Saturday, April 23, 2011

He is Risen

You may hear people say "he is risen" on Easter or sometime around Easter. What does it mean? Why is it written in the present tense and not the past? He rose? He has risen?
Well, to fully answer this question, I'd have to write more than a few quick blog blurbs. Instead, I will say that the celebration of Easter is not just about getting the perfectly two-toned dyed boiled egg.

Nor is it about finding the grand-prize plastic egg filled with twenty dollars (yes, I pledge to find it this year! And yes we are having en Easter egg hunt per usual even though we are all above the age of 10.)

Rather, Easter is the celebration of the death and resurrection of the son of God, Jesus Christ who paid the ultimate price for everyone on this Earth to live eternally and live connected to our creator. Now this statement can lose its true depth and meaning when its said so plainly with mere written words. Instead, I would encourage you to watch the 2004 movie Passion of the Christ. It can give you a slight fraction of the real story of Easter. Just a slight fraction though. Oh, and in order to accurately pinpoint what is truth and what is Hollywood, I'd read some of those new testament books in the Bible: Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. They really give a better picture than I ever could.

What a blessing it is that our Lord IS Risen. He is still living, active, and ever-present in our broken world. He loves us, and I'm so thankful for it!

Happy Easter!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

True Treasures

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." --Matthew 6:19-21

I have found that through moving into a new place, I constantly think about "stuff." All the stuff I "need" and how much the stuff I have doesn't look the way I want, or how people will think my mis-matching stuff or outdated stuff might be my actual preference. These thoughts, if we are not careful, will start to consume us in a very consumer-driven nation. I was truly convicted to recognize my humanness this week. While I always thought of myself as fairly simple, non-materialistic, and comfortable in who I was without concern of what others thought, I now (and have before) realize we are all very self-driven. Thank goodness we can recognize it, and not remain in such thinking.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think its bad to want to make a home for yourself. In fact, I randomly opened to Proverb 14:1 today, which says,
"The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down."
What I'm saying is that I want to build my house with wisdom. Not the kind of wisdom that comes from ourselves. A wisdom that is not of this world. I want to be that wise wife. I want to have a different perspective. An eternal perspective. The foolishness of this world is what tears homes apart. May we always look for ways to humble ourselves and remember how truly blessed we are.

~Coffee Cubbuster

p.s. I really do love my new place and can't wait to put it all together! The distressed kitchen table turned out great!!! Pictures to come...
p.p.s. Coming soon:  Tips on using coffee beans to get rid of bad odors found in new places. :-/

Thursday, April 7, 2011

What's my style?

I'm getting ready to move into Matthew's and my new apartment!  I've been rummaging through my mom's extra furniture (thanks mom for holding on to soooo much stuff so your kids could put together a place with furniture-  it's a mismatched blessing!).
I decided to try to "distress/stain" a table and four chairs. It's quite distressing when your neighbors here you wailing on perfectly good furniture. Must be where the term comes from. :)
Since I've never been able to decorate my own place before, I'm thrilled to see if I have any sort of crafty restoration skills. Thank you DIY network for step-by-step staining instructions! (What did people do before the internet??!?)
I digress.....I was talking to my mom about what my decorating "style" was after looking at my project, and I couldn't really pin it down until I saw this phrase online: "hunting lodge chic, meets warm vintage modern"

That's definitely my kind of style right there!! 

I'm so glad I know. 
How that will help serve me in the future, 
I don't know. 

Anyway, here's my first home restoration project!  
I took an old white-washed kitchen table and chairs, 
and beat them to a pulp before several rounds of staining. 
I'm still waiting for it to turn darker before I finish it. 
This was actually kind of fun!
I'm patting myself on the back and brushing my shoulders off as I type. 

Here's the staining tools... I can't believe I know what tack cloth is now.
Distressing tools. Yes I couldn't wait to dump a pot of coffee on my furniture.
I also cried a little because there wasn't extra to drink.
They say a bike chain works well too, but I left mine on my bike when I was 6.

Old rags actually do have a great purpose!
How do I clean them though? Any thoughts on how to avoid the
really dirty work? Where's my husband when I need him?

I wanted a dark stain because I know it never gets that dark.

Sandpaper #1

Sandpaper #2

Sorry the shot is blurry, but check out the nicks I put in this table!

Look how the golden sun is starting to turn the once white wood!

I'm still putting on coats...  Wish me luck and lots of sunshine!

~Crafty CubBuster

Friday, April 1, 2011

No foolin Friday

30 Days and counting!!!!

That aint no joke yall!    
(This is also my last day of student teaching, so I thought some horrible grammar and slang was called for.)

Have a happy Friday!

If you're not happy, hopefully this baby made you smile. :)

~Joyous CubBuster