28 October 2013

Marvelous Monday’s Project Redo

The Bookshelf Do-Over

IMG_0172I bought this little shelf at a garage sale around the corner from my house for $5!  It was the perfect fit for our narrow entry way because ordinary-sized furniture could never work.  We now have a place for all the things we deposit when we come in the front door like car keys, wallets, sunglasses, lip balm, and spare change.  The color was in keeping with my “beach cottage” decorating theme in a luscious Martha Stewart color called “Lagoon”.

This is how it began:

Even though the Martha Stewart paint included a primer, I also painted two coats of primer because the shelf was finished in an oil stain.
Even though the Martha Stewart paint included a primer, I also painted two coats of primer because the shelf was finished in an oil stain.


The two coats of primer-done!
The two coats of primer-done!

IMG_0181The doorstop story:  When we were raising three rambunctious sons and a lovely daughter in this house the ordinary doorstop was terribly abused and the front door knob created a crater the size of a baseball in the sheetrock, so I majorly fortified it with a decorative piece of wood (unfortunately, now totally permanent).  It is a reminder of the good ol’ days.

IMG_0184Now you get a better perspective of how narrow the entry way actually is.  Next the baseboards installed.  I am also changing the mirror over the shelf to be more in proportion…another day, another project!


25 October 2013

Friday Favs

Scripture of the Week

LoveI actually created this chalkboard sign using fonts found on Pinterest (using Da-font.com) and a chalkboard background from a royalty-free site (sorry can’t remember which one).  I want to experiment more to create those awesome signs I see out there.

Brrr! It’s Getting Cold

This morning when we woke up it was the coldest morning ever …we always endure until we can’t stand it anymore before we turn the heater on but it may be soon.  Remember what it is like to bundle up.

Its cold

I would much rather be doing this:

sandy feet

The Last Thanksgiving (Tablescapes)

Thanksgiving Table # 18

Thanksgiving Table #15

Thanksgiving Table #16

Thanksgiving Table #17

Thanksgiving Table #23

Thanksgiving Table #24

thgg decor 4

25 October 2013

Treasure Boxes

Crafting Treasure Boxes

IMG_0110There was a season that I made painted boxes for my friends and family and I would put “treasures” inside as gifts.  (Secretly I love to go to their homes and see my creations displayed in their houses – shhh! – especially after many, many years!)

So today I thought I’d share the process of creating your own.

First you have to find a box.  I just bought one from a craft store that was unfinished – this one I took the heart insert out before sanding and using a wood sealer before painting a base coat. (The sealer I used here is “ancient” and have used it for many years, I’m sure there are better products out there now.)  After the basic first steps, you can let your imagination fly with colors, decoupaged cutout pictures, embellishments, and more.  Just remember to seal the whole project with Mod Podge or clear acrylic varnish to have it last a life time.  Here are a couple of boxes I did this week to show you how marvelously you can create anything and give as treasures.



2013-10-25AI wanted them to have an antique/grunge look, so I didn’t refine my painting process.   Now to decide who gets a treasure box.

23 October 2013

Love Never Fails

All You Need is Love!


God is love.  He loved the world so much He sacrificed His son for us.  Love covers a multitude of transgressions.  I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely.  Love your neighbor.  Love your enemy.  Love the Lord your God.  Love one another.  Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.  Love is the fulfillment of the law.  The love of God is spread abroad in our hearts.  The fruit of the Spirit is love.  The love of Christ passes all knowledge.  We are knit together in love.  God has given us power, love, and a sound mind.  Love the brotherhood.  Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.  Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.  Amen!   The Bible says it all….all we need is love.

Let’s Try a Thanksgiving Buffet

Thanksgiving Table #18

Thanksgiving Table #20

buffet 3




21 October 2013

Mighty Monday is Here

We have a winner…

Congratulations to the winner (and the diligent comment submissions of) …Janet @ joywalk , the watercolor painting is yours!!!  I will get that out to you a.s.a.p.  I enjoyed everyone’s comments and thank you so much for taking the time to submit one. It has been a wonderful first year and I am looking forward to the many more to come!

A Weekly Journal Page

I wanted to share with you a journal page that I created last week.  It shows the cry of my heart, events, prayers, questions, and a quick glimpse at my life for a week.

These are my journal pages from last week
These are my journal pages from last week


This past week was very busy; two trips to San Francisco (always a delight), a visit to my financial planner, a planning and prayer meeting, and a ministry day at the Mystic Fair, besides art and furniture projects.

Occasionally, I minister with a team that goes to local events and Saturday we provided encouraging and prophetic words, Biblical dream interpretation, words of knowledge, and a demonstration of joy and the love of the Father to many lost souls.  So many in the New Age movement are hungry and seeking, and we try to provide a contact point to the Kingdom of God.  One of my contributions is prophetic art.  I paint a few watercolors in the days ahead of the event, trying to be led by the Spirit, and when we minister to someone I have a picture ready to give them with whatever the Holy Spirit speaks about that person.  It is an awesome privilege to go where not many Christians will go, to people who need God’s love just as we all once did before Christ came into our lives.

Favorite Quote


 Thanksgiving Tablescapes Day #8

I have so many tablescapes and decorations to share that I thought I’d post more than one today. ♥

Thanksgiving Table #8ACourtesy of  thistlewoodfarms.com

Thanksgiving Table #9Courtesy of designimprovised.com
Thanksgiving Table #11
Thanksgiving Table #12
Thanksgiving Table #13