Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday Verses

devotional on God knowing us and loving us
Happy Sunday! I recently spent a wonderful few days with friends who have been friends for 38 years. The time was filled with laughter and tears and real talk, and as one friend said, "It is good to be with people who know your shadow." Yes. When people know your shadow, they have seen your good and your bad, they know the details. God too, knows our shadows. He knows our dark places. He knows the ugly aspects that we try to keep hidden. He knows and he still loves us madly and unconditionally. Jesus loves us and wants a relationship with us regardless of what our shadows look like. If you have been avoiding God because you are afraid of what he might find in you, stop. He already knows and he doesn't care--let him love you today right where you are.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Make a Table with Vintage Wood Ironing Boards

What do you say when a friend asks if you want some vintage ironing boards bases (she made signs from the wood tops)? YES, of course!
Make a Table with Vintage Wood Ironing Boards
I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them. I flipped them and turned them and eventually put two together to make a table base. 
Make a Table with Vintage Wood Ironing Boards

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sunday Verses


Devotional on letting go
Happy Sunday! I have been seeing the saying "Autumn is about to show us how lovely letting go can be." Letting go can be challenging. It is in our nature to want to hold on to familiar things and ways--they comfort us and can be easier than moving forward into new and unknown places. But, God is all about letting go of the old. He tells us over and over that He is making all things new for us and that He wants us to have a fresh start daily. When we let go of the familiar and comfortable things in our lives and embrace and believe that the newness that God has for us is good, we can move forward in faith and with a fresh and positive spirit.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Stencil a Fall Sign for the Porch

Stencil a Fall Sign for the Porch
I love fall, but I can hardly believe it is October already. It is time to get serious about fall decorating (or about as serious as decor can be 😉). And, a quick and easy stenciled sign for fall is a perfect place to start!
Stencil a Fall Sign for the Porch
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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Working Together
Happy Sunday! I am sure most of you have heard about geese and how they support each other and work together to fly hundreds of miles (if you haven't, look that up!). God created us to work together. He puts people and relationships in our lives that encourage us to work together. God wants us to accept each other, faults and all, and to just love each other where we are at. It is not always (or ever?) easy, but it builds our faith and it teaches us about HIS unconditional love for us. Working together in unity enables us to accomplish more. Supporting each other, forgiving each other, loving each other makes Jesus smile.  

Friday, September 28, 2018

Hand Lettered Give Thanks Sign

Fall is here (at least in Montana) for real now--the leaves are changing, there is frost in the mornings, and I have started making for fall shows.

I put together some sign blanks with the same thin reclaimed boards I recently acquired (SEE HERE). Sign blanks are simply boards joined together that are initially left blank to later use for painting signs.
Hand Lettered Give Thanks Sign
After an Instagram poll, I decided to make a sign for fall. ( I was already to go for Christmas signs, but readers voted for fall). Of course, giving thanks is really a yearly thing, or should be, but it is especially perfect for autumn. 
Hand Lettered Give Thanks Sign
I sketched out my sign with a pencil first. I used a dart board to make a circle and hand-lettered the give thanks. I use white, semi-gloss, latex paint and a small liner brush to paint the sign.
Hand Lettered Give Thanks Sign
For the circle or wreath, I painted the main line or circle first and then I added more lines and leaves. When the paint was dry, I stained over everything, wiping the stain from the paint. this gives the paint a nice off-white warmth rather than stark white.
Hand Lettered Give Thanks Sign
Comment with one thing you are thankful for!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Barnwood Wall Cubby

Where do I get my ideas? Everywhere, really--Pinterest, Facebook, catalogs, nature, need. I try to never copy (an when I do I give credit whenever possible!!) and rather be inspired to create something that is unique and my own. And sometimes I am inspired by the material.
Barnwood Cubby Wall Shelf
I recently acquired some nice, thin barnwood boards (these are cut-offs from a cabinet builder). I will be using most of them to make signs, but I knew they would also make a nice wall shelf that wouldn't be too heavy, because a'int nobody likes trying to hang up heavy stuff.
Barnwood Cubby Wall Shelf

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Blooming Where You are Planted
Happy Sunday! I am sure you have heard the saying, "Grow (or bloom) where you are you planted." But, sometimes that is difficult and it feels like we are stuck. We wait for our circumstances to change and when they don't, we feel discontented. To be content where we are takes a change of attitude. It requires us to be grateful for the things and opportunities that are in front of us, to choose to find joy in the small things, to forgive those who have hurt us, and to be faithful right where we are. Practice choosing contentment wherever you are planted and let God work where you are.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pallet Wood Pocket

