Muted Monday – Photo of the Week

Isaiah 51:11-13(NLT)
“Those who have been ransomed by the LORD will return. 
They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. 
Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.
‘I, yes I, am the one who comforts you.
So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear?  
Yet you have forgotten the LORD, your Creator, 
the one who stretched out the sky like a canopy
and laid the foundations of the earth.'”

Weekend Pinterest Favorites

My favorites from Pinterest this week. I tried to track the photos down to the original blogs. Notice the mason jar theme…
This mason jar idea makes for creative storage of arts and crafts supplies and much more! See the original post on Weeping Cherries.
These jars are tinted for decoration purposes. See how to make them on the Momtastic blog.
Better Homes and Gardens shows some pendant lights made from mason jars.
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 And I saw this other pendant light idea on Pinterest too, but I couldn’t find the blog it belonged to. When you click the photo, you’ll land on the site where I got if from.

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Pallet Shelf Idea

I love these pallet shelves featured by the Real Housewives of Bucks County. Wonder if my husband would miss a few if I took some pallets off the burn pile. Would he notice if I brought more junk in the house?  Hee hee.
You’ll have to hop over to the Real Housewives of Bucks County blog to get the full tutorial and all the pictures.

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What Would You Do Wednesday – Umbrella

Browsing around on Pinterest, my new obsession, I saw this idea for decorating with an umbrella.
I’d credit the owner of this photo, but this link is all I can find PHOTO
That picture got me thinking…what would I do with an old umbrella? What would you do?
It’s WWYD Wednesday. Think about grandpa’s umbrella that’s too broken to use outdoors. Or that fantastic printed one that you can’t part with. How would you use it in decorating. Share your ideas and feel free to include a hyperlink to something you’ve created on your own website.

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Transformation Tuesday- Bed Frame Turned Bench

I’m finally cleaning up all of my e-mails from my inbox from last year and I’ve discovered a few that I flagged and then didn’t return to in a timely manner. Like the one from a reader named Tammy with photos of a great project that she and her husband did. My apologies, Tammy! It’s time for my readers to see your transformation!
Tammy took a bed frame set and turned it into this sweet bench. By cutting down the headboard, and cutting the foot board in half, they had the framework. All they had to add was a seat.

The red is really fun, but I’ll admit, I’d have loved it almost as much if they’d have stained the seat part to match the headboard. It just shows that T2T makeovers can be transformed to any style or preference!


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New Pinterest Interest

This weekend, I explored Pinterest and it’s addicting. For those who haven’t heard of it, it’s a newer social networking site where people can share media such as photos and videos. It’s different from Facebook in that there is no status to update. However, people can comment on pictures you post and those you share through a process called “pinning” and “re-pinning”.
I added a little tool to my web browser and any time I see something I like on the web, I can “pin” the photo to my Pinterest boards. And while browsing on Pinterest, I can always reshare or “repin” what someone else has shared.
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The unique thing about the site is that it works best with websites that have a lot of photos because there’s lots to share. I’m still exploring, but check out these things I found:
Sometimes it’s a clever homemaking idea.
Other times, it’s a clever decorating idea.
I’ve found phrases to inspire.
And I’ve collected recipes and fun ideas.
Pinterest is a way of collecting ideas and coming back to them later. Once you find a picture that interests you, you can click on it to see the original website or blog post where the idea and often the instructions or tutorial are located.
I’ve found hairstyle ideas, decorating and craft ideas, craft patterns, fun photography, places I dream of visiting, and so much more.

A New Clothes Dryer With an Amish Influence

This morning, my dryer gave out. The motor has been overheating and squawking for the past few days and I chalked it up to the frigid air shooting down the vent and frosting up the insides of the mechanism. However, it shuts off frequently and won’t restart until the motor cools down. Denial over. It’s broken.
Since it would be cheaper to purchase a decent used dryer than to buy parts for this one, I’m shopping on Craigslist, which is an experience in itself. It’s a little bit like standing in line in Phy-Ed class in elementary school waiting to be chosen. I send e-mails and make phone calls and each time, I’m either ignored, or I get, “Sorry, someone else took it.” So, I start the process all over again. I AM going to find a dryer. And fortunately, I just found a buyer for our old portable dishwasher and that will likely fund the “new” dryer purchase…that and the price my husband will get at the metal recycling place for the demolished pieces of the old dryer.
In the meantime, my husband came up with a new clothes dryer. It involves a wood stove and a box fan.
We’ve heated the family room (which used to the the sanctuary of our church house) to 80-something degrees, strung up a bunch of lines, and plugged in a box fan to move the air around. Voila! An Amish inspired clothes dryer…except they wouldn’t have the box fan. And their clothes would probably smell like kerosene from the lamps.
 Kind of reminds me of the way the house looked in the Hee-Haw segment I used to watch when I was a kid. The wife was missing teeth and had rollers in her hair. Whew! At least we haven’t gone that far down hill. Yet.
 The sheets actually billowed in the breeze…as the deer looked on. Sounds a lot more quaint than it was, as you can see.
Hmm…maybe we should make this a permanent thing and skip shopping on Craigslist.  Or not.