Friday, April 28, 2017

Farmhouse Work Table

When you get the phone call saying you sold some bigger pieces in your antique booth, what do you do?  Why, quickly build something new of course!  

So, after looking at the wood supply that was in the workshop, I decided to come up with a farmhouse style work table. 

farmhouse work table made from reclaimed wood

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Monday, April 24, 2017

More Health on MORE Mondays

get more out of your life by making small changes

We are focusing on more health today because it is so very important for every area of our life. The benefits of healthier bodies and minds carry over into ALL other ares of our lives--better job performance, better relationships, happier days.

easy ways to be more healthy this year

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Verses


Happy Sunday! I have always been more of an optimist, believe in the power of positive thinking. But, some days it is just hard to focus on the positive.  On these days, when I remember,  I force myself to stop the stinkin' thinkin' by mentally listing 10 things I am thankful for. I have also kept a gratitude journal throughout various tough life times and believe that it can be life changing.  This week when you find yourself grumbling and focusing on the bad, stop and think about and be thankful for the good things in your life.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Live Edge Reclaimed Wood Table

A new load of reclaimed barn wood means I get to play in the workshop.  
load of reclaimed salvaged barn wood

I got three long hunks of reclaimed, live edge wood and decided one need to be used as a sofa table (or entry table).

live edge reclaimed wood sofa table

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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Monday, April 17, 2017

More Courage on MORE Mondays

easy ways to overcome fears
Have you seen this video of a girl who faced 100 of her fears in 100 days?!
easy way to face our fears
Video HERE

Wow, super brave, right?  It got me to thinking, what are my fears and how can I overcome them.  I have some little fears such as, "Do I look like an idiot wearing this?" and the BIG ones, "What if my child dies while driving to school."

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Verses

inspiring verse for Easter Sunday
Happy Easter! Today we celebrate the empty tomb. We celebrate Jesus's victory over death. We remember the hope of his promises and are assured that Jesus will do what he says he will do, we need only to believe. May today remind you that there is victory over death, light in the dark places, healing where there is pain, hope when things seem hopeless. Rejoice and rest--Jesus has conquered the grave!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Old Grate Industrial Table

I definitely believe in the saying, "One man's trash, is another man's treasure" and I am sure the former owners of our 1931 schoolhouse thought these old grates (I found three tucked in a corner of the basement) were junk.

grate from an old schoolhouse used to make a table

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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Monday, April 10, 2017

More Patience

ways to more patient

Boy, I am becoming more and more aware of my own impatience and the impatient world we are living in.  


We live in a time when instant gratification is rampant and it has created impatient, angry people.  
practice patience with these simple ideas

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday Verses

Happy Sunday!  I have been busy--busy building and parenting and "doing".  In all the busyness, the doing of things that needed to be done and the thinking of the things that didn't get done, but should have, I started thinking about and thanking God for the gift of his  grace.  Each week on Sundays I suggest ways to apply God's word to our lives by trusting and praying and giving our stresses to God. These are tools and ways of living that make life easier.  But our salvation is not earned or something that we can work hard for or gain by "doing".  Our salvation is a gift that comes from Christ alone when we believe in him.  Busy is fine, working on living out God's plan is great, but let's rest in remembering that we do not have to work for his grace. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Rustic Industrial Spool Table

A friend did a little pickin' for me at an estate sale and one of the things she got for me was a round table top that had been made from a cable or wire spool. It wanted to be a table again, so I created this rustic, industrial table--perfect for a small coffee or cocktail spot.

create a cozy spot with a rustic industrial spool table

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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Monday, April 3, 2017

More Relationship on More Mondays

simple ideas to have a better life
Hello to the small, but classy group that is still with me on MORE Mondays.
winnie the pooh quote about building relationships

Last week was a great time to review and redefine goals (SEE POST HERE!).  
Today we are going to focus on having more and/or better relationships with people.

(FREE Pooh quote printable HERE)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday Verses

psalm about god's power and how we are to be like windmills
Happy Sunday! I think most of us believe that God's power is available to us to help us in this life, but I think we (or at least I) try to tell God how to use his power.  The power is HIS and we are asked to be like windmills that turn as needed to harness it.  We need to listen and watch and see what Jesus is doing and tune in to it. God is a God of specifics and we can try and tell him what we specifically need or want, but He always has a better plan than we do.  If we let him have all the power, and stop trying to control and direct life, God will work HIS way--the best way!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Vintage Seed Packet Sign

When I go pallet picking, well, I am picky.  I know what I like and what works and what doesn't.  I always like to grab a few pallets made from thinner hardwood because they are perfect for signs.  

use pallet wood to make a vintage style sign

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Crates Made From Reclaimed Wood

I am prepping to take over the front display in April at The Antique Barn where I have a booth.  For an extra fee, dealers can rent the front display for a month, which gives us great exposure.  I decided on a spring and gardening theme and have been busy building to stock the space Friday morning.
make crates for the garden from reclaimed pallet wood

I built three garden crates the other night in about an hour (and then it took about another hour to paint and finish them).

