Garland Turned Wreath – Quick Makeover Project

A friend gave me this garland for my birthday with the permission to upcycle it in whatever way I deemed best. I loved it just as it was, but didn’t have the right place for it. But what I really did need was something to decorated these old skis. I had removed the sorry pine bough that was on it before because it was getting shabby.  I twisted the garland into the shape of a circle. Then I used floral wire to hold it in place.  Then, I hung it on the skis.  A quick and easy makeover! Michelle Trash […]

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What happens when life doesn’t go the way you expected?

So many of the blog posts I see on the internet beautifully demonstrate a repurposed and upcycled life. I had the privilege of meeting an author this summer whose story is a great inspiration for us. Lee Wolfe Blum (author of Table in the Darkness: A Healing Journey Through and Eating Disorder), posted an excerpt from Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kingsley that reminded me of how God repurposes and upcycles in our lives.What happens when you sign up for Italy and end up in Holland? Lee quotes Kingsley, who says, “But, if you spend your life mourning the fact that […]

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Finding Treasure in Africa, Amid the Challenges

My friend Kristy has a blog on Babble called Into Africa with Kristy Carlson and her stories are great demonstrations of making the most of a difficult circumstance.  I call Kristy a “friend” rather than an acquaintance because Kristy’s husband grew up in my home area, her parents are good friends of mine, and frankly, Kristy has a writing voice that makes me feel close to her. She is raw, and real, and so easy to connect with. Kristy and her husband Ben are living in Africa working to help the people of Burundi get a fair price for their […]

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Finding Forgiveness for Past Mistakes

This trash to treasure story comes from an anonymous reader. A big hug to a precious woman who was brave enough to be honest with her mistakes and sensitive to the truth that God’s love forgives and forgets when we own up to our sins. You Will be Forgiven Even in our very worst moments, God is there, answering the prayers we haven’t even sent to Him. He knows our every need before we do.My first husband and I were having marital difficulties even before our second child was born. By the time she was 18 months old there seemed […]

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