Simple Vase With Jute Twine Letters

Simple Vase With Jute Twine Letters

 

simple vase with jute twine letters

I have this theory.

It’s called the don’t-really-point-out-what-you-need-to-work-on-in-your-house-point-out-the-chandelier-instead theory.

You know.

When you invite someone over to your house and they ask for a tour and you walk them through the rooms and they are oohing and ahhing over your curtains and your pillows and the random piece of Paris art on the wall….

….and you point out the piece of crown molding you forgot to add.

And the tour comes to a screeching halt and everyone stops and stares at the gap in the crown molding that no one would ever have noticed until  you point it out.

Why?

Why do I do that?

Self….just point out the chandelier instead.
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How To Combine Two Smaller Rugs to Make One Larger One

How To Combine Two Smaller Rugs to Make One Larger One

 
dining room blue and white after

Remember this room?

Remember the before and the blue and white and that amazing fabric on the chairs and the perfect chandelier and the antique side table with the lamps and how I spent 24 of the 48 hours I had to decorate it searching high and low for the perfect rug and realizing that I sound just like my mother.

Finding the perfect rug for a room is a full time job.

For me, knowing what I want is the easy part.

Most of the time when I look at a space I can see the rug in the room in my mind.

It’s right there.

Right in front of me.

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DIY Reclaimed Wood Stool

DIY Reclaimed Wood Stool

 

DIY Project Reclaimed Wood Stool

This week I was challenged by Furniture Medic to create a simple DIY project.

One a person could make in an afternoon.

One anyone could create.

One that was simple and easy and creative.

So I thought and planned and sighed and looked at the saw and the hammer and nails and measuring tape….

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Five Simple Ideas for Decorating With Mason Jars

Five Simple Ideas for Decorating With Mason Jars

 
farmhouse decor mason jar rack

When I first moved to the country I attended a canning class.

I was new to the neighborhood and thought I would make friends.

If you were there at the class with me….

….I’m truly sorry.

I was fresh from the city.

I bought my beans in a can with a Del Monte label.

I had no idea what I was in for.  I thought a water bath was something you took at night with bubbles.  And a Dutch oven was something they used in the Netherlands.

What happens at canning class, stays at canning class, but suffice it to say I left the class with my tail between my legs and two jars of tomatoes.

And now I use my mason jars to decorate.

So without further ado….here’s five simple ideas for decorating with mason jars.Continue reading


When Life Gives You Project Lemons

When Life Gives You Project Lemons

 

This post is sponsored by HomeRight.

Painted Dresser DIY

I almost laughed when I posted this picture.

It looks so pretty and pristine.  Right?  Every detail where it should be.  Like butter would melt in its mouth.

A painted dresser that I would take out for scones and sweet tea.

But where we started?

The road to get here?  It was bumpy and rough and full of pitfalls.  To quote George Costanza, “The sea was angry that day my friends.”

So here’s the day in the life of a project that was working overtime to turn into a lemon…..

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IKEA Hack Bathroom Shelf

IKEA Hack Bathroom Shelf

 
IKEA Hack Bathroom Shelf

You know it’s a good IKEA hack when your children are impressed.

They are a tough crowd.

You can completely create a paneled wall from 1 x 2’s and they shrug.

Add a plate rack (with a recipe) to the kitchen?  Maybe a raised eyebrow.

But make shelves on a bathroom organizer?  Take 30 minutes to make a project and have the peanut gallery stand up and cheer?

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Painted Porch Swing Project

Painted Porch Swing Project

 

painted porch swing project

What was I thinking?

Seriously?

Yesterday I posted a southern table setting and gave away dishes and asked you all what you would bring to the dinner party.

And you did not disappoint.

We were on a family trip and we started reading the dish selection aloud.  And sighed.  And read them again.

One. by. one.

In Arkansas we read about pecan pie and homemade biscuits and corn salad.  In Missouri we read about peach cobbler and homemade ice cream and ice box cake.  In Tennessee we read about macaroni and cheese and freshly picked berry pie and cheesecake with strawberries.

And in Kentucky we were hungry….

….and so we stopped for ice cream.

Thanks for sharing.  If you want to check out what everyone is bringing to the dinner party (there’s even some recipes posted) or enter the giveaway….you can check it out here.

In the meantime, read on to see how I painted my porch swing. :)Continue reading


FREE “I Hope You Dance” Printable

FREE “I Hope You Dance” Printable

 

I hope you dance

If this blog could have a theme song, “I hope you dance” would be it.

There’s something about the words that resonates with all of us.

About a month into writing this blog I posted about my tiny twins and their twirly whirly skirts.

Here’s an excerpt from where it all began:

Yesterday one of the twins asked for a twirly whirly skirt. 

I guess twirly whirly skirts are all the rage if you are nine and Hannah Montana is your fashion icon.  

I saw her outside one day. 

Arms lifted to the sky.

Blonde hair floating in the wind.Continue reading