Books & Resources

Book Review of ‘Sent’ by Hilary Alan

Hilary Alan and her husband did what few people have the guts to do. They sold their home and possessions in an affluent community and moved halfway around the world to answer God’s call to serve. It wasn’t easy, and by most American standards, it made no financial sense. But when they obeyed the call, Hilary and her family discovered that God had a valuable lesson to teach them in trusting him.The book Sent: How One Ordinary Family Traded the American Dream for God’s Greater Purpose is a memoir/biography of the Alan family adventure. I enjoyed Hilary’s story, and was […]

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Book Review: Soul’s Gate by James Rubart

I’m a fan of James Rubart’s first book, Rooms, so I was happy to review his second book, Soul’s Gate. It’s important that readers remember that these books are fantasy, and they ought not to consider the content literally. Soul’s Gate is a book about traveling inside another person’s soul and engaging in spiritual warefare. It’s about supernatural travel and a spiritual world that I’ve never considered before. In the book, Reece Roth mentors three others when they gather at a cabin in the mountains of Colorado. Dana, Brandon, and Marcus begin training that is a spiritual journey through their […]

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What Would You Do Wednesday Wicker Headboard

A T2T reader named Barb asks, “I snatched this wicker headboard from a trash pile…other than the obvious, does anyone have an idea what wonderfully clever thing I could do with this?”What do you think? For WWYD Wednesday, let’s address Barb’s question.   Michelle Trash to Treasure DecoratingView the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com Michelle Trash to Treasure Decorating View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

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Pinterest Project Wrap-Up

I hope you enjoyed the Pinterest Project. I’ll continue to post projects from time to time, but this concludes the 31-day experiment. On a longer-term experiment, I have a feeling that even more of what is posted on Pinterest might not work out quite the same in my own kitchen and craft room. I chose to feature things I could either accomplish in a very short time, or things that I had supplies already on hand for. Someday, I’ll tackle something bigger! So, now back to normal blogging, posting freebies to Kindle books, and on to new things, such as promoting […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 31: Hash Brown Experiment

I saw on Pinterest that I could make crispy hash browns in my waffle maker. Sounded like something I had to try. This photo on the Chow blog from a post titled “Common Appliances, Uncommon Uses” demonstrates how they ought to turn out. Emphasis on ought to. Mine didn’t work quite as well. But first, I have to admit that I’m running short of time at the end of the Pinterest Project and decided to use an experiment I conducted a while back. And I didn’t take pictures. So, I want you to close your eyes and imagine my waffle-maker. Now…Oh, […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 30: Digital Scrapbooking

I’ve spent the weekend and a crafting and quilting retreat where I have worked on my scrapbooks. I’ve been transitioning from traditional scrapbooking with paper and large totes full of supplies. The digital version is very flexible on the outcome, and involves hauling a laptop. How is the outcome flexible? Digital scrapbookers can create a purely digital finished product on a disk. Or, they can print 12×12 (and other sized) pages to slide into a traditional scrapbook. Or, they can order fully bound books from sites such as Shutterfly and Snapfish. Digital scrapbookers can choose from a host of programs to […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 29: Organizing a Sewing Area

Pinterest is a place for building envy if you aren’t careful. The site is full of home sewing areas to drool over, and wish for. However, I don’t have such a space in my home. This room featured on the blog Sew Many Ways is awesome! And the Creative Living Blog has this cute little closet turned into a sewing space. On the day 28 Pinterest Project, I created a case for my iPad keyboard in 30 minutes. This is possible only because I have my space organized and ready to go when I need to sew something quick. I […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 28: iPad Keyboard Case in 30 Minutes

I searched Pinterest for a pattern for a case for a bluetooth iPad keyboard. I had been transporting it in the box it came in, just because my purse is a dangerous place for an unprotected electronic device. However, the box is too big to take on my upcoming vacation. Nothing came up in my search. So I decided I need to create a post. In 30 minutes, because that’s all I had between other tasks. That meant I didn’t have time to quilt or cut anything from fresh fabric. So, I brainstormed a little about what I already had […]

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Repurposed: Decanter Turned Flower Jar

A long time ago on What Would You Do Wednesday, I asked what you would do with the decanter jar I have. See the original post I really wanted to get a Beta fish, but then wasn’t sure if I could remember to feed it. But, wouldn’t that have been cool on my dining table?The dear friend who gave me the jar gave me some flower sprigs at Christmas this year, and I knew it was time to do something with the jar. I assembled my materials. I didn’t have any regular or floral clay, but I had some old […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 27: Homemade Lotion Bars

I’ve been using natural skin care and cosmetics for over a year now. I love lotion bars because they are so great for my skin. If you haven’t seen a lotion bar before, it looks like a bar of soap, but you rub it on your skin. Some come in something that looks like a deodorant stick, but others come in a little metal tin. I’ve been selling natural products on a small scale for a direct selling company, but even with my discount, the lotion bars were pricey. When you use a lotion bar, the warmth of your skin […]

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