creating an everyday table setting

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    “Are we supposed to use these,”  friends have asked as they remove their cloth napkins from their plates. "Yes, I will just throw them in the wash later," I reassure them.     After everyone has left, I enjoy reliving new memories as I gather crumpled napkins, wash dirty dishes and put serving pieces away … [Read more...]

the only daily planner that works

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  When I was a newlywed and new mother, I pored over Emily Barnes' books, and following her advice, I created budget ledgers, and chore charts and shopping lists and address books... Now, not so much.   One thing I've discovered over the years is that my life doesn't fit into little boxes, and so all of my little computer created … [Read more...]

From Discarded to Divine: a DIY Mirrored Nightstand

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elmer’s ProBond Advanced for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.   Remember the nightstand that never quite had a home?  The one that is part of the same bedroom suite as the dresser turned media console? It had a brief life as a media console, then a printer stand, until I … [Read more...]

it’s the little things: laundry symbol chart

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  My mom used to have a key ring that was a big, gold mesh circle that sparkled as it dangled from the ignition, and I wanted one just like it.  Knowing how much I admired that key ring, my bother surprised me with one for Christmas. Of all the gifts I received that year, it was my favorite.  Sometimes, it's the little things … [Read more...]

an important lesson in furniture painting

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  I would get so nervous before a softball game that I'd pray for a rain out, but the rain didn't come.  So there I was, suited up and standing on the field as the umpire yelled, "play ball!" Fast forward to this week, the gray clouds were looming in the sky, and once again, I hoped for a rain out. I have never painted furniture for … [Read more...]

fortunatley, unfortunately: a teen bedroom makeover

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  Stages. Everything in our house is done in stages, spread very far apart.  And so it goes with this teen bedroom makeover. Fortunately, we chose new paint colors, and, unfortunately, painted big sample squares on the wall that we stared at for weeks. Fortunately, we bought a full-sized mattress to replace the twin. … [Read more...]

it was just right: the tale of a furniture makeover

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  It's been four years since I first saw the image of the blue bench in Veranda magazine. It was love at first sight, and I've been looking for just the right piece to paint ever since. I first tried painting my husband's childhood toy box with  some leftover blue paint in my garage, but it was too light. Then I painted an accent … [Read more...]

the case of the broken bookend

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  I absolutely loved Nancy Drew mysteries when I was a girl.  Every week during library time, I would go straight to the mystery section and check out the next caper in the series. I pored over the books, admiring Nancy's sleuthing skills as she solved each case. Well, I got to put on my detective hat and solve my very own case a … [Read more...]

breakfast room makeover, again

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    Well, I took down the daybed.   The one that was in my breakfast room.   I thought it was charming, but it was too big for the breakfast room and was only meant to be a placeholder until I could get a settee.   I found this settee listed in a Beg, Barter, Buy Sell group on Facebook for $60.  Even though the … [Read more...]

4 creative jewelry organizers

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I love accessories.   Scarves, belts, shoes and especially jewelry.    My everyday look is earrings, studs or hoops, and a bracelet or two. I love stacking bracelets. On dressier occasions, I ditch the dangly earrings for studs and wear a statement necklace.   Statement necklaces make me feel so sophisticated. But where is a jewelry … [Read more...]