Thursday, March 26, 2015

Grace at Home No. 147


Welcome, friends!  I'm glad you're here for the Grace at Home party, a place to celebrate the ways we make our homes reflections of God's grace.

Here are some of the best entries from last week's party:

Lori at Dining Delight showed us how to make a spring display in a tray.  Isn't this lovely?


Cat from Pocketful of Posies gave us a tutorial on how to make great open shelves on a tight budget.


Cheryl from Treasures from a Shoebox listed 12 ways her family of 12 live on one income.


Keitha from The Bajan Texan shared a recipe for Shrimp and Sausage Alfredo that can be prepared in 20 minutes.  I'm going to try this!


Sharon from Sharon Sharing God inspired us with her post about resting in the shadow of His wings. Such timely encouragement!

Those are just a few of my favorites.  A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button (the code is right over in my sidebar).  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

 

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!




Thursday, March 19, 2015

Grace at Home No. 146


Hello, friends!  Welcome to the Grace at Home party!

This party offers a chance to remember that we are all recipients of God's grace and to celebrate the ways we make our homes reflections of that grace.

Here are a few links that have caught my eye over the past couple of weeks.

LuAnn from Lovely Livings showed us the Easter touches she's added to her kitchen.  I can hardly believe that Easter is nearly here!


Jennifer at From the Family created a beautiful spring wreath from craft-store silk flowers.  Isn't this lovely?
Theresa at Shoestring Elegance gave us a recipe for fresh-squeezed orange juice muffins.  Yum!


Barb at Second Chance to Dream explained how to know if your body needs a "detox" and posted a simple, at-home method for detoxing.  I'm going to try this!


My precious friend Patti from Old Things New shared a very personal story that she called "The Confession that Saved My Life."  I hope you'll read it!


Those are just a few of my favorites.  A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button (the code is right over in my sidebar).  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

 

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day


Patrick was a Briton who lived in the years 389-461.  A former slave, Patrick took Ireland as his mission field.  Patrick devoted his life to the pursuit of destroying paganism and exalting the name of God in Ireland, tirelessly teaching the Irish people about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  No wonder this day is celebrated as the feast day of St. Patrick.



May Patrick's prayer encourage you today.

Christ, as a light
illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield
overshadow me.
Christ under me;
Christ over me;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light;
Christ as a shield;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.

(Celtic Daily Prayer, Northumbria Community Trust. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2002, p. 18)

Happy St. Patrick's Day, friends.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Grace at Home No. 145


Hello, friends!  Welcome to this week's Grace at Home party, where we give thanks for God's grace and celebrate the ways we fill our homes with grace and beauty.

I'm out of town, so I haven't had a chance to visit as many of last week's links as I'd like.  Next week I'll do two weeks' worth of features.  For now, let's get to this week's party!


Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!





Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Updating a bathroom: I need your help!


March 11 is a big day for us this year.  Today is the 10-year anniversary of our moving into this house!

I can hardly believe we've been here 10 years.  My sons were just 7, 11, and 13 years old when we moved here.  Now two of them are adults and my "baby" is about to turn 18!

Our house was brand new when we moved in.  As you can imagine, some things we've changed over the course of 10 years; other things have stayed the same.  One room we're in the process of changing right now is our master bathroom, and I could really use your help as I work on this room.

For years our bathroom was painted "Craftsman Brown" by Sherwin Williams.  It's a nice dark taupe that worked well with the tumbled marble tile.  After awhile, though, I grew tired of the brown.  Here are a couple of old shots:





One thing I never liked was the shower door.  It was a nice quality door, but so ugly:


So recently I repainted with Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore and got a new frameless shower door.  Much better!



Now, here's where I need help.  I still like the tumbled marble tile and the large tiles of the floor, so I don't think replacing all the tile would be a worthwhile project.  But the countertops are a different story.  Here's a look at them:




They're not dreadful by any means, but neither are they beautiful.  They're Corian in a very neutral, slightly speckled finish with white sinks. 

So here's where I need your help.  First, what do you think of the countertops?  Do you agree that it would be good to replace them?  If so, what do you think would work well?  I really think I'll keep the tumbled marble tile in the shower and tub surrounds, so it needs to be a material that would work well with that.  Any ideas?

Second, what do you think I should do with the mirrors?  Would replacing the large plate glass mirrors with framed mirrors work well in here?  As you can see from the first photo, my side of the bathroom includes both a sink area and a vanity area, with countertops of two different heights.  Do you think I should hang two framed mirrors side by side there? 

Help!  Do you have any suggestions?  Photos?  I'd love to have your opinion!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Grace at Home No. 144


Welcome to the Grace at Home party!

I could hardly believe my eyes when I typed the title for this post.  This is Grace at Home No. 144?? I've been hosting this party for 12 x 12 weeks.  How can the time have gone so quickly?

There are so many link parties now that I've considered stopping this little party, but I love the way it's led me to many new blogging friends.  I appreciate everyone who links here!

Here are a few posts that caught my eye last week.

Jenn from One Thrifty Chick shows us the built-in pantry that she and her husband created and shares every step of their DIY process.  Aren't those doors beautiful?


Paula from Sweet Pea made these darling St. Patrick's Day pillows, and guess where she got the felt shamrocks?  The dollar store!


I don't know about you, but we've had terrible winter weather the past few weeks.  I'm really ready for spring!  Erin from Meadowlake Road shared the way she's freshened up her mantel for springtime, and I really like it.  So fresh and simple!


Happy Cottage Quilter shared the recipe for this delicious-looking Lemon Blueberry Bread.  I think my husband would love this!


Last but certainly not least, I was inspired by this post from Rosalind at A Little R & R.  Blogging is such a wonderful pursuit, but every pursuit has dangers, right?


A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button (the code is right over in my sidebar).  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

 

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!