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Because He Lives

Do you ever have one of those projects brewing around in your mind for like....EVER....and you know it won't take long to complete but you just keep putting it off because so many other things dominate your time?   Well, I finally did it. And just in time for Holy Week, too, as we prepare ...

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DIY Rustic Shelves

This home project was amazingly simple. Usually when I have an idea, Fireman tells me to schedule double the time I think it will take. We were both pleasantly surprised when building our Rustic Shelves took less time than we thought.     Aren't they pretty....yet ...

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Wainscoting in the Stairway & Gallery Wall

I set two home project goals for spring break.  One, I wanted to install some wainscoting at the bottom of our stairway.  Two, I wanted to make some rustic shelves for a trouble-wall in our living room. I am happy to report we accomplished both in spite of a stomach virus, numerous youth group ...

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Locker Styling

Have you ever noticed the magazine photos of mudrooms and kid-friendly lockers usually look something like this?   Pottery Barn Beautiful baskets, fresh greenery, loads of oversized pillows, eye-catching accessories... ....and always a color-coordinated scarf or handbag ...

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Living Room Thoughts

One of the things I loved about the book "Unbroken" was a relatively insignificant paragraph on page 167 describing Louis Zamperini's observations while at sea (emphases purely my own):Louie found that the raft offered an unlikely intellectual refuge.  He had never recognized how noisy the civilized ...

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Laundry Room Therapy

It's the day after Thanksgiving and my beloved sister asks, "Would you like me to keep the kids for the day so you can be home alone?  Clean your house?  Catch up on a few things?"   I think I started to cry. Right before I laughed out loud.   And then I became so excited ...

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Embracing Fall

For those of you who know us, you also know our home is looking a bit different these days.       With the addition of two little nieces and a nephew, our home is sporting a lot of Hello Kitty, Legos, markers, and matchbox cars. But also a lot of laughter and ...

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A Little Dresser

I finished a little dresser this morning.   Light and unassuming, this piece didn't have a lot of carvings, turned legs, or molding, so I embellished the drawers with painted ceramic knobs from Hobby Lobby...   ...then stripped and stained the top to resemble old ...

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The One That Didn’t Get Away

Every now and then, a woman just needs a good furniture makeover.  This dresser is one of them.Right away I need to clarify that, so far, this one isn't for sale, simply because....well....I'm not ready to let it go yet.From the wavy drawer fronts to the scrolled pulls, not to mention the stripes ...

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Book Page Wreath

When the music fades.........and all is stripped away......My soul often finds rest in creating. After hugging our last summer guests good-bye yesterday morning, I spent the day reconnecting with my home and allowing myself to wile away the hours with no real purpose or agenda. And as is so ...

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