Sunday, July 5, 2020

Sunday Verses

Happy Sunday! I love daisies--they are simple, unassuming, happy flowers and seem to grow well in many different conditions. In the movie, You've Got Mail, Meg Rain says she thinks daisies are the friendliest flowers. This verse reminds us that as believers we need to simply choose kindness, and gentleness, and compassion when interacting with others. We don't need to complicate it, we don't need to be angry and divisive, but rather we are called to be patient and kind. Things are "getting ugly" out there, let's be friendly. CHOOSE to be kind, CHOOSE to be love to someone, CHOOSE to be unassuming, CHOOSE to do good.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sunday Verses

Quit Doing Things That Aren't Life-Giving
Happy Sunday! We have had quite a few woodpeckers in our yard this year (including this Red-Naped Sapsucker). They are fun and interesting to watch as they peck away in spots that aren't going to help feed them--our flag pole, windows, metal stove pipe. Seeing the bird furiously persist pecking at a dead wood or metal pole is a great picture of what we so often do in our lives. How many times do we continue down or return to paths that we know are not right for us only to eventually feel like we are banging our heads against a brick wall? You know the saying, if you want different results, you have to try different approaches. We need to quit making choices that we know aren't good for us and aren't life-giving. And, I know that it is so hard to not follow familiar paths and patterns and habits, but looking to Jesus and relying on Him makes the hard things possible. Let's quit poking and jabbing at dead activities, actions, words that lead us the wrong way and rather focus on those paths that guide us to the vital life God wants for us.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

So Many Show Projects



Y'all, i had a show last week, woohoo! And while the crowds weren't huge the sales were absolutely fantastic. We practiced social distancing, spread out the booths, etc. 

As is typical, I intended to stage and take good pictures of all of my projects. Alas, I did not take the time to do that, but I will show you some photos from my booth and walk you through some of my favorite furniture items.
bookshelf, reclaimed barnwood, cattle crossing sign, cow painting
This bookshelf was a brown, wobbly, thrift store purchase. I painted it black and added some old boards to the back that I sanded and stained. (The boards are off of my house--they were behind the gutters for some reason, making the gutters useless so hubby removed them.) I really liked how the black with the old, chippy wood looked together and adding the back made the bookshelf sturdy and rock soild.

I made a cattle crossing sign and painted another cow (like this one HERE) on the bottom of a warped oak tray out of an old trunk. You can also see a barnwood coat hook. This piece of barnwood has a hole in it (lower left) and I was happy I found  use for the holey wood.
sunflower painting, fruits and vegetables, potting bench
This sunflower painting sold right away. I painted it using ONLY wood scraps as my paintbrushes. It is sunny and bright and happy. A potting bench/outdoor bar has an old metal hoosier drawer in it for potting soil or ice and drinks. My large watermelon and carrot were purchased by the local FCC teacher for the classroom kitchen.
Old Door Hall Tree
Old door hall trees are always popular. I chose to plane the reclaimed wood and leave it natural, using only Wise Owl Furniture Salve to finish. The mirror was purchased from a thrift store and the wood beads around it was the inspiration for the natural wood seat on the hall tree. I made another Yellowstone Park sign since the first one sold in one day.
Butcher Block Kitchen Island
Hubby and I had purchased some huge butcher block type pieces of wood (they are actually cut off pieces from large beams) at a garage sale. We made one into a rolling island. I used coconut oil to season the butcher block. 

I was happy and thankful that customers came out and were there to buy! Sales have also been great in my booth at The Antique Barn in Gallatin Gateway, MT. 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Sunday Verses

Devotional About Keeping Alert
Happy Sunday! I have spent many hours this spring working on finally creating a flower bed full of perennials. I have weeded this area many times in the past, but never fully finished it. Now that it is completed, I am trying my best to stay on top of the prolific weed growth. I never quite understand how they can grow and spread so quickly and I get frustrated that even one week of neglect leads to extra work. But, when I weed every day or two, the job seems easier. We all have weaknesses and "ugly" areas of our life that aren't a problem or issue as long as we are alert and pay attention to them regularly. It is when we ignore them, deny them, or leave them unchecked that they become a problem. This verse seems a little scary or threatening, but really it is simply telling us to recognize and be aware of those things that keep us from loving and taking care of each other. When we are regularly looking at how we might be falling short of Jesus's command to love God and others, we can more easily correct or change it. A daily (hourly) heart check keeps us attentive and aware.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Folk Art Abstract Lamb Cow


Well, my title says it all or... 😂. 
Folk Art Abstract Lamb Cow
I love creating paintings by painting with wood scraps and chunks of wood as my paintbrushes. The scraps give the paining a unique look and I enjoy the challenge.
Folk Art Abstract Lamb Cow
Painting a cow and EYES were a new challenge for me. I painted the background first, using light green and light blue interior wall paint. I like to paint these on pieces of plywood because the texture adds an extra quality to the painting.
Folk Art Abstract Lamb Cow
The cow/calf looks a little like a lamb to me. I am definitely calling this an abstract, folk art , farmhouse style painting. I am happy enough with it--I will see if it speaks to anyone else enough that they want to buy it. PS--if there are any art critics out there, I don't want to hear it. After all, art is personal, right?

