The Perfect Bathroom Vanity Make-Over

I’m so happy! We finally finished the vanity for my daughter’s bathroom. And it’s perfect!

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When she moved into her new home, the whole bathroom had been renovated,  except there was no vanity.  All Summer she looked for the perfect piece of furniture to use as her bathroom vanity. Finally, she found an old French Provincial dresser, the perfect size. The perfect price.  With a little TLC it really would be a perfect vanity.

french provincial dresser before

This one isn’t the actual one because…..well, you know, I forgot to take a before picture….But this is the exact same style. Hers had one broken drawer. Three of them will have to be cut shorter for the pipes, anyway.

She decided she wanted it painted dark gray, to coordinate with her bedroom,  and a dark stain on the top.

And I tried. I really did. Once it was sanded, I stained it.   I wasn’t happy with the stain. I sanded it again.( Ok, my husband sanded it AGAIN)  I tried twice to get the stain right. I wasn’t satisfied.

So, on to plan B.

Next we thought having a hard surface cut would be easier to maintain.

But alas, we hadn’t budgeted for it, so….in the end, I talked her in to Plan C:  letting me faux marble the top.  She had her doubts.

A prophet is not honored….artist either, turns out.

I told her we’d figure something else out later (Plan D), if she didn’t like it…but for now….mama’s gonna faux marble.

vanity faux marble

And I did. That will be another post, soon.  Faux Marble is a fun alternative and you really can’t go wrong….in fact,  there are places I’ve seen have “faux marble” and I couldn’t tell it wasn’t the real thing……and there are other places that had “faux marble” that I thought ” You payed good money for this?”  I knew I could at least come some where in the middle….and it wasn’t going to cost anything at all! Except for the supplies and I basically already had everything…

Once I convinced her to go with the faux marble,  she had to decide on a sink.  She found a perfect vessel sink. It was wide but not too deep.

vanity sink

Isn’t that perfect?   (Well, except for the two missing drawers…they didn’t make it for the photo shoot, obviously, but they’re there now.)  Most bathrooms have double sinks…and that’s fine, but I find that even tho we have two sinks, my husband and I use only one of them…(so when I remodel my bathroom…. 50 years from now…I’m going with one sink, too!)

vanity sink installed

Once it was installed, we were in love. It’s prefect. She found the sink with fixtures on Amazon with Free Delivery!

If you are in the market for a vessel sink, look on Amazon and search vessel sinks…but also search hand painted vessel sinks…or hand painted Mexican Vessel sinks. There are some very pretty hand painted ones out there, besides plain ole white.

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Matching accessories were easy to find. I had the gray vase on a shelf, gathering dust and the flowers were left over from her Picture Frame Wreath. They made a perfect touch of color for the room.

vanity made over I grabbed a mirror from her sunroom and painted it to match…yep, that’s painter’s tape still on there…ooops…it still needs to be glazed before I remove it.

The Perfect Bathroom Vanity Make-Over turned out, how can I say it?? Perfect!  She’s happy to be able to finally brush her teeth in her own bathroom.

And BTW, when the plumber came in to install the sink, he took one look and said, “oh, no, I don’t cut through marble…..”

My daughter told him to touch it…….she couldn’t wait to tell me…ha!

In the end….Faux Marble Mama is vindicated.

Perfect.

Pictures of Jesus in Genesis Page 5

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Last week I re-posted a long ago post from 2013 Pictures of Jesus in Genesis Page 4,  because it was my nephew’s wedding day and my post was about a wedding….I decided to go ahead and take the next few weeks to re-post the whole series…since, after all,  it is my favorite…I hope you are as amazed at God’s detailed plan for our salvation as I always am……bless you.

So far we’ve covered 4 pictures of Jesus in our album!

The first week…one of my favorites…we saw how Jesus was there in the beginning when God created the earth. Skeptical? I don’t mind…read this: Here

Week 2 we read about God’s creation and the first thing he did was to create Light. And we know Jesus said HE is the light of the  world…so we have another glimpse of Jesus right at the beginning of creation. Read this and I’ll fill you in: Here

The next week was the first wedding and how Adams relationship with Eve is a portrait of Christ and the church. The most beautiful wedding photos ever:  Here

And last week, we saw the picture of Eve’s being deceived and her husband lowering himself to her level, in order to save her. Here

Brilliant pictures for us…but maybe not so brilliant for those who had no New Testament to compare them with. Still, they’re there. And as we unfold the dusty pages of our album today, we will see what God did as a result of their sin.

