Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Verses

god has a plan and a purpose for your life
Happy Sunday!  Have you ever thought you were born in the wrong era? As a kid I was pretty sure I was supposed to be a neighbor or a sister to Laura Ingalls. I adore many things (like this old car) from the past and wish for simpler times. But, here is the thing, I know God created me to live in THIS time. God has a purpose and a reason for placing us where we are. I don't know about you, but there are days when I watch the news and I think, it can't get much worse on this ol' planet. And, on those days, I am comforted when I remember God knows and He sees and He wants us here now--to love him and to show his love to others, no matter how wild and crazy the ride is.  My hope is that when you are questioning why you are here or why you have to live in tumultuous times, you remember: God knows, God has a plan and a purpose for you. 
*This is verse 16, not 6--sorry for the typo.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Live Edge Hairpin Bench

When I spied a little vintage side table with a damaged Formica top at a garage sale, I knew I had to buy it for the hairpin legs. 
vintage hairpin legs from a garage sale find

And, I knew they would look fantastic on a piece of live edge wood.

add vintage hairpin legs to a live edge reclaimed barnwood piece to make a coffee table or bench

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Verses

devotional about changing our perspective
Happy Sunday! Last week my daughter and I drove around Butte, Montana and I snapped a few photos of her and of the deteriorating, abandoned buildings. Both were beautiful, but as a big storm rapidly approached, I didn't bother to change my camera settings or look at the photos to see how they were turning out. The only thing I did to get a better picture was change my position and my perspective. When we change our viewpoint and try to see life through God's lens, it changes.  God's thinking and perspective are so much better and clearer than ours because He sees the whole picture.  When things are not turning out or happening like we think they should be, let's change our perspective and trust God's views and ways.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Vintage Travel Trunk

There are some of the nicest antique dealers at The Antique Barn in Gallatin Gateway where I have a booth.  And when one sweet dealer said she just couldn't do anything with this trunk and asked if I wanted it, I said yes please.
turn a vintage trunk into a coffee table with storage

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Verses

devotional about God making a way for us in the mountains and valleys
Happy Sunday! Living in Montana means I am surrounded by mountains, mountains that are beautiful and that I love to hike and explore. The mountains can also be challenging and hard and relentless, sadly taking lives at times. God knows that the "life mountains", the obstacles and challenges, can stop us if we allow them to. He doesn't want the hard things to keep us from going forward. Our obstacles have a purpose, AND even better, God made a way for us through and around and over the mountains--Jesus. God promises to help us and to never leave us, he promises to bring good from bad and to make the way easier for us. Whatever we are facing, Jesus is going ahead of us, leveling the path and protecting us as we face our mountains.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Rustic Buffalo Check Table

I picked up this table at a garage sale last week, 

rustic table from a garage sale
and these fabulous stencils from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils arrived in the mail, 
buffalo check and plaid stencils from old sign stencils
well I knew the two were meant to meet each other.
use a buffalo check stencil to make a checkerboard table

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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Rustic Fish Bench

Sometimes I find something at a garage sale or a thrift store and I know instantly what I will make with it.  Such was the case when I spied this nubby blanket/rug at the thrift store--I KNEW it wanted to be the upholstery fabric on a bench.

use a thrift store blanket to upholster a bench
However, it took me a year to actually build the bench for the fish blanket. 
a rustic Montana bench made from reclaimed wood and a thrift store blanket

Monday, June 5, 2017

How to Make More Time in Your Day

ways to get more out of life

Y'all, I totally missed MORE Monday post last week and didn't even realize it. Memorial Day played a roll in my forgetting, but so did the fact that I have felt very busy and short on time.
free printable quote about having more time

But, as the saying goes, we all have the same 24 hours in a day, how we CHOOSE to use it is what matters.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunday Verses

God is standing with us and supporting us always
Happy Sunday! Do you have a "person", you know, that somebody who will stand by you, support you, hold your hand, and love you no matter what? It feels so good to know that someone will stand with us in all of life's ups and downs. Jesus is ALWAYS standing with us, always strengthening us. God is FOR us! And, he isn't supporting us only if--there are NO conditions to his sustenance. We don't have to jump through any hoops, perform any tasks to earn Jesus' love and support. It is a gift, readily available, ever-present in our lives. My hope is that you KNOW that, KNOW he is standing with each of us, KNOW his unconditional love.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Make a Coat Tree from a Reclaimed Wood Fence Post

I have had making a coat stand or coat tree on "my list" for probably 8+ years.  You know, one of those things that you think, "I really should make a coat tree, it will be a good seller and easy."

use a reclaimed wood fence post to make a coat tree
After hubby brought home some 4" x 4" fence posts, I finally built one.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Nightstand Makeover

When someone sends you a picture of a little nightstand and asks if you want it, you say sure! (or at least I do.)
before picture of a little nightstand that got a rustic farmhouse makeover

The before was an outdated little piece with a formica top, but a good solid drawer.  I removed the little legs before I took this picture.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday Verses

