The Twelve Days of Purpose: Day 11

You’ve heard the saying one person’s trash is another person’s treasure? Well when we bought our house there were a few “treasure” pieces left behind by the previous owners. We have tried to make use of a few things. As we have been redecorating our bedroom while my husband has been home on holidays, we felt that our one wall was looking empty. I received some awesome scrapbook paper for Christmas, and using some leftover materials we created some cool wall art (original idea found on Pinterest).

My scrapbook paper was 12″ x 12″ squares, so Andrew cut the leftover plywood sitting in the garage into squares of that size. Then we chose our nine pieces of paper. This was a very difficult process. I struggle to think outside the box. I tend to over match items, so when you see the final product, you’ll have to realize what a stretch this was for me to embrace. Thankfully my husband has great ideas and manages to pull me aboard with his plans.

Before we started mod podging we spray painted the edges of the wood black. Here we are covering each square with a couple of tablespoons of Mod Podge and then placing the scrapbook paper on top of it. We found out quickly that you need to start from the middle and work out smoothly the bubbles. Making your hand into a fist and pressing firmly worked the best. Also, you need to let the Mod Podge dry for about 20 minutes before applying the layer over top of the paper. Otherwise you’ll get something like this mess:

Scraping this stuff off is not fun! We used a spatula and that ended up getting most of it off and we just did it again over top of the same piece.

We let them dry once we covered the top layer in more Mod Podge. You could spray paint them clear after to protect the paper, but we decided we didn’t want the glossy finish for when the light reflects off them.

This next step was all Andrew. Caleb and I just sat on the bed and watched him measure, drill and hang up the art. He did an awesome job spacing the nine squares out in three rows of three. Ready to see the final product?

I am so happy with how this project turned out (seems like the ones that involve my husband always turn out way better)! This definitely adds a splash of colour and vibrance to our brown and beige bedroom!

I’ve had so much fun working on projects with Andrew, but sadly he goes back to work on Wednesday. I’m going to try to not think about that tomorrow and just enjoy our last day off together (until the weekend of course!).

Have a blessed week!


The Twelves Days of Purpose: Day 9 & 10

To finish up my Twelve Days of Purpose posts I will be combining the days since they have taken place over the holidays without a chance for me to blog about them. First I’m going to show you the jewelery organizer made from an old shutter. The shutter itself isn’t necessary to the design of the organizer, but it does add a vintage look to it.

This is the original shutter that we got from my in-laws. We cleaned it up and took it into the garage to spray paint it. It was wonderful to do this with my husband, we’ve had fun doing projects while he has been off work!

Ok so just to clarify, although I realize this isn’t a fashion blog, I don’t usually wear black socks with brown flats! I just threw them on to run to the garage. Anyway, we decided to paint this white since the trim in our room is white and the walls are dark brown. I enjoyed spray painting. Andrew was astonished to find out this was my first time doing it (besides when I clear coated my coasters). This is where the two say part of the project comes in. We had to let the paint dry overnight.

We purchased a set of these large coat hooks from home depot for about $2.50. We screwed the large ones in on the top for my scarves and belts.

We bought two packs of eight long neck hooks, perfect for hanging earrings, necklaces and bracelets on! We varied the hooks in lines of four and three. Andrew put one on each side up high for my long necklaces.

You can see the hooks on the outside edges are below the screw holes for mounting the organizer to the wall. We ended up moving them above the hole so that when the necklaces are on they cover it.

I thought I was going to be able to fit more scarves on this, but they covered up my jewelry, which I suppose normally wouldn’t matter, but I wanted you to be able to see the whole organizer to get the full effect. I chose my three favourite scarves as of right now, two of which I just got for Christmas! I still haven’t figured out what to do with my studs so I just have them sitting on the ledge, which actually is working quite well!

I am really happy with how this project turned out, and I am enjoying picking out what jewelry I want to wear now that I can see it all.

Our purpose statement has been coming together, but I need to make time to sit down and write something out. I have noticed that people love to live by sayings. You can walk into any home decor store and find some catchy phrase about life. One thing I have noticed however, is that a lot of the time they are not biblical at all! I personally have a problem with the statements that talk about always following your heart or “find the courage to follow your heart”. I realize that God does place desires in our heart, but in Jeremiah 17:9 it says,

The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?

Instead we are to follow God as Matthew 6:33 says,

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

So as we talk and pray about our purpose statement, I want it to be a statement that is true and sound. Not flowery words that don’t really mean anything, but something of substance that our family can hold onto and declare that we are committed to.

Anyone else have any imput on our purpose statement? If you don’t remember what the values were that we hold dear you can recap here.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend ringing in the New Year!


Update on some repurposing projects

Christmas has come and gone, so I can now put up some pictures on some of my finished projects. I hope you are feeling inspired. I know that as the new year is quickly approaching, we are really feeling the urge to “get organized”. We are currently rearranging/redecorating our bedroom, and I’ve finished my shutter project (although it’s not what I originally intended it to be), and I’ll hopefully blog about that soon!

