Repurposing a Window Blind

I have a great part time job as a Sales Rep for a Window Blind company, and so from time to time, I end up with sample blinds that have been discontinued…..I hate tossing them in the trash compactor, so I’ve been thinking of ways to re-use them.

Here I took a standard CELLULAR type window blind, spent a few minutes cutting it up and voilà, a color co-ordinated wine bottle insulator….I have no idea how effective it is, but hey, it’s cute!



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5 day challenge – DAY 3 of Beans and Rice

I don’t think much of this 5 day journey has been a surprise to me.  These types of challenges really force you to consider what is important in life and I’ve been on a downward mobility trend for sometime already.


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Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow.

Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous.

If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.


I don’t know how to write about the food / hunger challenge because in my black and white mind, when you decide to do something you just do it.  That doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for complaining or opting out…this is not my first fast and so I’ve done the ‘hard work’ on previous fasts and know what it’s about.

But I know that many who try this don’t share my willfullness and this fast is a huge challenge.  Something happens inside of you when you really really really want something and can’t have it.  It is like a spoiled child jumping up and down.  It is easier to quiet that inner child by indulging them.

That in fact is going to be most people’s unidentified struggle.  Coming face to face with that ugly inner part that doesn’t care about satisfying anyone but itself….the ugly word we don’t want to hear is SUBMISSION.

For a Christian it is in those moments where God can transform us the most.

I distinctly remember being face down on the carpet , clawing at the carpet even in a tear soaked place talking to God in not so nice words.  I felt parts of me from deep within rearing up that I had to tell God he could have…that he was bigger than this single desire, that I believed He could fill me more than food ever could….for me these words had to be audible, spoken out loud…quiet prayers were not going to do it for me…


It’s hard yucky stuff and it’s hard to process that while you are going about your normal day at work and such, but I guess I write that to encourage you that it truly is THAT MOMENT that you have to overcome.  When God is in it with you, you MAKE IT THROUGH.  And then you make it through the next one and the next one.

This process is something I have used over and over for many areas of my life, but I learned it in fasting.

I’m making this my Works for me Wednesday posting this week – hope it inspires all of you on the list!


On being a Fool and a Failure – WWFM

What works for me this week is reading something that helps puts words to my new understanding that POVERTY can mean many things.

Read this book:


“Our mobile society

encourages competition

and economic aggression

rather than contentment.

Someone who isn’t

climbing the social

ladder is regarded as

a fool and a failure.

We’re taught to climb

to the top of the heap.

What we’re not taught

is that the heap is

a garbage heap”

– Peter Kreeft


Puffy Jacket – Zipper repair – WWFMW


At least two years ago, the zipper on my black puffy winter jacket went kaput.  Since the jacket was still good, I had great intentions of replacing the zipper instead of spending money on a new winter jacket.


When the temperature is -30 Celcius ( that’s a big ol’ -22 Fahrenheit) PLUS windchill, a coat like this comes in handy!

Problem is…because of my good intentions to replace the zipper, I’ve been wearing the jacket for the last two winters without zipping it up….I just closed up the velcro tabs, tucked in a long scarf, and for trips in and out of the car, it’s been just fine.

Finally this year, I thought I would get adventurous and went to look at zippers….hmmm…the job of sewing a zipper into nylon would be more than I think I want to tackle….what now?  look for a new coat???  Well if you’ve followed me at all , you know that buying a new coat sure doesn’t sit well with me….

So, I stopped off at the tailor shop and she told me it would be a mere $13.95 for the zipper and $14.00 for her time to do it, but she would give me a discount and do both for $24.

“Thank you very much” I said, and kept walking.

She said “wait” for $13.00 she could just replace the ZIPPER PULL without redoing the whole zipper.  “hmmmm I thought, that’s more like it” but I suddenly had a light-bulb moment.

I stopped off at the fabric store and for 90 cents….(that’s less than a buck y’all) I bought a zipper pull, came home and in about 45 seconds, my zipper was back in operation…

The pull I bought was brown because for 90 cents I wasn’t going to worry about color on a zipper that is under a velcro tab anyway…

The 90 cent zipper pull

The 90 cent zipper pull

The 90 cent zipper pull under the velcro tab!

The 90 cent zipper pull under the velcro tab!

I’m a happy camper, I just wish I had looked into this two years ago!!


FREE Christmas Carol downloads (MP3s)

Free is never a bad thing in my books!

I thought I would share these free Christmas Carol MP3 downloads with you.


Just click on the picture and it will take you right there…

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