The Masterpiece Collection

The Masterpiece Collection

 

Art House

I am sure that one day the Metropolitan Museum of Art will thank me.

Maybe they’ll name a wing after me.

Or add my name on one of those brass plaques attached to the benches over by the gift shop.

Truly.

How could they not?

I’ve spent years curating a collection of classic 21st century art for them.Continue reading


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Sing Your Heart

Sing Your Heart

 
I get e-mails all the time asking me how to say my name.

And how to pronounce it and how to spell it and if there’s are any capitals in it.

It’s a challenge….I know.

I completely understand.

I’ve been challenged all my life with it.

And all those challenges all started with Norwegian movie spectacular, “Windjammer”……

…..and a little song called, “Kari Waits For Me.”Continue reading


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A Makeover

A Makeover

Farmhouse Family Room

 

Dear over-looked, under-appreciated, almost forgotten little room under the stairs,

Bless your heart.

2012 was not your year.

You were always full of stacks and stacks of games and puzzles and play dough and potholder kits and picture frames and decks of cards and bins full of scrapbook paper.

It was a precarious situation.Continue reading


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What To Do With a Big Blank Wall

What To Do With a Big Blank Wall

 

Do you have a big blank giant enormous wall in your house?

Me, too.

Actually, I think we have the biggest, blankest wall in North America.

Truly.

You might not have noticed its big blankness because it’s cleverly disguised by the giant multi-paned chalkboard that takes up almost the entire space.

But before that chalkboard…..well…..that wall would totally have shown up on Mr. Blackwell’s worst dressed list.

At the very top.

I tried everything.  I painted it khaki and I painted it gray and I hung yard sale frames and then coasters and then iron pieces ……and nothing worked.


Chalkboard Calendar project
It just looked unfocused and outdated and a little like I was trying too hard.

*sigh*

Kind of like my perm from 1994.

All ratted out with split ends and nowhere to go.

And then I saw a broken 40 pane window in the trash….and the rest is history.

 

So just in case you have a big blank wall……and no one has thrown away a window in your neighborhood…..I posted some creative ideas on what do with all that blank space over at the Lamp’s Plus blog today.

And can we keep the whole split-ended perm ratted up with Aqua Net thing……just between us?

I wouldn’t want the walls to talk. :)

 

 

 

 


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Joyful Bird Tutorial

Joyful Bird Tutorial

Scrap Paper Bird


When you read this blog….do you ever get  frustrated with me?

Just a little?

I think if I read this blog…..I would totally get on my nerves sometimes.

Seriously.

I’m not even kidding.

I mean….I write a post about a spring mantel with painted bead board and multi-colored birds perched on hanging spray-painted turquoise branches that are suspended in mid-air…..

….without a single word of instruction.Continue reading


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A Mantel Full of Joy

A Mantel Full of Joy


Winter Mantel to Spring Mantel

 

Here it is in action.

My un-decorating…..and re-decorating.

All because I wanted a little lightness and freshness and birds and nests and branches…..

…..and joy.Continue reading


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Skinny Strawberry Smoothie

Skinny Strawberry Smoothie

 
Skinny Strawberry Smoothie

 

I think I ate my way through December.

*sigh*

It was a wonderful month.

Full of parties and dinners and lunches and brownies and chocolate covered pecans and cookies that said Merry Christmas and peanut butter fudge and chocolate cakes with sprinkles on top and three layers of strawberry creme glaze.

And I actually think that I feel a little rounder just writing that last sentence.Continue reading


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Painted Plywood Sub-Floor

Painted Plywood Sub-Floor


Master Bedroom

I think the first time you ever met the master bedroom it looked liked this.

Now….I love this room.

Truly.

But have you ever wondered what was under that rug?

You didn’t?

Oh….my bad.  Well….ummm….I have a whole page of other projects to show you.

But just in case you were curious…..wait until you see this.Continue reading


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