Quick and Easy Fall Decor

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Autumn is so beautiful, with its brilliantly colored leaves, the bright blue of the sky (when it isn’t raining), the crispness of the air, the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot. Bringing a bit of the outdoors in is a great way to to add quick easy fall decor to your home. It doesn’t need to be a lot and it doesn’t need to take long, but it can freshen your space and bring smiles to the faces of your family and all who enter your home.

Introducing – Fusion™ Paint!

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I’ve mentioned it on Instagram and Facebook and now I’m sharing it here. Since I now have a storefront to sell things in I took the plunge and applied to be a paint retailer! I was accepted and Fusion™ paint is now available at Smiths Merchants in Arcanum, Ohio! I’m so excited. The paint is amazing and is going to change the world of painting furniture. Fusion™ is a 100% acrylic paint that requires very minimal prep and NO topcoat! This is huge peeps! NO TOPCOAT!! Much as I love the look of a wax finish buffing that wax is not my favorite part of the furniture redo.

Best Pie Crust Ever

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Autumn is here and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And will be followed shortly by Christmas! Time to be planning some yummy treats for the holidays! Pies are always a favorite so today I want to share the best pie crust ever with you. This recipe was my Grandma’s and I’ve never tasted a better crust. I also find it easy to work with, especially when using pastry flour.

House Tour

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Today I want to share a bit of an updated house tour with you. It is also available as a button in my sidebar now too. I need to update some of the rooms again but here it is for now. It’s rather fun for me to pull all this together and see where we are now, what we’ve updated, and what we still need to finish.

True Woman 2014

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True Woman 2014 – recap and a few thoughts about attending or not attending. I attended True Woman 2012 – the first time I’d ever gone to a conference for women.  I had mixed emotions about going to a spiritual conference to hear about how to be a better wife and mother while leaving my […]

Wedding Photography

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I was privileged to be the photographer at a friends wedding this summer! And I’m finally sharing some pics. Wedding photography is fun, creative, fast-paced, amazing and stimulating. It can also be stressful, sweaty, and hard work. But the first list of adjectives trumps the second in my book. (that might change if I totally messed up though :D) When shooting a wedding you have to think fast, move fast, and a lot of it is a one time chance. If you miss the shot during the processional or ceremony you can’t back up and redo the shot. But to me, that’s part of the fun. I’m not sure I really want to get into being the main, or only, photographer for a lot of weddings but I can say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the wedding photography I have done.

Fall Flea at Springfield Ohio

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I wasn’t going to do the fall flea this year in Springfield. But just a couple of weeks before a friend asked me if I would share her space there in The Vintage Marketplace. At first I said probably not. My husband was going to be out-of-town and I had our annual fall kids clothing sale the week following the flea.

2015 Day Planner

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This post IS about my 2015 Day Planner. I have a bit of a hang up about finding the perfect thing to use for a calendar. But before I get into the crazy details of my hang-ups I have a fun little tidbit to share!

Imagine my surprise to look at my blog stats today and see a spike of hits on Saturday. I didn’t have a new post up for Saturday. I’ve been very lazy in the blog world lately.

But somewhere, one of my blog posts must have been shared because I had way more traffic than I should have had for being so lazy about getting new content out there. So I did a bit of sleuthing. And discovered ‘Good Housekeeping’ in my list of hits. Whaaaa?

White Ruffled Curtains

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A few weeks ago I made a pair of white ruffled curtains for a client. I bought the fabric at IKEA – have you seen the new fabrics they are carrying? I can hardly hold myself back from rushing straight to the textile section every time I go to IKEA.

Milk Paint, Tomatoes and Tea Parties

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Milk Paint, Tomatoes, and Tea Parties. It’s just a few of the things we’ve had going on around here in the past few days (the days I’ve been pretending I don’t have a blog to update). Along with the milk paint, tomatoes (which we’ve just been eating a lot of, not canning or anything so ambitious) and tea parties (which was attended by several dollys, a teddy bear, and my two daughters) we have had a flea market, a garage sale, pillows, school work, laundry, voice lessons, a ‘field trip’, and a myriad of life in general – all with Dad gone for 3 weeks.

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.

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