Hello there, readers!
My name is Jordann (DD#2), and I’m going to be the Social Media Coordinator for Duct Tape and Denim. Woohoo!
I know… I know… I haven’t posted anything in a LONG time. But there has been so much going on that I had to put something off. And as much as I love posting photos and writing for the blog, that had to be what I put off. And it will most likely be what I have to put off again for the next month or so.
Let’s see… the last time I posted I was on my way to Antique Alley in Texas. That was amazing!!! I’ll have to share some photos with you so you can see what you missed and decide if you want to come in September. :-)
One amazing thing about living in Northern California is how close we are to everything. The Music Man took me on a staff/spouse retreat with his coworkers and we stayed at Carmel for a couple of nights. It was work related but everything’s so calm, quiet, & beautiful there you don’t really mind having meetings. I’ll have another post with some Carmel photos, too.
When I came back I had to help train a new girl at work — then train 3 other people to do my work when I leave on my next trip which will be….. TO ISRAEL! We’ve always wanted to go and when this opportunity came up we just couldn’t pass it up.
Then Mother’s Day… DD & her man came down for a visit. I’ve also hired her to be my social media marketer.
And in between all those events my business keeps growing and I just try to keep up. I suppose I should clean the house in there somewhere but that pretty often gets put off along with my blog posting. lol… I’m considering an online store connected with this website, not just using my Etsy shop. But the more I look into that the more confused I get. I think I just need to hire someone. So please let me know if you or someone you know has the ability to put WordPress, Big Cartel (or some other online shopping cart), & Facebook together.
Oh, and the big event this weekend? Room With a Past is open! All the photos in this post are from this month’s sale. I’ll be working Saturday 10-2 so come see me!!!
These will show you how you can paint just about anything. I do paint a lot of wood but every now & then I pick up something else & try painting it. These butterflies were that 60′s gold plastic stuff that people used to hang on their walls. I see a lot of that in thrift stores so I thought I’d try painting it. I like them a lot better in blue and I guess someone else did, too, ’cause they sold really quick at the last RWAP sale.
I’m doing something a little out of the ordinary on my blog today. This lovely lady and her difficult situation was recently brought to my attention. Mae unexpectedly lost her husband in February of this year. He left Mae and a young son behind, reeling from their loss.
Mae’s husband had been out of work for a year, living off of a small military pension. The family, understandably, had to cut back on expenses – one of which was their life insurance policies. His sudden death now leaves Mae and their son with very little income (less than a couple hundred dollars a month). Because of different personal situations, she is currently ineligible for benefits like Social Security. Mae homeschools their son, and thanks to The Home School Foundation, she will receive a grant to cover homeschooling supplies and curriculum. She is asking the Lord to provide for her son and herself through her small businesses, one of which is making soaps and other body products.
Mae lovingly makes all her soaps in small batches to ensure the highest quality. She uses the best of the best ingredients: real tallow is gentle on your skin while at the same time is used for the bar’s hardness, which means it doesn’t get mushy in the shower. Olive oil is added for further gentleness along with a touch of coconut oil for a fluffy lather.
Only high quality soap scents or essential oils are used, and even then they are added with a light hand. Mae’s bars give you an absolutely delicious scent you can enjoy in the shower, without becoming obtrusive during the day. Even her coloring agents are of a natural origin. These unique combinations make long-lasting, gentle bars that your whole family will love.
I received a sample soap to try for myself and I was impressed with the quality. It didn’t get soft and soggy like other homemade soaps that I’ve tried.
Would you like to win some of Mae’s Natural Handcrafted Soap for yourself? Well, here’s your chance! Enter below and be one of SIX winners for a $25 credit that you can use to chose your favorite soaps from Mae’s delicious selections.
As you can see, the situation is dire for this sweet widow and her son, but we know that God is able to do more than we could ever think, or ask (Eph. 3:20), and we hope that you will consider joining up with us to help our dear friend by supporting her business.
We’re asking you to seriously consider the call of James 1:27—to care for widows and orphans and consider Mae’s Handcrafted Natural Soaps for your next soap purchase.
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1: 27
Anyone who knows Mae is touched by her. She is an incredibly godly woman, who acts as a Titus 2 mentor to those who know her. She is loved so dearly and we want to do all we can to support her during this incredibly difficult time! Please pass this on by sharing this giveaway on Facebook and Twitter.
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I finally painted something a color other than turquoise. I picked Cece Caldwell’s Mesa Sunset. And of course, I was so excited to start painting that I didn’t take a before photo. This is already one of my favorites.
I used the clear wax to seal it. I like it but I think I either need more practice or to take a class. I still haven’t gotten the hang of the aging wax.
This is going to Room With a Past for the April 18-21 sale. (But I’ll be in Texas!)
Only TWO WEEKS ’til Antique Alley!!! I’m busy getting together some Texas themed jewelry so I’ll be sharing some with you every now & then before we leave.
If you are anywhere close to the Grandview/Cleburne area come visit us April 19-21.
I’ve been buying all the jewelry boxes & cabinets that I run across at thrift stores and sales. Most have turned out to be turquoise (although last night I tried a new Cece Caldwell color, Mesa Sunset… photos coming in a few days).
This one was pretty cheap because the top was in such bad shape. But it painted up really nice.
It’s always interesting to shop with family members! My daughter was home from college last week. She’ll be moving into a new apartment at the end of the semester and needed some new furniture so we hit some thrift stores to see what we could find.
I guess I should first tell you that I bought her some furniture a few weeks ago and stored it in our dining room. One day I came home from work and the music man had rearranged our living room and included “her” furniture.
First stop, Salvation Army. Just some baskets for her and some things for me to paint and display in the shop. So the Music Man went outside to wait on the sidewalk while we checked out. Next thing I hear from another customer, “Is that your husband waving at you?” An employee had just unloaded a gorgeous old cabinet and he was standing in front of it trying to get my attention before anyone else got to it. Oh, did I mention it was half price day too? And that the cabinet wouldn’t fit into the jeep with all 3 of us in it?
Stopped at Goodwill on the way home where DD fell in love with a beautiful French Provencial dresser with a price tag of $99.99 but needed a paint job. While we were standing in front of it the manager came by and said she’d give it to us for $69.99. I inspected it. It looked sturdy. I guess I didn’t look like I was interested since she quickly changed the price to $49.99. How could we pass that up? It wouldn’t fit into the Jeep either. Now we had 2 pieces of furniture to pick up. So we drove home, got another vehicle, the Music Man went to pick up the cabinet, DD & I went to get the dresser.
Sunday DD got to take the first dresser AND the new one back to Chico. And believe it or not… She got them both in the back of a PT Cruiser! She took a picture just to prove it. Now she just has to paint them.
On your birthday: count your candles, count your years, count your blessings.
serving with NTM
Upcycled Vintage Jewelry
Modern hymns, psalters, and scripture songs by Glenn Tatum