Friday, January 30, 2009

Valentine Re-Vamp

Since we were iced in for 2 days I decided to get crafty. I couldn't go anywhere so I had to use some things that I had around the house. This Valentine picture frame has always been a bit off in my kitchen. I think it was all the pink. I love pink but I do not have it anywhere in my home. I needed something with more reds in it.

I took a picture frame I already had and used some scrapbook paper and a rub-on and made this. Have I ever mentioned that I do not like to scrapbook but buy the supplies all the time? I can't resist them and they really come in handy for things like this.

I also went to Hobby Lobby after the ice had cleared from the streets and bought these heart picks. I took off the red ribbon and added the black and white ribbon to tie it into the picture frame.

I hope y'all are staying warm! Our power went out for 9 hours overnight and we were freezing but I know so many people have not had power for a lot longer. We were very fortunate and we are so thankful. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Fabric Project #2-Master Bath

I just love fabric and I have been wanting to use this toile fabric for a long time but never had a place for it. When I saw it on clearance at a local fabric store, I bought all they had left. It was a little more than 2 yards. I decided to make a place for it and thought our shower stall could use a little softness. We have lived here for 3 1/2 years without anything in here and it has been just fine but I really wanted to use this fabric.

I wanted it to be tall and dramatic so I had to add some of the silk taffeta that our bedroom drapes are made out of. I needed the whole panel to be 106" long.
I made these pretty much the same way I made the ones in our office - Nester style. I hemmed the bottom with hem tape, glued the two fabrics together and then glued on the fringe (all with fabric glue). I folded over the top and put the ring clips on. I just love instant results!

This was a little more involved though because I had to have a closet rod to hang it. I found one on clearance at Lowes and painted it to match. The ring clips were on clearance too. The best part was that Cody got to use his power saw for the first time since he got at his Tool Shower before our wedding! The rod was 6' when I bought it but I needed it to be 4'.

I'm still playing around with it and trying to decide which way I like it. I have it tied back with a ribbon right now. If I like it this way then I will buy a decorative tie back thingy.

The window mistreatment and the shower mistreatment look like different browns but in real life they are the same. Oh, and of course I did not even hem the sides. They are tucked in where you cannot see them. So, which way do you like it best? Hanging like a panel or swagged over to the side? I'll probably only close it when guests come over. I really want to thank The Nester for introducing me to this easy way to make my house more like a home.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Since we are having a pretty bad ice storm in our area today (and probably tomorrow), I am off work. Thankfully our power has not gone out but I know others have not been so fortunate. I'm kind of worried about it though because my lights have flickered a few times this morning.

It is only predicted to get worse throughout the day. This is our view out our kitchen doors:

Several days ago I posted about some tags I had been selected for and I mentioned that I knew I was forgetting one. Well, I found it! Jody over at Jody's Cottage tagged me in a fun book tag.

1. Pick up the book nearest you.
2. Turn to page 56.
3. Post sentences 2-5.
4. Be honest and don't go find a "cool" book!

Since I am trying to read through The One Year Bible, and I'm several days behind, it is never far. The 2nd through 5th sentences on page 56 are from Genesis 31:42.

"In fact, except for the grace of God-the God of my grandfather Abraham, the awe-inspiring God of my father, Isaac-you would have sent me off without a penny to my name. But God has seen your cruelty and my hard work. That is why he appeared to you last night and vindicated me."

This is Jacob talking to his father-in-law, Laban. It is one of my favorite Bible stories. If you have never read Liz Curtis Higgs fictional books based on the story of Jacob, Leah and Rachel (Genesis 27-29) then it is a MUST! They are so good. I think I have read them 3 times. They are Thorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, and Whence Came a Prince. If you love Christian Romance novels then you will love these.

On another note, I love it when I run across a nest that I have not seen before. I found this one the other day in a boutique in town called, Signed Sealed Delivered. I love the feathers on it.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Fabric Project #1-Office

I came home Friday night and Cody had hung my drapery rod in the office! I was so excited so I got started on the panels. I got this fabric on clearance at Hancocks and then it was an extra 50% off. You can't beat that so I got 6 yards for about $40.00.
I needed two 96" panels so I cut the fabric in half length wise and began my mistreatments. I ironed a hem on the bottom with some iron on fabric tape.
Then I folded over the top and clipped my rings on.
I didn't even hem the sides. I had planned on using the iron on tape for the sides but I ran out. Oh well. I just tucked them behind the panel and you can't even see them.

