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

Storefront

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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!

The Summer Market Vendors

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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.

Front Door Paint

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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.

The Summer Market

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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!

We Paid Cash! Our a/c unit

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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.

How to Slipcover a Small Ottoman

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I want to share a little tutorial I did awhile back. How to slipcover a small ottoman. Ottomans are the perfect thing to use for your first slipcover project. They are small and have straight lines, now fancy curves or geometry to figure out.

Our Summertime Yard

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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…

Giveway! Measuring Cups, Trophy Cup and More

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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 :D

How to Give a Vintage Teddy New Life

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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.

Milk Painted Toy Box – Artissimo

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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.

Milk Painted Table – Shutter Grey

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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.

A Closet Makeover

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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.

My Garage Sale Finds

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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.

40th Birthday Recap

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My 40th birthday was Thursday and I thoroughly embraced the day! My sister didn’t get to come after all but she is improving and we are hoping and praying that continues.

Embracing 40

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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!
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Prayer Request

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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

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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

The Vintage Marketplace – Recap

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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.

The Vintage Marketplace – Springfield Ohio

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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.

How to Make Piping for Your Sewing Projects

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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.

Nope.

You can make your own! I’ll show you how to make piping – it’s really quite easy.

Slipcovered Chair in Sunbrella Fabric

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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!

Pillow Covers, Banners, and a Few Words on Submission

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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.

Featured at Savvy Southern Style

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Hi friends!  I’ve had an extremely busy week and it’s going to be busy through the weekend.  Pushing a deadline as close to the wire and a bit over the wire this time I’m afraid!  Yes, sometimes I try to do it all I wanted to pop in and tell you that today (friday) I’m […]

Memorial Day

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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

Adding a No-Sew Ruffle to a Curtain…

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…without taking the curtain down.

School Sale Finds

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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 in Retrospect

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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

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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!

Happy Easter – yes I know it’s late

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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!

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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.

Succulents On My Window Sill

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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.

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Bad Days and Regrouping

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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.

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A Bit of Gold Paint

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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 :D

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Decor steals Hack

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You’ve probably heard the term ‘IKEA Hack’ – when someone takes a product from IKEA and gives it a fun makeover.  I just did a bit of a ‘hack’ but it was with a purchase from Decor Steals instead of IKEA.

Would you like to see my Decor Steals Hack?

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Side Table Makeover Complete with a Union Jack

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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.

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Housewife to Entrepreneur

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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 :D

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.

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Stenciling Words on a Wall

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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.

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Brownie – in – a – Mug

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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!

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Easter Pennant Banner – tutorial included

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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.

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Products I Love

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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!

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New Fabric and Milk Paint for My Stash

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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 :D

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Another Union Jack Pouffe

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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!

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Dealing with SAD – a follow up

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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.

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Best Guacamole Ever

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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

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Wedding Peek and What I’ve Been Up To

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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

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A Package Full of Bliss

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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.

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Milk Painted Desk Chair

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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.

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DIY Ribbon Organizer

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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!

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Celebrating Everyday Life

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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.

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The Rose

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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.

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Boneless Wings

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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.

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Giveaway reminder and a winner

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Just wanted to remind you today that the Sweepstakes giveaway attached to my review of these products – Suave® called Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion Body Care – is ending tomorrow!  You can go enter here.

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Laminated Fabric and Handmade Items

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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.

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Homemade Laundry Soap

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Homemade Laundry Soap – How I make it, the ‘secret ingredient’ I add, and how much I love it.  If you read to the end you will even find out how great it is at taking out stains.  Think hair dye and a white linen slip cover.

 

My Girl’s Room – Keeping It Real

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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.

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We Believe

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WE BELIEVE

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.

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Union Jack Pouffe

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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.

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Girl’s Room Reveal

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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.

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Red Wool Coat and Muff

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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.

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Ruffled Ottoman

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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.

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Is There a God?

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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.

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Once Upon a Time…

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Once upon a time (1974 to be exact) a Little Girl was born.  She had a thatch of black hair, intense blue eyes, a zest for life, and a heart full of dreams and romance.

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Valentine’s Vignette

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Yesterday I finished up a pouffe for a client – if you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen a peek at the pouffe!  After I finished the pouffe I wanted to take some fun pics of it so I could share it here on the blog.  And one thing always leads to another – I decided to change up the vignette in my dining room nook.  So today I’m sharing the pics of my valentine’s vignette with you.

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Giveaway Reminder!