Thursday, June 11, 2020

How to Make a Vintage Style Park Sign


Y'all, I didn't mean to be absent for so long! My youngest graduated and we were able to have an in person graduation and party, thus the crazy, mad dash to work on home projects this past month. It was a lovely party and I am so happy we were able to celebrate my baby (she is on the right).
 I have been busy making things to take to my antique booth too, but sales have been so awesome that I haven't photographed much. Life is slowing down a bit and getting back into a more normal rhythm so hopefully I will have more sharing time.

Today, I made a fun, vintage style sign, perfect for our area.
How to Make a Vintage Style Park Sign
I started with a 1X8 that was a bit warped and apparently had been some type of door jam. 
How to Make a Vintage Style Park Sign
I painted it black and then used 6" letter stencils to spell out Yellowstone Park. I used very little paint on my brush for a faded look. I fill in the spaces in the letters that the stencils have. I think it makes it look a little more custom.
How to Make a Vintage Style Park Sign
I lined or shadowed the letters with yellow paint and then distressed the smooth pine board with a hammer claw and and nails. I sanded quite a bit of the paint off the edges and then stained it all.
How to Make a Vintage Style Park Sign
I love National Parks and know we are blessed to live so close to YNP.  I love that this looks like it could have come off one of the buildings in the park.
How to Make a Vintage Style Park Sign
I also stenciled a BIG SKY sign on barn wood. 
How to Make a Vintage Style Park Sign
These signs are fun to make and always popular with customers. 

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Sunday Verses

Your Life reflects What is in yOur Heart
Happy Sunday! I wish I could start by giving you each a hug (a pre-covid hug, of course). We are living in some tough and tumultuous times. We are being stretched and tried and tested. We are being divided by disease and social issues. We are looking at the same coin, but seeing different sides. And honestly, I am disheartened and saddened that humanity has become so political and divisive. But, when I pause and I force myself to look past the ugly, I capture glimpses of beauty--I see actions that show concern for fellow humans, I witness people on opposite sides of fences coming together, I notice love shared. I believe that most people are inherently good, and I believe that if we put aside our disagreements and really look at each other's lives, we will see good people with good hearts. Let's allow our lives and actions mirror the love and goodness in our hearts and let's CHOOSE to see those positive qualities in each other.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Sunday Verses

God is Good All the Time
Happy Sunday! Raise your hand if you love a good planner and making plans? The last few months have certainly taught us that plans don't always work out as we draft them. Through all of this (and other trying times) I have often heard, "It's all part of God's plan." While I understand that this statement is meant to bring comfort, it isn't accurate. God's plans are NEVER for evil or pain or sickness or to hurt us. God does not plan pandemics, he does not injure us, he does not take people from us, he doesn't bankrupt us. God is virtuous, his plans are righteous. He can use our pain and our hurts to make us better and stronger, but they are never a part of his intentions. And this verse reminds us that not only is the Lord good, but he is good and compassionate to ALL of us--amen!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Devotional
Happy Sunday! I have had the Dixie Chicks' song "She Needs Wide Open Spaces" running through my brain the past few days. It might be the weather (we have had lots of rain and some snow) and certainly it is because the words quarantine and socially distancing have become all too familiar and common. After being in a cramped and confined hiding space, God led David to a spacious spot. We all go through tight, tough seasons that make us feel entrapped. We long for freedom, for places where we allow our hearts and feelings of peace run free. God is inexplicably thrilled when we find that freeing, wide open space within the expanse of his loving arms. God waits for us, delivers and rescues us, not because of anything we do, not because we earn it or work hard enough for it, but because it delights him. If you are feeling enclosed, trapped by the hard things, rest and rejoice in the vast space of God's saving love, grace, and peace.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Rustic Farmhouse Work Table

The little blue desk I shared last week (HERE) sold within a few days. 

That inspired me to build a rustic, farmhouse desk/ work table.

