March 6, 2015

Our Family Room

Well, I didn't plan on being gone for so long!  So much has changed around here in nearly a year.  

I've made a lot of changes to our family room, dining room, living room and guest room but the biggest change has been our kitchen.  And that may be the reason I quit for a while - it was exhausting. 

I will post pictures of it another day.  Today, I thought I'd post the changes in the family room.
The view from our dining room
When I last left you, I was trying to decide on an accent fabric for this area. That's part of what made me pause.  I didn't like anything.  Or rather, I liked everything.  But, I always come back to French Country...and I did this time, too.


I finally decided on a very muted toile that had my shades of blue and tan and brown.  And a beige linen that added that rustic French feel that I love. I still love my white slipcovers that I made.


The table my husband and I made still sits behind the couch.  We still love all the furniture he's made and plan on making more. I've added a basket next to the couch that holds our winter throws.  We've really needed them here in Michigan this winter as we've broken all kinds of record cold temperatures.

I added a beautiful beaded trim to some of my pillows that I made.  This is still a cozy spot to sit next to the fire.

Our coffee table that we made from an industrial cart sits in front of our couch.

I wasn't using my collection of blue and white porcelain for a while but I added it back in and love the fresh contrast that it brings


I'll post some more details of this room in a couple of days.  

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Love and blessings~

 "The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father's God, and I will extol Him. 
Exodus 15:2 

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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