Hey, I’m moving!


moving to a new home

Posted on January 15, 2014

moving

Hi everyone,

I’m very excited to tell you I’ve moved to a new home.

My new site is called ”faithsighanddiy.com”. You will be transported there by WordPress. You don’t have to do anything. On the new site there is an about me page that explains it all. Plus I’ll post a “sticky” post for a week or so that will show up on the front page.

Reasons:

It will be easier for me to have everything under one roof.

It will allow me post not only about depression but other parts of my life.

It will you a better idea of who I am overall.

Plus, because it’s a big upgrade I will be able t do so much more with the site.

Looking forward to having you visit me in my new home. Gotta’ go and decorate my new home.

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finally some pictures


CONE FOR TREE

Finally some pictures. The picture above is a cone I made for covering with yarn.  We were at our cabin in the fall and my hubby was hunting so I got busy. I had the paper and had just been to a local mission store where I bought the green cord you will see. I had white yarn leftover from earlier project and as luck would have it, I had left it at the cabin.

I secured the edges with masking tape and then simply began winding yarn. I forgot to take pictures of the white tree in progress. Also, my husband had put up plastic film on our cabin windows and there was the leftover tape you use to secure the film. It’s double-sides and SO MUCH EASIER to use than the kind of double-faced tape you buy for scrapbook projects. I merely wrapped around the cone in a spiral pattern to adhere the yarn at various points. Didn’t matter if it didn’t lie flat because the yarn covered it.

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Isn’t  this pretty? I also found some metallic ribbon at the same store and I separated the strands and just adhered it however I could. I forgot to mention I bought red cord as well. I paid a quarter for each skein. This church mission store is near our cabin and I shop there every chance it get. I found a lace tank top last summer that they wouldn’t even charge me for because it had a black stain. They told me to just take it. I did and would you believe the stain came out easily. The following pictures show the completed project. I love how they look in front of the window at “teeny, tiny, red cabin.” here and here.. There is also a wonderful bunk house called La Cabinette next door. Following this are the final pictures.  DSC00282

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an unexpected gift


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Crop of original painting “Anbetung der Hirten” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(For those of you who follow both my blogs, I’m posting this to both of them today. I don’t usually do this, but I felt it as appropriate to both.)

I’m just getting ready to spend some quiet time with God but I wanted to post before the day gets beyond me.

I don’t know about you but the closer I get to Christmas the more I think of all those projects I wanted to complete but didn’t. All those Pinterest DIY’s that beckon me and awake my creative juices. Making presents for the people in my life is one of the highlights of Christmas for me.

This year it was flannel plaid infinity scarves for the women. It was jute wrapped bottles with the word, “love” spelled out in separate letters on each bottle. It was adorable “HO, HO, HO,” wall :”thingees” I made for friends. Yes, I took pics but honestly doubt I’ll get them posted. I don’t know how everyone is posting Christmas tours of their homes. I have to say mine is beautifully decorated. It’s an old, old house so it lends itself to Christmas anyway. In fact it was during the Holidays that we decided to buy it. But whether you ever see the pics is in question at the moment. But I certainly enjoy those pictures that others have posted. Makes me feel I know them.

I’m winding down now knowing that many of the things I wanted to do aren’t going to get accomplished. But I’m OK with that.

Mary and Joseph were only thinking of one thing, the birth of their Son. That’s what I’m concentrating on today. How the birth of Jesus is meant to impact my life and how I relate to others.

Does Christ make a difference in my life or not?

So today I take time from a very busy day and reflect on a birth I don’t understand. I mean, seriously, a virgin birth? And yet I believe. And what amazes me at this very moment, even as I write, is that if I can believe something as “out-of-box” as a virgin birth, why do I question God in other areas?

Why do I ever question He hears AND answers my prayers? Why do I ever question He can perform miracles. Honestly, until I started writing today, I never made that connection What an unexpected gift of insight I’ve just been given.

Some will scoff at my beliefs. It doesn’t matter. Belief and faith are intensely private and personal. Besides, everyone operates from a belief in something. Everyone.

an alphabet of thanks “P”


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English: Red Pinterest logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(This is a re-post from last year but it’s still works for  “P”)

There are no options to pick from for the letter “P”. I’ve had this one settled on since the beginning. It’s PINTEREST-YEA!!!!!

