New barnwood trays made from salvaged St. Croix Valley barnwood

Looking for something a little extra special?  Perfect for entertaining and also to use to keep things off the countertops.  I’ve created these trays using salvaged barnwood from right here in the St. Croix River Valley.  Features foot barnwood stips on the bottom, each is sealed and has 2 handles the the handles being counter sunk on the bottom so they are inset and not sticking out.

 

You can find the trays here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/519886088/

These trays provide a way to enjoy the simplistic feeling of stepping back in time, relaxing and having a moment. Feel special each time you use this tray and put your goodies on it.

 

 

 

New house pics before and afters

I’m a girl who grew up with HGTV, I love to process things visually and for me when it comes to household projects it means before and after pics.  Or in this case; before and “in progress” pics.

We had a fun housewarming party here this past weekend and let’s face it, since the house was clean I figured it was the perfect time to catch up on some pictures of some of the work we’ve been doing around here the last few months.

When we found the house a ton of projects had already been done, so that left a lot of the cosmetic (fun) ones for us to do.  I love to work on the projects when you can actually see progress.  I’m so grateful we could see beyond the horse fencing and crack house vibe chicken coop.  Because it’s slowly transforming into a property and home that we love.

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Thank for letting me share my home with you.  There are a ton of fun winter projects we have planned for inside and after the busy holiday season.  I’m hoping to have some hang out time and have some ladies over to just sit around and work on projects together and visit.

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Thrifty Thursday – How to make big bucks at your next yard sale

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Garage sales and yard sales are in full swing this time of year.  

A few weeks ago we made over $1400 at our yard sale.  It was amazing!  Even better was that it was all donated towards my trip to Israel and Palestine in the fall.

 

Unfortunately just a week later I watched my neighbor attempt to do a garage sale.   I say attempt on purpose because they are losing out on hundreds of dollars in sales by missing out on some basic things.

I’ve watched them:

  • put in weeks worth of setup work
  • days of multiple people working their sale
  • not displaying things well
  • not advertising
  • poor signage
  • no prices on things
  • putting the wrong things in view
  • sleeping in and not starting until after 9am

They have had very little success.   How is it that there was less than 20 people that showed up to there sale just 1 week after over 200+ people showed up to mine right next door?

 

Are you like my neighbor?   Have you spent way too many hours on a garage sale only to make poor sales?  Are you needing to clear out some clutter to make room in your home for things that you really love?   I’ve been there.  I’ve had those sales where I’ve gone home with a hundred bucks and scratched my head wondering what I did wrong.

 

I can help.  

Introducing my new Girlfriends guide to bringing in Big Bucks at  your next yard sale ebook.   

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This downloadable PDF includes 9 pages full of steps and tips.

We’ll cover topics like:
Getting Ready
Timing
Location
Pricing
Setup
Advertising, Getting the Word out
How to deal with hagglers and people who want a deal on everything.
Collecting the money
After the sale.


Of course I can’t guarantee what amount of money you’ll make but I can help you turn what you have into the best sale you can do. I know my guide will more then pay for itself and will help save you a TON of energy spent on doing the wrong things.

 

You can find the guide in my Etsy store now.

 

Only $6!

 

Make sure to pass along the link to your friends and family members that are planning sales.

 

Cheers to a summer of AMAZING sales!!

Thrifty Thursdays – Covered bench makeover

 

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I absolutely love to find solid wood furniture that just needs a little pick me up.  This looked great in the room it was in but my daughter wanted it for her Paris, hip themed room. So some black paint and funky zebra fabric and viola! Beautiful and new feeling.  Enjoy!

For this one we unscrewed the top from the base. Painted the base with primer then black paint.  Using heavy duty staples I stapled the new fabric to the underside of the top.  Picturing the top as a clock, staple at 12 o’clock, then 6, then 3, then 9.  Then fill in the spaces between. Making sure to pull taught and even.  Screw back on the base and your set.

 

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What are your favorite furniture makeovers? I’d love to hear.

 

 

 

 

Thrifty Thursdays – End Table Makeover

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End Table Makeover

I LOVE to get my hands on ugly furniture and make them over.  Sometimes I do intricate painting on them other times I just need something to match my decor and I know I’ll change it again later.

This is an end table my sweet mother in law gave me, she knew I could find a way to paint it and give it an updated look.  I’m going to be repainting it soon after our home remodel is done but it did it’s job well while being carried around tons by the 3 year old. I intentionally scratched it up a bit when I did it. This gave it a distressed look right away and no one was afraid to use it.  If I was doing a more permanent job on it I would have sanded it well and primed it first before painting.  For what I needed it for just painting it seemed to work just fine.  Enjoy! Do you ever paint paint furniture to match a wall in your house?  Even if it’s a trendy one that you know you’ll be re-painting?  I’d love to hear your makeover stories! Share in the comments below.

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Thrifty Thursdays – New blog series debut

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Welcome to my new Thrifty Thursday blog!

I love to live  life where I save money on the things that I can so I have money to do the amazing things I REALLY want to use my money on. For me that is traveling, and currently paying off the mortgage.   To accomplish those things and still live a good life I love to find unique and fun ways that fit into my lifestyle but also save money, reduce waste or help save something from a landfill.

