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

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...]

Writing a book | Now I actually have to write a book…

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The impossible\possible thing had happened.  I had received a book contract from Thomas Nelson and I signed it.  (You can read about how it happened HERE.)  It was now my job to produce 35,000 encouraging words and over 250 inspiring photographs in 10 chapters.  And I only had about 3 months to do it.  AND I've never written a book before.  Oh crap.  Lots of deep breaths and tears and prayers and … [Read more...]

glittery & Sandy

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The Lucketts Holiday Open House is next weekend and it really crept up on me.  I usually start making ornaments in September, but I didn't start until last week this year.  Because of my late start, I'm just making German glass glitter ornaments and won't be making any of my sheet music ornaments.  In addition to glittered stars, words and pretty shapes, I'm making a bunch … [Read more...]

the world tour!


I'm being a bit facetious with that title.  Or perhaps hopelessly optimistic.  The amazing thing about this blog journey is that it always surprises me.  I think, "Oh, such-and-such would be pretty far-fetched, so it probably won't happen."  But then it does in some unexpected and amazing way.  So, will my book end up taking me on a world tour?  Who knows.  Probably not, but I'm getting an updated … [Read more...]

writing a book | how it happened

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Despite the fact that I just wrote a book I feel like I'm totally the wrong person to give advice to an aspiring author on how to get published.  I thought it might be helpful, though, or at least interesting, for me to share my experience and the process.  So, here we go... I've shared before that I've never thought of myself as a writer.  I was never good in English at school, disliked writing … [Read more...]

MMS Decor Steals Pick of the Month & Giveaway

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Welcome to another Decor Steals MMS Pick of the Month!  I'm sort of getting geared up for the holidays and when I spotted this beautiful Frenchy crown, I immediately saw it fitting in with some evergreen branches and sparkly ornaments.  It's subtle enough, though, that it can be used as a decorative piece year round.   I will say, I'm sometimes disappointed with pieces from wholesale … [Read more...]

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