A repurposed chair becomes a unique plant stand

A repurposed chair becomes a unique plant stand

Last year, my grandpa gave me this chair. He heard I was looking for an old chair and someone had given it to him.

I liked the look of the chair. It was a nice size and I thought it was a cute chair. I just wasn’t too sure about that metal woven seat. The metal was a little sharp and I was worried about my kids cutting their fingers.

So I removed it. I then painted the chair yellow.

I also used a little sandpaper to distress it a bit.

I first tried to use landscape mat to plant a vine plant, but it didn’t work.

So instead, I took some old wood planks and laid them across the bottom rungs of the chair.

I love how cute and unique this chair plant stand is. Plus, if I get tired of it, I can build a new seat for it.

But, the color brightens up our porch, and we get lots of compliments on our “fern chair.”

What have you repurposed lately?

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Sunday Musings: John 3:16

Sunday Musings: John 3:16

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This month, people will talk about the greatest love stories ever known. But there’s one love story that, to me, stands out above all others.

John 3:16 is a verse most of us know, and for most of us, it was the first verse you memorized. But have you ever thought about what the verse really means?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him shall have everlasting life.”

If I were to put this verse in our daily vernacular, it might look like this: Because God loves us so much, he gave his only son to die for our sins. Those who believe in Him shall have eternal life in Heaven.

God gave us his only son so we could be with Him forever in Heaven. All we have to do is trust and believe.

What greater love story exists than this one?

Who Cares About Being Organized…and why you should.

Who Cares About Being Organized…and why you should.

As the owner of a blog about organizing, I am often asked lots of questions. The most frequent question I get is this one: “Why do you care so much about being organized?”

Some people just seem to be organized by nature, but for others, it’s a learned behavior. There are lots of benefits to organization, and some of them are benefits you may have never thought of.

1. Being organized saves time

Did you know the average American spends 2.5 Days each year looking for lost items? ( according to the Lost & Found Survey by Pixie)Like most people, I am often in a hurry and don’t really have a lot of extra time to spend looking for things. It makes the most sense to me to have a place for everything and to put everything in its place, so you aren’t searching for it later.

2. Being organized is good for your health

Most of us will admit we’ve been stressed and frustrated because we couldn’t find something we needed. Stress raises your blood pressure, and if the stress is a frequent problem, then you’re likely to deal with irritability, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and headaches. (Source: Healthline.com)Being organized is good for your health. You are less stressed because your life seems more in order, and you feel you have more control over your daily activities. (Psychology Today)

3. Being organized Is good for your family relationships

When we’re disorganized, it can make us cranky and irritable, and we may take our stresses out on one another. Being organized makes us more relaxed and able to enjoy one another more.

4. An organized home feels cleaner

When your home is cluttered, it doesn’t feel clean, no matter how clean it may be. But a clutter-free, picked up and put away Home looks and feels cleaner.

Being organized has plenty of benefits: it saves time, keeps you healthy, lessens your stress, and improves your family relationships. Start organizing one room at a time and you’ll notice a huge difference. It really is life changing.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Gallery walls made simple

Gallery walls made simple

We have tons of gallery walls in our house. I keep thinking how I should change it up and hang something else on the walls, but I just can’t. I really love symmetrical, gridded gallery walls. If that’s your jam, then stay tuned for some Tricks and tips for hanging a stylish and eye catching gallery wall.

1. Plan your space

Whether you measure your space and draw it out, or simply practice arranging your frames in the floor, you probably want to plan your gallery before you hang your frames. I like to lay all my frames out in the floor and space them out before I start hanging them. This gives me a visual and I can move around my frames without damaging the walls.

2. Use a level and a tape measure

There’s nothing worse than hanging a picture crookedly or messing up your gallery wall spacing. We are sticklers for making sure our pictures are hanging straight so levels are the stuff in this house. Did you know you can always use your level to space your gallery wall objects as well.

3. Make your gallery wall more interesting by varying your heights

Use a lot of different objects to make your gallery wall super interesting. The varying heights keep your eye moving and it makes your space seem larger.

4. Use Command Strips

Command strips are the best product EVER. I love them because I can just peel off the paper, stick the picture where I want it and then I simply press the objects Against the wall. It only takes a minute to create a gorgeous gallery wall.

Why We Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Why We Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Last year, Americans spent about 19.7 billion on cards, flowers and candies for Valentine’s Day. This year, it is believed that Americans will spend on average $138 per person on the holiday.

But why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day each year? And who is St. Valentine? History.com says this:

The Catholic Church recognizes three different St. Valentines. One story involves Emperor Claudius III of Rome, who decided single men made better soldiers. As a result, he outlawed marriage. St. Valentine found the marriage ban to be unfair, so he defied the Emperor and married the soldiers in secret. When his actions were discovered, he was put to death.

Other stories suggest St. Valentine may have been killed for helping imprisoned Christians escape their harsh conditions. Yet another story says an imprisoned Valentine sent the first Valentine himself to his jailer’s daughter. He even signed it, “From your Valentine,” an expression we still use today.

While Valentines Day has pagan roots, the holiday became associated with love in the Middle Ages. The earliest written Valentines were thought to be from around 1400. The oldest known valentine in existence is from 1415, and was written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife who was imprisoned in the Tower of London.

Today, we celebrate Valentine’s Day with festivals, parades, gifts, and spending time with our loved ones.

How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day this year?

Make it Monday: from Ikea tray to farmhouse art

Make it Monday: from Ikea tray to farmhouse art

Last year, my mom gave me this cute Ikea tray. I immediately loved the lace like pattern on the outer edges.

I used it as the base of an advent wreath, and for awhile, I used it in my coffee bar. I toyed with making a chalkboard out of it, but decided I wanted to create something a little less permanent.

I got the bright idea to create something using the Silhouette Cameo. Since I was a “noob” at the time and didn’t know what I was doing, some sweet friends of mine walked me through. Thanks, Katy, Kim, Leslie and anyone I may have forgotten 😉

I settled on a simple brush script font and a laurel wreath pattern. When I was done, I had this:

It’s cute, simple, and best of all, if I get tired of it, I can peel it off and do something different. What do you think?

What Silhouette or Cricut crafts have you done lately?

Scripture Sundays: 1 John 4:19

Scripture Sundays: 1 John 4:19

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As you know, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. While the world has many ideas and thoughts about love, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Bible verses about love.

Perhaps my most favorite verse is John 3:16, but this verse is a common one as well. 1 John 4:19 has been used for engagement photos, weddings, and more.

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Where is a greater picture of love than Christ’s love for us? Basically, what this verse means is we can love others because God loves us. He is the one who gives us that ability. The following verses talk about how we are not to hate anyone, and how a person cannot say he loves God but hate his brother.

I feel this verse is never more relevant than today, when violence and tensions are running at an all time high. Even though evil is rampant and hate is spewed forth on a daily basis, we must not be part of t. God called us to love and to be set apart.

I am challenging myself to recite this verse daily, so it will remind me to show others that love. We love because he first loved us. Shouldn’t we strive to radiate that love to others?

Have a wonderful week.