Back Deck Refresh!

Oh my gosh, did our winter take a toll on my back deck!!  Every plant was dead -- even the ones that will normally winter over -- and my furniture had taken a beating.  Since it's prime deck-sitting time now, this was first on my list of summer projects. :) Here's the sad sad before... Ugh. And here's the after... Ahhhh!  Much better! Here's the un-fun stuff  I did: hubs had pressure-washed a few weeks ago for … [Read more...]

This ‘n That Tuesday

My school year is rapidly drawing to a close (how did THAT happen??!) and soon I'll be welcoming both the college one and our oldest back into the fold -- busy times afoot around here!  And I lost a little ground battling that nasty head cold last week and through much of my weekend. Hence, this post. :) During my latest thrifting adventure, I stumbled on these old alphabet flash cards.   A couple of the cards were missing, but I thought … [Read more...]

Earth Week Sponsor Love: Green Acres Outdoor Living

  Happy weekend, friends! I have had the pleasure of working with the good Eco-conscious folks at Green Acres for over a year now and I'm so honored to partner with a company that operates beyond the call of duty when it comes to environmental responsibility. It's finally spring and if you're looking to update your outdoor spaces, Green Acres Outdoor Living is the place for you. Their outdoor furniture is made of recycled … [Read more...]

In Case You Missed It {October}

Holy Cow.  October flew by in a hurry, didn't it? My pause did not last nearly as long as I'd hoped, but I'm thankful there was a bit of one in there.  Here we are in November and the slide into the holidays is on its way! I think I'm actually ready to get some Christmas crafting going soon... is that scary or what? ;-)  Unfortunately when I look at our calendar for the month, I'm not seeing much time to spare!  Guess I'll have to get clever, … [Read more...]

My Fall Front Porch (Finally!)

Hello, friends!  It's practically Halloween and I haven't shared my porch yet!  Actually, I'm not a Halloween girl... so the most that might get added to this would be a fuzzy felt spider and a plug-in jack o'lantern. My peeps are no longer interested in carving pumpkins... in fact, they'll all be "hanging out" with friends and not trick-or-treating tomorrow night.  The hubs will be out as well, so it looks like me, my bowl of candy, and my … [Read more...]

Four DIYs for Fall

Hello friends!  And Happy Hump Daaa-aayy!  If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I've been a pumpkin painting fool this week... some will go into my booth this weekend and some will stay right here at home.  I sometimes forget how therapeutic a simple painting project can be, so even though I've been brain dead by 3pm each day, I've enjoyed sitting at my kitchen table and painting away.  I'll share those soon. But today I'm sharing four … [Read more...]

Summer Travel {Pinnacle Port and Carillion Beach}

As I'm back in my classroom now and thinking ahead to fall (can you believe it??), I'm thinking wistfully of our last blast at the beach right before Haven Conference.  Even though it made the week before school started a little hectic, it was such a lovely getaway! There were rainbows over morning coffee... Body surfing... Pelican watching... Chilling with this girl... Relaxing in a chair with my name on it (does … [Read more...]

In Case You Missed It (July)

This is just shameful.  Past the mid-point of August and I'm just now reviewing July???  Welcome to my chaos, friends! :-)  I have to confess, though, that the past weeks of back-to-school nuttiness has me pondering a new project here on the blog.  Details to come soon!  Thank you for all the kind comments about my daughter's "new" furniture, too -- always love a good furniture redemption! Anyway, I looked back at July and it was full of good … [Read more...]

DIY Jute Clay Pot Wreath

Happy Hump Day, y'all!  We're still battling rain showers here daily, so my paint projects are lagging as they have all summer... ugh!  I know there are parts of the world that are parched, so I hate to complain, but it's become too much of a good thing this summer.  But the silver lining is that I've been able to complete a few "rainy day projects"! Like this wreath... This is such an easy DIY, but I love it for summertime and it would … [Read more...]

DIY Paint Stirrer Herb Markers

Remember how I said I wanted a garden?  How much I enjoyed eating fresh in the summertime?  And how some generous friends shared their bounty with us?  And then there was this amazing drink and this tasty side that called for fresh herbs? Well I abandoned my other projects to put together my own little herb garden on my back deck complete with DIY herb markers... made from paint stirrers and a little chalkboard paint. This is a super … [Read more...]