Friendship and Wooden Arrows

Friendship and Wooden Arrows

 

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The only thing better than having one of the funniest, most creative, talented friends on the planet….

….is having a hilarious, amazing genius of a friend who has written a book on how to make stuff.

All kinds of stuff.

Like stuff for your walls.

Like picture frames and mirrors and signs….

….and these wooden arrows I made for the new chalkboard wall at the gatehouse.Continue reading


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Christmas at the Gatehouse

Christmas at the Gatehouse

Disclosure: I was compensated by eBay and Style Coalition for this post. But all Collections and general opinions are 100% mine.

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Did you take the tour of the gatehouse yesterday?

Color….color….wonderful color and more.

I was actually a little nervous about going so bold.  It’s a lot of color for a neutral loving girl.

But I couldn’t help myself this year….because over at the Gatehouse….

…..I let my heart do the decorating.Continue reading


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Pom Pom Pillow:  Christmas Tree Style

Pom Pom Pillow: Christmas Tree Style

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The twins came running in the other day and promptly announced that Jingle….our elf on the shelf….

….was boring.

“Mom….umm….why does Jingle just sit there on the bookshelf?” they asked in unison.

I looked at them in confusion.

“Jingle doesn’t just sit in one place,” I said.  “He moves around.”

“I mean yesterday he was up in one of the kitchen cabinets and today he was hiding behind the basket on the bookshelf.”

Please know that I said this proudly…..with an air of someone who was truly thankful that Jingle had not only remembered to show up….but that he had traveled around the house in only two short days.

Jingle had done his part.

End of discussion.

Until.

Until one of the twins continued with, “But he just sits there.  That’s it.  Other people’s elves are wearing superman capes and hanging from the ceiling and getting into the refrigerator walking on the butter and riding roller coasters and eating all the left-over Halloween candy.”

Really?Continue reading


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The Gatehouse Fabric Collection (and a Giveaway)

The Gatehouse Fabric Collection (and a Giveaway)

 

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Several months ago….a wonderful friend of mine Cynthia Weber approached me about designing a line of fabric for the gatehouse.

I had to think about it….

….for about 5 seconds. :)

(total aside:  Can you even believe I just said line of fabric and gatehouse in the same sentence?)

She read about the colors I wanted to use and the vision I had for the space…..and she understood the need for the perfect fabric.

You see….she’s an interior designer and talented and creative with an incredible eye for design.

And I knew….that I knew….that I knew…..

….the fabric would be amazing.Continue reading


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Doing Absolutely Nothing….and Doing It Well

Doing Absolutely Nothing….and Doing It Well

 

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This weekend I sat on this couch under a fuzzy black and white blanket surrounded by down pillows and watched the temperature drop and listened to the snow predictions for Tuesday….

….and did absolutely nothing.

It was the best.

Well….okay…..maybe not exactly nothing.

Does watching the entire first season of The Forsytes from PBS’s Masterpiece Theater on Netflix count in the something category?Continue reading


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Tufted Bulletin Board

Tufted Bulletin Board

 

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When I first met this piece of furniture….

….I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be friends.

It was in the back of a junk shop proudly displayed with a knitted afghan….a set of World Book Encyclopedias…

…..and a collection of vintage silver.

I was headed for the silver….completely ignoring the afghan and shiny but sadly underused reference books.

And as I stood there holding a set of spoons….mentally stamping “I love you a latte” on them…..I looked….

…..really looked at the piece of furniture they were sitting on.

And decided that it needed to go home with me.Continue reading


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Before and After Home Office

Before and After Home Office

 

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Today I am tired.

A wonderful, incredible joyful tired…..one that comes from a happy heart.

The office at the gatehouse is finally finished.

Almost.

You understand….right?

Are you ever really finished?

Isn’t there always another project or a yard sale find or a paint treatment or a new fabric or a little trash to treasure….

….just around the corner?

But for today….just for this glorious, wonderful, incredible day…..my tired, fulfilled, joyous self and I ….

…..we are done. :) Continue reading


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How To Make a Wall Mirror (and Be Brilliant At the Same Time)

How To Make a Wall Mirror (and Be Brilliant At the Same Time)

 

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I think this world would be a better place…..

…..if we all told each other we were brilliant.

Don’t you agree?

I mean….there are days when we evaluate and critique and worry about what we need to fix and take notes on what we need to improve on.

Seriously.

When we should take a moment.

And pause.

And simply just remember how amazing we are.Continue reading


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