Sunday, March 7, 2021

Sunday Verses

Love is Patient and Kind
Happy Sunday! Love, a simple, four letter word that seems easy to say for most, but hard and confusing to practice. The bible says a lot about love and I am spending some time looking at and trying to learn how to better love from the many verses on it. The definition of love in Corinthians is widely known, and it sets up great standards, but it is also impossible for humans to consistently attain. What I think is less recognized in these verses, are the aspects of God's loving character. God's love does not have conditions, we do not need to earn it--it is patient and kind and humble. The fact that my faith all too often looks like me apologizing to God and feeling guilty for not trusting him or not having enough belief tells me that I do not fully grasp God's loving characteristics. He is not sitting around waiting to punish us, devising hoops for us to jump through so that he will love us more. When my limited thinking and human interpreted faith tells me differently, I am choosing to look to God's authentic nature and breathing in his unconditional love. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Simple Spring Mantel

Happy March--it sure is coming in like a lamb and I am loving it. Sunshine and grass starting to green up meant it was time for some spring decor. A few simple changes and additions and my mantel is ready for all things spring.

Simple Spring Mantel Ideas

Thursday, February 25, 2021

DIY BOHO Plant Stand Made From Thrift Store Finds

DIY BOHO Plant Stand Made From Thrift Store Finds
Today's Thrifty Thursday post was going to include a tour through some of my favorite thrift stores, but alas, that will have to wait. A heavy snow storm this morning screamed, "Stay home, stay in your pajamas until 2, create with what you have." So, that is exactly what I did and this is what I came up with--a BOHO plant stand.
DIY BOHO Plant Stand Made From Thrift Store Finds

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

BOHO Twine Jute Wreath

Sometimes, I have no idea what I am going to create. I have no plan, maybe a general idea of what I want, but how I am going to get there and what I am going to end up with is a surprise to even me. I knew I wanted some type of wreath with a spring vibe so I grabbed a few thrift store embroidery hoops and some jute, twine, hemp cord--whatever you call it, curled up under a cozy blanket and started experimenting.

DIY BOHO Jute Wreath
After a few hours (and a few Gilmore Girls episodes) I came up with a boho, spring wreath.
DIY BOHO Jute Wreath

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Sunday Verses

When Life is Out of Control
Happy Sunday! No, that is the answer to the question this verse poses, but it sure hasn't stopped me from trying. The past two weeks have been a lot like this picture--out of control, wild, messy, and cold. I got stuck in Montana a couple extra days and still had bad roads for my solo drive home. One kid's car broke down in -22 temperatures and we weren't there to help him through that. My eldest and his very pregnant wife have Covid. My youngest, a college freshman, planned a three night getaway over the long weekend to visit a friend in Nashville--it turned into an eight day trip, with five cancelled flights. After hours and hours on hold, the sixth try on the third airline is getting her home as I write. And, there have been other hard things these past few weeks that I have asked people to help me pray over because I believe in the power of prayer. I trust God and his word, I know he loves me and wants the best for me. BUT, I am still working through letting go of worry. I know worrying seems to give me some sense of control when I really have none. I also know worry accomplishes nothing, is unhealthy, and is part of being human. I don't have any great answers to get over it, but I have made baby steps. I verbalize something like, "This worrying is not helping, stop." I stay busy, breathe, read the Bible, visualize hanging out in happy places, and minute by minute I am learning to trust that Jesus has got it covered.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Thrift Store Cutting Boards

Thrift Store Finds and Ideas

Last week on Thrifty Thursday I shared a couple wood cutting boards from the thrift store. This week I am sharing how you can easily add a little something to them to make them fresh for your decor.

