The Summer Market is almost here!


The Summer Market is almost here! This coming Friday evening and Saturday. Avon Lake, Ohio – 4-9 on Friday and 9-5 on Saturday. This is their 9th year hosting this event. This is my first year going. And I’m going as a vendor. I am so excited. If you browse their facebook page you will see all the great vendors they are featuring who will be there. If you are within driving distance I really think this one would be worth your time :D If nothing else just come to say hi to me! Admission is FREE! Woo-Hoo!

God Bless Israel

As I have been spending all my waking hours preparing for my upcoming Market, I haven’t taken a lot of time to listen to the news. I see a bit of it here and there on fb when I take time to look at fb on my phone. I hear a bit from my husband when he comes home from work and shares what he has heard.

This weekend I slowed down my frantic pace a bit paid closer attention.

I watched this video shared by a friend.

Ironstone Milk Paint

ironstone milk paint table (8 of 13)

I love milk paint. I’ve loved the idea of milk paint for years. I mentioned that in this post when I was just starting to use Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. I also love white. And I love the look of the old Ironstone china. So naturally a white milk paint called ‘Ironstone’ should be my favorite, right? And it is becoming a favorite but I have to admit I have struggled with this color. Something about the pigments in this one have given me fits when mixing it up. It’s too thin, then it’s too thick. I can’t get it stirred up right. I tried warmer water cause that has helped me with other colors. I tried the blender instead of mixing by hand.

While I still think other colors mix up better for me and go on the furniture better, I just can’t give up on ‘Ironstone’. Having a bit more patience (not one of my strong points) and letting it sit longer after stirring for several minutes helps a lot. And the color is gorgeous on this table I used it on.

Kansas on My Mind

fun in kansas (18 of 15)

We arrived home from Kansas Friday evening – and I spent a couple of hours cleaning my kitchen cupboards and my kitchen. Cause that is exactly what everyone feels like doing after riding in a car for over 15 hours. No I’m not crazy – we had ants like crazy. I was not impressed. They were in my powdered sugar. And in my sugar shaker I use for my coffee. And just running all over the place like they owned it. Which they do not. We only went on vacation, we did not move out. The place was not up for grabs or open to squatters. So I evicted those ants pronto. And even though cleaning my kitchen and cupboards wasn’t really what I had in mind to do when I arrived home I am enjoying the clean and organized cupboard. This was one of the very few times I’ve ever been thankful for a small kitchen with very few cupboards. (I didn’t have to clean them all just a couple.) (I did have to clean ALL the countertops – which are even fewer than the cupboards.)

Sunday Blessings


Just some pretty pics and a quick note to bless you all this Sunday.

I’m headed out to photograph a wedding – if you want to say a prayer for me I’d appreciate it! I’m the only photographer and I’m a bit nervous about it. I think it will be fun, but the weight of positioning people and coming up with everything on my own is a bit daunting! I’ll share as soon as I can.

May you all have a blessed day, relaxing in the peace and rest of our Savior Jesus Christ. May God go with you in the coming week, carry you through the trials, rejoice with you in the triumphs and just shower you with His wonderful love!

Praise Him for His grace, mercy, and truth!

Burlap Roman Shade

burlap roman shade

I recently had the privilege of making some burlap curtains for a friend. Allisa from Thobe Rentals asked me to make her some window treatments – 2 of the places a couple simple, hemmed panels would suffice. But for the door we decided something a bit more sophisticated was called for. I suggested a Burlap Roman Shade. After discussing it and checking with her husband about his opinion of making a Roman shade work there we decided to go for it.

Slipcovered Wingbacks

white and grey dot slipcovered chairs (4 of 5)

Before we headed out on vacation I had a few projects to get finished. One of them was these slipcoverd wingbacks for a friend.

The chairs were still in great shape, had a cute shape, and were still comfy. They had been slipcovered but the covers were wearing through in a few places and they just looked tired. Time for an update!

Sandcastles and Wheat Harvest

sand castles and wheat harvest (9 of 12)

Do you ever have a dream that seems too big to ever come true? Something you would love to build or create but it seems impossible that it will ever be finished or ever become anything worthwhile? Does it seem a bit like building a sandcastle only to watch the incoming tide wash it away? So because of the obstacles you don’t even start?

Let Freedom Ring! Happy 4th of July!

4th of July picnic (4 of 5)

Let Freedom Ring! Enjoy your 4th of July weekend. Eat some grilled food, break out the fun drinks and yummy, pretty deserts. Lounge in the backyard with family and friends. Light some sparklers for the kids. Watch a display of fireworks.

Grey Dresser – Back in it’s Proper Place

grey buffet dresser (3 of 5)

I have this darling grey dresser. It used to be white and my Mom used it for a changing table for me when I was a baby. I used it for my first daughter’s changing table. When she was a couple years old the trend of painted furniture began and I fell in love. I decided this dresser was the perfect piece to try my hand at painting furniture. I didn’t know much of anything about painting furniture but I’d seen some stuff a friend had done and figured ‘how hard can it be?’ My friend offered to help me with distressing it and long story short she ended up doing the distressing and staining for me. I loved the result and I still love it. It’s moved around the past few years but it is one piece I’ve never considered selling.

Independence Day Dip-Dyed Banner

dip dyed pennant banner (10 of 7) copy

Today I’m sharing another version of the dip-dyed pennant banners. You can see the tutorial for making pinwheel banners in yesterdays post and also the tutorial for dye-dyeing your banners.

It doesn’t take long, it’s a fun project, and the banners fold up neat and small and can easily be stored for next year!

My banners feature Independence Day colors – thus the name Independence Day Dip-Dyed Banner :D

You can dye your banners any color you want for any season or holiday or birthday or party. Or you can create these banners without going through the dyeing process if you prefer.

Dip Dyed Pinwheel Banners – a Tutorial

dip dyed pinwheel banner (13 of 18) copy

Last year I made some dip-dyed pennant banners for the magazine Celebrating Everyday Life. This year I meant to share them with you – early enough you had plenty of time to make some for your Independence Day celebrations. But I didn’t get to it till now and perhaps there are some other procrastinators out there who might still want a project this week :D

These are really so simple. And yet they will look rather detailed and a bit complicated. So wow your party goers next weekend with some of these strung about the yard!

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