Esther 4:14 is one of my favorite bible verses. I did a Beth Moore bible study several years ago on Esther. In this verse, Mordecai is urging Esther to intercede on behalf of her people in order to save them. The last part of that verse "For such a time of this?" has stuck with me. Through hard times and good times, just out of the blue when I am thinking about my blessing or stressing over my woes, that verse will pop into my head. I believe it is God's way of telling me that I am where I am at that moment in my life because there is where He wants me to be. I may not know the reason and where I am at that time may make no sense to me whatsoever, but in God's eyes He has brought me there "for such a time as this." It is so much easier to accept your current situation in life once you accept that it is all a part of God's master plan.
Last night on Facebook, I saw the following post. As you read through it and you see the things that disrupted people's lives the morning of September 11, 2001. In some cases you can just imagine their frustration at being late or having to make an unscheduled stop. Whatever the reason, they were not where they normally would be and on that fateful day, their life was spared. As I read the following, all I could think of was that each of these people were brought where they were for such a time a this.
So when you find yourself somewhere you really don't want to be in your life, just remember that God brought you there...for such a time of this.
I had a great weekend. Hubby is feeling better and his appetite seems to be returning. I had to run to Walmart to get a few things Hubby was needing. I popped into Joanne's for a second to pick up some fabric. While I was there, I checked out their Cricut cartridges. This is one I want really bad, but no way will I pay $49.99 for it. But they were having a big sale and this was only $19.99. And, you know me, I had a coupon. It was 20% off my whole order, even sale items. Those don't normally cover the Cricut products, but when I checked my receipt, it did. So I got it for $15.99.
I did a little crafting when I came home. I tried my hand at a Pinterest idea where you use a cookie sheet and cover with fabric and ribbon using modge podge. It turned out okay, but I have to tell you I think I could have done a better job.
I did make three little no-sew pillows to go with Mrs. Bear Witch. I will do a tutorial on those later this week. They were awesome to make.
I need to remember to get some pine cones. I want to try my hand at making one of these.
Saturday night I made some homemade sausage pizza. I love homemade pizza with pork sausage and Colby-Monterrey Jack cheese. It is so simple and so delicious.
Sunday morning in our Sunday School class, this sweet couple celebrated their 40th anniversary by renewing their vows. Our pastor attends the same Sunday School class as I do. So we had the privilege of watching them renew their vows. It was awesome.
Afterwards we had homecoming celebrating 132 years of Beech Springs Baptist Church. Ms. Debbie Cline did a beautiful presentation on the history of the church and showed pictures of all three churches that have stood on the property. They had to expand because the church grew beyond their original expectations.
I want to introduce you to a young friend of mine. Meet Kelsey Cate. Kelsey is 18 and started singing in church when she was just three years old and has developed her voice to phenomenal heights. She truly has a God given talent and she doesn't hesitate to thank God for what He is doing in his life. I have watched her over the years blossom into a beautiful young lady. Her voice is so powerful that she is one of my favorite singers.
Kelsey actually released a single and it has been on iTunes for a while now. It is called Dishes. She is working on her first album. She was signed by AOK records in Kingsport, TN and is currently attending Belmont University in Nashville where she is a Commercial Voice Major. She has a Facebook page and is trying to get her Likes up to 500. I thought I would post a link here and ask you a favor. If you are on Facebook, please click this link, Kelsey Cate Facebook and like her page. She is very close to reaching 500 so every like will help. You can also watch her rise to fame because I have no doubt that she is going to make it big some day. I am so very proud of what she has achieved so far and am blessed to know such a sweet gal.
On another note, I saw something I need today that someone posted in one of my Facebook groups. It is a magnetic picture frame. The lady that posted it is going to use each in her Thirty-One home office to post the monthly special flyer each month. This is a brilliant idea because she is like me and ends up one the phone or needing to find her flyer and can't find one. She got this one at Hobby Lobby.
But it reminded me that I saw some cute ways to make your own magnet board. So, obviously, me being me, I went to Pinterest. These are super simple. This is a flat cookie sheet covered with fabric and a bow.
This was an old cookie sheet that she painted and then used modge podge for the fabric to stick.
