Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Devotional about Life Being Short
Happy Sunday! Life is short and it can change in an instant. We have all heard this, but a few recent tragedies have once again reminded me that we cannot take this life for granted. Life is fragile--we need to say what we need to say, take chances, forgive even when it is hard, say sorry, mend broken relationships, be healthy, eliminate negativity, spend our precious time on people and things that matter, including on our relationship with Jesus. The older I get, the more I realize how quickly time passes. Life is a gift, let's appreciate it and enjoy it. This week challenge yourself to do something that you have been putting off for another day.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Thrift Store Bamboo Chair Makeover

Another day, another thrift store chair makeover. This bamboo chair caught my eye at the thrift store, BUT I wasn't loving the price. I took a chance and waited a week and got it for half price-- $7.50. I loved the shape of the chair, the curved back and rounded arms.
Thrift Store Bamboo Chair Makeover
The blonde color of the bamboo wasn't the look I wanted so I upcycled it or changed it to suit my style.
Thrift Store Bamboo Chair Makeover

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on God Seeing Beauty in our Scars
Happy Sunday! "Why are you taking a picture of a dead tree?" hubby asked. "Because I think the branches are pretty against the blue sky," was my reply. Do you see beauty where others do not? Jesus does. Jesus does not look at our broken and our scars and our "ugly" in disgust. He sees ours scars as places where he wants to love on us. He sees our life stories in the ugly places and wants to show us his beautiful grace in the flaws. God does not disregard the broken, but he uses our fractured and damaged parts to show his love to us and others. Do not hide the unseemly parts of your life from God (because, really, we can't even if want to), but rather let Jesus work to make them beautiful.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Apple Quilt Square

I have not been in the workshop for over a month, but I finally played in there over the weekend and came up with a fun, fall sign.

make a fall sign out of pallet wood
I started with 3 1/2" wide pallet boards that I cut into squares. I cut 25 squares.
pallet wood squares

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Letting God Work Things Out
Glacier National Park is one of my favorite places because it is so beautiful. A lot of its beauty can be seen out a car window, but, if you are willing to take some time and effort (i.e. hike), you can experience incredible views and sights. I find God works in our lives the same way. There are some good things that are relatively easy to see and experience, but much of what God works out in our lives takes time and patience. Waiting on God and trusting that HE will work everything out is never easy, but when we love Jesus we know that the effort in the waiting is worth it. Rest in knowing that he is working everything out.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Worrying Less
Happy Sunday! I must admit, this verse has never brought me much comfort. I have always seen it as telling me that there is SO much to worry about in each day that we can't fret over future problems. And it does say that, but I have been trying to see the positive message in it too. I have been working at actively trying to notice and appreciate the small joys in each day. I stop to notice all of the different wildflowers along the path, I pause to listen to people laugh, I appreciate the little kindnesses shared with me each day, I savor fresh food. We get so caught up in worrying about all of our problems that we forget to recognize the small delights in each day. But, when we do take the time to acknowledge the everyday wonders our worries seem smaller and we find more peace in each day.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on God Working For Us
Happy Sunday! I love the sunlight pouring into the lake in this photo. I didn't see the light when I took the picture, but noticed it when I later looked at the photo better. God works in our lives like this-- even when we cannot see it or feel it. God is FOR us, always! He is constantly working in our circumstances and he wants what is best for us. Trust and put your hope in knowing that God is pouring his love into us and always acting for our benefit.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Prepping Cabinets for Paint

Last week (or so..) I shared with you the before pictures of my cabinets (HERE).
Painting Cabinets with Fusion Mineral Paint

I am happy to say that I am halfway done painting my kitchen cabinets.  It is going much more quickly than I would have guessed and I am thrilled with the results. But, before I show you the progress (that will be later this week), let's talk prep.

I know, there are chalk paints out there they say, absolutely no prep needed. In the words of Dwight Schrute, FALSE. I have seen all different brands of chalk paint chip, and scratch, and stain. If you want good adhesion that is going to last, you are going to need to do some type of prep work.
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on the Power of Positive Thinking
Happy Sunday! What do you see in this picture? A pine branch, right? In the background of this photo there is a lake and a mountain and many more trees, but you don't see them because I focused on the branch. God knows that what we focus on, we will "see". He knows that directing our 10,000 daily thoughts to good and worthwhile things will positively impact our lives. What we put in (our thoughts), comes out (our actions and words). Proverbs 23:7 tells us that what we think in our hearts, we become. There is power in focusing on good and honorable things. This week, ask God to help you change negative thought patterns and practice thinking about those things that are excellent and worthy.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thrift Store Chair Makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint

I have always had a thing for chairs. I am not sure why, but when I started redoing furniture 18 years ago, chairs were my primary makeover victims.

