Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Inspiration from Daily Visitors

Our home is nestled in the middle of  the woods.  When we first made this our home, we named the woods and our home Still Woods.  The inspiration came from Psalm 46:10. "Be still and know I am God". A meandering creek borders our property to the east.  A spry, red fox lives in the woods to the west.  Every now and then, we see his sleek body racing across the road and disappearing into the thick forests. Lately, a pair of deer have visited our home.  It is amazing to look up from our breakfast or dinner and see these beautiful creatures in the clearing near our home.
I imagine they enjoy sipping cool water from the creek and resting in the shade of Still Woods. Our two labs, Lucky and Lucy, have decided to accept these graceful visitors.  The deer stand quietly in the woods and watch our two dogs as they lay on the front porch.  Ever wary, the deer appear to be ready to bolt. We knew that deer were in this area, but they have never emerged from the trails so close to our home.  Seeing them is a gift.  They quietly munch on the grass while we watch in awe.  When they are finished, they turn and walk gracefully back through the sunlit trail.
I am reminded of the verse from Psalm 42:1, "As a deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God".  A beautiful worship song written by Martin J. Nystrom begins to play in my head.

As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after thee
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee

You alone are my strength, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee

You're my friend and you are my brother
Even though you are a king
I love you more than any other
So much more than anything

You alone are my strength, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee

I love you more than gold or silver,
only you can satisfy.
You alone are the real joy giver
and the apple of my eye.

You alone are my strength, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship you.


contemplate my own relationship with the Lord. Am I more consumed with desire for my next project than I am for spending time with my heavenly Father?  He is my heart's desire...my strength and shield, but do I always show that to the Lord by my daily relationship with Him?  

I am amazed how the Lord uses the gentle creatures of the forest, whether it be the sparrow or deer, to draw us nearer to Him! Will you join me today and reflect on your own relationship with the Lord?

Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Vintage Frame Makeover

Everywhere you look, you see frames re-purposed to hold photos, mail, etc.  I have a collection of Luke Bailey's bandannas and needed a way to organize them.  Before we get started on the tutorial, I wanted you to meet the inspiration for this project!  Here is our Luke Bailey catching up on a little reading!
Now back to the project!  I did a little shopping and after discovering the price tag on re-purposed frames, I decided to make one myself.  Even with a coupon, the purchased ones were more than I was willing to spend.
I started with a vintage frame that I was not using.  The frame was from a pair of paintings which belonged to my grandmother and had been recently given to me. You may be familiar with these paintings. They are known as Pinky and Blue Boy. My grandmother loved her Pinky and Blue Boy! Poor Pinky's frame was in awful condition, so I gave Pinky and Blue Boy fresh, new frames. My grandmother would be proud of their new and improved look! Blue Boys frame was in good condition so I thought it would be perfect for this project. Follow along for a quick tutorial!
After a little brushing off, I painted the entire frame with a white chalk paint.  After the paint dried, I roughed up the frame with a sanding block.
Next step was to buff on a little Annie Sloan wax.  This is her clear wax.  Love the way it feels! Do you think it would work as a hand cream?!
Due to the age of the frame, I decided to hot glue the twine strips on the back of the frame instead of securing the twine with screws.  The trick here is to hot glue one side and allow that side to cool completely. Then while holding the twine tautly, hot glue the other side.  To keep my fingers from the dreaded hot glue burn, I used the end of a screwdriver to hold the string in place while the hot glue dried.  Lastly, I gave each side an extra dose of hot glue to make sure that the twine was good and secure.  Sorry, but I didn't get any pictures of this.  Two hands were occupied and Mr. Still Woods was nowhere in sight!

Here is the finished project!  My cost for this project was nominal.   With the exception of the miniature clothes pins, I already had everything for this project.  The clothes pins with an additional percentage off cost $1.92. That is a lot better than $49.99!
Now, little Luke Bailey has all his bandannas ready for a daily outing.  The bow tie is his favorite formal wear!
This is such an easy and great project.  I plan to make another one and use it my home office as an idea board.  Don't you think this would be a fabulous Christmas gift?  Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!
Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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