Forget Me Not Lady

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Keep Knocking But You Can Come In!

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7

Doors! NIMG_0704ew doors, old doors, open doors, closed doors and of course broken doors.   As I seek I find!   This month has flown by so quickly and new opportunities are knocking.    Major career choices are being presented to me so I have been praying that God opens new doors, guides my steps to walk through the right doors and helps me slam shut the doors that are keeping me from glorifying him.   He tells us to ask and it will be given but I always find this to be so hard only because I don’t know “His Will” and what I think would be the best for me most of the time isn’t.  So the questions I ask myself are do I take a job out of state and travel again? Do I work 3 local part-time jobs to equal the salary of the traveling job? or do I start my own business doing what I love to do?   If I take the great paying traveling job the cost of being away from my husband for weeks at a time I don’t think is worth it.  3 part-time jobs would require a lot of running around but I would be home and then of course doing what I love to do requires money that I don’t have.  Oh my, Lord could you just open the door and push me through it.

So while praying for doors what do I stubble upon in my daughters basement.  A old broken down door buried under a pile of junk just crying out for help.  Pink, who the heck painted it pink and sponged it green.  Someone with a talent a wee bit different than mine but that is okay.  I now own this door!

So here we go.  First Step-Find Old Door

Pink Door

Step 2:  Remove all old hardware

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Step 3:  Using a handsaw I cut out the top dividing part of the door!

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Step 4:  Time to strip it down.

Stripping Gel

Step 5:  1st coat of Miss Mustard Seed Paint

Miss Mustard Seed Paint

Step 6:  One Hour later I applied a 2nd coat of Miss Mustard Seed Paint

1st coat

Step 7:  Once the paint was dry I took a paint scraper and gently rubbed it along the surface to give it the chipped look I love.

Step 8:  I measured the openings in the door and cut cardboard approximately 2 inches bigger so it would cover the space needed inside the door.  Using burlap I covered the cardboard with a hot glue gun.

Burlap Cover     Cover Cardboard    IMG_1208

Step 9: I then attached the cardboard to back of door.

attaching cardboard

Step 10: Added jute, new door knob and hooks.

Attaching hooks

Step 11:  Stenciled “Ask Seek Knock”  Matthew 7:7 on the mid section of the door.

Step 12: Decorated with flowers, pictures and old keys.

Finished Door-001My camera doesn’t give any justice to this picture, but I am working on that.   There are so many ways to decorate it but I just kept it simple because of course my daughter wants it back.  So in closing, I guess what doors others seem to want to close are sometimes doors others want to open.  Whether it is the right one or the wrong one, a new one or and old one there will always be something to be learned by just opening it and going through it.

Blessings, th

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April 30, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Oh Boy! Look What I Have Here!

New Chair  Through knowledge its rooms are filled
    with rare and beautiful treasures.  Proverbs 24:4

And so will be the rooms of my home!   This is getting fun and becoming contagious.   The other night my sister Trish called to tell me she saw another chair out for the garbage pickup in her town.  She went on to tell me how much I am going to love this chair but also stressed how she is not carrying it 10 blocks home but would get it for me in the morning.  Well, this did not rest well with me at all.   After seeing the results of the first chair they now know I am not messing around.  I immediately called my son, Seth who lived close by and told him he needed to go get it for me a.s.a.p.    He refused until I told him I was going to remove him from the cell phone plan if he didn’t go get it NOW!   So off he went.  (Oh, the power of AT&T)

The location of this chair was only 1 block up and 1 block behind where he lived so it should have only taken him 5 minutes to get it but 20 minutes later still no call back.  Impatient me now had to call to see what the heck was taking him so long.   When he answered he was whispering in the phone “Mom stop calling there are people on the porch close by”  “Mom, this is embarrassing , I can’t do this”   I firmly said  “Just do it”  “Hurry Up….NOW”  Two minutes later he calls back huffing and puffing…..”I got it”  and I can tell he is now running back to his house.  Laughter fills me as I say to myself…”THAT’S MY BOY”    So here it is Chair # 2.   Only 2 more to go until I have a full dining room set!  lol    Stay tuned for my next makeover.

March 13, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

RECOVERY TIME!

But those who hope in the Lord  will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;  they will run and not grow weary,  they will walk and not be faint! 

Isaiah 40:31 

There is just something about Isaiah 40:31 that allows me to take a deep breath and feel as light as a feather, no matter how heavy things may seem to be.  I say seem to be because sometimes we make things out to be more than what they really are.  Especially, if we are going through it alone and don’t press into the promises we are given from God.

