DIYP-Trash to Treasure

This is how my beautiful DaySpring pitcher I ordered for a gift arrived by FedEx the other day:

Broken. Imperfect.
I emailed my (in)courage friend and asked if she could arrange for another to be sent to me. She said yes! and replied, “I can’t wait to see what kind of do-it-yourself project you come up with using the broken one.”
Of course I already had great plans for it because I’m that creative!
But first I had to dig it from the trash can outside and remove 1,506 blades of grass my hubby had just dumped on top of it.
So, even though the trash to treasure idea wasn’t mine, I was excited about the possibilities!
I decided to make my first mosaic.
I placed the pitcher in a pillowcase and used a hammer to break it into small pieces:
I bought a $1 patio paver and laid out the broken tiles:
I used a waterproof, non-toxic glue to adhere the pieces to the paver:

Next, the fun part: grout. I bought a small bag at a craft store and mixed the powder with water (I’ve never done this before so I just winged it)! I smoothed the compound on top of the tiles with a good kitchen spatula:
And wiped away the excess with a sponge:
I let it dry overnight:
I put it in my front flower bed so I can see it everyday.
It’s a good reminder that useless and broken things can be changed into something good!
Just like me.
Visit Kimba’s for more inspiration.

My Hubby Rocks {Even When He Doesn’t}

So. Sometimes, my hubby irritates me. 
{WHAT?? Oh, the SHOCK!}
Yep, it turns out I’m human.
I hope you’re not too disappointed.
My hubby and I love each other. We are deeply committed to one another. We’ve faced some harrowing battles in our 15 years and fought against Hell itself to be where we are today.
We are in a good place. But we still get on each other’s nerves at times and even push one another’s buttons.  
The other day my hubby made me furious before he left for work. It wasn’t a big deal. It was just one of those little idiosyncrasies. And I was grumpy. Lethal combination.
Later as I dressed, without thinking, I put on my pink shirt.
Everywhere I went, people commented. “Wow, you must really love your husband.” “What a great shirt.” Several women even said, “I would never wear a shirt like that. My husband is a jerk.”
I thought about our rocky morning, laughed at the irony of my thoughtless dressing and thanked God.
I am not perfect. My spouse isn’t either. But even on the tough days, I can be thankful. 
There is always something to be grateful about.
I have a man who loves me. He loves God and our children. 
He is a hard worker, selfless in so many ways…..
He rocks. 
Even when he doesn’t.
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One of the top searches that leads people to my blog is
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a love letter to my husband
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There are so many women living in unfulfilling marriages. I don’t know whether you find yourself content or confused in your marriage today. At some point, you’ve probably been both. 
Marriage takes hard work. Don’t give up. FIGHT. Woo him. Pray. 
I truly believe that my marriage isn’t any more remarkable than yours. One day I will tell our story in full. But today, know that it is only by God’s grace that we are thriving. 
Let me encourage  you to choose love. Choose the road less traveled, the one that doesn’t pick him apart, tear him down, destroying his confidence. 
Because your hubby rocks. Even when he doesn’t.



