Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mason Jar Wall Decor

Hello friends,

I posted this project awhile ago and somehow it got deleted as I was working on designing my blog... So here it is again... A Mason Jar Sconce Tutorial...

I had some wainscoting paneling left over from another project and I decided to use it to make some mason jar wall sconces. I've seen this done in several different ways but here's a tutorial for my design...

The Finished Product...

2 Large Mason Canning Jars
22 gauge (0.65mm) wire (Size doesn't matter as long as it is bendable and twistable)
wainscot paneling (or any kind of reclaimed wood or scrap paneling can work... be creative for the background)
wire cutters & pliers
metal "plumbers tape"
1 small screw

Step 1: Twist wire around the mason jar to create this "basket handle" look.( I actually had some jars that already had the wire that I recently found at Ross.)

Here is a link to a tutorial to create your own mason jars
with the wire handles... Mason Jar Hanging Lanterns Tutorial

Step 2: Cut a 6 inch piece of the plumbers tape and loop under the wire on mason jar. ( I tried this several ways before deciding to secure it this way. Another option is to secure it so that the mason jar is hanging from the wire handle.)

Step 3: Bend the plumbers tape around the wire so that two holes line up. (you might have to cut off excess)
Step 4: Lay down the backing and center the mason jar. Secure plumbers tape by inserting screw through the holes. Screw into backing with screwdriver...

Step 5: Add your favorite flowers or candles, etc.

P.S. I am in the process of creating more to sell in an etsy shop... coming soon if you are interested :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Free Shipping TODAY ONLY!

Hi Friends,

Just a quick post to let you know I am offering FREE SHIPPING for anything in my Etsy Store today for Cyber Monday. Just click below and enter the coupon code "cybermon" at checkout. Hope you will take a look!

Pottery, Tin, and Rust....

A few weeks ago I shared with you some treasures I found in Momma's garage that were from a cousin's old farmhouse. (Click HERE if you want to visit that previous post) ANYWAY, there were a few things that were so dirty I hadn't gotten them out or had time to clean them up. This weekend I found time to take a few pictures so I can share with you my BOWLS! I absolutely love the ruggedness of these mixing bowls and the little tin pot and old mini bunt pan together. I have them in my kitchen now and I love the pottery up on the open shelves and the metal mixed in for contrast. (Sorry, no pics of the kitchen because the lighting wasn't great when I was taking these.) 

I also found this one with the scalloped edge and slight glaze. I love that the glaze is chipped on the edges and the matte pottery is coming through...

I'm so excited about these and think they add so much charm to my tiny kitchen... Of course, I especially love that they have stories to tell and memories of my Momma's summers down on the farm...
Something this city girl can only imagine. 

I am linking up with these lovelies...

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Heritage of Thanks...

We have had the most wonderful Thanksgiving celebrating with my most favorite people! We had 14 at the table including my "Granny" from Arizona, cousins from Arkansas, Aunt & Uncle and parents from Southern California. 
Here are some pics of the Thanksgiving table...

 I was overwhelmed as we sat around the table sharing and praying and ended the evening singing together in worship. I was reminded again how blessed I am to have a heritage in my family of those who LOVE the Lord with all their hearts and have passed down their faith for so many generations. 

"For you, God, 
have heard my vows; 

   you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name." Psalm 61:5

Thanksgiving was really a time of reflection for me... Being with my family was inspiring and comforting. It has been a difficult few years for us... We have moved over 6 times in the 3 years we have been married. My husband is currently working three different jobs so that I can be with our daughter. We moved from a 3 bedroom 2 bath house to a tiny 1 bedroom apartment in order to save money. I often find myself wanting more and feeling sad or even bitter that we have had to sacrifice so much. Let's just say we never expected to be two college degreed teachers without work. 

It is so easy to begin losing sight of how much we do have and how we have been blessed. As my family shared together all the ways God has been faithful I was deeply moved in my heart as God seemed to be whispering to me...
 "Kirstin, I have been here, 
I have been holding you through it all" 

My extended family has been through trials beyond what I can imagine and yet they come together in pure thankfulness to God for his provision. I do not want to forget to thank the Lord for all he has done....

I have an incredible husband who gives so much to provide for us and still finds energy to take me out for coffee and talk about our day. He adores our daughter and loves to be with us more than anything. 
He really loves me and I am blessed.

I have a silly precious 18 month old baby girl. She is my sunshine and brings so much joy to our lives. She is strong and healthy and learning so much. 
I am blessed. 

I have a wonderful and supportive family... both mine and my husbands. 

And most of all... I have my God. A God who loves me unconditionally and has given me so much more than I deserve. I have salvation and a life of peace and joy that I want to live to the full. I'm thankful for a holiday that reminds us of what is important and the grace we have been given. I'm thankful for a family that takes time to gather and praise the Lord for his goodness and love. 

Linking to these wonderful friends...
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Inspired to Create: A Thanksgiving Motif...

Last week I was totally inspired by my fellow bloggers to put together a Thanksgiving Mantle. 
The only problem... I don't have a mantle. 
So, I decided to put together a Thanksgiving display on our corner bistro table. 

Here's some beautiful vignettes which served as my inspiration...

Now, admittedly, I like theirs better. I love the classic and sophisticated looks they have created... 
But I'm happy with my display and it is definitely "me." 

I'm Linkin UP! 

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