Thrift Store Cutting Boards
Displaying wood cutting boards helps to warm up an all white kitchen. I love the white subway tile and shiplap in my kitchen, but it can be cold. Using the cutting boards helps to add some texture and color.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Sunday Verses

Thoughts About Love
Happy Sunday! I am not a big fan of winter or the cold. BUT, I continue to strive to find good things about my least favorite season and to embrace and experience winter in a way that feels okay to me. I see the beauty in winter landscapes, I am trying new to me outdoor activities, and realizing that with enough layers on, I can appreciate this season. Today is Valentine's Day and it is a day filled with a lot of expectations, love, joy, disappointment, and everything in between. In other words, it's a day much like everyday life. Love, winter, life-- they all become what we choose to see them as and are what we make of them. Love looks differently for each of us and even though it is all around us, it comes to us in unique ways. Love is not an agenda, it is not a prescribed way of being or acting, but it is a sharing of ourselves. And in order to share ourselves, to love others, we need to first find some things that we love about ourselves. When we do that, then it doesn't matter how we spend a day devoted to love and romance because we know that it surrounds us. Seek out the good  in each other and let's practice loving ourselves so that we can better love each other.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Thrift Store Finds, Neutrals

Neutral Thrift Store Finds Plus Thrifting Tips

Today I am sharing some of my recent neutral, natural inspired thrift store finds. 

Neutral Thrift Store Finds Plus Thrifting Tips
I think that it is easier spot items at the thrift store if you are looking for a particular color or texture. That doesn't mean you don't look at the other things, but when you tell yourself, "Today I want to find some natural colored items," it seems easier to discover what you want.
Neutral Thrift Store Finds Plus Thrifting Tips
This wood bowl with a lid is clearly missing a handle. I think it might have been an ice bucket, but there is no plastic container in it and it doesn't have any signs of water damage, which other wood ice buckets I have found do. I have a few ideas for how I want to use this--stay tuned.
Neutral Thrift Store Finds Plus Thrifting Tips
I have been looking for good, solid wood cutting boards to help warm up the white subway tile in my kitchen. To clean thrift store cutting boards lightly sand them by hand. Wash thoroughly with hot, soapy water. wipe them with some bleach and when completely dry, rub coconut oil into them. Be sure to check for cracks or splits before buying thrift store cutting boards.
Neutral Thrift Store Finds Plus Thrifting Tips
The old mirror belonged on a medicine cabinet, it is heavy and has a great, chippy finish to it and was only $5. I will hang it over my chest of drawers in the bedroom.
Neutral Thrift Store Finds Plus Thrifting Tips
The crock has no markings and I do not believe it is old as it has a hole in the bottom. It is heavy and will make a cute, outdoor planter.

Baskets always deserve a look at the thrift store. Examine them carefully as they often have broken reeds. This little palm frond one fits perfectly in the tarnished silver holder and will get a plant in it when I find the right one. Other ways to use thrift store baskets--as lamp shades for hanging lights, to organize the pantry or bathroom, flat baskets look great on a wall, they dress up plastic plant pots. Baskets add natural texture and warmth to a room. 
Neutral Thrift Store Finds Plus Thrifting Tips
The fabric is a curtain. I used some of it for my Christmas stockings and will make pillows with the rest. Always look at the linens for repurposed pillow fabric or for a small piece for recovering a chair seat. In the basket is some dyed jute in natural colors. The craft sections at thrift stores have a wealth of supplies and are appreciated since the nearest craft store is about an hour away.

So, today's thrifting hints are:
*Look for a specific color, especially if you feel overwhelmed at thrift stores.
*Check out the baskets at thrift stores.
*Look through the linens for "fabric" and explore the craft section.
*Wood cutting boards are plentiful at thrift stores and can be cleaned.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Chippy Thrift Store Wood Crate

When I find something I love at the thrift store and can instantly think of three or four ways to use it, it typically is a no-brainer when it comes to deciding if I should buy it or not. AND, when the item has a lovely chippy finish in my preferred accent color (blue) and it is only$6, then it becomes a heck YES! Such was the case with this wood crate or box.

Chippy Thrift Store Wood Crate Table

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Sunday Verses

God's Word Matters
Happy Sunday! The saying, "Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words 
 can never hurt me" was one I grew up with. But, we all now know that this adage is certainly not true. We know that words hurt and heal, bring peace and strife. God's WORD and his words matter, so much so that his Word even became flesh when Jesus was born. While all of God's words are good and important, I do not want them to be hollow when I share them with you. When I share Bible verses, I want to be sure to not do so out of context and I do not want to use verses without letting you know how his words feed and speak to me. This verse tells us that God's WORD has purpose and is sovereign and will accomplish HIS goal of grace. Because I do not want to share something empty and something that can be misconstrued, I will not post every Sunday because honestly, sometimes I have nothing to say. When I do post, I hope to convey how much Jesus loves us, is for us, and how he walks with us in this crazy, hard, wonderfully wild ride called life. 