Here’s how my descent into the Pinterest “abyss” began. It was October, 2011, when my daughter remarked, “Hey, mom.  I’ve found this neat website I think you might enjoy. It’s called Pinterest. Here, let me show you.” She pulled up the site and showed me how it worked.

“Hmmm”, I said. “I don’t know if it’s something I would like but I’ll give it a try”.

It was downhill after that. I plunged into Pinterest “hell” almost immediately.  I was hooked. I pinned non-stop for days. I needed an intervention but none was forthcoming. I had to go cold turkey. It was hard but after a few days, I was back to normal.  I have slowed down since then but I’m still somewhat obsessed.

Why do I like Pinterest?  For one thing, by paying close attention to what I was pinning, I realized that my true decorating style was not reflected in my home. I learned that I love white with touches of black. I love yellow-green paired with pale sea foam blue. When it came time to redecorate some bedrooms, I didn’t have to think at all.  When it came to the living room and dining room, it was also easy. Lots of black and white.

Pinterest has brought me back to the things I love. I love DIY projects but had gotten away from it for awhile.  I’m b-a-a-a—a-ck. I’ve yet to try a recipe that hasn’t been successful. I love the photographs and the art work. I love the inspirational sayings. There really isn’t anything about Pinterest that I don’t like except it’s addicting lure.

I ask everyone I meet, “Are you on Pinterest?” If they say no, I explain it to them and tell them. You really should check it out.”  Oh, no, I’m sending someone else over the edge.  I should be ashamed.

 

the never-ending project


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For some reason this posted from my phone. So forgive me for posting again. Plus, it posted to the wrong blog. 

Anyway, this door is never going to get done. We’ve sanded and painted once already. But when we got to the scraping off the paint, it came off and revealed the white paint underneath. So-o-o-o-o-o-we had to do it all over again. The sanding, everything. So now, because it’s cold in the garage, it’s set up on saw horses in the back hallway. I applied the primer yesterday (we hadn’t done that before and felt that was the problem), which is the picture you are looking at. I’ve applied one coat of Sherwin-Williams black paint. I’m determined to have some black interior doors. They’re all over Pinterest.

So yesterday after I applied one coat of the black paint, I held my breath as I scraped away the black paint.  Yea!!!! It worked.  Of course, you probably realized before I did that I should have had the primer tinted black.  DUH!!!!!!! Bu how often do I need black primer?

So today I will apple coat number two. I hate to think that I’m going to have to paint a third coat, but I think I might have to and the fact that it’s a French Door with all those panes, ugh.. Guess what I’m going to do on the other side? I’m going to try to  paint the door without the primer. After all, we have it sanded down to the “raw” wood state so I’m thinking it should work. So what if the first coat sinks in? I’m going to have to apply two coats anyway.

Then last night my husband and I were talking and I asked, “Why didn’t we just spray paint it?” He responded that he’d thought of that, too but was concerned that we’d have a hard time covering the glass. But even if we had only covered the main areas, it would’ve worked because I’m not taping it off as it’s too hard to get the paint right down to the glass. So I’m scraping anyway. Wished it were warmer in the garage because spray painting is exactly what I’d do!

I blame Pinterest.

creativity and letting go


This has been a tiring day. Got up early and headed to my mom’s. Husband cleaned out her shed and we hauled some drywall, insulation and some lumber back to our house. She had fixed “Chili Mac”(kind of like goulash) the day before but it didn’t turn out very good so I “doctored” it for her for her dinner that night.

Came home and “re-did” a small table for upstairs landing. Can’t wait to show it to you. I had no idea what I was going to do to it until I started. That’s almost always the way the creative process works with me. I start working and the plan emerges from somewhere. It’s rare that I know ahead of time how I’m going to proceed. That goes for just about everything I do. I have only the sketchiest idea in my head.

I proceeded from that to painting a bunch of tin cans I’d been saving. I have a wonderful farm type basket/tray (I really don’t know what to call it) and the cans are going to sit in it on my kitchen table. I think I’ll put napkins in one can, maybe some silverware in another. Again, it will all come together as I putz around.

(I only wish I cold trust that life would come together that way as well. But it doesn’t does it?}

In the middle of all that, I continue to get rid of stuff, clothes I don’t wear, don’t fit, or are out-of-dated.. Of course, I shop Goodwill and thrift store so that explains a lot. Also, getting rid of all the material I’ve been saving for the next project which never comes.Then there’s the books, always the books. The half-finished projects. The Christmas dishes. (I could host a very large party with all the Christmas dishes I have.) The various dinnerware I’ve been collecting. Gosh, when I start to list it all, I’m overwhelmed.

