Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday Verses

devotional on God loving and delighting in you
Happy Sunday! As a parent, seeing our kids do and experience what they love brings us joy. Knowing the people we love are happy, makes us happy. Jesus feels the same way about us. He loves seeing us enjoying life, having fun, laughing, and doing the things that delight us. God takes pleasure in us, in YOU, and he is pleased when we humbly and fully savor this life. And, because he values us, he gives us the gift of salvation--a gift we can rejoice in and be thankful for. Amen?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Rustic Chippy Farmhouse Shelf

I am in show preppin' mode, which means I am a little crazy this week. I go through stages before a show: 1.) I have plenty of time, I will get so much made. 2.) I am doing great (pat on the back). 3.) Crud, that took longer than I expected. 4.) I don't want to do the show, I am going to quit and not go. And finally 5.) It is what it is, I didn't get it all done, but I did alright!

Today I am stage 4! In 24 hours I will get to stage 5. 

Here is a bookshelf I built for the show.
Rustic Chippy Farmhouse Shelf

This piece was inspired by some scrap barnwood boards I had that were too short for many things. I decided they would be perfect for a little bookshelf. 

Rustic Chippy Farmhouse Shelf

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sunday Verses

short devotional on letting go
Happy Sunday! If you like motivational quotes like I do, you have probably heard things such as: never, ever give up, believe it to achieve it, and that the tough keep going when the going gets tough. These are all good words of wisdom, but there are instances when we need to stop and need to let go in order to receive God's best for our lives. Letting go of our ideas and hopes for ourselves and our children is hard. It means we have to give up on what WE think is best and trust that God has something better. To let go we need to really believe that God wants good things for us and embrace his ways and look forward to what HE has planned. Surrendering our intentions to God is not easy, but it always better.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Red Chippy Farmhouse Work Table

When you hear farmhouse style do you think black and white and JoAnna Gaines? I think most folks do nowadays. But, when I hear farmhouse I think green and red and yellow and white. I think of furniture that has been hobbled together from bits and pieces in the barn over a long winter.

And that is what I had in mind when I built this piece last week.

use reclaimed wood to great an authentic farmhouse work table

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Sunday Verses

short Easter devotional on hope
Happy Sunday and Happy Easter! Spring in Montana can be disheartening. I am always looking for signs that warmer days are on the way: robins nesting, gophers in the fields, tulips and daffodils pushing through the snow. Some years it seems that these signs forget to return in a timely manner. But, even if I don't see them when I want to, I KNOW warmer days and summer will eventually return. Easter is the celebration of Jesus's resurrection--the reminder that when the worst possible thing happens, there is room for hope. Hope looks forward, perseveres, and allows us to have faith in possibilities, even when we do not see it. This Easter let's celebrate the gift of hope. And, if you feel hopeless, hold on to what you cannot see, keep your eyes on the empty tomb, and let Jesus fill you with HIS hope.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Vintage Style Cafe Sign

Photos--they tell the truth and you see things differently when looking at a photo. When looking at photos of my house, the space above my pantry looks bare. I do have twelve foot ceilings, so there is a lot of wall space. I don't see it in real time, but definitely in photos so I decided to make a sign for the space.

Vintage Style Cafe Sign

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Yellow Checked Pallet Box for Spring

The dear daughter came home from the movie the other day and hubby said, "I grabbed some pallets and took them apart for you while you were gone." Ah--music to my ears! 
build with pallet wood

Having a pile of pallet boards ready to go makes creating so much easier. These are nice thick pallet boards.

build a centerpiece box from pallets

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Devotional on Forgiveness
Happy Sunday! Today is Palm Sunday. I would be remiss if I didn't share about forgiveness during Lent--the season focusing on Jesus and his sacrifices for forgiveness. Forgiveness is hard, especially when we have been carelessly wronged or hurt. It is even more difficult when the person does not acknowledge the wrongdoing. Whether a person apologizes or not, we are asked to forgive each other. It does NOT mean what was done to us was okay, but it frees us up to better love each other and to better love Jesus. Forgiveness says, "Yes, you screwed up--maybe intentionally, maybe unintentionally--but, I realize I mess up plenty too and I also need forgiveness." Forgiving someone is gift to ourselves and it allows us to better accept God's perfect mercy. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Spring Porch Decor from the Thrift Store


Spring has sprung...well, at least the calendar says so. And because it does, I am slowly decorating my outside spaces for spring.

Anything I put outside needs to be able to withstand gale force winds, blizzards, rain, or hail. I do not like to invest too much in the spring porch decor because it will take a beating--thrift store decor to the rescue.

