Three Simple Tips For Better Photos

Three Simple Tips For Better Photos

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Someone wise once said, “Photography takes a moment to learn and a lifetime to master.”

Truer words were never spoken.

When I started this blog I was taking pictures with a camera that you threw away.

Remember those?

And while my throw-away camera was perfect for vacation and documenting various important events and the occasional picture of the cats…..

…I realized that it wasn’t going to cut it for blogging.

So I began to teach myself with hours and hours of practice and lots of trial and error….

….specializing in the error department. :)

And after a year and a half of learning and growing and trying…..

…..I wanted to share a little of what I’ve learned and share three simple tips for better photos.Continue reading

Fourth of July Dessert Ideas:  Cookie Crumble

Fourth of July Dessert Ideas: Cookie Crumble

If you are stopping by from My Sweet Savannah for the Fourth of July DIY party….welcome! 

I’m so glad you’re here!

This is not just a post about fourth of July dessert ideas full of red and white and blue topped off with blueberries and strawberries….

…it’s really about life handing you lemons.

And turning around and making lemonade.


And in life….when you have big Pinterest plans and you fall flat on your face and your cookie crumbles….

….you pick yourself up….dust yourself off….

….and make dessert.  :)Continue reading

Life and Smashed Bananas

Life and Smashed Bananas


When I was younger and planning out my life…..

….I simply knew that my children would be perfect.

Kind of a cross between the Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family….

…..except better.

(I mean….seriously….Marcia, Marcia, Marcia)?

My children would be brilliant.

And play an instrument.

And speak seven languages and recite the entire preamble to the Constitution and win the spelling bee at school and know their multiplication tables before they could walk….

….and never, ever, ever fight with their siblings. :) Continue reading



Just in case you were wondering…..

….this week was amazing.

I mean….there wasn’t one giant big amazing….just a lot of little amazings that all added up.

Do you ever have a week like that?

At the end of it….your heart is happy and your head is smiling and you can’t really place the one thing that made it so great….

….just a whole lot of random bits of wonderful. :)

This week…..

I found some amazing tips on how to grow these.

Decided this was the month I was going to make this from an old door.

Got a little yucked out by this (I mean….seriously).

Started planning for Fourth of July.

Never knew you could do this.

And decided I was going to make these for breakfast for Father’s Day.Continue reading

Trash to Treasure:  Painted Table Project

Trash to Treasure: Painted Table Project


Is it wrong if when my husband asked me what I wanted to choose for date day….

….and I told him I wanted to paint a table.

Because if it’s wrong….I’m not sure I want to be right. :)

You see….I found this table in the very back of an antique store covered in dust and scratches….right next to an old phone booth and two sets of hair curlers.

It had amazing lines and three shelves and the cutest molding on the side that kind of grinned at me….

….and silently pleaded for me to take it home. :) Continue reading

A Secret Garden

A Secret Garden


“The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it.

She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was.

It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place. The few books she had read and liked had been fairy-story books, and she had read of secret gardens in some of the stories.”

~ Frances Hodgson Burnett

Today I’m so excited to be part of a really fun challenge…..Creating With the Classics.  If you stopped by from The Hunted Interior….so happy you are here.

Eight bloggers are partnering together to bring the classics to life through fabric and design.  We were each assigned a classic novel and then we designed a space using fabric and the novel as our inspiration.

And you know how much I love a challenge.

My classic novel I was given is one written by Frances Hodgson Burnett that is close to my heart…..

….A Secret Garden.Continue reading

How to Make a No Sew Bolster Pillow

How to Make a No Sew Bolster Pillow


Do you know why I started blogging?


I started this blog because I live in the middle of the country.

To get here take a right at no where and a then a left at no idea where you are….drive by the cornfields….

….and at the end of a long winding road you will find my house.

And when we finished remodeling and working on the house and I was ready to show off my chalkboard calendar and my faux transoms and my new kitchen and the fresh flowers in the garden I cut for the house…..I looked around…..and remembered my closest neighbor was four pastures away.

And way too busy rounding up cows to look at a new lampshade I bought for the living room. :) Continue reading

The Day I Sounded Just Like My Mother

The Day I Sounded Just Like My Mother


I’m not really sure when I realized that I sounded exactly like my mother.

Not that it’s a bad thing.

Just totally unexpected.

I mean….I grew up on “there are nit picks all over your room” and “time for chewing practice” and “if you can’t say something nice….” and “watch your attitude” and my personal favorite….

….”I don’t really care what everyone else is doing.”

And my, myself and my bad attitude would sigh…and promise ourselves that when we grew up we would never talk like that or provide completely unsolicited opinions.


Until the day I got older and wiser and realized….

….how brilliant my mother was all along.


Here’s a story I wrote long ago and far away about things that a brilliant mother says….

….and the beginning of a New York Times Bestseller. :) Continue reading