Trash to Treasure Creature

In Monday’s photo of the week, I showed a T2T creature that I spotted at my father-in-law’s house. Here are a few more shots of it. I love junk art, but I’m just not handy with stuff like welders, so I don’t know how to make them. I do know how to run many power tools, but this falls outside of my ability.

It’s made from a sprinkler (as one reader already guessed) plus a few other parts. The back is the head of a shovel and then I think the legs may have come from a bicycle or something like that.

 I can’t really figure out if the feet came from an old fork or not. I’m just guessing, but they sort of resemble silverware.

One thing I didn’t notice…I should have dusted it before I shot the pictures. Oops. Didn’t notice it had a layer of “fur”.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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10 Things I’d Change About the Last 21 Years of Marriage

Today, my husband and I celebrate 21 years of marriage. We started dating 25 years ago and I can hardly remember life without him. 21 years is a great feat considering where our society is. And yet, when I look at his grandparents who have been married for 73 years, I can hardly process it in my mind. To think that 52 years ago they were like us and to think that they’ve been together three times as long as we have…well, it’s just unbelievable. It makes us look like babies yet.
Speaking of babies, now that I look back at our wedding picture, we really were babies then! Wow. At the time, my age of 20 and his of 23 seemed old. Now that Phil is older than my own father was when we got married, I see things from a different perspective. But we were in love and time has proven that we had what it takes to stay married. However, as I look back, there are some things I’d do differently if I had the opportunity to re-live our first 21  years.
  1. I’d spend more time listening and less time talking.
  2. I would  hand out more compliments and a lot less criticism.
  3. I’d be more patient with the differences between my mother-in-law and me. And I’d put my husband in the middle less.
  4. I would say “I love you” more and “You forgot to..” or “Why didn’t you..” less.
  5. I would spend less time in my office and more time on the couch with him.
  6. I would smile more.
  7. I wouldn’t pretend I didn’t hear him when he says his back hurts and a massage would be nice.
  8. I wouldn’t be so bossy.
  9. I’d try harder not to expect him to be perfect.
  10. I’d let him pay all the bills and balance the checkbook. Hee, hee.
Looking at my list, I realize that I still can do most of those things. And if we end up with another 52 years together, like Grandpa and Grandma had, wouldn’t it be like having the chance to do it all over again, twice?

How about you? What would you do differently? How many years have you been married? If you aren’t married, what have you observed in married couples that you would do differently in your own marriage someday?
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Transformation Tuesday

I found some winter decorating inspiration on the net today that I wanted to share with you. I was browsing around at The Inspired Room and noticed that Melissa had some great trash to treasure ideas in her photos. Melissa is a design consultant and she’s featured her transition from summer to winter in her decor.
For example,  you’ll see in her photo below, the great idea for a ladder on the wall. 
Photo linked from The Inspired Room
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Muted Monday – Photo of the Week

I spotted this at my father-in-law’s house. Do you know what it is? Hint: It’s something T2T.

I’ll show a few more pics of it later.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of my readers! I’ll be back on Monday.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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The Innkeeper’s Wife

I’ve always struggled with the parts of the Christmas story that have become tradition, but which aren’t specifically spelled out in scripture. One of those is the whole concept of the innkeeper and his wife. Last week, at a Christmas party, fellow writer Sheila Wilkinson read a piece that put my heart to rest. Rather than focusing on details about what’s in the story and what isn’t, she focuses on our response to the Christ Child and his family. I asked Sheila to guest blog today with her piece about the innkeepers wife because I wanted you to see just what moved me in her story. Thanks so much Sheila for guest blogging today!
-Michelle
The Innkeepers Wife
by Sheila Wilkinson

Who is she? Ever wonder? She shows up in December in some of the Christmas programs. You know – the same old, same old retelling of a story that we add so many details to. Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem to be counted because Caesar Augustus has called for a census in order to tax the people. (That is another whole story.)

When they get to Bethlehem, was the ‘no vacancy’ sign on the door or did the innkeeper direct them to the stable? Was there a stable? Was there an innkeeper? How could the innkeeper’s wife let that poor pregnant girl go sleep in a barn? Imagine that!

Well, we do not know these details. We know there was no room at the inn. So, imagine this innkeeper’s wife. Her name might have been Miriam. The house is full. Everybody is tracking in the dust and dirt. The cook is sick and the dishwasher broken.

Then Mr. Innkeeper calls to her, “Miriam, we have two more people here, soon to be three – and a donkey. What room do you want them in?”

“What room? There are no more rooms. Two families in each one already. The rest have taken all the bedding and are sleeping all over this dirty floor. I think I’m going to lose my mind. The food is gone. The kids are hungry. The babies are crying. I cannot care for one more person. Tell them to go away.” And Miriam turns, stomps off and promptly steps on the foot of a child who immediately screams, more from the confusion than the pain.

