10/30 Follow Friday Blog Hop

Trash to Treasure Decorating

Welcome back to Follow Friday!
“T2Tff”

Thanks for the links last week! 

What is your favorite link or site of the week? It could be your favorite project on your site, or a new site you discovered this week that you loved.  Link up and tell us what’s hot in the Trash to Treasure world this week.You’ll have until Sunday evening to post your links.


We can learn so much from each other! For example, I love these blocks that Lisa at Recaptured Charm featured this week. I can see some fantastic possibilities for modifying the idea for some of my trash to treasure ideas. 

This photo belongs to Lisa at Recaptured Charm
Didn’t she do a great job? Now it’s your turn.

 

Blog Hop guidelines:

1-Add a permalink to your specific post or the main page of your blog if you aren’t showcasing a specific project. Be sure to check that the link works after you post.

2-Add a short title for your post. This could be your name or blog name if you’d like.

3- Link back to this post from your blog, or send a link to your facebook friends or tweeps (mention @trash2treas).

4-Check out the links and leave some comments on the sites you enjoy.

That’s all there is to it! I can’t wait to see your links and ideas. Never used MckLinky? It’s super easy. You don’t need an account or any software. Just click on “you are next” below and type a title for the post (or your name) and add a link to the location on the web. It’s that simple!

Follow Friday Blog Hop

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

Door Repurposed

A Door Becomes a Coat Rack
I’ve always wanted one of those coat racks/hall trees that has a bench. My sister has a nice one with a mirror and it’s expensive classy. Being more of a rustic decorator myself, I thought maybe I could come up with something a similar, yet reflecting my own style. When I moved into my house, this door was hiding among a stack of other stuff left behind in the basement and one day when I was dreaming about my coat rack idea, inspiration hit.
I already owned the Americana bench. I found it at a yard sale when a crafter was going out of business. To carry out my idea, I purchased some heavy duty coat hooks in the hardware department of our local home improvement store. I chose the ones that are a couple dollars each because they are nicer looking than cheap plain silver hooks. I had my husband help me attach the hooks to the door. Then I propped the bench in front of it. I didn’t attach it because it makes it easier to move around.
Why do I need moveable pieces? Because I rearrange constantly! Anyone else relate to my obsession? My hubby never knows what to expect when he comes home.

Anyway, I started out with the “coat rack” just leaning up against one wall, but I thought it looked awkward there, so eventually, I came up with the idea of putting it back to back with a bookshelf. This makes a little entry area in my living room which I like. I anchored the 2 pieces together by pounding an upholstry tack into each one and then wrapping lightweight wire around both, like a toggle. Then I piled some tchotchkes and a plant on the top to disguise the height difference of the pieces.

Now I have a place to store mittens and seasonal stuff, and everything I have to hide when company comes over who knows what else. 

What have you repurposed? Get ready to share your favorite links on my Follow Friday Blog Hop!

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

We Have a Winner

I found out today that the winner of the gift basket from Cec Murphey’s publicist came from my blog.

Cec Murphey’s

When God Turns Off the Lights Blog Tour Gift Basket.


On October 22, all bloggers who featured Cec’s book on tour this month drew one name from those who commented on their blog posts and entered that name into the grand drawing. And the winner is: Stephanie Shott who commented on one of my blog posts. Yay!

I was so thrilled that it was one of my readers! Enjoy the goodies Stephanie.

You have just 4 days to post a comment on any of my October blog posts to be entered into my monthly book drawing. This month’s winner receives a free copy of Letitia Suk’s “Rhythms of Renewal”. How to comment

I’ll announce the winner on the blog so check back to see if your name was drawn.


Everyday Life- Includes H1N1

My goal on Faith Creativity Life is to talk about the things that affect us in all areas of life. One of my “dots” is my bachelor of science in nursing, so sometimes I put on my nurse hat. I care about health issues and how they affect the people around me. Since this is one of those everyday life dots that affects so many of us right now, I wanted to pass along to you a note that I wrote this week for my facebook friends. It deviates from my usual posts, but right now, this message matters more than anything as H1N1 numbers rise every day in our own communities.

One Side of the Debate: Please Consider Vaccination

I’ve heard many warnings about the H1N1 Influenza vaccine lately and the R.N. in me needed to know if the facts I’m getting in my inbox are all true. I’m getting message that concern me. Folks, you have to do the research on this. The data is out there. To save you some time, I’ll give you a few links if you’re uncertain about what your family should do, but then you need to research it for yourself and be informed. If you’re anti-vaccine, please hear me out and do the research to be sure you understand it all.

