Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Rustic Fall Sign

Fall is in the air...well, sort of. It is 90+ right now, but has been getting cooler at night. And for makers, fall creating is definitely here!  
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Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils make fall crafting a cinch. I used three of the fall signs to make this adorable, rustic sign perfect for a porch or garden.
Stencil a Sign for Fall
I love these free standing signs because they can go anywhere. I start with a board, 2" x 4", etc. to use as the post. I cute bottom braces 10" long (or longer if your post is heavier) and attach them to the main post in a + pattern. this is the bottom of the sign.
Easy DIY Sign
I stenciled the signs on three different boards, each one weathered an as is. NOTE--the stencil prices you see are in Canadian which translates to a lesser price in the U.S. (see stencils HERE). Make a sign for yourself and a few for gifts and you have more than made your investment back.
Funky Junk Old Sign Stencils
I cut the signs to look like arrows and attached the with screws to the main post. I used a clear coat over all of it to bring out the natural finish of the wood. 
Stencil and Easy DIY Sign for Fall
This is a super easy project, especially using the high quality stencils. I can't wait to share more places I have used these fun, fall signs. 

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday Verses

Devotional about God being in the waiting
Happy Sunday! No, don't worry, I am not starting Christmas posts and not ready for Christmas at all. But, as a kid I loved Christmas and couldn't wait for the decorations, the special foods, the songs, and the gifts. I thought it all happened magically and I had no idea how much work my mom did behind the scenes as I impatiently waited for my favorite holiday. As an adult I have a hard time waiting for different things- a difficult situation to change, a loved one to step into who God created them to be, an answer to a long-prayed prayer. God is in the waiting, always working even when we don't see it or realize it.  God is active in the waiting, never ceasing to work on our behalf. Whatever you are waiting for, have faith that God knows, he sees us and he never stops working for us.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sunday Verses

Happy Sunday! I am a shower crooner--honestly, the shower is the only space where this non-singer should be belting out tunes. I sing a variety of songs: Beyonce, Led Zeppelin, Jack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, twangy country songs. One song I often find myself singing is from my childhood Sunday school days, "this is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it". Abraham Lincoln is quoted with saying we are about as happy as we make our minds up to be. I agree that we can choose happiness, choose joy. We can focus on the positive, we can see the small, everyday things as blessings, we can choose to delight in the ordinary, practice gratitude, laugh at the little moments. Please note, I do know that depression is real and for some choosing joy is not as simple as making up our minds that we are going to be happy. If that is you, please seek help. Thankfully, for most of us, it is a choice and switching our mind set can completely change our attitudes and view on life. Today, rejoice and choose happiness.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Rustic Tin Paintings

Hubby was speaking my love language when he brought home a truckload of rusty, corrugated tin the other day (the next day he brought home a truckload of maple flooring scraps!). 
Rustic Tin Paintings
I used a couple of the small pieces this past weekend for a couple paintings. I love painting sunflowers so I painted some on the tin. After blobbing (a technical painting term) some aqua colored paint on the tin, I painted several flowers.
(I do not know what settings I had my camera on, but these are blurry, sorry!)
Sunflower Painting
I framed the tin and used stain over all of it. It is simple and happy and sunny!
Rustic Tin Paintings
I also painted a star (not as easy as it seems with the curves of the tin). I painted yellow first, then red, a little green and finally aqua.
Rustic Tin Paintings
Again, I finished it with a frame and stain. 
Rustic Tin Paintings
They are not perfect, but perfectly rustic and happy.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Taking the Time to See Others
Happy Sunday! As a kid I remember trying to count the rings of tree stumps. I liked looking at the different rings, seeing the tree's story--the years of major growth and the years that the tree went through drought and tough times. If we could look "inside" others, we would see that we all have a story. Every person we meet has been through something, something that has changed them and helped them to become who they are. We need to take the time to see and understand each other's stories. All around us people are living out difficult circumstances. We need to seek out their stories, listen, recognize their pain, take a real and genuine interest in each other. When we know people's stories, we are humbled and we are better able to love each other. Take the time to ask questions, to look inside others and truly see them.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sunday Verses

devotional on God being the same always
Happy Sunday! I love the mountains that surround our home in southwest Montana. Not only are they beautiful, they are constant, always there, and that is comforting to me. The snow levels or the cloud coverage on them may change, but they do not. Life is constantly changing. There are good days and bad days, times when we make the right choices and times when we do not, moments on the mountain tops and times spent in the valleys. But, through it all, God is constant and faithful. God does not change. The same God of the Bible, the one who rescued the lowliest of the low, the God who performed miracles, the Father who loved extravagantly and unconditionally still sits on his throne. When we trust God, live in his faithfulness and let him be a constant in our lives we can weather the changes in our lives.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Rustic Sunflowers

