I Dance With Cinderella

I Dance With Cinderella

 
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The other day….I almost had a bad day.

Almost.

I was this close.

I had flat-ironed my hair in the wrong direction and someone knocked the giant chalkboard off the wall and it broke and then the sprayer nozzle on the sink fell apart and an entire colony of ladybugs scaled the dining room ceiling.

Everywhere I went….I opened my mouth…..

….and inserted my foot.

*sigh*

I wanted to crawl back into bed and pull the covers over my randomly flat-ironed hair…..

…..and start over.Continue reading


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It Is Tough To Be an American Historical Figure

It Is Tough To Be an American Historical Figure

 
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I spend the evening consoling a fifth grade Jackie Kennedy look-alike.

Tomorrow the entire class would be full of famous characters in history….

….and my Jackie wasn’t even ready.

Her gloves were too big.

Her wig was a left-over clearance item that looked like it should be in its own music video.

Her pearls were “mom pearls.”

And she couldn’t understand why Jackie didn’t wear feather earrings.

And her twin sister…..Betsy Ross…..

…..was skipping around waving the flag.

It was enough to make a president’s wife cry.Continue reading


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I Love Junk (and a Linky Party)

I Love Junk (and a Linky Party)

 

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We have an auction in our county.

It reminds me of a movie I saw once with rooms and rooms of stuff that looked like it came over on the Mayflower and rows and rows of boxes with chippy frames and milk glass and old floral frogs and rows of record albums and quilts and tobacco baskets…..

…..and that’s just the beginning.

Seriously.

It’s like all the yard sales in the surrounding counties decided to have a party.

You never know what you are going to find.Continue reading


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Walnut Raisin Pumpkin Bread

Walnut Raisin Pumpkin Bread

 

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I discovered the Waltons the other day.

Seriously.

Where have they been all my life?

I mean….if you would have asked me about the Waltons last week….I could have told you they lived in the country in a house where they all told each other goodnight all the time and that the mom was always baking and that John Boy was really cute.

Which is all true……

…..but so totally missing the point.

This is a family.

A family that loved and lived and struggled and overcame obstacles to triumph in the face of adversity.

I watched episode after episode.

I laughed.

I cried.

I cheered.

And I wish that they lived down the street.Continue reading


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How to Make a  Book Page Garland (and Style a Mantel on a Budget)

How to Make a Book Page Garland (and Style a Mantel on a Budget)

 

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Does anyone know what happened to September?

I think I blinked…..and missed it.

Seriously.

Yesterday I was grilling and applying sun screen and watching fireworks on the Fourth of July…..

….and today I’m putting on long sleeves and drinking hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and watching the Christmas decorations go on sale at Hobby Lobby.

Yikes.

And the thing is……I still have pages and pages (total pun intended) of fall projects to share.

So….I’m doubling up.

I’m showing how to make a book page garland…..and decorating the mantel on a budget.

Today.

Before October goes all double-digit on me. :) Continue reading


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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


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Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin

Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin

 

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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


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Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

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You probably have already finished your fall decorating.

I know you….you’re organized and brilliant and amazing and wonderful.

And you started September 1.

But just in case.

Just in case the leaves are falling and it’s a crisp cool fall day….and you had a few minutes…..

….here’s a few pumpkin decorating ideas for a lazy fall afternoon.

PS  In the wise words of my wonderful friend Michelle from The Nest at Finch Rest:

What do you call it when it rains turkeys?
Foul weather.  :)Continue reading


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