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guest room to boy’s room

My boys have been sharing a room from the point when my youngest, Calvin, was sleeping through the night.  They are 19 months apart and both boys, so it's just made sense to have them share a room. Now that they are nine and almost eight, I'm seeing that they are both craving their own space.  Since they have the same interests and are so close in age they pretty much share everything.  While  (read more …)

Farmhouse White Dining Room Table

I have been thinking about painting my dining room table top for ages.  I never actually went through with it, though.  Partly because of time, but mostly because I was a little nervous about painting it.  Yes, I was actually nervous about it!  I have never had an all-white dining room table and I honestly wasn't sure if I would like it.  As much as I like painted pieces, I am partial to wood  (read more …)

multitasking & LG SideKick giveaway

I've mentioned my distain for the task of doing laundry on more than a few occasions here on the blog and even in my book.  It's not that it's a horrible, draining, back-breaking task, but it's never ending.  You finish and there are already dirty clothes piling up in the hamper.  It's never done.  And I am a person who likes done-ness! I have found that a lot of these never-done household chores  (read more …)

white splint basket

If you've been reading my posts over the past few weeks, you know that I have a new-found love for baskets.  I collected a lot of them to sell at Lucketts and I enjoyed using them as props around the studio.  During one of my shopping trips, though, I bought a basket for myself. It's this beautiful, antique splint basket with chippy white paint... Splint baskets are made out of thin wood  (read more …)

peonies & the family room

Last year I planted two peony bushes along the side of my house.  I never even knew what peonies were until one sweet reader sent some to me a couple of years ago as a "studio warming" gift when I moved into the studio space I currently run my business from.  (I still can't believe I used to do all of this from my house!) They were such beautiful, delicate, and long-lasting flowers and I was  (read more …)

ironstone, a tool tote, bottles & tags

After all of the craziness of Lucketts, I decided to take the week off.  I knew I probably would, so I cleared the calendar.  Sometimes I think I'll want a break and then I don't. I feel the momentum and I am raring to go.  This time I thought I would want a break and I was right.  I really needed it.  So, I had a "jammie day" and splurged on a massage and I even did a little antique shopping just  (read more …)

tiny topiaries & “just our stuff”

Last year was a big year for me.  I finally decided to give gardening and indoor plants a real effort.  I was actually going to water, tend, prune, weed, and fertilize.  Guess what happened?  I didn't kill everything! I only killed some things, but I learned a lot along the way. I was not excited about warmer temperatures, because the A/C is broken in my van, but I was looking forward to the  (read more …)

back at the house & JAK Camera Strap Giveaway

There has been a lot of activity at the studio and things have been pretty quiet at my house.  I did rearrange the family room a few weeks ago, but otherwise, my house is just my house, which is a big change from how it was a couple of years ago. If I was at this stage of getting ready for Lucketts, I would have things piled up in my dining room, pieces in every corner of my basement and I would  (read more …)