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If this is your first time visiting my blog, I am so honored you are here!  I hope in some small way you find encouragement, inspiration, and validation as a mommy, a wife, and a creative soul.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned about women in my decades of walking in the (sometimes) cute shoes of one, it’s that women long to know they’re not alone in their frustrations, their worries, their fears, their celebrations, and their milestones.  Let me assure you, dear reader: YOU ~ are not alone.  I am eager to share this blogging journey with you in authenticity, creativity, and homemaking. One of the things I love to do in our home is combine my faith and inspiration with decorating so that our walls and spaces truly reflect the virtues and personal character we value.  One way to do this is through painted wooden signs, an easy and inexpensive way to speak scripture, encouragement, and hope to all who…

Every now and then I spot something absolutely adorable, and in my own Minterest way (Mind + Pinterest = Minterest :)) file it away until I have the time and/or the resources to make my own. Awhile back, Miss Mustard Seed posted this darling ticking slipcovered stool on her blog.  She walks readers through a detailed tutorial about how to sew your own, so I won’t go into those details here.  But as soon as I found a couple $5 stools knocking around town, I attempted my own darling slipcovers. I started with two basic stools like this one. I lightly sanded and painted the stools SW Creamy using my homemade chalk paint, then distressed them.  The blue ticking fabric came from Walmart at only $7 per yard, so of course I bought several yards because, well, who doesn’t need ticking fabric lying around for all sorts of fun…

It’s official.  I’m a sucker for creamy antiqued white and dark wood tones.  Married.  Like peas and carrots.I really DO try to break away every now and then.  I TRY to sample new styles and designs with say, brighter colors or lighter wood tones.  Remember my hot pink bathroom scare?But my cheatin’ heart veers back around every time.I’m completely smitten, ya’ll.  Take this staircase gallery wall for instance.  One of my favorite home projects to date. All that creamy, dark-wood goodness welcoming me home every day?  Well now, it quite nearly makes me swoon.I’m not opposed to adding a little green and blue occasionally, but you’ll notice that even in our Hawaii gallery wall, the key ingredients are still, you guessed it, creamy whites and dark wood tones.Why is this observation of my creamy white/dark-wood-tone love so important to embrace?  Because if you love beautiful interior design as much as…

I’ve wanted to build one of these tomato cage Christmas trees forever.  This year, I was determined to make it happen.  Let me share with you how SUPER easy this was to do…and inexpensive compared to what you would spend to purchase one already potted and lit.First, I found a couple tomato cages at Lowe’s.  I bought these last year during the Christmas season;  I just asked where they stored out-of-season gardening supplies and the clerk led me right to them.I didn’t bother to secure the cages into my pots as I assumed the weight of the greenery would keep them in place.  These pots already held soil from summer plantings so I just turned the cages upside down and placed them on top of the soil in the pots. Next, I secured the tops with wire to make a pointed top for my tree (Fireman always has a roll of…

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 our hearts to celebrate the greatest Hope we have in this world:  A resurrected Savior who loves us, longs to be in relationship with us, and extends unconditional grace each and every day of our lives.Using 650 pt, Monotype Corsiva font, I painted an old scrap of wood with these life-changing words from a song written by Gloria Gaither in the mid-1960’s:Because He Lives   God sent His Son, they called Him Jesus, He came to love, heal, and forgive; He lived and died to buy my pardon, An empty grave is there to prove  my Savior lives.…

Saturday afternoons are becoming my creative outlet time, and today was no exception.  After returning from an afternoon Christmas program rehearsal, I told the family I needed one hour to release a little stream of creative juice I’d been suppressing since early in the week. I even promised to start dinner by 5:30pm if I could only. have. one. hour.At 4:25 I gathered my supplies, kneeled on my bedroom floor with iphone inspiration pictures handy, and went to town chalking up my newly painted chalkboard frame.By 5:17 she was hanging on the wall.  How’s that for efficiency?Oh my goodness how much fun this was!I was inspired by the chalk art of Dana Tanamachi whom I discovered through a blog several months ago.  Just this week I returned to her website after finishing the making of this chalkboard, knowing I wanted to do something special with it.I pondered for several days what to do,…

On Saturday I planned ahead and “scheduled” a day of creativity.  Somehow, writing CREATE on my calendar granted me permission to do those things around my house that might otherwise be considered fluff. Let’s face it: A girl needs fluff on a regular basis. Among the little things I’ve been adding to my creative to-do list was to go back into the rooms I’d somewhat finished and add personalized details.  I read a quote in a design magazine the other day that said, “God is in the details.” I recognize that I often stop short in the accessorizing department (a fundamentally all-too-common error, one of my favorite designers Suzanne Kasler says).  It seems like by the time I’ve painted walls & furniture, selected fabrics, and arranged everything, I’m ready to move on.  It’s also because I still feel like such a baby in this area!  You’d laugh if you knew how long it took me…

I gave a sneak peek in my last post of a painted sign I was creating….a project I’d never tried before but was eager to explore.  I’ve often heard of using what, to many now, are old fashioned projectors to ‘project’ a selected image on a wall or board and then trace around it prior to painting, but I’d yet to try it myself.  A couple weeks ago, during our church’s annual Mother/Daughter Tea, I happened to be visiting with one of our associate pastors and asked if the church happened to have a projector they’d be willing to sell or give away.  She said they did have a few in the building, but they really didn’t use them much any more, so she’d be happy to loan one out to me for as long as I needed it.Yippee!I knew exactly where I wanted to hang my first painted sign…..right in…