Books & Resources

Finishing Touches For Cabinet Makeover

When I finished the cabinet makeover, I decided that I needed to add a few more touches. After all, if the men who live in my home thought it was primed rather than glazed to perfection, guests might think the same. Although, I’m sure most of my guests will have more imagination than my sons. Anyway, I decided to make the cabinets match my faux fireplace.  So, I got out the stencils and stenciled the same design on the doors. There are 2 pieces to the stencil which gave flexibility to make it fit right.  But that wasn’t quite enough. […]

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Faux Finished in Whitewash

In one of my earlier What Would You Do? features, I posted pictures of some of my dated 80’s and 90’s furniture that I would like to update.  You gave me your terrific ideas and I took them all into consideration. It’s time to unveil the changes! In this first post, I’ll show you what I did with the two cabinets. They started out looking like this:  I thought the golden pine finish was a little bit dated, and I thought the pieces might be a little heavy for the room. I thought about making them dark like my TV […]

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Pursuing Your Dream- Part 2

This week, I talked about dreams. Sometimes something we didn’t plan gets in the way of pursuing a dream. Perhaps it’s an unexpected accident that leaves you caring for a loved one, or maybe it’s an illness that saps your energy. For some, it’s the loss of a spouse. For others it’s caring for an aging parent. Whatever the roadblock, it isn’t easy to see a dream slipping away.  Recently, I read a novel by Sally John that reminded me how rewarding it can be to fulfill a dream and how painful it can be to lose sight of a […]

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Comfort in Times of Loss

None of us can avoid the reality of grief. At some point in life, we lose someone who is dear to us, and we wonder how we will go on. For some, the grief is brief, or so it seems on the outside. For others, the grief is deep and long-lasting. If you haven’t lost a loved one yet, you probably know someone who has. What did you say? What did you do? Did you wonder if you were saying and doing the right things? This week, I finished reading a book that helped my perspective on grief. Best selling […]

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The House that Cleans Itself

Spring Cleaning Help Does your house clean itself? Mine doesn’t. I hate cleaning house. Well, it isn’t that I really hate the actual cleaning part, but I hate that it gets dirty again so quickly. For example, recently I spent a good part of a day cleaning, doing laundry, and baking. Then my two boys arrived home from school along with three teen boy friends. Within thirty minutes, there were shoes by the back door, crumbs on the floor and the Better Homes and Gardens scene was over. Worse than keeping a house clean is keeping it organized. I consider […]

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Book Review- More Amish Fiction

Two weeks ago, I told you about a book I was waiting to receive for review. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on it. If you’re a fan of Amish fiction, you’ll be happy to know that in addition to Beverly Lewis, Cindy Woodsmall, Wanda Brunstetter, and Beth Wiseman, there are other authors who will satisfy your craving for a bonnet fix, Mary Ellis included. Never Far From Home by Mary Ellis Emma Miller is restless. She’s torn between the life she’s always known and the life she’s never experienced. Growing up Amish, Emma hasn’t had much contact with the outside […]

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How Do You Celebrate Craft Month?

March is National Craft Month. I know, sometimes the national months and days get out of hand. There is something on every day of the month. March includes a lot of other national celebrations too. For example it is: Irish American Month Music in Our Schools Month National Frozen Food Month National Nutrition Month National Peanut Month National Women’s History Month Poetry Month Red Cross Month Social Workers Month  I like to think of every month as National Craft Month, since I have way too many craft hobbies. However, it’s nice to have a reason to celebration something. So far, […]

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Do You Have a Clutter Problem?

Breaking the Clutter Habit If you had thirty minutes notice for unexpected company, how ready would your home be?  Would you have to conceal an embarrassing amount of clutter? I’m familiar with the mad clutter dash. I sweep the papers from the dining table into a laundry basket and stash it in any of four or five hiding places I would rather not reveal to my readers just in case any of you might be future house guests of mine.  Several days later when it’s time to pay the electric bill, I spread all the papers back out on the […]

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What to Do When When You Don’t Know What To Do by Cloud & Townsend

Michelle’s February Book Review Blitz- Book #7 Have you ever been confused wondering which direction you should take? Life decisions can be difficult. Sometimes, it seems impossible to understand what God would want you to do and distinguish that option from all the others.  If you’ve ever been on a trip, you know that it isn’t fun being lost with no landmarks for guidance. Anxiety sets in as other cars whiz by and you’re in the wrong lane to get on the proper street, or is it the proper street? Several loops around the block and suddenly you can’t tell […]

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Sneak Peak at Never Far From Home

February Book Review Blitz #6 Ready for some more “bonnet” fiction? I’m waiting for my complimentary review copy of Never Far From Home to arrive, but in the meantime, I thought I’d give you a sneak peak at the book on the day the book promotional tour begins. Here is a link to the book trailer on You Tube:  Would you like to know more about how an author researches a book such as this Amish fiction? Author Mary Ellis shared some of her secrets on her blog. She said, “Since Never Far from Home—Emma’s story—involves sheep, one morning I […]

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