Recently a friend asked me if I would like some homemade soap to try out. Of course! I love a good bar of soap, and homemade is great. Especially if it’s homemade that I didn’t have to make I’ve used up one bar of soap and am on my second and now I want to share with you what it is, where you can get some, and why you should!
I love the new Fusion™ Paint and I can’t wait to have time to paint some more stuff. The round table I a painted white and yellow is in the shop. An antique bed is painted and stenciled and waiting to be hauled to the store. I was going to have it already there but my hubby keeps thinking he has to make some slats for it. I’m ready to have it out of my house and set it up to photograph it so I can share it with you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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
“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 A God-thing?!! We are going to give it a try and see where this journey takes us!
I’m finally getting back to the blog to share the pics I took of some of the other vendors at The Summer Market. I’ve been being lazy – I just cannot get my energy back and my creativity flowing much. Hopefully soon.
I’ve been having requests for a slipcover tutorial. And I’m happy to tell you that it is in the works. Hopefully very soon. I happen to have aquired a couple really nice, vintage wingbacks for our home and they need to be slipcovered. My plan is to do the best I can getting photos of the whole process with the first one and do a video tutorial with the second. I’ve never worked with videos much so this will be a trial and error thing I’m sure! I’ll get going on those as soon as I decide what fabric I am using for the covers.
Curb appeal. We have been so busy over the years making our living space more comfortable and beautiful that we haven’t spent near the time I’d like to on curb appeal. You know – the OUTSIDE cute factor of the house. I do my best each spring to plant a few flowers and make things look pretty but what we really need is a new porch and new siding to give the curb appeal of this place a real punch.
We made it! The Summer Market was great. The weather was wonderful – only a bit of rain after closing Friday night. And it started sprinkling just as we were done loading back up on Saturday night. The crowd on Friday night was crazy! Our booth was constantly packed full – and I sold out of my latitude/longitude pillows.
The vendors were great, as were our hosts. The whole experience was really really awesome. Praise God! I feel so blessed to be able to contribute a bit to my family’s income this way – I love using the talents God gave me to create things that will make someone happy every time they see them in their home.
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 If nothing else just come to say hi to me! Admission is FREE! Woo-Hoo!
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.
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.
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.)
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!
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.
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!
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?
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.
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
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.
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
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!
We paid CASH. Cold hard cash. Well, actually it wasn’t cold or hard, it was rather papery and room temperature. But it was CASH. No credit, no loan from the bank, but CASH. Cash we had saved and counted, and saved and counted, and saved and counted some more. Like a kid with their piggy bank, I’d count through that slowly growing pile of cash, just to make sure I’d counted right. And finally the day came that there was enough. Enough to pay for our central a/c unit.
Wow has this week flown by! How does that happen? And how is it that I just can’t seem to get back into my blogging rhythm? Ah well, I’ll blog when I can. It’s been busy here – Emma, my teenager, spent 2 weeks in Kansas, home for 2 days and then off to the Alive concert. All three of my girls are planning to go on a vacation to Holmes County with their Grandparents. I’ve been working on some custom projects along with trying to get some things ready for The Summer Market event I’m setting up at the end of July. I’ve hauled home some more fun finds, I’ve sewn some burlap and lace runners and burlap curtains. I’m working on some pennant banner orders and some gorgeous ruffled and lace shower curtains. I can’t wait to share it all with you.
Today I’m sharing our summertime yard. It’s not something you would see in a magazine but I’ve enjoyed the process (most of it) and slowly it is becoming a place that makes me smile. Now if I could just come up with somewhere to store my furniture projects besides the front porch…
How about a giveaway?! It’s bee awhile so I think it’s high time to host another giveaway. I have some fun things pulled together for you this time. From around my house, from my stash of handmade items, and a super cute set of measuring cups from a shop where I sell things.
And while we are at it I’d love it if you would leave me a comment about what you might like to see in a giveaway sometime
This is Ted. He is a vintage Teddy Bear that was living a rather sad life in the dark, tucked into an old toybox with a bunch of other vintage toys. Being a cute little vintage teddy, he was rescued by my 8 year old daughter after I bought the toy box at an auction. I bought the box and everything in it for $5. Becca wanted the bear and I finally caved and let her have it.
Today I’m sharing one of my auction finds that I gave a fun makeover – a Milk Painted Toy Box. I used Artissimo for the first time and I am in love with it. It mixes up beautifully, it goes on and covers gloriously, and the color is so deep and rich and just lovely. I added the white cross to it with white craft paint.
