Going to SNAP!

Going to SNAP!

updates on everything

updates on everything

HGTV.com Photoshoots

HGTV.com Photoshoots

a balance, a baby quilt & a pair of chairs

a balance, a baby quilt & a pair of chairs

Christmas in April

Christmas in April

more christmas decorating ...and some tips

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I'll admit it.  I was a bit of a loaf yesterday.  I would try to get some work done, but I would end up standing in a room, staring around blankly.  I finally surrendered to the fact that I was tired and just needed to chill.  I watched some TV, worked on e-mails and just let the rest of the Christmas decorating and house cleaning wait.  Today, I was ready to check some more things off the … [Read more...]

Decorating for Christmas bring it on

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My tree is normally up the day after Thanksgiving, but this year we kept pushing it back.  We were busy, yes, but a part of me was a little "Christmased out" from a few years of ornament making decorating for Christmas in July and having a tree up in September and another one up in February.  I'm not complaining at all.  I love what I do and all of the decorating insanity that comes along with it. … [Read more...]

writing a book | the photography shooting the cover

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I've written a few posts about the experience I had writing my book and it's been a while since the last one.  I thought it was about time I picked it up again. When the reality of a book offer from Thomas Nelson was right around the corner, it needed to be decided if I would do the photography or if we would hire a professional or perhaps a hybrid where I take some pictures and a pro swoops in … [Read more...]

A New Look & The Empty Nest

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Notice something new? I've been working with Reni on a new look for my blog over the past few months and it finally went live last night.  I still have a lot of work to do on the pages, but it's getting there. Today I went to do a book signing in Warrenton, VA at The Empty Nest.   I met Janet, the proprietress, a few years ago through our blogs.  I never thought I would be signing my book in … [Read more...]

Milk Paint Inspiration

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Recently, some of my blog buddies have tried out my milk paint and I just had to share a couple pieces that knocked my socks off (in case you missed them!)  The first was by Layla of The Lettered Cottage.  Here's the piece before... I found it pretty interesting when she sent me the before picture.  See, I had the twin... ...dangling hardware and all.  Someone had removed the fretwork in … [Read more...]

Furniture Feature Friday – Favorites & a Link Party


I have thoroughly enjoyed traveling, but it's so nice to be home!  I was basically a loaf today.  Slept in, worked on my e-mail and I did have the chance to pick some FFF favorites from last week.  Here they are... I thought this piece by Dionne of The Turquoise Iris is absolutely stunning.  The colors, the finish, the hardware, the styling...perfect. This pantry in the background, … [Read more...]

A bit of France in Petaluma

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Sorry I've been quiet the past couple of days, but it's been a whirlwind that started when I woke up Tuesday at 3:00 am to get to the airport to fly to San Francisco for a day of workshops and book signings.  It ended last night when we arrived home about 11:30 and crashed in bed.  I have so much to share about the workshops and the people I met and how it gets me choked up  when my eye catches a … [Read more...]

How to remove paint – part 2

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I hope no one started a stripping project and then got stuck in the middle of it without part two of my video!  :)  I finally had the chance to edit it.  In this video, I'm using Strypeeze, a biodegradable chemical paint remover, mineral spirits, and a putty knife.  All are available from your local True Value Hardware or their online store.   Enjoy part two...   The top definitely wasn't … [Read more...]

Traveling, Brushes & Country Living


I have no idea how people work in jobs where they have to travel all the time.  I supposed they get used to it and get good at it - find the best places to eat, where to charge a laptop and iPad, where to rest, and how to get comfortable in an airplane seat.  Most of my trips are going to be spaced out, but I have one scheduled this week right on the heels of my Colorado trip.  On Tuesday, I'm … [Read more...]

Shades of Amber Book Signing

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We flew into Denver, Colorado yesterday and...my, oh my...the view from the plane was amazing.  Just field after field.  It looked like a patchwork quilt.   ...and then you see the mountains.  Wow.  My husband and I made our way to this beautiful part of the country for a book signing and workshops at Shades of Amber in Monument, Colorado.   They have been amazing hosts. … [Read more...]

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