April 18, 2014

Summit of Rubies - The Seven Types of Blood that Jesus Shed

Jesus told us to remember Him in only one way; 

When the hour had come, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him. 15 And He said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." 17 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, "Take this and share it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes." 19 And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." 20 And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. 21 "But behold, the hand of the one betraying Me is with Mine on the table. 22 "For indeed, the Son of Man is going as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!"  Luke 22:14-22

But, today, all over the world, people are remembering His crucifixion.  With that in mind, I've shared on my other blog, Summits of Rubies the seven types of blood that Jesus shed and how they have empowered us to live a life consecrated to God.

love and blessings~

April 17, 2014

My New Secretary

I've had "Aunt Thelma's desk" since she passed away about 22 years ago. She was a beautiful, Godly lady that helped raise my father-in-law and when she died, my mother-in-law gave us her desk.  I have always appreciated having it but have always wished that I could find a hutch to go on top to make it a secretary.  

If you saw my post a few weeks ago, I realized one day that I had a book case in the basement that I hadn't tried before and was so happy that it was the perfect size!
So I set it on top and it worked perfectly. 

I've been waiting the past couple of weeks for Mark to get time to put some crown moulding on the top and on the fronts of the shelves. He finished it this weekend and I've been priming and painting for the last couple of days.

I used Kilz 1-2-3 Primer that is supposed to work on any surface without pre-sanding. And it did. The first coat on the laminate book shelf dried looking a little like alligator skin but the second and third coat of primer smoothed out. It was great on the desk which had a very glossy maple finish.
Then two coats of white paint and...

I have my secretary!

I filled it with our collection of antique books and some other little treasures that have not had a place to live.

My husband found the butterfly on the ground years ago.  It had died and he brought it home and I framed it.  The antique letter holder I found in a little shop in Virginia. I love the little angels on it and the ink wells.

I've never had anything that I've loved in this corner before but now it feels like the perfect little niche for a romantic desk.

I smile every time I look at it!
I'm still 'tweaking' the living room and will be posting new pictures soon!

Love and blessings~

"It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it." Proverbs 10:22 

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April 14, 2014

French Country Cow or Reupholstering an Ottoman

Hi all!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

I had big plans for the weekend - plans that involved sewing and sawing and drilling, etc. But, we had a wild thunderstorm here on Saturday and lost power and internet for a couple of days. We were very blessed not to have any damage to our house or property. A huge tree fell just one house up from us. It was large enough that it reached clear across the street and onto a neighbor's roof. There are lots of trees and signs and power lines down in our area. So we are thanking God for His grace and are so thankful that all we suffered was a little inconvenience.

With that all said, I've been 'tweaking.' I looked around lately and realized that I hadn't quite gotten my living room, dining room and family room looking the way I wanted them. I love all the white but I'm really missing color and print. All the fabric I ordered arrived and then I ordered some more. So, I'm a little behind my own schedule but will be sewing and posting the changes this week.

I had covered this little ottoman a few months ago when I started redecorating.  The size is perfect here but the fabric I had covered it in was now looking 'dirty' up against the pure white of the love seat and chairs.  I really like the French script on this fabric but it was also a little light-weight for upholstery.

I had wanted a burlap-like linen fabric but couldn't find what I wanted. We have no fabric store here in town and I have to drive 45 minutes to the nearest one. I ordered some fabric on line that I thought was right but it wasn't.

I had once told my friend jokingly that my new style was "French Country Cow."  And I've decided I'm going with that.  I had this burlap bag that I had covered a pillow with a while back but decided to use it on this little ottoman.
 I cut the seam that held the bag together making it one big piece.  Without trimming it at all, I placed it on the ottoman where I wanted it to go, flipped it over and using my staple gun secured it on the four sides so it wouldn't move.
I then went all around pulling it tight and stapling it in place. I didn't remove the other fabric first because the original fabric is a dark burgundy and the burlap is a loose enough weave that I was afraid it might show through.
Fortunately it's easy to slide the fabric under the edges of the legs of this bench. I tried taking them off the first time I covered it but they were screwed-on up under the original upholstery and I didn't want to take it completely apart.
 I continued stapling until everything was secure and trimmed the extra fabric off.
leaving it neat and clean underneath.
And there it is!  

I think if my bag had been bigger I would have just automatically centered the cow but I'm glad I couldn't because I like that it's off to one side!

I'm not going to show you the rest of the room yet.  I'm finishing my secretary, adding some new fabrics and a new piece of art.  Hopefully, I'll get this room done this week. Then the dining room and the family room are getting some tweaking next.

Love and blessings~

 "And He rode on a cherub and flew; And He appeared on the wings of the wind." 2 Samuel 22:11

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