Sometimes, the greatest prayers of faith start simple; earnest desperation. Hannah’s desperate plea for a child was chastised. She was even wrongly accused of being drunk. But in her own defense, she was “pouring out her soul to the LORD…praying out in great anguish and grief.” Desperate, heartbroken, grief stricken, full of anguish, bathed in pain. Sometimes the tears and …

Today I am going to show you how I went about creating the knife-pleated ottoman slip cover.  The important thing about slip covers is that they fit properly. Like an alteration or a custom-made clothing, a perfect fit will make all the difference. It can look like a slopping t-shirt or a custom made gown. The first thing you need …

We are enjoying an early spring in Alaska, and in anticipation of the semi-warmth (it isn’t here yet), there have been a few garage and moving sales the last couple of weekends.  I stopped by my sister-in-law’s moving sale a couple weekends ago and found this cute little ottoman. I have been looking for one to go downstairs in our family …

About five years ago, I set foot in my first Anthropologie.  My mother-in-law and I walked around in circles exclaiming, “This is so much fun!”  The store is such a treat for Alaskans buried in fleece and carharts, we will probably never have a population base for such grandeur.  But, every time I leave the state, I save my money …

The Process of Restoration: Out with the Gold, in with the Blue As a creative DIYer, I love Pinterest, home décor blogs, and shows like Fixer Upper.  As amazing as these avenues are for resources and inspiration, I am keenly aware of the ever present battle for contentment and gratefulness. We see houses instantaneously transformed from immanent, outdated disaster to a blissfully, charming home, and if our …

When Beauty Invades the Process Welcome to Ruffles and Rifles.  And welcome to a small window into my life. My desire is for this to be a place for me to share the things I’ve created, some tutorials along the way – so you can create it too, and some thoughts roaming around in this introverted head of mine, about …