The Question to Ask in the Middle of a Difficult Time

In a  blog post, Michael Hyatt shares about a time when he had every reason to ask, “Why me?” and a bunch of other similar questions. And then he shares how he learned to shift his perspective. Hyatt says:  At this point, I could have asked myself several questions: Why am I so clumsy? Why did I have both hands full? Why does this have to happen now? Why did I have to be in such a hurry? What did I do to deserve this? The problem with these questions is that they are completely unproductive and disempowering They are […]

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When God Turns Difficult Situations into Learning Experiences

As a means of simplifying my life a bit, I am merging my Repurposed and Upcycled blog with Faith Creativity Life, and creating a topical category for posts related to God’s repurposing of our difficult circumstances. This is a post I originally featured on Feb. 7, 2013.Repurposed and UpcycledBy: Robin Hakanson PaulsenRepurposed and upcycled are not two words that I thought should exist for me 10-20 years ago.Obligation and shame more accurately described how I felt.Growing up as the oldest of five in a Christian home, I was responsible and followed the rules. I tested those rules often during my […]

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Old Book Turned into a Pumpkin, Fall Decoration

Its What Would You Do (WWYD) Wednesday. What do you do with old books? Recently, I spoke for a women’s event and gave a presentation on trash to treasure decorating. Here’s a shout out to the women at Cornerstone Church in the Twin Cities! For a craft session, one creative gal taught us how to make a pumpkin from an old book. How fun! This one is made from an old hymnal. First, we ripped off the covers. That felt naughty. Then we started cutting the pages. Even naughtier. I had to cut a few pages at a time, but […]

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Vintage Window Wedding Gift Personalized with Silhouette Cutter

For the gift for the bride and groom at the wedding I attended this past weekend, I decided to create a personalized trash to treasure gift. Since the wedding was full of T2T decorations and I know the bride well, I knew that it would fit her style. So, how did I make it?I used an old window (from my own house) and painted the bottom half with chalkboard paint. Then, on the top half, I decoupaged scrapbook paper onto the back side. Using my Silhouette cutter, I created the vinyl letters in two different colors. A Silhouette machine allows you to create […]

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