Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Missional Motherhood: Radical Love

Lydia & Brandon
The financial burden of getting a child ready to go back to school can be straining and stressful on some families.  Brandon (pictured above) grew up in the youth group at Green Street Church and has experienced poverty and the blessings of helping hands.  His heart is tender to the needs of families and wanted to help lighten the back to school burden. 

He and his wife coordinated with a local barber to give free haircuts to students as well as raise donations from local churches for school supplies and food.

Donations of school supplies.
Our church, Reunion Christian Community, partnered alongside Brandon to provide all the hot dogs and buns.  I woke up this morning with a heaviness on my heart and desire to serve with my hands rather than just my wallet. 

So, personally not knowing anyone, I loaded up the kids and headed over to the barber shop.  I arrived right at 11am and it was too crowded to enter.  I spoke with a lady taking names and patiently waited my turn to speak with Brandon.  I explained who I was and wanted to know if there was an area that we could help serve.  He gladly took a risk and put me & my 4 children on passing out the hot dogs.

Clara even passed out plates, too.
I have to admit, I could have easily sat in the comforts of my own home, put a boundary between myself & those in need, & gave my kids everything that they wanted.  I could have given the excuse that I only had 4 hours of sleep and this heat is just unbearable.  I could have thought, "the church provided the food.  That should be good enough." 

But, I don't want to live like that. 

I want to live beyond 'good enough'.  I want to live radically. 

I want to teach my children what it is to follow in Jesus' footsteps. 

I want to serve rather than be served. 

I want to love the unlovely.

I want to carry the burdens of others and place them at the feet of Jesus. 

I want my children to see Christ in me. 

I want to raise my children to be world changers.   


I'm proud of my kids today.  I have three, amazing extroverts that jump in and serve passionately.  I have another child whose gentle smile can warm the hardest of hearts.  Together, they make a fierce team for the Lord. 

So, on a day that I think is all about teaching my children, they actually taught me by their example of what it means to love radically and without boundaries. 

I want to be more like them.

They served well.

I want to be more like Kyle, the barber...

One barber, 80+ kids
And more like Brandon...

 

I, too, want to love radically. 


“..the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?

The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:34-40)





Saturday, July 21, 2012

Homeschool Room: From Dresser to Bookcase


I have been hoarding this dresser in my previous garage for the past year.  Up until yesterday, it was sitting in our shed collecting cobwebs.  I have had attachment issues with this dresser.  It was one of those "free" dressers found on the curb that had hidden potential and I just couldn't throw it out.


It was a mess.  The drawers would not stay on track, the sanded drawer was completely broken, and the top drawer had no knobs.  It's a solid wood piece and I just didn't have the heart to throw it away.  I've seen a few, fabulous dressers floating around the web that did not incorporate drawers into the final product.  So, I decided to give it a try.

I took out & dismantled all the drawers.  I plan to fill in the knob holes and turn them into vintage signs.  Once the drawers were taken out, my husband took out the wooden tracks in the middle of each shelf. 

This dresser will be going into our new, homeschool room.  I needed a piece of furniture that would store toys for our Preschoolers as well as our reading books, and this piece will do the job perfectly.

Ok, back to the step-by-step viewing.

Next, I used Zinnser's Cover Stain tinted a light blue that was purchased for this project. As you can see, I just slapped a thin layer onto the dresser & called it good.

 I painted two coats of the same Peacock Tail color made by Behr used in the project found here.



Just this morning, I went into Home Depot and found an "oops" sample of paint for only $.50!  It was the perfect shade of yellow to match the blue as well as the other decor in the homeschool room. 


Next, I lightly sanded down the edges by hand.  I do prefer the distressed look.  In my opinion, it brings out the curves and detailing of the piece.  Also, I like the light blue and dark wood popping through the edges.  They compliment the dresser beautifully.  


The baskets on the lower, three shelves were purchased last year at Target.  They fit nicely in the space provided inside the dresser.




Let's see that before shot one more time....


And how it looks now....






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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

From Brown to Black: Entry Table



I found this heavy, entry table off of Craigslist for $20.  It doesn't have anything that "wows" me, but I took a chance on it anyways.

