My Boy’s New Skin

My little boys’s life changed so much this week thanks to the kindness of a stranger.  Please read all our about his story on this week’s Faithfullly Fun Friday’s post on


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Crafts for A Cause

Dresser To TV Stand

One project that I really enjoyed this summer was revamping our old dresser to use in our living room as an entertainment center of sorts. It needed a lot of work.  It was scraped and scuffed, has so much damage to the top of it from setting glasses up there with no coasters.  But I knew it was worth saving and the vision I had in my head told me it would going to be beautiful!  I didn’t think of taking a picture of it until I had already started working on the first drawer, but you can still get a good idea of what it looked like originally.

The process itself wasn’t too hard.  I took it one drawer at a time and simply removed the hardware, sanded the time out of it, then painted, and repainted until I was happy with the results, then put everything back together again!  I was working on several projects at once and the basement of our old house looked like quite the busy workshop for a while! More on those other projects in the picture soon!

The hardest part of the whole project was the changes we decided to make to the top two drawers.  After taking off the drawer fronts and replacing the thin bottom with a thicker peice of wood, we used them as 3 sided slides to now hold our satelitte box and dvd player.

The over all look of the “new” dresser was one I was very pleased with.  The silver knobs that were already on it I thought were a nice touch to the black paint.  It is the perfect size and fit for our tv and our new living room!  And it cost a whole lot less than going out to buy a new one!  We also have the other four drawers to use for extra storage for our dvds and gaming accessories!  Overall I think this project was a success!! 

Halfway Projects

I started so many projects over the summer and most of them I have finished. Yet there are those few that remain Halfway Completed and it is driving me crazy. I don’t know how many other people out there are like that, but I can’t stand having something be halfway finished.  I am going to get them done! I promise myself.  I just have to find the time.

This summer while we were waiting constantly for news on how the loan process and buying process was going for our new house, starting and working on these projects gave me a constructive use of my time. Now, however, we are in our new house and other things are taking over. The everyday grind of life, the events and projects that are needed for church are all seeing that these projects are taking a back burner.

Two big projects that are really bothering me I do intend to finish as soon as I possibly can!  The first is finishing the second chair cover for our wingback chair. They look so desperate right now sitting there, I admit however, the first one was such a big job I am dreading making the second one just a little.

The second project is our living room photo wall.  I have placed up some vinyl letters that I wanted and I have gathered the first set of our black frames and intend to do an assortment of black and white family photos, I am so excited to do this I don’t know why it has taken so long. Oh, yes I do, I can’t decide which photos to use!  The good news is, this weekend a good friend of ours is coming over and is going to take new photos of our family and I will so happy to finish this with new, up-to-date pictures of my beautiful family!

And I promise to post finished pictures soon!!   I also plan on posting photos of the other projects that I have already finished over the next few days so keep checking back in for some of our furniture redo’s we completed as we prepared for our move!

Making A House, A Home

We are loving our new place. It’s nothing fancy, but to us it is amazing! We have so much more room, the kids are loving their space.  And it has been so wonderful watching it transform from our “new house” into our “home”.

One of the craft things I had wanted to do (I probably saw the idea on Pinterest 🙂  Was this name thing in our living room.  I found some ribbon I loved that matched the rest of the room, but I was having trouble finding all the letters to our last name.  Well, after some creative repurposing I made it work (I didn’t want to wait for the stores to get the letters I needed back in stock).

It isn’t a big thing, well probably bigger than it should be considering those are 4″ letters, but as far as the over all house, this was such a small thing.  This one little piece, however, was just one more step in making this house our home,  saying this is where we live. This is where our family will grow and flourish and love one another.  It is where we will remember and be thankful for every blessing the Lord has given us, including this new home.  And it is where we will serve Him always!

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

My Little Monkeys New Bathroom

Whew! It is finally finished and I can post pictures.  Now that the blood is back in my arm and hand from holding up the paint brush over my head, lol!  But it was worth it because the kids are loving it.  Is it cheesy? Yes.  Is it over the top?  Of course!  But is it something special I could do for my kids in our new home?  Absolutely!

The first thing I had to do was make a few repairs in the bathroom. Nothing major, just some new caulking around the sink and tub and patch a few nail holes and touch up the base paint.

And here is what the
bathroom looked
like before.
It wasn’t a bad bathroom by any means, just a plain simple little room that we thought needed our own special, crazy touch! lol

I liked the cute little “family” decal that was already above the door and decided to leave it and work around it!

