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...]

spreading holiday cheer: christmas cards

card display

There's nothing like getting that first Christmas card in the mail to usher in the season. Last July, I gathered several ideas for displaying cards for my Christmas in July blog hop.  I'd like to share them again with you today.   Here are 10 ways to display those cards and enjoy them this holiday season: Deck the halls with boughs of … [Read more...]

we gather together for thanksgiving traditions n-s-e-w

We enjoyed a lovely dinner with friends the other night.  My favorite part is the visiting and fellowship.  There's something about "breaking bread" together that bonds people together.  A relationship can quickly go from acquaintances to friends over the course of a dinner conversation. Tonight's dinner conversation led to tales … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Traditions N-S-E-W continues at Three Mango Seeds

fall mantel decor by

We're headed to the Midwest to visit Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds for the last stop in our Traditions N-S-E-W Thanksgiving party.  Clydia is showing us her front porch fall decor, just in time for welcoming guests on Thanksgiving Day. It has been so much fun seeing traditions from across the US and Canada.  And it was a pleasure to co-host with … [Read more...]

“A Homemade Thanksgiving”: decorating with natural elements

pumpkins, greenery, centerpiece, DIY, craft, home decor, Thanksgiving

What a thrilling opportunity it was to "hangout" with Ann Drake from On Sutton Place and Jane Windham from Cottage at the Crossroads! We joined together for a Google+ Hangout on Air and shared ideas for incorporating natural elements in your home decor, particularly for Thanksgiving. Ann shared a beautiful slide show of inspiration and … [Read more...]

you’re invited to celebrate Thanksgiving with me

Thanksgiving traditions link party via

Hey, hey, hey, hey...what's happening?! A LOT is happening here at MHC (Mrs.Hines Class)! Today, Jami at Freckled Laundry, one of my lovely co-hosts of the Thanksgiving Traditions: N-S-E-W is sharing a denim and dot leaf centerpiece. And just in case you've missed the previous posts in our series: Heather at Setting for Four (Canada) … [Read more...]

how to turn a sheet set into curtains

curtains, sheet set, no sew, valance, roman shade, panels, french country, breakfast room, window treatment

Scene 1: why purple? Looking at the breakfast room window my daughter asked, "Mom, is that my sheet?"  "Um, yes.  It is. What do you think of the purple?  Is it too dark?" I hesitated to ask. "Why purple, Mom?  What does it go with?" "Nothing.  I was just trying it out." Scene 2: Daughter exits for school and I'm left alone with my … [Read more...]

fall decorating projects

fall, decor, porch, leaves, rake, bench, pumpkins

The plan: transform my porch decor from Summer to Fall. {sources listed top to bottom, left to right:  the yellow capecod, no. 29 design, folded gingham, source not listed, four seasons wreaths on ebay} The goal: incorporate elements from inspiration sources using what I already have. The challenge: keeping the budget under … [Read more...]

seasonal mantel decor

mantel, home decor

Last year, my winter mantel reflected the outdoor climate: cold, gray and dormant. I couldn't wait to bring new life to the mantel with some Spring color and budding flowers. The summer mantel embraces the unencumbered lifestyle of kids playing outside til dark. Now that the days are shorter and the temperatures are cooler, I'm … [Read more...]

breakfast room tour

french country decor, breakfast room decor, home decor

I really enjoy our breakfast room.  It's sunny and bright just as a breakfast room should be.  It's taken some time for me to decorate it to truly reflect my style, but it's really close now.  Perhaps a few more accessories and I might call it done.  But if we wait on me to consider the room finished, you'll never get to see it.  So, here it is in … [Read more...]

show & tell features

Let's take a look at some of the projects that were linked up at Show & Tell last week. Lorraine's urn looks every bit as chic as the Ballard's inspiration. I love that she was able to get the Ballard's look without paying the Ballard's price! Diddie's vintage bed re-do is every bit as pretty as her collection of bedroom ideas on … [Read more...]

repurposed furniture

repurposed furniture, home decor, vintage furniture

This mirror, this dresser, and this nightstand were all a part of my parent's bedroom furniture suite in my childhood home.  All of it was the same wood as the body of the dresser, and the mirror was attached to the dresser.  Over time, each piece has been painted and repurposed for use in my home. Today, I want to highlight the … [Read more...]

living room tour

decorating the living room, traditional living room decor

I am hopelessly devoted to Debbiedoo. Let me explain.... I went to bed last night looking forward to the newbie reunion party at Debbiedoo's today. source I woke up this morning in's a kidney stone. While I'm not in excruciating pain, I'm quiet a stooped over, slow movin' kinda way. So, I spent the first few hours of … [Read more...]