 Just like my chair, from my blog post “A Wink At Restoration”  from last month.  The owner of this chair gave up all hope and tossed it to the curb when all it needed was a new set of eyes on it.

BEFORE

CHAIR

Step 1

Stripping it down. This wasn’t the first facelift this chair received, that’s for sure.

IMG_0546before chair 2  I removed all of the old fabric that was dry and cracking apart.

The old pieces played an important part and were used as patterns for the new fabric that is going to be used to refinish the chair.

Step 2

I then removed all the old stuffing which included an old blanket that was previously added to provide more cushion to the chair.  I replaced it with a terry cloth towel that I hot glued just to the top of the seat.

before chair 1

Step 3

Lightly sand the wood.  Using fine sandpaper the finish of the chair practically fell off.

before chair 3

Step 4

I have been dying to use Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and what a perfect project to start with. I purchased it online from CariLin Creations-an amazing store I visited last fall located in Chambersburg, PA.  Check out their website http://www.carilincreations.com/ you will love it.

I chose the color:  Typewriter-(Black)

Miss Mustard Seed Paint

I was very nervous getting started because I never used milk paint before but Marian/aka Miss Mustard Seed provided amazing tutorials on her website that made it really easy.

The first coat was perfect.

chair 1st coat

I then applied a second coat about an hour later which gave me the exact antique chipped look I wanted to achieve.  (Coming Soon)

Step 5

Recovery Time

JoAnn Fabrics had an great selection of printed burlap that I thought would be a great look for this chair.  Using the removed pieces from Step 1,  I now had all the new fabric cut out and ready to start attaching to the chair.  It was just like putting a puzzle back together.  However please read the notes below.

NOTE:  Always cut your fabric larger than your pattern.  This will allow you more to work with and give you a tighter fit.  You can always trim it later.  Also, make sure if you are using a printed fabric that the pattern is straight before you start attaching it.

 during 1

Upholstery tacks were purchased from Lowes and I also used a little bit of hot glue to add some extra bonding in area that tacks were not used.

chair 2

Step 6

CHECK IT OUT!

I love how the paint chipped off adding character to this chair.

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Step 7

And Voilà

Here it is.  My RENEWED CHAIR!

My hope has been restored!  Now I just need to find 3 more!

Chair 1

Overall this project cost

Fabric $12.00 (One 1/2 yds)

Upholstery Tacks $1.97

Paint $5.00

($22.00 a qt. but it didn’t even required a 1/4 cup)

Extra:  glue sticks, old towel

March 1, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

I Have A Complaint About This One!

IMG_0526Do everything without complaining or arguing. Philippians 2:14

I can easily make a complaint about this scripture that’s for sure. No matter how hard I try something will cause me to forget about this advice. For instance the weather going from freezing to 50 then back to zero all in one week, the flu is all around us, our monthly budget is off because of some crazy new tax laws including higher insurance premiums, my car/dryer/stove all broke within a week that ended with a bad fall on my kitchen tile. But today I went outside and took notice to my undecorated cross from Christmas time along with a wreath I had thrown on the side of the garage and realized I really should have nothing to complain about. So I took the wreath and hung it around the cross as a reminder of how much complaining the Lord could do about me but he continues to love me unconditionally. We all face what I call strength training and at the time it may be painful or inconvenient but there is always gain in the end. So my friends let’s try to listen to what the scripture above is telling us to do. Today, Puxatony Phil predicted an early spring which brings warmth to what is going to be a cold and snowing day. This too will end and it won’t be long before I am decorating my cross again for Resurrection Day and new beginnings are here.

Blessings, th

February 2, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

A Wink at Restoration!

He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.  Psalm 23:3

With a restless sleep behind me, my morning held no motivation however commitments I have made leave me no choice then to get myself moving for the day. First things first, I need my morning time with the Big Guy so off to my office I head. As I turn to my daily devotion today’s date sends a dagger to my heart. Today is Randy’s birthday, my youngest son’s father who passed away soon to be 4 yrs. ago. As I sit quietly, I ask myself “how are you supposed to celebrate the day someone was born when they are not here anymore?” Shouldn’t we celebrate the day he went to heaven now instead? Sometimes my thoughts seem a bit off and I know people don’t understand my faith talking but I do and that is all that matters to me. So as I start off my morning talk with the Lord I end it by asking Him to especially bless and be with Randy’s family today, to guide my steps toward the purpose He has for me and that I may glorify Him somehow with this day He has given me. Then off I go feeling strong until I turned on the radio in the car and of course there it was, the reminder song, that song that takes you back to a place you will never forget no matter how hard you try. A wonderful place but a place that no longer exists, a memory to a chamber in your heart that you thought was vacant. Tears are now distorting my driving view as I look up and say “Thank You for taking me there” and ask again for Him to be with me and maybe throw a little wink my way.

