The Day I Cried In the Parking Lot

The Day I Cried In the Parking Lot

 

Bonzai

It’s been almost a year to the day that a tiny four pound ball of fur entered our lives.

I say ball of fur because I’m hesitant to refer to him as a dog just in case he’s reading this over my shoulder.  Because the thing is (just between us)….

….he thinks he’s human.

When we read, he reads.

When we walk, he walks.

When we laugh, he grins.

When we watch the Real Housewives of New York City and think how cute Bethany’s new hairstyle is, he agrees.

And when we have a dance party to Uptown Funk….

…he applauds from the sidelines.

So to celebrate his anniversary, I’m re-sharing a story about love.

And a little dog called Bonzai.Continue reading


Before and After Imagination Craft Room Redesign

Before and After Imagination Craft Room Redesign

 
craft room before and after

Today I’m going all Adele and telling you hello.

Remember when FrogTape challenged me to take an empty room and transform it with paint and color and $1000?

Cue the drums.

Cue the ticker tape parade.

Cue the pots and pans and wooden spoons in your kitchen.

Today is the day for a little before and after craft room amazingness.

Are you ready?  Have your party hat on?  Ready for choreography and dance moves?  Memorized all the verses to Eye of the Tiger?

Oh good.  Me, too. :)Continue reading


Summer House Tour and Seven Farmhouse Projects

Summer House Tour and Seven Farmhouse Projects

 
pergola project

Good morning sunshine.

I’m back.  I’ve flown across the country and saw my reflection in the snow covered hills and glimpsed the moon over Nashville and last night at 12:17am I pulled into my driveway and opened the door and smelled the honeysuckle and saw the stars twinkling overhead.

It’s good to be home.

And it’s the perfect day for a traveling summer home tour organized by my incredibly talented friend Julie Blanner.  If you are visiting from Finding Home Farms, it’s an honor to meet you.

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Before and After Community Center Makeover With National Painting Week

Before and After Community Center Makeover With National Painting Week

 
Side View of Chairs After (917x1280)
Hello Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week.

Nice to meet you.

So happy it’s May and there’s sunshine and birds tweeting and cows lowing and crickets chirping and we’re having a fish fry in the country.

The fish fry is to celebrate our new re-furbished and re-painted and re-made over and re-furnished community center.

I can’t say thank you enough to Sherwin-Williams all the volunteers and individuals who helped to make this possible.

Ready for a little before and after?Continue reading


How to Get Started On a Home Remodel

How to Get Started On a Home Remodel

 

This post is sponsored by Regions Bank.

master bath project

Have you ever seen this door before when I photographed the master bedroom?

Are you going all Let’s Make a Deal right now and asking yourself what’s behind it?

I’m a little nervous to show you.

This is definitely not the farmhouse’s moment.

You see….it’s the master bathroom.

A never-been-seen-before-you-won’t-even-believe-what-it-looks-like-because-you-might-head-for-the-hills kind of space.

And today I’m opening the door.

Are you ready?

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Always Remember to Dribble Right

Always Remember to Dribble Right

 
dining-room-summer-table-setting

Pinterest is full of quotes about finding yourself and finding who you are and knowing your own path.

Quotes like “Some people get lost for so long they forget how to find themselves.”

And  “Lose yourself in the things you love and it is there you will find who you are.”

And my favorite “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.”

Wonderful, sage, incredible, amazing advice.   I know.  I get it.  I understand.  There are days when I feel like I need to have some of these quotes written on my hand so I remember the importance of just being myself.

But this week I discovered that  I really didn’t need Pinterest or quotes or wise advice from others.

I have a middle school daughter.Continue reading


14 Things You Can Accomplish With an Imagination Room

14 Things You Can Accomplish With an Imagination Room

 
imagination room paint colors

When you are in seventh grade and you have an imagination room tucked into the corner of your house at the top of the stairs, the world is your oyster.

There’s nothing you can’t accomplish.

No place you can’t visit.

No dream you can’t achieve.

After all Dr. Seuss was right “You have brains in your head, You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Oh, my seventh grade friend….

….the places you can go.Continue reading


My Five Favorite Wood Sign Projects

My Five Favorite Wood Sign Projects

 

painting a sign

I spent the weekend painting a sign for the imagination room.

It’s four feet long and two feet wide and full to the brim with letters turned this way and that way and painted in colors that will make you smile.

I painted it the sign because I couldn’t find exactly the sign I wanted anywhere.

Has that ever happened to you?

You have the perfect sign in your mind and you know what colors you want it to be and you about the size of the sign you need and you know that you know that you know….

….in all the stores in all the world, there has to be a sign like the one you’re looking for.

Except.

Except there isn’t.Continue reading