Here was the final product of my mom’s coasters!

I somehow forgot to take a picture of the two sets side by side! I did a light coloured set and a dark coloured set. It was the same paper, just reverse colours so they could either match or correspond.

To learn more about this project, click here.

Another gift that I worked on was the bath salts. I picked up a cool old bottle and cork at Value Village and layered the bath salts in there.

I think this is a more decorative way to display the bath salts, compared to the baby jar. However these kinds of jars can be few and far between!

This is what it looked like when I gave it to my sister-in-law. To learn more about the bath salts project, click here.

Finally, here is a project that I did not blog about, and in the end it failed. I made a set of three cinnamon stick candle holders. Unfortunately there was grease or some kind of oily residue on two of the holders and after a few days the cinnamon sticks fell off. The large one still worked and I was able to give it away, but I felt that the set of three was the ideal.


These projects were all lots of fun and fulfilling to make! Once you start allowing creativity to flow through you, it just starts coming in greater ways. I am starting to surprise myself with some of my reusing ideas, and it started with looking at other people’s ideas and opening my mind to thinking outside the box of purchasing new items.

Thanks for reading this update. I appreciate all your messages, emails and comments! I’ve loved reading some of the things that you are repurposing. If you are working on a project, or have an idea, share it with us here!

The Twelve Days of Purpose: Day Eight “Part One of the Final Project”

For the last few days I am going to be working on a larger project that is intertwined with our family purpose statement. I am taking an old shutter that my in-laws gave me, repainting it, putting coat hooks on it and then doing three blocks of artwork that incorporate a summary of our purpose statement, or the whole statement itself. This may of course change a little if I get other inspiration.

Unfortunately I have to admit, I over committed to these daily blog post. Not in general, but just a few days before Christmas! So I will resume it in full force next week!

Today I want to talk about purpose statements and give you some thoughts surrounding ours. I would LOVE to hear if your family has some kind of statement and to get some ideas from you!

Let’s look again at the definition of purpose. As a noun (refresher: person, place or thing) it means:

“The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.”

As a verb, or an action it means:

“Have as one’s intention or objective”

From the simple definition we can see that there are two folds to your purpose. Purpose is figuring out exactly who you are and why you are here, but it is also acting firmly on the objective that you have set.

Here are some things that our family holds as important. All of these things are principles that we would want to fit within an all-encompassing summarized statement. This isn’t the be all and end all of what’s important to us, this is mainly to help us process what values we hold dear.

  1. We believe that our number one purpose is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and endeavor to fulfill the destiny that he has for us. (Mark 12:30)
  2. We believe that strong families are the foundation of a strong nation. We value our commitment to marriage, and then our commitment to loving and nurturing our children. (Malachi 2:15-16 Joshua 24:15)
  3. We believe God has created us and given us gifts to help each other and to help others. We value serving in our church family and serving those around us with needs ultimately to lead them to Christ and show Jesus’ love. (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)
  4. We believe that we are to be leaders in the area of honour and integrity to the world around us. (Psalm 26:11-12)
  5. We believe in protecting our home, to “set nothing wicked before our eyes” and to “guard our hearts and minds”. (Psalm 101:3, Proverbs 4:23)

So that is our start! We’re still praying about anything else that needs to be in it. Now to come up with a statement that covers all that!

Please share your thoughts on purpose on a personal or family level to encourage others to explore their own purpose!

The Twelve Days of Purpose – Day Seven “Coffee Tin Makeover”

My husband and I seem to go through a lot of Tim Horton’s coffee! I always blame it on the fact that we have lots of people over and we’re throwing on extra pots – but we do seem to fly through a lot! I’ve been saving these coffee tins knowing they’d be good for something eventually. Well I finally thought of a project for them! Containers for my baking supplies. I made two today. I am hoping to make a few more, most likely after Christmas since I feel like a have a million projects on the go!

First I took this coffee tin, cleaned out all of the grounds and removed the lid and label. Don’t worry if there is remaining glue residue on the container.

I chose a vintage looking piece of scrapbook paper. The pattern reminded me of wall paper in old houses. Then I Mod Podged it to the tin and let it dry.

While that was drying my wonderful husband went out in the cold to our garage and spray painted the lids white for me. This shot was him just touching something up while they were sitting in our living room.

After it dried I glued on and Mod Podged over a label I printed off the computer.

These are the two I completed yesterday. I still have a few tins, and a lot more baking ingredients I need containers for! As you can see in the picture the paper bubbled slightly. It actually gives it a cool vintage effect, although I will add more Mod Podge to the bottom of the paper next time.

Here’s a closer up shot of the flour tin.

