Ningxia Red Bottle Upcycle

Ningxia Red Bottle Upcycle

Greetings my Young Living peeps and other glass bottle throw-awayers...   What do we do with all the glass bottles we use every day?   Do you throw them away or recycle?   The Ningxia Red bottles from Young Living are such nice bottles - heavy and nicely shaped.     There are so many products that come in pretty bottles.   Here is an upcycle glass jar/bottle project for Continue reading

Life After Loss – Is Closure Possible?

Life After Loss – Is Closure Possible?

Is Closure Possible? Is Closure Necessary? When you're charged with carrying out someone's wishes, sometimes you need to throw tradition out the window. My last DIY for my mom was to throw a Pepper Party and lay her to rest in a way contrary to tradition. (See links to this series below if you're a newbie here - it would probably be a good idea to start from the very beginning, it's a very nice place to start...)   My mom had always Continue reading

5 Ways to Survive a Loss – With No Regrets

5 Ways to Survive a Loss – With No Regrets

Now What? How do we survive a loss with no regrets?     The days sitting at the hospital and hospice house are past.   The preparations to lay my mother to rest are done.   We've had our friend and family get-togethers. My last child has left to go back home.   We're back to work and life goes on.   When your world stops, everyone else's keeps Continue reading

Free Printables by Eliza Ellis

Free Printables by Eliza Ellis

  I found some really nicely desiged free printables on the Eliza Ellis blog and want to share them with you.   Take a moment to visit her site. She has printables for: CALENDARS & DIARY PLANNERS TO DO LISTS NOTES CONTACTS GOALS RECIPES MENU PLANS KITCHEN LISTS KIDS CHORES HOME LISTS FINANCES BACK TO SCHOOL KNITTING & Continue reading

Do You DWO or DIY?

Do You DWO or DIY?

Do You DWO or DIY? We are now through the Christmas season and it’s time to think about perspective and balance with the new year just around the corner. I heard complaining – a LOT of complaining about the “cost” of Christmas and how it has become a boring/stressful/unremarkable/frustrating time of year. This set me to thinking.   Why do some people dread this holiday season? They forget (or don’t care) about the reason Continue reading

Mother-in-law Apartment Reveal

Mother-in-law Apartment Reveal

Today was graduation day for my mom. She stepped through the gates of heaven at 12:23 this morning. God is good. Can I say that again? God is good. His grace is sufficient. I thought it fitting that on this day, on this my DIY blog, that I share with you the before and after pictures of her apartment. This one is for you mom...   We bought our quad level home two years ago after nearly 2 years of searching for a home in the country Continue reading

No Christmas Home Tour Here

No Christmas Home Tour Here

  This Christmas season is different for our family this year. We are a family in crisis. There will be no chestnuts roasting on our open fire this year. Normally I would be writing a post about our Christmas Home Tour complete with staged pictures of my home in the middle of Christmas celebration. (Last year's Christmas Home Tour) It’s what we do as DIY bloggers. We decorate and then share it. I had it all Continue reading

Dresser Turned TV Stand

Dresser Turned TV Stand

It is a new day. I woke at 4:45 this morning and couldn't turn my brain off. As always my mom pops in my mind and since the stress of her dire condition is ever present, I couldn't get back to sleep.   At least it wasn't like yesterday.   I woke at 2am and didn't go back to sleep until 6:30 and then it was only for 45 minutes. I had to go to work that morning and by the time I got to the hospital at 2:15 that afternoon, I was Continue reading

The Ultimate DIY – Saying Goodbye to Your Mom

The Ultimate DIY – Saying Goodbye to Your Mom

While I sit here in the hospital with my mom, I thought I'd share a really great project with you that my daughter, April, did recently - a dresser turned tv stand.   But then I decided to just have a chat with you. To encourage you. To let you know what's up and that it's all good.   I'll do the Dresser Turned TV Stand another time.   At the moment of this writing, I'm doing the ultimate DIY Continue reading

DIY Gift Bags at To Work With My Hands

DIY Gift Bags at To Work With My Hands

Occasionally I like to share resources that I think would be useful to my readers. Today is one of those days... My friend, Karen, over at To Work With My Hands has a tutorial today on DIY gift bags ...made out of TRASH! You should hop right on over there and check it out. ...and while you're there, leave Karen a comment, letting her know you stopped by.   Blessings!     Continue reading