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Thrifty Thursday DIY Hanging Light

Last week I shared my recent thrift store finds including this blue enamel burner. I wasn't sure what it was when I found it at a local thrift store, but I loved the blue enamel and the little rusty hinged window and that it was old.
Thrifty Thursday DIY Hanging Light
Honestly, I still am not sure what it is--I think a pipe for a small, portable kerosene heater, but it didn't take me long to decide what I wanted to do with it. I have been needing lamps and lights in my family room. We have overhead lighting, dimmable cans, but I prefer the warmth of lamps to overhead lighting (yes mom, I got this from you). I knew this enamel burner would make a great hanging light.
Thrifty Thursday DIY Hanging Light

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Simplified Seasonal Decor

I have so enjoyed simplifying my decorating since we moved into our new home. Don't get me wrong, I love to decorate and design still. But, I am enjoying making simple changes to my basic  items to add a touch of seasonal decor without going crazy with a lot of things that I will need to store and then decide each year if I still like it or if I am just going to use it because I have it. 
Simplified Seasonal Decor

This simple embroidery hoop wreath is a perfect example of an easy, simple change up.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Thrifty Thursday Thrift Store Finds

I have moved to a town with a lot of thrift stores and I sure am having fun exploring them. Now that I don't have a booth at an antique place, I do have to exercise quite a bit of restraint. But, even with the self-control getting a good workout, I am finding plenty of lovely items for my new home. 
Thrift Store Finds

So, I have decided to bring back my Thrifty Thursday posts. Some Thursdays I will share recent finds, and on other Thursdays I will share a project made with a thrift store find. And, I will give you plenty of thrifting tips along the way too!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Rustic Boho Bedroom Seating Area and DIY Coat Hook

I am still working on my making our master bedroom into a cozy and functional space with some rustic, boho style. I have shared my headboard, navy blue wall, moon sign, and bedside lights (HERE and HERE).

 Today, I want to show you the cute seating area I put together along the wall that is to the left of the bedroom door.

Rustic Boho Bedroom Seating Area and DIY Coat Hook

Monday, January 25, 2021

Simple Winter Mantel and Trying New Things

I love having a fireplace mantel to decorate again. I like to keep it fairly simple and keep many of the same elements up throughout the year. I change small aspects seasonally. My winter mantel is clean and minimal, a nice change after Christmas.

Simple Winter Mantel and Trying New Things
I kept a wood bead garland and a rose hip garland from Christmas draped across the mantel. They will come down soon, but I do like the boho vibe they add.
Simple Winter Mantel and Trying New Things

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Sunday Verses

It's Okay to Not be Okay
Happy Sunday! I always start out my Sunday verses this way, with a positive, happy greeting. But, happy days seem harder for many these days. I always get in a little funk this time of year as I am not a huge fan of short, cold, winter days. Moving, while challenging under normal circumstances, has seemed harder during a pandemic. It is lonely and I am still unsure what this next chapter holds for me. And, that is okay. Every day does not need to be sunshine and rainbows and cotton candy (because cotton candy is really good and would be available on fantastically wonderful days). It is okay to have difficult days. I am learning to sit with the uncomfortable, heavy times, to appreciate the stillness and the quiet. Burdens do not need to be whisked away in a flurry of activities and distractions. Calmness, being still and patient while looking and listening for God in the hushed, unassuming places, ushers in a peace and a knowing that it, whatever it may be, will be okay. And, until it is, that is all right too.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Bedside Lights and How to Macramé Cord Covers

Where are my read in bed people? I like to end the day with reading a chapter or two under my heated blanket in bed. It is cozy and comfy and a good way to relax (depending on what I am reading). But, once I am in bed, I do not want to get out to turn off a light.

A bedside light is a must for a good, solid, read-in-bed, session. These rustic, industrial wall sconces are perfect for the job.

