Friday Finds #4

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I have some fun finds for you today.  Just click on the picture to visit the sites.  Happy Friday!

This peach walnut dump cake looks yummy and easy from Mostly Homemade Mom. The other recipes look really good too!

These pumpkin designs are cool from Alisa Burke.

Halloween and Fall graphics from The Graphic Fairy and don’t you love that they’re free?!

50 Fantastic Halloween and Fall Graphics  //  The Graphics FairyAwesome and inexpensive Halloween crafts from Better Homes and Gardens — I think this wreath looks really easy to make.

Sophisticated Swarm Wreath

I think this idea from My Soulful Home is really clever.

Pumpkins from Scrubbing pads a repurpose http://mysoulfulhome.comBlessings,

Mimi

“Then I was the craftsman at his side.  I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,”  Proverbs 8:30  NIV Bible

Friday Finds #3

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Friday finds are here again!

  • Best explanation of what it’s like to live with a chronic illness or disability, “The Spoon Theory”, click here.
  • Literary Tourism: Oxford, England from BookRiot, click the picture for more.

Radcliffe Camera Oxford England

  • I’m always amazed by the creativity of Mandi at Vintage Revivals and she has a way with words that always leaves me smiling.  Her project of turning an old leather sofa into a bench just blew me away.  Check it out here.
  • Found this great idea for DIY Mason Jar Solar Lights by Thriftdee, click here.
  • Love this piece by Lindsey Stirling, “Beyond the Veil”    

Happy Weekend!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Shout with joy to God, all the earth!”  Psalm 66:1  NIV Bible

 

The Unexpected Remodel: Part 2

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In my last post, I shared about our renovation of the upstairs bonus room for my daughter and her husband.  Today, the bathroom is the topic of conversation.

The half bath had a dark brown linoleum floor that was peeling up and a 1970s vanity complete with cultured marble sink when we purchased the house.   Serviceable, but nothing special.

upstairs bath 4After we moved in, I painted the walls black and wallpapered with National Geographic covers and this room quickly became the room my family loved the most and couldn’t wait to show their friends… wonders will never cease…

upstairs bath 3

This bathroom, though, needs a much larger countertop and storage capacity for my daughter and son-in-law.  Bye- bye vanity.  Bye-bye peel and stick tile. Thank you, son-in-law!

upstairs bath

The stairwell, when we bought the house, fortunately, did not have orange shag carpet like the upstairs room.  However, it did have this mottled brown shag that was well worn and looked like a mangy dog’s coat.  Nasty, too.  We ripped it up a long time ago and painted the stairs black.

stairs area

Progress is moving forward.  The ceiling fan is in and the closet is being framed up this week by my sweet husband.  The kids will be here this weekend to paint.  Only 3 more weeks to go before it must be move in ready!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved —-you and your household.”  Acts 16:31 NIV Bible

An Unexpected Remodel

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We didn’t invest much into the room because we knew someday we would renovate.  Someday is here.  Over the weekend, we began an unexpected remodel of our upstairs bonus room over the garage. Plans for my daughter and her husband to move into their apartment didn’t work out as expected so they’re going to live with us for a little while.

Chosen for a number of reasons, the room has a half bath attached, is removed from the rest of the house and is about 400 square feet of space.  The bonus room looked like this when we bought our home 17 years ago.  I think the original homeowners used it as a party room.

upstairs 1

Groovy, isn’t it?  I think the orange shag carpet is really something.  The corner rock fireplace was loads of fun for my husband to remove.

And here’s the matching bar …

upstairs 3

The contractor made sure when he built the home to center the doorway to the half bath at the peak of the room so that the toilet serves as a glorious focal point.

upstairs 2

We { my husband} removed the bar, fireplace, carpet, and the beams coming down the slanted wall years ago.  The room has served multiple purposes as an office, a craft room, a den, and a storage facility.

During high school, my daughter used this room as her own.  She wanted an explosion of color.  We painted the walls turquoise, painted the sub floor pink, and added a canopy with lime green fabric. The room didn’t have a closet so we created one with curtains.

catie room 2

After my daughter went to college and moved to her apartment, my husband used the room for his office, music room, and extra storage.  The colorful room really suited his tastes … bless his heart.

