It’s been a rough couple of days…weeks, a year really, and I wasn’t necessarily looking forward to a wet, overcast Monday today. Seeing my mom on two separate occasions last week just really broke my heart. 💔 It is so hard for me to see the suffering she is going through and feeling my hands are tied. The 26th will be a year since the doctor caused her stroke. And if I were to be honest, it’s hard for me to enjoy much of anything in my own life because of it. She is always, always on my mind and in my prayers! I tried hard today to let God in, to take my heavy load, it’s a continual load, but He reminds me He is STILL here and to look for beauty where I can. It is an attitude adjustment I surely struggle with but today, right now, I choose to focus on the beauty He has given me out my rear window.
If you follow any Instagram decorating account, you will see a small basket or straw purse hanging on a peg or front door. It has pretty much become a staple in home decorating.
Also, you will quickly see how expensive those baskets or straw items are. But you could buy one at a flea market or garage sale. Maybe you even have an old leather purse hanging around. I had several straw bags back in the day and was thinking how I should’ve kept them for decor items.
We now see that EVERYTHING comes back around, but I would’ve needed a warehouse to keep all my old stuff around!
So when I found a sturdy, straw purse with pom poms, in the local Five Below store, I thought I could easily make something out of it. Especially, when it was only $5.00…score!
Artificial flowers can quickly add up as well, so finding flowers at the Dollar Tree can cut down expenses as well. Each bundle was $1.00
First, I pulled the poms off the purse because I didn’t particularly like blue. (I may use them for a Fourth of July project later. #frugal 😉
Then, I decided to use some old packing paper for filler since my purse was fairly deep. (I didn’t want everything to fall down inside.) You could use old rags or large floral foam also.
I ended up not having to cut the wires nor glue anything but just kept all the flowers in tact and gathered them up like a bouquet to see which flowers looked best around the outside. Then, I just shoved them down in on top of the paper and did a bit of arranging within the purse.
My purse is heavy enough to stand alone, but you could easily put a vase or can of paint in the bottom to help it stand alone. Originally, I was thinking I would hang it on a door knob or on the front door with a wreath hanger…and still may do it. Either way, it’s cute and can be refilled with different flowers or stems for different seasons. You could even add a bow, a small sign or I was thinking I may even glue fringe or some kind of trim on it as well.
So, my total cost of everything was a whopping $11.00! Yep, 11 bucks!
Try looking at every day items in a different way and come up with some unique arrangement or placement. 🤔
What have you made using fairly inexpensive items or unexpected things?
PS Liz Marie Galvin’s book was waiting for me at the post office after we got back from our long trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons. I hope to dig into it today! If you’re not following her, you should. I also hope to blog about our trip soon!
I ate this almost every other day, all summer, and honestly… probably will continue.🤗
But when the ingredients are so fresh it is my favorite go to. It’s quick to make, healthy and flavorful.
Salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder
Drizzle with apple cider vinegar & olive oil OR balsamic vinegar.
I took this photo after traveling to Georgia to make some wedding plans for my daughter’s wedding several years ago. The sun was beginning to set as the planes took off. One by one they started to climb against the sunset backdrop till they disappeared. I quickly went back and grabbed my camera and headed over to the other side of the airport. I couldn’t help but think of the tragedies on 9/11 and what the passengers must’ve felt on that day. Those were some true heroes! May we never forget! God bless their families and the families of those that sacrificed their lives to rescue them!
Are you sick of your furniture? Your home decor?
I surely was after living with my furniture and home decor for over 20 years now. I was needing a change!
However, my husband is soon to retire, and we’re not so sure where we will be next or what style of house we will be in. Will we stay here in Indiana? Or, will we move to Georgia near our kids and new grandbaby? 🤷🏻♀️
So, I didn’t want to do a lot of redecorating in this house or buy a lot of new furniture. It just wouldn’t make sense. But, after following all the home decor accounts on Instagram, it gave me the itch to redecorate. I should’ve known better! (I’ve always loved to decorate, so it’s kind of been my hobby through the years.) 💗 But with health issues and money being spent on kids activities and college 😳….well, redecorating took a backseat.
So, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money redecorating, but I was SO tired of my home decor (some of it Tuscan, HA) that I had an idea.
How about “revamping” my old furniture? That way if I liked it I could take it with me (if we moved) and if I didn’t… well I wouldn’t have spent that much money anyhow. Or, I could try and sell my experiments.
Along with the “farmhouse movement,” some of the other decorating trends right now are boho, modern farmhouse and mid-century ie: black paint, gold hardware, and hairpin legs. I decided to try a little bit of everything since I already had a lot of the supplies.
First, my dining room table (which I never really liked) because of the color of the wood, and stain, had me thinking what could I do to change the look of it?
It first was a “fail” for me because I tried to sand, it with all my might, but it just didn’t come out the shade I wanted. I was hoping for more of a natural, lighter, wood but realized my wood just wouldn’t sand as light as I had hoped. (Only after killing my arms for days!😡) With much deliberation, I decided to go ahead and paint it.