Sunny sunflowers make me happy. They are bright and cheerful and reach for the sun. I decided to paint some.
Rustic Sunflower Painting
I call these rustic because they are imperfect and rough. I paint on pieces of plywood that are not smooth, using ONLY wood scraps as my paintbrushes. I started painting a dark blue, then aqua, then white for the background. I leave some spots bare wood so stain will fill those areas.
Rustic Sunflower Painting
I then paint, layering colors. I started with black centers and light yellow petals. I then added a deeper yellow and a brown to the centers. I "shaded" and highlighted with whites and browns. I do a little sanding over the whole painting and then add a frame and stain.
Rustic Sunflower Painting
These paintings have sold well for me, but better yet, I absolutely love creating them.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Why I Love Little Stools

I don't know if that post title makes anyone else giggle like it does me (maybe you are more mature and poop words don't make you laugh), BUT, I am talking about little wood benches today. I love 'em because they are so darn versatile. 

Little workshorse stools
I recently came across a couple that needed quick makeovers to turn them into perfect little farmhouse pieces.
Give Stools a Quick Makeover

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sunday Verses

Devotional on standing in the gap for others
Happy Sunday! You have maybe heard the saying "standing in the gap", but what does that mean and how do we do it? God has always used people to bridge the gap and to help accomplish his purposes. God doesn't need us, but he is moved when we intervene for others. We bridge the obstacles and difficulties for others by praying for them. When people are struggling, when they are hurting and feeling beaten down and helpless, when they feel alone and forgotten, when they feel distant from Jesus or don't have a relationship with him, we can intercede for them. It is no small thing when we say will pray for someone and when we do God's heart is spurred to action. Standing in the gap changes lives.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Monday, July 1, 2019

Thrift Store Summer Decor Centerpiece

Do you all have a decor closet or cupboard or box? I have one cupboard in my laundry room devoted to smalls that I like to decorate with throughout the year. It has things like artificial flowers, jars, trays, different orbs (wire, croquet balls, seed balls, etc.), things to use for table runners, candles and candlesticks, and other things that are almost entirely from the thrift store or from garage sales. So when I picked up this great, vintage feedsack from the thrift store,
vintage feedsack

I knew I could go to my cupboard and put together a summery, fourth of July centerpiece in no time. 

Thrift Store Summer Decor Centerpiece

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sunday Verses

God Will Take Care of Your Needs
Happy Sunday! We have a multitude of birds in our yard and I have become a bit of a birdwatcher. I love seeing the different species nest and spending time in our trees and bushes. There are many birds that I hear, but never see. Even though I may not know where they are, God sees and knows and keeps track of each and every bird just like he sees and knows our every need. It may not always seem like God sees us. At times it even feels like he has turned a deaf ear to our pleas and we feel like he has forgotten us. But, rest assured, even when it doesn't feel like it, God sees us and knows the desires of our hearts. He is always listening. Trust that hears us and will provide for us.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

One Hour Wall Makeover

Y'all (no, I am not southern but prefer a good y'all to you guys), I have not posted a project in a month! The reason for my hiatus, I am not sure?? I have been busy and I guess needed a break from staging pictures, editing, and writing. But, I have missed sharing with you, so I hope to be back. 

And my first project to share with you is this quick, easy, inexpensive wall makeover.
Add a Pop of Color to a Wall with an Old Map

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Being Content
Happy Sunday! I am working on a thirty day photography challenge, taking pictures for different prompts such as pattern, things in threes, movement, etc. What I have learned is there is beauty in the ordinary things that I see every day. God wants us to be content, He wants us to find joy in the ordinary. There is a lot of pain and suffering in this world, He knows that. But, God wants us to enjoy everyday living, He takes pleasure in seeing us happy. Stop and appreciate the small, simple things, be content, find the gift in the routine and in the common.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday Verses

