You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up…

This post is for all of you who are raising boys. First, take a look at this…   That was Joey and his buddy racing … [Continue Reading]

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Help Me Choose My Breakfast Nook Chandelier

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 … [Continue Reading]

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The Outback

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 … [Continue Reading]

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10 Last Minute 4th Of July Entertaining Ideas

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 … [Continue Reading]

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DIY: 2 Simple Summer Presentations With 2 Basic Paper Plates

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 … [Continue Reading]

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Furniture Debut: The Counterpoint

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Today you can call me the neutralizer.  The middle child.  The mediator. There has been so much debate  discussion on social media between “painters” and “wood purists.”  Some of it is downright mean and ridiculous.  I don’t understand the thought process. But today I am debuting a piece of furniture that is for … [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 Americana Bench Makeover With Artissimo

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Hey, you’re here!  You made it just in time. Just in time to take a seat . . . As you know,I’ve had the red, white and blues recently. Summer will do that to a gal. Does it do that you as well? I started out with an old piano bench… …and Artissimo kept calling my name. I wanted to keep it simple.  Just a … [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...]

DIY: Stained & Planked American Flag

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For being as old as I am, I remember third grade music class with Mr. Bullard pretty darn well.  Vying for position to play the maracas and xylophone, singing my favorite song at the time - “Don Gato” – and always ending class with a little patriotic sing-along… You're a grand old flag, You're a high flying flag And forever … [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...]

DIY Side Table Project

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At 5’3”, things in my world tend to be low to the ground.  Except John – he is 6’4”. That is why he gets away with doing this… and this… If you follow me on Instagram you would know that I usually don’t notice the banana peels  - just the smell after they have been up there for a while or until Joey ‘fesses … [Read more...]