How to Upcycle an Antique Door – Part 2

How to Upcycle an Antique Door – Part 2

In How to Upcycle an Antique Door Part 1, I showed you how I had painted brown on one side. Now I will show you what I did to the other side. I kid you not - this is by far the coolest project I've done and you could for sure do this yourself.   Now you'll see what I did to the other side and the end product. Here are the two sides...   IN THE RAW. This is the one side that I painted brown that you read about Continue reading

How to Upcycle an Antique Door – Part 1

How to Upcycle an Antique Door – Part 1

This is my favorite DIY thus far, an upcycled antique door turned into a trendy piece of home decor for just pennies.   My DH and I found some old doors at an auction - about two years ago. They've been sitting out under our lean-to since, just calling to me,   "Paint me, Paint me..."   Here are the before pictures - side one. Here are the before pictures - side Continue reading

Sometimes ya just gotta make a mess…

Sometimes ya just gotta make a mess…

Better Homes and Gardens? Have you ever looked through the Better Homes and Gardens magazine or read a blog post about a new living room update and thought, "Wow, she sure has it together." or,   "My house never looks like that."   Well, I'm here to tell you that you shouldn't draw wrong conclusions about the people behind the "perfect homes." We usually only show you the one perfect moment that Continue reading

Stand Alone Cabinet – A Side of the Road Rescue

Stand Alone Cabinet – A Side of the Road Rescue

My friend, Lisa, picked up a little free standing jelly cabinet alongside the road and brought it to church, asking me if I wanted it. It was pretty icky... ...bruised and battered with stains and a couple of bandaids stuck to the shelf. Gross! But I saw its potential. Wayfair.com has a similar cabinet for $138.99. Amazon has one for $137.99.   Well, when I say similar" I mean if it were new. And clean. And Continue reading

Guest Post at To Work With My Hands

Guest Post at To Work With My Hands

I have a guest post at To Work With My Hands today, please stop by and leave a comment on Karen's blog. Here is an excerpt:   Have you ever known a “total woman?” Did you ever hear a special speaker or see a lady at church or out and about that seemed to have it all together? I’m talkin’ the clothes, the makeup, the way she seemed to know how to do everything perfectly?   Honestly, that woman doesn’t really exist, Continue reading

Ningxia Red Bottle Upcycle 2

Ningxia Red Bottle Upcycle 2

Here is a second upcycle project using a Ningxia Red glass bottle.   Materials: Chalkboard Spray Paint Decorative Rope or Sisal Twine Tag or Sign Bottle Candle Holder (Affiliate links)     And, of course, a bottle...       Just spray with chalkboard paint and decorate – do a couple of light coats so you don't Continue reading

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