Thursday, October 24, 2013

~ Blessing Bags ~

I shared this on Facebook but if you didn't see it, perhaps this might be something you can include in your life. We're approaching the time of year when we focus on Gratitude. It's also a time to give from the heart ~

I'm a strong proponet of RAOK's (Random Acts of Kindness), especially the anonymous ones. These Blessing Bags could be handed out personally to homeless people or left in areas where there is a need. Keep them in the car and when you pass homeless people, hand them out. Kids learn about caring for others when they are included.

Blessing Bag Ingredients
Gallon size Ziplock Bags
Chap Stick
Tissue packets
Toothbrush & toothpaste (Most items can be found in the travel section of Walmart, Walgreen's, Target, etc.)
Mouth wash, travel size
Soap (liquid would probably be best & place in a separate plastic bag to avoid leaking or the scent permeating any food items)
Hotel size shampoos and lotion
Trail Mix
Crackers ~ Peanut butter would be nice
Pack of gum
Band aids 
Hand wipes
Hand warmers
Blanket warmers (these are the foil like items that are very thin)
A warm pair of socks
Warm gloves
A rain poncho
Feminine items for the ladies
Tylenol packets
Ramen noodles

Ideas are really endless!  I know you'll think of additional items. Assemble all the items in the bags and perhaps include a note of encouragement and/or an invitation to Church. Seal the bags, stow in your car and then wait for a moment of providence.
Remember, there but for the grace of God, go I.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

~ Lamp Base Re-do ~

Please be gentle with this reveal! :)  It's been so long since I've done something half way creative. I haven't had any desire to do anything since we lost Abby. Now I remember how much I love to paint...whatever I can find. It's like therapy for me ~ same as baking or cooking. It's just been so hot here I haven't had the desire to have the oven on at all. Anyway, here goes:

I thought I had taken a photo of the "before" but can't find it. This old lamp base needed a fresh paint job and some pizazz to her. I love color and plan to add a lot of it to the bedroom as well as elsewhere.

Pay no attention to the stuff in the surrounding area of my paint station ~ 

I've loved this shade of green for a long, long time. If you haven't visited my friend Jennifer's blog ~ Dimples and Tangles ~ you simply must!  

 Trying to get the full view ~

 I added some bling to it in the form of gold ~ top, lower section and almost on the bottom.  The photo below is shown as it's drying from the clear gloss finish I had
just sprayed on.

And....drum roll, she is!  I haven't decided what I'm going to do with the shade. If you have suggestions, I'm all ears. 

The night stand has just been painted in metallic gold. That was a challenge! I will show it after I get new handles for it. The old ones just won't cut it. This is not staged at all. Just wanted a quick photo to show you.

Can you see the Navy wall in the background?  I LOVE IT!!!  I had them paint an accent wall in my bedroom prior to moving in. I am so happy with it! I made that decision early on in the process of leasing. I'd love to have a wall painted in the living area but they won't allow contractors in once a resident has moved in....liability and all that jazz. I just didn't have the mental capacity to make additional decisions prior to moving. I will continue to consider it and we'll see what happens!

I've done a couple of other things too ~ it's helping me to focus on something positive ~ and I will show them soon.  Thank you so very much for stopping by!!

I'm joining ~