Two weeks ago I was down my daughter’s Priscilla’s home in Mahanoy City and while turning around to park I noticed an old wooden chair out on the curb that one of her neighbors was throwing away. And for those of you who know me you could just imagine the excitement that began to fill up inside of me. It was a perfect chair to redo for my office. Well, I tried to knock on the door of the home to confirm that they were throwing it away and no one answered. At that time my son-in-law was leaving for work and told me to just take it but I was afraid, so he told me if it was still there when he got home he would get it for me.  As I drove away I wanted to go back because I knew if someone like me drove by it would be gone but then I said to myself “no Zack will get it for me and if it is meant to be mine it will be”. Now imagine how crushed I was when I called the next morning to find out Zack forgot about it and the trash was gone. Losing that chair made me so mad at myself, it would be the perfect project to place on Miss Mustard Seed’s Friday Link Furniture Party at www.missmustardseed.com and I blew it. Utterly, this chair has haunted me for the past two weeks and constantly reminds me that I need to go after the things I want in life even if it is an old decrepit chair. We can’t ever assume that what tugs at our heart, tugs on another’s. It was hard but I did forgive Zack for not thinking of me, the woman who gave birth to the love of his life. lol

Today while on my way back down to my daughter’s I find myself still thinking of that darn chair. Why am I still so attached to that chair? Now are you ready, here comes the “WINK” don’t miss it, as I turned the corner to her home -THERE IT WAS! MY CHAIR -THAT SAME CHAIR which was now sitting on the porch of the owner.  I run into my daughter’s house and tell her the chair is still there and she needs to go with me to get it. She comments ” Mom what is it with you and that chair” but I know she can’t believe it is still there either. I was ecstatic and my famous words of “THIS IS SUCH A GOD THING” just confirm to my son-in-law I am totally crazy but again they are unaware of my morning.

CHAIR

Driving home I felt the word “RESTORE” on my heart and what better day than today. I got my wink, God spoke to my heart and gave me the chair which will be a constant reminder to me that “HE RESTORES”. For how broken our hearts have been over the loss of my son’s father, God does restore and only with HIM will He guide us on the path to do so. I feel very blessed today and can’t wait to refinish my chair as I know it will bring not only happiness and beauty to my home but healing to my soul.   Be sure to check in for updates.

February 1, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Oh, Recycled Christmas Tree!

IMG_0369Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1 :17

BRING IT ALL DOWN.  The decorations!  For some reason I am having a hard time parting with all of it or maybe it is all the work that went into it. I would let it all up till spring if only all the pine needles weren’t getting all over and my husband wasn’t telling me I have fire traps set all over the house.  He can be so extreme.    Last year, I was given an ornament by a wonderful friend of mine, Shawn Burke who was actually my trainer.  At times I questioned if she really was my friend because I think she tried to kill me.   I could never repay her for what she did for me because without her I would have never gotten myself out of bed 4 times a week at 4:30 a.m. in the middle of winter and ran till my nose was frozen shut.  She is the most incredible woman I know and I cannot even put into words what it felt like for her to be holding my hand as we crossed the finish line together during my first 1/2 marathon in 2011.  For Christmas that year she gave me an ornament with the date of the race along with my finish time, it meant the world to me.  Not only was she patient and generous with her time but she has one of the biggest hearts I know.  With her I accomplished a goal and that ornament will remind me every time, year after year as I place it on the tree.   What a great idea- Recycle Your Christmas Tree.   Last month, I attended an art show and I had the pleasure of meeting a crafty man that makes ornaments out of taken down Christmas trees, IT WAS HIM, the guy that made my ornament and he actually remembered making it for my friend.   His collection was quiet impressive but his love for what he does motivates me.   One idea, lead to a vision that is fueling his dream.    Check him out on facebook  S.A.W Creations or www.sawfamilycreations.etsy.com.

January 4, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 6 Comments

2013 and PEACOCKS FOR ME!

IMG_0234For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.  2 Timothy 1:7

Now that my intentions are set for 2013 I have to remind myself they are intentions, a course of action that one intends to follow, a purpose or attitude towards the effect of one’s action.  So as I woke up today with a great attitude, full of energy and ready to take on this new year full speed ahead, I cannot allow doubt to enter my mind.   I have to remind myself that the plans I set were with motives to make a change to better myself and what I want for my life.  I know challenges are going to come but if I continually turn my thoughts back the purpose I set out to achieve and trust in the scripture above I can only find promise and hope for a good day, great year and fulfilled life.