As soon as Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened, they knew they were naked and covered themselves with fig leaves. God had said, In the day you eat of the tree you will surely die.”

Before the day ended, in the cool of the evening, God came to visit them.

What do we know about Eden? We know it was perfect, it was lush, it was a place of complete relaxation, no worries, nothing to fear… a place to live…and it belonged to Adam and Eve. Paradise. That’s the word for it. Their every day was Paradise.

Erawan Waterfall, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

But an intruder came into their perfect life and they both fell into sin. Well, they didn’t fall into anything…they chose to believe a lie. And because of them,  death entered the world.

 

This is a picture of all of us. Banished.

Mariotto Albertinelli: Expulsion of Adam and Eve from paradise

Mariotto Albertinelli: Expulsion of Adam and Eve from paradise

We have choices and we make the wrong ones. We are selfish and demand our own way…and God lets us have it…but out of His eternal love for us, He provides a way for us, to once again return to Him. The first picture we have of God’s eternal plan for the salvation of man is seen right here, in the Garden, with Adam and Eve, on the very day they sinned.

On day one, God showed mankind what they would have to do to approach Him.

 He made garments out of skins and clothed them.    

That’s what it says.

A library full of books could be written on that one line.

Adam and Eve lived in a picture perfect world. They had never seen so much as a leaf fall to the ground and die. But on this day, God made the first sacrifice for sin…a foretelling of an event that was to come. Something had to die in order for their ‘sin’ to be ‘covered.’

Adam and Eve had never seen death. The had never seen anything to compared to this. At once, they understood the gravity of what they had done. Something gave its life so they could live. And this should resonate in the heart of all believers:

                             God himself provided the sacrifice. He ‘covered’ their sin.

It was a picture. As time went on the picture became more and more clear…but it still wasn’t perfectly clear,  even after the death of Jesus. The disciples who walked and talked with him daily,  still had no clue how all of this related to their Messiah. They were confused. After Jesus died they were in utter dismay.  Expecting a King to free them from the tyranny of Rome…they didn’t understand that the Messiah had to die.

But the scripture tells us…after the resurrection Jesus met them on the road to Emmaus  and Jesus beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them all the scriptures concerning himself.” Luke 24:27 Jesus began with the very scriptures WE are studying and explained how they were all pictures of Him!

There are two pictures in the Old testament of the coming Messiah. One a conquering King…the other, mostly overlooked…a suffering servant ( Isaiah 53). Jesus came as the servant to suffer and die for the sin of the whole world. And He rose from the dead.

My husband asked me: “Do you know why Jesus rose from the dead?”  Ok, I’ll play along… “No, why?”  “Because the wages of sin is death and Jesus never sinned, so death couldn’t hold him”……wow….. just wow.

God Gives Adam a Glimpse of His Plan

God pronounced the curse on mankind for their disobedience. But before He pronounced the curse…He gave them hope. He gave us another significant picture of something to come in the future…speaking to satan, God said:

” I will put enmity between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will bruise his heel.”

It is significant that God spoke of satan’s seed…..and Eve’s seed. The first indication of a virgin birth. All other places in the Bible,  offspring, are referred to as the seed of man. But THIS particular seed will be the seed of Woman. Eve’s seed, the seed of woman,  will redeem the world of sin. And then God pronounced the curse and they were banished from the garden.

I heard a well known preacher say he didn’t think Adam and Eve were saved. Well, I respectfully disagree. I’ll tell you why next week.

Roasted Beef Bone Broth

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It was the last week before school starts back.  I’d been helping my daughter with her children’s last minute needs, as she worked to get her classroom ready for Open House on Thursday and Kindergarteners on Friday.

Last week I put up 8 bushels of white acre peas, made 5 makings of my meatball recipe to freeze, painted and worked in my daughter’s house, marbleized her vanity top….which I will be posting about soon… and ordered her sink which came in 3 days! They install it tomorrow and we can’t wait!

