Make Something Monday: French memo board


My daughter is growing up. She used to have this cute vanity in her room.


Now that she’s going to first grade, there’s a lot more homework involved, and she needs a quiet space to complete that. Last year we used our dining table or office and there were just too many distractions.

A Craigslist search led us to this lovely desk.


I wanted Emorie to be able to have someplace to display her creative works and some pictures if she chooses, but I didn’t want it to make her room look messy.

The solution? A French memo board. I wanted it to match her room and I wanted it to look nice, but be cheap. 

I bought a piece of foam poster board, some ribbon, buttons and fabric.


I then ironed the fabric.


I sprayed the board with spray adhesive and stretched the fabric over it.


Then, I flipped it over and secured the edges to the back of the board.


I ran ribbon strips diagonally across the board at an equal distance apart.


And secured both ends of the ribbon to the back.


I then repeated this step but with ribbons running the opposite direction. I pushed a thumb tack into the intersected ribbons.


I also glued a button to the top of the tacks.

I plan on adding a frame but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.


What do you think?
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Sunday

 
Romans 8:18: I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Or a different translation: 


We are into week two of our Bible study “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit,” which is based upon the Old Testament book of Ruth. 

Each day, there is a “Quit Quitting” verse, and tomorrow’s verse is the one pictured above. I consulted a few commentaries to get some insight into this verse. 

The book of Romans was written by Paul to the Church of Rome. It is believed to have been written around AD 57. At this time, Paul had been on his third journey as a missionary and was planning to return to Jerusalem. The Church of Rome was majority Gentile, with a substantial Jewish congregation as well. Paul wrote this letter to the Church at Rome to share his basic gospel, that God has a plan of salvation for all people- both Jewish and Gentile. 

The meaning of verse 18 is this: though we face suffering and pain in this life, Christians will receive their inheritance and it will be more glorious than we could ever imagine. 

So how does Paul’s letter to the Church of Rome relate to Ruth? 

Ruth was likely suffering. She’d lost her husband, her brother in law, and her father in law, and now her mother in law was leaving as well. Ruth did something that Naomi didn’t expect, and tried to talk her out of doing: she clung to Naomi and  vowed not to part from her. 

In doing so, Ruth accepted a new assignment, and possibly the most difficult one of her life: leave her country and everything she has ever known, and follow Naomi back to her country, her family and her God. 

The writer of our Bible study Nicki Koziarz, says this: “The assignments of joy, peace, and love are easy assignments for us to accept, but the assignments that challenge and stretch us are usually the assignments that make us want to quit.”

But as Paul wrote in the verse above, you may be suffering now, but unimaginable joy is headed your way. Don’t quit. If we keep going , no matter how difficult the circumstances, something wonderful awaits us on the other side.

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Saturday Musings 



Last weekend my sweet Emorie was in our church’s Bible School Commencement. 

Aubrey attended Bible School for the first time ever. She loved it, especially music time. She showed off her dance moves.


My cute little NCSU cheerleaders on Game Day at VBS. They were reppin’ Mommy’s alma mater!

This week, my hubby and I went to The Vintage Warehouse, which is a once a month sale in a town south of us. We didn’t buy anything but we saw some really cool things. Here’s an antique phone booth:


We will definitely go back to their August sale next month. 

A few updates:


Bible Study

We are gearing up for week two of A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit, a Bible study based upon the book of Ruth. I am privileged to be doing this study with a special group of ladies. Some are relatives, some are recent friends, and some are friends from high school and church. I am learning so much about myself and about the Book of Ruth. 

Fitness goals

I am two months into my Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle and loving it! I’ve lost six pounds but nearly 11 inches. I’m also doing a challenge group with Beachbody and doing PiYo. I feel and look better than I have in a long time.


Homefront

We are almost finished with our dining room and entry way products. Can’t wait to show you!

And now, here’s what I’m reading this weekend: 


Country Living: absolutely beautiful quotes about summer

Southern Living: Most Expensive Homes in the South
Have a wonderful weekend!!

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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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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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