Well, we have survived the marathon move and are settling in.  It was a crazy move, as we were literally trading houses with our renter.  The house we moved into had been converted to a duplex the last four years as a rental. It had been my in-laws for 21 years, and before that my husband’s great-grandfather’s.  The downstairs renter moved out …

Well, we are approaching the final countdown in our last weeks in our current home.  With the excitement of the move, and more space, we also have the stress of so much to do!  I have continued packing and sorting, the new décor in our house has become giant cardboard blocks and bare naked walls.  All I can say is I’m grateful it’s …

In the last year, I have had quite the on going drama when it comes to the bar stools at our counter.  Several years ago we bought these two black X-back bar stools off of craigslist.  I have always loved them, their French Country bent and their sturdy composure as they hold wiggly, growing boys on top.  But I was …

In connection with the Tufted Ottoman Tutorial I wanted to share how I made double welting for this and numerous other pieces of furniture.  To finish off the raw edge with the staples, furniture must be adorned with trim.  You can purchase numerous types of trim, gimp trim being one of the more popular, and it is far less time …

It occurred to me that besides the main living areas and our little entryway, I have not shared the rest of the house — meaning the bedrooms.  There are several reasons for this.  They’re very tiny, built in the 70s and barely have room for the basics, and trying to wedge a tripod to some vantage point is challenging.   The …

I am so excited to share this post with you today!  Finally, after months of replying to people that I will put together a tutorial on how I crafted a coffee table into a tufted ottoman, it has arrived! Of course, I should have taken photos as I went along the first time, but I didn’t. So, I had to …

In November I shared about the coffee table I crafted into a velvet tufted ottoman.  You can see that post here.  In January, it was featured amongst numerous other blogs, and I received countless comments requesting a tutorial.  I didn’t take photos as I made the original ottoman, for fear of it not turning out.  Well, it more than turned out, …

Hello everyone, and Happy March!  I was so happy to be driving my kids to school in light at 8 am this morning!  We are making progress.  And our unusually warm winter keeps beckoning us to believe spring is just around the corner.  We shall see!  But at any rate, I have several projects I am working away at, one of …

Hello everyone.  We’re back in the dark, winter land of Alaska.  (Do you sense my displeasure?)  We had an AMAZING trip in our favorite vacation place, sunny San Diego.  I figured out why it is so populated there (and not here), it is gorgeous and warm everyday, there’s beaches to play at, waves to surf in (well our boys just …

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