Thursday, April 2, 2020

Now Offering Hymn Lyric Printables & Looking for Ideas

Times sure are interesting lately with the world sheltering in place due to the Coronavirus. For the first few weeks I felt unmotivated to do anything, but as the weeks have gone on, I realized that now is the perfect time to start doing something I have meant to do for years--create printables of hymn lyrics and scripture verses that are meaningful. I just recently created these shown below from the song "Count Your Many Blessings,"

and feel like these song lyrics are extra pertinent for what we are experiencing today.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Restore your Wood Furniture in 15 Minutes and for only $15

I feel like I am copying Geico's ad campaign by using the 15 minutes slogan, but these products are so amazing, so easy, and so affordable, that I have to share them with all of you.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Reminder of how Awesome General Finishes Gel Stain truly is

Hello fellow DIY'ers, I was so excited to be contacted by one of you last night about my one of my post popular posts. Do you remember a couple years ago I shared how we not only removed the popcorn from our ceilings, but we used gel stain to cover the painted wood beams that were in our home?

Well, I was excited to get the following four pictures, and this message from one of you last night...

Friday, March 15, 2019

Finding Focus

Do any of you ever feel like life and everything in it gets blurry? Filled up with so much stuff that you want to bring everything into focus, but don't know what to focus on? I want to share some insights I have been thinking on lately in case they might help one of you.

I started this blog to empower others to create. I ran into people that expressed interest in knowing how to redo their piano like I did, but were too afraid to try, so I wrote up my first how-to post. Since then, many have shared their before and afters of their pianos, and it fuels me to continue sharing  what to do and not to do with all of you, so that you can find happiness in transforming your home and furniture affordably.

As the years have gone by, I have shared posts on how to refinish furniture, stain wood beams that had been painted, or update one's home on a budget such as painting kitchen cabinets; but I have also been putting my creative energy into perfecting a drawing of Christ I did years ago, that I made to be personalized.
My first drawing of Christ that included my oldest son when he was 8
My initial purpose of drawing others with their Savior was to empower them in a more meaningful way than the way I do so with "tips and tricks" postings. But as is often the case, I started to tell myself that the drawing wasn't very good, or that nobody would want to take the time to send me a picture so I could make them a personalized drawing, and so on. In the end I stopped putting much effort into it, and would only do it for those that occasionally asked for it.

That is until everything got out of focus...

Thursday, January 10, 2019

From $0 to $450 in a Few Days (How a simple coat of paint sold a Mid Century dresser that Goodwill wouldn't take)

Sorry for the long title, especially since this is going to be a very short post. But today I am writing about how finding someone's "junk" can sometimes require very little work to find the treasure hidden inside.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

A Gift for Someone Else that became a Gift for Me

Many of you already know that I am a Christian, and belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Even though my religion is an integral part of my life, it isn't something I write about much. There have been a few posts recently that have offered free printables of The Family Proclamation, The Living Christ, and the Articles of Faith, each documents of my faith, but I typically write about how you can give new life to a piece of furniture, or a part of an outdated home.

However, I have had the opportunity to do several pictures of individuals with their Savior recently, and I have thoroughly enjoyed doing so. One in particular has made an impact on me, and helped me realize that I need to put this opportunity out there more for others to know about.

I was contacted by an individual who asked me if I could do a picture of her deceased grandfather with Christ, so she could surprise her grandmother on Christmas. I had done this once before for my own grandma when my grandpa passed away. My aunts went through family photos and found the best pictures they could find of his profile, and emailed them to me. It was a challenge, but so rewarding. Knowing this individual needed her grandfather's picture done in time for Christmas added to the pressure, but I felt I had help from the other side, and was able to get it done for her in record time. This is what I shared on Instagram, and wanted to share it with all of you:

I am grateful she gave me permission to share these pictures and her story with all of you, and am so grateful I had this opportunity to do this for her family. Being able to work so closely with the countenance of someone who has already passed on was a unique, and blessed gift.

I would love to be able to do a custom work of art (or two) for any of you that would be interested. If you would like to see more of these pictures I have done, click on the Art tab above. Also, on that same page, I have a link to my Etsy listing. Until the end of this year I am only charging $30 for a JPEG file of your custom art that you can then print at any size you'd like, and share as many times as you want with loved ones. At the beginning of January I will be raising the price to $50. Even though I need to raise the cost, I am still trying to keep this personalized gift affordable for all those who want one.

Thank you always for your encouragement and support along my many creative paths. I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas!