Books & Resources

Transformation Tuesday- Reader Idea

Today’s Transformation Tuesday project comes from reader Jane Oetterer. She sent me photos and directions for a project she recently completed. When Jane had a chair that was beyond usefulness, she transformed it by taking it apart and recycling the pieces. Jane says, “I had an awesome old chair that wasn’t structurally sound, so I dismantled it.  I zig-zag sewed together the seat support strips in a weaved pattern.  Then I hand sewed on rope around the edge.  I’m kind of simple in style, so I left it plain.  But I think a valentine theme word could be attached to […]

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Show Us Your Transformation & Link Up

Transformation Tuesday It’s winter, and even though I’m not pregnant, nor do I ever plan to be again, I think I’m nesting. It’s cloudy outside. We get snow nearly every day. So, I’ve be puttering around the house cleaning this and sorting that. I gave the built-in hutch a fresh coat of poly since I had run out and didn’t give it enough way back when. I’ve organized my office, polished up the kitchen, and tossed a bunch of stuff. I promise, I kept my husband and teens! This week, I realized that the counter top that I so painstakingly […]

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Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream

Are you ready to do something Radical? David Platt wants American churchgoers to wake up and see how their prosperity is ruining the spread of the gospel. I just finished reading Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, where Platt challenges readers to consider how our culture has made us comfortable Christians rather than evangelists ready to take a risk for the gospel. We’re comfortable in our fancy churches, our padded bank accounts, and our safe little social groups with others like us. But, he reminds us that early Christians left everything to follow Christ including security, money, […]

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The Power Based Life by Mike Flynt – A Review

I just finished reading a brand new book by Mike Flynt titled The Power-Based Life: Realize Your Life’s Goals and Dreams by Strengthening Your Body, Mind, and Spirit and I’d like to tell you about this book.  If you’re in need of motivation but can’t afford a life coach, Mike Flynt is a great stand-in. The Power Based Life is part pep talk. Part inspiration. And part instruction manual. Flynt’s goal is to help people realize what they were born for and then go after that. His twelve strategies help readers sort through their own strengths and potential.Flynt covers topics […]

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Thrifty Thursday- Christmas Gift Idea

For thrifty Thursday, I’d like to show you an idea for a cute gift that is perfect for when  you need a little something to give. I’m giving them to my friends in my women’s group and I’ll be making a few more for little Christmas gifts.   This isn’t necessarily a decorating idea, but these post-it note holders would look so cute by the telephone that they are almost a decoration. Or imagine if you added a magnet on the back. It’s perfect for carrying in your purse as well. Now, you’re probably wondering where the trash part comes […]

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Antique Glaze Technique for “New” Old Look

For Transformation Tuesday, I’d like to feature a very helpful tutorial from fellow blogger Traci at Beneath My Heart. Traci transformed her patio furniture from this: Photo from Beneath My Heart  To this! Photo from Beneath My Heart  Traci’s full blog post gives a wonderful tutorial on how she did this fabulous “aged” finish. I love how she wasn’t put off by some crackles in the paint. She just used it to work with her finish. You’ll love the up close photos of each step in the process.  Do you have an idea for Transformation Tuesday? Send me an e-mail […]

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New Book by Andrea Boeshaar

Book Review Uncertain Heart Andrea Boeshaar is on a roll. Book two in the Seasons of Redemption series is even better than book one! Uncertain Heart is the story of Sarah McCabe, a sister to the McCabe brothers from book one. Sarah is tired of life in rural Missouri and she wants some adventure, so she accepts a position as governess to a wealthy captain in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Here Sarah learns to fend for herself and she also learns to take the faith she learned as a child and translate it to actions and decisions as an adult. Sarah finds […]

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New Book for Working Women

Read all the way to the end to find out how you can win a special gift basket including this book… Book Review of A Woman and Her Workplace If we spend more than 40 hours each week with the people at work, why is it there are so few books dedicated to improving work relationships? In A Woman and Her Workplace, Rosemary Flaaten approaches the subject from a biblical perspective. It isn’t so much about conflict resolution as it is about examining our own attitudes to see where we can improve. She focuses on topics such as humility, forgiveness […]

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New Book by Chris Fabry

Book Review – Almost Heaven This was the first book by Chris Fabry that I’ve ever read, although I’ve been familiar with his work with Focus on the Family and with the Left Behind kids series. I really enjoyed the book.Almost Heaven is the story of Billy Allman, a man with a big heart and a small ego. The world needs more Billy Allman’s. The story takes place in West Virginia, and Fabry does a great job of setting the scene. Although I’m from the Midwest, the story transported me to the hills and I felt like I was right […]

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Transformation Tuesday

This week for Transformation Tuesday, I want to brag about one of my readers who tackled her own Trash to Treasure project. Deb from Deborah Jean’s Dandelion House was inspired by the finish on my chandelier makeover, so she decided to update the knobs and hinges in her house with a similar finish.  She’s featured her results on a French Door makeover on her blog. I love the angle of Deb’s in-progress photo below. Deb painted the door and then transformed the knobs. You’ll find that you can achieve similar results when you use Rust-O-leum’s oil rubbed bronze (ORB) spray […]

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