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What the Preacher’s Wife wore

When you open the weather app on your phone and this is what is says – how do you dress?!

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Here’s what I try to do:

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Layers is the answer for me.  When it’s cool in the morning and evening I can leave on the top layer, when it warms up I can take off a layer. This outfit consisted of olive green jeans, a cotton blouse, leopard flats and a denim vest.  

Dressier outfit:

Last year I found this winter white skirt at the Dillard’s outlet.  I love the versatility it gives me!  Here are two ways I’ve found to wear it.  The one on the right is another idea of layering.

Now, for a whole different kind of outfit… Brace yourself!

With Trick or Treat coming up, maybe you’re looking for a simple DIY costume?  Let me show you the funny ones my husband and I did last Wednesday for our church’s Trunk or Treat.  I was a Rain Cloud, he was a Nerd.  Oh, did he nail it or what? Yikes!

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Along with my rain cloud hat, the picture below will show you that I also wore a black top and pants, with rain boots to complete the outfit.

I went to the Dollar Tree and bought

  • a child’s cowboy hat
  • four bags of cotton balls
  • Blue foam squares
  • Blue ribbon
  • Gray paint
  • You’ll also need a glue gun, which I already had.

costume-instructionsTake the cotton balls and kind of pull them out to fluff them up a bit, then begin gluing them to the hat to create the cloud.  Cover the hat, using more than one layer.  This takes a while, just be patient.

Then cut rain drop shapes from the foam, I did about 20.  Glue two together with the ribbon in-between.  Attach the ribbons to the hat.  I tried to stick it up on that hat, between the cotton balls so it would stick a little better.  I dabbed a little bit of acrylic gray paint on the white cotton balls.  You could also use gray spray paint to add a touch to your cloud.

That’s it!  This costume cost me under $10!

Do you ever dress up for Halloween?  It was fun to “join the party” and have fun with the kids at church!

What are you wearing during these cool/warm fall days?

Stay refreshed by going to a Bible preaching church this weekend!

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Now that the warm weather is here (woo-hoo!), I have been trying to get my front and back porches in shape so we can enjoy them.

I had added a few touches last year like white lights around the porch ceiling, but I had a couple of other projects I wanted to tackle.  For one, there’s nowhere to set a glass of tea or cup of coffee when you’re on the swing, so I was determined to be on the lookout for a table at a yard sale or Goodwill.  Since it’s going to be on the back porch, I didn’t want to spend a lot on it.  Then, my dear friend posted on Facebook that she had a coffee table she was giving away to the first one who spoke up for it. Free was in my budget and I was the fortunate receiver!  

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I LOVE painted furniture, so I knew I was going to paint the table, but other than that, I really didn’t have  a plan.  Enter Pinterest.  I found an idea there to paint the top of the table with chalkboard paint!  Genius!  Since it’s going to be outside, it would be a perfect finish for it!  How fun to let children draw or play tic tac toe on it!

Here’s how I tackled the project:

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1.  The before picture.

2.  I covered the table with Kilz, an oil based primer that allows the paint to adhere.

3.  I taped off the edges then rolled on the chalkboard paint.  I did four separate coats, allowing it to dry in between.  First I went one direction, then the other.

4.  I spray painted the rest of the table the aqua color.  I covered the table top so as not to get blue on the chalkboard.

5.  The next step is to season the chalkboard after the paint has dried sufficiently.  You cover the whole top with chalk, then wipe it off.  This is crucial for the board to be usable.Here’s what it looks like to “season” the board…

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Here’s the reveal of the refurbished table:

decoratedIf you need some furniture for outdoors, don’t overlook Goodwill, yard sales, Craig’s list, or freebies from sweet friends!  A little time and some elbow grease may be all that piece needs to freshen it up and make it the perfect piece for your porch or patio!

Is anyone else out there a lover of painted furniture?

Have a great weekend!  Be sure to get refreshment in God’s House on Sunday!

Stay refreshed,

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Making your own Spring Floral ArrangementrefreshHer

A fresh spring floral arrangement can be a beautiful addition to your home, but have you seen how expensive they are in any store? Goodness, I only want to buy some flowers – not the whole Biltmore Garden!  Seriously, even at bargain stores, a prepared arrangement is super expensive!  This is where doing a little DIY comes in really handy!

I have been looking to purchase an arrangement for our church, and could not ask the church to spend $150 (at half price) for an arrangement!  So, after weeks of endless searching for something that didn’t cost as much, I decided to make one myself.  I’ve never arranged a large, silk arrangement before, but I was desperate!

First, I found something I liked that I would try to “copy” – not completely, but it would give me a good starting point.  I found this made up at Hobby Lobby on sale for $150:  Thanks for the idea, HobLob, but I’m not buying it!

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Hobby Lobby’s lovely $150 arrangement

Next, I went through the store with this picture on my phone, and I selected the elements I needed to make something similar.  I chose:

  • A container
  • Floral foam to fit inside (You need this to hold the flowers in place)
  • Tall grasses
  • Tall “airy” type flowers
  • Large, full flowers for bottom
  • Small flowers for filler
  • Architectural detal – Moss ball
  • Spanish moss to hide the bottom of the stems

As I selected each item, I popped it into the container to give me an idea if it would be right, always using my picture as a guide.

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I came home and popped each item into the floral foam.  I chose not to use any glue so that I can pull out and add summery flowers later in the year.  I want to get my money’s worth!

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Rule of thumb is that you need something high, something low, a pop of color and a couple different textures.  Click on the picture to get a little closer look at the details.

One of the best things about this project was the final cost – It came to $72!  That was buying the items at half price.  If they’re not on sale at Hobby Lobby when you go to buy them, they probably will be the next week.

I loved having this on my dining room table, but of course, this arrangement is now sitting in the church auditorium.  Now I need to make one for myself!  It is such fun and so rewarding to know you saved so much money making it yourself!  Why not refresh your home for spring and make an arrangement for your table?  Hobby Lobby’s florals are indeed half price this week!!!!!

What  scares you about trying a project like this?  Remember, you can pull things out and rearrange if you don’t like the way it looks!

Our church is starting a week of meetings this week with Aaron Coffey and his team.  If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll join us!  See our website for details.

Stay refreshed,

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