Archives for January 2015

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 you.   Materials: Chalkboard spray paint Decorative rope or twine Beads or any sort of decorative bauble   Just spray and decorate - do a couple of light coats so you don't get drips.     I used Chalkboard Black Spray Paint. (Affiliate link)   The baker's 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 told me that when it was her time to go, to...   dig a hole out back and bury her in a pine box. It was the family joke.   I found a way, or rather, my son found a way to do just that. But you'll have to read all the way to the end to find out how.   Here is what we did and will do: December 25: We had Christmas 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 spinning. It's hard to jump back on. December 23, 2014, a little over two weeks ago, My mom joined my Dad after a nearly 30 year separation.   When my Dad passed I was only 26 with a husband and two children.   I have so many more to care for now through this loss at age 55, with 15 children, 5 sons-in-law and 13 grandchildren. 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 & CROCHET SEWING   I'm all for using what others have created if it fits our needs. Save time by benefiting from the efforts of others. Happy New Year and thanks for visiting.   Permission to reprint granted by Eliza Ellis 11.18.14. Continue reading