5 Minute Dollar Store and Burlap Wreath - Marty's Musings

5 Minute Dollar Store and Burlap Wreath

Sometimes I get caught up in the anticipation and fervor of a new decorating season. After all, the craft stores start hauling out their Christmas inventory in July. As a blogger, if you’re not on top of those fall crafts by August you will get passed by. Pinterest won’t love you. Your reputation will be […]

No Sew Fabric Window Valance - Marty's Musings

No Sew Fabric Cornice

Disclosure: The beautiful fabric was provided by OnlineFabricStore.net but all opinions are my own.   I am so unknowledgeable about window treatments and fabric. The best I can usually come up with is a yard sale treasure, which means it’s not perfect but it will do. When my DIY hubby and I started talking about our […]

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Acorn Cookies - Marty's Musings

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Acorn Cookies

  Sometimes you just know when a relationship is going to be beautiful. That first moment you gaze into the eyes of your child and realize what a huge responsibility and amazing privilege mothering is going to be. How unprepared you are. A bundle of nerves and fears. Yet somehow you memorize the moments as the year rush by […]

Encouraging Words for the Weary - Marty's Musings

Encouraging Words for the Weary: Simple Gift Sunday

  Last Sunday I shared that the week had been a tough one for me. Some health issues were nagging and winning the battle for a while. Surgery to remove a couple of polyps on my uterus left me hormonal in a way I haven’t been in years. It was not pretty. I was not nice. […]

Yard Sale Tips: Trash or Treasure ?from Marty's Musings

Yard Sale Tips: Trash or Treausre?

  I have been yardsaling since my senior year in college, somewhere around 198_ (muffle, muffle).  I think my first purchase was a pair of amazing black patent leather high heel pumps. $.25 and I was forever changed! When my DIY hubby and I had our first baby (now 25 and expecting our first grandchild) […]

How to Decorate a Bedroom for Practically Nothing - Marty's Musings

How to Decorate a Bedroom (for Practically Nothing!)

  When I shared my master bedroom makeover a couple of weeks ago I told y’all it was a budget makeover where everything except for one or two items  (and I mean EVERYTHING) was either a DIY project, a yardsale find or a hand me down. Now hopefully y’all know I’m a painfully honest person (just ask […]

Scripture Prayer Cards - Marty's Musing

Praying God’s Word and a Drs. Visit

  It has been a hard week for me. I’ve been dealing with some physical symptoms for a few months that we just couldn’t nail down with a precise cause. My dad had colon cancer so the dreaded over 50 colonoscopy was part of the discovery process. Glad to say I’m perfectly clean. (All you over […]

Apple Cake Recipe - Marty's Musings

Apple Cake Recipe: Perfect for Fall!

Can you hear it? Can you hear it? I can! It’s the wind calling to me saying, “fall is coming!” Okay, maybe the wind isn’t actually talking to me, but I do so love fall and am completely ready for its arrival. Well, maybe I’m not ready for fall decorating and projects and Christmas breathing […]

Accent Wall Ideas and Tips - Marty's Musings

5 Accent Wall Ideas and Tips

Disclosure: I was provided with product from Behr Paint but the opinions are all my own. When you have a dad who is a painting contractor and handyman and you move into a new house, you are hopeful that your dad will do a few “little” projects for you.  And if your mom is a […]

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Colton Dixon “More of You”: Simple Gift Sunday

Love the simple lyrics of this Colton Dixon “More of You” song. As a Christian artist Colton Dixon has come a long way since his “American Idol” days as a season 11 finalist. He won a Dove award for his first record and has just released  his second album “Anchor.” The lyrics speak to me of the journey […]

Inexpensive Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas - Marty's Musings

Inexpensive Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas

  It’s hard to believe it’s been over four months since my youngest daughter turned 16!  She is turning into an amazing young woman right before our eyes. I cannot imagine our lives without this tenderhearted, compassionate young lady. (She has since had her braces taken off and is even more beautiful!) Since she is […]

Organizing Home and Work with Sharpie Markers - Marty's Musings

Organizing Home and Work with Sharpie Markers

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #StaplesBTS http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” Over the years as a homeschooling family we’ve collected a lot of stuff. Twenty years of homeschooling STUFF. Everything from school papers to projects to textbooks, reading books, […]

For King and Country "Fix My Eyes " - video and devotion from Marty's Musings

For King and Country “Fix My Eyes”: Simple Gift Sunday

  My youngest daughter is an animal lover, to say the least. We walk around the block and she tells me all the names of the outdoor cats we see. We don’t know the owners but she knows the cats! She loves to tell us every.single.detail about the activities of our own two cats. My […]

Strawberry Smoothie Popsicles - Marty's Musings

Strawberry Smoothie Popsicles

  Have you had a great summer so far? Can you remember back to your childhood and lazy days when a fan and a popsicle were all you needed to withstand the blazing heat? Or does it seem like a distant memory? In North Carolina we’ve had a few days recently where the temps have […]

Gender Reveal Party Banner - Marty's Musings

Gender Reveal Party Banner

Disclosure: I received free product and compensation in exchange for creating a project using products from Consumer Crafts.com. All opinions are my own. The next few months will be exciting ones for our family. Other than normal school, work and church activities, my daughter Rachel and her husband are expecting our first grandchild in early 2015! (Read […]