I’m getting e-mails that say the campaign to get people to take the vaccine for H1N1 is based on hype and scare tactics. Please, think about statistics before believing that. I’m getting more fear messages from those who don’t believe in vaccines than I am from the CDC. The CDC isn’t getting a thrill from scaring people. They want to save lives. Doctors and nurses want to save lives! Really, they do.

Why is this flu different from others? It’s affecting a different demographic–the young and healthy. In the normal flu season, we’re more concerned about the elderly and the immune compromised. This flu is taking the lives of healthy children too. A doctor friend commented on my post today and her comments confirmed what I saw on the news tonight. Some healthy kids have needed ventilators during their recovery from H1N1.

So, if you’ll bear with me for a few minutes, let’s answer some questions about the vaccine.

1. Is it safe?

I’ve scoured the web and cannot find evidence that the vaccine is deadly. Here’s a report that quotes the CDC. In this report, as of last week, only one person has had a severe reaction that led to death. This reaction was later determined to be related to prior health concerns.

On the other hand, as of this week, the CDC reports that 5000 people have died of the virus or complications from it and over 400,000 have become ill. Those are just the cases that are reported to the WHO. Here is this week’s World Health Organization report on the virus.

When we weigh out the minimal numbers of people who have had any sort of severity in a reaction to the vaccine to the number who are seriously ill or who have died, how can the risk of getting vaccinated outweigh the risk of getting sick?

2. What about the supposed mercury in the vaccine?

These concerns come from the ingredient Thimerosol which is in the injection form but not in the nasal form of the vaccine. Thimerosol contains trace amounts of mercury. So trace in fact that it can be declared mercury free. Here is a detailed report about Thimerosol.

I researched the amounts in the vaccine and there is more mercury in one serving of “safe” tuna fish. In fact, there is twice as much mercury in regular tuna than in the vaccine. See this fish report.

Some of the single doses that they are administering have NO Thimerosol in them and thus no trace mercury. Reports of dangerous levels of mercury in the vaccine are meant to inflame panic and are distorted to promote fear.

3. How does this vaccine differ from regular flu vaccine? And why can’t it be given in one shot?

It could be given in one vaccine, except that the flu vaccines were already being made when the H1N1 problem came up. So a second vaccine had to be made. The vaccine is manufactured the same way as regular flu vaccine and is just as safe. The only difference is that in contains the H1N1 strain of the virus. The CDC has extensive information on this.

Also note, the nasal vaccine has a weakened live virus and the shot has an inactive form of the virus.

4. I’ve heard of people getting sick after the vaccine. Why should I get it then?

If you get full blown influenza right after the vaccine, it is likely you were already exposed to it before you received your shot. It takes 2 weeks before you are protected after receiving the shot. If you get sick in the meantime, you’ll need to see your doctor for ways to lessen the effects of the virus just as if you weren’t immunized.

If you get some mild flu-like symptoms, this is a rare, but normal side effect. Remember it’s way better than getting the real thing. I’ve had influenza twice and as a healthy person, I was miserable! It’s not an easy illness.

5. Should I get immunized?

That’s up to you to decided for yourself and your children. Study the CDC website and look for answers to your questions. Talk with your physician, especially if someone in your family is high risk due to chronic problems. I’m choosing to have my kids vaccinated when they administer it at school. My husband and I fall in the lowest risk category, so we’ll pass on getting the vaccine until those who are at high risk have all had a chance to receive their vaccine.

Weigh it out. Think it out. Consider what I’ve said and study it for validity. Study the other things you’ve heard. Then make your choice based on being fully informed of all sides of the issue.

Thanks for listening. And be healthy.


Michelle Rayburn, R.N.

Thrift Store Treasure, Or Is It Trash?

One of My Favorite Finds

Have you ever been in a thrift shop and had a moment where you see just the thing you know you need but you never knew you needed before? I had such a moment with my orange chair.

I was browsing the bargain tent at a local thrift store and all furniture in the tent was $5. I snagged this vinyl (Or is it leather? Who knows?) chair for five bucks. Before I purchased the chair, I did consult with my teenager who was shopping with me. He gave me a big “no” vote on the chair, but I bought it anyway. He grudgingly helped me load it into the van.

Now that you’ve seen it, you might cast your vote on my son’s side thinking I ought to have left it in the sale tent. But if you note the burnt orange striped curtains in the background, you might have a teensy glimpse into my burnt orange chair logic. I had to have this chair!

