Bottle Shelf

My Man loves to collect old bottles. He finds most of them when he is out surveying around old homesteads. He somehow knows exactly where to look for the trash pile and heads straight for it first thing. 

He has found old Royal Crown bottles, Nehi bottles, Red Rock bottles, many Milk of Magnesia bottles in different sizes, all sizes of Mason jars (the blue ones with the zinc tops). We have over 40 old bottles and still collecting more. 

So, where do we put them all, you ask. Good question. 

MM has built some shelves for them and I’m going to show you how he did it. 

Bottle Shelf

Whatcha Need

  • A 1 x 4 board cut to the length you want. For over the door we used a full 6 foot board.
  • Molding at least an 2 inches wide
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint or stain
  • Finishing nails and hammer
  • Screws and a screw driver
  • Table saw (or have the home improvement store cut it for you. This is usually done for free. You need to know your measurements.)

Putting It All Together

The shelves you see in the pictures were made to go above door frames, but we used to have the on three smaller shelves that he made the exact same way, but we had them on the wall above our sofa. So…

Cut the board to length and sand.

Cut the molding the length of the front and sides of the board.  Where the front and the side edge meet needs to be cut at a 45 degree angle. 

bottle shelf


We painted the boards before we put it all together. 



Nail the molding to the sides of the board, then the front, keeping the bottom of the molding flush with the bottom of the board. (That’s what the pen is supposed to be showing you.) TIP: MM used finishing nails and before he nailed them he “dulled” the nail by tapping them with a hammer first. This helps to keep the molding from splitting. 

IMG_1712 The top of the molding is rises above the top of the board. This gives you a “bumper” to keep the bottles from falling off the shelf. Normal, everyday vibrations cause the bottles to move. Slowly, but surely. 

IMG_1713To make the braces decide how tall you need it to be. Three of the side need to be straight edges. The front side can have some sort of design, if you want. MM got the curves by using cans and bottles to get the curves. He just eyeballed it. Oh, you can make the braces out of left over wood from you shelves or any other scraps you may have. If you don’t have scrapes, you’ll need to get another piece of wood. And… MM used a band saw to cut this. 

IMG_1714Line the brace to the shelf where you want it to go, just make sure they are the same distance on each side. Drill a hole through the shelf and into the brace. Attach with a screw. 

To hang the shelf, MM drilled holes on the backs of the brace. They are just a touch bigger than the screws we used to hang the shelf. 

IMG_1715Decide where you want to hang the shelf and hang it using screws in the wall. Make sure your know where you want them to go and how much weight you may put on them. You may need to attach them to the studs. 


MM made this shelf by attaching a board to a curtain rod that came with the braces. 

He has made several kinds of shelves and soon I will do a post on them. 

I love the way the bottles look over the doors. They add texture and color. Of course, you could put plates or pictures or anything else on them. 

Now he is ready for the next project on my list. 

Until then, 


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Pumpkins, Patience and Perseverance

I was going to do a tutorial on how to make these cute pumpkins and leave it at that, 

toilet paper pumpkins

but while I was making them, the Lord totally changed my plans. 

Don’t worry, I’m still going to tell you how. Not hard at all. But the lesson I learned I never expected. I’ll tell you about it as I give direction on making them. 

Whatcha Need

  • IMG_2034Rolls of toilet paper or just the tube
  • Strips of cloth, jute twine, raffia, ribbon
  • Sticks for pumpkin vine
  • Faux leaves
  • Tape

Putting It All Together

The basic directions I’m going to show you using the cloth strips.


Insert one end of the strip into the tube. Tape it into place if you want. 

My strips of cloth are about 4 inches wide and 45 inches long. I used these for another project last year, so they were pre-cut. You can make them as wide or narrow as you want. 


Stick the other end of the strip through the other end of the tube and pull it through. 

IMG_2040Wrap it around the roll and stick it back through, repeating as far as it will go. If the end of the strip ends up on the outside, just overlap it with the next strip and keep going. If the roll is all covered, just tuck it behind a strip. 

That’s basically it. Simple enough right? 

IMG_2043I thought so too, till I started covering the tube with raffia. My strips weren’t as long and I hadn’t thought of using tape to help hold down the inside yet. Covering a tube took me longer…a lot longer than covering with the strips of cloth. I knew it would take a little longer, but not as long as it took. 

