Bedroom Makeover

My family moved into our new home about 2 1/2 years ago, and since that time we have been surrounded by cream colored walls.  “Bunny Cake” is the official paint name, which I find hilarious and a lot more fun than the color actually is.  Who comes up with this stuff anyway?  I digress…

Recently, my 6 year old son started sleeping in the guest room across the hall from his room.  It’s quieter because it doesn’t share a wall with the TV in our living room.  He’s been asking if he could switch rooms and just happened to be spending this week with my parents – perfect time for a bedroom transformation! Continue reading


Love Everyone Always

I spent last weekend with one of my favorite girlfriends in British Columbia, Canada.  We played two rounds of golf and recharged our batteries.  It was such a relaxing trip and that part of the world is so stunningly beautiful.  I had limited cell coverage and we never turned on the TV.  We got back on Sunday afternoon in time for me and my family to attend the 6pm service at Life Center where Paster Joe addressed the murder of three police officers in Baton Rouge, LA.  It was the first I had heard of that specific act of senseless violence, one of many instances around the world that seem to be happening more and more regularly.  My heart aches for the victims, friends and families impacted by these events.  Paster Joe also mentioned that this time the Baton Rouge PD pointed people to prayer during the press conference.  Not new legislation ideas, gun laws or finger pointing.  Prayer.  We, as a congregation, prayed for the softening of hearts in our nation and in people around the world.  We prayed for healing.

Yesterday I was trying to catch up on my Bible reading plan and the first two verses I read were from Titus chapter 3:  “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to always be gentle toward everyone.”  Yes – all lives matter.  I often hear in the message at church, “Love means doing what is best for someone else, no matter what it costs you.”  Love isn’t a feeling, it’s an action.  I’m certainly not perfect and I make mistakes, well – daily.  However, I try to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus so that I may be a light in times of darkness and live in a way that points people to Him.

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:20-21 NIV

I love Romans 12:20-21.  We’re not talking about causing physical harm with the burning coals here… we’re stirring up a response of remorse in our enemy.  When we respond with love, our enemy sees our kindness in the face of their meanness, causing them to be remorseful for their actions toward us.

Overcome evil with good.

Simple stuff.  We’re human though, so that means it’s not always easy, but it is simple. Love everyone always.

Life Center: Don’t Lose Heart

Wall Shelf with Hooks

Years ago I swore off ironing and bought a garment steamer.  I think it’s my lack of patience and general clumsiness that lead me to dislike ironing so much.  Somehow I always managed to iron wrinkles in while simultaneously trying to get them out.  Ugghh…

Anyway, the steamer we got for our wedding (over 8 years ago) finally quit on us.  It had a handy telescoping pole that held our clothes while we steamed them.  In an effort to save some money and increase portability, we replaced our original steamer with a travel sized model.  We have taken it with us on a few trips (which saved me from having to struggle with a hotel iron 😉 ) and so far we’re pretty happy with it-minus one issue.  Without the telescoping pole, we don’t have anything to hold our clothes while we steam them. Continue reading

Parquet Coffee Table

I’m a confident person.  I don’t often admit to being scared or nervous about things and I don’t usually shy away from a challenge.  I first saw the plans for this parquet table top over a year ago and thought “Wow! That’s beautiful”  followed immediately by “Yikes!  All those angle cuts look terrifying.”  I was scared.  I didn’t want to invest time and money into a project that I wasn’t confident in completing to a level of precision that would allow me to proudly place the finished piece in my living room for all to see.

Fast forward 12+ months and several other successful builds.  Rogue Engineer posted plans for the Lybrook coffee table that featured a trestle design with an exposed tenon look.  It was the perfect base for that parquet top.  It was time to let go of fear and worry and give this project everything I’ve got.

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Spring is Coming – Building a Potting Bench

One of the many things I admire about my Mom is her green thumb.  Her front porch is beautifully dressed with flowers that she pots each Spring.  This winter, I had the idea to build her a potting bench so that she could stand comfortably while she plants her flowers instead of spending hours bent over her pots.  I searched online for a great design but couldn’t find quite what I was looking for so I contacted the talented Rogue Engineer, Jamison Rantz to convert my vision into plans. Find them here: Continue reading

Rustic Media Center

Last Christmas I built my husband’s parents a coffee table for Christmas.  It was the first real piece of furniture I had ever built.  This year, I decided to make them a media center that would coordinate with the coffee table and came across an inspiration piece (click to view the original post and download a printable PDF) from Rogue Engineer.  The original plan dimensions made the piece 35″ tall, which was a bit too tall for their space, so I decided to eliminate the upper shelf and use 2×8’s for the top instead of 1×8’s for a thicker, more substantial look.

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Finishing my first project

Driving the last finish nails through the MDF platform on my bench was an amazing feeling.  I built this.  It’s done and it even looks good. I never doubted that I could do it, but actually finishing my miter saw bench was awesome.  Getting the main bench together was pretty quick and painless.  Well, all except for the 6 or 7 screws I stripped out with my impact driver and had to twist back out with a pair of pliers.  Not so fun.  Next time I’ll drill pilot holes or get self tapping screws.  Lesson learned.

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