• Spring Paint Project

    I had sort of a weird/down day yesterday, so I decided to change my situation and carve out a day just for good times. A day for dirty hands and a clean soul. I started with a walk in the … Continue reading


    Swing-Arm Sconces

    Ya know that swing-arm wall sconce in our reading room?¬†We got it for a great deal on eBay, but it was actually a Pottery Barn product. PB has discontinued it from their website and catalogs, and they don’t really seem … Continue reading


    Hallway Update

    The floor in our hallway has gone through a variety of “looks” over the past few years. Here’s a photo of one of the grodiest… We’ve been tiptoeing across that sucker for the past year, because when you’re renovating on … Continue reading


    Reading Room Redo

    Remember when this odd little 6′ x 6′ space… …became our reading room? Well, it needs to act as our guest room now, so a couple weeks back, we started clearing it out… …and patching the walls… …and talking about … Continue reading


    Aimee’s Nature-Inspired Nursery

    Hello and Happy Thursday! Today I’d like to introduce you to my new blog friend Aimee. Aimee is a self-proclaimed, “do-it-yourself girly-girl with a head full of ideas and fingernails perpetually splattered with paint”. I was so excited when she … Continue reading

    The Left Side of the Reading Room

    I finally got all the “sunshines” hung on the wall on the left side of the reading room, and after a trip to Walmart for some purple tulips, I was able to snap this photo of the left side of … Continue reading

    Landscaping with Mom and the Right Side of the Reading Room

    As Kevin’s band played to a sea of screaming Navy men and women at a naval base in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday night, I was scurrying around the house, dusting and scrubbing as fast as I could before my Mom … Continue reading

    Shutters, and Singing, and Sidebars, oh my!

    Well, we decided not to use the shutters in the reading room after all… We loved the idea of having shutters, but we just couldn’t get used to the look of them. They were really easy and inexpensive to make, … Continue reading

    We Now Return To Our Regularly Scheduled Reading Room Re-do

    Howdy folks!Did you miss me?I haven’t taken three days off since I don’t know when!It wasn’t by choice though. My pupils made me do it.Yep, I woke up on Thursday morning and they were huge. I looked like a cast … Continue reading

    Reading Room Ceiling Re-do (Part 2)

    Howdy folks!Are you having a good week? Hope so!If you downloaded, left me a comment or emailed me about my book- I want to say thank you! You’re a real day maker and I appreciate your thoughtfulness so much! On … Continue reading

    The Reading Room Reno Continues…

    Our reading room may look fine and dandy at this angle… …but the ceiling is another story… Not to mention, there is some trim work that needs finishing too… (You can see what color the room used to be up … Continue reading

    A Sign from Susie

    Remember when I said I wanted to put a long, old-looking sign above the Reading Room?Well, last week I drew a rough sketch of the sign I had in my head using Photoshop and sent it to my friend Susie … Continue reading

    Reading Room Rarities

    This morning, in the hush of dawn, I slipped out of bed and left Kevin to sleep. (Brrr…it’s chilly in here! Should I turn on the heat? No…that’s silly…it’s only October 3rd) Instead, I welcomed the opportunity to snuggle into … Continue reading

    Reading Room Reno Rumblings

    Our Reading Room has no idea what’s about to happen.Look at her…just sitting there all peaceful-like… You see, like every other room in our home, this little room is very much a work in progress. We still have ten things … Continue reading

    Presto Chango

    Kevin and I moved into this house on October 31, 2007. And like a lot of folks, we do things as we can afford to and as time allows. A family member once asked me if I wished that I … Continue reading