Here is a BIG difference between me and some other thrifty, money saving bloggers.  I REFUSE to take on a “thrifty, bargain basement mindset”.  I live an abundant life, full of great blessings, family, a business I love and I believe we should surround ourselves with things we love (like art!) 🙂    I think it’s important to know why your saving money, do not fall into a “I’m poor” mentality.  I know people of all income levels that struggle with money, I know people of all income levels that feel abundant and happy.  It seems to be the American way for us to live a bit beyond our means no matter what we make.   I’m putting my foot down.  I refuse.  We work hard in our family to not use our Credit cards, pay cash for things in full and still live a great life.

We are just beginning the process of painting all the trim in our home, next we’ll be ripping off all the sheetrock in our kitchen, living and dining room.  Our house was built many years ago and it greatly suffers on proper insulation.  In the last year we’ve done 2 bedrooms and re-insulated. I can hardly believe the difference.  Since we do it all ourselves, it’s relatively cheap to do. (A couple hundred bucks).  But the savings on our heating and a/c bills are huge without leaks all over the place.  I realized when I found a vine from our fence outside that had made it’s way under the wall and was growing up into our living room awhile back that somewhere there is something wrong.   So today I’ve been home with Aspen, we’ve been painting trim all day.  It was going really good til he went rogue and painted the doorknobs.  He is 3, so ….

I look forward to sharing great bulk cooking recipes, ideas and other cheap food ideas.  I also LOVE to find furniture and other pieces and give them new life.  It one time took me 8 hours to sew a pair of rectangle curtains… so I’m not very talented in that area. However, there is much room for growth.  I have a few basic things that I’ve done in the last few years that have saves us big time. Good think for me I only needed to sew rectangles on those…     I also want to share ideas on how to save money and do other things, like giving up things that it seems like “everyone else” has.   And lastly I love talking about money and the mindset of money.  How to change our thinking so we don’t shut off abundance and blessings from flowing in, how to keep ourselves connected and in the flow of money.

Today’s topic: Clutter and Stuff

Tip:  When you buy, are given things, or receive gifts. In your mind categorize them into these categories:

Lifers: They are things we will use and keep for as long as possible. They are heirlooms, art, some decorative things.

Passing Through: These are things you will need and value but won’t need them forever.  Things such as baby items, toys, baby furniture, etc.  Items for an event (Example; when we got married we had a luau in our backyard for our reception.  We had bought a trellis, some silk flowers that were mixed in with real flowers, other decor, a tiki bar, etc.  Once the wedding was done we knew we didn’t have room for them anymore.  So we sold them all.)   These are things that you can re-sell, donate or pass on to others who need them when you are finished with them.  Don’t mistake these for the first group.  This is where clutter begins, we think because these items were special during a certain time period that we need to save them or hang on the them.  You don’t. Free yourself.  Take some nice photos of them to remember them and let them move on to others who will be grateful for them.

Fillers: These are things that are hand-me-downs, thrift store finds that you don’t love but needed until you can find exactly what you want or afford.  My entire first apartment was filled with these. It was cute but as I’ve gotten older I’ve been able to be a bit more picky about what I surround myself with.  I know really aim to have NOTHING in our home that we don’t use or REALLY love.  We rarely keep stuff anymore just because, or because it’ll do.

Projects:  These are things you pick up to re-do, makeover.  Art projects, hobbies, etc. These are things that make you happy and feel good.   A few years ago my dad after years of raising 5 kids and after my mom had passed away had to analyze his hobbies.  He was realizing he had more hobbies than he did time to do them.  Guiter, building and fixing boats, cars, woodworking, and a few others.  So he picked his top 2 and had to let the others go. This actually helped free him up so he could really dive in and enjoy those.

Momentos:  Yearbooks, photos, old trophies, concert booklets and guides, etc.   Pick a box or tote and make a pledge to only hang onto that much.  This is key for raising kids too.  Realistically they aren’t going to want 7 bins of momentos when they move out someday.  Pick the best, more memorable. Take photos of the others and put them in an album and add that in.

Here are a few things that for me where in the Passing Through group. I had them in my studio last year. It was fun to work on them and fun to see them all find great new homes when I was done with them:

If you have things to sell try ebay, craigslist, garage sales, giving away, consignment shops or donate!  You’ll feel amazing as you start to clear out things that no longer have a place in your home. Plus energetically and physically you’ll be making room for things that genuinely make you feel good.

The Root Chakra – artwork for grounding ourselves

Let’s ground ourselves.  No not the punishment but lets connect with the earth, feel secure and bring ourselves back from spacing out.  This pose is called the mountain pose.  You can view the artwork for it here: https://www.noellerollinsart.etsy.com

When I focus on this chakra is encourages me to come to terms with my Attitude toward money, security, greed, lack. This comes up so often being an entrepreneur.  I have to choose to believe deep in my soul that this is an abundant world, there is enough for everyone. There is enough business for me, there is enough money for me and I get to attract it.

