Scrap wood picture frame

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Picture frame making wasn’t really on my agenda for the day. I was minding my own business mopping floors, when I noticed how dusty my piano looked…naturally, the picture above the piano then caught my attention…and it’s horrid frame which has been bugging me for weeks…and well, you know, you can’t walk on floors when they are wet anyway. It only makes sense to step outside and make a picture frame while they are drying. Wouldn’t you agree? This was the frame that was bothering me tremendously. Ever since I preformed mod-podge magic on it to make it look like a painting, I’ve been itching to do something about the frame. Hanging on to every ratty piece of scrap wood I can get my hands on does have it’s advantages sometimes…namely when random desires for decor I can’t afford strikes. (Just in case you wondering, I’m not in the habit … Continue reading

How to find love

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Is there any better feeling than knowing you are loved and wanted by someone? Valentine’s day was two days ago, and to some that may mean a chocolate induced coma, or a vase of roses, or a card, or a date night…and to some that may mean nothing at all. To be loved by another person is a wonderful thing, but even then, that wonderful love is marred. By us, the human…the failure and disappointment that every single human being will bring to another at some point, simply because we are imperfect beings. That’s why the love of another human will never fully complete us. Our hearts were made to need a love stronger than any that we can find in life, it is made to need the love of our Heavenly Father.  They say that love is the universal language, do you suppose that that is some sort of … Continue reading

Snap Shot Thursday

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Was your day full of thrill and excitement? Given my druthers, I would never have exited my bed and spent the day bonding with a book and my pj’s. It seems though, there are three other people who live here who, very strangely, seem to expect three meals a day and their laundry done…all in all though, the day was very much  worth seeing after all… Even a house desperately in need of a power washing, paint, and some major green thumb assistance looks pretty dressed in white. Maybe someone from HGTV’s yard crashers will see this picture and come do something about my yard for me. My three little puff ball bushes are looking a tad sad. That’s ice by the way, not snow. Does anybody besides me think that’s weird? I’ve never seen ice rain before, and I’m not sure I approve of it. What does one do … Continue reading

Adventures in refinishing a wood floor

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As I mentioned in my last post, I had a date this weekend with my hallway floor. I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it, but as it turns out, refinishing a floor isn’t half as painful as I imagined! Of course, I did manage to break just about every rule there is for refinishing floors…big surprise there. If this house has taught me anything, it’s that there is more than one way to skin a cat (not that you would actually want to skin a cat. eew!).  I had thought that the varnish had just worn off this floor over time, but a closer inspection proved otherwise. There is tons of tack marks, nails along the perimeter, a tuft of red carpet here and there, and scatter marks from a drum sander. They must have had carpet down at some point, and then removed it and sanded the floor. That’s … Continue reading

The experienced people’s take on refinishing floors

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This post could also be titled, “The pep talk to myself to stop being scared of floors and just do them already!” As you know, we’ve been working on the upstairs hallway. I finished painting the walls (three doors painted, three still to go). And now I’ve decided to tackle the floor up there. The upstairs floors are all original wood floors, I think pine? I’m no wood expert, but since the rest of the house is bedecked in every direction with pine, that would make sense if that’s what the floor is as well. They are completely worn down to the raw wood, no varnish left on them at all…so I’m thinking it will be a fairly easy process to re-stain and seal them. Unfortunately, we know all to well just how well my over optimistic thinking process works out for me…that’s why I’m hesitating. I haven’t quite forgotten … Continue reading

A Step in the Right Direction – The Great Staircase Transformation

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The next time I open my big mouth and say that some such painting project will be quick and easy…someone, please, be a dear and kick me. Why I thought painting a million billion skinny spindles and keeping my kids dirty feet off stairs long enough for paint to dry was going to be easy or fast is quite beyond me. Although the actual work time was a tad disappointing (hmmm or down right depressing as the case may be), the outcome was anything but that! They turned out exactly how I wanted! I’m pretty much in love in with them. If you happened to read my original post about these stairs, you might have noticed I actually didn’t stick to my plan for this project. I was going to do something on the risers, like wood appliques or something along those lines to fancy them up a tad. I … Continue reading

8 Ways to Conquer Feeling “Blue”

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I don’t care who you are, there are times when a person just feels blue. Down in the dumps. Depressed about life. Completely melancholy. Some people may only encounter those feelings once in a great while, some people may fight them a lot. Life events are often the cause… problems, complications, loss, the down time after something grand and wonderful has happened, you name it. Silently and suddenly feelings can take a turn. Feeling down in and of itself isn’t a problem. It’s when we let the ugly cloud grow, and we choose to become a servant to our feelings that it becomes a problem. One way or the other, we will either have to learn to cope with the problem and conquer the dole drums, or it will conquer us. Telling yourself or someone else “just to get over it” probably isn’t going to help much, but doing something … Continue reading

The Hall Library – The Plans

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I think the weather here is confused. Today it’s 70 degrees and I have the windows open, tomorrow it’s going to snow. Umm really?! Snowflake sightings are a show stopper around here, so I’m fully prepared not to venture out of my house until the end of the week. And by “prepared”, I mean I bought some bagels and a gallon of paint. Let the blizzard begin. In other news, I finished my stairs! Whoop whoop! I’ll be showing those off shortly. In the mean time, lets discuss this area directly above the stairs. Looks smashing doesn’t it? Well it will, have a little faith.  It’s already much improved, the ceiling is now white instead of pink, the far wall is painted, and of course the stairs and rail is painted. This area is a hallway which contains no less than six doors (I am perfectly thrilled at the prospect … Continue reading

Has worry ever helped you?

I read these verses the other morning in my quiet time, and found them to be very encouraging and comforting. Our problems are so very small to such a capable Creator, how silly we are not to trust Him with those worries that grind us down every day. I’m so very grateful my Heavenly Father takes such careful and particular care of His children, aren’t you? Worry and faith can’t both live in the same heart, you must choose which you’d rather have. Luke 12:22 -31  And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.  The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than … Continue reading

All the details of the guest room makeover

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Since I got a little carried away yesterday showing room make over pictures and telling you stories about my recent mail…I thought I might better share the finer details that actually concern this lovely little room. So, here’s the facts. This is my guest room, the girls’ art spot, and home to various amounts of storage. The real deal is that this room is currently being used by the mister and myself because the master bedroom is…um…shall we say, in a small state of disaster. I do enjoy being my own guest though, this room is quite cozy. If you remember back before I started this room, I had a pretty clear plan on what I wanted to do with it. I actually stuck to my plan almost exactly. The budget for this room was extremely minimal so here are some of the ways I cut costs. I bought a … Continue reading