We have a month of weekends to renovate this room and the adjoining bathroom which I’ll be sharing later.   This room needs to go from whoa to wow with a modest budget.

catie room 3catie room 7

I love Before and Afters.  How about you?  Stay tuned.

Blessings,

Mimi

“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.”  John 14:2  NIV Bible

Christmas Extras

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I thought I’d share some additional Christmas decorations in the house.  I shared my tree earlier this week. You can check it out here.

We’re in the middle of a renovation in our living room so I didn’t decorate much this year but it’s still festive.  If you remember, we tore out our old fireplace wall and we’re relocating the fireplace.  The living room isn’t the only room we’ve been working on.  I’ll be sharing more about that in the new year.

A mix of fresh cedar, pine, magnolia, and cleyera for the front door.

front door wreath pic

Fresh cedar for this pitcher to spruce up my kitchen.

greens in cherry pitcher pic

My daughter-in-law put a festive touch in my kitchen hutch for me.

bookshelf christmas pic

I went simple but big on this wall in our living room.   I took 3 large frames and 3 grapevine wreaths that I bought at thrift stores, spray painted them, added bows and a touch of pink jingle bells.  Everyone has pink jingle bells, right?

wall wreaths pic

wreath wall pic

wreath pic

I put a big bow on my old sash window mirror in my foyer.

foyer window bow pic

fresh greens in envelope pic

Just a few more days left…are you ready? decorated? shopped out?

Blessings,

Mimi

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.”  Luke 2:8  NIV Bible

Christmas Tree 2013

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Curious what I decided to do with my ornaments I made “new” last week?  I used them to decorate a very special tree I planned this year.  If you’d like to see the post from last week about how to turn old ornaments into clear glass, look here.

This year, I decided to have a “blessing tree”.

christmas tree 2013 picEach ornament has a written blessing inside.  I added a little bit of salt to each ornament which is supposed to look a little like snow.  I’ve had everyone in the family write their blessings.

blessing ornament closeup picThis year, I went with an unconventional wrapping paper.  I thought the melon color was fun and I loved the pattern but what I really loved was the price tag: 89 cents a roll from Target.  The bows are made from left over tulle from my daughter’s wedding.  Now, if only, the cats will leave them alone …

presents pic I wanted this year to be focused more on things money can’t buy.  I think that’s why blessings came to mind.

closeup christmas tree 2013 pic The grand total for this year’s tree decorations and wrappings: Less than $20.  But, the blessing of the memories will be priceless.

Here’s the link to my tree from last year.

Are you almost ready for the holidays?

Blessings,

Mimi

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.  He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.”  Jeremiah 17:7,8a  NIV Bible

Saving Money on Clear Ornaments

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Who doesn’t love saving money especially around the holidays?  I know I do.

I’ve got a great tip if you’re in need of clear ornaments for your tree or gift making.  I decided to decorate my tree a little different this year and I needed a lot of clear ornaments but I hated to buy them.  I found this box at a thrift store that was filled to the brim with old ornaments that had seen better days.  For only $3, I had all the ornaments I needed.  That’s what I call a bargain!

ornaments pic I removed the hanger part off of each ornament and then, I submerged the ball into hot sudsy water with a little bit of bleach.  The paint on the outside comes off quickly and leaves the mirrored ball interior.  If I had wanted silver or mirror ornaments, I would have stopped at this stage and taken them out but, I was after clear ones.

The silver is on the inside of the ornament and requires a bit more effort to remove.  To assist me in getting it off, I spooned a teaspoon or so of salt into the ornament.  Next, I  added a small amount of  sudsy water into the ball and then, I placed my finger over the top and shook the ornament like crazy.  You’ll be able to see the silver coming off.   Don’t bother with smelly paint thinner, paint remover or fingernail polish remover, I tried them and they don’t work quickly or nearly as good as plain old soap and water.ornaments in bubbles picRemoving takes a little effort but the result is worth it. Nice, clean glass ornaments for my tree and I spent less than $5.  clear ornaments picCurious what I’m doing with them?  I plan to share sometime next week.

Blessings,

Mimi

“…the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. {It} shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.”  Revelation 21:10,11 NIV Bible