Hello Creative Friends,

Tomorrow is officially fall!  Hard to believe.  Sorry I haven’t been posting much on the blog.  Just have been busy.  I have two more sessions of physical therapy for my knee this week and one session next week.  It wears me out so much that on the days I have it, I don’t get much done.  I’m looking forward to doing a few fall crafts so I’ll get back at posting a little regular soon.

Happy Fall

I have posted some new devotionals on the website lately.  If you haven’t found them, here are the links:

Ducks in a Row (Leader’s Devotional

The Sound of Music Devotional

Panic Room Devotional

Have a creative day!
Have a Creative Day, Julia


On the Shelf!

I’m back!  (Well, sort of)  First of all, thanks to all of you who have sent emails of encouragement and prayers for my recovery after knee surgery.  I’m still doing physical therapy three times a week and that’s a bit tough but I have come a long way and am so grateful.  The other knee needs a replacement too but if I can live with it until next summer while my kids are out of school again, I’m going to try to do that.  This worked out so well with having the surgery in the summer when I don’t have to chauffer the kids around so much.

DIY Molded Bookcases Look

Today I’m sharing with you one of my projects I finished before I had surgery.  I had bought some bookcases at Target (with sales and cartwheel discounts) and put them together before Christmas.  We have so many dvd’s and videos that my kids (and by that I mean my daughter, Tara) will not allow me to get rid of.  I needed a place to contain everything.    At the time I put the bookcases together,  I wanted to mold them out so they would look a little bit built in on each side of the fireplace, but you know how things go—I just never got to it.  I was determined to get it done before I had knee surgery and I did.  Yeah.  I did have to get my husband’s help a little to cut the molding.  One day I will master that saw.  Anyway, I really like how they turned out.

Molded Bookcase Project - diy

Below is a photo of how they looked before I put the molding and middle slat pieces on.  We lived with them for several months that way.  I also had my hubby cut a board to fit across the shelves to cover those gaps.

diy bookcase project before pic

I really love how molding everything out made it look.  I want to get a few more square baskets to contain the dvds a little more and clean it up somewhat.  I guess I should have styled it a little before I took the pics.  See what a difference the molding and wood pieces made?  I painted all the added pieces and didn’t even have to paint the bookshelves or anything.  The whites worked well together.

DIY Built In Look Bookcases

I love the top being all one level now to put my photos and cutesy things on.

DIY Built In Bookcase Look

Thanks for stopping in to check out my project.

Have a creative day,
Have a Creative Day, Julia


Checking in.

If you aren’t following me on Facebook or on the mailing list you may not know, but I had total knee replacement surgery on June 30th so that is what happened to me in case you wondered. Posting this from my Nook this morning.

I am doing good.  Just working at the physical therapy and getting through recovery.  I must admit it is a struggle at times though.  It is not the pain as much.  Been dealing with pain in my knees for some time.  It is the lack of control I think of not being able to just pop up and do certain things for myself.

Rise and Shine Quote

Was singing that little “Rise and Shine” song today. Really puts things in perspective.

Please keep me in your prayers. Thanks!
Have a Creative Day, Julia

Baking up Yumminess!

My daughter, Tara, the 17 year old, has been baking up a storm since school was out.  She is a little bored.  I stay away from sweets but everything she bakes is so beautiful and lovely looking that as a proud mom, I have to show you some of her handiwork even if I don’t indulge in them.

Here are her Devil’s Food, Ganache Filled Cupcakes with a Coffee Buttercream Icing and Ganache Drizzle.  She used Martha Stewart’s recipe for the ganache.  You can find the recipe here.

Ganache Filled Cupcakes

And the other day she made a Cinnamon Roll Cake.  I thought it was so delicious looking but I refrained.  Okay I ate a few teeny tiny crumbs.   If the crumbs were any  indication of how good it was—yum!  She found the recipe for this Cinnamon Roll Cake over on the Crunchy Creamy Sweet Blog here.

Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe

I love to bake myself so I’m glad Tara does too, although she usually shows me up.  Her cupcake decorating skills are getting good.  One great thing is that my house sure has been smelling good lately with all of Tara’s baking.

Thanks for stopping in.

Have a creative day!
Have a Creative Day, Julia



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