In the midst of all this,  was a little discussion on a Facebook page about bone broth…and mainly about chicken feet bone broth. yikes. Some commented how unpleasant it sounded, but there’s lots of great nutritional value to be found in those little toes….Of course, you have to clean them and peel the skin off, so that leaves the feet clean and very nutritious addition to a pot of bone broth.

I’ve yet to have the pleasure of using chicken feet… 😉

As all this was being discussed, I had to make room for all my peas in my little bitty freezer. I came across some beef bones I had used before and froze to use again, that were in my way.   I decided to make a new pot of Roasted Beef Bone Broth and that’s when someone asked for the recipe and I realized I had never actually posted it……I said all of that to say this: here you go. Roasted Beef Bone Broth.

Roasted Beef Bone Broth is so good and so nice to have on hand for a warm cup of broth and to use in all sorts of soups and sauces.

I found a butcher who was nice enough to help me with my bones. He cut them into about one inch pieces. I brought them home and placed them on a baking sheet.

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I  roasted beef bones for 45 minutes at 400*.

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After roasting, remove the bones to a stock pot and the fat (tallow) will be rendered and  left in the pan.

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Save it to cook with!

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I had 2 pints of tallow.   The picture below shows one pint cooled, the other, still hot. I store it in my refrigerator and use it to cook with.

tallow hot and cold

Once the bones are roasted, add bones to a large stock pot.

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Cover bones with water, Apple Cider Vinegar and Sea salt. Allow to stand about an hour. then proceed with recipe.

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Add celery, onion, carrots, garlic, pepper, egg shells (great calcium) and simmer very gently for 18-24 hours. Yes, you may cook over low heat in a crock pot.

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Strain and cool. Remove fat on top. Ladle into jars to freeze (be sure to leave an inch for expansion in the freezer)  or into a container to store in fridge. It will keep about 2 weeks in fridge.

The next day, after it is completely cooled… this is what you want. This is the goody.

beef bone broth congealed

Congealed broth is full of collagen and tons of minerals needed by our bodies for optimal health. You can read my post on the benefits of bone broth here, which include reducing inflammation, symptoms of arthritis and reducing joint pain, not to mention,  promoting healthy hair, strong bones and nails. But one of the best reasons to include Bone Broth in your diet is its ability to heal a leaky gut which is the root cause of many autoimmune diseases.

If your broth doesn’t congeal quite to this degree, never fear. It still has great nutritional value that exceeds anything store bought.  Just remember….This is the goal. 🙂

To serve,  season with salt, pepper and your favorite herbs or/and seasonings and enjoy a cup of broth.

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Or use bone broth to make soup…. French Onion Soup is awesome with bone broth. Use your bone broth for sauce or gravy or simply enjoy a cup.

Bone broth may be made with any bones or combination of bones. Here is more info on bone broth on my Easy to Make bone broth recipe.

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Enjoy!

 

Roasted Beef Bone Broth

Ingredients

  • Raw Beef Bones (5-10 pounds bones) or more:)
  • 2 -3 TBLS Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Braggs)
  • 1 TBLS Sea Salt
  • 1 TBLS Peppercorns
  • 2 large onions coarsely chopped
  • 4 celery stalks coarsely chopped
  • 1 head of garlic, quartered
  • 1-2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Your choice of Seasoning salt, salt, pepper, spices, herbs

