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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hometalk Countertop Idea Board



About 50,000 of you have visited my posts on how we tackled our countertops, many more have pinned the posts. I have tried to keep updates on how the countertop fared over time. I can say I am about to repaint and seal it better. The last time we only put one coat of sealer on because I was unsure of the outcome and that has been the only issue, had I sealed properly I would not have staining in some areas now. But...since I use it everyday, and even do projects and paint furniture on it....I would say it has proven itself and I will be sticking with the method we used. You can read about part one HERE and Part two HERE.



 You will notice that in part one I used Rust-oleum and
  it did NOT go well for us. We did not use the kit but the paint alone, (which said you did not need any other materials), however some people have has success, especially with the kits.

If you have been looking for budget friendly ways to redo your counters, not afraid of a little elbow grease, and ....maybe not too much of a perfectionist, I mean....things can go wrong, then- let me introduce you to my Hometalk idea board for counters.
 I was asked to compile a board of ideas for refinishing counters, a place where you can go to get inspiration and help.
If you are  a Hometalk user you already know what a great site this is, if not let me tell you how it works.
You create a profile and you can clip- like pinning on Pinterest- your favorite posts. You can even add your own by uploading your photos, you don't need to be a blogger or have a website.
Another great feature, is you can ask questions and get advice from others who have tried to tackle something similar, as well as help from the many professionals that use Hometalk.


You can follow my board on ideas for countertops by clicking HERE and Pin this graphic for use later!
You will see posts on using piant, wood, even concrete, what went right and what went wrong as well as ideas on sealing and times for curing, so much advice and real experiences from real people.


Be sure and check out Hometalk for fun projects, advice, how to's, and inspiration!







blessings and thanks for visiting





Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Noah- Creating a Creator Movie Review




Noah- the least biblical film ever made.
That is what Aronofsky himself said about his film Noah, a self proclaimed atheist who wanted to do a new take on the old story. I ask this, Why bother?
If you hate God, don't believe in his word and feel the need to make a movie about it, why not call it Sam.
Aronofsky chose to Call it Noah, chose to keep the sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, he chose to have the ark, the animals, a creator, angels, and the story of the literal 6 day creation, albeit shot in a manner that would appease any evolutionist. He wanted to do the story of Noah, and in my opinion, try to tear down God by creating his own "creator".


After deciding not to see it in theaters and hearing all the complaints of rock people, environmental agendas and biblical inaccuracy, as well as the flip side on the case for poetic license, creativity, and "at least they will go home and read their bible" I went ahead and rented it. If I were not a Christian, would I have gone home and looked up the story of Noah? I really doubt it. Would I have had any hope in a "creator" that could or would save me? probably not. Would I have enjoyed the movie? NO, it just isn't a good movie.



From the Christian perspective

Rocks
Right of the bat....those rocks. Watchers keeping an eye on Cain in a land that is no longer Gods. (note, I am using God, and the movie does not, only creator is used)  Land that is no longer Gods....our first taste of what sets up a Diestic view at best.
Walking and talking rock people, think of a poor rip off of the Lord of the Rings Ents.  I could go for poetic license here, but no, Aronofsky once again chose to go the extra mile and make them fallen angels. Fallen angels from the early rebellion cast down and abandoned by their father, yet, at least one receives mercy and forgiveness and goes on to heaven, never mind the true biblical fate of those fallen angels, those demons we often choose to ignore the existence of.


Noah and Family
We know Noah to be an imperfect man, but we see a new Noah here; A calloused, mission driven, mad man, often ruthless and illogical that becomes the sole decision maker in who lives and dies.  Surrounded by doe eyed, nearly mute children, who defer to him as though he himself were god, and a wife that is capable of only smiles and tears, they stand by as he rules with an iron fist.
Of course Noah's drunken naked state after the flood is accurately portrayed, no doubt because it is unfavorable.

Man
Hooray! At least this one is right! The wickedness of man, self driven, self seeking and grandiose, total depravity at its best. Think Road Warrior
That pesky doctrine of man kind, that wicked heart beyond cure portrayed so well, yet the one doctrine that quickly upsets man. To say we are wicked? To say we are capable of such atrocities that we need a savior, that we need grace and cannot save ourselves.....how dare you.
I mean the movie, as well as man kind, goes as far as it can to say man has both evil and good within him, as though we can be good enough to save ourselves. Who needs a god to change a heart that is capable of good, right?


