The Day the Bacon Flew Through the Air

The Day the Bacon Flew Through the Air

salvage shopping grain sacks

I’ve spent the last few weeks living out of a suitcase.

Here, there and everywhere.

I’ve been to New York, Florida, the beautiful distant shores of Alabama and a few other places in between.

I’ve seen the ocean at sunrise and almost randomly got attacked by Cookie Monster in Times Square and feasted on local seafood and toured an historic home and shopped at salvage yards and Target and watched actors dance across the stage at a Broadway play.

It was fun.

And exhilarating.

And exciting.

But I’ve been so busy eating and touring and shopping that somewhere along the way….

 …..I missed Decades Day.

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Stained Deer Head DIY

Stained Deer Head DIY

stained deer head diy project

If you only knew all the projects that I thought up in my head….

….that never work out.


Does that ever happen to anyone else?  Am I the only one?

I think I have a 95% almost-make-it-but-not-quite-because-what-was-I-thinking rate.

But sometimes all the stars align and the cherubs sing and tiny bluebirds fly by in a crystal blue sky and a project jumps perfectly from my brain into fruition.

And sometimes it turns out even better than I imagined.

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To All the Natural Fiber Rugs I’ve Loved Before

To All the Natural Fiber Rugs I’ve Loved Before


Front Foyer

 Last week I got a question about the rugs in my house and I realized two things.

1.  I’ve had these rugs for over five years.

2.  And like that awkward relative at the family reunion that you love, but you’re never sure why they have a lego collection….

….I never talk about them.

Until now.

Today is rug public service announcement day.

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The Inn-Keeper’s Wife Goes to Broadway

The Inn-Keeper’s Wife Goes to Broadway

broadway stage

Dear wonderful, incredible, patient and understanding second-grade church choir director,

Just in case you were curious….

…..I’m here.

I know….right?  I’m just as surprised as you are.

I always told you that….I knew that I knew…..that I knew….

….I was going to stand on the stage of a Broadway play.

To me….it wasn’t really a question of if….more of a question of when.

You see….I knew that one day I was going to be discovered singing quietly to myself in aisle seven of Wal-Mart.  The notes would dance softly across the polished linoleum floors….into the waiting ears of a big Hollywood agent who would immediately….on bended knee….offer to represent me.

And then he would whisk me away to the Broadway stage…..

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Six Simple (and Some Not So Simple) Pallet Projects

Six Simple (and Some Not So Simple) Pallet Projects


To quote Barbara Mandrell, one of the greatest philosophers from 1970….

….I was pallet wood before pallet wood was cool.


I don’t think I’ve ever met a piece of pallet wood I didn’t like.

And just when I thought I had seen everything you could create from pallet wood, my brother came along and inspired me even more.

Here are some of my favorite pallet projects ever created….

…and a pallet joke for the road just to make you smile.

Did you hear about the scientist who used pallet wood to build a rocket?

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The Day I Became That Mom

The Day I Became That Mom

pallet wood heart

Seven days, five hours, 32 minutes and four seconds ago….

….I became one of those moms.


To my credit….at the time I had no idea how I was coming across.

I thought I was just being helpful.

And encouraging and uplifting and inspiring and constructive….and maybe, just maybe….

…..the tiniest bit zealous.

After all, it was an occasion of great magnitude.

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flower decorating for spring

Happy Easter rock star.

I hope your day is full of sunshine and flowers.

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.

And still give faith a fighting chance.

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

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The Day I Forgot My Red Lipstick

The Day I Forgot My Red Lipstick

New York Skyline

It wasn’t an April Fool’s.

Yesterday I stood on the streets of New York City.

It was a whirlwind trip.  La-Z-Boy invited me to go behind the scenes of a commercial they were filming in NYC.  One of the rooms from the commercial was inspired by this room that I created for them during the Design Dash contest.

That wonderful, glorious houndstooth chair was front and center.

living room design ideas

I spent the morning watching the filming and shaking hands and meeting the most amazing cast and crew and eating at the Kraft Food table and trying to contain my excitement and acting like this is something that I do everyday.

And meeting Fred Savage.

And Constantine from American Idol.

And Brooke.

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