Farmhouse Fridays: the Vintage Warehouse  

This weekend, my husband and I visited the Vintage Warehouse, which is a once a month antique sale in a town south of ours.

We didn’t buy anything as we really weren’t looking for anything particularly. We still had a good time looking though. 

We found this antique dresser. 

Lots of neat lanterns

Olive buckets galore. Really, they had several.

Some neat painted signs

A ton of dough bowls, including a huge one that cost almost $200

And this cute little shelf. 


But my favorite thing was this antique phone booth:


We truly enjoyed the sale and will visit again next month. And next month, I will definitely buy an olive bucket or two!

The Vintage Warehouse will be open again August 19 from 9-3. The address is 109 E Main Street, Sanford, NC 27330.

What cool antiques have you found lately?

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Wordfull Wednesday 


I don’t know about you, but I am making an effort to be more transparent. More, well, myself. It’s been hard, because as an introverted extrovert, I’m an anomaly. Social but still guarded. Talkative, but still quiet. I don’t often like to let the real me out of her box, but I’m noticing that good things happen when I do. 

Last week I posted a video on Facebook live about my life as of late, and all the positives that are happening in my life. It was hard. I talked myself out of it several times. I decided to just go for it and I’m glad I did.

You all responded with love and with encouragement. You responded with positive words and all of your responses really reassured me I did the right thing. 


Thanks for allowing me to truly be myself and not judging me for it.


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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Buying Secondhand Furniture 


We have bought many furniture items secondhand. We’ve bought several things from Craigslist and a few things from thrift shops. While some people might shy away from secondhand furniture, we have saved a lot of money.

I wanted to share a few tips and tricks for buying secondhand furniture with you today.


1. Do a quick but thorough inspection.

Open all the drawers to make sure they glide smoothly. A dresser or desk with stuck drawers is no good! Check the finish for dents or dings. If a little wear and tear doesn’t bother you, then carry on. If you don’t mind doing a little touch up work, go for it. But if you can’t get past the dents and dings, you probably want to keep looking.

2. It’s OK to ask for more pictures or more information

Before we bought this TV cabinet, I must have asked the woman selling it a hundred questions, including asking her to take more pictures. She was more than happy to oblige, and in the end, her second crop of pictures is why we chose to buy. The cabinet ended up being a perfect fit for our living room.

3. Measure your space before you buy

We knew we needed a bigger dining room set, and when we saw this one, it looked perfect. We weren’t sure it would fit, though. We quickly measured and realized it would be a tight fit only with the leaf in it. Since we only need the leaf a few times a year, this isn’t an issue. If we hadn’t have measured, we’d have passed on a table that we love!

4. Good things come to those who wait. 

We looked for a nursery chair for months before finally finding this one. It took a long time to find it, but it was exactly what we wanted. I’m so glad we were willing to wait whether than settle for the quick find. 

5. Think outside the box

Ignore the mess around this thing, but this TV cabinet is functioning perfectly as a craft supplies storage cabinet. We love this thing, but if I hadn’t been able to reimagine this as crafts storage, I’d have never bought it.

6. And lastly, don’t be afraid to walk away. It’s perfectly ok to see a piece in person and realize it isn’t what you wanted. Don’t think just because you look at something that you’re obligated to buy it. 

I hope you have enjoyed these tips for secondhand shopping. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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Make Something Monday: DIY notebooks and photo albums


I had some cardboard left over from online orders, and it was way too much to waste.


But what could I do with it? What could I make?

 I had an idea: why not get out some scrapbook paper and make some small notebooks and photo albums?

I cut the cardboard to the desired sizes and folded it over to make a flap.


Then I used Locktite spray adhesive to affix scrapbook paper to what would be the front cover.


Then, you cover the folded over edges on the inside with contrasting paper like this:


Then, cut your notebook paper to the desired size and punch holes where you want them to go.


Punch holes in the cardboard flap and back cover with scissors. Make sure your notebook paper holes line up with these holes!

Get some binding posts (Lowes Hardware sells them for $.88) and poke them through the holes. Put your notebook paper on the posts and secure the fold over the paper. Screw the screw head into the post. 


And when you’re finished, you’ll have a recycled notebook that is refillable!

I made two of this size to function as  photo books:


And one flip top notebook


A journal sized notebook, another flip top notebook and a matchbook style notebook:


This is a super fun activity to do with kids. I can’t wait to show you the scrapbook we’re making together. 

Have a wonderful week!

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Scripture Sunday: Romans 5:4


As you know, some friends and I are doing a Bible study called “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit.” It’s based on the Old Testament book of Ruth.


We just started yesterday and the study has been a blessing thus far. I thought maybe I’d use some of the daily verses for Scripture Sunday and kill two birds with one stone. Plus, if you’re doing the Bible study with us, this could serve as an additional platform.

Romans 5:3-4 is the memory verse for day one, and I feel like that’s such a great verse for this study:

3 And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.

What an incredible verse about not quitting. Here’s that same verse broken down:

“And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions…”   The previous verse talks about rejoicing when things are good, but did you know God also wants us to rejoice when we’re suffering? We are only human and this is so difficult because most of us have a hard time finding joy in our struggles. It’s hard to see the lesson and the grace when we’re going through hard times. God acknowledges this in the next verse, and tells us why we should still rejoice.

