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

Finds, Bread Boards & Mittens

Finds, Bread Boards & Mittens

Some of my favorites…

No-Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt

I don't know about you, but I'm a little freaked out that Thanksgiving just passed and Christmas is right around the corner and I'll have to get used to writing a new year on my checks in just a few weeks.  Ack!  Yikes.  Deep breath. Aside from things sneaking up on me a bit, I had a great Thanksgiving with my husband's family in Raleigh.  I also had the amazing opportunity to do two book … [Read more...]

Antique Farmhouse Giveaway!


***This giveaway is closed. *** Today being black Friday and the official start of Christmas shopping, I am bringing two awesome giveaways.  This one (which is second) is for a $50 gift credit to use at Antique Farmhouse for two winners!  Its a great place to shop for gifts or decorating pieces for your home.  I know the curators of this site personally and they always pick out great … [Read more...]

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway!

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***This giveaway is closed. *** I know everyone is in frenzied shopping mode today, so I thought I would share a couple of giveaways!  First, I am offering up the new Silhouette cutter - The Portrait, which is a smaller (and less expensive) version of the CAMEO. You can make all sorts of beautiful things with it.  Here are some ideas they have posted on their website...   I … [Read more...]

Writing a Book | Acknowledgements

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Since today is a day of Thanksgiving here in the US, I thought it was a good time to combine saying thanks and sharing just a little more about the book-writing process in one post.  I had already turned in the final manuscript and my editor, Michelle, asked me to write my acknowledgements.  Oh...I hadn't even thought about that!  I felt like I could write a book of thank yous to people, but I … [Read more...]

Lucketts Latest | Mercury Glass & Hats

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I know it is total torture to those who aren't local when I show pictures of the Lucketts Design House.  I hate to tell you that it's even more beautiful in person!  I know...rub it in.  Well, if you weren't aware, Lucketts has opened an online shop where they sell some of the beautiful pieces that are featured in the Design House. Here are a few of my favorite … [Read more...]

Shades of Blue

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A few years ago, I read a design article that said you shouldn't mix more than two shades of blue.         I'm such a rebel. … [Read more...]

Trickery | Vaseline Resist Technique

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Well, I received another oh-crap-call from Lucketts on Saturday.  The Painted Empire dresser sold the day after I brought it in.   I guess I wasn't the only one in love with that finish!  Here's how I did it... I've heard about using Vaseline (petroleum jelly) as a paint resist for a while, but I never tried it.  On this empire dresser, I pictured layers of blue and wanted to have … [Read more...]

MMS Decor Steals Pick of the Month

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Welcome to another Decor Steals MMS Pick of the Month!  As usual, I get to pick a couple of my favorite things to use in my own home and to share them with you.  I have a little thing for service/hospitality items like linens, china, cake pedestals and the like.  It's a little ridiculous, actually, but I couldn't help but fall in love with these elegant place card holders. I like pieces like … [Read more...]

…it’s like having a birthday

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My family moved to Garmisch Partenkirchen in Germany when I finished preschool, so I started kindergarten in a new school.  I'm assuming the teacher didn't have my records yet, because on the first day of school, she asked when my birthday was.  Being a little girl who loved attention and my birthday, I didn't want to waste a good opportunity.  "It's today!" I got to wear a crown and received a … [Read more...]

Painted Empire

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I got a call a few days ago from Lucketts  It's a great call, but an "oh crap" kind of call, too.  Both of my large furniture pieces had sold, so I needed to get some furniture into my space ASAP.  I decided to sell a little wash stand I've had for a few years and I finally started working on the empire dresser I had in my basement for a while.  Here's how it turned out...  Here's the … [Read more...]

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