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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March & April 2022 Favorites

March & April 2022 Favorites

March and April were whirlwind months, which is why their favorites posts have been merged together.  In two months, we've squashed in getting a house ready to sell, showing & selling a house,...

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tips on packing for a move

tips on packing for a move

I know people who have moved a lot more than I have, but I have moved quite a bit in my life.  Until I was almost 30, I had never lived anywhere longer than 4 years!  An 11-year stretch in our PA...

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the porcupine by ray french

the porcupine by ray french

As I shared in the tour of my great aunt and uncle's home in South Carolina, they have acquired a lot of interesting art pieces over the years.  I wanted to highlight one specifically because it's a...

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setbacks & a virtual yard sale

setbacks & a virtual yard sale

Well, I have had a slight setback this week!  Sunday morning, I stayed home and watched the morning church service online since I'm still battling a cough.  After the boys and I watched the service,...

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March & April 2022 Favorites

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 things we did, you can check that out HERE. Of course,...

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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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