Have you ever felt you were suffering? I have. Most of us can recall a particularly difficult time in our lives where we experienced pain and suffering. It could be physical or emotional. Some of you may even be there now. Don’t quit. Here’s why:

“because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.”

Basically, God will use whatever trials we endure to teach us perseverance and give us Hope. We only have to stay the course and hope in Him.

In 2014, I experienced pain and suffering like nothing I’d ever known. I learned in that time that our God will not only use our suffering to mold us and shape us for Him, but he also suffers alongside us. He feels and he knows that with which we struggle. 

Think about the book of Ruth. Her father in law and husband had just died and now her mother in law was leaving to return back to Israel. Our Bible study author suggests that Ruth, a Moabite who worshipped idols, may have possibly found God during her marriage. 

Elimilech, Naomi and their sons, who were all God worshipping Israelites left Israel to escape famine and suffering, instead of waiting on God to bring them through it. They traveled to a land with idol worshippers and an evil king, and after about a decade, Naomi’s suffering increased when she lost her husband and both children. 

She was ready to quit. Ready to quit both her daughters in law and just go back to Bethlehem. But Ruth? Well, she and God had different ideas. In fact, God used this former idolater and she actually became a part of Jesus’ family tree. 

It’s amazing what God can do with our struggles. Struggle produces endurance, proven character and hope. Don’t quit. Rejoice in your trials and be blessed. 

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Saturday Musings 


I hope you have had a wonderful week. We have been busy this week with Vacation Bible School, but it has been a great week.


We had planned to cook out and fish with members of our church, but the weather interfered. We did get to eat and fish a little before the storm. How pretty is this view?


And this little cherub was too entertaining:


Here is What I’m reading this weekend:


   Tour an industrial farmhouse in Iceland


Vintage Decor Ideas
Have a wonderful weekend.

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Farmhouse Friday: Mudroom 

There are many things about my home that I love, but there is one thing I wish we had: a mudroom. Here is a round up of some particularly lovely farmhouse mudrooms.


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Is this perfect or what? Those lockers! Those baskets! Galvanized metal! It makes me giddy because it’s so perfect.


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I’m loving the shiplap and the slate floors, along with the warm tones of the wood bench. This mudroom seems small but still very spacious. 


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How about this one? Brick floor and a lot of natural light WITH that light fixture? I’ll take it!


Talking of natural light: check out this beauty. This is more of a laundry room than a mudroom but I had to share it for the black door and windows, the shiplap, the wood floor AND the jute rug. Such beauty!

I hope you have enjoyed today’s FARMHOUSE FRIDAY. Have a wonderful weekend.

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A much more organized pantry


Our pantry used to be very well organized, but we got a little lazy.


And then we got even lazier. Things weren’t put away, things weren’t paired down and thrown away, and things were just…chaotic. 


It was definitely time to do something about it.

I decided to take everything out and assess the space. While it was empty, I gave the room a good cleaning.

I then decided to categorize everything and organize it as according to category. 


I also used some smaller baskets to house fruits and veggies, and two wood crates to make a shelf for my cookbooks. 



I moved some items out of the pantry that didn’t need to be there. 


When I was finished, I had a much more organized space. I love that I can see everything and I know where everything is. 


The space functions so much better for us now. 

Our printer is currently on the brink of death so as soon as I fix it, I’ll make new ones. Then this pantry will be complete.

What space makeovers have you done recently?

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Wordfull Wednesday 


I certainly wish I’d had known this quote at a younger age. In years past, I was way too consumed with what people thought of me and whether or not they liked me. In fact, a lot of the time, I was too worried about what people thought of me to be myself. I often was afraid to be my real self because I wasn’t sure how it’d be received. 

If I knew someone didn’t like me, I saw it as a problem with myself, and something I needed to change. What I didn’t know was this:

I’m not everyone’s cup of tea AND that’s ok. 

Not everyone you encounter in life is going to like you…just like you won’t always like everyone you meet. So why is that so hard for us to understand? 

I have learned to fully embrace my weirdness and not care what others think. I was past the age of 30 before I made the decision to just be myself, and I’m glad I did. I’m much happier and much more genuine. 

You are perfect the way God made you. Don’t worry what others think- just be you and be happy.

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Tips and Tricks Tuesdays: Where to buy bins and baskets


Organizing is a huge part of my life (and my income) but it can be expensive. I want to share some cost effective ways to get organized. 

1. Shop your home


You’d be surprised what bins and baskets you may have around the house. I have several that I am not currently using, so I always look through those before I buy anything new.


2. Target, HomeGoods, Dollar General, Big Lots

Those are just some of my favorite places to buy bins and baskets without breaking the bank.

Just look at Target’s current offerings:


Hobby Lobby has a nice selection, but they are pricy. They do have frequent sales and coupons, so if you’re a HL fan, you may want to watch for those. HomeGoods and Marshalls have lots of high end choices for a fraction of the price. 

I bought these cute metal baskets from Dollar General.


I’d steer clear of Dollar Tree baskets though. They’re not very big and they often don’t hold up well. They do make nice drawer organizers, though. 


3. Make Something

I have covered diaper boxes with fabric and also with twine and rope. I have covered shoe boxes with fabric and paper, and then embellished them with book plates. Get creative! You’d be surprised what you can upcycle. 

Organization is life-changing, but it doesn’t have to be a budget breaker. I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of Tips and Tricks Tuesday. Have a great day.

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