But that is when the Lord started teaching me a little something about perseverance. 

As I was wrapping, I was getting frustrated with the whole thing and almost quit. That’s when that still small voice said to me, “perseverance must finish its work.” If I am to complete this small project, I must keep going. If I can’t persevere in something small like this, how can I think I can persevere in something much larger?

So I pressed on. 

Some things I realized about persevering…

IMG_2043 (yes it’s the same picture) 

1) While persevering, things can seem to get a little out of control. Like the ends of the raffia not wanting to stay tucked, I can go a little wild while waiting on the Lord to do His work. 

2) Be patient. If you need to take a break take one. I had to stop and get some lunch. I was getting to frustrated. Don’t be afraid to ask God to give you a break. During our toughest financial times, God would allow us to have a little extra money from time to time, I think to give us a break. Look for those breaks the Lord gives and be thankful for them. 

IMG_20463) If you take on more than you are supposed to during times of perseverance, you can get anxious and your tummy feels like it is in knots. 

I had cut the twine into long strips to wrap the roll. Strips that were feet long. One strip was like 10+ feet. That was too long and kept getting tied into knots. 

4) When life does get tied into knots, you need to stop and get the knots out. Take your cares and concerns to the Lord and let Him get those knots out. 

IMG_2044 5) Tape really does help this project. Use it at the beginning of each strip to hold it in place. Use prayer and let Jesus hold you in place when the winds of life are blowing hard. 

6) This too shall pass and perseverance will finish its work making you mature and complete. I did finish wrapping them and I love the way they look. You will love the work God has done on you too, just give it time to be completed. 

toilet paper pumpkins When you are finished wrapping the roll, place a stick inside the tube to make the pumpkin vine. You can also add a leaf. 

While making this I thought about how the pumpkins were all the same size and how could I change that. Here are some things I thought of. 

  • Use a partially used roll
  • Stack one roll on top of anther to make a tall pumpkin
  • Use just the tube for a skinny pumpkin. Again you could tape 2 tubes together for a tall, skinny pumpkin. 

You can use just about anything to cover the rolls. Clothe, ribbon, tissue or wrapping paper, aluminum foil (for a shiny pumpkin), yarn. The list is endless.

God’s list of ways He works on us is also endless. I never would have thought about learning a lesson in perseverance while wrapping rolls of toilet paper, but He did. How amazing is that? 

Until later,


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Potluck Rolls and Figuring Out My Camera

My family loves these rolls. It’s a recipe I found in a Taste of Home magazine years ago. I don’t make them quite as often now because it’s just the two of us and this make 30 rolls. But they sure are yummy! 

Oh, and about the second part of the post title…I was playing around with my camera, trying different settings. That’s why some of the pictures may look a little off. 

Ready for those yummy rolls? Let’s get started.

yeast roll recipe 

Whatcha Need

  • 1 package (1/4 oz) active yeast
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar divided
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 to 115 degrees) divided
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 5 1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour

Putting It All Together

IMG_1940In a mixing bowl, add yeast, 

IMG_1941 1 teaspoon sugar 

IMG_1942with 1/2 cup water . Stir to dissolve. 


Let sit for a couple on minutes.

IMG_1944Add eggs. Looks like eyes. 

IMG_1945 Pour in melted butter. 

IMG_1946 I see a bear’s face. 

IMG_1948 Add the powdered milk, making ears, nose and a mouth. Just kidding. Do add the milk though. 

IMG_1949 Don’t forget the salt. And make sure you read the recipe correctly and add the full 1 1/4 teaspoon. Doesn’t taste right if you don’t. Just trust me on this on.  

IMG_1953 Add 3 cups flour,

IMG_1956the remaining water,

IMG_1958and sugar. 

IMG_1960Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes or until smooth.

IMG_1965Stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough. 

IMG_1966 What my soft dough looks like. Tried to find my bear in there, but it was gone. :(

IMG_1967 Turn onto a lightly floured surface. This is not a lightly floured surface. 

IMG_1969 Knead for 6-8 minutes. I usually just do it for 6 minutes. My hands get tired. Ok, no picture of this. Hard to knead and take a picture. 

IMG_1970 My ball of dough. 

IMG_1972Place in a greased bowl and turn once to grease the top. 