But, over the years I stopped buying chairs to re-sell because they are often wobbly and difficult to make sturdy and they are not quick to paint with all of their spindles. However, I still am always on the lookout for good chairs for my home and when the dear daughter spied this barrel back chair at the thrift store for $5.99, I was in. It is solid and in very good condition.

Thrift Store Chair Makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday Verses

devotional on seeing the light in others and loving unconditionally
Happy Sunday! The other evening, while hiking a familiar trail at sunset, I turned around and saw amazing light glowing through a "hole" made by the trees over the trail. I have hiked this path countless times, but I have never noticed this view until I was looking at the light.  It is hard sometimes to see the good things in others because we aren't looking for the light. We focus on the negative flaws and see the familiar and the dark rather than loving fervently. When we look for the light in others, in seeing people through God's eyes, our perspectives change. This week challenge yourself to practice looking for the light in others, extending grace when necessary, and loving each other earnestly.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Painting Kitchen Cupboards

I am making the jump--the jump on to the painting my kitchen cupboards bandwagon. 

I know, some of you are cringing right now, but hear me out. Our cupboards are stained cherry--they are NOT cherry wood, but cherry stain. They are too red and too formal and too not me.
Painting Kitchen Cupboards

Monday, July 2, 2018

Old Tin Glory

We (we, meaning my husband, who did the work) recently took some old, corrugated tin off the roof of a shed. I used some on a potting bench and a hall tree. I had a smaller, leftover piece.
Old Tin Glory
I knew it would make a perfect flag.
use old corrugated tin to make a flag

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Getting Over It
Happy Sunday! Have you ever been told to, "Cry a river, build a bridge, and GET OVER IT!"? It is harsh advice, but there is truth and wisdom in it too. We all have something we need to "get over"--a relationship, a job situation, an injustice, or something WE did. God did not create us to live in the past. Dwelling on former things keeps us from being who we are meant to be. Getting on with life does not mean what was done to us was okay, but it does mean that we forgive and that we choose to enjoy and be present in the moment. We need to leave those things behind that prevent us from moving forward. Give it to God and let him help you get over it.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

DIY Distressed Flag Sign

I cannot believe it is almost the fourth of July. We have had so much rain, it hasn't really felt like summer yet. But, June is almost over, and it is time to decorate for Independence Day.
use a scrap piece of plywood to make a sign

Using a rectangular scrap of plywood painted dark brown to make a distressed flag sign is a great place to start on your summer decorations.

DIY Distressed Flag Sign

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sunday Verses

devotional on trusting God and letting everything work out on his timetable
Happy Sunday! Summer is officially here--three months of warmer weather and longer days. There are years when the change of seasons seem to come slowly. But, even when the seasons don't change on my timetable, I trust that they eventually will. This verse reminds me that God has his own timetable to work in our lives. We may be going through a season where everything seems hard. We may feel like we are praying without getting answers and we grow impatient and discouraged. Do not give up--be patient, rest and trust that God will bring you through the current season and that he will work everything out in his perfect timing.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional for Father's Day
Happy Sunday and Happy Father's Day! Today, some of us remember and know that we are blessed to have had good fathers and we know we have good men raising our children. But, for far too many, today is a tough day and too many feel alone and cheated of a loving father. For those who feel that way, hear this truth-- you have a Father who has chosen and adopted you, who loves you unconditionally with open arms, who accepts you, who cares about you. God is a father who wants to have relationship with YOU. Call out to him and let your heavenly daddy comfort you, guide you, and love you.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Old Drawer and Luggage Rack Upccyle

I love when those random items I pick up at garage sales find a purpose. This luggage rack,
Upcycled Luggage Rack
and a drawer purchased at another garage sale wanted to join together to become a fantastic storage piece.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday Verses

devotional on not taking life for granted
Happy Sunday! Yesterday, my son would have been eighteen. I have learned so many lessons through his death--probably enough to fill a year's worth of Sunday verses. The one that I tend to forget, but thought about this past week, is that life can change instantly. It's something we have all heard, but what does it mean for our every day living? It means we should enjoy life, practice gratitude daily, forgive that person, delight in small joys, seek beauty, share kindness. Life is hard and constantly changing, but let's not take for granted the gift that it is.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Upcycled Thrift Store Wine Cart

Hmmm, to buy or not to buy, that was the question when I spied this wine cart at the thrift store.
Upcycled Thrift Store Wine Cart Before Picture
On the plus side, it was priced decently, had locking wheels, the tray was removeable for serving, it would be quick to upcycle for an upcoming show, and was in good shape. On the negative side, it is cheaply made, would be a pain to prep and paint, and was not anything unique or spectacular.

