The Tour of the House That Photographed Itself

The Tour of the House That Photographed Itself

pumpkin display outdoor

This is the story of the house that photographed itself.

A house so unique.

So creatively built and decorated.

So full of one-of-a kind ideas and beautiful  light fixtures and furniture with a story and hand-painted curtains and chalkboard barn doors and ceilings that take your breathe away….

….that I really had almost nothing to do with these pictures.

I simply put the camera on a tri-pod and clicked.

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Back Porch Pumpkin

Random thoughts on a chilly fall morning.

1.  I just heard turkeys outside my window.  There was a herd of them.  Or do you call it a gaggle?

2. Today is Texas v. OU.  My husband already has his game shirt on and greeted me this morning with coffee and a hook ‘em sign.

3.  Bonzai the Yorkie got a new sweater for fall.  It lasted 3.5 seconds on him.

4.  I completely re-did the front porch with orange pumpkins and an orange wreath.  I like it but it is a LOT of orange.  The astronauts called and they can see it from space.

5.  I’m in the mood to go to a parade today and bake a pie.  Maybe pumpkin.

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Sometimes It’s All About the Sunrise

Sometimes It’s All About the Sunrise

The sun rising

I know I’ve mentioned a few thousand times that I live in the middle of the country in the middle of nowhere.

But in all those descriptions, I just realized that I left out a minor detail.

I live in the middle of the country in the middle of nowhere….

….surrounded by water.


I live near four rivers, two lakes, dozens of creeks and hundreds of scattered ponds.

It gives the words “you’re wearing high waters” new meaning. :)

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DIY Wood Stick Pumpkin

DIY Wood Stick Pumpkin

wood stick pumpkin fall project

Yesterday, as I drove through the winding country roads with the windows down and Adam Levine singing to me with the clear blue sky overhead and looked at the brilliantly hued trees that dotted the countryside wearing their reds and oranges and magentas… thought kept occurring to me over and over again.

If fall was a man and I wasn’t already happily married to a pair of twinkling brown eyes….

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Pumpkins and Communication

Pumpkins and Communication


fall with pumpkins

Communication is a funny thing.

Some people are texters.

Some people are e-mailers.

Some people don’t even communicate at all.

But me?

I’m a phone talker.

Well….actually….I’m an in-person talker, but when that’s not available…..

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Through the Years and The Evolution of a Porch

Through the Years and The Evolution of a Porch


the porch before

I’m pausing just a moment on this busy Monday morning with an ode to my porch:

Through the years

You’ve never let me down

You’ve turned my life around

The sweetest days I’ve found, I’ve found with you

Through the years

No one sings it like Kenny.

And this is the beginning of the porch’s journey.  The before before.  Before the black and white and Christmas trees and magnolias and neutrals.

This is where it all started.

This is where it began.

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Painted Fox Chandelier

If you are part of the super secret e-mail crew….

…you already know what I’m about to type.

My new Painted Fox Shop is LIVE.

But while that’s amazing  and wonderful and fun and so many of you lit up the internet and shopped until you dropped and now we get to re-stock everything….

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DIY Monogram Pillow

DIY Monogram Pillow

Back Porch Bench

I remember the first monogram I ever made.

It involved paint pens and a bow and a whole lot of confidence.

I’m not sure how it started.  I think I saw a bow on Madonna when she was dancing around with her lucky star and I realized that I had a similar hair accessory.

Light bulb moment.

I ran to my room and took out my sticker covered plastic paint pen box and promptly added a letter to the bow.

It didn’t really bear the slightest resemblance to anything lucky.  The bow was grosgrain ribbon and so the edges of the paint pen letter were kind of fuzzy and my K looked like it needed a shave. And that when I had light bulb moment number two.  Cover up all that fuzz with a monogram.

And some flowers.

And a swirl or two for good measure.

The rest simply defies description.

Bows gone wild… my monogram. :)Continue reading