Sunday, September 27, 2020

Sunday Verses

Take Time to Pause and Rest
Happy Sunday! Do you know what renews your soul? For me, it is being out in nature, in the trees, on a mountain, or near water. God knew that we were going to be stressed out, overworked, burdened, and so he told us several times in his word to rest, to give our troubles and worries to him. When we try to manage our stress our way-- with control, overuse of alcohol, food, exercise, internet, anything we use to escape, anger--we do not find rest and renewal. God tells us many times in his word to come to him for rest, to get quiet and still. We are all facing challenges in these uncertain and tumultuous times. Let's quit trying to control tensions and pressures our way and let's give them to Jesus. Oh, and let's remember to practice kindness too along the way.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Creating a Cozy Guest Room on a Budget

Moving to a new state for hubby's job meant I had to leave a job I loved, decorating and merchandising the antique place where I had a booth. It was a small job, and I only worked a a dozen hours a week, but I so enjoyed styling booths. I felt like I made a difference where I worked, that people enjoyed the displays I created, and that they helped sales. When people asked me what I was going to do when we moved, I would cry because my answer was, "I have no idea." I still don't know how to answer that question, although I am looking into some things--focusing more on my blog again is one of those

My new blog focus is sharing how I am decorating our blank slate home and sharing how to make a builder basic house a home with personal style on a budget. I am having fun and am excited to share new projects with you all.
Creating a Cozy Guest Room on a Budget

I am working on our guest room, making it multifunctional and warm on a budget. This cozy sitting area came together with garage sale and thrift store finds.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Easy DIY Coffee Mug Rack

I am not sure what it is about a good coffee mug rack that I love, but I do think every home needs one! I Not only are they the most logical place to store mugs, but a mug rack makes it easy to see and find coffee cups and says to guests, "Help yourself, sit, enjoy a warm cup of something yummy."
Easy DIY Coffee Mug Rack

This easy, DIY coffee mug rack took less than an hour to make.  All you need is a scrap of wood, some hooks and stencils.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sunday Verses

Devotion on Having an Empty Nest
Happy Sunday! If you have been reading my blog, you know that I recently have undergone all types of changes--a job change for hubby, a move out of state, leaving a job I loved, and after 27 years of "in-home parenting", we experienced the sometimes celebrated, often times dreaded, empty nest. While I have known since the day my children were born that some day the home spaces they filled would be vacant, I was unaware of how I would receive that emptiness. It has not been an easy season and I have been slow to accept this transition. But through it, I trust God's truths. I know that life's seasons are set up by God and more importantly, I trust that he is present in all of them. God is in the waiting, he fills the emptiness, he sits with me when I am not okay, when I am unsure about what to do next. Whatever season you are in, wait, trust, be at peace, and KNOW that our Father who loves us beyond measure has a plan and a purpose for each of us. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Creating a Multifunctional Guest Bedroom

If you have read my last few posts, you know that I have moved. And moving involved downsizing, which I kind of love. BUT, downsizing means that rooms, and spaces, and furniture all need to serve multifunctions.

 A guest bedroom is a perfect multi-tasking space and I am working at creating a cozy room that has more than one purpose. Even if you have a big home, I don't think guest rooms should ever just be reserved for guests only. Unless you have constant company, a guest bedroom typically gets used a dozen days, give or take, a year. Reclaim that square footage with multifunctional furniture and ideas. 

Creating a Multifunctional Bedroom

Thursday, September 10, 2020

How To Style Shelves and Make a New House Feel like Home

Changes--as I told you in my last post we have had a lot of changes in our lives lately. One of those was moving 400 miles away to another state. With the move came a downsize and buying a new house. We chose a cute, builder basic, new home and with that came some fun, new home aspects such as shiplap and subway tile. But, a new, builder basic house means no warmth, no lived-in homey look, no character. I have been working at adding the "we have lived here for years", curated look.

The open shelving in the kitchen with the shiplap behind it was definitely one of the selling points for me (practical-to-the-core hubby didn't see it). 

How to Style Open Shelving
I wanted the shelves to be both interesting, personal, and practical or useful. I rarely have items in my kitchen that are just for decor purposes. I want to have items I can use, that serve a purpose, and that make me smile. 
Styling Open Shelves

Thursday, August 27, 2020

New Mantel and Changes

Y'all, it's been a hot minute since I have shared and posted. Oh, so much to tell! But, today I will just start with a few of the changes I have experienced this summer.

We became empty nesters and moved from Montana to Northern Idaho. Hubby retired from education in MT and is able to collect full retirement from MT (not enough to live on) and be a principal in another state. Moving wasn't necessarily the game plan, but Covid made it clear in about May that it needed to be the plan.

We kept our old schoolhouse in Montana (more on that to come) and bought a new, cute little house in our new hometown.

I am just starting to get it decorated and have more boxes to unpack (going from 5000 sq. ft. to 1500 is challenging, but good!). My new town does not have natural gas so propane, electric, and wood stoves are the heat sources come winter. We have a cute little wood stove tucked in the wall. 
It has a metal mantel that we are going to put a piece of reclaimed wood on that will make it a little wider and longer, but for now I decided to play with some thrift store finds to juuzsh it up (you know juuzsh, right?).

There are outlets, etc. above the mantel for a TV but we chose to make one of the bedrooms a TV room. I knew I wanted some wood, some texture, some color. I started with this this thrift store card table I found at a thrift store in my new town.
I used Wise Owl Furniture Salve to restore the wood's natural beauty.