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Defining Goals

Happy MORE Monday!  Whether you have been joining me from the beginning of 2017 or this is your first day here, today is the day (and this week is the week) to stop and pause and redefine your goals for the year. This is also our regrouping week because if we don't take a moment to reflect and refocus, we typically throw the towel in and give up.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Verses

trust that with God everything is possible
Happy Sunday! On our recent trip to Moab I was in awe of the arches and rock formations. Many of them seem to defy the laws of gravity and I had no idea how they had not tumbled to the ground--it appears impossible to my limited human thinking.  As I return to reality (i.e. my daily life as opposed to vacation life), I encounter people who are dealing with seemingly impossible situations.  Sadly, they are correct--on our own the hard life things are insurmountable. BUT, thankfully, the difficult becomes doable when we have Jesus on our side.  He loves to work on the unfeasible "stuff" and make it achievable.  This week, give God your impossible circumstances and let Him make them possible!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bench Made from Reclaimed Pallets

make a bench with free reclaimed pallet wood

So...church needed a video of something being restored or changed for the new message series.  And a friend needed a bench for her new home.  I combined the two and made this bench!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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Monday, March 20, 2017

More Balance in Your Life

Today's MORE Monday focus is going to piggy-back off my Sunday Verses from yesterday-- getting more balance in our life.  Yesterday, I shared that keeping God at the center of our lives is the best way to find the correct balance. I absolutely believe this.  But, there are of course things we can do to help keep our lives balanced.  Today, I want to give you ideas can use to focus on finding balance.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Verses

bible verse and devotion on keeping balance in our lives
Happy Sunday! We spent spring break in Moab, Utah hiking and seeing all kinds of amazing rock formations like this one called Balance Rock.  There were several incredible rocks "balancing" in what looked like the most precarious positions and I wondered how they did not fall.  It made me think about how our lives are often a careful balancing act.  There are many different paths to living a balanced life and your path may not look like mine, but letting Jesus be at the center of our lives in the one key we all can rely on for equilibrium. When we put God first--before our need to control things, before our ideas of how everything should work out, before our timetable--He works the balance out.  This week let's work at giving "IT" to God and let him work it out.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Picket Fence Made From Pallets

use pallet wood to make a picket fence for your porch
Okay, it was 60 degrees today--definitely time to take the pallet Christmas tree and red snow shoes off the front porch.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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Monday, March 13, 2017

More Space Less Clutter

If you have joined me on this journey of getting MORE out of life in 2017, you might remember that in the beginning I told you to have MORE of something it also meant that we we need less of other things.

This week, we are going to focus on having more space and more breathing room (in both our homes and minds) by having less clutter.  
free printable Mother Teresa quote on having less to get more

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Verses

God heals our broken lives and uses them to help others
Happy Sunday!  I am in the business of broken things.  I take furniture and scrap wood that others see as useless and worthless and I repair and change them and make them useful again. God is in the same business.  He loves broken people because he knows that he can utilize us to help others who are broken.  God works with our shattered spirits and flaws and develops them into strengths. There is example after example in the Bible of flawed folks (Moses, Abraham, Job, Samson, Rahab, Noah, Jeremiah, Peter, Martha, Paul) that God worked with to transform lives. God does not want to wait until we have it all together to help others.  He wants us to share our stories of brokenness to display his redemptive power.  Our stories reach people who need to know what God can do.  Give God your broken pieces and allow him to heal and use them.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Pallet Wood Wagon

I enjoy being able to make gifts for my family and friends.  So when my sister had a wagon for her porch on her birthday list, I knew I could make that birthday gift wish come true.

make a decorative wagon from pallet wood

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday Verses

be still and trust God
Happy Sunday!  I am pretty sure I have never been described as quiet. I am loud and boisterous, I like to talk and sometimes I enjoy and even "egg on" an argument.  But the older I get the more I realize the beauty and gift of quietness and stillness.  God works in the quiet, he speaks to us and strengthens us in times of rest.  When we quit struggling and fighting against those things that rob us of our peace and instead place our trust and confidence in Christ, we will see him working--we will find strength.  This week, let's practice quietness, let's be still, let's trust that God is working behind the scenes on our behalf.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Spring Porch Decor

My poor porch has been bare, naked, empty since I put away the Christmas decor.  It was a cold January and February and I just didn't have decorating the porch in me.  But, today I decided it was time to start with some spring porch decor. 

add spring decor to your porch a bit at a time
I started small, with just a few things to add some spring color.  I am not ready for flowers (fake or fresh) since real flowers are still a few months away.  So, I decided to begin sparsely and then I will add more as spring progresses. This is our breezeway porch.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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