Rustic Farmhouse Work Table
I have made these before, but not for a few years. I am really happy how this one came out (because honestly, I am never sure when I start).
Rustic Farmhouse Work Table
I used reclaimed barnwood and started by making the sides. I cut the front legs as a 20 degree angle.  I painted the legs white before adding some barnwood that I planed to the top. I made this table longer than the previous ones--it is 48" long. 
Rustic Farmhouse Work Table
The bottom shelf sits back a bit and is only one board wide so there is room for a chair. The bottom shelf is perfect for books, baskets, feet. A diagonal board across the back helps to remove any wobble the table might have.
Rustic Farmhouse Work Table
This rustic farmhouse table makes a great desk, vanity, entry or sofa table, or a potting bench. It is sturdy and not too big so it would work in lots of spot. How would you use it?

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Sunday Verses

Devotional on How to Practice Loving Each Other
Happy Sunday and Happy Mother's Day! I found some fun graffiti on a recent walk. I liked how the LOVE stood out and covered some of the other negative things. Love is like that, when practiced well, it covers and heals a whole lot of ugly. If you are a mom (or parent) you certainly know that love allows us to overlook, forgive, and ignore a whole mess of faults. We love our children without conditions and we love them as if our lives depend on it. But, often times we do not show this same kind of love to others. When we let love lead it makes the other things--the hard things and the difficult people, a bit easier to understand and easier to endure. Parenting gives us plenty of opportunities to work on unconditional love. Jesus loves us freely and perfectly. Let's practice sharing that same sin-covering, patient, kind, forgiving love with all those we come in contact with.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Roadside Desk Rescue and Cowboy Stool


Freebies on the side of the road seem few and far between anymore. But, recently I spied a little desk in the street that just had to come home with me. (Yes, I wore a mask, and wiped it down with disinfecting wipes before I put it in my car.) 
Roadside Desk Rescue and Cowboy Stool
It had a big crack across the top (it is repaired in the above picture). I glued and clamped the split and used mending plates underneath it to keep it held together. It is sturdy and didn't need any other repair.
Roadside Desk Rescue and Cowboy Stool
Whoever had painted it, had done a decent job painting it a teal color with a dark/black stain over the top. However, it had some crusty, bubbly spots of missing paint so I decided to give it a good sanding. I also wanted to sand well along the split that I repaired, but didn't want it to only be sanded along the line. There was light blue paint under the teal and tan under that. I think the wood is oak.
Roadside Desk Rescue and Cowboy Stool
After lots of sanding, I used Early American Minwax stain on this rustic desk.
Roadside Desk Rescue and Cowboy Stool
The cute little cowboy stool was from the thrift store, pre-covid. It's original life was as an oak stool with a wicker seat. I think it was probably a vanity stool and is fairly old. When I found it someone had spray painted it with the pebbly stone spray paint (which is a bear to sand off) and covered in a less than lovely brown vinyl. I sanded and stained it and recovered it with some fun cowboy fabric I have been holding on to.
Roadside Desk Rescue and Cowboy Stool
I won't sell the desk and stool as a set,but I do think they are cute together. The desk has a worn, rugged denim look and the fabric in the stool has some great blues that match the desk.
Roadside Desk Rescue and Cowboy Stool
These would be cute in a cabin or cowboy room or the desk would make a great little entry table or a tall side table. 

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Sunday Verses

Knowing Right from Wrong and Trusting Intuition
Happy Sunday! Do you ever just get a gut feeling about something and you don't know if you should trust it or not? Our "guts", intuition, insights, and discernment are all gifts from God. The problem is, we often forget to use these gifts because they get buried, hidden, and disguised by the worldly stuff. Sometimes we know the truth, but we don't want to see it because it is difficult to hear. Fears and worries mask our instincts. I know that when I have ignored hunches and have turned a deaf ear to my intuition, I have regretted it. We sense what is right, we inherently know what is true, but we often don't trust it. We need to listen to our hearts, to God, and lean on what and WHO we know is right, and true, and good. This week pay attention to those deep, tugging feelings and listen to and heed wise counsel.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

DIY Wood Corbels

Wood corbels are hard to come by and when you do find them, they aren't cheap. So, I decided to make some.

I used two wood spindles I had, cutting 45 degree angles on them. I used some nice hardwood ( I am not sure what variety of wood it is) to create the 90 degree supports and joined them together with screws.
DIY Wood Corbels
They make great bookends.
DIY Wood Corbels
Or are cute sitting in a windowsill.
DIY Wood Corbels
They are fun sitting on a table and 
DIY Wood Corbels
are good props for favorite photos.

