Tag: decorating


an alphabet of thanks “O”

Option one over option two. We even have toilet paper options.


I don’t like playing guessing games with life.

I like concrete answers.

I like people who are open. I don’t like people who have an agenda; you never know where you stand with them.

I like to organize-things, my schedule, my life. I don’t like chaos. I could write volumes about each of these but I’m going to settle on “OPTIONS” because “options” is really just another word for “choices”.

And I’m a big believer that we all have choices about most things in our life.

We’ve updated our big old farmhouse over many years. I had a general idea where I was headed. I wanted to ditch the heavy, wood-grained look and go for something crisper. I have made a lot of painting color choices.  At one point, I had nine, nine, samples of white paint. I never realized there were so many different whites.

Painting the furniture, however, was a no-brainer. I had studied decorating websites and magazines for months and months and when the time came to decide, it all just kind of fell into place. I am fairly confident in my decorating abilities as it is one of my passions. It’s been my experience that when we’re passionate about something we’re usually good at it. I feel like I make good decorating choices. At least most of the time.

I have a cousin who is passionate about cooking and she’s a wonderful cook. I’m not passionate about cooking-enough said about my culinary skills.

But when it comes to people, our options are crucial. Things are just things but people can hurt us and they can be hurt.

For example, relationships can be damaged forever if we choose the wrong words.

Sometimes there are more options than the obvious but they usually only show up after we’ve let some time-lapse.

Many decisions can sit on the back burner for a while.

Often situations resolve themselves if we let them sit and simmer. That’s the wonderful thing about options. We even have options about our choices!

The holiday season is fast approaching. We are faced with all kinds of options, what to buy, what to bake, what to wear. It’s relatively easy to see these options. But we have options about everything. So let’s choose:

  • politeness over rudeness
  • kindness over meanness
  • love over hate
  • tolerance over injustice
  • helpfulness over selfishness
  • giving over taking
  • generosity over stinginess
  • initiation over laziness
  • courage over fear
  • respect over disdain

If we remember we have options, life can become so much easier.

God bless and have a good day.






A DIY to brighten your bedroom.

After a glorious and sunny Saturday, Michigan has returned to the dark and gloomy. So I thought this might be a good day to post a picture of a DIY project I completed a few months ago.

I found these blue “sconces?” at a garage sale a couple of years ago. If you look closely, you can see the underneath color. I forgot to take a picture but it was kind of a tan. I spray painted all three of them with a bluish-green color. Again, forgot to take a picture of the spray can and don’t have any left over. I know it was by Rustoleum 3X and it wasn’t Aqua. Does that help?




Next, I joined two pallet boards with a metal brace.



I carefully measured and spaced the sconces equally across the board and marked the holes with a pencil.



I took them off and turned the pallet boards over and attached two eye-hooks at each end. I wrapped wired through these so I could hang like a picture.



This is a close-up of the “sconce”. They are just plastic.



Then I added flowers and voila’! Oh, I did whitewash the pallet boards haphazardly.






This was an easy and fun DIY project and was great for the blank wall in our orange and bluebedroom.


God bless and I hope you have a good day.

book srorage/life

Why books should just be books and how to store them

I’ve been browsing through some blogs about how to decorate with books.

A lot of bloggers cover their books with matching paper.  I must admit, it’s very attractive.  Others group books by their color. Also attractive.

decorating with books


Some people use books to stack things on.

decorating with books

I use them like this as well.

antique purse/decorating


But even with all these great ideas, I prefer my books to just be “books”. I like having books lying around. I like having a stack of unread books wherever I sit. Here’s what this adorable three-tiered tray from Idea has become. It wasn’t supposed to be a rolling library but that’s what it’s become.

book srorage/life


Then there’s my pantry where one is supposed to store food items, right? Well, it does but then there is this bin.

book srorage/life


I have a wonderful old antique cupboard that stores lots of different things and, of course, books.

book srorage/life

book srorage/life


And then there are the books in an antique wooden tool box. This thing is big and I’ve had it for years. It’s been in every room in the house and stored countless different items.

book srorage/life


When we built our bunkhouse, I had to have a”library”, of course.

book srorage/life


If you’ll notice, the books in my home are all non-fiction. I learned a long time ago that I never re-read a novel so I never buy fiction books. That’s what the library is for. But up north there are no libraries nearby so I have fiction and non-fiction books.

