Tuesday, December 11, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Day 9 Simple Wreath

Make a Simple Wreath for Christmas

Today's project idea came from the need to fill a hole on my gallery wall. I knew I wanted something circular, like a wreath, something that had a simple, organic look, and something with some size. After hunting around my house for items to use, I came up with this:

Make a Simple Wreath for Christmas

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunday Verses

God Refuses to Give Up on Us
Happy Sunday! Hiking with my daughter is one of my favorite things to do, but I do not always hike at her pace and she is often ahead of me. And although she is almost seventeen, I still like it if she is in earshot, i.e. if I can find her easily. We don't always make it easy for God to find us, but that doesn't keep him from looking for us. I talk about seeking God, but do not think that does not mean that He is seeking us always. God reaches down to us and refuses to give up on us. He looks for us when we have fallen, when we are hiding from him. It doesn't matter where you are, KNOW that God is stretching out his hand to you, looking for you, and is delighted to spend time with you.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Day 8 Stocking Hanger

Make a Snowman Stocking Hanger From Fence Scraps

Today's project is made with a few fence wood scraps.

Make a Snowman Stocking Hanger From Fence Scraps

It was the dog-ear shape of the fence ends that gave me the idea for a fun, snowman stocking holder.

Make a Snowman Stocking Hanger From Fence Scraps

Monday, December 3, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Day 7 Simple Swag

12 Days of Easy Christmas Ideas

You got swag? I am quite certain this is not the kind of swag my kids think of when they use that word, but it is the kind of swag that is perfect and oh so simple to make for the holidays.

The past few years I have made wreaths to hang on the six original windows in our great room of our old schoolhouse. This year I am doing less and more simple decor that is a little more natural and organic and these simple swags fit the bill perfectly. They also took about a quarter of the time to make compared to wreaths and were easier on my hands (less poking).
Easy DIY Swags for Christmas

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Letting it Go
Happy Sunday! This time of year when our landscape becomes a winter wonderland, I find myself singing "Let it go, let it go," from the movie FrozenThis one, catchy line that I sing over and over (because I don't know any of the other words to the song) is full of wisdom. We all have something in our lives we need to let go. It may be a vision of what we thought life was supposed to look like or a relationship that no longer works or anger and resentment. Whatever it is, knowing we need to let it go and doing it are two different things--the doing part is hard. How do you let it go? You give it to God, again and again if necessary. Visualize yourself giving it to him. Talk to him about it, ask him to please keep it and to not let you take it back. Whatever it is, Jesus is waiting to take it from you, to help you put it in the past, and forget it so that you can move forward with God doing new things in your life. Let it go.

Friday, November 30, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Day 6 Wall Vase

12 Days of Easy DIY Christmas Ideas

This rustic,cabin-like project started with a metal flower container from the thrift store (these are plentiful at the thrift stores).

12 Days of Easy DIY Christmas Ideas
I decided it would make a dandy wall vase. 
12 Days of Easy DIY Christmas Ideas

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 5 Bingo Card Christmas Trees

12 Days of Christmas Ideas

I love vintage games and when I spied this BINGO set (that also included about 100 extra cards from other sets) for $2 at the thrift store, I knew it had to come home with me.

Make Christmas Trees from Vintage Bingo Cards
"What are you going to do with all those bingo cards?" was hubby's question. My reply was, "I don't know, but I will think of something."
(Last year I made THESE.)

The green colored BINGO cards inspired this project as I decided that would make cute Christmas trees.
Make Christmas Trees from Vintage Bingo Cards

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Taking Life One Day at at Time
Happy Sunday! This past week, I purchased a puzzle depicting the Christmas tree and ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center. As we dumped out one thousand little puzzle pieces, it was clear that we needed to put some of the pieces back in the box so we could focus only on the straight edge pieces for the outside frame first. In life, when we try to look at the whole picture and see how everything is going to turn out, it is overwhelming. I do this not only with my own life, but with my children's lives as well. I want to see all the parts and life events that insure that the final picture will be what it is supposed to be. But, God wants us to to take life simply one day, one piece, at a time. He KNOWS how it is going to work out and he wants us to trust that--to trust HIM. Trying to see the whole picture at once and all that makes it up engulfs us with anxiety and fear. Let God put the pieces together and let's focus on what is in front of us.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday Verses

Inspiring verse about leading and following
Happy Sunday! A few weeks ago on the way to a volleyball game, we came across a herd of 300 elk. We stopped to watch them for a bit. At first they were all facing west and started jumping over a fence. Soon many of the elk turned around (even though there was no danger) and started heading east, some jumping back over the fence. The herd clearly lacked leadership 😉 and had no idea which elk to follow. We like leadership--I have said to my kids countless times, "Be a good leader." But, to be a good leader, we must first know how to be a good follower. When we follow we learn trust, we learn surrender, we sharpen our discernment. When we pursue following good ideas and people, and most importantly when we follow Jesus, we inherently become leaders to those around us. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Day 3 Snowflake Bucket

12 Days of DIY Christmas Ideas
Today's 12 Days of Christmas project is hot...

as in you need a fire to make it happen.
12 Days of DIY Christmas Ideas

Galvanized buckets are about $15 each at the local ranch supply store. But, a 99 cent thrift store pail and a little fire are all you need to make a rustic bucket for Christmas decor.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional About Showing Mercy to Others
Happy Sunday! Do you ever wish you could have a "bird's view" of life so that you could have a clear perspective and see everything all at once? God wants us to take the higher perspective and overview when interacting with others. He wants us to look beyond people's behavior and see their stories, see their pain. When we remember that everyone has something they are dealing with, it easier to show them mercy rather than judgement, love rather than disdain. Take the time to really see people, and be patient and merciful with the hard to love people in your life.

