Getting Creative…

 Creating a Home worthy of His Honour

Creating is a beautiful gift that I believe honours our Heavenly Father. Creation is, after all, something He knows well and enjoys Himself. It delights God to see His Creation following in His footsteps…so-to-speak!

As a mother, wife, homemaker and artist at heart, creating is not only therapeutic, but also mandatory in beautifying my home. This has saved me so much money by keeping costs low! If you can make the item you have been eyeing up with minimal costs, then you have saved so much and have gotten something-or even, exactly, what you wanted in return.

Here are some things that I have made at home to save costs:

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This is a little galvanized bucket from IKEA that I purchased and then painted with light blue paint a little bird and leaf on it. I had some extra lace/beaded fabric and hot-glued that on. Voila, super cute!

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With the same Galvanized buckets I painted a little bit of chalkboard paint on it and decorated with white wall paint around it to Shabby Chic it a bit. Done, and cheap!

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This is another IKEA invention. I damaged the outside of this plastic-y little mirror (I wished it was the old wood ones…those turned out better 😦  ) Then, I painted it with a white colour, after, a dark colour and wiped it off. This gave it an antiqued finish. I added a little old-barn look and feel to it, with a little brown laced bow, hot-glued burlap pieces, and some fancy lace from Michaels that I had left over from another project.

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This was actually a garbage dump find and is my work/office table that I work on to this day! I tightened up the screws, damaged it up even more….Gotta love that! It is my ultimate stress reliever, hehee. Painted a blue-ish colour, with the legs the antique white, then brown overtop of it all and applied the same antiquing finish to it. I have to say this was/is a longer project because I also lacquered the desk to seal in the paint with a few layers. LOVED this result and didn’t cost more than a paint brush and lacquer, as I already had the paint!

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This is my son’s painting! Each child did a painting. We had them framed and hung over their beds for professional artwork. Not only does it not cost much but, you are displaying your children’s beautiful work and giving it recognition…more than a “oh, wow, good job!” …could ever do 😀

Hope you loved these ideas. Tell me some things that you have done, or projects that you would like to do. I would love to hear about them!

Colossians 1:16

“For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for Him…” KJV

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Stylish Romance aka Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic

Keeping femininity beautiful, fresh and organic,

That is what I love about Shabby Chic!

I am always looking for ideas to transform my home into this Shabby Elegance. I love bringing hints of it throughout my home using decor similar to the expensive ones in pictures…but, on a big-family-sized budget!!

My husband is a hunter and has some organic skin furs and artwork that identifies to him. It is birthed out of his culture through his native background. I can’t really tell him it can’t be apart of our home but, I can love him and work with it. Thankfully, my style can embrace his too.

I love the Rustic aspects of this idea. We have redone some wood and painted it an antique white. It just brightens the wood and adds depth to the creases. As you can see, you don’t need to add a lot to make things appealing.

This is beautiful…However, in my house with 5 munchkins who don’t seem to understand beauty. This is an utterly failed attempt. I have a nice linen looking light beige table cloth to accentuate a certain colour in my dinning room and it did not take long before pen marked up one corner…to no one’s admission 😦 One day, I might be able to paint and make this living room a reality…

Until my boys are all grown up. Sigh.

Well, that is until the grand-children come over to play, heehee!

Simple and stunning…all you need: Little planter (find at a bible-for-missions type of place), papers (find around your house lol), clean white duvet and covers (check with dry cleaners–sometimes, nobody comes to pick up old duvets that have been professionally cleaned and they just want to get rid of them), super fluffy pillows (find cheap stylish pillows on sale), white clean painted white walls (find off-tint cans at local paint stores for less) and a thin fabric rug (go to your local auction house and find the best deals)!

Easy Project! Shop your local second-hand stores for old keys. Get an old frame (paint frame edges with a black chalk paint). In your local hardware store or garden store they have burlap fabric, often cheaper than fabric stores! Glue fabric onto frame, insert and attach keys. Voila! C’est fini ;D

Another easy project!

Get some of your favourite photos ready for print. Ask them to antique or vintage the photos when processing them. Go to Ikea, or Winners, or Target, or any local home-style store, and look for similar jars…(sometimes you can actually find them at the dollar store or a second-hand store, often even more beautiful too) Slightly bend photos after printed for the purpose of gently placing them into jars. Then, find the perfect spot to display!

Hope these encourages you to be keepers of your home with new and fresh ideas

That can be Elegant Magezine-Style, yet frugal!

1 timothy 5: 13-14 | Proverbs 31:27