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Inspiration Monday

It’s Monday.

Mondays always feel like they move in slow-motion as I try to snap out of the weekend mindset and get motivated to actually accomplish something productive with my week.  Usually I just need a little inspiration to jump-start my day and help me focus on the week ahead of me.  So I decided to start using Mondays as my “Inspiration Day” – a day to gather some ideas and thoughts that will help give me the little kick in the booty to get motivated each week.

So my plan is to use this little space here every Monday to share some of the things that are inspiring me (I’ve been so sporadic with my blog posts….we’ll see how well I can keep this going every week 😉 …but I’ll try!)

So here it goes!  My first Inspiration Monday:

 

This Book.  The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith.

I just finished reading it this weekend, but I will definitely be reading back through it again this week!  So much inspiration in these pages for creating an imperfectly beautiful home.  I could write a whole post just on this book…it is just so full of beautiful words, practical ideas, and page after page of inspiration.  Reading it made me so excited to really get creative in my home and try some things that I was waiting for because of limitations I thought I had within our small walls.  I seriously cannot recommend this book enough…if you’re looking for a little inspiration for your home, read this book!!

Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book: “You don’t have to get perfect to have a pretty house.  Most of us simply need to learn to see the beauty in the imperfect.  Because life is gloriously messy. We can find rest in our less than perfect circumstances when we figure out that no amount of striving can create the perfect life we think we are looking for.”

 

This post by Ruth Simons.  I only recently discovered this lady’s beautiful blog and quickly fell in love with her art and her way with words. And this post?…so much truth.  “No one’s life is truly easy. No one’s. …We simply can’t know another’s pain or another’s struggles by simply looking at how easy her life appears.”  Comparison is a dangerous game to play…we honestly do not know the depth of anyone’s struggles.  Instead of passing judgment or making comparisons, perhaps we should reach out a hand…bear one another’s burdens, knowing that no one is exempt from pain and struggles in this fallen and broken world.  You don’t know what struggles are lying beneath the surface of that person you think has it all together…we all need grace and love and extra compassion.

 

My girls are going to Children’s Camp with our church this week, so I plan on keeping myself busy around the house and maybe even try a Pinterest project or two.  Here are a couple that look fun to try:

Mason Jar Wheel

This cool light fixture thingy made from a wheel and mason jars looks so fun! I’m thinking of something similar for our back porch…not sure where to find a wheel like that, but this photo inspires me.

Paper Feather Wreath

This Paper Feather Wreath.  Love this.  I’m on a bit of a feather kick lately…I don’t know why.  But I think I need to try making this wreath.

Watercolor Flowers

And these beautiful Watercolor Flowers from lovegrowswild.com would look perfect in a little vase on a bookshelf or beside my bed!

 

This AMAZING Blueberry Pound Cake Recipe.

Alton-Browns-Blueberry-Pound-Cake(Image and Recipe from altonbrown.com)

My sister, Joy, made this last weekend when we went to her house to visit.  I fell in love.  I told her I want her to make it for me for my birthday.  It is SOOOO good!!!  But I can’t wait until December for a slice of this yumminess, so I will have to try to make it myself.  I’m going to give it a shot this week and see if I can make it even halfway as good as she does. 🙂

 

I spent a good bit of the weekend pulling out the calendar and planning out some fun for the summer. We finally filled in our Summer Bucket List and I filled up our calendar for the next two months with lots of “stay-cation” family fun.  This Saturday we’re planning on going to a park and having a picnic. The girls wanted to “fly a kite” this summer, so I’m thinking we’ll try our hand at making our own kites to take with us to the park.  I’ve found a few ideas on Pinterest, so I’m thinking that when they get back from camp later this week we’ll have a family night full of kite-making fun!

HowToBuildAKite(image from Pinterest pin here)

And look at this really cool Tetrahedral Kite:

TetrahedralKite

I’m printing out this verse to inspire me this week to slow down and wait quietly before God.

Psalm 62:5{ 5×7 Printable – Click HERE to download }

Well, that’s it for today’s “Inspiration Monday”!  I hope you have a wonderful, beautiful, inspired, grace-filled week!!!

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Mini Mailbox Makeover

DIY Mini Mailbox Makeover {for Valentine's Day}

I’m making some final preparations for our Family Valentine’s Day Dinner tomorrow {read all the details about our Valentine’s Day family tradition, and snag that “Love One Another” printable, in this post from the other day}.

One of my favorite things we do for this family night is our Love Note Exchange.  We’ve been using these little metal mailboxes every year to deliver our notes to one another:

I found them for just $1 each at Target in that little dollar spot area.  (Tip: if you want to grab some, try going after Valentine’s Day…they usually mark them 50% off, so you can snag some mailboxes for super cheap!)

This year I wanted to give our little mailboxes a little update.  This little DIY was super easy…and I love how they turned out.  Here’s what I did:

First, I had a budget of, oh, $0….so I rummaged through all of my old, leftover craft supplies to see if I had anything I could use to give the mailboxes a little height.  I found these:

I had previously used these little wooden pieces as little cupcake stands for Emma’s birthday party a couple of years ago:

They worked great as little cupcake stands, but I figured if I flipped them around and painted them, they’d make great little mailbox stands 🙂

So I painted them blue, and glued them together like this:

Then I decided to paint the little flag on the mailbox to match the stand:

Because I used regular acrylic craft paint (because it’s what I had), I had to add a layer of mod podge on top of the paint so that it wouldn’t scratch off easily (you can use any kind of acrylic sealer…or a paint that is intended to work on plastic 😉 ).

Then I just hot glued the little mailboxes on top of the little wooden stands:

Next, I drilled some holes in the “door” of the mailbox so I could add a little pull to make the mailboxes easier to open.

Notice how amazingly lined up my holes are…lol 😉  I am terrible about just eyeballing things and not taking the time to measure or make things level…my eyeballs were very uneven on this one 😉  (It didn’t really end up mattering…you can’t tell once I added the fabric strips)

Next I cut some little strips of fabric from some scrap fabric I had.

(I used this same fabric when I made the “LOVE” bunting/banner for the living room – you can see it HERE).

Then I just pulled the fabric strips (4 strips total, 2 of each pattern) through the holes that I drilled in the mailbox doors:

Then I just tied them in a simple knot and put the doors on the mailboxes.

DIY Mini Mailbox Makeover {for Valentine's Day}

After painting our names on the sides of the mailboxes, they were done!

I love our little mailboxes…they are going to look super cute on our table for our Family Valentine’s Day Dinner tomorrow!  Now to get busy filling them with notes and treats for one another!

DIY Mini Mailbox Makeover {for Valentine's Day}

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