Saturday, April 19, 2014

Follow Your Arrow

When I saw this saying I knew I had to paint it.
follow your arrow
What does it mean to follow your arrow?  It means we are doing what God put us on this earth to do, being who He created us to be.  
follow your arrow
Oh, it seems so easy to say, but the doing is harder.  We are influenced by so many outside forces: parents, friends, media, teachers--the world's opinion of who we are and what we should be.  
follow your arrow
I have always told my children God's opinion of them is the only one that matters and God says that they are fearfully and wonderfully made in HIS image.  What we do does not define us, what people say about us does not define us, God does.  God created us with a purpose and our purpose may not be the same as the person next to us.  We have a path, an arrow to follow.  
follow your arrow
I continue to discover who God says I am and continue to find what His purpose is for me through prayer and reading His Word.  It is definitely a path of discovery.  Ask God today what your arrow is, where does He want to lead you?
Linking up at Funky Junk Interiors.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend DIY Inspiration

Welcome to Weekend DIY Inspiration, Girlfriend's DIY week 3! Here you get four fabulous DIY projects from my Upcycling friends, and plenty of inspiration for the weekend.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Under $100 Link Party

I can't believe it Easter this week.  I remember thinking Easter was so far away...sigh.  My oldest is about 21--21!!  How did that happen? My youngest is beginning to think she is miss independent.  Time keeps on ticking, whether we savor it or not.  Savor is going to my mantra, at least for the next week or two, until sadly I forget and life gets too fast and crazy again.  

How do you savor you time, days?  Take a few minutes to savor some great projects from last week:
Simply lovely sign from Lake Girl Paints

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Paint Tutorial 2

Thanks everyone for your participation in our Junker's United link party and giveaways!  It is still going on, so if you haven't entered to win or checked out all the great links--do so now!!  (See previous post!)

So I, along with many of you, received a message this week from Pinterest saying that one of my pins had been removed for copyright infringement.  What this means is that someone reported one of MY pictures, with MY watermark, leading to MY post as theirs.  I assure you--these are my photos and my post and my technique.  I have tried to contact Pinterest about this, but they have not replied.  I am reposting the tutorial in hopes that it will not be removed (I repinned it, but it got removed again so hopefully this new post will work!).  

PLEASE pin away--thanks!!!

How did you paint that?  This is probably the number one question I get--how did you paint that, what is your paint technique?  Honestly, I am not sure I have a technique, but I will attempt to share with you what I do.  However, I do have a disclaimer: I have been painting furniture for more than a dozen years.  My style or technique has evolved and changed and developed over those years, and I am sure it will continue to do so.  I also believe that I might have a knack for it, it comes easily and naturally to me--how I paint a particular thing is often a feeling or instinct.  So, with that said, here you go:
how did you paint that paint tutorial
I am showing this on a piece of pallet wood--all wood and furniture is different and take the paint and stain differently. If at first you don't succeed, keep playing and trying.  I sand the wood usually a little before painting to get some of the rough spots off, but not too much as the roughness helps add to the character.  I most often use what is called a chip brush.  These are inexpensive, natural bristle brushes that cost under $1.  I like them because they do not cover completely, and are cheap enough to replace as needed.
how did you paint that paint tutorial
As I have said many times, I slap some paint on.  I usually paint several boards at once, starting with the lightest color of paint I am using.
how did you paint that paint tutorial

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Junkers Unite With A Reclaimed Wood Shelf, Link Party, & Giveaway!

junkers united reclaimed wood shelf
Welcome to a fun, junk filled post at Beyond The Picket Fence with the Junkers Unite Group. We are a group of bloggers who love JUNK, aka "treasures" that would normally be discarded, passed over, ignored.   I am Becky, author and creator at Beyond The Picket Fence.  If it is your first time here, welcome!

Today I am bringing you a project made from reclaimed wood--most of it from pallets.  My regular readers won't be surprised--I adore reclaimed, salvaged, junky wood.

I started by picking some pallet boards and painting them.  I usually use a scrappy chip brush (this is is on its last leg).  I use one brush for all colors except red, not cleaning it in between.  
junkers united reclaimed wood shelf
I start with the lightest color, usually a yellow.
junkers united reclaimed wood shelf

Sunday Verses

God's word bible verse

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday DIY Fun With Friends

Happy Friday! Welcome to our weekly Friday party!  Two post in one day you ask?  I know!  But sweet Karen from Redouxinteriors got together a group of bloggers to share ideas on Fridays and I just had to join the fun.   I love these ladies' blogs, check them out!
Group 1
We are four bloggers, Karen from Redouxinteriors, Katie From Upcycled Treasures, Tami from Curb Alert, and Becky from Beyond the Picket Fence, who all enjoy DIY and repurposing and creating from found junk, aka "treasures".  
PicMonkey Collage

Reclaimed Wood Tray Tutorial & A Giveaway Announcement

I know, I know...rustic, reclaimed, salvaged wood are words used around here A LOT.  I love the stuff--give me a new load of reclaimed wood and I am like a kid in a candy store.  
reclaimed wood tray
Where do I get my wood?  I am blessed to have a freind who is a cabinet maker.  He mainly makes rustic, Montana style cabinets.  He gives me his scraps and unusable pieces.  But, I also use a lot of pallet wood.  HERE is a previous post I did that answers some pallet questions such as where to find them, how to take the apart.  

I used some lovely reclaimed oak to make this tray.
reclaimed wood tray
I started with four pieces cut 16" long.  I painted these.  Remember to paint the ends (I forgot and did it after I made the tray) and sides of the two outside pieces.
reclaimed wood tray

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Under $100 Link Party

Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day...the sun is shining, it was 70 degrees yesterday--70!  We haven't seen that since last September.  Snow is predicted for the weekend, but today, I will enjoy the sun!  I hope spring is sprouting where you are, such a season of hopeful expectation.  

Here is some spring inspiration for last week's links:

My Creative Day's spring colored toadstools
DIY Whimsical Toadstools For The Yard
Love this pillow from Crystelle Boutique
Chippy goodness from D.D.'s Cottage and Design