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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Saturday in a Small Town

Three years ago my family moved from the busy suburbs to a small town (borough) nestled in the rolling hills and fruit orchards of Pennsylvania. We absolutely love it and only occasionally miss the...

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How to Sew Custom Piping

First of all, I have been featured with some other fabulous furniture makeovers on The DIY Show Off, so make sure you check it out!I have had several questions about how I make my slipcovers &...

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Rustic Shutter to Work of Art

When picking up a piece of furniture from one of my clients, they asked if I would paint a few other pieces for them. When I completed and dropped off the first piece (a white side table with a hand...

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Goodwill Was Good to Me

Today I made a run over to Goodwill and it was very good to me. Lately, I have been scoring big time, but I do have dry spells, too...just wait. Anyway, I found all of this great stuff at one place...

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And the winner is…

It was really tough to narrow the 100 Followers Giveaway entries down to my favorites. I started a list and it was ridiculously long. I loved the idea of doing a monogrammed piece, a delft bread...

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And the winner is…

It was really tough to narrow the 100 Followers Giveaway entries down to my favorites. I started a list and it was ridiculously long. I loved the idea of doing a monogrammed piece, a delft bread...

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Thrift Store Makeovers

Here are a couple of simple thrift store makeovers. I found these ceramic birds last week at a Goodwill and fell in love with them. They were pretty as is, but had this weird goldish kind of spray...

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Staircase Revamp

Again, thanks for the great response to my 100 Followers Giveaway! I will be having more that involve custom painting, so don't be too disappointed if you don't win. I have picked 11 of my favorite...

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decorating, projects, and recipes for Summer

  • mexican lasagna bake aka burrito cake recipe
    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 […]
  • the best strawberry rhubarb crisp
    We have an absolutely wonderful next-door neighbor.  She has blown snow out of our driveway when Jeff was unable to, she has saved Calvin’s bike from sitting out on the […]
  • decorating with shells
    As I collected shells at the beach this spring, the question I was asked most often is, “What do you do with them?”  And I get that question!  When we […]
  • 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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