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I thought I would give you a ‘Giveaway Reminder’ today! A couple still going on here :)
Today is the last day to enter this giveaway! Only about 10 hours left so go enter now!

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Creation Debate

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Did you watch the debate last week between Ken Hamm, Creationist and Bill Nye the Science Guy?

It was amazing.  So awesome to see the Gospel proclaimed.  So inspiring to see a Creationist take on an evolutionist with such calm assurance and Spirit-filled authority.

If you missed it you can still view the debate for free by

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Vanilla Infused Sugar

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You know for this post that I love my coffee - but I don’t love it black.  I use yummy treats to make the coffee even better.  My favorite lately has been Vanilla Infused Sugar.  And just in case you’ve never infused sugar with Vanilla I’m going to share with you just how easy it is to do.  And it’s so yummy in coffee!  You really must try it :D

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My Savior Loves, My Savior Lives

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My Savior Loves, My Savior Lives

by Aaron Shust

I am not skilled to understand
What God has willed, what God has planned
I only know at His right hand
Stands One who is my Savior

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Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion Body Care

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It’s wintertime.  Here in the midwest we are in the middle of the coldest winter I can remember for a long time.  Temps well below 0° and lots of snow to go with it.  Along with the winter weather, the air inside turns dry.  Very dry.  And along with it our skin turns dry.  And creates a dire need for some moisturizing properties!

As a part of the BlogHer Network I recently received some Suave® Body Care products to review.  These products are part of a new line from Suave® called Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion Body Care.  These are premium products infused with authentic Moroccan argan oil, and have been clinically proven to moisturize as well as Moroccanoil®1. 

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Valentine’s Decor – and a Giveaway!

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Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?  I don’t usually do a lot but I have a few things that are a bit romantic and just seem like Valentine’s Decor that I get out.  You really don’t need a bunch of hearts to make it feel like the Valentine’s Holiday.  Here are some ways you can use things you have, craft if you want, or just add some flowers to make your home seem festive.

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SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder

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First of all – I am not a Dr. I do not have a degree in psychology and I am in no way a professional in the area of depression or SAD or anything related to it.  But I do deal with depression and SAD.  I’ve experienced both myself and I’m sharing here.  My hope is that by sharing I might help those who deal with the same things to know they are not alone, perhaps help them find ways to deal with the affliction by sharing what works for me, and to maybe educate someone who has no idea what I’m talking about.

SAD is real.  It hurts.  And words and actions from people who don’t believe it’s real or don’t know anything about it can be debilitating to those of us who suffer from the affects of SAD or other depression issues.

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Beauty all Around

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There is beauty all around us every single day.  Sometimes we have to look harder for it.  Some days the beauty is so shrouded in clouds and darkness we can hardly find it.  But it is there.  Just waiting for us to notice.

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Disappointed, Worn Out, and Etsy Items

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I’ll tell ya, I’m so disappointed at the game the Broncos played last night that I’m totally worn out.

I just couldn’t bring myself to finish writing the post I was planning for today.  

I’m working on a post about SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) so make sure you come back later this week to read it when I do find the energy to finish it.

I’ve got to hand it to the SeaHawks – they played a good game.  And I love that Wilson thanks God for getting him where he is.  But I really wanted to see our beloved Peyton Manning get that trophy.  Maybe next year.  Tears my heart out…

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Casting Crowns – The Alter and the Door

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The Alter and The Door by Casting Crowns

Careless, I am reckless

I’m a wrong way traveling, slowly unraveling shell of a man

Burnt out, I’m so numb now

That the fire’s just an ember way down in the corner of my cold, cold heart

Lord, this time I’ll make it right

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Cherry Blueberry Pie

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Cherry Blueberry Pie

I love Cherry Pie.  Made with real sour cherries picked from a tree, not the can of pie filling from the grocery.  I also love Blueberry Pie.  Same scenario – no can of pie filling from the store, but real blueberries in a filling made from scratch.  I recently cleaned out the freezer side of my refrigerator and I found a freezer container of frozen sour cherries that we had picked from my parents cherry tree a few years ago.  Unfortunately it wasn’t enough cherries for a pie.

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Homemade Latte

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Are you a coffee lover?  Do you drink it every day?  I never dreamed the day would come when I would find myself among those who call themselves coffee drinkers.  A couple of years ago I discovered that I did enjoy an occasional latte – especially if it was from Starbucks.  A caramel latte – especially if it wasn’t too strong on the coffee taste but leaned more to the caramel and cream side.  Gradually I came to drink the stuff more often, even tasting my husbands coffee occasionally when he made it from really yummy smelling beans.  And then I discovered that I could blend my own delicious brew with the right ingredients.  And just a few months ago I took it to the next level and began making my own lattes at home.