Since Day Seven is a Sunday, and I was exhausted from the busy day we had before, I was thinking about resting in God’s purposes.  Some of these little projects have involved work, and today’s involved changing the look of the tin to use it for a new purpose. Sometimes God isn’t wanting us to do or change anything, except wait quietly on him. Sometimes change in our lives come because of non emotional choices that we stay committed to. The verse below says if commit our way to the Lord and trust in him, he will act.

Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for him to act.(Psalm 37:3-5, 7a)

May you walk in God’s will this week from a place a rest and peace in Christ!

The Twelve Days of Purpose: Day Six “Mom’s Gift”

My mom agreed not to read this blog post! I’m going to show you the gift that I’m working on for her. I won’t be able to put a picture of the final product yet, but I will when I can!

Last post I gave a link to The Small Things Blog. Well I have to admit I’m a little obsessed with it. However, I had no idea that the tile coasters I had taken off Pinterest was also from her blog! So I will probably add fuel to my sisters heckling fire that I am indeed enthralled with Kate’s blog. She is such a truly creative person, and has a wonderful heart for Jesus! My mom had mentioned to me that she wanted some nice coasters for her house.

So here is part one of my tile coasters.

I wrote before that my husband recently tiled our back entrance. We got an amazing deal at Home Depot on these tiles, each one was approximately 70 cents. My husband took one of our left over tiles to work and he was able to cut it into nine squares to repurpose for coasters.

This was my test tile. I took my tile and put about a teaspoon of Mod Podge on it and spread it around and then placed my cut out square of scrapbook paper on it. Then I Mod Podged over that and let it dry.

These are the colours I’m using for my mom’s coasters. There will be four of each, she can mix and match to have corresponding or matching ones.

After the Mod Podge dried I spray painted the coaster with Clear Semi Gloss Spray Paint.

This test coaster is almost done! All that needs to happen now is for me to put on the self adhesive rubber feet to stop the tile from scratching surfaces. Once all the ones I am making for my mom are done, I will stack them and tie them up in sets of four with ribbon. I’ll put up the finished product when it’s done!

Click to see Kate’s DIY Tile Coaster’s here!

My attempt to save money and add personality has had me put a lot of thought into gifts this year. I’ve had to listen really closely for little cues from people to see what is needed or desired. The Lord has also given each person specials gifts that have the ability to enrich our lives greatly.

1 Corinthians 12: 7 – 11 says

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

It’s so awesome to think how specifically and uniquely God has assigned a gift to us! That is true thought. He knows us so perfectly inside and out and knows what gift will best suits us to bless those around us. And the purpose of the gift is stated so clearly in verse seven. It’s so that we can help each other. Still confused about part of your purpose? Well, if God is giving us a gift so that we can help each other, obviously we are designed to help each other! What does that look like for you? Ask the Lord, He’ll tell you!

Is God revealing purpose to you? Store it all up and get ready because soon we’ll be writing our purpose statements!

And…we’re half way to day twelve! Thank for reading!

The Twelve Days of Purpose: Day Five “Recycled Necklace Headband”

Kate from The Small Things Blog has awesome hair tutorials that I have been loving lately! I saw the one “How to Wear a Headband” and knew that I needed a cute headband! Today’s repurposing has come from a tangled old necklace and a black headband.

There was a flower jumbled in this necklace, but I slid it off. If you look through your jewelery there are probably many little things that you don’t use or that can be recycled to dress up a plain headband.

I thought this would simply be a project of gluing, but I quickly found out that the flower was too heavy to be glued on. I first decided where on the headband I wanted the flower, and I settled on three-quarters of the way around.

I took some black thread and weaved it through the petals and around the head band until it was securely attached. Then I used a glue gun to seal the thread. because the flower have two layers to it, you can’t see the thread at all now.

Ok this is hard to see, but you’re supposed to notice a smooth attachment. The glue gun really cleaned the look of the thread up nicely.

I was really happy with how the headband turn out (not happy with my hairs volume though at the time of the pictures. If you want advice on wearing a headband or other hair styles, check out Kate’s awesome tutorials).

This was a fun and simple project that cost me almost nothing! I have a brown headband that I’m going to dress up with some sort of fabric accessory at some point soon!


I hope that these little projects are inspiring you that we as humans can make something out of almost anything. God is so much greater than us, He can take our lives that seem meaningless and use them for something meaningful. Today I want to encourage you with this Psalm about purpose. Next week I will be sharing with you about what I believe my purpose is, sort of a “purpose statement”, and I hope that you will be able to think of one too. For now, read this verse and be encouraged that God WILL fulfill his purpose in you, and will rescue you from where you are at. Take time to rest in His presence this weekend and let His peace fill your heart.

Psalm 57:1-3 (emphasis mine)

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy!
      I look to you for protection.
   I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings
      until the danger passes by.
 I cry out to God Most High
      to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.
 He will send help from heaven to rescue me,
      disgracing those who hound me.
   My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness