Creative Ideas

Reinventing Spiritual Growth Habits in the Midst of the Hustle

In a season where we long for peace and hope, one of the best ways to find it is in time spent with God. But how can we keep up the habits when distractions and busyness interfere? Author Stephenie Hovland gives helpful tips and shares a link to a free downloadable resource!

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Mmm….Bread! Best White Bread Recipe

I’ve had many requests for my bread recipe, so I decided to post it. I have used it for dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls as well as loaves of bread and for years it was a staple at our house—until several of us had to go gluten-free. Go figure! But my husband can still enjoy homemade bread. I love it because it’s so budget friendly and uses few ingredients, yet it’s delicious and soft, especially right out of the oven. The trick to good bread is in the kneading and it making sure it isn’t too sticky or too stiff. […]

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Simplify, Toss Out, Refurbish and Move Forward

Take the challenge to purge something from your closet, schedule, or cupboards and enjoy the freedom of simplifying! See how a little paint can transform a plywood built-in cabinet into something classy. And learn more about how a new book is helping people heal from grief. Whether your next project is simplifying and tossing, re-doing something that needs a makeover, or moving forward from grief, we’d love to hear your story!

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Importance of Making Time for Me, Guilt-Free

In this issue: Learn why repurposing is just a way of appreciating the story in broken things, be inspired to make self-care a regular part of your life with no guilt, and learn more about a new book that’s coming out that helps you discover God in the midst of everyday life. This post marks the beginning of a new format for my blog! The new magazine-style format will include three elements in each issue: 1) a practical real-life article to inspire you to repurpose your own struggles or challenges into growth opportunities, 2) a fun repurposed or before-and-after idea, […]

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Room Makeover and Reflections on Empty Nesting

Last summer, our nest officially emptied when our youngest son got married and moved out of our home. He wasn’t terribly amused that I required him to remove his belongings from his room when he left. I was not going to be one of those mothers who would someday put my grandchildren to bed for sleepovers in their father’s untouched childhood room. If you’re one of those mothers, please pardon my frankness. No insult is intended toward whatever choice you make. This loft bed stood in this corner for more than a decade. The paneling-covered walls AND ceiling was tolerable decor […]

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Cedar Chest: Before and After Transformation

For today’s Thrifty Thursday project, I want to show you a cedar chest that I was able to transform for a very small cost. The chest had a very worn surface, and was missing some veneer on the lower leg part. I liked the texture of the trim and the detail work. But I knew that whether I painted it or removed the finish, I would lose some of the detail. Because of the missing veneer, I decided painting would be the best finish. And because of this damage too… First, I primed everything with a bonding primer. I like […]

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Memo Board from a Broken Computer Monitor

When you don’t want to put a broken monitor in a landfill, this is one way to repurpose it! I could have repurposed it just as it was, but I decided I didn’t like the silver frame around the screen, so I chalk painted the frame. I neglected to take a before picture of the monitor! Oops! I taped off the screen with painter’s tape, and then brushed on an antique white paint. After the paint dried, I waxed it. I left the black parts of. the monitor as is. The finished product stands on my kitchen counter as a way […]

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Fall Trash to Treasure Decorations

Before the snow flurries arrived in northern Wisconsin, which was ridiculously early this year, I decorated with some repurposed finds. I made some pumpkins from old books, and painted a pie tin with chalkboard paint. It’s hard to see, but that Sedum is growing out of an old oil can. I filled an old milk delivery cooler with fall blossoms from a bush that needed pruning.  The rusty wheelbarrow holds mums in an enamelware bathtub. An aluminum teapot filled with the remaining summer flowers. I filled an enamelware pot with fall blossoms. The pumpkin books are easy to make when you […]

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