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French Linen, Soap, and Baskets

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I recently splurged and bought a French Linen table runner for myself.  Just for me – not to repurpose into something I can sell, not to use for the blog, just something I fell in love with and bought for myself.

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Make Your Own Heart-Shaped Tea Bags

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Yesterday I posted about some things I just listed in my etsy shop.  Including some toy tea bags in a fun heart shape.  Today I’m going to share a few more photos and show you just how cute they can be – and then I’m going to tell you how you can find out how to make your own heart-shaped tea bags!

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Heart Tea Bags and More in the Etsy Shop

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Last night I added some things to my etsy shop.

Some handmade fabric ‘tea bags‘ for little people to play tea party with.  Vintage grain sacks with red stripes.  Perfect for a Valentine’s Day tea party for the little girl in your life…

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Google+

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Do you use Google+ ?  I’ll admit I’ve used it for quite some time but it’s only just recently that I’ve started understanding it a bit and enjoying it.  It all started with this post from Ann of On Sutton Place.

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Antique Shopping with Kids

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In October we took a trip to Wisconsin – a part work/part fun trip.  We got home the first or second of November and from then till New Year’s it was a blur of projects, business, family, and life-in-general.  I never managed to blog about all the things from our trip I had planned.  So now that the bustle of the holidays is past and January is swiftly winding down, I’m dusting off those pics, editing them a bit, and finally sharing with you!

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Mushroom Tart

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Last summer I made this yummy Mushroom Tart for me and my hubby.  It was so yummy!  I meant to share it with you then but then I couldn’t find the recipe.  And I didn’t want to share the pics and not have the recipe to include.  Yesterday I made some boneless wings at my husbands request, and while digging through my binder of recipes I found the recipe for this tart.  So today I get to share it with you!

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Slip Covers and Feather Pillows

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Before Christmas I slipcoverd a couch and chair in our living room and made some feather pillows for the couch.  The furniture had belonged to my Grandmas and  they were a gold/green that several of my friends thought was an awesome color. It wasn’t terrible and I lived with it for over half a year.  But I really wanted my furniture white, and when I got invited to be part of a Holiday House Walk I knew I had to get my living room looking like I really wanted it to look.

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Brownies, Hearts, and Valentines

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Do you make crafts and decorate for Valentine’s?  I have in the past but I don’t always.  This year I have some plans to do a couple things for Valentine’s – just to share them with you here on the blog!  I just finished up a dress a friend needed made for a wedding this Saturday and now I’m ready to start creating some new things.  Some pouffes are in the works – I washed some European grain sacks up today.  I also have some events coming up this year that I need to get going on.

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Ohio Weather

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Ohio weather = bipolar.  I’ve heard this said on facebook a few times in the past several days!  Ohio weather is a fickle, ever-changing thing.  One minute the breezes are soft and gentle and the air warm and lovely, and the next it’s hurricane force winds and temperatures straight from the North Pole.

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Winter Living Room

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It felt good to get the Christmas decor packed away (mostly) and start with a clean slate.  Transform our living room to our Winter Living Room.  All through the year I refluff here and there for a season or just to mix things up and redo.  By Christmas I have the place decked out from floor to ceiling.  Come January I pack it all away and start out about as minimalistic as I ever get.  As the year goes on I’ll add more back into my decor because I’m really not cut out to be a complete minimalist.  I’ve tried.  Really I have.  It just isn’t me!

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Shutters as Window Treatments

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Six years ago we completely gutted out our living room and the bedroom and bathroom above the living room.  Insulation was added, drywall hung and finished, completely new bathroom installed in the upstairs and hardwood floors laid in the living room and the dining room.  The woodwork in the living room was all removed to be stripped, painted and put back in.   A year ago, 5 years after the project was started, I finally convinced my hubby to just go buy new wood and at least get the woodwork up around the two windows in the living room.

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Celebrating Everyday Life

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Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll, the magazine, Jan/Feb issue is now available!  Every time a new issue comes out I browse through it and when I’m finished I think ‘no way can this get any better’.  And ever issue does – the creativity, photography, projects, and recipes are always amazing and wonderful.  You really must get your digital copy now.  And you can subscribe and get each issue as soon as they ‘hit the stands’ and at a cheaper price per issue too!

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