And I”m sure you’re wondering whether or not I have a mobile device for books as well. Yes, I do. And, of course, there are dozens of books on muy NOOK, as well. But I only ready from my nook at night.

In other words, I like books. I like books because they are never changing. Their words never change. They’re stable. They don’t judge me. In most cases, they are the words of those who have gone before me, Charles Spurgeon, A, W,  Tozer, Oswald Chambers, Hannah Whittall Smith. Some are contemporaries, Andy Stanley, John Ortberg, Beth Moore, and others. I don’t always agree with all of them but they inspire me, encourage me, and cause me to think.

I think it’s perfectly fine to use books as decoration but for me, books are much more than that. They are a window into other worlds and other minds. They inspire me. They challenge me. They educate me. They transport me.

How about you? Do you read a lot? How do you store your books?

That’s it for me today.

God bless and have a good day.

(My mom is about the same. I wake up wondering if today is the day. I go to bed wondering if a phone call will wake me up. One day a time but God is sustaining me.)




A cute wall decoration from Hobby Lobby

I found this cute wall “thingee” at Hobby Lobby last weekend so thought I would share it with you. I had a coupon so I think it was only about $20.00. I’ve so been needing to get something for this wall. I really like it.


This is a close-up. I’ve had these antique books for many years. They are easily over one hundred years old. I love how the older writers had such a command of the English language.


My daughter gave me these little “change” purses from an estate sale.


Here’s another purse. (I’ve hung all kinds of things on this vase. )

antique purse


You can see the other tiny purses here.

The single old shoe you see on the second shelf is from a woman I got to know through a volunteer agency. She was about eighty-five at the time and I was about thirty. We became fast friends so I quit the volunteer agency because it didn’t seem right to be reimbursed for gas mileage anymore. We remained friends up until her death. I have never forgotten her and this little shoe always reminds me of her. It was her son’s baby shoe. She had no idea where the other one was.  🙂

The pair of shoes you see here were a present from my mom. I think we were from an antique store. She knew I liked them but they were kind of expensive. Imagine how pleased I was when she gave them to me as a surprise. She was always “treating” me like that. 

I’ve been reading a book about feng shui and clutter. One of the definitions of clutter was unfinished decorating. That’s was so where I was with this wall. I just never got it right, you know? Now I think I have.

God bless and have a good day.

Food Charlatan/Strawberry, cucumber salad

A post you will enjoy if you love home decorating

I usually don’t post on the weekend. But it’s raining and cloudy here in Michigan today. Yesterday, however, was glorious. Sixty-five degrees!

So today I was browsing the “net” and “pinning”. Oh, but first. Went to my first garage sale on Friday and then went back today to buy all the rest of something. You will just have to wait till next week. I spend a total of $5.00.

Anyway, back to my browsing. I have a number of sites I really like and this is one of them. This particular post is very informative.


Stone Gable

And I like this post on de-cluttering. I do the same thing. Containers everywhere.



And then there is this. All about decorating your home with garage sale “finds”. I absolutely do not believe one has to spend a lot of money to make a house beautiful. It’s all about the great things you can find on the roadside, at garage sales, and flea markets and those items you can DIY.



Thistlewood farms

And then, of course, there’s the food. I found “The Food Charlatan” a few months ago and I really recommend her blog.



Food Charlatan/Strawberry, cucumber salad

I mean, really? Bacon AND avocados? Doesn’t get much better than this.


Bacon-Wrapped-Avocados6And then this little winner: http://www.focuseat.com/2013/11/mini-cauliflower-pizza-crusts.html

Fried cauliflower patties

Enjoy these sites and God bless each of you.

PS. Is it OK to use their photos from their website? Seriously, I’m wondering. Seeing as I’m not taking credit for them, I assume I’m merely directing traffic back to their blogs. If anyone knows the “rules” regarding this sort of thing, let me know. 

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