DIY Record Table From An Old Speaker

We've had a pair of speakers that were hand-me-downs sitting by our tv, but not being used. They've been through quite some wear and needed an update. So, I busted out the insides, and gave new life to this old speaker!

before and after diy speaker to record table

I started by removing the front and back from these speakers, just a matter of taking out a few screws from the backside.

diy old outdated speaker to new mod record table

Then I had to hammer out some of the front casing. 

diy old outdated speaker to new mod record table

A little matte black spray paint to coat the legs

diy old outdated speaker to new mod record table

And then a gold base coat after sanding the wood!

diy old outdated speaker to new mod record table
diy old outdated speaker to new mod record table

Then I took painters tape and cut thin strips of tape to apply in random patterns.

diy old outdated speaker to new mod record table

Then I just sprayed it matte black and screwed on the legs!

diy old outdated speaker to new mod record table
diy old outdated speaker to new mod record table
diy old outdated speaker to new mod record table
diy old outdated speaker to new mod record table
diy old outdated speaker to new mod record table

Supplies:

First, remove the insides of the speaker and hammer out any leftover obtrusive casing. Then sand down the outside of your surface. After wiping your surface clean, spray with 1-2 coats of gold spray paint, (my favorite is rust-oleum metallic). After drying, cut and apply strips of painters tape in the pattern of your liking. Spray with 1-2 coats of black matte spray paint (I used rust-oleum flat protective enamel). Spray the hairpin legs with black matte spray paint. After everything is dry, remove painters tape and attach legs to the base of the speaker with pan-head screws. 

I hope you enjoyed this DIY! Let me know your thoughts and any questions you may have in the comments below!

If a friendship lasts for more than 7 years, will it really last a lifetime?

I've heard that psychologists say if a friendship can last more than 7 years, it will last for life. While I have done no research to prove or disprove that statement and have no idea how valid the statement itself is, I can say that I have personally seen it to be true and false. Marriage alone, which I personally consider to be the ultimate friendship, proves itself to be capable of failure no matter how long it lasts. So what exactly causes friendship to last forever or fail? I think that the answer and true secret to maintaining a lifelong friendship is found in the love and maturity within the people of that friendship and the identity placed outside of it. 

I believe I can honestly say to myself that I have never intentionally burned a bridge with anyone in my life. All the friendships or relationships that have been cut off, were not of my choosing. I always try to leave the door open to communication and friendship regardless of the situation. 
Though I hate to see friendships fail, it is not always possible to be the friend that someone else wants or needs you to be. Our lives often cross paths for a season but are not able to maintain the level of time and commitment necessary to continue as they once began. If friendships are unable to evolve as lives change and develop, then for one reason or another they may completely fall apart.

a friend loves at all times


However, I want to be a friend as it states in Proverbs 17:17. I want to love at all times. Even, when I am treated unfairly, and friends disappoint and prove themselves to be unreliable or untrustworthy, I want to still place myself in a position to love them. I think many times friendships are ended because people are tired of being hurt or their expectations continue to not be met. Yet, as a friend, this will always be the case, if not now, then later. It's impossible to be friends or even be a husband or wife, without hurting the other person, disagreeing, or letting them down. 

People often think that perfect friendships or relationships are the perfect balance of give and take, a mutually symbiotic relationship where both people receive and reciprocate love equally. However, I would disagree and dare to say that the strongest friendships are ones that are completely out of balance in giving and receiving love, being able to love when it's not always reciprocated.


In fact, true love is the ability to be hurt, over and over again, and forgive over and over again, regardless of what you receive in return. When your identity is placed in the hands of a friend or a loved one, that is when, problems occur. However, I believe that it is God's ultimate wish that we learn to place our identity in him and are able to give others the completely unconditional love that he gives us without expecting anything in return.

Don't give up on people just because they hurt you or failed to meet your expectations.

I have amazing friends, some that have lasted more than seven years, and I consider my husband to be my best friend, but as amazing as they are, they have all at some point or in some way failed to be what I "needed" them to be. That is why I have learned to adjust my needs to be met by Christ. He never fails to be the friend I can always count on. 

I promise that if you can learn to do the same, your friendships will be much more fulfilling and you will feel much less hurt. 

friendship

Pushing Up Daisies

He loves me

He loves me not...

he loves me daisies he loves me not
The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.
— Isaiah 40:8

Daisies are considered to be invasive weeds disguised as flowers.

They are common, to some a common nuisance, to others a common beauty. 

 

outfit inspiration daisy hat

People are experts at disguising their weaknesses. 

From the time we are children to the time we reach adulthood, we learn to play hide and seek with our emotions and flaws. 

We push them deep within ourselves and pretend they do not exist.


