How to Build a Bench From a Door

How to Build a Bench From a Door

 

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Remember the time that a friend gave your mother a door?

Not just any door.

A beautiful, chippy, multi-painted layered door with an amazing patina and a story to tell.

And then my brother transformed the door into a bench for my mother’s front porch…..

….in one hour.

Yep.

Sixty minutes.

Thirty six hundred seconds.

Exactly the time it takes me to curl my hair. Continue reading


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How To Build a Spool Bookcase

How To Build a Spool Bookcase

 

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I titled this post…..”How to Build a Spool Bookcase.”

I wanted to call it….How I Found a Spool in the Middle of the Aisle at the Home Improvement Store and Despite the Incredulous Stares of the Surrounding Employees and My Husband I Overcame Disbelief and Dismissiveness to Create a One-of-A-Kind Bookcase For My Front Entry.

But that title seemed just a little long.

Just a little. :)

If you would have been a fly on the wall that day you might have heard a conversation that went a little like this:

Me:  (finding the spool just sitting in the middle of the aisle and running towards it like it was the Hope diamond) :  Excuse me…..excuse me…..is this for sale?  Seriously? 

Store Employee(turning around to see what I’m talking about)  The spool?Continue reading


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Trash to Treasure:  Almost Spring Door Decorating

Trash to Treasure: Almost Spring Door Decorating

 

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The other day I went looking for spring flowers to decorate the front door with.

It looked kind of empty….

….after I took the Christmas wreath off it. :)

I looked everywhere….from home improvement stores to local nursery’s.

Nothing.

Zilch.

Nada.

Nothing to decorate a spring front door with.

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Business In the Front Party in the Back

Business In the Front Party in the Back

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Do you remember Billy Ray Cyrus?

Remember how he didn’t want us to break his heart….his achy breaky heart…..because he didn’t think it would understand.

A long time ago….he was all that and a bag of chips….

….with a mullet.

You know….the mullet…..the hairstyle with the short hair in the front and the long cascading curls in the back.

Amazing.

Total dual personality hairstyle…..

…..exactly like the gatehouse.

All business in the front…..

….and a party in the back. :) Continue reading


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5 Holiday Wreath Projects (and Some Big News)

5 Holiday Wreath Projects (and Some Big News)

 

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I have really really big news.

Giant.

On the big news scale……if 1 were having an amazing hair day and 100 were winning the lottery and moving to Borneo….

…..this would be a 99.999999.

I think I would love Borneo.

I can’t tell you exactly yet (mostly because I keep thinking they are going to change their mind)…..

…..but it involves a magazine and lots of cameras.Continue reading


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Be Thankful Wreath (Trash to Treasure)

Be Thankful Wreath (Trash to Treasure)

 

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At our house at dinner time….when we sit down to sweet tea and frozen pizza….

….we have a tradition.

It’s called high/low.

We go around the table and tell the high of the day and then a low of the day.  It’s usually more highs than lows…..told with lots of hand-waving and excited voices describing the ups and downs of school and the stories of all the drama that goes on in fifth grade.

Lows disguised as comments about a sibling are not allowed.

Detailed descriptions of the lunch menu are welcomed.

It’s a melee.

A free-for-all.

A circus.

All set to a low-pitched roar.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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How To Make a Hydrangea Wreath

How To Make a Hydrangea Wreath

 

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If you read this blog….

….I just wanted to say thank you.

I was thinking about that today.

I’ve written this blog for over a year and a half and you have cheered me on and laughed with me and rolled your eyes with me and sighed with me and smiled with me.

Every.  Single.  Step.  Of.  The. Way.

And you know….that sometimes around here…a post just writes itself.

There are days when I’m just as surprised as you what the post comes up with.

But it’s always what I wanted to say….only better.

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