Mrs. Hines’ Class is back to school


It’s was always a little hard to let go of the classroom at the beginning of summer vacation what with ideas running around in my mind and the rush of finishing another school year and all.

But after about two weeks, I typically would transition into a slower pace and truly embrace summer..what classroom?


Foyer at sunset \


July would then be filled with vacations, or in our case this year, staycations, making memories, lazy days, beach trips, easy dinners…

Then as August approached, so did thoughts of going back to school.


vintage Fiestaware in a French Farmhouse vignette \


Even though I no longer have a brick and mortar classroom, that’s very much been my process over this classroom, Mrs. Hines’ Class, this summer.  I couldn’t entirely stay away at first, but then it eventually grew quiet around here.

Now, I’m easing back into the idea of starting fresh as I begin my 4th year of blogging.

This week, I’ll be sharing 19 Bathroom Cleaning Hacks, possibly a recipe, and Recommended Reading is back.


Bookcase Styling with a collection of my old children's books  \


Over the next few weeks, I will have some furniture projects to share.

I’m also partnering with Sherwin Williams to (finally) finish painting these walls. Those reveals will take place over the course of several months.  (Because I’m slowing down in my middle age.  And speaking of middle age, I can’t believe I’m turning 46 this month! Thankfully my younger husband and teenaged daughter keep me young at heart.)


fun times at the Hines house \


I’m going to step out of my comfort zone a little bit, (because I’m middle-aged and it’s high time that I start living out my life long dreams) and start sharing more straight stories.

In other words, writing that may or may not have pictures and may or may not have to do with home decor or d.i.y.   Because life is made up of stories; stories filled with memories and meaning and life lessons.  There’s value in that.  And those stories are part of what makes a house a home.

I am looking forward to seeing you in class!

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  1. That’s really wonderful news, Sharon. I look forward to reading your stories!
    My walls aren’t finished in the bedroom but, oh well. They will get finished in the fall. Yours will, too!
    Change is good, Mrs. H. 🙂
    xo, T.

  2. What you have to say and offer, no matter what it is about, is always a good thing because someone will be using it and grateful for it. Your experience in many fields, has been a blessing to so many of us. You’re flexible, talented and full of good fun. Bring it on.

  3. Peggy, that is one of the sweetest things anyone has ever said to me. I’m taking your words to heart and will remember them every time I need a little encouragement. Thank you!

  4. oh, change… it’s a hard one for me, but I’m working on it! Thanks for the encouraging words, Tina. And I’m so excited about your big changes…I love the idea of your new store. I’ll help spread the word any way I can.

  5. Bring it on! 🙂

  6. …while I have to REALLY go back to school.

  7. I saw that on your FB page today. 🙁 Have a great school year!!

  8. Great post Sharon, love seeing that happy moment of family time.


  9. Donnamae says:

    Great picture of your family! I do believe young people keep us young…that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! And, it’ll be great to hear your stories…really looking forward to what you have to say! Because we are never to old to learn…and we are never to young to teach. I’m still learning from my sons…and they are quite grown! 😉

  10. Thank you, Cynthia. That picture was taken a few years ago and it still brings a smile to my face.

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