But, the need to get some things done for an upcoming show won out and I bought it. After a few tries, I came up with a plan that worked to upcycle this find.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Sunday Verses

short devotional on changing your perspective
Happy Sunday! While hiking,I spied this tree that looks like it was hit by lightning. Others may see a dead tree, but I noticed a charred spot that looked like a heart. Looking at things in a different way changes what we think about them. God wants us to look at life through his eyes. When we see through the eyes of faith and apply God's perspective to situations, we look beyond what we "know", and we realize the hope and power that we have available to us because of Jesus. God opens our hearts to see what is important.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rustic Ladder Shelf Made from FREE Wood

When someone says they have some free wood they are getting rid of and ask if you want any, the answer is always (almost anyway) YES!

Rustic Ladder Shelf Made from FREE Wood

I am not sure what this wood was originally--1" x 4" s that I thought were maybe fence boards, but they are full of brad nails.
Rustic Ladder Shelf Made from FREE Wood

My first project with the boards was a rustic, ladder shelf.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Verses

what does it mean when my hopes and dreams do not come true
Happy Sunday! Last week in Yellowstone we were waiting for Old Faithful with some geyser "virgins", i.e. it was the first time they had seen Old Faithful. Old Faithful takes a bit to build up pressure and will spurt out small plumes of water and steam before reaching its full eruption height. A few watchers asked if that was it after seeing the preliminary shoots. When we are anticipating, hoping, and waiting for something and it doesn't happen when or as we expect, it can be disheartening. Our dreams and aspirations meet reality in ways that we don't always plan for and that can be discouraging, even crushing. But, the second part of this proverb intends to build hope in us and to remind us that wishes do come true and things do work out and bring us joy. If you are waiting for something, take comfort in knowing that God KNOWS what you long for and be joyful in the anticipation and hope of fulfilled dreams.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday Verses

Happy Sunday! With spring weather comes one of my most favorite activities--hiking. We love to explore new trails, but sometimes on unfamiliar hikes we are not sure of which way to go. We may have to hike for a bit on one trail before we realize it is not leading where we want to be and we turn around. And boy, isn't that an analogy for life? We all have choices to make and sometimes those take us down a path we aren't supposed to be on. Thankfully, we can ask God for help. With his grace, we can turn around and choose differently. Ask God, in the small decisions and the big ones, which way does HE want you to go and remember to be still and listen to and trust his guidance. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Vintage Inspired Market Sign

When someone asks if you might want some FREE plywood scraps, you say, "Yes please!"

The pieces I was able to get are perfect for these fun, chippy, vintage inspired signs I have been making. 

Make a vintage inspired sign with this chippy paint technique

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Simple Side Table

I was puttering in the workshop the other day, waiting for paint to dry and unsure of what I wanted to build. I grabbed some pallet boards and made a simple rectangle (similar to this one). From there, I created a simple, rustic, side table.

Make a Simple Side Table from Reclaimed Wood

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday Verses

God has a plan and a purpose for each of us
Happy Sunday! One of my favorite things about hiking this time of year is discovering the blooming wildflowers. The flowers remind me of ninth grade biology when we had to collect, press, label, and correctly identify what felt like thousands of wildflowers. At the time, the assignment seemed like a pointless and tedious task. But, now I realize it gave me an appreciation for all of the different varieties of wildflowers growing in Montana. God often works in our lives this same way. There are things that we have to go through that we don't understand, but the events shape us and help us to become who he wants us to be. God is working in everything we experience to accomplish his plans and purposes. Rest in knowing that he is ALWAYS working for good in our lives, and that he will not and does not "waste" anything we have to go through.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Primitive Cupboard

When a friend's grandfather passed away, he was left with a house and garage FULL of "treasures". I was thankful that he asked if I was interested in looking through any of it. This primitive cupboard was in the garage storing a multitude of fishing poles and gear.

primitive cupboard before
The family thought I was a little crazy for wanting it, but I definitely saw the potential.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Thrift Store Swivel Stool Makeover

A simple swivel stool from the thrift store (a Pottery Barn stool none the less), 

Thrift Store Swivel Stool Makeover Before picture
gets a chippy paint makeover.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sunday Verses

short devotional on having hope and praising God no matter what
Happy Sunday! The saying around Montana is, " If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes." That has proven true this spring with snow, warm sunshine, rain, and wind all occurring within a few hours. Life is like Montana's weather--always changing and unpredictable. Hope is the common thread that weaves through life's ups and downs. Choosing to hope continually keeps us moving forward when we don't want to. Hope is something we can hold on to, trust and rely on, and rest in when we need to. Look for hope and know that praising God through life's ever-changing seasons anchors us and spurs us forward through our daily lives. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Upcycling Old Books

Okay, whenever I do something with old books, I feel like I need to have a disclosure: very few old books are worth money, thousands of old books are thrown out daily by thrift stores, and if it is sitting on a shelf collecting dust, it is better to find a new use for it.

buy old books form the thrift store to upcycle
So, there you go. But, if you are a bibliophile you may want to go to another post.
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