Instructions

  1. Place bones on a shallow roasting pan and roast for 45 minutes in a 400* oven.
  2. Remove pan of bones from oven.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, spoon bones into 6 quart Stock Pot. (Or your large stock pot)
  4. (The roasting pan will have a good amount tallow which you can pour up, once cooled, into jars to use for cooking.)
  5. Cover bones in 6 quart stock pot with water.
  6. Add onions, celery, garlic, carrots, bay leaves
  7. After simmering 4-5 hours I usually remove vegetables with a slotted spoon: carrots/celery/onion/bay leaves and continue to cook.
  8. Simmer bones, on the lowest heat, in broth 18-24 hours
  9. Allow to cool in pot. Add seasoning herbs now, to steep as it cools, if you like, or wait and season by the cup or recipe.
  10. Once cooled, strain through a sieve and pour into freezer containers or jars to freeze or refrigerate.
  11. Season with salt and pepper and/or seasoning salt or herbs
  12. Delicious by the cup... or use in soups, sauces, and gravies.
  13. Incorporating bone broth into your family's diet is beneficial for everyones health.
  14. **May be cooked in a slow cooker.
  15. **I turn my stove all the way down to the lowest temp, so that it is barely simmering. This is especially important at night. Rarely, do I add more water.
  16. **The bones may be cooled and either frozen until you are ready to make another batch or go ahead and start another batch with same bones and new vegetables. Bones are good until they are soft. You may add various other bones to this recipe: lamb, oxtail, pork etc.
  17. Enjoy.
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Pictures of Jesus in Genesis Page 4

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My nephew is getting married later today.  It’s Saturday morning and I stumbled upon this old post I had written three years ago, to the day….about another beautiful wedding……I took it as a sign that I should share it again…This post is part of a series about pictures of Jesus in Genesis, one of my favorite topics.  I hope you enjoy and have a blessed Sunday.

Did you know that Adam laid down his life for his wife?  Sound familiar? Of course it does. We know that Jesus laid down his life for our sin.  And we’re looking for pictures of Jesus in Genesis… [Read more…]

Salted Caramel Pecan Ice-cream

About 5 years ago, I stumbled upon a Sea Salt Caramel gelato. I fell in love. My daughter’s birthday that year sent me on a search for a salted caramel ice cream recipe I could make for her celebration.

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I found one, tried it and it was very similar to my favorite gelato.  A few tweaks later, along with the addition of pecans, made it next to perfection.

Our favorite home Churned Salted Caramel Pecan Ice Cream was born.

This recipe is one to add to your Bucket List of Ice Cream recipes to try…..

You do have a homemade ice cream bucket list, don’t you? 🙂

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To begin with, if I’m churning ice-cream,  I want to make a whole gallon. I mean, this is work, so I want to make sure I have plenty from the get-go.  I have a 4 quart churn, which BTW I picked up at our local Goodwill Store for a fraction of the retail price…and it was new in the box, never even opened!

4 quarts equals one gallon, incase you’ve forgotten.

The first thing you want to do is measure out all ingredients so everything is ready to go, when needed.

Ready?

Pour 2 cups of milk in a large stainless steel bowl ( I use my Kitchen-Aid large mixing bowl.) Place the bowl of milk in another bowl of icewater. Allow the milk to chill while you make the caramel custard.

Begin by browning the sugar in a HEAVY pan. You must stay with it and watch it, stirring constantly because sugar will burn and you don’t want burnt icecream….who knew that was even possible?

   Salted Caramel Ice cream sugar      salted caramel ice cream sugar cooking

As the sugar heats over med-low heat, it will begin to melt and it may seem to be lumping up but it will melt down and begin to brown and you will have a nice caramel color.

    Also…make sure there are no children in the kitchen. This stuff is Hot!

Cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar is browned. When you begin to see smoke, ever so slightly, IMMEDIATELY  REMOVE  pan from heat and add sea salt (don’t use regular table salt) (mine was coarse sea salt and it was fine) and butter, stirring until melted.  Gradually whisk in cream, stirring constantly. Stir in the other 2 cups of milk. (Not the milk on ice)
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salted caramel ice cream browned

salted caramel icecream cooking

salted caramel ice cream milk

Whisk egg yolks.

Very gradually/slowly stir in a small amount, (about a cup) of the caramel mixture into the egg yolks, stirring to incorporate mixture and temper the eggs.

Add the tempered egg mixture back  into the pan with the caramel and cook slowly until the custard reaches 160-170*F  (71-77* C)

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Pour cooked custard through a sieve and into the bowl of cold milk.

( To be safe, I placed the bowl of cold milk in the sink (lower position) and poured the HOT custard into the bowl, rather than lifting the hot custard above the counter top to pour………………

actually, I placed it in the sink and had my husband do the pouring )

Next, stir in vanilla, Eagle Brand Milk and chopped pecans.  Refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours.

salted caramel ice cream custard

When ready to churn, pour custard into 4 qt. churn canister and add additional cream (or half n half) to the fill line. Churn according to instruction.