WFMW-Photography Tools

I’m am not a photographer. 
I just take pictures.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t want great photos on my blog or in my scrapbook (that I’ll get around to making someday. Maybe).
For months, I’ve been on a quest to find an easy-to-use, option-filled, free program that will turn my blah into beautiful.
I use a really great camera (Nikon D50) that I bought for my hubby for Christmas 3 years ago. (I think he thinks I bought it for me). But I don’t adjust the lenses and keep it on automatic. Because I have camera-related fears.
I’ve tried various tools like Pixelmator. It’s a great system, but too complex for me.  I like Picasa and even have it on my desktop. It’s easier to use and free, but it doesn’t give me the specialty options I was looking for, like writing text on photographs or adding special borders.
My non-professional photographic friends, if you aren’t using Picnik, you should be. Picnik allows you to upload your photos (one at a time, is the only drawback), but they load rather quickly. With just a simple click, you can round photo edges, add snappy borders in any thickness you want, put text on photos and so much  more. 
Plus, I’ve there is a Premium feature that cost just a few dollars. I’ve yet to sign up, but I hear there’s a button to remove wrinkles and blemishes from photographs. So, well, it’s only a matter of time before I go Premium.
Here are just a  couple of my favorite features, but there are dozens more:
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  3. Erin @ Closing Time (Kids Bible)
  4. School Lunch Shortcuts (The Diaper Diaries)
  5. exhale.return to center. (papas midnight pesto)
  6. Cents to Get Debt Free (Easy Bulk Food Storage!)
  7. It Feels Like Chaos (end morning nagging)
  8. Muses of Megret (simpler menu planning)
  9. HoosierHomemade (Baking Day)
  10. Weird Unsocialized HSers (ripening avocados)
  11. { A Beach Cottage } Doing Nothing Works!
  12. Clark Chronicles : On – line Lesson Plans = AWESOME
  13. Phyllis (Back2School Traditions)
  14. Many Little Blessings (Source for blogging topics)
  15. This Side of Eternity (Homeschool Phys Ed)
  16. Green Baby Guide (Cheap summer drink)
  17. Clark Chronicles – Teach math using number line
  18. Monica @ DailyDwelling (sharing a hobby w / Daddy)
  19. Clark Chronicles – Make A Weather Center!!!
  20. ElizabethG (More Creative Leftovers)
  21. Kirsty@Momedy. My Secret Productivity Weapons!
  22. Lynns Kit Adv (buttermilk)
  23. Summer@WiredForN oise (yummy healthy cheap recipe
  24. Bake at 350 {piping bag holder}
  25. Robin ~ PENSIEVE {$5 Southern Living Mag Sub!}
  26. Susan @ Practicing Thrift (HomeGoods Style Quiz)
  27. BEST FISH WEVE EVER HAD! – Kelly the Kitchen Kop
  28. col @ life by muse (Pollyanna Gets A Bad Rap)
  29. Molly Green (Easy yummy sloppy joe for freezer)
  30. Kate @ Stolen Moments (sausage & cheese pinwheels)
  31. Kara (Decorating with calendars)
  32. Kayren (COUPON organization)
  33. A Simple Walk (Bunk Bed Show)
  34. Julie From Inmates (easy dessert)
  35. target="_blank"> Innkeeper Seely (Guest room amenities)
  36. Our Nifty Notebook (Asking For Advice)
  37. Raise Them Up (GREAT Insect Repellent!)
  38. PACKING LUNCHES part two – Reducing Waste
  39. Serious $$$ Saving Tip (SO SIMPLE and EASY)
  40. Kara @ Home W / Purpose (Make Ahead Meal Makings)
  41. The Miller Mix (recyling cards for gift tags)
  42. PJs All Day (Explore the Possibilities)
  43. Grocery Cart Challenge – Organized Grocery Shopping
  44. Kelly@ In Everything (Milk / Egg – free Banana Bread)
  45. Dandelion Dayz (healthy lunches)
  46. Baileys Leaf (The Kissing Hand)
  47. Kids doing laundry? Works for me!
  48. Hillary @ The Other Mama {Commenting Etiquette}
  49. SmartyPig your online PIGGY BANK! @ MooreMinutes
  50. Creative2xmom (On Location : Medford Or)
  51. The Meanest Momma (Roadtrippin with Kids)
  52. Barbara H. (Wedding tips for guests bride groom)
  53. totally explosive hair!
  54. Moms Frugal (Scripture Memory Fellowship)