Recently, I have become fascinated with peacock’s and especially their feathers. They have been popping up all around me and even all over my week spot Pier 1.   My grandmother always told me the feathers were bad luck to have in your home so I always stayed far away from them, little did I know that may have been my problem.   I have a good friend Angela who told me they mean “Abundance” and she has an amazing story to confirmed that.  Many of us watched her achieve some amazing things last year and I can’t even fathom what is in store for her 2013.   As my interest in these little creatures unravels I did some research into the meaning of the peacock, even though sometimes symbolic meanings scare me, I was suprised at what I found out.

The peacock is a possessor of some of the most admired human characteristics, and is a symbol of integrity and the beauty we can achieve when we endeavor to show our “true colors” to better ourselves and better our lives. In general, the Peacock is representative of glory, vision, royalty, spirituality, awakening, immortality, refinement and incorruptibility.  The eyes on the feathers symbolize the vault of heaven and the “all seeing eyes” of the stars who watch all life unfolding, which is a Christian view.  How beautiful and it is a total fit for this year’s aim.   So Sorry Priscilla, I may have to disagree with you on this one but from now on whenever I see the eye on the feather it will always remind me of you, dear grandmother, and I will know you are watching me from above, as I strive to figure out my purpose and make you “as proud as a peacock”.

PeacockSymbolism

January 2, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Stinky Treasures

They will call the peoStinky Treasuresple to the mountain,  and there they will offer the right sacrifices. They will do well from all that is in the sea,  and they will do well from the treasures hidden in the sand on the shore.”  Deuteronomy 33:19

Well wouldn’t you know it!  Every time we go to Florida I spend endless hours walking the beach looking for treasures but this year between the busy holiday events we all had planned and the rainy days I didn’t get there till the day before we were leaving.  I wanted to drive this time because I always want to bring everything I find home with me.  It drives my husband crazy because it ends up costing us another bag to check at the airport and then also requires him carrying his own. (lol)  But this time was different and a bit odd for me, I wasn’t looking for anything and I didn’t want to get into the hassle of bringing it home.  As Art had to practically drag me to our favorite place, actually the spot we were married I had no interest to go.  Yes, I was in a funk.  Well then what to my wondering eyes do appear but a sea sponge the size of car tire, a beautiful branch of sea salted drift wood along with a bright orange piece of sea coral.   I can’t believe it!  In all my ocean hunting I never came across, and probably never will, the most amazing sand treasures in my life.  Besides that, the sea shells were amazing, some I have never seen in size.  Now what the heck is going on!    For the first time ever, I wasn’t looking, I was distracted and really wasn’t interested in the beach, something is definitely wrong.

As Art golfed, fished, took the boat out, read his book, sat in the hottub, smoked his cigars, slept in every morning and enjoyed his vacation, that he should, I was mentally distracted trying to figure out “My New Plan” and what I need to do differently in 2013 along with what I need to change. Then it clicked.  I have been asking God to guide me and right in front of me He is aweing me and again I am not paying attention.  All week He has been putting huge things in front of me and I am missing it.   One of my intentions is to start putting me first.  I sacrifice ALWAYS and as I look back over the years sure it was nice and the christian thing to do but it hasn’t gotten me anywhere.  My mother-in-law once said to me “If you don’t do it for yourself, no one will”  and she is so right.  Over the years, I have learned that sacrifice and being taken advantage of are two different things and when I came across the scripture above that made it very clear for me.  There are right sacrifices and wrong ones so from now on I am only going to be making the right ones.

So back to my beach treasures!  I had to leave it behind.  Yes, I wanted to bring it home more than my husband, only kidding but he refused.  He told me it would stink up the whole plane like a dead body.  Then he said something pretty amazing to me, he said “Why don’t you decorate the beach and share your creativity with everyone who walks by”.  Well that made me cry!  He actually saw it and that meant the world to me.  That night was hard because it took everything I had not to go back to the beach, put it all in a garbage bag and sneak it home with me.  As soon as I woke up I couldn’t take it so off I went only to find it gone.  Did the ocean recapture it from me or did someone take it?  I thought I would never know until I found all the shells I placed around it still there.  So someone else saw what Art did too and somewhere out there is my creation, my stinky creation or should I say a “right sacrifice” one that confirmed to me I am on the right path.

December 30, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

In My Glory!

Glorify the Lord with me,  and let us praise his name together.  Psalm 34:3

A Holiday Splendor at the Payne Mansion – Selby Gardens Sarasota, Florida.