I bought a cute little table from a friend a few months ago and the week before the Springfield flea I painted it. I used chalk paint (coco) for the first coat and then topped that with Milk Paint in shutter grey. I used some hemp oil in a few places to help it chip a bit because milk paint doesn’t chip when used on chalk paint. The hemp oil keeps the milk paint from adhering and creates the delightful chippy look I love.
My girls have long been in need of a major closet makeover. Whenever they ‘cleaned’ their room most of their stuff could be found by opening the closet doors. Everything that wasn’t stuffed under the bed that is.
I had an idea what I wanted. Shelves of some sort along the back wall and a closet rod running along the short end instead of along the front like a normal closet.
Ready to see my treasures I accumulated last week at my town’s community garage sales? I found some really fun stuff. Most of it is pictured here but there are a few bigger pieces that I didn’t get pics of before they were stashed away. A couple chairs, a desk, 2 end tables, a writing desk, and the couch we got for my daughters room. I shared a pic of that on Instagram. I’ll shoot some pics of it in its new home soon too.
First of all I want to thank all of you who came by yesterday and prayed for my sister and our family. To those who left comments, thanks so much for the verbal support. My sister said to tell you all thank you too! It is so wonderful to have such a wonderful network of friends who care and who band together to lift us up, encourage and support in times of need.
Now on to today.
Today is my birthday. Today I turn 40. Today I am embracing 40!
Today I have a prayer request for you. My sister has been having some nagging issues with her back for several months. Nothing too serious most of the time, just annoying. Last week things escalated to the point she could not walk very well. The pain would shoot down her leg and she could not do much. Laying down brought relief from the pain which we were thankful for the fact she could at least be pain free when laying down
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union andConfederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. -Wikipedia
I haven’t disappeared completely I promise! I’ve been sleeping, cleaning my house, sleeping, keeping appointments, and sleeping some more. I’m starting to feel a bit caught up – and now I have to dive in and meet some deadlines. But I wanted to update you and let you know I’m still alive! If you follow me on Instagram you know I’m still here and you’ve seen some of what I brought home from the flea, what my workroom looks like, and a bit of my newly decorated ‘mantle’.
All the photos I’m sharing today are from my iPhone and are straight from it. No editing – I just didn’t have time. I am already falling behind on some deadlines so this had to be quick.
Here is our booth in The Vintage Marketplace at The Springfield Flea, Springfield, Ohio.
This weekend it’s all about the flea. The Vintage Marketplace sets up big tents at the Springfield flea in Springfield Ohio and rents out booth spaces inside them. It’s a huge undertaking to set up and run a show at a 3 day flea. I am set up with Stacy from Stacy Morgan Designs. She has all the great pieces that really make the booth a showplace and I added a few of my creations and vintage finds.
I think piping can be a fun detail and add a sophisticated touch to a sewing project. Piping can match the fabric used for the project or it can be a contrasting fabric for a pop of color or a bit of fun. And you are not limited to the piping sold in stores.
You can make your own! I’ll show you how to make piping – it’s really quite easy.
Yesterday I finished this project – a new slipcover for a friend. The fabric is Sunbrella fabric and fits to the chair like a glove.
Here is the original fabric of the chair. It also had a slipcover on it but I forgot to take pics before I started the project. The slipcover had been used so long the seat was worn completely to shreds – literally. This chair has been used a lot but it is still so comfortable. I can see why my friend wanted a new slipcover for it!
I’m tired. And I doubt I’ll be slowing down or catching my breath anytime soon. I just spent the weekend at my sewing machine making 12 pillows and 30 pennant banners that shipped out early yesterday morning to Rockford Illinois. Urban Farmgirl is having an event next Saturday and all this stuff is headed there. I can’t wait to see the banners adorning the barn there.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. -Wikipedia
A few weeks ago I went to a school sale. The school I went to. It was a small church school, at it has made some changes over the years and they decided it was time to get rid of all the extra stuff they had around that wasn’t being used anymore. I didn’t make it till the last day of the sale but I still managed to find quite a pile of fun stuff. I try not to think about what I missed by not being there the first day!
Easter sort of crept up on me this year – even though it was the middle of April. You would think I should have been well prepared and ready. But I wasn’t. I won’t go into all the details of why I wasn’t – I just wasn’t. Since Sunday I’ve been contemplating Easter – in retrospect. I’m sharing some of my thoughts here – it may seem a bit rambly and random in places but hopefully something will bless you.
