Monday, July 20, 2009

{Inspiration}

Photo Courtesy of BH&G

Photo Courtesy of Southern Living

I've been a busy little bee lately......between Craigslist and my local thrift stores, I've scored some great pieces {more on that later}. Now I'm searching for inspiration.

Photo Courtesy of Southern Living
I'm really having fun decorating my little cottage. So much inspiration out there. One thing I continue to focus on is to re-use & re-purpose....budget friendly decor. I'm on Craigslist EVERYDAY looking for bargains and boy have I really hit the mother load.
My problem is not finding inspiration and great bargains..............my problem is finishing ONE project! Does anyone else have that problem?, before you can finish one project, your mind is wandering onto another one...AUGGH! I've got to stop....nothings getting done. I've promised myself that I will get one project finished by the end of the week. I can do this...right??
Lisa








Sunday, July 12, 2009

{From The Heart of My Minister}


One Day At A Time Sweet Jesus

Living one day at a time is a discipline we all have to focus on when we are in Christ. It is easy to slip back into worrying about tomorrow, dwelling on the "what ifs" and the "if only." Each day brings a host of things we cannot change; there will always be circumstances beyond our control. We must also face the reality of who we are-human beings confined within the slice of life we call today. It is tempting to deny the present, but escaping reality is part of the insanity of our old sinful way of life. Jesus said, "can all your worries add a single moment to your life?...don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring it's own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today" (Math. 6:27 & 34). The prophet Jeremiah said, "The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By His mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is His faithfulness, His mercies begin afresh each day" (Lamentations 3:22 & 23). Since God's grace is renewed towards us daily, then living each day at a time, is the best way to face life. We need to ask ourselves at every turn in life, Am I accepting this present moment, or am I pretending-trying to escape into the past or the future? Each day there is something to find joy in, and there is sufficient strength promised for the troubles of that day. The Psalmist wrote, "This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24). We, too can choose to find joy, strength and hope when we accept each day's realities with a heart of one day at a time sweet Jesus.

{Richard Ramkinson Windsor Lake Church of Christ}

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bookcase Makeover

DIY Day @ ASPTL

Yall see this big ole clunky, plain, undressed Monster....

{ok...so I had to jack this pic from some innocent persons blog...sorry...forgot to take a before shot}

Well my baby girl knew her mama was in desperate need of a bookcase for her office so what did that sweetie pie go and do but buy me one for my birthday last August. Now don't go thinkin my baby has no taste just because she purchased mama a big brown monster. That baby knew her mama wouldn't keep it lookin that way for long. She actually told me she looked for a black one first but couldn't find one....the sweet girl.

Well......here she is in all her loveliness



I know what you're thinking, "that can't be the same little lady we see above.....but...but...she's so beautiful". Oh...but it is. Here's a glimpse of her simple makeover.

First I painted her a beautiful shade of black....***Note to self...next time PRIME FIRST*** using Krylon spray paint.




*Next take a dry brush and apply {lightly} an accent color. I used bronze...it goes really well with all my accessories. And that's it!!! No really that's all there is to it. All the accessories you see were in my current stash. Some had to be altered to fit the decor. All thrift store, clearance bin, and consignment shop finds.

If you think you're not so good at building a display, take a hint from the experts. Look in design books or magazines for inspiration. Mary Carol Garrity of Nell Hill can give you a treasure trove of ideas.





When choosing items for the top of your bookcase let me caution you here, I used items that if for some reason someone bumped into the bookcase {okay so maybe I forgot to mention I'm a klutz too} and they tipped over...no one would get hurt. Also, if your case is anything like mine, it's a bit narrow at the top so don't go choosing wide chunky items to place up there...no matter how cute they would look.

Be sure to use many of the items you use on a daily basis to fill it out...this is after all a functioning bookcase and who says function can't be beautiful?!!

***Here's a sneak peek at my new office space in "The Cottage"...more on that later.


Blessings
Lisa