The Day Technology Left the Building

The Day Technology Left the Building

 
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When we jumped to the country eight years ago and bought an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere with a creek and a pond and acres of land to run and play in….

….never did I envision a house full of children staring at screens.

Not my children.

Never.

i-phones?

i-pads?

Video games?

Why?  Why would they ever need any of those?  They had blue skies and green grass and crickets and land to run….

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Summer Decorating On the Back Porch

Summer Decorating On the Back Porch

 

This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Living Home Decorator’s Collection.

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In Kentucky we have a saying that if you don’t like the weather….

….just blink.

It’s so true.

Around here the weather can change on a dime.

One minute you are sitting on your back porch in the most amazing set of indoor/outdoor chairs listening to the crickets and drinking sweet tea and discussing if hamburgers taste better on a charcoal grill and if pink lemonade goes better with french fries than orange popsicles.

And then you blink.Continue reading


How To Make Sweet Tea Taste Better

How To Make Sweet Tea Taste Better

 
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If you are from the south you were probably raised on sweet tea.

You know.

That perfect glass of iced cold goodness that quenches the thirst and fills the heart and makes the sun shine brighter.

In my search for the perfect glass of sweet tea with the perfect ratio of sugar to tea and ice, I came up with the answer to that age-old question.

Here’s how to make sweet tea taste better.

(and it’s totally not what you think).  :)Continue reading


Painted Porch Project

Painted Porch Project

 

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Once upon a time there was a porch.

(Don’t you love a story that starts like that?)

Except this porch was a scary story.  I would tell everyone to go in the front door…just so they’d miss the porch.  It was peeling and flaking and in terrible condition.

Seriously.

It took “distressed” to a completely new level.

And now?

Now it’s all about itself.  It’s waving people in from the driveway and throwing tail-gate parties…..

….and showing off its transformation at porch fashion week (can you tell I’ve been watching Project Runway)?

And here’s the DIY for the painted porch project.Continue reading


Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin

Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin

 

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I am up to my elbows in acorns and spray paint and wooden bowls carved from stumps and mercury glass pumpkins….

….decorating for the fall house tour on Monday.

And I can’t wait to share it with you.

In the meantime….please enjoy a repeat of one of my favorite projects from last year.

Because nothing says fall….

….like a chalkboard word find pumpkin. :)

 

Remember when pumpkins were orange?

Back in the day.

Before anyone ever painted pumpkins?

Before burlap pumpkins and dryer vent pumpkins and can lid pumpkins and straw pumpkins and pumpkins made from pallet wood.

Just orange.

Orange pumpkins from the Piggly Wiggly with a carved face.

Nothing too fancy…..

…just a face with triangle eyes and a triangle nose and a moon for a mouth.

And some years you were extra fancy and cut a snaggle tooth grin.Continue reading


How To Make a Vintage House Number Plaque

How To Make a Vintage House Number Plaque

 

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Around here there are mud splatters in the butler’s pantry.

And shoe scrapes on the wall.

And petrified french fries in the pocket of the back seat of the car.

And I love it.

Most days.Continue reading


How to Paint Chevron On a Potting Bench

How to Paint Chevron On a Potting Bench

 

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I just realized that somewhere along the way….

….I gave birth to a planner.

Can you even believe it?

Me.

The one who painted the leaf chargers 30 minutes before this picture was taken.

The one who stuck and peeled a recipe on a wall without a level.

The one who painted numbers and hung curtains and stenciled armoires and added stripes and decorated mantels…..

….all without a plan.Continue reading


Faux Chair Slipcover

Faux Chair Slipcover

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Is it a chair?

Is it a slipcover?

Is it a chair covered by a slipcover that had big dreams of one day becoming more than just a piece of fabric and transformed itself into a chair?

Seriously.

I feel like there is a life lesson in here somewhere about reaching for the stars and being the best you that you could possibly ever be.

Even if you start out life as a textile. :)Continue reading