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Rachel Anne
Making life better, one Small Thing at a time.
Interests: writing, painting, avoiding housework
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I have the fun pleasure of being the guest co-host on the Sorta Awesome Podcast with Megan Tietz this week! You might know Megan from her former (very popular) blog, Sorta Crunchy, and her book, Spirit-Led Parenting - From Fear... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Home Sanctuary
Stacy, I bought silver paint from Home Depot, in the Martha Stewart section. Poured it into a tray and rolled it on with a sponge roller. Good luck!
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Inexpensive Counter Re-Do at Home Sanctuary
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Anne, I love your sweet, giving heart. I just replied to Cynthia and I don't know if you'll see it...but I want to share my thoughts on thiese important questions in another blog post or two. It takes me awhile to put things into words so I can't make any promises as to WHEN I'll post! But for now, I think it's just important to keep trusting God that His timing will be perfect. He know exactly where you are and what is in your life, and He will make all things beautiful in its time. And in the waiting, I think you keep looking for ways to prepare and stay hopeful. Blessings to you, my friend!
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The lavender farm dream has faded away...I guess I'll just have to go visit Provence to get my fill of the wonderful blooms. But I love your questions and I do have opinions about the whole "dream big" message. I am definitely planning to write more about this, because i know it's a questjion on all of our hearts. What do we do with the dreams in our hearts when the waiting seems like forever! I'm so glad you commented today...I appreciate it so much.
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I planted it more than a decade ago. A lavender plant in a four-inch pot that held a tiny dream. I was so hopeful back then. We'd moved to the country from our suburban neighborhood, and I imagined that someday... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Hey there, friends, After eight years of blogging, I'm finally putting my favorite posts into one, easy-to-access place. I'm not finished adding to it, but thought I'd go ahead and post it now, and I'll let you know when I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
My husband was frustrated with the amount of clutter and debris piled into our closets and drawers. "Every single thing you open has a bunch of junk in it," he said, disgustedly. (We've had this discussion many times, just in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Church Directory Photo - 2008 Don't you want to get to know these dorky people? It was 2008, and we had just had our family portrait taken for the church directory. "Now, if you'll step this way, you can view... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
You are welcome, Julia. Rachel Anne Ridge artist, writer, stray donkey owner Home Sanctuary - blog FlashTheDonkey - book
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Yesterday, I wrote a post that's been on my heart for several days. I tried to finish it last week, but I struggled to find words that didn't sound corny or trite. In the end, I think I crammed about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
Hi Amanda, Thank you so much for your email! Wow, you really made my day! I am so excited that you read the book and that it spoke to you...it means so much to me. I loved writing it, and I wish you could have seen me sitting in my office...all alone...typing away...wondering if anyone would read it! Flash and I have been really warmed by the response, but I have to say that youre the first person to tell me theyve highlighted it all over!! Thats awesome. I will tuck your email into a special file - I know it will bring a smile whenever I read it. Thank you again....I appreciate you taking the time to send me a note. Rachel PS If you have a moment, I would LOVE if you could leave a review on Amazon for me? Im hoping to reach 100 by the end of this month!! No pressure, Im just spreading the word!! http://www.amazon.com/Flash-Homeless-Donkey-Taught-Chances/dp/1414397836/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 Rachel Anne Ridge artist, writer, stray donkey owner Home Sanctuary - blog FlashTheDonkey - book
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The cap and gown photos that have filled my Facebook feed in the past few weeks have made me feel a little bit sentimental. Looking into the faces of the high school graduates, flanked by their smiling parents, I remember... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Earlier this week, after I'd posted photos of the upholstered chairs that I'd painted, I wished I'd added a paragraph. Painting the chairs was a fun little DIY project, but it deserved some commentary on gratitude and hospitality. Hide and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
My chairs did have a smooth fabric, so I think that was a plus. However, I have seen it done with nubby upholstery and it still works. It will just be stiff, but I say....why not??
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I did have these chairs indoors for quite awhile after I first painted them. They work fine inside, they just feel a little bit like fake leather or something. It never bothered me, but its probably a personal thing youd have to decide for yourself. I think its a great solution when reupholstering isnt feasible!
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Painting upholstered furniture really IS possible! HomeSanctuary.com Several years ago, I had a pair of mauve wingback chairs that no longer "worked" in my living room. Basically, the year 1991 called and said it wanted the chairs back. I considered... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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For over six years (2008-2013+) I used to post daily Small Things here. They were little tasks that we could do together that would help us create a sense of sanctuary in our homes. Peace, order and beauty were always... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
If by dear donkey friend and sweet storyteller you mean me, then Ill wear this label happily! Thank you, Peggy! I have you in my prayers today...healing of the the arm! My mom has had that and I know it is painful. Blessings, friend.
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Lea, you are a SWEETHEART! You never fail to encourage me. Thank you for the shoutout...cant wait to read it tomorrow! I appreciate you.
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Praying for you today, Cindy! I can only imagine what you are going through. Sending you a hug.
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Yes! they are often called Hedge Row trees because of that. The wood is incredibly hard and was used a lot underneath pier and beam houses in the south. Its a fascinating tree...the fruit is said to repel roaches...I dont know if thats true. Seems like it should be good for something....
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The drought in Texas is officially over...and in a big way. Torrential storms over the past week, on top of the previous weeks of rain, have flooded rivers and lakes that have been almost bone dry for nearly five years.... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
Thank you, Victoria.
Toggle Commented May 26, 2015 on Jesus, in the Lipstick Aisle at Home Sanctuary
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If you are in need of a smile today, head on over to Flash's Facebook page, where you'll see everyone's Flat Flash adventures. I had so much fun checking Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for the hashtag #FlatFlash and seeing photos... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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I stood in the cosmetics department trying to decide between "Stormy Pink," a frosted lipstick with peach undertones, and "Fairest Nude," a neutral creme that looked particularly yummy. On the one hand, frosted lipstick might feel light and summery, but... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at Home Sanctuary