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.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Verses

how to look forward and not dwell on the past
Happy Sunday! Yesterday at my daughter's track meet, due to a glitch in the time recording system, she ran the hurdles race two times in a row. She ran the race better the second time and got a PR (personal record) in it. Second chances can be a good and welcome thing. God gives us do-overs as he works things out that may not have succeeded in the past. God tells us to try again, that the next time won't be like it was before. I am thankful to be loved by a God who doesn't want us to dwell on past mistakes, but rather gives us a fresh start, over and over if necessary. Instead of focusing on what has gone wrong in the past, look forward to the new things Jesus is doing in your life.

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.
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