Sunday, May 3, 2015


As the sign explains this little cabin was originally from Randolph county in North Carolina.
My dad bought it and put it back together on his property in the 1970's.
He went all over the countryside and collected big rocks for the foundation
and the chimney.
The next two pictures shows him in the process of building the chimney.

As you can see in this one it's before a kitchen was added.

Following are some pictures of it all finished.

This was after a kitchen was added.

Through the years we use to have lots of cook outs.
And a lot of porch sitting.

We use to even sell our homemade crafts out of it.

Then over the years it kind of became a place where a lot of stuff was stored.
Well my dad has been slowly trying to move stuff out.
He wants to get it where he can come sit by the fire
 and make it seem more like a living room again.
He's 91 years old and I think if that's what he wants to do
so be it.
I'm in the process of helping him.
We are slowly getting things organized and also brighten up a little.
Here are some pictures of what it's looking like
before the painting and organizing starts.
This is the living room looking at the front door.

This is the opposite side looking at the door leading into the kitchen.

This is a shot looking at the fireplace.
As you can see, some of the logs were painted before he got the cabin.

This is the opposite side from the fireplace.
You can see the ladder leading up to the upstairs.

Here we are in the kitchen.

As you can see it needs a lot of work.

Although I'm not going to do anything upstairs any time soon
I still wanted you to see the space.
This is the fireplace side.

And the opposite side with the ladder.
So lets get started on an update.

This is a little peek at the living room with a little painting done.
It has already brightened it up.

I know I know a lot of you are probably saying
Why are you painting those logs.
Well, not all will be painted, but what is,
has already started to light up the room.
It will look better.
Trust me.

Here's a pic of the nice brown front door.
It's getting a make over too.

Beautiful turquoise!

Please stay tuned for part 2 and probably 3
of the cabin update.
It's going to look great!

He who seeks good finds good will...
Proverbs 11:27

Sunday, April 19, 2015


When we went to Florida with Maggie the first time
she was only 5 weeks old.
When we stopped at the welcome center
I let her lick my O J cup that the center always offers to those who stop by.
She loved it!
Isn't she the cutest thing?

Thought I'd give you a look at Maggie now on our latest
trip to Florida.
She's a little over 5 months old here.
Quite a change isn't it?

What a sweet girl.

...He will bring me out into the light;
I will see his righteousness.
Micah 7:9

Sunday, April 5, 2015


"I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 14:6

This is My command:
 love one another as I have loved you.
John 15:12

Thursday, April 2, 2015



Isaiah 53:5
But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds.

Colossians 2:14
He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and
opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross.

1 Peter 2:24
He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree so that, having died to sins,
we might live for righteousness; by His wounding you have been healed.

John 15:13
No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.

Romans 8:11
And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you,
then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your
mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you.

Saturday, March 14, 2015


Well, I finally have one more ceiling that the popcorn has been removed.
My son in-law came one day and helped me cover it up.
Really I helped him.
Here's a beautiful before of the popcorn.
Don't you just love it?

Who invented this stuff?

I went up in the attic and found the placement of the ceiling joists.
Then my husband helped me mark them with a chalk line.
He also took the fan down for me.

I used underlayment to cover the ceiling, because it's thin and light weight.
I painted all the supplies before we installed them.
Here is the first and most important piece.

After the ceiling was covered with the panels
we lined up lattice trim over the seams.
We installed the panels and trim to make four foot sections.

We were short by one piece.
Nothing a trip to Lowes won't fix.

After all the trim was installed I had to patch the nail holes
and caulk around all the trim.
I also gave everything one more coat of paint.

At all the intersections of the lattice trim I installed appliques.

I found these at Hobby Lobby.

After I painted them all white I attached them to the ceiling.

I just lined them up and hot glued them in place.

I think they finished it off nicely.

Here's a few pics of the finished ceiling.

I think it looks much better than popcorn.
Don't you?
Hope you enjoyed the change.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.
Psalm 150:6

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


This is a short post just to make you smile.
This is Cocoa.
Isn't she the sweetest thing?
Well she is long over do for a trim around her face.
This is the before.

And this is the after.
Sometimes her nickname is miss bug eyes.
She's always so good when I trim her hair.
She's a cutie!

I hope she gave you a smile today.:)

For nothing will be impossible with God.
Luke 1:37

Monday, February 23, 2015


A few years ago I had a bigger island in my kitchen.
After I made my piano island (here)  I moved out the big island
and started using the more narrow piano island.
I loved it. But as time went by I realized that the bigger island
would be more useful in my house hold.
We have lots of family gatherings and parties and a bigger surface area would be more useful.
So I decided to move the bigger island back into the kitchen.

Here's a little history of the island.
Its top is made of three large boards that are two inches thick.
The boards are over 100 years old.
My dad had them in his shop. They came from an old house that was being
torn down about 25 years ago.
The legs are made from fence newell post that I turned upside down.
Put that all together and you have an island. It's been painted white, black, and the latest, green.
Well you know me. I like to paint. 
Here are some pics of it as a green piece.

A few little details.

Looks like it could use a shelf, doesn't it. 
After moving it back into the house,
of course I had to move the piano island somewhere.
I still love that piece so I wanted to be able to see it.

So I moved it along the staircase in the dining room.
Which meant I would have to move the piano table (here).

So I moved the piano table by the front door,
which meant I would have to move the green table.

So I moved it in front of the dining room window.
Right now it's sitting on top of the supplies I'll be using
to redo my bedroom ceiling. ( More on that later).
It'll look a whole lot better when all that is removed.
The children's table was in front of the window
so I moved it across the room.

So remember, I like to paint.
I painted it turquoise.
 I'm sure you're surprised by that aren't you.
Poor Cocoa. She can't get down without Maggie chasing her.

I love the color change.
But remember, I thought it could use a shelf underneath.

So I built one.
I cut some boards to size, attached them to cross pieces,
and mounted it with L brackets.
I also added a leg on the shelf underneath in the center.
It will provide lots of support for all the bigger items I'll be putting on the shelf.

It sure adds a lot of extra storage space.
I don't know why I never added a shelf years ago.

Maggie thought she would photo bomb this pic.
Isn't she getting big.

Here's the completed project.
I love how everything turned out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Every good and perfect gift is from above.
James 1:17