Planting wheat grass for decor in the early springtime, before the grass outside is green yet (or sometimes even visible due to piles of snow) is a wonderful way to brighten things up and get yourself through those last few days and weeks of winter.
And KANSAS wheat is the best grass you can get for this (this is my opinion of course) you can see last years here
Lest you think I plan to use all that wheat in the 5 gallon bucket for decor let me put your mind at rest. I really intended to get the stuff ground into flour and make it into bread. Keeping a quart jar of it for future decor needs of course. But I’ve been lazy about getting it ground. And it keeps so well in the bucket. Yadayadayadayada – I can come up with an excuse for anything!
I hope you all had a very happy Easter – or as I like to call it – Resurrection Day! We had a wonderful day – amazing worship at church, and a yummy lunch at my Mom’s. Emma, our teenager, went with a friend for the day and the younger two were with us. We hid a few eggs for them in the afternoon and just hung out.
Giveaway time again!
My sister and I are teaming up to bring you another fun giveaway. I love giveaways – I’ve won some really great ones over the years and entered many more. Hosting giveaways is a lot of fun too – I really should do them more often.
Let’s give away a creamy white ruffled scarf along with a hummingbird flexi! The hummingbird was the March flexi-of-the-month from Lilla Rose. It’s not available in their regular line of hair accessories. It has such a unique, fun flair and makes me think springtime.
Thank you so much for all your kind words of encouragement and for caring! I’m feeling better as the week goes on and I’m getting some projects done too. Today I want to share the succulents on my window sill.
(and since I couldn’t get the ‘add link’ to work for this post just click the title to view the whole post)
I had a post all planned for you today – complete with lots of pretty photos. I had them all edited and everything. But as they were uploading to the blog last night, I looked at the clock and realized it was almost midnight and I just didn’t have it in me to finish that post.
Do you like the gold trend that is rapidly taking over the decor world? I have to confess I kind of like it. Kind of as in a LOT! It is a trend – it will come and go – so I’m embracing it now while it’s in
Last week was the week a friend and I hosted our yearly Spring Garage sale. We have around 60 people each year who bring their kids clothes, baby items, and toys to one place and we have a huge sale. A couple years ago we started putting household stuff in too. This year a friend brought a bunch of her cool vintage stuff. I nabbed some great stuff from her stash. This side table was one of the things I brought home.
What to blog about? That’s what I sat thinking last night as I stared at my computer. I have projects on the go but no pics to share. I have so many things I have done recently but no pics of them. I’d say I’m being a very bad blogger right now. Hard to wear all the hats all the time and make them all look good
So I clicked over to my list of ‘drafts’ to see what might be lurking in the wings of this blog. And I found this post. I had started writing it a few weeks ago, then got sidetracked and never finished it. So I dusted it off, added a few more paragraphs, tossed in some pretty photos for fun and called it good.
Last weekend I went to my Mom’s to finally get a project done for her that she’d been wanting done for awhile. I’m a terrible procrastinator I’m afraid, and my Mom has to wait on me to get around to her projects.
In the entryway of my parents home there is a long wall right beside the front door. Mom wanted a verse or saying stenciled on the wall. She decided on the last line of a song ‘Our Prayer will always be may you go with God’ I cut the words out using my silhouette machine.
Originally posted in September of 2012
Last night my hubby and teenager each made a brownie-in-a-mug. I found this recipe over a year ago from my friend Jen, at The Cottage Nest
We’ve made these occasionally over the past year and half but it had been awhile since I’d made one, so when Travis asked how many TBS of flour and sugar I had to pull look it up. And I decided to repost and share it with all of you again. If you love brownies you will love this recipe!
Last week I made some Easter Pennant Banners to send to Feather Your Nest in Pickerington. And as I was creating them I snapped a few pics of the process so I could share how to make these. I find pennant banners one of the easiest sewing projects and making them for Easter was a fun project.
Today I want to share some products I love with you. Some things I use in my business, some things I’d like to have. Some are from friends I’ve made through blogging or Instagram. I’ve not been compensated in any way to feature these products or to promote these businesses. I simply love their products and want to share them with you!
A couple weeks ago I made a trip to IKEA and then headed to Columbus to drop off stuff at Feather Your Nest in Pickerington. I picked up some fun things both places. Fabric and Milk Paint to add to my stash
First of all I have to say ‘Thank you from the bottom of my heart’ to all of you who commented on my blog post from yesterday. Comments here on the blog, facebook and Instagram. If you only knew how many times over the past few months I’ve been ready to throw in the towel on so many things. Some days my little corner of the blogosphere seems so pointless and ‘why try’. It’s YOU my friends who keep me going when things get rough. Thank you so much for the support and love you show me – through anything!
