Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Scrap Wood Valentine Box

Do you remember making valentine boxes for school? I loved wrapping a cardboard shoe box in construction paper and then plastering doilies and hearts all over it with white paste that I may or may not have enjoyed eating (ew?!!). 

DIY Scrap Wood Valentine Box
I decided to make a grown-up, farmhouse style, valentine box from some scrap boards.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday Verses

God Speaks to Us in Little Ways
Happy Sunday! This year I am trying to practice some moments of stillness and quietness, and it is hard. We live with so much noise and distractions and big gestures that it is difficult to recognize the small, but important moments. God certainly can speak to us in big, dramatic ways. But, he often wants to get our attention in a small, quiet voice: a friendly smile, a generous act of a neighbor, a song, nature. I wonder how often I miss God because I am looking for the spectacular and I don't hear his gentle whisper. This week let's look for God in the ordinary, every day moments where I know he is waiting for us to simply pause and be still and hear his quiet, loving voice.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thrifty Thursday Valentine's Day Centerpiece

Upcycled Thrift Store Finds

With Christmas all put away, I decided I need a new centerpiece. I thought about a wintry one, but chose to jump into Valentine's Day.

DIY centerpiece for Valentine's Day made from thrift store finds

Monday, January 7, 2019

Primitive Dry Sink Made from Pallets

A pile of pallet boards...

Primitive Dry Sink Made from Pallets
became a primitive dry sink or bucket bench. In the past, a dry sink would have held a pitcher and bowl for cleaning up. It often has an upper towel bar or closed shelving under the top tray area. A bucket bench was often kept outside a home and held buckets of water for clean up and other uses inside the home. I decide this piece is sort of a combination of both primitive furniture pieces.
Primitive Dry Sink Made from Pallets

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Sunday Verses

devotional on God's love never fails and his mercies are new every day
Happy Sunday! It's a new year, a fresh start--does that excite you or scare you? I have seen this quote a lot in the past week: "Today is the first blank page in a 365 day book, write a good one." And while that is true, it stresses me out. What if my first page (January 1) was poorly written--a day spent putting things off and eating too much junk food and being lazy? Did I ruin the whole book? The truth is, each day we get a blank page and a new chance. With God we can't ruin the book with a bad day, a poor decision, or when we totally "screw it up". God's fresh pages never end, he is faithful with new mercies (i.e. compassion, grace, forgiveness, charity) each and every day. Be encouraged knowing that God's love never fails and that his mercy is ALWAYS fresh.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Thrifty Thursday Sweater Basket

Upcycled Thrift Store Finds

Happy New Year and oh, happy day, Thrifty Thursdays are back! Once a week (most weeks) I will share a project made with easy to find thrift store items.

Upcycled Thrift Store Finds
This week's project started with a couple sweaters, a wire waste basket, and a leather belt (not pictured).
Make A Cozy Sweater Basket From Thrift Store Finds
An hour, and these simple thrift store items, plus a few supplies, and I have a cozy sweater basket or container, perfect for winter decor.
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