They also can be used in doorway openings or as shelf or mantle brackets. I will definitely be making more of these. Where would you use them?

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Devotion on Endurance
Happy Sunday! We have been walking along the river lately and we always enjoy catching glimpses of beavers hard at work in the river. The size of some of the trees that they have chewed down amaze me. They work at gnawing around the trunks so that they can then get to the branches to drag back to build their dens. The beavers seem to constantly be on the move, not giving up on the tasks in front of them. We have things in our lives that take time-- healing relationships, getting through hardships, forgiveness, change, and sometimes (often times) we want to quit in the waiting. When we persist and endure, our faith is strengthened. We rest in knowing that joy waits for us and that some day we will be made whole with Jesus. God's grace grants us endurance for this turbulent and trying life journey--keep working to hold on to hope, to love, to Jesus.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sunday Verses

Let God Fix the Problems
Happy Sunday! On a recent hike we came across this fence post that someone had tried several times to fix. It obviously hadn't worked as the fence rail was lying on the ground next to the post. How many times have we tried to fix things in our lives and they just don't quite work out the way we plan? When we try to repair our splintered lives alone the mends often don't hold. When we give our problems to God and let him work them out, let him rebuild and correct and improve them, the resolutions are good and right and lasting. Let the nails that Jesus endured for you be the fix that soothes and heals the broken places.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Upcycled Drawer Work Station


I have a hard time saying no when someone wants to give me something. So, when an acquaintance asked if I wanted an old, blonde, dresser with a mirror I said yes. This thing was beastly heavy, but I thought I might use it as a vanity in my bathroom. However, it sat and I decided to go a different route for a vanity. During a purge I decided to save the drawers and dump the rest. 
Upcycled Drawer Work Station

I repurposed two of the larger drawers to make a work station.Upcycled Drawer Work Station

I have made these before, but I am always happy with the results and pleased with how versatile these are.
Upcycled Drawer Work Station
I painted the drawers red, yellow, green, and aqua. I sanded them a bit. After painting I added legs--1" x 4"s. I made a top from pallet wood, cutting the curve with a jigsaw and then attached it with hinges. I stained all of it and finished it with a clear coat.
Upcycled Drawer Work Station
This makes a fun bar station--storage for towels, glasses, wine bottle openers, etc. inside the top drawer. 
Upcycled Drawer Work Station
The bottom drawer is perfect for bottles, an ice bucket when not in use.
Upcycled Drawer Work Station
These upcycled drawers make a great office work station. I made it counter height and it is a perfect place to stand and work (or sit on a stool).
Upcycled Drawer Work Station
Books, files can be kept in the bottom drawer and office supplies in the top drawer.
Use it in an entryway or mudroom. 
Upcycled Drawer Work Station
Boots and shoes in the bottom, 
Upcycled Drawer Work Station
mittens and scarves in the top drawer and keep mail and keys on the top.
Upcycled Drawer Work Station
This piece would work great in a kitchen--keep a mixer, pressure cooker, air fryer, blender in the bottom. Store towels, cookbooks, extra serving bowls in the top. 

Or how about utilizing the work station for crafts--fabric, supplies in the top, sewing machine, etc. in the bottom with a perfect place to craft on the tabletop.

What ideas do you have for a piece like this?

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Create Farmhouse Canisters


I cannot quit throwing things in the fire to rust and age them. It really is quite therapeutic, tossing things that others have discarded into the flames, never knowing how they will come out. My latest fire transformations started life as a popcorn tin and a large butter cookie tin.

I little fire, paint, hydrogen peroxide, salt, and stencils and have a pair of perfect farmhouse food canisters.
Create Farmhouse Canisters
The sugar tin sat for awhile, rusting, so it is extra aged.
DIY Rusted Farmhouse Canisters
I rusted the flour tin for less than 15 minutes, so it is not as rusty, crusty. I think it makes the pair look more authentically old to have them a bit different.
DIY Rusted Farmhouse Canisters
After I pull the tins from the fire (I keep them in the fire for a few hours), I wipe the soot off and paint them with whatever I can find--typically interior latex, not fully covering the tins.
When the paint is dry, I might sand some off and then I pour hydrogen peroxide on the tin while it rests on a bucket and sprinkle salt. I let that sit for 10 minutes-10 days, depending on what is happening in my life. I brush off the dried salt and clear coat the tins with spray.
DIY Rusted Farmhouse Canisters
(For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links. What does that mean? If you chose to purchase something through my link, I may receive a small compensation, BUT it cost you nothing extra 😉. ALSO, please note, prices for stencils that you see are in Canadian and convert to less in US dollars.)
DIY Rusted Farmhouse Canisters
Using the flour and sugar stencils from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils (Get them HERE), I stencil the tins with black paint. Taping the stencils on makes it much easier to stencil on a curved surface.
DIY Rusted Farmhouse Canisters
I sand a little of the black paint off and then finish with another clear coat. I also clear coat the inside so that anything that gets stored in them stays clean.

