Friday, April 29, 2011

A Farm Table

Check out Funky Junk Interiors for the Farm table link.  If you want some great ideas for a kitchen table, check out her post!  I love the ones she featured...rustic and awesome! 

Victoria and Thomas in Charleston, SC purchase old doors and wood from England and make farm tables, like the one above.  The chairs are made by them, too!  They have lots of different styles of chairs, as well as, different legs for the table.  If you are in Charleston, check them out!
Have a great weekend!
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A Royal Day

A friend commented that she wanted to watch the Royal wedding, but didn't want to get up at 4 am!  We decided to TiVo it and to watch it later in the morning.
What a fun memory for my daughter!  We made a little breakfast and then watched the beautiful wedding! Did you see it?  It was breathtaking to say the least!

I printed the union jack flags from Activity Village.  This is a great site for printing coloring sheets or activities for kids!  Also, this lavender is called 'Potpourri Lavender.'  It smells the best! 

 Don't you feel like you have to talk British after hearing those lovely voices!!  (and that is really hard for this southern girl with a borderline hickish twang!)

I hope you all have a smashing day!

I am linking to Just a Girl!
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Military Blanket and Dish Towels Repurposed

You guessed it...the tree house. (Click to see it finished!)
My grandfather's WWII military blanket has been used through the years for many things, such as camping or to cover furniture while moving.  It has its share of moth holes, so I decided to make a pillow out of it for the kids' tree house. 
A seamstress I am not, but for this project, I don't think it matters if the lines are crooked!  I took one of the squares and had it monogrammed.
I added a pillow insert from another pillow not in use, and I think it turned out just fine...perfectly imperfect! Especially, since it cost me only ten bucks for the monogram!
I have had these camp chairs for a while.  I think I paid $4 each at a garage sale.  The covers were durable, but I thought they needed a fresh look and the buffalo check is my new favorite! 
A couple of dish towels from Homegoods...a pack for $2.99.
New seat covers!  I cut the towels to length, and stapled them underneath and on top of the existing seat cover.
Back up the tree I go to put these in their new home! 

Oh, to be a kid again!

Have a great weekend!

I will be linking to these sites!  Please go visit for some great inspiration!
I am also linking to 'May How-To' at the Lettered Cottage!
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A 'Salvaged Wood' Small Table

I used some old wood obtained from a salvage yard in Charleston, SC to add a new surface to this old table.
This little table sat out in the elements too long and was pretty much ready for the garbage.
The base needed cleaning, but was sturdy, so I pulled the rest of the slats off and added the salvaged bead board.
The small table finds a new home in the kids' tree house. 
I hope to fix this space up for my kids using things from around the house and to make it feel like a really cool place to be!  To see the light fixture I made for the space, click here!

Have a great day!

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Garden Inspiration

On our return from Washington, DC last week, we visited family in Richmond, Virginia and took a little day trip to the historical Williamsburg.  The simple, yet beautiful gardens of this late 1700's British colony have inspired me to work on my landscape. Everything was so pretty.  I took home so many great ideas for my vegetable garden and for my yard!  I can't wait to get to work on all these great ideas!

What has inspired you lately?

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Shutter Love Tuesday

Whatever happened to Easter bonnets?  She is growing up and soon enough, will not be 'caught dead' in a hat like this!  People, enjoy it while you can!
My son could not wait to change out of this 'get-up' and into shorts and a T-shirt.  It didn't stop him from climbing this tree for an egg!  I should be able to get at least one nice picture a year!
A miracle...everyone is looking at the camera!

I am linking to the Trendy Treehouse's Shutter Love Tuesday for their Easter Photo Contest!
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

T'was Grace that taught...
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear...
the hour I first believed.

Blessings on this very special holiday!

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Legend of the Dogwood Tree

The Legend of the Dogwood Tree

In Jesus' time, the dogwood grew
To a stately size and a lovely hue.
'Twas strong and firm it's branches interwoven
For the cross of Christ its timbers were chosen.
Seeing the distress at this use of their wood
Christ made a promise which still holds good:
"Never again shall the dogwood grow
Large enough to be used so.
Slender and twisted, it shall be
With blossoms like the cross for all to see.
As blood stains the petals marked in brown
The blossom's center wears a thorny crown.
All who see it will remember Me
Crucified on a cross from the dogwood tree.
Cherished and protected, this tree shall be
A reminder to all of my agony."
~Author Unknown
              Blessings to you this Easter,         
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Resurrection Rolls

Resurrection Rolls


  • 1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 8 large marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar  
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F on lightly greased baking sheet.
  2. Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Dip a marshmallow into melted butter and then roll in sugar mixture. Place marshmallow into the center of a crescent triangle. Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Pinch the seams together very tightly to seal in the marshmallow as it melts. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  6. Makes Eight Resurrection Rolls
We usually double this recipe!  For those who celebrate Easter and the resurrection, break open the 'tomb' and show your kids that it is empty.  I found this recipe in blog land last year and my kids ask for these throughout the year.  In addition to the lesson, they are really good!

What are some of your traditions for Easter?
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday. The Bible tells us that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted him with waving palm branches, and covered his path with the branches. While our little leaves aren't palm branches, they were used by the children to mimic the waving of branches, as we talked about Easter and the meaning of Palm Sunday. 

(This was Easter 2010.  I realized last year that I didn't really understand the events or even the words that were linked with the resurrection of Jesus.  As I have mentioned so many times before, I can't teach my children something that I don't understand myself!  So, I set out to understand the events preceding His death.  Today, I count my blessings for a Christ who loves me so much and offers much grace, despite my long list of sins!)

Blessings to you, this Palm Sunday!
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Friday, April 15, 2011

A Vintage Pendant Light

Okay, so it is not really vintage! Ten dollars, ten minutes and I made a vintage-looking mechanics light.
Mechanic Basket Pendant Light ( $148

This is the light I really wanted...

...but I could not bring myself to pay this amount!  I found one at an antique mall for $109 and I still couldn't buy it.  I wanted this light for a tree house.  Yes, I know...a tree house.  A tree house for my kids.  Well, the little house in the trees has four walls and a roof and in my book it calls for some decor, and it is dark in there!

This started...
...with this great French wire basket and a hanging pendant cord from Ikea (under $4.)  The basket didn't work.  It was too shallow and kept tilting to one side!  So...
I had this bucket from Hobby Lobby (50% off.)  I removed the galvanized bucket and saved it for another use.
 Turning the wire basket upside down, I pulled the wires apart and added the light fixture and a bulb.  I took the handle off and added it to the bottom of the basket in order to hang the 'light.'  After testing it out, I decided to switch the light bulb to a vintage one that I already had.
If I get real motivated, I might bronze the white socket, but for now, ten dollars, ten minutes for a treehouse...perfect!

 {Edited to show finished tree house.  Click here for more of this space!}

Today's project? Plant my garden!
For about a year I prayed the same verse from 1Thessalonians 4:11, "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, work with your hands and mind your own business."  It is amazing how the Lord has answered this prayer!  While 'life' ushers in and often leaves a wake from its tidal wave of disaster, I find that God's Word, as well as, making things or doing some crafts brings peace to my soul!

What relaxes your mind and spirit? 
Cooking, exercise, crafting, gardening, sewing, reading, or writing...
I would love to hear yours!

I will be linking to my favorite sites here!  Please, please check them out! Thanks ladies!
Tip Junkie handmade projects

Thank you Kate for the feature!
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