This artwork is great for those that are suffering from: lower back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, rectal tumors, depression, immune related disorders and/or the emotions that come with survival, self esteem, social order, security and  family

The Base or Root Chakra is associated with the color red. This chakra is the grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our beings. Focusing one’s attention on the color of a cherry popsicle or a juicy red apple can help bring our energetic body “down to earth” and in alignment with our physical body when we find ourselves energetically fleeting or in other words…..”spacing off.”

Chakra One – Associations

  • Color – red
  • Sanskrit Name – muladhara
  • Physical Location – base of the spine
  • Purposes – kinesthetic feelings, movement
  • Spiritual Lesson – material world lessons
  • Physical Dysfunctions– lower back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, rectal tumors, depression, immune related disorders
  • Mental and Emotional Issues – survival, self esteem, social order, security, family
  • Information Stored Inside Root Chakra – familial beliefs, superstitions, loyalty, instincts, physical pleasure or pain, touch
  • Area of Body Governed – spinal column, kidneys, legs, feet, rectum, immune system
  • Exercises that stimulate the root chakra
  • Foods that fuel the root chakra

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Gemstones and Flower Essences that stimulate, cleanse and energize the root chakra

This artwork is part of my Soulful Yoga Series. This series has been created out of my own journey to live more self aware. I’ve longed for a way to quiet my always running mind, feel good in my body from the inside out and connect with my inner soulful awareness. I believe this series will connect with people who do yoga as well as those who do not but are looking for positive, encouraging, calming artwork.

The original that this print is from was created on an upcycled door. I love the symbolism of the doorway; closing the door on the past, opening the door to a new future. My husband helps me to cut down no longer needed hollow doors, we then add wood inserts to make all four sides solid. I then add layers of texture and finally do the artwork. I love when I get the change to create using repurposed materials.

You can keep up to date on my work and happenings here: www.facebook.com/noellerollinsart

If you like this artwork and would like to see one similar that includes a different uplifting message you will find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101000734/speak-your-truth-soulful-yoga-plow-pose
Enjoy!

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The Sacral Chakra – artwork reminders for creativity, femininity and passion

This weeks artwork is all about the creativity, passionate, feminine self. love love!  This pose is called the King Pigeon Pose and clears and activates the Sacral Chakra!

Let’s clear out any blockages in our Sacral Chakra and let our creativity soar.  I love this chakra.  I’ve recently started in the last few months doing some of the S factor workouts and I love how much it opens this chakra and leaves me feeling more feminine and connected to my body. Great too for us creative types and I know for me after childbirth my hips have been so stiff so the poses for this chakra will also help loosen those up. Enjoy!

From About.com: The Sacral Chakra is associated with the color orange or red-orange. I usually visualize the Sunkist orange that has been dyed to attract the produce buyer, or the orange red of an evening sunset when I’m focusing on spinning my second chakra. This chakra often offers us the opportunity to lessen our “control issues” and find a balance in our lives, teaching us to recognize that acceptance and rejection are not the only options in our relationships. The process of making changes in our life stream through our personal choices is a product of second chakra energy. A well-functioning second chakra helps one to maintain a healthy yin-yang existence.

Chakra Two – Associations

  • Color – orange
  • Sanskrit Name – swadhisthana
  • Physical Location – lower abdomen to the navel
  • Purposes – emotional connection
  • Spiritual Lesson – creativity, manifestation. honoring relationships, learning to “let go”
  • Physical Dysfunctions– low back pain, sciatica, ob/gyn problems, pelvic pain, libido, urinary problems
  • Mental and Emotional Issues – blame, guilt, money, sex, power, control, creativity, morality
  • Information Stored Inside Sacral Chakra – duality, magnetism, controlling patterns, emotional feelings (joy, anger, fear)
  • Area of Body Governed – sexual organs, stomach, upper intestines, liver, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, middle spine
  • Exercises that stimulate the sacral chakra
  • Foods that fuel the sacral chakra

You can find the artwork prints here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101353743/soulful-yoga-king-pigeon-pose-infused

Perfect people to receive this pose/chakra artwork are: people suffering from low back pain, sciatica, ob/gyn problems, pelvic pain, libido, urinary problem and those working through the emotions that come with blame, guilt, money, sex, power, control,  and creativity.

This piece is part of my Soulful Yoga Series. This series has been created out of my own journey to live more self aware. I’ve longed for a way to quiet my always running mind, feel good in my body from the inside out and connect with my inner soulful awareness. I believe this series will connect with people who do yoga as well as those who do not but are looking for positive, encouraging, calming artwork.

The original that this print is from was created on an upcycled door. I love the symbolism of the doorway; closing the door on the past, opening the door to a new future. My husband helps me to cut down no longer needed hollow doors, we then add wood inserts to make all four sides solid. I then add layers of texture and finally do the artwork. I love when I get the change to create using repurposed materials.

You can keep up to date on my work and happenings here: www.facebook.com/noellerollinsart

If you like this artwork and would like to see one similar that includes a different uplifting message you will find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101000734/speak-your-truth-soulful-yoga-plow-pose

I will continue announcing each week one new piece for this series.