  55. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove (Mystery shopping)
  56. Moms Travel Tales (Using Twitter to plan travel)
  57. Loving My Domestic Life (Homemade baby wipes)
  58. Heidi (creative gift wrapping)
  59. A Happy Mommy (Eco Friendly Shopping)
  60. Ringorland~Natur e Bag : )
  61. Maren (Kids Detangling Spray)
  62. PrairieCottageRo se Rainbow Cake
  63. Peta (mum of 7) school clothes problem solved
  64. But Momma…Target Dollar Spot
  65. PeasAndCoos (DIY Sofa Cover)
  66. Garibay Soup {Tweetdeck for Twitter – it rocks!}
  67. Get Out of Debt Rule #3
  68. Sunnymama (babywearing dolls)
  69. The Happy Housewife ~ Picky Eaters
  70. Cardamoms Pod (of 9 kids) Best Onion Cutting Tip
  71. Tara @ Feels Like Home (Positive Parenting)
  72. Becky / oursweetpeas (Blog Reading)
  73. KLee – back to school mornings
  74. Saving and Giving (Making the Most of CVS CRTs)
  75. Alicia – cook once for four meals!
  76. Sandra – Tips for less laundry
  77. princess with a half price tiara – fun gift idea
  78. katin from springpad (blog planner)
  79. Tracey @ Girls to Grow (Fun Bible Review Game)
  80. A Busy Mom of Two (Presents and Thank You notes)
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  82. Sarah Mae (writing on chalkboard plates / vases!)
  83. BusyMom (Reverse WFMW – cell phone to home phone ?)
  84. Steady Mom (choosing creative toys)
  85. How to Kill Fruit Flies – Sorry PETA
  86. Letting Them Know You are Thinking of Them
  87. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet (Commun. w / friends / fam)
  88. Girls in White Dresses (first day of school treats
  89. Simple Bliss – Covering Leftovers
  90. TeriLynne @Pleasing to You~ DIY Wedding Gift CHEAP
  91. Annie Kate (Web Design for Kids)
  92. Moneywise Moms (Household Routines)
  93. Style Klutz (Best Sunless Tanning Products)
  94. Brilliant Moms (my closet trick)
  95. Make Room For… (Wrapping Paper)
  96. Redemption Unlimited (coupon clipping)
  97. Jen@Happy Little Homemaker (french bread casserole
  98. Josie @ SmallTown ~ SimpleHome (rubbing alcohol)
  99. Judy (cupcake decorating and displaying)
  100. Health Begins With Mom (Healthy Egg Replacer)
  1. Nat@One Green Mumma – chalkboard labels
  2. Framing scrapbook pages
  3. NeverBored – Breakfast Menu Plan
  4. pennypinchinmomm a (shopping at no grocery stores)
  5. Jill @ MoneySavinDiva (Saving Money = Going Green!)
  6. Sherean (Remove red wine stains from carpet)
  7. Penny Raine ~ daughters work for me
  8. Songbirdtiff – Glider Rocker makeover for $5!
  9. Not the Jet Set (Crayon + Diapers= ?)
  10. Christian Frugal Mama (Hair Pieces)
  11. Home school help!
  12. Natural Cleaning Products
  13. The Activity Mom (Travel Activity for Kids)
  14. Amber (Buying & Selling on Etsy)
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  16. Buffie @ NEver Quite Perfect (Dinner Reminders)
  17. TrentTribe (crockpot dessert)
  18. Sandra @ A Lot of Savings (Homeschooling)
  19. Pajama Mama (Custom Postcards – Giveaway!!!)
  20. Jeni (Rag Curls)
  21. Fun way to eliminate junk mail
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  23. Bright & Happy Home – Oven Quesadillas
  24. Jennifer @ For Such a Time As This (library books)
  25. Jen@ After The Alter (Seasonal Bins)
  26. Christina from Hobie&Gobie; – - – Art Wall
  27. Kristen (planning meals to entertain)
  28. Adventures in Mommydom (stop fighting kids)
  29. Mommy Tried It (Freezing Rice)
  30. Brother Brother Tip & Giveaway (Carolina Mama)
  31. ET @ Titus2 : 3 – 5 (pray through temptation)
  32. Camian Academy (Applebees)
  33. Tara @ The 5 of Us {Make Your Own Checkers Game}
  34. Jackie @ Blessings Overflowing (Cloth on Vacation)
  35. Melanie New York (Lunch Burrito)
  36. Jennie @ Tuffet Cutting board and recipe
  37. Thrifty Jinxy (Baby / Toddler Toy Massage)
  38. Lisa@Blessedwith grace (flavorful marinade)
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  40. Cheerios Underfoot – Entertain kids at restaurants
  41. Sarah @ Mum In Bloom (3rd Grade followup reading)