Once the ice cream has finished churning,  allow ice-cream to ‘ripen.’  To do this: remove dasher from churn and replace lid. Add additional rock salt and ice around canister in churn and cover with dishtowels. Allow to sit (ripen) for at 20-30 minutes. This allows the ice-cream to harden properly.

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This recipe is so perfect that leftovers can be frozen and the ice cream remains soft enough to easily dip. I save my store bought gelato containers…they came in handy to freeze my very own leftover~  Salted Caramel Pecan Ice Cream!

salted caramel leftovers

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It’s what’s for dessert!

Salted Caramel Pecan Ice-cream

Ingredients

  • **4 Quart Ice Cream Churn**
  • 4 cups whole milk, divided
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 stick salted butter (8 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons SEA salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 10 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 1/2 cups toasted salted pecans, coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. Place 2 cups of milk in a stainless steel bowl (I used my large Kitchen Aid Mixing bowl)
  2. Place bowl of milk into a larger bowl or pan of ice.
  3. Cover ice with water.
  4. Set aside while making Caramel Custard.
  5. Place 3 cups of white granulated sugar in a heavy pan.
  6. Over medium low heat, using a heat resistant spoon, stir sugar as it heats and melts. Watch it and stir constantly as sugar burns easily!
  7. Once it BARELY begins to smoke and has turned a nice medium brown REMOVE from heat IMMEDIATELY
  8. Add Butter and salt, stir to melt
  9. Gradually whisk in cream and then add 2 cups of milk (Not the milk that's over ice)
  10. Whisk eggs yolks in a small bowl
  11. Slowly whisk about 1/2 cup of the caramel mixture to temper the yolks
  12. Add tempered yolks back into the caramel mixture
  13. Continue to cook over med heat until the custard reaches 160*-170* F or 71-77* C
  14. Strain the custard into the chilled milk.
  15. *** for safety, I place the chilled milk in it's bowl in the sink and pour HOT custard into bowl from there, rather than lifting it above the counter and into the bowl***
  16. Add Sweetened Condensed Milk to mixture
  17. Finally, Stir in Pecans and vanilla
  18. Allow to chill in refrigerator overnight or at least 8 hours.
  19. Pour mixture into churn and add cream or half N half to the fill line.
  20. Churn according to directions.
  21. Allow ice-cream to ripen for 20-30 minutes for best results
  22. Freezes beautifully, if you want to make ahead.
  23. Garnish with additional chopped, toasted pecans.
  24. Enjoy!
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Celebrating the Fourth

Did the Fourth of July sneak up on you like it did me?  Where has the month gone? Can you believe June is O-V-E-R? If you’re like me, busy with countless other things, and suddenly you check the calendar and June is gone……Here are some last minute plans for Celebrating the Fourth of July ….Begin with your front door…this Easy-Peasy Patriotic Wreath is a great place to start.  Nothing says “Fourth of July” better than stars and stripes. This little wreath goes together pretty quickly and you can do it in an evening,  watching TV….;)

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There are two fruit that scream Summertime: Peaches and Watermelon. What better way to begin a celebration than with a bowl of Watermelon Gazpacho.  It takes time to put it together, but Oh.My.Goodness….YUM!

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But, if you’d prefer a quick dish to include at your cookout try Marinated Cucumber and Tomato Salad. It’s easy and refreshingly delicious!

marinated cucumber and tomato salad

If  hotdogs and hamburgers  sound a little boring this year…..try  Grilled Sriracha Chicken and you can throw a little pineapple on the grill, while you’re at it. 🙂

grilled sriracha chicken

No matter what kind of meat you decide to grill, Southern Baked Beans with Bourbon are a must! I mean, come on…a cookout without baked beans? and bourbon………..

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There’s no other way to end a Fourth of July celebration than with Homemade Churned Peach Ice-cream. Perfect ending to a perfect cookout. Now, on to the fireworks!

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Even if time has slipped up on you….try one or all of these tried and true recipes for a memorable way to celebrate the Fourth of July.

And everyone ~ Be Safe and Happy Fourth!