Bedside Lights and How to Macramé Cord Covers

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Reclaimed Wood Headboard and Moon Sign for a Rustic Boho Bedroom

When you buy a brand new home, you have a blank canvas to play with. It is fun and a bit intimidating to inject your own personal style to create a cozy space out of a builder basic home. 

A LARGE master bedroom means a lot of space to work with. I started with knowing that I wanted a dark, navy blue wall to cozy up the space a bit. I thought painting the wall three days before Christmas would be fun, so I did. The color is called Nocturne Blue (quite appropriate name for the bedroom) and it is a Behr paint.

Reclaimed Wood Headboard and Moon Sign for a Rustic Boho Bedroom

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday Verses

Devotional About Uprooting
Happy Sunday! A new year typically means changes for many of us, or at least trying to make changes. And while change is often positive and good, it can also be painful and hard. Real change involves honest, sometimes exhaustive examination of our lives and at those things that are no longing working for us or serving us. When we sincerely explore how we want life to be different, we usually find something that needs to be uprooted. It may be a habit, a belief, a relationship, a lifestyle, a past. It may have served us well, but now is the time to let it go. God does not want us to hold onto anything that he did not plant, that is not of his Spirit in us. Let's ask Jesus what we need to pull up and out of our lives this year and let's work, trust, and allow the uprooting and transformation to happen.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Using Vintage Finds to Display Photos

I do not have a home full of antiques, but rather I love using a mix of new and industrial and vintage. I do love finding and having small vintage goodies on hand.

I keep on smallish, plastic tote with small, vintage items in it to use in my decor that I change up seasonally or when I feel like changing things around. The tote has various things--tarnished silver creamers and sugar bowls, old teacups, rusty hardware like pulleys and hinges and tins, tiny baby shoes, wood candlesticks, old horsehair brushes, hand mirrors, glass bottles, etc. Always keep your eyes open for these items at thrift stores and garage sales.
Using Vintage Finds to Display Photos
I am not sure if it is become I am getting older, or Covid, or being an empty nester, but I am becoming more and more sentimental which means I want more favorite photos and memories displayed around the house. I like to tuck the photos here and there, not in frames. It is easy to trade out the pictures when they are tucked rather than in a frame and they are more of 3D display rather than a flat, on the wall thing.  
Using Vintage Finds to Display Photos
Small, vintage finds are a great, unique way to display favorite photos. These vintage, horsehair brushes (some are nail brushes, shoeshine brushes, hair brushes) sitting on my kitchen windowsill hold a picture of hubby circa 2nd grade, my siblings and I, and my mom and daughter.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Simple Winter Decor From the Thrift Store and Nature

Christmas decor is all put away and while the emptier spaces are refreshing, they also feel a bit bare. My approach to winter decorating is to keep it simple, a little sparse, white with a bit of evergreen. At the end of January I will add an teensy-weensy bit of Valentine decor, but other than that, the quieter, unembellished decor feels right for winter. 

January is a great time for thrifting and I will have an upcoming post on thrifting, but today I am sharing what I did with one of my recent thrift store finds--a leather binocular case.

Winter Decor From the Thrift Store and Nature
Empty binocular cases are fairly easy to find for a few dollars at thrift stores and antique places. I scored two at the same store, paying $3 for each. These would make cute purses, are great hanging in an entry with mittens or hats in them, are dandy holders for flasks and small cups for picnic or tailgate cocktails, can hang in a home office to hold mail or in a bathroom to hold washcloths--really the possibilities are endless. 
Winter Decor From the Thrift Store and Nature

Monday, January 4, 2021

Old Wood Level Entryway Coat Hook and Shelf

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a good holiday break, whatever it looked like. Ours was small, but fun and relaxing. 

Christmas is all put away and I am looking forward cautiously to 2021. I have lots of projects in the queue for our new home. One of those I actually finished before Thanksgiving--some of you spied my entry shelf and coat hook during my Christmas Home Tour.
Old Wood Level Entryway Coat Hook and Shelf

I am not sure why, but I love old, wood levels. I find them at thrift stores and garage sales.