That was it! They were so easy and took me less than 30 minutes to "make" them. If I ever get tired of them I could use them for anything I wanted because they don't even have one stitch in them!
This is the view from the hallway. I still have to get used to them because we have lived here for almost 3 1/2 years without anything on these windows. As Cody said, "Ohhh, they really add some color to this room!" Sarcastic or not, he always knows just what to say!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunday Song

Rock of Ages
Augustus M. Toplady

Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee.
Let the water and the blood, From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure, Save from wrath and make me pure.

Could my tears forever flow? Could my zeal no languor know?
These for sin could not atone; Thou must save, and Thou alone.
In my hand no price I bring; Simply to thy cross I cling.

While I draw this fleeting breath, When my eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown, And behold Thee on Thy throne,
Rock of Ages cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee.

Augustus Montague Toplady was born on November 4th, 1740. He was very much so spoiled by his mother after his father died in a war. He was never liked by anyone, including his relatives. However, Augustus was very interested in the Lord and began preaching to anyone who would listen at age twelve. He started writing hymns at age 14 and became a Christian at age 16 after attending a service in a barn. At 22 he was ordained and he died at the age of 38. His best known hymn, "Rock of Ages", has outlived him by many centuries.

*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan

Friday, January 23, 2009

Re-purposing Old Frames

How do you like these beautiful pictures from the 1970's that my Grandmother gave me? I'm sure you are very jealous!

I knew I could do something with them, I just didn't know what. I thought about it for a couple of weeks and decided I needed something beside our bed. I had thought about printing out something that said "His" and "Hers" and then hanging them on each side of the bed but that just wasn't working.

Soooooo, what is better than beautiful silk fabric, lovely ribbon and a monogram? Something that combines all three! First, I painted and distressed the frames.

Then I took some left over silk that I had from my dining room drapes from a couple of years ago and wrapped it around some picture mats (that doesn't sound like the right word but I'm drawing a blank?). Then I printed out our monograms on some card stock and cut them to fit the frames.

Not perfect by any means. They are a little off centered and the fabric is wrinkled but I am not that picky. Plus, they are not going to hang right beside each other. Lastly, I added some brown ribbon and hung them with an upholstery tack.

This is Cody's side. I need to change out the picture in the little frame because it is Cody and my brother acting crazy.....not really right for our bedroom.

Below is my side of the bed.

This was such a fun project and cost me under two dollars for the ribbon. It could easily be done with some thrift store frames and fabric that you already have.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Couple of Tags and a Project To Be

First of all, I want to thank everyone who has ever given me an award. I truly appreciate them and love getting them. I will always add them to my sidebar. Thank you! I have been tagged lately to do a few things that I have never done before so I thought I would do them today.

Joanna from This Southern Girl's Nest tagged me for a picture challenge. I am supposed to post the 6th picture from my 6th file. It is not a very interesting picture. :) It was a picture of a bird's nest on my porch that I fought with all spring.

Also, A Hint of Home tagged me to:

Name 5 things in your purse:
1. Wallet
2. Fabric remnant
3. Lip gloss
4. Small notebook
5. Camera

Name 5 things in your workroom:
1. I wish I had a workroom!
2. Desk
3. Scrapbook supplies
4. Books
5. Printer

Name 5 things you have always wanted to do:
1. Go to Europe
2. Go to New York
3. Go to the Holy Land
4. Go to Ireland
5. Travel without the worry of money!

Name 5 things you are in to:
1. Blogging
2. Reading
3. Shopping
4. Friends
5. Family

Thanks for the tags ladies! Although, I do feel like I am forgetting one....
This weekend I will be working on a couple of projects with these fabrics:

Monday, January 19, 2009

Thank You!