Happy Sunday!  One of my favorite things about hiking in the late spring is seeing all of the different wildflowers. I like to see how many varieties I can spot--each one is beautiful in its own way. I think God loves seeing each of us like this, loves our uniqueness and individuality.  But, sadly, I don't think we look at each other with that same attitude.  We judge and dislike and shun the differences. Jesus asks us to accept each other, which is another way of saying LOVE each other. Don't worry about the differences, just love.  Don't try to change people who are different from us, just love them.  Don't judge and criticize those who deviate from what we know, just love. God is so happy and honored when he sees us accepting and loving each other. Let's stop hating the differences between us and simply love one another.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Rustic Chippy Sign

I picked up a homemade cutting board at a garage sale because I knew it was perfect for a sign--a rustic, cabin style Pine Lodge sign.

rustic pine lodge chippy sign

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Rustic Reclaimed Wood Wall Shelf

I am prepping to take over the front display in June at the Antique Barn where I have a booth.  I decided on a campy/cabin theme and have been having fun finding and creating rustic items for the display. 
an easy to build rustic wall shelf made from fence boards 

This easy-to-build, rustic shelf made from reclaimed fence boards will fit my theme perfectly.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Monday, May 22, 2017

More Small Moments

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This week might be piggy-backing off of last week's MORE Gratitude Post, but I think we (ME!) need to enjoy, focus on, appreciate the small moments more.

We get so busy we forget to even notice the small moments.  But, in retrospect, I realize it is the small moments that matter--the simple things. 

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Verses

God is the author of peace and he wants us to live in peace
Happy Sunday! The other evening the teen wanted to go for a drive in the country (the joy of having a freshly issued driver's license has not worn off yet). I grabbed my camera and she chauffeured me around on back roads that I have never been on before. We saw cows, deer, eagles, hawks, green fields and full streams, a beautiful sunset --it was all very peaceful. God wants us to feel this kind of peace, His peace, always. Everywhere around us there is disorder and confusion and strife, but God says, "Come to me, listen to me, follow me, rest in me and I will give you peace." God is the author of order. This week let's try to live in and trust HIS peace. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rustic Farmhouse Desk and Work Table

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Days when I get to "play" in the workshop with no real plan are my favorite days! Yesterday's play time (while it was snowing outside) resulted in this fun rustic/cabin/farmhouse style desk or work table.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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Monday, May 15, 2017

MORE Gratitude--Practice Gratitude to Change Your Life

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Wow, that title has hints of a late night infomercial in it!  But, I truly believe (as do researchers) that purposefully practicing gratitude and thankfulness is life changing.
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Verses

inspiring verse about giving it all to God
Happy Sunday and Happy Mother's Day! We all know the saying, "Don't put your eggs all in one basket."  And that is good advice for some things such as money and other life risks. But, when it comes to loving and trusting God, we are asked to do the opposite.  When we put all of our "eggs"--our time and efforts, our love and faith, our energy and talents--in God's basket, he will use them in ways that we could never imagine.  When we simply love God and others with all we have, we find contentment and peace. This week, let's work at putting it all in God's hands and letting him do the rest, amen?!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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Simple Pallet Signs

I have been enjoying a whole bunch of this--the great outdoors.
gallatin river in Montana
Which means I haven't been seeing or using much of this:
use pallet wood to make simple sign

But a few stray pallet boards were calling me to make then into simple signs, so I did.

Monday, May 8, 2017

MORE YOU on MORE Mondays

easy ways to get more out of this year

Have you ever used the phrase with your kids, "Do as I say, not as I do,"? We tell our kids to be themselves, to be unique, but how many of us forget to do the same? We follow the latest trends, we compare, and worry if the choices we make are "okay".

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday Verses

what does it mean to reflect Jesus
Happy Sunday! The other evening while on a walk I noticed the reflection in the water and wanted to take a picture of it.  As I got closer I scared some ducks and geese up out of the water which caused ripples and I had to wait for it to be calm again to get the perfect shot.  We are called to be reflections of Christ and his love, but I wonder how many times I have allowed something to "ripple" or ruin that reflection.  When life is hard and when we face obstacles do we reflect God by allowing the fruits of the Spirit to shine through or do we have to wait until everything is calm and right to cast a loving reflection of Christ?  Let's remember the gifts of the Spirit and let them thrive in us so that no matter what is going on in our lives, we will portray a beautiful and accurate picture of Jesus's love.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Verses

God's unchanging word for our lives
Happy Sunday! At a recent volleyball tournament a player sitting near me was crying uncontrollably. Her team had just lost and she was inconsolable. I tried to encourage her and I told her some advice I read somewhere: "If it is not going to matter five years from now, do not spend more than 5 minutes on it." We all spend so much time worrying about things that are temporary. Life is constantly changing.  Problems come and go. We exert  energy on things that do not last and on things that are out of our control. When we live by God's Word we are standing on something that is eternal. Rather than focus on the temporary things of this world, let's instead try to rest on God's unchanging promises and love.
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