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

Sometimes It’s the Wood Slices That Do All the Talking

Sometimes It’s the Wood Slices That Do All the Talking

DIH Rustic Pumpkin Stand Wood Pumpkin

Have you ever heard of the book “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman?

I read it years ago and it’s kind of a game changer.  The premise of the book is that everyone has a way that they show love and everyone has a way that they receive love and there are five different love languages and different ways we communicate.

Here are the love languages from the book.

In no particular order.

1.  Words of Affirmation

2.  Quality Time

3.  Acts of Service

4.  Receiving Gifts

5.  Physical Touch

For example, my love language is Words of Affirmation.

You probably guessed that.  Some people are bi-lingual.

Not me.

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DIY Pinecone Acorn

DIY Pinecone Acorn

DIY Pine Cone Acorn

Sounds that I heard when I was making this DIY pinecone acorn project on the screened-in back porch.

In no particular order.

1.  Crickets chirping.

2.  Birds tweeting.

3.  The sound of an international harvester chugging down the road.

4.  The wind rustling though the trees.

5.  Cows lowing.

6.  Me singing the third verse of “Away in the Manger.”  With acorn project choreography.

I couldn’t help it.

Blame it on those lowing cows. :)Continue reading

Painted Furniture Project and Are You Smarter Than a Seventh Grader?

Painted Furniture Project and Are You Smarter Than a Seventh Grader?

HomeRight Thrift Store Project

I decided yesterday that I’m officially not smarter than a seventh grader.

Have you seen their math?

I was barely hanging on when we when through long division with decimals.  And my eyes started crossing when they said the word fraction.

But now?

Did you know that sometimes 2x x 4x can equal 8x?

But not always.  They were trying to explain to me that sometimes it can equal z.

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DIH Rustic Pumpkin Stand and Wood Slice Pumpkins

DIH Rustic Pumpkin Stand and Wood Slice Pumpkins


This post is sponsored by the Home Depot

DIH Rustic Pumpkin Stand

Here’s the amazing thing about this post.

See that rustic pumpkin stand perched over there on the edge of the counter?

It’s calling your name.

I’m going to show you step-by-step how we built ours.  But the pumpkin building fest doesn’t end there because Home Depot is offering a free class at a Home Depot near you where you can go and build your own.

I know….right?Continue reading

Decorating With Vintage Finds

Decorating With Vintage Finds

vintage finds

Do you have any idea what this is?

You probably guessed right away when you saw it because you are smart like that.  I, on the other hand, had no idea.

I just knew I needed it.

Numbers.  Check.

Typography.  Check.  

A little bit of history and rust and character and I’m sure a lifetime of stories to tell.

Check. Check and double check.Continue reading

DIY Wood Slice Wreath (3 Different Ways)

DIY Wood Slice Wreath (3 Different Ways)

wood slice project

Around here we are partying like its woodsliceapalooza.

You know.

That celebration that happens when a tree falls in your back yard and you pause for a moment of sadness and then all you can see is the endless possibilities and projects and ideas and fall decorations.

Good times.

Here’s what my back porch looks like right now.  Stacks and stacks and stacks of these.  34 to be exact.  This weekend I stared at them and they all started talking and filling my head with ideas and I grabbed my paint brush and this is what happened.Continue reading

Wood Slice Centerpiece

Wood Slice Centerpiece


Fallen Tree

Last week this happened.


One minute you have a storm with torrential rain and high winds and thunder and lightening.

And the next minute you have sunshine and hay and green grass and blue skies….

….and a tree down.Continue reading