Wednesday, November 11, 2015

shelf hanging tutorial

We've had this awkward space above our stove for way too long.  It's where the hood used to be but it was such an ugly one and wasn't very effective.  So we ended up tearing it out so we'd have to get a new one.  Well, we never did!  But it has been driving me crazy!  Eventually we are going to push the cabinets up tight to the ceiling (there's an 8 inch gap as it stands now) and then we'd also get new cabinet fronts/boxes.  But again, when that'll happen... who knows?!  But that's ok.... we're content!  Except for I knew I could do something about that ugly space.

Put a floating shelf in there!  One $5 Ikea shelf that we had left over would do the trick.  Viola!
And anyone can do this install!  Here's how I did it in just a short amount of time.

Step 1:  Measure your space.  Measure the board.  Mark the spot.
Step 2:  Measure your space AGAIN!  Measure the board!  Don't skip this step!  Mark the board.

Step 3:  Cut the board exactly where you have your marking.
Step 4:  Pre-drill some holes into the surface that you will be screwing the board into.
Step 5:  Put your board in the space.  If you've cut it exact, it should be a tight fit.  I put the cut side in place first because of the chance that the board could split on that end when you bump it in... and that's what you do next: bump the other side into place.
Step 6:  Get you level.  No, don't eyeball it, get your level!  Make sure the shelf is level!
Step 7:  Get your drill again, use the pre-drilled holes to secure the screws through the wood and into the shelf.  Make sure the shelf is still level before setting each screw.
And that's that!  The screws you use and how many will depend on the size of the shelf and what it's going to hold.  My shelf only required to screws on each side.
The spice jars are all from Ikea and you can see how I modified them here.  The oil dispensers is also a DIY project you can find there.

Hope that was helpful!  It's really just that simple as long as you have a tape measure, drill, driver, level, and screws!  Get to it!!

Friday, October 30, 2015

the throne

I have the absolute privilege to be reading through Revelations with Bible Study Fellowship!  We study the word in depth, get to discuss and share, and then hear an incredible lecture!  It is SO GOOD for this girl's soul!  And you can read it to!  The hearer of the words of Revelations and the one who takes it's words to heart will receive a blessing!  That is a promise!  That is Truth!

This morning I've just read something for the second time that really hits home.  I read it a few days ago, we briefly discussed it, and now I'm re-reading it with sweet tears!  To the church in Laodicea (Rev 3:14) Jesus gives strong words of warning and compassion to the complacent church.  It sounds like a church in modern-day America... wealthy and satisfied but lacking spiritual riches and sacrifice.  He earnestly desires the church to open their doors to Him.  And He has a reward for them if they do.  Do you know what it is?  I don't ever remember reading this and I am blown away by the offer!

"To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne." Rev. 3:21

Wait, I can sit with Jesus on His throne?!!?!?!?!?!?!

The first time I read this, I smiled!  That is the best reward that he has offered yet!  (Read the letters and the rewards included to the other churches, they're pretty great too!)  But this morning as I read this, I cry!

Jesus has reserved this piece of scripture for me and He has saved the best for last!  And I am humbled by it!  You see, I know that back when Jesus spoke these words to the Laodiceans, He also knew that some 2000 years later, a broken daughter would read these words and it would fill the void!

My dad and I have not spoken words to each other in three years.  And the words spoken before that were not life-giving.  I am not pointing fingers but I know that at this time, the best thing I can do for our family is to remain unconnected.  I have peace in my heart with that decision as it has been made clear to me.  Once he is ready to come to us, we will welcome him with arms stretched open as wide as ever and we will embrace him like never before!!

But my Heavenly Father sees into my broken heart.  He knows....  He's seen.....  He's come to meet me in a divine way and the descriptions in the Word of who my Heavenly Father is real, believe me.  Believe Him that He is who He says He is!

Our family owned a recliner.  And we all knew that when dad got home, that sacred recliner was his!  He would not sit on the sofa, he enjoyed lounging in that recliner:)  But for as far back as I can remember, I would curl up to him on that recliner!  It was my favorite place to be!  There we would lounge together and it was as close as I could ever get to him though never close enough.  We would nap together, watch tv together, laugh at the dog together.  I think I probably was too old when I still made a habit of getting on that recliner with him.  But I couldn't help myself.

The years have passed and I long for his embrace.  For his arms to hold me.  I wish I could go back to the days of the shared recliner. But I fear that this side of heaven, it won't come.  That that was as close as I'll have ever been to my dad.  Not just physically but emotionally.

Then Jesus promises me that I can share HIS throne.

(Cue the tears)

I will do everything I can in this life to earn that reward!  I'm not talking about eternal life that is freely given but the special rewards that we can store away for our heavenly home.

I want so desperately to lounge with Jesus on His throne with Him.  I want to be close to him.  To feel his physical arms tighten around me.  And our heads close together.  I want to feel him breathe.  To be close enough to him to feel his laugh!  I don't typically imagine that a throne is the most comfortable chair but I think Jesus' throne will be!  I don't care that I am on a throne, it may as well be a recliner in a small living room with just the two of us.  What moves me when I read this is that I can be that close to my Savior.  The One who has dried all of those tears concerning the distance between my earthly father and myself.  And I'm going to let that motivate me onward to receive that reward!!  How sweet it will be!

So how?!  In a nutshell, I believe that it will be possible by turning from all of the negative qualities this church was in its being: self-sufficient, blinded by their wealth and thus spiritually poor, without passion, without sorrow for their unsaved neighbors, arrogantly independent, indifferent to Jesus, and useless... these qualities mostly all due to their complacency.  I want to be the polar opposite of these characteristics!  I want to get as close as I can to Jesus!

