5 Reasons Why You Need A Can Of Shellac On Your DIY Paint Shelf!

Happy Labor Day!  It is crazy, isn’t it? Crazy how it has flown by.  Regardless of the calendar, reality is that summer is over.  I love … [Continue Reading]

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Chill Out!

Just calm down people. Seriously.  Chill. Out. I know you are chomping at the bit to see my new textiles that I’ll be … [Continue Reading]

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In The Store: Fall Preview 2014

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 … [Continue Reading]

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Getting Ready…

It is time. Time for the fall inventory to be unpacked and on the shelves.  I’ve spent the last two days getting the store ready and … [Continue Reading]

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Furniture Debut: The Pioneer

  …Now all the prairie and the plain Are waving field of golden grain: Look till eve, from early morn See all the valleys clad with … [Continue Reading]

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Sharing Some Vacation Pictures…

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Hey there!  It is time to get back to work now that our Disney World / Universal Orlando vacation has come to an end.  It was a busy week since we opened the parks – and closed the parks – but it was so much fun that we ignored how tired we were!  We met up with friends the first few days we were there which made it even … [Read more...]

You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up…

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This post is for all of you who are raising boys. First, take a look at this…   That was Joey and his buddy racing against each other at a baseball game the other night. And this is what immediately followed as a result of that race…   In reference to Dr. Seuss... Thing One: A separated … [Read more...]

Help Me Choose My Breakfast Nook Chandelier

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Small spaces can sometimes take a while to makeover.  It is almost like you only have one chance to get it right because every detail stands out.  They can blend, and possibly get lost, in a large room, but in a small room?  Every piece is a star in its own way. I’ve mentioned that I am changing the look of my breakfast area … [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...]

How To Care For Your Hanging Fuschia Plants

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Every year, towards the end of May, my porches become havens of budding beauty seeking the glorious Pacific Northwest morning sun. You may call me a rebel of sort, taking on a task that many are afraid to do. But what people don’t know is that they have no reason to be afraid. Fuschias are not your enemy. They are … [Read more...]

DIY: An Old Crate Into A Side Table

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Sometimes things are meant to be given a second life.  A new purpose. After all, their original purpose can become boring. Or for whatever reason, they are no longer able to deliver. Kind of like how I feel at least once a day.  ha ha. For this project, I decided to do a quick repurpose of an old … [Read more...]

I’m Making A Mental Move For Summer

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TGIF! I hope you all have started your summer vacation off on the right foot.   I decided to take a little break as you may have noticed. But I’ve been busy: I have been working at the store and getting the new inventory stocked… Watching a lot of baseball… Working on projects… Planning our … [Read more...]

Furniture Debut: Dottie

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A go-to color is a must in the design business.  A color that you can rely on when your creativity has stalled.  A color that can transition from season to season, room to room, style to style.  My go-to color is green.  I love how it can be incorporated into any design at any time of the year.  I use it throughout my home … [Read more...]