Can I just say that y'all are the most generous ladies I have ever met! The blogging "family" just blows me away. Melissa remembered that I collect these snack sets. She had some that she wasn't using so she shipped them to me! I was so surprised. They were her mother in law's but she wasn't using them as much as she wanted but knew that I would use them and appreciate them. She was right! Thank you so much Melissa. I love them.

Last week I was completely surprised to see a large box on my front porch. I knew Jill said she saw something at a store and thought of me but I was expecting one bird themed item. Little did I know, but she sent so many cute things! I was blown away and I'm pretty sure I teared up at her kindness.

She sent everything in this picture but the cloche. Look at that cute towel, apron, bird, birdcage and grass! She thought that fake grass disk would be so cute under a cloche and she was so right! Jill, I am so glad we connected in blogworld and figured out our even closer connection. :) Thank you so much for your generosity and kind heart! I absolutely love everything.

The bird towel already found a home in my guest bathroom.
For some reason I did not hit up any after Christmas sales. I honestly think I just forgot about them! I went to Hob Lob the other day though and they still had an aisle of Christmas for 90% off so I picked up this pillow for $1.40. I'll use it on my front porch bench.

I also got this toile picture frame for $2.77 on the 66% off aisle. They are making some serious room for their new things and have aisles of savings. The new spring/summer stuff I saw was really cute too.
Last weekend, we were out of town for a wedding so my mom and I got to go to our favorite flea market. Look at this cute little hymnal I found. I have never seen one so small!

I finally finished the fourth book in the Twilight series! It was a great series and I'm already excited about the second movie coming out in November. :) Hopefully now I can get back to blogging and responding to your comments! I am so behind but I think I am finally ready to join the real world again.
One last thing....I know a lot of people are praying for Harper but I just wanted to put one more reminder out there that she really needs our prayers. Go hear to read her story.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Family Night

Family Night is getting very interesting but VERY fun!! Of course that is because of Zach!

"Uh-oh! She caught me!"

"I'm outta here!"

Monday, January 12, 2009

Valentine's Day Decor

This weekend I went ahead and decorated for Valentine's Day. It is one of my favorite holidays so I like to put a few pieces out. They will only be up for a month so I know I will not get tired of them.
Cody's mom got me this cute Larkspur Lane figure for Christmas. I started to collect Larkspur Lane a couple of years ago and now all of a sudden they are really hard to find. That usually happens to me. :)
A Valentine's frame with a picture of us when we were dating.
I wasn't sure what to put in this cloche so I glued a ribbon to the top with a heart ornament. I just used hot glue so I can peel it off after Valentine's Day.

I can never decide which dish towels to use so I usually use two and switch them out regularly. :)

A little candy jar and candy dish. On a side note-I found this little antique scale the other day and loved it because I have never seen one that small.

I always change out these metal signs above the laundry door with the seasons.

This picture is a little blurry...I bought this primitive heart a couple of years ago on Ebay. I love the glitter on it and the dried flowers. Cody always wonders why I have to have something hanging from every knob in our house! There is just so many cute things out there!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Song

Blessed Assurance
Fanny J. Crosby

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood!

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight!
Visions of rapture now burst at my sight!
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, all is at rest.
I in my Savior am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

One of Fanny's dearest friend, Phoebe Knapp, was very wealthy and lived very differently than Fanny did. Fanny lived in the slums of New York while Phoebe lived in a mansion, yet they were very good friends. Fanny was a regular visitor and while she was there in 1873, Phoebe played a composition of her own on the piano. As soon as the blind hymnist heard it she said, "Why, that says, "Blessed Assurance!'" Soon after that she composed the words to this great hymn. As with most of her hymns, "Blessed Assurance" was made famous by the evangelist D. L. Moody.

*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan

Friday, January 9, 2009

A Little Late

I'm a little late to the party but that's okay! Rhoda at Southern Hospitality is hosting a Top 10 Projects of '08 Party. I decided to join in on the fun. Here are my favorite projects from '08 in no particular order. You can click on the project "title" to see more information about the pictures.
















I'm sure several of these pictures are ones you have aleady seen if you visit here often but it was fun to look back over the past year and pick my favorites. I'm excited to go check out everyone else's top projects!