In The Store: Fall Preview 2014

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I’ve been at the store all week getting it ready for the new retail season.  Can you believe August is almost over?  Craaaazzzzy.  Gone are the summer accents of citrus hues, beach inspired treasures and outdoor activities. While I can feel the change in the air, it seems odd to walk into my store and smell the fall … [Read more...]

The Outback

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Last weekend, we traveled the road that leads to nowhere to get two weeks from everywhere (as they say.)  We did our annual gathering in the Oregon Outback, on the other side of the mountains.  I was planning on sharing it all earlier this week but I was still on vacation so to speak. The “family camping compound” … [Read more...]

10 Last Minute 4th Of July Entertaining Ideas

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It happened, didn’t it?  The day before your 4th of July festivities got here and you still aren’t ready.  I’m not sure how you all deal with that.  I wouldn’t have a clue as it has never happened to me. Never. - yeah, that would be a gazillion bolts of electricity from the lightning that just struck. I’m pretty … [Read more...]

DIY: 2 Simple Summer Presentations With 2 Basic Paper Plates

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Oh my gosh, I am finally starting to take advantage of the slow-pace-of-summer and have to say, I have welcomed it with open arms.  I’ve let myself sleep until 6:30 or 7:00 on some days and haven’t rushed myself to get out the door.  I have spent a few days here and there with Joey, out and about, doing a lot of nothing.  But it … [Read more...]

DIY: Denim Banner With A Secret Twist

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A good pair of jeans goes a long way, don’t you think?  I mean, seriously, is there anything more useful for repurposing than denim?  And denim does not discriminate.  We all have denim – regardless of age or size.  It is an American staple. Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and  - denim. Although we may wear denim … [Read more...]

My New Pedestal Dining Table And Our Oregon Coast

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Time gets away from us sometimes and things can become a blur.  This time of year is packed with events and obligations and we find ourselves counting the days when summer is really here.  And things can get neglected in the process.  I have had a list of to-do’s for my home for quite some time but have been unable to … [Read more...]

An Announcement And A Product Introduction

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Presentation is everything.  Although we hear it often, it is very true.  Taking the time to make something look good is a mental boost for everyone.  Holidays and birthdays are a given.  Most people present on overload for these occasions.  All you have to do is spend 20 minutes online to see all of the goodness that escalates … [Read more...]

Hanging It All Up

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Good morning!  I hope you all had a great three-day weekend.  Ours was full.  A little work.  A little play.  It was all good.  The weather was perfect.  Summer has started according to my calendar so no turning back now.  Friday, when thinking about the weekend, the months ahead and how it was necessary to my mental … [Read more...]

Kicking Off Americana, What Are Your Thoughts?

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There is something about this time of year that makes me feel a little pensive and excited at the same time.  So many things come to an end… Baseball is winding down.  Proms have taken place over the last handful of weekends. State playoffs are underway.  Seniors are experiencing short-timer’s syndrome while younger kids … [Read more...]

DIY: Sun Glow Jars

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We are oh-so-close to Memorial Day Weekend and I am ready.  This will be the first time in 13 years that we have not had a baseball, volleyball, soccer or softball tournament to go to.  While I love nothing more than spending a sunny weekend at a field or court or some sort, I admit that it will be nice to be home for a few … [Read more...]