And here are my tools.
Most of the mural I did free-hand.  The top two monkeys were done using an overhead projector and images I found using a google search. The rest I based off of those and did myself to make them all match. All painting was done with some brushes I found in our craft supplies, $.97 arcrylic paints found at Wal-Mart, and a couple of Sharpie markers!  I know, probably not the right tools for the job, but they worked and it didn’t cost me a whole lot at all!

And now the moment so many have been asking about! Pictures of the finished project!!!  Thank you all for your encouragement and interest in my little project!!

(All three of my kids on the wall!  Of course lil girl monkey had to have a bow in her hair.  After I got these on the way she also decided that we had to have a mommy and daddy monkey in there too, so that changed my plans a little and added a little extra time to the project but it was worth it!)

(The eyes glared funny here, I’m sorry for that in the picture)

Hope you enjoy it as much as we are!  And now that it is finished I guess it is one to more pressing matters.  Like doing the laundry and dishes! lol


Prayers for Lane

Childhood cancer is one of the saddest things this world has to offer. When a child should be carefree and having the joy of just being a child, they are forced to grow up to soon. They are faced with learning words they should never have to learn, to face things most of us can’t imagine.

When a child loses that battle it is a pain for the parents like I don’t even want to imagine, don’t dare want to even try and understand. A pain and loss like no other on earth. As horrible as this loss is, I can’t help but consider God’s timing in all things.

Each of us on this earth have an influence no one else can touch. We change people’s lives, alter events, create feelings and memories that are as individual as each person.  No one is the same. No one can touch the lives of others in the same way as anyone else. This unigue influence is part of God in our lives. Him living through His creation, His children.  His light shining and touching all those it encounters.

Each person is placed in this world for a purpose. To make some impact in this world and in the lives of others. Some people are able to make such a strong impact and influence so many in just a small time frame.  When I hear of a child with cancer, as much as it breaks my heart, I thank God for them and for the way they are changing the lives of those around them.  Though it pains me to see someone so young in so much pain, it allows us all a chance to see the amazing nature of God and what He can work through one person.  How He can take something horrible of this world and turn it into something special, through someone special.

There is a child now who is fighting so hard. Though I don’t know him personally, seeing his fight is changing me. It compelled me to write this tonight and share a part of his story with others. He is showing so many what strength is.  He is teaching them of love and hope. It is encouraging people all around to pray, to reach out to God for HIs healing touch in this young boy’s life and to thank Him for the family in their own lives.

More than this young man may ever realize, he is impacting so many with his story, by his struggle. No one can know what will happen tomorrow for him, and yet, at the same time, no one can know the amazing influence he is having, making this world a better place just because he is in it. He is touching the hearts and lives of so many!

Please watch this short video sharing part of his story and lift him and his family up in your prayers as we all encourage him to Hold On. Pray for all him and all those children worldwide facing cancers and diseases which this cursed world brings on those innocent souls who deserve so much more than what this world has offered them.

The family has a special request going out for pictures of people giving “Thumbs Thumbs Up For LaneUp For Lane.”  If you would like to show this young man you are praying for him, supporting him, encouraging him, you can share a picture for him at Prayers for Lane Goodwin.  Already this young man from Kentucky is reaching people from all over the United States with his story. Let’s all show him our support!

Thank you and God’s blessings to all those, both young & not so young fighting this dreaded monster!

In Christian Love,

“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.”  Matthew 18:4-5

Lessons From Ribbon

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to be set up with a booth at the 2nd Annual Southern Kentucky Kids Expo.  It was a fun day, but I have to admit, not quite what I had hoped for or expected.  It rained for the first few hours we were there. We counted each little shower, hoping it was the last, looking for patches of blue sky showing through the clouds, and being thankful for our tent!

ImageOnce the rain was finally over, the sun was out and drying things up for us, I encountered something it never dawned on me to prepare for: the wind!  The wind and I battled most of the day.  My husband, who I was so lucky to have join me for the day, played catch all day with my items that kept flying off the table.  Ribbon is lightweight and great when carrying boxes to set up, but not so great when the wind keeps taking it off the table!

ImageOther than that obstacle we had lots of fun. There were some special visitors that came by to say hi, and we met lots of new people.  Even had a giveaway on the spot for a cheerleader hairclip!

Over the past few weeks as I have been working with my ribbons and preparing for this event I have realized I have learned a lot through this process.  Here are some of the things I have learned from ribbon! (not really in any particular order.)

1.  Life Gets Sticky – One thing for sure when working with hot glue is you will make a mess. You will get those little spiderweb type strings everywhere and it will cause things you don’t even mean to be together to get stuck! You have to learn to act quickly in stickly situations!

