New On The Stack in April


April was a great month for adding books to my book stash. This mother lode came from thrifting at shops, garage sales, and a library sale. And the best part … Most of these books were free! I lost count of how many I brought home. Not all months are like this one — this one was pure book bliss.

Here’s a sampling of what I brought home in April. book stack 1

book stack 2

Sheila @ The Deliberate Reader is a wonderful place to discover books. She offers book reviews almost every day of the week. One of her newest book posts is a link up called New on the Stack. So for all of you book lovers out there, drop by her site and share your stack!



“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” Romans 15:4 NIV Bible 

Friday Finds #3


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!



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


Saving Money on Clear Ornaments


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.



“…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

Kitchen Table Update

We bought our table years ago at an antique shop in town.  I, especially, loved it because it is HUGE!   It’s 4 feet across with 5 leaves so plenty of room for food and plates on the table.The finish has always needed to be redone.  The old stain had darkened with age and some places were so worn the stain no longer existed.

Here is an old picture of the table, I couldn’t find one by itself.


With the new change in the kitchen, we decided the time had come to refinish the table.   First, the old stain had to be stripped off.   Those turned legs were a pain to strip!   Next, I had Honey Do apply a white wash finish and a sealer.   I wanted the table to look like weathered wood.

Ta da!   I love my new and improved kitchen table.  I think it turned out perfect.

Thanksgiving is almost here!  I’d better start planning!   How about you?



“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking,
 but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,”  Romans 14:17  The Holy Bible

Pouf Power


Poufs?  What are poufs???  Back in the old days, we called them footstools.
Today, they are a hot commodity in the home accessories market and can be a bit pricey.Doodlebug needed extra seating for her and the Roomie in their dorm room.
I found two of these lovely babies— $3 a piece.

First, I cut away the old vinyl.  No special tools required…just a pair of scissors.

After I removed the old fabric, I discovered how the footstool was made.  Sometimes, it’s a real surprise!!   I added batting to the top and sides and covered it with white naugahyde that I satin stitched a design on top.

The poufs are now at home in the Delta Delta Delta house with my Doodlebug and her Roomie.

Total cost: $25 !!!



“This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.”…” 
Isaiah 66:1     The Holy Bible 


Dorm Room Makeover Finished


A few months back, I teased you with the fabrics for Doodlebug’s new dorm room.

You might remember, this room is dorm room #3 I have put

together for her.  But, I think it might be the charmer!

Here’s a picture of their room fabric to refresh the ol’ memory.

This fabric was a great find and really set the stage for the whole room.
On installation day, somebody was shy!!!

Honey Do had to build these canopies so they were freestanding.
Why, you might ask ??!!
because the first nail into the wall costs $40 and each, thereafter
costs $10 apiece!!!    Gotta love Residence Housing! Lol

I made them each a monogram pillow using an old tablecloth I found
for 75 cents at the thrift shop and some chocolate brown bias tape.

A close up of the duvet cover and bedskirt—-One side of the duvet is an icy blue that is a soft poly/rayon fabric that has a sheen to it and the other side is a baby blue flannel for snuggly softness!

A close up of Doodlebug’s bed looking all spiffy and pulled together.
The inset on the valance and the background fabric behind the headboard
is a camel and cream check. The striped pillow cover and the sequin pillow
came from the local thrift shop for 50 cents each.

Roomie’s side of the room —Looking good!!!

Final cost for the room…. drumroll, please……….$146 each!

I went over my budget by $46 dollars but the smiles on their faces–




“…A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Ecclesiastes 4:12b The Holy Bible

Quick Wall Art Project


I love looking through home design books and finding take-away ideas!

This quick project was inspired by a piece of artwork I saw in
Downtown Chic by Robert and Cortney Novogratz.

I purchased a 16 x20 acrylic frame from Michael’s and about 15 bundles of silk daisies from the Dollar Store.

I took the white cardboard box out of the acrylic frame and replaced it with a piece of foam core board cut to size and painted green.

When the foam core dried, I hot glued the flower heads that I pulled off the stems to the board.

I added an inspirational word I stamped on paper and then, secured the finished foam core board into the frame with a few spots of hot glue on each side.

Quick– Easy–Happy Art!!
What do you think???
Can you spot the two surprises among the flowers?!
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth” 
Isaiah 55:10-11a  The Holy Bible