The Ark

Taking the time to establish Noah and the ark full of animals, it could have at least been accurate as to who was  on the ark as well as who was not. If the movie maker wants to discredit the actual story by allowing only one wife of the sons on board, why bother having her give birth to twin girls, keeping the procreation element alive, why not find a girl out on a boat? or one hiding in the ark with the crazed lunatic on board.


Summary

My conclusion is this, the value of this movie lies in a message not sent by Aronofsky directly but indirectly.
You see, he, a self proclaimed athiest best illustrates man's desire to create a creator, we want a higher power when the deluge comes that can save us, but we don't want him to tell us what to do or how to live. We want to pick the parts of scripture we like, and do away with the others. Mankind wants to fashion this god of saving grace, abundant mercy that we can cry out to when things are unfair, scary, and unsafe. Yet, we wish to be Diests making sure that god is far away when we don't need him, or Materialists living in a world that created and sustains itself, void of any power with control over our lives.

I used to be so troubled by the passage Genesis 6:5
"The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thought of his heart was only evil continually"
NIV puts it this way-"
 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth,and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

only evil all of the time.
What does that mean?
Man kind is capable of evil, all of the time, every one of us. Do not be fooled, it is the common grace of God that keeps us from completely destroying ourselves. The good we do is the grace of God, not the goodness of man, for the heart is decietful and beyond cure. Jer 17:9 and man is given over to depravity Romans 1.
WE NEED A SAVIOR
We need a savior that we ourselves do NOT create but one that created us, sustains us, and is capable of saving us.....from ourselves.


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Painted Furniture Projects











Finishing up some projects for our first out of town show. I love the pink and gray dresser, I just bought two new "old" dressers or I would have held on to her for sure!! Can you believe we found that large frame for free? We replaced the back board and gave some new paint and wax, along with a chalkboard surface.




The dresser is painted with Annie Sloan French Linen and a pink oops paint, Normally I am more neutral on larger pieces so I hope someone loves this as much as I do!


I also finished a man cave side table, lots of old yard sticks glued and sealed onto a curb side rustic table.



I am glad summer is here, although half over already, being able to paint outside again is wonderful! Both the yellow table and the hope chest were found during clean up week too, the chest needed a new top so my husband used part of a kitchen table and sanded the sides to match.
 I also took some time to do a few new projects around the house, those I will post next, to keep up be sure and follow me on Instagram or facebook page Junkflirt

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Keeping Up- or not







I keep saying.....I am so behind on blogging, then I look at my blog and see how very little I have posted and I am astounded at how little I have been doing, on all my blogs!  Since starting Junkflirt, life has taken the busy turn, even with only occasional shows as a vendor and no shop.....it is overwhelming! In a good way, but it takes over life for sure.  We have now fully invaded a 6x12 storage room, our regular shed- to which one must hire a staff to unload to get to the mower- our new 6x12 trailer is stocked and of course both spare bedrooms with spillage into the rest of the house. All for one show so far this year and 5 upcoming!
 Jewelry is fantastic, it allows me a little sit quietly and create time, plus it takes up very little room compared to furniture and vintage finds. It is however, only about 15% of my booth.



Frames, nightstands, sewing cabinets, yard sticks, fan blades, shoe forms, all litter our home, in process or drying or waiting for repair.


 Once in a while I actually get to create my own vignette, bake a little and straighten up. Only to loose sight once again of my once clean organized home.



made from rescued wood




There are only so many places to stash huge frames, signs and benches!

  My husband designed this bench, made from 4 different curb side finds:
back is crib, seat is a kitchen table section, front legs are from a chair and hardware accents are from drawers of a dresser.
 Painted with Annie Sloan Old Ochre, I think it turned out quite gothic. I always love watching how people react to pieces at shows, this one should be interesting.






We just returned from a tip to Mississippi to see family, I have some wonderful cute photos of my step mom and my dads house to show you. You can see a few of her things on my Pinterest board called Rachel's House


I hope you are having a great Summer!

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Home Sweet Home


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