Sure, I had to vacuum some kitty hair out of the crevices, and I haven’t yet figured out how to cover the minimal kitty scratches on the front, but I washed it all with disinfectant and it’s a great chair! One person’s trash is my treasure.

As for the rest of the family, I think the chair is starting to grow on them.

What’s your favorite thrift store find? Did the other people in your life think it was as much of a treasure as you did? Leave your story in the comments below and be sure to post a link if you have a picture of it on the web.

This post is featured on 2nd Time Around Tuesday

and on The Thrifty Home‘s Penny Pinching Party

 http://www.thethriftyhome.com


Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

Follow Friday Blog Hop

Trash to Treasure Decorating

It’s Follow Friday!
(
Otherwise known as T2Tff)

Link parties and blog hops are all over the place, but it’s such a fun way to see everyone’s ideas. My blog is only a month old, so I’m still building followers, but I thought it would still be fun to start right away with my Follow Friday blog hops. And I’ve had lots of blog visitors in the past few weeks. A big thanks to all my readers!

What is Follow Friday?

It’s your day to share your favorite sites to follow. It could be your own. Or it could be someone else’s. Link up and tell us what’s hot in the Trash to Treasure world this week.You’ll have until Sunday evening to post your links.

Blog Hop guidelines:

1-Add a permalink to your specific post or the main page of your blog if you aren’t showcasing a specific project. Be sure to check that the link works after you post.

2-Add a short title for your post. This could be your name or blog name if you’d like.

3- Link back to this party from your blog, or send a link to your facebook friends or tweeps.

4-Check out the links and leave some comments on the sites you enjoy.

That’s all there is to it! I can’t wait to see your links and ideas. Never used MckLinky? It’s super easy. You don’t need an account or any software. Just click on “you are next” below and type a title for the post (or your name) and add a link to the location on the web. It’s that simple!

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

What to Do with Enamelware?

Enamelware-More than Just Cookware

I love enamelware! Most of mine I’ve picked up from garage sales or from family members who were parting with pieces. I use mine for decoration, not for cooking. Here are a few examples of how I’ve used enamelware.

The white pot on the counter top is perfect for hiding cell phone chargers and other clutter. If you’re wondering what the cheese grater is for, see my post about Cheese Grater Luminaries.


My mother-in-law had a box of enamelware lids in her basement when we cleaned it out. No pots, just lids. I’ve used some of them on my plate rack.


I picked up the painted pot lid at a craft show and the little black pot was a yard sale find. I hung them up in my kitchen.

This large pot lid was perfect for a tripod plate stand. Someday, I need to clean that sticky tape residue off of it!


I use my enamelware coffee pot as a flower vase for silk flowers. If you want to use real flowers you’re worried about rust, just set a glass vase inside the enamelware.
So how have you used your enamelware? Post a comment below and if you have a picture to show, leave a link to your website. And don’t forget that Friday is “Follow Friday” where you can link up to your favorite post of the week.

I’m linking up today to Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Reinvented. Stop by and see the other projects.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

Making Time to Remember

Making Time to Remember

I remember fondly the days when my grandmother would let us set up elaborate tent kingdoms in her living room using card tables, chairs, and every quilt we could find. Then she’d get down on her hands and knees and play in our blanket houses with us. Sometimes, she’d take us camping for real in a little pop-up tent trailer and she’d sleep on a miserable lawn recliner in the middle of the camper while the cousins and I shared the beds. I have pictures of my grandmother riding my bike and sitting on my brother’s motorcycle. But now, she’d say those are the things she “usta-could” do. As she approaches ninety, life is different.

Last month, after 65 years of sharing the same roof with Grandpa, they slept on opposite sides of town. It wasn’t by choice. Grandma needs more skilled care than the family can offer right now, so she’s had to move to the Christian Care Center across town. My husband’s grandparents moved into an assisted living center just weeks ago too. And my other grandparents are nearing this season of life as well.

It would be easy to be drawn into my own hurricane of busyness without thinking about my aging loved ones. But as I watched the autumn leaves swirl in my front yard this week, nostalgia brought me back thirty years to another autumn when we moved away from my grandparents’ hometown. Grandma started a little game with my siblings and me. When a visit ended and we climbed in the Volkswagen for the trip back up North, we’d try to touch her last before she could touch us last. If we could yell “touched you last” and slam the car door fast enough after touching her, we’d win. The giggles erased the sadness of saying goodbye and made it something fun instead. As she aged, Grandma couldn’t chase as fast, and sometimes she’d try to get us with her cane instead of her hand. We usually won. Now, I often let her win, but we still play the game.