 

DIY Picture Frame Wreath

I’ve been on a wreath making binge lately. In the past few weeks I’ve made 9 wreaths with several more planned for next week.  It’s hard for me to choose my favorite wreath. I love all of them. But today I made my most favorite wreath of all….using a picture frame I picked up at Salvation Army!

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I love finding treasures in thrift shops.  Like the amber lamp I found and gave to a friend that matched her brown dining room…the one I mentioned earlier this week in the Trash to Treasure Lamp Makeover.

 

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This lamp was only $3.00!!! I couldn’t use it myself,  but I also couldn’t leave it behind. I called my friend, who was thrilled to have it. Here, I had just painted the metal parts an oil rubbed bronze color, for her.

While finding a treasure is fun…what I like even more is the challenge of making something out of something that has seen better days. Trash to Treasure gets my artistic juices flowing.  That’s just what happened when I visited The Salvation Army a few weeks ago. That’s where I found this old picture frame.

jennifers frame wreath before

Now, it didn’t look like this when I found it! It was a cream color, that had yellowed, badly. I forgot to take a before picture….

I painted it light turquoise (above) to match my daughter’s dining room, but ended up painting it a darker turquoise and adding highlights,  so the details of the frame could better be featured.

picture frame wreth dark

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These highlights were made with the same paint I used on her lamps.   The highlights are a dusty Aqua.

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Once I finished that,  I added white highlights to accent the detail even more.

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I love this frame!

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For this DIY Picture Frame Wreath project you will need:

Frame of choice

Paints of choice: craft, spray or latex paints or a combo

Sponge brush or paint brush or both

Flowers choice

Hot glue gun

Bow/Ribbon is optional

Find a frame as ornate as you like. If you prefer a plain frame, that works, too.  And then paint it. I spray painted this one, but you could easily paint with craft paint or leftover latex paint.

There are a couple things to decide. If you’d like the details to be featured as light,  then go with a darker paint overall. If you’d like the details to be darker then start with a lighter paint. I wanted my highlights to be light,  so I painted over the lighter turquoise with a darker turquoise.

After it dries,  you will want a lighter (or darker if frame is light) color paint to add highlights to show off the detail of your lamp. Or if your lamp is plain it will distress the frame to give it character. If you mess up…it’s just paint. Do it over.

I added white on top of that because there is so much to show off and accent on this frame.

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 Next gather flowers. I found these silk flowers at Hobby Lobby and Michaels. But I have found nice flowers at Walmart and even the Dollar Tree. You just have to be selective.

I use a hot glue gun and I start in the corner with a Hydrangea. That’s where to start arranging your flowers. Cut the stems close to begin…but longer as you go up the frame. And give them space to show off. In other words don;t cram them all so close together you can’t tell them apart.

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 Next add other colored flowers, spacing them along the frame.

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Keep adding flowers until you’re happy with the design.

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 I added some berries and tiny flowers for filler.

Don’t forget to add leaves in the background.

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…easy as pie.

 After you have everything glued into place,  you may consider adding a bow to the bottom…or a ribbon to the top,  to hang it by.

It turned out so pretty, we’re considering using it in a bedroom or living room.

Have fun!

Lamp Makeover: From Trash to Treasure

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I love Goodwill. I ALWAYS find a treasure…..Last week I found this pair of lamps for 8 dollars!. Lamps are one of my FAVORITE things to makeover, too. 🙂 I texted pics to my daughter and told her to look beyond the gold, at the shape and design. Would this be something she’d like in her house? Sometimes it’s hard for people to see what I see…but thankfully, she’s learned to look beyond.

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They were 20 inches tall,  not counting the shade,  which meant they were tall enough to give off good light for the room. I mean, what’s the point of having lamps if they don’t light the room enough?

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She said yes…and I was so happy, because I could see them in her family room.  But, of course, I was going to have to do some work first.  As it turned out, not much, tho.

If you are wanting to makeover a lamp…you may need to prime it first.  (after cleaning any dust and grime off)  I spray lamps with a white primer especially if I’m wanting the color to be true.

But this time, I just went for it.  Always remember, it’s just paint…so, if you make a mistake, just paint over it… You can use spray paint or bottles of craft paints or in this case, I’m used a can of paint I had mixed for another project.

