DIY Mason Jar Chandelier

What should you do when your chandelier is old and just has to go? Build a new one - but make it even older than the first one! Here is the one that is headed to our local Goodwill: Now... here's how we made our new/old one. We've compiled all of the materials and instructions... Continue Reading →

We Want What We See

Before we go into stores (and while we are walking through them), I often tell my children, "Be careful, we want what we see!" It is true for them, and it is true for me. Too true, in fact! I didn't know that I desperately needed a new shelf or a collapsible strainer or a... Continue Reading →

Giving the Difference

"[North American Christians] are the richest people ever to walk the face of the earth. Period. Yet, most of us live as though there is nothing terribly wrong in the world. We attend our kids' soccer games, pursue our careers, and take beach vacations while 40 percent of the world's inhabitants struggle just to eat... Continue Reading →

Theology of Renovation

There is a deep kind of pleasure - more than just pride - that comes from creating something yourself. So powerful is this pleasure, that it drives us to make things that we know will not last. Gorgeous displays of art - in a cookie. Sculptures - made of snow. And more than just the... Continue Reading →

Homemade Christmas Wreaths

Let me preface this post by saying that I can't remember ever having made homemade Christmas gifts before. I may be thrifty, but I don't think of myself as very crafty. The word "craft" makes me think of popsicle sticks and paint and the fabric-covered cardboard that I turned into a journal in elementary school.... Continue Reading →

Build-Your-Own Jewelry Rack

I don't know about you, but I am forever losing or breaking my favorite pieces of jewelry. One earring disappears... three necklaces get tangled in a knot... you know the drill. Anyway, I happened to find a free knick-knack shelf that someone had painted a creamy white color. When I picked it up, I wasn't... Continue Reading →

DIY Headboard

When Todd and I first got married, we inherited a couple of great dressers and a metal bed frame. So we didn't bother to go shopping for a whole bedroom set - instead, we found a decent headboard on sale at Big Lots and called it a day. But seven years (and four homes) later,... Continue Reading →

He Did It! He Finished the Basement!

Just yesterday my sweet husband said to me, "I don't want to do any house projects for a while." And I COMPLETELY agree with him. (Well, maybe except for replacing the ceiling fan in our bedroom... and don't forget about the bathroom faucets, sweetie! 😉 Todd lived in our basement for almost two months -... Continue Reading →

How to Buy Vintage on a Dime!

I love all things "real". Wood, metal, stone, and glass beat out their plastic counterparts any day in my book! But because the vintage look is so popular right now, finding sturdy, well-made (non-plastic) furniture and decor is not always cheap. You might think you were shopping at Crate and Barrel or Pottery Barn for the... Continue Reading →

Salvaged Corkboard

At the end of last school year, while we were living in Seminary housing on a University campus, we did something ultra-thrifty.... we went dumpster-diving! In our defense, you would not believe the kinds of things college kids throw away when it's time for them to clean out their dorm room and head home for... Continue Reading →

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