Friday Finds: Huge Sale at Michael’s

I’m on the email list for Michael’s, which drives me crazy sometimes because they send me stuff at least every other day.  But I haven’t “unsubscribed” yet because every once in a while I’m glad I’m in the loop about what sales are going on.

This week I received a notice that they were having a 3-day 70% off sale on all their summer stuff.  Everything from beach balls and coastal decor to flowers and candles. In addition to that, all of their MAKE Market line is 70% off. I believe the summer deals end Saturday, so you may want to hurry if you have been eyeing something.

*Side note: There is also a 50% off regular priced item coupon on the Michael’s app.

So tonight, I moseyed on in to see what I could find:

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For some reason I’m drawn to these rustic horses.  I don’t think they were on sale, but I had to include them!

Check it out this weekend and leave a comment if you find something awesome!

Have a great weekend!

Steph

 

 

The Beauty in Getting Your Hands Dirty

My Grandmother is like no other woman I’ve met.  She is a Texan through and through.  She’s ridden bareback through the desert, killed rattlesnakes, and dug up too many Indian arrowheads to count.  She is one of the hardest workers I’ve seen, and generous beyond my comprehension.

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One thing I love about my Grandmother is that she is one of the people who inspired me early on to find beauty in things that didn’t seem beautiful at first.  She can find a use for almost anything.  Here is a picture from her garden. Yes, that is an old smoker holding those lovely plants. It was my grandfather’s.

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The past few times I have visited, I have been totally inspired by her work ethic.  She literally does not sit down.  If you change your clothes, you’d better believe it’s gonna be washed, folded, and sitting on your bed in 2 hours.  And dirty dishes?  They don’t stand a chance!

I don’t think I have ever appreciated how hard of a worker she is until the last few years. Now that I have my own dishes and my own house, I understand the sacrifice she makes…and know it’s done out of love.  I’m thankful that I’ve had to get my hands dirty because it helps me see others who get theirs even dirtier.

There is something beautiful about those who sacrifice themselves for the good of others out of love.  It’s sometimes hard to put your finger on when you see them.  It’s like a radiance.  An inner beauty that overtakes the person.  I think some of the most beautiful women I have met have been significantly older than me.  They have persevered through years of sacrifice. There’s no amount of makeup, exercise, or youth that can create that in someone.

So here I am. Sitting late at night, with a sink full of dishes, and thinking about tomorrow’s mountains I’m gonna have to climb.  Thankfully, I really believe it’s all worth it.  Staying at home with my precious kids means there’s always a mess to clean up, but it also means that I have my dream job.

I don’t deserve it.

I pray I become half as sacrificial and beautiful as my grandmother.

Have a lovely week.

Steph

 

 

 

How to Hang a Print

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This is an easy project that can be done with any print, but I’m especially fond of maps.  When I was antique shopping, I came across an assortment of various maps.  I spotted a world map with lovely muted colors, and at $4.95, I couldn’t pass it up.

I brought it home and it sat for a bit while I tried to figure out what to do with it.  I had a few ideas, but none of them really triggered any excitement in me.  I ran across this botanical hanging print tutorial and was totally inspired. So here’s my version of how to hang a print.

DIY Hanging Print

 

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Materials:

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2 wooden dowels

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2 eye hooks

twine

wood stain or paint

Steps:

  • Measure your print before you head to the hardware store for your dowels.  You will want to have them cut to size.  Measure the length of your print and add an inch (you will have a 1/2 inch extra overhang on each side of the print). You can ask the lovely folks at the hardware store to cut it for you.
  • Once your dowels are the correct size, it’s time to make them look pretty.  You can stain them if you want, but I didn’t.  I had some brown acrylic paint that I watered down and used as a wash over the raw wood.  This worked really well because since it was thinned out, it allowed the wood grain to show through. Let it dry.
  • Next, you need to attach your print to the dowels. Lay the dowels on a flat surface, then lay your print face down on top.  Make sure the print is lined up with the dowels in your preferred placement. Once everything is lined up, go ahead and staple it in place.  I used a staple on each end, and one in the middle.

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  • Once the top and bottom dowels are secure, you can add your eye hooks.  I just screwed mine in by hand.

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  • Next, you can measure your twine, and tie each end to the eye hook.

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  • It’s ready to hang and enjoy!

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This entire project cost me around $12.  If you don’t have any fun prints lying around, check out the graphics fairy. She has a ton of images that you could print at Staples – you can print something poster size there for around $5.

I hope this project inspires you as it did me. I’m already thinking of other things I could print and hang!

Have a great week everyone!

Steph

 

 

Friday Finds – Amazon Style

So if you haven’t heard, Amazon is having a huge one-day sale for Amazon Prime members on Wednesday, July 15th. Word on the street (and Amazon themselves) said that it will rival Black Friday sales.

If you aren’t a Prime member, no worries, you can click on the image below to sign up for a free 30-day trial.

Amazon Prime has been a good thing in our house.  Free two-day shipping, streaming for tons of movies, hours of shows to get sucked into…ok, maybe it’s been a little too good.

So, in honor of “Happy Prime Day,” I thought I would compile a list of some of my Amazon favorites…and who knows, maybe they will go on sale!