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Isn’t it amazing what a little paint can do? I used a dusty aqua latex paint leaving some of the gold peeking through my strokes.  Then I went over the swirls with a brighter turquoise. But not too bright.

jennifers lamp gold

One thing you’ll want to do if you paint a lamp, or anything else for that matter, is to follow the shape or design of whatever you’re painting. In this case, my brush followed the path of the swirls. It makes the brush ‘work with you’ and makes life easier, and less messy looking. I like seeing the gold thru the aqua paint. It adds a little character.

After I finished painting the lamp, I painted the base. The base was dark, but dull looking and I wanted to keep them dark. So, I added a dark metallic brown mixed with dark brown to brighten the dull brown. It worked!

jennifers lamps base beforejennifers lamps base finished

See the before…just a dull dark brown.  Below,  I added some dark brown to a bronze metallic                              paint to make a nice dark, but not dull, brown.

 

BTW: Dark Bronze Metallic Paint is Perfect for Dining Room

A friend of mine wanted a brown dining room,  but she was not happy with any of the brown samples she had tried. She finally gave up and just painted the whole room a brown… but it was lifeless.  She came over frustrated, and asked me to help her pick out the ‘right’ brown… I found a metallic brown for her and the room came to life.  It made all the difference in the world.  It is beautiful and so elegant!  So keep that in mind.  Metallic bronze-brown is beautiful on walls. fyi. …..You’re welcome.

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The last step is to seal the paint with several light coats of polyurethane. Used spray. (You can brush it on if  you prefer)  Allow to dry.  Now they’re ready for shades.

Tip: I like to try on several shades from around my house to see what style looks best on whatever lamp I’m working on.  I decided I liked drum shades best.  Once I decided on the style shade, I checked Pottery Barn to find the shade I wanted.  I wanted a bargain to go with my bargain lamp…. 😉  So after checking around, I found very similar shades on eBay for half the price….Needless to say, I ordered the shades from eBay. 🙂

jennifers new lamp alone

The lamps look so classy in her living room. They add just enough of her turquoise color to the room without being overwhelming. And the shades are perfect!

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My daughter teaches kindergarten and so having a cheerful, colorful home is very fitting. Red and turquoise are so happy. And don’t the lamps look perfect in the room?

 

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Bright and cheerful is what we’re going for…;)

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I  love how they turned out….It’s a far cry from how they began!

Next time you’re in the market for new lamps remember to check out your local GoodWill, Salvation Army and thrift stores. You’ll be surprised at the deals you can find. And with a little TLC (and paint), create a one of a kind decorating statement. Love…

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New Creation aka Poppy Lamp

I posted this 3 years ago but thought it worthy of sharing again…..  There’s a powerful lesson here and I needed to read it again…Maybe you do, too.

I hope you have a blessed Sunday!

Behold I make all things new. That is an amazing truth in the Bible. The truth that when a person accepts Jesus Christ as his/her personal savior…all the things we ever did in the past are completely forgiven. And we become a new creation.

The old is passed away and we are a new, totally forgiven person. While some of us….all of us….continue to make mistakes and sin against ourselves, others and God, it’s comforting to know that along with our salvation comes the right to approach God for forgiveness.

I was confronted last week with the realization that I had been less than forgiving of someone I ran into from my past. I hadn’t seen this man for years but I knew back then that he had been horrible to his wife. Abusive. Horribly abusive.   He had done things, that in my opinion,  were absolutley unforgivable and inexcusable!

And when I saw him,  I was visiting a church and he was leading the singing!   Honestly, I just couldn’t believe he had the nerve to even accept such an honorable position! IN A CHURCH no less!  This came to my mind several times over the past few months and I continued to be apalled.

And last week it suddenly hit me. I’ve done things that were wrong. I knew better and yet in moments of weakness gave in to sin. Things I’m ashamed of. And I have asked the Lord to forgive me of my transgressions and I know He has.

And yet, people who know of my sin may not know that I have repented of them and been forgiven. They may even look at me and think who does she think she is?  Just as I was doing this man! Oh my goodness.

