updates on everything


I suppose I'm not providing an update on everything, but just a lot of things that have been going on over the past year that I'm often asked about.  I don't want to throw something out there in a blog post and then never let you know how it's going, so here you go... Fitness/Health Journey In the summer of 2012, I made some big changes in the way I ate and took care of myself.  You can check … [Read more...]

HGTV.com Photoshoots


Today was about getting all of my freelance stuff finished and, I'm happy to say, I was able to do exactly that.  I had a few final photo shoots and a lot of writing to tackle, so that when I get back from the SNAP conference, I can just focus on pieces for Lucketts. My favorite photo shoot of the day was of the handmade breadboard... We have the most amazing bakery right down the street from … [Read more...]

a balance, a baby quilt & a pair of chairs


Yes, I'm showing off more of my finds for the Lucketts Spring Market you're going to get a lot of that over the next few weeks.  It's approaching fast!  I still have some freelance things to wrap up, but I am almost done with those.  This weekend, I'm heading to Salt Lake City to teach a milk paint workshop at the SNAP conference.  Traveling is always tiring, but it will be a nice break from all … [Read more...]

Christmas in April


Yesterday I mentioned that Jeff and I went to the local tree farm and cut down a tree for my Christmas HGTV.com photo shoots.  It was a pretty odd event...cutting down a Christmas tree just a couple of days before Easter, but I have gotten used to the seasonal confusion that happens in the decorating and retail world.  You always have to be thinking and working well ahead of the seasons. Not only … [Read more...]

Finds, Bread Boards & Mittens


It was a packed day.  I started cleaning as I was getting ready for the day.  I'm sure I'm not the only super-multi-tasker who tries to clean the sink while I'm drying my hair.  I have a lot of due dates approaching and the boys have a few days off school, so I needed to squeeze in a lot in the time I had.  In addition to cleaning the house a bit, I filmed two more segments for the Building a … [Read more...]

FURNITURE FEATURE FRIDAY | favorites & link pary


Oh, girls... I really got lost in last week's links.  At one point I had a ridiculous number of tabs opened that I wanted to select as favorites.  You wow me every week, but some weeks are standouts.  We must all be hitting the workshops as spring is making an appearance...although a somewhat shy appearance in my neck of the woods.  She peeked her head out for a few days and then winter popped … [Read more...]

1800′s Linen Dresser | before & after


I hope you're ready for some furniture makeovers, because you're going to be seeing a lot over the next few weeks!  I've got quite a collection growing for Lucketts. Here's the 1800's dresser with the amazing carved handles that I finished yesterday... It was pretty rough when I bought it, but I could see the potential... It's painted in MMSMP Linen.  The wood was very soft and porous, so … [Read more...]

…in the works


This is when blogging and doing everything else at the same time is hard.  I have a bunch of things in the works, but nothing ready for that beauty shot that makes the before and after posts so fun to share (and read, I'm sure!)  So, today I'm showing a few pieces that are in the works in the basement. I finished this 1800's dresser today in MMSMP Linen with a stained wood top... Cari prepped … [Read more...]

humble upholstery & an ornate frame


 This chair has been languishing in my basement for a while...almost a year, I think.  Sometimes I don't work on pieces because I'm stalling, busy, uninspired or it keeps falling to the bottom of the to-do list.  I think other times, providence plays a small role.  I wasn't really sure what fabric I was going to use on this piece and was just planning on defaulting to natural hemp.  Then, I found … [Read more...]

open road…


Over the past week, we have been finishing up projects in our home.  This week, Jeff used the power washer on the deck, my mom and I cleaned the basement and we had a handyman come out to fix a few things that were beyond our DIY abilities.  It feels amazing to have things done!  There are other projects on our wish list and I will always rearrange furniture and change paint colors, but things … [Read more...]