I Have had this pallet scrap piece hanging around since I wrote my second book, Wood Pallet Wonders 
Wood Pallet Wonders

Pallet Wood Pocket
I am not sure what it was leftover from, but I suddenly saw a wall pocket.
Pallet Wood Pocket

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday Verses

Inspiring verse about second chances
Happy Sunday! While watching a recent football game, the officials blew the whistles and called a do-over. The announcers discussed how rare it was to see a do-over in a college game. They said that when they were younger a do-over was the common call in a game of backyard football, but getting another "free" chance in college ball is rare. I think as we get older we live and act as if we are never allowed a do-over. Thankfully, God does not feel this way. He is a God who gives second, third...hundredth chances. Jesus gives us a fresh start daily. Better yet, he does not remember our past mistakes, but he wipes the slate clean and does not see or recognize our past mistakes. God says, "It is never too late to make a different choice, to turn around, to get a do-over." Let's rest in and be grateful for that truth.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Thrift Store Rolling Cart Makeover

I bought this rolling cart from the thrift store about six months ago...
Thrift Store Rolling Cart Makeover
It was in rough shape, but for the price, I decided if I only used the locking,rolling wheels off of it, it was worth it.  It had a rusted, holey metal top on it that I removed when I brought it home. And then somehow, it became a wood storage shelf in the workshop.
Thrift Store Rolling Cart Makeover
I finally decided to clean it out and see if it was salvageable as a kitchen cart. After some sanding and scraping of the glue (wood putty, caulking??),
Thrift Store Rolling Cart Makeover
 I decided some paint and reclaimed wood and this little cart would be ready to roll into a new life.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday Verses

devotional on helping and loving others.
Happy Sunday! Have you ever been stuck between a rock and a hard place? We all have and it can be paralyzing. When we find ourselves stuck in life, it is hard to act or do anything for fear of making the wrong choice. When I find myself in these tough, tight spots, the one thing I know I can do to get "unstuck" is to love and help others. We need each other, we need to share our lives with each other. When we encourage and inspire others to do good, we find the hard choices become easier and the weights that bog us down lighten. Support and uplift others, and you will free yourself. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Farmhouse Sign for Fall

Before I share my newest sign for fall, it is time to announce the 
WINNER of the Fusion Mineral Paint Giveaway...
Kristen Decker! Kristen, please email me to receive your paint! Thanks to all who entered.
Fusion Mineral Paint
Hubby recently took apart some old pallets we had lying around. Some narrow, grey, boards were calling to be joined together for a sign. Mind you, I had no idea what sign, but I secured them together to create a 40" x 28" blank sign board.
stencil a sign for fall
I decided I wanted a farmhouse look which for me, means white and black. After painting the background, I used individual letter stencils to create a sign perfect for fall.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Verse on Being the Light for Others
Happy Sunday! It takes less than five minutes of listening to the news to know that there is a great deal of despair and darkness in the world. We also know that light overcomes darkness, but the thought of trying to shine in overwhelming gloom can be daunting. Do not feel like you have to be the biggest and brightest light around. Be a light in small ways right where you are to the people in front of you: give someone a kind word, ask people how they are and LISTEN, check in on people, take a friend's children for an hour or two, share a meal, spend actual time with someone (not virtual, social media time). And, remember to take care of yourself and power YOUR light be spending time with Jesus.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Fusion Mineral Paint Giveaway

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.*
Thank you all for your positive responses to my painted cupboards (SEE HERE).
Fusion Mineral Paint Giveaway
I completely forgot to include some pertinent information, sorry! 
(I was given free product. However, the opinions are completely my own.)

Monday, August 27, 2018

Painting Cupboards with Fusion Mineral Paint

After trying to squeeze as much fun into a summer, I decided to finally finish painting my cupboards this past week, and I am sooooo happy with them.
Painting Cupboards with Fusion Mineral Paint
It was really an easy project and I think I have about 25 hours max into the whole kitchen.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Verse on Walking in Other's ShoesHappy Sunday! Even though it has been several years since my baby son died, I remember clearly the well-meaning words of some people. I was told things like, "It is for the best that he died, a heart transplant would have been so hard." Or, "He died for a reason." Or, "It was God's plan." And while I know people were trying to comfort me, I wanted to scream, "STOP, you have no idea what it is like to hold your child while he dies." God came to this earth as man so that he could walk in our shoes and we are called to do the same for each other. We need to give each other genuine empathy. We need to cry with each other, not just for people and get "in the trenches" with each other. We must remember that everyone has a story and we need to see each other like Christ sees us-with unconditional love and compassion.

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

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