Books & Resources

Book Review: Victim of Grace by Robin Jones Gunn

Robin Jones Gunn is a highly successful author of several fiction series. She’s ministered to many young women with her Christy Miller series, and to many adult women with her Sisterchicks series. A brand new book, Victim of Grace: When God’s Goodness Prevails, is Robin’s memoir of what it means to be what she calls a “victim of grace.”Let me introduce you to the concept of being a victim of grace. At first, it would seem backwards, as grace is a privilege, a gift. I tried to figure out how that was being a victim, which connotes something negative to […]

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Book Review: Unglued Devotional by Lysa Terkeurst

Do you ever wish you didn’t come unglued when someone irritates you or life hands you a disappointment? What happens when you’re tired or annoyed…when you can’t resist the urge to criticize? Lysa TerKeurst wants to help you break the cycle of coming unglued. In her book Unglued, Lysa TerKeurst deals with the subject of handling emotions without stuffing or exploding. In the Unglued Devotional, TerKeurst provides a 60-day guide for making progress on handling emotions. Borrowing subjects and some anecdotes from the main book, she provides a practical way to apply the content from the book in a daily […]

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Upcycled Tin Can Snowman that Melts Your Heart

Where I live in Northern Wisconsin, we haven’t had a day where the temperatures have climbed to the 50s since sometime last year. Our winters can be long, and I leave snowman stuff out from November to the end of April.Yep. We get our use out of our winter decorations!My mom recently made me another snowman for my collection. She’s inspired by the plethora of ideas on Pinterest. And, being a school cook she has access to a lot of empty tin cans. So, she created this snowman for me. His arms are a little long, and they went off […]

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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 […]

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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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