Spring Porch Decor from the Thrift Store

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Verse When You are in a Funk
Happy Sunday! Grey, gray--I am not sure how many shades (or spellings) there are, but it seems we have had a lot of them lately. And, as typical for me this time of year, I have been feeling a bit "grey". When March hits, I am over winter, but it is not over. I miss warm days,  and we stayed home during spring break while EVERYONE else was on a beach. I feel like I lack motivation...mwuh, mwuh, mwuh, mwuh (Peanuts' teacher voice). I try to be a look on the positive side kind of a person and thankfully, my pity parties don't last long. But, even when I am in a funk, I KNOW God is on my side. I KNOW he is loving and patient with me, gentle and kind with my bad attitudes. God comforts us now, is a part of our every day lives, and knowing that helps me to look forward to brighter days.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Rustic Reclaimed Wood Art

We are on spring break this week, but stuck at home. I always get bummed seeing the fun (tropical locations!) everyone else is experiencing. We have been trying to do something new or out of the ordinary each day--ya know, a staycation. Here we are in Yellowstone (after sitting in the hot pots). 
Yellowstone National Park
I also have been having "spring break" in the workshop--playing and just having experimenting, not working on anything in particular.
Rustic Reclaimed Wood Art

I spied some decent trim board scraps in the corner of the workshop and decided to start chopping angles and came up with this art piece.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Chippy Vintage Style Sign

Signs, signs, signs--they have been all the rage for quite awhile now. And honestly, I am over the ones that have a saying on them. But, I am still loving signs that look like vintage advertising signs like this Fresh Flowers sign I just made.

make a vintage style advertising sign with this paint technique

Monday, March 12, 2018

Reclaimed Wood Desk

I have mentioned before that my middle kid is an architect student. He likes to dabble in my workshop every now and then. So, when a friend asked him to build a desk, he did.

desk pieced together with reclaimed wood

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Devotional on Being the Light
Happy Sunday! I recently finished reading the book A Man Called Ove. There are many great quotes and bits of wisdom in the book. One of my favorites is, "You only need one ray of light to chase all the shadows away". I read it as the last bit of sunshine for the day was streaming through the window and my dog was trying to bask in its warmth. What a difference even a small amount of light can make and what a difference one person can make in someone's life. We are called to be light to others. Being a light means we talk with others, share our lives and ourselves, love others. It doesn't have to be elaborate--a considerate word, a phone call or text to check-in on someone, a simple act of kindness. You never know what sharing a little "light" might do for someone.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Chippy Shabby Shutter Shelf

Chippy, shabby, shutter shelf--say that three times fast! I have been holding onto this dilapidated shutter for a bit now--I finally decided to use it or lose it!

make a coat hook and shelf from an old shutter

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Devotion about Changing our Attitudes
Happy Sunday! We are experiencing record snowfall this winter in Montana. That, along with many horrible driving days and below average temperatures, has resulted in a whole lot of grumbling on my part. I try hard to not complain about the weather because I choose to live in a state that has a lot of winter, but my attitude has been less than stellar lately. Last weekend I was stir crazy and we decided to hike to a waterfall that we have seen many times in the summer, but have never experienced in the winter. And as we hiked into the trailhead (because the road to the trailhead is closed), I saw familiar places with new eyes and a new outlook--it was good for my soul. Looking at life through a different lens and with an encouraging attitude is so good for us. God created us to be cheerful beings and knows that practicing being positive is great for our health. This week, let's try to "do life" with a fresh and cheerful disposition.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Update a Thrift Store Basket with Paint

Thrift Store Makeovers and Upcycles at Beyond the Picket Fence
Spring is springing, well sort of. While it is still snowing here in Montana, and we are experiencing colder than normal temps, the calendar has turned to March--the month that signals the HOPE of warmer days, some day, probably not until June...

But, with Easter being a month away, it is time to start decorating for spring and baskets are a perfect way to bring a touch of spring into your home.

Upcycle Thrift Store Baskets with Paint for Spring

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pink Coming in Hot

If you haven't noticed, PINK is coming in hot this spring, in both home decor and clothing. I have seen so much of it--a lovely blush pink. 

I decided I needed a few blush pink items in my booth for spring. This sweet little 1930's end table was the first thing I painted

pink color trend for spring 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Not Worrying
Happy Sunday! Tick-tock, tick-tock, raise your hand if you know anything about watching the clock in the middle of the night while ruminating on the world's problems. There is certainly plenty to worry about. I have heard a lot of fearful talk lately--moms who want to take their kids out of school, people who want to move to other countries, folks who are buying weapons in bulk. Please hear me when I say, I GET it. Life is hard and scary and sometimes the unimaginable does happen. I say this knowing a bit about when bad things happen, having had my baby son die in my arms. I understand fear and worry. But, I also know God did not create us to worry. He does not want us to fret over things that we have no control over. He wants us to trust him. We cannot hide from the horrible things, but we do not need to be anxious about them either. Give it to God, over and over if necessary, and rest in HIS gift of peace. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Upcycled Thrift Store Finds

Upcycled Thrift Store Finds

Today's thrift store upcycle is one that is unique to a great thrift store find that I had. BUT, the idea of using thrift store clothing can be used for YOUR thrift store finds.

