open concept homes – yay or nay?

I've seen some online polls and design articles written about open concept homes lately.  Are they on the way out?  Are we ready to have more walls and doors in our homes again? I love this...

Selbu mitten knitting tutorial | part two | colorwork

Is anyone knitting selbu mittens along with me?  I spent the weekend working on the mitten I'm filming for the tutorial, which was a nice activity given that I've been ordered to stay off my foot. ...

home library inspiration

As I bought more and more books, Jeff and I smiled and made two references - a cinematic one and a Biblical one (fitting for a pastor.) "We're going to need a bigger boat." and "I just need to build...

Selbu Mitten Knitting Tutorial | Part One

I started making Selbu mittens last year and several people asked if I could make a comprehensive selbu mitten knitting tutorial, so here it is!  It's still in the 90s outside, but if you want to...

five keys to making gray walls work

If I didn't know it before, looking at lots of houses online has confirmed something - gray is the new beige.  The default wall color in this day and age has shifted from beige to gray.  It's the...
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open concept homes – yay or nay?

open concept homes – yay or nay?

I've seen some online polls and design articles written about open concept homes lately.  Are they on the way out?  Are we ready to have more walls and doors in our homes again? I love this...

read more
home library inspiration

home library inspiration

As I bought more and more books, Jeff and I smiled and made two references - a cinematic one and a Biblical one (fitting for a pastor.) "We're going to need a bigger boat." and "I just need to build...

read more
salt dough ornament molds

salt dough ornament molds

Too soon?  Yes, of course, it's too soon for Christmas posts, but I am starting to think about Christmas projects and decorations.  I really enjoyed making things for Christmas last year and I would...

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creativity is calling

creativity is calling

As you may have guessed, I really miss my studio.  It's not so much that I miss that specific physical space, but I miss having a dedicated place for creative work.  As well as a dedicated space to...

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the VA lake house

the VA lake house

Where in the world is the Parsons' family this week?  It almost sounds like we're off on some great adventure, but we're really just bumming around staying with family and in homes that are open to...

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decorating, projects, and recipes for Summer

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    I love recipes that are…quick to make, can be made in one pot, are easy to adjust to different food preferences, and are delicious!  Such is the case with this […]
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  • decorating with shells
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  • Isle of Palms 2022
    I thought I would share a little bit more about our time at Isle of Palms this year.  If you’d like to read about our trip last year and the […]

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