Double Duty Decorating:Tea cup bird feeder

11:14 AM

Now to get this double duty decorating feature up and running, first up a tea cup bird feeder. And it is just that, a cute little teacup and saucer (thrifted for $1.25), piled high with bird seed. I chose to place mine on our front porch. It only took the little birdies a couple days to find the seed. I love coming home to a fat little bird sitting in the entire cup, eating away.

As you will find, most of these double duty decorating ideas will be just that easy. These posts are mostly about finding items you already have or can easily and cheaply obtain, and using your imagination a little to re-purpose them. Re-purposing brings new life to old objects, which might otherwise never leave your cupboard again. ;)

Maybe it is that old vase from Grandma that is just too cute, but that you are tired of seeing flowers in, or it never quite fits the right amount of flowers in, or perhaps it is merely sentimental and actually kind of ugly.

Or perhaps it's that 3rd set of wine glasses you got for a wedding gift, which you will never use, but never returned either. We all have these things tucked away somewhere.

Let's dust off those old items and (finally) put them to use.

I find it fun and easy, and it adds a cute uniqueness to your abode. Some projects will require some change, many will not.

For another idea check out my post on making your own picture frame dry erase board. It can be found here.

Until next time,


Comfort Verse

8:57 PM

Hey friends,
So much for that double-duty decorating idea to be up in a few days right?
It's been a rough few days to say the least. I had my first ultrasound on Wednesday. We got some heart-breaking news. Our baby's heart beat cannot be found. Things aren't looking well. We are holding onto hope that our little one is still okay, but the doctors say I will miscarry in time. For now, we wait. Blood tests should tell more, but we won't have results until probably Thursday.

It has been a trying time. Not knowing is really the hardest, sitting still.

I have been holding onto Deuteronomy 31:8. The Lord gave me this verse months ago, and it has become my comfort verse. I return to it again and again. I cling to it, but still I am scared. My heart hurts.

I am learning to trust the Lord in such a deeper way.

I know our Lord is good, I know our little one is in good hands, but sometimes it is hard to see the big picture in the moment.

"It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."


Bake Station

2:00 PM

Hey all,

Today I was doing some baking, which was long over due might I add, and as I mixed and stirred, I realized, I love my new home. No, this isn't the first realization I have had of this, it happens all the time, this time however, I took a minute to actually tell the Lord of my thankfulness, to pray. The Lord has been so faithful in providing for us. I hope we never forget this. Everything about our house is really quite perfect for us…the size, amenities, every little nook and cranny.

As I baked, I realized just how fortunate we are. Not only do we have a home, but I have, no joke, the perfect little bake station in our kitchen. I mean really, do we need this? Probably not, definitely not, but it is there, and I LOVE it. Its like my own little nook in the kitchen separated by cabinets that holds all my baking goodies, and provides plenty of counter space. I think this area may very well be becoming one of the places I like most in our home. Though I feel a bit silly relating this simple little space to the glory of God, the Lord uses all sorts of things big and small to bring us to him, to draw us closer, and though it was this funny little space that opened my eyes, it reminded me how great our God is.

It is my prayer that all that the Lord has done for us, my family and I, would remain in the forefront of our minds. That we would continue to be astonished by the Lord's ways. Even in silly little ways such as this.

"I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well."
-Psalm 139:14


News Share!

12:21 PM

Hello all,

I apologize for my absence, but hubby and I have been very busy. So, what have we been up to?

Work, work, work, house projects (we finally have just about all of them done…hurray), we enjoyed a fabulous day in San Francisco, as well as a visit from Will's father, and we managed to seek away to Oregon for the holiday weekend. It was blissful.

What else you may ask?


We also have some exciting news to share with you readers. We are expecting our first child! We are some very excited parents-to-be. This news came to us on Father's Day morning. It was the perfect Father's day surprise. We couldn't be more thrilled.

I'll share more later on this. We get to see our little one for the first time next week. :)

Also, I would like to introduce something new to this blog. From time to time you may see posts on double duty decorating ideas. In just a few days I will have the first post up. Basically, these posts will consist of ideas using objects you may already have in your home or that you could easily thrift, and ways to put them to new uses. Simple enough, right? And totally functional and cute, even easy on your wallet. Keep your eyes out for these posts.

Well that's about it in a nutshell, a quick catch up of where I've been at.

It's nice to be back.

<3 Mal


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