IMG_1973Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size. That takes about 1 1/2 hours.

IMG_1977I was making Crock Pot Steak and Veges, so I put the bowl mix to it for the heat to help it rise. In the winter, I put the bowl on a heating pad, covered with a towel and on low. My kitchen is cool in the winter and this helps it to rise. 

IMG_1979 I would call that doubled in size, wouldn’t you? 

IMG_1980Punch it down. Just one punch. No need to beat it to death. 

IMG_1981Pinch of a small ball of dough. 

IMG_1982 That’s about how big I make them. 

IMG_1983Place in a greased baking pan. Actually it takes two pans. I use my 9 x 13’s.

IMG_1985Cover with plastic and let and let double in size. This time it takes 45 minutes. And this picture is one when I was playing with the manual setting. I still need to play around with it more. 


After they have risen, remove the plastic and bake for 17-20 minutes at 375 degrees. 

IMG_1991Don’t they look yummy? 

IMG_1993 You just had to see them out of the pan. 

IMG_1994Still playing with the manual setting.

IMG_1995Still playing. This isn’t a good picture at all. 

yeast roll recipeBack on the indoor setting. Still have a lot to learn about my camera. 

But for now, I’m enjoying my roll! 

Until next time,


Potluck Rolls
Yields 25
Homemade yeast rolls that are great with any meal.
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Total Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr
  1. 1 package (1/4 oz) active yeast
  2. 1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar divided
  3. 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 to 115 degrees) divided
  4. 1/2 cup butter melted
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1/4 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
  7. 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 5 1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  1. In a mixing bowl, add yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/2 cup water . Stir to dissolve. Let sit for a couple on minutes. Add eggs. Pour in melted butter. Add the powdered milk and salt, 3 cups flour, the remaining water, and sugar. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes or until smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and turn once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size. About 1 1/2 hours. Punch it down. Pinch off 25-30 small balls of dough. Place in a greased baking pan. Cover with plastic and let and let double in size. About 45 minutes. After they have risen, remove the plastic and bake for 17-20 minutes at 375 degrees.


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From My Least Favorite to My Favorite Room!

We have lived in this house for 24 years and I have never really liked our den. That is until now. Now, I love it! 

Before I show you everything, I’m going to give you some teasers and a warning. The warning is I’m not quite finished with it. There is still a blank wall I need to fill, but I have a project in mind for it. 

My before den.

family room decorating ideasThis room isn’t very big. When you factor in all the different openings/doors to this room, it doesn’t leave too many ways that the furniture can be arranged.  All these years, I have had the sofa and chairs shoved against these two walls. You can see one opening in this picture. Now imagine an opening to the breakfast room to the right of the picture and the backdoor to the opposite of the opening you can see. That was where I was standing to take the picture. 

Now for the teasers. 

family room decorating ideasFirst, I made slip covers for the two pre-owned couches. People have asked me why white. Well, white goes with everything. I can take them off to wash them and I can bleach them if needed. I think white looks clean and crisp. Besides, when we don’t have company, I keep the seats covered because I like to prop me feet on the couch, not to mention MM can come home really, really dirty some days. 

I made them from painters drop clothes. 

Small den decorating I bleached them white. I used three of them and they were about $26 each. 

family room decorating ideasI move the hutch from the foyer to this corner. 

family room decorating ideasI moved the old milk can from behind the backdoor to the side of the hutch. 

family room decorating ideasMM’s bottles were moved from the wall to above the door. He made the shelf for them to sit on. I plan on doing a post to show you how to build them. So easy! He also built the one in the background. 

family room decorating ideasThe arch/shelf isn’t new. MM built it years ago to solve my dilemma of having to paint all the downstairs the same color. It helps to divide the den from the foyer and hallway. 

family room decorating ideasThis little thing, which I found at a yard sale and have no idea what it is, I just liked it, was moved from the hallway to a wall. 

family room decorating ideasI hung my all time favorite yard sale find back up in here. I’m still mad at myself for breaking the original globe! 

family room decorating ideasThe table we bought back in May is still in it’s corner, but not used as a TV stand anymore. And I am loving how the curtain hides the router and all the wires that used to show. 