I found this rattan, wicker footstool a few months ago. I grabbed it because it was solid and I could tell it was old (more on that in a minute). I found the wool tunic/vest this past week (okay, yesterday) and loved the colors and design, could see that it was high quality and feels like wool, and knew it could be upcycled into a pillow or upholstery. 
Thrift Store Upcycle BEFORE
I can see some poor little one itching themselves to death in this tunic. I also picture the Partridge Family in white turtlenecks wearing these and singing I Think I Love You.
Thrift Store Upcycle BEFORE

Together they became this rustic, boho, cabin-feeling footstool that I adore. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Verses

Inspiring devotional on running your own race
Happy Sunday! My daughter participates in both indoor and outdoor track. There is just something about track athletes that I love. They are so incredibly supportive of each other. They compete with themselves, but cheer each other on wholeheartedly. God has created each of us uniquely and individually. He has a race for each of us to "run", our own individual paths.  He made us to do our own best thing, to use our distinctive gifts to help others--no competition necessary. He wants us to develop our specific talents, to follow our own arrows and to keep moving forward on the track HE sets before us.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Update Thrift Store Wooden Bowls

great ideas to upcycle and repurpose commonly found thrift store items
I am on the road for my daughter's indoor track meet and a thrift store makeover did not happen before I left. I am sharing a favorite past thrift store project--painting wood bowls.
paint thrift store bowls with colorful paint to update them

I always look for good wood bowls at the thrift store, they are plentiful. 

Thrift Store Wood Bowls BEFORE

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Upcycled Nesting Tables

Upcycle Metal Nesting Tables
I spied these nesting tables on our local Facebook garage sale page and was shocked when I actually GOT them because typically I am the tenth next when I see something I like. I actually got two matching sets for $15 total.
upcycle modern nesting tables with reclaimed barn wood

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday Verses

short devotional on prayer
Happy Sunday! My sweet girl just turned sixteen. Looking through old photos reminded me of what a strong-willed and persistent child she was. For example, there was the time she wanted to ride the boats at an amusement park, even though no one else was small enough to ride with her. I thought she would be too scared, but after much pleading, I finally said yes. She loved them--even if she did go round and round, starring wide-eyed, gripping the steering wheel, and refusing to ring the bell. God wants us to be like the tenacious toddler. He wants us to relentlessly ask him for what we need and want. He longs to know that we are seeking him for the big, the small, and the in-between. Unlike us, he doesn't roll his eyes or shout, "Stop! Enough! Quit asking." God knows what we need, and although his answers may be different from what we think want, I KNOW he hears us, he answers us, and he wants us to bring EVERYTHING to him. The answer is always no when we DON'T ask, so let's not give up in the asking.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Colorful DIY Frame from Thrift Store Checker Board

Thrifty Thursdays at Beyond the Picket Fence

Today's Thrifty Thursday project is a bit funky, a bit boho, colorful and I am kind of in love with the results. I wanted something that had layers of colors, but also wanted the checkerboard to peek out. 

Colorful DIY Frame from Thrift Store Checker Board

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sunday Verses

devotional on what God's grace is and isn't
Happy Sunday! Water cutting through rock, changing it gradually is a natural occurrence that is beautiful and really quite amazing. I mean, it is ROCK--solid, tough, hard, and something we think of as unchanging. Grace, God's unmerited favor, changes us. Grace is God saying, "You are my favorite. I love you and I want to be closer to you, to strengthen you, to help you." Grace is NOT about making us feel horrible and guilty, it doesn't point a finger. God doesn't give us grace so he can use us. Grace allows us to have a relationship with Jesus, to walk and "hang out" with him. I am grateful that as I get closer to God and spend more time with him, his grace strengthens and changes me bit by bit .

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Thrifty Thursday Wood Plate Upcycle

Thrifty Thursday at Beyond the Picket Fence
It has not been my plan to make all of my Thrifty Thursday projects from something round, but, well, er...next week I will think square! This week's project starts with round, wood plates. These look like they were used for actual plates, but I I often see wood chargers at thrift stores.
upcycle and repurpose thrift store plates

I though of a lot of different projects to upcycle these wood plates, but decided on a colorful, fun coat hook.

Make a Colorful Coat Rack from Thrift Store Plates
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