I had some leftover chalk paint and gave it a try.
I decided to leave some of the stained wood around the edges to help match the chairs.
Later, I hope to switch out a couple chairs. I’m thinking a wicker/taller chair would look good on each end.
*Oh, I forgot I painted my hutch against the wall as well. Metal and all!
Then, I worked on an old, banged up chest that I got from someone. It never sat level and figuring out the best way to support the heavy drawers was a little tricky but it all turned out just fine. I so wished I had taken a before pic. This thing was capital U Ugly! I thought about replacing the hardware but then decided to just spray paint the previous hardware gold (also leftover paint) then added some legs from Menards.
To save money, I also shopped my own home for wall decor and other items. I added some plants from Home Depot they have a great selection. And I also bought a basket from the At Home store. Then I found some old books in the attic, batik fabrics and teapot from China.
I really like the way this corner turned out! 🤗 The black against our neutral wall and the pops of green now make it one of my favorite spots in the house. The gold hardware against the black ended up looking really good too! I actually painted this piece before I even knew it was a trend.
Then, just last week I decided to take the decorative, wood trim and legs off my sofa table and added some hairpin legs.
We bought these hairpin legs at Hobby Lobby, but you can order all sized legs on Amazon or other hardware stores. We just ordered some shorter hairpin legs on Amazon, so I hope to match the end tables to the sofa table next.
We really like the way this turned out! Gives the room a whole new modern feel.
So maybe think about revamping your old furniture before getting rid of it or buying new. You can save a lot of money and change up the look to give a new feel to your room.
And you just might like your house all over again!
Have you done any furniture revamping of your own? How did it turn out?
We made a short video to give you some tips on making a quick coleslaw when you don’t want to be shredding cabbage all day. What a mess that always is!
👇🏽YouTube video link:
Literally takes minutes to make this coleslaw; hence the name Quick Coleslaw! 😂
The Indiana University students are back! We observed many a mom and dad walking alongside their new college student. Boy, that sure brought back memories of me choking up all the way home from Missouri and Georgia.
My kids both left home within a year of each other and I found myself walking by their bedrooms to say something then would quickly realize they weren’t there.
I ended up just shutting their doors. 🗣😭
Leaving our babies behind, wondering when we’ll see them next is a difficult transition. And many of us are/were going through menopause at the same time! 😳 I always said it was God’s cruel joke! We put in all these years of hard work, making lunches, sewing costumes, throwing parties, working in their classrooms, for all of it to come down to moments like this. This is when we do double duty praying that our kids meet professors that align with their upbringing, meet encouraging friends that have the same morals, that their minds only be open to things that will help them grow and become the people they were destined to be.
We’ve worked with college ministries as well as international students. And can you imagine leaving your child in another country? 🙀
We pray our young people come to know God and make a change in this world just by being who God always intended them to be.🙏 .
I realized my husband was coming home soon and I hadn’t finished (or even started) cooking dinner,🤦🏼♀️ so I quickly ran to look for things. I had steaks for the grill but needed a vegetable side dish.
In the freezer, I found some cauliflower that I had forgotten about. I had quickly chopped then threw it in the freezer as we had to leave for Georgia when we heard our first grandbaby was coming!
I had just bought a bunch of groceries, so I quickly cooked up a lot of things and froze the rest. I also found some fresh broccoli and half a jar of Cheeze Whiz, ricotta and whipping cream from previous dinners. So, away I went creating something quick while trying to use up all these items so they wouldn’t go to waste. I hate waste, don’t you?
Anyhow, it ended up being so delicious we kept going back for more. (And my husband usually won’t eat cauliflower.) One of the yummiest, quickest vegetable dishes I’ve ever made quite honestly.
Hope you can whip it up as quick as I did. 🌪 Or get your kids to eat it by making it taste like mac n cheese ha! 👍🏼
Feel free to substitute some ingredients!
1 small head of cauliflower
1/2 head of broccoli
1/2 small jar of Cheese Whiz
1/2 C shredded sharp cheese
1/4 C ricotta cheese
1/2 C heavy cream
Seasonings to taste:
croutons, seasoned breadcrumbs or herbed stuffing (like I had leftover from last Thanksgiving. ) 😳
2 pads of butter
Boil veggies 🥦 till tender but not mushy. Drain, then add to a deep pan. (Use something you can later transfer to the oven.)
Over medium heat, Stir in the Cheeze Whiz, cream, and spices to taste.
*Remember the Cheeze Whiz is mighty salty already so watch how much extra seasoning you add!
You may have to soften some of this in the microwave before adding to your vegetable pan.
But hold back the shredded cheese for later. 🤚🏼
Gently mix everything together so as not to break up the tender veggies.
Now top with your croutons or stuffing 😁 and the shredded cheese.
Lastly, add your pads of butter and place in the oven broiling till slightly brown.
*Be careful to set a 5 min timer ⏱ or you might burn it like I do most things when I quickly want to “brown” something! 🔥🤦🏻♀️
NOTE: This can be keto friendly by shredding your own cheese and omitting the croutons.