Welcome to Same As Never and a Giveaway! February 20, 2015 13:57

You just know your life is hectic when you set out to post your first blog on Sunday, but it doesn't get done until Friday! Like so many of you busy moms out there, we have spent the week in beautiful chaos with school and jumping from project to project.

This is our first real winter in Northern Maine (let's just call it what it really is, southeast Canada). So far, it has been a wonderfully challenging adventure. Coming from Texas, four foot snow banks is a foreign concept to me, or at least it used to be. Thank God for a husband who grew up here and in Minnesota, and knows how to plow!

How amazing is he? Builder of furniture, plower of door yards (driveways for you normal folks!), and milker of goats.

This week has been a lot of fun. Thanks to Pinterest, I discovered homemade wood stain using vinegar with other items like steel wool. I whipped up my first batch a few days ago. It's so much fun to experiment! I've tried a few combinations so far. My hope is to never have to buy that awful chemical stuff again, making our furniture even more Eco-friendly. Here's what I've discovered on this week's journey:

This is simply distilled white vinegar with steel wool that I let sit for three days before applying to the new pine.


Isn't it awesome how simply brushing on some strongly brewed tea prior to applying the same vinegar/steel wool concoction changes the color so dramatically? This stain is considerably darker.

I entered an amazing giveaway that I want you guys to get in on. Don't you just love these hand-carved cooking utensils from Polder's Old World Market?

They are so gorgeous! If you'd also like to enter, you can hop on over to Town and Country Living and read all about them as well as enter the contest. 

And, just in case the giveaway isn't cool enough; That Raspberry Stuffed French Toast recipe Jennifer talked about in her giveaway blog? Yeah, she totally came through! Talk about a double win!

We are also super excited to announce that we will have an Instagram Giveaway of our own coming up! It's still in the works, but here's a little tidbit for you to mull over. It will be a photo contest, and popular vote will win. We will be giving away one of our most popular items: A 22"X22" barnwood picture frame. It will hold any photo 8"X10" or smaller. We want to see what you would put in it if you won, so get those creative photography skills flowing! I'll keep you guys posted on the official rules and when you can start submitting your entries.

This winter, it hasn't always been easy for us to get out to church on Sundays. It's an icy, messy 1.7 mile drive to the main road. Sometimes we end up having church with the kids here at home. This is where God brought us last Sunday:

Wow, what an amazing gift! I truly hope you find as much love and inspiration in this message as I did, and I hope it brightens your day.

Love Always,
The Deans Family