Thrift store Birdcage transformation 

Remember this? I posted this little thrift store find I got a few weeks ago on Instagram. I had been wanting one, but the large ones are just way out of my budget. So, when I saw this little cutie, I thought I’d give it a try.  

A couple of months ago, I got some succulent leaves off my mother’s succulent plants. It was my first attempt to propagate. I will write another post on that soon. So, now that they are growing, I needed a place for them to grow into.  
Originally, I wanted to spray paint this rubbed oil bronze. It has been so hot out here and I was just  not up to being outside. So, I opted to use acrylic paints. This is what I used.  
At first, I used the lighter blue. It was way too light. Then I sparingly went over it with the darker blue. Lastly, I added a little copper. I just winged it. Emphasizing where it might naturally rust or oxidize. Not sure if I used that correctly. :/

Here is the final result! Shh! Don’t tell anyone I forgot to paint the bottom. Hehehe…

    
Here is where I decided to place it for now. I feel like there is something missing. Maybe a stack of books. I don’t know… What do you think? 

I used coconut liner to hold the soil. I can’t wait for them to grow!

 

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Crystal Lamp Makeover

I don’t know about you, but I love giving old things new life! It is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Here is the story on these lamps. My mom has had these crystal lamps since I was young. I’m guessing 90’s. Early 90’s. They aren’t really old. Not old enough to call antique. Lol They were  old enough to call, what is that word again? Ugly. Gasp! Yes, I just called these lamps ugly. 

I had been looking for lamps on Craigslist with no luck. When my mom told me she was donating these lamps, I thought maybe I could give them a shot. She had burgundy lampshades on them. Yes, burgundy. So I took them home. Here is a before picture. Eek! I did a little research. Okay, a lot. It was hard finding redos on these lamps. There was one pin on my trusty ol’ friend Pinterest! Not much info, just a finished image. So I went from there. 

Below is a picture of when I pulled it apart. You want to start at the bottom. There is a bolt you can unscrew. I had to remove the felt cover first. Mine was old, but I still kept it. This lamps was in three pieces. Make sure to be very careful. It can easily chip. Take lots of pictures to remember where every part goes. You will have to remove the screws and wires above. It’s not hard, just make sure to take pictures. I also took a sharpie and labeled the wires. Not sure if it mattered, but when it comes to electrical stuff, it usually does.          

Remember how to make that knot if yours has one. It helps! When you undo the knot, straighten the wires and carefully pull the wire out. If your hardware and wiring is really old, you can replace with new ones from your local hardware store. 

   I put all my wiring in a ziplock. The image below are pieces I was going to paint. I decided to spray paint glossy white using Restoleum spray paint. 

Tip: Use plastic or cardboard as protection on the floor. I tired using newspaper for the first time and the pieces stuck everywhere on the paper! It was a mess! Thankfully you can’t really tell. Haha!

Here is the finished product! Originally I wanted burlap shades, but they were $30 each at Lowes. I found these shades for $11 on clearance. Score! I also cleaned the glass inside out with a wet rag. Then I went over it with alcohol. It helps to clean it up really good. What do you think? Post your comment and share your lamp makeover. 

Total cost:

Lamps FREE!

Restoleum White Spay paint $ 5.27

Lamp Shades $22 for both

Total with tax approx $30.00

 

Hello again

Hi guys! So I know I’ve been M.I.A. lately. No… I haven’t left my blog. I have just been so busy. Sometimes it just seems easier to post on Instagram or Facebook. However, I have been missing my blog. I guess for me personally it just seems more personal. Don’t you think? So, I would like know how you keep up with blogging each week. Any suggestion? I thought maybe I can post a reminder on my calendar each week… What do you think? As you may already know, I like to post different things here. Some of my personal favorites will be about my devotionals, my photography work, homeschool, my new love for gel nails, makeup and everything in between… Sounds girly doesn’t it? It seems so weird to say because I don’t think of myself as being girly. I think of myself more of having a creative side. There you go! Please leave a comment on how your keep up with your blog and a link. I would love to visit your blog!

