How to Paint a Wood Sign (and Build a Frame, too)

How to Paint a Wood Sign (and Build a Frame, too)

 
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You were right.

Of course you were.

Why didn’t I listen to you earlier?  Lark Rise to Candleford is wonderful.

I’m not even through the first season, but I want to live there.  Well, I really want to live in Candleford and marry the squire.

I want to be friend with Bates….I mean Robert Timmins…..the intelligent, but somewhat opinionated and difficult stonemason.

I want to walk those back pastures and roads and wander through the English countryside and work at the post office.

Oh….and wear one of those hats.

However, I live in 2015 in the Kentucky countryside where we don’t have squires or thatched roofs or opinionated stonemasons.

But we do paint signs.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

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I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel for the closet renovation.

So close.

Our clothes can finally move off the dining room table.

My husband is so happy.

I think he thinks this is the last project for a while.

Shhhhh….

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Five Easy Painted Projects

Five Easy Painted Projects

 

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Yesterday my eleven-year-old daughter asked me if I had ever heard of Pinterest.

“It’s this site, “ she told me in an excited voice.

“You won’t believe it.  It  has cute hairstyles and ideas for gluing stuff onto an iPad and Fourth of July ideas for desserts and posters you can make with from candy and sayings like “You are a Lifesaver” and “Don’t Snicker….but I think You’re Great.”

And then she paused mid-sentence.

And stared.

And I could almost see the light bulb going off over her head.

“Mom,” she said with wide-open eyes.  “You could totally get some ideas off there for your blog.”

I didn’t say a word.

I just laughed inside and then smiled a smile that let her know her whole Pinterest idea was brilliant…..

….and I wish I would have thought of it first. :)

Here’s five easy painted projects I’ve created…… (and pinned, too) . :)

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Painted Dresser

 

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Monogrammed Welcome Mat

 

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Painted Table Runner

 

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Painted Wall Treatment

 

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Stenciled Concrete Pavers



Six of the Best White Paint Colors

Six of the Best White Paint Colors

Six of the best white paint colors

I never thought I would write a post about white paint.

Or six of the best white paint colors I’ve found.

Or that SW Alabaster is my new favorite paint color.

Seriously.

But then again….I never thought that I would move to the middle of the country.

Or drive a John Deere.

Or watch a tortoise cross my back yard.

Or wear colored jeans.

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How to Add Door Molding

How to Add Door Molding

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Did you know that this is a no-judgement blog?

Maybe I should have mentioned that a long time ago.

Before I showed you my extra long toes and talked about Captain Crunch and added that bobby pin in my hair.

Yep.

Before all that.

That’s why I’m glad we’re friends and you’ve already seen my breakfast cereal mantel….because I really want to show you this.Continue reading



How To Stencil Dot a Table Top

How To Stencil Dot a Table Top

How To Stencil Dot a Table

Yesterday was “Valentime’s Day” at our house.

At least that’s what the twins have called it for the last seven years…..

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The Pass It On Project


There are many different types of kindness.

There’s boy scout helping the elderly lady cross the road kindness.

There’s Sir Walter Raleigh throwing a coat over a puddle for Queen Elizabeth kindness.

There’s volunteering your time and donating and collecting items for disaster relief kindness.

In this world there are so many ways that just a little kindness can make such a big difference.

When I asked my husband what he thought kindness was….

…..he said he thought kindness was wives who actually watched the March Madness games instead of sitting on the couch blogging through the entire tournament season,  all while acting like they were watching the games with their husband.

????

I don’t know if I’m ready for that kind of kindness yet.

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