Printed Flour Sack Dish Towels


I think these would be great to frame or to staple to canvas, and hung in a kitchen.  They could also be sown in pairs, and used as cafe curtains. Of course, you could always just use them as dish towels!

An Orbital Sander

So this one is actually on my wish list.  I have several projects that would seriously benefit from a good sanding and refinishing.

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint – Arabesque

I have been wanting to redo my daughter’s dresser with this shade.  I think it would be precious with some gold knobs!

Starry String Lights 

I love decorating with string lights. Who says they are only for Christmastime? These are different than your typical Christmas lights.  They are fairylike lights with a warm glow, on a flexible copper wire.  They can be used indoors or outdoors, so the possibilities are endless.  My favorite places would have to be on a patio, in the kitchen, or in my bedroom.  Bonus – They are currently on sale!

Cell Phone Tripod

Ok, so this probably seems overkill.  First selfie sticks, now a tripod?  But for me, it’s worth it.  All the pictures I post when trying to sell a piece of furniture, or for the blog, are taken with a cell phone.  They come out so much better when the phone is not being held.  There is no way to keep my hands completely steady for some reason.

I hope this was helpful.  In the spirit of keeping it simple, I will offer one piece of advice.  Don’t buy something just because it’s a great deal.  Use this opportunity to get things you need, or if you want, get a head start on Christmas shopping.

Happy Prime Day hunting!

Steph

 

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Finding Contentment in Your (Not So) Dream Home

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My dream home is a small, cozy cottage with a screened in porch and a huge backyard. Just enough room for everyone to be comfortable, but not so big that we don’t ever see each other. It’s in walking distance to shops and restaurants. The crime rate is low, and so is the traffic.

Guess what!

I live in a three level town home, with no backyard, and tons of traffic.

There are days when my attitude about it just down right stinks.

But, what if I lived in my dream home? There’s a part of me that thinks I would finally feel satisfied…but I think that “part of me” is actually lying. I’m sure there would be a countertop that needed replacing, bathrooms that needed updating, and of course – dirty dishes in the sink are a given!

The truth is, I believe the majority of us are not living in our “dream home”…or if we are, there’s still that one thing we would change if we could.  Don’t get me wrong.  I think dreaming, updating, and decorating are wonderful, and actually healthy.  But, there is a difference between dreaming, and being just plain discontent.

Discontentment (noun):  a restless desire or craving for something one does not have.

Restlessness is not something that I want describing my life.

I want my life and my home to be characterized by peace.  Before I got married, my mom gave me the book “Let Me Be a Woman” by Elizabeth Elliott.  In it, she says,

“You can create a climate for him (the husband) according to your attitude…The home you make and the atmosphere of that home is the world he comes back to from the world of his work. Let it be a place of beauty and peace.”  

This quote was huge for me.  I realized that my attitude made the biggest difference in the temperature of my home.  I could choose to make it warm and inviting, or cold and harsh.

I think there are some practical things we can all put into practice daily in order to gain correct perspective.  Here are a few:

  • Begin each morning thanking God for your home. It only takes a few minutes thinking about the rest of the world to realize how blessed we are.  I recently read that the average american household is wealthier than 93% of the world.
  • Invite friends into your home regardless of how messy it seems. I was told early on that when people come over, they don’t remember the mess, they remember how you made them feel.
  • Find one tiny space in your home to be your haven.  Maybe it’s your favorite chair.  Go there when you are feeling overwhelmed by laundry, dishes or just need “you time.” Light your favorite candle, grab a fluffy blanket, and start thanking God for the little things that happened that day. It’s amazing how gratefulness can completely brighten your mood.
  • Get enough sleep, if possible.  There is nothing like sleep deprivation to get me on a rant about everything I dislike about my house.  Sometimes a nap is all I need!
  • Focus on the parts you love.  I love that I have a fireplace in the kitchen.  I love that our kids get along and like sharing a bedroom.  I love that we have a ton of natural light.
  • Embrace the things you want to change, but can’t.  I grew up with a yellow bathroom. The sink, the tile, the toilet, the bathtub…everything was yellow.  We did not have the money to renovate, but instead of complaining, my mom went to work making that bathroom as cute as can be.  She created a beautiful space out of something that she would have loved to change.

Are you struggling with discontentment with your home?  I feel ya.  I have to choose contentment daily.

For me, when it comes down to it, my hope and contentment is ultimately found in Jesus.  He is the only one who truly satisfies.

Have a great week everyone!

Steph

 

 

Friday Finds in Time For The 4th

Loving these summery inspirations this week. Check em’ out:

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  1. I have fallen in love with the colorful potted plants pictured above. They are right by our local splash pad, and I get to enjoy them while I sit under an umbrella and my kiddos run through bursts of water on a hot day. It’s delightful.
  2. I stumbled upon NeeSee’s Dresses this week. I love how modest and feminine their clothing is.  It’s nice to have something that covers everything when you are tryin’ to look cute and chase kids around all day.  As an added bonus, their 4th of July inspired clothes are 30% off right now.
  3. Are you in need of an awesome last minute side dish for a 4th of July picnic? This tomato tart recipe is absolutely delicious.
  4. And then make these s’more bites for dessert.
  5. Finally, some bright colored upcycled furniture ideas to inspire you!

Happy 4th of July!

Steph