I may touch her last with my hand, but she has touched me last with her life. So, as the leaves swirled and the memories floated around me, I picked up a pen and rummaged for stationery. In these days when most of my communication takes place with a mouse and a keyboard, I wrote a real letter to my grandpa and grandma and wondered why I so seldom write to them. After I signed the letter, I inked my finger and placed a print on the paper. Next to it, I wrote, “Touched you last.”

David, the Psalmist wrote, “Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come” (Psalm 71:17-18). Grandparents have so much to teach us, so many stories about God’s faithfulness, but so often they’re forgotten amid our busyness. I realize that many of my readers don’t have grandparents anymore, but when we look around us, there is no shortage of wise elderly people.

Notice how David asks God not to forsake him. There is a loneliness that accompanies growing old, a sense that the world has moved on, that it has abandoned those who no longer actively participate in the community. David reminds us of the need to be remembered in our old age, as well as the need to tell about God’s power and might. It’s a two-way street. The elderly need to be remembered and honored, and the young need to hear what their predecessors have learned along the way so that they can carry on in faith.

This month, I urge you to remember those who are in their autumn of life. Make time for a phone call, a letter, a visit to someone who would be honored by your attention. And now, I have another letter to write, to my other grandpa and grandma.

Article reprinted from my “Habits for Quality Living” column in the October 2009 issue of Wisconsin Christian News

From Door to Desk

The Practical Side of T2T

Sometimes my trash to treasure (T2T) faves are artsy or inspirational, but sometimes they’re just plain practical. For me, it’s about being innovative when I need a solution.

I bought this hollow core door at a yard sale thinking that it was the perfect replacement for my beat-up bathroom door. However, my memory served me wrong on the size and when I got home, I was stuck with this oak door that was 2 inches too wide. So, I put it in storage in the basement with the other flea market mistakes.

One afternoon, as I worked at my desk, was frustrated that I had no surface space for spreading books or papers. Stuff kept falling off the sides of my cheap little 48″ by 23″‘ pressed board assembled-from-a-box desk. I dreamed of a nice big corporate sized desk until a glance at my bank account snapped me back to reality. “Make do”, it said to me. But I wasn’t willing to make do with the lack of space. Then I remembered the door in the basement.

I lugged it upstairs, cleared the clutter from my desktop, and laid the door on top of my existing desk. Suddenly, I had a 30 by 80 inch surface! Turns out it was worth the $10 I’d invested in it after all.

My “Door Desk”

Notice how I didn’t disguise the hinge spots. I think it adds charm!

The doorknob opening makes the perfect spot to run cords through at the back edge.

Once I had my door in place, I got even more inspired and rummaged through the basement for an old armoire cabinet door that I had save for no particular reason. I propped this door on two 3-drawer plastic office organizers (one on each end) and created a side desk for a place to put even more stuff. You can’t have enough office stuff, right?

Armoire door side desk

Now that I have my office set up like the way I like it, who needs a new desk? Now, what do you plan to do with an old door at your house?

I’m linking up today to Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Reinvented. Stop by and see the other projects.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

A Not So Cheesy Luminary

Here’s a “Grate” Idea for You!

What do you do with a rusty old cheese grater? Make a luminary.

If you’ve seen the rusty kitchen utensils at flea markets and yard sales, you’ve probably also wondered what to do with them. Many are too rusty for food grade use. I purchased my rusty cheese grater at a tag sale and the lady at the checkout stand asked what I planned to do with it. I said I planned to put a candle inside and make it a luminary for my kitchen counter. She laughed and offered to refund my quarter and keep the grater for that purpose. I kindly declined. Seriously, I’m not heartless, but a sale is a sale.

Making a cheese grater into a luminary is a simple as putting a jar under it with a tealight candle inside. It can be any sized jar as long as it fits under the grater. I tied raffia and some dried berries on mine, but make sure that the decorations are well out of way of the flame. Using a tealight assures that the flame is low and small.


If you are at all concerned about the surface getting too hot, just stand your candle jar on a piece of marble or ceramic tile.

After I made one cheesy luminary, I made a second one to stand on top of the wood pellet stove. It’s a “grate” conversation piece when it isn’t lit. People always want to know what the grater is for.

See this and other fun projects on Flea Market Style Magazine’s “I’m a Flea Marketeer Link Party.

And also on Beautiful Life Friday at The Inspired Room.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com