  42. Tales of a Horvath Housewife (saving space)
  43. WHATS COOKING (site for organic stores)
  44. Ramblings of a Happy Homemaker – Zucchini Pie
  45. Milehimama – write online for pay
  46. Once A Month Mom (Containers for Freezing Meals)
  47. Becca (Shredded Chicken 24 / 7)
  48. Jessica (Blog Book)
  49. Katie (transfer Pie Crust EASY)
  50. Just Me! (Homework Station)
  51. Blogs can be a tremendous source of encouragement
  52. Elaine H (gas prices)
  53. Cooking Down Tomatoes!@ one blessed mama
  54. Lori @ The Davidson Den (sippy cup valve cleaning)
  55. Cheryl – Neti Pot
  56. MOMMIE OF 4 MUNCHKINS – Milk and Produce Delivery!
  57. Schwartz (baking side & vinegar ideas)
  58. Cooking Up A Family – Keeping Up With The Bloggers
  59. Mom2ThreeAdopted Sibs (Using What You Have)
  60. WHATS COOKING (reusable dryer sheet)
  61. Diary of the makeup obsessed!
  62. Baby Sign Language (First WFMW Post!)
  63. Lunch box trick
  64. Kitchen Stewardship (non – toxic frugal clean oven)
  65. Daily Life of a Family Manager (Homemade Slushies)
  66. Homemade Ice Packs
  67. Staci @ teaching money to kids (corduroy)
  68. MAMA MANIFESTO (Do – It – Yourself French Manicure)
  69. Drinks in a Mason Jar
  70. Se7en ways to motivate kids to do chores.
  71. Video Tutorial – Make Mini Stepping Stones
  72. EnviroBecca (dishwashing tips)
  73. Motherhood Moments (Whipped Cream Activity!)
  74. Homeschool ideas using newspaper
  75. Keeping Your Whites White
  76. Faith Food & Family (Enchiladas w / homemade sauce)
  77. Toddler Chores (Melissa)
  78. Building a Fort
  79. Cleaning Schedule and Tweens
  80. Odd Mom – non – sticking pasta
  81. Titus2Homemaker (school supply sales)
  82. Works – for – Me – Wednesday
  83. My Sailors Mistress (kid Friendly apple)
  84. Olivia@Of Such is the Kingdom (Edible Play Dough)
  85. Organising the new schoolyear
  86. Paula (Organized for the school year and beyond!)
  87. Simply Sweet Home (Overcome Learning Disabilities)
  88. One Little Word She Knew – Healthy Pregnancy Tips
  89. Adventure Mom Janna ~ Behavior and the Heart
  90. Making school days go a little smoother!
  91. Kid shoe shopping w / o the kids
  92. Kirstin : mobile blogger
  93. One Mom Against Eczema (clothing for eczema)
  94. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy
  95. command central important for organizing papers
  96. Eden (FHE Outline)
  97. Trish@TheOldPost Road (freezer jam)
  98. PeacefulHome (cleaning fun with many children)
  99. angie @ annies home (depend on best friend)
  100. Free 2 Be Frugal (Greener & Cheaper School Lunch)


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One of THOSE Families {Giveaway}

*UPDATE* This has to be one of my favorite giveaways ever! Probably because I laughed so hard and because I could identify with each of your comments! For about 14 seconds I thought about choosing the winners based on the fabulous comments, but I couldn’t do it!! Random number generator it is….. Congratulations to Britta and TeriLynneU!!
The lovely Erin of The Vintage Pearl is at it again! 
She made an awesome custom necklace (TWO actually) for me to giveaway today!

One of the most delightful and unexpected pleasures of my blog is hearing from readers every week who know exactly what it feels like to be one of THOSE families. Whether it’s by frequenting the ER like our family or memorable scenes at The WalMarts, you’ve reminded me that I am not alone. And that does this embarrassed heart good, y’all.
So, if you would be proud to wear this necklace, tell me something that’s made you stand out as one of THOSE families!
And please, visit Erin’s store, you’ll be glad you did!
This giveaway ends on Thursday.
P.S. The post about my son and his Bible reading reward has garnished a little media attention! Tuesday morning 7-8 AM and again 9-10 AM Central time, I’m being interviewed by KSBJ 89.3. You can hear the live feed here (click on the top of the page). Hopefully, it will be archived and I can direct you to it. 
My son thinks he’s famous.