I know. I’m forcing Spring this year. As you can tell from my recent projects, even if it’s not quite Spring outside, the inside of my house refuses to believe it, so here’s a little more…

My cafe shelves got their makeover for Spring the other day, and I love how it all came together. My inspiration was my new {old} window.

I had been eyeing old windows in antique stores and home decor shops for months, and I had found some cute ones, but none of them were exactly what I wanted. None of them spoke to me. And I know it sounds crazy, but I wanted one with a story. Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching too much American Pickers, but I wanted to really find one. And not just in a store.

So, one day when I had a few minutes to myself, I took a drive and started looking again. God knew I really wanted to find one and when I got the idea to go talk to a lady at one of my favorite shops, I knew the idea had come from Him. Sure enough, she knew where I could find a ton of old discarded windows.

So, I dug through this pile with my heeled boots sinking deeper and deeper into the mud, all the while hoping and praying that nothing live would come out and attack me.

Isn’t it funny how some of us look at this as hitting the jackpot and others would never give this stuff a second glance? I couldn’t help but think that that’s how God is with us. When people look at us and see nothing worth using, He digs us out of the heaps of discarded lives, then He brings us to Himself, cleans us up, and makes us a part of something beautiful.

The words on the glass are the words to a song I learned in children’s choir at church years ago. I’m amazed I still remembered them.

I wrote the words with my chalkboard markers just like I did on this project and this project.

I made this butterfly art by taking a thrift store frame and covering the insert with a piece of beige linen, then attaching the top of a giant butterfly pick with a little hot glue.

A tutorial for the bird and bunny topiary can be found here.

I hope this brings a little inspiration for Spring into your day today.