Finds, Bread Boards & Mittens

Finds, Bread Boards & Mittens

FURNITURE FEATURE FRIDAY | favorites & link pary


1800′s Linen Dresser | before & after

1800's Linen Dresser

…in the works the works

humble upholstery & an ornate frame

humble upholstery & an ornate frame

new kitchen rug

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 I love it when I find the perfect thing after I've been hunting for it for weeks (sometimes months or years.)  Actually, it's sweet when I find the perfect thing right away, but I do need to practice my patience, so this was a good opportunity to do that.  Anyway, I was shopping for basic staples at Target and, as those of you who love Target know, it's difficult to leave Target with just the … [Read more...]

Upholstered Chair Reveal

Reupholstered French Chair 2 -

 Here she is...    Here she was...   Again, I have nothing against pink, but the pink didn't work in my home and really wanted to keep these and use them in my family room.  I've been on a quest for years to populate my family room with comfy, yet stylish (and budget friendly) chairs and these fit perfectly.  Right chair, wrong color.  So, I stripped her down and gave her a … [Read more...]

Furniture Feature Friday – Favorites & a Link Party


I've been hosting this party for over two years and have sometimes thought I should stop.  There are so many link parties out there now.  When I started this, mine was the only furniture party and now there are several.  Anytime I'm seriously thinking about it, though, something happens that changes my mind.  Last week at the book signing at Lucketts a sweet woman mentioned how much she loves this … [Read more...]

Stripping Upholstery

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I finished upholstering one of the pink French chairs today.  Woohoo!  I even put a zipper on the cushion cover, so it's legit.  With over twelve years of sewing under my belt, this is the first zipper I have ever done!  I don't know why I've been so scared of zippers...ZIPPERS, people.  Really?!  I was determined to not be spooked by something as humble as a zipper.  I dissected the old cover and … [Read more...]

Today is THE day!


Today is a big day!  Not only is it election day here in the US, which affects a lot of people, but it's a big day for me personally.  Today is the official release date of my book, Inspired You.  The book has actually been available for a couple of weeks, but now it's widely available and the e-book is now available. The enhanced e-book will also be available soon through Apple.  The enhanced … [Read more...]

Makita Drill Review

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  If I could only have one power tool, I would have no hesitation choosing which one it would be...a drill.  No question.   Our drill makes an appearance in many of my projects, like this shelf I built for Cottages & Bungalows...   (Okay, my husband helped on that one.)  ...and you can see it in a couple of tutorials in Inspired You...   We had a nice … [Read more...]

stuff I bought & dorking out

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This is a dangerous profession.  Well, not dangerous like Alaskan crab fishing or building skyscrapers, but dangerous for someone who loves antiques and is surrounded by beautiful ones regularly.  I do sell most of the things I buy, but there are some pieces I have to keep.  I have rules for myself, though.  I have to have a perfect place for it and I have to sell other things in order to keep … [Read more...]

my first book signing…

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  It was wonderful.   It was a little chilly, but I brought an antique wool "car robe" I bought at a yard sale for $8.00 years ago.  It's pretty toasty.     So many wonderful ladies came to visit and buy the book or bring a book for me to sign.         Thanks to all who came to hang out today and for all who left sweet … [Read more...]

Lucketts Holiday Open House 2012

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Not only is tomorrow the first day of the famous Lucketts Holiday Open House, but it's also my very first book signing.  I feel sort of nervous about it...well, really nervous about it.  I don't know what to expect.  I do know that I'm just going to enjoy the ride.  I also know that I am going to be sitting at this table in a beautifully-decorated tent tomorrow at 10:00 am.   I couldn't … [Read more...]

how to make glittery pine cones

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 This project is simple, but I was so happy with how beautiful and elegant these glittered pine cones turned out that I thought I would share a tutorial on how I made them.     I bought these over-sized pine cones from Hobby Lobby, but you can use freebies collected from your yard or an obliging neighbor. Insert a small screw eye into the woody end of the pine cone.  I just twisted it … [Read more...]

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