Plus, I’m getting real about what I enjoy doing and what I don’t anymore. I’m finally starting to realize I can’t have it all or do it all, so some things and some activities have to go. My mother takes up a lot of my time as well. Not to mention there’s the cabin and bunkhouse that also require work.

I have to say though, I kind of like all this. It feels cathartic. I love Julie Morgenstern’s books about organization. Many organizing experts suggest that in order to make room for the new, you have to get rid of the old. I buy that theory about many parts of life.

Finally quit and hubby and I caught up on “The White Queen” TV series. Love anything from that period.

Tomorrow I’m going shopping. Gotta’ replace all that I’m getting rid of. 🙂

Here’s some pictures of recent projects.

Bought these items at one garage sale. Think I got them all for $1:00

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Here’s another piece that I just love. I bought the pedestal base for $2:00 at a garage sale. Came home and used this metal tray to sit on top. Put a stone on top on it to hold the platter in place.Very “zen”, huh?

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helping a friend redecorate


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I just came home from my friend’s house. We have dinner together every week. I’m helping her re-decorate some rooms in her house which is what prompted this post.We’re on room three now. It’s a lot of fun. I love helping other people with their homes. She gave me the highest compliment, “Rebecca, you should really go into the interior design business”.  Aw……..

(BTW, the room above is a guest bedroom in my home. Just thought you might like to see it in case you haven’t already.)

Her remarks prompted me to think about ambitions, money, and success. There are lots of things I love to do and interior design is one of them. But the reason I like it is precisely because I don’t get paid for it. Money would definitely spoil it for me.

My friend wants to keep the cost of these projects down to a minimum. So far we’ve mostly just purchased paint. Tonight, for example, we “shopped” in her basement and found the perfect piece for her bedroom dresser. The color scheme is sea-foam blue, jade, and then a yellow- tinged green. The walls are the sea-foam color, soft and pretty. Colors are very similar to vases in this picture which sit on the wall in our La Cabinette.

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One bedside table is painted jade. I mixed up a chalk paint for her to use. It was what I used in a room in my home. It is a wonderful color.The ” paint guy” at Home Depot and I worked hard to get that color. I love that no one else has it. Two chairs in the room, formerly a dull, ugly grey with a gray seat, have been sprayed Eden Green by Krylon. She recovered the seats in a soft cream to match her drapes. A small table that her computer sits on will be painted the “one of a kind blue”. On the table is a smallish rectangular basket that will be painted in the Lemon grass yellow.I We are choosing lighter colors is because her bedroom furniture is dark wood and this will soften these pieces considerably.

Now we’re working on her den. She needs two larger end tables. Again, we shopped in her basement. (She has a lot in her basement.) We found two end tables we can paint. We’re going to be on the look-out for two “new” lamps at garage sales .We are also looking for a very large picture frame. She has three small pictures on three different walls. We will group them together inside the frame so they present a more cohesive look. In the blank spot that is left, she will buy one of those wonderful stick-on sayings that are so popular now. I think it will look great. We’re making very small changes in that room but the changes we are making will make a big difference.

No one has to spend a lot of money re-decorating. Except for my upholstered pieces, there is very little in my house that wasn’t purchased in a thrift shop or a garage sale. When I do buy new, I always look for “damaged” pieces. Who can’t fix a scratch? And who really cares, if it won’t be seen anyway?

Why would I ever want to work with someone who can afford to go out and buy everything they want? Where’s the fun in that? It’s so much more fun trying to decorate on a really limited budget. Plus, it sparks my creative juices for my personal decorating projects.

I love a challenge (ones I pick myself, that is), especially a decorating one. My mind gets going on warp speed as I imagine all kinds of options. Pinterest, of course, has a wealth of ideas. (Can I just say, I was doing most of the things on Pinterest long before there was a Pinterest.)

Anyway, if you’re thinking of re-doing some rooms, take it from me-you don’t have to spend big bucks. Paint some things, change some things. Take all accessories out of the room and start all over putting everything in a different place. Prop up some pictures, rather than putting them on the wall. If an object is sitting on a surface, can it go on the floor? If it’s sitting on the floor, can it go on a table? If the color is wrong, paint it. Anything can be painted. Trust me on that one. And finally make sure there is some contrast. See some related articles herehere and here.