I share this post for my own children to someday read.  So that their pursuit of Jesus will be urgent!  I share it to come back to for myself to remember what is at stake!  I share it in the hopes that you, if you're a Christian, would be spurred on to fight the good fight.  And I share it for the unbeliever who may stumble across these words and in the hope that they would surrender their lives to Jesus!  Above all, I share it to glorify my Father who gives us these divine and undeserved gifts and promises.  He is worthy of all the glory!  And I'm forever thankful!

Monday, September 14, 2015

autumn decorating time!!

The combination of this chilly morning, my cup of coffee, and the autumn sky made me suddenly anxious to decorate for fall!!

I haven't been the least bit ready to say goodbye to summer until this weekend when I wore jeans, boots, and a jacket!

So I hauled out the Autumn Decor Tote and I'm all in now!

Project one:  The entryway!  It's the first place we and our guests typically enter through and it sets the stage for the rest of the feel of the house.

I like to usually do all-natural decor using only real pumpkins and mosses and sticks and textiles.  But this year, I want more color and personality.  Something a little more unexpected!

So our front entry is a little more playful this year!  Not pictured: pumpkins!!!  Once I buy some up, they'll adorn all of the empty spaces!!

My Anthropologie-inspired felt leaves.  A super easy DIY craft that even the kids can help out with and can be done in any color combination.
 Some painted branches and driftwood in a container for some vertical movement!  And my most favorite 'measuring stick'!

 Insert pumpkins on our shoe storage cubby system and along the floor!!

 Viola!  (for now!)
And here's one of me and my lovely (allergy-ridden) assistant! 

I'll {hopefully} be back soon to post more of my fall decor!!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

the heritage homestead

This farmhouse I'm about to feature is extra special!  A close friend lives here and she also happens to be my sister-in-law :)  She is near the top of my lists of:  'People Who Inspire Me' and 'Decorators Who Inspire Me'!  So let's meet Jess!

Jessica is a home-maker but that is not a career taken lightly.  Not by any home-maker I would dare say, but especially not this lady!  First and foremost, Jess loves Jesus!  Jessica loves her family- she has an amazing husband, Jeremy, and four awesome kids, Sam, Anna, Elijah, Matthew.  Jessica is a farmer.  Jessica is a gardener.  Jessica is a fantastic, original, clean-food cook.  She crochets, she knits, she sews. (Ask her to re-activate her etsy page!) Oh... and she prepares hundreds of cans of meat, veggies, refried beans- you name it!- each year to get her family of 6 through the winter!  Jess has severe food allergies and it has challenged and changed the way they live and eat.  They also get regular food from their chickens and duck, pigs, and any wild game that they shoot throughout the year.  And she does is all in stride!  Not only is she talented in ALL of those areas, she also has a great sense of design!  When I first met her when I was dating her brother, I would just wander through her homes, in awe of what she came up with.  Her husband used to be a builder and carpenter (and man! does he have great talent!!) and this is their sixth home.  I can remember my favorite elements of design from each and every home they've had since I've known them.  They do things on a budget but I believe that encourages their ingenuity!  So I wanted to share just a glimpse of their home with you (because Jess can show you the rest)!!

 In their kitchen, they have open shelves with adorable plates and teacups!  And the best blue paint color!  I have officially labeled it 'Jess' blue'!
They have black countertops and white cabinets.  And the wall that has the sign on it once had wallpaper over it.  They took that down and sanded and that's the look you see there now.  It looks like an old, original, distressed wall.  And I love it!


 Above the stove is this unique star pie plate and next to the stove is a simple board that Jess can slip her recipe cards into.
 There's Jess... the Farmer's Wife!  And a simple collage of art she's collected.

This is what used to be their dining room but now has been converted into an extra den.  Again... that blue behind the bookcase!!  They covered the ceiling and I think it looks really great even without being painted!

Did they buy these metal letters?  Heavens, no!  Jeremy made them!
 Here's just that simple board nailed to the wall again where they can easily interchange pictures of loved ones onto it!

 And... an art gallery!  Each of the kids have inherited artistry as well!

Their living room: Notice the curtains Jess sewed (they are just darling!) and her cute desk area.  The rusted metal plate was found on their property and it's as old as it looks! And useful too!

 She doesn't believe me when I praise her for being a wonderful mom and utterly creative and all around amazing!  But someone else agrees with me as you can see in the note below!

 Where did they buy this frame, you ask?  Oh, they didn't.  It was made, again, by Jeremy!  And that's the fam in the picture!  It's pretty much the cutest Christmas card you've ever seen!

 This painting created by Sam, their oldest son.  Told ya, even the kids are artists!

The bathroom: Jess distressed this cabinet and I'm disappointed that the picture doesn't do it justice.  It's done to perfection!  And again, (sigh) that blue!!

 And a re-fashioned pillow-case becomes a cafe-curtain. It is just perfect in this space!
 Jess is the queen of DIY!  And she doesn't even need Pinterest for the inspiration!
 And outside is just as dreamy!  The hen-houses, garden, farm-stand, woodshed.... it's the whole Farmhouse package!  Just see some of her blog yourself!

 Just some sun iced tea on hand.  And a place to lounge after their hard-day's work!  Again, built by Jeremy.

Isn't it all so great?!  Farmhouse perfection in my book!

Jess is an excellent blogger as well and funny as heck!  Remember, she's an excellent cook and you can bet it's healthy and whole!  She's even made the Gooseberry Cookbook TWICE!  Here's one of the recipes! They also brew their own beer and make their own wine!  You can read more from her here!  Go! Go and explore her blog and Instagram and show her some love!

Love you Jess and Fam!!!