waiting well | encouragement

I've had this blog post sitting in my head for weeks over the summer and then in my drafts for months.  It felt so personal and different from what I normally post here, so I kept it as my own. ...

the paint colors I selected | decorating

Several people have been asking, so let's talk paint colors and which ones I selected for our house.  I didn't feel much urgency for selecting colors since I had so much wallpaper to strip, but now...

tips I learned from the pros stripping wallpaper

I told you I would only write a couple more posts about stripping wallpaper, so let's just get one out of the way.  This post is prompted by the people asking if I snooped and picked up some tips...

making trades | 1970s home renovation

As I have been working on stripping wallpaper with my one-tank-a-day method, Jeff has been questioning why I don't get a quote on having the work done.  The steamer would be heating up, he would...

my top three tips on getting things done

As I share the things I do each day, I'm often asked how I get it all done.  This has been a question that's been asked and answered many times over the years, but it's always worth talking about. ...
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walking again

"Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow."  - Henry David Thoreau As some of you know, I broke my foot back in May.  While it was a frustrating inconvenience...

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Christmas Break 2022 Recap

Christmas Break 2022 Recap

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful and fulfilling Christmas and New Year that was everything you needed it to be.  Ours was a bit of a mixed bag, but it will definitely be memorable!  Our...

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decorating, projects, and recipes for Winter

  • Christmas decorating favorites from the past
    Well, I played hooky from writing on the blog yesterday.  I felt lazy, tired, and really ready for my own Christmas break to start (the boys are already on break […]
  • little studio tree
    When I plunked the little artificial tree on a stool in my art studio, I figured it would just be there temporarily.  It was more about putting it in a […]
  • salt dough ornaments 2022 | Christmas crafts
    This salt dough ornament-making is going to be an annual thing, I think.  They are just so fun, easy, personal, and pretty.  I made them last year, both traditional salt […]
  • Christmas foyer 2022 | Christmas decorating
    I love that Christmas decorating doesn’t have to be complicated, time-consuming, or expensive to be really pretty and festive.  It really can be as simple as trimming a few branches […]


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