WWYD Wednesday – Vintage Doors

Someone one Craigslist was selling a bunch of these doors from an old school for $45 each. If you bought one, what would you do with it? Would you use it for decorating in some way? Would you alter it, paint it, use it for another purpose? The listing said there is a film over some of the panes, so I’m assuming that even though one is clearer than the rest, it isn’t missing.
It’s WWYD Wednesday, so feel free to share your ideas on what you would do,or post a link to a blog post showing something you’ve done with an old door in the comments below.
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Transformation Tuesday

I promised you part two of the features from blogger Aubre from Ohio. Did you have a chance to check out The Rice’s World?
Here are a few more of Aubre’s transformations.
She took these cardboard boxes…
 …and turned them into this play kitchen center.
 These plastic milk jugs became a clever costume.
 Aubre refinished this table with a coat of paint.
And, I like how she gave it a distressed look by letting some of the black show. We T2T’ers think alike! We take something old and make it look different, yet still distressed. LOL
 This Americana flag became something more modern…
Thanks for sharing Aubre! By the way, I love the color of your wall. I have an accent wall in my office in the same color.
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Book Review: His Princess–Love Letters from Your King

Do you need a reminder of who you are in God’s eyes? Each page of His Princess: Love Letters from Your King, contains a scripture verse with a promise on each page. Then author Sheri Rose Shepherd takes the concept from that verse and writes it in a letter format as if God had written a love letter to the reader.
Here is an example:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled.” John 14:27
“I know how hard it is for you to feel content in your home when you’re always wanting one more thing to make it the perfect place. I long to give you beautiful things that turn a house into the haven of a home; but My princess, you must first learn to let Me build in you a place of peace and contentment. Do your best to rest in Me and wait for Me, and then I will give you what I know will benefit you the most. I want you to make your home a place that builds relationships and reflects who you are in Me. Remember that your loved ones need you more than any material thing. So decorate your home with joy, fill it with timeless memories, and create a safe place to grow up in Me. Love, Your King and your Resting Place” p. 57
The book gives beautiful reminders to the reader. It has beautiful soft floral pictures on the pages and a padded hard cover. It’s a little pocket-sized book.
My one concern about the book is that whenever we attempt to take scripture and expand it into a letter from God, we add the author’s own voice. Although there’s nothing wrong in the example I shared above, it’s risky to write what we believe God would say. We already have his Word, so readers must remember that while the letters in the book contain scriptural principles, they are not scripture.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.

Book Review: His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not

I’m so happy to be able to tell you about this book. One of my dear friends, Cynthia Ruchti, is one of the four authors, and it’s such a well-done book.
Book Review of His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not
His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not, contains 100 uplifting stories with lessons straight from real life. It’s funny, it’s heartwarming, and full of inspiration. This is a devotional book in that it has a scripture at the top of each chapter, a biblical application/ lesson, and a prayer at the end. But it’s also an inspiring little gift book. It’s sweet for a gift for a friend who needs uplifting or a gift for a mom or sister. The great thing is that the stories cross generational boundaries and have broad appeal.

The book is hardcover and just a little bigger than pocket size. I love that it fits right in my purse. It also comes in a Kindle version.

I had the privilege of writing an endorsement for the front of this book. Here’s what I wrote:


This collection of daily readings packs a jolt of grace that reminds the reader that God doesn’t skimp when he fills our cups to running over. The authors are transparent about their own need for God’s abundant, never-decaffeinated grace, and their stories invite others to sip the same full loaded delight.

The other thing I love about this book is that the publisher gives a portion of the proceeds from the book to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and my mom is an ovarian cancer survivor.

WWYD Wednesday- Pallet Ideas

I see post about pallets all over the web, especially on Pinterest. Craigslist has many listings for free pallets, so what would you do with them? What have you already done with them?
Share your ideas in the comments below, and feel free to link up to a blog post of a pallet project you’ve done.
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Transformation Tuesday- American Girl Dollhouse from TV Center

Today’s transformation comes from reader Jennifer, from Caught My Fancy blog. Jennifer took a TV entertainment center and turned it into an awesome American Girl doll house!
Jennifer has some close-ups of the detail. It’s amazing!
You’ll have to check out Jennifer’s blog for a detailed, multi-post progress report and how-to if you’d like to make one yourself. I don’t have a little girl, but if I did…
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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WWYD Wednesday – Coffee Table Missing Glass

I saw this coffee/end table listed for free on Craigslist. It’s too far away for me to even consider getting it, however, I wondered what you would do to rescue it if it was in your possession. It’s missing all the glass, so it’s only a wood frame basically.
Leave your ideas for how you could re-do it, fill in the spaces, etc. to make this a functioning table in the comments below.
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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Valentine’s Day is More a State of Mind Than a Holiday

Phil and I have been married for 22 years and it took us a few years to figure out that certain holidays were more stressful than they were enjoyable. Valentine’s Day used to be one of those. We learned that expectations could cause a lot of conflict, thus overruling the whole point of the holiday. It became nothing more than him trying to figure out what I wanted, and me expecting him to just know what I wanted.
What we learned from too many years of expectations and let-downs is that gift-giving out of obligation dictated by the calendar isn’t what has kept us together. What has held us together is that my husband treats me with the same genuine love every day of the year. Receiving his kindness and thoughtfulness 364 days of the year is far more valuable than a bouquet or a box of chocolates. Once in a while, we exchange cards, but if we don’t, we’re both okay with that.
In the end, the checkbook comes out a lot healthier too.

Transformation Tuesday

Aubre, from Ohio, sent me some photos of her latest transformations. She’s been busy turning trash to treasure! I’ll feature some of her ideas this week and then watch for part two later this month. Plus, check out her blog, The Rice’s World for more ideas.
This bird bath would certainly add color to a garden!
 Aubre took a bunch of windows and transformed them into art.

 Doesn’t she have fun colorful taste?

 This one is my favorite!

This dollhouse got a major upgrade.

Thanks for sharing Aubre! Be sure to grab my “I was featureed” button on the side.
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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