Craft Room Storage

i-bjjljhw-l-1This past Thanksgiving we hosted the annual HooHa. On Friday of that weekend we went down to the farm for a little shootin.20161125-204a1181Hee Hee…I have no idea what my mom is all excited about, but I do know that the only stuff she’s sippin is southern sweet iced tea.i-n4dkfrw-l-1After shooting skeet and blowing up stuff, we headed to the barn for some burgers and hot dogs. With our bellies full, a few of us decided to go check out Grandma Becky and Harry’s house. They’ve been gone for over twenty years and the house has been rented out to family friends, but there is a storage shed that hadn’t been opened in all that time.i-cjz8srv-l-1Harry was a collector.

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We had nimble Tyler climb in through this window to check things out. To the naked eye it looks like just a bunch of junk. But with someone who wants some cool storage for her craft room, this just might be a gold mineimg_1071-1My eye saw this beauty right away! It was covered in rusty buckets, rags and trash. It has no drawers, but carried lots of wasp nests underneath.img_1074-1Oh Boy! This gem was filled with coveralls and more rags.img_1076-1I remember this cabinet in Grandma Becky’s kitchen where she stored her canned goods. After so many years of neglect, the cans corroded and when put in the shed mice took over. The mice made nests in the coveralls and pooped all over the shelves.img_1077-1Even with all of that yuck, I fell in love with these Mexican guys. Whatever I did to the cabinet, I had to keep these two intact.img_2803-1To both pieces I lightly sanded them and then put a coat or two of clear poly on each. The chest needed brackets and shelves to hold my Cricut materials. I was pretty proud of myself for how I figured it all out. But of course it wasn’t perfect. Do you see how I went catywonkus screwing in the screw and split the wood? Do I pull it all out and start over? NO Way! Pull out the glue gun and attach some lace to cover it all up.img_1145-1 I think its more lovely with the lace!img_1146-1So here is the rat poop-can corroded cabinet looking pretty fabulous, if I do say so myself. And most importantly, the Mexican guys are still there.img_1147-1

Truly, the most important part is all the storage! I scrubbed and sanded the inside, then gave it a quick coat of paint. It takes up such little space but holds so much!

I’m still not ready to let you see the entire new craft room, so you’ll just have to hold on to your panties. After the lights go up and I have it looking all purty I’ll give you a tour.i-ssfnddb-l-1This little junkin experience was fun on many levels. I discovered treasures with family, I turned a few ugly ducklings into storage swans and I’m creating a  room that is making me very happy.

Thanks for dropping by!

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My 2017 Word of the Year: Words

For the past couple of years I’ve chosen a word to guide me through the year. In 2014 I used the word Simple, in 2015 Listen, and then last year Create. In the few years that I have done this, I have seen a tremendous change in myself. 

Since choosing the word “simple”, I have become more mindful of my time, money, space, relationships and things. I came to realize that with this one life I’ve been given, I need to be more aware of how I spend my days and who and what I surround myself with. 

To concentrate on the word “listen”,  I became a better friend, wife, and mother. I’ve learned to really listen. I change the station when music or a tv show comes on that my soul knows I shouldn’t hear. I stop those voices in my head that are telling me lies. I spend time listening for God’s voice.

Last year I truly embraced the gift God gave me to create. I made bags, dolls, aprons, and lovies to sell in order to give all the proceeds to missional organizations. I honed my craft to become a better artisan. I went on an artist retreat and spent a week with others who are like me. Instead of being embarrassed about this need to create, I’ve embraced it and am using it to bring joy to others. 

This year I prayed about my word. I had no idea what it should be. Then with this election year, I realized how damaging words can be. Receiving a sweet card from a friend, I know the power of encouragement from the written word. Reading the Bible I kept coming across verses about being careful with our words, the power of words to build up and to destroy. My word of 2017 is “Words”. It isn’t very pin worthy, but it does keep me focused on what I believe is important for me this year.

I’ve been known to speak before thinking and this usually has me in a state of pulling my foot out of my mouth afterwards. What if I were to T.H.I.N.K. before speaking? What if I asked myself…Is it true, is it helpful, is it inspirational, is it needed and is it kind?
In order for me to be encouraging and truthful, I need to have my heart filled with what is true and right and filled with love. Have you ever noticed how the topics of conversation depend on who you are with. When you are with Connie Complainer, do you agree with her negative thoughts and fuel her negativity? What about your conversations with Gabby the Gossip? Or Sally Sludge-Mouth? It is so easy to fall into ugly conversations when we are around people who don’t have happy hearts. On my own devices, I fall right in there with the judging, gossipy, ugly speech. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1   The Word is active and living. Jesus said that she who abides in Him will have life. To have my heart filled with love, I must pour into my heart the only true, unfailing, everlasting love which can only come from Jesus. I plan to drink up the words in my bible.I can talk the talk, but can I walk the walk? Here are some actions I’d like to practice:
*Fill my heart, soul and mind with things of God by reading the Word of God.

*Increase my prayer time, my conversations with God.

*Practice the habit of pausing before speaking and T.H.I.N.K.

*Stop complaining. 

*With eyes that can see the good in everyone, compliment others.

*Write cards of encouragement.

*Continue to write a blog that finds joy in the ordinary, messy, beautiful thing called life.

In a world that is saturated with hate, judgements, lies, corruption, and self importance, it isn’t easy to stay joyful. In a nation that is split in two, protesting, looting and killing, I’m more and more convinced that our words mean something. I can’t change the world, but I can do my part to show people the love of God through laughter, notes, cards, sweet conversations and even through this blog. 

Do you have a word of the year? I’d love to hear about it! Let’s encourage one another to stay on track. Thank you for stopping by!