Books & Resources

What Would You Do Wednesday

Could someone tell me where time goes? Seriously. Where did a whole week go already? It’s definitely time for another What Would You Do Wednesday. And it’s time to announce the winner of the last WWYD, the Tiffany style lamp.   I loved all of the ideas and it was very difficult to choose since each had its own creative merit. But the idea that I thought most brought the lamp up to date in a new way, was the idea from Mattie about mod podge. I could see it with a shabby chic scrapbook paper mod podged over the […]

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You Can be Everything God Wants You to Be

Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out God’s plan, and if you don’t know the plan, it’s even harder to figure out the next step to take. Today, on Faith, Creativity, Life, I’m featuring a brand new book from Max Lucado. “You Can be Everything God Wants You to Be” is a gift book dedicated to helping readers zone in on what God has uniquely equipped them to do. Although it has over 120 pages, each page has wide margins and at practically pocket size, it’s a quick read. I read the entire thing in an afternoon. I enjoyed the book […]

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Transformation Tuesday

In 1992, I was pregnant with our first baby, and I decided it was time to upgrade from the castoff couch that we had inherited from my parents. So, we purchased a sleeper sofa in the ever-so-popular country blue color. Later, I wished I had chosen something more neutral since we ended up keeping the sofa much longer than I had anticipated. Two summers ago, when it was 16 years old, I decided to reupholster it rather than replace it, since we had two teenage boys and I didn’t want to purchase a new one just to have it covered […]

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The Need to be Creative

This summer, my time has not worked out as I expected it would. Commitments turned into something bigger than expected, obligations overtook my free time, and everyday life usurped the relax time I anticipated. Lately, I’ve been starved for some creativity time. At the moment, I’m counting down the days to when the guys are all away and I have the house to myself for a whole week. I know I’ll be devoting a good part of that week to creative pursuits. If you’re a creative person, have you ever wondered why you get that hunger to create something? Some […]

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Embracing Your Second Calling- Review

You May Be Over the Hill, But It Isn’t Over If you’re in mid-life, have you ever wondered if everything worth doing happened in the first half of your life? In Embracing Your Second Calling, author Dale Hanson Bourke challenges the woman in midlife to find meaning. I passed my 40th birthday last year, so I was eager to read the book. Each chapter is well-designed with sidebars and callouts for practical application of the content. There are points for action, boxes for reflection, and boxes for tips and resources. While attractive, sometimes I found it difficult to break from […]

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A Book Review for Diva’s

Are You a Diva? I received a complimentary copy of a brand new Bible study for my review, and in this book, you’ll discover a new, more positive application of the word Diva. If you’re looking for fresh group study material, here’s something new to consider. In Divas of the Divine, life coaches Donna Mc Crary and Sherri Holbert help readers experience true success in their spiritual life and in personal relationships via and 8- week Bible study. Subtitled How to Live as a Desinger Original in a Knock-Off World, the book uses a fun theme to teach. The book […]

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They Almost Always Come Home- Giveaway

Recently, I featured a review of “They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti. This week, her book goes on tour at many blogs and I have several fun features to share with you. Right now, you can get the Kindle edition of the book free at this link: They Almost Always Come Home ____________________________________________________________ Cynthia’s Story by Cynthia Ruchti Ten years ago, my husband almost didn’t come home. His canoe adventure with our son Matt soured on Day Two when Bill grew violently ill from what we presume was either pancreatitis or a gall bladder attack. He’s an insulin-dependent […]

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What Frustrates Your Pastor?

How close is your pastor to burnout? Or how far past it is he? Do you know what frustrates him? Perhaps you’ve never stopped to think about what your pastor and his wife need to keep them going in ministry. I’ll admit that I spend more time thinking about my own needs and how my church meets them than I do about what my pastor needs. I just finished reading a review copy of a book that made me think. Statistics from the book:  ~ 80% of pastors believe being in pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families ~ 70% […]

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Dark Glaze Faux Finish

Recently, I showed you how I faux finished two large cabinets in a white glaze. I got on a glazing roll and did some other furniture. This time, dark wood grain glaze. I have a set of end tables and lamps that we received as a wedding gift in 1989, and I decided it was time to update. Besides, the finish was in rough shape. I think it looks a lot better on this picture that it did in person. The lamp has a brassy base that has become discolored. Again, making it look outdated. There are faded and worn […]

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Book Review – Allon

Due to the storm, our internet was down for quite some time today and I nearly missed posting this review. Today, blogs all over the internet will be featuring this brand new book. If you’ve ever wondered why I feature so many book reviews, it’s because I participate in what’s called a blog tour, where a book is featured on many blogs all on one day.  Book Review- Allon by Shawn Lamb I read and review a lot of books, and every so often I struggle with a review. I love to write and I want to support my fellow […]

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