Books & Resources

A Creative Way to Hide Kitchen Clutter

I have a vintage table in my kitchen that is too small for our family to use for dining, but it’s perfect for extra work space. I know it doesn’t look vintage, but it’s part of a set that belonged to my great grandmother, so it’s been around for a little while.I’ve considered replacing it with a stainless steel utility card with storage underneath, since I need a place to stash the punch bowl and a few things I don’t use to often. But, I realized that a utility cart wouldn’t help reduce the cluttery look. And I like my […]

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31 Pinteresting Days of a Proverbs 31 Wife

For the next 31 days, I’m conducting an experiment with Pinterest. If you haven’t heard of it, Pinterest is one of the best resources for ideas on the internet. It’s also a source for some of the biggest flops. I’m somewhat of a Pinterest addict and I frequently add ideas I find online to this digital bulletin board where I can find them later. However, what looks great on someone else’s blog doesn’t always work out so great in reality. For Pinterest users, there is a little bit of a perfectionist complex affiliated with using the site. As I open my […]

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Review: How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change a Person?

Have you ever thought about a friend wondering, “When will she ever learn?” How about yourself? Have you ever thought about how many times it takes for you to hear something before you apply it to your own life? Sometimes, we all need a lightbulb moment here and there.I’d like to share a little about a book by Rhonda Rhea that I just finished reading. It’s called How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change a Person? My ReviewScripture is full of references to light. But how often do we stop to think about what God means when he talks about […]

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Weekend Most Pinteresting Projects

I found all of the following projects on Pinterest. All links go back to the original blog there the Pinterest post came from, and all photos belong to the original blog posters. A blog named Mamie Jane’s featured several trash to treasure projects with old casters. I love the book ends and the photo wheel. Who would have thought of building a snowman from old propane tanks? I like this one featured on Pieced Pastimes. I love the pot rack that Mia from Lilly and Mia’s blog created from an old cast iron fence. A blog called Totally Green Crafts […]

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Country Wedding Style Mason Jars

This past summer, I was at a wedding dance that took place at an old barn. Surrounding the perimeter, the bride had placed Mason jars on stakes. It was a pretty upcycle of old jars. I didn’t get a good look at how they attached the jars to the stakes. It could be done with the raffia, or it could be done using a mini shepherds hook on each post and a wire handle on each jar.   Of course, as long as I was taking pictures, I had to take some close-ups of the flowers.  Mingling outside before going up […]

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Spark: A Book Reivew

Have you ever participated in a 12-week group with the intent to change in some way? Perhaps it was a Bible study, or a new program. Have you ever noticed how few people really change by the end of such a program? The intent is there, but the change never happens. In his book titled Spark, Jason Jaggard proposes that the reason the standard way we learn things leaves us unchanged is because we are not challenged to step out of our comfort zone and take risks. He says a spark is a choice, a small risk. Jaggard created what […]

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Trash to Treasure Inspiration from Upscale Decorator

Feature article by Leslie Young on The Commercial Appeal:  Thrifty Decorator Furnishes House with Found Objects Kaye McWhorter is not afraid to look like a crazy woman — when it comes to a good bargain, that is. “I saw a bench on the side of the road in my neighborhood in Dallas, and it couldn’t fit in my car. I stuffed it in the back seat and couldn’t even close the door. I’m sure people were thinking, ‘What in the world is that crazy woman doing?’” said McWhorter, 67, of East Memphis.hat bench, spray-painted a different color and good as […]

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Steampunk: Trash to Treasure Becomes a Family Addiction

The trash to treasure addiction has begun to spread to the rest of the family! My son who is a high school student has an interest in welding. So earlier this year, he created this steampunk sculpture for a welding competition. He got to go all the way to the national Skills USA competition in Kansas City this past summer.His sculpture involves different types of metal, thus different types of welds. I know nothing about welding, so he has me trumped in this department. I do however have a high appreciation for his skills.  I know the green doily just […]

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Book Review – Need You Now by Beth Wiseman

Did you know that Beth Wiseman doesn’t only write Amish fiction? It’s true. I just finished Need You Now, Wiseman’s latest contemporary novel. This is a story that touches the heart on many levels. It has all of the elements I love in a great book: intriguing characters, an element of suspense, real issues that give the reader something more than entertainment, and a emotional connection to the story and characters. Wiseman knows how to tell a story! In the book, main character Darlene is at a place where many stay-at-home moms may find themselves. Wondering what her purpose is […]

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Weekend’s Most Pinteresting

This week, I’m dedicating my “Most Pinteresting” post to home improvement projects that class up outdated elements in the home. I found each project on Pinterest.   The first project is from DIY Design. Do you have ugly bi-fold closet doors that just cream 1970s? I love this solution! Be sure to check out the full post on DIY Design for the tutorial. Hate the color of your outdated cabinets? Try this tutorial from Monica Wants It. Be sure to check out the follow-up Q and A about the project too. Looking for more of a distressed look? Then this […]

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