My Favorite Things For the House

My Favorite Things For the House


Cue Julie Andrews and raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.

When Melissa from 320 Sycamore invited me to join with a group of bloggers sharing their favorite things….

….I was so excited.

You see….you don’t know how many times I’ve wanted to write this post.  I’ll find something amazing or useful or one-of-a-kind that I can’t live without and I want to tell you all about it.

But then I plunge into the next project…..

….and I forget.


And today on this cold chilly Wednesday….I’ve finally put the list together.

So without further fanfare (or warm woolen mittens) here is a list of some of my favorite things for the house.Continue reading

Room Reveal:  Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Room Reveal: Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Thanks so much to Sherwin-Williams for sponsoring this post and this incredibly fun partnership.

Have you ever watched the Academy Awards?

(I know…silly question…right?  Are you rolling  your eyes at me now?)

If you have then you’ve seen the part in the show where someone famous (and preferably George Clooney) stands up and reads off the names of the nominations in different categories to much fanfare, excitement and general hullabaloo.

The announcers make awkward banter with each other and show the pictures of the actors up for the award and the occasional random silhouette of the embarrassing nominee who can’t even take time off of filming in Rome to show up.

Then slowly a hush falls over the crowd.Continue reading

Why Everyone Needs a Hand-Drawn Turkey and How to Make a Gold Duck Tape Wreath

Why Everyone Needs a Hand-Drawn Turkey and How to Make a Gold Duck Tape Wreath

I was compensated by Duck Brand Products for this post. But all opinions and statements are completely my own.

There is a box in our attic full of treasures….

….worth more to me than the finest exhibition on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stacks of tiny dishes that closely resembles plates painted a brilliant shade of bright pink with initials carved into them.

There are butterflies made out of paper plates and baby food jars full of confetti and a santa with moveable arms and caterpillars painted from thumb prints and a popsicle log cabin.

Masterpieces each and every one.Continue reading




This is a public service announcement for the double zipper.

Have you ever seen one?

Last week I went shopping for a jacket.

I found the perfect one.  Just a little puffy with a belt and a zipper and snaps in a beautiful shade of navy blue.  I stood in front of the mirroin the store looking at the amazing jacket and wondering where it had been all my life and picturing myself and the jacket at football games and drinking hot chocolate and watching the parade….

….and running gracefully through the WalMart parking lot.

Good times.

And just when I thought my jacket couldn’t get any better….the manager of the store pointed out that it had a double zipper.


What is that and why in the world would you ever need a double zipper?  Then she showed me how with the double zipper you can zip the bottom half up and the top half down, kind of creating this amazing hold in the middle that made you look so skinny and totally unpuffy in a puffy jacket.

My fashion life will never been the same. :) Continue reading

Chalkboard Advent Calendar

Chalkboard Advent Calendar


Raise your hand if you’ve already started decorating for Christmas.

Oh good….me too.

I can’t help it.

I just ordered a giant box of the most amazing red and white Christmas decorations and they were totally calling my tree’s name.

I know what you’re thinking.

You’re wondering and questioning and shrugging your shoulders and maybe if you are on your second cup of coffee… might even be rolling your eyes at me and asking me….friend to friend…..


I can’t wait to show you all the fun Christmas decorating….but in the meantime if you want to start with a little holiday cheer….

…here’s an easy how-to chalkboard advent calendar that I posted last year.

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Four Simple Tips for Decorating With Trays

Four Simple Tips for Decorating With Trays


Third grade was a banner year for me.

I learned how to walk my hands all the way down the brick wall on the side of the school until I ended up in a back bend.

I won the contest for walking the farthest around the edge of the playground while hula hooping.

I came in second in the school multiplication bee (total aside:  I lost on 12 x 13).

No one ate paste in our class anymore.

And I discovered how to paint-by-number.Continue reading

Christmas Decorating Ideas – Joss and Main Sale is Live!

Christmas Decorating Ideas – Joss and Main Sale is Live!



Deck the halls with boughs of holly.

Or burlap ribbon.

Or wheelbarrows full of glitter.

Or barn doors.

(total aside:  nothing says Christmas like a barn door).

Or this amazing tufted armchair I fell in love with for under $300.

I’m so excited to be one of the Joss and Main Holiday Hostesses and the sale just went live…..

….and wait until you see all the little bits of farmhouse decorating  I have for you. :) Continue reading

Who More Than Self Their Country Loved

Who More Than Self Their Country Loved


Have you ever listened to the third verse of America the Beautiful?

It’s the one after the purple mountains majesty and the fruited plain and the pilgrim feet.

It’s the amazing one.

And it’s my favorite:

“O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife

Who more than self their country loved

And mercy more than life.”

Stop for a moment and take those words in.

The poignant truth written in every line….

….”who more than self their country loved”.

Those incredible brave men and women who sacrificed so much.

Soldiers and sailors and airmen and marines that faced almost insurmountable odds and overwhelming challenges…..

… that you and I could laugh and live in a land where freedom reigns.Continue reading