Or, was her name Adina? What would the difference be?

When Adina overhears her husband, the innkeeper, sending the young couple away, she pushes and shoves her way through the crowd. “Stop, tell them to come back. Wait!!!” In horror she says to him, “We cannot send them away. Look at her. Poor child will give birth any time now. She looks so tired. Remember how frightened I was? We must help them.”

“How?” he asks, “we are full. We have no room, no bedding and no food.”

“Our Lord would not want us to send them away. We must put them somewhere. They are helpless in a strange town.”

 And, so, they ended up in the stable. Or, was it a stable?

We do not have the facts about this place. Scripture does not even call it a stable. It says she laid Him in a manger.

Archeologists tell us that in these Jewish homes the ‘stable’ was probably part of the house, maybe even a room, where some of the animals were kept at night. Thus, it would have a manger. The house probably belonged to some of Joseph’s relatives.

The real question? Would I have been a Miriam or an Adina?


You’ll find Sheila on the web at Sheila’s Tidbits of Truth

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How Do You Pay for Your Christmas Shopping?

I’ve found a way to earn some gift cards for next year’s Christmas shopping. If you haven’t tried Swagbucks, and you do a lot of searching or shopping on the internet, you can earn money for doing what you already do. In just two months, I’ve earned $30 in Amazon gift cards by searching and shopping via the Swagbucks site instead of my usual Google.
It’s kind of like frequent flyer miles for internet users. By installing and using the toolbar (no spam or spyware included) I get daily points. And by clicking my favorite places to shop from the Swagbucks page, I’m getting paid a little to do what I would do anyway.
Sometimes you find a code on the Swagbucks blog and enter it on the home page. Other times, you just get points automatically when you’re using the search engine. There are many ways to get points.
This week, you’ll earn 20 bonus points on sign-up if you include the code SignUp2010 at registration (remember it has to be added during sign-up, not after). That means you’ll start with 50 sign-up points instead of 30. Then, watch the Swagbucks facebook page, the blog and the messages on your toolbar for ways to earn points in addition to shopping and the search engine. You’ll also see the widget above where you can find codes. You can cash in points for all kinds of stuff, but my favorite is the $5 Amazon gift card for 450 points.
The bonus expires on Sunday, so if you’ve thought about trying Swagbucks, now is the time. I know how I’ll be paying for next year’s Christmas shopping!

Swagbucks- Have you tried it yet?

Just a quick note to remind you that if you haven’t tried Swagbucks, and you do a lot of searching or shopping on the internet, you can earn money for doing what you already do. In just two months, I’ve earned $30 in Amazon gift cards by searching and shopping via the Swagbucks site instead of my usual Google.
It’s kind of like frequent flyer miles for internet users. By installing and using the toolbar (no spam or spyware included) I get daily points. And by clicking my favorite places to shop from the Swagbucks page, I’m getting paid a little to do what I would do anyway.
Sometimes you find a code on the Swagbucks blog and enter it on the home page. Other times, you just get points automatically when you’re using the search engine. There are many ways to get points.
This week, you’ll earn 20 bonus points on sign-up if you include the code SignUp2010 at registration (remember it has to be added during sign-up, not after). That means you’ll start with 50 sign-up points instead of 30. Then, watch the Swagbucks facebook page, the blog and the messages on your toolbar for ways to earn points in addition to shopping and the search engine. You’ll also see the widget on my sidebar where you can find codes. You can cash in points for all kinds of stuff, but my favorite is the $5 Amazon gift card for 450 points.
The bonus expires on Sunday, so if you’ve thought about trying Swagbucks, now is the time. I know how I’ll be paying for next year’s Christmas shopping!
Click here to get started

Okay. Now I promise to stop gushing about Swagbucks.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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T2T Mini Transformation Tuesday

Life in my Trash to Treasure world is pretty much consumed with Christmas preparation, so my T2T transformations are small. This week, I had my rubber stamps out working on some Christmas gifts, and I had the inspiration to fix a little problem we’ve had in our household. 
With two teen sons, they tend to leave a lot of cups sitting around. They like to leave them on the window sill by the kitchen sink, but I complain that they get in my way when I open the window in the summer.
Then, they tried putting them on top of the refrigerator. With all the other junk.
In fact, they seem to leave them everywhere. They leave the cups. I complain. But in their defense, my boys say they are trying to save on dishes for me so they don’t grab a new cup every time they want a drink of water. 
So that gave me an idea. Why not give them a better place to keep their cups. 
I had two enamelware cups that we seldom use and I decided to label them with their initials. I used white StazOn ink.
After I stamped their initials on the cups, in put cup hooks in the bottom of the cabinet nearest the kitchen sink.
A quick solution, but so far, it’s worked.
It’s also more convenient for me to grab them when I’m doing dishes, wash them out, and hang them right back up for them.
A simple mini-transformation for a maxi-busy season.
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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