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, …

I should have clearly seen the set up. I get home from a warm vacation in the middle of an Alaskan winter itching for spring. It ruins me to the point of buying a few new pieces of greenery and a bouquet of fresh flowers, if spring won’t come yet, I will make it come. I’m ready for change, for …

If you would remember when I posted my tufted ottoman back in November, I was looking for the perfect tray to accompany my next to perfection ottoman.  I love everything about the ottoman, I use it daily, and it makes me smile with its beauty, but I have been on a look out for the right tray to provide needed …

Today I have another original apron design to show you.  This is one of the three I designed for my mom last Christmas  (the first one was the Embellished Apron).  It also happens to be her favorite.  I chose a royal blue cherry blossom home décor print from fabric.com.  I like to use home décor weight fabrics for aprons, because they protect better …

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 …

Our trip to California, as I mentioned last week, was amazingly wonderful and refreshing, and, it ruined me.  Usually I come home from a winter retreat energized and ready to take on the rest of winter, and I must say, this year, it had quite the contrary affect on me.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, and …

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 …

In the world of DIY, a very important motivating factor is usually cost.  The fact that I can make it myself, cuts costs, but of course adds the time element, and oftentimes a quality element as well.  I started using drop cloths for things other than catching dripping paint several years ago and thought I would share a compilation of …

It would seem that trains are a big deal to most little boys, especially with the popularization of Thomas the Train and Dinosaur Train.  The boys in my house have a particular first hand attachment to the big rumbling steel cars parading by as an exertion of the power of the modern age. The Alaska Railroad and all it’s rumbling glory has its tracks positioned a little …

When We Start to Really See Hello again.  Before I go on with today’s Inspirational/Faith post, I just wanted to give a heads up that our family is going on vacation for the next couple of weeks!  To say I am VERY excited to get out of the vast dark arctic island where we are shaken awake by 7.1 earthquakes would …

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