Christmas in Florida is far different than it is in Pennsylvania, that’s for sure, but praising is amazing no mater where you are. (even though I’ve been tramatized from going from palm trees and sand to 6 inches of snow upon our return home.)  This past Friday night I was in my glory when I spent the evening with not only my incredible mother -in-law but with 11 designers who held a Holiday Showhouse at the Payne Mansion located in the Selby Gardens, Sarasota Florida.  Just what I needed to set fire to my manifesting.   The crazy thing was I didn’t even know it was going on, I thought we were just touring the garden that was decorated with over 800,00 lights.  While I have been praying for God’s guidance as I am getting ready to set my intentions for 2013, He surrounded me not only Friday with what I would call “Cinderella’s Night at the Ball” but with a wonderful group of new women I met on my retreat who I know are going to raise the roof this year and together we will be unstoppable.   So I praise Him for opening my path and paving it with the most inspiring, creative and encouraging people I have ever known.  Now while many are asking me if I am ready for this new year approaching, my answer is “Is it ready for US!”     Happy New Year to All!

December 30, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

How DECKING THE HALLS almost lead to me decking somebody!

Christmas 2012

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

My favorite scripture, the one I use the most and build my faith on.   I don’t know about you but why is it that as soon as I get myself motivated to go full speed ahead something derails me, every time.  As I continue to push through I pray “I will not be moved by this but Lord keep me moving” He does but am I going in my direction or His!  Over the past two weeks I have been hurdling obstacles in my finances, marriage, family, career and the worst of all Christmas decorating until finally today when I felt like crying I broke out into the most joyful laugh.  I know that there are times God will keep us challenged to make us stronger by teaching us something or to see how bad we want it but there are times where we have to stop and ask ourselves is this my will or yours Lord.   My goodness after feeling like I went ten rounds with Mike Tyson I have so much to be thankful for.  So as 2012 is approaching its end, I am going to make the most of it and continue to push through by doing what I love to do, despite whatever comes my way.

FYI, I am changing the 12 days of Christmas to the 14 days of Decorating Disaster BLISS.

Obstacle 1:   So after falling and spraining my wrist and chipping my elbow I finally finished decking my halls and what I think looks amazing looks terrible in my pictures.  First off I need a good camera and second there is so much natural light in my home that I get too much glare even at night, nothing a Nikon D90 won’t take care of…hint, hint Santa.

Obstacle 2:  I am okay with no Cable but NO INTERNET!  This is where the financial/marriage almost ended part comes in.  I have automatic draft set up for my cable service so I decide to pay the bill ahead till January, good right?  Wrong. My direct deposit never made the bank so my payment didn’t clear and what I thought was promotional messages for the new and faster DSL service for next year were disconnect messages.  So my $155.00 monthly bill ended up being $465.00 for reconnection and a two months security.  Not a happy time at the Hersberger’s, especially in the middle of football season.   This was bigger than the end of the world happening.    Well, we survived and I call it a GOD THING because instead of sitting in all weekend my husband came with me to cut down all the greenery I used to decorate the house- inside and out.   He was quite impressed with my greenery weaving talent and even discovered his while decorating the MAN CAVE.

Obstacle 3:  No money.  It can really depress someone who loves to create!  But that is when we need to access our God given talents.   So here are some of my freebees.

Greenery:  I went to my parent’s property and cut down two trees, one short needle and one long needle. I also found some red berry bushes that when put together with some shrubbery looked just like holly.    Using a small hand saw and clipper, I bunched together sprays of greenery with wire and attached them to all of the posts that line my driveway.   Then I used the excess branches to cover the entry of my doorway.   Added lights and it now looks like a runway for Santa’s reindeer.

Inside I weaved together a garland strip that I added to the top of my living room window to enhance some holiday color to the room.    I even used the left over trunk for a Christmas card display.

CHRISTMAS TREE:  I kept it simple with just some white lights, a berry garland and silver and gold poinsettias.   I took an old Bible I had that was falling apart and used the dictionary in the back of it and the concordance to make an antique looking paper chain along with a scrolled pointed tree topper!

Even though we are supposed to burn an old bible I don’t think I ever could.  I was too convicted to cut any of the chapters so still have them and I think I will use them somehow to support the scripture below.

Deuteronomy 6:  5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 Always remember these commands I give you today. 7 Teach them to your children, and talk about them when you sit at home and walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Write them down and tie them to your hands as a sign. Tie them on your forehead to remind you, 9 and write them on your doors and gates.

Table Centerpiece:  While treasure hunting in Florida in September,  I found a palm tree leaf and some screw pines that I used to create this holiday centerpiece, just added greenery, curly willow and some pinecones. Again simple, zero cost.