(Still working on the family room.  One day the trim will be complete!)

It is solid wood and has the beautiful detail of dovetailed drawers.  


I hated the knobs, so ran up to Home Depot and found a couple of glass knobs to replace them.


My original plan was to put it in the upcoming barn sale, but it's going to be hard to let go.  It looks stunning with our new, family room curtains that our dear neighbor, Jane, gave to us.  (She's amazing!)


Here's a quick breakdown of what I did to the table:

1.  I applied one coat of Zinnser Cover Stain that was tinted in an olive green.
2.  I then applied 2 coats of straight black paint.
3.  Next step, I grabbed a sheet of 110 grid sandpaper & lightly sanded the edges by hand.  I wanted the olive green to pop through the black. 
4.  Added a top coat, new knobs, & voila!  A new and improved, entry table!








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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Make A Cow Happy....

There hasn't been a lot of painting this week due to all the rain we've received here in Nashville.  So, I've been out scouting the local shops to see what goodies I can find.

I was thrilled to find this milk jug! 


It's more like, "Buy me, and make yourself happy!" because that's exactly how I felt!

And what about these adorable salt & pepper shakers??


The pitcher below reminded me of something that I'd see in my Grandma Ardle's home.   It's sweet & dainty.


And these are probably my most favorite find of the week...VINTAGE PYREX DISHES! 


Ok, so I know that they are gold & orange, but stay with me!  It's a start to a beautiful collection!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Strawberry Patch Barn Sale

I'm excited to announce a Tennessee Barn Sale that you do not want to miss!  


The Strawberry Patch is owned and operated by Christy Stone Donoho.  Her heart is huge, her dreams are big, & her ideas are limitless.  She began the Strawberry Patch as an outlet for her creativity in hopes of establishing lifelong relationship with other creative people, but also to give the community a place to find unique, handmade, and vintage goods.  She currently has a Barn Sale in the Fall & one in the Spring.  You can find her blog at The Strawberry Patch and become a Facebook Friend at The Strawberry Patch Facebook.

Check out her fabulous work:





Go like The Strawberry Patch on Facebook to see all her goodies as well as pictures from the Spring Sale.

I'm also super excited to announce that I'll have a booth at the barn sale!  So, for the next couple of months, I'll be working hard at repurposing & refinishing furniture.  You'll be seeing tons of great pieces in the months to come & hear a lot about the Strawberry Patch!

So, mark your calendars and get ready for a barn sale that you won't want to miss!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Barnyard Red Dresser

When we moved back to the states from Mexico, we didn't own a single piece of furniture.  A friend of my mom's was having a garage sale and sold us her bedroom set at a great price.  It's been 6 years since we purchased this dresser.  I absolutely love it.  It is beautiful.  The shape, the knobs, & the curves work together as perfect compliments.

One day, while browsing Home Depot, I found an "oops" quart of red paint.  It was only $2 and matched the boys' room decor beautifully.  I had to scoop it up!



It got a coat of primer that I had on hand from this project here.  It has a tint of light blue to it that peeps through the red nicely.  I painted two coats of red to give it a rich look, then lightly sanded it down with 150 grit sandpaper.  



The tricycle was a treasure found at a local thrift store.  


Here is the dresser's before shot:


And after:




It's going to look great in the boys' room.





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Monday, July 2, 2012

Going Bold w/ Teal & Orange



I found these great chairs on Craigslist for only $25.  They've been sitting around the house for quite some time.  I had a hard time deciding if I should go bold or neutral. 



My dear neighbor & friend gave me some great, orange fabric.  I decided to use it for the cushions.  It makes a great accent color to the teal colors already in our family room.

Check out the legs!  These are my favorite part....


The chairs were a 3 day project.  I painted them on Nashville's record breaking hottest day ever.  (I don't recommend this to anyone!)  The next day, I lightly distressed each one and added an antique glaze.  Finally, on the third day, I added the cushions.  With having four, small children, I've given myself grace in the area of having time frames.  The chair won't remember that it wasn't finished in a timely manner, but my kids will remember if I chose work over them.  So, grace in time frames works best for us!



Let's see those before & after pictures again.

Before....


And now, looking bold...





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