Thursday, June 13, 2013


Do you need extra storage space?  Are you leery of spending a mint on a place to simply HIDE things?  We've all had the conversation before... 

FRIEND: "Oh, Jacs, that's a cool pie safe.  Humm... I didn't know that you collect thimbles.  Wow.  That's a lot of thimbles.  A lot."

ME: "I don't, actually.  Don't remember where they came from, so I don't wanna throw them away.  What if they're important?"

Yeah, don't judge me.  We ALL have junk that clutters up our lives.  Incidentally, I don't have thimbles.  But it's like pulling teeth to get me to throw away a candle, even when it has burned down to a charred remnant of a wick and only a sixteenth of an inch of wax remains in the bottom of the jar.

And because I need a place to hide my candle graveyard, I came up with this idea for a storage solution.


How'd I do it?  

Take one console style record player, unattractive in nature, and rip out all of the components.  Unscrew and remove speakers, wire, radio, etc... and cut out the wooden speaker mounts.  Sand lightly and paint the entire project silver, inside and out, and you'll have a precious little liquor cabinet or junk holder.  Mine is tucked away behind a sofa, and it will be used as a wine bar.  (and candle storage facility, of course.)

And the best thing about this project?  (Besides the good looks.)  The price.  $15 for the record player.  $8 for spray paint.  And the smile on my face was absolutely FREE in the moment that I finally found the right sized screwdriver to take apart the speakers.  

WORD OF WARNING: This project wasn't quite as simple as I had hoped, but it was well worth the trouble.  

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Monday, June 10, 2013


The world is changing, no doubt about it.  We're texting and Tweeting and posting and blogging and... well, you get the point.  From my little house in the woods, it's easy to forget that there's a big ole' world out there.  We're surrounded by crickets and cicadas and wolves and coyotes and an enormous list of other wild thaaaangs, but THANKFULLY I can keep in touch with other adult-sized human beings by turning to the internet.

Follow along if you dare @jacquelynlewis.  I'm new to Twitter, but I can already tell that it's going to be a fantastic outlet for all of my fears, frustrations, joys, and (last but not least) renovation successes.  So here goes nothing....   

Monday, June 3, 2013


We've touched upon it before on this blog, but I want to show y'all the precious creek that nourishes the land around my house.  This is a picture of the always beautiful Sugar Creek--named after the sack of sugar that fell off of the back of a Gypsy's wagon years and years ( and years!) ago.  Isn't it lovely!  My two kiddos will be baptized in this creek when the water warms up a little, and you can bet your bottom dollar that we'll share their experience on this blog.  :)

Ain't it grand to be a native southerner!  We just love living out here in the sticks.

Mintie's Pattern

I've just tapped a new nail into the old, wooden dog trot hallway, and look what's hanging on it now.  This was an old dress pattern that belonged to Mintie Robinson.  She inherited this house in 1912, and I am so pleased at the way her pattern looks on the wall.  Check out the phone number on the cover--it makes me smile this morning.

And I'm positive that it will make me smile for years and years to come.

Saturday, June 1, 2013


So this blog will change up just a tiny bit and include a bit more than restoration info and photos, but I think you guys will like it.  There's nothing like hippie zen to go with an environmentally friendly house restoration project, right?  Remember, I'm serious about not just restoring this house--the restoration of this house is restoring ME, too. 
For the past month or so, the kids and I have been repeating positive affirmations. It's amazing how much spiritual strength and power one can develop when they simply take the time to THINK about their lives. My very favorite affirmation, and in fact the very affirmation that seems to resound within my soul the strongest, concerns my very PRESENCE. I have focused intensely on this affirmation in particular, and I will continue to focus on these words until I no longer need to remind myself to think this way. It sounds simple, but it's not. It's a very, very easy concept on paper--but applying this affirmation to my life is far from easy.

Y'all give the following affirmation a try, too. It's a life-changer.

"Today I will find my soul, here and NOW. Make this your promise for today: try to be as present as you can, and when you become aware that you have wandered away from the present moment, ask to be brought back. The mind easily slips out of the now. We fantasize about the future. We reminisce about the past. When we feel distressed, we anticipate the pain to come or remember the pain from before. Each detour takes us out of the present moment. Yet the HERE AND NOW is the ONLY meeting place where you will find your soul." ~ Deepok Chopra

~ with hugs from Sugar Creek ~