Thankful Thursday!

Wow! Such an honor to have one of my FAVORITE bloggers, Jennifer at Tatertots & Jello, feature me today! Her site is stacked full of great ideas! My email was blowing up with readers subscribing to my blog after she featured me. Seriously, so honored…speechless, grateful, humbled. Goosebumps. I just ADORE inspiring women to get creative! In the spirit of not letting my new readers down, here’s what I’m up to today….


We are getting ready to feature our home in “The Ultimate Tour of New Homes” here in Oregon. Our home will be open to the public for two weekends. Of course, I feel I have to have everything looking photo-ready and finish up a gazillion DIY project. Sorry for the very non-photoshoped photos, but here’s what I’m working on this week. I know. I know. I should crop, and lighten up the exposure. But, with SO many project to get done, I can’t slow down. Reheat coffee, GO, reheat coffee, glue, reheat coffee, staple! 🙂



$15 Craigslist Chandelier Spray PaintedI grabbed this ugly brown wooden chandelier off of Craigslist for $15! I spray painted it white. Added some teal paint and hand sanded. I ordered the aqua crystals from Ebay and top crystal beads from Michaels crafts. Turned upside down they look like candle flames and sparkle beautifully. Chandelier Will Hang Above This Area


Chandelier Will Hang Above This Area

Target Lamp With Coffee Filter Covered Shade
 I just finished these lamp shades and working on finishing up the chairs.  


Yikes. The Craigslist chairs, a.k.a. the “Betty White Golden Girls Estate Sale” chairs. They were so ugly!


Coffee Filter Covered Mirror

This old silver framed mirror was sitting in a closet. 4 hours of hot glue and a zillion glue sticks later….  A little more personality!

Close Up Of Mirror

Sweet little bird plates from TJMaxx $2.99

Only the fanciest plate hangers for me! lol Gotta love a hot glue gun! I ain’t gonna lie… This particular plate fell off the wall because I should NOT have glued the jute onto the sticker. The weight of the plate was too much, the sticker peeled, the plate fell. It didn’t break though! Yah. A re-glue and now it’s good.

They also had these $2 white plates at TJMaxx. A little craft paint and willing hands…….and voila. Priceless keepsake. Now my bare wall is filled up with color and joy. Walking down the stairs with laundry to put away is a little more enjoyable!

Tys A Crafting PRO!

And while I’m writing this, the kids are in the kitchen ALONE dying eggs. Great job! Just a little messy but this why I did NOT install marble though. It’s granite ONLY for this crafty house. Next time I’ll lay lipped cookie sheets under their dying are. FYI- The burlap covered Easter decoration (above) is just a floral foam block with Dollar Store eggs poked in it and burlap wrapped. 5 minute, $5 craft!

My Babies Almost 5 And “Can Do By Myself, Mommy” 🙂

Big WELCOME and HUG to all my new readers! I’m SO happy we’ve met here.

xox Sarah

About Pat Paeper

I signed in as GmaPat, because I am so proud of, and happy with, what that means. It pleases me to tell the world who I am On July 28, 1929, I was born in a hospital in the small town of Glendale, California. I was officially named Patricia Mae Fountain. Twenty years later, I got tired of the nick name of “Patty “. I decided I was “Pat!” I did not grow up planning to be a great grandma. I figured it would just happen, and it did! I grew up knowing I really, really wanted babies! Lucky for me I found a man who thought that was a great idea! We were married for 36 years and 5 children were born. During those years there were times when it seemed life was tailor made for me, but then disaster struck! It took the form of a stroke, which damaged the right half of my brain. Consequently, the left half of my body stopped working; my left arm and leg turned into 2 x 4s. This put me into rehabilitation therapy. It took time and a lot of work, but we eventually regained my balance and leg movement. I found there are benefits to life in an assisted living facility: A lifelong dream of meeting people from other cultures and getting to understand them is realized; segments of free time for naps and creative activities are available; opportunities for personal growth life lessons not learned when young are presented at age 89. I am becoming the person I always wanted to be. I am excited to have my 90th birthday next year, and to see what the world brings during the following 30 years! I plan to live to 120! I am certain that there will be some very nice surprises waiting for me.
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15 Responses to Thankful Thursday!

  1. Ginnie says:

    Ha!! Your “Betty White Golden Girls estate sale” comment cracked me up! Love it! And I love all of your gorgeous projects, thanks for sharing!!

  2. I am visiting from Tatertots & Jello, and am in inspiration heaven! AND!! I am in Eugene!! Small world, and I cannot wait to read your blog!

  3. Kelly says:

    I love those chairs. The fabric is perfect!!

  4. C.K. says:

    The Hand Print On The Plate Is An Awesome Idea……….I Love It !!!

  5. Sondra says:

    Love all your stuff and ideas. Found you via Tatertots & Jello! I love, love, love the white plates with handprints. You’ve inspired me to do something similar with my baby girl! Thank you! ♥

  6. Mindy says:

    came from TT&J – love your new chairs!

  7. Ruth says:

    I am new to your blog and just came over from Tatertots and Jello. I love, love, love your blog and all of your amazing projects. They are amazing. I could spend my whole day here visiting.


  8. Kim says:

    I would love to know how to make the coffee filter lamp shapes….. Love your page :0)

  9. Jill says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Just ‘found’ you today while catching up on my blogs….we have JUST (like this last week) moved back to Portland after being gone for 5 years! Funny how I found you, a blogger from West Linn, no less, today!

    Found lots of inspiration on your blog today – as we are in temporary housing (Ugh!) while we are having some work done in our new home. Love the barn doors! Always wanted to use that somewhere…..hmmmmmmm!

    I look forward to visiting again.

  10. janae says:

    LOVE the handprints on the plates! GREAT IDEA!! Love the chandy and the GG (Golden Girl) reference. Just found your blog form Tatertots& Jello

  11. Sondra says:

    I went to TJ Maxx to see about getting some plates like you and ours didn’t have any. Does yours still have them??

  12. Jenny says:

    The chairs are amazing. I would love to see how you did them. Along with the coffee filter lamp shade, which I just love.

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