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 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 …

Last fall I found a piece of embroidery at a thrift store which I repurposed into the prettiest throw pillow for my blue chair (see here for that post).  I love it, the pops of color and pheasants just make me smile, not to mention someone’s painstaking hours they spent with needle popping up and down, embroidery thread making a …

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 …

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 …

This post has been sitting in my queue waiting to be revealed since about the beginning of my blog.  You can see one picture of it on the header of my blog page, and yet, I still have never officially revealed it.  I think partly, because I didn’t know if I should just reveal it and include it with all …

It’s almost the New Year, and so I thought I’d take this opportunity to do a review of some of the favorites from the year. Last January, I attended a local leadership training course called Catalyst.  It was one of the most amazing things I’ve been a part of, particularly because of the place I was at.  This thing of a …

Merry almost Christmas!  I hope you are having a blessed week getting ready for celebrations, and enjoying the time getting ready.  Because, it’s so much about the process and journey. I am having so much fun with a house full of too much energy and excitement that could legally blow like dynamite.  I am so, so grateful for the festivities, but …

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