Image2.  Be Creative – This life offers so many chances to be creative,  think outside the box, you have to learn to open up your mind and make new things. Find the beauty around you, find what inspires you!

3. Be Thankful – No matter how bad things may seem everyone has something to be thankful for in life. Look for it, search it out.  Then say thank you to our Lord for it.  Thank Him for simple things like the sunshine on your face. Thank Him for the big things like your life and your loved ones.

4.  Your Time Is Precious – There are only so many minutes in a day. There are only so many days in a year. This time passes so quickly. Make sure what you are spending your time doing is something worthwhile. Make sure it is something that you find enjoyment in.  And even the things you have to do (laundry, ugh!) Make the most of it, do it with joy!

5. Smile – No matter what kind of mood you are in, a smile can change everything. Smile for your health. Smile for your sanity! Smile to brighten someone else’s day!  Smiling is contagious, start spreading them around!

6. Keep Your Cool When Things Get Hot – And  boy do they when you are working with a glue gun!  But you have to stay calm when that stray bead of hot glue sticks to your finger instead of where it was intended to go. You have to remain in control when things get hot in order to get out of them without getting burned!

7. Make Moments Teachable – One thing I am constantly reminded of when I have out all of my craft items is how many questions my 3 year old daughter asks!  I have learned to take those moments and try my best to make them teachable ones! Will she remember everything, probably not. But one things for sure is she is learning quickly not to touch mommy’s hot glue gun!

8. Be Prepared – In getting everything ready for this show, as with others, I am reminded of the importance of being prepared! You don’t want to forget something. You don’t want to get there and realize you don’t have what you need. You want to be prepared in your life. You want to have “your bases covered” and be prepared for that rainy day!

9. Be Flexible – Things aren’t always going to go the way you think they will.  Saturday was proof of that!  Be ready to “roll with the punches” and make the best of every situation.  Don’t be so caught up with thinking things have to be a certain way that you lose the joy of the moment and miss other opportunities. Sometimes when things don’t go the way you think they should, something even better comes from it! Thanks to my husband having to catch my displays so many times, his creative wheels got to turning and he is now in the process of creating me some sturdier display pieces! I’m so excited!

10. Accept Imperfections – This one has always been hard for me. If I am doing something I want it done right.  Working with ribbon I have had to learn that it isn’t always going to turn out exactly the same. There will be some flaws sometimes. And just like me, those imperfections are what makes it unique! Learning to accept yourself, learning to accept others, learning to accept mistakes is a great lesson for all of us!

Thank you for visiting, hope you enjoyed!  If you came by and saw us at Jackson’s Orchard this past Saturday, we really appreciate you and hope you had a great day too!

Vinegar Vs. Ants

Ok, I had heard before all the benefits and uses of vinegar.  You can use it to clean your windows to a streak free shine.  You can use it to remove the soreness from bruises (been there done that!!! Thanks daddy!)  You can use it to remove the sting from a bug bite. So many things, you can just google “Benefits and uses of vinegar” and find site after site of very useful information.

Well I am proud to announce one more!  It keeps ants away!  Since moving in we have had a problem with ants in the kitchen. You know those annoying little “sugar ants” I have always heard them called.  They find any crumb, any spill and come out in droves for it.  I was getting so tired of waking up to the job of killing ants from around my sink. Even keeping it clean and the dishes finished didn’t help, they were there, even on my dish soap bottles!

I did some research the other day and found you could use apple cider vinegar to get rid of ants. The vinegar is safe to use around kids and food and takes away the little scent trails the ants leave for one another. While being up in the middle of the night last night, I walked to the kitchen for a glass of water and what was all over my sink, AGAIN…. you guessed it! UGH!  I didn’t have an empty spray bottle so to make do I grabbed the bottle of apple cider vinegar and poured it directly on the countertop.  I used a papertowel to rub it around, I didn’t dry it up I left it wet on the counter, just spread it out.

This morning I am happy to report there were no ants, well there were no Live ants!  I don’t know if the ones I saw were killed by the vinegar, or the remains of the ones I killed last night and didn’t get cleaned up, but they were gone. There were not ants on the sink, or counter or walls! I was so excited.  I will have to remember this.    The commercials that come out at Christmas with the idea to “behold the power of cheese”  (I love those where the little girl gets all that stuff from Santa!)  well I am changing it up this morning, “Behold the power of vinegar,” (just hope you don’t mind the smell for a little while – it was gone this morning I am glad to say! It was a little strong last night!)

Hope you have a great day!!