From somebody's trash to my treasure. I like to re-style & re-create what was once a cast off. Isn't that what Jesus does with us?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Palette Love

I've been inspired lately to build my own day bed from a palette. There are so many pictures online about all the amazing things you can do with skids -- that carry anything from groceries to tires -- that I decided to give it a try.
I have a fun-loving, crazy sister!
She was gung-ho to try this with me. Late one evening after the kids were tucked into bed, my sis and I headed out in my husband's F150 scouting for palettes to raid. We finally found two that were perfect for our daybeds.
I'm sure we looked like a sight from the highway that ran along the back of the store. We lifted and pulled and pushed and finally got an 8' and 4' palette onto the bed of the truck. We were on our way, so pleased with our finds and how creative we were going to be.
After purchasing eight casters, screws, ticking fabric and some pillows, my dumpster - slated palette was turned into a wonderful daybed for my sun room.

Now, this is what I see each morning when I look out to my sun room. I'm so pleased!

Now it's time to relax! Ahhhh!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Finally washed the dirt away

Happy Sunday!
My family just returned from a long weekend of camping. It's our first since the kiddos have entered the picture. Long overdue, but we have been trying!

When my oldest (now 6) was two we tried going tent camping 20 minutes from home. 10 minutes into the drive, she surprised us all by throwing up over herself and all our gear. Poor dear. Of course, we turned around and went home! We've tried multiple "back yard" camping trips since our now 4 1/2 year old was born, and finally last year we all slept soundly in the back yard.

And I am happy to say we had a successful first camping trip this weekend! The weather was beautiful. Our tent-site looked back on a woods with a meandering creek running through it. A fabulous adventure following this creek to the placid lake and beach area. Well worth the trip, if just that!

But, there was more. Sweet times with special friends who refresh like a cup of cold water on a hot summer day!

I was reminded of this verse from Psalm 11: "He who refreshes others, will be refreshed" I want to be refreshing, don't you?
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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Interior Spaces

I'm all about decorating and design, just like the next girl!

But today my decorating thoughts went Heavenward. It was with one thought. Interior Spaces. It was a breath of fresh air. A quiet whisper. A provoking thought. Profound.
I began to ponder if I take care of all my interior spaces -- heart, soul, body -- like I do my home. I'm still pondering that one, and thanking God for such a wonderful thought.

Enjoy your own weekend ponderings!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Three in a Hammock

I know my title says "Three in a Hammock" .... I can explain.
You see, I'm keeping this joy journal this summer. A little book that lists all my thanksgivings to God. It's in response to a book I'm reading called, "One Thousand Gifts." Have you read it? I highly recommend it!
Anyway, I really had a blissful time with my two girls today on the hammock. We sucked in the perfectly warm, sunshiny summer and laughed loudly with each swoosh we made in the hammock.
REALLY laughed. Laughed so all the neighbors could hear, I'm sure! (I hope they could laugh with us!)
It was great fun! Just that exchange of summer breath for summer breath. Squealing. Tipping. Swooshing! (I'll have you know, nobody fell out!! )
But, you know how it is when you are the sole cameraman and you are in the action. So, the picture I am sharing is not the three of us, but the beautiful children that are my girl's missionary friends to Africa. They visited with us last summer.
Oh, the joy of a hammock. Thank you Lord for such fun!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Makin' Iced Coffee

Wish you could be here right now! It would be fun to have a little "girl's night" and sip some brewed java in a blue mason jar!
Ya gotta love those jars! And ya gotta love the coffee!
On my recent trip to Lucketts I picked me up some eight blue mason jars. They proudly sit on my kitchen shelves.
But this is where it gets better ......

When I make my own "home brew" and pour it into my quart sized jars -- now my drinking glasses -- and sip away.
Here's how I make mine: (the easy way!)
One Keurig Coffee Maker
One Donut Shop K-Kup Chocolate Glazed Donut
Large vintage coffee mug
Two teaspoons of Coffee Mate Hazlenut creamer
Pour it all over cubed ice

Somehow these darling little jars are even cuter when I'm drinking my iced coffee from them!! Y.U.M.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Shots from my weekend .....

Happy Saturday Everyone --
What delightful weather we are having here in Central PA. FAB.U.LOUS!
I thought I would share a few photos from my laid-back weekend!

I'm sooooo lovin' the warm weather here. Especially these beautiful and fragrant peonies I found at market this weekend. I was delighted. Never did I find these so local and so fresh and so irresistible! Perfect!

My youngest girl and I went strawberry pickin' today. It was wonderful fun. She begged me to make her a strawberry cake all the way home, so I thought it was only fitting that I do since she helped pick three quarts.

Doesn't it look like a big candied apple? I forgot to put the chocolate covered strawberries on the top before I took the pictures. It was quite yummy. Only one big piece left at press time!

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine where you are!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Just love this sweet little flower arrangement. It really says, "SMILE" to me!
I am enjoying Pinterest as many others are. It's a place to view beautiful pictures and graphics from people from all around the world. Here's a few pictures that I enjoy looking at:

Love these ruffles!
And I'll leave you with my current favorite ... until next time!