I’m a painter and I know the importance of contrast. However, if it’s a piece you don’t like and don’t want to paint or discard, then you don’t want so much of a contrast. Keep this contrast suggestion in mind when you’re re-arranging pieces. Play. Have fun. Let your imagination take over. Remember, you can always put everything back the way it was, unless you painted it, of course. 🙂 But I’ll bet you don’t.

(I will post pictures of her room when it’s complete.)

Have fun and God bless.

what does my blog say about me?


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This blog is written in response to the daily prompt, mirror, mirror, on the wall. What does my blog say about me? Hmmm, I’m not sure I know but I think I need to know, so here goes with some impromptu remarks.

I think it says I have way too many interests and am interested in way too many subjects. Which makes figuring out what to write about difficult. That’s why I started my other blog, depressionsgift.com. At least there I know what my subject matter is. Even then I wished I’d named it something else because it’s really more about healthy mental living, not just depression.

I’m glad I found this prompt because it’s helped me clarify for myself what I want this blog to be. I want it to show the subjects I’m interested in as well as general musings about life as I experience it. I want this blog to be “lighter” than depressionsgift but include my interests in deeper issues. Both blogs will reflect my faith, not always in words but certainly in perspective.

Sometimes I look in my mirror and like what I see. Other times, not so much. Some days I’m interested in art, other days recipes. Lots of time, DIY projects. All I have to do is look at my boards on Pinterest to know how scattered I am at times. (I had no idea I was interested in that many things.) This is the blog I want to post DIY projects and decorating ideas from my home.  I may eventually combine these blogs but I’m worried I will lose followers or screw the whole thing up.

I think I just wrote this post for me only. I finally have it figured out for myself, where I’m heading here.  Thanks WordPress for the great prompt.

Dollar Tree Mirror/Crafting


Dollar Tree Mirror/Crafting

I’ve recently made about four mirrors recently and they are all my design. All supplies were from The Dollar Tree. The mirror frame is quite light so the beads actually help weight it down a little and hang better. I used Super Glue on this mirror, also from the Dollar Tree. Whole project took about twenty minutes and then about twenty minutes to dry. I just love it. Adds some bling to “teeny tiny”. The pictures were taken with my cell so not the best. I’m at “teeny tiny red cabin” which is why all the beadboard. I could not figure how to take a picture of a mirror without a reflection.

The round mirrors were made by gluing a round mirror to a silver tray and then glueing beads on. Again, everything purchased from Dollar Tree.
Enjoy!

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The beads are glued to the BACKSIDE of the mirror so it will hang better. Otherwise it would jut out from the wall. I used a Silicone waterproof caulk from Home Deport. Hot glue gun works but as the beads cool, they have a tendency to pop off. I used a tab from a soda can and adhered with the same glue I used for the beads.Takes about an hour from start to finish but then needs to harden overnight before you can turn it over to glue on the tab. They are heavy but I’ve had one hanging in my bedroom for a couple of months with no problem.

My next project is to make a much larger one but just have to figure out how to attach to the wall as it will be very heavy. Watch for upcoming posts.DSC00114mirror/theworminmyapple

bedroom reno’


I made these bird pictures for my recently renovated spare bedroom. I really like how they turned out.  Didn’t cost me anything other than the pictures which I think I paid about $3.00 total.  Will include more of this bedroom re-do in future. It turned out even better than I thought.

I purchased these pictures because the mats were perfectly white and the frames were great. Then I cut out bird shapes from metallic wallpaper (a wallpaper book I picked up years ago) and some glittered scrapbook paper. The legs and talons are drawn with black magic marker. When completed, they were put back in the frames. The bedroom you are looking  at is evolving. I love how it’s turning out. Everything is an antique or from thrift shops except for wonderful blue medallion above the bed. I wrote captions for the pictures but they’re not showing up in the preview so I included the description of the project just in case.

I have some more plans for this room. Maybe paint the bed black. The chest next to the bed needs a new coat of paint. Think it will be white. Also, the drapes are not white enough for me so will keep my eyes open for different ones. As the ceilings are higher than normal and the rods are almost at the ceiling, that presents a problem. I could always buy fabric but it’s going to be have to be really cheap because I will need at least ten yards. Till then, I’m going to have to be happy with these.