Obstacle 4: Christmas lights, I HATE THEM.  After decorating my whole driveway and the outside of my home, every other day I would have a set blow out.  I even bought LED’s because they are supposed to be so much better…..Forget about it.  There has to be a better way. If I only could find a safe way to light all the natural green on fire at the same time to light everything up for one nice picture I would do it.  But then I would be sacrificing this whole blogging thing because I don’t think I could take my computer to jail with me.

Obstacle 5:  My UPSIDEDOWN CHRISTMAS TREE-a Christian tradition where the tree was hung from the ceiling to represent the sign of the trinity.    After years of trying to convince my husband to hang the tree from the ceiling he gave me the GO AHEAD along with the “You are crazy and I am not helping you.” GREAT!  So determined me, did it (I just called my Dad, lol)   Now, my Dad thought I was crazy too because my ceiling is 32 ft. high so we came up with a better plan in my Jacuzzi room which is only 12” ft.   Well it looks beautiful but the pictures don’t do it justice.  I tried daytime, night time, martini time and nothing looks good.  Guess we need to plan a party at my house to appreciate it.   How did I do it, I used two hooks one went into the ceiling and the other into the bottom of the tree. Then I used a rope to pull it up and attach them together.

Obstacle 6:  Well, as long as Dad is around I guess I should take advantage so up with the sleigh.  As I held what felt like 500 lbs. with the top of my head, we managed to hang my new find over the fireplace.  I plan to make a couch table out of it later but for now it looks awesome decorated with some greenery and an old pair of wooden golf clubs I found at a yard sale.

Obstacle 7:  Then today after the horrible wind last night all of the greenery around my door blew apart.  Just when I finally got the last thorn out of my finger from the nasty to work with red berry bushes I used for color.  UUUGGGHHHHH!

So how can I not just laugh, especially now because we are heading to Florida Sunday for a week only to come home to take it all down.  Merry Christmas everyone!  May you all have a blessed time with family and friends – remembering our truest gifts come from above.   th

December 22, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

I Can See Clearly Now!

Vision Board Party“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets though it tarries, wait for it” Habakkuk 2:2-3

What is your Vision? Do you even know? For me this was hard because my whole life revolved around everyone else for so long that when I had to think about mine I totally drew a blank.  We all have them but to some of us they are not clear. As I sort through some of my old journals I never realized how many visions, dreams and desires I had that filled the pages before me.  What shocked me was when I would find one I wrote down that actually came to fruition.

I have a very good friend, Cathy Colangelo, who left the corporate world behind her to follow her vision and start her own life coaching business. She now is the owner of Your Life Is Now that offers support for life enhancement and career coaching.   When she first started out she would hold Vision Board Workshops. I never heard of them but I wanted to support her so I went to her first one. Well, I have been addicted ever since.  I not only have vision boards but vision seashells, vision boxes and vision picture frames that fill my vision room. At first I thought it was a bit odd sitting around a room with a bunch of professional women my age, cutting pictures out of magazines while talking about what we dreamed about and really wanted to do when we all grew up. lol, but it was exactly what we all needed to do. That was over three years ago and it is astonishing how many of us actually achieved the things we put on those little cardboard mats.  I totally believe in putting what you want right smack in front of your face and the scripture above even supports that fact.  It is tells us to write it down but to be patient.

Just a few weeks ago, I held my own vision board party for my daughters, some of their friends, my sister, niece, girlfriend’s daughters and even granddaughter. I thought it would be fun for us to do together and believed it was important because it gives focus and clarity to what you want.  I really wanted some insight into what my daughters had stored up in their hearts and wanted for their own lives.   Well, it was amazing! At first they were like me and thought it was a little crazy but it didn’t take long for them to catch on.   I cleared out my living room and in just a matter of minutes we had the whole floor full of glue sticks, scissors, markers, stickers, craft supplies and magazines. After 4 ½ hours and 6 pizzas we not only had vision boards, we planted memories of some much needed time together that included laughter which at times lead to tears. To think this priceless party all started from one woman’s vision, to me supporting that vision, which gave clarity to my vision that lead to others finding theirs.  Over the years, Cathy has been my biggest supporter and has guided me in the right direction in so many areas of my life.  I don’t know where I would be without her. From vision boards to now annual beach retreats her vision has gifted so many of us while it continues to bless others she never even knew. Check her out on Facebook @ Your Life Is Now or visit her website @ www.yourlifeisnow.com for details on vision board workshops plus so much more.

December 1, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Another Woman Doing What She Loves To Do!

Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds.  Hebrews 10:24

This woman is my cousin, Michele. I haven’t seen her in years so I recently took a road trip to attend a Christmas Open House she was holding at “The Shoppes On Main”, in Mt. Joy, PA.  Her work is just beautiful and I just loved the concept of her place.  A group of very talented women all came together to create the cutest little shopping village, in one store front building.  What a great idea!  Over 8 little rooms filled with what these women love to do. How brilliant and cost effective, too?  This is another display of great friends manifesting together to bring life to their dream.   Visit her @ http://www.wreathsandmorebymichele.com/wreaths–more.html  or check her out on facebook @ Wreaths & More by Michele.

November 28, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas inspiration… from Funky Junk Interiors

Yesterday, I spent some quality time with my new friend Sandra-owner of Crabtree Gardens www.crabtreegardens.com and while I was there she let me run wild in her winter garden.  Now everything might seem dead and dried up to the average person but you forget who I am.  I have such vision to make something out of nothing.  I wanted it all.  lol    As we snipped away, my interest grew as she explained all of the details of each and every plant/tree leaving me quite impressed.   While I am in the process of my new creation my husband thinks I am nuts with half the things I save and collect.  Last night when he came home from work, he yelled up to me @ 3:00 a.m. in the morning,  “What’s all this dead stuff in the entry?” After 9 yrs you would thing he would get it by now.  Anyway, today I came across this article from a blog I follow www.funkyjunkinteriors.net, I was so happy to know I am not the only crazy one out there and at least my stuff isn’t moldy, YET. lol. Check out her link on   Christmas inspiration… from a mouldy hydrangea.

PS. And stay tuned for my winter wonderland creation.

November 27, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

A Little Miss Mustard Seed’s Faith

Jesus answered, “Because your faith is too small. I tell you the truth, if your faith is as big as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. All things will be possible for you.  

Matthew  17:20   

                                                                                                                    

As some of you may know, I was recently on a retreat where I was in the presence of some pretty amazing women who not only inspired me but introduced me to this whole blogging world.  One of the women, Sandra Crabtree-owner of Crabtree Garden’s & Bed and Breakfast (www.crabtreegardens.com) has been blogging for some time and asked me if I ever heard of Miss Mustard Seed -Marian Parsons (www.missmustardseed.com)   She then went on to tell me her story.  As soon as I returned home, I looked her up and I just went crazy over her.  What fascinated me the most was that this woman was real and she was doing what she loved to do.  As I continued to follow her, I came across other women all over the country doing the same thing and that motivated me.  Just a few weeks ago, Miss Mustard Seed released her first book “Inspired You” and she was having a book signing in Chambersburg, PA at www.shopurbanvintage.com, so off I went.  I spent over two hours listening to her encourage others to do what their hearts desire, along with tips for getting started.   I was so impressed because after meeting her in person she was as true and as real as I imagined.      Inspired You-Inspired Me!  I am sharing her kind words that she personalized in my book because just like the new friends I met on the retreat, they encourage me and bring reality to “faith can move mountains”.  Sometimes all we need is for someone to just water that little mustard seed in our heart.   I am grateful to have all of these women in my life and so thankful for their loving support.

November 27, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Oh, What Fun!

Now that the tryptophen has worn off I am ready to go.   Check out this awesome sled I found just in time to go dashing through the snow! Oh,what fun this project is going to be, so many ideas.

November 26, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Follow Your First Instinct

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  Psalm 37:4

1972-Kindergarten at Perry Elementary School-Shoemakersville, PA.

My first project:  What do you want to be when you grow up? That was the assignment and I was so excited because I knew exactly what I wanted to be. The teacher gave us all a big white piece of paper to take home and told us all to make a drawing that was due the following day. I remember that night after dinner asking my Dad if I could sit at his drafting table to do my homework. Mom was all about helping me draw what we both thought was going to be the best project in the class.

