The One Thing Every Mountain Climber Needs

The One Thing Every Mountain Climber Needs


We all have a seemingly insurmountable mountain to climb.

Each and everyone of us.

For some it’s getting up and giving a public speech in front of hundreds of people or having the courage to fly in an airplane or facing down a bully or paying off overwhelming debt and mounting bills or trying to mend fences with someone who has wounded you.

Or climbing a mountain.


When you are in middle school and 4’10” and you are a little shy and used to having your twin sister with you everywhere you go….

….your mountain is basketball camp.Continue reading

Serendipity and Twelve Fabric Projects

Serendipity and Twelve Fabric Projects


A long time ago I watched a movie called Serendipity.

It was about these two people who met while they were shopping and kind of fell in love, but they weren’t really sure so the girl told the guy if they were really meant to be they would meet again one day and they parted ways and then years later when she’s about to marry a musician they find each other again.

And fall in love.

I remember leaving that movie and thinking two things:

1.  That if I ever met someone who looked like John Cusak while I was shopping for gloves I wouldn’t leave him to fate.

2.  Did serendipity truly exist?

I’m still not sure about number one because I don’t know if John Cusack has twinkling eyes….

…..but question number two?


Yes my friend….it does.Continue reading

Five Simple Inexpensive Centerpiece Ideas

Five Simple Inexpensive Centerpiece Ideas


Did you know there are over 1000 posts on this blog?

I know, right?

Just between us I’m as surprised as you.

Four and a half years ago I sat down at the computer and clicked publish on the first one and I never looked back.  In between basketball and cheerleading and baseball and PTO and dogs and cats and kids….

….I wrote.

And wrote a little more.

And you left me a comment and I laughed when I read it and wrote more.

Until one day in July I started researching centerpieces for a free-lance article I’m working on and searched the blog to see if I had any blog posts that I’d written on tables and flowers and centerpieces I had created before.

And 32 posts came up.  Continue reading

When Mother Nature Hands You Twigs

When Mother Nature Hands You Twigs


Last week Mother Nature partied like it was 2016 at our house.

She shook her thunder and filled the sky with flashes of light and rained down buckets of drops and sent three feet of water rushing through our yard at lightning speed (pun totally intended).

And when the morning broke, the yard and driveway and fields were full of this.

Now some people might see debris.

Or giant logs.

Or mud-covered sidewalks.

But me?

I see opportunity.

A wonderful, glorious, amazing opportunity to make this……Continue reading




I think I’m going to write a post about how the Olympics changed my life.


I’ve been watching every minute of the Olympic trials and how hard the athletes have worked and the determination and heart and strength that goes into a race and sometimes only a tenth of a second stands between you and a gold medal.

And they’ve inspired me to take on some difficult races of my own.

Like the see if you can empty the dishwasher in under two minute race.

Or the collect all the dirty towels in the house and put them in the washer in under 47 seconds race.

Or the find the stinky sock steeple chase.  You know.  The one where you leap couches and step on rugs and flip over pillows on your road to victory.

I’ll let you know if I make it to the medal ceremony. :)Continue reading

The Day Mother Nature Came To Town

The Day Mother Nature Came To Town


Dear random passerbyer on the highway near my house,

I’m truly sorry.

If I knew what the morning held for me, I would have worn a better outfit.

I simply had no idea.

I woke up yesterday morning and put on yoga pants and a bathrobe and my messy bun from yesterday and opened the front door and saw this where my driveway used to be.Continue reading

How to Make a Faux Brick Wall

How to Make a Faux Brick Wall


Doesn’t this brick wall look real?

Historic and authentic and brickalicious.

Like maybe back when the settlers were a thing, the masons carried dozens of bricks bleached by the sun up from the river and carefully laid them in place, stack after stack, row after row.

To quote a famous american, Cher from Clueless, “As if.”

It’s removeable wallpaper.


I kind of can’t believe it either.

And I’m living with it.

It took about an afternoon to go up and here’s the 411 on how we did it.

(total aside:  does anyone even call 411 any more?)Continue reading

It Was Almost Like a Movie

It Was Almost Like a Movie


I’m married to my best friend.

He understands me and laughs with me and shops at Habitat for Humanity for chairs with me and has eyes that twinkle and when I ask him if we can move the chairs that were just painted into the middle of the back yard to photograph them….

….he doesn’t even bat an eye.

And when I dance around the yard with my camera and point to the sunlight streaming over the grass because it’s the golden hour and the light is perfect and get so excited because I probably won’t even have to edit the photos…

….he smiles and nods encouragingly.

Even though he has absolutely no idea what I’m talking about.

Because that’s what best friends do.Continue reading