DIY Fern and Moss Terrarium

Hello friends!  I'm so excited to introduce you to a special guest.  Her blog  is filled with  creativity and inspiration.  The more I delved into her writing, the more I thought, "She's a perfect fit for Mrs. Hines' Class."    So, I asked her to be a monthly contributor. And if you like terrariums, you're going to love her tutorial for a DIY … [Read more...]

120 clever new uses for old things


  I'm a sucker for sentimental value. So, it makes my heart happy when someone is able to find a new use for an old thing. It was love at first sight when I saw this charming ship helm turned into a front door wreath. Buy you a drink?    This trendy little outdoor bar had a former life as a sewing table.   So many vintage treasures … [Read more...]

DIY Boxwood Topiary


I'm inspired by nature. It calms me.  Maybe it's the tranquil blues and greens, or the singing of birds, or the surprise of seeing fireflies dart through the trees. So magical! I find that bringing those natural elements indoors provides a soothing atmosphere in my  home as well. I think that is why I'm so drawn to the preserved boxwood … [Read more...]

DIY painter’s tips


Everyone has to start somewhere.  I remember the first time that I picked up a paint roller.  As I rolled the soft lavender paint over  my then two-year-old little girl's new bedroom, I was amazed at how simple it was.  My confidence grew with each purple patch of wall that was completed. Since that day, twelve years ago, I've painted lots of … [Read more...]

a little of this and a little of that


  Hi!  Just wanted y'all to know that I'm not in hiding.  :) I've been trying to get my household organized and my health on track.  But, I have lots of plans for projects. I bought this shelf liner the other day, but I won't be using it for lining shelves...not exactly.  You'll see. I got a small start on my backyard … [Read more...]

how to install a light fixture

home decor, DIY, Lamps Plus, decorative lighting, pendant light, light fixture

I waited two looonnng weeks before we installed the new Possini White Flower light fixture from Lamps Plus in the teen lounge.   I had a general knowledge of how to install a light fixture, but I didn't have the confidence to do it myself.   So, we asked a friend for some help. Be sure to turn off the light switch, as well as the … [Read more...]

I just called to say…

spring gardening:

Have you ever made or received a call that goes something like this: "Hello." "Hi. It's me." "Hi, how are you?" "Fine. How are you?" "Good." Long, silent pause interrupted by the caller saying, "Well, I don't have anything.  I just wanted to call." That's me, today, with you.  I just wanted to touch base and say hi, see how … [Read more...]

tips for decorating the christmas tree

how to decorate a christmas tree, christmas decorating ideas, decorating a christmas tree

I have spent years schooling myself on the ins and outs of decorating a Christmas tree by watching countless hours of HGTV Christmas specials. I've pored over magazines and studied the nuances of the perfect tree. I've read tips like: string lights on every branch, and put the garland on before you start hanging ornaments on the … [Read more...]

christmas in the living room

mantel, stockings, garland, holiday decor, christmas decor

'Twas the day after Thanksgiving and all through the house all the creatures were stirring even the cat's toy mouse. The stockings were hung from the mantel with care in hopes that St. Nicholas would soon be there. Our daughter in the other room watching t.v. with no thoughts of coming out to help little ol' me. I in my still in my cozy … [Read more...]

DIY christmas ornaments and decor

NYC, rockefeller center, Christmas tree, holidays, New York

After our whirlwind weekend in New York City, I planned to take it easy yesterday.  But, once I got up out of bed, the day just sort of took a turn all its own. As soon as  I noticed the sun shining through the clouds of gray, I put on some flip-flops (it was in the 80's), grabbed my garden clippers, and journeyed down to the nature preserve at … [Read more...]