Archive | November 2013

Transformation Tuesday: The Old Made New

Several months before my bathroom remodel, I began looking for an old buffet, dresser, or something to repurpose as a vanity. Many impromptu stops at garage sales, junk stores and flea markets that threatened to give me fleas, was leaving me empty handed and frustrated. Hubby was not so sure about this idea, but I am one of those people that once I get an idea in my head I can’t easily discard it and start over; so the treasure hunt continued.

While visiting my daughter & son in-law, I shared my dilemma. They were sure they could help me find something having many “junk” shops in their town. After visiting several businesses and about ready to give up, we saw another shop. We looked and looked and finally found the perfect piece. When I showed it to the guys it was kind of hard to read their responses. They questioned, “THIS is what you want? Really?”, and “Are you sure you want THAT?” Once I convinced them that, “Yes, this is what I wanted.”, they willingly loaded it while I paid the cashier. The old dresser came as a package deal; three pieces for the price of one. Isn’t it a beauty?!

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Okay, okay…my husband wasn’t seeing it either.

We got it home, unloaded into the garage where it sat for a few months. Like I said, I wanted the dresser to convert to a vanity. Not the bravest when it comes to paint and different techniques, it took awhile before I had the courage to begin. Once I started, the project was quickly finished and waiting for the carpenters to finish the bathroom.

Gone are the gold handles and the red velveteen; the old has been made new. Plus, I think the distressed paint brings out the detail. I love how it looks!

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I did not use the mirror in the bathroom, because I wanted a wider mirror above the vanity. However, I did put it to good use. To give it a face lift, I again got rid of the red velveteen, and then spray painted it. I chose watermelon pink, and then aged it with a dark stain. This gives a wow factor in my daughter’s pale pink bedroom. I think she (and other guests) will enjoy the large mirror above the old writing desk that can be used as a dressing table. Again, the old was made new.

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I still have the bed headboard in the garage. I’ve thought of several things that could be done with it, but no decisions have been made yet.  Do you have any ideas?

You may not have an old piece needing to be made new, but what about you?  How can you be renewed and transformed today?

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
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Tiny Treasure

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Have you been counting your blessings? Some of you will remember the Joy Dare I completed last year counting over 1,000 gifts from God throughout the year. Designed by Ann Voskamp with very specific gifts to look for, I was challenged to look outside the box and beyond the obvious. This challenge changed my outlook in many ways, including looking for the blessing in the most difficult eucharisteo.  The eucharisteo that normally would make me ask, “How can there be any good blessing in this trial?” The Joy Dare also caused me to look for blessings in the smallest, minute things.

For my personal devotions, I’ve been reading the devotional book “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.  This month she too has focused on giving thanks to God. She writes in first person as if Jesus is speaking directly to the reader, which makes the scripture very personal in a way I have not experienced before. One day’s writing begins, “As you sit quietly in My presence, let ME fill your heart and mind with thankfulness.” What a way to jump start the day focusing on God and his faithfulness, and then giving thanks to Him throughout the day! Today’s reading gives this challenge:

“As you go through this day, look for tiny treasures strategically placed along the way. I lovingly go before you and plant little pleasures to brighten your day.”

Yes, indeed! He did, and I found it! Who helped God strategically place it, I may never know. This blessing has most likely been there for years without my noticing, and had I noticed when my kids were young I probably would have missed the blessing.  My response would have not been the laughter that welled up in me, nor the fun group texting among the family. No, I would have been upset. and if no one fessed up, all four would have been in trouble! You see, I have never been a fan of carved-in-wood graffiti, especially when it is my wood floor!!

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This tiny little message is only two letters and 1/2″ x 1/2″. I discovered it carved into the floor of my upstairs hall. I have mopped that floor umpteen times through the years, yet this is the FIRST time I have ever noticed it. I do believe God has a sense of humor to give me this little greeting to brighten the day. This once too noisy home is now sometimes too silent even when I’m cleaning for a visit from my grown family. This little ‘hi’, sent me back to days gone by filled with the laughter of three ornery boys and their just as ornery sister. What sweet memories! What a blessing!

Today, I am thankful for this tiny scratched message. Though it has been in plain sight all these years, God knew the perfect time to let me discover it.

Deep Cleaning

For the past month you may have noticed I have been AWOL from blogging. What has kept me away? Oh, you know; just life in general such as work, a new grandbaby (and “BOY” is he grand!),

CAM00180and completing a remodel project that took twice as long as anticipated when I began tearing out all the pepto-bismol pink.

photoThis week, I have been DEEP cleaning trying to rid my house of the multiple layers of dirt and grime that came from the remodel and the lack of cleaning. From top to bottom and in nooks and crannies, the dust bunnies are doomed! They are being sucked into the sweeper and washed away.

This is also a great time to do some deep cleaning within oneself. Galatians 5 has the To-Do list already made for us.

“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.”

Cleaning supplies needed are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

  • Use LOVE to overcome hostility and envy
  • Use JOY to get rid of quarreling
  • PEACE will clean out jealousy and division
  • PATIENCE will sweep up outbursts of anger
  • Get rid of selfish ambition and replace with KINDNESS and GOODNESS
  • Wash out idolatry and sorcery with FAITHFULNESS
  • A good dusting of GENTLENESS will take care of dissensions
  • A firm scrub of SELF-CONTROL will get all the grimy stuff from sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, drunkenness, and wild parties

To really deep clean, we must not overlook the corners of our heart and the nooks and crannies of our attitude. Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s get started! Clean; clean; clean!