~Leslie

The thorn on my side and what the Lord revealed to me

Have you been praying for deliverance out of a trail? Here is a little encouragement the Lord have me today…

“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” II Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭7-9‬

“Like Paul, we ask for help from the Lord. As far as our Father is concerned, however, the purpose of prayer is not that He might give help to us, but that He might give Himself to us.
The Father says, “You want Me to take away the pain, to solve the problem, to get you out of the situation -but that’s not what you need. You need Me. And the very problem you’re seeking to get away from, the very situation you desire to get out of is the very one that is causing you to talk to Me. You’ll be stronger when you’re weak because you’ll have no other choice than to draw strength from Me. You’ll have to reply on Me.” – Jon Courson’s Application Commentary New Testament

Just another day… November 2013

I know it’s been a few weeks since my last post. I have been so busy with my now 1 year old! I can’t believe how fast time went by this time around. I guess I was expecting it, but I just didn’t think it would come this quickly. My baby girl is now walking around and getting into everything! Oh… It just makes my heart melt. So, if you are wondering what has kept me away, this is why. I try to just sit there with them while I homeschool and just play with her.

So, I realized I have been focusing so much time on my business when it comes to photography. I remembered the first reason why I had bought my first DSLR. I decided to challenge myself a little more to just bring it out and capture more of my family moments. Yep, no more sitting in my camera bag. I decided to stop focusing so much on the perfect portrait images to edit and post. Rather, focus on capturing more of what is really important in life. Family.

This was today. I love seeing my older children at play with their baby sister. God has truly blessed me. There’s just no other way to put it. He is good!

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Better Late Than Never!

Wow! I am so behind on my personal family photos! Yep! I said it! I love to capture those special moments with my children. They are truly my biggest blessings! I always say how I feel I don’t deserve how good God has been to me with these blessing! My children are God’s sand paper to my heart. No, it’s not the way it sounds… You see, as I walk each day with my Jesus, He shapes and molds me more and more each day to be more like Him. Through my children, He reveals the good, the bad and the ugly. Yes, the ugly… The ugly is worse than bad. He has showed me how much He loves me, how He is faithful to forgive. He shows me that as a mom and can only do so much on my own, but that through Him I can do so much more. It is because of Jesus that I am what I am today. Nothing more. That simple. I don’t know how I got here or when. I just now that day by day He is changing my life. It’s not always pretty, but I am thankful for the blessing and even the painful trails.

Here are some photos of my daughters 7th birthday. Next to her is her baby sister. My son is missing in this picture by the way. It was a girls only party. 😦 I am so thankful that Jesus chose me to be mommy to my 3 beautiful children. I don’t deserve. But He saw it fit to chose me to raise up these children. Thank you Jesus!

Btw, these were taken back in April! 😮 Yes… It took that long for me to share. Hehe…

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Chocolate Covered Bananas and peanut butter GONE WRONG!

Hello again! So… All day I’ve been wanting to share something we made last night. First of all I want to say that my kids put so much effort into this. Well, except the part where my son was being so impatient. Yeah… That’s where I think it all went wrong. Anyhow…

You know how you always see those pins on Pinterest with easy DIY recipes?! They always look picture perfect! Don’t they?… So, I saw this pin a few months ago and took a snapshot of it. Here is what the pin looked like.

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Seems pretty easy, right?! Well, it was! Until… My son became inpatient.

So, after freezing these for an hour, he brought them out and waited impatiently for me to melt the chocolate. When we decided to dip them in, they were thawed a little. So guess what? The chocolate would slip right off. Oh well… We just improvised and dabbed it on. Froze them for 2 hrs and ta-da!

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Here is the finished product.

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We couldn’t stop laughing. It looked nothing like it! I will say that they were mighty tasty!

Have you ever tried a DIY project or recipe from Pinterest? Did it not turn out? Share your story. Comment below and share your link! Thanks for visiting!

~Leslie