That’s when it hit me like a ton of bricks. The truth is, that man has obviously repented and here a I am judging him. I’m not privy to his heart nor his most personal life. Just as others are not privy to mine.

The revelation I recieved from all of this is that, we are not to judge others. I know I am stating the obvious, but how easy it is to see someone and think back to what they were back then….when we don’t know what the Lord has brought them through and to.

In fact, to be Christians we are to extend MERCY to others because we ourselves are in such dire need of it.  So, I repented. I asked the Lord to forgive my arrogance and pride.

I understand the apostle Paul’s heartfelt cry when he said he was the chiefest of all sinners! I can so relate. I know I’m in need of his mercy and therfore I must extend it to everyone, even to those whose hearts I know not.

Oh, but this post is about a lamp…my little new creation…. It in no way compares to God’s gift to us when we are saved. But in some small way it shows how we have so much potential to be so much more than the people who ‘knew us before’ could ever have imagined.

I hope you get my drift….

This is the lamp I found in an old thrift shop. It’s seen better days and its owners obviously thought it had nothing left of value and it was discarded.

Isn’t that how we are before God steps in and says “I see potential in you.”

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I took my daughter with me to see the lamp I had found. I thought it would look great in her den.  She had a hard time seeing any virtue in the old thing.

I said, “You’re just going to have to trust me.”

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I primed it, covered all the blemished and made it whiter than snow…..ummm ~ what an interesting concept.

lamp base primed

Her den is green with red sofa and so I decided to paint the back ground green and somehow create poppies in some of the indentions….

Isn’t that the way we are? We can’t see anything but our shortcomings and can’t see past them to what we could be.

If we could just figure out a way to release our potential to someone who could do something with us……hummm… you do see the poppies ~ don’t you?

lamp base painted green

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I thought of the lines in Pretty Woman when Julia Roberts’ character “Vivian” gives her friend “Kit” some money because “You’ve got potential” and then later that same friend gives some of the money to her friend because “you got potential.”

That’s what God says about each and everyone of us. He takes us as we are or as we have made ourselves….a plu-perfect mess and feeling worthless and God says “You’ve got potential.”

And even tho we may not want to believe it or we can’t see it, there’s someone who sees the potential in us….after all…This is the Creator who made the world out of nothing…surely he can make something out of you and me.

God says “Trust me, you’ve got potential.”

jennifers lamp

I bought a new shade and  painted a new finial to match.  My husband put a new switch on and rewired it….

My daughter claims she had faith in me all along…. 🙂

Who knew life lessons could be learned from something as mundane as a lamp make-over.?

My lesson for this week….I will look beyond what I can see and find the potential in others…and I will extend mercy to all.  Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy!

So dear reader,  remember that Someone far greater than me has already made it loud and clear He thinks you are more than worth it….In His eyes You have GREAT POTENTIAL! He who makes all things new can make something awesome out of you….just Trust Him.

jennifers poppy lamp makeover

I pray your day and the coming week is blessed and that the Lord himself will show you just how much potential He sees in you….warts and all.

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The Chinoiserie Painted Door

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A friend of mine’s home burned down a couple of years ago. You may remember last Summer we made a mosaic birdbath from the broken and burned chards of her china and gave to her. Beauty from Ashes.

They’ve been in the midst of rebuilding their home for months now.

One of the things that burned in the fire was a sideboard/buffet I had painted with a gold Chinoiserie design.

                  beths sidebaord side

It was the first of its kind that I had ever attempted.  I enjoyed researching and actually painting the design.  So I was very happy when she asked me to paint a cabinet door ‘any-way-I-wanted’ for her new home.

The painted door was already beautifully painted with a sailboat and seascape. It was very pretty but, it wasn’t her style, so I decided since she had lost the sideboard in the fire,

I’d paint another Chinoiserie design.

beths sailboat

As it turned out, her powder room design uses gold and black, so a Chinoiserie design would be perfect.

                                              And I am so pleased with the way it turned out…..

beths cabinet room

 

 I love the gold and black.

 

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I’m not certain, but to me it seems that oriental painting motifs tell a story in their design. I like to think my love birds are telling a story as they overlook the scenery.

 

bethe cabinet door

Perfect little powder room…the Perfect Painted door…