show & tell, no. 16

I hope you had as much as I did at our show & tell party last week.  Just in case you missed it, here are some of the highlights. I had such romantic notions about having my very own greenhouse until Wendy shared her experience. I can't help but be reminded of The Wizard of Oz.  "Auntie Em, Auntie Em!" I absolutely love the beautiful frame … [Read more...]

spring mantel

decorating the mantel for spring, seasonal decorating

HAAAAALELUJAH!!!   I finally found my USB cord.  I'm so relieved!  Now I can get back in the blog groove with home decor posts.  So, here we goooooo.  Today, I'm showing you my Spring mantel. cloche with chalkboard sign from WUSLU  bird statue a gift from a local home decor shop tulips and leave stems are from the BHG line at Walmart real nest a … [Read more...]

lesson in contentment

I'd like to set apart a place on my blog for my musings, advice, wisdom, thoughts, and observations to share with you. Down here, when we have something to say, we often start off with the phrase, "I'll Tell You What".  I actually took a moment to elaborate on the ins and outs of this phrase back in early October when I had only been blogging a … [Read more...]

how to keep chives fresh

Focus on chives laying between crackers and sour cream.

© Photoeuphoria | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images Today, I'm taking one of my pins from board to reality. You'll be watching me in my unshowered, unkempt naturalness.  (I have no shame.) Click on the link below the photo to view my very first installment of "Pin There, Done … [Read more...]

show & tell, no. 15

Whoohoo!  It's Wednesday, and we have a party to go to! Where:  mrs. hines class Time: 8:00 a.m. Wednesday - midnight Monday Who:  YOU What to wear?  everything from pajamas to your finest and prettiest. What shall I bring? Link up your latest projects...anything from recipes, home decor, DIY projects, crafts, to tips & tutorials...if you … [Read more...]

this old house

I got to thinking about the homes I've lived in before this one.  I waxed sentimental after my friend who just sold her house posted on facebook, "selling a house you love is an emotional roller coaster."  I know firsthand that those words are true. I was ready to move, excited about our new house and getting our daughter into a family friendly … [Read more...]

Playing Along

I got tagged by Jen from At Home in the Northwest in a game of Q&A for bloggers.  She has a lovely blog and is an even lovelier person.  I hope you will visit Jen to get to know her a bit if you don't already. And now it's my turn in a little game of Q&A.  I'll be answering questions that Jen wrote.  Just for fun, let's pretend I've been … [Read more...]

nothin’ much

blackie 1

Well, I guess I'm going to have to get crazy creative 'cause I STILL haven't found my USB cord.  It's such a shame since I had really wanted to participate in the Spring tacular party this week. I was going to show y'all my magazine copy cat based on this command center in a Southern Living Idea House.   I also wanted to show y'all my Spring … [Read more...]

Show & Tell no. 14

We had a great party last week!  It's my pleasure to get to show you some highlights from last week's party. There is a heart touching story behind this hand painted French tray by Fran at eleven-o-one. I can just picture Fran laboring over this tray as she wonders about the elderly man who sold it to her. Another talented artist caught our … [Read more...]

piano in the entry?

Remember a few weeks ago, when I first began rearranging my living room and the piano ended up in the entry? Here's a picture of the before and after. I'm having my doubts about leaving the piano here.  If I take it out, I will not be putting the bench back in its place.  So, I'd love to hear from you.  What would you put in this space, if … [Read more...]

Show & Tell #13

I am getting ready to go to bed in a minute...I know, it's a bit early for me, but I'm trying to do better.  (I just reread that sentence.  I swear, watching Justified brings out the country girl in me.  And my husband tells me the accent really comes out after I've been with my family, too.)   Back to my sentiment.  My heart is full, and y'all … [Read more...]

when my blog grows up…

I've been giving this some thought ever since the hostesses of this party first posed the question: What do I want my blog to be when it grows up?   This blog began after several months of ignoring the quiet voice inside me that kept repeating, "start a blog."   (If I keep talking about hearing voices, y'all are going to start to question my … [Read more...]

“All Things Home” Link Party

It's here!  It's here!  It's finally here!  I've been eagerly anticipating this day since I began the series on Making Your a House a Home.  Today, it's your turn to share with us your tricks of the trade...the homemaking trade.  (All of us are homemakers whether we work inside or outside the home.) … [Read more...]