For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise!
Monday, April 30, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Donna from HoliMess shared a funny story and some wonderful insights:
Ange at The Blooming Hydrangea created a beautiful bedroom for her daughter:
Suzy at Worthing Court crafted her own convex mirrors and gives the step-by-step instructions for how to do it:
Sheila from Plum Doodles showed us how she gave her vanity cabinet furniture style:
Vanessa from At the Picket Fence shared some beautifully inspiring thoughts in her post, "Don't Let Me Blow Away, Mommy."
Many thanks to everyone who linked up! And now for this week's party! What have you done lately to receive and share grace? This is the place for your link up a post about
- DIY projects
- homemaking tips
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
. . . she's going to want a glass of milk.As I was finishing up my guest room this past week, I was reminded of reading my boys If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Remember that story of one thing leading to the next and the next?
Last fall I found some wonderful fabric and made new draperies, bedskirts, Euro shams, and bolster pillows for my guest room. And I loved the new look. But then I noticed that the walls sorely needed painting. The fresh new fabrics just emphasized the dirty old paint. So I chose a lovely light green for the walls ("Limesickle" color by Benjamin Moore; my paint is actually Duration paint by Sherwin Williams).
I was so happy to get the walls all nice and clean and fresh! But then I noticed that the new wall color didn't quite work with the old green headboards as I had hoped. (Confession: I don't ever do samples. Maybe I should start?) And the fresh walls and the new curtains and bedskirts and pillows emphasized that the finish on the nightstand really needed some work. And I didn't really like the frames around the reproduction posters above the beds. And I wasn't thrilled with the lamp I had painted blue last year. So. . . one thing led to another, truly. Here's the result.
This long, narrow room is hard to photograph, but here are some views around the room.
I'm so happy with it. I used to think of this room as the place where old furniture went to die. Now, with a little elbow grease, it's become a place where old furniture goes to shine!
A few little details:
I made the upholstered headboards years ago (click here for tutorial). Changing them was super-easy--I just ripped off the trim and the last fabric, stapled new raw silk ($7.99 per yard at Not Just Linens in Durham) in place, then re-attached the same trim. Each headboard required 1 1/2 yards of fabric, so brand new headboards cost me just $24. By the way, I love twin beds in a guest room. I find they make the room more versatile than a double or queen. We often have two college students visiting at the same time, and they can share the room easily since they don't have to share a bed. Married couples don't seem to mind sleeping separately when they visit; I tell them they can pretend they're on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
I added scrapbook paper to the back of the open shelves in the secretary. The paper was on sale at Michael's for 25 cents per piece, so this update cost only $1.50.
You can see the lamp a little better when it's turned off. The spray painted finish was a little bright, so I rubbed it with a bit of stain to darken it. Not bad for a free update!
Monday, April 23, 2012
One of the things I love best about my house is that it's situated in a neighborhood full of trees. Trees are my favorite thing in the created world, I think. And I like the little sisters of trees, too--all kinds of plants. Plants, flowers--you name it; I like it. Here's the view from my back deck.
While I love all that beauty outside, I spend a lot of time INside my house. So I like to add plants to indoor landscape, too.
I start at the front door. My front porch is shaded, but coleus do just fine in the shade. By the end of the summer these pots will be overflowing!
Inside the front door, nestled by the antique deacon's bench:
As a simple but elegant centerpiece on the dining room table:
I have plants tucked here and there in less prominent places, too, such as beside the kitchen sink:
And here's the same plant a couple of hours later:
As you can see, I have plants growing in baskets and pots of all kinds. Don't let the baskets fool you; for the most part, they contain plants growing in cheap plastic pots. I line the baskets with plastic bags and just plop in the cheap pots. Instant beauty! Also, if you need planters and like the look of aged terra cotta pots, you might want to check out my tutorial on making your own. You can make any size you need for very little money and just a few minutes of time.
Do you have plants in your home? What's your favorite?
I'm joining the Nester's Planty Party. You'll find lots of inspiration there!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
It's time for the weekly Grace at Home party! I hope you're enjoying this weekly time to celebrate the ways that we try to make our homes havens of grace. God is so gracious to us; it's a joy to share his grace right at home, isn't it?
Here are just a few highlights from last week's party.
Barbara created this fun and funky "Eat" sign.
Geneva showed us how she made a beautiful Spring banner.
Gretchen shared an excellent method for organizing recipes. I need to do this!
Mary supported an Etsy shop owner and created a unique valance for her kitchen window. So smart!
- DIY projects
- homemaking tips
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
If I had to name the fashions in DIY home decor right now, I'd probably list painting furniture with chalk paint in the top five. It seems that everyone has painted at least one piece of furniture with chalk paint. It takes me awhile to catch up with the fashions, but I've finally joined the ranks of these painters, with pleasing results. Here's my latest project:
- I wanted a very specific color (Benjamin Moore's Sutton Blue).
- I didn't want to spend much money.
What do you think? Have you used chalk paint of any kind?