How to Make a Shower Curtain

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Yesterday I showed you the gorgeous shower curtains I made for a client. Shower curtains made with ruffles and lace. Today I’m going to show you how to make a shower curtain for yourself. The fact that this project uses bed sheets makes it so easy and quick you won’t believe how fast it is!

Ruffles and Lace and a Shower Curtain

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A few months ago a client contacted me about making her a shower curtain. She had seen the ruffled shower curtain I made for another client and wondered if I was interested in making another. And she wondered if we could use a fabric a bit finer than the humble drop cloth and if we could incorporate a bit of lace.

Exterior Trim Adds Amazing Curb Appeal

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Curb Appeal. It’s the appeal your home has from the curb. You know, how nice the place looks to those driving or walking by. While our home is in dire need of some new siding to really up the curb appeal, we did do something really great to our front door this summer. I was given some paint in exchange for trying it and sharing my experience with you. And since I was going to paint the front door I decided I’d paint the trim around the door too so the pics would look nicer. Then my hubby decided to replace the trim with something really cool.

Happy Anniversary

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Happy Anniversary to my amazing husband! 17 years today. It seems like yesterday and yet is seems like we’ve been together forever. I can’t imagine my life without him and I love him so very much! I praise God for bringing us together and keeping us together.

Good-bye Summer

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Summer is ending and it’s time to say Good-bye.

This week I felt fall in the air and saw it in the sky. Yes the weather is still hot and muggy but there is a slight change in the air that says Autumn has arrived. it’s subtle this change – a shift in air movement, the tinge of harvest smell, the color of leaves just beginning to pale and change if you look very closely. The sky’s color and mood change ever so slightly. School is in session. Summer has come to a close.

Birthday Party Sleepover

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Birthday Party Sleepover. Yes, you could say I’ve lost my mind. My tween began planning her birthday party sleepover weeks before the big day. While I was deeply immersed in the last two weeks of prep for the Summer Market at Avon Lake. While I was so distracted I didn’t have too many objections to what she was planning. And she proceeded to tell her friends what she was planning and that they were invited. How can a Mom ever say ‘no’ now??

Stained Glass Masquerade

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Stained Glass Masquerade. We dress up. We smile. We say we are ‘fine’. We make small talk. We make no mention of the pain inside. No hint of the feelings for failure. We have the perfect life after all. We live in America. We have all the food and clothes we want at our fingertips. We live in nice homes that are heated and cooled to our liking. Why should we ever have a bad day or anything going wrong?

Living with White

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Living with white. White walls, white furniture, white pillows, white ottoman. Yes, I like white and I am so very happy I switched things up to all white. I’m still in the process on making my home even more white too.

I didn’t always have all white. My furniture was upholstered in a green and dark red floral. Which was a marvelous choice of upholstery with kids. Nothing showed on that stuff. No spots and stains like you get with a solid color upholstery.

So how did I arrive at my all white home? When I would look at magazines and at home decor on blogs I noticed that the ones that really stood out to me were the rooms that were all white. The color some homes feature is amazing and lovely and I really liked a lot of it. But then I would turn the page and there would be an all white room and I would sigh a long ‘aaaahhhhhh’. That was what really resonated with me and what I wanted to see when I relaxed in my own home. And so the journey began to all white.

Featured on Apartment Therapy

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Apartment Therapy. In the blog world it’s kind of a big deal to be featured there. I’ve seen my friends post about being featured there and how exciting it was. Cause Apartment Therapy is one of the big dogs in the blog world.

When I logged into my blog late last night to check things out and perhaps bring you a new post, I saw that my stats for Sunday and Monday were higher than normal considering I hadn’t posted a new post either day. So I checked out where those views were coming from and there it was – Apartment Therapy.

Piano Bench Makeover

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I want to share with you my piano bench makeover. We’ve had the piano for a couple years now but it didn’t come with a bench and we hadn’t found one. A few months ago my hubby and I found one at a thrift shop. We paid $25 for it – which might be a bit much from a thrift shop but since we really wanted one and hadn’t ever run across one we paid the money for it.

The Old Arcana

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The Old Arcana. It’s a restaurant in Arcanum, Ohio, and it adjoins the storefront I am now putting my vintage and handmade items in. I posted yesterday about my storefront – and totally forgot to add the location to that post! It’s Arcanum, Ohio peeps! Google will lead you right to it. Siri will not recognize the word Arcanum but your map on your phone will find it just fine if you type it in. Guess when Siri was recording they forgot to include some of the off-the-beaten-path towns :D


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“I need a storefront.”

“I really need a storefront.”

“Oh, how I wish I had a storefront.”

I informed. I declared. I sighed. I dreamed. I prayed.

And one day I received a text from a friend. Would I be at all interested in putting things in her storefront? Well hmmmmm, let’s see, how fast can I type ‘YES’??? And the best part? She didn’t even know I was pining away for a storefront :D A God-thing?!! We are going to give it a try and see where this journey takes us!

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