Yesterday I did something I hadn’t done yet this year. I went to church.
Yes, you read that right – I went to church for the first time this year. Are you shocked? Are your eyebrows on the ceiling and your jaw on the floor?
That’s the look I get from the people I’ve mentioned it to recently that I hadn’t been going to church.
A few years ago I decided I wanted to make guacamole. I looked online for recipes but couldn’t settle on one recipe.
So I decided to pick and choose the ingredients from a few different recipes and come up with the perfect blend of fresh ingredients to make the best guacamole ever. I think I managed to do just that. My family does too
I’ve been a bit MIA around this blog lately. I hadn’t even opened my laptop since sometime last Friday! But now I’m back and I have a wedding peek for you – a very quick peek – and an update on what I’m up to.
My girls and I took a trip to Indiana over the weekend. My hubby has cousins who live there and we love to spend time with them. This trip was a working trip for me
A couple of weeks ago I received a package in the mail from a friend I’ve never met in person. Someone I’ve come to know from her comments on my blog and more recently through Instagram. When I pulled the package out of the mailbox I immediately recognized my friend’s name but I was puzzled. I didn’t remember ordering anything or winning a giveaway or anything that she would be sending me.
This desk chair is one of the first things I took to Midwest Memories several months ago when I first started putting things in the shop there. I was never completely happy with the way this piece turned out and when it hadn’t sold after several months I brought it back home.
A new makeover was needed. A makeover that included Milk Paint.
I love ribbon. I’ve collected lovely ribbons for years now. And I have quite the stash. I use it in lots of sewing projects, to tie around gifts, to dress up a centerpiece on a table, as part of a vignette, the possibilities for ribbon are endless. As a friend once told me – you can never go wrong with ribbon.
And when you have a lot of ribbon, and an insatiable love for beautiful ribbon, you need a Ribbon Organizer. A DIY Ribbon Organizer that is cute and fun and cheap and functional and makes you feel so good about yourself when you create it all on your own!
The new issue of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll is here! It’s actually been out for over a week but I’m just now getting around to informing you. Last week I was finishing up some last minute things for an event deadline and in the midst of that I got sick and it really threw me off my stride. I managed to get done what had to be and that’s about it.
This is one of my favorite songs from years ago. I thought of it today as I edited these pics to put on my blog to accompany my Sunday post that I was determined I would write. But somehow all my thoughts that I had about what I wanted to write have fled far away. So I’m sharing this song with you and praying it blesses you in some way.
Boneless Wings. You know there really is no such thing as a boneless chicken wing right? It’s just a made up name for chicken breasts cut into pieces, seasoned, and fried or baked to mimic real chicken wings – but without the bones. Thus the name Boneless Wings.
Whatever. No matter the name they are called by, they are tender nuggets of total deliciousness. And you can make them yourself in your very own kitchen.
Today I want to share just a couple of my handmade items with you. The first one is one of my most favorite pillows I’ve ever made, created using laminated fabric. The other 2 items are the most recent camera straps I’ve created.
I showed you my girl’s room last week, today it’s about keeping it real and some close up details about that stenciled Roman shade. Here is the shade hanging at the window. Now let’s look at some close-up shots of how it went together, how I painted it and some of the less-than-perfect areas.
I heard this song on the radio on Friday this week while I was out running errands. I had my 2 youngest girls with me and when this song started they wanted it turned up. I’d never heard it before but it is now one of my very favorites. The lyrics sucked me in and have the power to send tears down my cheeks.
Remember the Pouffes from last year? I just made another one and this time I added a Union Jack detail to the top. This Union Jack pouffe was created for Tricia from Little Cottage on the Pond to put in her son’s room.
Girl’s Room Reveal – finally! Can you believe I’m finally calling it finished and sharing it with you?! Remember the Roman Shade I made for my girls room? And then I painted their wall using a stencil from Royal Design Studio.
Once there was a little girl who had a red wool coat and muff. She wore it till she outgrew it, and then it was handed down to some of her cousins.
In my post about my slip covered furniture you saw a glimpse of a ruffled ottoman I’ve had around for a while. A friend asked if I could share more of that ottoman, so today I’m doing just that.
Is There a God? A Higher Power? A Supreme Being? A Creator?
Or did we just ‘happen’ to evolve after a ‘Big Bang’ that threw the cosmos into existence?
I think this old hymn answers quite nicely.