Friday, January 7, 2011

Plum Perfect Friday - Ongoing Master Bathroom Update

We have done without a towel bar and a hand towel hanger, for several weeks now, so it was high time that I completed the new mountings...SO, I did another Vintage Hook Shelf similar to the other one's that I have constructed in the past.

I have a thorough disdain for the cheap, basic, ugly fixtures that are put in tract homes these days...

truly "icky"!

This is a definite improvement, not only aesthetically, but adds ease in hanging. (The family SINCERELY dislikes the folding and hanging part!)...

...this way towels will have a better chance of actually getting hung.

Love it! A nice addition to my "frenchy vintage" theme.

After the large one was assembled, I had a portion cut off to make the hand towel version.

It is so-oo convenient!

Hope you all had a Plum Perfect holiday season!

Now, show off some of your functional ideas!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Rusty Rave Monday - For Edie: A Friend I've Never Met

Last week I stumbled upon a Blog called "Life In Grace". Another blog that I follow, (The Nesting Place) had posted a story about a fellow blogger who's family had experienced a house fire, and lost everything right before Christmas! This is how I heard of Edie's heartbreaking and tragic story...yet, what I have actually drawn from this tale is not gloomy or pessimistic...I have read of Edie's immense faith and optimism, and am truly better for knowing her story and have genuinely been inspired to improve my attitude toward my own tribulations and adversity.

We all have trials in our lives, no one is exempt or immune. Sometimes we feel that ours couldn't be any worse, or that they are never ending. I regularly have had my own pity parties within my private thoughts, then, put on a "brave" face outwardly so that I appear to be "positive and happy"! I am drawing closer to the realization that this is the challenge...this is what we are supposed to learn through our be of good cheer, (sincerely) despite our pain! My new friend, Edie is carrying this out, and is an AMAZING example to us all!

Yesterday at church we were shown the following short video:

The thought at the end was what hit me the hardest:

"When you are compelled to give up something or when things that are dear to you are withdrawn from you, know that this is your lesson to be learned right now. But know also that, as you are learning this lesson, God wants to give you something better." --Enzio Busche

I wanted to share this with you because my new cyber friend, Edie, and this remarkable advice may have just changed my life forever! I hope it inspires and encourages you as it does me.

This post has been added to the Life in Grace Blog through a Linky Party, so I won't be having one here today. Stop on over and send some nurturing and love Edie's way.
Ooops, oh and by the way, Happy New Year and Happy Birthday wishes to Edie, as well...