Thursday, August 31, 2017


Have you ever been thrifting and found something or several things that you just couldn't pass up because the price was so right even though you had no idea what you might do with said things?

I have a confession to make: I have.

Upon my last pass through the Salvation Army Thrift Store, one of the specials for the day was on baskets, all baskets. They were only fifty cents. I bought a few...

I've seen baskets used here and there on Instagram as wall decor, and I know they are a great way to add texture, a natural element, and character to a space. So I brought them all home for around $4. I'm working on my plan for them. :-)

In the mean time, I thought I would share a few ideas.

One of the biggest baskets I've ever seen used on a wall was at the Southern Living Idea House in Birmingham last year. You can take the tour here if you missed it. This entrance was designed by Ahsley Gilbreath.

via Ballard Designs

They are the perfect and interesting alternative to pictures for a wall.

A Burst of Beautiful


Chango and Co

They would also be a good choice for an odd spot in a room that needs filling.  

I Don't Know How She Does It via Home Goods Design Happy

And don't count out that space over the mantle.

@house.becomes.home via Home Bunch

Craft Berry Bush

Baskets can also contribute beautifully to completing the space around the television that is often a mystery to decorate.

Our Vintage Nest via Pinterest

Really, they are the perfect addition to any vignette, and throw in a little blue and white... So good!!

How do you feel about baskets on the wall?

Almost the weekend!

Friday, August 25, 2017


Happy Friday, friends!

I'm adding a new kind of post to the Woodbank Lane line up. These fun, new posts will include 5 things of all varieties that I've come across. They might be things I enjoy or find interesting, maybe things I've used or seen online, or people I've met during my blogging journey. The list is endless. And because I think you may like some of them too, they are now wrapped up neatly in a post I'm calling "Friday's Five".

Here's the first edition. Click the blue link and ENJOY!

Image: J K Kling via Blue and White Home blog

I had no idea what it was about when I picked it up. What a surprise.

It comes in lots of colors and is so stinking cute!

Have a great weekend and feel free to leave a comment! I'd love to hear from you. ;)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Today I'm sharing a DIY art project that helped me wrap up the dining room refresh. It only took one afternoon and just a few materials. 

What I used

Copy paper or card stock
Ruler/Yard stick
1/2 inch paint brush
Painter's Tape or Frog Tape

Several months ago--I think it was before Christmas--I came across these gold frames at Michael's. They were marked down to 9.99 in a clearance bin. I had to get them. I knew I would put them to good use, eventually.

So one afternoon as I was trying to figure out what direction to go in the dining room, I had the crazy idea to create my own art and use the gold frames that were patiently awaiting a tenant.

These will give you an idea of what I was hoping to accomplish.

Birch Lane
Capitol Park Antiques


I didn't want anything too fancy, just some color and some character which abstract art definitely gives. 

What I did

I started by taping off an area slightly bigger than the opening of the mattes in the frames--about 5 1/2" by 7 1/2." Next, I simply started making marks, swirls, some cirlces, half circles, etc., with the small paint brush. The first three came easily and only took one draft. I liked them immediately. But for some reason, I had trouble getting the fourth one to look acceptable and blend with the other three. It took at least three tries before I was happy with it.  

After each one dried, I took the mattes from the frames, placed them over the paintings, cut them to size, taped them in place, and put the frames back together. 

Where I hung them

I ended up putting them vertically on both sides of the China cabinet.

I also think these would be really cute in a nursery or child's room in other colors. The paint is less than $1 and it really took no time to complete the project. So the next time you come across inexpensive frames you love, go ahead and grab them. We'll find--or create--something to go in them!


Sunday, August 13, 2017


I can't watch a movie without analyzing almost every word of dialogue. I love uncovering a beautiful, catchy, or a particularly moving phrase or sentence. I often have my husband--protector of the remote--stop and go back so I can hear something again or even record it in my phone. Last week I was looking through some of my thoughts I'd saved, and this one was recorded on July 3 at 3:35 in the afternoon:

"Stimulated by the elixir of hope."

I assumed it was a quote from a movie, but I couldn't put my finger on which one. I then did what anyone does when trying to determine just about anything: I Googled it. Turns out, the quote wasn't from a movie. It was from a book I finished reading this summer called The Kitchen House. (I'll tell you a little about that in a future post.)

So, why is hope today's theme?

Have you heard of the book Hope Heals? It's by Jay and Katherine Wolf.

It just so happens they are the guest speakers at our church today. I'm really looking forward to hearing them in person. I've heard their story on a podcast from the Passion City Church in Atlanta. If you're curious yourself, you can listen here.

Katherine was 26 when she suffered a massive stroke. Her story is so incredible, and the hope she found in Christ is simply hard to fathom.

Just thought I would remind us all that putting our hope in "Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine" is always a good idea... Ephesians 3:20

I hope you have a great week.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017


It's about that time for the teachers. The outside world has been conditioned to think we dread the month of August, but secretly, most of us can't wait to get back to our classrooms and our kids and our new supplies. Only a teacher can appreciate the joy of markers full of smell and rich with ink, clean desks, fresh sticky note pads, and a fresh lesson plan book. :-)

This year the local teacher supply store where I have been buying the exact same lesson plan book year after year closed its doors. I had to hunt up a new plan book online. Luckily, I found the perfect replacement. I think I'm going to love it even more than the one I've used for years. 

Ta da! My new lesson plan book for the 2017-2018 school year from Blue Sky

It has a protective cover that's just thin enough to show off its fancy cover. 

It has the entire month at the beginning of each new month and this is what each week looks like.

I'm only teaching one subject this year, so the page on the left will be for my plan and the page on the right will be for the daily essential question and the lesson objectives.

It's a fairly simple lay out which is just what I wanted. Each month-at-a-glance page also has a quote related to teaching. I always love these. The feature I didn't have in my old plan book was the monthly tabs. I'm using and enjoying those already. 

Even if you're not a teacher, this would be a good resource for family planning as well. You can get the details or order one for yourself here from Amazon.

Wish me luck as I start year 21!!


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