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Unlike I promised last post, this post will not be showing my bathroom re-do yet but I assure you it will come soon! 🙂 I’m back 🙂 Can you believe I’m still working on painting my hallway? Yes, it’s true.  With Mr. Wonderful’s surgery, a daughter with strep throat, wrapping up our Bible study, and 3 family birthdays over the last two weeks, I have found very little time to paint. A couple nights I even took the night off and laid down beside my husband to watch Netflix.  We started a BBC series called “Wives and Daughters” and are really enjoying it. I am on a lifelong journey about spending my time wisely. About prioritizing my God, my family, my projects, my ministries. About learning how to really rest.  And more importantly, when to really rest. So as I sit down to post this afternoon, I realize my unfinished hallway has been…

Hot pink has never been one of my favorite colors. I will concede it has its place, and a splash of pink here and there can make quite a statement.  After my daughter was born, our loads of laundry welcomed doses of hot pink to counteract all the blue, khaki, and green my boys so often wore.  It was a refreshing and happy change of pace. But really, when asked to name my favorite color, hot pink has never quite made the cut.  I’m always more apt to choose shades of blue and green. Last summer, however, House Beautiful did a spread on a lovely apartment which included these pictures: Something feminine and resolutely chic from deep down inside started to sing. I loved the hot pink wall color against all the white in the foyer, and then seeing it against the stained brown on the chairs made the inspiration wheels start turning…

I finished a small project today. It’s one of those little projects that tickles me because I was able to repurpose something I already owned and make it “new.” Several years ago I purchased one of these 2-pocket embossed organizers from Ballard Designs… …only mine has the optional embossed fleur-de-lis instead of the quilting pattern you see above. (Sorry, I tried to copy and paste the fleur-de-lis pattern from Ballard’s website, but it would not cooperate…) 6 years ago when I purchased the organizer, my home was more Tuscan-style colors, lots of deep reds and yellows… so the copper was a beautiful complement. Now, though, in our new house, my decorating has taken a decidedly lighter, fresher turn.  Coating my main dining/kitchen/living room in Benjamin Moore’s Bone White was a drastic change from the wall colors we used to know and love. So creamy, so warm, so inviting…so CLEAN. But as creamy…

My delightfully crafty sister, Jody, passed on a Whoopie Pie recipe to me around Christmas time. Can you believe I actually purchased Marshmallow Creme for the first time after reading through the ingredient list?  I wonder if southerners would be horrified:  One of my favorite bloggers, Shelley from House of Smiths, posted a recipe one day of her favorite comfort food: a Marshmallow Creme & Peanut Butter sandwich.  (What?!?!?) Apparently southern moms fix these sandwiches as a treat for their kids?!? I had never heard of such a thing.  We northerners are certainly missing things we never even knew…. Anyway, although I did not get to the very festive-looking Whoopie Pie recipe at Christmas time, I figured Valentine’s Day was the next best thing. So, after my WONDERFUL one and a half hour nap this Sunday afternoon, and a very yummy white chocolate latte afterward, I dug out the recipe and dove…

The day has finally arrived and I find myself fighting off butterflies as I type my very first post. Once I actually sat down to design my very elementary blog and to figure out the details of posting, I was pleasantly surprised how fun it was.  I posted several pictures up and down the sides to bring in more color and excitement until I become more “developed.” (Is that the right word??)  Good pictures are one component I absolutely love about the blogs I follow, and I would be remiss to not add good photos to my own.  Which brings me to an agenda item I need to address soon: I must learn how to better use my very nice Canon camera!  We bought it in 2009 before we left for Disneyland and I haven’t once opened the manual to figure it out.  I know how to put it on automatic, rotate…