Saturday, November 30, 2013

Weekend Blessing

Psalm 136 :1-4
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Cork Board Makeover ( Using Window Curtain )

I have this cork board just sitting by my laundry room. I got it for free from one of my shopping cart diving. It is a good big size cork board. I don't like how it look. I was thinking to do something with it. Cover it with nice pattern fabric.

I was looking for the fabric I have on hand. But I didn't see anything that I could use at least none of them I like. I was thinking just go head to fabric store. But my thrifty blood said keep looking. Finally, I look at my window figured what I did. Since I have another window curtain just sitting around why not just use this one. Yes....I took down that curtain.  I put the other window curtain on. And start to working on my cork board. I cover the cork with this steps.
1.Iron the fabric use starch to give the best result.
2. Cover the cork and use staple gun to secure it.
3. Now you can see the different from before much better for sure.
4. Make chevron pattern using the ribbon. And make little rossete in between the ribbon.

I'm so glad with the result. Also, I put nail heads for the trim. I hung the JOY sign on the board since Christmas is around the corner. This cork board will go to craft auction at our church benefiting missionary overseas.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Drop Leaf Table Makeover

Hello everyone ! I hope you had a great weekend !

This table is one of the project I'm working on right now before the cold weather come. My original plan was just paint the legs and stained the top with cherry or walnut. But I changed my mind. And decided to paint the whole table with white from Valspar.

I did all the steps how to paint the table. After all those steps I put stripes to give something pop up. I taped and painted it with the left over paint I have. Blue turquoise. I really glad how it turned out.
Final steps to protect the paint I put clear wax on the table. I will put this on craigslist. Hopefully someone will get it :)

Before makeover


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Weekend Blessing


Jeremiah 33:3

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Strawberry Cake

Good day everyone ! I hope you have a wonderful day ! It is starting to feel like winter already !
I made this strawberry cake for my husband birthday a couple of weeks ago. I combined a couple of recipes and made my own. And my husband love it !  I love it too. It was really very moist and the texture really different than regular cake.


1 regular size white cake mix
3 ounces strawberry flavored Jell-O
10 ounces frozen strawberries I didn't thaw it ( puree with 1/3 milk in the blender ) set aside 1/4 cups for the frosting
1/2 cup butter softened
4 eggs room temperature
1/3 cup sugar or 1/2 cup depends on how sweet you want it
1/3 milk

* Frosting
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup butter softened
1/4 confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup strawberries puree
1 pounds fresh strawberries for garnish optional


Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray or grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans
In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, butter and milk; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 30 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

Frosting :

In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree and vanilla. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth.
Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired.



Monday, November 11, 2013

Luggage Rack Makeover

Hi All !
I hope you had a great day ! Also, a great weekend !
I found this old luggage rack from one of shopping cart diving. That means I got it for FREE.

I was waiting for the right straps or better yet I paid for .50 from Goodwill Outlet to work on it. I love the embroider design also the color combo yellow and blue.

I started working on the old wood luggage rack. Started with sand paper it, clean up, and painted. After all this steps done. I measured the length of the straps. And gun staples it into the rack.


Now I can use it as a side table in my extra bedroom. Once....the old wood luggage rack become alive again. Whenever we have people to stay with a big luggage they have this rack handy and ready.

If I need more space I can just folded the rack. I really glad with result of this rack. And easy project too.
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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Weekend Blessing

Psalm 84 :10
Better is one day in your courts
    than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
    than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pottery Barn Inspired Wreath

I was looking for inspiration to make a wreath for our church craft auction. We will donate all the profit to missionaries that we support. I was looking at a Pottery Barn catalog and saw this classic beautiful wreath.
They sell the big one for $79 at Pottery Barn. I wish I had the budget to spend on a wreath, or even better to donate that money to a missionary. 

I decided to try make my own. I had this wreath that I found from one of my Cart Diving trips. Also, I have lots of ornaments sitting around. This wreath is very simple and easy to make. It took me about 1/2 an hour. Instead of two colors I used gold, red and green.

I simply arranged the ornament on the wreath and hot glued it. Just repeat the steps with the rest of the ornaments until you feel the wreath is full and looking good !

The end result is not bad at all and I love it. This project didn't cost me much... basically free. Because I used stuff I already have on hand. I hope someone will love it as much as I do and bid for it at the craft auction :)


Monday, November 4, 2013

How To Give With a Cheerful Heart ( Without Breaking your Bank )

Hi All !

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Ours was very laidback and relaxing, enjoying each other company, and did some projects. On Sunday we went to Berkeley Plantation in Charles City for Thanksgiving Festival. According to history this is the First Official Thanksgiving in America.

November is here. Wow....that means Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner. Probably some of you already thinking about gifts. Make a long list. Thinking what to give for the person you love and care.

Today, I will share with you some of the gifts that we are going to give on Christmas. These gifts are for Operation Christmas Child. I'm making 5 boxes for this. I have been doing this since before I got married. Ever since I always doing it minimum 2 boxes. Start this year my husband and I made commitment to give the same number the year of our marriage.

We are doing White Elephant at our Church Christmas Celebration and I'm bringing 3 gifts. Thanksgiving dinner Auction all the profit goes to missionaries. I'm making gift basket for this and will adding some of crafts in addition.

Total 8 presents that I need to think of and all of them need to be done before December 7th. This is not counting some other gifts for families and friends. There is no obligation for all of those gifts. But we just want to be a blessing to someone. How do I do it without stressing me out and not breaking our bank ?

1. Make a List
You need to make a list who do you want to give. This is make it easier when you see something on sale.
2. Look For Sale.
After you make list now you know what to buy. Because, you don't always saving money if you buy something and not using what you buy. No matter if it is 90 % off you just threw away your money 10 % of the amount.
3. Don't skip the season sale.
I know some of us skip Easter, Summer Sale because we are looking something for Christmas. I got lots of stuff from Summer Sale to filled my OCC box. Because I know I will give it to children who need school stuff.
4. Couponing
I do this a lot to buy the stuff to filled up my basket.  Most of the stuff I got with coupon. The price I paid it varies from free to 70% off.
5. Thrift Store/Cart Diving
I know this not everyone would have in mind.  Especially the Cart Diving part not every state have Goodwill Auction around. But if you do have one. Please try to go you will probably enjoy it when the auction over and people start to throw away their stuff. I got lots stuff from here too and still in very mint condition or new.

6. Craft
If you are a crafty person you might enjoy to do this. Last year I made two wreaths and donated it for the auction that benefiting missionaries. I made this wreath below out of the old book that I no longer need anymore. So you can make something with a little money but very meaningful.

Have a cheerful and Thanksgiving heart to give on this Christmas !!!


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Weekend Blessing

John 4:14

but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”