Archive for December, 2012

Sunday’s Sermon

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 | Permalink

If I was a minister… the sermon this Sunday would be titled “Let me know if you need anything!”.  How many times have you said this?  How many times has this been said to you?  Now.  How many times have you actually done it?  How many times have you actually let someone know you needed something?  Really.  Think about it.  The last time I was in hospital my inbox, facebook, phone was full of this exclamation or some variation.  Thank God for GREAT friends.  Thank God I have people in my life willing to offer me their help.  Their love.  Their attention.  And what did I do?  Well I said “Thanks.  I’ll be fine.  I appreciate you thinking of me.”  I was nice.  I was thankful.  But I wasn’t giving.  (What? Giving? How can asking someone for help be a gesture of “giving”?  Isn’t that “taking”?)  I have often thought “oh I can’t ask them to come all the way down here just to bring me a blanket because this hospital room is cold. I’m sure they are busy.  I’m sure they don’t have time. That would be selfish.  “  But would it?  How would it make you feel?  If someone you knew and loved said “Actually, I could use a warm bowl of soup”.  Would you feel put out?  Would you feel disappointed that they actually asked you to do something?  My guess would be No.  My guess would be that you would feel elated.  Proud. More than happy and more than willing to find the best darn bowl of soup in town.  You may even make it yourself.  (Don’t worry, I’d buy it somewhere. Wouldn’t want to make you sicker.  You’re already in the hospital for crying out loud).  And when you went to bed that night you would smile.  You would look back on the day and be proud that you were able to make a friend’s day just a little brighter.  You would be grateful to have a friend that called on you when they were in need.  What a wonderful gift!

 P.S. Dear Friends, I could really use a Big Mac.

Jenny

Recent Projects

Monday, December 3rd, 2012 | Permalink

Lots of projects on my list and I finally took some time to do some. 

Refinished a jewelry box I bought at an online yard sale over the summer…

Finally finished a Pinterest project I’ve had pinned forever.  At Staples you can buy an “engineering print” for only $6!

I am also getting ready to host my family for Christmas but do not have enough seats!  So I bought some plastic white chairs for about $1 a chair (yes at a yard sale) and found a spray paint at Lowe’s that is good for plastic.  I am painting them RED!  I’m going to add a cushion to make it more butt friendly. ;)

That’s all for now!  Too bad I didn’t have as much motivation to clean my house as I did to work on the projects.  Another day…

TTFN,

Jenny

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Monday, December 3rd, 2012 | Permalink

This weekend was full of fun projects.  One of my favorites was a remake of this old Mirror that a friend gave to me in lieu of throwing it out. 

 

It’s been sitting in my house FOREVER taking up space.  I’ve wanted to do something with it since I got it but just never put it on my project list until this weekend.  I started with a coat of black paint.

Once I had the frame painted, I got some chalkboard paint and covered the mirror. 

All finished and ready to add to my Christmas decor. 

Happy Holiday!

Jenny

 

 

 

Chuck Lorre Productions #400

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 | Permalink

I’ve been told that if you change your mind, you change the world – or at least the way you experience it. Let’s take a moment to examine that. The presumption is, if you thought the world was a hostile, ugly place filled with awful people doing awful things, that is what you’d see. Your mind would naturally seek out confirmation for its preconceived ideas (e.g., if you’re intent on buying a red car, as you go about your day you’ll see lots of red cars). If, however, you were able to sincerely change your mind and see that we are all God in drag, that we are the conscious aspects of a perfect universe which had to create us so we could bear witness and stand in awe before its loving magnificence, then that is the soul-shaking reality you’d be greeted with each and every moment of each and every day. In other words, it is entirely our choice as to what kind of world we live in. With a simple decision, we can suffer in the darkness or play in the light. We can be angry, frightened and enslaved, or loving, joyous and free.

I know. It’s a toughie.

Settee makeover

Saturday, December 1st, 2012 | Permalink

I bought this settee is few weeks ago from a local online yard sale.  When I brought it home my husband was pretty pissed about the newest addition of “trash” added to the garage.  However, I knew this settee would have a beautiful second life once I had some time to give it some attention.

 

Once I got started on it hubby must have realized my vision so he helped me strip the old padding off of it.  Either that or he felt sorry for me trying to do it myself.  Either way works. ;)

 After getting all the nasty (yes it was very dusty and nasty) padding off, I was ready to sand and paint.

I happened to have a can of black spray paint so I painted it black and put some clear gloss over it. 

I got very lucky and happened up on a Christmas store in town that also sold cushions that also happened to have 1 last really awesome Houndstooth cushion that appeared to be just the right size.  I was even happier to get to the check out and the store owner gave me 20% off!  After a quick trip to Walmart for some $9.88 red throw pillows, I was ready to finish!

I must say it turned out really great and hubby (yet again) had to eat crow and agree that it was a good find.  I put it in my foyer by my Christmas Snowman tree for now. 

Now I just need to figure out how to decorate the wall above it when there is a thermometer in the way!

Update:  This is how I ended up decorating over the thermometer.  The bow on the Snowman head covers it just enough without getting in the way.

TTFN,

Jenny

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