Short devotional on Father's Day
Happy Sunday! I love this picture of my husband and daughter. She wanted to cross the log, but she was scared. My husband took her hand, encouraged her, showed her how to move across the log, helped her overcome her fears and successfully cross the river. It is a picture of what fathers are called to do: encourage, teach, help, and hold their children's hands when they need it. I am so thankful for my husband and for all of the dads out there who step up and step in to teach and train up children in a Godly and loving way and so thankful that we have a loving Father in heaven who shows us how to love our children and each other unconditionally.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Hope
Happy Sunday! I have always loved rainbows. As a kid, (and mind you, it was the very groovy seventies) I had a rainbow bedroom--rainbow sheets and comforter, rainbow wallpaper, and a full rainbow painted on the wall. Today would have been my son's nineteenth birthday and in his short life, the rainbow became more special to me. My son was born with a rare heart defect, Ebstein's Anomaly. Shortly after he was born, when the doctors had rushed him away to work on him, I looked out the window of my hospital room and saw a rainbow through the tall buildings. On the day we buried my son it was raining heavily. When we got to the cemetery, the sun came out and a double rainbow appeared over the mountains. After the flood, God placed the rainbow in the skies as a promise and a sign of hope.  Yes, my baby died, but I live with the hope that I will see him again one day. Hope tells us that things will get better, that there is a way through the darkness, that God will work it out. Jesus came to give us life and to give us hope. Find a sign of hope in your life and cling to it. Trust hope.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Devotional
Happy Sunday! It is graduation season and at many graduation parties we are asked to write words of wisdom for the graduate. I often write short, inspirational quotes. But, I realized what I really want graduates (and EVERYONE) to know is this: You are who God says YOU are. You are not your list of achievements or mistakes, you are not your GPA or the activities you participate in, you are not who social media says you are, you are not the college you are attending or the degree or job you want, you are not the friends you hang out with or anything else that is temporary and fleeting and ever-changing. You are who God calls you--fearfully and wonderfully made, loved beyond measure, forgiven, and redeemed. When the world tries to put labels on you and define you, work hard to reject them and remind yourself that God's labels are the only ones that matter.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Seed Crate

It is planting season, and planting means flowers, and seeds, and gardens, and potting sheds. Funky Junk Old Sign Stencils has such a lovely line of HIGH QUALITY stencils.
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See them HERE (note the price you see is in Canadian, so the US price is less.)
Old Sign Stencils Seed Crate

 The latest stencils are such a lovely size and they work great as they are or in bits and pieces like I stenciled on this small crate I made.

Build and Stencil a Seed Crate

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Doing the Hard Things
Happy Sunday! You probably have seen the saying, "You can do hard things." The hard things are different for all of us, but I believe the truly difficult challenges that we have to overcome always involve people and relationships. I am not sure why we make it so hard, but I know with God we can take courage and change it. With Jesus we can forgive, we can say we are sorry, we can rebuild connections, we can stand up for others, we can speak truthfully and tell others what we are feeling, we can be inclusive, we can be kind. It is not easy, do it anyway. Rise up. Take courage. Do the hard thing.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Thrifty Thursday Metal Stool Makeover

So, I went a thrift store hunt looking specifically for two 24" stools. I wanted metal, but was willing to settle for wood. I did not find any. I also looked on Craigslist with no luck. Humph...

But, when I got home from my thrifting trip, I hopped on the Facebook garage sale pages and found two 24" metal stools that had been listed a few minutes before. I snatched them up. So, this isn't a really thrift store makeover, but a garage sale upcycle.

I wanted the stools to go with the bar I recently shared (HERE). 
I know I need to rough them up, give them a more weathered, worn, and farmhouse appearance. I achieved this with paint, cinnamon, and stain.
How to Get a Rusty Farmhouse Look on Metal

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Being Calm During Stressful Times
Happy Sunday! It is spring and that means the rivers and waterfalls are raging. But, on a recent hike, rather than paying attention to the swiftly moving waters I noticed the still pools on the river. There is something about calmness and stillness that draws our attention. To be able to be still when everything around us is turbulent speaks to others. When we trust that all things will work out, when we know that God has our back and believe that He is with us always, we can rest and be still. A place of peacefulness and quietness in the middle of stress is where God wants us to be, to rest. It is where he will lead us if we let him.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen Island and Bar

Some (MOST!) of my projects are the ones that I have no idea what I am building when I start. I love to improvise and figure things out as I go. It seems to work best for the way my brain functions. 

So, when I found a large wood piece that was for a sign, but headed to a burn pile, I knew it would make a good, rustic table top.

Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen Island and Bar

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Building Bridges
Happy Sunday! I sure do appreciate a good bridge on the trail (as opposed to having to shimmy across a log). Bridges make is easier to get over things that otherwise might be too hard to cross. In life we have lots of tough things that we have to cross and go through and people (you and me) are called to be the bridges that help each other over the difficult stuff. Loving each other, taking care of others without judgement, reaching out to others-- all help to overcome the gaps that we have to cross. Too often we are so worried about our differences that we choose to build a fence rather than a bridge between us. Love people where they are at, know that everyone has hard things in their lives, and reach out to span the space between you.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Farmhouse Cabinet Made From Chippy Picket Fence

I recently picked up some chippy white picket fence pieces. These were just small scraps, the longest bit being about 24" long. I decided I wanted to make some type of shelf out of them. At first I thought I would make an open shelf with pickets in the back. But, then I decide to make a little door. From the door that I made, this fun, chippy, wall cabinet was born.

