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    Garden Thyme

    Fresh Summer Herbs!

    Fresh summer herbs…yum! One of my greatest joys is being able to grow, harvest, and enjoy herbs straight from the garden. My herbs are doing very well this year! I have already savored them fresh sprinkled on a big, juicy tomato and in a garden salad. I have also made pesto with dried herbs mixed with olive oil. So tasty! Read more

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    Home Tours, Junkin' Finds, Summer

    Patriotic Porch Decor

    Beautiful Patriotic Porch Decorating Ideas

    Hello summer lovin’ friends! Can you we just celebrated Memorial Day? Since it’s time to start adding some red, white and blue around our homes I thought it would be a fun to revisit this post from last year in preparation for all the patriotic summer festivities ahead. Let’s get this summer party started!

    Happy Fourth Of July! It’s been a busy week around the yellow brick home as we have been tackling some landscaping and exterior projects. I just had time TODAY to finish getting my patriotic porch all fixed up for the holiday. Even though it’s late I would love to share some of my fun holiday touches with you before the family heads out to watch some fireworks. Here’s a quick tour of my patriotic porch decor! Read more

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    Create and Craft

    EASY Mason Jar Makeover Using Chalk Paint

     

     

     

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    Summer is here and that means lots of DIY and craft projects around the yellow brick home! Today I will be sharing an easy mason jar makeover using chalk paint, which wasn’t even on “the list” of things to do, but it was so quick and fun and at least I got something accomplished! Gardens are in full bloom and it’s time to fill those quaint, old mason jars with beautiful blossoms. I recently found this large Atlas jar at a rummage sale for only $1.00, but no matter how much I scrubbed it would not come clean. Since I really wanted to use the jar for displaying some fresh hydrangeas from my yard, I decided to just paint right over the cloudy glass.

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    Junkin' Finds

    Easter Weekend Junkin’ Finds

    Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend! Did you get a chance to do any junkin’ in between all the fun holiday activities? I got lucky on a couple of sales so I have a few junkin’ finds to share with you today.

    shabby chic yard sale treasures

    Here’s my small loot haul. Still not too shabby for only hitting three sales and $8 spent!

    Well, actually it is kind of a shabby loot haul, my kind of shabby!

    shabby chic vintage oil lamp with roses brass bunny vintage

    As in shabby-chic, like this small vintage oil lamp, pretty gold mirror and tiny solid brass bunny with perfect patina!

    shabby chic junk finds

    Or this brass Eiffel tower…

    Vintage silverplate and crystyal salt and pepper shakers

    Or these precious, tarnished silverplate and crystal salt and pepper shakers…

    beautiful burgandy tulips in brocante urn rusty stool

    Or this beautiful footed urn, perfect for displaying my tulips from the Easter bunny. Very shabby indeed!

    Rusty lion foot urn brocante

    Gorgeous Vintage blue glass bottle brown glass bottle

    I also found two more bottles for my collection. So many cool finds, it’s hard to choose a favorite!

    vintage golf basket as easter basket azalea

    This old rusty, yellow golf basket, was only $1.00. It’s a pretty cool find because my youngest son just took up golf and he likes old sports related junk too. I couldn’t resist using it for an Easter basket, at least for the weekend! As you can see from the Nerf guns and swords in the background (keepin’ it real), it was a nice Easter weekend with lots of outdoor fun. Spring has sprung in full force and yard sale season is really here now. Can’t wait til next weekend! Are you ready to get junkin’ too?

    Amber

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    Christian Living

    Psalm 130: An Easter Reminder of God’s Amazing Grace

    Psalm 130 Easter Reminder

    Happy Easter! I hope you have had a blessed holiday! This week in my personal Bible study I had planned to revisit the trial of Jesus, crucifixion and resurrection story in the gospels. Instead, God pointed me to Psalm 130.

     Psalm 130: Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord,

    2 Lord hear my voice: Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

    3 If thou, Lord shouldst mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

    4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

    5 I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait and in his word do I hope.

    6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say more than they that watch for the morning. 

    7 Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy and with him is plenteous redemption. 

    8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

    Recently I had been feeling somewhat discouraged due to some stressful situations and unanswered prayer, and I had certainly not been trusting God fully. As a result I felt guilty and overwhelmed.  I kept thinking I had failed and “disappointed” the Lord yet again! After all he has done for me, how can I possibly repeat this pattern of lacking faith? I had certainly asked for forgiveness and believed that he paid my sin debt in full on that Good Friday so long ago, but I was still holding on to despair over a few issues.

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    Vintage Style

    Easy Easter Vignettes Using Vintage Easter Postcards

    Vintage Easter postcards are so beautiful, wouldn’t you agree? I have been collecting old cards for many years but there’s just something about vintage Easter postcards that I love the most. The images of vibrant spring colors, sweet flowers, fluffy bunnies, tiny chicks, little birds, festive eggs and religious sentiments make the postcards perfect inspiration for creating festive Easter vignettes around the home.

    Easy Easter Vignettes Using Vintage Easter Postcards

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    Interior Decor and Styling

    Trending: Original Unpainted Woodwork and Stained Trim

    trending woodwork stained trim

    Unpainted woodwork and stained trim is trending now!  Says who? We the decorators! In the last year I have noticed that the popularity of original, unpainted woodwork seems to be on the rise, and the bloggers who are showcasing their homes with original or stained trim are just on the verge of this huge trend. I have also noticed more and more homes with light, neutral walls and unpainted woodwork turning up in decor magazines after at least a decade of all white rooms.  As much as I love white, I find this stained woodwork trend very refreshing!

    wood ceiling coffered ceiling woodwork

    I consider myself a very lucky homeowner to have original woodwork. After years of living with all white decor and trim, it was a bit of a transition to decorate with stained trim and it took some getting used to. When we first put in an offer on our historic yellow brick home a few years ago, we loved many things about it— but the stained woodwork was not really one of them! We had originally planned to paint it once we moved in, but later decided that we just couldn’t erase 96 years of history with a few coats of paint. The darker woodwork was new decorating territory for me, so I headed to Pinterest for inspiration. It was there that I stumbled upon Finding Silver Pennies blog, and my passion for unpainted original woodwork (and a true love of our home) really began. Read more

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