Family Room Bookshelves: Refreshed

It's the proverbial One Thing Leads to Another, y'all.  Once I repainted my family room and put my summer mantel in place, my built in bookshelves were just crying out for a fresh look, too.  What about MEEEeeeee???  they were saying.  And since a student of mine last year ruined that phrase for me, I had to act.  #donteverwanttohearthatagain If you follow me on Instagram, you got a peek or two at the process.  And it is, indeed, a process.  … [Read more...]

An Easy {Free!} Patriotic Watercolor

Somehow I've misplaced my adorable Burlap Flag banner that I made last year, so I needed to come up with a quick 4th of July touch for my mantel.  Waterlogue to the rescue! Surely you've heard of Waterlogue by now... I haven't used it in a while, but this was the perfect easy peasy solution to my needs. A few weeks ago, I snapped this photo while we were up at the lake... Since it was on my phone, I ran it through the Waterlogue app … [Read more...]

My Favorite Antique Pieces

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post for Mohawk Homescapes about incorporating antique accents into your decor.  And in the midst of my work on that post, I realized how many wonderful antique pieces I have in my own home.    And so I thought I'd share my favorites with you... This is my all time favorite -- my grandmother's buffet that sits in my dining room.  And one of the reasons it's my favorite is that she wrote me a letter shortly … [Read more...]

DIY Watercolor Shamrock (EASY!)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Hopefully you've got something fun planned for the day and are wearing green so you won't get pinched. :)  If you've never spent St. Patty's Day with Littles and a leprechaun, well you're missing out!  We're enjoying Leprechaun Pies, looking for four-leaf clover, and building a trap for our little mischief maker. I had a few questions about the watercolor shamrock on my spring mantel, so I thought I'd share this super … [Read more...]

DIY Peace Watercolor

Apparently I'm really taking my personal goal to paint more this year to heart. :)  I haven't been able to put away my watercolors lately and I have so many ideas for various projects involving watercolors I have started a list in my journal. Quite honestly?  It's therapeutic.  And I don't need good weather (because Lord knows THAT's in short supply!).  And it doesn't require sanding or heavy lifting.  Just a seat at my kitchen table and a cup … [Read more...]

In Case You Missed It {February}…

After all the stress and angst of last week, God granted me a wonderful weekend of peace!  I was so blessed to spend Saturday with a dear friend, watching her daughter (my god daughter) play in a volleyball tournament and catching up.  Don't you love it when it's as if no time has passed since you last saw one another?  Sunday was warm and lovely and after church I spent a few hours in my yard, clipping, raking, and bagging debris from the … [Read more...]

Watercolor Initial (DIY)

I'm not gonna lie... ever since I read Emily's tutorial on watercolor letters, I knew I wanted to give this a go!  I've got thoughts of a new gallery wall over the sofa in my family room (and probably one in my foyer, too!) and thought this would be a fun addition. Plus, I just was itching to paint.  #whatsnowdaysdotome Since I wasn't sure how this would turn out, I took only a few pics, but I'll try to explain my process as best I can. … [Read more...]

A Gift of {in}Mercy

One of my favorite things I did last fall was participate in (in)Mercy, the (in)courage project to raise funds for and awareness of the important, life-saving work of Mercy House Kenya.  It was amazing to watch God show up as YOU were His hands and feet!  We far exceeded our fund-raising goals and the good work over there is growing by leaps and bounds. The wonderful folks at (in)courage sent me a glorious "thank you" in the form of products … [Read more...]

January Recap {In Case You Missed It}

February??  Wow... not sure how that happened.  For a month that's supposed be of the "slowing down" sort that I love, January sure sped by.  We had such an enjoyable weekend and I cooked up a storm for our little Super Bowl party yesterday.  Got a new crock pot recipe to share soon, so stay tuned! I was looking back at my posts last month and while there were definitely projects, there was lots of "other"... thoughts, goals, reads.  That's my … [Read more...]

DIY Heart Canvas

Well, I caved a little on my "no decorating for Valentine's Day" stance over the weekend. You see, I had a vision.  Does that ever happen to you? And my paint brushes were beckoning.  And, after all, didn't I say that painting more was on my personal goals list for 2014?   So I got a little bit busy. :) I already had everything on hand for this project (yay!) and this Christmas inspiration piece had been tickling my mind for a couple … [Read more...]