Books & Resources

Fall Pumpkin Decoration

T.P. PumpkinsMy mom and some of her friends made these cute pumpkins for a ladies fall retreat and I thought I would show you how to make them. It’s an easy fall decoration that isn’t messy and you can even make these with kids.This project is not quite trash to treasure, since toilet paper isn’t considered trash until it is used. But I thought it was close enough to share with my readers. It’s a perfect way to use up some scraps of fabric too.What you need:Fabric square, at least 18×18 inches. I suggest calico or other fall printed fabric. […]

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Hope for Old Linoleum

Some of my favorite Trash to Treasure ideas are faux finished. And I especially like projects that save huge sums of money or huge chunks of time. Even though this project took some time, it was well worth saving the effort of ripping out a floor, installing a new subfloor, and installing new vinyl. In the end, a faux finish saved both time and money. Cha-ching! I was at my friend’s house Saturday for a home party and I had brought my camera along since I had heard she had some trash to treasure gems. I wasn’t disappointed! This bathroom […]

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A Slow Burn – Book Review and Author Interview

Meet Mary DeMuth I met Mary DeMuth at a writers conference this year when she was the keynote speaker and seminar leader. Mary is an influencer in the writing community and she’s earned that status with her own fiction and nonfiction writing, her speaking, her generous mentoring of new writers, and her writing resources. I received an advanced reading copy of “A Slow Burn” from Mary’s publisher and it was the first of Mary’s novels that I’ve read. Who is Mary DeMuth? An accomplished writer, Mary’s parenting books include Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture, Building the Christian Family You […]

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Finding Your Way as a Blog Reader

I’ve been thinking about some things that I take for granted. One is how to click my way through a blog page or website. It’s something that is as comfortable for me as switching on a light or opening the fridge to get a glass of milk. But for some, this foreign world of cyberspace is overwhelming. So today, I decided to give a little tutorial on how to leave comments on a blog. Many use this same process, but some might have a few different steps. Here’s a step by step for you to print and save near your […]

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Two new favorite authors…

I just finished reading my first Maureen Lang book, Pieces of Silver. It was fabulous. I lost some sleep as I read by flashlight late into the night. The book is set just before the United States entered World War I, and from the first page to the last, Lang keeps the reader engaged in the romance, the mystery, and the reality of the trials of life. She’s on my list of new favorite authors.Another author, whose work I’ve recently added to my list of faves, is Melody Carlson. I read A Mile in My Flip-Flops, about a woman who […]

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Book Review: Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today

Have you ever wondered if there was a manual straight from scripture for moms of today? In “Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today,” Kathi Macias has given the reader a lead-by-example style manual with profiles of seventeen women who lived with some of the same struggles that women face today. It doesn’t matter that most of them lived over two thousand years ago. The lessons they teach us are still relevant today. Macias has selected some of the greats from Bible history such as Eve, Sarah, Rebekah, and Mary. But she has also chosen some the reader […]

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Musing About Inspiration

Muse (meeyooz) n. 1. Greek Mythology Any of the nine daughters of Mnemosyne and Zeus, each of whom presided over a different art or science. 2. musea. A source of inspiration. This week, I couldn’t find my muse. Figuring she may be under something on my cluttered desk, I decided to have an office organizing day. I tossed stacks of saved papers into the recycling bin and worked through a couple of piles of tasks that needed tending. I filed a heap of important notes and clipped articles and I even dared to tackle the junk basket of odds and […]

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