Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Friday, March 24, 2017

New Use for Old Stuff

Steve's daughter, Carrie, and her husband, Shawn, sent us some homemade Christmas gifts in December. Of course that's always a thrill, since we love the thought put into anything made by hand. They know we have a fondness for old stuff, so one of the gifts was an old board with chipping paint with a license plate attached to it. Not just any license plate, but a plate with Steve's birth year on it. They also screwed in 3 cup hooks near the bottom of the board. It would have made a perfect key holder, but we didn't really have a use for that.

We decided to use it as a coat rack for a spot by our front door instead. We found some bronze hooks to replace the smaller cup hooks. The only problem was the chipping paint. Although we loved the look, it continued to chip off, so Steve sealed it before he added the new hooks. 

This gave an even more aged look to the paint and made it easy to dust.

Lovin' it!

It was a very thoughtful gift that we'll be pleased to use for many years to come!

All is well in the Keweenaw.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

On the Clips-Board: So Loved

Remember the Clips-Board I have on the wall above the stove? I have been changing the message, but I haven't shown it to you for quite some time. The Easter message I posted is from John 3:16 - just the simple and powerful phrase: God So Loved.

The background image is that beautiful old hymn - The Old Rugged Cross.

Let's not forget this all important message!

All is well in the Keweenaw.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Easy Easter Bunting

I've had an admittedly lazy last 2 weeks here in the Keweenaw. I'm still dealing with this bout of pleurisy, although the pain isn't as severe as it was. The most exercise I've had is doing laundry and putting dishes in the dishwasher, and there have been more than a few days when I didn't even get out of my robe until mid-afternoon! I felt like I turned a corner on Tuesday, however, so I'm hopeful for lots more energy by next week.

Our Keweenaw snowfall total has hit the 260" mark, and we still have lots on the ground, but we're having more and more days when we can actually view the world in living color again. Here's my view looking up from the chair in the corner of the great room today.

The forecast is calling for 2-4" of snow tomorrow, but that blue sky sure puts us in the mood for spring! It won't be long now. March is half over already and Easter will be here before we know it, so I thought I would post my Easter bunting project.

Most of my 2017 Easter and spring decor coordinates with this yarn I purchased at Walmart ($2.97) in a color called Key Largo Tweed.

I used this yarn for several projects including my Vase Makeover and my Pillar Candle Holder Makeover. You can click on the titles to see those projects. 

This Easy Easter Bunting is small - just large enough to drape in front of a small display area (which I will fully reveal in an upcoming post). An Internet search will lead you to an unlimited number of free downloadable background papers and textures. I used one I found from melstampz for my bunting - added the triangles and letters in Microsoft Publisher - and printed it on white cardstock.

The letters spell out the true message of Easter - HE IS RISEN!

I cut out the triangles and punched 2 holes in each one. After that, I just had to string them onto the yarn and cut the yarn to the length I needed.

Again, I'll reveal more about the exact location of this Easy Easter Bunting in an upcoming post.

Can't show you everything at once!

All is well in the Keweenaw.