I placed two wicker thrift store candlesticks on one side and two tall wood spools on the other side for symmetry, but not an exact match.
I silver tray tucked behind the spools and a thrift store paint by number propped in front of the card table finished the look for now. I will definitely be changing my decor on the mantel seasonally, but am happy with the flowers and bit of blue for now. 
I look forward to sharing new projects in a new home. I hope to inspire you to personalize your home. 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Practicing Trust One Step at a Time
Happy Sunday! I often say on my Sunday devotionals to just trust, have faith, rest in God, believe. But, how do you do that, how do you cross the bridge between saying and knowing how to be at peace and actually practicing it? How do we simply trust God and believe that He will work in our favor and on our behalf? We cross the chasm of fear and worry and the unknown one step, one breath, one day at a time. Moving forward towards peace happens when we focus on Jesus, when we repeat his words, when we talk to him, when we get still and listen. It is not easy and we often run back to the familiar side--to worry and fear. Let's step back on the bridge by telling God we trust him, by being honest with him about our anxieties, by keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus who sees us, knows us, and loves us completely and  unconditionally. 

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Sunday Verses

Happy Sunday! The saying, "You never know what's coming around the corner," certainly seems to be ringing true this year--catastrophic fires, murder hornets, pandemic, protests. Throw in my youngest graduating, my husband retiring in our state to go be a school administrator in another state (because he can collect retirement here and get a full salary elsewhere), house remodeling, moving and I have seen enough change to last me awhile. And I must admit, I have not been embracing all these ch, ch, ch, changes very well. Change is hard. It is uncomfortable and unfamiliar and scary. I know it can be exciting and adventurous too, but when it involves goodbyes, it is arduous. I have learned that having the right mindset can make all the difference. Learning to look for the positives, to see some changes as temporary, to welcome fresh starts, to quit fighting the shifts, and rather be content in our present situations takes mindful effort, but it is possible. The secret is Jesus--faith, trust, belief that his love is enough, that his comfort will see us through, that he is not surprised by any of the changes, and that he knows exactly how they will turn out brings peace to the weary and overworked mind. Contentment doesn't mean you can't mourn the hard transitions, but finding, choosing, and trusting contentment in all situations sure make life a little easier to live day by day.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Vintage Metal Cart Makeover


I have loved these vintage metal carts. I remember we had one when I was really little and then hubby and I had a aqua colored one when we first marries (why did I ever get rid of that?). So, when I spied one for $2 at a garage sale, I had to grab it.
Makeover for a Vintage Metal Serving Cart
It was in rough shape--had old contact paper on the top shelf and rust on the shelves. I scraped the contact paper off and sanded the flaking paint and rust.
Makeover for a Vintage Metal Serving Cart
I then used some paint that I mixed up a year or two ago, It was a combination of different chalk paints, maybe a little latex in there too. I think this dark green is coming in hot this fall as I am seeing it more and more on cupboards and walls. It is not the avocado green that a vintage metal cart like this might have come in. And it is not the forest green of the 90's. It has a bit more earthiness to it. I think that although navy is still very popular, this deep green is going to be replacing it.
Makeover for a Vintage Metal Serving Cart
One coat covered the chippy, rusty white. I lightly sanded the paint to smooth it some and then used a clear spray in a satin finish to protect the paint. 
Vintage Metal Cart Makeover
HINT--use a paper bag to lightly "sand" over the clear coat after it is dry to make it feel smooth to the touch. These little carts make awesome bar carts, coffee spots, or a microwave cart.
Vintage Metal Cart Makeover

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sunday Verses

Happy Sunday! I need to preface this-- I am not trying to be political or divisive with this post, actually quite the opposite. Our governor passed a mandatory mask order this week
 (as many other states have) and boy howdy, have tempers and opinions been flying. And in it all, I am saddened to see the accusations and assumptions that are being made from both sides of the issue. Why do so many of us assume the worst? We post conspiracy theories and accuse government officials of managing the numbers to control us. We call people uncaring and fearful, we assume one thing or another based on whether a mask is being worn or not. Even the ability to breathe in a mask or not seems to be decided by party lines. And in it all, I am disheartened to see so many people angry and so many assuming that people are only making decisions based on personal gain. The information is changing daily and yes, some people are being deceitful. But, please, let's not assume the worst and let's not accuse others who have different opinions than us. Let's lead with love and good, sound judgement rather than looking for and accusing others of plotting harm. Love first and foremost, that is what Jesus would do.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Rustic Farmhouse Bookshelf


Lately, I just cannot get enough of this old curragated tin.
Rustic Farmhouse Bookshelf
 I love the patina and the rustic, industrial, farmhousw feel it adds to a piece. (see it on my walls HERE and a jelly cupboard HERE). So, when I sold a cabinet in my booth and needed something to hold smalls, I knew a bookshelf with a rustic industrial vibe would be perfect.
Rustic Farmhouse Bookshelf

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Camper Makeover



Y'all, why do we wait to improve things until we are doing it for someone else? We have done this with homes, cars, and now our 29 ft. travel trailer, aka camper.
Camper Makeover
We bought this 2005 Jayco Eagle camper in 2012 and enjoyed many fantastic family trips in it. But, the youngest birdie is leaing the nest so it is time to sell it. First, though, it needed some improvements. I am going to try and share the details of the makeover, but we are by no means experts. This took a lot of sweat equity and I wanted to quit more than once. While I don't have an exact number, I know we spent less than $750 on the total remodel.
Camper Makeover

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?