It is now morning and I am now sitting in class and the teacher asks us all to get our projects out. I am so anxious and I want her to start with me. Well, thank the good Lord that she didn’t. As she went around the room, one by one my classmates took their turn standing up to show the class what they had drawn, along with the reason to why they chose that specific career. It is now my turn, I am scared and I fill up with tears as my teacher prompts me to start. I can’t and I start to cry. My teacher then asks me to come to the front of the room with my drawing. As I approach her desk I am scared to death. She holds out her hand and takes my project from me, looks at it, smiles and then gives it back. She then stands up, gives me a hug and whispers in my ear that we were not going to get to everyone in the classroom today, so I can do it over and bring it back tomorrow. My first embarrassing moment, that I have carried with me all my life because I never wanted to go first for anything after that.
Now, I guess you all are wondering what I had drawn on that piece of paper. Well, it was a bird, a beautiful bluebird. As I journeyed through my younger years into high school my goal was to be an Interior Decorator but then life happened and my dreams had to be put on hold for some time. When the time came for me to pursue something I chose nursing , which was my second kindergarten drawing, but I then hit a detour that put me on the road to a business degree.
The reason for this story is because when I flash back to my first instinct in kindergarten, when the teacher asked us “If you could be anything in the world, what would it be?”  it was a bird. After 15 years of working in a non-rewarding career of being underpaid, overworked and unappreciated, I decided to pack it all up, take flight and leave it all behind me. Just like a beautiful bluebird. So my instincts were right.  Lol.   I am very grateful for all of the experience and especially the wisdom I have gained over the years but it’s time for me to fly. Of course, I am nervous but one thing I am sure of it is time for me. Time to be happy at what I do and work towards the desires of my heart, while glorifying my Father with the gifts He has given me.

What better DIY than my “Birdseed Wreath”

I make this wreath every year at this same time for my son, Jordan Tate (JT).  It brings such life to his place. I lost JT when he was 13 months old and I always had a hard time visiting the cemetery where he was laid to rest.  I struggle with this visit because I know he is not there and every time that I would go back what was last put on his stone was dead.  This would upset me the most because “ Is there not enough death there already?”  So one day after throwing out some bread crumbs for my little bird friends, I found much delight in watching all kinds of activity from this little act of kindness.  Then a thought came to mind, what a great idea, why don’t I put birdseed on JT stone?  That would bring life to his place while feeding my little friends during the cold months that are coming ahead.   What a joy it is to go back and see nothing but the ribbon that bound it together lying on the ground.  It brings great comfort to me and makes me feel like JT’s place isn’t desolate while I am gone.

What you will need:

1 cup of white corn syrup

1 cup of sugar

½ cup of peanut butter

Approximately 3 1/2 cups of bird seed

1 yd. cranberries – strung on double thread

2 1/2 yds. ribbon

Step One:  Bring 1 cup white corn syrup and 1 cup sugar to a boil for 30 seconds or until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and mix in ½ cup peanut butter until smooth.  Then 1 cup at a time, mix in the birdseed.  As you mix it all together you will notice it will start to get stiff.  Don’t let it get too dry or you won’t get a good bond.   Use caution because it is very hot, so let it sit for about 2- 3 minutes before you start.

Step Two:  Place a piece of wax paper down so it doesn’t stick to your surface.  Now, pour it all out onto the wax paper and shape it into a ball.    Using your hand, push it through the middle of the ball to hollow out the center then start to shape it into a circle.  Remember it is very hot, so be careful.  As it cools it will take better form and will be easier to work with.  The tighter you shape it together the better it will be.

Step Three:

I have decorated these wreaths many ways, no two have ever been the same. So use your imagination.  For this wreath, I have ribbon woven around the whole thing and attached a bow to the top.  I then attached a longer piece of ribbon so I could hang it from the tree.  I strung cranberries and attached the string together so I could drape it over the top.

Over the years, I have molded  them into many different shapes and used everything from pretzels to cherrio’s to nuts to decorate them. I even made them out of corn for the deer, so as long as it’s editable it should work.  I have used “Bird Seed Wreaths” on many occasions and even have taken them to funerals.  They look great hanging outdoors in trees or tied on yard posts and are a wonderful gift for the bird lovers on your Christmas list. And lastly they are very affordable to make.    Blessings, th.

November 21, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Talk about pressure!

I have had so many people encourging me to start this blog and I think that it really added to the pressure of doing it.  I couldn’t possibly mention them all but they know who they are.  I want to say Thank you to everyone for all of their support and especially to Sandra Crabtree at www.crabtreegardens.com for all of her help and giving me the push I needed.   I woke up to this post this morning.

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November 20, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Hello world!

Well I did it!  After months of trying to figure out this whole blogging thing then fear of hitting the publish button,  I finally did it.   My heart has such a tug on it to blog because we are to “Tell the nations of his glory;  tell all peoples the miracles he does, Psalm 96:3.  I feel I have so much to share and I don’t even want to venture down the “writing a book” path.  You will find I have a huge faith that I plan to incorporate in with my desire to decorate and inspire other to do the same.  Now, I am not a writer so it might take me some time to catch on but like anything “you don’t know, what you don’t know, until you know”.    So ready, set, go!  Hold on, here I come blogging world!  th

November 4, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

   

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