This was my favorite and by far the easiest. A shiny brand new pan from the Dollar Tree, fabric and some magnets. Joann's always has their fabric 40% off on the type I like. Since I just need a 1/2 yard it will cost less than $3 for fabric. I am going to get the stuff to do this today.
I have been working on some projects that I need to post the pics and instructions from the last things I wanted to try. I may post some of those next week along with how this turns out. Stay tuned.
I have been MIA these last few days. I started to post that I was taking a break from blogging while we settle into a new routine here at home. But by doing that post I would have broken my break, so I didn't. But I'm back now.
Do you love to repurpose things? I do. Especially when I want to change my decor a little and I don't want to buy anything new. So I just "shop" my house and find what I want and use it for a new purpose. Here are some thing around the house that I have repurposed. I needed something cute with a floral theme for my bathroom. So I decided to use this tea for one set. So I took the lid off and put my Q-Tips in the top of it.
Then I thought "The cup would make a good place for my cotton balls." I loved this idea. It was a great way to use a tea for one in the bathroom.
Since I have tea sets, tea for ones, and tea cups all over the house, I thought this would be cute for my desk. My home office/craft room is in pinks, blues, and yellows so this pretty pink cup and saucer fit right in.
I also have some black storage bins from Thirty-One in my office so I have a few pops of black in there. This cup semi-matches some of my Thirty-One items, so I put my hole punch and a couple of pairs of scissors in it over by my craft table.
I found this beautiful candy dish at a yard sale last year. I just loved this shade of blue. But I never have used it for candy. So I started dropping my change in it and when it gets full, I move it to a tin that I have and when that gets full, I just cash it in.
Can you guess which one of these items I repurpose? It's the coffee filters that my chicken is nesting in. I don't buy them for coffee. I buy them for bowl covers when I use the microwave. I simply set the coffee filter in the bowl over whatever I am heating and it keeps everything from splattering. Keeps your microwave a lot cleaner a lot longer.
This is a vintage McCoy stoneware pitcher that my cousin and I bought for Mamaw Eden in the late 60's or early 70's. McCoy produced it in '69. I don't use mine to make tea. I use mine for flower arrangements for my table centerpiece. I change up the flowers every season/holiday. So it is ever changing. It is one of my favorite things. When Mamaw passed away, the cousin that bought it with me made sure I got it. I will forever be grateful to my cousin Patty.
My other bathroom is a beach theme so when I found this awesome pelican cup at a yard sale for about .25 cents, I knew I needed to figure out a way to put it in the bathroom. Another Q-Tip holder...wah lah.
And I found a pretty white milk glass candy dish shaped like a sea shell. It ended up being a soap dish in my beach bathroom.
Recently, I found this beautiful pink milk glass pedestal dish. I had no idea what to do with it. But it turned out that it was perfect for storing some of my costume jewelry that I wear the most. And it matches the faint pink in my burgundy, blue and pink bedspread. So it found a home on my dresser.
The hospital where Allen spent 4 days has a group that repurposes flowers. When someone leaves the hospital and doesn't take their flowers, this group pulls some of the better ones together and goes around to rooms who don't have any and gives them flowers. Allen got checked in about an hour before they did this that day. So he was blessed with this beautiful arrangement.
Since we got to bring it home with us and since it was a tea pot style, I knew I had to find something to use it for. So I went through the big kitchen utensil crock and pulled out the things I use the most in my baking and put them in this tea pot. Now everything I need is easy to grab when I bake.
I challenge you to go "shopping" at your house and see what you have already repurposed or find something you can repurpose. If you want to email me yours, I will feature it on another blog. You can email me at mamawsplace at Gmail . com. Rachel I know you can come up with some things for me to post. :)
Have a great Friday. I think I will go whip up a batch of peanut butter cookies.
Every year I find some awesome Christmas decor to make. I created a Pinterest board so I don't forget it. I blog about it so I can go back and find it. I share it on Facebook so I can scroll my pages.
I start doing this in September and then I feel guilty because it is too early to think about Christmas and then I put it off to start crafting later. Then I forget all about it again and Christmas comes and goes without me doing any of the awesome crafts I saw.
I am going to try to change that this year. I am going to attempt to accomplish some of the great ideas I see on Pinterest. Here are a few that I would love to try.
I would do this in materials with red and green to create it to look like a poinsettia and leaves.