Teased enough? Okay! Here is the room now, from the four different corners.

family room decorating ideasAs you walk into the back door. I am in love with the curtains. They are really table clothes I found here. 

family room decorating ideasFrom the breakfast room. I have always wanted a couch where the one closest to you is. I think it makes the room feel cozy and inviting. 

family room decorating ideasWalking through the front opening. The mantle looks so empty right now. I actually have it decorated for fall, but took everything down so it wouldn’t look too seasonal. There are still a few hints of the season. Can you find them? Oh and MM built the mantle too. Years ago!

family room decorating ideas

Standing in the window corner. I warned you about the blank wall. The TV is in a temporary state. We are trying to decide if we should hang it on the wall. I am so glad we waited on that. Let me show you why. 

family room decorating ideasWe came across this beaut! It is the perfect width and height to be used as a TV stand. MM is going to sand it, patch the holes, take off the bottom that was added, paint it and add a board where the original drawer is missing. Not to close it in, but so that we can put the satellite receiver where the drawer used to be. Now the TV will be a little higher and not have to be hung, putting more holes in the wall.

You won’t believe how much it cost us! NOTHING!! We were taking some junk to the dump including some metal. Right in front of the dump there is a “flea market” where people set up on the weekends to have a yard sale. We were having to wait for another person to get off the scales at the dump and while we were waiting a man asked if he could have the metal. We gave it to him. After we threw away our stuff, we hit the yard sale. MM saw this, asked how much and the guy said $5. Then he recognized MM, for giving him the metal, and just gave it to us! I would have gladly paid the five bucks!! That was a steal! 

OH! My plans for the blank wall. I want to make a large clock to go up there. I think. haha. By the time I get to that project I may have changed my mind. I may just put the three small shelves that held the bottles back up with other stuff on them. What do y’all think? 

It has taken me a while to get the room like this. I’ve been working on it since August. I freshened the paint. It took two weeks just to make the slip covers. I had to save to get the curtains. I made the pillows. But the wait has been worth it. 

I’ve seen some changes in myself since August as well. I have asked God to make me a wife of noble character. In other words, a Proverbs 31 woman. He has shown me some attitudes that need to go to the dump. He has rearranged some beliefs to be more in line with Him. He is decorating me with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. I am learning to be more obedient to Him. The Proverbs 31 woman seems perfect, and maybe she is, but aren’t all things possible for God. If He wants me to be a woman of noble character, then that’s what He will cause me to become.

Hope you all have a great week! 

Until next time!


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My Favorite Halloween Porch Ideas

Halloween is just a couple of weeks away and I’m beginning to think about how to decorate my porch. I’ve been using the same old stuff for years and I think it is time for a change. And since my gift is improvision, I need some inspiration. So, let’s go look for some!

(Insert clicking on the tab opened to Pinterest)

My Favorite Halloween PorchesBrilliant! Putting lights on the steps to help Trick-or-Treaters see them. Yet, another one of those “why didn’t I think of that” ideas. Learning Express as a couple of more Trick-or-Treating safety ideas. I also like the soft lighting of the porch that comes from the lighted branches in the planters next to the door. 

black This simple but spooky porch was created using…wait for it…black trash bags cut into long, uneven strips attached around a shower curtain rod.  A couple of straw brooms and some candles and there you have it! 


OK! I know this isn’t a porch, but my daughter thinks we should really do this with our big oak tree in our front yard. It’s just two beach balls painted to look like eyes. If only you could get some glow sticks inside of them. 

candy bucket Awww! How cute! I could my kids old buckets for this. And how cool it would be to drop glow sticks in for night! Saw this idea here.

pumpkin witch I laughed out loud when I saw this! HGTV has so many great ideas!

tree porchOne of my all time favorites! The pumpkins are the base for the trees. It looks like holes were drilled for the trees (branches) to go in and the ravens add the perfect touch. Good Housekeeping featured this.

toads Another all time favorite! I couldn’t find the original source. :(

ghostNow this looks like something me and the kids would have done! Closeups of this porch can be found on the Better Homes and Garden site. 

ghost doorThe garland is a bit much for me, but I love the ghost on the door and the witches hats on the lights. No source for this. 

lighted ghost

I knew I should have gotten those tomato cages! This is the second good idea I have seen used for fall with tomato cages. You can go to My Cotton Creations to see how to make this as well as a lit up spider web. 

Those are my ten favs! Which one did you like best? 

Now to get started! 

Until later,


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