Books & Resources

Decoupage Fixes Everything, Right?

Decoupage was around in the 70’s when I was a kid. I remember my mom and my aunts decoupaging napkins on plaques and wedding invitations on candles. Wrapping paper, greeting cards, pages from a magazine…you name it, they decoupaged it.Then, we didn’t hear about it as much for a long time. It’s back, but I think it’s often overlooked as a decorator’s solution to a quick makeover. With all of the fabulous scrapbook papers out there, there is a plethora of options for anyone who wants to transform an object. I recently completed this project for a gift.Joann Fabrics and […]

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Why Men Hate Going to Church – A Review

Why are there more women than men in the pews? What are the real reasons—not the excuses—for why numbers of men in mainstream churches is dropping more each year? David Murrow has studied the subject for years and he has updated this book from the first edition he released. He’s kept only 30% of the content from the first edition and done a major overhaul in his book Why Men Hate Going to Church.  Murrow proposes that men see church as a feminine activity because of what we do there. I’ll state some of Murrows arguments and also include my […]

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Thrifty Thursday – Making Your Own Stencils

If you’d love wallpaper, or you have a stencil pattern in mind but you can’t afford the stencil, why not make one? That’s what Brooke from All Things Thrifty did. And she covered her walls with a beautiful pattern that’s much more practical than wallpaper. Check out the full post on All Things Thrifty for a very thorough tutorial and lots more pictures. Brooke, thanks for the inspiration for Thrifty Thursday. Michelle Trash to Treasure Decorating View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

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Living Close to God When You’re Not Good At It – A Book Review

Have you ever opened the Bible and read something but felt nothing? No response. No real connection. Does your mind wander when you pray? Gene Edwards can relate. He calls himself spiritually handicapped because he didn’t feel the same things other people described when they spoke of their relationship with Christ. He couldn’t imagine himself spending an hour in prayer every day, even though he as a very successful speaker and author in the Christian realm. Gene Edwards has written his quest for closeness with God in Living Close to God (When You’re Not Good at It: A Spiritual Life […]

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Freezer Meals – I’m Lovin’ It

At the beginning of November, I knew I had a lot of writing projects and other responsibilities. And I knew that I wouldn’t have time to make meals from scratch every night. So, I decided to try making meals ahead of time and freezing them. Turns out, I love it! Every night, I knew what was for dinner and I just checked the menu in the morning to make sure I thawed what needed thawing. When I started out, I chose to make simple meals, not meals that needed recipes. I knew that if I made it too complicated, I […]

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Transformation Tuesday- Plastic Storage Containers

On Black Friday, we decided to replace our dinosaur television with a new flat screen LCD. Once I got it in the armoire cabinet, I wasn’t happy with the sound. Because many of these newer televisions have the speakers on the bottom of the screen, the sound bounces off the surface of the cabinet. It rattled a bit and the cabinet seemed to muffle the sound. So, I looked for something sturdy enough to prop the TV up on.  I decided that a pair of plastic storage boxes with drawers was heavy enough, but the white plastic was hideous. I […]

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Advent Calendar Idea

As we begin unpacking the boxes of Christmas decorations and getting ready for the holidays. I found a sweet project for an magnetic Advent calendar that you might want to try with your family. It uses decorative papers and little candy favor tins (found at most craft stores in the cake decorations). The idea I found online at Makoodle has a free download for the number papers as well as instructions. It also has a download for papers for little activities to have inside the tins. If you don’t have the metal 12 by 12 sheet the tutorial mentions, an […]

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Muppet Movie Celebration – Fun Everyday Ideas

Tomorrow, the latest Muppet Movie hits theaters and our family has always liked the Muppets. I was born the year Sesame Street started, and I grew up watching that and the Muppet Show. I can’t wait to see the new movie! I couldn’t resist sharing this practical and fun idea for a muppet party.  Aren’t these cakes and cookies from Amy at Living Locurto adorable? The post from Amy includes free printables, decoration ideas, lots more snack ideas, and lots of fun. See the full post for tutorials.

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Transformation Tuesday- Crochet T Shirt Rug

What do you do with a pile of T-shirts that have a rip or a stain but are otherwise in good shape? Make a rug! At least that’s what Shawna at A Very Dandoislion Life did. She shows how to cut the T-shirts into strips and make T-shirt yarn. Then she crocheted them into rugs. I love the colors. Photo belongs to A Very Dandoislion Life Photo belongs to A Very Dandoislion Life Check out the full post at A Very Dandoislion Life for the tutorial. Shawna bought T-shirts at the thrift store, but I could see cleaning out my […]

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Book Review – Book of Dreams by Davis Bunn

Have you ever had a recurring dream? Imagine if you shared a dream with another person whom you had never met? The world of dreams is mysterious and difficult to comprehend, but there are some who attempt to interpret dreams. In Book of Dreams, Dr. Elena Burroughs, a young widow who is a psychologist at Oxford University, was known as a foremost authority on dreams. Her best-selling book titled The Book of Dreams had sold millions of copies and she made numerous speaking appearances at sold-out events until she lost her husband. Elena hides in the mundane work of clinical […]

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