I love their vintage farmhouse feel!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Sunday Verses

Devotional on God's Saving Grace
Happy Sunday and Happy Easter! There sure are a lot of "normal" things that seem to be taking extra effort these days--showering, laundry, being patient, making pretzel jello (a family favorite) for Easter dinner. Sometimes we just have to do the hard things even when we don't want to and when we do, we are "rewarded" by our efforts. But today, Easter, is a perfect day to be reminded that with God we do not have to do any extra work to earn his love and salvation--they are both gifts that Jesus bought with his death on the cross. There is nothing you can do to make God love you more. You do not have to perform or achieve anything to attain God's redemption. You simply need to believe that Jesus died for you. He died and was resurrected on the third day so that we may have the freedom to enjoy his saving grace and unconditional love. No extra effort on our part is required. Thank you, Jesus!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Feed Sack Pillows


Nothing screams farmhouse more than feed sacks. The problem is, everyone knows this so they are becoming hard to find and when you can get them, they are pricey. This is why I love Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils Grain Sack line--you can make your own!

Feed Sack Pillows
(For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links. What does that mean? If you chose to purchase something through my link, I may receive a small compensation, BUT it cost you nothing extra 😉. ALSO, please note, prices for stencils that you see are in Canadian and convert to less in US dollars.)
Feed Sack Pillows
Using the flour sack stencil, the grain sack stencil, and one of the fabulous grain stripe stencils and made my own feed sacks that became pillows.
Feed Sack Pillows
I used some fabric paint to stencil. I created the flour sack on some nubby muslin, stenciling the flour design first in grey and then the strip in white.
Feed Sack Pillows
Pillow ticking seemed perfect for the grain sack pillow.
Feed Sack Pillows
I typically make pillows as a pillow cover because I know that I like to be able to wash my pillows. To do this I cut the front piece 16" x 16" and the back piece 16" x 24". I then cut the back piece in half and turn and sew one raw edge on each piece. I overlap these when I place the front and back pieces right side ends. Sew around the outside edges of the pillow and flip and iron and then add a 16" pillow form.
Feed Sack Pillows
The grain stack stencils are probably my favorite stencils from Old Sign Stencils. They are perfect to make feed sacks, but also great on crates, buckets and tins, and they make the cutest signs. See how else I have used them HERE, HERE, and HERE

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sunday Verses

God Has Not Abandoned Us
Happy Sunday! Another drive to get out of the house led us past this abandoned house sitting in the middle of a Montana prairie. I wondered why it had been left alone and neglected, who had lived in it, why was it deserted?  Abandoned--a lot of us feel like this right now. We are stranded from our jobs, alone and distant from family and friends, unsure of what our government is doing, and wondering where God is. First, let me assure you, it is okay to question God, to ask him why we are going through this. He can handle our questions and feelings of doubt. But, even in the uncertainty, this I know--God is nearby, he is close to us, he has not abandoned us. He may be allowing darkness to run its course right now, but he is holding us through it all. We will ultimately see his goodness in these trials. Rather than feeling stranded and neglected, let's abandon our fears and trust that we are not alone in this time. This week ask God to feel his nearness, to know without any doubt that he is close-by and that he has not deserted us.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Rustic Farm Supply


This is a 15 minute project that adds a great, rustic, down home touch.
Rustic Farm Supply Sign
I love stencils because they are so easy and quick to use. They can be used in a variety of ways and on so many different surfaces and projects.

(For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links. What does that mean? If you chose to purchase something through my link, I may receive a small compensation, BUT it cost you nothing extra 😉. ALSO, please note, prices for stencils that you see are in Canadian and convert to less in US dollars.)
Stencil a Rustic Farm Supply Sign
This FARM SUPPLY stencil from Old Sign Stencils is new to me and perfect for Montana. You can get it HERE!
The extra details like the little shovel and grain makes these stencils unique.
Stencil a Rustic Farm Supply Sign
I stenciled it on an old piece of barn wood, using white paint. I sanded a little bit of it off to make it look weathered. I like it hanging above the doors to my John Deere green carriage house.
Stencil a Rustic Farm Supply Sign
What have you stenciled?