Friday, November 9, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Day 2 Scrap Wood Card Holder

I just remembered most years I write a bad days of Christmas rhyme for each day. I totally forgot this year. I think I am going to pretend I didn't remember and leave the bad rhymes out this year. 😆
Easy DIY Christmas Projects

Day two's project is a quick and easy one that can made from a couple small scrap wood pieces.

Easy DIY Christmas Projects

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman

Welcome to my 8th annual 12 Days of Christmas posts. Every year, I think, am I really going to do this again? But, I love Christmas and I love sharing ideas with you, so here we go!

12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman
We are starting simple (and we may stay that way for all 12 projects!), with a couple easy to find thrift store finds.
12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman
Tart pans are plentiful at thrift stores, maybe because no one makes tarts anymore. These two rings were purchased together, along with a couple cream colored wool sweaters (I wasn't sure which one I wanted to use). Choose wool to prevent unraveling.
12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman
I simply drilled a hole in the rim of each tart pan and used wire to secure them to each other.

I cut the sleeve off of the wool sweater, after washing and drying it in hot water.
12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman
I also cut the band off the sweater, tying a knot where the side seam was. I cut the scarf to the length I wanted after I glued it to the "neck" of the snowman and I cut fringes into the end of it.
12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman
A little hot glue secured the hat and scarf to the tart pan snowman. 
12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman
I used a piece of twine around the top sweater cuff to make the top of the hat. I also added a pine spring and berries (also from the thrift store) with hot glue.
12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman
You can spray paint the rings white if you like, add a red or plaid sweater hat and scarf.

A simple, quick, sweet snowman for only a few dollars.

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12 Days of Christmas Ideas Day 1 Tart Pan Snowman
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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Reflecting Love
Happy Sunday! A good reflection accurately returns or throws back what is "put into it". In other words, "What goes in, must come out." When we spend time with God, whether it is in prayer, worship, or reading the Bible, it is reflected through loving others and being kind to one another. When people are unkind or rude or hateful, we need to remember that they are reflecting what they know and what has been embedded in their lives. We can break that by giving the unmerited love and forgiveness that is given to us by Jesus. The saying, "What goes around comes around," is often used in a negative way when we want someone to get what they deserve. But, grace says we don't have to get what we deserve. When we share God's grace and love with each other, we break the cycle and change the reflection.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Letting God Define Us
Happy Sunday! Dictionary: a reference book that contains an alphabetical listing of words that define them, along with other pertinent information. Definitions are important when we don't understand a word's meaning. But, what words do we use to define ourselves? Do you use labels such as mom, teacher, student, etc.? Do your activities and what you do define you--you are a good cook, a creative artist, a gifted athlete? God never intended for what we do, how we perform, and what others say about us to define us. While these things might determine what we do and what we are passionate about, they are fleeting and fickle and can change instantly. God wants to be the only one that defines us. When we look in his dictionary, the Bible, we see that we are precious, wanted, planned for, honored, and above all else, loved beyond measure. Let's work on letting God alone define us and focus on knowing that we are who God says we are, period!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Make a Side Table from Reclaimed Wood

I am knee deep in Christmas projects--snowmen, signs, snowflakes, etc. BUT, I am trying to hold off sharing anymore Christmas with y'all until November (but I am not making any promises). Plus, I need more than Christmas decor items for an upcoming sale.

I couldn't decide what I wanted to build and then I spied a great slab of barnwood in the corner of the workshop. It is 10" x 24".
Make a Side Table from Reclaimed Wood
I decided it would make a perfect small bench or side table.
Make a Side Table from Reclaimed Wood

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sunday Verses

be content no matter what season you are in
Happy Sunday! I love fall, it is my favorite season. The only thing I don't like about fall is that it means winter is soon to follow. And, although I like some snow in the months of December and January, I am usually not thrilled about the many months of cold and snow that we get in Montana. But, because I choose to live in Montana, I try to be content with our long winters and I know warmer weather will eventually return. Life is a series of seasons--some our favorite times and some we suffer through. But, when we know that God is a present in ALL of the intervals of our lives and we trust that a new season will come, it is easier to be content in whatever situation we are in. To be satisfied and grateful wherever we are is a true gift of faith.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Stencil a Rustic Sign for Christmas

I know, I know... it is only October, it is fall, an elf dies for every Christmas "thang" shared before December, BUT...I am show preppin' and in crafting world that means Christmas is NOW!! 

So sorry, but not sorry because this sign is pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself 😉.
Stencil a Rustic Sign for Christmas
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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

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