If you’ve been watching my Instagram stories (ha! ~ can you believe I jumped on that train?) you know I’ve been tackling big things in our kitchen these last couple weeks.  Big things as in attempting projects I’ve considered tackling for years but lacked the courage and the conviction to jump in and make happen. No more. Today I’ll share with you how I shiplapped our kitchen island, but a little background first. When we bought this house, the seller warned us, “This is a one-butt kitchen.”  Besides the fact I’ve never liked the B-word, it didn’t take us long to realize how right she was.  Our kitchen is pretty tight, particularly considering the house is a spacious 4000 sf. We’ve discussed remodeling the kitchen to change the island configuration, increase the work space between the cabinets and island, and to reconfigure the area more effectively for our family.  But…

Hand-painted signs have become a staple around here so I thought I would show you one of the methods I use to transfer fonts and designs onto wood, canvas, fabric, or whatever object you desire. Here are the supplies you will need for the projector method of sign-painting: Design or words of choice Microsoft Word Transparency sheets Overhead projector (yes, these are still around!) Pencil Paint and paintbrush First, decide on the design or words you want to use and download the image or type the words in Microsoft Word.  I’ve used poems, Scripture verses, popular sayings, and single words.  A wonderful resource for images and fonts is The Graphics Fairy.  This site is loaded with thousands of free vintage images and ephemera, but I’ll warn you ahead of time: Stay focused when you visit her or you may never come back! I found the following image on The Graphics…

My week would not be complete without taking a moment to mention a few highlights (and there were several!) at my first Haven Conference in Charleston, SC. For those not familiar with  Haven Conference, it is a blogging conference designed for the purpose of uniting Home Design/DIY bloggers by offering workshops, popular brand contacts, special events, and many, many opportunities to create friendships with others who are passionate about Home.  Since I first heard about Haven back in 2012, I have longed to go.  Ironically, we almost named our daughter Haven back in 2005.  And did I mention that I call our house the “Coon Haven” around here on a regular basis?  So yeah….attending this event was simply a must-do for me. The Workshops Hands down the meat of the conference, the workshops were not only chock full of practical, useful, creative content, they left us freshly inspired and highly…

What a tremendously perfect, overwhelming, enlightening, educational, glorious day.  My mind is whirling from all I’ve seen, learned, and experienced that it will take days to sort through it all effectively.  It’s late here in South Carolina so I must keep this short ~ workshops begin early at Haven Conference in the morning ~ but I just had to take a few moments to share three fun things I’ve learned during my first time in South Carolina these last two days. Live Oaks.  Oh my goodness, these are my new favorite tree.  I had no idea.  When you read stories about southern kids climbing out their 2nd story windows onto tree branches and meeting up with friends?  Live oaks.  When you see those pictures of a tree fort built big enough to host an air bnb?  Live oaks.  I could photograph them all day long, in any light, in any…

Last October, three friends and I organized a mini, 3-session book club to read and discuss the book Pursue the Intentional Life by Jean Fleming.  The book is a meditative discussion of finishing well while intentionally embracing today’s opportunities for personal growth and gratefulness.  As you can imagine, the book’s topics fostered deep conversation among our middle-aged selves concerning how we see our lives at this stage, how each of our expectations has measured up to reality, and what self-discipline approaches we can instill to ensure we develop wisely in both character and stature ~ to grow intentionally closer to the elder women God designed us to be. It was, in many ways, a life-changing book.  But I have a small confession.  My biggest takeaway from these 3 mini-book club sessions was not about starting a gratefulness journal, nor was it about more effective Biblical note-taking during my devotional time. …

I’ve spent hours this summer going through old All Mimsy Home blog posts, editing and updating photos that did not transfer well from Blogspot to Wordpress, and learning new information about optimizing my presence in the blogosphere utilizing social media and other means.  I know, I know…I should have researched these particulars long ago but frankly, I was having such a good time painting furniture, styling our home, and doing all the other 101 things moms, wives and teachers do that building a framework for blogging more successfully ~ possibly even earning a small income doing so ~ has taken a seat in the waaayyy back. As I’ve gone back and forth about what All Mimsy Home will look like now that I’ve returned to teaching full-time, I’ve played around with several ideas to minimize both inventory and time consumption (furniture) and focus more on informational/inspirational lifestyle posts, home styling…

If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen glimpses of our newly wallpapered powder room. My goal last week was to finish styling this space so I could transition to other projects in good conscience. On any given day, my mind entertains a myriad of creative ideas and beckons me to numerous endeavors; it takes strength and discipline to finish one thing before moving on.  However, I am seeing progress in this area.  Every now and then I take my own chin in my hands and rotate my face back to the original project, not unlike my daughter used to when she longed for my full attention. First off, squeal!  This wallpaper is much more fun than I anticipated and has completely transformed our powder room.  For those of you still uncertain about embracing wallpaper (“Isn’t wallpaper outdated?” you ask.  Absolutely not.), I recommend testing wallpaper love in a…

After typing this post title, I googled the definition of “hack” and found everything from “an untalented professional” to “a cough” to “an unlicensed taxicab driver.”  And of course the more obvious: “A rough cut or blow.”  Finally, after scrolling way, way down (that’s for you Shelli :)) I found what I was looking for: “To change colour by painting or to make it do something other than its intended purpose. Normally with home decorations to suit your decor. Or to make things more useful.” So that’s what this happy post is about.  I hacked some bookshelves.  If you’re new here, you may not know hacking furniture is a thing with me. This particular hack involved a pair of cheap bookshelves, gray paint, peel-n-stick wallpaper, 1/4″ plywood backing, and a few nails. And a Fireman because he’s brave, kinda cute, and very handy. Haven’t we all, at one point or…

Two weeks ago I knew I needed to write this post.  For one, I’ve been wanting to show photos of our oldest son’s recent room refresh, and Two, I know I’m not the only one nurturing and training up a child who doesn’t quite fit “the mold.”  As our oldest son’s high school graduation draws near, I’m revisiting emotions and old assumptions which at times have fit uncomfortably like insecurity, ashamedly like comparison, enough so that I’m ripping open raw places once healed in an effort to re-establish a firm foundation of assurance, hope and trust.  I suspect there are other parents out there who wrestle with the same types of things, recognizing differences in their children, wondering at them, continually worrying while simultaneously celebrating unique skills and gifts not quite measurable, hoping beyond hope for bright futures while fearing they may look different from “success” we’ve seen before. I…