Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thrift Store Candle Holders

If you know me, you know I like centerpieces on my table. Something you might not know about me is that I love the idea of repurposing things and having an upcycled item that looks good in my house.



This time it started with wanting better candles on my dresser. I had a pretty plate with three candles plunked on it. It wasn't working. So I was trying to figure out what I could do to make something pretty. This led to some time on Pinterest. From there I took a detour on my grocery shopping trip to our local thrift store. Without realizing it, I hit their fifty percent off day! I bought a few glass items (photo 1) and the next day I started playing around.

I washed and dried the items well, so I wouldn't be painting over spots. Then I tied twine around one of the glasses and the frame--which I had cut the picture out of and taped over the glass as I wanted it clear (2). On the frame I had to tape the twine on the back to keep it where I wanted (3). Some of the glasses I randomly placed rubber bands around (4). Then I spray painted everything lightly with one coat of "hammered" gold spray paint that I had left over from a previous project (5). 



I ended up with some pretty candle holders (6), not only for my dresser, but for our table and the coffee table vignette. The first time I used them was in our back yard at a bonfire we invited some neighbors to. We had a great evening visiting, even though no one asked me about my adorable candle holders. 


I get a lot of joy out of doing a project that ends up looking nice and costing very little and I love having candles around, especially on my table. They add so much to the atmosphere at mealtime.


What have you upcycled or crafted recently?



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Changing the Culture at the Kitchen Table--An Interview with Amber

What are mealtimes like in "real" households? People work at actually having meals together in families of every size. When is the best time to start having regular family meals? Tonight!

Here's what my blogging acquaintance, Amber Durgan, says about family meals with her young family.


Tell me who is around your table:
My husband, our 20 month old son, and myself. We are Christians and love the Lord first, each other second. My husband, Lance, and I take turns praying before meals. He is an engineer (and rancher, we have a family ranch) and I am a stay at home momma to our toddler boy, who is adventurous and loves all things boy!

If I came to your house for a meal, what unique thing would I notice?
Not that this is good, but right now the only way to get our toddler to eat is to play Winnie the Pooh for him. We only eat beef raised by our family, too.



How do you handle people using their cellphones during meals?
We really do our best to have the TV and cellphones off at the table. People who come over generally just follow suit when they see what we do. I've never asked anyone to not use their phone at the table.

What is your go-to meal these days?
I am a person who needs variety so we do not have go to meals, unless it is for our toddler who loves full fat Greek yogurt and non-sweetened applesauce together.

If you could bottle anything and spray it over your table, what would it be?
Relationship. I think the table is a great place for conversation and for fostering relationship with each other. I believe we can change the culture at the kitchen table.


What would be the best compliment you could receive about your mealtimes?
That whoever was at my table felt like they had grown in the Lord and in relationship with us.

What is one invention you would like to see to make mealtimes easier?
Something that completely does the dishes--ha ha!--it takes so long.

Finish this sentence: My ideal dinner would include
all the people I love most coming together in community to eat delicious food and grow in our love for the Lord and each other.

How do you bring Christ to your table?
We pray and often talk about Christ. We need to do it more.





Amber is the wife of four years to an engineer-rancher husband and a stay at home momma to their toddler-boy. She loves Jesus first and foremost, family next and this beautiful-crazy life we have been given. You can read her blog at www.embracethisjoyfulllife.wordpress.com







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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Things I Never Thought I'd See, But I Did in Cuba

My husband and I had the opportunity to go on a working ministry trip to Cuba last month. It's a place that has always fascinated me because I might have grown up there if things had been different. My father visited missionaries in Cuba before he was married and believed that God might be calling him there. But after marriage a variety of factors, including the revolution in Cuba, kept them in the United States.



We had heard that some German friends of our were visiting believers there and we had the opportunity to go to present our study materials so we jumped at the chance! I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting (and I can't tell you all we did and saw there) but I thought I would tell you some of what I never thought I'd see--anywhere--that I found fascinating to see in Cuba


  • Cuba! All my life the country has been closed to Americans, not so much by them as by our government. One of my very good friends was born there to Canadian parents. I've read books about it, but never truly thought I'd get to see it for myself.







  • * A motorcycle driver using a flashlight as his headlight. To save battery power he only turned it on when he got near us!
  • Uniformed people (military?) "hitchhiking" by holding out money instead of their thumbs.




  • * Cows that are illegal for nationals to eat
  • Professionals--teachers, accountants, etc--who earn $25 a month after working 20, 30, and 40 years
  • Mayo as the bread spread at breakfast (butter is scarce)
  • Ox drawn carts as the local delivery service





  • * No WiFi anywhere in the country (maybe in the tourist hotels, but we didn't go to any)
  • Cars from the 1950s--not just the show cars but most of the cars owned by individuals
  • Trash-less towns in a Latin American country
  • Ration books that allow each adult in a home to buy one bread a day, and having that piece of bread given to me for my breakfast




















  • * A man, who after recounting all the problems of his country saying, "But this is my country, the country God has given me to evangelize."


I'd love to tell you more about what I saw and the people I met, but I'd need to do it in person. Please just remember this: 
Pray for Cuba
Pray for the people of Cuba to be saved
Pray for the believers to walk close to the Lord 
and
to be bold in their witness


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