Chippy Wall Cabinet Made from Reclaimed Picket Fencing

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Thriving in Hard Times
Happy Sunday! There is something about a flower pushing up and growing through a rock that makes me pause and take notice. Seeing something thrive where I do not expect it to, where it is difficult to, is inspiring. We have not been promised an easy life. We need to know that we all will face tough, hard times and through them we can choose to grow 
 if we have faith and believe that ANYTHING is possible with Jesus. Our experiences can strengthen us and we can even flourish through them when we believe that God will push us, hold us, see us through the hard times. Have faith and grow through the "rocks" in your life, thrive in the hard places.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Practicing Gratitude and Being a More Positive Person
Happy Sunday! As I was driving home the other evening, I noticed the sun setting and actually turned around to park so I could pause and appreciate the end of a hectic day. A fire broke out across the street from my home and strong winds blowing the fire and smoke straight towards my home had me concerned. I spent the earlier part of the day doing frustrating errands, not getting everything done that I had planned. I had a meal to make and deliver to a family and had to take several out of the way back roads to get there because of the fire (which thankfully was put out after a few hours). Practicing gratitude, finding the good in the bad, focusing on the positive, stopping complaining, have actually all been scientifically proven to rewire our brains to be happy. This of course is no surprise to God--he knows being thankful can be life changing. When you are faced with problems do you get angry and upset, complain and stir the pot, and only focus on the negative? Or do you remember to pause and be grateful for what is going right? Mentally or better yet, physically list five things you are grateful for EACH and EVERY day for the next month and you will start seeing the glass as half full rather than half empty. Stop the cycle of complaining and only seeing problems and start seeing the good in people and situations.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Thrifty Thursday Side Table Makeover

A Sunny Makeover for a Thrift Store Side Table
Today's Thrifty Thursday project is a paint makeover. I won't buy furniture at the thrift store if it isn't good. i.e. it needs to be real wood, sturdy or have the ability to be made stable easily, and it needs to have good bones. Because I am kind of picky about what I get, I don't get a lot of furniture at the thrift store. But, this little table met all of my requirements--it is solid wood (look underneath and at the edges well), and even though it was wobbly, I could see that it would tighten up easily.
A Sunny Makeover for a Thrift Store Side Table
I gave it a sunny yellow makeover.
A Sunny Makeover for a Thrift Store Side Table

Monday, April 22, 2019

Earth Day Projects

Happy Earth Day! We junkers are always celebrating earth day--keeping things out of the landfill by upcycling and repurposing them. Today I am sharing some of my favorite projects for the outdoors, all using things that otherwise would have ended up at the dump. Click on each title to go to the original post!
Upcycled Outdoor Projects

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sunday Verses

Devotional for Easter on New Life from Dark Places
Happy Sunday and Happy Easter! I try to imagine what is was like when Mary, Mary, and Salome first approached the empty tomb. I picture brilliant light radiating from the dark, empty space. Darkness and light were the first things God spoke into creation. God brings forth new life from dark spaces. Think of a seed bursting open in the dark soil, reaching for the light or a baby being formed in the darkness of the womb. Jesus came into this world and died to bring us new life from our dark places. On Easter we celebrate the resurrection that tells us that light will one day overcome all darkness. Embrace His light, let it wash over you with new, fresh, and loving light.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Reclaimed Wood Flour Bin

When I saw this flour stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils
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old sign stencil flour stencil
Using pallet wood, I created four sides joined together with 1" x 1" boards on the inside. The front and back are three boards wide and the sides are two pallet boards wide.
Reclaimed Wood Flour Bin Made From Pallet Wood

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday Verses

God is Always Nearby
Happy Sunday! On a recent walk by the river we could hear sandhill cranes making quite a fuss and being extremely loud and noisy, but we couldn't see them. When we got close enough to finally see them, the birds became silent and remained that way the entire time we were nearby. There are times in our lives when we all feel like God is silent--we can't hear him or feel his presence and we wonder if he is hearing us. It is during these hard times, these times when God seems quiet, that I believe he is very near to us. He is waiting quietly, waiting for us to trust him, waiting for us to learn something about his infinite love and grace. He has promised to never leave us or turn away from us. Even though it may feel like he is being silent, the truth is he is nearby, he is listening. Lean into him and believe that you are not alone, God is with you.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Thrifty Thursday Unfinished Wood Projects

Upcycled Thrift Store Projects

If your local schools have woodshop as a class or if you have hardware stores that offer classes for kids' projects, you have likely seen unfinished wood projects at your thrift stores.  Projects that might be a little off, not perfect, unfinished. Such was the case with this tool tote I recently found.

Upcycle Unfinished Wood Projects From the Thrift Store
All it needed was a handle and some nails hammered in better and I had I had a perfectly good tote ready to upcycle. This handle is a rung from a broken thrift store chair.
Upcycle Unfinished Wood Projects From the Thrift Store