How to Sew Christmas Pillow Slipcovers

This blog post was originally published in December 2018 and was recently updated.

I saw this burlap fabric at Hobby Lobby and knew I had to make Christmas pillow slipcovers for my front porch bench. 🎄 I like making slipcovers for various seasons rather than having multiple pillows. It is much easier to store the slipcovers as compared to multiple sets of pillows and it is an excuse for me to sew!🧵✂️

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Gratitude, Loss, Prayer . . . and the Holy Spirit

From 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

From Philippians 4: 6-7 NIV “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

From Psalm 9:1 NIV “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”

From Colossians 3:17 NIV “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  Continue reading “Gratitude, Loss, Prayer . . . and the Holy Spirit”

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Making a Headboard from an Old Door

Here is a diamond in the rough 💎 . . . we saw potential! 🧐

This old door had six panels, but we only needed five panels for a queen sized bed headboard. That works great because Neal prefers an odd number of panels. (For my sake, glad he likes odd!😉)

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How We Replaced Exterior Doors

Mom purchased a small home down the street from us. We made several improvements to this house prior to her moving in.

Part of the renovation process was replacing exterior doors and in one situation, replacing a window with a door. Continue reading “How We Replaced Exterior Doors”

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How We Replaced a Window with an Exterior Door

Mom purchased a small home down the street from us. We made several improvements to this house prior to her moving in.

Mom wanted to replace a window with a door to enable her direct access to the carport. Continue reading “How We Replaced a Window with an Exterior Door”

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Displaying Family Keepsakes

What makes this china cabinet so special to us?

When my sweet mother-in-law Faye passed away😢, my father-in-law decided to sell their home and move to an independent living facility. None of Neal’s brothers wanted this china cabinet. Neal and I really did not have room for it, but it kept calling me. 😊So . . . we brought this beautiful china cabinet home with us. It reminds me of Faye each time I see it. She used it as an actual china cabinet. Continue reading “Displaying Family Keepsakes”

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How to Mortar Wash (German Schmear) a Brick Fireplace

Materials Needed:

    • Plastic or drop cloth
    • Painter’s tape
    • 2 buckets (one for mixing mortar and one for water)
    • Durable gloves
    • Mortar mix
    • Electric drill (for mixing mortar)
    • Mixing paddle
    • VersaBond White Mortar Mix
    • Putty knife (metal is preferable)
    • Heavy-duty sponge
    • Rags

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A DIY Quick and Easy Halloween Costume

Do you need to make a quick and easy Halloween costume?  

I am volunteering at our church’s Halloween carnival. They are encouraging adults to dress up, so I decided to make a jack-o-lantern 🎃 costume.

My DIY costume costs less than four dollars and I purchased all my supplies at Hobby Lobby. You can also purchase these supplies at Walmart or a craft store. Continue reading “A DIY Quick and Easy Halloween Costume”

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