practice patience and kindness towards my husband and everyone and I repeat this verse under my breath when I am feeling anything but patient and kind. And, although I fail miserably, I continue to practice to love others the best I can with the perfect love that Jesus gives to us.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Talk of the Town Link Party

Welcome back to Talk of the Town #82!
Every Tuesday at 7 pm Central
PLEASE NOTE - There are now *2* separate link ups; the first is for DIY/Vintage/Repurposed links and the second for recipes. LINKS POSTED IN THE INCORRECT CATEGORIES MAY BE REMOVED AND WILL NOT BE SELECTED AS FEATURES IN FUTURE PARTIES. Thank you!
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Upcycle a Vintage Picnic Basket

I have such a fondness for vintage picnic baskets. And while I don't collect them, I do like to find them and fix them up for re-sale. 

upcycle a vintage picnic basket with Fusion paint and old sign stencils

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Verses

change your perspective to see life differently
Happy Sunday! I just spent some time in one of my favorite places, Glacier National Park.  The natural beauty never ceases amaze me.  I took way too many pictures, trying different angles and views to get the perfect shot.  I lay on my back to get some photos or would try to get a shot from straight overhead. And, I was once again reminded that changing our perspectives changes what we see. Altering my perspective to God's view and looking at life through the lens of eternity gives me a much better picture and clearer vision. When I focus on what matters to Jesus and not what seems to matter here on earth, I am humbled and I remember to just breathe and to not worry, but rather enjoy a better perspective. Let's look at life through God's eyes--we will see so much more.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Talk of the Town Link Party

Welcome back to Talk of the Town # 81!
Every Tuesday at 7 pm Central
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Roadside Rescue Bookshelf

When hubby told me he had picked up a real wood roadside shelf, I was excited.  But, then he brought home this...
before picture of a roadside find
a very dirty, very dilapidated, shelf with a burn hole.
burn hole in a roadside rescue bookshelf

So, after letting it sit for a month and almost hauling it to the dump, I decided to tackle it... and gave it a rustic industrial makeover.

rustic industrial bookshelf with reclaimed wood

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Verses

God knows our name and we are never alone
Happy Sunday! On a recent road trip, we heard a couple different times one of my favorite childhood songs (thanks to satellite radio stations). And, as America sang about being in the desert on a horse with no name, I thought about so many people who feel like THEY are nameless and lost in a desert. I long for people to understand that God knows their name, that Jesus sees us and KNOWS. He sees each hurt and every pain, he sees the loneliness and the sadness, he sees the lost and loves us through it all beyond our limited human comprehension.  He KNOWS your name and mine, and knowing that means we will never be nameless and alone in the desert places in our lives. Trust and rest in knowing Jesus KNOWS you!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Talk of the Town Link Party

Welcome back to Talk of the Town # 80!
Every Tuesday at 7 pm Central
Here at Talk of the Town, we want to help you find just what you love, so you asked for changes and we listened!
We know many of you come looking for DIY and Repurposed Projects, but some of you just want the yummy recipes, so starting today we have divided the links into those two categories to make it easier to find what you are looking for
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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday Verses

devotional about God having our back
Happy Sunday!  We love living near Yellowstone Park and being able to go into the park in the spring to see the baby animals.  We get excited seeing the mama bears playing with and protecting their cubs. Chances are if you are a parent you have been a mama (or papa) bear at some point in time. We love our children and want what is best for them and sometimes that means fiercely protecting them. What a comfort it is to know that God is the ultimate "mama bear".  He has our backs, protects us, and wants good things for us. When things are not going our way, when life is hard and it seems like everything is against us, remember that God is FOR us always, He will not abandon us or leave us. 
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