August’s Books of the Week

Marian ParsonsFavorite Things12 Comments

Just so I’m not sharing my August Books of the Week in October or November, I’m getting back on schedule and sharing them in mid-September!  It’s just been a busy season of life and I know many of you are experiencing the same thing.  It’s been so much better for me now that all of the big projects (and the … Read More

July 2020 Favorite Books of the Week

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Well, here we are in September talking about my favorite books in July!  Well, that’s just how it goes sometimes.  I’ve been running a little behind lately on things that can be delayed, so I can focus on things that are more pressing or important.  August was busy with projects, my parents visiting, and getting the boys ready to go … Read More

the work of gardening gnomes & painting peonies

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, All Things Home, Art, Artistic Endeavors, Gardening, Oil Painting26 Comments

My typical gardening routine each year is to start enthusiastically and then fizzle out as the weather gets hot and beds are overwhelmed with weeds.  A part of that is I was battling beds filled with rocks, deteriorating weed-blocking fabric, and plants I didn’t like.  There wasn’t a lot of incentive to care for it until we did an overhaul.  … Read More

June’s Books of the Week

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Favorite Things8 Comments

It’s hard to believe we’re over halfway through the year!  Time flies when you’re stuck at home doing projects!  I have really missed my regular outings to Barnes & Noble, but I have been ordering newly released and used books online and have pulled out some of my favorite books to share from my stash.  So here are my picks … Read More

“Can I pull it off?”

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, clothing & style53 Comments

Disclosure: This post is a sponsored collaboration with Magnolia Pearl.  We received a great response from our last collaboration, so we decided to work together again!  As always, all opinions and words are my own. I saw a pair of shoes in an e-mail from Magnolia Pearl a few weeks ago and right away, I was smitten.  They look like … Read More

the first scratch in the hardwood floors

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, All Things Home, Decorating, Living Room, My House, Room Makeovers76 Comments

I think one of the reasons that I like old things is that they are already worn.  They wear scratches, dents, dings, chips, cracks, and crazing, and any new damage that is done to them will likely go unnoticed.  They are already imperfect and there is no pressure to keep them pristine.  Well, newly installed and freshly refinished hardwood floors … Read More

favorite recent online garden purchases (and savings)

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, All Things Home, Favorite Things, Gardening17 Comments

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Wikibuy.  All opinions expressed in this post are honest and my own. I shared about Wikibuy a few weeks ago and have continued to use it while shopping online (which I’m doing a lot more these days!)  I say “use it”, but I really don’t have to do anything.  I simply shop and, when … Read More

the handmade needlebook

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Antiques, Favorite Things29 Comments

Well, I spent the morning writing and then planning and making some purchases for upcoming projects.  I am excited to get a few rooms that are underway finished (like the master bedroom and sewing room) and I’ll be starting some new projects that have been on my list for a while.  This is how it seems to go for me.  … Read More