crochet vs. knitting – updated

Over three years ago, I wrote a post sharing my thoughts on crochet vs. knitting.  You can find that original post HERE.  I had just learned how to knit, so it was perhaps a little premature to make...

card room green living room shelves

Back in December, I shared our living room freshly painted in Card Room Green, but then I started sharing more Christmas content, so sharing the details of the room was left for another day.  I...

Free Oil Painting Tutorial – Two Geranium Studies

For those who have been asking about free oil painting tutorials, here's one for you!  I have been toying with the idea of starting a Patreon page where I can offer painting tutorials for a small...

family gallery wall in the hallway

After living in military housing apartments followed by two single-story homes in my childhood, I was always enamored with the idea of having an amazing staircase in a future home.  The first two...

wicker market cart

One of my sweet readers has been asking me for several weeks to share more about the antique wicker market cart in my kitchen and I looked for a blog post about it and couldn't find one!  I have had...
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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...

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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...

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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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what I sold & what I kept

what I sold & what I kept

A few people have asked what I kept and what I sold from our MN house, so I thought I would put it all in one post.  Not only will it be a nice recap, but it'll also give me a place to reference...

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thrifting in PA

thrifting in PA

My mom and I went out to a local antique shop and thrift shop on Thursday and it felt so good to be hanging out with her in some of my old haunts.  Before we get into thrifting and what I bought, I...

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