The only way to get rid of a weed is to destroy it's root.


My weed, you could say, is anxiety. 

I never considered myself a worrier, but you don't know who you are until you've been tested with as much as you can handle.

I have never been concerned about my next meal or wether I could pay the bills.

At least not in my mind.

I thought I had it all covered.

I was doing everything in my control and yet I never felt more helpless.

I was doing everything and becoming nothing. 


What triggered my downward spiral was much deeper and directly connected to my toil. 


And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,
— Matthew 6:28

It's natural to do what you can with your own abilities, talents, and resources.

But it's the most stressful.

You only feel pressure because you've placed all the responsibility on your self. 

Our busyness is often our own way of taking life into our own hands. 

Yet at a time in my life that is the most uncertain, I feel less secure and more at ease.

Nothing is more beautiful and more peaceful than knowing you are helpless and that God has to provide a way.

I have only experienced his faithfulness and open doors. 

 

daisy dress

 

Doing more will not make you happy

Focus on what matters

You aren't enough 

You will never be enough 

You will never be satisfied until you realize and accept that you aren't.

 

People like to self motivate and tell you that you are strong enough, brave enough, and talented enough, but the strongest people I know have never made it through a battle without someone helping them fight.

 

With God, you never have to worry. 

He will always fight for you, and he will always win.

he loves me dasies

The Story Behind The Name: Crafted To Create

The daunting question that many of us struggle with at some point in our life is “What is my purpose in life?” or “What was I created for?" Many try to find their purpose by doing what makes them happy or succeeding at something they are good at. Yet, while these may or may not coincide with what our ultimate purpose in life may be, it can not be the answer to our question. 

In order to know what we were designed to do,

we first must take a look at who designed us. 

We all know there is debate on the origin of the universe, but I happen to believe the theory that has been around longer than all the others.

I believe that God is the creator of the universe, and we can see the beauty of his love for creation unfold in the book of Genesis.

While I could spend endless time on all he created, I want to focus on the most important, us.

We are set apart from everything else by one unique thing: our ability to create. 

In Genesis 1:27, it says that God created mankind in his image. So if God created us in his image, wouldn’t that mean that we are creators too? He birthed inside of us the desire to create. So if we are designed and purposed with a desire to create, what exactly should we be creating? 

Noah built the ark. 

Solomon built the temple

Paul was a tent maker

Jesus was a carpenter 

Dorcas made garments

 

These are just a few examples of people, and Jesus himself, who created material things. 

However, it is also our job to make things that are not physically represented.

 

Although some live their life creating chaos, we are called to make peace.

James 3:18 "And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace."

 

Though some follow paths of destruction, we are called to make straight paths for our feet.

Hebrews 12:12-13 "Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed (to free from errors and sins, to bring about one’s salvation)."

 

Though some spend their lives leading others astray, we are called to make a straight paths for the Lord

Matthew 3:3 "A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'"

By us following God’s will for our lives,

 we make a way for others to know him.

We are created to make good fruit. 

Matthew 7: 16-20 “You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits." 

 

What is good fruit?

Fruit = actions, deeds, praises, and to make a harvest of eternal life “fitted souls to obtain eternal life” 

 

We are created to make a joyful noise to the Lord.

Psalm 98 - Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

 

We are called to make a feast for the poor.

Luke 14: 13-14 "But when you give (make) a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

 

In everything, we are to do it as unto the Lord.

Collosians 3:23 "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,"

These "do’s" mean two different things 

The first do means make, and the second do means work or produce.

So we should actually read this verse like this:

 Whatever you make, produce it heartily, as unto the lord and not to men.

 

Everything created should bring glory to god; not drawing attention to one’s self but drawing attention to him.

 

Matthew 7:12 "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."

Try reading it like this: Therefore whatever you would want men to make for you, make it also for them.

 

 

Because he created us to make good things, he is against those who make evil. 

1 Peter 3:12 - "The face of the lord is against those who make evil."

evil = anything troublesome, destructive, not as it ought to be

 

What if you do something that isn’t necessarily a “sin” but is destructive to your future?

The definition of evil here is: something that is not as it ought to be.

If you go against what God desires for you life, you are doing something that is not as it ought to be.

Anything that he doesn’t desire for your life is evil.

Being a doctor might not be evil for someone else, but if God has called you to be a teacher it is evil for you.

Not only is it evil for you, but it is evil for the people who your life is called to have an impact on.

 

We are created, to create his will. 

He gave a choice.

We can choose to create good or evil.

We can choose to create his ultimate perfect plan as the master and designer, or we can choose to create things not as they ought to be.

We can create his desires or create our desires.

The choice is yours.

What will you create?